Saturday, April 20, 2013


Welcome to our April Art Philosophy/Artiste Blog Hop!  
 As you know, both the Artiste and the Art Philosophy cartridges are available exclusively through a Close to My Heart consultant.  If you don't already have a Consultant that you are currently working with, please contact one the Consultants in our hop with any questions you have!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2Create. If you came from Michelle of My Flights of Fancy then you are in the right place!

Our challenge this month features not only one of these amazing cartridges but we also have a Mother's Day theme since Mother's Day is less than a month away.  Have you started your Mother's Day projects yet?

For this hop I decided to do two projects... because I have two mothers ( my birth mom and my mother-in-law ). Both projects using the Country-Born stamp set, the Claire paper pack, and the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.
This little purse card was made using page 58, I added some Outdoor Denim ribbon, Blue Assortment buttons, and before I give it away I will use a Hook & Loop Dot to hold it together. 
For the inside of my card I cut out this "Happy Mothers Day" using page 74 at size 1".

This purse was made using page 35. It was so easy to add the large Outdoor Denim flower from the Claire Assortment, as well as the Green & Blue Epoxy Bubble, and a few Bitty Sparkles.
I just love the way this Cricut Cartridge gives you the size you need so you always make the purse the right size!! 
This is one of my favorite projects to do, because it is so easy to fold and assemble! A wonderful gift in a snap :)

Your next stop on our "Mother's Day" hop is Stephanie Feist ~ Quilted Scrapper .

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:
  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
  2. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts 
  3. Wendy ~ My Scrapbooking Blog 
  4. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy
  5. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  6. Stephanie Feist ~ Quilted Scrapper 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you in creating your own Mother's Day projects!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

It's a Cricut Party!

Whether you use one Cricut®-cut piece or several, you can create cute party favors and decorations using your Artiste cartridge. Combine your Cricut® pieces with unique stamping techniques and you have projects that will knock your guests’ socks off! Want some recipes and tips for how to make this adorable artwork? Below are instructions for creating two pieces from the “Clearly the Best: How to kiss—with stamps” episode. Combine the Cricut®-cut pieces for these projects with the kissing stamping technique taught in the video, and you have a stellar 3-D item! Want to learn more about the kissing stamping technique? Click here to watch the video.

Recipes and Tips

Party Banner
Stamp set of your choice
X5668 Honey Cardstock
X5764 Pear Cardstock
1272 Cranberry Cardstock
Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2163 White Daisy Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z1751 Baker’s Twine Harvest Assortment
Z1311 1¼" Circle Punch
Cricut® Shapes:
1" Shift+3D Object <J> (cut 56, p. 57)

Art Tip! This banner only uses one type of Cricut® shape, but the finished product is still stunning. Use stamp kissing to randomly stamp across the pieces using the stamp set of your choice. Score with the help of the Cricut®-cut score lines on the shape and piece together to create little globes. Tie together with baker’s twine and voila!
Owl Miss You Bag
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
1292 Crystal Blue Cardstock
X5668 Honey Cardstock
X5930 Slate Cardstock
Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z2117 Crystal Blue Exclusive Inks® Pad
Z1349 Shimmer Designer Brads
Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment
Z1311 1¼" Circle Punch
Twist Ties
Cricut® Shapes:
4½" 3D Object <Hallween> (p. 77)
4½" Shift+3D Object <Boo> (cut 2, p. 77)
1" Shift+Accent 2 <A> (p. 51)
Art Tip! This project uses many Cricut® shapes and all the pieces coordinate so nicely for an adorable finished product. Use the Artiste assembly booklet to put the bag together and then add the embellishments. The feathers are created with punched circles that are stamped using the kissing technique; however, if you don’t have the circle punch, you can easily make these using the Cricut as well. The eyes were created using Shimmer designer brads, but you can use any large brad or button to create the same look. Finish with the “owl miss you sentiment” for a special touch.
Be sure to share these tips with your customers! The owl bag and party banner are great projects to create at a workshop or club. Share just how wonderful Cricut® shapes can be by showing off these 3-D items with customers at Gatherings or other events. It’s a Cricut® party!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

My Sunshine Blog Hop

Welcome to our April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 
This month's stamp from Close to My Heart is "My Sunshine" and is available exclusively through your Close to My Heart consultant from April 1 - 30, 2013.  You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create.   If you came from Amber of Scrapper's Therapy then you are in the right place!

For my project I used the Buzz and Bumble paper pack... I love the warm colors in this pack matched with this fun stamp set!! And sometimes the little things are what make all the difference... I added Brown and Tan Sparkles to finish this wonderful card off.
*Be sure to take a look at my specials this month... I would love for you to win a free paper pack from me!

Your next stop on our "My Sunshine" hop is Theo of Celebrate Crafts.

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious 
  3. Amber ~ Scrapper's Therapy 
  4. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking 
  5. Theo ~ Celebrate Crafts 
  6. Stephanie ~ -The Quilted Scrapper 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring is hopping with new opportunities!!

Sign Up and Celebrate!
April 2013 Constant Campaign
It’s time to sign up as a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant! When you sign up as a Consultant in April, you’ll receive a little something extra for joining the Close To My Heart family—the April, May, June, and July Stamp of the Month stamp sets for free! These D-size stamp sets are great for a new Consultant to create artwork, bring to Gatherings, and show off to everyone. Now that’s a reason to celebrate!
*No additional shipping/handling or tax will be applied for the free stamp sets. Only new Consultants who sign up during the month of April will qualify for the free stamp sets. Offer valid April 1–30, 2013.
Dates: Offer valid April 1–30, 2013.

Just $49 and you get all of this!! Don't miss out on this wonder new start!! 
Over $200 in product you can use right away!!