Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Clearly the Best: Create the Date

Check out this great flip calendar!  You can make one for yourself or make them as gifts.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog Hop for January!

Here is a very simple Valentines Card using the January Stamp of The Month.  You can purchase the Stamp of the Month for a discounted price of $5 with a qualifying order of  $50.

I created a card base sized 4 1/4  x 5 1/2 using our white daisy Card stock.  

The Ruby stripe is cut at 2 1/2 x 5 1/2.  The Black stripe is cut at 2 1/4 x 5 1/2.

I used a single strand of the Cranberry Baker's Twine and attached it to the back of the black card stock making sure there would be sufficient drape for the hearts.  I created 2 little bows (using the fork method).

I attached the black stripe to the Ruby strip and attached it to the front of the card.

I cut the hearts with the Artiste Cricut Cartridge from the Ruby card stock at 1/4 inch larger that specified on the stamp carrier sheet because I like the look better.  I stamped the hearts with black ink and attached them to the card with our 3-D dimensional tape.

My final steps were to stamp XO at the bottom of the card and attach the two bows with a little drop of liquid glass.

Stamp Set used:
January Stamp of the Month Cross-stitch Wishes  S1401

Inks used:
Ruby   Z2170
Black  Z2105

Card stock:
Ruby      X5927
Black     1386
White Daisy   1385

Cricut Cuts from Artiste (page 51, shift accent 2):
Large heart - 1 3/4  - slightly larger than recommended on stamp carrier sheet
Small heart -   1 1/4  - slightly larger than recommended on stamp carrier sheet

Cranberry Baker's Twine  Z1752
3-D Foam Tape   Z1151

Please hop on over to Betty's Blog next.

If you missed any of the hops they are all listed for your viewing pleasure:
Joyce Houck                      Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
Crystal Davis                      craftingwithcrystal.blogspot.com
Nickie Hoffer                     nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
Krista Hershberger           Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com 
Stephanie Huber                lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com
Helen Gullett                       byheleng.wordpress.com
Cindy Leek                           savingmemorieswithcindy.com
Nancy Brown                     creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Lori Meadows                    CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com
Betty Locco                        scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com
Jean Murphy                      StampandscrapJeanie.Blogspot.com

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Freedom Layouts (S01E10)

So many great tips included in this video!

January is National Paper crafting Month

Of course Close To My Heart has a special to help you celebrate!

If you place a minimum order of $35 you can purchase a trendy cardmaking kit call Cloud Nine for only $15.  One of the items this kit includes is 5 yards of Teal Shimmer Trim which is more than enough to complete the cards in the kit plus extra for other projects.  If you haven't used our Shimmer Trim before it is a self adhesive tape that looks like glitter yet won't flake all over your projects.  It makes it so easy to add that glitter effect.  We offer several key colors of Shimmer Trim to coordinate with our papers.  The video below will give you a better view of the cards you will make with this kit.  Click on the Shop tab above to enter your order.  Once the items in your shopping cart reaches a minimum of $35 the system will automatically prompt you to see if you want to purchase this kit.. When you add this kit to your order you now have a minimum of $50 so the system will automatically prompt you to see if you want the Stamp of the Month set for $5 (a $17.95 value).  This is a fantastic deal.  As with everything you purchase feel free to contact me with any questions.  Happy Paper Crafting Month!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Festive Mini Albums (S01E09)

These mini albums are wonderful to capture your holiday and winter memories.

My Crafting New Years Resolutions

One of my crafting New Years Resolutions is to post more artwork, videos, workshops, and crops on my blog.  I'll start with more wonderful Artbooking videos that Close To My Heart created.