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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hurry before time runs out!

Hi everyone,

Just 2 days left to get your free copy of the new  Holiday Expressions Idea Book.
http://kimsalito.ctmh.com/retail/category.aspx

Don's forget our
 great promotion going on in September, the "Celebrate Life" stamps.  Each set is designed to fit a specific type of paper crafting, however, they all coordinate with each other so that you can create dynamic artwork.


Be sure to get the new Stamp of the Month, only $5 with qualifying purchase.



I would love for you to shop with me at KimSalito.ctmh.com.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Whooo Dat! Little Girls T-shirt

Hi Everyone.

I just wanted to share these adorable t-shirts I made for my Grand daughter.  My daughter-in-law wanted a shirt with an owl on it.  The only single layer owl I fond in Design Space looked creepy or too adult.

I wanted something a little more juvenile, so I found an image from the Create a Critter cartridge.  I can't remember if its 1 or 2.  Anyway, with a little slicing and dicing and welding here is what I ended up with.  

The font for Whooo Dat is from the new CTMH Artistry Collection.  I thought is was perfect for this shirt, I loved the o's were filled in.  The tiger paw is also from the CTMH Artistry collection and the font is Fantastic Fonts - DJTerrific.





Here are two more shirts I made also.  The split paw was shared on one of my Facebook groups and the football and bow I created from images I found on the web.  



The bow can be found when you google bow on the internet, I recommend saving it as a GIF or JPG and upload into Design Space as a picture instead of an svg.  All the svg files had a lot of pieces and cuts and didn't work out at all.  The football can also be found on the internet.  The font is from the Plantin School Book cartridge.

The split paw was shared by a member of one of my Facebook groups.  The font on this one is Cherry Limeade.

I just love making these cute little t-shirts.  The hardest part is finding a shirt in 3T.  I started checking Wal-Mart, when I see the colors I want I buy one in each size for the next few years.  They sell out quickly.

Times running out to get the great September promotions.

We have 3 sets of "Celebrate Life" stamps.


And of course the Stamp of the Month, only $5 with qualifying purchase.



I would love for you to shop with me at KimSalito.ctmh.com.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!





Friday, September 25, 2015

Masculine Birthday Wishes


Hi Everyone,

I guess by now you see I like black and gold.  It is a very popular seller, especially for giving to men.  I am trying to build up my supply of masculine birthday cards.  It’s easy to make children’s and women, but men can be difficult.  

This card was inspired by the Atantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #126.  As always, my card measures 4.25x5.5.  Check it out, I made the top 3 again, for last  week's sketch with my double hearts wedding card.  Challenges really do help you become a little more creative.  Everyone should participate in at least one challenge a week.


I was fortunate to purchase quite a few gold metallic sheets this past week from Michaels.  They had their best sell yet for card stock, 7 for a $1.00.  I stocked up on all the solid colors,  this card stock cuts really well in my Explore.

Here are the supplies I used.

Gold metallic card stock, Recollections
Black Card Stock (81/2x11 Heavy Duty) Hobby Lobby
3/8” black Grosgrain ribbon (Wal-Mart)
Brass brads (Hobby Lobby)
CTMH Stamp set #D1667 - Balloon Wishes

REMINDER!!!


Times running out to take advantage of the great  promotions going on in September.  It's time to "Celebrate Life" with these great new stamps.  Each set is designed to fit a specific type of paper crafting, however, they all coordinate with each other so that you can create dynamic artwork.


Be sure to get the new Stamp of the Month, only $5 with qualifying purchase.



I would love for you to shop with me at KimSalito.ctmh.com.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!







Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ring in the Holidays

Hi Everyone,

Today is my weekly entry into the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge, #Mojo416.  

I choose a very simple style card that I found on Design Space.  Image #M470B7 from Holiday Cards 31.  I did slice the front of the card off at the score line and just layered it.  I also used the Hide Contour feature to cut the holly leaves separately.



To add depth and character I embossed the red layer and the bells.
The holly leaves and outer circle were cut from toner paper included with Anna's Minc and foiled.   I used Stickles for the berries.

The sentiment is one I had picked up on sale at Hobby Lobby, stamped in Cranberry pigment ink and heat embossed with Recollections Clear embossing powder.  These ink pads offer a deeper, brighter color.  They are slow to dry so you can add embossing powder to them.  

Here are the supplies I used.

Anna Griffin Embossing folders, Holly Leaves and Reflected Damask (bells)
Green Foil
Red Stickles

Times running out to take advantage of the great  promotions going on in September.  It's time to "Celebrate Life" with these great new stamps.  Each set is designed to fit a specific type of paper crafting, however, they all coordinate with each other so that you can create dynamic artwork.


Be sure to get the new Stamp of the Month, only $5 with qualifying purchase.



I would love for you to shop with me at KimSalito.ctmh.com.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Easy Elegant Card for any Occasion

Hi everyone,

Here is a great little card to make for just about any occasion.




This isn't my design, I saw this card on Pinterest and thought that it was such a lovely card that could be used for any type occasion.  Panel cards aren't new, they are used all sorts of ways.   I liked it so much, I created a cut file in Design Space so I could keep going back to it, and cut 5 or 6 at a time.  

This card is great for using up a lot of the scraps you have around.  You can make it any size you like, but I'm providing measurements for a 4.25x5.5" card.

The card base is 8.5x5.5”’, folded in half to make a 4.25x5.5” card.  This will fit any A2 size envelope.

The background layer is 4x5.25”.  The panels are sized as indicated in the sketch below.


I found it easier to do any stamping before constructing the card, but of course, if you are just making for your stash you could stamp as the occasion comes up.

Emboss your panels as desired.  I used two different embossing folders to add depth and texture when using all the same color on the panels. 

I always use glue when creating cards like this.  It just gives you more time togged the placement just right.  My favorites are Scotch Quick Dry or Tombow Mono glue (green bottle).  If you find the glue warps the card a little, place it under something flat for a little while, it will straighten right up. 

Attach the focal with a pop dot or foam tape.   Here are a few other takes on the same card.


My  Design Space cut file is on my Design Space Files page, if you would like to use it.  The layers and panels are all free images, but the focal images are from various cartridges.  I left them in the file,  so you can purchase them if you like or delete them.

For those of you still using the Expression machine, here are the images I used, but feel free to use any image you like.

Flower Tag, #M414B7, Paper Lace Cartridge (sliced off the circular tab on top)
Flourish, #M471E0, Sophisticated cartridge (search on Fleur Di Lis)
Flourish, #M4451A, Stretch Your Imagination cartridge

Most of the products used are from Close to My Heart.  Please take the time and look at our great products.

http://kimsalito.ctmh.com/retail/category.aspx


Times running out to take advantage of the great  promotions going on in September.  It's time to "Celebrate Life" with these great new stamps.  Each set is designed to fit a specific type of paper crafting, however, they all coordinate with each other so that you can create dynamic artwork.


Be sure to get the new Stamp of the Month, only $5 with qualifying purchase.



I would love for you to shop with me at KimSalito.ctmh.com.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!




Saturday, September 19, 2015

Simply Elegant Wedding Card

Hi Everyone,

Today’s card was card was inspired by the weekly challenge Atlantic Hearts Sketch 125.  


Here is what I came up with.  Black and white always seems to be a popular colors to use on wedding cards.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut the hearts and border.

The heart is from the Hannah Montana cartridge and the border is from Anna's Lace Cards and Borders.


I cut out hearts in several colors, but I went back to the black.  Everything else seemed to be wrong and white got lost.  So I decided black glitter paper to add an elegance.  I cut one of my hearts open so that I could slip one inside the other, liked they were intertwined.

Here is a list of supplies.

Black & While Scroll paper (Michaels)
CTMH Exclusive card stock in Black and White Daisy
Black glitter paper for the hearts
Pearls (Hobby Lobby)
White satin ribbon - 3/8" (Hobby Lobby)
CTMH Stamp set - Happy Couple #D1539
Exclusive Ink Stamp pad in Black

This stamp set is great for your wedding and anniversary card needs.  I stamped the sentiment in black, then I re-stamped "Happiness" with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.

I used Post-It Labeling Tape to cover the area I didn't want to re-stamp.  This comes in handy when you need to use only a portion of the stamp.

If you have trouble stamping, I recommend checking out the Misti.  It has been a lifesaver and now I am not afraid to use my stamps and is worth the price.

http://kimsalito.ctmh.com/retail/category.aspx

Be sure to stop by and pick up all of your
supplies to create some amazing holiday projects and gifts.

We also have some great  promotions going on in September.  It's time to "Celebrate Life" with these great new stamps.  Each set is designed to fit a specific type of paper crafting, however, they all coordinate with each other so that you can create dynamic artwork.


Be sure to get the new Stamp of the Month, only $5 with qualifying purchase.



I would love for you to shop with me at KimSalito.ctmh.com.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!










Friday, September 18, 2015

Birthday Magic with Tinkerbell

Hi Everyone,

I found a new challenge to try this week on Bitten By the Bug 2.  These challenges are about using Cricut cuts.  This week was “Let Your Imagination Run Wild”, and the only rule was to use an imaginary character.

Well, I was in Wal-mart the other day browsing cards.  I do this to get inspiration and try new things.  I found this card, which I thought I could do with my new Minc.


After several tries with vinyl, I have concluded, that using vinyl with your Minc is a hit or miss.  It's not a consistent result, I had it cover really good on some things, others not so much.  Trying to get multiple colors, just didn't work at all, the transfer tape pulled up the foil on the images already transferred. So I discarded that idea and decided, why not just use vinyl?  Colors are limited, but I think the end result came out pretty good.





I have decided that a laser printer is definitely going on my birthday or Christmas wish list.  I love the foil look, but I am limited without a laser printer.

This design has quite a bit of slicing and dicing involved.  I came up with most of these images by slicing the overlay image from the shadow or background image.  Here is a sample of how I did my images.  As you can see, there are several pieces, so transfer tape was necessary to keep it together.



Tinker bell is from the "Tinkerbell" cartridge and cut out of glitter card stock.  I cut her at about 3" H.  The Explore is an amazing machine.  The font for "Sister" is a downloaded font called "Amperzand", you can find it on Dafont.com.

I may be using vinyl in the future on more cards.  It was especially helpful on creating this design.  Just for your information, I took the card that was messed up and ran it through my Cuttlebug, and vinyl on your card stock embossing well.



That’s it for now, check back again to see my next project.

Please stop by and see all the wonderful products offered at Close to My Heart.

There are always great promotions each month.  For September we have a great stamp set for all your crafting needs.  So "Celebrate Life" with these great stamps.  Each set is designed to fit a specific type of paper crafting, however, they all coordinate with each other so that you can create dynamic artwork.


Be sure to get the new Stamp of the Month, only $5 with qualifying purchase.



I would love for you to shop with me at KimSalito.ctmh.com.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Masculine Birthday Card

Hi Everyone,

For once I decided to make a masculine birthday card.  My inspiration is the #Mojo415 Challenge. 



I need to stock up on my masculine and children's cards.  It seems I always want to bling them out.  

The houndstooth pattern is a fundamentals card stock by Close to my Heart.  The front is a shiny embossed pattern and the back is a coordinating pattern.

Not really any need to explain how I put it together, it was rather simple.  I used a tag image I found in my subscription and just slipped it behind the square.

Anyway here are the supplies I used for this card.  Most of these products are no longer available as seen, but there are new products to replace them.

Fundamentals in Desert Sand 
CTMH Exclusive card stock in Cashmere and Black
Black enamel stars (retired)
CTMH Stamp Say It All #C1632 (Hostess Rewards only)
CTMH Black Hemp

Time is running out to get your Free Holiday Expression Idea book and the great September promotions.


Check out our Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions Idea Books.
http://kimsalito.ctmh.com/retail/category.aspx

Be sure to stop by and pick up all of your
supplies to create some amazing holiday projects and gifts.

We also have some great  promotions going on in September.  It's time to "Celebrate Life" with these great new stamps.  Each set is designed to fit a specific type of paper crafting, however, they all coordinate with each other so that you can create dynamic artwork.


Be sure to get the new Stamp of the Month, only $5 with qualifying purchase.



I would love for you to shop with me at KimSalito.ctmh.com.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Recipe Scrapbook Page 2

Hi everyone,

My second page was a recipe I cut out of a magazine, oh about 25 years ago.  It is the one thing my son asks for every year at the holidays.  He is the ultimate cheese lover and at the time I had no idea he would love this Cheeseball so much.  I wanted to add it to my Recipe Book so that he will always have this recipe.

The recipe is Hidden Valley Cheese Ball.  I have searched the internet for this recipe and there isn't one like it, not even on the Hidden Valley website.  I guess they just retired it.

I used a few images available in Design Space, and of course I created a few of my own.  My little Ranch dressing packet was created of course by welding and slicing.  I also used the write feature for some of the small writing.  I was really happy how it came out.




Here is the recipe if you are interested.  I use my Cuisinart food processor for the mixing and shredding, so it makes it an extremely easy recipe.


HIDDEN VALLEY RANCH CHEESE BALL

1/2 cup prepared double strength Ranch Dressing*
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese at room temperature
    (freshly shredded for best results)
6 oz cream cheese, room temperature for 1 hour
5 oz sliced almonds, toasted (or garnish of choice)

Mix the double strength dressing and cream cheese in food processor
or with hand mixer, until well blended.  Add cheddar cheese and blend.
Cover and freeze for 30 minutes.  Remove from freezer and roll into 
a ball or shape of choice.  

Roll in toasted almonds or garnish of choice.  Serve with crackers.


*Make day ahead if possible; or let set at least 2 hours

1 package Ranch Dressing mix, 
1/2 cup Mayo
1/2 cup milk.  
Mix according to package directions.

I am really enjoying putting this Recipe book together.  I am in the process of compiling and recreating some of the family recipes to add to it.  Unfortunately, a lot of the recipes don't have measurement, so have to make them and start measuring things until I get them right.   I hope one day this book will be appreciated by my grandkids.

Stay tuned for the next page.  I think I will add my favorite cupcake recipe.  It's not mine, but I got it from the Cake Mix Doctor, she has some of the best cake recipes out there.  I won't be sharing the recipe since it isn't mine to share, but if it is available on the internet I will link to it.

Don't forget our September promotions.  These 3 stamp sets celebrate life and each set is designed to fit a specific type of paper crafting.  However, they all coordinate with each other so that you can create dynamic artwork.



Be sure to get the new Stamp of the Month, only $5 with qualifying purchase.





And view our new Annual Inspirations  and Holiday Expression idea books.






I would love for you to shop with me at KimSalito.ctmh.com.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!







Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fleur Di Lis Inspired Card

Hi Everyone,

I have another card depicting our cities favorite colors black and gold.  This card was inspired by the Atlantic Hearts Challenge #124.  I am happy to say that I was selected as one of the top three for last weeks challenge with my Halloween treat box.  It really pays to think out the box.

I found a fleur di lis border in Design Space and did a little slicing on it.  I am sorry to say I had machine issues and lost the file before I will edit this post if I ever come across it again.

Here are the supplies used.

Gold Metallic (Anna Griffith Metallic Layers)
Black Shimmer trim 1" - Hobby Lobby
White Daisy Card stock - CTMH
Black Card Stock - CTMH
Memento Black Ink
 #D1560 Holiday Tags - CTMH stamp set

 I have a Design space file for the stamp images located on my Design Space files page.    You need the Artist Cricut Collection to use this file.  If you don't have it no problem, you can get it here.  (Let me know if link doesn't work, since the update some of my links won't open the file.)

Let me tell you why you want to own Close to My Heart cartridges.  The images are very versatile, and there are about 700 images on each cartridge.  And they sell loads of stamps that coordinate with the images, thats always a plus.  Think about what is included in the collections.  A pack of the assorted card stock (different assortment with each cartridge - new in this Idea Book) which is a $14.50 value, 3 "D" size stamp sets that are exclusive to the collection, each valued at $17.95,  and of course the cartridge and the instruction booklet.  That is $68.35 just for the added items, so that means the cartridge costs $30.65.  That is what we pay for a lot of our licensed cartridges.  So considering everything it is a great value.  I have all of the cartridges and fell in love with them the day I bought them.  I wish I had purchased them from the start, I would have saved tons of money on so many cartridges just for one or two images. 

The Artistry cartridge is also available as digital for $79, that makes it an even greater value.  I for one prefer digital now that I have an Explore, less clutter.  The instruction books are available on the Cricut web site to download.  

So I suggest you get a cartridge and try it, I bet you come back for another.  

http://kimsalito.ctmh.com/retail/category.aspx

Be sure to stop by and pick up all of your
supplies to create some amazing holiday projects and gifts.

We also have some great  promotions going on in September.  It's time to "Celebrate Life" with these great new stamps.  Each set is designed to fit a specific type of paper crafting, however, they all coordinate with each other so that you can create dynamic artwork.


Be sure to get the new Stamp of the Month, only $5 with qualifying purchase.



I would love for you to shop with me at KimSalito.ctmh.com.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!






Saturday, September 12, 2015

Black & Gold Birthday Card

Hi Everyone,

Sorry this post come late in the week. I had this one scheduled to post this past Wednesday, but something went wrong and it just disappeared.   

Anyway, here is my weekly entry in the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.  This weeks sketch is Mojo#413.  I decided to make a masculine card for my stash, and so I used black and gold in honor of our football team, the Saints.

This was a very simple design and doesn't require any Cricut cuts.  I did use my Explore to write a Fleur Di Lis image I found in Design Space.

Here are the supplies I used to create this card.

CTMH exclusive card stock in White Daisy and Black
CTMH paper, in Gold Free to Be Me pack, retired 
CTMH  Black card stock in the Basics Fundamentals pack
Tuxedo Memento ink pad
CTMH stamp of the month "Framed" #S1508

The fundamentals card stock has an embossed side and a flat side. I used the embossed pattern for the strip and the flat side to stamp my sentiment.  I use white daisy for most of my card bases, which are 5.5"x8.5", folded in half.  Unless I want a fancy edge, I just use my Cuterpillar to cut the card stock.  

Below is a more feminine take on the card.  Used Gold Shimmer Trim and Gold glitter paper and added a few gold sequins.



So that's it for now, be sure go to my website KimSalito.CTMH.com, and get some great new products by Close to My Heart.  

There are fabulous colors, coordinating accessories and all the supplies you need to get crafting.  Our card stock cuts like butter in your Cricut machines.

We also have some great  promotions going on in September.  It's time to "Celebrate Life" with these great new stamps.  Each set is designed to fit a specific type of paper crafting, however, they all coordinate with each other so that you can create dynamic artwork.


Be sure to get the new Stamp of the Month, only $5 with qualifying purchase.



I would love for you to shop with me at KimSalito.ctmh.com.

Till next time

Happy Craftin!