Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chalk It Up - First Day of School Layout

Hi everyone!  I have the second layout from my back to school series to share with you.  I will be working on writing up the instructions for both layouts in the next few days and will be offering it as a kit.  You will be able to find this layout kit on my Events Page.  

Again, I used the Chalk It Up Paper Collection from Close to my Heart to create this layout which is perfect for your school themed projects. 

I had already added the photos of my granddaughters before I remembered to photograph the layouts for this post and removing the photos would tear my paper so I just left them on.  


I used the coordinating Chalk It Up Complements and Assortment pack to embellish this layout, which really makes my job in creating a lot easier because everything just blends together so well.  


For this page I cut the arrow border from the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.  I also added some Gold Shimmer Trim for some sparkle to the photo mat.  




For this page I cut the alphabet overlay from the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge and backed it with Colonial White cardstock.  




If you are interested in creating both of these back to school layouts just let me know so I can get an idea of how many kits to prepare.


Don't forget today is the last day to order the #30daysofhappy stamp set  and the September Stamp of the Month.  


You can find the complete Chalk It Up Collection here if you would like to get started on your own projects.


Thank you for stopping by!!


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Artfully Sent - Baby Card and Tutorial

Hi everyone!  I have completed my first project using the Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge from Close to my Heart and wanted to share it with you!  

You can find this card design on page 23 in the Artfully Sent handbook.  It is considered a  Pop-up card and I paired it with our new Brushed Paper Collection which I think looks great.  


There are 4 cuts you will need to make for this card.  First you will need to set the dial size on your Cricut Machine for this card.  The recommended size in the handbook is 5".  Each image for this card is linked, so to create the perfect fit for all the images you will keep your dial setting on 5" for all the cuts.  


The first cut you will make will be d >Pop-Up.  The next cut will be Shift>d>Pop-Up which will be the insert for your card. The third and fourth cuts you will make will be the Icons.  You can use just one set of the Icons or both like I did for this card. The cuts are d>Icon and Shift>d>Icon. Since I am using double-sided paper I simply used either the front or the back of the icons so I could have a variety of colors for my baby outfits.  I attached a piece of pink twin the the top inside of the card base and then attached the images to the twine using foam tape to give them some depth.  


The stamped sentiments for the front of the card are from the Just To Say Stamp Set which is included in the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection.  

Now, I want to share a helpful guide when assembling your Pop-Up Cards:

After you cut your pieces you will find little tic marks or little perforations on several of the pieces,  these are meant to provide guides to score and fold.  On cards that have tabs, scoring and folding pieces in the right order is very important.   First, score the main card crease without scoring the tab.  


Next, score the outside fold of the tabs where the long cuts end.

As you fold the main crease, push the tab inward.  Sharply crease the main fold and the tab fold, allowing the the center of the tab to find it's natural crease, then sharply crease that as well.  This will help you when you open the card, the tab will pop outward away from the direction of the card base.  


 This is how you are going to get that fun pop in your card.



Perforations are marks placed close together that act as guides - they make it easier to score and crease areas that have really intricately cut pieces or cuts that are close to the edge.  As you will see in the example below the butterfly has perforations down the center so you can fold it with ease and not tear your image.   


I will be posting more tutorials and techniques to help you achieve the most out of your Artfully Sent Collection so make sure you check back soon.  

Don't forget that I am offering a couple of special promotions exclusively from me if you are wanting to purchase the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection:


Because I appreciate my customers I want to offer a special promotion that will only be available through my website.  When you purchase the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection from me you can choose either a Free Paper Pack (retail value $9.95) of your choice or FREE SHIPPING on your order. 

If you choose the Free Paper Pack simply place your order on my website and then send me an email with the paper pack of your choice along with your address and I will get it sent to you.  Do NOT add this paper pack to your order!

If you would like FREE SHIPPING just send me an email along with your order and I will send you an invoice via Paypal.  Once you have confirmed payment I will submit your order.

How would you like to earn FREE products or even the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection for 1/2 price?  If you bump your order to $150 you will receive an extra $25 in Hostess Rewards.  If you bump your order to $250 you will recieve $40 in FREE Hostess Rewards and any item in the new Idea Book for 1/2 price including any of our Cricut Collections! 

In order to take advantage of the FREE Hostess Rewards you will need to contact me so I can assist you in placing this order. 
You can find more details on my website here.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Cricut Artfully Sent Collection has arrived!

I know I promised to share the next Back to School Layout using the Chalk It Up Paper Collection today however, I received my Cricut Artfully Sent Collection in the mail yesterday and I got very excited to start playing with it!  I will be sharing the layouts in a couple days.

When your package arrives this is how it will look below.  You will receive a cartridge, 3  D-size stamp sets and a package of 12" x 12" White Daisy Cardstock to help get you started with your cards.  




If you have have a Cricut Explore Machine you will first need to link the cartridge to your Cricut Design Space. This will allow you to use your images each time on the Cricut Design Space without needing the actual cartridge each time.   If you are using a Cricut Expression or Expression 2 you will not need to do anything other than open the box and place the cartridge in your machine.  


In your cartridge box you will find 2 handbooks.  The first one will have all the images available from this cartridge.  There are 250 card pieces + 150 small projects which equals 400 unique projects from 700 images.  There are also a variety of envelopes and alphabet images as well.  The second handbook will be an Assembly Instructions booklet to assist you with the cards. 


You will find 3 D-size stamp sets which has a retail value of $17.95 each.  The first one is called "Just To Say... and as you can see there is a sentiment for every occasion.  


This stamp set is called "Curlicue Frames" and is perfect for those sentiments from the stamp set above.  


The next stamp set is called "Curlicue Alphabet" and coordinates with the Fonts on the cartridge. 

 This cartridge contains functions to create Pop-Up cards, Scene cards, Sleeve cards, Sentiment cards, Sleeve cards and Pocket cards which coordinates with the popular Picture My Life Pocket Scrapbooking.  This cartridge is also loaded with Icons to coordinate with each theme.  You will be able to create custom envelopes that coordinate with your cards. You will also find features to help you create 3D boxes, Home Decor and Invitations.  

There is so much to explore on the cartridge and I am going to start digging in and getting familiar with it.  I will be sharing tutorials and cards that I will be creating to help you get the best use of your cartridge so make sure you check back often.  

Don't forget that I am running a special promotion  that is exclusive to me if you are ready to purchase the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection:


Because I appreciate my customers I want to offer a special promotion that will only be available through my website.  When you purchase the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection from me you can choose either a Free Paper Pack (retail value $9.95) of your choice or FREE SHIPPING on your order. 

If you choose the Free Paper Pack simply place your order on my website and then send me an email with the paper pack of your choice along with your address and I will get it sent to you.  Do NOT add this paper pack to your order!

If you would like FREE SHIPPING just send me an email along with your order and I will send you an invoice via Paypal.  Once you have confirmed payment I will submit your order.

How would you like to earn FREE products or even the Cricut Artfully Sent Collection for 1/2 price?  If you bump your order to $150 you will receive an extra $25 in Hostess Rewards.  If you bump your order to $250 you will recieve $40 in FREE Hostess Rewards and any item in the new Idea Book for 1/2 price including any of our Cricut Collections! 

In order to take advantage of the FREE Hostess Rewards you will need to contact me so I can assist you in placing this order. 
You can find more details on my website here.

  September Promotions