Thursday, May 22, 2014

Edit for Pop-up Gift Box

Sorry for the confusion, if you just post your email in your comments below I will get an email.  Or I will see your comment and send the file.  I hope this helps, I am still learning how to do all of this blogging stuff.

I hope you all enjoy making these cute little boxes.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pop-up Gift Card Box for Design Space

I made these cute little boxes for giving out gift cards. They were made using Close to My Heart papers Lollydoodle and Free to Be Me (on right - $5 during May promotion)

This isn't my creation, all the credit goes to Brenda Quintana.  She has great instructions and pictures of the whole process on her blog Qbees Quest.   These boxes are super simple and quick to make.  I don't own the punch that Brenda uses so I wanted to use my Explore  to cut it out.

I have never created a project in Design Space and thought this would be the perfect project to get started.  I saw that others had created box cads in DS so I knew it was possible.  So I borrowed Brenda’s instructions and created a file. Thank you so much Brenda for your great project.

I created the project using free images available on Craft Room Basics.  This cartridge is built in the machine so everyone has access to it at all times. So if you own an Explore you received these images with your machine, you do not need to purchase any images, cartridges or have a subscription.

Both of the boxes above were made using the project file, so I know it works. Everything scored and cut just like it was supposed to.

Cut lines aren’t currently available, so I just changed a score line image to cut and then it became a cut line.  It will cut twice though, since score lines are drawn twice.  I have sent an email to Customer Service asking them to consider providing us with a a cut line in Design Space for our use.  They have passed the request on to the software designers.

The finished box measures 3x5 inches and is 1 inch deep.  If you decide to use double sided paper, place the tape or glue on the side you want to be the outside. 

After I had the first box all put together I thought it would be nice to add something inside that would pop-up when it opened.  So I created an insert page without the cut out, it just has a slit for your gift card.  You add decorations to the face of it, I used this insert in the birthday box.  

Any images or decorations you place inside the box should not be any larger than 2” high or 4.5 inches wide.  If they are too big they will bend or your box won’t open and close properly.  Also, I recommend using a very sturdy piece of card stock so your boxes aren't too flimsy.  I found it easier to decorate the insert before taping it in the box.

Check out Brenda’s blog for a cute Christmas box she made and the goodies she included inside.  

If you would like the link to the Design Space  just subscribe to my blog or follow me on Google +.   After you have joined my blog,  send me an email letting me know you joined and your email address.  I will send you the link to my project file.  This file will only work in Design Space, I'm sorry to say I wasn't able to create a file in CCR.  I no longer have my E2, but you can still make this box by following the instructions on Brenda's blog.

If you would like to purchase the papers I used please visit my website

I hope you will join me.

Happy Craftin!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cutting Cereal Boxes with Cricut Explore

I cut a cereal box and a Kleenex box with my Cricut Explore and I must say it cut like butter.  I placed the box piece on the mat with the shiny part up.  I did this because I remember with my Expression 2 it always seemed to work better if the shiny part was on top, because this seemed to be harder to cut through when it was on the bottom.  I tried 3 different settings, and of course the deep cut blade.

1st cut - set dial at Poster board and I cut a simple oval.  This image cut out like butter.  Then I tried letters, I had a little trouble with the small letters being picked up by blade.  A stickier mat might have helped, so I tried the letters again with a different setting.

2nd cut - set the dial to the mark between Fabric and Poster board.  This time I cut out letters measuring about 1.25  and .5 inches.  On this setting it cuts twice. Again it cut like butter.  I also cut card stock to glue to the letters, and they fit perfectly.  Yoo Hoo!  Another great job with the Cricut Explore.  Big tip, make sure your mat is sticky for those small letters, they can get stuck on the blade.

3rd cut - set the dial to custom and selected .5mm Chipboard.  I glued the card stock (light paper) on the cereal box, let it dry and then cut out a simple image.  I had to cut this at the Chipboard custom setting. The setting between Fabric and Poster would probably work too, since it cuts twice.

Overall, I think the Explore did a great job, much better than my Expression 2. The E2 cut cereal boxes, but the card stock never matched it correctly.  So have fun using those cereal boxes to add dimension to your cut outs.

Don't forget the great value from CTMH in May.  Spend $50 and get the STOM for $5 and the Free to Be Me Paper Packet for $5.  You will be prompted to purchase these items when your order reaches the $50 mark.  Shop with me at

Happy Craftin!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Close to My Heart Great Value in May


Now thru July 31 there are 5 new product collections you can purchase to get you started on a crafting endeavor of your choice.  These collections are available while supplies last.

Also, with the purchase of each kit, you will get to add the "Free to Be Me" paper pack (save 6.95) and the Stamp of the Month for $5 (save 12.95).  That will increase your savings by $19.90.

Here is one example of the savings you will receive by purchasing a collection.

Essential Tool Kit Collection Retail Value: $76.05(YOU SAVE $5!)

Enhance all your projects with this collection:
Medium Organizer (Z4139) 16.95
Craft Boxes (Z4137)   $6.96
Dot Embossing Folder (Z1924)  $
Chevron Embossing Folder (Z1925)  $
Stitch Guide (Z1852)  $
Piercing Tool Kit (Z1114)  $
Sanding Kit (Z1294) 3.50
Bone Folder (Z1204)  $4.95
Spray Pens (Z1380)  $3.95
Create-a-Shade™ Pearl Paint (Z1039) $2.95

That's a retail value of $76.05, so you save $5, which can help cover shipping costs.  

Start creating beautiful scrapbook pages with this collection:
Timberline Paper Packet (X7182B)
Timberline Complements (X7182C)
Timberline Assortment (Z3005)
Skylark Paper Packet (X7177B)
Skylark Complements (X7177C)
Skylark Assortment (Z3000)
Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512)
Memory Protectors™ Side Load Value Pack (Z1977)
Cherish™ Scrapbook Program (9038)
3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
Scallop Border Punch (Z1851)
Corner Rounder (Z1912)
Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen (Z1979)
Metallics Markers (Z1768)
Sparkles Flourishes (Z1708)
Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918) Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape (Z1930)
Keyboard Kraft Alphabet (Z1825)

Enhance your scrapbook pages with great titles and protect them with this collection:
Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2173) 
Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2118) 
My Acrylix™ Believe in Yourself (C1574) 
My Acrylix™ Hopscotch Alphabet (E1028) 
My Acrylix™ LOL (A1159) 
3" x 3" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1006) 
Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512) 
Liquid Glass (Z679) 
VersaMat™ (Z1279) 
Memory Protectors™ Side Load Value Pack (Z1977) 
Memory Protectors™ 4" x 6" Flip Flaps™ (Z4114)
Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment (Z1939)

Start making beautiful cards with this collection:
Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2193) 
Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2195) 
My Acrylix™ Belated Birthday (B1442) 
My Acrylix™ Big Hug (D1584) 
2" x 2" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1003) 
2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1009) 
White Card and Envelopes Value Pack (X254) 
Pink Glitter Paper (Z1922) 
Baker’s Twine Paradise Assortment (Z1702)

Stamping Basics Collection  Retail Value: $70.30 (YOU SAVE $5!) 

Jumpstart your stamping with this collection:
Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2140) 
New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2135) 
Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2170) 
Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2162) 
Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2147) 
My Acrylix™ Quick Cards—Japanese Blossom (A1155) 
My Acrylix™ Quick Cards—Island Greetings (A1157) 
My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner (1778) 
My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber (Z1782) 
My Acrylix™ Organizer (Z1038)

Pick up your kit today.

Happy Craftin!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mother's Day Flower Pot Card with Display Stand

I made this flower pot card from instructions I found on the internet.  I found a PDF file created by Stephanie Luman, with pictures that were very easy to follow.   I modified it a little, but her card and instructions inspired me.   I used a  9 1/2 x 3 3/4 inch piece of card stock for the flower pot and scored it at 1 1/2" for the flower pot rim and 5 1/2" for the card.  Then I cut from the edge of the rim to the bottom at an angle, I cut off 1/2" at the bottom.  I used a very tiny bit of glue on the edges to hold the pot together on the sides and tape to hold down the rim.   I taped the ends of my ribbon under the stand on the back so it wouldn't be as noticeable.

The card insert I cut at about 6" x 3".  Since I was using a few more flowers I needed more room to glue them on.  I saw where someone cut a circle in half and attached it to the card insert, so I did the same thing.   I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the circle that was the same width as the top of the card.  I cut this circle in half and taped it to both sides of the card insert.  It gave me a really good background to glue my flowers to.

I used flowers from Mother's Day Bouquet cartridge, a flower from an SVG file and the Flower Shoppe cartridge.  The 2 pink flowers I made following instructions on Mainly Flowers blog.  There are quite a few tutorials on several flowers on this blog, she does absolutely beautiful work.  I didn't have the punch she used so I made a similar pattern cut out using a circle and petals from the Flower Shoppe cartridges.  I used scraps of paper I had laying around to make my flowers, or you could use white and color them with ink pads using a dauber.

Of course, any flower you like can be used.  There are several samples on the internet at Pinterest.  I just liked these particular ones.  I added shading and glitter to dress them up.

I wanted a stand on my card so it could be displayed easily.  I couldn't find any written instructions but I saw a few pictures.  I played around a little and came up with this stand.   Cut a piece of card stock 9 1/2 x 1  to 1-1/2 inch wide.  Score at 1/2", 4", 5", 6" and 9".  Then fold both the 1/2" score lines in the same direction and the middle as shown below.  This will make a shape of a W.

One side will be about 1/2" taller than the other side, this is the top of your stand.  So put tape on the shorter end and both 1/2" flaps, all on the same side. When you lay it against the card all the taped layers should stick to the back of the card.  As you can see,  it makes a nice little stand.

I cut a layered scalloped oval at 1 1/2" for my sentiment.  I tied it with a decorative cord and attached it to the ribbon.  The card is really simple to make, the flowers can be as easy or as difficult as you like.  Check out all the different versions on Pinterest and then come up with your own version.  Maybe use your Mom's favorite flower.

My finished card measured a little under 5x7, so I can fit it in a 5x7 envelope.  Just be sure to have your envelope close by so when you lay out your flowers it will fit.

Be sure to check out the new promotions for May at Close to My Heart.

Here is a preview of the paper you receive in this packet.

Till next time.

Happy Craftin!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Monogrammed Onsies Cricut Iron-On



Just made some really cute onsies for my granddaughter.  My first detailed project with my Cricut Explore and iron on vinyl.  I purchased my vinyl from Expression Vinyl.  Both of the images measure about 4".  She is now in an 18 month old onsie.  I think they came out really cute, and I can't wait to see them on her.

Great new promotion for May with Close to My Heart.  Spend $50 and you get this great paper pack for $5 and you also get the Stamp of the Month.  So stop by my website and get yours today.
Stamp of the Month - May
Free to Be Me Paper Pack

During National Scrapbooking Month in May, you can get the Free to Be Me paper collection for just $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50. The paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks, vellums, and B&T Duos™ and, with a retail value of $11.95, is a fantastic deal for products you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, with your $50 qualifying purchase, you will also qualify for the May Stamp of the Month for an additional $5 (retail value $17.95)! This means May is the perfect month to double up on promotions, getting the paper collection for $5 and the May Stamp of the Month for $5—that is a savings of nearly $20! So make sure to get your Free to Be Me paper collection in May for just $5 and let your creativity take flight!

Dates: Offer valid May 1, 2014 (9:00 MDT) – May 31, 2014 (11:59 pm MDT).

The papers are really gorgeous.  This picture doesn't do them justice.