Love of Crafting Treats

Can you believe that August is almost over? I have been working away in my craft room trying to prepare for upcoming events, when I realized that this adorable stamp set will be gone in a few days. ūüėĘ Honestly, the For the Love of Crafting stamp set is one set I wish was available throughout the year.¬† I have been able to create so many projects with these sentiments and images.

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Before the month ends, I had to show you one more project I have been working on for a special group of ladies.  These fabulous little treat bags were simple to create using the For the Love of Crafting stamp set and our Close to My Heart products.

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I simply cut out the two tags from White Daisy & Poppy cardstock using images from our You Are Here Cricut‚ĄĘ collection. I brushed light blue¬†watercolor¬†onto both tag backgrounds to match the gift bags.¬† I then splattered red watercolor and¬†shimmer¬†onto the larger tag.¬† Once both tags were dry, I stamped each image in Memento Ink and shaded in the word “Glitter” using a Journaling Pen. I then added some more shimmer (of course) to the word “Glitter” to make it really stand out.

 

Add a few Black Dots, some leftover ribbon and twine, with, of course, chocolate, and these treats are all set to give away to some very deserving women.

If you haven’t had a chance to purchase the¬†For the Love of Crafting stamp set, make sure to get a hold of one before August 31st.¬† Many of our products, like the Poppy Cardstock & Memento Ink, are retiring at the end of the month. You can visit the GOING SOON section of my website to see a full list of the retiring products AND if your order totals $50.00 or more*, you can get the¬†For the Love of Crafting stamp set¬†for ONLY $5.00. ūüėĀ I can’t wait to see what you create with this set!

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June is STAMP-endous

Stampaganza is back! During July, buy any two My Acrylix¬ģ¬†stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value free! Choose from stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, plus the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that we’ve brought back just for July!

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I am so excited that Close to My Heart has brought back their popular Solos stamp sets which can also be purchased in two different bundles, one for letters and one for numbers.  I will be creating a few projects with these sets during the month of July,  but while you wait, you can find a plethora of inspiration on Pinterest using these adorable stamps.

 

There are so many amazingly talented crafters out there who have used these stamp sets to create layouts, cards, gifts boxes and more.¬† If you are a lover of our Idea Books, you will also find quite a few ideas using these stamps in our “older” idea books or past catalogs.

To learn more about the Stampaganza Special and Bundles and how you can get THREE FREE solo¬†stamp sets, visit my FAQ page or come talk with me at one of my July events.¬†There are no limits to how many special items can be ordered, and there are no limits to the numbers of stamp sets you can purchase. All items in the monthly special are only available through July 31st, 2018.¬†Because stamp sets are made in-house, this special is not considered ‚Äúwhile supplies last.‚ÄĚ

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial Uploading an Image

Many times I am looking for a specific project I want to make, but I cannot find it anywhere in Cricut Design Space‚ĄĘ.¬† This is when the “Upload” feature comes in handy.¬† I can add just about any image I find online into my Canvas and create a cut image, write image, or a print-then-cut image. This past week, I really wanted a specific box that was not in my Images files, so I found an SVG file and uploaded into Design Space‚ĄĘ. Today, I am going to show you how I did that.

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Design Space‚ĄĘ Instructions:
1. Using your favorite search engine, search “SVG Box File”.¬† I found one that I liked on The Craft Chop.¬† (Make sure the site you choose is reputable and that you have up-to-date antivirus software on your computer.)
2. Save the file onto your computer. Take note of where you saved the file so you can find it later.¬† I have a file called “SVG Files” in my Google Drive that I save all of mine to.
3. Open a New Project in Cricut Design Space‚ĄĘ.
4. Choose UPLOAD, then choose UPLOAD IMAGE.


5. BROWSE to find the SVG image you saved earlier. Open the image and it will appear on the screen.

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6. NAME and TAG your image so that you can find it later.  Choose SAVE.

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7. You will see the image you uploaded in your “Recently uploaded images” files.¬† The image will remain in your files until you Delete it.¬† (You can delete the image by choose the (i)information button and choosing delete.)


8. Select the image you wish to load onto your Canvas and choose INSERT IMAGE.
9. As you can see, all of the lines are turned into cut lines once the image is uploaded. You will need to choose the “Scissors” image next to each line and change it to a “Score Line”.


10. SELECT ALL and ATTACH so that the Score Lines are attached to the image. Resize as needed and Make it.

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That’s it! Now you have the perfect box you need to your project.¬† Be sure you watch your inbox so that you can see¬†the Father’s Day Card & Box project I created using this image. I can’t wait to see what you create in Design Space‚ĄĘ.

If you have been considering upgrading you machine so that you play along in Cricut Design Space‚ĄĘ, now is the time to take advantage of an amazing special.¬† May 25th through June 6th,¬†Cricut Explore¬ģ machines are on sale starting at $149.99 PLUS you can get FREE shipping using the code MAYSHIP.¬†

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Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop

I truly enjoy playing with paper to create original cards and treat boxes.  If you are like me, then this workshop is just for you.  On June 23rd, you will have to opportunity to make FOUR cards and this adorable little Fourth of July Treat Box using our New Fresh Air products.

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The deadline to register for this event is Monday, June 11th. To sign-up for this workshop, please email me and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase. 

You can choose to purchase a Basic Kit (two cards & the box), Master Kit (four cards & a box) or just the box itself.¬† I also have pre-stamped kits available for those who cannot attend and Workshop Guides for my long-distance crafters. The guide for this kit includes a Design Space‚ĄĘ file for this¬† box created by me that you are welcome to use on all of your future projects.¬†

You can visit my Fresh Air Cardmaking Workshop page to learn more about this workshop and the kits that are available for purchase. 

If you enjoy card making as much as I do, make sure to take the time to visit my website to see all of the amazingly simple Workshop Your Way Cardmaking Kits that Close to My Heart has to offering including the In My Heart Kit. This kit creates TWELVE cards using our rustic Fresh Air Papers.

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If¬† workshops are “not your thing”, you are always welcome to come catch-up on your own crafting projects at my June CTMH Crafternoon.¬† (All proceeds for my CTMH Crafternoon will benefit Operation Smile.)¬†¬†I hope that you are able to attend one of my workshops in June and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Don’t Forget to RSVP

This month, I have some amazing workshops planned for you as well as a Crafternoon of Fun.  You only have a few days left, though, to reserve your spot and kits for each of these May Workshops. I know that your lives get busy, so here is a quick reminder of what I have planned for you in the next few weeks.

BeautifulFriendshipCC-LayoutsSTOREAt my Beautiful Friendship Workshop on May 19th, you can come and create six amazing pages using our adorable Beautiful Friendship collection.  If you cannot attend, you can order a kit from me and I will ship it to you at an additional cost.  Workshop guides are also available for purchase or FREE with a $30 order from my website. 

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You will also have the opportunity to create this splendid little Tea-riffic Teabag Holder and card.  Each kit is ready-to-assemble and includes everything you need to make these projects.  I will be providing you with the inks and stamps needed, and you will have the option to purchase additional Tea-riffic Teabag Holders using other papers from the Beautiful Friendship collection.

Since May is National Scrapbooking Month, I am also offering a Postcard Perfect Album Workshop on May 26th, where you can come and create albums to preserve those “Postcard Perfect” memories.

 

For all of my card making friends, I am offering a  Postcard Perfect Card Making Workshop where you can come create ten adorable cards using the Postcard Perfect collection of products.

You will need to reserve your place at these workshops BEFORE May 12th.  All you need to do is send me an email to misscarriectmh@gmail.com and let me know that you wish to attend the Beautiful Friendship Workshop, the Beautifully Tea-Riffic Workshop , and/or the Postcard Perfect Workshops.  Space and kits are limited. 

While you are at it, make sure to take some time for yourself and catch-up on some of your crafting projects at my CTMH Crafternoon on May 19th. You will have plenty of room to work, access to FREE WiFi at the library, plenty of outlets for your electronics, and receive a FREE Seasonal Expressions Two catalog.  You are welcome to bring snacks and covered drinks to this event.  There is room for 15 people, so please feel free to bring a friend or two to this event.

I hope to see you at one of my upcoming workshops!¬† I can’t wait to see what you create!¬†

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Beautifully Tea-Riffic Workshop

I am always amazed at all the new products that Close to My Heart creates for our Seasonal Expressions catalogs.   This month, we are featuring this adorable Beautiful Friendship collection full of fun florals, polka-dots, and tea images.  On May 19th, you can come play with this amazing collection of papers as we create a Tea-riffic Teabag Holder and Beau-Tea-ful Card.

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The cost for this kit is only $7.00 and includes everything you need to create both the card and the gift.  You will have the option to make additional Tea-riffic gifts using other papers from the Beautiful Friendship collection. If you would learn more about this workshop and the kits available you can contact me or visit my Beautifully Tea-Riffic Workshop Page.

The deadline to register for this event is Friday, May 13th.¬† If you plan on attending this event, you are also welcome to come to my CTMH Crafternoon¬†where you can spend some quality time catching up on your projects, talking with friends, and enjoying time away from life’s demands for only $10.¬† To sign-up for this workshop or the CTMH Crafternoon, please email me at misscarriectmh@gmail.com and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase.¬†¬†If you cannot attend, you are welcome to purchase the kits or guides through my¬†online store.

I hope to see you at one of my upcoming workshops.¬† Each person will receive a FREE copy of the Seasonal Expressions Two catalog and a special treat from me.¬† I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial

Graduation Money Holder (Part One)

This time of year, we receive quite a few graduation invitations and I am always trying to find a simple, yet, stylish way to congratulate the kids for all their hard work. If you are like me, you can’t just go purchase a card from the store, you need to make something fun and unique. This year, I found a pattern to create this money envelope which I replicated in Cricut Design Space‚ĄĘ so that I could make multiples without too much work. (All I have to do is change the cardstock color.) This week, I have created a Design Space‚ĄĘ tutorial for you and included the list of supplies used at the very bottom of this post.

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Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE, resize to 7.25″w x 7″h, then POSITION shape at x=0 and y=0.
2. Insert a SCORE LINE and resize it to 7″h. POSITION the Score Line at x=2 and y=0.
3. DUPLICATE the Score Line and POSITION it at x=5.25 and y=0. (DO NOT ATTACH)
4. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE and resize to 2.75″w x 7″h. DUPLICATE the Rectangle and resize to 2.25″w x 7″h. SELECT all three Rectangle shapes and choose ALIGN CENTER.

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5. Insert a CIRCLE SHAPE and resize to 2.5″w x 1.5″h. DUPLICATE the shape two times (three ovals) then place one Oval at the base of the rectangle, centering it to create the cut-out on the envelope.
6. Select the smallest rectangle and the oval then choose SLICE. DELETE the unwanted images. Repeat with the remaining Ovals and Rectangles. (Some images will “move to front” when you slice. Just “move to back” as needed.)

7. Select the Largest Rectangle and the two Score Lines and choose ATTACH.
8. Add Star Shapes if desired and change the colors to the desired colors.

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Once the images are cut out, you can use the Color Your Life stamp set to add the “Celebrate” sentiment. Place adhesive ¬ľ” along the side of the Base Cardstock, fold in the sides and adhere them to form a pocket. Adhere the remaining layers and stars, using Thin 3D Foam Dots as needed for dimension.

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You have now created the basic envelope for the Graduation Money Holder. Next week, I will continue with project to show you how to create the money insert. While you wait, you can cut out and assemble all of the envelopes you need for your hard working graduates. I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial!

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Color Your Life Stamp Set

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Crystal Blue Cardstock

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12 x 12 Sapphire Cardstock

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Cricut Air 2

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12 x 12 Silver Foil Paper

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Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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2″ √ó 6 1/2″ My Acrylix¬ģ Block

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Cricut Scoring Stylus

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VersaMark Ink Pad

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Craft Heater

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Tombow¬ģ Permanent Adhesive

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Thin 3D Foam Dots

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Clear Embossing Powder

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Cricut Workshop Reminders

Each month, I have the privilege of teaching people how to use their Cricut¬ģ Machines along with Design Space‚ĄĘ to create some sensational projects.¬†Many people, like you, have invested in a new machine, tried to learn how to use their Cricut¬ģ, but have ended frustrated and confused. In May, I will be teaching two Workshop for people, just like you, who want to learn how to use these incredible machines for their crafting projects.

You will need to reserve your kit before April 20th. Space is limited. 

My Cricut¬ģ Basics Class¬†will walk you through creating an adorable Spring Floral Gift Box as you learn some simple techniques in¬†Cricut Design Space‚ĄĘ. We will focus on the basic technique of finding images, some of the features specific to Design Space‚ĄĘ, how to use the accessories as well as how to use the machine itself.¬† All of the images used in this class are free and do not require you to purchase any images online.

The Intermediate Inspirational Shadowbox Class will teach you a some more advanced techniques such as how to create a three-dimensional Crocus Flower using by manipulating images from our Flower Market Collection, how to upload an image into Design Space‚ĄĘ and turn it into a cut image, how to cut and apply Vinyl, and how to add depth to shadow box images. You will need to own the Flower Market Cartridge to participate in this class.¬†

Contact me before Friday, April 20th
at misscarriectmh@gmail.com to reserve your kit(s).

These classes are taught at my local library, but you are more than welcome to purchase the workshop guide in my online store if you cannot attend.¬† The guide will walk you through creating the project in Design Space‚ĄĘ and give you tips and tricks for completing the project.

♥ SPECIAL OFFER for the HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team ♥
As a member of my team, you can receive the guide with a supply list at a 20% discount from me, purchase your own products, and attend the class at no additional cost. Contact me to learn more about this offer or how you can join our team.

Remember, you need to RSVP before April 20th to reserve your spot for these workshops.¬† Space¬†is limited. I hope you can attend and I can’t wait to see what you create with your Cricut¬ģ!

PS:¬†If you have been considering upgrading your Cricut¬ģ, this month is the perfect time to¬†save on Explore Air 2 Machines which are on sale for $229. (All three colors!)¬†

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Cricut Basics Class

I continually hear people who have told me they have purchased a Cricut¬ģ machine and cannot figure out how to use it.¬† They become frustrated and discouraged and plan on donating the machine or selling it online to the highest bidder.¬† Are you one of these people? Come to my Cricut¬ģ Design Space Basics class and you will leave ready to create project after project with your Explore machine.

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Each quarter, I teach a Cricut¬ģ Basics Class at the local library where I will walk you through creating an adorable paper crafting project while you learn some simple techniques in¬†Cricut¬ģ Design Space. I give you step-by-step instruction as you learn some of the basic features of Design Space and your Cricut¬ģ Explore machine.¬† My hope is that you will leave the class ready to create something new and feel encouraged to use your machine again.

If you are interested in this class, please visit my EVENTS page to learn more. You must RSVP by April 20th to reserve your spot. Space it limited.¬† I can’t wait to see what you learn to create with your¬†Cricut¬ģ machine.

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