Friday, October 31, 2014

Artfully Sent Friendship Bags!

This weekend, I am going with some friends to Amish country in Ohio. Just the girls! We are staying at Marbeyo Bed and Breakfast - it's a 100 acre Amish farm! Our house is separate from the main house, but they deliver breakfast right to our kitchen! You KNOW how much I love good food - I'm salivating as I type this!

Anyway, Tina purchased goodies to go in a bag and I designed the bags to surprise the others with! Just a little something to celebrate our mini-getaway!


I used our NEW Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge for the front of the bags. And since I used my Cricut Explore to cut out the pieces, I was able to choose one of my favorite fonts right from my computer called Pacifico for the sentiment!

I added just a hint of bling on the flowers and on the tulle tied to the handle.

Here are the Artfully Sent images I used:

Pg. 31 Scene-Shift

Pg. 37 - Pocket Card

If you have a Cricut Explore and the Artfully Sent Cartridge, here is the Design Space file all ready for you to cut from! If you don't own the cartridge yet, you NEED this collection of 700 images, a full pack of white cardstock, and 3 coordinating stamp sets! This collection has a retail value of nearly $120 but is yours for only $99! Click the image below to order yours today!


The Artfully Sent cartridge is really for SO MUCH MORE than just cards! You can use it for anything!

Happy Creating!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pathfinding Club Cards!

In November my clubs will be working on our Pathfinding Card Kit.
We are making 15 cards/envelopes (5 each of 3 designs).

Here is the first design - perfect for anytime you need a thank you card!

I've used the woodgrain embossing folder on the glacier cardstock and kraft paper. And I love how there is just about 1/8" of bronze shimmer trim peeking out from under the cardstock!

Here is the second design:

I've also embossed the glacier cardstock with the woodgrain embossing folder here too. The addition of "happy fall" makes these cards perfect for this time of year! And I'll show you how to get a two-toned ink look with your sentiment.

Here is the third design - I love the combination of fonts and colors on this card!

The Basic Kit is only $15 and includes:
15 cards/envelopes
Paper and cutting guide
Bronze Shimmer Trim
Gold Sequins

The Deluxe Kit is only $25 and includes:
the basic kit contents PLUS
a color guide
and an exclusive stamp set valued at $17.95!


Contact me if you'd like to join one of my clubs - either locally or long distance!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pathfinding Club Layouts!

In November, my clubs will be making these fall themed layouts from our new Pathfinding products!

Here is the first layout featuring the rich, warm colors of fall with a pop of blue sky!

I love the title! It's the time of year when every heart bubbles up with gratitude!

And of course, this time of year hosts the BEST FOOD EVER!

Our second layout is perfect for playing in falling leaves or walking nature trails as the trees transform into an amazing water color landscape!

Here is the title - "give thanks".

And of course, it's all about making memories. Isn't it?

I encourage you to join the club and join the fun! I currently have clubs meeting in Cross Lanes and in Danville, WV. And you are welcome to participate long distance as well.

The basic kit is only $16 and includes:
 A full Pathfinding Paper Pack
A full set of Pathfinding dimensional elements
Pre-cut Cricut Shapes
A cutting guide
Assembly Instructions

Optional Extras include:
Bronze Shimmer Trim - $5
Brown and Tan Sparkles - $3

 Happy Creating!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lucky 5 Studio J Special!


November is Studio J's 5 year anniversary and we are celebrating with FIVE ways for you to WIN!

Why am I telling you this now? So you have PLENTY of time to create and prepare to take advantage of this great deal!! Here are the FIVE ways you can score big in November!

$5 LAYOUTS
1 - First, throughout the month in November, all two-page layouts purchased in Studio J are only $5! That is a savings of over 25% off retail!

FREE ACCESSORY
2 - Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more! Of course!

5 GOLDEN TICKETS
3 - If luck doesn't smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box. Five "golden tickets" will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders. This "golden ticket" is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart's new D-ring albums loaded with 10 top load Memory Protectors!


FACEBOOK
4 - For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart's Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 top load Memory Protectors!

INSTAGRAM
5 - And there is one last way to win: take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using hashtag #ctmhlucky5. Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 top load Memory Protectors!

To make things even more exciting, starting November 1, five brand new kits from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book will be made available in Studio J, so you can create new artwork using the latest papers and embellishments from Close To My heart.

With so many ways to win, five may be your new lucky number!
Log in to Studio J and start creating today or contact me for a one-on-one tutorial!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Studio J Framed Heritage Layout and Special!

Studio J is such a wonderful program - from the time saving pre-designed layouts, to the freedom to create from scratch! But another thing I love Studio J for is for portraits!

Here is a portrait of my great-grandmother that came from a standard sided photo found in a box. I scanned it into Studio J, and loaded it into a layout called No Limits an it instantly converted it to a 12x12 portrait!

I love how you can add journaling right on the picture in Studio J - even change the font and color!

I also love using our new Shadow Box Frame that allows me to add some mixed-media and 3-D to make it even more interesting! Since she is wearing lace in the picture, I added a doily and handkerchief that my mom had given me, along with a journal pocket with some facts about Ethel Lee.

I can't wait to make more along these same lines. And NOVEMBER is the month to do it! What's so special about November? That's Studio J's 5 year anniversary and we are celebrating with $5 two-page layouts all month long! That's a 25% savings on every layout!

Start creating NOW so you will be ready to order in November!
I'll be back tomorrow with even MORE exciting news!

PS - I'm driving to Ohio today to deliver this to my Great Aunt - this is a portrait of her mother. I know she will love it!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Artfully Sent Noel Card and Team Meeting!


Today I had the privilege of hosting another team meeting - to gather with girls that have become sisters - to spend the day together learning, creating, eating, and laughing! (I always forget to take a picture when everyone is here!!!)

We talked about the new Artfully Sent Cricut Collection and ALL that you can create with it - from cards, to mini albums, to layouts and home decor!

Then we had lunch - a recipe I got from Jeanette Lynton's new Make It From Your Heart blog - Chicken Alfredo! You can find the recipe here. It was delicious, along with some hot rolls and a salad.

Then after a slice of cherry pie from Jessica, we settled in to make an Artfully Sent Pop-Up Card! 

I began scouting out ideas on Pinterest for our card and found one created by Jody Gustafson - (you can see her card here). It's a 5 x 7 card that really has a beautiful presentation!

I love our new Glacier colored cardstock and decided to emboss a piece with the Quatrafoil Embossing Folder. Then I used one of the Pocket Cards with "noel" cut out of the center. I welded a few snowflakes onto the card in Cricut Design Space so they would leave cut outs on the card. I put some scrap pieces of silver glitter paper behind the snowfakes and left the noel open. The pocket card has a plain white card to go behind it which gives the noel a white background. Then I added a Glacier plain pocket card slightly larger as a mat underneath! A few silver sequins and some silver shimmer trim and the front is complete!!

Want to see the inside? The nativity scene just POPS OUT giving lots of dimension and depth! The inside liner is cut from Glacier cardstock and has a star cut out at the top. I simply backed the star with silver glitter paper before adding it to the white card base. And because I had the snowflakes cut out from the front of the card, I decided to use them on the inside, on a strip of silver shimmer trim at the bottom. Now the black and silver theme is more balanced inside!

The Artfully Sent cartridge will cut the tabs you need to create the pop outs for this scene. And the Cricut Explore has a stylus attachment that will score the fold lines as well, making it ever EASIER to assemble!

Trust me, this card was SO easy we were done in just minutes - instead of the usual 1-2 hours we spend on a project! You can find the pieces to make this card on pg. 46 of the Artfully Sent booklet. And you are welcome to use my Design Space file here to recreate this card yourself! (You will have to cut out the cardstock pieces from the front by hand.)


But guess what? These card pieces can EASILY be used on a layout or a home decor piece!

The Noel pocket card is the same size as I used on the card, only this time I didn't add the snowflakes. I created the text "the first" and cut it out of the grey glitter paper. I also cut out some star from the grey glitter paper and a grey glitter paper mat!

The nativity scene was cut out a little larger than the card and mounted on an 11" half circle. Sprinkle a few white enamel stars in the sky and it's done! So easy, and a beautiful home decor item for the holidays or a companion page for one of your layouts!

Here is the Design Space file for the framed artwork if you want to recreate it!
Happy Creating!

PS - If you join my team, you are welcome to attend my meetings in person or online and create along with us! Contact me for more information or click here to see the available consultant kits and more info. I'd love to have you join us!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FREE Halloween Printable!

Those of you who have followed Jeanette Lynton's blog have gotten to know this amazingly smart, creative, patriotic, and tenderhearted woman. 

Well, she has recently retired her blog - jeanettelynton.com and started a NEW one sponsored by Close To My Heart called "Make It From Your Heart". I strongly encourage you to check out and follow this new blog! In fact, to entice you, there is a FREE Halloween printable available this month. I've printed mine out to display by my treat bowl!

And just so you don't miss out on new posts, you can click the "follow" button in the bottom right corner and sign up for email updates! So cool!

I promise you - no tricks, only treats with this new blog! In fact, I just tried one of the recipes posted on her blog last night and it was DELICIOUS!!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Halloween Party Treats!

So yesterday, I posted my party menu (check it out here) but today I have a few treats to share with your guests aside from the buffet items.

Your witches brew can be a punch or use these mini coke bottles!

I used both Artiste and Artbooking images for this bottle!

For the top of the bottle, I originally had a witch hat, but it looked a little dwarfed and funny, so I made a topper using one of the metal pieces from the Scaredy Cat Assortment. I put some black glitter paper under the bat metal piece to make it sparkle!


Here is the Design Space file to recreate this bottle wrap yourself!

And again, I LOVE these very economical paper bags! These are similar to the goodie bag gifts I gave my croppers last weekend. But just a little different. 

Here is one with carmel corn inside and some glitter paper outside!

I simply used glitter paper, and layered cricut cuts and a stamped image from the Halloween Greetings stamp set.

Here is the Design Space File for the cricut cuts so you can recreate this bag yourself!

And finally, another witches broom! This is the original one I made the sparked the idea for my crop goodies! I love the pop of glitter paper for the border!

Here is the Design Space File to recreate this tag!

So that's it! I hope you enjoyed my Halloween Party Theme! I hope you continue to follow my blog for more creative ideas!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween Party Menu and Votive Candle!

Back to the Halloween party theme…
here is a fun menu you can post by your buffet of goodies!

I LOVE this bow from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge! I even put one on the skeleton (who is also from the Artiste cartridge)! I used our purple and black glitter papers along with some purple glitter gems and black epoxy bubbles.

I layered and slightly offset two of the skeletons and the word "menu" (which I welded from the font set). One is black and one is white. It just added some much needed depth!

If I recall, I found this menu on pinterest too!

Would you like to replicate this menu? Here is the Design Space file for you to use with your Cricut Explore!

And how about spreading out a few creepy candles to add some "mood lighting"? You can easily dress up those very inexpensive votive jars from craft stores by using borders and cupcake wrappers sized down to fit the jar! Use real candles or the "safe" electronic votives!

Would you like to recreate this simple votive candle wrap? Here is the Design Space file for you!

I've got one more post for you tomorrow! Then that will wrap up my halloween party! See you then!