Cricut Art Philosophy Thanksgiving Place Setting

Art Philosophy Turkey Fry Box

It’s just one week until Thanksgiving.  Are you ready?  Here’s a creative idea for place settings using CTMH’s Cricut Art Philosophy Collection.  We made this project at this month’s Stamp Club.  We started with the Fry Box cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy in Saddle Cardstock.  We then added a Saddle Fundamentals Cardstock piece for the head (love the beautiful glossy embossed look of these papers–but what’s even better is that it’s still 2-sided giving you twice the creativity!)  We did a little free-hand cutting for the beak and gobble.  We used the Chalk Marker for the eyes (simple and cute!)

The feathers were created by cutting out leaves from the Cricut Art Philosophy and then we did a watercolor technique using ink pads and our *NEW* All-Purpose Mat.  We finished by embossing them with the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder to give them more texture.

For the final touch–add in a fun treat.

Join us at this weekend’s Stamp Convention!

If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, you should plan to attend Saturday’s Stamp Convention at the Newark Pavilion from 9 am – 4pm.  There will be several stamping/scrapbooking vendor booths at the event including a Close To My Heart one.   They’ll be plenty of shopping and Make-n-Takes (we’re offering a FREE one!)  Be sure to come and see the latest designs and learn new techniques.  For more details, click HERE.

Artiste Tote Made with It’s the Little Things

It's the Little Things Artiste Tote

This darling little tote cut from CTMH’s Cricut Artiste cartridge was one of the projects my Stamp Club made this month.  It uses this month’s Stamp of the Month–It’s the Little Things.  It incorporates random stamping, masking as well as using the Quilling Tool to roll the 3-D flower (also cut from the Artiste.)

Cricut Artiste Tote with It's the Little Things

Remember, this stamp set is only available for the month of November.  And when you spend $50 or more this month, you can get it for only $5!  To see It’s the Little Things, click HERE.

How To Send Cards To Our Troops!

In honor of Veterans Day, I thought it would be a great time to let you know how you can get involved in giving back to our military.  First of all, if you have a bunch of blank cards lying around, you can look into Cards for Soldiers.  They have information about their specifications HERE.  These blank cards can be sent to soldiers to be used to write home to friends and family.  Or if you want to get involved with others in making some cards to send (and you’re local to the San Francisco Bay Area) you can look into attending a Cut-N-Paste Card Making Event.  This group will provide supplies necessary–you just bring the creativity! To learn more about attending one of these events, click HERE.  And finally, if you want to send a note of appreciation, you can look into Kards4Soldiers HERE.

Happy Veterans Day.

End of Soccer Season Gifts

End of Soccer Season Goodie Bag

It’s official, the Fall Soccer Season is over.  Phew, we made it!  I’m excited to have my Saturdays back as well as my Wednesday and Thursday late afternoon/evenings back, too (at least until Spring time!)  My son’s coach asked me if I could make up the End-of-the-Season Gifts for each of the players on the team.  With limited funds and also knowing I hate all the little trinkets my kids get that lay around our house, I was on a mission to try to avoid that.  Initially, I found some great 4″ soccer balls at Target and was so excited because they were CHEAP and looked great–but they only had 2 and I needed 12!  Boo.  Even with the numerous Target stores in our area, I was unable to find enough so plan B…Amazon!  Not quite as cheap (nor as well made!) I found some similar 4″ soccer balls that would fit the bill.

Soccer Wrapped Candy Bar

With the little bit of money I had left over, I decided to get some Hershey’s Chocolate Bars and wrap them up in a stamped candy bar wrapper complete with a foam soccer ball for added dimension.  Needless to say, these were a hit!  One player even referenced the possibility of a golden ticket in the wrapper from Willy Wonka…not something I even thought of, but could be a great idea for future ones for sure!


Be Creative

I love this image…it’s such great advice!  Want some more great advice on how to boost your creative juices?  We all need help once in a while, right?  Hop on over to CTMH’s Blog to read their article “8 Ways to Boost Your Creative Juices” they posted earlier this week.  Click HERE to read the article and then be sure to be creative today!

It’s the Little Things Congratulations Card

It's the Little Things Congratulations Card

Today’s card was created with Close To My Heart’s November Stamp of the MonthIt’s the Little Things.  I love these types of stamp sets–they have great solid images along with outline images for an amazing amount of versatility.

The stamp set lends itself to layering of images–whether stamped from light to dark or stamped and cut out–it’s up to you!  This set can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying $50 order.  Or you can purchase it for it’s retail cost of $17.95.  But remember, It’s the Little Things Stamp Set is only available for the month of November.  To get your stamp set before it’s gone, click HERE.

Tool Time: CTMH’s Paper Trimmer

Today’s Tool Time is all about the SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer offered by Close To My Heart.  In this 1-minute video, you’ll learn all the benefits of this trimmer.  Next to picking the perfect adhesive, finding the right paper trimmer is key to enjoying your time scrapbooking, cardmaking or papercrafting! And out of the many paper trimmers I’ve used over the years, this one is truly my favorite!

A Candy Corn Halloween

Candy Corn Box

Happy Halloween!  For many, it’s just not Halloween until there’s candy corn involved, right?  I created this fun Candy Corn Box as part of a SUPER fun Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge Close To My Heart was doing on their *NEW* blog (found HERE.)  And guess what?  I won!  Yay!  You can see all the other winners HERE.

Side View Candy Corn Box

I used the following supplies to create it:

  • Honey Cardstock (X5668)
  • Goldrush Cardstock (1243)
  • Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
  • Dot Embossing Folder (Z1924)
  • Chevron Embossing Folder (Z1925)
  • Autumn Assortment Baker’s Twine (retired)
  • Bone Folder (Z1204)
  • Hole punch

And if you are interested in making one yourself (or something similar) I have a step-by-step tutorial HERE.  This particular box was created using a 9″ x 4-1/2″ sheet of cardstock.  Enjoy!


If the Broom Fits Witch Card

Halloween Greetings Witch Card

Today’s fabulous Halloween card is compliments of Terry M.  The stamp set she used, Halloween Greetings is a real fun one.  You’ll notice that it coordinates beautifully with images from the CTMH Cricut Artiste Collection.

The other supplies used to create this card are:

  • Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (44751)
  • Scaredy Cat Paper Packet (X7185B)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Pear Cardstock (X5764)
  • Purple Shimmer Trim (Z1919)
  • ShinHan Pastel Green Marker (Z2459)
  • ShinHan Light Orange Marker (Z2455)
  • ShinHan Pastel Peach Marker (Z2460)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

To shop for supplies, click HERE.

How I Make a Difference as a Stamping Business Owner!

Tomorrow is ‘Make a Difference’ Day so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to talk about the partnership Close To My Heart has with Operation Smile–an organization that provides free, life-changing surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

It only costs about $240 and 45 minutes of time to change the life of a child forever.  And CTMH donates a percentage of every stamp sale to Operation Smile.

As a CTMH Consultant, I get to help make a difference every day.  If you attend any of my classes or place orders directly with me, I’ll ask you if you want to round up your order total and donate that spare change to Operation Smile–every little bit helps!

And starting next month, CTMH will be offering a special You’re the Bomb Stamp Set where $3 from each set sold will go to Operation Smile.  The set comes with 18 images (sentiments and images) and will only cost $13.95.  It’s a win-win!  But it’ll only be available through March 2015–so be sure to order it early and help make a difference in the life of a child!

Frightfully Fun Halloween Card

Frightfully Fun Halloween Card

It’s only a little over a week until Halloween so I thought I’d share some fun Halloween cards I received from a swap I participate in.  Today’s card was made by Terry M.  I love how the design of this card allows you to use up those small scraps you have left over from other projects.  Also, the outlining with our *NEW* ShinHan Markers of the ghost, mummy and skull is such a great idea–it works perfectly!  Here are the supplies needed to make this card:

  • Frightfully Fun Stamp Set (B1453)
  • Creepy Creatures Stamp Set (C1522)
  • Archival Black Stamp Pad (44751)
  • Pastel Green ShinHan Marker (Z2459)
  • Light Orange ShinHan Marker (Z2455)
  • Warm Grey ShinHan Marker (Z2467)
  • Clay ShinHan Marker (Z2451)
  • Scaredy Cat Paper Packet (X7185B)
  • Kraft Cardstock (Z1375)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)

To shop for supplies, click HERE.

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