Monday, July 30, 2012

Gift Card Holder

Card Holder Card!
     I love this gift card holder I just made using the Victory Paper pack. When I bought this paper I thought, ugh camo green and blue---what will I do with it? But I just love the colors and they work great for classic cards.

This card idea I got from Madaline Morcelo's Inking from the Heart school! You can order projects like these from her and check out her blog Inking from the Heart.

I hadn't used this SOTM yet and I love it with the more masculine paper. My inks were Outdoor Denim, Olive and Goldrush. I used the Olive on Happy Birthday and Outdoor Denim on Amazing. I sponged the edges of the Happy Hirthday piece with O.D. and Amazing with Olive. Goldrush was used on the back layer of colonial white behind Happy Birthday. To complete this card I'll put in another denim blue card stock piece with slits cut in where a gift card will fit. The card really needs no envelop since the outside acts as a mini-gift bag in itself! Let me know what you think!

The card took me longer than most to figure out but now that I have it, I'll be making more of them. I can hardly wait until my new Fall/Winter paper packs come in the mail.

Did you know? Our new IDEA Book and products are available for order August 1st. Great new papers and stamps for Fall/Winter holidays. Decor items galore! Check them out on Wednesday here. Go to products and IDEA Book!
Come to the Paper Fiesta again soon! Blessings!


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Yippee! I got the Artiste Cart bundle!

My Artiste Cricut Cartridge Bundle came last week! I've dug into it and am so excited about all the projects and 3-D items I'll be able to create. The best part is Close to My Heart also has additional stamps, Workshops on the Go, and supplies that will take my Artiste projects to the next level!
You have probably seen the fliers but I think my pictures(although amateur) show the bundle in much better detail!
Acrylic Stamp sets and instruction booklets
The chipboard pieces match cuts and stamps

No confusion! We have instructions for all 3D projects-Yippee!

The talk bubbles are stamps, cuts, and chipboard for instant stunning results!
I'm offering free Cricut Craft Room cut files for anyone who orders their Artiste cartridge from me. This can save you so much time and effort. This cartridge is available starting August 1!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Altered Frame and Mini-Banner!

 I am so proud of how these turned out! The paper is Lucy from Close to My Heart (Of Course!) and the banner is item Z1376-Mini-banner. I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge to do the major cuts on this project: Flowers, letters, banner & tag shapes all came from the AP cartridge that is a CTMH exclusive. You can still get this cartridge and matching acrylic stamp sets for $99. 
This frame is from Michael's. I just drew around it making sure to get the crown in the lower left hand corner! I used Modge Podge to adhere the paper and liquid glass to adhere the embellishments to the frame. I love how it turned out. I made sure to inscribe on the back the date and a special message on both projects. I hope the girls will keep these for a long time:)

I love to use Cricut Craft Room to design my projects. You can get this CCR cut file from me and several other cut files if you order the new Artiste cartridge from me. I'll email you several AP cut files I already have and 5 cut files that I will create for the Artiste Cartridge. Look for Artist projects coming soon!

Close ups of the banner-some were taken while I was making it!
I had such a great time designing this and putting special touches on them.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

July Gift BAG and TAGS Workshop-Sign up today!

Your project may vary as you'll select your paper!
Come join the fiesta and make several gift bags and coordinating tags at Sharon's Paper Fiesta on Saturday, July 28 from 7:00-10:00 PM or Tuesday, July 31 from 2:00-5:00 PM.  Cost of the class is $25 per person.  The class will be held in my home in McAllen, Texas.

You'll create 2 gift purses, 4 gift tages, 2 pillow boxes, and 1 gift card holder. A wide variety of paper will be available for you to choose from. Or if you have 12x12 scrapbooking paper you really want to use, bring it along with your glue, paper snips, and cutter.

Instructions for the purse gift bag will be provided so you can make these cute bags any time you need one!
Inside of gift bag sample

Great tags cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge!

You'll coordinate your 4 tags in the class! 5 tags shown are options only!
Email to join one of these great classes! 

Teenage Masculine Card

It is always hard for me to put together masculine cards. But Close to My Heart made it easy with the Cruisin' Workshop on the Go stamps, paper pack, and paper! Check out this money card I made. It was so simple. I added some money to the inside before I gave the card to Bryce, the birthday boy.

Make one yourself! Here's how:
Cut your base card stock of your choice at 6 1/2 x 6 3/4, scored at 3 1/8 and 6 1/4 on the 6 3/4 side. Fold with bone folder and put sticky strip or score tape on the bottom and side. Using a circle punch (about 1/2 of it) to make the finger pull area. Decorate with your B&T paper and stamps.

Inside card stock is 3 x 6 1/4 with a hole punched on the end. Add some ribbon or string and stamp your sentiment on the interior. In this case I stamped on the back side of the B&T paper using the NEW stamp set that coordinates with the new Cricut ARTISTE cartridge. I didn't use the cart on this card but instead just cut out the shape with my paper snips.

I love how this card came out! Here is a short video of the card.
I got the idea for this card from stampfest on Utube. A special thank you to her! Here is a link to watch her tutorial here.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Altered Dinosaur Frame

Need a quick gift for a young child or a mom? Look at this super cute dinosaur frame I made recently as a hostess thank you. I simply measured the sides and made strips of paper to fit. 

Then I cut the ends into a point making a mitered end that fit just like the frame. I coated the frame with a medium coat of Modge Podge to adhere the paper to the frame and inked the inside and outside edge with Indian Corn Blue ink. You can tell from the picture that I also coated the top of the paper with a layer of glossy Modge Podge using a soft foam brush. 
Then it was stamping time! I took several stamps from the ROAR! set and stamped them in complimentary colors on Colonial White card stock. I picked the best images and cut them out. I decided they, too needed to be coated with a thin coat of Modge Podge and left them to drive.  Once dry, I played with their arrangement on the frame until I got it just right! I love how it turned out and had so much fun putting it together. A great gift made with love. 
Do you have a dinosaur lover in your family? This stamp set would make a great addition to your collection for any child birthday cards or scrapbook pages. The set is $17.95 and is item # D1505. Click this link to order here.

Happy Paper Fiesta!  Keep the paper party going and the creativity flowing! 
See you soon!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Two Pocket Lucy Card

A good friend of mine, Cindy, is one of my references. I've applied for several jobs and knew I needed a special thank you card for all her help. This was what I designed:
So easy to make with one sheet of B & T!
This 2 pocket card was made following this youtube video. Then I used the Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge to make 3 different tags and one layer. Tags were cut at 2 inches. Stamped flowers and butterfly were also cut using the AP cart with stamps from Lucy Workshop On the Go exclusive stamp set. 
Workshops on the Go are a GREAT way to get coordinated stamps, project tutorials, and coordinating stamps. The price can't be beat for the value you receive. 
Check out more pictures of the card embellishments.

Love this paper, ink or stamps? Check out all the CTMH products and get great ideas for cards and projects from our  IDEA Book.
Love to hear what you think about my card. It was one of my more time consuming cards, but it was worth it in the end. If you would like the CCR cutting guide, you may also request it. Party on!