Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The latest video in Artbooking Made Easy shows two adorable mini albums using the elegance keys.  Love the 8.5x11" album - what a fun book to put together!

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Just finished the last of my Christmas shopping today (I thought I was done but then I thought of a few more items).  I haven't wrapped anything yet though.  I wonder if Santa will lend me an elf or two for a couple of days.....

Holiday hugs,

Paige

Monday, December 16, 2013

3-D Ornament Christmas Card for Heart2Heart Sparkle and Shine Challenge

Hello my crafty friends!

Today I'm sharing my last post for the Heart2Heart Challenges Design Team this season.  We were challenged to make a project using the colors from our Sparkle and Shine paper pack - Ruby, Juniper, Slate  and White Daisy - such fun Christmas colors I knew I'd have to finish up my term by filling up my Christmas card stash!

This fun 3-D card was created by cutting out 4 of the ornament image, folding down the middle and gluing them back to back.  It will fold down for mailing and pop back up when its pulled from the envelope.  What a fun surprise for the person who gets this for Christmas!


Top view to show the dimension on this one.

This card is also a "Sneak Peek" at an upcoming special workshop kit in January - the kit will be called Cloud 9 and comes with washi tape, glitter tape, some fun embellishments, a super trendy stamp set and 5 awesome card patterns.  I took the card patterns and put them all into CCR and cut the workshop featuring different papers and accessories.  I just LOVE how beautiful and classy our patterns are - if you change up the papers and embellishments you get a whole new feel!  

I'll be sharing the rest of the cards over the next week or so and then show you a picture of the Cloud 9 kit - you're going to LOVE it!  It will be available for $15 with a $35 purchase as of January 1 - so worth it as you get a full D size stamp and THREE full accessory packs!

*If you order the kit through me, I'll send you the CCR file so you can cut the entire Cloud 9 kit without having to hassle with a paper trimmer!  My exclusive file uses our Artiste cartridge and I have a bonus layer for the 5 Christmas cards I'll be sharing over the next week as well.  If you love using CCR, consider joining my Hostess Club as I add new files to my exclusive Hostess Club CCR file drive every month! 

So are you ready to get your Sparkle and Shine on and join us in this color challenge?  Simply make a project using the color combination of Ruby, Juniper, Slate and White Daisy and link it to Heart2Heart Challenges and you'll sparkle and shine right up through the New Year!

Holiday hugs,

Paige

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Snowman Kisses Tic Tac Holder

Welcome to our Festive Friday Blog Hop!  


If you have come here from Jamie's Blog you are on the right track!  This hop is circular so if you keep going around you'll eventually get back here.  If there are any links broken along the way, you can get the blog links by visiting Diane, our hop train conductor HERE.

For this month's hop I'm sharing one of the items I created for the Holiday Bazaars I was a vendor at this year.  These little cuties were one of the items that sold out for me.  I had SO much fun doing the holiday craft bazaars and meeting new ladies!  

This shot shows the dimension I created by using fabric puff paint for his eyes and belly.  Isn't he too cute?

Thanks for stopping by for our Festive Friday hop!  Now head on over to Mary Ellen's Blog and see what she has created to give you holiday inspiration! 

Hope your holiday season is off to a great start!

Paige


Video - Swirlin' Shapes - making a dynamic layout

Check out this video from Close to my Heart corporate that shows you how to create a fun dynamic layout using gradually increasing sized shapes using our Cricut cartridges!  This would be a great way to use up scraps of materials and add some pizzazz and movement at the same time!

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What a fun technique!  

Paige

Monday, December 9, 2013

Frosty Fun Winter Layouts with Artbooking

Here is another video in the Artbooking Made Easy series from CTMH corporate.  Love the beautiful winter layouts!

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 Pretty cool huh?  I love the ideas they give in the Artbooking Made Easy series.  It's so nice to see the layouts made up with our papers and accessories to compare with the drawings in the Cricut booklet!

This weekend was a fun finale to the craft fair season.  I had a great time at the North Bend Elementary Bazaar and the Si View Holiday Bazaar.  I was so pleased that my items were a hit and several of them sold out completely in the two days!  I'll definitely be scheduling more holiday fairs for next year and coming up with an even greater variety of projects - I didn't even have layouts or cards there!  It was gratifying that so many people liked my items and said they were beautiful.  I think the nicest compliment was the lady who said my table looked like a Pinterest board.  I wish I had taken pictures of the table before the sale - I always seem to think of that AFTER the event, sigh....

Stay crafty my friends!

Paige

Friday, December 6, 2013

Craft Shows this Weekend

Calling all holiday shoppers!  Still have a few elves on your list to buy for? Looking for  that perfect little teacher gift or stocking stuffer?  Visit my booths at the North Bend Elementary Holiday Bazaar and the Si View Holiday Bazaar this weekend and Santa will put YOU on the nice list!


Where and When:

Friday, 6th December - North Bend Elementary (by the North Bend Library) from 4-8PM

Saturday, 7th December - Si View Holiday Bazaar at the Si View Community Center in North Bend from 10AM-3PM

Hope to see you then!

Holiday Hugs,

Paige

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Video - Making Subway Style Art

Here is a fun video from Close to my Heart showing how to use Modpodge and Cricut cuts to create custom home decor wall art in a subway tile style.  I think this would be a terrific and easy Christmas present to make for someone as long as you have a little time to let things dry between steps!

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Anyone going to give this a try?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Hello Card with Artbooking and Artiste

I made a trio of cards today for the Heart2Heart Challenges "Framed Up" challenge using one of the cute photo frames in Artbooking.  I customized some text to read hello and added the balloon and cloud images from Artiste.




Isn't if fun how making a few minor changes to the card - the color of the background, adding some faux stitching and putting on some glitz, changes the feel of the card?  

I hope you'll get into the right "frame" of mind and join us in our Framed Up challenge this week at Heart2Heart!

Did you have a nice holiday?  We had a lovely dinner followed by some online shopping and on Friday I hit the sales with all three of my kids - I know, super crazy but we all had a lot of fun.  Yesterday I took the kids to see Frozen along with a couple of my daughter's friends.  The teen girls really loved the movie and my boys thought it was okay.  If you've seen the movie then you'll get this comment from my youngest son "the movie is just like Diehard 1".  Comment if you've figured out why - I don't want to leave spoilers in my post! 

Thanks for stopping by my crafty peeps!

Paige


Monday, November 18, 2013

Game On Challenge for Heart2Heart Challenges

This week's challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges theme is "Game On".  I'm pretty sure most of you can figure out that I went with a Scrabble theme for my card!  Do the dashes and dots on the card edge remind you of morse code too?


I put a bit of Liquid Glass on the Santa tiles to pop them up and give them a bit more emphasis - its a clue to which word to read first.


I cut the tiles from an retired paper pack called Cruisin'.  I've been using our Metallic Markers a whole lot lately for Christmas projects and I LOVE them!  They give a nice thick shiny layer and don't smell bad like Sharpies do.  They come ins a silver/gold set perfect for adding a dash of shine to your holiday projects.

I hope you'll stop by Heart2Heart Challenges this week and joing the fun with our Game ON challenge!

Stay crafty my friends!

Paige

C1567 Santa Claus
Chocolate Ink
Metallic Markers
Red Glitz Glitter Gel

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Santa Hershey Candy Bar Pull

Thanks for joining me today on the Festive Friday Blog Hop!  If you came here from Jamie's Blog then you are on the right path.  This hop is a circular hop so if you keep going you'll come right back here after seeing lots of fun holiday items!

For today's hop I'm sharing a project I've made for a boutique show I'm doing tomorrow - an adorable Santa Claus Hershey Candy Bar Pull.  The idea for these has been around for years but this year I upped my ante on these cuties by using our Glitter paper to make the buckle and the buttons for Santa's coat.  I love the way they came out!



I added a layer of Liquid Glass on top of the black glitter circles to give them extra dimension and shine - they really do look like magic buttons.  I even embossed his belt to look like leather.  I know, I know, I was having too much fun!

The boutique show is tomorrow night so wish me luck!  I've made a bunch of different projects for sale at this show and I also have a couple of other shows lined up now too.  Its kind of an "in for a penny, in for a pound" type of thing as I just kept crafting like a mad woman over the past couple of weeks.  I might even post a few things on my blog for sale in the next couple of weeks for quick stocking stuffers so if you are interested, send me a note! 

Now hop on over to Mary Ellen's Blog and see what she has to share this month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paige

List of all the blogs in case you get lost:
2.Rebecca Brown
3.Michelle Bowley  
4.Carol Loftus
5.Linda Pekrul
6.Jamie Barney
7.Paige Dolecki
8.Mary Ellen Driggs
9.April Grigson
10.Theresa Miller
11.Brenda Lapp
12.Ashley Denny
13.Mary Schwimwer(Ida's Attic)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Word Bubble Doodle Card - Final Card in Kit!

Awwww.....




To order your kit, send a note toPaige@Stampologist.com and let me know which kit option you'd like.  I'll PayPal invoice you for your kit and ship around the 15th!

Stay crafty my friends!

Paige

Friday, November 8, 2013

Word Bubble Doodle Cards - Card #5 of 6 Hello Birdie!

Isn't this "tweet"?  Find out how you can order a kit to make all 6 cards or double it down to make 12 by scrolling below!




To order your kit, send a note toPaige@Stampologist.com and let me know which kit option you'd like.  I'll PayPal invoice you for your kit and ship around the 15th!

Stay crafty my friends!

Paige


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Word Bubble Doodle Card #4 - Love You!

I'm really loving the Aqua Dots - those tiny self-adhesive gems that look like brads.  They really add so much and you get 108 in a package for just $3.95!




To order your kit, send a note toPaige@Stampologist.com and let me know which kit option you'd like.  I'll PayPal invoice you for your kit and ship around the 15th!

Stay crafty my friends!

Paige

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Word Bubble Doodle Card #3 - You Make Me Smile

I can't help it, I think talking mustaches are cute!  If you do too, order your kit today so you can make someone smile!






To order your kit, send a note toPaige@Stampologist.com and let me know which kit option you'd like.  I'll PayPal invoice you for your kit and ship around the 15th!

Stay crafty my friends!

Paige


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Artiste Word Bubble Doodle Card #2 - Card Kits Available!

I love this word bubble because it always reminds me of that movie line "you had me at hello".  Wouldn't you like to make this cutie patootie card to send to someone who needs a cheery note?  Scroll to the bottom to see the full card kit and order your set today!


Full card class!

To order your kit, send a note to Paige@Stampologist.com and let me know which kit option you'd like.  I'll PayPal invoice you for your kit and ship around the 15th!

Stay crafty my friends!

Paige


Monday, November 4, 2013

Artiste Word Bubble Doodle Cards - Long Distance and Local Kits Available!

Today I am the DT blogger for Heart2Heart Challenges and its a good thing because I've been MIA from my own blog for two weeks!  Too many things going on in October in my house so I'm glad to be rolling into November now!

Today's challenge at Heart2Heart Challenges is Gratitude.  I was able to share on the H2H blog what I do with my family to help them be grateful -I ask them to tell me three good things about their day.  They can share anything they want - that they enjoyed their sandwich at lunch, they had a funny conversation at school, they did a good job on a homework assignment, a good book they are reading, just about anything as long as it made them feel good.  I started this years ago to help us focus on having an "attitude of gratitude" and keep our hearts and minds positive.  Give it a try with your family and you might be surprised and illuminated by what their answers reveal!

When it comes to my craft room the thing I have the most gratitude for is my Cricut and the Close to my Heart cartridges - Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artbooking.  I adore not having to fuss with dies to create class materials and I love using Cricut Craft Room because I can then export and share the projects I create. I'm grateful for our fab acrylic stamps that coordinate with cuts on the carts making my life so much easier. Plus my art has definitely been taken up a notch by using this awesome tool!  There is nothing better than just feeding paper in one after another and having an entire layout workshop pop out!  And lets face it, there is no way I could ever purchase 700 dies (or want to store them) for just $99!

With that in mind, for this challenge I created a 6 card class using Artiste and the Word Bubble stamp which is one of the three sets that comes with the Artiste Cricut Bundle.  I wanted to create some fun and funky doodle cards with this set and I really like the way they came out!  For the next 5 days I'll be sharing the cards for this class and how you can order a kit for yourself!

Card #1 of 6


Sneak Peek of Full Class:

Fully cut and stamped kit ready for assembly.  Contains 6 standard sized cards and envelopes with hand stamped sentiment bubbles as shown.  Kit also contains one full package of CTMH Aqua Dots to embellish your cards.  Additional items you will need - fine tip black pen (I used an Extra Fine tip Sharpie), adhesive and pop dots.  

HOW TO ORDER YOUR KIT:
Cost of a 6 card kit is $15 + shipping  
Get a 12 card kit (2 sets of papers, one Aqua Dots) for $20 + Shipping 
Kits must be ordered by 11/15 and will be shipped shortly thereafter.  
To order send a note to Paige@Stampologist.com letting me know which kit you'd like and I'll PayPal invoice you for the kit.

I'm grateful to YOU for giving me some space in your inbox and following my blog!  Your sweet comments and your CTMH orders are what keep me going as an artist and a Close to my Heart consultant!

YOU are one of my three good things...

Paige

Monday, October 21, 2013

Lovely Lace in Pinks and Browns

This week's challenge at Heart2Heart is to create something with a "lace" theme.  You can use actual lace, stamped lace, lace something up, etc.  The only rule is to use some CTMH product on your finished item!

I've had the Workshop on the Go stamp from Buzz and Bumble for a while now and only just ink it up.  I try really hard to use all my stamps as they come in - partially so I feel like I'm getting my money's worth out of my supplies (that's the frugalista in me) but also because sometimes your stamps surprise you (that's the artist in me).  The bottom lace panel on this card is a stamp that comes with the Artbooking cartridge but when I inked up in brown and repeated on the small piece, it took on a whole new look to me!
I used a combination of watercolor pencils, reinker and alcohol markers to color the flowers for this one.  

I hope you'll join us at Heart2Heart Challenges this week and create something "lacey" to share!  If you need to pick up a few CTMH supplies for your project, visit my online shopping site!


Stay crafty my friends!

Paige



Friday, October 18, 2013

Festive Friday Blog Hop - Snowflake YoYo Card

Welcome to our Festive Friday Blog Hop!  


If you have come here from Jamie's Blog you are on the right track!  This hop is circular so if you keep going around you'll eventually get back here.  If there are any links broken along the way, you can get the blog links by visiting Diane, our hop train conductor HERE.

For this month's hop I made a fun interactive YoYo Card using a snowflake design.  A couple of weeks ago I shared a video tutorial I made on this technique - to see how to make this card click HERE to watch my video!





Thanks for stopping by for our Festive Friday hop!  Now head on over to Mary Ellen's Blog and see what she has created to give you holiday inspiration!  

To shop for the products used to make this card, visit my shopping site here:


Stay crafty my friends,

Paige

Direct links to products used:
Paper - Colonial White CS, Wonderland (retired)








Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Holidays from the Heart Blog Hop! Season's Tweetings Card

Welcome to the Holidays from the Heart Blog Hop!  We are celebrating the wonderful products now available in the Holidays from the Heart gift guide.  To see the guide and the new products, click HERE.

For my project I used the new Season's Tweeting's Gift Bag Kit seen here:
The gift bags are awesome for small presents or treats for teachers and neighbors and I just HAD to have that fun stamp!  How cute is that owl and all the "tweet" sayings?  For this project I used the stamps along with our new Sparkle and Shine paper pack.




And here is the SPECIAL from Close to my Heart - order $100 in product from the Gift Guide/the Idea Book and you'll get one of the special starred items in the Holiday Gift Guide for free!  How great is that?  There is even a D size stamp you can get with a $100 order PLUS you can get the October SOTM for just $5 so you can get a bonus $30 in product for FREE with this special!  To grab some goodies for yourself, visit my online shopping site here:


Click on any of the images below to visit the participating hoppers for more inspiration. Check back each day until Sunday, Oct. 20th, as our hoppers continue to add new artwork. If you like what you see, leave some comment love!

This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters.  Please do not enter a linky if you are not a member of this group.  ALL are welcome to visit the hoppers and be inspired by the art we are sharing!

gift guide hop logo


Monday, October 14, 2013

Oh Snap! Belated Birthday Camera Card - October's FREE CCR file!

One of the many icons on our new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge is a fun camera shape used in one of the mini books.  When I saw that this week's challenge for Heart2Heart Challenges was to create a card with a shaped base, I knew this was the shape I wanted to use to create a belated b'day card with the "Oh, Snap" title on it.  I'll admit up front that I am way better at making cards than getting them in the mail on time so some belated b'day for my stash was just the thing!
I created the shaped base in Cricut Craft Room by taking two images, flipping one and welding them together at the top. The card is standard sized - 5.5x4.25" to fit into a regular envelope.
Decorated inside:

This cutie will be the free file for the month of October to anyone who purchases through me!  Place an order of any size and I'll e-mail you a copy of the CCR file set up to make a pair of these cards - cause if you are going to make them you might as well make two at the same time! This will also go into the Hostess Club CCR file drive for those lucky ladies who participate in my club - want to find out more about my club and how you can get all my files?  Click HERE.

I hope you'll join us at Heart2Heart Challenges this week and create a fun shaped card to share!  Shaking things up with a shaped base is always fun and with our Cricut Cartridges doing the heavy work, its easy as can be too!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stay crafty my friends!

Paige

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