Sunday, December 30, 2012

Clearly the Best: Create your Own Patterned Paper

Learn how to create your own patterned paper with a tone-on-tone stamping design that will give your new paper a professionally designed look!

Clearly the Best: Random Stamping

Learn how to create a random pattern for a background design on your paper. Just stamp the image of your choice randomly on the page for results that are unique and stunning!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Organizing your family photos

It’s time to get those photos out of the shoebox and preserve them for years to come.

Step 1: Gather all of your photos and put in one place, plan to work on organizing
them in 15 minute or 30 minute increments a day.

Step 2: Look thru the photos and discard the ones that are not worth keeping.

Step 3: Set aside the duplicate photos that you intended to give to someone else

Step 4: Organize the photos the way it makes sense to you, there is no written rule
as to how to do it…here are a few ideas: Chronologically (year by year),
or events like holidays, or parties, or even an album for each child in
your family.

Step 5: Label all photos, make sure to include who, when & where (it’s easy to
forget these details as life goes on).

Step 6: Put the photos in an acid-free album or acid-free envelopes,if you plan on
scrapbooking them. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Banners for Foster Kids Birthday Partys Blog Hop

 Hi! Welcome to Foster Kids Birthday Party's Blog Hop! Many of you may be familiar with CardMonkey's awesome banner hops for kids... I was so inspired by them that I wanted to find another opportunity to do good with my crafting. I happened upon a volunteer at Birthday Magic at a work event & followed up with them. They loved the idea of handmade birthday banners, so I put out the call and I was lucky to have 15 awesome crafters join me! So today you will get to see everyone's creations!
If you've never heard of Birthday Magic, you can see their site here - BirthdayMAGIC is a program of the Volunteer Center of Sacramento, which provides personalized monthly birthday parties to children currently living in Sacramento area homeless shelters, transitional living facilities, community programs or residential treatment centers. The goal of BirthdayMAGIC is to brighten the lives of children by providing fun, meaningful and memorable birthday parties during what can be an awkward and challenging experience in their lives. Each month, children living in these shelters will celebrate birthdays – through financial support, volunteer help and the BirthdayMAGIC program, these wonderful children will receive a birthday party thrown in their honor. For more information on sponsoring a party please contact us at or call (916) 567-3100. I'm looking forward to dropping off all the amazing banners For them to use in the parties! So now, sit back & enjoy all the great banners!!! You should have started the hop at: Jennifer Restivo And if you've been following along, you should have come from:
I am so excited to be a part of this blog hop as both of my children are adopted.  I was so happy to hear that this agency does such a nice job in providing birthday parties for children who wouldn't otherwise have one that I just knew that I had to participate. I 
made my banner from both of the Cricut cartridges that Close To My Heart sells, Art Philosophy (AP) and Artiste.  I cut out the pennants at 6 inches and the letters at 2 1/2 inches from AP and the spaceship, robot, planet, UFO and rocket ship were cut out from 2 to 3inches from the Artiste cartridge.  Please click on the banner to see it up closer. 

Thanks for stopping by and please visit: to see the last banner in the hop.

In case you get lost, here is the blog hop line-up:
Jennifer Restivo

Madeleen Field

Jamie Moore

Susan Bermudez

Suzanne Roseberry

Shawn Mosch

Melissa Pinter

Kim Varonin

Lisa Thorpe

Jessica Shelton

Cristy Sova-Davis

Tonia Williams More

Friday, November 16, 2012

Here is just a sampling of what is on the new CTMH Cricut Artiste Cartridge. It is priced at $99 and has 700 images, comes with three stamp sets and three chipboard dimensional elements sheets. Best of all the cartridge coordinates with several of our stamp sets, so easy to cut and than stamp!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Learn how to kiss… with stamps!

 In one easy technique you can create a clever, unique design on your stamp image for a more customized look. Let us show you how!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Discover the possibilities of Cricut Craftroom

If you love your Cricut® machine, then you are going to adore all of the fabulous things you can do with Close To My Heart Cricut® cartridges in the Cricut® Craft Room. Create layers, cut negative space in the shape of your choice, make borders, and link elements together for a connected look. It’s easy! We’ll show you how.
Here is how to get started with Cricut® Craft Room:
  1. Create a FREE account in a few easy steps.
  2. Download and run the application for PC or MAC, depending on the type of computer you use.
  3. Connect your Cricut® machine to your computer using a Type B USB cable. (Note: For more info on this type of cable, see your Cricut® user’s guide or your local electronics store.) Once you have connected your computer to your Cricut® machine, the “Load Mat” button is the only button you will ever need to push on your machine in the entire process. Cricut® Craft Room will do everything else for you.
  4. Once inside the application, choose the type of Cricut® machine you own.
  5. Insert your Close To My Heart Art Philosophy or Artiste cartridge into your Cricut® machine.
  6. In the lower left portion of the application there is a tab that is labeled “Images/Cartridges.” Select “All Cartridges” from the dropdown menu. (Note: You must choose a cartridge that you own. You can also purchase individual images from the Cricut® store.)
  7. Scroll to find the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy or Close To My Heart Artiste cartridges you own.
  8. The virtual mat in Cricut® Craft Room is just like the mat you’ll load into your machine. And, it is oriented the same way that you will load your mat into the machine, with the arrow at the top.
  9. To drag an image to the mat, simply click on the image in the image selection tool box and move it to the mat.
  10. Once the image is on the virtual mat, you can adjust the placement by clicking on the image and moving it to any location on the mat.
  11. Now that you know the basics, you can start creating and exploring the possibilities!
INFO provided to you by the CTMH Corp staff.

Dauber Dynamite

Discover the beauty of sponge daubing. When you ink your stamps with sponge daubers, you can create a soft, shaded look that is perfect for a page or card!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Bat Party Invitation

I just love the Cricut Artiste Cartridge, I made this bat invitation for my daughter's birthday in minutes (ok well not minutes), but it really didn't take me that long.  The bat card was cut out at 5" and the oval was cut at 1 1/2" and than tied to the back with orange twine.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Art Philosophy Wedding Card

I created this card for a workshop I did a few months ago. I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and Cricut Craftroom to cut out the card and the heart in the middle. Than I cut out three hearts to stack on top each other. The first white heart is stamped with "Love" and I inked the edges in black. The rectangle on the bottom was cut out twice and stacked on top of each other. The white one was stamped with Congratulations and the edges were inked in black.  I just love the versatility of using the Cricut Craftroom.  It is super easy to download to your computer, you can get it from here:

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Organize Your Craft Supplies

These organizers work great to store all of your stamping and scrapbooking supplies!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Life is Tweet and Sympathy Cards

I made both the cards using CTMH's Pemberly paper. I think this paper is so pretty and I am so happy that it is carrying over to the Autumn/Winter Idea book. The Life is Tweet card was made out of the Art Philosophy cartridge along with the bird and the flower. The stamp sentiment is from the June Stamp of the Month. 
I made the Sympathy card using CTMH's 4 1/2 in circle cards which include 12 cards and 12 envelopes.  The 1/2 circle on top and bottom of the card was cut out with Art Philosophy cartridge, along with the butterfly.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Graduation Card

I just love the Superhero paperpack it is so cute for making layouts for little boys or for making graduation cards like this one.

Here are the directions:
1) Cut blue cardstock at 2 1/2 inches and adhere to bottom of card.
2) Cut the stripe B&T paper at 2 1/2 inches and adhere to top of card.
3) Cut red cardstock strip at 1/2 inch and adhere to middle of card.
4) Weld the letters "grad" in cricut craftroom or gypsy. 
5) Cut the star out of the Art Philosophy cartridge in cricut craftroom at
3 (width) by 2.7 (height), large enough to fit the "Congratulations" stamp.  Stamp with black ink, and ink the edges of the star.
6) Using foam tape or pop dots adhere, the the star cut out, and the word "grad".
7) Push the pin into the foam under the word "grad".

Easter Egg Card

Here is an Easter Egg card I made using CTMH's Art Philosophy cartridge. The egg and decorative layer were cut out at 5 inches, the stamp set used was "My Peeps". The peeps were stamped in chocolate ink, and than I went around the edges with stardust glitter gel, the outside peeps are popped up with foam tape, and I used a spring for the middle one. I stamped "Happy Easter to my peeps on the egg after putting the decorative layer on.

Create A Critter Banner

I fell in love with the animal cookies paper from CTMH, and thought it went perfectly with the Create A Critter Cricut cartridge. The banner is made out of chipboard and sold by CTMH.