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™ 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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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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Fresh Air Scrapbooking Workshop

Do you have a great deal of summer adventures planned?  I know that I will have an abundance photos at the end of the summer, so I am planning ahead with these fun, funky, outdoorsy scrapbook layouts. FreshAirCC_ScrapbookLayoutsSTORE&SMOn June 23rd, you will have a chance to use our rustic Fresh Air products to create six scrapbook layouts that you can use to display your family memories at my Fresh Air Scrapbook Workshop.

At this workshop, you will have multiple options for kits to fit your needs. Each kit will include the supplies needed for you to create six scrapbook layouts for recording those amazing family photos and memories. You will also have the option to purchase individual kits if you desire.

You can view each one of the individual scrapbook layouts that you will be able to create by clicking on the photos below.

The deadline to register for this event is Monday, June 11th. 

To sign-up for this workshop, just send me an email  and let me know which kit(s) you would like to purchase.  If you cannot attend, you are welcome to purchase the kits through my online store. For my long-distance friends, I  have workshop guides available that include a cutting guide, assembly instructions and a Cricut Design Space™ file.  You can purchase the layout guides individually, all together, or purchase just the Design Space™ file separately for each layout.

If you are truly enjoying these Fresh Air products, you can also purchase the Fresh Air Workshop You Way Kit and create three additional layouts and have an entire album lined up a ready for all those summer adventure photos.

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I hope to see you at my upcoming workshops and I can’t wait to see what you create with our Fresh Air products and these fun, fresh, outdoorsy layouts!

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Tuesday Tutorial Crocus Flower

Our Flower Market Collection has some beautiful two dimensional and three-dimensional flowers, yet I could not find a Crocus to create for spring.  After playing with some of the images on the cartridge, I discovered a way to create one for this week’s tutorial. You can find a list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

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Cricut Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Lilac Flower (#MD38897) image into your canvas.
2. DUPLICATE two times, then resize two images to 3″h and one image to 2″h.
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3. Insert the Holly (#MFAE002) image into your canvas.
4. DELETE the Berries. Using CONTOUR, remove all images except the “Pine Needles”.
5. Resize the “Pine Needles” to 2.5″w x .66″h.
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6. Change all images to desired colors and cut out the images.

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a sponge and ink of choice, ink the edges of each of the “Petals”.
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2. Use a Bone Folder to curl the tips of each of the “Petals” up, then layer the “Flowers” from largest to smallest, rotating each slightly.  If desired used 3D Foam Tape between each layer to add dimension. (DO NOT block the hole in the flowers.)
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3. To create the “Stamen” use a Quilling Tool to roll the “Pine Needles” from largest to smallest into a tube shape and glue in place.
4. Use the Quilling Tool to curl each of the “Pine Needles” down.


5. Insert the completed “Stamen” into the center of the completed Crocus Flower and glue into place.
6. If desired, use a Gold Shimmer Brush to add shimmer to each of the petals.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s tutorial and that you take the time to create with your Cricut® this week.  If you enjoy the Flower Market Collection as much as I do, you can purchase it on my website, OR host an online Facebook party or in-home gathering to purchase the collection at 50% off the retail price*.  Contact me today and start earning free Close to My Heart Products and 50% off our Cricut Collections. I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial!

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Tuesday Tutorial

Graduation Money Holder (Part Two)

Last week, I created the first part of the tutorial to show you how to make a Graduation Money Holder envelope in Cricut Design Space™.  This week, I will show you how to create the money insert in Design Space™ and I have 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 and resize to 3″w x 7″h.
2. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE and resize to 3″w x 4″h.
3. Insert a TRIANGLE SHAPE and resize to 4″w then ROTATE 30°. Position the Triangle over the top of the 3″ x 4″ rectangle.
4. Select the Triangle and the Small Rectangle and choose SLICE. DELETE the unwanted images.

 

5. Insert a Tag Image and resize to fit the top of the Money Holder Insert. (I used Luggage Tag – #M275FA92 from the You Are Here Collection.)

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6. Add stars and a square to write a sentiment onto the “Pocket”.

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Once the images are cut out, place adhesive ¹⁄ 8″ along the left side and the bottom to form a pocket. This will allow you to easily slide the gift in from the right side.  Adhere the remaining layers and stars, then add some matching ribbon to the tag to pull-out the insert, and you are ready to give this to the hard-working graduate.

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This Graduation Money Holder can be made from any cardstock color or patterned paper. I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial!

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Sad News for Craft Room Users

This week, Cricut® announced the discontinuation of Cricut Craft Room™.   For those who own “pre-Explore” machines, this is extremely upsetting news.  According to the email I received, Craft Room™ was built on Adobe Flash technology, which is now considered an “outdated plug-in that created numerous vulnerabilities in the software”.  Since adobe has made the decision to discontinue Flash support, Cricut® had to make a difficult decision – they will be closing Cricut Craft Room™ July 15th, 2018. 

So what does this mean??
• Those who enjoy the “older” machines, can continue using the machine with the cartridges as you have done in the past.
• You will not be able to manipulate the images more that what your machine allows.
• You cannot access any other images than what you currently own on your cartridges
(Don’t forget that ProvoCraft announced they will no longer be making physical cartridges.)
• I will no longer be teaching Craft Room™ classes.

Don’t panic! Cricut is a company who has a desire to help you live your most creative life. So, to encourage you to stay with Cricut® they are offering you a savings of $100.00 on any Cricut Explore machines or bundles on the Cricut websiteBONUS OFFER: If you registered your original machine with Cricut, you should have received an additional offer for $75 off your purchase. This means that you could get a new Explore machine for under $100!!

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How awesome is that!! Once you have purchased your machine, make sure to sign-up for one of my Cricut Design Space™ classes to help you learn more about Design Space™ and your new machine. I can’t wait to see what you create with your new machine!

 

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Cricut Basics Class

I continually hear people who have told me they have purchased a Cricut® 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® 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® 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® Design Space. I give you step-by-step instruction as you learn some of the basic features of Design Space and your Cricut® 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® machine.

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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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Tuesday Tutorial

As you know, most of my Tuesday Tutorials involve a Cricut Design Space™ project.  I truly enjoy using the Design Space™ program, but there are often features I wish were within the program to make my life a little easier.  Today, a few of my wishes came true.  Cricut® has released a new set of features in the Design Space™ program to make your crafting life a little simpler, and, today, I am going to give a you a short tutorial on each one of them.

Curved Text

You can now curve text on your Canvas.  HOW AWESOME IS THIS!!  When you type your Text, you will see “CURVE” in the Text Edit bar, between the Alignment and Advanced tools.  Drag the slider to the right to curve the text downward.

Here are a few ways you can use this feature.  I typed “Hello Friend” as one line in the first example, then curved the Text to form a single arc.  In the second example, I chose the “Ungroup to Lines” option, then used the Curve feature to curve each line separately to form the circle of letters.

Project Favoriting

If you are like me, you have browsed the Cricut® Designed Ready-to-Make projects, see one you like, and, when you finally have time to make it, you forget where you found it. Well, with the NEW Project Favoriting, you can create a list of your favorite projects then easily retrieve them under the Project Category menu.

When browsing the projects, all you have to do it click the “Favorite” star.  It will save the project into your “Favorites” list which you can access through the drop-down menu. How easy is that?!

If you are loving all of the Ready-to-Make projects in Design Space, you can have access to all of them by subscribing to Cricut Access ™ . When you sign-up for Cricut Access™, you not only have the ability to make most of the projects free of charge, but you have access to over 100,00 free images and fonts, and you get 50% off digital orders on Cricut.com and in Cricut Design Space™.

Project Sharing

I am ♥ LOVING ♥ this! When I create my Workshop Guides, many of them include a Cricut Design Space™ file which I share through a URL link.  There are times, though, that I wish I had a way to share my free files on Facebook or Pinterest.  Well…today that wish was granted.

Once you choose to “Share” a project, you add a description, additional photos, or supplies needed, then Share it with your community of friends. I can’t wait to use this feature more in the future.

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This has been designed for those of use who work on smaller screens and need access to all of our tools. If your screen size is too small, the “More” button(s) will appear allowing you to reveal more tools.

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Remember, Design Space™ only works with the Cricut Explore and Maker machines.  All of these new features are only available in the Computer based Design Space™ program.  I will be posting projects in the future showing you how to use these new features and more on your paper crafting projects. I hope you take the time to check out some of these features. I can’t wait to see what you create!

PS: Don’t forget to check out my Cricut Design Space™ Basics Class in May.

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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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