Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Deal of the Decade

Have you heard?  Close to My Heart My Acrylix (clear) stamps are 10 years old!

To celebrate, they are offering the "Deal of the Decade."

If you've been hearing about Sticky Boy, he is the first Acrylix Stamp created to prove that he can stick to anything!  He's traveled a lot and has been our stamp mascot for 10 years!
Sticky Boy!
He has his own adorable Facebook page.  Hop on over there and let them know that Lalia sent you!  Please tag me or my Crafty Lalia Facebook page to let them know I sent you.  

When you have a qualifying purchase of $50, you can add any of the C & D sized stamps from the Annual Inspirations Catalog for just $10 each.  They're regularly $13.95 & $17.95.

There are a few that don't qualify because they're not in the Annual Inspirations.  They may be BRAND NEW for the 2014 Seasonal Expressions catalog or older ones from previous catalogs.  Don't worry, they can help you qualify for the $50.

Here's a peek at all of these stamp sets.

 You'll be prompted to add the $10 stamps to your cart when you have $50 in your shopping cart.  Click the Deal of the Decade link to start adding them. 

This Deal of a Decade is available all month long but don't wait until it's too late.  When you kiss your sweetheart happy 2015, the deal will be over.  

As always, with any $50 purchase you can get the Stamp of the Month for just $5.  
This one is particularly great!  

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Seasonal Expressions Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 1 blog hop!  If you're already hopping, you've just come from Michelle's blog. If not, you can start here and hop all the way around the circle.

The Seasonal Expresions is a 38 page "Bonus catalog" that's available now thru March 31st.  It features 2 new paper packs, a whole bunch of fresh spring stamps and new hostess rewards exclusive items.

Tonight, I'm featuring the Hostess Exclusive stamp set "Variety of Thanks" that's only available during this catalog.  Not only is it exclusive, it's only available for FREE or only $6 of your Hostess Rewards Dollars!

I've been wanting a thank you stamp set for a bit and this one is perfect!  

I am part of a home school co-op where we meet together on Mondays for fun classes for the kids and mama time.  It's completely led by the parents and we have amazing classes because parents go above and beyond with their time and creativity for these classes.  We love to thank our hard working teacher moms with a gift at the end of the session.  (FYI these classes are above and beyond our home curriculum and not in place of it

We gave them personalized key chains/zipper pulls personalized with their first initial using the CTMH Base & Bling circle pendants and glass covers.  The background paper is our Teal glitter paper.  The zipper pulls were bought online from a wholesaler by my upline.  (I don't know the website)

These were so simple to make.  It took about 90 minutes for 3 of us to assemble & package THIRTY-TWO of these as gifts!  Pretty fast and economical too!  

Kristi punched 1" circles from our teal glitter paper.  I had already cut the initials from black paper.  I used Cricut Craft Room to make sure each letter would fit inside a 0.90" circle.  Most letters ended up being 0.80 inches.  Most letters were cut from the elegant Artbooking font.  A few letters were cut from Art Philosophy.  The T & G weren't easily recognizable in Artbooking.

Kristi & I assembled the base & bling.  We pressed the glittery circle into the round pendant, centered the letter, added a bit of liquid glass and the glass dome.  Lots of baby wipes were used.  

Libby stamped the Thank You in black ink and then punched out the image with a 2" circle punch and mounted it on the 2.5" fancy scalloped circle.  

Together we packaged them up without the zipper pulls.  Whoops!  Which is why I don't have a picture of the clip. Fortunately we weren't too far into the process.  

We used our cute little Designer Creations paper bags to package them up.   This sure beats cutting out 3 dozen cute boxes on the Cricut.  Economical, fast & adorable!  I used a standard 1/4" hole punch to punch two holes in the paper and a single in the tags.  18" of ribbon made a nice bow with this lightweight ribbon.  

The ribbon was from my stash.  

Here's most of the gifts ready to go.  We used the Lagoon, Ruby & Honey paper bags.  You can purchase them here.  

If you love this stamp set as much as I do, contact me on how to obtain it.  You can't buy it!  

That's all for now, please hop on over to Donna's blog to see her amazing project.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

January Seasonal Sampler

The January Seasonal Sampler with feature the Snowhaven paper pack!  I used the frosty portion of the paper pack to keep it fresh and fun for January.  Our workshop night is January 3rd which is part of the reason why you're seeing this piece at the beginning of December.  (Sorry to throw you into 2015 shock)

Snowhaven Seasonal Sampler by Lalia Harris  All products from CTMH  Snowman from the CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

We're using a half package of Ruby Mini Medley Accents and a whole bunch of clear sparkles to accent the Snowhaven paper and chipboard complements.  

This month's sampler does not include any extra cards or tags.  You'll have a few pieces of chipboard left over but they are very Holiday themed.  It's not my intent for you to create something that you won't use for another 11 months.  

I'll need your RSVP & payment of $16 for the January Sampler no later than December 19th if you're attending the Saturday evening workshop on January 3rd.  
You can mail me your payment or we can do it via PayPal.  Click here to contact me.

**Purchase link has been disabled**

 Shipping is $6 within the US, no matter how many kits I send  (I'll pay the difference if needed).  Feel free to order two months of kits or a second kit to complete with a friend.  

Stay tuned, I'll be publishing the February Valentine's Seasonal Sampler this month as well.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale! 20% off of Cricut Cartridges!

Hello Cyber Monday!!!

In addition to getting a box or envelope full of goodies from me....

For 24 hours on Monday, Dec 1st, our 4 Cricut Collections will be 20% off! 

Click here to shop or keep reading for more amazing deals...

And then it gets better because we have another promotion to go along with it.  

With any $50 purchase (you'll qualify with a Cricut Cartridge in your cart)
you'll get any or ALL C or D sized stamp sets in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book for just $10 each!!!  
As many as you want.  
All for $10 each.  
That's a $3.95 or $7.95 savings!

Why?  It's our Deal of the Decade to celebrate 10 years of our clear Acrylix stamps!  

And there's some new goodies being debuted on Dec 1st.  

(the stamps in this mini-catalog are not part of the $10 deal)

You'll find them at the bottom of the each category under New Products 


when you place an order on MY website, you'll receive a MYSTERY bag or box full of goodies from me!  
No Cricut bundle purchase required for this. You'll receive my free gift with any $40+ purchase.    This offer is good through Dec 15th.  

Now are you ready to shop?  

Orders must be placed between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm (MST) to be eligible for the 20% off discount.  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

December Seasonal Samplers

There's so many ways to celebrate the holiday season that I created 2 samplers for December!

We have the vintage Santa sampler that uses the full set of compliments and accessories from the Yuletide Carol paper pack.

I also have created a Nativity sampler that's extra sparkly.  It uses shapes from the new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.  There's also gold shimmer trim and silver glitter paper.  Everything is pre-stamped and pre-cut!  The flowers and the Ruby red cardstock is the same as the Santa sampler.

Come join my Saturday evening workshop on December 6th at 7 pm or request a kit.  
Kits can be picked up or shipped.  I have created full color instructions for these kits.

Want to purchase a kit or a consultant workshop guide for the Nativity sampler?  Contact me.  
(Artiste, Artbooking & Artfully Cricut Cartridges are required.  Only available in a Cricut Craft Room format)

Edited to add...

Here's the "bonus" projects for each of the samplers.  

There were a ton of stickers left over from the Santa sampler.  They were so easy to make up as 8 tags, 2 cards and a gift card holder.


There weren't really leftovers from this sampler, but I did use up the cardstock scraps and leftovers from another workshop.  You'll make 4 tags, 2 cards and a gift card holder.  

Friday, October 31, 2014

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Q:  How can a cute little flower like like this be scary?  

A:  It's a reminder that we're only 61 days from the end of 2014!  How's that for a little Halloween fun?  

Tonight I'm introducing the November Stamp of the Month via our monthly blog hop.  If you're part of this hop, you've just come from Nancy's Blog.  Welcome!   

This month we have over 60 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.

"It's the little things" is the November stamp of the month with 15 stamps.  It's just $5 with a $50 purchase or $17.95.  Either way, it's only available in November.  


The technique I used is Embossed Resist.  I added my favorite flowers and leaves to a single 3x3 block in a random pattern.  This takes the guess work out of random stamping.  I only had to ink my one block 4 times and stamp!  This was soooo much easier than stamping each flower and leaf 4 times!  Here's what my block looked like.  

I stamped with Versamark Watermark ink and sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.  

Embossing powder has a wax base so it resists water which makes it "magic" when working with water based inks.    After embossing, I sponged ink directly over the embossed areas with sponge daubers loaded with Pear, Pixie and Canary inks.  
I focused the ink right in the center of the stamped image.  I sponged in a circular pattern, concentrating the color in the middle but making a circle shape of ink about an inch in diameter.  That way I could blend the colors where they overlapped.  
The ink may look random but you'll notice that every leaf is green and the flowers are Pixie and Canary.  

To finish this card, I stamped the sentiment and added an embellishment and flower for a focal point.  
I picked these three colors from the color pallet of the Brushed paper pack.  I had hoped to use it on this card but decided to keep the clean and simple look to this card.  

Now it's time to hop on over to Donna's Blog and see her fabulous creation.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween Card No Tricks, only Treats

Hi everyone!

Today's card is an adorable Halloween card made using the current Halloween paper called Scaredy Cat.  

Don't recognize the bats?  That's not from the whole sheet, but one of the half inch wide zip strips at the top of the paper.  On the back is the paper pack info, name, copyright and all sorts of useful information.

Halloween Greetings is one our new stamp sets.  It has so many good stamps and cute phrases.  It's also compatible with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

This card was created by Diana Duque. You can find her FB page Amazink Ideas here.  I participated in a team swap in August and received this adorable card.  Team swaps are great because many hands make light work!  It's still a lot of work creating 12 sets of artwork, but certainly a LOT LESS work than doing it for 12 different papers and product lines from the new Annual Inspirations.  I love my team!  They are fabulous.

This month's Ribbon Revelry promotion is still going strong.  The Chevron Ribbon sold out but you'll receive another ribbon or trim valued at $6.95 when you place a $50 order.  Be sure to add it to your cart when prompted.  Click here to shop my website.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Artfully Sent Halloween Pop-up card

Halloween is only 10 days away!  I better get my Halloween items posted.  This is one of several cards I created the day my Artfully Sent cartridge arrived.  I played around with most of the Halloween items and created some fun cards!

Here's the front of my card.  The web and spider are from page 43 of the handbook.  I welded the word Haunted using the Artfully Sent font in Cricut Craft Room.

Colors used are Slate, Goldrush, Smokey Plum and Black

Now for the inside...

Isn't it fun?  

This pop up was just so easy!  It's 2 pieces, 4 total if you count the tree and web.  The haunted house with fence in black were simply glued on to the "bracket" that's part of the card base.  The ghosts are also part of the card base.  They're cut to allow the color of the card front to show through.  
The haunted tree and headstone are one piece cut from Smokey Plum.  

I took a scrap of silver glitter paper and filled in the fence.  You don't need to but I was a little rough getting it off of the mat and it wanted to curl.  I filled in the windows with gold glitter paper.  

On the handbook pages below you'll see that items that work together are similar color.  The popup card is the lower page.  The popup has 4 elements that are all in various shades of orange.  They will be sized to work together to make a great card at 5."
  This is a 5x7 card.  It's 5" tall when folded so you'll set your dial size to 5"  

Love this card?  Get your own Artfully Sent cartridge here.  
Be sure to join my "Fabulous Customers" gathering and I'll send you a free My Reflections paper pack for free!  This offer expires 10/24/2014.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Artfully Sent: Coffee or Tea?

Last night was our monthly Fun & Fabulous card workshop and we had a blast!   They're usually on the 4th Friday of each month, but a few of us are off to a scrapbook retreat next week so we rescheduled it!

Here's a card that I whipped together at last minute yesterday morning.  Artfully Sent has so many cards.  It's hard to notice all of the cards the first time you look through the handbook.

Some are a complex and fancy with folds and pop-ups.  This one is just simple and cute!  I live near Seattle.... So this card is PERFECT!  We love our coffee!

I used a 2 x 5.25" scrap of Seaside paper inside the card to give the cups that lovely Sorbet color.  I made three wraps of some pretty twine I found in my stash (shh... it's not CTMH but we do have some similar).  I tied it off once on the left, trimmed the ends and used those trimmings to make two more "faux" knots along the twine.  It's easy peasy.  

The "thanks" is from our Happy Autumn set that debuted last year.  I cut it apart to get just the thanks portion.  Yes, I do chop up our stamps and then put them back together! 
I stamped it in our Colonial White pigment ink.  This ink takes a bit to dry.  And since I didn't use any heat to set the ink, it was a little smudgy.  Clear embossing powder over the top would do the trick as well.  

The ladies loved this card last night.  It was simple & fun!  All of my cards are fun... though not necessarily simple.  My goal is for you to practice a new technique each month.  

My next 4th Friday is November 28th, (Black Friday).  We'll be starting a little earlier that evening, probably around 5 pm and having a little party.  I'll pull out the "leftovers," card leftovers from this year so you can create as many cards as you like for $2 each.  This gives you a chance to make a card that you missed this year or to make another card that you loved.  I'll also have a few Christmas cards designed for you to make.   Feel free to bring a "leftover treat or snack" to share.  

Don't forget!  My Fun & Fab Card Workshop attendees get $5 off their workshop fee when they place a $25 order!  You'll earn a free workshop with a $75 order!  You can order online in advance, or at my workshop.  

Check out all of my events here on my blog.  I hope you can join us.  We have a great time!

Monday, October 13, 2014

November Sampler with cards

Here's a pic of the complete kit for the November workshop. 

We have 4 cards and the sampler this month.  If you order this kit to-go, you'll receive everything pre-stamped.   

This one is super easy and fast and doesn't take any special supplies.  Glue dots and regular adhesive is all you'll need.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

November Seasonal Sampler Club

I love being able to hang something seasonal in my home.  It's even better when it's on the wall and I don't have to find a spot for it.  This shadow box hangs in my hall when it's not out "touring" for workshops.  It currently holds the October Halloween sampler created with CTMH's Scaredy Cat line of scrapbooking products.  

But today we get to look ahead to the November sampler because crafters always are thinking ahead.  

The sampler will include 4 equally fun & beautiful cards that are perfect for sending in this month of giving thanks.  

I have two sets of Workshop Dates.  I'll need your RSVP & payment 2 weeks in advance of these dates to ensure product availability.  

My home Saturday, November 1st @ 7pm  Cost $20
Lila's Scrapbooking Thursday, November 13th @ 10:30 am  Cost $25

Yes, you get a $5 savings by stopping by my home or ordering a To-Go kit.  

You can now register and pay online!
PayPal account is not required.
Pay with Visa/MasterCard/Amex/Discover cards

November 1st 7pm @ My home RSVP by 10/18

To-Go Kit (Pick up only)


November 6th at Lila's Scrapbooking  RSVP by 10/23


Workshop To-Go Kit with $5 shipping.   RSVP any time.
Will ship by Nov 1 or 2 weeks after your order


Go to my website or contact me to order the Black Shadowbox Frame.

Check back often to see future projects.  Click here to see all Seasonal Sampler artwork.

Why is it called a club?  
When you purchase the shadow box frame & 8 samplers from me, you'll get the supplies for the 9th sampler for free!  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring October's SOTM, which is Home for the Holidays, a set of 7 Cricut Compatible stamps.  If you have come here from Beth's Blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

This month we have over 70 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

Isn't the timing perfect for this stamp set?  You'll have at least 2 months to create tags, cards and other goodies with it this year!  See the red lines?  Each one corresponds to a shape from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge!  

Home from the Holidays CTMH October 2014 Stamp of the Month

I created this box of gift tags in preparation for an upcoming bags & tags workshop.  I cut the tags from Art Philosophy as per the sizes listed on the stamp carrier sheet.  The  gable box was cut at "fit to page" from the Artiste cartridge out of Glacier cardstock.  

My tags are very simple.  I didn't want to complicate things because I wanted this project to be simple enough to reproduce for quick gifts.  There's a little bit of layering and masking and that's it.  The circles were a cinch!  A 1" punch works perfectly!  

I used the Ruby Mini Medley Accent Collection for the shimmery Ruby baker's twine and the clothes pin.  

Now "Hop" on over to Jean's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the October SOTM is only available until the 31st!  It's only $5 with any $50 purchase from my website or just $17.95 like all other D-sized stamps.  Click here to shop.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Washi Tape Card

Friday morning I whipped out this adorable card using washi tape in place of any patterned paper for that evening's workshop.  
CCTMH Lifting Spirits Stamp set & Lagoon Washi Tape | Card by Lalia Harris @ www.CraftyLalia.com

I used the new Lagoon Heart washi tape in three rows starting at the bottom and over lapping a tiny bit so the pattern stayed consistent.  I ripped a little extra off the roll,  placed it on the card and trimmed it with my NON-STICK microtip scissors.  The top row is the Ruby Chevron Washi Tape.  
These scissors simply rock and are essential if you cut 3D foam tape or washi tape.  

I really love the washi that we have right now.  It sticks better than any I've had before--from a store or our older catalogs.  If you've had a problem in the past, please don't give up.  Give it another try!  

The balloon and sentiment are from Lifting Spirits stamp set.  I colored in the balloon with my new Shin-Han Markers, in Peacock Green, Turquoise Blue, Carmine, Clay, and Golden Yellow.  I also used the clear blender to give a bit of "shine" or highlight to the top curve of the hot air balloon!  

I didn't blend any two markers together but I did go over the same area a couple times to develop shadows and dimension on the hot air balloon.  


Don't forget there's only a couple more days left to get the #30YearsOfHappy STAMP SET for FREE!  (Yes, the stamp set really does have a # hashtag or pound sign in its name!)

When you add $30 of stamps to your shopping cart and you'll be prompted to receive your free stamp set. Click here to start shopping!  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Introducing Seasonal Samplers

How would you like to make something beautiful for your home that you can display every day?  Is that better than hiding it in a scrapbook?

How about creating and finishing a project in one afternoon or evening with girlfriends?

Maybe you love to be a bit crafty and come home with a beautiful piece for your wall and no extra "junk" to put away.

I have a great workshop for you!  P.S. I'll be creating kits that are easy to ship and do on your own!

Seasonal Samplers

You can create 1 or as many of the monthly kits as you like.  They'll all fit in our new beautiful shadowbox frame.  When you purchase the frame & 7 samplers, you'll get your 8th sampler free!

You can order the shadow box frame here or at any time you RSVP for a workshop.  It is NOT required to attend any workshop but you'll love how beautiful this frame looks compared to the plain ones from the craft store.  It's available in Black & Colonial White.  All of the projects you see will be using the Black frame.

October's Seasonal Sampler

Halloween Shadow Box with CTMH Scaredy Cat | CraftyLalia.com

Our October Sampler features the Scaredy Cat paper pack, Compliments and Assortment.  You'll get to make the sampler, the adorable Halloween banner and 4 cards with the leftover goodies.  Here's a pic of everything.  
Scaredy Cat Sampler Workshop with banner & 4 cards

Workshop Dates 

Pay & Attend at
RSVP deadline
10:30 AM
Lila’s Scrapbooking & More
Sept 28
7:00 PM
My House
Sept 28

I've coordinated with Lila's Scrapbooking to hold a daytime workshop at her store at
7207 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203.  If you want to attend this workshop, you'll need to stop in and RSVP and pay at her store.  She's open (Thur-Fri-Sat 10-7 pm).

 November Seasonal Sampler

Thanksgiving Shadow Box with CTMH Pathfinding | CraftyLalia.com

The November Seasonal Sampler features the all new fall Pathfinding paper pack and chipboard complements from Close to My Heart.  Isn't it adorable?  It's also very simple to create.
You'll also create 3 coordinating fall cards.

Pay & Attend at
RSVP deadline
7:00 PM
My House
Oct 18

10:30 AM
Lila’s Scrapbooking & More
Oct 29

Here's a preview of the December & January samplers.  More details to come on them!

Christmas Shadow Box with CTMH Yuletide Carol | CraftyLalia.com
Is anyone interested in having one with a Nativity Scene instead of Santa?  

Christmas or Winter Shadow Box with CTMH Snowhaven | CraftyLalia.com

Giving credit where credit is due...
There's 4 of us local consultants who are working together to bring you the monthly seasonal samplers.
The October/ Halloween kit was designed by my upline Michele Rowley.  
I created the November / Give Thanks sampler.  
Tracie Cassidy created the December/Christmas sampler
Meredith Nguyen designed the January/Warm & Cozy sampler