Thursday, November 8, 2012

Look whats coming in December!!!

So excited about these very cute treat tubes that will be December's Constant Campaign!  
Get ready to order yours!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Rett Syndrome Awareness Disney Hop

Welcome to the First Annual Blog Hop to help raise awareness for...

Rett Syndrome Awareness

Your first stop should be Robin Lane's Blog .  If you did not start there please go back to the beginning so you are sure not to miss out on all amazing projects.  Also Robin will be offering some eye candy, so be sure to hop all the way to the end.  You must be a follower of Robin's blog and have left comments on everyone's blog along the way to qualify for blog candy!  If you came from Melanie's Blog, you are on the right trail!

What is Rett Syndrome? Rett Syndrome is a devastating neurologic developmental disorder that occurs almost exclusively in girls. It is usually caused by a mutation of the MECP2 gene on the X chromosome. Rett Syndrome is found in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world, and in every socioeconomic class. Rett Syndrome affects 1 in 15,000 female births.

Early developmental milestones appear normal, but between 6-18 months of age, there is a delay or regression in development, particularly affecting speech, hand skills and coordination. A hallmark of Rett Syndrome is the repetitive hand movements that may include seizures, irregular breathing, swallowing difficulties, and curvature of the spine. Many individuals with Rett Syndrome live well into adulthood.There is currently no cure.

My Main Project is a Disney Princess Mini Album:

There is a tag behind the photo mount to journal

Sleeping Beauty
There are three tags to add photos or journaling and a photo
frame for the real princess!

There are four tags/photo mounts to journal or add pictures

Sleeping Beauty and the 7 Dwarfs

Closer look at the dwarfs
Ariel and the grotto
Tab opens to view three photo mounts


Princess Tiana and the frog of course!
Journaling and photo mounts on left page when flaps are opened.

Princess Jasmine

I was so excited about using the Disney Theme to help promote awareness for Rett Syndrome, I created two cards as well:

Cinderella Card
Tinker Bell

Thanks for hopping along!  Now, off to wonderful An'Jenic's Blog!

If you got lost along the way, here is the whole line-up!

  1. Robin L. - 
  2. Jenn Drowns Jackson - 
  3. Jamie Larsen - 
  4. Melissa Lipcsey -
  5. Melanie Rozwood -
  6. Ginger K. Morriello -
  7. An'Jenic Gibson -
  8. Angela Tondini Chamness -
  9. Julie McElhinney -
  10. Jennie Dewar -
  11. Angie Makein-Ashuk - 
  12. Anita Thibodeau -
  13. Blog Candy -

Monday, October 22, 2012

Autumn Card Workshop

On Friday Night, I hosted an Autumn Card Workshop.  I wanted everyone to try different techniques and just play!

The following were some of the techniques:

- using sweet treat cups with cards
- embossing using cuddle bug, sanding
- triple layer stamp technique
- using the new CTMH alcohol markers
- rainbow effect with stamping

When I looked at the wonderful ladies that attended this workshop sharing their hearts and doing crafts, I had to smile.  This is why I enjoy doing what I do.   Ginger's Creative Cottage was providing a place for friendships to cultivate while creating!  Feeling so blessed!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

What is a Blog Hop????

So, I am sitting in my Autumn Card Workshop last night (by the way, SO much fun!!!) and one of my guests asked me what is a Blog Hop?  This isn't the first time I have been asked this question, so it got me thinking.  Perhaps, just maybe, we as scrappers/crafters are starting to speak our own language?  We tend to forget there are a whole bunch of novices out there that have no idea what we are saying!

So, a blog hop is a where a bunch of creative crafters get together and post their amazing work on their blogs and a host creates a list of these crafters and lines them up by their blog url (address).  Then when someone wants to visit the blog hop, they start at the beginning and can quickly go through a bunch of blogs and see MANY great projects and ideas based on a theme by clicking on the links provided on each blog.

Today, I participated in the Autumn Art Philosophy Blog Hop.  I am going to tell you, there are some really creative/cool stuff on this hop if you want to view for yourself hop over to Lucy's Blog to start from the beginning.  I was so inspired that I actually went to my Creative Cottage Studio and crafted for hours.  That says a lot, since I was up until after midnight last night with my fellow crafters making autumn cards.  With this all said, I came away with some pretty cute thank you note cards!  Thanks to Stephanie and her adorable design, I was inspired to create these cuties!  This is truly what blog hops are all about!

Acorns cut out using Art Philosophy cartridge,
I ran the tops through my Cuddle Bug and then inked with chocolate ink.

Envelope cut out using the Artiste Cartridge, stamped with
Harvest Memories acorn stamp.

Cardstock is Dreaming, colonial white, desert sand, and bamboo
I used the hemp string to make bows.

Autumn with Art Philosophy

Welcome to our Autumn Art Philosophy Blog Hop!  Each month we are showcasing our amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

It's the time of year where leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping, the days are shorter, and the holidays are quickly approaching. This month we will be featuring projects with an Autumn theme made using the Art  Philosophy Cricut cartridge!  

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create . If you came here from Priscilla's blog - Priscilla's Paperie, then you're in the right place!

My Project is a Thanksgiving Turkey with Treat Cup

I used multiple shapes on the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  I also used the Cricut Craft Room to weld the items together for this project.  Can you guess what images are being used before you look below????

Card is 6 x 6 bamboo card stock 
Head image is  <Oval3>  page 42-  shortened and welded to neck
Neck image is <Rctngle1>  page 44- thinned out, stretched and welded to head and belly
Belly image is <circle1>  page 21- welded to neck

The feather images are <Petal 1> page 65 - cut with ruby red, honey and kraft card stock
The legs are the capital Y page 36- stretched and turned upside down, ruby red
The eyes are images - <Oval1> page 22 white, <Circle1> black, honey
The beak is image <Shape11> page 28 - narrowed and cut in half
The snood is the comma page 26 - stretched and turned upside down, ruby red

The font letters are all lowercase and welded together.  You can request the CCR file in the comment section, please be sure to leave your email so that I can send it to you!

The next stop on your trail of falling leaves is Michelle's Blog - My Flights of Fancy

Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you "fall" off the path:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious
  3. Diana ~ Dianas Free Moments 
  4. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper 
  5. Amie ~ Mimi, Myself, and I
  6. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  7. Rebecca ~ Stamp and Scrap Studio
  8. Kindred Hearts ~ It Makes Total Cents
  9. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
  10. Arlene ~ Arlene's Creative Space
  11. Amanda  ~ Scraps of Love
  12. Priscilla ~ Priscilla's Paperie
  13. Ginger ~ Ginger's Creative Cottage
  14. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mojo Monday 263

I've been wanting to create with the Pemberley paper packet for quite a while.  It is a beautiful combination of blues, tans and yellows.  I used the WOTG Stamp set and used Denim and Indian Corn blue inks as well as buttercup yellow.  I added little petite pears to embellish the blue card stock.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Boo Whoo Blog Hop!

Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's Boo Whoo Hop! Where there is a little bit of boo and whoo in all the amazing projects!

Today's sponsor is Erica's Craft Room.  Please comment on all of the blogs to be entered to win the prizes (A Teresa Collins Chic and Scary Cricut cartridge, as well as the Pumpkin Carvings Cricut cartridge.)  You must be a follower of My Cricut Craft room to win.

You are on the right track if you came from Tami's blog If you are just jumping in from someplace else, please hop on over to Erica's Craft Room and start from the beginning so you are sure not miss all the wonderful creations!  Also, be sure to make comments along the way and all the way to the end, Erica is giving away some great blog candy!!!!

My Creation is:

Boo or Whoo Match Game

This match game is perfect for all ages and everyone is sure to enjoy all the fun characters on the playing pieces.  It has a little bit of boo and whoo!

Items cut from the CTMH Cricut Artiste Cartridge:

- game box at 3" - 3D image page 45
- cat at 2 1/2" <shift> card image page 76
- bat at 2 1/2" card image page 76
- owls at 2 1/2" accent 3, <shift> image page 76
- spider web at 2 1/2" accent 4
- jack-o-lantern at 2 1/2" accent 3 page 77
- frankenstein at 2 1/2" <shift> accent page 77, hair <shift> accent 3 page 73
- spider at 2 1/2" <shift> accent 4 page 77

Items cut from the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy:
 - squares for game pieces and cover of box <square1> 2 3/4", page 23
 - letters in lowercase

Items from Cricut Basic

 - pumpkin at 2 1/2 "

Now hop on over to Susie's Blog!

Here is the the whole line up, just in case you got lost along the way!

My Cricut Craft Room-


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mojo Monday Sketch 262

I'm still on an owl kick and when I saw this Mojo Monday Challenge 262, I knew I had to continue on!  I'm enjoying using the new alcohol markers from CTMH and sneaking a little bit of the burlap when ever I can.

For the first time, I used the spritzer's and reinkers mixed with a little water and soaked my flowers (I usually sponge them).  I really like how they soaked up the ink and gave them a real deep color.

Everything is from CTMH except the card stock with the row of owls (Echo Park).  I really enjoy how I can interchange CTMH products with other brands.  CTMH rocks!

Share your Memories in a Tray Box!

A great way to add to your seasonal decor and to share memories of an event is the new trendy tray boxes.  CTMH is selling black tray boxes.
I am finishing up a family collage for the guest room with the black tray.  I coordinated the colors and am using black and white photos to match the decor of the room.  I will post when it is completed.

I created this tray box from one I purchased from the local craft store. I saw this really cute owl paper and it matched my family room fall decor perfectly.  What I also really enjoy about the photo tray, is that when the season is over, I can take the papers out of the boxes and create a little mini book.

I attached the paper with removable mini dots.  They will come right out and I can then put them back to back, create a cute cover and bind them with my Bind it all machine.  You can also create a folding mini album as well.  I will update this post after the fall season to show how it is done!  In the mean time, I have to head out and pick up my photos so I can finish off this project and display!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Mini Albums

I have started creating mini albums for friends and family and to tuck around my house on a table or night stand.  I am really loving them!  Mini albums are a great way to tell a specific story.  Here is one I recently created for a sweet person who is having a little boy.  This book is a little brag book that tells the story of her precious little boy's first 6 months.  I had so much fun creating it.

I used Authentique  Miracle Boy 6 x 6 paper pack and accessories to make the project a little more coordinated. I also put a pocket in between every page.   This will allow my friend to tuck a way notes or little keepsakes.  They are a great way to journal about each special milestone.  I binded the album with the Bind it All machine from Zutter.  What a great tool!  It was so easy to use and gave the project a real finished look!  I hope she enjoys it!  I can't wait to see the pages full of her precious little baby boy!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mojo Challenge 261 - Fall Wreath

This week's Mojo Challenge inspired me to use fall colors and a beautiful wreath stamp, "remarkable wreath."  This stamp is one of the most versatile stamps that allows me to create a beautiful wreath for every season.  It also includes the banners that can hang inside.  It has been my go to stamp!

I used all CTMH stamps, ink and paper except for the little leaves.  That stamp is from Stamp Happenings.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Instructions on how to import CCR file into CCR

1.  First you will need to save the CCR file on your computer!

2.  Then you will need to open Cricut Craft Room software

3. Click on File <open>, then at the bottom, you should see option to import file.  Click on import

4.  Then look for your saved CCR file, click on it and click open

 5.  Then you should see the file appear in your CCR software, click on the file and then on open

 6.  You will have the file!  You can manipulate and create additional features!  You will need to have Art Philosophy cartridge linked to CCR to cut!  Enjoy!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Photo Fun!!!

I'm always amazed how the fun side of most people shows up when someone pulls out a camera.  Even a shy person will jump in, especially when there are props involved.  An example of this was the photo area at CTMH's convention this past July.  The photo booth section was full of CTMH sisters all day long taking camera shots with all the fun props that were supplied.

That inspired me to make my own props for two fun events coming up this weekend.  My niece's 15th birthday and an all day local crop that I will be vending.  I can't wait to show up with all these fun goodies and see how much fun everyone will have.

I used the Cricut Art Philosophy, Cricut Artiste and free CCR images, to create these wonderful items.
The callouts are covered with our new chalk paper (amazing and so much fun)
I filled a vase with old fashion bubble gum, because I have seen some fun pictures with people blowing bubbles.
The wooden craft sticks come in a bag of 12 for a few dollars at your local craft store.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Whooooo loves you???

Inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest from a cute little shop on Etsy (alohababies).  I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and Cricut Craft Room to create these cute little owl candy toppers.  They are so easy to make and a great way to share some love!  

Supplies Needed to make six: (you can use any color scheme to fit your party)

1 sheet of black CTMH card stock
1 sheet of smokey plum CTMH card stock
1 sheet of buttercup CTMH card stock
1 sheet of autumn terra-cotta cardstock
White chalk marker

3 bags of colorful M & Ms to match (I used green, orange, purple).  I purchased these from Party City, they sell them in individual colors.  You can also order online from M & M store.

Cellophane bags (I like the rounded ones it makes the body more full and owl like, but any kind will work)

Rounded cellophane bags can be found
at Michaels or AC Moore.


I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge and Cricut Craft Room from CTMH to make this process quick and easy.  For instructions on how to use the CCR file, click here!

The black portion is cut from AP Cartridge <rectangle8> and <oval3>  (I can email file by request)
I used CCR to overlay the oval on the rectangle shape in the center of the rectangle to create the opening for the bag and curve for the owl head.
The size of the rectangle is about 5 1/2 X 3 1/2 and oval is about an inch wide and stretched to just about enough of the rectangle to allow the ear to fold and still be attached.

The green circles are cut at 1 1/4 inch
The yellow and purple circles are cut at 1 inch (purple are cut in half)
The black circles are cut at 3/4 inch, make a little mark with chalk marker to give it that extra touch
The orange triangle is cut from a one inch strip and then just cut at an angle to cut the triangles

Once I it cut out, I folded the rectangle in half, leaving the oval shape out
I used CTMH bonding glue to adhere all the parts on the head
I filled the bags with candy of choice/color in cellophane of choice, seal the bag with a twisty
Adhere the sides of the owl head closed


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Halloween Party Kit from CTMH

This kit works with the new Cricut Artiste Cartridge from CTMH.  Very cute papers and ideas!  Even for those who don't celebrate the goblins, you can still have a wonderful kit full of fall goodies!  Click here to order your kit today!

Mojo Monday 260

Although it is just a few days into fall, I couldn't help but jump ahead into some of the winter colors for this Mojo Monday challenge.  I love the cool colors of blue greens in this CTMH Winterland paper pack.  The touch of purple in the plaid make it a little whimsical.  Of course the CTMH designer rhinestone brad lined by a crochet flower, just seemed as delicate and beautiful as a snowflake.