Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Hoppy Easter My Acrylix Stamp Set B1423

Just wanted to take a quick moment to wish you all a joyous Easter!  He is risen!  :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Crafts from Close to My Heart


In case anyone was looking for a quick and easy last-minute Easter craft, check out these egg-holders made from the cupcake wrappers on the Cricut Artiste Cartridge.  I think this is simply GENIUS!!!  Of course, I HAD to try it too!


The little paper baskets from the picture at the top are from the same cartridge.  I just love paper crafts for every holiday!

If you don't have the Artiste Collection, now is the perfect time to pick it up for FREE!  What's that?  How?  Just order the Close to My Heart Consultant Kit and you get to pick a Cricut Collection for FREE!  Yep, I am totally serious and it is that easy!  Click HERE for all the details or click here to take advantage of this amazing, no-strings-attached offer!  Hurry--it is only offered in April!  :)


After you join, you can pick up the stamp of the month with your new consultant discount!  ;)


One last thing!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Keeping Memories Alive through Scrapbooking and Papercrafting

To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.

                     ~Thomas Campbell


Almost one year ago, I made this cheerful and uplifting banner for a friend battling cancer.  Remember these gorgeous colors in Dream Pop?


Last night, Betty was finally made whole again when she went to be with our Lord. I cannot believe it has really been a whole year already since her battle began.

Keeping friends and family alive in our hearts through memories is so important.  As my memory fades, I am ever thankful to have the pictures and albums to remind me of faces long lost and moments long gone.  Scrapbooking is way more than a hobby...it is preserving memories of those we love and leaving them for those who love us.

I feel so blessed to have known someone with such SPARKLE in her step!  If anyone ever left a trail of glitter, it was Betty V.  Rest safely in Jesus arms until we meet, my friend!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tag (You're It!) Tuesday: It's For the Birds

Welcome back to my blog for another Tag (You're It!) creation!

This tag is dedicated to the birds who were forced to take a break from building their nests when it SNOWED yesterday, April 14th, in what is turning out to be THE LONGEST winter in the history of my life!  (That sentence probably is too!)  ;)

Alas, I have ZERO control over the weather here in the Midwest, but I am in FULL control over my creation today!  Take THAT, snow!

I am just head over heals for this one, and I hope you are too!


Wouldn't this be perfect for some candy eggs?  Chocolate, of course.  I ate mine already, so I just used another kind of candy...hmmm better get to the store before the weekend!  Ooops!  ;)  Anywhoooo, I am linking up with the Simon Says Happy Easter and/or Sweet Treats Challenge!



I used the following Close to My Heart products to make this little treat bag and tag:

Cricut Art Philosophy Collection (cartridge and dimensional elements tag)
Desert Sand CS
Pink Glitter Paper
Black and Grey Glitter Paper
Brown and Tan Glitter Paper
Burlap Ribbon
Skylark Textiles
Mini Medley Accents Wooden Collection (hemp baker's twine)

Let me show you how easy this was to make!  Did you notice there were no stamps used?  ;)

Start off by cutting a length of Burlap Ribbon that is just longer than your tag shape.  Then trim off each side that has the thicker cord...


 Now you can separate all the little fibers of burlap...


I used the Dimensional Elements Tag shape to have a sturdy base for the tag.  You can cut the same shape tag out of the Desert Sand CS and attach it to the chipboard tag with Bonding Memories Glue.

Squeeze out a nice layer of liquid glass onto the CS to apply the pieces of the nest...


You don't have to be neat about this part...just lay the longer threads of burlap fiber out to overlap the sides and hang off the edges of the tag a bit...


It ends up looking nice and irregular with some extra space between the fibers...so you can just go back and add some of the shorter pieces of burlap to fill in the gaps while adding little drops of liquid glass as you do...


Walla!


The egg shape I used is also found on the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.

Did you hear you can get this cartridge for FREE this month?  Did you hear you can actually get over $425 worth of amazing CTMH products and business supplies for only $99???  It is all true!  There are no strings attached at all to join my Close to My Heart team this month!  Whether you are looking to build a business from home or just build a collection of amazing products for a great discount, you are welcome to take advantage of this limited time offer!  You can actually choose any of the three Close to My Heart exclusive Cricut cartridges for FREE when you purchase the New Consultant Kit pictured below for just $99 with $15 to ship it out.  THAT'S IT!  No commitment, no strings!  Of course, I would LOVE to help you get off the ground running with your very own business, but the choice is yours.  :)  Team Been There, Blinged That is growing and would love to have you!  I really don't want you to miss this opportunity, so if you are interested, follow this link HERE for way more details!  If you have already made up your mind, then click HERE to join me and choose your FREE Cricut Collection!  :)




Monday, April 14, 2014

Close to My Heart April Stamp of the Month: Balloon Talk

Good morning (or afternoon, or evening, whatever it might be!)  :)

I am back with Blogger cooperating again after a total reset of my Firefox browser and giving her a stern talking-to.  Let's hope she learned her lesson.  ;)

Today I want to show you another card I made using the Close to My Heart April Stamp of the Month.  This set is super-versatile for both card making AND scrapbooking, so whichever type of crafting you prefer, you really want to give it a look before the month is over.


Here is the card...


I actually used a leftover cut on my card again.  The large scalloped edge is a remnant from cutting a mini-album from the Cricut Artbooking Collection.  I haven't shown you the album yet, but I can't wait to finish it!  The word bubble shape coordinates with the April Stamp of the Month and is found on the Cricut Artiste Collection.  Want to find out how to get either of these fabulous cartridges for FREE this month?  Visit THIS PAGE on my blog!  No strings, no hassle...just FREE!  It is really almost too good to be true--but it is TRUE in April!

The new Mother's Day My Acrylix isn't JUST for Mother's Day...these silhouette's can be used in so many different ways and dolled up with bling like these Bitty Sparkles as well...


You can win this super set with a retail value of $13.95 from me this month just by placing an order through my website HERE


 I love all the different patterns in the Ariana Paper Packet.  I decided to sneak another one in on the inside of the card.  I ink distressed the edges of my papers with Slate Exclusive ink and a sponge dauber.  Did you know you can purchase these awesome tools from Close to My Heart in bulk now too, so it is more affordable to have one for each of your ink colors!  :)


The cute little scallop border is made with the easy-to-use Scallop Border Punch.  It is a great way to add a bit of detail.  What's your favorite way to add an easy bit of detail to your card creations?





Thursday, April 10, 2014

What DO YOU do with YOUR Cricut Artbooking Leftovers?

Hi again!  I am using a different browser so I can work in Blogger tonight because it appears my other browser had on the outs with her.  :/  Tech difficulties is not my favorite thing to deal with because, well, I play much nicer with paper than bytes.  ;)

Anyhow, I was excited to share this card with you that I had the idea for BEFORE I left for the beach.  I had been saving up some of my leftover cuts from the Artbooking overlays, and wanted to use them on a card.  It came together so nicely when I finally got the chance!



I adore how this reminds me of a Little Golden Book with the binding on the left side.  Anyone with me on that one?  :)  I am totally dating myself there...

Anywhoooo...This is my favorite silhouette on the Mother's Day My Acrylix from Close to My Heart.  I am actually giving this set away to one lucky customer in April!  Each person who attends my workshop or places an order with me this month will be entered to win!

Mother's Day C1577

Up in this cluster I used the Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape, Green Epoxy Bubbles, Black Epoxy Bubbles, and little punch-outs of the Tan Glitter Paper.  Those Artbooking leftovers just whet my appetite for more!  ;)


If you follow me on Facebook, you saw this sneak peek yesterday, so go "like" my page by clicking in the top right column of my blog--don't miss a thing!  :)

Order the April Stamp of the Month Here!

Click here to get your free Cricut Collection!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Fling Workshop! :)

Hey my peeps!  I am soooo excited about this workshop!  I have three projects for you to make all for just $10, and you can add items at an ala carte price, too!  :)

Here is the first project--it is PERFECT for an Easter basket!


Next up, is the adorable Bunny bag (complete with Easter grass) whose original template is by Tracey Sanders...


And finally, the Mother's Day Post-It Note Easel.  I used the easel directions from Vicki Wizniuk to make a Mother's Day version...




Here's all the details!

It will be on Saturday, April 12th from 10-12 am and also from 7-9pm.  Please let me know which time frame you will attend when you RSVP.  This will be a 3D class with three items to make for just $10.  No cards this time unfortunately due to time constraints.  You may add additional items at an a la carte price as I know many of you have more than one kiddo to create for.  :)

The three projects are as follows:

1. Strawberry Sucker Sleeve with Blow Pop featuring the retired Dotty for You and Chantilly papers ($3 a la carte price)

2. Bunny Bag with tag, grass and cute little cotton tail! ($4 a la carte price)  The original Bunny Bag is designed by Tracey Sanders.  Both bunnies will include the tag shown on the white/pink picture and not have a flower as they are no longer available (sorry!)  For the sake of time, I used this older photo of my bunnies from another year.  There are two choices for this one.  I have one in all white that you can ink the edges any color you wish.  The second option is like the bunny in the top right of the picture attached to this email--it has a colored cardstock bag and parts of the bunny are also the same colored cardstock.  You can make them with or without the mouth-totally up to you.  Please let me know which bunnies and colors when you RSVP.

3. Mother's Day Post-It Note Easel featuring the Ariana Paper Packet ($4 a la carte price)  I made this with instructions from Vicki Wizniuk's Blog.  This project includes the yellow note pad.

Please RSVP to me by April 9th with your choices and time slot so I can prepare your materials.  These three projects will also be available to purchase for the same price in a pre-cut, pre-stamped, ready-to assemble take-out kit for you to pick up, or delivered to you via USPS for the additional cost of delivery. 

One more thing!  Anyone who attends the workshop or places an order for Close to My Heart products in April will be entered to win the Mother's Day My Acrylix Stamp Set!    :)