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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Addressing Envelopes with Cricut Explore

Hi everyone,

This is not a video tutorial, even though I  would love to post videos.   Most people prefer video, but I'm not most people.  I have a limited data plan and I don't want to eat it up watching and uploading videos.  I wanted to provide these instructions in writing with pictures for those few out there that might have the same limits on their data plans, or just a really slow bandwidth.  Besides, I really HATE my accent, you know I'm from New Orleans when you talk to me.

I try to make my instructions as clear as possible, but sometimes I tend to skip over the things that are easy for me.  If you are a beginner and need a little more help, please feel free to contact me.  You can just post a comment at the end of the post or contact me by email, I have a place to do that in the left column.  

Everyone is using their Explore for so many things, and addressing envelopes is one of them.  Now if you have over 20 - 25 envelopes, this might not be the way to go.  It can be time consuming, especially with the limits of how much text you have to enter in Design Space.  

Here are instructions for addressing one envelope at a time.  It is really a very simple process.

Step 1 - Insert a square image on your canvas, this can be any square as long as you don't have to purchase it.  Size it to the size of your envelope,  you can unlock the size box to make it fit your needs.

Step 2 - Change your square to score instead of cut,  this will prevent it from cutting your envelope.

Step 3 - Insert your text.  At this point edit your text to the preferred font and be sure you have changed it to a writing text.  Once you attach it, you can no longer change font.  I chose one of the fonts on Lyrical Letters 2, they are new and have a writing feature.  These fonts are really cute.

Step 4 - Size your text, for a 5.75x4.5 envelope, I made my address about 1.5" H to about 2.5" wide and as you can see it printed large.


Step 5 - Place your text where you want it, select all and attach the text to the square.  I put my square all the way to the top of the canvas and centered it on the top only.  I found placing my text box at about the 2" mark and centering it worked for me.



Step 6 - Do a test run on a piece of card stock that is cut to the size of you envelope.  Let's be sure you have everything how you want it.  I placed my envelop about 1/4" from the top and side lines, that's why I chose to center text and place at 2" mark.  You will need to take note of where you place the card stock, so you place the envelope in the same place. When you are prompted to add your score tool, remove the mat, if you don't it will write a line around your envelope.  This was my test run, it works for me.



Step 7 - Now you are ready to Print your envelope.  Be sure to place your envelope right side up, we don't want the address upside down.  

I found it easier to do one address at a time.  Too much text in Design Space will end up giving you that circle of death.  You know that little circle of lines that goes round and round because Design Space has crashed.

I know there are lots of instructions for this out there, but I found this way to work for me.  I hope you found these instructions easy to follow.  I would love to hear from you


Christmas is only 2 weeks away!  You still have to to get those Christmas presents.  If you have a stamper in the family this month is the time to buy stamps.

DEAL OF THE DECADE!


STAMP SETS FOR $10.00  With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you are eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. 

Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing, your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.



We also have a new idea book for our spring collections.
From now through March, you can order some of the most charming Valentine’s and spring-inspired papers, stamps, and embellishments you’ve ever seen. The vivid colors and patterns will give your layouts and cards a fresh look and plenty of pizazz. See the contents for yourself now in Seasonal Expressions 1!



Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Name Tags with Cricut Explore


Hi everyone,

I don't remember who it was that created these tags on my Design Space Facebook group, but it was a very novel idea.  She made her name tags for Secret Santa at work.  I decided this would be a really cute idea for my family.  We pick names every year to keep costs down and these could also be used on the gifts.   So whoever you are, thank you for this great idea, I hope she doesn't mind that I stole it. 


They are very simple to make.  My instructions are for Desgn Space, but they can definitely be made using Cricut Craft Room.  If you can weld, you can make these tags.  Insert your text for your name, I used Don Juan Under Pressure.  This is a nice chunky font and has a shadow.  Be sure any font you use has a shadow.  At this point you don't want your shadow showing.  Your finished names should measure  about 4-4.5", once you add embellishments that can get rather large.  Also, it's helps save paper on the envelopes, I explain this later.

Don't ungroup the top layer from the shadow layer yet.  Make your letters large so you can work with them easier.  You can adjust the total size after they are welded.  If you adjust after welding, be sure to group the shadow so it adjusts also.  

Isolate the letters on the edit bar, I didn't do a screen shot with the edit bar showing, but it has letters with boxes around the, next to the font size.   Place the individual letters overlapping slightly and staggering them a little.  When you are satisfied,  weld them together.


Now turn your shadow on, move the top layer out of the way.  The shadow will already be ready for welding, so go ahead and select the shadow and weld them together.  Don't be concerned if they are not a perfect match to the top layer, because when you layer them, you will want to offset just a little.

Of course you need to attach these tags to a package, so you need to create a circle.  You can do this two ways, weld a 1/2"(approx, eye it to size) circle to the edge of the shadow layer and place a hole in it with your hole punch or create one in Design Space.   To do this open a circle image with a shadow.  Ungroup this image and make the top layer smaller than the shadow layer.  Once you have it centered, select both circles and slice the images.  This leaves the little circle to attach to your name tags.   Be sure to duplicate this image for all the names.  Place this circle next to the shadow layer and weld it.


That's all there is to it.  Very simple, the difficult part is deciding what images you will use to embellish them.  I didn't weld the images, I just glued them on.  If you knew what embellishments you planned to use you could weld the shadow images to the name shadow.  I had a few images that were rather detailed and had very tiny pieces.  I should have cut then print some of these images, but I am having trouble with my printer.

I used a Framed Sleeve Card from my Artfully Sent cartridge to make the sleeve envelopes.  I picked one that had a simple design on front, so I could use the contour feature to remove it.  I sized them about 6.3 W x5.3H, this gives you a finished sleeve of 5x3".   I choose this size so I could cut two envelopes out of 1 piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock.  So now you can see why you wanted to keep the names at about 4.5", this allows about 1/2" overlap on embellishments.




Here is the finished envelope.  I added a stamp to the front, since I couldn't leave them open.  We don't want anyone picking and choosing who's name they get.



You can make tags like this for all sort of occasions, Bride and Groom, for birthday, baby, etc.

It’s finally here, the idea book you’ve been waiting for! Full of unique ideas and bright, detailed photos, this themed seasonal book is sure to delight! From now through March, you can order some of the most charming Valentine’s- and spring-inspired papers, stamps, and embellishments you’ve ever seen. The vivid colors and patterns will give your layouts and cards a fresh look and plenty of pizazz. See the contents for yourself now in Seasonal Expressions 1!


DEAL OF THE DECADE!

Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix® clear stamps with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you are eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That’s up to $7.95 USD / $9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set—and there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted rate. Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing, your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.

And don't forget your stamp of the month
.

Happy Holidays!

Kim



Friday, December 5, 2014

Artfully Sent Thank You Cards

 Christmas is around the corner and I am sure everyone is working furiously to get those Christmas cards and presents finished.  I know I have.  I am currently working on a Quiet Book project for my Granddaughter.  The good news is I’m making progress, the bad new, I started in September and thought I would be finished by now.

It seems I am always stopping to do a different project.  I  have two Thank  you cards I made awhile back.  

First let me apologize for my photography, I dropped my camera and broke it.  I pulled out an old point and shot, so the pictures are not as nice.

The first card is a combinations of two cards from the Artfully Sent cartridge.  I used the front image as a pattern to slice and cut onto a plain square.  Using the Hide contour feature I removed part of the image to do different colors.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the blue and light green are separate images that are adhered to the top.  I inserted yellow and dark green on some of the other cut out images.

The red was all that I sliced from the front of the card.


This second card I used the inside image to decorate the front of the card.  I re-sized the images slightly and then placed on front.  I embossed the background and stamped the sentiment with Close to My Heart stamp set D1496 , which is part of the Art Philosophy collection.  




I have learned on the Artfully sent cartridge to first set the size at height of 10" if that doesn't get you a 5x7 try the width.  It really depends on how the image is laid out in Design space.  If it isn't meant to be a 5x7 card, try sizing at 5.5" wide or 8.5" high.  This rule will sized most of the folding cards properly.  Of course you can adjust as you want it may distort the image a little.

On to Close to My Heart Business.  We have a lot happening this month.

SEASON EXPRESSIONS 1 IDEA BOOK



It’s finally here, the idea book you’ve been waiting for! Full of unique ideas and bright, detailed photos, this themed seasonal book is sure to delight! From now through March, you can order some of the most charming Valentine’s- and spring-inspired papers, stamps, and embellishments you’ve ever seen. The vivid colors and patterns will give your layouts and cards a fresh look and plenty of pizazz. See the contents for yourself now in Seasonal Expressions 1!  

There are two new paper packets available in this Idea Book.  Plus lots of new items available through March 31, 2014.


DEAL OF THE DECADE!

Celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix® clear stamps with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you are eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That’s up to $7.95 USD / $9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set—and there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted rate. Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing, your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.

And of course our Stamp of the Month (SOTM).



Be sure to add some of these new items to your Christmas wish list.  When Christmas is over we will be looking around the corner to Valentine's Day.

May your holidays be filled with joy and laughter, and the New Year brings you good health and prosperity.

Happy Holidays!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Close to My Heart Cyber Monday Sale

Cyber Monday Only: 20% Off All Cricut®Collections!
CRICUT COLLECTIONS

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night. Make sure you share the news about this sale with all your customers, friends, and family members, too!

Plus, in Dec you can purchase as many C and D size stamps you want at only $10 a piece with a qualifying order.  So if you were on the fence about purchasing a Cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart now is the time.

Which cartridge should you buy?

Artbooking - geared towards scrapbooking.
Philosophy - geared towards card making
Artiste - make all your party needs, 3D images
Artfully Sent - cards, cards, and more cards.

Each cartridge has a theme, but that is not all they do.  There are over 700 images on each cartridge, with coordinating stamps.  Use the cartridges as intended or use the images to do your own thing.  You are only limited by your own imagination.  My favorite has always been Philosophy, but I use all three on almost every project.  Also, each cartridge has a font.

Give a gift that feeds the imagination and fuels inspiration!  Get your cartridges here!

Happy Holidays!

Kim


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Snowglobe Easel Shaker Card

Shaker Card Meets Easel


I have been wanting to make a shaker card for awhile, and what better way, but to incorporate a snow globe.  I found a cute one at Paperpiecingmemoriesbybabs .   So this wasn't my inspiration,  but it gave me a great idea.  I just took it a step further and made it an easel card, since they are all the rage now.  Plus, they are much easier to keep on your mantel.

I have a subscription to Design Space so I used images that are included with the monthly subscription.  

Here is a list of cartridges and images.

Snow Globe - Holly and Ivy Image #MA8D25

Circle and circle frame - Days and Dates 

Snowflake tag - Classroom, Dec-Jan. 

Snow drift - Plantin Schoolbook , slice of grass image.

Olaf was an svg I got from my Facebook groups, not sure exactly where, but you can find them everywhere.  If not, use a plain snow man or anything else you may want.

If you have these cartridges or a subscription, feel free to use the file below, it will save you some work.  I removed everything that was not allowed to be shared.  If you don't have a subscription you can still open the file, you just can't cut without paying. 


I made the card base by welding two of the snow globe images together as you can see in the screen shot below.


I used the hide contour and slice feature to create the pieces for my globe and to split the background drawing into two parts.

In the picture above you see how my pieces look.

The scenery was fine as one image, but when I tried to trace the snow flurries to emboss I wasn't happy with the affect.  My hand is just not that steady.  That was the main reason for splitting the drawing into two images.  It was a little tedious and time consuming, but it looks much nicer when you let the Cricut Explore do the drawing.   I duplicated the image and removed the trees and house, then repeated this and removed the snow flurries.   Keep everything in place and attach both of these images together, it will prompt you to change pens when you get ready to cut your pieces. 

As you can see below, here are my card basic pieces, except for the acetate sheet and circles to form the globe.



I used Tim Holtz Perfect Medium pen to draw the snow flurries, it fits perfectly in your Cricut Explore without any adapting.  You have plenty of time to add your  embossing powder after it cuts.   Then I changed to my Cricut fine point black pen for the houses and trees and colored them in with my CTMH water color pencils and blending pen.

Craft foam was perfect to add the height and space for the tinsel glitter.  It cut ok with my Explore, I had to clean it a little, the cuts weren't smooth.  Could be I didn't have a new blade in.  I used a custom setting for craft foam and the deep cut blade and housing. My chip board wasn't thick enough to allow the glitter to shake around. 

The glitter is Recollections Tinsel Glitter, they have several brands so whatever you can find.

The Merry Christmas sentiment I picked up at Michaels, but you can use any sentiment you have or cut one out.

Be sure to layer your background and card base to the card before you adhere the foam and acetate on.

Card, globe base, globe background, foam, acetate, white overlay.  

Also, please don’t forget your glitter before you put the acetate on, use about a teaspoon.  I used tape to attach the acetate, only because the glue was messy and it can ruin the front if you use too much.

This wasn’t a simple card to make, but if you have patience you can give it a try.

Hope you enjoyed it, if you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact me or post it below.  I will do my best to help you out.

Don’t forget, I am offering my Split Chevron Fleur di Lis file to all my CTMH customers.  All you have to do is place a minimum $25 order with me on my my ez-invite online gathering - “Kim’s Holiday Gathering”,  by Dec 3, 2014.  You will be prompted to join a gathering when you add an item to your cart, just be sure you are attached to the correct gathering at this time.  Please hurry, this offer expires when my gathering ends on December 3, 2014.  
Till next time,

Happy Craftin!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Artfully Sent - Thank you cards

Hi everyone,

Here is another addition of my attempts at the Artfully Sent Cartridge.  




Here are two Thank you cards I made, both using Navy colors.  My husband recently had a Navy reunion which corresponded with his 70th birthday.  The guys and their wives were nice enough to surprise him with a cake and card.  He asked if I could create some thank you cards to send them.  Luckily there were only 4 couples, so I was able to make 4 different cards and make them quickly.

I made these two very simple cards found on the Artfully Sent Cartridge.  The swing card is image #MM13155B, sized at 10” wide.  The Thank you card is image #M100B91 sized at 10” High.  Both can be sized differently but is will change the look of the font.

I used a Chevron embossing folder   from Close to My Heart, and a border of anchors from Life is a Beach on the swing card, just to give it a little more.   It always amazes me, how a little embossing makes such a big difference. I applied jute around the oval and added an Anchor brad I had laying around.  Took about 10 minutes, it took more time to add the jute because I had to hold it in place until the glue dried.   I had to do a little at a time, it wanted to keep popping up.

On the Thank You card, I duplicated the card in Design Space, on one I used the contour feature to hide all the parts but the large font wording “THANK YOU”, on the second I removed only this font.  This allowed me to use two colors on the front of the card for the wording.  I thought it just added a little more to it.  I also used Outdoor Denim from the Paper Fundamentals Card Stock pack.  This has a shiny texture embossed on one side and is patterned on the other side, it presents better on simple cards..

Both of these cards are very easy and quick, just add a little embellishing and you can make them so much more. 

Hope you liked my cards.

Stay tuned, I have more coming.

Don’t forget, I am offering my Split Chevron Fleur di Lis file to all my CTMH customers.  All you have to do is place a minimum $25 order with me on my my ez-invite online gathering - “Kim’s Holiday Gathering”,  by Dec 3, 2014.  You will be prompted to join a gathering when you add an item to your cart, just be sure you are attached to the correct gathering at this time.  Please hurry, this offer expires when my gathering ends on December 3, 2014.  

Until then,


Happy Craftin!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Split Fleur Di Lis

Hi Everyone,  

I figured out how to share my file on my blog.  I still don't know how to put it directly on my blog, but I did figure out how to share it with dropbox.  Just click on the caption below the picture and this should take you to the file to download.


Split Fleur Di Lis from Dropbox
Here is the complete address if the link doesn't work for you.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sbr64mn8negxwpi/Split%20FleurDeLisBlk.svg?dl=0

Just a tip when using this file.  It is in two pieces, to and bottom.  Place it on your mat just how you want it, then be sure to select both pieces and attach.  This way it cuts as one image and you don't have to worry about lining up.

I would also suggest you type your wording in the split area and adjust the fleur di lis around it.  This will insure you have left enough space and won't have to place separately on your project.

I am going to purchase some inexpensive glass cutting boards and put this on them with the last name.  Very quick and inexpensive gifts that can be displayed on the kitchen counter.

If you like this one, check out my Chevron Fleur Di Lis here.

Thanks for dropping by, hope you enjoy the file.


Happy Craftin!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Close to My Heart - Yuletide Carol Christmas Card

WooHoo!  I was selected as a favorite for another challenge I entered.  My Christmas Easel Card  "Warm Winter Wishes"  was picked as a favorite for the October 14th challenge at Stick It Down.  You can see my winning entry here! 


I created this beautiful Christmas card to be showcased on November 11, 2014, Tuesday sketch challenge.

The sketch was perfect for this beautiful Christmas wreath I saw on the Anna Griffith's Winter Wonderland cartridge.

I purchased this cartridge last year, but was hesitant to use it, but not anymore. Since purchasing my Cricut Explore, I will attempt to cut out anything.  I have to say I am very pleased with the final image.


It is very difficult to see the intricate cut of the wreath in the picture, but it was tiny little leaves.  I didn't cut out the holly berries, instead I used red stickles in the places where the berries should be.  

I used the Yuletide Carol paper pack from Close to My Heart on this card.  It creates such an elegant card.  



I started with an 8.5 x 5" sheet of Colonial White card stock, for my card base.  This makes an A2 size card that is  4.25x5.5".

My first layer was the red patterned sheet, cut at 4 x 5.25.  I layered a piece of 3.75 x 4.75 of colonial white card stock on top of this.  I embossed this piece with Anna Griffith's Holly Leaves embossing folder.

The sentiment was stamped with the Artfully Sent stamp set your receive with the cartridge in Cranberry ink.

Don't forget to e-mail me your order number, so you can get your free Chevron flour di lis, offer expires December 3, 2014.

Till then,

Happy Craftin!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Chevron Fleur Di Lis

Hi everyone,

In a past post I promised to create a Split Fleur di Lis svg file.  It took a few attempts and trial and error, but I think I got it.   Here  is what it looks like.


I created the image in Inkscape and saved it as an SVG file, so it should work for any one who can use an SVG file in their cutting machine.  I own an explore and can import SVG files, not all Cricut machines have this ability.  This file does not work in Cricut Craft Room,  so please keep this in mind.

Edited Nov 13th:  For your piece of mind and mine, please use the file below to be sure it will work.  Either send me an email and I will send the SVG file you see below, or click on the caption and it will take you to the dropbox to download the file. You can use this file to be sure it will work, then place your order.   If you have trouble, drop me an email and I will see what I can do to help.


Split Chevron File
In both of my files I created the image is in two pieces to allow larger font if needed.  You can manage the split area this way.

I am offering this file to my CTMH customers.  All you have to do is place a minimum $25 order with me on my my ez-invite online gathering - “Kim’s Holiday Gathering”,  by Dec 3, 2014.  You will be prompted to join a gathering when you add an item to your cart, just be sure you are attached to the correct gathering at this time.  Please hurry, this offer expires when my gathering ends on December 3, 2014.  

To get yours place your order, then send me an email from this blog using the Contact Me link in the left column.  This will send an email to me, please include your name and order number.  Once I verify the order I will respond to your email with the file attached.    

Please respect my time and effort I took to create this file and do not share it with any one.  Direct them to this site if they would like a copy. I am currently trying to create a Chevron circle as seen below, but I have been having issues with the file not saving properly.  As you can see, it worked, but when I re-opened the file it was corrupt.  I have been creating it in Design Space, it was not shareable unless you owned the cartridge I used.  I am going to try to do it in Inkscape so I can make an svg.  Stay tuned.



See what’s happening in November!

As always we have our Stamp of the Month (SOTM), this month we have this adorable stamp set.


It's the Little Things - Item Number: S1411
With a minimum qualifying purchase, you get this D-size SOTM set for a discounted price.  Add the stamp set to your cart at full retail price of $17.95 or, with your qualifying order of $50, you will be prompted during checkout to add it for the promotional price of $5.00.

Check out our Annual Inspirations Idea Book for ideas.  This stamp set will be perfect for those little gift boxes or cards to show appreciation to family, friends or co-workers.  You can even use the images to add a little detail to a plain sheet of card stock.

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J, that means it's your lucky month.  We have five amazing ways to with through Studio J and Close to My Heart social media.

You can purchase any Studio J layout for $5, thats a 25% savings.  To get yours and check out the 5 ways to win, just click on the link below.

Celebrate Studio J and win!
I hope this is your lucky day.

Happy Holidays!

Kim




Sunday, October 26, 2014

T-SHirt Dresses

Hi Everyone,

This post isn’t about scrapbooking today, it is about the sewing.  I had to share these cute little dresses,  They were so easy and I absolutely love them. 

If you can sew a straight line, then you can make these dresses.  I found the instructions on Pinterest, searching for a T-shirt dress my daughter-in-law wanted for my Grand daughter.  I have also pinned it to my wall, for a quick find.


Supplies you will need.  

Material of choice, I recommend at least a yard for the length, or you will have too many seams.
T-shirt in correct size, make sure you wash it, if you plan on adding an applique.
Sewing Machine
Thread

Here are quick instructions, if you don’t need to see a picture. For a 2T t-shirt I measured  the length of the t-shirt from the neck to the hem, which  is about 17”  You divide this measurement in half  and round to the nearest even number to get 8 inches.  Then measured the hem of the t-shirt, which is 11 inches, multiply this by 4 to accommodate the gathering, so I need a piece 44" long.  This gives you a piece 8"W by 11" long.  If your material is that long, cut two 8"x22".  A couple inches less for the 44" won't matter that much, it will just be a little less fuller skirt.  Watch the pattern of the material before you cut, my pattern ran one way, so I had to cut it in the right direction or my little flour di lis would have been sideways.  

Sew the side seam(s) and press the seams open, unless you use a serger.  Hem the skirt, by folding up once at 3/8”, then the second time 5/8”.  Sew your hem now, it’s easier before you gather and attach it to the t-shirt.

Mark the two sides of the skirt, fold in half and mark the two halves.  This gives you four marks evenly spaced on the skirt.  This helps with getting the gathers even around the skirt.

Gather the unfinished side.  If you don't know how to do this I'm sure you can find a video on the internet.  I usually sew a basting stitch along the edge at about 1/4"  then again at 7/8".  I pull the top threads to make the material gather.   Be sure the thread doesn't pull out the other end.

Gather it a little more than the size needed, as you pin it to the bottom of the t-shirt, right sides together. The t-shirt should be in the middle of the skirt, hanging downward.  Sew it together at about 5/8”, be sure to sew between the two gathering lines.  Turn it right side out and press the seam up towards the t-shirt.  Now on the outside, sew about 1/4” from the seam around the t-shirt to hold the seam up, it helps prevent bulk.  Pull out the gathering thread, and you are finished.

You can make this with any t-shirt, even one that already has a design.  I just used plain t-shirts and added my own, so I could personalize.  The Chevron alphabet I purchased from  My Vinyl Designer.    


The chevron Fleur Di Lis I created myself using an image on the internet.  I will be sharing this file next month to all my Close to My Heart Customers.  Please come back and place an order with me.

I will definitely be making more of these T-shirt dresses.


Till next time,

Happy Craftin!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chalk It Up Scrapbook Layout

Hi there!

Here is an adorable Scrapbook layout I created using the Close to my Heart Chalk It Up papers.  It’s perfect for scrapping school events and pictures, and it would be perfect for making something for your child’s teacher.


CHALK IT UP

I got my inspiration from the Scrappy Friends Challenge.  You can enter each individual challenge or make one project that covers all three, which is what I did.  The rules are pretty straight forward and allow for your own interpretation.  Check them out and see how others have been inspired.

There are three separate challenges are as follows:

1.  The layout sketch is from GrandDiva’s Creative Corner October Sketch Challenge. This is a great layout, that emphasizes 1 photo.  I thought it would be perfect for that school year picture. 

2.  An October Tic Tac Toe challenge from, Through the Eye's of Rochelle. I went with the diagonal row, Paper clip, orange, and glitter.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but my black strip is Black Shimmer Trim, from Close to My Heart.  The Chalk It Up papers includes the color Sorbet, which is a shade of Orange, and my paper clip is from an old set Laughing Lola.

3.  And last but not least, the Scrappy Word Challenge, from Creating With Paper and More.  As you can see I chose the word sweet, which definitely describes this beautiful little face, oh to be young again and so enthusiastic about learning.

This is a fairly simple layout, once you figure out how to cut the sun rays.


I didn't photograph how I did this, but am in the process of doing another layout, following this sketch.  I'll take pictures of how I cut the rays and add a post later, so check back if you need a visual.

I stamped my the Sorbet layer behind the picture with my In The Background #D1540 stamp from Close to My Heart.  I used the Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad in Sorbet

The banner under the picture was from SVG Cuts, box card "Let's Celebrate". I cut two banners.  One one I added text and used the slice feature to cut it out.  I cut the ends off of this banner and  to  layered it on top of the other piece.

wrote the school name with my Explore, using a black metallic gel pen, and then I filled it in by hand.   I used an adjustable pen holder I purchased from Chomas Creations.  I love mine, it really has made using my gel pens easy and instead of spending money on new pens I didn't need I purchased this adapter for the ones I had.  It's worth the money if you already have a large stash of pens. I'm getting the marker holder next.

The think grow learn was cut from the CTMH Artbooking Cartridge.  This cartridge has a lot of great images.  My sister will add the journaling later.

Be sure to check out my website, kimsalito.ctmh.com, if you are interested in any of the products used in this layout.  Plus, we have 8 other perfectly coordinated packs for your scrapbooking needs.

If you order this month you can get the following deals.  

Plus, with your $50 order you can also purchase the Stamp of the Month for $5.  


Both of these items are valued at $24.95, and you get them both for only $5.  That's a $19.95 savings.  The SOTM is also sold for $17.95 during this month, but the ribbon is exclusive for this month's campaign and not for sale.

I hope you enjoyed this layout and please stop by or better yet follow my blog for more inspiration.  I don’t mind when you copy my designs, after all that is what this blog is all about and I certainly get my inspiration from other bloggers.

Till next time.

Happy Craftin!