Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Thankful Heart...For So Many Reasons!

This morning, I went to a class...yes, I had the opportunity to be taught!!  It was at my friend Marg's house.  I've linked her blog because you really should go see here at The Tater Patch.  You'll enjoy her blog!  Marg was my very first downline when I re-joined Close To My Heart in 2011, so after all this time, I am so glad I was able to take one of her classes!  We made the Thankful Heart box that is on page 53 of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book along with the gratitude cards.

Isn't that so pretty?  It went right on the hutch in my kitchen, and we'll use it for Thanksgiving Day.  I loved this class for a few different reasons:
  • I was able to spend the morning hours doing what I love - creating!
  • I spent the morning with friends, and that's an excellent way to spend any day!
  • Marg's workshop was smart.  Not only did she teach me some great techniques, but she taught me how important it is to remember the beautiful, beautiful artwork in the Idea Book.  A very smart workshop indeed!
And if that weren't enough, then Marg handed me this pretty pink bag.

And this is what was inside...

Oh, I was over the top excited!!  The Close To My Heart Convention is at Disney, and Marg knows I love to make fun things for my team members that come with me.  Look at all those mouse heads and princess crowns!  I can't wait to create with these!!

I have a very thankful and overflowing heart today.  I have such wonderful, giving, and caring friends.   So many of them I am fortunate to call team members, and that makes my heart really happy.  I didn't know so many of the Rose Blossoms before they came to my team, but each one holds a special place in my heart.  God has really blessed me!

Thanks for stopping by this weekend!! 

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Gratitude Journal

I just wanted to get a quick post in on this late Friday night.  I think this gratitude journal took me about 15 minutes to make.  The star of the journal is shimmer trim and glitter paper.  
What a fabulous journal for this time of year!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winter Wishes

I decided to have a little fun with the October Stamp of the Month this morning.

I so love working with our Cricut cartridges outside the box.  I started with a 5-1/2" white daisy square base.  I used the Artbooking cartidge to create a 5-1/4" snowflake overlay to cover the front.  "Winter Wishes" is from To You and Yours.   The postage stamp is cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge.  Now don't you think that bear stamp is so cute!!  I stamped it in cranberry on the postage stamp, and then I stamped it on a scrap with glacier to make the scarf.  I used a couple of scraps to make the banners, and then I added some snowflakes that had been cut from the overlay. The silver sequins are such a fun embellishment, and that's how I finished off the card.

What a cute thinking of you card to send in those cold winter months!
Thanks for stopping in today!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Artfully Sent + Gift Bags

When someone asks me if Artfully Sent is just for cards, I always tell them a resounding "no!"  There is just so much that you can do with this cartridge, and my goal is to show you some of those other things!!

I've used card fronts to decorate these bags.  Because they are "see through" sentiment card, I used gold and silver glitter paper behind them. What a fun way to decorate bags!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what's new in my craft room!
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Getting Spooky with Cricut Vinyl

I have never cut anything with Cricut vinyl, so when my leader posed a challenge for a new technique, I had to give it a whirl.  I need a simple Halloween/Fall container for my craft fair, so this is what I came up with.

How fun and easy is that?!  I was very hesitant to try this, so if you are...don't be!  
These are the settings you need for your Cricut Expression:
Blade Depth - 3
Pressure - Medium
Speed - High

I have to get more of this vinyl and try some other projects.  I purchased a Cricut Explore last week on HSN, so I'm hoping to delve into a lot more projects!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and make today your very best day!!
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Visit Me at the Craft Show!

If you are local, come and see me at the Blaine High School Craft Show!

Saturday, October 18th
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This is one of the nicest craft shows that I participate in, and I know many vendors and crafters that agree.  Not only are we spoiled greatly by the Swim and Dive team carrying our product in and out, but there are just so many wonderful crafters there.  I always find the perfect handcrafted gift!

I'll have a wide assortment of gifts for various occasions in my booth, and I will also be selling Close To My Heart paper, complements, and some very popular stamps.

 Today I wanted to show you a sampling of some of the Halloween treats I will be selling.  It has been so much fun to make these!!  
(Who wouldn't want a coffin filled with chocolate eyeballs for Halloween?!)

I'll come back again this week to share some more fun items that will be for sale.  I hope to see many of my local friends on Saturday!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rose Blossoms Artfully Sent Blog Hop

Welcome to the Rose Blossom blog hop!  This month, we are pleased to bring you some Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas using Artfully Sent.

If you came here from Marg's blog, then you are on the right track.  Marg is a dear friend and exceptionally talented team member, so I am certain you enjoyed her Artfully Sent project!  This hop is a great big circle, and there are six blogs to hop today.  Should you get lost along the way, I've got all the blogs at the bottom of my post.

I made a swing Christmas card today using two different keys on Artfully Sent.

There are 41 swing card projects on Artfully Sent, and they are found on the Scene key.  Here are the two pages from the book that I used for this card (pages 47 & 48).

As you will notice, the book tells you to cut the card at 7".  This will make a 5" x 7" card.  However, I wanted a standard card, so I turned my dial to 5-1/2".  I cut the base of the card once in white daisy, and once in the glacier blue print from Snowhaven.  I brought the base into Cricut Craft Room to hide contours and make the various colored snowflakes, and the black snowflake overlay for the left side of the card.  If you are unsure of how to use Cricut Craft Room, you can also cut a silver glitter paper and a black Snowhaven print card base.  Just cut the pieces you need and fit them to the card.

I cut the the inside overlay from the Scene +shift key shown below.  Because the images are linked, and I re-sized my card, I needed to cut this one at 5-1/2', too.

Let me show you how this all looks up close:

As you can see, I tucked little pieces of green glitter paper behind the trees and leaves.  I used silver glitter paper behind the diamond cut outs.  The red enamel hearts added just the right pop to this card!

Now it's time to hop over to the Kim's blog.  She is amazingly talented, and I can hardly wait to hop over to see what she has created!!  Enjoy the circle hop!  I know the girls on my team, and I know they are not going to disappoint you!!

Should you get lost along the way, just come back here to the list of blogs.  If you just click on the name, it will take you directly to the specific post!

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