Archive for June, 2012

“For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop . . .my first completed project for the hop

Kathy (clayton528 on CropChocolate) organized the “For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop . . . for those of use that were unable to attend Crop Chocolate’s retreat “Spring Fling”. If you would like to participate, there still is time, the projects are not due until 9am MDT on Thursday, July 5. Head over to Up in the Night with Kat to get all of the details and links to the other participating blogs.

I have not fully decided which challenges (one project can be submitted to three challenges – a lifesaver for those without a lot of extra time around the Canada Day and Independence Day holidays) I will submit my card to, but I am certain it will be submitted on Scrappy Canuck Studios because I knew it would be a challenge for me to complete a card in 30 minutes. I thought I would take a break from creating to share my first completed project for this hop.

I was recently asked how I like the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge (only available from Close To My Heart Independent Consultants; item Z1686). Until this challenge I had only used my cartridge to cut some pillow boxes, goodie bags and butterflies for a Home Gathering. I thought this challenge and that question made it the perfect time to pull out that cartridge and try some other features and this is what I came up with:


I cut the card at 6 inches from Echo Park Paper Co. Summer Days Yellow/Purple (Item #SD14018). On the Cricut Expression I selected the Card + Shift + Bttrfly2 keys. Pressure and speed were set to medium and the blade at 4.


I cut the butterfly base at 2 inches from Echo Park Paper Co. Summer Days Red/Green (Item #SD14019). On the Cricut Expression I selected the Shift + Bttrfly2 keys. Pressure and speed were set to medium and the blade at 4.

I cut the butterfly layer at 2 inches from Echo Park Paper Co. Summer Days Scallops (Item #SD14010). On the Cricut Expression I selected the Layer + Shift + Bttrfly2 keys. Speed was set to medium and the blade at 4. I increased the pressure to high.


The purple butterflies are those that remained when the card was cut.

A scoring board was used to score on either side the each butterfly’s body. The wings were then folded up. I used a dual action glue to attach the layer to the largest butterfly and the purple butterflies to the card. I used foam tape to attach the largest butterfly. Perfect Pearls – White Opal was added to some butterfly bodies.

Like on Craft Wars once the time is up you have to stop so I did not get an opportunity to stamp a sentiment on this card. I will have to do that before sending it to someone. I also think I will add some “trails” behind the dimensional butterflies.

I hope you like my card. Until next time…


Thank You and Blog Candy

A big thank you to everyone that stopped by and wished me well with my Close To My Heart venture. It means a lot to me. If you ever want to purchase CTMH products in the future I hope that you will think of me. Please continue to come by to see my posts with project ideas and product information. I would love to know what you think.

On to the giveaways! selected comment number 3 from the comments on the Sweet Surprises post.

Congratulations Lucy!

And by selecting a name from a hat with the names of people who placed an order, the winner of that drawing is…

Congratulations Beth!

Please check your inbox for a message from me.

Thanks again.

Categories: CTMH

CTMH Spray Pen & Misting Technique

June 7, 2012 Comments off

I know I love the look of mists on my projects and most of my friends do too but we like to find an economical way to obtain all of the colors we like. I have tried a few of the “recipes” I found online but just could not get the color as vibrant as I wanted. Then I found a recipe using CTMH products. Here is a sample:

The beautiful sheen does not show nearly enough in the photograph but it is there (and gorgeous in my opinion). The background is a mist I made using these Close To My Heart products: Pansy Purple Exclusive Inks® Re-Inker (Z2241), Create-A-Shade™ Pearl Paint (Z1039) and Spray Pen (Z1380) [includes 3 pens, 10 ml each]. After the mist throughly dried I used the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades December Calendar embossing folder to emboss the paper. Then I used Topiary Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad (Z2155) to ink the raised areas.

Now I can have mists in every color without breaking the bank. Here is a video to show you how to make the mists:

If you would like to order any of the Close To My Heart products I used on this project, just click on the product name above.

If you would like to schedule a Home or Online Gathering, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Categories: CTMH

CTMH Project Inspiration: Front and Center

June 5, 2012 Comments off

Learn how you can use stamps that were designed for the back of your project – those that you stamp to show the project was handcrafted with love – on the front of your project. Create these beautiful cards and gifts with the My Acrylix® Crafted with Love Stamp Set.

Since June is Stampaganza Time! it is the perfect time to pick up this stamp set to make your own gifts and cards with the My Acrylix® Crafted with Love Stamp Set.

Featured items used:
My Acrylix® Crafted With Love Stamp Set (item B1399)

Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
1″ × 1″ (Y1000), 1″ × 3½” (Y1002), 2″ × 2″ (Y1003)

Also, don’t forget to check out my Sweet Surprises post where there are opportunities to win some blog candy.

If you would like to schedule a Home or Online Gathering, do not hesitate to contact me.

Categories: CTMH, My Acrylix®, stamping