Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

There are times I need a card and I have absolutely no inspiration.  I spend hours searching online only to find that I just saved sixteen dog related pins, a gluten-free cookie recipe, and watched a video on how to organize a refrigerator.  Today, I needed a few Thank-You cards and, instead of browsing the internet, I decided to copy a card I made earlier this week.

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For some recent online challenges I created a simple Bright & Sunny Thoughts card using an overlay.  I enjoyed the look of that overlay, so I decided to create another one, this time with Gold Foil paper and a Gold Embossed sentiment.  The first card was created using White Daisy cardstock, but, even though I like the simplicity, I like the combination of Pink & Gold on second card much more.  Both cards turned out wonderfully, and I didn’t have to reinvent a design – I just used what I already had in my book of tricks.

Speaking of book… if you love not having to “reinvent the wheel” you should check out our new Make It From Your Heart™ Volume 4 Idea Book.   This How-To Book fits inside our Everyday Life™ albums and includes 24 amazing card patterns.  You can view more of what this How-To Book has to offer at the Make It From Your Heart Blog.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to card making.  All you need to do is pull from your own imagination and use a few simple tools like our How-To Books.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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24 Hour Flash Sale!

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It’s time for another 24-hour flash sale! The sale will begin at 3:00 pm (MST) on Friday, February 23, and end at 3:00 pm (MST) on Saturday, February 24!


As with our previous flash sales, there are a few things to be aware of regarding this sale:

  • Sale prices are only available on orders placed on my website.
  • The sale features a mix of current and retired products, and we have a limited number of these items set aside for the sale. It’s possible that we will sell through several of the items in the sale. Once we do, those items will no longer be available, so shop early!
  • Any current items that sell out during the sale will return to availability at normal price once the sale has ended.
  • All discounted items count towards Stamp of the Month qualification.
  • Shipping and handling is based on the full retail value of the sale items.
  • There is no grace period for ordering sale items.

Enjoy great savings on a variety of crafting supplies on my website at https://misscarrie.closetomyheart.com

Happy Shopping!!

Step Right Up! Special

Close to My Heart is offering another amazing special that includes an exclusive stamp set, five colors of cardstock, gold foil paper, gold pearls, and red shimmer trim. The Step Right Up! special and the exclusive Showtime Stamp Set is the perfect bundle to to use for your circus, birthday party, or just everyday fun projects.

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You can get this exclusive The Step Right Up! Bundle for only $28.95 USD, but it is only available for a limited time while supplies last. There are no limits to how many Step Right Up! special items can be ordered. Don’t miss out on this amazing deal!  I can’t wait to see what you create!
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Sunny Thoughts Pocket Card

Throughout the month of February, I will be creating projects that you can make using our Sunny Thoughts stamp of the month.  This week, I created an adorable pocket card using some sentiments and images from this stamp set.  You can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

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I chose to use the floral patterned paper from the Make Waves collection along with some Bashful cardstock. Did you know that our Bashful products are on sale this month? During our Pretty in Pink sale you can save up to 30% on most of our Pink and Gold products.

Tips and Tricks in Cricut® Design Space:
• The “Sleeve” was created from the Flower Wreath Sleeve Card – #M101077 from our Artfully Sent Collection.  I resized the image to 8.75″w x 5.75″h then used Contour to remove the “Wreath” and Slice with an oval & square to manipulate the image.
• My “Card” was created from the 3X4 Pocket Card – #M17D261 resized to 4″w x 5.5″h.
• The Circles for the sentiment were sized at 2″ and 2.25″.  I used the “Thank You” sentiment from the Sunny Thoughts stamp set.

Don’t forget to order your Sunny Thoughts stamp set before February 28th!  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is one of my favorite holidays.  It’s a time to show love to those you care about, a time to be selfless and share your heart with others, and the day I grow another year older. Take a little time today to show someone in your life how much you care for them and remember how blessed you are to have those people in your life.

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This week, I joined the Color Dare Bashful, Kraft, and Gold Challenge as well as the Heart2Heart Make it From Your Heart Sketch Challenge.  If you wish to recreate this card for someone you care about, you can find the list of supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

For the Heart2Heart Challenge we were required to create a card from one of our How-To Books.  These books are absolutely amazing!  I came across a card sketch on page 27 of the Make It From Your Heart Volume #4 book, and immediately wanted to reproduce the background for my card.  Since the Color My Heart Dare Challenge limited my colors to Bashful, Kraft, and Gold, I choose to use both sides of the Bashful cardstock and Bashful Glitter paper to create the striped background. To add even more texture, I drew stripes onto the darker side of the Bashful cardstock with our Chalk Marker.

This card is so simple to make, yet so elegant and perfect to give to a person you care about on Valentine’s Day.  I encourage you to visit each of these blogs and join in the challenges.

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Tuesday Tutorial

There are times that I come across a title that I want to use for a scrapbook page, and I don’t have the exact cut anywhere in Cricut® Design Space.  I am sure that you have encountered the same dilemma.  This week, I am going to show you how to manipulate a few images from Close to My Heart and create this cute title for your Valentine pages.  As always, the list of supplies I used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert IMAGE Hugs and Kisses – #M416D03.  DELETE the background shape.
2. Insert TEXT “Valentine Wishes”, then choose desired font. (I used Artfully Sent).
3. With the Text selected, choose ADVANCED then UNGROUP TO LETTERS.  Arrange each letter so that it touches the letters next to it.
4. Click & Drag to select the text and choose WELD.
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5. Resize and arrange both sets of text to get the look you desire.
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I want to make sure that my title attaches exactly like the image I am making, so I am going to create a background image to glue my “Valentine Wishes” onto.  
6. DUPLICATE “Valentine Wishes”. Move the duplicated text to the side.
7. Select the original “Hugs & Kisses” and “Valentine Wishes” then choose WELD.  When you assemble the title, you will know exactly where to place “Valentine Wishes”.
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8. Insert TEXT “AND”, then choose desired font. (I used Cricut Stretch).
9. ROTATE 270°, then RESIZE to desired size.
If you want, you can repeat steps 6 & 7 to add the “and” to the background image.
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10. Add a heart image, if desired, then cut and assemble.
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How cute is this title?!  I love how Design Space allows me to manipulate images I own and recreate new ones.  I challenge you to try to create your own title in Design Space this week (or at least try to create the one I made.) I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and many of us are scrambling to create some simple valentines for our friends & families.  Whenever I need to create multiples of something fast, I usually turn to my Cricut®.  This week, I have made a super-cute Valentine Treat Box with a tutorial for you to follow. As always, the list of supplies I used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.
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Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert image Label – #M4184DE into your canvas.  (You can search the term “Label” and choose another shape you own that is similar.)
2. Resize the image to 3.5″w x 5″h. (You will have to UNLOCK to edit the Size.)
3. Position the image at X=0 and Y=0.
4. Insert a SCORE LINE shape then ROTATE 90′ and RESIZE to 3.5″.
5. Position the Score Line at X=0 and Y=2.
6. DUPLICATE the Score and Position the Score Line at X=0 and Y=3.
7. SELECT ALL and ATTACH the Score Lines to the image.

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8. Insert a Circle shape then Resize to .25″.  Position the Circle at the center of the top of the image.  (I used Align Horizontally to help me with this. )
9. DUPLICATE the Circle and position the Circle at the center of the bottom of the image.
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10. SELECT ALL and ATTACH the Circles to the image.

I chose to add “Hugs & Kisses” Text to the inside of my image, but you can stamp a sentiment if you would like.  The Camera, Heart, and “You & I Click” Sentiment were created from images on Close to My Heart cartridges.  I added three Hugs® candies to the inside before tying the ribbon. (Treasures® chocolate candies also fit.)

I hope you take the time to create some Valentine Treats of your own.  If you don’t have the time to re-create this or just don’t want to fuss with Design Space, I do have this Cricut® file for sale in my online Holiday Store.  You will need to own the cartridges used in order to cut out the images.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Sunny Thoughts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we will be featuring the February Sunny Thoughts stamp set.  26167711_10155292168402686_6122376830016539282_nThis stamp set is full of delightful sentiments, floral images and birthday wishes. If you have come here from Tracie Cassidy’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the Sunny Thoughts stamp set. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

During the month of February, I will be creating weekly projects using the Sunny Thoughts stamp set so make sure to visit often. This week, I am featuring this adorable card that you can easily make using some of our Make Wave products.

 

I created this card with our NEW Make Waves papers, Shimmer Trim, and Gems. The Make Waves products are whimsical and fun to use, plus they are full of designs that can be used for just about any project.   I love how well this patterned paper layers with our Bashful Color of the Year cardstock.  Did you know that the Bashful cardstock as well as other Pink & Gold products are currently 20%-30% off this month during our Pretty in Pink sale?  

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from over twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s Sunny Thoughts stamp set and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Marie Flayer’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas! Remember, the Sunny Thoughts stamp set is available until February 28th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Fabulous February

February is one of my favorite months.  Even though winter begins to weigh on me through one of our coldest months, I know that it is one of our final months of winter and spring is right around the corner.  I love that I can celebrate a month of hope, renewal, and love.  During February, you can celebrate what matters most with a select group of pink and gold items available at 25% off the retail price and three exclusive product bundles available at 30% off the retail price.

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These Pretty in Pink bundles include the Bashful — Color of the Year bundle and two bundles with supplies to make the Butterfly Mobile Papercrafting Project.  You can also save 25% on these featured products during our Pretty in Pink special which include albums, ink pads, kits, stamp sets and more.

February is also a wonderful time to celebrate the coming of spring with our Sunny Thoughts stamp of the month.  This delightful stamp set includes bright sayings, floral images, and birthday sentiments.

The Sunny Thoughts stamp set has so many possibilities and will be the one I am featuring in my Make Waves workshop.  Visit the “Promotions” tab on my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00. Need a little more inspiration? I will be posting ideas through the month using this stamp set, so make sure to “Follow” my blog, sign-up for emails, or visit often.

Speaking of inspiration and project ideas…have you seen all of the workshop and page guides I have available in my online store?  In celebration of my favorite month, which also happens to be my birthday month, I am offering a special Fabulous February discount on all of the guides in my online store through February 28th.  Use the Discount Code FABFEB when purchasing any workshop or scrapbook page guide from my Online Store and receive a 14% discount on your purchase.*

 

I hope that you take a little time to make February fabulous as you make something new.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Bloom & Grow Valentine Card

Throughout the month of January, I will be creating projects that you can make using our Bloom and Grow stamp of the month.  This week, I created a simple Valentine’s Day card in traditional black, red, and white tones.   You can find the list of supplies used on this project at the very bottom of this post.

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I chose to use the Heart patterned paper  from the Adventure Fundamentals Collection, but felt like it needed a little more “something” to fit my card design.  I took one of the “Vine” images stamped in black ink to add to the pattern.  I am please with the look.

Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Card Base, 4¼” x 5½” Black Cardstock, 4″ x 5¼” B&T Paper (Adventure Fundamentals), (3) 4″ x ½” Red Glitter Paper, 4¹⁄8″ x 3¹⁄8″ Black Cardstock, 4″ x 3″ White Daisy Cardstock, 3¾” x 2¾”  Cranberry Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 4¼” x 5½” Black cardstock onto the front of the card base.
2. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Vine” image repeatedly onto the 4 x 5¼” B&T Paper. (I stamped between each heart image.)
3. Adhere the 4″ x 5¼” B&T Paper onto the center of the Black cardstock.
4. Adhere the three Red Glitter Paper strips horizontally onto the B&T paper, starting approximately 1″ from the top of the card. (You could also use Red Shimmer Trim.)
3. Using Black Ink, stamp the “Seed Packet” image onto the 3¾” x 2¾” Cranberry cardstock.
4. Using VersaMark Ink, stamp the “Let Love Grow” sentiment and “Heart” image onto the center of the “Seed Packet” image.  Sprinkle White Embossing Powder over the image, use a brush to remove the excess, then heat with a Craft Gun.
5. Adhere the Cranberry cardstock onto the center of the 4″ x 3″ White Daisy cardstock, then onto the center of the 4¹⁄8″ x 3¹⁄8″ Black cardstock.
6. Adhere the layered image onto the center of the card base using 3D Foam Tape.
7. If desired, stamp a sentiment onto the inside of the card.

Don’t forget to order your Bloom and Grow stamp set before January 31st!  Visit the Promotions tab my website to see how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.  Visit my blog each week for more ideas and tutorials.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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