Friday, July 29, 2011


These photos show some of the 700 images that will be on the new Cricut Cartridge.  There will be boxes and other 3-D items on the cartridge too.  I love that there will be stamp sets and chipboard to coordinate with the images.  Be sure to leave a message and let me know what you think and what your favorite images are!  Depending on the size of your Cricut can cut images/shapes up to almost 12"!  It is only $99.00 plus S/T.  It includes the Art Philosophy Cartridge, 3 stamp sets that coordinate with the shapes you can cut with the cartridge (The Stamp sets carrier sheets tell you what size to cut the image, so it will match the stamped design!), and 3 packages of Dimensional Element (chipboard) that coordinate with the cartridge and the stamps!!  Contact me at to pre-order yours or click here to order it beginning August 1st:  Close To My Heart Art Philospohy  More detail on how to get this fabulous cartridge at 1/2 off!!!!! coming soon!!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011


 This cartridge comes with OVER 700 BEAUTIFUL SHAPES, 46 SIZES, and with all the different function keys... that allows for over 32,000 options!  Also, you get 2 sheets of Dimensional Elements to match and 3 matching stamp sets!!!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011


These are items I have on hand at a discount.  Lots of Stamp Sets 50% off!!! Also, Limited Edition Scrapbooking & Card kits discounted.  Click on the YARD SALE tab on the right hand column here on my blog to see pictures of all of the stamp sets and kits.  Everything is first come first serve.  Once they are gone they are gone.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Several of you have asked how I made the pinwheels on my scrapbook layout. So, here you go....
1. Cut a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square of white cardstock. On one side of the cardstock square, ink the edges of the square and stamp your design. I used Outdoor Denim ink and one of the Close to My Heart background stamps.....they are the perfect size for making these pinwheels. You can see some of the background stamps we carry by clicking here: Blogger is acting dumb and will not let me post a hyperlink, so this link will have to do for now:

2. Turn your square over...using a different the edges and stamp a different design. I used a Polka Dot stamp with Cranberry Ink.

3. Line your ruler up diagonally (from corner to corner) across the square and draw a faint line. Then, do the same thing with the other two corners. You should now have an "X" drawn on your square.4. Cut from the corner along the faint line you drew toward the center, but DO NOT cut all the way to the center. Do this from all 4 corners.

Your square should look like the above photo now.

5. Fold down 1/2 of each flap so that it looks like the picture above. Put glue under each of the folded down flaps (under the red Polka Dot pieces) and press them down and your pinwheel will be made. Now add a brad or button to the center and you are finished! Easy Peasy!!!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hive Creative Challenge - 4th of JULY SCRAPBOOK LAYOUTS

I created these layouts for my monthly scrapbooking workshop and TheHive Creative Challenge using the Fanfare Level 1 kit. They are the two pages that everyone who attends one of my Workshops in July will be making the night of the workshop. Everything is supplied, except you will need to bring your favorite adhesive and scissors.

I created the background of the top half of this layout by randomly stamping on a piece of white cardstock. The stamp sets used to create the background, click on their links to see all the stamps in the sets: CONNECTIONS (D1330) and SUMMER DAYS (B1375)

A tutorial on how I make the red bunting (pictured above) are included close to the end of this post.

I love how the pinwheels turned out. I will do a tutorial on how I made these later. I used the following stamp sets to make the pinwheels, click on their links to see all the stamps in the sets: Hit The Spot (C1406) and Brilliant Backgrounds (D1251) this set is retired.

Following are the 4 premade/printed pages and 2 12"x6" sheets of cardstock stickers included in this workshop.....

TUTORIAL for making the BUNTING.....

Supplies: 2" Scallop Circle Punch, Embossing Tool, 12" Paper Trimmer, cardstock, Sanding Block, scissors

I punched 3 scallop circles using our 2" Scallop Circle Punch. I own a lot of punches and I must say this is the easiest punch to use. You press the lever down with ease and it punches like butter!!! No kidding it is really that easy!

Next, I used my 12" Trimmer to emboss the lines on the scallop circles. Line up the top and bottom between the scallops through the center of the scalloped circle with the groove in the 12" trimmer. Emboss the line in the groove using the Embossing Stylus tool. You will have to hold the scallop circle securely with one had to keep it from moving while you are embossing the lines. Continue around the circle until lines have been embossed between all of the scallops.

Turn the embossed scalloped circle to the side where the lines are raised on the cardstock. Then, sand the embossed (raised) lines. I used my sanding block from the CTMH Sanding Kit. The above photo shows the lines partially sanded, so that you can see what the lines looked like before and after sanding.

Last of all, cut the scallop circle in half. Now you are ready to attach them to your layout!

CELEBRATIONS are always fun! The Hive is celebrating their 1 year anniversary and to CELEBRATE they are having a creative challenge that asks us to create an entry with the theme CELEBRATE! I created this 2-page layout celebrating the 4th of July!!!! I would really love a "LIKE" vote from you! Happy Celebrating!!!!
The Hive is an awesome Arts & Crafts Community for any type craft you can think of. It has thousands of members. You can use it to promote your business (if you have one), just to be inspired, share artwork, etc. It is FREE! I am a member and I love it.

Friday, July 1, 2011


Make a minimum purchase of $50 from the Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book and you can add a bonus item for just $1. Choose from the following five Eligible $1 Bonus Items:

X5811 Creative Basics® Mistletoe, includes ribbon (value: $8.95 US/$9.95 CAN)
X5807 Creative Basics® Animal Cookies, includes ribbon (value: $8.95/$9.95)
X8624 My Originals® Bits & Pieces Card Kit (value: $12.95/$14.50)
X8622 My Originals® It’s Your Day Card Kit (value: $12.95/$14.50)
X8623 My Originals® Around the Holidays Card Kit (value: $14.95/$16.50)

(retail $14.95):
There are 12 cards in this set....3 cards each of four designs.
BITS & PIECES CARD KIT (retail $12.95) :

IT'S YOUR DAY CARD KIT (retail $12.95) :

Includes 12 sheet of 12"x12" printed paper and White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon.
The following Cards were made by another consultant or a customer (do not remember who) using this paper pack.

Includes 12 (12"x12") printed paper and gold satin ribbon
I have NO PHOTOS using this paper pack.

Don't forget to check out the WHILE SUPPILES LAST CLEARANCE if you place an order on my website. The Clearance items will not count toward your $50 purchase for the above promotion, but there are too many deals to pass up with items as low as $1 and up to 80% off!!!! Check it out here: WHILE SUPPLIES LAST