Friday, February 28, 2014

March Cricut Cuts - Completed Flip Stand Calendar

Although the first part of this adorable calendar workshop was in February, I have a few kits leftover for both parts of the workshop. So, the March workshop will include the pre-cut Cricut pieces and calendar bases for all 12 months, plus the Flip Stand. This entire workshop was created using the Artbooking cartridge, which made it so easy to coordinate everything. 

The only items needed to complete this project are a glue pen and scissors, so even if you can't make the workshop, it can easily be done at home.

Class Information:
Date: Tuesday, March 25th at 6:30pm
Cost: $25

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

March Creative Cards - Quilting

While I was coming up with ideas for my future workshops, a good friend suggested making cards using quilting techniques. I had heard of using quilting with cards, but I had never done it. After taking a look around, I realized that as daunting as it seemed, quilted cards are not only beautiful, but are really rather simple. So, I am excited to present March's Creative Cards workshop, which uses the quilt block and pinwheel techniques:

The kit comes pre-cut with instructions, along with embellishments and envelopes. Those of you who come to the class will get a choice of various embossing folders to use for your backgrounds - mail order kits will come pre-embossed.

                               Quilt Block                                                  Pinwheel

I used the lovely Ariana paper pack and Ariana Assortment, along with Silver Shimmer Trim.

This Workshop is Sold Out!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Embossing Is Boss - Two For One Special!

Close To My Heart has five incredible new embossing folders, and during the month of February, you can get one for free! Not only that, but if you take advantage of this special, you get to choose 2 FREE ink pads!! Here's how it works. Purchase two cardstock packs (single or combo; White and Colonial White do not apply), and when you check out, you'll get to choose one embossing folder for free (a value of $8.95!):

After you've made your purchase, I will send you an email asking for your choice of 2 free ink pads - simple as that! This special only lasts through the end of February, so don't wait - click here to start shopping now!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Blog Contest Winner!

Thank you everyone who signed up to follow my blog by email, through Google+ and/or through Bloglovin' - I hope you find plenty of inspiration here! And also, thank you for your comments - I love hearing from you and always appreciate suggestions. So now, the winner of a FREE paper pack of her choice is...
Maria B.! Maria, please leave a comment or send me an email with your choice of paper pack and I will get it to you!

Make sure to keep visiting - I will have more chances for you to win free product!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

My First Color Dare Challenge!

I've been wanting to try the Color My Heart: Color Dare for awhile, and I am now finally submitting my first entry! This is Color Dare #81:

As I was creating this card, I thought about a question I am often asked - how do you figure out what to make? Now, I know there are people out there who can see a project in their head and have things all planned out - I am not one of those people. So I thought I'd share the secret to my process - I fiddle around with whatever I have nearby and I sit and stare a lot. That's it. I may have an idea or two, but until I start playing, I'm not really sure what I want to end up with. 

For this card, I at least had a starting point - my colors were already chosen: 

From there, I went through all my paper packs finding patterned paper that had one of these colors, and I brought out the cardstock. I also went through my stamps and picked out a birthday stamp set because, well, I need birthday cards. I went with the the Cricut Artiste Collection Birthday stamp set that comes with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge. Why? Because I like the cupcake (see, no real process here). I decided to use a layout from Make It From Your Heart Vol 2 and chose Pattern 29 because it had room for an image and a banner sentiment.  So, my choices were driven by colors already determined for me, a need for birthday cards, and a desire to have a cupcake.

Next step was just playing around with paper and seeing what looked good. I added in a neutral color (Desert Sand) because there were too many pieces of paper that needed to be added to the card and not enough colors - and since we can use neutral paper in this challenge, away I went. 

From there I went to my Cricut and cut out the cupcake in the various colors. I played with the pieces till I had an arrangement I liked, but when I put it down on the white square, the cupcake seemed to vanish. I knew I needed something to make it pop. I looked over at the how-to book and saw they made a cute yo-yo under one of the stamped images, and thought that would be a nice addition to my card. So I made the Desert Sand yo-yo and stuck the cupcake on top. I added jewels to the frosting because glitter gel wasn't dramatic enough (tried it, then threw it out - I do that a lot).

My last step was to make sure my design followed the rule of odds - the elements should be grouped in an odd number (typically in threes, but not always). Not my rule - a design rule that I've found has never let me down. Sorbet was all set - it was in the candle, the background paper and the sentiment. I only used one piece of Blush, and although I had two pieces of Juniper (the cupcake wrapper and background paper), they are both in the center of the card and so appear to be one. But the Desert Sand was the problem - I had the yo-yo and the solid piece of cardstock at the bottom of the card, so I needed it in one more spot. I tried various patterns, ribbon and more cardstock, but nothing really stuck out. So I decided to keep with my theme of distressing elements and embossed the cardstock with the Quatrefoil embossing folder and sanded it. Then I played around with the placement, found a spot I liked, and voila!

So, I don't really know what I'm doing - I just know that if I keep trying things, something will eventually look good. And it's not a neat process - check out my desk after I was done:

Of course, getting everything messy is half the fun.

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper: Clementine (retired); Juniper, Sorbet, Blush, Desert Sand and Colonial White CS
Stamps: Cricut Artiste Collection Birthday
Inks: Juniper, Blush, Sorbet and Desert Sand
Embellishments: Pink Glitter Gems and Clear Sparkles
Other: Sanding block and sponge

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

February Project Kit - Flip Flap Flabulous!

Learn how to take a 6-photo layout and turn it into a 32-photo layout with the magic of Flip Flaps!

And look, not only can you add more photos, but you also turn one two-page layout into THREE two-page layouts (yep, count it – all the pieces add up). How Flippin’ Flabulous is that? 

This workshop comes pre-cut and includes the following:
Class Information:
Date: Sunday, March 2nd at 2pm
Cost: $30

Sold Out!

Monday, February 10, 2014

February Cricut Cuts - Flip Stand Calendar

Awhile back, Close To My Heart made an awesome video showing how to use the  Cricut® Artbooking cartridge to make a desk calendar (Clearly the Best: Create the Date S02E11). I've had many questions regarding how to make this project and decided the best way to answer would be to have it as my first Creative Cuts workshop of the year!

This workshop will be split into two parts - the first six pages will be completed in February, and the last six pages will be completed in March. The workshop comes with instructions, the Designed Decor Flip Stand Album and is pre-cut (including the hole-punched bases, the Cricut images and the memorabilia pockets), so this can easily be done in person at my workshop or at your home as a mail order kit.

In addition, I will show you some really cool ways to personalize your calendar, including how to turn the reverse side into a mini-album page and/or memorabilia holder!

All you will need to complete this workshop is a glue pen. Close To My Heart's Bonding Memories Glue Pen is perfect for this project.

Class Information:
Date: Wednesday, February 26th at 6:30pm
Cost: $20

Thursday, February 6, 2014

February Creative Cards - Tri-Fold Shutter Card

I am so excited to introduce my new Creative Cards monthly workshop (and my first workshop of the year!). Each Creative Card workshop presents a new technique. For February, you’ll get a chance to learn how to make the deceptively simple Tri-Fold Shutter Card Base:

You can sign up to make this workshop at my house, or you can purchase a mail order kit to be shipped directly to your home! Whether in person or long distance, your kit will come pre-cut for four cards and includes instructions, resin teal flowers, baker’s twine hemp and White Daisy envelopes.  Mail order kits come pre-stamped as well.

Class Information:

Date: Saturday, February 22nd at 2pm

Cost: $8

Additional products needed to complete this project:
  • Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Scoring Tool (i.e. bone folder or scoring blade for trimmer)
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