Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cricut Stencils & Sponging Technique

Cricut® Stencils & Sponging Technique

Just over a week ago, we released our latest idea book—Seasonal Expressions 2! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can look through an online version or even download it as a PDF here. We know you’ll love it!
One of the paper collections in this idea book is called Little Dreamer, and it’s all about unicorns, magic, and dreams…which got us thinking about a certain sponging technique we love that adds a dream-like magic to all your artwork. Since it is so perfect for this collection, we just had to share it with you!
In a nutshell, here’s the technique: Use titles or shapes cut with your Cricut® machine or with Thin Cuts metal dies as stencils for sponging ink onto your pages.
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First, use a bit of adhesive to attach your title or shape to the page. Next use a sponge dauber or the round sponge to add ink over your title or shape, and then fade the ink into your paper. Once the ink is dry, carefully remove your stencil (if there is any adhesive residue, it’s a cinch to remove with our Rub & Remove™ eraser).
For our artwork, we found it worked best to use both the round sponge and sponge daubers. We used a sponge dauber for a more concentrated look, like you can see immediately around our title, and then the round sponge for fading the ink into the page.
Sponging Tip: If you haven’t used a round sponge before, you’ll want to cut out a pie-shaped wedge from the sponge rather than using the entire sponge. That way your sponging will be more precise, and you can get more use out of your sponge!
We recommend playing with the round sponge and sponge daubers, as well as various amounts of ink, on some scratch paper before sponging onto your artwork.
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This stenciling technique is a great way to create unique backgrounds for your artwork. For this page, we attached three clouds to the page and sponged around them. After allowing the ink to dry, carefully removing the clouds, and removing any adhesive, we cut three more clouds and sponged around the edges. Then we popped them up with 3-D tape to give the page dimension. The final look sure is dreamy!
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You can incorporate multiple colors into your stenciling! Here we used a scalloped piece for our stencil, and then sponged on a rainbow of colors. There are SO many possibilities!
We hope this post has inspired you to try stenciling on your artwork. It really is such a fun way to get in touch with your inner artist!
Which page is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

 12″ x 12″ You Make the World Sweet Page
Z3334 Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7219C Little Dreamer Complements, Z3321 Little Dreamer Glitter Gems, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z697 Round Sponge, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection
Cricut® Shape:
1″ Shift+Background <K> (p. 28)
12″ x 12″ Find Your Rainbow Page
Z3334 Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts, X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7219C Little Dreamer Complements, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z697 Round Sponge, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread, Sewing Machine
Cricut® Shapes:
1 ½” and 1 ¾” Icon-2 <Spring> (p. 38)
1 ½” and 1 ¾” Shift+Icon-2 <Spring> (p. 38)
12″ x 12″ Believe in Yourself Page
X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2853 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7219C Little Dreamer Glitter Gems, Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon, Z697 Round Sponge, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection
Cricut® Shape:
8″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 <S> (p. 59)

Easy, Unique Mother's Day Gift

Easy, Unique Mother’s Day Gift

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, today we’re sharing the perfect gift idea for all the mothers and mother figures in your life—one of our Live Beautifully album bundles!
These bundles come with an album, journaling pen, adhesive, and our new, limited-time Cut Above® Live Beautifully layout kit, which has everything you need to make five layouts, including base pages, pre-cut pieces, stickers, and photo placeholders. There’s no cutting or stamping required—all you do is follow the photos and instructions to attach the pieces and stickers to your pages!
Each of the layouts can be assembled in 15 minutes or less, meaning you could easily use the kit to make a personalized gift. You could either preserve some photos that are special to your mother, or make the album a tribute to her as a mother. The Live Beautifully kit is all about celebrating those who inspire and uplift us, so you could write down your thoughts about her, and even have your siblings pitch in!
Here are some layouts to show you how this approach could work:

Here’s another idea: If your mother loves scrapbooking, you could give her the bundle so she can enjoy a fun, easy scrapbooking project. You could even give her a “scrapbooking night” where you can assemble the layouts together while chatting and snacking on sweets—any mom would love that quality time, especially while revisiting old photos and happy memories.
Whether she creates the layouts herself or receives them in a completed album, your mother will love receiving this bundle. And because you save 20% by buying the kit in a bundle, you are also getting a great discount on the perfect gift! It’s a win-win!

Order your bundle today, and show your mother how much you appreciate her!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Say It's Not so!

Yes, its Retirement Time Again!

There are too many items in our Going Soon area for me to give you all the images here. By the way, if you don't hurry some of those items will gone sooner than you will like. I noticed some of the items that were there yesterday are already gone!

So, don't delay - check it out and get your favorite item while you can. Yes, we are making room for the new, but its fun to make sure you get your favorite item.

Besides some of these samples, we have added stamp sets to the list as well. So, don't delay!

Here is just a little taste:

Friday, April 14, 2017

April CTMH news

This month is all about keeping those memories - quick and easy. It can only take 15 minutes - let me show you how!
This is the last month for this edition of the current

Check it out now to see if there are any items you really like - once May 1 arrives you may not be able to get those cute little things anymore.
Here is the list that will be carried over:
Z3316 Shimmer Brush-Gold
Z3317 Thin Cuts Basic Hearts
Z3318 Thin Cuts Basic Circles
Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems
Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon

15-Minute Memories

Save 50% on Cut Above® Layout Kits!

15-Min Memories
Save 50% on our Cut AboveƂ® layout kits, designed to make memory keeping easier than ever. Each layout kit includes:
  • Two 12" × 12" printed base pages
  • Die-cut paper pieces
  • Title and embellishment stickers
  • 12 coordinating pocket cards
  • Two 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™
  • Two pocket-style Memory Protectors™
Add these great kits to your cart below and then follow the simple assembly instructions to create your beautiful two-page layout in minutes. Preserve even more memories using the coordinating pocket cards and pocket Memory Protectors included in the kit. You're going to love how quickly you can preserve your memories with Cut Above.

Any one of these kits can easily be changed to different themes. Use your imagination. I will be more than happy to help!
Cut Above™ Layout Kit - Little One
Cut Above™ Layout Kit - Little One

Cut Above™ Layout Kit - Forever & Always
Cut Above™ Layout Kit - Forever & Always

Cut Above™ Layout Kit by Close To My Heart
Cut Above™ Layout Kit by Close To My Heart

Stamp of the Month

April 2017: Flock Together

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.


S1704, set of 11

Recommended Blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000)
2" × 2" (Y1003)
1" × 6½" (Y1005)
3" × 3" (Y1006)
2" × 6½" (Y1010)

Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.
More Highlights

As of this moment we still have planners and planner bundles available. If you have not seen our planners yet - check them out! They are adorable - if you love the adult color books, you will love our planners.

In the past we had quite a few items in our clearance section, here is what is left - including a few albums yet.
Please check my blog  for any upcoming classes and events. I am working on some things right now and hope to get them on my calendar soon. The last few months have not been kind to me, when it comes to my health. Hopefully, I can get back into the swing of things and back to crafting!

On May 6 - I am planning a crop featuring our special paper that will only be available in May. If you would like to attend, please let me know right away. We will have special bundles available. Be on the look-out for more details on all the different items available in that line. Here is a little teaser:

The papers are absolutely stunning - does not matter if you want to scrapbook, make cards with them or create something for your home - these papers are a must have!

Do you like tutorials?

Stop on by right here to see some of our great tutorials. You can learn everything from how to use our acrylic stamps, use the cricut cartridges, watercolor, scrapbook and so many more tips. Put on your PJ's and enjoy!

Many of the products used can be found on my website, others you have in your stash.

Remember, I can always help you to get your party on the online party schedule. It is fun to get together with your friends.

I hope to see or hear from you soon - keep in touch and have a great day!

Happy creating!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful - Two Ways!

Some Kinda Wonderful—Two Ways!


I love the weekly blog posts at Close to my Heart - here are some great suggestions on how to use one of our current paper packs and compliments. If you love this set - it will go away at the end of this month.

Some Kinda Wonderful is a whimsical, playful paper collection with bright colors and unique designs. Though you may initially look at it and think “little girl,” these papers and embellishments can be paired with all sorts of other photos as well! It really is some kinda wonderful!

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Some Kinda Wonderful paper collection #closetomyheart #ctmh #somekindawonderful #bestfriends #scrapbooking #inspiration

Here we have photos of college besties getting together to surprise their friend on her birthday. It’d also be super cute to use this collection with photos from any girls trip, like a trip to the spa or the mall.
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On the flip side, this collection also has colors that work well for photos of boys at any age—including black glitter die-cuts.
All we can say is, there’s a whole lotta potential in this one paper collection!
Which of the two layouts is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!
12″ x 12″ Hello Friends Layout
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, X7217C Some Kinda Wonderful Complements, Z3314 Black & White Dots
12″ x 12″ Happy Today Layout
X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7217C Some Kinda Wonderful Complements, Z3314 Black & White Dots, Z3216 White Twine

Friday, April 7, 2017

Flash Sale!

Close to my Heart
Here is your chance to pick up some product from either the Annual Idea book or the Seasonal Expressions 1 at 30% off. There will be bundles available or single products - but you will have to act quickly, because some of those deals will go quickly. The sale will start April 7 at 3 pm MT time through April 8, 3 PM MT. Happy Shopping!

You can get started at my website.

As a bonus, remember at $50 you can get the Stamp of the month for only $5 and I will send you the ideabook as a gift!

Please let me know if you should have any questions.

Hello and thank you for stopping by!

This is my first attempt on a blog - can you tell? I am sure you can. From what I have learned about blogs they are like an online journal and you are getting a peak into my soul ...

At this time I am trying to learn how to post my artwork with watermark and copyright and all that jazz -but I a, learning. My plan is to post my work and along with it I will explain what I used and how I made the project.

As we go along, I will also give you a peak into my life. I will share some pictures of my family, places we have been, places we have visited. So, please come back and visit often. Just know, that I am very new to this blogging thing! So, at this time - any help you can give me is highly appreciated in growing my skills in "blogging".

If you live close to me and you would like to join me in my craft place or one my crops please, check my calendar for any upcoming workshops!

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