Saturday, December 6, 2014

Easy Neighbor Gifts For This Holiday Season

These are a few neighbor gifts I made up for the boutiques I participated in this season.  They are pretty easy to make them up yourself if you still need an idea!  

My friend Angie designed the "Grate" and "Joy" tags.  

Merry and Bright was super simple!  I cut out a tag shape using the  Z1686 Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  "Merry & Bright" is from B1468 Merriest Christmas stamp set stamped in  Z2116 Cranberry Ink.  

Sunday, November 30, 2014

CYBER MONDAY SALE! 20% off All Cricut Collections!

Cyber Monday Only: 20% Off All Cricut® Collections!

I am so excited about the special promotion CTMH is having for Cyber Monday!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price.  Including the newest cartridge, Artfully Sent!  It is by far my favorite!   Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night. Go HERE to snag yourself an awesome deal!

 Artfully Sent Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut® collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is "just because"! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards.
Collection includes:
1 – Cartridge (700 images: Cards and Font)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
1 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

 Art PhilosophyFeaturing hundreds of basic, versatile shapes and fonts you'll use every day, many of which coordinate with dozens of our My Acrylix® stamps, this collection is a must-have for every crafter!
Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection includes:
1 – Cartridge (700 images: font, shapes, and 3-D items)
3 – My Acrylix™ D-size stamp sets
3 – 9" × 12" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)
 ArtbookingTake your scrapbooking to never-before-seen levels with the new Cricut® Artbooking collection! With oodles of images in each of 15 layout themes, you can create several coordinating pages for each theme using just two keys and one dial size. Images include accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats—in standard photo sizes!—and more. The Cricut® keys are optimized for creating 12" × 12" pages in a jiffy. You'll also love creating 10 themed mini books, also optimized for several different sizes using just two keys and one dial size. When you're finished cutting, use the coordinating stamp sets and Dimensional Elements shapes to add even more pizzazz!
Collection includes:
1 – Cartridge (700 images: Font, Mini Books, Layouts)
3 – My Acrylix™ D-size stamp sets
3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)

 ArtisteWith just the touch of one Cricut® Artiste key you can take your creativity over the top with wonderful 3-D projects, party favors, interactive cards, awards, and more! From robots and spooks to weddings and Valentines, your cupcake wrappers, invitations, and party essentials will coordinate and come together for any celebration! Includes a step-by-step assembly booklet for the 3-D projects.
Collection includes:
  • 1 – Cartridge (700 images: themed projects, cards, fonts, shapes, and 3-D items)
  • 3 – My Acrylix™ D-size stamp sets
  • 3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Happenings Crush Book

This makes such a fun gift or coffee table book you can add to year after year.

The My Crush Holiday Happenings book has 30- 8 1/4 x 6 1/2 pages in a mix of styles.  The cover is kraft hardcover with a foil gold accent.  It is all bound together with wire.  

On the cover I added a piece of gold shimmer trim punched with a scallop border punch to the bottom of the tree and then added a badge button.  I printed Christmas pictures starting with the year we had our first baby and I have a ton of room to add more for many more years.  My kids have had so much fun looking through the book again and again.  

The pages are so cute on their own, or you can add the Holiday Happenings Assortment that includes: 4- 4x6 cards
8- 3x4 cards
18- 2x2 cards
4- 4x4 sticker sheets
2- 4x4 alphabet sheets
4- 2x2 envelopes

You can go HERE to order all the supplies to create your very own holiday crush book.

Thank you to my friend Sonja for the inspiration for this Christmas Crush Book.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Artfully Sent- Cricut Cartridge Class

Thank you to all who came to my Artfully sent class on Friday.  We had a great time and I hope you had fun learning about the new cartridge.  This is an overview of the class for those that were not able to attend.

I would like to start by saying I LOVE this cartridge.  This is by far my favorite of the 4 cartridges CTMH offers.  I sat down to create a few samples for my class and I couldn't stop!  I'm warning you now, this cartridge is a tad addicting.

The Artfully Sent cartridge can make up to 400 different cards!  The cartridge bundle comes with 3 D-sized stamp sets.  One sentiment set, a frame set, and an alphabet set that matches the font on the cartridge.  You will also get a 24 pack of white cardstock (and you'll need it!)  All for only $99!

Each Key Makes Eight Cards:
1 Pop-up 
1 Scene
2 Sentiment
1 Sleeve
1 Sleeve Companion Card
2 Pocket Cards (Picture My Life)
A Font and envelopes with liners

I took one key and made everything I could.  I chose the Christmas themed button.  It is page 46 in the Artfully Sent cutting guide book.


The pop up cards might seem a little scary, but they aren't too bad I promise!  They are super fun and surprising easy!
 • Fold entire card in half
• Push one tab forward then fold card and crease well
• Push next tab forward then fold card and crease well
• Continue until all tabs are pushed out and folded

The card front is from a different button, but I thought it went well with the nativity scene.

There are a couple different scene styles.  This one I believe is what they call a swing card.  I cut the card base and then using the shift key cut the coordinating piece that fit onto the base.  I added a little shimmer trim for the star and B&T on the front.


The sentiment key has fun and simple cards.  The sentiment is cut into the base so all you need to do is add a contrasting color of cardstock to make it pop.  You will have a great card in a matter of minutes!  I cut this card out of Glacier (my new favorite blue).  Sponged the image to get it to pop and added white cardstock behind it.  I also added a little bit of shimmer trim to the side.

These two cards were made from the shift function of the sentiment key.  The top one I messed up and had my real dial size button selected.  I thought it was an odd size, but I went with it adding layers.  Then a few days later I figured out my mistake and cut it correctly to get the bottom card.  Even faster and easier adding white cardstock behind the cut out pieces and glitter paper behind the star.


Sleeve cards are intended to create a card that fits a photo.  They can be sized down to 3 1/2 inches to fit gift cards.  One side is a decorative front and has a solid back and tabs to glue it together.  I added the white piece on top from a different key for my pull out.

This card is made from the shift function of the Sleeve card.  This card is an overlay card and is sized at 5x7.  I have always stuck to the standard size card, but I'm loving the larger size.  I used the sentiment stamp set and the frame stamp set that come with the cartridge.  The paper in the background is from our Yuletide paper packet.


These are cut at 4x6 & 4x3 making them perfect to go along with our Picture My Live product line.  For these two cards I simply added contrasting colors behind the cut out piece. I added some layers and attached it to a standard size card base.  Shimmer trim and sequins are always a must!

This key also has an envelope and a liner that I didn't take a picture of, but turned out so fun.

I was asked where I got my color inspiration for these cards.  I took our Snow Haven paper packet and Yuletide paper packet and laid them out on my work space.  Using the cardstock that is included with the kits I cut the cards, and then accented with the B&T papers.  I used shimmer trim and glitter paper on a lot of these, because what are the holidays with out glitter?

I was having so much fun, I didn't stop with with this button and will share more creations soon!

To order your very own Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge Bundle go HERE.   It is truly the perfect Christmas gift for yourself or a crafty loved one!  The gift that keeps on giving!

Thank you to my friend Diana Veenendaal for her helpful tips on this cartridge!

Monday, November 17, 2014

November Craft Night - This Friday!

Craft Night is this Friday the 21st!  7:00 PM @ my home.  We will be doing some holiday crafting and I will be teaching a class on the new Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge.  Everyone will be able to make a card featuring the November Stamp Of The Month and the Cartridge (See Picture).  Let me know if you plan on attending so I have enough spaces and projects ready.

I am super excited!  It's is going to be awesome!  I will be offering a promo with the new Cartridge, stay tuned for details!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Workshop On The Go Pathfinding Cardmaking Kit

I love the workshop on the go kits because it includes everything you need to create a great project and instructions!

I loved the stamp set in the Pathfinding Cardmaking kit so I ordered it even though I wasn't too thrilled about the cards shown in the idea book.

I took the instruction guide in the kit and cut the pieces then came up with cards that were more my style.  They were so simple and and took no time at all to create!

This kit is such a great deal.  You will get the stamp set, B&T paper, cardstock, card bases and envelopes, sequins assortment, shimmer trim, and the instructional brochure.  All for only $24.95 plus shipping and tax.  Go HERE to order yours!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

November CTMH Special - $5 Studio J Layouts!

During the month of November celebrate the 5th anniversary of Studio J with $5 layouts!  That’s a 25% savings!  There are 5 new kits available in Studio J to create with the latest and greatest from CTMH!  I plan on catching up on my scrapbooking and creating Christmas presents!  Go to my website and click on Studio J to get started.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November Craft Night

Date: Friday November 21st
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: My home in North Salt Lake
Project:  Gifts Bag, Cards, and Tags (see photos)
Cost:  Gift Bags - $2.50 each (includes Hershey kisses)
           Snowman & Reindeer Cards $1.50 each (includes decorative envelope)
           Tags $.50 each
Add Sweet Salutations or Merriest Christmas Stamp set for $11.50 each
RSVP and Prepay by Wednesday November 12th

CLASS & Bonus Project- I will be teaching about projects and cards you can make with our new Cricut Cartridge, Artfully Sent.  You will be able to make a project using this cartridge.

Bring a Friend! When you bring a friend who is new to craft night you and your friend get to choose a goodie out of my basket!  Items include stamp sets, accents, and more!  

Monday, November 3, 2014

Simple Treasures Boutique

I will have a booth at the Simple Treasures Holiday Boutique.  I have made neighbor/teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, cards, gift card holders, pendants, and more!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pathfinding Paper Packet & Have a Happy Day Stamp Set

One of my favorite things about being a consultant is participating in team training meetings and swaps.  We had a fun training meeting in September.  The above card is the card I made for our swap.  I used my new favorite stamp set D1616 Have a Happy Day.  I also used Pathfinding Paper Packet, Gold Shimmer Trim, and our new Sequins.

This card I made out of the left over pieces from our Craft Night bonus project in September.  Instead of the tree I stamp the Thank You sentiment.  Same paper packet, same stamp set, different card.  

You can purchase these items on my website HERE.