Archives for September 2013

Construction Birthday Party

A few weeks ago I posted the penny slider invitations I designed for my son’s second birthday.  If you missed those you can see it here.  I choose the construction theme since Gavin loves trucks.  Once he learned the word truck there was no stopping him.  He will point out every truck he sees from sun up to sun down.  It does not help that our neighbor has several construction vehicles in his yard which Gavin loves to point out and talk about.  Well the party was this weekend and it was a big success.

We asked our neighbor with the construction trucks if he would bringing two of his trucks and park them in our yard for the party.  He brought over a backhoe loader and a dump truck.  Gavin was so excited the next morning when he saw them.  When ever he is excited about seeing a big truck he always says “woooh truck”; well as you can imagine that phrase was repeated several times that morning.

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Everything was yellow, black and white.  I was able to find fun decorations which I could embellish  at Oriental Trading company and Party City. I was able to find small construction hats which the kids could decorate to wear.  There was a yellow pennant banner I added vinyl cut outs to using my silhouette.   I found a cute dump truck cookie cutter to make sugar cookies.

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For his cake I decided to make cupcakes which I then decorated with as a cake.  Heath bar crumbles made excellent gravel and crushed Oreos made for nice piles of dirt.

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I then designed the party favor boxes using Close to My Heart papers and stamp sets – Little Builders and Fast and Furious.

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For the thank you cards, I designed a similar card to the invitations but not as elaborate.

Gavin's Thank you Cards

It was really a lot of fun planning this party and Gavin really seemed to enjoy himself and the theme which made it all worth while.

Happy Crafting!

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Artbooking Made Easy ~ Summer Mini Albums

I hope you are enjoying the video series that Close to My Heart has come out with to demonstrate some of the great artwork you can create with the new Artbooking Cartridge.  I know I am enjoying seeing all the great creations and can’t wait to get a Cricut so I can start.  Here it the third installment, hope you enjoy….


Happy crafting~

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Holiday Star

I love this time of year from now until the new year as there are all of my favorite holidays.  I am determine this year to create as many fun thing as I can.  I have been admiring the My Creations Star and have been waiting for the perfect time to create one, or was it when I finally had a chance ;-).  Well either way I am quite excited how it turned out. You can decide for yourself:

 Frosted Star

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I will be offering this holiday star as a kit for the A Wicked Crop on October 19th.  The kit will include the My Creations star, Frosted paper pre-cut for you, sparkles clear flourishes, slate satin polka-dot ribbon, pre-cut glitter paper and metal flower.  There will also be an instructional guide to help you crate the satin flower.  The cost is $22.  If you cannot make the crop but would still like to purchase the kit that can be arranged too, please contact me.

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Design Decor

Are you looking for gift ideas for you love ones for the holidays?  Or are you looking for other ways to showcase your artwork around your own home?  Well the Design Decor may be just the answer. Take a look at this video which introduces you to some of the Design Decor items available at Close To My Heart.

Close to My Heart Cricut Collections

Have you wanted to purchase one of the exclusive Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge – Art Philosophy, Artise and/or Artbooking?   Not sure which one would be best for your paper crafting needs?  Each of these exclusive cartridges contain 700 images which are unique to each cartridge.  Each Close to My Heart Collection comes with three exclusive “D” sized stamp sets and three dimensional elements which also coordinate.

Since there are now three exclusive cartridges it can be a bit confusing when you want to start adding to your collection.  Here is a quick breakdown of the three cartridges and the video below also shows you some of the wonderful projects you can create.

Art Philosophy – This is the perfect collection for all you foundational basic and iconic shapes, tags and card bases.  It is a super versatile cartridge which is chock full of images that cover the range of your papercrafting needs.

Artiste – This collection take the foundational elements to the next level.  If you are a party planner or love three dimensional elements then this is the perfect cartridge for you, it takes papercrafting to the next level.

Artbooking – If you are a scrapbooker than this is your cartridge.  With this cartridge you can create both traditional 12×12 pages as well as themed mini-books.  You will love the versatility of this cartridge to adding borders, fonts, overlays, elements etc.

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Base & Bling

Have you heard about the new Close to My heart Base and Bling?  I was not sure what to thing about this when it first was released.  I decided to take the plunge and order the Base and Bling WOTG.  It was so simple to put together and the necklace turned out so cute.  I now just need to have my husband take me out on a date so I can show it off.

I am looking forward to designing a few other creations using the Base and Bling bases so stay tuned for some other ideas. In the mean time check out this great video showcasing the product.


Artbooking Made Easy ~ Back to School

Well another school year has begun.  I know my day of scrapbooking Gavin’s first days of school will be here sooner than I want them to be.  I know many of you have kids who are starting a new year and new journeys and you will want to preserve those memories.  The best way we know to do this is to scrapbook them.   Using the new Artbooking cartridge will make beautiful layouts for your student.

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Note Card Gift Kit

On October 19th I am holding a 12 hour free crop here in Spokane, WA.  Space is limited so it is best to reserve your spot today.  You can come work on your own projects and if you want to get a jump start on some of your holiday gifts, I will have a couple of kits which can be pre-ordered to work on.  Stay tuned as I will be featuring these Kits every couple of days.

The first one I created is a card box with 12 monogrammed note cards with envelopes.  The inspiration came from a card I saw on Pinterest from PaperEscape by Thresa Kaiser.  Once I saw her monogram card I knew this would be a great idea for Christmas Presents.   Here is what it will look like….

For Always Note Cards & Box

I designed this one using For Always and Gypsy.  If you want to pre-order this kit you will get to pick the color you wish to go with the For Always paper.  You will also be able to pick the monogram you wish to use.

For Always Note Card Box

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The cost for this workshop is $20. It will include a cutting guide and instructions, the box, cards with envelopes and embellishments.  I will provide the necessary tools to complete this project with the exception of adhesive and black ink.

Stay tuned for the other kits which will be available to pre-order.

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Crush it!

I have to admit I am intrigued by the My Crush books.  I have seen the smash books in the craft stores and contemplated purchasing them but I just was not sure where to begin.  Well now Close to My Heart has come out with two awesome My Crush books – Modville and Bluebird.  I can’t wait to get mine and give it a try.

Here is a great video which will help give you an overview of what a My Crush book is.

September Card Workshop

All I can say is how did it get to be September already?  Time seems to be flying by with no end in sight as the holidays will be upon us.  I am not complaining as I love this time of year but there never seems to be enough time to get all the craft projects I want to complete finished….

I have been running a bit behind on completing my September Card Workshop cards, but I have now finished them.

Sarita Sunburst card

This card was inspired by a card designed by one designed by Susan Williams

Washi candle Card

I just love the new Washi Wonder hostess exclusive stamp set.

A dream chocolate affair cardI really liked last months stamp of the month and finally had a chance to use it as well as my dream pop paper.

September Card Workshop

This card is using the adorable You are my Happy stamp set, which is this months promotion.  With any qualifying $50 purchase you can purchase this stamp set for only $10.  It is actually three D sized stamp sets – check out the details here.

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