Today it’s rainy and pretty dreary where I live. But I actually like it. It’s a change in weather, something I feel like there isn’t enough of in California (it’s important to note that I grew up in the Midwest so I am accustomed to some pretty dramatic weather changes!)
I felt like this card offered some great hope for a beautiful spring. Plus, I’m absolutely in love with Close To My Heart’s *NEW* Chelsea Gardens Paper Collection! Check out those beautiful patterns!
And you can’t go wrong with a stamp set called Welcome Spring! (I also really love the “Sunny days” sentiment! Several people have already pointed out this stamp set to me because of my blog name. I just need to mask off the “s” from the image and I’ll be good to go!) 🙂
I designed this card using CTMH’s *NEW* Make It From Your Heart Volume 4–it’s all about cards! Yep, 54 pages of wonderful inspiration for cards. The new collection contains 24 new patterns simple enough that you can create cards quick and easy, but also with room to embellish to your heart’s desire.
I used the soft colors in this paper collection (Juniper, Fern and Glacier) along with Sponge Daubers to ink up the sentiment. It makes for a nice multi-colored image and is easy enough to do.
I love the look of the angles in this pattern and felt this ribbon cutout from CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection was a perfect focal point for the card. And the final touch was 2 small Bitty Sparkles (love these gems, but you definitely need to use a pair of Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors or a pair of Tweezers with them!)
Be sure to check out all the new crafty goodness in Close To My Heart’s Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog that was just released. I have no doubt you’ll fall in love with an item or two (or ten!)
It’s only 26 days until Christmas. Can you believe it? If you are on my mailing list you’ve already received a couple of handmade gift ideas you could use this holiday season. And another will be coming out this afternoon (so if you aren’t already on my mailing list–it’s not too late! Sign up before 1pm Pacific to get this week’s project tutorial.)
But I figured you can never have too many handmade gift ideas, right? I especially love the one I’m sharing with you today. It’s sort of like an easy scrapbook for those who don’t want to scrapbook. It’s a Memory Shadowbox. It has a top loading mechanism which makes it perfect for inserting tickets from movies, sporting events, plane tickets, photos and more. Anything that you want to save to remember a moment.
The wonderful thing about this gift is you can personalize it easily. I chose to get a 12″ x 12 ” size Shadowbox so that I could adhere a sheet of scrapbook paper to the back of the box. This is where you can make it perfect for the recipient–choose a pattern of paper that fits their personality. Or you could do as I did and use a basic neutral pattern so that the photos, tickets and other items are what pop in the box. I used paper from Close To My Heart’s Basics Paper Fundamentals (which incidentally are 30% off this month!) You’ll have to excuse the reflection of the clouds in my photos. It was incredibly hard to capture a photo since everything reflected in the glass of the Shadowbox!
I used 3 of the fonts from Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut Collections. “Memories” is from the newest You Are Here Collection, “The Best Things in Life are” is from Flower Market and “the people we love, the places we go & the memories we make” is from Artbooking. Luckily, all of these collections are still available in the physical cartridge collections. You might recall I shared the news weeks ago that Cricut announced they will no longer be producing physical cartridge collections. This means the exclusive CTMH Collections will be available on a while supplies last basis.
To make creating this Memory Shadowbox even easier for you, I’m giving you the Cricut cut file. Yay! So if you have a Cricut Explore you can create this project in no time at all. Just get yourself a top-loading Shadowbox, some vinyl and your favorite scrapbook paper and you’ll be all set!
‘Tis the season! Black Friday advertisements have already begun. Early Black Friday deals are even being offered. Holiday shopping is definitely upon us.
Have you ever made your wrapping for your holiday gifts? From simple boxes to darling totes, creating your own holiday wrapping can be easier than you might think (especially if you own a Cricut machine!)
CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection
This Poinsettia Tote came together quick and easy using my Cricut machine and CTMH’s exclusive Cricut Collections. Here’s my tip for creating beautiful dimension to your poinsettias (found on the Cricut Flower Market)–use a Bone Folder to slightly curl back the petals. It adds a nice pop of dimension with very little effort.
Another fun tip is that you can color our *NEW* White Pearls. Yep, I simply took our Marigold ShinHan Marker and colored a pearl for the center of my poinsettia. How fun is that?!? You can customize and coordinate with any color scheme your project needs.
My sentiment is from the Silver & Gold Cardmaking Stamp Set. I stamped it in New England Ivy ink.
As you can see from the light blue outlines around the ornament images, this stamp set has a coordinating die set.
To start making your own holiday wrapping containers, check out CTMH’s exclusive Cricut Collections on my ONLINE CTMH WEBSITE.
CTMH Cricut Artbooking Collection
Attention all Cricut lovers! It was just announced that Cricut will no longer be making physical Cricut cartridges. What does this mean for you? Well, if you’ve been eyeing one of Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut Collections but haven’t yet pulled the trigger and purchased it, NOW is the time to act!
CTMH Cricut Artistry Collection
As a result of this decision by Cricut, CTMH’s Cricut Collections offered as a physical cartridge, will be available while supplies last!
CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection
If you’ve seen these exclusive Cricut Collections, you know they are worth the cost! Not only do you get 700 images (wow!), you get a full package of cardstock as well as 3 coordinating stamp sets. Pretty impressive.
CTMH Cricut You Are Here Collection
Even our *NEW* Cricut You Are Here Collection is in limited supply for the physical cartridge option.
To purchase the exclusive CTMH Cricut Collections in the physical cartridge format before they’re gone, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.
Happy National Coffee Day! In honor of the day, I made up this fun card to celebrate.
I love the combination of Glacier and Peacock together. It went together pretty easy as I was able to cut out the darling coffee cup using CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection along with the *NEW* Block Alphabet Thin Cuts dies.
I cut each letter out twice, adhered them together with Bonding Memories Glue and then embossed them with CTMH’s *NEW* Rose Embossing Folder to give them more texture.
To purchase CTMH products, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.
Happy 1st day of Fall! I’ve been wanting to share this adorable wreath I made, but figured it would be perfect to share now that the fall season is officially here.
I’m in love with the rich, warm hues of the *NEW* Falling for You Paper Collection.
If you are joining us at the Holiday Extravaganza next month, you’ll get to make your very own wreath! Haven’t signed up yet?! You still can. You can attend in person or get a kit mailed to you with all the supplies you need–complete with step-by-step instructions and pictures.
Sign up for the Holiday Extravaganza!
My favorite time of year is almost upon us. I love the start of autumn (even though here in California it is still hot, hot, HOT!) and all of the holiday crafting that ensues. If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that each year I do a promotion called my 12 Weeks of Christmas.
Each week for the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas, I send my mailing list subscribers a fun holiday project complete with step-by-step instructions. It’s my way of saying thank you for choosing me as your CTMH Consultant and supporting my small business. You’ll find projects ranging from cards, gifts and even holiday wrapping ideas. It’s a lot of fun!
If you aren’t currently on my mailing list, I encourage you to consider signing up! Just click the yellow “newsletter” button on the top right column and you’ll be all set when I send out my first project idea the first week in October.
Today is National Watermelon Day. Did you know that? I sure didn’t until I saw it listed in my planner for today.
It seemed like the perfect opportunity to create a card! Plus, when I checked if I had any watermelon images on the Cricut cartridges I owned, this cute watermelon slice popped up in my *NEW* Cricut You Are Here collection. Serendipity, right?
I grabbed my *NEW* Whimsy Fundamentals and Basics Fundamentals along with some Raspberry Cardstock and got to work. I then added some Black Shimmer Trim, Black & White Dots and some White Twine to finish off the card. All-in-all, it came together pretty quick.
If you’re a fan of watermelon, be sure to celebrate today. Jamba Juice is even offering a special in honor of the day. Time to go enjoy some watermelon!