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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Damask Divas December Blog Hop - Snowhaven

Since there was only one other person besides myself that signed up for the Dec blog hop, it was decided not to have one for Dec. I am going to go ahead and show the card I had been working on.
It is from the Artfully Sent CTMH Cricut Cartridge. I cut it out of CTMH White Daisy cardstock. The width was cut at 11.5, so that the finished card is close to 5 x7. I colored the ornaments in silver and gold and just put a piece of the snow haven card stock behind it.
I love the pretty snowflake print! Here's the other side of the paper and inside of the card:
These prints would also be beautiful to cut out holiday boxes or bags for gift giving!!
Thank you for stopping by!!  Big news for tomorrow, Dec 1st, only all the CTMH Cricut collections will be 20% off!!! You can even get our latest and greatest cartridge, Artfully Sent in that amazing deal!!  So, check it out at  http://frommtheheart.ctmh.com/Retail/Products.aspx?CatalogID=11

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Update on a card

Well, I finally decided on what this card on top was missing.
It just needed a little popped up shimmery Happy Birthday sticker from my stash. What do you think?
I made it for my aunts birthday, but I hadn't gotten to see her because she went out of state to a funeral on her birthday. The card has been waiting for something. I wanted to add a pop up featured in the inside but was able to with my computer down. I am giving this to her on Thanksgiving, tomorrow with a nail kit I wrapped up. I hope she likes it!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CTMH Artiste leaf box

This is the cutest little box I made a few years ago for thanksgiving. I sized it fit to page on my imagine back then and I made enough for everyone at thanksgiving and filled them with candy. I cut everything with this beautiful paper I bought at big lots back when they sold scrapbooking supplies. I am not sure why I never posted this to my blog before, but since I have to wait until Black Friday to buy a new computer(And because I thought it was too pretty to throw out) I thought I'd share know.
Here's the inside.  I just took it apart to show you how it goes together.
Here's the outside. I just folded all the score lines and ran ribbon to each of the holes.

I folded it up and held the tab tight. I used red score tape. 
I pulled the ribbon tight and added the leaf I had colored the end and glittered the leaf. The leafis from the same cut file with the box. Glitter was applied with clear nail polish and then I went over it again to seal the glitter. 
Here's what the bottom looks like after it's assembled.

Here it is all read for the thanksgiving table. I hope you enjoyed this post. thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Starbucks logo coffee cup

Hello! I know I haven't made much this month. I am getting a new computer next week and then I'll be working on crafts and cards for Christmas gifts. I was able to get my laptop to work long enough to cut my first vinyl ever! I got this vinyl as free scrap from a sign store. It is outdoor grade. It cut perfectly. I went back to the sign shop months later and then didn't have any scraps and the quote they gave me to buy was high. It could be worth it, but I am going shopping today and see if I can get outdoor vinyl at a better price because I have brought so many things that are waiting for vinyl and most if them are cups or glass cutting boards. I am set on making car window decals. I also have a bunch of tshirts. I went to a great website, http://www.festisite.com/logo/starbucks/ , and I made myself a travel coffee cup. Since it was my first time with vinyl, I wanted to test it out on myself before I started making gifts. I found my cup at the dollar tree. I choose colored lids over the white ones because they don't stain like the white and I love coffee. I am also a fan of Starbucks, but not of green.  Here's what the cup looked like before:
I took the sleeve off and cut it so that there was more room for the logo and you still had the sleeve to protect your hand. This cup actually holds the heat really well. I only brought ones that had a good seal on the cap. I had to really work to push the newly cut sleeve up towards the top of the cup, but it loved the result. I will try to cut the next sleeve better. For the design, the festisite website is so easy to customize. I just typed in my name instead of Starbucks and it perfectly curved my name at the top. Then I saved it as a JPEG file. I uploaded it in design space using the basic upload and then I used the most detailed chose on the right. I used the erase tool to erase every bit of the white so that the explore would cut that out and then just as easy as that I had my logo ready to cut! I sized it to 3 inches and cut on my explore with the highest vinyl setting since this vinyl is so thick and it cut perfectly! I used a excato knife and a straight pin to pull off the parts that needed to remain white. This went really well. The hardest part was the nose and the mouth. I used magic cover contact paper from the dollar tree as my transfer tape and I just rubbed the design really well and gently lifted the vinyl off it's backer and on to the magic cover like a sticker, then I placed the vinyl on my cup and rubbed the vinyl over and over until I pulled the magic cover off and like magic it came off and the vinyl was stuck perfectly to the cup. Here's my finished cup!

Here's I am modeling it!
Here's my cup beside my morning coffee today so you can see the design is close to Starbucks. You can only use the logo for gifts, not to sale. It is a parody not original logo.
I am going to try to use the same website to curve other sayings and then take out the Starbucks girl and add in other designs to the center. Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, November 17, 2014

CTMH Artfully Sent Fabulous birthday pop up card

Happy Monday!!!  It is snowing here in TN and has been a winter wonderland this beautiful morning. I made this awesome pop up card for coworker that just turned fabulous 50 today! This card was so quick and easy.

The outside paper is CTMH Yuletide Cheer and the inside is CTMH colonial white. The gold glitter paper was cut from my stash using the Artfully Sent front. The stickers were from the dollar tree and are 3 d.

I tied twine from my stash in the inside to give the pop up more support. The Happy Birthday Banner inside is colonial white paper colored with Shin Han Peony Purple marker. The original banner read "birthday Girl" I used contour to remove girl so it didn't cut and then I cut Lori and put over where girl would be. For some reason, I couldn't get Lori to cut out of Birthday as it was supposed to and, so I just cut it separately and glued on. I hope you enjoyed my card and thank you for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Dad

I have been off celebrating my dad's birthday (11/6/14)and watching my great cousin show her new TN Walking horse. Here's the card I made for my dad. I used the print then cut feature on the Explore.
I discovered a website that allows you to take your pictures and turn them into the face on any dollar amount. That's my dad from a few birthdays ago. We went to Tunica for the horse show and I thought this card was fitting a birthday weekend in Tunica. We had his party in our room when we got there that night. For the morning, I hung this store brought banner and I had converted Baltimore Orioles svgs to print then cut and attached them to a store brought birthday balloon table piece.
I layered two dollar tree tablecloths for the table, a balloon one and a happy birthday one because the happy birthday one had so much white on it. Here's the print then cut Oriole svg's that I added tooth picks to to become cake decorations. Since we were traveling with the cake, my mom baked it in pyrex pan and then iced it and so it was plain until I added my decorations.
I thought the cake turned out cute and we didn't have to worry about the decorations getting smashed in the car ride there. Here he his with his cake all lit up.
And here is the remaing print then cuts that I put on the bed for decoration. We got there too late to go to eat with everyone. So, we just had the party in the room. Since my computer was not working before we left, I had to make these with J's computer and so I didn't get to make as much as I wanted to. For some reason his newer laptop didn't jive with Design Space. Since he fixed my computer, I will be testing it tonight to work on something for my Aunt's party tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Little surprises for Boss's birthday

My supervisor at work is really great. Her birthday was yesterday. Team decided to get little gifts for her and give them throughout the day. I made the card and the little tags for the gifts. Everything turned out really nice for her. The day started bad for me because my laptop broke and so I couldn't use my Explore at all. I had planned to have the explore draw out the to and from so that nothing had to be filled out and I had planned on embellishing the front of each tag. I have collected lots of things over the years. I went thru and found a set of little cards with envelopes and embellished them up.
Here they are completed.

The pink butterfly is a close to my heart stamp that was fussy cut. The red roses are from CTMH artiste. I had cut a bunch out and assembled them a long time ago and keep them handy.               
Here's the card finished I show the other day. I just added happy birthday. I had cut that probably on my cricut personal. that's how long it has been.
Thank you for stopping by! I have had extreme problems since my laptop broke and so I am so happy my dad's birthday card is done. I made it weeks ago. I hope he won't be disappointed that the decorations didn't turn out since my laptop broke. The newer computers just don't seem to work as well with Design Space. My laptop is vista based and I spent four hours trying to get a windows 7 laptop to work and it didn't want to work with shockwave. At least the card and gift is nice, even though the little extras I love to do won't be.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

quick mention

I am so busy making things for today that I can't show in this post what I am making as it's in a process still in my mind, but I didn't want to let a chance go by to show you really can make a lot of things out of not much, if you put your mind to it. First several years ago, Jason made this fake bomb for a friend's MacGyver costume.

This year Jason needed a camera to be Frank West from the video game Dead Rising as his costume for Halloween. He took the fake bomb appart some and then made it into a real looking camera.

He used a fake coin as his based to mold the necklace and then he painted it also. I be back with paper crafting posts and tutorials, but I just wanted to take a minute and show off my crafty husband. Now if I could just get him addicted to cricut stuff! For my costume, I didn't do any crafting. I was Mario.
It was a very fun Halloween! I wore my Mario costume to work and was working away in my haunted looking cubicle. I was Mario for the trick or treaters and then Mario again for a party the next day. It was a lot of fun. I'll be back soon with many new crafty things and cards. Thank you for stopping by!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Novemeber CTMH specials!

November 2014: Lucky 5Lucky 5!

Celebrate the five-year anniversary of Studio J® with 5 lucky ways to win!

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J 
, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media!

1First, throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail!

2 Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.

3 If luck doesn’t smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box. Five "golden tickets" will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders. This "golden ticket" is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors.

4 For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

5 And there is one last way to win: take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

To make things even more exciting, starting November 1, five brand new kits from the Annual Inspirations idea book will be made available in Studio J, so you can create new artwork using the latest papers and embellishments from Close To My Heart. With so many ways to win, five may be new your new lucky number! Log in to Studio J and start creating today.

*Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. New kits available in Studio J® on November 1 include Confetti Wishes, Snowhaven, Seaside, Pathfinding, and Scaredy Cat. No tax or shipping will be charged on the free item(s). Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 4 to 50 two-page layouts. For additional information about shipping/handling, please visit StudioJ.com > Products and Pricing > Shipping Options.

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Stamp of the Month

November 2014: It’s the Little Things

S1411 It’s the Little Things, set of 15

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November 2014: It’s the Little Things (S1411)

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