Friday, April 25, 2014

CTMH Cricut Cartridge Bundle - FREE!!!

Good morning to all! I have some fantastic news to share! Close To My Heart is having a wonderful and absolutely amazing deal!

During the month of April, when you sign up as a Consultant, you qualify for a FREE Close To My Heart Cricut® collection of your choice! This is over a $400 value for only $99! (plus tax and shipping, works out to be about $124)

Art Philosophy
Art Booking

For more information about the CTHM Cricut Collections, click each of the images above or click here.

Below is the information that shows what's included in the New Consultant Kit. You will have your choice of CTMH Cricut Collection when you sign up. You only have until April 30, 2014 to sign up for this tremendous offer!


  • Read Me First Letter
  • Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Books (qty. 10)
  • Hostess Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Customer Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W471)
  • Spring/Summer 2014 B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1127)
  • Petite Perks™ Delicate Wings Incentive Stamp Set (qty. 5) (W2028)
  • Reflections™ Scrapbook Program (9037)
  • Originals Card Confidence Program™ (9036)
  • Workshops on the Go™ Skylark Scrapbooking Kit (G1072)
  • Skylark Complements Dimensional Elements (X7177C)
  • Skylark B&T Duos™ Bulk Paper (BULK322)
  • Skylark Bulk Resin Flowers (BULK340)
  • Durables Triangle Studs (Z1928)
  • Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918)
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2195)
  • Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2118)
  • Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2173)
  • My Acrylix™ Hopscotch Alphabet Stamp Set (E1028)
  • My Acrylix™ True to Life Stamp Set (C1575)
  • My Acrylix™ Believe in Yourself Stamp Set (C1574)
  • 3" × 3" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1006)
  • 4" × 5" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1012)
  • 2" × 6½" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1010)
  • Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836)
  • My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
  • My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512)
  • Sponge (Z697)
  • Liquid Glass (Z679)
  • and Cello Bags (qty. 25) (W1152)
(Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.)

Signing up is easy and only takes about 5 mins.  You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail from CTMH within a few days (sometimes immediately), at which time you’ll have access to the website (with the username & password you input on the application).  You will receive your wonderful starter kit in about a week!

Ready to become a Consultant? Let's Get Started!

Remember, you have until April 30, 2014 to sign-up for this tremendous offer! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Good morning. It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks, filled with necessary home and car repair. Life is never dull in this household. *lol*

I've been crafting a touch. I made a couple quick birthday cards for a birthday we had in the family. I don't have the step-by-step for them because it really was a quick make and give project. They were two cards I found on Cricut Design Space that I chose to use as Make It Now projects. I just used the colored cardstock that I wanted. The first card is a Cricut "make it now" design the second card is an Anna Griffin "make it now" design. I have to say, my Cricut Explore cut the out so beautifully! I have more spring and Mother's Day projects in line. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A different kind of crafty day...

Good evening,

I hope everyone had a great weekend and wish you all a great start to your week! I wanted to craft away all weekend but I wound up catching up on some much needed (seasonal) domestics. I did have one late night this weekend...couldn't sleep (sick puppy - something she ate).

Today I had to run some errands. When I got home, I was feeling like flow of part of our home was being cluttered. I'm quite fond of moving furniture and trying out new configurations. Making the flow of the home more fluid and smooth, provides me with more emotional and mental clarity. Plus it feels great accomplishing something and moving furniture can be quite a workout. *lol*  Last week, I moved my sewing station and extension table to improve the flow of my craft room. I really feel like my craft room is coming along! Let the creativity fly!

At any rate, our kitchen table has a new space but is still connected to the kitchen (just in a larger space). The dog crates have a space where the kitchen table used to be. It's much nicer having them there. The dogs are loving it too! There's no doubt that my pups feel more like they're being included, rather than secluded, in the new location. I love that they have a place that's more centrally located in our home. I could feel the joy and calmness from them tonight. Now that's a win-win!

On my sleepless night, a few nights back, I decided it was time to register my Cricut Explore! I'm attaching a vid on how to register the Explore and another of the first (Make It Now) project that comes up once you register the Explore, the "Thank You" card. It was a lot of fun making the card, using the write and cut feature. I definitely want to invest in the Explore's pen set now! The metallic silver pen that comes with the Explore write beautifully and so smooth. 

I had a slight problem at first when I went to register my Explore on my laptop (PC). It came down to a simple solution, however. It seems the USB cable that came with my Explore wasn't getting a good connection using one of my laptop's USB ports. Re-connecting it to a different USB port resolved my issue. :)

Tomorrow, I'm looking forward to doing some paper-crafting. My youngest wants a leprechaun trap. SVGCuts has a fantastic and cute leprechaun trap available, currently, for FREE!!! 

Well, I ought to get some shuteye. I have a busy, crafty day planned for tomorrow! Goodnight and sweet dreams!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Good day all! Well, my Cricut Explore has arrived! I've unpacked it but haven't been able to use it much yet. I'm setting up a space for it, so my laptop can also sit next to it. :) 

Tonight my Explore should be set up for some real work. Tomorrow, I hope to have some photos up of some SVG items cut out! I really want that vintage typewriter from SVGCuts. Looks like I'll finally get a chance to order the kit this week. :)

In the spirit of Spring, I want to make some flowery things! Now is a great time to start working on Mother's Day cards and gifts. :D I'm going to add the video of my Explore's ceremonious unboxing. Sorry if you don't hear me all throughout; I was using my iPad to record, which I don't do often. 

Also, don't forget to adjust your clocks 1 hour forward on Sunday, March 9th (or as I do it the night before)!

I wish you a wonderful and crafty day!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Good afternoon! We are already at the last day of February. How did that happen?? I'm happy, in a way that February was behind us. My household got sick, one by one, with me getting sick last. Thankfully, all is well on the homefront at the moment. :)

Well, March begins tomorrow which means Spring is hopefully near. I'm waiting for my Cricut Explore to arrive. I'm anxious to see how well it cuts SVGs! Speaking of Spring, I participated in a Spring Flower Swap with some of my fellow Cricut Circlets. 

The object was to make a Spring flower using our Cricut machines about 3"-5" in size. It had to have layers and some embellishments. Each participant needed to make 20 items, either all different or all the same. Below are some photos of the process as I made my items. I wanted to do something a bit out-of the-box than just a flower. I shipped my swap items yesterday. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else did!

I have extra supplies after making my 20 fans, so I can make a video on how I assemble them. I'll have the video posted on YouTube early next week! Next week, if not this weekend I'll have some SVG designs that I'll have up on YT and the blog!

I used the "Pagoda" Cricut cartridge for this project. This is the back layer of the fan, cut and ready to be lifted off the mat. 

To help speed up the cutting process, I use a 12" x 24" Cricut mat to load a couple 12" x 12" pages of glitter cardstock.

Here is my Cricut Expression 2 in action. It's cutting out the front layer of the fan out of the blue, glitter cardstock. The fans measure at 5 1/2" across.

This is after everything was cut, by my Cricut. I cut the top layer in two different shades of blue, glitter cardstock. All the cardstock I used was from DCWV. The 3M/Scotch Quick-Dry glue works well for this project. I absolutely LOVE this glue!

With the layers of the fan glued together, it was time to start adding the flowers. I wanted to layer the purple flower with yellow. I used my Xyron sticker maker to turn the yellow flower into stickers.

I just love using glitter cardstock! I think for the fans, it adds a nice, elegant touch.

This is the purple & yellow flower layers together. I love using my Xyron! :)

My fans are nearly complete! I decided to do a little more layering with the pink and orange flowers. I glued on flat-back gems to the center of each flower as a final. :)

Here they are, all done! This is just two of them; there were ten in each fan color. I hope you enjoyed. I had so much fun making these fans. 

I'll be organizing my craft room this weekend. My ScrapRack storage supplies arrived today. Yay! I wish everyone a blessed and crafty day!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Welcome to our 2014 Valentine's Day Blog Hop!  

You should have reached here from TiffysMom's blog. If you are just joining us, please start at RockinRenee's blog. There are so many great projects, I don't want you to miss a single one! Today we're highlighting Valentine's Day inspired projects. 

This is my first blog hop. It's been quite a few months since I've done any real paper crafting. I decided to explore the last cartridge I bought using my Cricut Expression 2 and Cricut Craft Room. I came across this cute owl and chose to make a few elements that my kids could use for their teacher's Valentine's Day cards. :)

This is my Expression 2: Anniversary Edition w/pink end caps. :) I used the Create-A-Critter 2, Cricut cartridge. I began by cutting the first and 2nd layers of the owls first. 

The dark and light pink cardstock is standard weight from Stampin's Up! I cut the owl layers and hearts using the new (green) standard tacky Cricut mat.

The phrase I cut with a standard weight cardstock from the "Holiday Collection - The Christmas Cardstock Stack" from DCWV. Also, I used the green standard Cricut mat. I cut the phrase at about 3.5" tall. 

(I used the green Cricut mat for the majority of the cutting.)

All the pieces have been cut with the Cricut Expression 2. I used the Create-A-Critter 2 cartridge and Cricut Craft Room. The owl and tree layers were cut at 4" tall.

The tree is cut out of a heavy weight glitter cardstock from the DCWV Christmas stack. I used the dusty lavendar heavily tacky Cricut mat for cutting the glitter cardstock. I also had the Cricut cut twice to make sure of a clear cut.

This is the trunk of the tree in 2 layers. The black is some light cardstock I had on hand. The polka dotted brown lightweight cardstock is from the DCWV paper stack "The Chateau Lavendar Stack". 

I cut the layers of the tree trunk using the blue lightly tacky Cricut mat. The tree trunk layers are 2" tall. I also cut the black layer for the owl on the light (blue) Cricut mat. 

The "be" was too small for me to want to use the glue, so I ran made them permanent stickers by using my Xyron sticker maker.

The layers of the owl. I really love the newest Cricut cutting mats!

Everything has been cut out and layers glued together using Scotch (3M) Quick-Dry Adhesive. I love using this glue for paper crafting, including when I make 3D items. It's a glue I always have on hand and highly recommend!

"Owl Be Yours"

The tree is just adorable!

 The owl is so cute!

Thank you for joining me. Your next stop on the hop is with cricutaddicted!

I wish you a lovely, blessed and crafty day!

Here is the entire blog list:

1. RockinRenee - I came, I saw, I created.
2. HappyScrapper64 - Random Thoughts of a Scrapbooker
3. gonescrappin - Col's Creative Corner
4. Hrvatica  - Croation Crafter
5. Scootingranny - Scootingranny's World
6. MamaC - Carolyn's Creative Corner
7. Greenie8705 - Gina Beana's Crafts
8. MariaJ - Stamp, Cut, Create!
9. Di&Co - Creating Is Like Breathing
10. Dragonfly50 - Designs by Dragonfly
11. TiffysMom - Angie's Paper Passion
12. *Violette* - Whimsical Treasures 
13. cricutaddicted - ScrappingForMoreFun <<< GO HERE NEXT!!
14. LoriSjogren - The Singing Shell
15. Scrapalette - Around the Block with Scrapalette

Friday, February 7, 2014

Good day all! I'm starting a new blog. I've decided to post about all my artistic and crafty adventures here. I'm participating in my first ever blog hop. That post will go live tomorrow!  

Here's a sneak peak....