Sunday, November 30, 2014

Close to My Heart Cyber Monday Sale

Cyber Monday Only: 20% Off All 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!


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.

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!