June Kit of the Month

As you can tell, I am starting to get ready for our summer adventures, and this kit will be perfect for displaying those family photos and memories.  Each month, I create a ready-to-assemble scrapbook kit that you can purchase and have delivered directly to your home.  For the month of June, I have constructed this Outdoor Adventure Kit featuring our New Fresh Air papers just for you to use to record your family’s summer adventure memories.

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The June Kit of the Month is a two-page scrapbook kit that is pre-cut and easy to assemble featuring some of our rustic Fresh Air designer papers.  You can have this kit mailed directly to you and have everything you need to complete the layout for your family photos. Sign-up for my annual subscription, and you can save $2.00 a month, and receive a simple, ready-to-assemble kit sent to you each an every month.

My Outdoor Adventure kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Fresh Air papers, a 4″ x 4″ Flip-Flap, and Cricut® die-cuts.  You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.

If you have never used our Flip-Flaps, now is your chance to try one out.  Your June kit will include one Flip-Flap for you to add more photos to your layout. As you can see, on the front of the layout’s Flip-Flap, you have a place to record your adventures and underneath, as you lift the Flip-Flap, you have room for two more photos.  How awesome is that! You are welcome to add more 4″ x 4″ or 4″ x 6″ Flip-Flaps to your kit for an additional cost. Please let me know which ones you wish to purchase when ordering your kit.

Are your ready to plan some outdoor adventures with your family? I know I am!  You are welcome to visit my online store and order this kit for $12.00* or subscribe to my Kit of the Month Club and only pay $10.00* for this layout plus receive an additional layout guide** and a Seasonal Expressions catalog each quarter FREE with your kit. Visit the “Kit of the Month Club” page in the “Kits & Guides” tab above to learn more about this monthly subscription.

I also have workshop cutting guides available for each of my Kit of the Month layouts.  These guides are available for purchase in my online store or FREE with a $30.00 purchase from my website.  I can’t wait see what you create with this Outdoor Adventure layout kit!

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*Price does not include shipping costs.  You can save on shipping costs by picking-up your kits or by receiving your kits quarterly.

**Layout Guide is available by requests for yearly subscribers only.

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Easter Candy Jar

As my children grow older, we have less baskets to fill and eggs to dye.  It can be a sad reminder of how fast time passes, but that doesn’t mean my children don’t still enjoy receiving gifts of some sort.  This year, I did not have a lot of time to create so you can imagine my excitement when Close to My Heart offered these amazing downloads on their blog.  I was able to upload these images into Cricut® Design Space and create a Print-Then-Cut image to make these adorable tags for my  jars. How cute is this?!

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Once I uploaded the image, I used my Slice tool to cut out the tag shape and added additional images from our Artistry collection.  This is what my image looked like on my Design Space Canvas before printing and cutting.

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These little Easter Candy Jars were so fast and simple to make using Cricut® Design Space and the Close to My Heart Spring images. If you would like to start making some of my Cricut® creations, right now is the perfect time to purchase a machine.  Cricut has some incredible deals on Cricut Explore™ machine bundles starting as low as $149.99! As you follow my weekly tutorials, you will find that I use many images from of our Cricut Collections. You can use the “Search” box to find each of the collections and how I used them in my projects.

I would love to see some of your Easter creations.  Feel free to share them on my Facebook page. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Grandma’s House Layout

We all have memories of our Grandma’s house.  For me, it was a place I could run around collecting pine cones, write acrostics, and explore outside. My Grandma’s House layout is perfect for recording all of those precious memories.  This kit features our New Gimme Some Sugar papers which are perfectly designed for pages just like this.

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You can order a ready-to-assemble kit from my online store which includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Gimme Some Sugar papers, Peacock Stitched Ribbon, Cricut® die-cuts, and Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes. You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.

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If you already own the supplies, or plan on purchasing them from your local consultant, you can purchase the Workshop Guide. The Workshop Guide will include cutting instructions, a Cricut® Design Space File, photos, and assembly instructions.  You will need to own the Cricut® cartridges used to cut out the images. The Grandma’s House Workshop Guide is available for purchase in my online store or FREE with a $30.00 purchase from my website.

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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

Many of my tutorials lately have involved using a Cricut® to create, which can seem unfair for some of you who don’t own the machine.  Since, not everyone has a Cricut® (gasp), I chose to create a tutorial today for you that doesn’t require the use of a machine. Yes, there will be some embellishments that you can use your Cricut® to create, as you will see, but you can also substitute stamped images, our complements, or another embellishment you might have in your stash.

I have made it a goal to start creating some of those items I have “pinned” to my boards.  This past week, I came across this adorable paper bird cage that I had saved a few years ago but, unfortunately, there were no assembly instructions to be found. Honestly, I was quite surprised how easy it was to assemble and I have decided to share the instructions with you. As always, the list of supplies used to create this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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Paper Needed: (6) 12″ x ¼” Cardstock (White Daisy), (2) 12″ x 1″ Cardstock (White Daisy), (2) 12″ x 1″ B&T Paper (Chelsea Gardens), (2) 3¾” B&T Paper Circle (Chelsea Gardens), 3¾” Craft Board Circle

Assembly Instructions:
1. Adhere the 3¾” B&T paper circles to the front and back of the 3¾” Craft Board circle.
2. Adhere each of the 12″ x 1″ B&T paper strips onto each of the 12″ x 1″ cardstock strips.
3. Using a strong adhesive, adhere the base of one of the 12″ x 1″ strips to the outer edge of the circle, making sure the paper pattern faces inside.
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NOTE: At this time you can add the embellishments inside of the “Cage”.  I chose to cut butterflies from Heather & Silver Foil paper using images from our Cricut® collections.  I adhered them to heavy acetate and attached the acetate to the bottom of the “Cage Base”.

4. Using a strong adhesive, create a pinwheel with the 12″ x ¼” cardstock strips making sure the “spokes” are evenly spaced.  (I used a white wax pencil to draw lines onto my VersaMat to help me with this.)
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5. Adhere the ends of the “spokes” evenly spaced to the outside of the “Cage Base”.
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6. Adhere the second 12″ x 1″ strip to the outside of the “Cage Base” making sure the paper pattern faces outward.
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I chose to create the Glacier Hibiscus flowers from our Cricut® collections along with the lettering and leaves. White Pearls were added as well as “shimmer” from our Clear Shimmer Brush.   This Beautiful Life Butterfly Cage was enjoyable to create and a pleasure to share with you.  As I said, you don’t “need” a Cricut® to re-create this project, but they are always a wonderful tool to own and use.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Bright Sunny Thoughts Card

Throughout the month of February, I have been creating projects that you can make using our Sunny Thoughts stamp of the month.  This week, in spite of the freezing 1° weather outside, I have created these warm, cheery cards for some weekly challenges.  As always, a list of supplies used on this project can be found at the very bottom of this post.SunnyThoughtsCards

Paper Needed: 4¼” x 5½” White Daisy Card Base, 4″ x 4″ Canary Cardstock, 4″ x 4″ Cranberry Cardstock, Blue Shimmer Trim

For this week’s Color My Heart Color Dare challenge we are required to use Pacifica, Cranberry, Canary, and (optional) Gold.  BrightSunnyThoughtsCardThese colors reminded me of playful florals, so I choose to create a card that would reflect the “sunny” days ahead.  I created an overlay using our Artistry Cricut® collection, added some blue shimmer trim, and a “Sunny Thoughts” sentiment.  To add even more “shine”, I painted the Cranberry overlay with our Gold Shimmer Brush.  This card was also the perfect project to enter into the Heart2Heart Sunny Days challenge.  It is so bold and vibrant and much needed in the darkness of winter.

I hope that you choose to join me in one of these weekly challenges.  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.  Come back each week for more ideas and tutorials.  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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Seasonal Expressions One Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions One Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our New Seasonal Expressions One idea book.  26239362_10155292165587686_8529626894750310117_nClose to My Heart has outdone themselves this season.  The products in this book are AMAZING and full of possibilities.   If you have come here from Michele Rowley’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 products from the Seasonal Expressions One idea book. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on  Melinda’s Blog.

We always have the best intentions, but sometimes God has other plans.  I had a beautiful project planned for this blog hop, but, unfortunately, an injured shoulder has made creating difficult. (Crafting with one arm is not easy.)  I was able to create this wonderful layout before the injury occurred, and I felt it still featured some beautiful products from our New Seasonal Expressions.

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You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from twenty other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using products from the New Seasonal Expressions idea book and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now “Hop” on over to Vickie ODell’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 you can receive a FREE COPY of the New Seasonal Expressions idea book when you place an online order before  January 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to view all of the amazing products availableI can’t wait to see what you create!

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Punny & Smart Valentine Treat

Even though Valentine’s Day is over a month away, there are many people who like to plan ahead and create.  This week, I was playing around in Cricut® Design Space and decided to use the A Little Bit of Pun stamp set to create a sweet Valentine treat.  At the very bottom of this post, you will find a list of the supplies I used to make these cards.
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Each month, I teach people how to use their Cricut® machines to create simple paper crafting projects.  I love watching people excited to learn something new, and enjoy seeing them take what they have learned an apply it to future projects.  This month, I will be teaching a Cricut® Design Space Basics class for those who recently purchased an Explore machine (or have had one sitting in a box for a while).  My hope is that you are able to learn how to use your machine with the Design Space program and create something amazing.

The cards I created above, use images from our Artistry cartridge.  I was able to manipulate the images, then add score, cut, and sliced images to create these adorable little valentines.  After the images were cut, I used our A Little Bit of Pun stamp set to add those adorably “punny” sayings, a “to/from” on the back, and a “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment.
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If you would like to make these adorable little cards, you can purchase the Cricut® Design Space file from me in my online Holiday Store or receive the file FREE with any purchase of $30.00 or more on my website(You will need to own the Artistry cartridge to cut out the card and the sun shape.)

This layout was simple to make, and I truly love how it turned out.   Remember, the A Little Bit of Pun acrylic stamp set is only available until December 31st!  Contact me, 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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Boxing Week Sale

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We are ending the new year with a BANG! Throughout the week, you will find some AMAZING deals on my website during our Boxing Week Sale.  Every day between Tuesday, December 26, and Friday, December 29 we’ll be introducing savings on selected products. Make sure to visit each day to see what you can purchase at a substantial savings.

Today, you can save 30% when you purchase our AMAZING Artistry Cricut Collection.  You can view all of the images available on this cartridge HERE on my website. This Cricut collection is full of wonderful images you can use on cards, scrapbook pages, and more.  I have used the Artistry Collection quite a bit this past year on some of my projects.  In the SEARCH BOX type “Artistry” to see what you can make when you purchase the Artistry Cricut Collection.

Don’t forget to visit my website each day to see what we have to offer.  You can save 30% on the individual items and album bundles and save 40% on stamp pad + reinker bundles! The deals will only be available for a limited time while supplies last, so check back right here every day at 12:00 am (MST) to see the newest deals!

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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