Bloom Flower Decor

Quite a few of you have been waiting for me to post this project online after viewing it at the NA Convention. Honestly, it was one of my ♥favorite♥ projects to create.  I personally enjoy making home decor from paper and enjoy showing others how to do the same.

I will be teaching an online class on October 3rd, to show you how to make these three-dimensional flowers as well as showing you the materials I used to create this Bloom Home Decor project.

When you sign-up for this class, you will receive a kit in the mail from me with the supplies for creating one flower so that you can create along with me during this online class.  Once you have signed-up and paid for the class (invoiced through Square), I will send you a link to the private Facebook event. SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS HERE

If you are a consultant wishing to take this class, there are options for you also. Simply click the link above, and learn how you can participate. HeARTfully Blessed Creations Team members receive all of my online classes free. Join my team and I will will send you the link to the class along with a supply list. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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The Challenges of Documented

It’s depressing really, that such a beautiful paper pack has been set aside for the last four months crying to be turned into a card, or layout, or even a simple tag. Oh, dear Documented. How sorry I am that my summer got away from me and I haven’t taken the time to use the intriguing parchment full of doors, nor have I layered with your bricks. I have lacked the time to use up all of your glorious complements. Oh, dear Documented. Today is the day we finally play.

 

Documented was one you may have found intriguing and, maybe like me, you set it aside hoping for inspiration.  I made a goal to use up these papers before the season ended so  I decided to seek inspiration in this week’s Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Duly Noted challenges. By “forcing” myself to use up these papers, I was able to come up with a glorious layout full of texture and shine.

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This layout involved layering various paper patterns from the Documented pack onto that glorious brick background. I added some stitching, Flower Market Flowers, a few stickers, some Silver Glitter paper and ended up with what you see here.  I honestly didn’t expect it to turn out the way that it did, but all the patterns and colors of the Documented paper pack really play well together.

I will suggest that when using Documented that you keep your color palette simple or you will feel a bit overwhelmed.  Since the Color My Heart Dare required the use of only Peacock, Linen, Eggplant, and Silver, I was able to keep my color choices to a minimum and really make those paper patterns shine.

I hope you take a little time to play with Documented before it retires. You should also join in this week’s Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Duly Noted challenges. I always love seeing what you create!

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Here’s To You Blog Hop

Welcome to the Here’s To You Blog Hop where we will be featuring various products from the Here’s to You collection.  37748551_10155804471867686_1511386334193778688_nThe products in this collection are designed to help you celebrate the everyday moments in your life.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’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 the Here’s To You products. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

As a member of the “live in the middle of nowhere” club, I often do not get my packages in a timely fashion. Even though I had ordered my “Here’s To You” Workshop kit weeks ago for this blog hop, it has still not arrived. Since I choose to “celebrate joy in all things”, I decided to create a layout using components I had on hand that come in the workshop kit to create this layout.

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The Here’s to You Workshop kit comes with four Stamp sets, a variety of Cardstock, Silver Glitter paper, White Pearls, and the Rose Embossing Folder.  As I searched for ideas for this blog hop, I read one of the quotes hanging in my craft room – “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” So that is what I did.  I didn’t have the stamps, but I used what I had to create this layout. It is perfect for celebrating any joyous occasion in your life.

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

Once my Here’s to You kit arrives, I plan on replacing the 3″x 4″ photo with the “I wish you all the joy” stamped image from the kit. Many of the products I used on this layout will be retiring at the end of August, so make sure you snag them along with the Here’s to You workshop kit before they are gone.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from fifteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the Here’s to You collection and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michele Rowley’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 Here’s to You Workshop Kit and stamp sets are only available until August 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see all of the products available in this kit.  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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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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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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May Kit of the Month

Usually, I have this posted and ready for you to view by the 15th of each month, but my order for the new supplies took a little longer than expected and, when it did arrive, I had to sadly watch it sit unopened until I could escape life to play.  It was well worth the wait, because the May Kit of the month has turned out lovelier than expected.  This kit features our New Beautiful Friendship papers and is titled “Happy Place”.

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Each month, I offer a two-page scrapbook kit that is pre-cut and easy to assemble featuring some of our beautiful designer papers.  Each kit is mailed directly to you, once a month, and includes everything you need to complete the layout.

My Happy Place kit includes a detailed full-color assembly guide, cardstock, designer Beautiful Friendship papers, White Ribbon, and Cricut® die-cuts.  You will need just a few basic supplies to assemble the kit, then add your photos for a completed layout.

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

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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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Celebrate Friends Layout

I know that I am usually on top of things and posting artwork weekly.  I am one who tries to make sure that you have plenty of inspiration each month using our exclusive stamp sets, but life …well…life.  One of the joys of owning my own business is the ability to schedule around “life”.  That may mean that there will be some weeks with very little inspirational artwork and there will be others where you will just become plain sick of me. 😉

This week, I was able to take a little break to play with our Color Your Life stamp of the month and create this “Celebrate Friends” layout.  I am usually one who meticulously  plans out each layout, but, due to my lack of playtime, this page was thrown together into quite the collection of shapes, colors, and textures AND I LIKE IT.  I must say that it was quite freeing to take the Gimme Some Sugar leftovers from random projects and come up with something like this.

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Paper Needed: 12″ x 12″ White Daisy Cardstock, 6″ x 6″ Juniper B&T, 3½” x 10″ Juniper Gingham B&T, 1″ x 11″ Pink Floral B&T, (7) 1½” Circles, 2½” Circle, Grey Journal PML (cut out),  Hibiscus Flowers (Flower Market), Bashful Butterfly

Here are a few detailed photos of the layout:

 

This layout went together rather quickly and, now, I must leave my sanctuary to return to life’s demands.  I am blessed that as a Close to My Heart Consultant I am free to have a home business that suits me and allows me to keep my family a priority.

If you have been considering becoming a consultant, April is the perfect month to sign-up.  Not only will you receive an amazing $200 kit and $50 in product credit, but during April you will also receive the next FOUR exclusive stamp of the month stamp sets FREE.  That is over $350 in products for only $75 (USA).  I would love for you to join our HeARTfully Blessed Creations team where you can run your business in a way that suits you best and allows you to keep your family a priority. 

Don’t forget that the Color Your Life stamp set is only available through April 30th.  Visit the promotions tab on my website to order your exclusive stamp set along with some of the retiring Gimme Some Sugar products.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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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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