Going.. Going.. Gone

It feels like our Annual Expressions and Seasonal Expression catalogs just recently arrived full of fresh, new, desired products. Yet, as the seasons change, so will our products and we will make way for the new Holiday Expressions.  I must admit, there are a few  products from these catalogs that I will miss.  Thank goodness you still have a few more weeks to go before they are gone for good.  Here were a few of my favorites this year.

WELL LOVED COLORS
Several of our colors will be retiring at the end of August.  These are all colors I have enjoyed using and plan on continuing to create with.  If you plan to do the same, make sure you snag the cardstock, ink pads, and re-inkers before they are gone.

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WELL LOVED PAPERS
Our paper is such an amazing product to create with. Each year, there are new patterns with a variety of possibilities.  For me, our Enchantment Fundamentals and Fresh Air paper packs were some of my favorites.

WELL LOVED STAMP SETS
Sadly, we have to see all of our current stamp sets go and, unfortunately, my most “loved” set, “We Are Makers” will be among them.  I have used this stamp set for so many projects and will be holding onto it for more in the future.


WELL LOVED KITCHEN TRADITIONS COOKBOOK 

If you haven’t taken the time to check it out, you need to make sure you take a look at the Kitchen Traditions Cookbook kits. I created one of these books for our son and new daughter that is full of family recipes with room for other’s they collect along the way.

WELL LOVED PUNNY PALS
The Punny Pals set was one of the most adorable stamps created to benefit Operation Smile.  When you purchase this stamp set, we will donate $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.

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You still have a few more weeks to get a hold of these well loved products and others that will be retiring August 31st. You can visit the GOING SOON section of my website to view all the products that will no longer be available in a few weeks or, better yet, check out the CLEARANCE section for even more well loved products that you can purchase at a discount. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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You Are My Sunshine Shadowbox

If you have ever spent time with me in my craft-room, you will learn quickly how much I enjoy using my Cricut® machine. I not only use it for scrapbook pages and cards, but I often use it to create some home decor items for family and friends.  You may recognize this week’s project from a Cricut® class that I taught last fall.  This You Are My Sunshine shadowbox was designed specifically for my daughter, at her request, after she saw the class sample I made.

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This home decor piece began with a simple 10-inch shadowbox I purchased from a craft store.  My daughter had already chosen the sentiment. I uploaded the quote into Design Space™, resized it, mirrored it, cut it from vinyl, and applied it directly to the inside of the glass.  She had requested that the flowers be made from Saffron, White, and Black cardstock so I chose to create the background using a beautiful leaf paper from our Fresh Air pack.  I love the contrast of the Juniper and Glacier against the Saffron flowers.  The Wreath image was cut from our Flower Market collection at 8.5″, inked, and added to the background paper using Foam Dots, then the completed flowers were applied to the wreath. (You can find a tutorial of the flowers here.)

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I was delighted with the way it turned out and elated to find out that my daughter immediately hung this onto her wall.  You can easily replicate this design using any sentiment or vinyl color of your choice.  You could even choose to use another type of flower from our Flower Market collection. There are so many to choose from. If you haven’t had the chance to take a look at this Cricut® collection, you can view the entire shape index HERE on my website.  There are some beautiful floral images and wreaths that you could use on this project. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Here’s to You

Life is about celebrating special occasions! To celebrate those special moments, we are offering breathtaking Here’s to You products which are designed to help you create something special for the next wedding or special occasion on your calendar. Close to My Heart is offering four exclusive stamp sets and workshop kits that have been specially designed for making elegant cards and layouts. I personally cannot wait to use a few of these stamps for some wedding Thank-You cards that I will be creating in a few weeks.  

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Our delightful Here’s to You workshop kits features four exclusive stamp sets designed for making seven hand-stamped cards and the single page scrapbook layout that can be used for weddings and many other occasions. Each kit includes all four exclusive stamp sets, ten sheets of Two-Toned cardstock, Silver Glitter Paper, Vellum, White Pearls, and seven White Cards & Envelopes. You can even purchase a kit that includes our beautiful Rose Embossing Folder to add texture to each of the projects you create.

 

 

These B-size stamps are available individually for $9.95 each, but, by purchasing them in the kit, you save almost $20.00.  What an unbelievable deal! Close to My Heart has even provided and easy to follow Workshop Guide for you along with a downloadable Cricut Design Space™ file  to cut out each of the delicately designed images for the cards and layout.

You can get the whole Here’s to You product collection July 15 through August 31 while supplies last. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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June is STAMP-endous

Stampaganza is back! During July, buy any two My Acrylix® 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 “while supplies last.”

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial Paper Pansy

This is the time of year when my backyard starts to fill with color.  (If you follow me on Instagram, you will see a few postings of my “little” outdoor retreat.)  Pansies are one of my favorite flowers, and, being the crazy paper-crafter that I am,  I wanted to recreate them using my Cricut®.   This week, I figured out how to take a few images from our Flower Market collection and create some paper Pansies in a a variety of colors. I then placed them in an old pitcher, and now I have something to display all year long.

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Today, I am going to share with you how I was able to make these adorable little paper Pansies. A complete list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Poppy – #MFADB88 image into your Canvas and UNGROUP the images.
2. DELETE the image with just the row of “Petals”.
3. DUPLICATE the image with the “Base & Petals” then use CONTOUR on one set of images to remove everything except the circular base.
4. Use CONTOUR on the second image to to remove everything except one of the “Petals”. (Make sure to keep the cut line in the one petal and remove the rest.)
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5. RESIZE the “Petal” to 1.5″ high and the “Base” to 1″ high.
6. DUPLICATE the “Petal” four times. (Five petals total) Change to desired colors.
&. Resize the “Stamen Center” to 1.25″ high and change to desired color.

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7. Insert the Dandelion – #MFAD571 image into your Canvas and DELETE all the “Dandelion Flower” images.
8. UNLOCK the image and RESIZE to 3″w x 3″h. (You can use CONTOUR to manipulate the individual images by following the same steps as you did in #2-#4.)

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9. Insert a CIRCLE Shape and RESIZE to .25″. Change to desired color.
10. SELECT ALL and GROUP the images.  Now you can resize all of the images proportionally to the size you desire.  (Mine are approximately 3″ when complete.)
11.. SAVE your project and cut out the images from cardstock.

Assembly™ Instructions:
1. Use a Bone Folder to shape each “Petal” then glue onto the base.
2. Adhere the “Stamens” onto the Flower using Foam Dots for Dimension.
3. Adhere the Dot onto the center of the Flower, then adhere the Sepal and the Leaves onto the back of the Flower.

 

I used a sponge to add ink to the center and edges of my Pansies, then used a Clear Shimmer Brush to add some shine. There a quite a variety of Pansies out there, so take some time to search for images and find ones that match your personal style and decor.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Cricut Workshop Reminders

Each month, I have the privilege of teaching people how to use their Cricut® Machines along with Design Space™ to create some sensational projects. Many people, like you, have invested in a new machine, tried to learn how to use their Cricut®, 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® Basics Class will walk you through creating an adorable Spring Floral Gift Box as you learn some simple techniques in Cricut Design Space™. We will focus on the basic technique of finding images, some of the features specific to Design Space™, 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™ 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™ and give you tips and tricks for completing the project.

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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®!

PS: If you have been considering upgrading your Cricut®, 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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Tuesday Tutorial

Spring has FINALLY arrived at my house, the Tulips are opening, and I am truly enjoying the stunning color popping up in my yard. Along with the seasonal change outdoors, the decorations in my home also change, and I begin scouring the internet for projects I can create. This week, I came across a Tulip Tutorial and realized that it was something I could make using images from our Flower Market Collection. Not only was I able to create this beautiful Tulip, but I was also able to make a simple, matching card to give for Mother’s Day. As always, you can find the list of supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

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Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert Tulip Flower – #MD6FE71 from the Flower Market Collection. DELETE all images except the egg-shaped center.
2. Resize the image to 1.25″w x 2″h. Change Color to White, then DUPLICATE five(5) times so that you have six petals total. (You will need to Unlock to resize.)

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3. Insert Holly – #MFAE002 from the Flower Market Collection. DELETE the Berries.
4. Select the remaining image, choose CONTOUR and hide all of the images except the “Pine Needles”. Select the “x” to return to the Canvas.

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5. Resize the “Pine Needles” to 1.75″w x 1.75″h. Change Color to Mango. (You will need to Unlock to resize.)

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6. Insert Surf Board – #MD6F2D0 from the Flower Market Collection. DELETE the top layer and resize to 1.5″w x 5.5″h. Change Color to Sage and DUPLICATE.

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7. Insert a Circle Shape, resize to 1″ and change Color to White.
8. Cut out the images from White Daisy, Sorbet, and Sweet Leaf Cardstock.

To create the bright, multi-colored petals, I mixed Alcohol and Re-inkers in a Spray Pen, then sprayed it onto the Petals and Circle. This can be a bit messy, so I recommend you use our All-Purpose Mat for this step. It cleans up so well afterwards and has plenty of room for spaying. (NOTE: I used the leftover mix to create a base for the card.)

The “Stamen” was rolled up using a Quilling Tool, attached it to the wrapped wooden skewer, then I attached the flower petals onto the circle bottom of the circle.

I folded my Leaves in the center, then inked the edges and the fold using a sponge. They were then attached to the “Stem”. (Glue Dots or Liquid Glass would work well for this.)

This Tulips can be made into any color using our Re-inkers and Spray Pens. Your imagination is your only limit. I can’t wait to see what you create for spring!

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Cricut Inspirational Shadowbox Workshop

Whether you plan to inspire others or need a little inspiration yourself, this Inspirational Shadowbox will make the perfect gift for Graduation, Mother’s Day, Grandparents Day, or for your craft room. In May, I will be teaching a Cricut® workshop where you will learn many of the techniques used to create this Inspirational Shadowbox.

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I enjoy teaching people how to use their Explore Cricut® Machines with Design Space to create various paper crafting and home decor projects.  In my opinion, if you have invested the money into such an amazing tool, you might as well invest some time into learning how to use it.

This class will be an intermediate level class for those who have some knowledge of Design Space or for those who have taken a Basics Class from me.  Here are a few of the techniques I will be teaching in May:

  • Creating a three-dimensional Crocus Flower using various images from our Flower Market Collection
  • How to take an image from the internet and upload it into Design Space, then turn it into a cut image for your project
  • How to cut and apply Vinyl to a project as well as how to reverse certain images
  • Adding depth to shadow box images using sponging techniques with ink

I would love for you to attend one of my Cricut® Workshops.  I always have fun teaching these classes and truly enjoy seeing people learn something new.  I do have workshop guides available for purchase in my online store for my long distance crafters.  I would love to see what you are creating with your Cricut® machine and  I can’t wait to see what you create in this workshop!

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Spring Banner (Workshop)

I truly enjoy joining weekly challenges, and I love decorating my home for each season. This month, Heart2Heart Challenge is offering a Seasonal Expressions One Cover Challenge to inspire and encourage us to use the cover of the Seasonal Expressions One catalog to create something for Spring. What inspired me most was all of the amazing home decorations that the CTMH Creative Team created, and, since I love to decorate my home, I was inspired to create this adorable Spring Banner to hang on my wall.

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My Spring Banner uses designer pattern papers from our Gimme Some Sugar collection, as well as images from our Flower Market collection.  Once I created this Spring Banner, I realized how fun this project would be to create in my monthly workshop.  I haven’t hosted a home decor workshop in a while, so I will be offering this bright, cheerful banner as a workshop in April to all of my customers. You can visit the Spring Banner Workshop page here on my blog to learn more about this workshop.  I also have kits and workshop guides available for sale in my online Holiday Store.

I would love for you to join me in the Heart2Heart Challenge and be inspired by the cover of the Seasonal Expressions One catalog to create something for Spring.  There are so many amazing products in this catalog and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial

I am one of those people who decorates their home for every holiday and I especially love St. Patrick’s Day.  This week, I am showing you how to create a Snowdrop flower that you can use to make this Irish Woman Shadow box decoration.

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Even though our Flower Market cartridge has a Snowdrop flower, it is not a three-dimensional one and I truly wanted one that would work for this shadow box.  I decided to search online and find a way to recreate one and have decided to share it with you for this week’s Tuesday Tutorial.

Design Space Instructions:
1. To create the stamen, insert image Holly – #MFAE002, then use CONTOUR to remove everything but the “fringe” cut-out.  Resize to .75″h. (These will be cut from Canary Cardstock.)
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2. To create the inner petals, insert image Scalloped Border – #M418D1D, the resize to 1.5″w x .75″h. (You will need to unlock to resize.) Use CONTOUR to remove the scallop cutouts.
3. DUPLICATE the image and align the images so that the first “petal” overlaps the last “petal” of the previous border. WELD the  images together. (This will be cut from White Cardstock.)


4. To create the outer petals, insert image Rose – #MFAD8CB. DELETE all images except the two individual petals, then UNGROUP the remaining images.
5. DUPLICATE one of the petals so that you have three images. Resize each image to 1″w x 1.75″h. (This will be cut from White Cardstock.)
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6. To create the stem and leaves, insert image Tulip Flower – #MD6FE40. DELETE all images except for the stem. Resize to desired height and width.

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a Quilling Tool, roll the “Stamen” and adhere the end. If desired, paint with a Gold Shimmer Brush.
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2. Using a sponge, ink the bottom edge with Willow Ink.  Roll the “Inner Petals” around the “Stamen”, adhering the ends.  Use a Quilling Tool to turn down the tips.
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3. Using your finger, a Quilling Tool, or the rounded end of a Bone Folder, round the edges of the “Outer Petals”.  Adhere the base of each around the “Inner Petals”.
4. If desired, paint the petals with a Clear Shimmer Brush.
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This is what the piece looked like before I placed it into the shadowbox frame. I added a few more leafs and some clover, printed the poem on vellum and the project was complete.  (Of course, after posting this, I realized that I forgot an “s” in one of the words.  I will be post another picture once I correct it. I even read over it THREE TIMES.)


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I hope that you take the time to try to create a Snowdrop Flower for one of your projects.  Please feel free to post what you make using this tutorial on my Facebook page. I can’t wait to see what you create!!

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