Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Archive your Vacation Photos

Did you enjoy a fabulous summer vacation or even a weekend getaway?  We've got a beautiful way to capture those memories in Studio J.  In this episode of Love Your Layout, you can archive your summer vacation photos in a snap!
Watch this Video.
If you have any questions or what to know more about Studio J. please contact me.  I will be glad to help you.

My Happy Bags

I have a new addition to my Happy Bag collection. 
I just love bags, my SIL Debb makes beautiful quilts and one day she made a bag to carry some of her quilting stuff in.  Well I fell in love with her bag.  I will post a picture of her bags at a later date.  When my birthday came around she gave me this bag and it was the start of it all.  Debb called it a Happy Bag because it makes you smile when you see it.  I love sunflowers, so the sunflower material was perfect for me.  It has pockets on the outside and pockets on the inside too, it holds my CMTH paper packs perfectly and there is plenty of room for my embellishments too.
This is Happy Bag #1

For Christmas I got Happy Bag #2
She traveled all over France with me and was pictured in Monet's Garden, Normandy,  Amboise, Musee d'Orsay, on the top of the Eiffel Tower, and all around Paris.  I got lots of comments about how beautiful she was.  It was a great conversation starter.
So here she is Happy Bag #2

Last night when my Husband came home from Bocce Ball he said "Here Debb said you would know what this was for"  I thought I would scream.  My Happy Bag #3 it holds my Cricut E. it stay open so I can load my E easily.  It has 2 large pockets that can hold all my accessories.  This is so cool.  I can't believe she made me one.  I love it.
Here is Happy Bag #3

I can't tell you how much I love these bags.  If you see this Debb Thanks I love, love, love it.  I already have an embellishment in mind with a new technique that I saw.   I will post that later.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Tea Light and Art Philosophy

I thought that I would share this today.  It is a 0 calorie tiny cake inspired by the Birthday Pop at Starbucks.  Every time I see it that is excatly what I think of.  I just love making these. They make me smile.
I used one of the Flowers on the Art Philosophy Cartridge as well as 2 different scallop circles on the cartridge too.  I used the 1 1/4" Circle punch in the center of the 2" scallop on the bottom to give you access to the battery and the on/off switch.  Or if you have a Gypsy you can design it with the circle in the center.
I am not near my Cricut to give you all the detail so I will post that soon.  But here is the picture and the products used.
All products are CMTH
Ribbon is from the Pink Collection Z1384
Ink Tulip
Blush Cardstock
Sweet Leaf Cardstock
Art Philosophy Cartridge

Monday, August 22, 2011

Display Album Z1054

This is For September:
Here it is Typeset X7139B, one of our new paper pack with CMTH.  Everything is cut out using the Art Philosophy cartridge. I entered it in the H2H challange too. Since it is back to school here at our house Jenn decided that the Typeset paper would be perfect for September and the start of our new monthly creation using the Display Album Z1054.  Just click on the Shop with Me to get yours.

What a cute page this made.  Hope you like it.  This was created by my DIL Jenn she is so creative.
Desert Sand
Vineyard Berry
Creme Brulee
Vanilla Cream
Stamp Set:  Vintage Type D1481 for the background and tag with the coordinating Cricut cuts.
My DIL Jenn came up with this one and I just love it.  How about you?  I bet everyone in the class will love it to.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I just found out that I made it into the Cricut Chirp 8/16/2011

Wow!  I just found out that I made the Cricut Chirp 8/16/2011 here is the link.  I had posted this on the Cricut Message Board awhile back and when I opened up the Cricut Chirp and clicked to view who made it in, well there it was ME!  I arrowed back out of it because I just assumed I did something wrong and clicked on the link again and their I was again.  Funny and exciting all at the same time.  So now I have to tell everyone I made it.  That's a first for me.
here is the photo again.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Art Philosophy short video

Here is a short video featuring Art Philosophy and what you can make with it.
This is just some of the things you can make.  You are only limited by your imagination.  Enjoy this video.  I think you will like it.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Art Phlosophy meets Cherry -O for Mojo Monday #203

Here is the card I made for my first Mojo Monday Challenge # 203.  It is also a sneak peek at one of the cards for Card Class.  Aug 23rd at 6:30.

I used the New Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and the coordinating Stamp Set Hooray Bouquet.  I have want to use it ever since I saw it at Convention.  Now I know why!  I had fun making this card start to finish and it didn't take me long either.  What makes this stamp set so different is that it has a coordinating image that you can cut from the AP cartridge and then stamp on top and it matches. The carrier sheet that has the stamps on it also has the sizes that you need to cut it out at.  Easy enough!!
Here is what I used
The paper pack is Cherry -O  because I am consuming the products not collecting them.
All the cuts are the ones that are on the stamp set.
The leaf - Sweet Leaf C/S is is from page 59 Shift> <leaf4>
The flowers- Blush, Baby Pink, White C/S is from page29 Shift> <flower6>
The center of the flower I stamped and cut out by hand.  Sunny Yellow
The border- Cranberry C/S is from page 64  Font> <Arrow2> cut at 1/2" and I welded 3 of them together with my Gypsy
Stamp Set- Hooray Bouquet D1419
Ribbon- Sweet Leaf
OutDoor Denim

Friday, August 12, 2011

Studio J Love Your Layout Episode 3

Here is Episode 3 for Studio J Love your layout series.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

If you have missed 1 or 2 just look under Studio J for the love your layout May and June.
Or if you want the basics of how Studio J works I have all the basics there too.

Let me know what you think!!

Wedding Favor and Art Philosophy

Here is another Wedding Favor or Shower Favor
The Favor Treat Box is cut out of our New Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

All products are CMTH unless otherwise noted.
It is cut from page 72,
Box:     Smoothie C/S
Font Layer> Shift> <Snowflke1>,  Cut @ 5 3/4

Scallop Oval:  Smoothie C/S page 52 
<oval4>, Cut @ 3 3/4

Scallop Oval Frame:  Black C/S page 52
Decorative Layer> <oval4>,  cut @ 3 3/4

Rose:  White Daisy C/S
Font> Shift> <Heart3>   (How to Step by Step)

Leaf:  Garden Green C/S page 67
Cut @ 1 3/4"  ******If you have a Gypsy, DS you can use the hide tool and hide the rectangle otherwise it will cut out all 3 items.*****
Layer> Shift> <Stocking>

Tag:  is from Tag, Bags, Boxes & more Cartridge page 94
Smoothie C/S
Cut @ 1 3/4"
Shift> <Crctp1-h>

Stamp Set:
B1371 Bliss
B1358 Heart to Heart

Garden Green
StazOn Black

Hope you have fun with this one it is much cuter in real life.  Let me know what you think!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

How- to For the 3D Flowers on Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make the cute 3D flowers from our New Art Philosophy Cartridge.  This one is from page 69 and uses the Shift> Font>  <heart3>,  cut @ 4",  pressure 4>, blade 3>, speed 3.

Start at the small outside end.  Use your CMTH tweezers and roll it around the end of the tweezers.  Keeping it tight while you roll.
 Keep going all the way around the flower untill you get to the center.  Keep it tight.
 Stop rolling when you get to here. 
 Place a dab of Liquid Glass or use a glue dot in the center of the round part.
 At this point you can release the tweezers and let the rose open up some.  The way it looks good to you.
 Holding the rose in your hand push it into the glue dot.  This will hold it in place.
That is it!  You can bend the petals too to give it more shape but it is very easy to do.  Add a couple of green leaves from page 67 and it will be complete.  Check back tomorrow I will have a project using this flower and the muffin box.  See you then.
As you can tell I get lots of use out of my mats.
Hope this helps.  Let me know what you think.

Make you own Embossing Folders with The Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

Did you know that you can make your own Embossing Folders with your Art Philosophy Cartridge, your Cricut, and some cereal boxes?
Well you can.  I save my cardboard boxes and cut them into square pieces that will fit on my Cricut Mat.
Here are a couple.
I put the shiny side up on the mat to make the cuts.  Now you can really coordinate your projects.  Not only with the stamps and the cuts.  But embossing too.
Here is some of the impressions that it makes.  I could not make it show up very well.
Just some of the things you can do with your new cartridge and some cardboard.. 
Let me know what you make.

Unleash Your iner-bug with the Cricut Craftroom it's FREE!

Since so many of your are new to the world of Cricut here is a video of the Cricut Craftroom it is Free!  You can design and see all the shapes of every cartridge even the ones you don't have.  I will put the link at the end of the post.  But watch this video first.
Okay so now here is the Link.  For those of you with Design Studio it is an online version.  The only thing different is you need to be connected to the intranet.  Have fun and let me see what you create.
Send me a picture and I will post it on my blog. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and Coordinating Stamp Sets

Quickly cut, stamp and curl pretty 3D flowers using the Close To My Heart's New Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge D1491 that has coordinating cuts you can make with the cartridge.and the new My Acrylix stamp set  Hooray Bouquet D1491 that you can use to stamp on the cut out shape.
In the new Idea Book you will notice a red outline around some of the stamps that means it has a matching image in the Art Philosophy cartridge.  It will have the size on the carrier sheet that you set your Cricut when you cut for the perfect match.  Want to see more of the New Idea Book!
Pick up more ideas for embellishing your layouts, card, and gifts with fun florals' in this how-to video.
Change the colors change the paper and make it your own.  The Greatest thing about having a Cicut is now you are limited only by your imagination.
If you would like to join my WOTG class the third Tuesday of every Month let me know.  This Months class is Aug 16th at 6:30pm.  We will be making some cuts with the Cricut.  I would love to show you how!

Monday, August 1, 2011

H2H Challange Aug 1st 2011

Here is a Birthday card I did for my Grandson.  He loves Rocket Ships and Buzz Lightyear.  What 5 year old doesn't.  All the products used are CTMH cut with my Cricut E, and the Toy Story Cartridge.
He screamed when he saw it.
You can learn how to do the pull up card on Tresa Black's blog.

Let me know what you think of this one. 
My card class meets every 4th Tuesday of the Month so the next one is Aug 23rd. 6:30pm.   Let me know it you want to join us.