Monday, December 30, 2013

"Believe" Santa 2-page Layout - Silhouette Cameo

After inking the edges, drawing in some highlight lines and placing on a 2-page layout here is another scrapbook page using Silhouette on line store cuts.


Artbooking Made Easy: Celebration Layouts (S01E16)

Close to My Heart layout ideas using the Celebration keys on the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.

Order your Artbooking cartridge and be eligible to purchase the December stamp of the Month: Special Care for $5 by tomorrow. Remember, tomorrow is the LAST day to order from the Holidays From the Heart Gift Guide as well.

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Winter Polar Bear 2-page layout - Silhouette Cameo

Polar bear with snowflake cut from Silhouette online store images and sponged with Close To My Heart inks: Hollyhock, Moonstruck, Honey and Whisper. Icicles cut from Silhouette online store as well. Top and bottom borders are cut using glitter cardstock.


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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Santa and Polar Bear "Believe" - Silhouette Cameo Cuts

Here are the completed Santa, accessories and "believe", as well as a bear and snowflake from the Silhouette on line store. Working on chalking the images and creating the eyes. What do you think?


Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Year's Gift Bag

Happy New Year!

Almost anyway... Need a gift idea for a hostess or to mail out to family and friends? Pick up some Micro Seal pouch material, a box of New Year's Eve hats, horns and leas, candy and some shredded paper and you have the makings for a great gift bag. Stamp up a card and let me show you how...

 Let me show you how to make a gift bag using an everyday household item, a seal-a-meal. I found mine at Goodwill for $5.99! 

I have made a video showing you how I put the gift bag together. The lighting is better, my boys gave me an industrial halogen light for Christmas to help with the lighting in my craft room. Hope you can see better than before. Thanks boys!


Making Friends With My Silhouette

There really is no jumping in with both feet and just trying out a machine for me. I have to research, approach with caution, and try a couple things out. I think I may have jumped in a bit too soon. In the process I sat on my own foot. How does one sit on their own foot?! The answer, a tipped folding chair... Boy does it hurt. I was a bit nauseated afterwards, but kept on trucking along. I did not take a look at my foot until I was heading off to bed, took of my sock and oh my! It is quite bruised and sore.

The incident occurred while attempting to try out a two-page layout I ordered from the Silhouette online store.  I have not found any video tutorial for the "how-to" for a two-page download. Be aware that all of the elements are thrown onto the screen within Silhouette Studio in one big group. I began by ungrouping all of the elements and then began to fill color each piece for my own organization. Once all of the pieces were colored, I then began placing like colors on the "mat" to prepare for cutting. I was able to get all of the pieces on to four total cuts, less the photo mats which I can just cut to my own needs later.

My next dilemma was placing the cardstock onto the mat. All things were not squared off and I had to cut some papers at a diagonal. This too proved to be a challenge, but really the pieces turned out okay. I only need to cover up a few errors in my calculations for placement on the mat. Remember, there is always some way to cover up a mistake in paper crafting.

Now I am to gluing all the pieces together, I have dry placed them all and am quite pleased. My next challenge will be to figure out how to reduce the images all together to keep them all proportional. I have not found a truly good video demonstrating how to reduce the two-page layouts you purchase. As a reminder, all the pieces are all together on the mat once opened.

Here are the pieces all ready to be glued. Stay tuned... More research to come.

Do you have any Silhouette helpful hints? Please share below. Thanks.


Friday, December 27, 2013

Monkeying Around with the Silhouette

And of course, no crafting is complete without creating a monkey :-)

And again, this time I have used vinyl to add my name :-)

This monkey is included in the 50 free images in the library which comes with the Cameo. I love monkeys!


Silhouette Cameo!

Playing with my new Christmas present from my husband, the Silhouette Cameo. I had been researching and watching many YouTube videos before putting the Cameo on my wish list. From what I have seen, the Cricut and Silhouette play together NICELY! I have installed the software, shopped the Silhouette On Line Store and now am playing... Here are my first cuts, a basketball and a branch with bee hive and bees. SO CUTE!

How was your Christmas? I really had a great time both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with my family. We laughed so hard for two days my jaw bones ached.

What crafting goodies did you receive? I would love to hear, leave a comment below.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

May you and yours have a Merry Christmas! Be sure to stop, take a breath, and focus on the true meaning of the season, Jesus. Be safe in your travels, eat plenty and laugh lots. Enjoy the moments and keep the memories, we have some scrapbooking to do in 2014!


Monday, December 23, 2013

Clearly the Best: Party Favor Flavor (S02E12)

Not a scrapbooker... found that the Artbooking is too much of a Cricut cartridge meant for scrapbooking? Think again, outside the box (My Creations Kraft Ring Box)... Here Christine and Monica show you how to use the Artbooking overlays to create beautiful party favors for your guests.  Check it out!


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Washi Wonderland

It's a Washi Wonderland Life Papercrafter!

I love this use of our beautiful Washi Tape. There are so many uses for this versatile product. Check this use out!

Close To My Heart has many patterns available in Washi Tape, check them out on my website here.


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Kim's January Workshop and Club Schedule - Close To My Heart Independent Supervisor

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

REMINDER: (Both are only available through December 31)

Here are the dates for my January Workshops* and Club:
January 14, 6:00-9:00 scrapbook club (Frosted) pre-registration - order the Frosted Workshop On The Go from the Retiring Items list on my website before they are GONE
January 21, 6:00-8:00 card workshop (6 cards) $8
January 28, 6:00-8:00 2-page scrapbook layout $10

*Register 3 days prior to workshops for preparation purposes, invite a friend to join you. Workshops are FREE with $50 order on the evening of event. Bonus gift, Spring/Summer idea book!

February Club (Remember you must pre-register by ordering ahead, details below)
February 11 Scrapbook Club (Cloud Nine cardmaking kit) Pre-register by January 28, order $35 or more in January to purchase the Cloud Nine cardmaking kit for $15 (retail value $46) Due to the Autumn/Winter 2013 Workshop on the Go kits being retired, we are going to be creating the cardmaking kit to celebrate January being National Papercrafting Month

Schedule your gathering now for February! Be the first to share the new Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book (available February 1) with your family and friends to earn your FREE hostess rewards.

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May you and yours have a blessed holiday season.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Elegant Mini Albums (S01E15)

Here is this week's YouTube video showing more cuts from the Artbooking cartridge to make a mini album.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Team Spirit - More Basketball Cuts

Here are some more cuts from the Cricut Team Spirit cartridge. Making up images ahead or time for my students who I have adopted for the basketball season.  Go Warriors!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Wintertime Layouts

Here is another idea for scrapbook layouts using the great Cricut Artbooking cartridge. With the cold weather across the country, why not stay in and scrapbook?!


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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Team Spirit - Cricut Cartridge (Basketball)

Let's Play Some Hoops!

At the school where I teach we have an adopt-a-warrior program in which teachers and classes adopt the sports team players. It is now basketball season and I love my new Cricut cartridge - Team Spirit! It has most any sport and mascots you can think of or need. Our mascot is the warrior. I have cut the warrior head and flipped it to create "bookends" for a layout.

Frosted Workshop On The Go - January 14 Scrapbook Club

January Scrapbook Club

Join me on January 14, 6:00-9:00 pm for the Frosted Workshop On The Go (WOTG) Scrapbook Club. If you have not already ordered your WOTG kit, hurry. It is currently on the retiring items list and will only be available while supplies last.

The advantage of being a part of the scrapbook club is the opportunity to be the "hostess" of a club night once or twice a year (based on a 10 month commitment, no July or December). Once a minimum of 5 participants have joined, a rotation schedule will be made based on the order of which participants joined the club to earn the hostess rewards for the month. We currently have 2 truly committed participants.

Each month we will focus on a Close To My Heart Workshop On The Go kit ($29.95 + $4.95 shipping, includes all the material to create two 2-page layouts). I will also show you ideas for a third 2-page layout and a card using the remaining products from the same WOTG kit. Since the materials have to be ordered ahead of time, it is important to pre-register and pay by the dates I have listed for each club date.

If you are unable to attend a club night, you are asked to still purchase the kit each month to remain a participant and not lose your place in line to be hostess.

Not in the area, you can still be a part from afar. I will share the additional layout and card instructions with you. I may even use this as an excuse to make a monthly YouTube video for my channel.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Simple Scallops - Close To My Heart Scallop Punch

Great ideas using the Close To My Heart scallop punch. How is that Christmas wish list coming along? Get your wishes to your loved ones so I can be sure they come true. Send your friends and family to me at for help in filling your stocking or piling gifts under the tree.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Paper Trimmer Option Available

We have made available a new option for paper trimmer: the more compact Euro Personal Paper Trimmer. This item, Z338 can be viewed in the shopping section of my website and purchased for $29.95. Replacement blades we offer are designed to work with both the Z1783 Surecut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer and the Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer.

Memory Protectors 50-Pack is no longer available. Sorry!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Clearly The Best: Subway Speak (S02E09)

Home Decor with Subway Speak

Get out the Mod Podge, background and texture papers, re-inkers, sponge daubers and a canvas square to create this modern wall art piece introducing the Create-A-Shade Paint. Have you heard of our best kept secret? This product is great to make your wall art and paper crafts into the colors you love. Mix with our re-inkers to get that perfect color. Use your Cricut to cut out the perfect sayings, add some photos and get to work.

Merry Christmas! Friday the 13th just got lucky for you!

Send me an order for a minimum of $50 in Close To My Heart products and you will receive FREE shipping ($7.95 or 7.95% value)! The orders have to be mailed to me along with a check and received no later than my mail delivery on December 13th for eligibility. The order goes in on the 13th.

Visit my website to begin writing out your order now at Then leave me a comment for contacting you with my address.

Be sure to check out the retiring items and while supplies last categories (similar product may be substituted if a product from either list is no longer available on the 13th). Remember, a qualifying $50 product order will make you eligible to purchase the Stamp of the Month, Special Care for only $5!

Leave a comment below if you have any questions about our wonderful products or need more information about my FREE shipping offer.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: Friendship Layouts (S01E13)

Artbooking... change up your layouts

Monica shows you how a prior layout using page 78 of the Cricut Artbooking cartridge can be changed just by using different papers, embellishments and placement. Another example of the versatility and numerous scrapbook pages you can create using just this cartridge alone, or by adding our acrylix stamps, sparkles and glitter paper, etc.

There is still time to order you Christmas gifts and/or share your wish list with family and friends for under you tree. 

Place a minimum order in qualifying Close To My Heart products to be eligible to order the stamp of the month for only $5. You can still purchase $100 in products from the Holidays From the Heart Guide and/or Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book to be eligible for one FREE starred item in the Guide (value could be as much as $17.95).

While you are browsing, be sure to check the retiring items list and while supplies last as we are gearing up for the Spring/Summer 2014 idea book. Get the products while they last!

Leave a comment with any questions or if you need my contact information to share along with your wish list.


Monday, December 2, 2013

All Play and No Work! Contest: December 2013

Scrapbook Club

Have you been considering joining the Scrapbook Club I offer once a month? Now is your chance... Close To My Heart has a contest for you to consider on Jeanette Lynton's website for just giving your input on what you think of Workshops On The Go, the exact kits we use at Scrapbook Club.

For January, we will be creating the layouts from the Frosted Workshop On The Go ($29.95 + $4.95 shipping). However, order fast as the Frosted WOTG  kit is on the retiring items list and only available while supplies last.

Order today