Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Creations Clear Pillow Box Treats for Spring

I love making little treats for people to say thanks, or just to let them know I am thinking about them.  Close to My Heart has several different creative options for me to use to do that, including these Clear Pillow Boxes.  They come in sets of three for just $2.95 and are food safe.

I decorated this pillow box in a spring theme for my daughter's teacher and added a gift card and some candy inside...


The little boxes measure about 5.75 x 3.5 when assembled.  They are the perfect size to hold a bit of candy and a gift card.

I embellished this one using the Skylark Textiles, Balloon Ride Paper Packet, and Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape.  The eggs are cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and then I added a layer of Liquid Glass for an enamel look.  You can find the directions for my nest tag HERE.


There are really so many ways to make a super-fun gift for people using your CTMH craft supplies!  What little containers do you like to use for spreading a little sparkle?

Want to pick up the supplies to make this treat box AND spread some sparkle to a mom for Mother's Day this year?  Any order placed on my website this month qualifies you for the drawing to win this awesome Mother's Day stamp!  Click HERE to shop and win!





Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Who Needs a Hot Glue Gun?

I thought this was super-fun to share with you today...just had to alter it a bit since I try really hard to never have to use a hot glue gun...



Hee, hee!  I love my Close to My Heart Liquid Glass, and it can do the same things a hot glue gun can...and you will still have fingerprints!  ;)  Check it out if you haven't!  Now is the perfect time to try it because...



Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Monday Wrap-up!

Hey everyone!  How was your Easter?  Mine was really nice with sunny skies and gorgeous weather.  I could not be more grateful right now for the time spent with family outside.

Here is a little wrap-up of my Easter crafting...


Here are the simple projects I was able to make with the Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste Collection.  I was able to modify my strawberry sucker sleeve to hold one of those EOS lip balms that two of my kiddos are addicted to.  :)


 Here is that super-easy-peasy egg holder made from a cupcake wrapper cut!


I made these cutie-pie bunny boxes for my nieces...just the right size for a couple pieces of candy.


I used White Daisy CS and cut them at 2.5 inches.  Then I cut the grass border at 1.5 inches.  I had just the right amount of grass from the one cut to fit on two sides of each bunny box!  Perfect!  I had this awesome American Crafts ribbon laying around that matched the grass AND the rose from the Ivy Lane Assortment that I attached to the center!  :)


My oldest is a bit trickier...I created this adorable gift bag decor with a doily cut from the same Cricut cartridge and a tag I had created last year with the retired My Peeps My Acrylix...love that bling on the clothespin--and she did too!  :)




It really is that easy to dress up a plain kraft gift bag!  :)

What did YOU craft for Easter this year? 


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!

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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.

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