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Sunday, August 31, 2014

CTMH Scaredy Cat and Artbooking Halloween Projects


Halloween Tissue Box and Post-it-Note Easel.


This past week was all about Halloween, previously I posted a Halloween scrapbook page layout, now I am working on a few home decor projects.


I cut the tissue box and note pad easel on my Explore.  Both of these files were shared by Narelle Darley through her Facebook group “Cricut Lovers to Design Space”.  If you would like these files you are welcome to join the Facebook group, the files are free to all members.  We would love to have you in our numbers, It’s a great way to share ideas and get great help and tips.  She provides instructions on her blog  “The Non-Crafty Crafter.  Take a few moments and check it out.  

I used Scaredy Cat paper from Close to My Heart color theme for my inspiration.  The Thistle color in this pack, which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, is a pinkish purple.  The new Halloween look adds purple and greens to the traditional orange an black.  I used the Thistle from Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Pack, it has a shiny side and actually gave the project a little something extra.  I also had a pack of paper I picked up from Tuesday Morning for $1.99, that matches the Thistle color perfectly.   

Get your Scaredy Cat Paper Here!


Paper Fundamentals Whimsy

The majority of the images I used were located on the Artbooking Cartridge.  I am providing information on the images below. This cartridge is licensed so it is not part of the image subscription, you can purchase it here.


























If you have a Cricut Explore and the Artbooking Cartridge here is a link to my Design Space file.               https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/project/19811931

The file only includes the embellishment images.  

Here are the instructions for the images if you don't have Design Space.

Haunted House - Use the Hide Contour feature to remove the cuts for the windows and doors for your bottom layer.  Or you could just use little scraps behind the windows to get the same affect.

Fence - Weld two images together and then size it at .75” H, one image doesn’t fit across the front of the house.

The rest of the cuts are just one of each image,
Bat in black,
spider web in black glitter ( I added glitter) 
the small moon in Buttercup,  I used my Sunset Inkpad from Close to My Heart to stipple a little shadow on the moon. 

If you want to hide the white core, either stipple the edges with ink from an ink pad or run a alcohol or permanent marker around the edge.  I used Shinhanart markers in Peony Purple on the Thistle card stock and Marigold on the Sunset card stock. 

Be sure to check out the new Stamp of the Month Set for September, only $5 with a $50 purchase.

September SOTM
September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any
current retail-priced stamps during the month of September*, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE (a $13.95 USD/$15.25 CAD value)! The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!

Check back to see the new campaign or go to the Promotions Tab starting September 1st to see the stamp set up close.  The best part, this $30 will also go towards your $50 for the SOTM.

I would love to hear from you, please post a comment and if you have any specific questions I would gladly provide the answers if I have them.  If not, I will certainly try to find it for you.

Till next time,
Happy Craftin'
Kim (Mimi's Craft Room)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

8/23 Close to My Heart Stanps

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you find my information helpful and will choose to follow me.

I have been compiling Design Space files that coordinate with all the Close to My Heart Cricut compatible stamp sets I own.  These files contain images that are compatible with the Cricut cartridge bundles.  I wanted a place to find them easily instead of having to search of an image over and over.  I keep a spreadsheet of all my Design Space files with separate sheets by category.  Maybe one day we will be able to create folders in Design Space or have the option to save the files on our computers.

I don't know why they think we have limited space on our computers, most people today have more than they will ever use.  Add an external drive to that and you have even more.

Since I am going through the trouble of creating these files and saving them, I decided to share them.  Hopefully, it can save you a little time when you pull out a stamp and need to find the image.

So just look on my Design Space File tab and I will list them there.  I will add files as I create them.  Feel free to use them and if you have some of different stamps or workshops you might want to share them.   I haven't actually tested the sizes, but I did save them in the size recommended on the stamp image.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Scaredy Cat Halloween Scrapbook Layout

I decided to take on the August challenge from Take Heart Ideas, the challenge for this month was to  create something with the sketch you see below.  It could be anything you wanted, with only one rule, you had to use at least one Close to My Heart product.  

You don’t get dimensions for the layout, mainly because they want to see how you can create your layout following their sketch.  I stayed pretty true to the original layout.  

I thought this layout would work perfect for my Halloween layout.  The only downside is that I don't have any photos for it yet.  So I am submitting this without photos.  I hope it doesn't hurt my chances of winning.  

I started with a large spider web, lucky for me they have a great image of a spider web (Artiste #M3C2D3) on the Cricut Artiste collection cartridge from Close to My Heart.  I used this image and sized it about 8 1/2” wide.  

The spider web wasn’t exactly like I envisioned, so I made a few modifications.  I wanted it to look like it was attached to all sides of the page, so I inserted a rectangle image and sized it to fit on the end of the web arms.  Using the scrapbook page canvas in Design Space I sized my rectangles as needed and then welded each one on the ends of the web. I had to nip a few little connections to smooth it out, I couldn't get the welds perfect.

As you can see, it really made a difference instead of having the web just sitting there on the page.

I sized everything else in Design Space, but cut my rectangles with my paper cutter instead of my Explore.  The dimensions I used are as follows; the bottom rectangle is 3"x11", the horizontal picture mat is 3"x5" and the vertical picture mat is 4"x6".

I used a 2" circle for the moon (paper - Sunset) and used the markers to trace around it, this was for shading.  I did the same for the Trick or Treat (Artbooking #M3E0BC, paper - Thistle).  The bats (Artbooking #M46F6B) are applied with pop-dots. The small spider was cut at 1” wide (Artiste #M3C33C - purple glitter).

I cut my pennants at about 1” wide.  They are from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I choose to cut the ones with holes already on the image because I never seem to line the holes straight when  punching them. I used black hemp leftover from the Laughing Lola to string my pennants and attached them to
brads, by wrapping the the hemp around and then tightening them.

The fence (Artbooking - M3F1D7, paper - Slate) is cut out of chip board (cereal box with deep cut blade) at 2.8” W and traced with the ShinHan Twin Touch marker "Warm Grey".  I applied this with pop-dots too. The jack-o'-lantern (#M4483C) is cut from Sunset and Thistle at 1.4” wide. The cat (Artbooking #M46898 paper - black) at 1.3” wide. 

In the end, I think everything I used was Close to My Heart, except the glitter paper and brads.   All the images on this page are from the Close to my Heart collections.  I don’t have a subscription at this time so the only Halloween images I have are on these cartridges.  All the paper used is available in the Scardey Cat paper packet with the exception of the purple glitter.

Here are the products I used:
Cartridges Cricut Artiste and Artbooking collection by Close to My Heart
Purple glitter paper (Paper Studio Glitter Paper pack)
ShinHan Touch Twin Markers (CTMH alcohol markers), in Warm Grey, Black, Marigold
Pop dots
Black Hemp (Laughing Lola - no longer available)
Purple glitter gems
Brads

All in all, I think it came out really cute.  I can't wait to get some pictures to put on it.  I want to thank the Take Heart Ideas blog for the challenge.  It really helped me envision a layout I probably wouldn't have thought of otherwise.  I will definitely take on more of these challenges in the future.


If you have access to the Close to My Heart cartridges feel free to use my Design Space file I have linked below, or you can purchase them here!

Trick or Treat Layout - https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/project/19613693

Hope you like my layout and use it to inspire yours.

Happy Craftin!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

All Things Cricket

Excuse the Mess - Remodeling

If you are like me, you have bombarded your bookmark list with so much, you no longer know what bookmark pertains to what information.  So I decided to add them to my blog for easier access and more information.  In doing so, I am also able to share them with everyone else. 

I am just beginning to find all the websites and bookmarks to compile.  As I find them I am adding them to the new pages I  have created.  If you have trouble with any of my links, please let me know, so that I can fix it.  If you have a request for a link, let me know, I will try my best to find it.

I am also providing links to some of my favorite bloggers I have come to depend on in my journey learning these wonderful machines.  Thy have inspired me, taught me, and encouraged me to try new and wonderful things.  If you can't find it here you will definitely find it on their websites.  As a bonus, the share files and instructions to a lot of great projects.

I hope you find these links helpful.

Close to My Heart is changing with the times and providing a much larger product base that will be available for a full year.  So please take a few minutes to look through the new Close to My Heart Annual Inspiration Idea Book
Shop during August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2015

One of the great new products are the new Paper Fundamentals coordinating paper packs. in all the color sets, Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment and of course Basic.  You now have even more coordinating card stock to go with the pattern packets.  They are double sided, with one side having a glossy pattern and coordinate perfectly with all of our regular card stock.

PURCHASE  PAPER FUNDAMENTS 

As always, if you buy your favorite paper pack and need more solid color card stock to coordinate, purchase one of the Combo packs.  You receive two sheets of each color in that theme.  There are 20 sheets in each pack,  at $14.50 per pack, thats $.725 per sheet.  This may be a little more than Hobby Lobby or Michaels, but you get perfectly coordinating card stock to match all of your patterned paper packets.

Please take a few minutes to browse the new catalog, you will be amazed.  It is available to purchase for $6, Item Number: WC115


DON'T FORGET OUR AUGUST PROMOTION

PICTURE PERFECTION!

August 2014 Constant Campaign


During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3.00! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3.00 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

Dates: Offer valid August 1, 2014–August 31, 2014

Stamp of the Month


August 2014  "What a Hoot"


And of course, as always we have our STOM promotion.  During the month of August, when you place an order of $50 you can add the STOM to your cart for only $5.


Dates: Offer valid August 1, 2014–August 31, 2014





Stay tuned new Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge coming!

Until next time.

Happy Craftin!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Close to My Heart - New Catalog

INTRODUCING 

ANNUAL INSPIRATIONS 

2014/2015 IDEA BOOK


Shop during August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2015

It's finally here, our new catalog.  This is an annual catalog and all items will be available for purchase for 12 months.  It features a great new line of paper packets, including packets for your holiday preparations.  We currently have available Halloween, birthday, Autumn, and Christmas packets.  So you don't have to worry about your favorite paper retiring in 6 months.

There are two great new consultant kits to choose from.  So if you are considering becoming a consultant you need to check them out here.  You have a choice of a scrap booking kit or a card making kit.

You can view the next twelve month's Stamp of the Months, so you can plan on which months you may want to place your order.

There are 13 different Picture My Life programs available.  We have also added more Crush Books to choose from.

We have some new Paper Fundamentals coordinating paper packs to enhance our printed card stock patterns.  These are double sided, with one side having a glossy pattern.  These come in all the colors of our regular card stock.  Check out our new category A Cut Above, it features kits to make treat bags and cards for your holidays.

And as always, plenty of bling and trim for all your embellishing needs and of course our card making and scrap book Workshops on the Go!

Best of all,  we are introducing a brand new Cricut Cartridge "Artfully Sent".  This cartridge is all about cards and will be available sometime in mid-August.  It will feature pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards.  You can see it in the New Idea Book, but is not on the website yet.  Be sure to check back regularly,  I will announce when it is available for purchase.

Please take a few minutes to browse the new catalog, you will be amazed.  It is available to purchase for $6, Item Number: WC115


PICTURE PERFECTION!

August 2014 Constant Campaign


During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95 USD / $27.50 CAD, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3.00! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3.00 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

Dates: Offer valid August 1, 2014–August 31, 2014

Stamp of the Month


August 2014  "What a Hoot"


And of course, as always we have our STOM promotion.  During the month of August, when you place an order of $50 you can add the STOM to your cart for only $5.


Dates: Offer valid August 1, 2014–August 31, 2014



Be sure to browse the catalog and check back regularly.  We have a great promotion coming in September.  There will be two mmi-catalogs published during the year to add even more paper packets and kits.

Until next time.

Happy Craftin!