Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Shape-a-Day using Cricut Art Philosophy

Jeanette Lynton, the founder and CEO of Close to My Heart, is sharing a new art project using the new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge every day in October.

Today is Day 4 and she is sharing a gorgeous card using the dragonfly cut from the cartridge.

Check out her blog here:

Monday, October 3, 2011

October Close To My Heart Promotion

Have you ever thought about becoming a Close to My Heart consultant?  If you have, October is a great month to join CTMH!  During the month of October, all new consultants will receive a FREE add-on collection. 

You can choose between the Roxie add-on, the Elemental Add-on or the Studio J add-on.
If you want more information, check out THIS LINK or e-mail me with any questions.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

All You Need Is Love

I'm back with another card today.  I'm not yet sure what occasion this card will be for, but I'm thinking maybe an upcoming anniversary.  I didn't put a "true" sentiment on the inside yet just in case I change my mind about who's receiving this card.
This card is cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart.  While the butterflies look like they are on the card in the picture, they are actually cut-outs and the green is coming through from the inside of the card.
I just cut a rectangular mat and then rounded the corners.  The tag the sentiment is on was cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge as well.  In this photo, you can tell that the butterflies are cut-outs.  The sentiment is from the Pair-a-Phrase stamp set from Close to My Heart.
Finally, on the inside, I just added a mat with rounded corners and recycled the cut-outs from the front of the card.  I "blinged them up" a bit with some stickles.  I will eventually add a stamped sentiment on the inside as well.

Okay, the details for this card:
- Cocoa cardstock from Close to My Heart
- Veranda Level 2 paper from Close to My Heart (retired)
- Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge from Close to My Heart p. 55
          Card cut at 5-1/2"
          Rctngl7 cut at 2"
          Layer cut at 2"
          Shift Decorative Layer cut at 2"
- Pair-a-Phrase stamp set from Close to My Heart (details below)
- Garden Green inkpad from Close to My Heart
- Cocoa inkpad from Close to My Heart
- Versamark inkpad
- Clear Detail Embossing Powder from Close to My Heart
- Corner Rounder
- Organza Ribbon - The Ribbon Boutique from Hobby Lobby
- Star Dust Stickles (on inside of card)
- Scattered Straw Distress Stickles (on front of card)

Thanks for checking out my card today!  I hope you stop back soon to see what else I've been up to.  I am linking this card up to:

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The September promotions from Close to My Heart are:

With a $75 dollar purchase, you can receive the Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set for FREE.

You can receive the September stamp of the month for $5 with a $50 purchase.

If you haven't yet purchased your copy of the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, you can take advantage of both of these great offers.  For $99, you receive the Art Philosophy cartridge, three stamp sets, and three Dimensional Element chipboard sets.  Total retail value of the collection is $128.69; what a great deal!

You can check out these great deals HERE:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Blog Candy from A Mermaid's Crafts

Lisa from A Mermaid's Crafts is celebrating blogging for 6 months.  To celebrate, she's giving us a chance to win some great goodies, including a Cricut cartridge!  If she happens to reach 700 followers before October 12, she will throw in some extra goodies.
Good luck!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cricut Expression Giveaway

Close To My Heart is giving away a Cricut Expression on their Facebook page!!  Check out the details HERE.

Good luck everyone!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Birthday Card

My mother-in-law's birthday is this week, so I whipped up a "little something" for her.  With fall right around the corner, I was feeling like fall colors.
This is an A2-sized card.  I used my Cricut and Art Philosophy cartridge for the cupcake.  I cut the cupcake twice and then cut the liner apart from the cupcake so that my liner was a different color.  The cupcake was cut at 2-1/2".  I kept the inside very simple; it is a stamp that came in the Art Philosophy Collection.
I used foam tape to make the cupcake "pop" from the page.
The supplies I used for this card were:
- Smoothie cardstock from Close to My Heart
- Olivia B&T Duos paper from Close to My Heart (retired)
- Off-White cardstock from DCWV
- Art Philosophy Collection Cricut cartridge and stamps from Close to My Heart
- Organza Ribbon from The Ribbon Boutique found at Hobby Lobby
Shimmer Designer Brads from Close to My Heart
- Smoothie Exclusive Inkpad from Close to My Heart
- Black Exclusive Inkpad from Close to My Heart
- Jet Black StazOn Inkpad
- Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel from Close to My Heart

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have a great week.

I am linking this card up to:

Pink Paper Paradise

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pet Sympathy Card

Hello everyone.  Today I have a sympathy card for my son's girlfriend who lost her cat this morning to share with you.  I struggled with what was appropriate and then took to the internet to see what I could find for inspiration.  I saw a card with some really cute paw prints where the main pad was made with a heart. 

I decided that I must have stamps or Cricut carts to help me recreate this.  No Cricut cart with paw prints.  I did have several different heart stamps to create the large pad, but was still struggling with the toes.  An oval - is that too much to ask?  Hmmm...kinda like an Easter egg; that I did have.  Then the question became how to stamp it so that it didn't look like an Easter egg; somehow that didn't sound very sympathetic to me.  I used my black marker to ink only the outside edge of the egg; perfect!  Of course I had to practice a few times.
I decided the easiest way to make several of these so that I had paw prints walking down my card would be to make a stencil so they were all identical.  I used a scrap of vellum and traced my favorite paw, cut it out, and then I had a stencil to use.
In trying to save as much of my scrap as possible, I put the paw print as close to the edges of the vellum as possible.  Seemed like a good idea until I stamped the first paw on the card and inked off the edge of my stencil.  Whoops!  Then you need creative sentiments.  You wouldn't even know I had red ink on the top of my card from the finished project. :-)
The sentiments were typed and printed using my computer and word processing program.  I found the sentiment on an internet site for sentiments.
Items I used on this card were:
- Juniper Cardstock from Close To My Heart
- Veranda Paper Pack from Close To My Heart (retired)
- Juniper Inkpad from Close To My Heart
- Hollyhock Inkpad from Close To My Heart
- Sorbet Inkpad from Close To My Heart
- Creme Brulee Inkpad from Close To My Heart
- Black Exclusive Inks Marker from Close To My Heart
- Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Copper Collection from Close To My Heart
- Sensational Season stamp set from Close To My Heart (retired)
- Follow Your Heart stamp set from Close To My Heart (retired)

I'm linking this card to the following challenges:

Saturday, September 3, 2011

New Rhinestone Tee

Today was my daughter's first cross country meet.  I definitely needed some "school spirit wear" for the occasion and as I looked through my closet last night, the only spirit wear I found said wrestling.  When I was at the high school football game last week, there were some moms wearing rhinestone tee's that caught my eye.

OK, what's a mom to do the night before?  I had leftover rhinestone's from THIS PROJECT and a plain black t-shirt in my closet.  Put that together with a graphic from the internet and word processor, and here's what I came up with.

Perfect, if only it hadn't been 95-degrees!  Whew ~ it was hot out there today!  What was I thinking with a black shirt??? 

If you read my blog regularly, you know my daughter dances.  Cross country is the complete opposite spectrum from dancing, but she has seemed to enjoy it so far.  Even so, I knew today would be tough; they just found a coach for the team 2 weeks ago (and he's a bit "green" in the running department), so they were going into their very first 2-mile race with less than 2 weeks of practice.  And, did I mention, IT WAS HOT!!!

Hot AND dusty.
My daughter's goals for the day were to finish the race and not come in last.  She accomplished both.  Next up, finish without walking. LOL!  We're so proud of her, she accomplished what she set out to do today.  Now it's just about making little improvements each time. 

Hope you have a great holiday weekend & find some time to do some crafting of your own!

I'm linking this up to:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wedding Card

I finally have a crafting project to share with you today!  I completed this card for my cousin's wedding this weekend.  It is a 5-1/4" square card.  While the front is somewhat plain, I really love the intricate cut on the inside.  Her colors are black and lime green with just a hint of hot pink (which I left out of the card).
I was so excited to get to play with my new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart.  Everything, including the card base, was cut from the cartridge with the exception of the scalloped circle which I used my scalloped circle punch for.  I used the card and images from page 67 of the handbook.  The stamped sentiment is from one of the stamp sets included with the Art Philosophy cartridge. 
The items I used for this card were:
- Fun In The Sun cardstock stack by DCWV
- Cricut Art Philosophy Collection by Close To My Heart
- Pear inkpad by Close To My Heart (retired color)
- Jet Black StazOn inkpad
- White Daisy inkpad by Close To My Heart
- Brads Basic Assortment by Close To My Heart
- 2" Scallop Circle Punch by Close To My Heart
- VersaMark stamp pad
- Clear Detail Embossing Powder by Close To My Heart

I'm linking this project to:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

One for Now....One for Later

With school starting tomorrow, I've been trying to double any casseroles I make & freeze one for busy nights.  On the menu tonight...Mexican Chicken Alfredo from the most recent Simple & Delicious magazine from Reiman Publications.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


I haven't been posting much crafting lately. With summer here, life has just gotten in the way. I have actually been doing some scrapbooking, but haven't yet taken any pictures.  I'm actually trying to do quite a bit of scrapbooking, as my son is getting ready to start his senior year, and I'm trying to play "catch up". :-)

The one thing I have been doing a lot of this summer is cooking.  It has been nice to be able to sit down as a family and enjoy meals together without the evening school activities.  I also joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) this summer, so every week I get a box full of fresh veggies.  It sure has made us eat more veggies.

My family is not a big "fish" family.  I know it's good for us, but convincing everyone to eat it is another thing.  In my most recent issue (August/September 2011) of Simple & Delicious, there was a recipe for Bacon & Tomato-Topped Haddock that sounded promising.  How could anything topped with bacon be that bad?
I actually remembered to take a picture before we ate; not the best lighting in my kitchen - especially using the camera on my phone.  I replaced the haddock with cod as that's what was available at my grocery store the other day.  The topping is made with bacon, panko bread crumbs, tomatoes, onions and garlic.  We also had corn on the cob and finished off the meal with homemade raspberry ice cream.  Yum!  Great summer meal!

Have a great week!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Art Philosophy Cartridge & Fabulous Flowers

I thought you might enjoy a new video just out from Close To My Heart about creating flowers with the new Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Sweetie!

Today is my daughter's birthday.  Happy Birthday sweetheart! 

I don't know about you, but I have a terrible time finding time to craft cards for my kids now that they are older and don't go to bed at 8 pm.  I just find it hard to get my craft mojo going at 10 pm once the kids are in bed.

I whipped this card up late last night.  I knew I wanted to make something lime green and hot pink.  What other colors are there for a pre-teen girl?  I decided to use a black base and accent with a little white.
The card is a 5x7 base.  Believe it or not, this is the first time I ever heat embossed (the initial).  I have had the supplies for ages, but hadn't tried it yet.  I love the look, and it was so much easier than I had anticipated.
The inside of the card was just a few stamps I had on hand to make it cute without being TOO cute.
Here are the supplies I used:
That's it for the night.  I'm off to join the family - finishing a movie and enjoying cupcakes (slightly smashed) to top off the birthday girl's day.  Have a wonderful evening!
This is what happens when you send two 17-yo boys after the cupcakes....but they still taste good.

Craft Junkie Too Friend

Have you heard the news???

Woo hoo!!  How exciting is this? 

Close To My Heart and ProvoCraft have come together to create a new Cricut cartridge ~ Art Philosophy Collection.  This cartridge is sold through Close To My Heart consultants and has over 700 images including 3-D items.  It comes with three complementary stamp sets and three sheets of chipboard shapes.  The bundle has a retail value of $120, but is being listed for $99, but I am having my own personal sale to celebrate the release during the month of August - see details below.

The details:
During the month of August, place a minimum order of $10 with me, and get the new Cricut Art Philosophy Collection for $89.  And, for an even better deal, if you place your order between August 15 - 31, you can take advantage of the National Scrapbooking Month special and receive the Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set FREE!

What a deal!!! For $99 you get:
  • The Cricut Art Philosophy Collection
  • Your choice of product for $10
  • Free Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set
Contact me today, kekreations at gmail dot com, to be included in this great special.

Please note: shipping and handling fees and taxes apply to the retail price of all free and discounted items.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blog Candy from Joanne

Joanne from TropicLuv, Cards In Paradise is giving away some fabulous candy & it's for a good cause.  She is on the Design Team at The Lime Light which makes cards for charitable organizations.

Visit Joanne and The Lime Light to check out all the details.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bulletin Board Renovation

The bulletin board at my daughter's dance studio was in serious need of a makeover.  It had had the same paper covering it for years and kids had come through and used the pushpins to poke holes in everything in sight. 

I thought that covering it in material would make it more durable, so I asked the office if I could "redo" the bulletin board while I waited on my daughter.  It's not perfect, but it is a definite improvement over what was there.
It cost less than $10 for supplies and the only tools I needed were scissors and a staple gun.  Easy-peasy!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dance Team Gifts (Lots of Pictures!)

My daughter's dance team is preparing for Nationals in Orlando, FL.  I wanted to make something special for all the girls on her teams.  They have worked so hard this year and accomplished so much. 

After much debating, I decided to make memory books for each girl (18 of them!!) that they can then add their own journaling, photos, and momentos to.  I'm really pleased with how they turned out and the girls LOVED them!  The really didn't take long to make; the longest part of the process was inking the edges and around the perimeter of each page.
The front cover of each girl's book was personalized with her last initial with her first name cut out of it (welded with the Gypsy) - cut with the Mickey Font Cricut cartridge.  "Orlando" was cut using the same cartridge and the "ticket end caps".  The tag is also on the cartridge; I used the Gypsy to hide the inside cut and leave it whole and welded the year on the inside.
The Mickey head was cut using the Mickey Font Cricut cartridge and I welded DMA inside it (Dance Masters of America).  The stamp doesn't show well in the photo, but it is a custom stamp I had made with K-E Kreations and my e-mail address on it.

Here is the inside of the book unfolded:

And, here is the flip side...

There are a ton of supplies used on this one, so I will try to put them in by page order.  If you have any questions about what I used anything for, drop me a comment.
- 6x6 My Creations Memory Showcase from Close To My Heart
- Fanfare Level 2 Paper from Close To My Heart
- Cricut Mickey Font Cartridge
- Cranberry Ink Pad from Close To My Heart
- Pacifica Ink Pad from Close To My Heart
- Sky Ink Pad from Close To My Heart
- Just Blooms White Daisy Variety Pack from Close To My Heart (these were inked)
- Stickles in a variety of colors
- Sheer Shimmer Spritz by Tsukineko
- Fanfare Level 2 Brad Assortment from Close To My Heart
- Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon from Close To My Heart
- Dancing Dreams stamp set from Close To My Heart
- Brads Red Assortment from Close To My Heart
- Brads Blue Assortment from Close To My Heart
- Star Power stamp set from Close To My Heart

As I said, the girls were thrilled with the books.  I worked on them the last few weeks for several hours a day as I waited on my daughter to finish dance classes, so they had seen me working but didn't know what I was up to.  I didn't want to make anything too elaborate so that they could be personalized by the girls easily or just simply have photos added (and they are mostly 12- and 13-year old girls with their own individual styles).  Each one was unique; they had slight variations in which color brads, how the cover was laid out and how some of the patterned paper looked when cut.


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