Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mini Album with The Artiste Cricut Cartridge

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Here is a short Video that I made using the Chipboard Album pieces that come with your Cricut Artiste Collection Z1790.  The paper is cut from page 60.  It really is as easy as that.  All the measurements are on the chipboard package.  I used up lots of bit and pieces left from my Bliss paper pack that is retired. I gathered up all my metal pieces that were not used up in another project.  Everything is sponged in Chocolate Z2111.  I plan on taking some Black and White Photos and using the in this album.  I will make the photos Sepia Tone to match the Album.  So as you can see this is just the start of this project.  I will post the finished project soon. 
Thank for watching and check back to see it finished.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Here is the Video for the Swing Card

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...I said I would make a video for the Swing Card so here it is.  Better late than never.
You can see the Swing Card here.
Leave me a comment if you would like to see more on how to use the layering in your Gypsy.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Card Swap Group for October BEWARE!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Here are the cards that were made for the October Card Swap.  We meet at Gayle's this month and what a fun Spooktacular evening it was.  The cards that everyone made were great.  I know you want to see them.  So here they are:

First the group shot
This is Debb's, she used lots of elements that she cut out from the Art Philosophy Cartridge to make this card.  She pieced everyone together to make the witch and the backgroud.

 Here is Gayle's I love that Stamp and the die cut frame too.

Jeannine made this one.  It has a Mini Monster image and welded and flipped in her Gypsy to make the Mini Monster into a card on the front of the big card.  Very clever don't you think?  Check out the 3 googly eyes. 

Jodie did a Haunted House card cut with the fence and Haunted House from Happy Haunting I think??   The witch and the moon too.

Judy did Witches legs and used lace and ribbon for the dress.  Got to love that for sure!

 Kathy made her Mummy from strips of card stock that she sponged.  The bow give her flare.

Lani used her big shot to cut and emboss the elements on this cute card.  Oops I mean very scary card...  The pumpkin is made from 3 ovals.
 Laurie used her big shot for this one too.  I love the witches leg for the cake plate legs.  Who would't love to get this one.
 I made a treat holder for my card using up all my leftovers from spellbound WOTG Halloween party for 8.  It was full of Treats in the top pocket behind the Happy Halloween plaque.  But the Trick was on me.  By the time I shot this picture there was not a Treat in sight just empty wrappers in the box.  Someone enjoyed a little Treat I think.  LOL!  All the cutouts were from the Artiste Cartridge.  The fly and the ant I got at the $1.00 store.
We had a great desert that I did not get a picture of again.  That's because by the time I thought of taking the picture, it was gone!  Next month is at my house so keep checking back to see what we make for Thanksgiving.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Victorian Tea Light Lantern Box

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...I just have to share this.  I have been thinking about making these Lantern Boxes for a long time now.  When I was looking for something else I came across my stach of velum.  I pulled out this Rose velum and right away I knew what I was going to do with it.
I order a velum pack from QVC about 10 years ago and I think this was one of them.  Who knows after that long but I am using it now.
I was feeling very girly and this is what I came up with.  I made all the layers in my Gypsy so I can make lots of them.  No more Rose velum though but lot of other ones.

I think the tag is so cute too. 

Here it is in the dark with the Tea Light lit.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking a look.   These would make great Mother's Day gifts don't you think?
You can see more things I have made using Tea Lights here.

All products used are Close To My Heart except the velum piece.

I used the Art Philosophy and the Artiste Cartridge to make it all.  I love every cut they make.  I keep saying "my Cricut does the work and I take all the credit" I love that I can tell it to auto fill a page a 12 x12 sheet of cardstock and it calculates how many it can put on it.  Works for me!!!
Order your Art Philosophy and Artiste Cartridge here.

I might have to make a youtube video for this one.  Leave me a comment if you would like to see that.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Stamp Behind The Mask

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Here is a short video to show you how to mask and stamp on your artwork.  It is so simple and they will show you how.
I told you it was a short video but it had some great tip and techniques that you can use.  I love make masks to change the look of the stamp or to make it fit in a space. 
Have you ever used the negative space from all you cutouts that you end up with after using your Cricut???

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Studio J Tricks and Treats

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Don't forget that this month you and get 1 layout for Free when you purchase 9. 
Here is a short video to show you just some of the things you can do with Studio J.
This offer is good until Oct. 31, 2012 so you still have time.  It is any easy way to keep up with your scrapbooking and you already have all your photos loaded to your computer.  It is so easy you really have to try it.  Now is the perfect time.  There is no software to buy you only pay for what you want to have processed.
You can get started here!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Get started using the Cricut Craftroom

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Discover the Possibilities of Cricut® Craft Room

If you love your Cricut® machine, then you are going to adore all of the fabulous things you can do with Close To My Heart Cricut® cartridges in the Cricut® Craft Room. Create layers, cut negative space in the shape of your choice, make borders, and link elements together for a connected look. It’s easy! We’ll show you how.
Here is how to get started with Cricut® Craft Room:
  1. Create a FREE account in a few easy steps.
  2. Download and run the application for PC or MAC, depending on the type of computer you use.
  3. Connect your Cricut® machine to your computer using a Type B USB cable. (Note: For more info on this type of cable, see your Cricut® user’s guide or your local electronics store.) Once you have connected your computer to your Cricut® machine, the “Load Mat” button is the only button you will ever need to push on your machine in the entire process. Cricut® Craft Room will do everything else for you.
  4. Once inside the application, choose the type of Cricut® machine you own.
  5. Insert your Close To My Heart Art Philosophy or Artiste cartridge into your Cricut® machine.
  6. In the lower left portion of the application there is a tab that is labeled “Images/Cartridges.” Select “All Cartridges” from the dropdown menu. (Note: You must choose a cartridge that you own. You can also purchase individual images from the Cricut® store.)
  7. Scroll to find the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy or Close To My Heart Artiste cartridges you own.
  8. The virtual mat in Cricut® Craft Room is just like the mat you’ll load into your machine. And, it is oriented the same way that you will load your mat into the machine, with the arrow at the top.
  9. To drag an image to the mat, simply click on the image in the image selection tool box and move it to the mat.
  10. Once the image is on the virtual mat, you can adjust the placement by clicking on the image and moving it to any location on the mat.
  11. Now that you know the basics, you can start creating and exploring the possibilities!

Follow these steps to create the negative space on a card base, like you see on this Cheer Up card, featuring images from the Art Philosophy cartridge:
  1. Select the “Card” tab in the Art Philosophy images. Find the card base you prefer and drag it onto the mat. (We used Square 1 for the Cheer Up card.) The image will be cut in the exact direction and location that you place it on the virtual mat. At the top of the screen, or at the left under the “Shape Properties” tab, you’ll see size boxes. Enter the width and height for your shape. This is the size it will be cut on the machine, regardless of what size your machine indicates on the flip screen.

  1. Choose an image to cut out of your card front. We have chosen a butterfly by going to the Basics tab, clicking the “Show Shift/Lock Images” at the bottom, and then selecting the butterfly. Drag the image to the right side of the card base, position it, and alter the size, as desired. Once the image is in place, you will see a cut-out image in its place. This Weld feature is automatically on unless you disable it, and allows you to see how the card base will look with your images cut out.

  1. Select another image, drag it to the card base, and position it how you’d like it. Continue adding images to the card base, if desired.

  1. To cut your finished artwork, load the mat into your Cricut® machine and insert the corresponding cartridge. Next, press the green Cut button at the top of the computer screen and follow the prompts. The machine will cut the shapes as you have prepared them in Craft Room. If more than one cartridge shape has been added to the project, the machine and screen will prompt you with instructions.

Here are so more artwork examples that have been made using Cricut® Craft Room software. Follow the instructions below to learn some more fun tricks we used in creating this artwork.

Birthday Greetings card

Here’s how to create the bracket frame as shown in this Birthday Greetings card:
  1. Drag a card base from Art Philosophy cartridge and size it to be 9" wide and 4½" high.
  2. Add a 1½" bracket frame (from the Basic tab) to the center of the right side of the card. So far, all of the shapes have been placed in Layer 1. You can add additional layers using the Layer feature located toward the top of the screen, directly above the mat. Each Layer will be cut from a separate sheet of paper and is indicated by a different color on the screen. Using the Layer feature allows you to fully design your Cricut® shapes before cutting any pieces.
  3. Add a second Layer by clicking the plus sign. Click and hold the Layer 2 tab and drag the tab to the left so it is first in the row. This allows you to see the second Layer on top of the first so you can visualize your finished project. Drag a 3" bracket frame to the card base and position it over the 1½" frame. Then, still using Layer 2, add a 1½" bracket frame in the center of the 3" frame.
  4. Maneuver the Layer 2 frames so that they perfectly line up with the Layer 1 frame. Use your keyboard arrows for exactness.
  5. Cut the pieces following the prompts on the computer screen and Cricut® machine. Layer 2 will be cut first, so be sure to load that paper first. Then load a new sheet of paper for the Layer 1 pieces.
  6. Embellish the card as desired.

All Boy page

Want to create a border that spans the entire length of your 12" page? It’s easy!
  1. In Craft Room, change the mat size to 12" x 24" under Machine & Mat tab on the left of the screen.
  2. Drag your selected border to the mat and rotate it so it is vertical.
  3. Change the height of the border to 12". It will automatically change the width proportionally unless you click the aspect ratio button between the width and height measurements.
  4. Whether you have a 12" × 24" mat or a 12" × 12" mat, you can use this function with a 12" × 12" piece of paper. Simply place the border as close to the top of the Craft Room mat as possible, but not exactly flush with the top.

  1. Cut the piece following the prompts on the computer screen and Cricut® machine.
To create the title with the letters joined together to form one piece instead of individually cut letters…
  1. Drag your letters to the mat
  2. Overlap portions of each letter to connect them
  3. Use the Weld feature to join the letters together seamlessly.
  4. Cut the piece following the prompts on the computer screen and Cricut® machine.
There are so many possibilities to explore in the Cricut® Craft Room using the versatile Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges from Close To My Heart! If you have any questions about using Cricut® Craft Room, visit where a Cricut® employee will be glad to help you. Be sure to get your Art Philosophy and Artiste Cricut® cartridges today in order to create with them in this new and exciting environment!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ink It Up!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Take a look at this video on how to use and store the new Pigment Inks and the new Alcohol-based markers from Close To My Heat.
You can also see the new Stamp Scrubber too!
You can order yours here.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Cricut Pumpkin Box CTMH

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Here is a cute Pumpkin Box from the Sweet Tooth Boxes cricut cartridge page 15 at 9 1/2".  I used the the moonlight paper pack  from Close To My Heart.  The leaf,  vine and stem are cut from Thanksgiving.
I am using this in the H2H Challange and the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge
The box is the top to the ice cream cone conely1 and 2

Cardstock:  Chocolate, Sweet Leaf, and Olive
Ink:   Olive, Chocolate.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Alcohol Marker Madness

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Add color and pizazz to any of your projects with our New Alcohol based markers.  You are going to love this short video.  Have fun!
Lots of different techniques and opptions when you use our New Alochol based markers. 
You can order yours here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cardmakers You Are Going To Love This

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Here is a short Video on the Workshop on the Go Card making kits that you can now get.
You will love making these by yourself or with a group of friends.
You can order yours here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The New My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber from CTMH

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Here is a short video on the New My Acrylix Stamp Scrubber Z1782 from Close To My Heart.  I just love it, you can put it in your bag and take it with you.  It's compact and easy to use. 
It is only 2 1/2" x 4".
 Be sure to get one you won't be sorry.
Order yours here.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Coordinate with Cricut and CTMH

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Watch this short Video and learn how to use your Close To My Heart stamps to bring you Cricut cuts to life.
You can use the Art Philosophy as well a the new Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut out and stamp with our coordinating stamp sets.  So much fun and easy too. 
Have you tried this yet?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Halloween Wreath from CTMH/Artiste

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Here is a wreath that my DIL Jenn and I made yesterday.  After we finished dropping off the grand kids at school and taking our walk we headed up to the Scrapbook room.  Jenn had started making rosettes knowing that she wanted to make a large Wreath.   Can you tell that we knew what we wanted to end up with but not sure how we were going to end up there Hummmm! 
I stated by attaching all 5 Rosette parts together so that we a large Rosette.  Then I cut a large circle for the backing to keep the Rosette round.  Then we put together the next layer that was a different color the same way.  Next we cut out the Sunset piece (not sure what you call that shape).  The spider web then the spider and Eek!  Jenn added the cutouts from the web to the spider (that was a very cool idea) and popped him up using an Adhesive Spring so he has lots of movement.  The little flower is the Black Tulle Ribbon.  We covered the Black striped Grosgrain Ribbon with the Black Tulle and the Bow is made from the Black Tulle Ribbon too.  The Bling Assortment button and hat pins are in the little flower.  I hit the whole thing with spray glue and we sprinkled Prisma Glitter over it.  The Eek!, Bow, and rosette flower are held on with #Glue Dots from #CTMH
We will be using this for the H2H challange.
It ended up about 14" and it is so cute I can't wait for the kids to get home and see it.
Okay the Grand kids really liked it.  How about you?

All the products are Close To My Heat #CTMH

Cardstock:  Black, Pear, Sunset, Gypsy
CTMH Artiste cartridge from Cricut

You can order everything you need here!  Click on the Join in button at the bottom
Want to see more of my Wreaths

Friday, October 5, 2012

Dauber Dynamite

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Discover the beauty of sponge daubing.  When you ink your stamps with sponge daubers, you can create a soft, shaded look that is perfect for a page or card!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Using Studio J Express Colletions

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Here is a short video on using the New Express Collections in Studio J.  It is the Close To My Heart online scrapbooking place that you won't want to miss.
Now you can scrapbook any time and anywhere.  Even while you are on vacation.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Base and Shade Stamping

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Discover how to create a terrific two-tone look with the base and shade stamping technique.  Give your images more life and layers and watch them pop off the page!
So easy and our clear stamps are clearly the best.  Don't you think so too?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Organize Your Craft Supplies

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Have you see our new CTMH Craft Boxes yet?  These are a must have. 
Organizing is a breeze with these new sturdy, stackable organizers, and craft boxes.  You'll always know where to find your supplies- safe and sound in these portable containers.
I can't wait to get mine.  You can get yours Here.