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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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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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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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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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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Love Letter Tips & Tricks

This month’s Love Letter’s Kit is a wonderfully designed kit that includes a sturdy chipboard letter base, rose gold accents, die-cut floral embellishments, and letter stickers for customizing.  For this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I wanted to show you a few ideas for displaying your Love Letter, as well as a few tips and tricks for creating.

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I simply adore it the Welcome Sign I designed for my craft room door. I was able to attach the chipboard letter to a frame my husband created and added few of the paper flowers from the kit that would match the decor in my craft room. The “established” wedding gift uses a shadow box, Love Letter Kit, and some vinyl for a simple, yet elegant home decoration.  Since I was unsure of the couples future decor, I choose to use the grey flowers and the succulents from the kit to decorate the sign.

Both of these projects were simple to create and are a great way to display the Love Letter kit. You can choose to hang your Love Letter kit as is or add it to a frame or shadow box.  There is an awesome Facebook page that you can visit full of display ideas.

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I am excited by the fact that this kit comes with more flowers, succulents, and letters than you could possibly need. I used the leftovers to create these cute little pots of flowers.  You can use those leftovers on cards, scrapbook pages and more. Close to My Heart posted some great ideas for those leftovers this past week.

These amazing Love Letter kits can also be used together to spell out a whole name or word, which is why if you buy five letter kits, you can choose a sixth kit FREEWhen your Love Letter Kit(s) arrives, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you as you assemble your artwork:

  • Each kit comes with a simple set of instructions to follow.  You can also view the amazing video Close to My Heart has created showing how to assemble the kit.
  • The paper is best adhered down to the chipboard with a tape runner or a thin layer of glue that covers the entire chipboard letter.  This will prevent any “glue-lines” from showing through the decorative paper.
  • You can choose to add stamped images or additional patterned paper to your letter design.  On my Welcome Sign, I chose to randomly stamp grey dragonflies onto the white portion of the letter to give it a more individualized look.
  • If you want to change the color of the flowers, you can sponge them with ink, paint them with watercolors, or add glitter like I did with our Shimmer Brushes.
  • Use a sponge dauber to ink the edges of each petal and add even more dimension.  You can use a matching ink or use a grey or brown ink for a rustic/vintage feel.
  • To make the flowers even more three dimensional, use a 3D Foam Dot between every other layer of petals/leaves.
  • Our quilling tool is a must have for this project.  This will help to create the bent flower petals, rolled succulent centers, and curled leaf tips.
  • Use some of your left-over embellishments for the flower centers. I used Black and White Dots on the centers of my flowers. (I glued on my embellishments.) The heart on the wedding gift came from some of my left-over Chelsea Gardens Complements.
  • Make sure to use a good adhesive so that your creation does not come apart while on display.  I used both liquid adhesive and hot glue on my projects.
  • This kit comes with three banners and plenty of letters for you to use.  I found it best to begin in the center of the word(s), and using our tweezers (extremely helpful), add the letters to slowly  working my way out from the middle.  I used foam tape under my banners to give them more dimension.

You are only limited by your imagination on this project.  Our Love Letters kits are worth purchasing for yourself or to give as a gift, but they are only available while supplies last until January 31st.  You can also receive your choice of letter kit free by hosting a qualifying party in January or by signing up to be a Consultant!

Make sure to visit the promotions tab on my website to order your Love Letters kits before the are gone.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Happy Crafty New Year!

It’s that time again when we let go of the old to bring in the new and Close to My Heart has truly outdone themselves with our NEW Seasonal Expressions One products. 07314fd5-9851-47ae-ada4-92b2f6bd6631Let us welcome the beautiful, floral Chelsea Gardens, whimsical Make Waves, adventurous Stargazer, and yummy Gimme Some Sugar products.  These products in this catalog are sure to please and the artwork created by the amazing CTMH Creative team is awe inspiring.  Did you know that you can get recipes for each project created in this catalog?  Here is a direct link that will give you the recipe for each project featured.   You can also receive a FREE COPY of the Seasonal Expressions One when you attend one of my January events or when you place an order on my website.

Did you know that January is also National Papercrafting Month?  Close to My Heart have created a gorgeous paper crafting kit featuring monogrammed letters  that is perfect for adorning any wall in your home. Our Love Letters comes as part of a kit containing the sturdy chipboard letter base, rose gold accents, die-cut floral embellishments, and letter stickers for customizing your final artwork piece. These versatile letters can also be used together to spell out a whole name or word, which is why if you buy five letter kits, you can choose a sixth kit FREE

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You can also receive your choice of letter kit free by hosting a qualifying party in January or by signing up to be a Consultant! Close to My Heart has even created a wonderful video showing you how to assemble this kit.  It is so simple and easy to make.  Visit my blog throughout the month or the CTMH NPM Love Letters page for more ideas using this kit.

I am extremely excited about my upcoming workshops and kits that will feature these amazingly beautiful Seasonal Expressions One products.  Make sure to visit my EVENTS CALENDAR to view my upcoming workshops.   As always, I have created kits and guides that you can also purchase.  Visit my KITS & GUIDES tab above to see what I have available for purchase this month, or choose a FREE GUIDE when you make a $30.00 purchase from my website.

Don’t forget to check our our fabulous Bloom and Grow stamp of the month which you can get for only $5.00 with any qualifying purchase. I will be creating projects each week using this stamp set, so make sure to visit often for more ideas.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your New Year is full of blessings.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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