Tag Archives: Cricut Artistry

Here’s To You Special

CTMH Here's To You Special

Ready for a *NEW* Special with Close To My Heart?  The Here’s To You Special features four (4) limited-edition stamp sets along with two (2) kit options for creating cards, scrapbook layouts or home decor pieces perfect for a special occasion like a wedding or for an everyday moment for a special friend.

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Super Girl Z Fold Card

Super Girl Z Fold Card

Today’s card is one I am so excited to share with you because it’s so awesome!  This card was made by my sister-in-law, Barb Baldwin.  She has amazing talent for creating interactive cards. It helps that she is a pro at designing and creating on her Cricut machine!

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Hoppy Easter Card

Hoppy Easter Card

If you enjoy sending Easter wishes to friends and family, now is the time to start thinking about making those handmade cards!  Today’s card is a perfect Easter Card–it’s one I received in my swap from Janice Hodgkin.

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DIY Butterfly Mobile by Close To My Heart

CTMH Butterfly Mobile

One of the amazing and beautiful projects you can make with this month’s Pretty in Pink Special is this lovely Butterfly Mobile.  This video walks you through the process–step-by-step!

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Creating a Football Scrapbook Layout

CTMH Football Scrapbook Layout

Today I’m sharing a little creative inspiration into the process of creating a scrapbook layout–CTMH style.  Karen, will lead you through a wonderful football scrapbook layout where you’ll learn some techniques, design elements and see some great CTMH products in the process!

Happy creating!

Welcome Spring Card

Welcome Spring Card

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!)

CTMH Chelsea Gardens Paper Pack

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!

CTMH's Welcome Spring Stamp Set

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!) 🙂

 

Make It From Your Heart Volume 4

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.

Welcome Spring Card Closeup

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.

Welcome Spring Card Layers

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!)

Day 2 CTMH Boxing Week Specials

CTMH Boxing Week Sale

It’s now Day 2 of Close To My Heart’s Boxing Week Specials.

Boxing Week CTMH Cricut Special

CTMH Cricut Artistry Digital Collection–30% off!

Today’s spectacular special is on another one of Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut Collections.  You can get the Cricut Artistry Digital Collection for only $55!

Check out the other deals for today on my ONLINE CTMH WEBSITE.

A DIY Christmas Village Tutorial

 

CTMH Holiday Expressions Catalog

Have you seen the cover of Close To My Heart’s Seasonal Expressions Catalog?  It’s got a darling Christmas Village on it.  So cute that many have been asking how they can create their very own Christmas village!

Papercrafted Holiday Village

Well, today Close To My Heart has answered the many, many requests on their blog.

The winter village on the cover of our Holiday Expressions idea book has been getting a lot of attention, SO we are breaking it down on the blog today for you to make one of your very own!

First things first—to replicate our little paper houses exactly, you will need 3 kraft tapered tote boxes, two 6″ and one 8″ like these:

kraft-taper-top-boxkraft-tapered-tall

When we assembled our village, these were readily available at one of our local craft stores, but we’ve found some similar options available online that you can use to get the same look (see the recipes’ below for the links).

Now, let’s take a look at how we transformed these boxes into festive holiday decorations!

9″ Sparkle House

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X7225D Beary Christmas Paper Packet
X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
X7224C Cats & Bats Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z3348 Thin Cuts—Scallop Border
Z4037 Thin Cuts—Tree Line Border
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
8″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Use Beary Christmas pocket scrapbooking cards for roof
  2. Trim holly from Beary Christmas zip strip to attach to front windows
  3. Front door is a sticker from Cats & Bats Complements
  4. Use a gold pearl as doorknob
  5. Dovetail “SPARKLE” sticker from Silver & Gold Complements and attach above door
  6. Fold chimney, cut to fit on rooftop, and attach with thin 3-D foam tape
  7. Attach cotton ball to roof inside chimney and pull up to create “smoke”

 

7″ Shine House

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X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5954 Pewter Cardstock
X7225C Beary Christmas Complements
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
6″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Use scallop border Thin Cuts to create the shingled-roof look
  2. Green tree on front is one of the white trees from the Beary Christmas Complements colored with marker
  3. Front door is a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements
  4. Attach black tree with thin 3-D foam tape
  5. Side shutters are a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements

 

7″ Bright House

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X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5954 Pewter Cardstock
X7225C Beary Christmas Complements
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z3371 Gold Pearls
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z341 Glue Dots® Mini Dots
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
6″ Kraft Tapered Tote Box
Cotton Ball

Tips:

  1. Front door is a trimmed sticker from Silver & Gold Complements
  2. Draw a line with journaling pen to create double doors
  3. Green tree on front is one of the white trees from Beary Christmas Complements colored with marker
  4. Embellish green tree with red glitter stars from Beary Christmas Complements
  5. Attach black tree with thin 3-D foam tape

4½” Village Lamp Post

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Materials Needed:
Z3366 Silver Foil Paper
1386 Black Cardstock
X7226C Silver & Gold Complements
Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
1772 Glue Dots® Ultra-Thin Dots
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection
4″ Black Dowel
Glue Gun

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
½” Shape <Hlloween> (cut 4, p. 43)
1″ Shape <Hlloween> (cut 2, p. 43)

Tips:

  1. Attach two 1″ silver foil paper circles to dowel by wrapping dowel with thin 3-D foam tape
  2. Attach silver foil circles to each other at top with glue dots
  3. Wrap black shimmer trim to one end of dowel
  4. Glue together four ½” black cardstock circles to form base
  5. Attach dowel to base with glue gun

 

Trees

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Materials Needed:
X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet
X7225D Beary Christmas Paper Packet
Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker
Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2¾”, 3½”, and 4″ Icon-2 <Christms> (cut 2, p. 48)

Tips:

  1. Trim stars and tree trunks off the Cricut® shapes
  2. Cut slit up the middle of tree shapes and slide them together to stand
  3. Color edges with marker

Aren’t those so adorable?!?  They are definitely something you’d want to pull out each year and use to decorate your home.  So very festive and charming.  Plus, the fact that they are homemade is the cherry on top!

To purchase CTMH supplies to make your own Christmas Village, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.