Saturday, July 27, 2013

3D card

Here is the 3D card I made for my team card swap. I used the passages paper pack from long ago and the artiste cricut cartridge. I added the grosgrain striped ribbon and pearls. The stamp is Just the Ticket. I stamped the base ticket with second generation and rock and roll technique in desert sand then I stamped the sentiment in cocoa.

Gen Con Cards and Layout

Here are the cards and layout we will be making at Gen Con.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Use Your Stash Blog Hop - July Flowers

If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" in July you are right on track. This month we are showcasing Flowers. So WELCOME! You should be coming from Janet's Blog. There are 6 participants this month. If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on below.
  1. Wendy Kessler - http://www.myscrapbookingblog.com
  2. Janet McCormick - http://worksofheart2011.blogspot.com
  3. Rachel Ventura - www.happyscrappinsquad.com
  4. Nikki DeWitt- www.nikkidscraftyblog.blogspot.com
  5. Tabbi Fritz- www.adhesiveaddict.com
  6. Shirley Ross - http://www.momnmescrap.blogspot.com/2013/07/use-your-stash-blog-hop-flowers.html
Let's get started. I created these paper flowers. So, I definitely have a ton of flowers but I was traveling this month and left all my projects back in Washington. So instead I will be showing this technique of flower making. 
 First cut out 3 - 7 cricut fowers and spray them as desired with reinker or distress them.
 Layer them and punch a hole in the middle
 insert a brad
 scrunch the first flower while the paper is still wet from the water and reinker
 then scrunch up the next layer and so forth until you get to the last layer.
Unscrunch the flower and allow it to dry into the shape you desire. You can also round the petals with a quilling tool or piercing tool.
Add the flowers to any layout as is or sontinue to develop the flower (see below)
 
  Mix some liquid glass, reinker, and glitter together in a craft jar.
 Add the shinning mixture to the edges of your flower
 
 Allow to cry completely before adding to any layout or card.
 
Now hop on over to Nikki's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash. Don't forget to leave a comment :) Have a great day and Happy Scrappin' 


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Claire Workshop on the Go

This is the Claire Workshop on the Go my club worked on this month!
   Click on any image to zoom in!
 
This is the 2nd layout


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hook & Loop Dots Velcro


Discover the ease of creating a temporary closure on a papercrafting piece with Hook & Loop dots Velcro adhesive from Close To My Heart. Hook & Loop dots are perfect for enclosing memorabilia, sealing a papercrafted purse or box, and more! Check out this video for some awesome ideas.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Background Stamps

Learn tips and tricks for using Close To My Heart's versatile background stamp sets to create continuous images, personalized patterned papers, and nested designs. Watch the Video Here


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Claire Stickease Layouts

Here are my Stickease layout from the Claire Paper Pack
 Click on any order to zoom in!



Friday, July 5, 2013

Discover the Possibilities of Cricut® Craft Room


If you love your Cricut® machine, then you are going to adore all of the fabulous things you can do with Close To My Heart Cricut® cartridges in the Cricut® Craft Room. Create layers, cut negative space in the shape of your choice, make borders, and link elements together for a connected look. It’s easy! We’ll show you how.

Here is how to get started with Cricut® Craft Room:
  1. Create a FREE account in a few easy steps.
  2. Download and run the application for PC or MAC, depending on the type of computer you use.
  3. Connect your Cricut® machine to your computer using a Type B USB cable. (Note: For more info on this type of cable, see your Cricut® user’s guide or your local electronics store.) Once you have connected your computer to your Cricut® machine, the “Load Mat” button is the only button you will ever need to push on your machine in the entire process. Cricut® Craft Room will do everything else for you.
  4. Once inside the application, choose the type of Cricut® machine you own.
  5. Insert your Close To My Heart Art Philosophy or Artiste cartridge into your Cricut® machine.
  6. In the lower left portion of the application there is a tab that is labeled “Images/Cartridges.” Select “All Cartridges” from the dropdown menu. (Note: You must choose a cartridge that you own. You can also purchase individual images from the Cricut® store.)
  7. Scroll to find the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy or Close To My Heart Artiste cartridges you own.
  8. The virtual mat in Cricut® Craft Room is just like the mat you’ll load into your machine. And, it is oriented the same way that you will load your mat into the machine, with the arrow at the top.
  9. To drag an image to the mat, simply click on the image in the image selection tool box and move it to the mat.
  10. Once the image is on the virtual mat, you can adjust the placement by clicking on the image and moving it to any location on the mat.
  11. Now that you know the basics, you can start creating and exploring the possibilities!

Follow these steps to create the negative space on a card base, like you see on this Cheer Up card, featuring images from the Art Philosophy cartridge:
  1. Select the “Card” tab in the Art Philosophy images. Find the card base you prefer and drag it onto the mat. (We used Square 1 for the Cheer Up card.) The image will be cut in the exact direction and location that you place it on the virtual mat. At the top of the screen, or at the left under the “Shape Properties” tab, you’ll see size boxes. Enter the width and height for your shape. This is the size it will be cut on the machine, regardless of what size your machine indicates on the flip screen.

  1. Choose an image to cut out of your card front. We have chosen a butterfly by going to the Basics tab, clicking the “Show Shift/Lock Images” at the bottom, and then selecting the butterfly. Drag the image to the right side of the card base, position it, and alter the size, as desired. Once the image is in place, you will see a cut-out image in its place. This Weld feature is automatically on unless you disable it, and allows you to see how the card base will look with your images cut out.

  1. Select another image, drag it to the card base, and position it how you’d like it. Continue adding images to the card base, if desired.

  1. To cut your finished artwork, load the mat into your Cricut® machine and insert the corresponding cartridge. Next, press the green Cut button at the top of the computer screen and follow the prompts. The machine will cut the shapes as you have prepared them in Craft Room. If more than one cartridge shape has been added to the project, the machine and screen will prompt you with instructions.

Here are so more artwork examples that have been made using Cricut® Craft Room software. Follow the instructions below to learn some more fun tricks we used in creating this artwork.

Birthday Greetings card


Here’s how to create the bracket frame as shown in this Birthday Greetings card:
  1. Drag a card base from Art Philosophy cartridge and size it to be 9" wide and 4½" high.
  2. Add a 1½" bracket frame (from the Basic tab) to the center of the right side of the card. So far, all of the shapes have been placed in Layer 1. You can add additional layers using the Layer feature located toward the top of the screen, directly above the mat. Each Layer will be cut from a separate sheet of paper and is indicated by a different color on the screen. Using the Layer feature allows you to fully design your Cricut® shapes before cutting any pieces.
  3. Add a second Layer by clicking the plus sign. Click and hold the Layer 2 tab and drag the tab to the left so it is first in the row. This allows you to see the second Layer on top of the first so you can visualize your finished project. Drag a 3" bracket frame to the card base and position it over the 1½" frame. Then, still using Layer 2, add a 1½" bracket frame in the center of the 3" frame.
  4. Maneuver the Layer 2 frames so that they perfectly line up with the Layer 1 frame. Use your keyboard arrows for exactness.
  5. Cut the pieces following the prompts on the computer screen and Cricut® machine. Layer 2 will be cut first, so be sure to load that paper first. Then load a new sheet of paper for the Layer 1 pieces.
  6. Embellish the card as desired.

All Boy page


Want to create a border that spans the entire length of your 12" page? It’s easy!
  1. In Craft Room, change the mat size to 12" x 24" under Machine & Mat tab on the left of the screen.
  2. Drag your selected border to the mat and rotate it so it is vertical.
  3. Change the height of the border to 12". It will automatically change the width proportionally unless you click the aspect ratio button between the width and height measurements.
  4. Whether you have a 12" × 24" mat or a 12" × 12" mat, you can use this function with a 12" × 12" piece of paper. Simply place the border as close to the top of the Craft Room mat as possible, but not exactly flush with the top.

  1. Cut the piece following the prompts on the computer screen and Cricut® machine.
To create the title with the letters joined together to form one piece instead of individually cut letters…
  1. Drag your letters to the mat
  2. Overlap portions of each letter to connect them
  3. Use the Weld feature to join the letters together seamlessly.
  4. Cut the piece following the prompts on the computer screen and Cricut® machine.
There are so many possibilities to explore in the Cricut® Craft Room using the versatile Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges from Close To My Heart!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Free CTMH Downloadable each month




At CloseToMyHeart.com/rediscover you’ll find a new, free download each month (posted on the 1st) as well as information about:
  • the Idea Book
  • finding a Consultant
  • hosting a Gathering
  • becoming a Consultant
  • the free download

Rediscover Happy.

Share the happy! Download these free, colorful “you make me happy” tags now through July 31 and brighten someone’s day. Attach them to a gift or hide them around the house and watch the happy happen!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Artbooking Cricut Cartridge by CTMH

Join me as I take a peek at the new products. This is the Artbooking cartridge!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Canvas Workshop half off!


July’s Work the Workshop campaign, which features the discounted Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit (G1062) in July—no qualifying purchase required! From July 1 to July 31, this trendy kit, regularly priced at $39.95, is now discounted to $19.95—more than 50% off! Take papercrafting to the next level with this adorable home d├ęcor piece that you can display for all to see. This campaign item is while supplies last and no qualifying purchase is needed.