Saturday, February 7, 2015

Am I...back?

Hello, my friends! It is I, your long lost crafter! Where have I been you ask? Well...I've been right here. LoL The truth is, I have been incredibly busy! Between 3 kidlets who are growing like weeds, and a hubby who who has PTSD, I have been very preoccupied. Also, I have had some health issues which have complicated things. BUT! I am back! To make it even better, my baby started school this year! Though I definitely miss the baby stages and having my kids home with me during the day, I am grateful to get some serious me time. I have been working at starting my own home business which is very difficult for me where I live. Unfortunately, there are no financial entrepreneur type helps for someone on territorial disability. Because of my young age, I am unable to get federal disability. So, I have found a good start. I am now an Independant Consultant for Close to My Heart! I love being able to share some of my favorite products with others. What makes it even better is that I have my very own website! This means that anybody can place their order with me and it will be sent to them directly. I am very happy and excited to show you many projects and tips-finally! As soon as I get my technical difficulties under control, I will be able to start making videos that will show you all the many different ways to use each product!

It feels so good to be back! I have missed the encouragement and joy from all of you. While I can't promise I will be perfect at what I try to do, I can promise that with your constant support I can definitely do my best. :) If there is anything you would like me to do videos or posts about, please leave a comment below so I can make a list! ;) My hope is that I can help you find the best way to bring out the passion , beauty, and absolute joy of your projects. Let me show you how!

TTFN ^.^

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Good morning, everyone! How is everyone's week going? I hope you are finding as many blessing this week as I am. :) Today is Creative Card Tuesday at My Cricut Craftroom and I have some cute cards from the new Artiste cartridge to show you.

Today's theme is Pop-Up Cards which is new for me. (Confession: I have never made a pop-up card!) I decided to challenge myself and try out one of the pop-up cards on the Artiste cartridge. What did I think?  One word-EASY! I really enjoyed putting these together. They took minutes!

I cut out two cards from pg. 51 of the Artist manual, one at 4 inches and the other at 5 inches. These are the pop-up inserts as they cut out.

Following the guide marks, I scored the inserts and folded them This is how they should look before you glue them into your cards.

I also cut the card bases themselves, again at 4 inches and 5 inches, but for some reason I have no pictures of them. The beauty of this image is that you can make your own card base for the insert. 

I kept the front of the cards very simple. I wanted the WOW factor to be on the inside of the cards. The card bases were cut out of red cardstock while the inserts and front mattes were vanilla colored cardstock. The mattes I cut myself and made them to be 1/4 of an inch smaller than the card itself.

First, I cut out this image, also on pg. 51, in both brown and red cardstock. I cut several of each at different sizes, 1 inch, 1.25 inches, and 1.5 inches. In the above photo, you see how the image cuts out. Generally the thinner, hollow heart piece is thrown away or used for another project. I used all the pieces for my cards. ^.^

I took two of the skinny hearts of the same size but different colors and cut a slit in one of the hearts. This way I can make the hearts look as if they are one piece together. 

After cutting the slit, I wrapped the red heart so that the slit was underneath the top brown heart. This helped to hide the cut and make the embellishment look finished.

For the 5 inch card on the left, I put the whole heart image together as it is supposed to be and added a sparkly font stick for the "I". The "YOU" was cut at 1 inch from the Cricut Cakes Elegant Cakes cartridge. The words "I" and "YOU" on the 4 inch card on the right were from an old stamp set. I also used a fine tip red marker to add stitching and detail to the word "LOVE" on both cards.

To finish my project, I cut the envelopes from pg.51. I cut one at 4 inches and the other at 5 inches. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week! Take care!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

MCCR Creating Card Tuesday

Good Tuesday morning, all. I hope your day is finding you happy and having a good week. Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's Creating Card Tuesday. Today's theme is Thank You cards and I have an easy one for you.

The dimensions for this card are as follows:

Card 3 in x 4 in (cut a strip 6 in x 4 in and score at 3 inches)
Purple Matte is 2 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in
White matte is 2 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in

This card is small but can be easily made larger.

The flower is from the Elegant Cakes Cricut Cake cartridge is cut at 2 inches and is found on page 69 of the booklet.

The inside is stamped simply "thanks" as sometimes it is all that needs to be said. Because of the simplicity of this card, it is easy to duplicate. In less than an hour I was able to make 6 cards. These mini cards are perfect to stash in your desk at work, your purse, or even your car for when you are in need of a quick 'thanks' for someone. :) 

'Thanks' for stopping by today! I hope you found some inspiration from my project. For more inspiration head on over to My Cricut Craft Room to see what the other Design Team members have for you. Have a thankful day!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

MCCR 100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop

Hey, everyone! Happy New Year and welcome to the very first My Cricut Craft Room blog hop of 2013!

You should have come from Jamie's blog but if you have stumbled upon my blog unexpectedly, you may want to start following the hop at the beginning.

I hope all of your holidays were blessed and that this new year finds you all happy! I know I am happy-to be on such a wonderful Design Team with AMAZING and very talented Design Team sisters. You have many wonderful project ideas in store for you today! 

Today I wanted to share with you some projects from the Mini Monograms, 9 Months, Beep Beep, and Cherry Limeade cartridges.

My first project was made using the Mini Monograms cart. I have been BIG into mini projects lately and this one followed suit. I made some fun little 'Kiss Cards'. I love leaving little notes around the house for my husband to find and these cute little cards take it up a notch. With these cards, you can leave kisses lying around the house for your special someone to find. ;) I also made tiny envelopes and a treasure box to keep them in.

- Cards are 2 inches x 2 inches (Cut a strip of paper that is 4 inches x 2 inches, score at 2 inches)
- Stitched Square is found on page 127 and cut at 1.75 inches x 1.75 inches (Real Dial Size ON IMPORTANT!!!)
- Stictched Square Shadow is found on page 127 and cut at 2 inches x 2 inches
- Circle is a 1.25 inch circle
- Lips are cut from the DisneyTinkerbelle & Friends cart. They are found on page 54 and cut at 1.5 inches (Real Dial Size ON) You can use any lip cut out you want.
-Envelopes are cut from the Artiste cart and found on page 61. They are cut at 2.75 inches
- Box is from the Artiste cart and found on page 60. It is cut at 1.25 inches.

The next few projects I will not be typing out all of the inofrmation. I am only posting the pictures in hope they will still be an inspiration to you. :)

Cherry Limeade cartridge:

Beep Beep Cartridge:

9 Months Cartridge: (please forgive the horrible pictures. I have no idea what is wrong with my camera.) 

The picture do this LO absolutely no justice.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found some inspiration here at my blog. Now off ye be to Mary's blog. If you should get lost somehow, here is the entire blog hop list. Enjoy the rest of your hop and have a great day!! Ta!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Happy Monday!

Gooooooood morning! How are y'all this fine, cold, snowy Monday? "How on earth can you have so much enthusiasm on a Monday?!?" you ask. Well, I am actually writing this Sunday night so I am pretty peppy. Honestly though, I do enjoy Mondays now that my eldest is in school. I love his enthusiasm and excitement in the morning. Believe me when I say it is better than coffee! (Especially since I don't drink coffee due to my religious beliefs.) But I did drink coffee when I was younger and my son's energy is definitely a better 'wake me up'. ^.^ 'Nuff chattin'! Let's get to what you came for! (First, how bout a cute pic just to make you smile? My kids are the cutest in the world!)

My 1yr old's 1st ice cream cone.
He just turned 2 now. *sniffle*

This was my first go at a gate fold card. It turned out WAY better than I ever imagined it. I think it has a fantasy feel to it. :) The paper both regular cardstock and part of a textured pack I bought at a toony store here in my small town. (A toony is our Canadian 2 dollar coin.) Purple is one of my favorite colors because it is both powerful yet suttle, bold yet soft - the best of all worlds when it come to coloring, in my opinion anyway. The tone on tone effect worked very well with this card. I stamped a background with a stamp from the Baroque Borders stamp set from Close to my Heart. I used a purple dye based ink. The flowers are from Martha Stewarts Starburst (I think) punch. The butterflies are cut from the Cake Basics cartridge, (that I borrowed from my hubby's collection), and they were cut at 2 inches, 1.5 inches, and 1 inch. The light purple butterfly on the ribbon was from another Martha Stewart punch. The fastener I created from some Close to My Heart's white twine, which I inked with the same ink that I used to stamp the border, and a silver bead that I glued a clear gem into. The ribbon is some wired ribbon I bought at my local Walmart and took the wire out of. I then used glue dots to hold the pleats down.

I glued a crystal gem into the middle of a bead and voila!

I stuck two clear gems together back to back with a
glue dot to created a weight at the bottom of my twine.

I had a hard time trying to find a sentiment for the inside of the card, so instead I made some tags that I could attach photos to and send to a family member. I LOVE it! I am so impressed with myself! The only problem sets the bar higher than I would like for my next project. ^.^ 

Well thank y'all for stoppin' by! I hope you have a GREAT Monday and an even better week. Take care!

Monday, December 10, 2012


Good Monday, my special viewers! How are all of you? I hope your holidays have been pleasant so far. 

With only 15 more days left until Christmas, (OH...MY...GOSH!), I am crafting up a storm! For today's My Cricut Craft Room design team post, we have been asked to make something with a star. With so many options I had a hard time making up my mind as to what I would make. So, I went to my 'needs' list and realized I need tags. After flipping through the Art Philosophy cartridge booklet, I found the perfect item. This is what I came up with.

First I cut 2 tags  on white paper. One I cut at 4 inches and the other at 3 inches. I then cut the shadows at 4 and 3 inches on a piece of gold paper. You can find the tag image on page 40 of the Art Philosophy booklet.

Next I glued each tag to it's shadow, allowing the gold to come through and add color to the stars. :)

I inked the edges, added a sentiment which I also wet embossed, added some fake stitching around the stars and voila! Two star tags made in a matter of minutes. 

To see more inspiration for the holidays, head on over to My Cricut Craft Room to see what the rest of the team has for you. 

Happy Holidays!!