Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Doctor Who Birthday Card with the Artfully Sent Collection

My niece celebrated her birthday this week.  She happens to be a HUGE fan of Doctor Who, so when I first laid eyes on the new Artfully Sent Cartridge from Close to My Heart, I was immediately drawn to one of the images...


Now, the original card had a cute little Scottie Dog at the bottom as well as a sentiment cut out in the word bubble.


I easily used the contour feature in Cricut Design Space to hide the cuts so they are not in the final card.  I LOVE how Design Space (for the Explore machine) and Cricut Craft Room (for the other Cricut machines) make my images go so much farther--PLUS the software is FREE to use!

To hide the image, just follow these simple steps:





The word, "telephone" appears at the top of this booth, but I am using it as a police call box for my Dr. Who fan...so I had to add a bit of sparkle!  You can also use the hide contour feature to hide this one--unfortunately, I didn't realize it until I had cut it out already, lol!  ;)


See how the front opens?


I just traced the booth onto White Daisy CS to back it for the card front.


These Stuck on You Puffies provided the perfect addition to my sentiment.  I used my Carmine ShinHan Touch Twin Alcohol Ink Marker to make it truly red instead of the dark pink it was originally.  I am linking up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with this little ink tip (even though they are a different brand.)


It turns out that I added that bow tie AFTER making a little mistake with my ink...but always remember, there are no mistakes, just opportunities for embellishment!  ;)
The Artfully Sent Collection comes with ALL these fantastic sentiments for your cards...


Do you see the "Happy Birthday" that I used on mine?

NOW is the perfect time for you to pick up the Close to My Heart Artfully Sent Collection from my website, because you could be chosen to be my March Madness Mystery Hostess!  If you are chosen, you will get to choose at least $25 worth of FREE Close to My Heart papers, inks, stamps, and blocks...really!  You get one chance for every $25 in products you buy, and you have until April 7th to order on my website HERE!!!





Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Washi Wednesday Pocket Card Continued! (Finally!)

Welcome to another HUMP DAY, which I affectionately like to call Washi Wednesday around here.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a cute little Washi creation (HERE) that I had yet to complete...and NOW I have finally completed it!  Thanks for hanging in there with me.  I used it as a GREAT little pocket to send a prize off to one of my fantastic blog readers!  :)


It was SO incredibly easy to use my 1" circle punch to make the notches in the top so the card inside could be easily removed...


Then I just cut a piece of CS to fit inside the pocket sleeve, wrote a little note on the back, and attached the goodies to it with....wait for it....

WASHI!!!!  :)

Check out the Washi Dispenser, Flaxen Extra Thick Twine and Gold Sequins on my website!
I even dolled up the envelope with a bit of...what else...Washi!  This one is a sneak peek of ONE of the new Washi rolls coming in April!  :)


Get your hands on all the washi you like on my website and YOU could be the winner of my March Madness Mystery Hostess Giveaway!  :)  Read all about it HERE!



Monday, March 23, 2015

Makeover Monday!

This is the last week before spring break, and I cannot tell a lie--I am soooooooo ready!

Today I am sharing my envelope makeover for the darling little card I shared with you last week over on THIS POST.  Here is a pic...


Now, here is the made-over coordinating envelope!


I knew it was going to be hand-delivered, so I could do practically anything I wanted to the outside.  I used my Scallop Edge Punch to make a little piece of trim from the floral pattern in the Blossom Paper Packet that debuts next month and added it to the envelope flap.  So easy!  Then I used a hole punch so that I could add my Extra Thick Twine in Glacier (also coming in April!)  I used about half of the thickness to give it a curlier look. 

The March Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart features four GREAT frame images.  I chose one to frame the front of the envelope where the name will go...


And then I blinged it up, of course!  :)  These sparkly jewels are Pink Glitter Gems.


You can only get the March 2015 Stamp of the Month until the end of March...so get your happy on with Choose Happy!  :)   You could also be quite happy by being chosen as my March Madness Mystery Hostess in a couple of weeks!  :)  Find all the details HERE!






Friday, March 20, 2015

Guest Blogger Alert!

Hello everyone!!!  Remember when I said I was excited to share a few things with you guys?  Well, I can finally share another one!  My amazingly talented friend, Becca, over at Expressions is going to be making some guest appearances on my blog as my own little DT!!!  You are going to SWOON over her creations, starting with this unexpected little number right here...enjoy her post, and be sure to leave her a little blog love!  :)

I'm excited to be starting some design team duties with my friend, Amie Kiger, over on her blog at Mimi, Myself, and I.  We "met" when we were both on the design team over at Color My Heart.  For my first card, I wanted to put a different spin on both a stamp set and paper pack.


Here's the supply list (with links for your shopping convenience):

I wanted to show you a picture of the stamp set so you could see how I created the "Oh, snap."

I stamped "snap" in Smoothie then very carefully inked just the "Oh," from the sentiment in Black and stamped it on top of the "snap."  I used the micro-tip scissors to cut out the "snap" leaving a border.

When you combine the custom sentiment with the weave paper from Seaside, and add the Smoothie color, the entire card has a completely different feel than what either the stamp set or paper indicates.  But that's my point.  Versatility is only a "hey...what would happen if" away!

Until next time,
Becca --

OK, it's Amie again!  :)

Don't you just ADORE what she did with that stitch guide???  I am really going to have to play with mine soon!

Now is a FANTASTIC time to pick up any of these products--especially those glittery puffy stickers that will not be available on my website after March.  Yikes!  Shop my March Madness Mystery Hostess link, and you could be chosen as the Hostess with the Mostest who gets to choose $25 or more worth of CTMH goodies FREE!  Join by April 7th to qualify to win!  Get more details on MY POST HERE.



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sneak Peeks for a Special Friend

I am relieved to say that my week is going well after a couple of heart-wrenching days, and my special little friend is doing FANTASTIC!!!  I cannot say enough prayers of thanks and praise!

I am also so excited to be able to share the card I made for this amazing little friend today...because it has a LOT of peeks at new Close to My Heart products coming next month!  :)


This new paper pack is absolutely flavored with the colors of spring.  I absolutely love any green and blue patterns to use for scenic cards.  I used my Fiskars grass border paper punch to make this one and inked it with Pear Exclusive Ink.


These new enamel shapes are SO cute!  Um, and so are the colorful sequins!!!  The balloon strings are a combination of doodles and the March Stamp of the Month, Choose Happy.  :)


Choose Happy

I used the Cricut Artiste Collection to cut the white CS cloud.  Then I stamped these cute little feel better cloud images from the Cuddly Salutations Hostess Reward My Acrylix



LOVE this zip strip from the new paper pack too!  Don't forget to dress up the inside of your cards!  Next week I'll show you how I dressed up the envelope, so be sure to come back!  :)


So how do you get your hands on this Hostess Rewards Stamp set?  Simple!  Just place an order on my website to join my March Madness Mystery Hostess giveaway! 



I am celebrating three years as a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant, and one lucky person will get to choose the FREE Products from my gathering.  You can even choose the HOSTESS ONLY My Acrylix stamp sets like this one!  That's the ONLY way to earn this set...so get your orders in by April 7th to qualify for my giveaway, and make your wish list!  Click HERE for the details!

Cuddly Salutations

Monday, March 16, 2015

Picture My Life on Monday

This is going to be a hard week for me personally, so I just want to ask for a few prayers from my friends.  I am fine, but a very dear little friend of mine is not...so my work world is going to be turned upside down for a while.  Thanks for understanding, and for allowing me to ask for the prayers!

I still have lots of sneak peeks of new product ahead, so I hope to be able to get them all shared.  :)

First I need to catch up, and also remind you that some of the Seasonal Expressions 1 products will be disappearing when March ends.  These Hopscotch Picture My Life cards are my FAVORITE thing that is going...


I used a couple of them in my week four layout.  

Yes, my nativity IS still up!  Oh boy...

These are a few more of my versatile favorites in the set...


In case you aren't familiar, here is another look at the Picture My Life system of scrapbooking with the Babycakes Kit...


It really makes keeping up with your family pictures and memories fun and easy!

Now is a great time to try it out if you are interested!  I have a Mystery Hostess Gathering on my website for you to earn free products!  Read all about it HERE...





Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cricut Shape Winner!

SO sorry for the delay this weekend.  Sometimes life gets in the way of a home business, and you just have to roll with it!  Thank you for your patience...here were the correct entries who guessed Artfully Sent from FB and my blog in order of posting:

1. Joan
2. Shari
3. Barb
4. Katy
5. Texas Anne (Anonymous)
6. Jennifer
7. Heather
8. Dyanna
9. Beth

I had my youngest pick a number between 1 and 9, and she chose..............

FIVE!!!

SO, if I can get a drumroll going in your head please, the winner is...............


Congratulations, Texas Anne, if you can email me your info at mimimyselfandi@outlook.com, then I will get your prize sent! 

I appreciate you all for playing along, thank you! 

Don't forget!  To celebrate my 3 year anniversary with Close to My Heart, I am giving away the hostess rewards for my March Madness Mystery Hostess Gathering!  For every $25 you spend in product on my website, you will be entered to win the rewards!  You will be able to choose paper, ink, stamps, and blocks in the amount of the rewards--including the brand new items released by Close to My Heart in April!!!  Don't wait too long--the March Mystery Hostess Gathering closes on April 6th, so you have until then to order HERE or contact me with your order.  Good luck!  :)