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,


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,


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!


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!  


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!


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,


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!


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