Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stamp of the Month- A very merry Christmas

Hello and welcome back to a new installment of the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

If you've arrived from Traci's blog (not me Traci... silly... but Traci Pasqualone!) then you are headed in the right direction... but if you are just starting here at my blog- no worries!  The hop should make a circle.  You'll find the next blog in the hop at the bottom of this post.

Now.. here is the stamp set itself:

I really love this great holiday set.  While the images are great on their own... you can tell by the red outlines that 5 of the stamps coordinate with the new Artiste Cricut cartridge by Close To My Heart. 
After spending the last several days baking for my daughter's birthday- I am anxious for all of the great holiday treats to come!  I thought I'd start by planning some of my packaging ideas.  Here is one of them- I cut the box, and tags using Artiste.  For now I have M&M's inside BUT this would hold one or two really nice heavy duty sugar cookies with icing that I love to make (and eat!)
This uses one sheet of Kraft cardstock and I cut my bag as a "fit to page".  It is about 4" tall assembled.  The fancy window is a part of the bag and cuts automatically.  Then 3 pieces of scrap Colonial white cardstock finish out the paper.  The fancy green wrapper (behind the "a holiday treat" piece) was just a 1/2 x 10 inch piece of colonial white stamped with the cuff part of the mitten image for a fancy design.  I second generation stamped "A holiday treat" with Cranberry ink while Olive was used for the green.
Ribbons:  Cranberry Baker's Twine and Silver Shimmer Trim.  Did you know the silver shimmer trim is self adhesive?  This bag literally went together in 10 minutes (not including the 30 minutes it took me to find my stamp set and supplies!)
Now head on over to Brae's Blog to see what she has created!
And check back later this week to see the Angry Bird cake and cake pops I made for my daughter's birthday!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

some inspiration from Jeanette Lynton

I was hopping through some blogs this morning and found this layout at Jeanette Lynton's blog here.

I am in serious love with this layout-  I will be copying for sure.  Jeanette is the founder and CEO of Close To My Heart and she is awesome!  Not sure if she made this one or the art studio did- I was so geeked by the layout I never fully read the post.

The images used on the layout- of the stop light and signs are all off of the new Cricut Artiste Collection.

Cricut Artiste- view here.
stamp set used- view here

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The holiday's are coming...

... and I am sooo not ready!

Seems like once school gets here the end of the year speeds right by.

Here is a set of cards to help you get through:
 Two cute, sparkly Christmas cards and one fall/ Halloween card.  If you aren't really into Halloween- you can easily swap the sentiment for something more fall-ish and be done.

These are available as kits that will ship within 5 business days of placing your order.

Option 1:  Create 2 of each of the Christmas cards and 1 Halloween card for $9 (All stamped images will be included in your kit as well as all embellishments shown).  Add $3 for shipping card kits.

Option 2:  Create 12 of the mitten card(Includes pre-cut and stamped papers, 1 roll sparkle tape ribbon, 12 card/envelope sets, 3 feet cranberry Baker's Twine.  Stamped images will need to be cut out. $17.  Add $3 for shipping

Option 3:  Create 12 of the wreath card (Includes pre-cut and stamped papers- you cut out the wreaths- 1 package bitty opaques, 12 large pearl opaques, 1 bottle pink glitz glitter gel)  You will need a green and pink marker to color your wreaths.  I will include twice as many wreath images as needed so you can color match your markers. Also includes 12 card/envelope sets.   $17.  Add $3 for shipping.

Order by October 10th if ordering the mixed kit with the Halloween card and by November 3rd for either Christmas card kit!
Looking for a specific supply used on any of my cards- all can be purchased at
or e-mail me here for details on any items.

Select your Kit

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Spellbound Display Tray Class

I had a fabulous time designing this tray while I was off work one day.  Clost To My Heart's new Display Tray is a must have item if you love decorating your home for the holidays!

I am offering this as a kit with a few versions:
BEST COLLECTION:  This kit has tons of leftover paper and chipboard for more projects.
 G1040 Spellbound Cricut Workshop on the Go (Retail $32.95) includes 18 sheets of paper, stamp set, clips, and baker's twine plus full color instructions for a completely different project)
Z1750  Display Tray (Retail $19.95)
X7161C Moonlight Complements Chipboard Designs
Accessory kit I designed to complete the project includes a pre-cut coffin, skeleton, some black tulle, silver brads and slate polka dot ribbon to hang on a wall. Full color instructions.  You will need black and dark grey inks to stamp the images that come in the stamp set. Total with shipping and tax: $71
BETTER COLLECTION:  This kit has some leftover paper and chipboard for other projects.
1/2 pack of the consumable supplies in the Spellbound Workshop on the Go
Z1750 Display Tray
X7161C Moonlight Complements
Accessory Kit includes pre-stamped images that you need to cut out.  Full color instructions.
Total cost:  $50
Basic Collection:
pre-cut pieces ( no extra paper)  All paper will be cut from the Spellbound Kit but the assortment you receive may be slightly different than that shown on my project.
Z1750 Display Tray
X7161C moonlight Complements
Accessory Kit includes pre-stamped images that need to be cut out. Full Color instructions.
Total Cost:  $40
***Everything will ship to you from Close To My Heart EXCEPT the accessory pack and half pack paper/ pre-cut pieces will ship from me. ****
LOCAL TO SW MICHIGAN?  Attend this class Sunday September 23 from 2-4pm.  Purchase the kit through the link below BEFORE September 15th and add a note that you will attend my class in CLimax, MI and I will have your supplies ready for you on the 23rd.  I will also e-mail directions to my house from your location!