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Friday, September 7, 2018

Magical Mouse Christmas Village!

I've been a little MIA lately between homeschool planning responsibilities and THIS project.  I'm so excited to say that it's 99% complete and I am ready to show it to you!

First came the re-release of the Magical papers and a new stamp set last month.  We're calling it More Magical as it's with updated colors.  New blues and a beautiful Candy Apple Red.  

And then we released a new Cricut Cartridge for Christmas called Season of Joy with a Christmas Village and more!  

So I decided that they would be amazing together.  Especially if there was a certain mouse infestation!

The clock tower is so much fun... and so easy.  Do you see the ears in the snow?

Yesterday, I started simplifying things.  The clock face doesn't have tiny fiddly hands on it.  I sliced them from the white glitter and backed the white with red glitter paper.  I didn't want it hard to assemble the clock and I certainly didn't want the hands to fall off of the clock.  This will be a project that I want to last for years to come.

I altered this house a LOT.  Who puts a big ugly garage door on the front of a Christmas village anyway?  Not me.  I also added a chimney that's not in the original design.  Because what village would every have homes without chimneys?  Maybe one in eco friendly Seattle.  LOL.  

Ooh! Another house with a chimney!  If you refer to the image from the cartridge, you'll see this was Vanilla house #1.  

I didn't change the chapel too much, other than giving the steeple a spire.  Because this is a Magical Village, don't all pointy roofs require flags and spires?  I think I saw this in the opening credits of a movie or two on Sunday evenings when I was a kid.  

All of the images are from the CTMH Season of Joy Digital Cricut "Cartridge."  It is compatible with any of the new Explore machines and Cricut Design Space.  When you order this cartridge, you will receive a card with a scratch off code to redeem your cartridge.  It won't be emailed.  

There's also many other images on this cartridge

So let's talk about the village some more

Supply list for the Magical Mouse Christmas Village
More Magical paper pack - 1 pack (only available while supplies last in September 2018)
More Magical Cardstock  1 pack (didn't use the Candy Apple)
White Glitter Paper - 1 sheet of 3
Red Glitter Paper - 1 sheet of 3
Vellum - all 3 sheets in this pack
Red Enamel Gems - nearly the whole pack
Willow Cardstock - 1 sheet
Bluebird cardstock - 3 sheets 

In lieu of the More Magical Cardstock pack you can pull these colors from your stash:  2 canary, 1 black, 1 Carolina.

I cut everything on my Cricut Explore 2. You'll need a scoring tool in the first slot.  I didn't use fast mode as my machine doesn't score the paper very well on fast mode. 

3 ways to get the Design Space Files & Assembly Guides
  1. Place a $30 order on my website (before shipping & tax)
  2. Join my team. 
  3. Order the efiles for $20 (below)
I normally don't charge this much for files like this but this one has taken me an incredible amount of time.  I have added extra elements and structure to the files.  I've simplified them so the same shape of  piece will be used on more than one building, thus saving you time sorting pieces.  I'm proofing my files this weekend by cutting them again, just to be sure.  My plan is to have the files released by end of the day Monday, September 10, 2018.

You'll have a Consultant Release to recreate this with YOUR customers.  (not to share the files)
Assembly guides and Design Space Files that are ready to cut.  You will only need the Season of Joy Cricut Cartridge and the basic shapes that are free with Design Space to cut this village.  

Monday, August 13, 2018

Customizing a Workshop Your Way: Fresh Air Cards

Our Workshop Your Way Card kits are wonderful for making a dozen cards quickly.  However, they have only 2 designs!  Let's fix this! 

Take the Fresh Air card kit called the In My Heart Cardmaking Kit. 
You receive a stamp set, bronze sequins, 12 card bases & envelopes and plenty of cardstock and patterned paper to make a dozen cards.  (I actually made a 3rd design with my scraps). 

But I wanted a little more variety than these two designs. 

I grabbed Birthday Sparkles (retiring at the end of the month) and use that sentiment as well!  Now I have tons of variety!  I hear making masculine cards is hard for you all.  Guess what?  It doesn't have to be!  

This photo also shows a 3rd design!  Using Make It From Your Heart Vol 4, I found another card design that was simple and used up my scraps.  I did have to dig in my stash for 6 more card bases but I'm a cardmaker.  I always have card bases on hand.  

If you love extending your supplies and getting 50% more from your card kit, let me know!  When you purchase your WYW cardmaking kit from me, I'll send you the instructions to cut the materials for the 6 extra cards.  

Enjoy your cardmaking!  Have a great day!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Welcome to Craft With Heart™

Introducing Craft With Heart™ a new subscription making your scrapbooking faster, simpler, easier!  (That's Close to My Heart's slogan, not mine.)

Imagine getting the supplies for two double page layouts and 3 page protectors delivered to your door each month. 

Here's the ones that are available for September. 

They feature standard photo sizes 3x4 and 4x6 photos.  AND everything is pre-cut.  Put your big paper trimmer away. 

September 2018 Craft with Heart Layout 1

September 2018 Craft with Heart Layout 2
Starting in September you can order the kits to be delivered monthly.  
But RIGHT NOW, you can subscribe for a whole year.  

You'll get a big box with 4 months sent to your door at one time.  And they ship for free and are 20% off!  

I have all 4 months:  September, October, November, & December already.  Check out my unboxing video below or click here. It gives you a preview of all 4 months and the supplies included.  


Want more info?  Go here to see all 16 12x12 pages. 

Two more things! 

  1.  Free photos!  You'll receive a voucher in each box for 30 4x6 prints from Persnicketyprints.com when you get the Annual Subscription.
  2. Free gifts from me!  Every subscriber will receive a free gift from me to help you create amazing layouts  But the 1st two subscribers will receive additional Cut Above kits (pre-cut, no paper trimmer needed) from me!  
Please read the FAQ and ask me questions!  I'd love to complete a year of memories with you!  

Monday, August 6, 2018

Why I have a shimmer brush addiction

Who thinks all water should sparkle?  


Back in May (I'm still catching up) I created this fun card with a turtle in the shimmering blue sea.  

I used a Clear Shimmer Brush that I personally tinted with Peacock & Pacifica Reinkers!  

It got used here for the blue Mason jar and the butterflies.  

 And here!  See the blue plaid teacup?  Shimmer brush! 

Notice the sparkly pink ribbon?  Do we sell pink ribbon?  Nope.  

But we do sell a Bashful pink shimmer brush & white ribbon!

These brushes aren't just for finishing touches.  Use them in place of markers to color your stamped images and your ribbons!  

Grab your favorite darker reinkers. 
I used a mix of Peacock and and Pacifica for my blue shimmer brush and Clover Meadow (similar to Willow but much much older) for a pretty green one.  

I added reinker to clear shimmer brushes that I've used for a year.  They were still half full!  These were my workshop shimmer brushes so they had been used heavily and were still going strong.  Be sure to shake your brushes so the mixing beads rattle before using and enjoy!

Monday, July 30, 2018

There's always time for tea

Happy Monday Friends!  

Here's some beautiful cards to perk you right up today!  

But hold the coffee, they're all about tea.  

The Beautiful Friendship paper pack was very tea themed, it even had a whole sheet of paper with beautiful teacups.  But today, I'm taking that coordinating stamp set Beautiful Friendship - Cardmaking C1720 and using it with other papers featured in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.  

This first card features the lovely Documented paper suite.  Documented does not explain how beautiful this paper is with the purples, pinks and golds mixed with greys.  If you looked at the scrapbooking kit and coordinating stamp set you'd see why it's called Documented.  

I stamped the teacup and sentiment on one of our new stitched Thin Cut Circles.  Don't forget about our rose embossing folder that I introduced nearly a year ago.  It's still available!  

This second card is from the Central Park paper suite.  It's so whimsical with houses, watercolored dots and bright colors.  I stamped the tea cups and then colored them in with our Shin Han markers and various stamps.  It was a lot of fun to make each one unique.  

And I believe this is the LAST of my posts that were destined for the Coffee Loving Paper Crafters blog hop back in May!  Whew, I finally got them posted.  :)  

With joy in my heart and coffee (not tea) in my cup, have a great day!

Friday, July 27, 2018

It's a "Use It Up" Blog Hop!

Hello friends,

Here's a Friday evening post because I'm teaming up with some girlfriends from across North America to present a little blog hop.  Welcome if you're coming to Katy's blog.  You'll be hopping in a circle and seeing it again in a couple hops. 

It's the end of July and just over a month away from a new Catalog.  Our 2017-2018 catalog and Idea Book was extended thru August 31 to make way for 1 GINORMOUS 4 month catalog.  No more looking between 2 catalogs for a while.

Since this was announced, we're learning that a few items and colors are being discontinued after being around for a year or 20+ years.  Cranberry and Crystal Blue are retiring.  They were part of the D.O.T.S. color pallet as far as I know.

My first card features Poppy, Crystal Blue, Pacifica (all retiring) and Lemon.

I've been making a few simple cards lately that use the fun cuts on the Artistry Cricut cartridge that I just haven't had a chance to use before.  I've looked at this kite many times but never made it, so here it is!

My second card is this adorable ice cream cone.  Once again, it's from the Artistry Cricut Cartridge!  These Cricut Bundles are changing in September.  They'll be $10 cheaper... but that's because they're removing the paper pack that's included.  Get it now and get a better deal with the paper!  

This card features Blossom, Flaxen and Poppy (all retiring) and the Basics Fundamentals paper pack that's already sold out.  The strip of glitter paper is very old retired pink glitter paper when we sold 3 shades of a color per pack of glitter paper.  

This card was inspired by Angie's ice cream cone card I saw on her Instagram.   

So now that you've seen my cards where's I'm using it up, please keep hopping to see more!

Please hop on over to Jayma's blog to see her use it up creation.  

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a great weekend! 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Starburst Cards & Big Dies

Hello friends,  
Have you ever made a sunburst card?  I have several bursting cards to show you and a how-to video in today's post 

In this first card, I used an array of pink and red cardstock.  Our cardstock is now double sided which means the backside is a lighter version of the front.  (There's always been color on both sides).  This opens up so many wonderful options for new colors!  

To get started, you need 3 strips of paper each cut 1x12".  Then take them and cut them again so you have 5 & 7" segments. Now cut them diagonally to make long skinny triangles.  
You'll be glueing them down to a base sheet and grabbing your paper trimmer to clean up the edges.  

Here's the video showing you how I did it.  

Now let's talk about the very front of the card.  Aren't these dies amazing?  They make creating a birthday or thank you card so quick and easy.  

They cut cardstock, vellum, foils and glitter paper beautifully.  

Colors for our local Highschool.  I snipped off the candles.  I also made the sunburst panel 1/8" smaller overall so I could matte it in black.

Football colors!  You'll get to make this card at my Football Fan workshop https://www.facebook.com/CraftyLalia/events on Aug 21st.  Kits are available!  

Don't forget, when you spend $50 on my website in any month, you'll receive happy mail from me! Often, but not always, they are pre-cut card kits of some of the cards I've featured on this blog, but not always!  

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a great day!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Postcard Perfect Iced Coffee

Happy Monday Crafty Friends!

Here's a refreshing card to kick off the week!  Each year this last week of May (yes, I know it's now July) is the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!  Here's the first one of my Coffee and or Tea themed projects.

This mason jar is was only available in May 2018.  Yep, I started this post when it was actually May.    

The REALLY good news is that the paper pack is still available in July 2018!  It's called Postcard Perfect and you can find it here on my website.  

The middle row of papers are Vellum and embossed in white.  But since you can't see white on white, they shaded it in.

Here's another Postcard Perfect Card.  Even a small strip of that beautiful tropical paper has a big impact!  The stamp set used on this card is the Beautiful Friendship - Cardmaking Stamp with Thin Cuts bundle.  It's about to sell out so if you love it, buy it NOW.  This a bundle.  If you order the dies, you'll always get the stamps.

With joy in my heart and coffee in my cup, have a great week

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Beautiful Friendship (with Tea)

Hello morning friends,

This weekend I was playing with the Beautiful Friendship papers and coordinating stamp & thin cut set (The die is almost sold out).  I finally cut into the teacup paper for my card workshop and now it's almost gone!

I also had cut a bunch of latte cups at 3" from the Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  I used the die from the teacup set for the tag and Short & Sweet stamp set.  Our mini-stapler to attach the string.  I love this effect!  See the sparkles on the lid?  I love our shimmer brushes!  They're so sparkly and don't rub off unless you apply too much.  

Last but not least, is my Impossible Card that I created a few weeks back.  

This bundle of stamps & dies is a steal at only $22.95.  But don't wait long.  There's less than 150 of these bundles remaining!  

Friday, June 8, 2018

Flash Sale starts now!

Hey friends,
CTMH has 40 items on their website for 30% off.  The sale's already started and goes through 2pm PDT on Saturday, June 9th. 

Shop here  and stop by the clearance section to see last chance items that are over 60% off!