Christmas Gift Tags with CTMH Stamps & Cricut

Note:  This accidentally posted 12 hours early. 

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Hello everyone.  Last night was Stamp Club for my scrappy girlfriends and we each made a set of five Christmas Tags.  The tags were all cut with the Cricut using either Cricut Artiste or Art Philosophy and then stamped with Close To My Heart Stamps.

Three of the tags were created using this the October Stamp of the Month set:  The ornament above, the Christmas tree tag below, and the red and green Do Not Open flourish tag two photos down.  The other two tags were made using two other CTMH stamp sets.

Because my friend Beth likes traditional red and green colors for Christmas, I stuck with a very traditional color plan.  On the tag above, the image was stamped in dark green ink, but we used CTMH markers to color in the red and gold areas.  I thought a few extra touches added to the tag.

The tags were super easy to make and I plan to make several more sets for my own personal use before the holidays are upon us. 

FYI - Wednesday is the LAST day you can order the October Stamp of the Month set - pictured below.  This is is wonderful and in addition to making three of the tags, I have used it on cards, gift bags, and layout pages.  The stamp set retails for $17.95 and can be purchased through my on-line store.  OR - with a $50.00 order in Close To My Heart products you can add the Stamp of the Month set to your cart during check out for only $5.00!!! 


Getting Witchy with Bitten By The Bug 2

Hello everyone.  Today I am the hostess of the weekly Bitten by the Bug 2 Cricut challenge.  I selected a wonderful theme for Halloween - Any witch cut from any Cricut cartridge.   I have a confession that I had an ulterior motive when I selected the witch cut.  Last year I made a wonderful witch pillow using heat transfer flocked material and I thought it needed a mate!

Using Teresa Collins Chic and Scary cartridge, I welded the flying witch into the oval frame.  I cut the images using heat transfer vinyl - Grey Metallic vinyl (which was NOT the easiest material to photograph!).  I ironed the vinyl onto an eggshell colored home decorator fabric cut into a 13 inch square.  Using my I-Rock tool, I added heat set gems to the vinyl as highlight.  The gems are very difficult to see in the photographs due the glare off of the metallic finish in the vinyl.

I found this wonderful six inch wide mesh trim in my scrap room, left over from a trip to Joann's.  I folded the trim in half and gathered it.  I attached the trim around the pillow as a ruffle.  And OF COURSE the trim was also very shiny and did not want to photograph well.  I finished my pillow with a backing of black and white print home decorator fabric - the same fabric I used on last year's pillow!

In the photo below you can see my two pillows sitting side by side.  I think my first witch is much happier now that she has company!!

Two more things:   Last weekend my family and I attended a friend's wedding in Madison, Ga., with my older son being part of the wedding party. The wedding and reception were held at a plantation and it was very lovely.  I wanted to share just a couple of the photos with you.

 Megan and Dane Wood - the bride and groom - listening to a reading.

The Edwards family - Doug, Bethany, Aaron, Susan and Ian

My crazy children - Aaron, Bethany and Ian


The last thing to day, I want to remind you that you only have until Wednesday of this week, October 31st, to order you October Stamp of the Month set!  This is a wonderful stamp set and can be yours for only $17.95.  With a $50 order you can add the SOTM to your cart during check out for only $5.00.

Fall Pumpkin Home Decor

Hello everyone.  So... How many of you figured out that blogger went crazy on me yesterday and posted my gift bag before I was ready?  Yes, that cute gift bag, with no text (!) was actually supposed to be today's blog post.  I had planned to add the text last night and post the gift bag today!!  Sigh.....

Sadly, I did not discover the error until sometime yesterday afternoon and I decided to ignore the whole thing.... It was far too late to correct and really - the photos were already out there and I figured you would just assume I was having a mute day (though ANYONE who really knows me knows that I NEVER have a mute day)!!!

Now that the mystery of the voiceless blog post has been solved, let's move on to today's post.  Yesterday afternoon I was working on wedding cards and a wedding gift plate.  Sadly I ran out of black vinyl and had to execute an emergency Hobby Lobby run!  And you know how it is, you cannot go through the door and purchase only what you went after.  Oh no.... A $7.99 package of vinyl must become a $45 double bag extravaganza! 

All Halloween items were on sale so of course I had to browse and see if anything looked appealing.  I found some VERY large pumpkins that were made for vinyl monograms.  The pumpkins just were not real looking. I decided to search the row of pumpkins for a better option and found these great white ceramic pumpkins - and knew I had just hit pay dirt!  There, at 40% off, was my next vinyl project!!

I used this cute owl cut from the Silhouette store and cut the vinyl in two colors - black and burnt orange.   I did have a bit of trouble smoothing out all of the vinyl - I was taking a 2D design and wrapping it onto a 3D pumpkin.  There was tweaking and tucking and an occasional nip with the craft knife, but over all I was VERY pleased with this pumpkin project!!

Our family will be attending the wedding of a good friend this weekend.  I will be sharing the plate I made for the bride and groom next week one day, as well as the wedding cards!  Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

First Noel Holiday Gift Bag

Lacy Poinsettia Framed Christmas Card

Hello everyone!  Today I have another Silhouette Cameo Christmas card to share with you.  I found the cut file for this card at the Silhouette store under the title "Poinsettia Card kit".  I actually made two versions of this card - the version pictured here today and a version that looks just like the photo on the cut file (a light grey background with white cuts on top).  I liked this rich bling green and white card best.

The poinsettia is made of three layers - green leaves and two layers of petals.  I have wondered if there is not a better poinsettia, but I did use this one as it was part of the kit.  I also think the next time I make this card, I will use ribbon in place of the paper strip used across this card.  I think a pretty strip of ribbon would be a wonderful addition.

The poinsettia lace cuts so nice and cleanly - I was thrilled with the white cuts on this card.  I love the shape of the tag and the lace edging and I would love to use this technique (lace framed middle cut) for birthday and wedding cards.  The most difficult part of making this card was removing the poinsettia lace from the cutting mat.... A sharp tool and patience were key!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I am not sure how many of you are really interested in my Silhouette Cameo projects, but I am enjoying my Cameo and hope that you do not mind.  I will be back tomorrow with another new Christmas project to share!

Photo Shoot For My Daughter

Hello everyone!  I do have projects to share with you, but today instead of paper crafting, I am sharing my daughter, Bethany.  Bethany and I had a photo shoot in our yard yesterday afternoon in an attempt to get photos for personalized graduation announcements.  

Bethany will be graduating from the University of South Carolina, Aiken with a BA in Early Childhood Education on December 12.  Last month she shared the traditional Josten's college graduation announcements with her dad and I.  She hated them.  Bethany wanted something much more creative, fun, personal.  She wanted for the announcements to reflect her personality.

She has a friend who is a professional photographer, but in another state.  Bethany was having difficulty finding a weekend to visit the friend.... She is a bit busy now that she is student teaching!!  So she decided to settle for a mom photo shoot!

She wore two different outfits for our photo shoot, but in all of our favorite photographs she is in her casual outfit.  I think I just like these colors on her better!

I went to various on-line announcement sites yesterday afternoon/evening researching graduation announcements.  I ended up taking a few photos of Bethany's favorite works of art in her bedroom and mixed those photos with selected shots from our photo shoot and created fun, creative, personalized graduation announcements and thank you cards!! 

Thanks for stopping by today and reading my graduation announcement post!  I will be back with real paper crafting tomorrow and Friday!!!

Halloween Treat Box with BBTB2

Hello everyone!  With only nine days left until Halloween it is time to begin making our Halloween treat boxes and bags for our favorite little trick-or-treaters!  To get us moving in that direction, my sweet design teams sister Jeri at Bitten by the Bug 2 chose this week's Cricut challenge cut - any 3D Halloween box.  I chose this pretty doily box from the Artiste cartridge!

I began with this fun Halloween cardstock - pictured above - purchased in two different sizes from Darcies.  I purchased the cardstock in both 12 x 12 inch and 12 x 17 inch sizes, several sheets of each, to ensure that I would not run out before I finished all of my ghoulish projects!

After cutting the box I cut this spooky frame in black with the Artiste cartridge.  I then cut this fun October 31 circle from Teresa Collin's Chic and Scary cartridge.   I layered the October 31 circle over the frame, added gemstones and affixed the the frame to the front of my box.

I traced and hand cut the top front of the box from black cardstock, hoping to add a bit of contrast to the box.  The elegant doily front on the box was cut in bright orange cardstock, again to create contrast with the and the Halloween print.

I finished the box by adding gemstones to the black scallops and adding an embellished twine bow. 

You know that we love it when our readers join us in the weekly Bitten by the Bug 2 challenges.  Follow the link in the BBTB2 name and find out how to join us in the weekly challenge.

You only have nine days left to acquire Close To My Heart's October Stamp of the Month, Very Merry Christmas.  The stamp set retails for $17.95 and may be ordered through  my on-line CTMH store.  Or with a $50.00 purchase you will be able to add the stamp set to your card during checkout for $5.00.  I tuly love this stamp set and I hope that you do not miss the opportunity to make this your own.

Best of Halloween Revisted

Hello everyone!  Today I am sharing a seasonal greatest hit post - my Vulture centerpiece vase!  I made this great centerpiece last year for a Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  I used two cartridges and vinyl to decorate the vase. 

Using chalkboard vinyl, I cut the vulture from Life's a Party at 3.5 inches tall. I then cut the graveyard fence from Happy Hauntings at 5.5 inches tall. I peeled the backing from the vinyl and applied the vinyl to the vase. Using rusty metallic orange vinyl, I cut the word BOO!, also from the Happy Hauntings cartridge.

I applied adhesive runner around the top edge of the vase and about one inch from the bottom of the vase. Using black and silver beads, the top of the vase was decorated in a random draping design. I was pleased that the adhesive held the beads in place. I trimmed the length of a strand of silver beads and pushed them into the adhesive on the bottom of the vase. I finished the project by wrapping silver beads around the candle in a criss-cross pattern.

I stored the vase in my craftroom closet and pulled it out to use again this year.  This year it is the centerpiece on my round coffee table and looks great.  I am pleased to say that I did not have to do any touch ups when I pulled the vase out of storage.  I plan to store this vase again and pull it out again next year!  It is such a great Halloween visual.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with NEW project to share with you!!

Heat Embossed Red Bird Christmas Card

Hello everyone!  Remember last month when I went to Scrapbook Creations in Spartanburg, SC for the weekend?  Remember I told you that I made a ton of Christmas cards that weekend?  Yes, well... this is another of those cards! 

I used my Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge and cut the double shaped tag for the front of this card.  I then used the stamps and die cuts provided by Scrapbook Creations to cut the bird and stamp the different elements of this card. 

The bird die cut was a two layer cut - the bird body and a wing.  The bird parts were stamped with embossing ink and heat embossed using white embossing powder.  The stamps were made to go with the die cuts - you KNOW how I love for my stamps to match my cuts!!!   I used pop dots to attach the bird to the matting.

I used green ink to stamp the sentiment and the mistletoe.  I used red stickles to add the berries to the mistletoe. 

Just to try a different version of the same card, after making two of the white cards I switched things up and made two green base cards. 

This card was very easy to make, but one I am not afraid to send out.  I have made cards that I never mail because I just do not like them enough - nor do I usually share those with you!!!  But this card I truly do like!!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with another new project to share.

Coffin Boo Box with Artiste

Hello everyone.  I fear that I may be feeling the spirits of Halloween moving and thus have decided to share a spooky little treat box I made last week.  This was a very quick project made using Cricut Artiste and a Cricut Craft Room digital alphabet. 

Using news print cardstock, I cut the coffin shaped 3D box from Artiste six inches tall.  After scoring and inking, I assembled the coffin.  I glued rick-rack around the edges of the lid.

I cut the tag from Cricut Artiste and using a white gel pen, I trimmed with tag edges with hand drawn doodles.  A button was threaded with orange floss and glue dotted along with rick-rack scraps onto the top of the tag.  The word BOO was cut from scraps and affixed to the top of the tag.  The tag was then glue dotted to the coffin.

Thanks for stopping by for my quickie Halloween treat box post.  I will be back tomorrow with a new Christmas project to share. 

NOTE:  Message for Lucy regarding the Silhouette Cameo card file.  Go to the Silhouette store and search the title "Card with Filigree Frame".  That is the name of the wedding card cut file I used in THIS post.

Save the Ta-Ta's

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful fall day!  Today I am sharing a special Bitten by the Bug 2 blog challenge - Breast Cancer Awareness.  Breast cancer awareness is a problem that is near and dear to our hearts (not just because of the location of our breasts!) but because so many of our sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts, friends, scrapbook buddies(!) have been victim to this type of cancer.  Given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I am so thankful for my BBTB2 design team sister Brenda for selecting this weeks special challenge!

I used three cartridges to create today's card, Save the Ta-Ta's!  The base card was cut with Close To My Heart's Cricut Artiste Cartridge, the bras were cut with Life's A Beach, and the clothes line was cut with Sweethearts.   The bras were created by welding a bathing suit top from Life's a Beach to two arch shapes. 

My sentiment, Save the Ta-Ta's, was created in Microsoft Word using WordArt.  I then printed the sentiment in pink ink on white cardstock.  The cardstock was carefully positions and cut with Cricut Artiste to fit the banner.

This card was sitting on my coffee table last Saturday when one of my friends dropped by.  She liked the card so much that I gave it to her to take home.  She immediately told me that she is sending it to her cousin...  My friend was so happy to have the card to send and I was so happy to share it with someone for whom it would have special meaning!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I have a project filled week planned for you here at Busy with the Cricky so be sure to stop back by.  Also remember that the Bitten by the Bug 2 design team loves it when you play along with our weekly challenges.  For all of the details on how to do this, visit the BBTB2 Blog.

One more thing:  Please do self-breast exams and please get an annual mammogram!!!

Christmas Card Workshop Reminder

Hello Everyone.  Today I am sharing a reminder post regarding my Christmas Card Workshops.  You still have two more opportunities to join the Christmas card making fun! 

The Christmas Card workshops will be held at my home in Aiken, SC on:
Thursday, October 18th at 6:30 pm (evening class)
Saturday, November 10th at 10:00 am

There are six card styles from which to choose - shown below with their corresponding card number. Each card will be made in sets of five. The workshop cost of $15 allows you to create 10 cards. You can choose five of two different designs or ten of one design. Additional sets may be purchased in sets of 10. Please email me with your card choices and class date/time preference.

 Card #1

 Card #2

 Card #3

 Card #4

 Card #5

Card #6