Monday, September 30, 2013

Cricut Create A Friend - You Did It! and Happy Graduation

The school year has just begun, but we can still look to June and all of the graduations you may have to look forward to in your family. For ours, we will have a son with a college graduation and a nephew graduating from high school. Here are the Create A Friend graduates from keys #5 You Did It! and #6 Happy Graduation.


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Close To My Heart - Tools of the Trade

There is great importance in sharing with you the "Tools of the Trade" which Close to My Heart has to offer in their product line. As a consultant, I take it as my personal responsibility to share with you the know-how of what each tool can do for your paper crafting. Each tool is available to make your life easier and faster, let me help you with the how... Here is a quick glimpse at a few of the tools, but it does not end here.  

If you place a qualifying order of $50 by September 30, you will be eligible to purchase the September Stamp of the Month for $5 and the National Stamping Month stamp trio for $10. Please visit my Close To My Heart website to see all of the quality products available at your fingertips to help you reach your goal of $50. "Join" my September workshop to begin shopping now.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Simply Stitch It

Here is a video from Close To My Heart on the Stitch Guide I featured a while back in a YouTube video on my Kim Ferguson YouTube Channel and shared here on my blog.

Visit my Close To My Heart Independent Consultant website to order your stitch guide, foam mat and piercing tool today. While there, check out our baker's twine, sparkles flourishes and exclusive inks marker sets to use for embellishing with your stitch guide patterns.


Cricut Create A Friend - Girl Talk

Sleep Over!

Key #42 Girl Talk, perfect for a sleepover themed card or scrapbook page.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

FINAL DAYS! Last date to place a qualifying order for National Stamping Month - September 30

You Are My Happy

Get the exclusive You Are My Happy stamp set trio in celebration of National Stamping Month!  During the month of September, when you make a purchase of $50 or more, you qualify for this whimsical stamp set trio for only $10.  You'll love using the playful alphabet, light-hearted sentiments, and fun images for a variety of occasions to give a cheerful touch to your projects, with a full retail value of $47.90.

Visit my Close To My Heart Independent Consultant website between Sept. 1-30, 2013 to shop our products and place your order to qualify for this fun set beginning September 1.  Please "join" my September Workshop when placing your order for a thank you gift.

*Offer valid September 1-30, 2013. One stamp set trio for every $50 spent.  Tax and shipping/handling apply.  The stamp set trio arrives on 3 D-size carrier sheets in 2 stamp envelopes: one carrier sheet in one envelope (like a D-size stamp) and two carrier sheets in one envelope (like an E-size stamp).

By placing a qualifying $50 product order, you will also be able to purchase the September Stamp of the Month, Poster Tidings for $5.  This set is also only available September 1-30, 2013.


Cricut Create A Friend - Pirates

AARRR! A Pirate's Party

Keys #43 and #44 Pirates and their treasure.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

WOYWW - Cricut Create A Friend, Nerds Rule and Bookworm

Fellow desk snoopers, I have been working through my Cricut Create A Friend cartridge to dress my little people from last week one key at a time. This post is for keys #3 nerds rule and #4 bookworm.  How appropriate for a teacher :-) Here is a look at the mess I make while cutting out the various pieces on my Cricut machine.  I posted a video on Sunday about my short cuts I take to create these fun friends, check it out here.

The video explains how I have cut my cardstock ahead of time in measurements of 4"x4", 4"x6" and so on. When I am ready to Cricut, all I have to do is pick my colors and lay them out on the mat in the order I will be cutting the images.

If you are wondering who the desk snoopers are, take a look at Julia Dunnit's blog Stamping Ground for how to participate and to check out other people's desks from around the world. Thanks to those who stopped by last week. I have enjoyed seeing your work desks.


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Cricut Create A Friend - Elves

Santa's Helpers - Elves

Keys #47 Santa's Workshop and #48 Santa's Helper cuts


Monday, September 23, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy (S01E04): Spooky Halloween Layouts

Cricut Create A Friend - Wedding Day and Bride To Be

The Bride and Groom

Here are the cuts from the Cricut Create A Friend keys #49 Wedding Day and #50 Bride To Be. When I create the scrapbook page layout they are going to be mounted on, I will add embellishments.  She needs some glitz.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cricut Create A Friend - Count Dracula and The Witch

Count Dracula and The Witch

I played with two new keys from the Cricut Create A Friend - #45 Count Dracula and #46 The Witch

Here is a video I created while making them. It is a video on how to use the universal overlay from Cricut to create the Count Dracula and Witch from the new Create A Friend cartridge, as well as, how to conserve cardstock, and how to store cardstock scraps.

Some questions have been coming up with regards to the cost effectiveness of the size reduction in packaging and the use of a universal overly. Are we, the consumers, truly benefiting cost wise from the change? I am not seeing it yet as the price of my most recent cartridge, Create A Friend, was at or close to what I had been paying before.  However, if you do not shop around and find it cheaper as I did, they are quite costly.

What is the cost of the Universal Overlay? $2.99 +S&H $2.99 +S&H
I have not searched at a retail establishment in my town for one yet. Therefore, I am not sure of their availability off the shelf, or their cost.

How does the cost of newly packaged cartridges compare with the older version of packaging? 
The Create A Friend cartridge is $31.99 +S&H at and $49.99 +S&H at at the time of this post. Again, I have not shopped for Create A Friend at a retail establishment in my town.

Please comment below on whether you have seen a significant price reduction in your most recent cartridge purchases as a direct result of the package reduction. This may be a case of "less is more" when it comes to what we are really going to end up paying for ProvoCraft's decision to cut costs on their end, but not on ours.


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Saturday, September 21, 2013

About Me - September 21, 2013

Oh where, oh where has Kim gone?! Well the answer would be that I have not gone anywhere, but the Wi-Fi router for our household of technology pretty much went kaput. It has been an issue for a couple weeks, but we had to pinpoint the issue starting with the Internet provider. Unfortunately, the cost was to us in the purchase of a new router.  Thanks to my son... we are back in "play".

In the meantime, I have been correcting school papers, reading leisure books, watching anime series/movies with my son and husband (I do like them, I have found) and fighting a sinus headache for several days. Thank goodness for the weekends and Wi-Fi routers! After a long week, my headache is gone and Internet is back. Now I need to create some paper crafting goodies.

But first, I have been enjoying one afternoon a week as a "Kim" time to just browse a store or two after work and have come across some fun items. (Wow, I did not have time to do anything while these photos loaded, before I had enough time to make dinner.  Oh how I love the new router!)

Ross Dress For Less finds: Holiday themed felt table runners, fake chains, 6"x6" scrapbook paper pack, boa and ghost salt and pepper shakers.

But wait, there is more: Strainer scoop, faux Halloween books, "Genie" lamp, mini baking dishes, parfait cups, pedicure set and nail clippers (only because the day I made this shopping trip a student broke a nail and I had NONE in my purse, what woman/mom/teacher/wife does not have nail clippers in their purse). The pedicure set was just cool looking with all the items it included for only $3.00.  This entire haul along with 5 very nice fall tops was only a little over $100!

The next stop was to Michael's to use a gift card  I had received. They have not been having any sales on items I particularly am interested in lately. So, it was not a great haul this time around. Stay tuned for another try at it on a "Kim" day.

Hope you are enjoying the transition into fall, which begins tomorrow September 22. My sinus headaches are my indicator it is coming. I must have some type of barometric pressure sensor.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #224

I actually have a couple of projects in the works.  This is a good sign that I am getting settled into the school year.  It typically takes me the first 3-4 weeks to do so.  We were blessed with a nice donation for our high school classes, with the money we were upgraded to laptops and flat screens with doc-cams for our classrooms.  A mixed blessing as with all electronics comes the need to understand how to use each piece of equipment.  Haha.  You have heard me before claim how it can be a task in itself to research how-to work these devices.  But I have managed to get them all up and running and talking to each other.  Yeah!

Back to my workdesk at home for the WOYWW #224 hosted by Julia Dunnit of Stamping Ground each Wednesday.  A portal into the workdesks of avid artists around the world.

I have purchased some glitter nail polish to use on brads.  Back a few weeks ago, I came across a YouTube video on several ways to decorate office supply brads to make them look like the fancier embellished brads you pay a lot for at most craft stores.  You can also see my sketch pad.  I am working on the cards I will be teaching at my September 30 workshop.  The zip ties were for my wire cubbies, but I changed my mind on how I put them together.  Back in a drawer they will go, or actually they came from my son. The "people" are from the Create A Friend Cricut cartridge.  They just need to be dressed up.  That will come another day for another scrapbook layout post.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 223

Hi everyone,

I missed you all last week both in visiting you and your visiting me.  It was the first day back to school last Wednesday for the students, then we were off on an overnight retreat Thursday and Friday.  So, needless to say, I was a little busy.  Things are beginning to slow down to the "norm" for what will be in store for this year, I think.

Tonight I had two very special paper crafting ladies over to create a scrapbook layout.  You can see the sample here.  My photo is not of my "normal" workdesk, but rather the island in my kitchen for me to work from this evening.  The best part of having workshops is the overall creativity of all who attend.  You can begin with an idea and see how it expands, changes, and transforms into each person's personality.  Thanks ladies for a grand evening!

The first part of the evening was me recording another how-to YouTube video for the stitching guide and foam mat you can see in the upper right hand corner.  I am having so much fun learning how to make YouTube videos after my fears in my earliest post to WOYWW.  I owe it all to the encouragement from the wonderful participants from the Stamping Ground sponsored weekly post hosted by Julia Dunnit.  Check it out and join in the fun.

Looking forward to visiting your workdesks and blogs.  Have a great rest of the week.  By the way, so far so good with art classes.  Again, thank you all for your encouraging comments.  You are a fabulous support group of one another's gifts, talents and work.  Thank you!

Stitching Guide/Foam Mat from Close To My Heart

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Spine Expanders for Scrapbooking from Close To My Heart

Movie Night Scrapbook Layout - September Workshop

September Scrapbooking Workshop

Back at it with the Exclusive Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges, Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artbooking. I have used the "Movie Night" from Artiste page 67 as my theme (title cut at 2"), Art Philosophy page 45 (rectangle cut at 3", decorative layer cut at 3" and stars cut at 2 1/4" and 3"), Artbooking page 63 (filmstrip cut at 11" no real dial) and page 81 (overlay cut at 11" no real dial).  CTMH stamp set "Reel Life - Everyday Life" B1431 (circle cut at 2 3/4").

When:  Tuesday, September 10 6:00-8:00 pm, cost $10 or FREE with a $50 order, e-mail me if you plan to attend at

Products used:

September is National Stamping Month, Close to My Heart is making it easy to celebrate through offering a stamp set which is only available in September.  "You Are My Happy" stamp set trio* for only $10 ($47.90 value) with a qualifying $50 product order.

You can also purchase the Stamp of the Month set, Poster Tidings* for $5 with a qualifying $50 product order.

*Only available September 1-30, 2013

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Magic Show - Create A Friend/Artbooking Layout


Continuing to make my way through the Cricut Artbooking overlays and Create A Friend characters. Today's layout was made using the magician (cut at 3 3/4") from page 81-82 of Create A Friend and the overlay from page 81 of Artbooking.  I wanted to use different photo mats, so I looked through the handbook of Artbooking and found the stars from page 65 would coordinate better with a magic theme (all cut using 11" no real dial). For embellishing I used glitter glue to give the layout a magical feel through the sparkle. I will also be adding wiggle eyes to the magician for added fun.

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Project Inspirations: Mixed Papers

Monday, September 2, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy (S01E01): Getting Started with Cricut Artbooking

Western Cricut Create A Friend Scrapbook Layout

Cricut Artbooking/Create A Friend

I love cartridges with characters... Create A Friend is no exception. When put together with the ease of the overlays available on the Artbooking cartridge, you have got a nice layout.  I took my time and added embellishments to the cowboy, cowgirl and titles.  They are also "popped" off the page for more dimension.

Page overlays, photo mats and arrows are from the Artbooking cartridge page 79 "Buddies".  Cowboy, cowgirl, and titles are from the Create A Friend cartridge pages 77-80.

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