Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Gift Bag


Hello everyone.  Today I have an embellished Christmas gift bag to share with you.  Several months ago I purchased a few unadorned gift bags in white, red, and green.  I have truly enjoyed decorating the bags and look forward to using them under our tree this Christmas season.

The bag above was created using two Silhouette Cameo cut files - the trio of Christmas trees, and the double layer tag shape.  I cut the tag shapes at 11x11 inches to serve as a matting for the trees.   I cut the trees in three different colors and mixed up the colors to cut corresponding shadows.    I finished the bag by adding gems and stickles to "bling" the bag!

For those of you who may be looking for a bit of gift bag inspiration, here are some of the other gift bags I decorated and previously posted:








Thanks for stopping by Busy with the Cricky today. Please remember that this is the last week that the November Stamp of the Month is available so please place any Close to My Heart orders by Friday.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

3-D Hybrid Christmas Card in Silver


Hello everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed Cyber-Monday.  I had already finished my Christmas shopping so I just grabbed some goodies at the Silhouette store - nice 40% off sale going on there through the 30th.  I also downloaded about 80 Silhouette cut files - they were 50% off.  Amazingly I still have about $45 in credit.  And as I type this post on Monday night, I am debating grabbing Cricut's cute Teddy Bear digital cartridge while it is 30% off.  Otherwise, I managed to behave myself on Monday!!


Today's Christmas card was made for one of my neighbors, because clearly this card will not mail well.  It is one of my hybrid cards - Cricut Expression 2 + Silhouette Cameo = creative time in the craftroom!   I began with the lacy poinsettia card from the Silhouette store.  I cut the base card and the white front and lace edge in smooth white cardstock.  I used grey diamond bling cardstock for the matting and a strip of aqua cardstock instead of ribbon across the front of the card.

I cut four Christmas ornaments from the Cricut Artiste cartridge and heat embossed them with silver superfine embossing powder.  I added gems to the decorative band across the middle of the ornaments.  I then glued the four ornaments together, back to back, and glued the ornament to the front of the card (where the poinsettia would normally go). 

Inside the card I used Aqua ink to stamp a Christmas sentiment.  I will attach this card to a home baked gift for my neighbor!


Are you still looking for a great Advent Calendar or holiday craft kit?  I am re-posting the Advent Calendar I made using the Close To My Heart Advent Calendar Workshop-on-the-Go.   The basic kit is actually VERY easy to create - and with a little extra creativity you can take the kit a little further.  Click HERE for more information on the Advent Calendar kit.



HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

**To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November.**



NOVEMBER STAMP OF THE MONTH


The November Stamp of the Month is called Capture the Date. This set is fabulous and could be used for calendars, pocket calendars, scrap pages, invitations, cards, etc. I know you would love to have this stamp set as part of your stamp collection.


The SOTM retails for $17.95 but as always, with a $50.00 order, the Stamp of the Month can be added to your cart during check out for only $5.00!!!


NOVEMBER CUSTOMER SPECIAL


There is also a nice special this month at Close To My Heart: In November, you’ll get something extra when you buy the Stamp of the Month—50% off another stamp set! When you qualify for and buy the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, you’ll receive another stamp set* of your choice for 50% off—it’s like two promotions in one! The versatile Capture the Date stamp set is great for any layout, card, invitation, or calendar, and now you can choose another stamp set at half-off for more wonderful papercrafting. Get Capture the Date and then capture the savings today!






Monday, November 26, 2012

Weekend of Family Fun


Hello everyone!  Today I have no project to share with you - just news of the weekend and a public service announcement:  Bitten By The Bug 2 is on holiday break this week so there will not be a weekly challenge.  I think the design team is recovering from too much weekend fun - I know I am.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.  I had an absolutely fabulous weekend - a quiet Thanksgiving day with Doug and Bethany (and Duncan the wonder dog!), which lead to a fun Friday.  Ian as well as Aaron & Crissie (and their two dogs!!) came home on Friday.  Aaron & Crissie spent Wednesday, Thursday, and part of Friday with Crissie's mom, then we had them until Sunday late afternoon.  Friday night we played card games late into the night while teasing one another and having a great time.


Saturday brought Ferrando's pizza for lunch, an afternoon photo shoot for Aaron and Crissie, and bowling.  Saturday evening was spent with finger foods, football, music, an outdoor fire, and more fun card games.... And of course lots more teasing.


The couple photos featured here are Crissie's favorite of the 20 or so photos I took of she and Aaron.  In my usual style, I just followed them around the yard with my camera.  I really like the photo at the top of the page, and the others too, including the floating heads above!

Now for the next two photos:



As Doug and I were wearing down on Saturday night, the younger generation was ready to go find Karaoke or other fun in downtown Aiken.  As they started to leave, Bethany and Aaron compared hats.  Bethany then realized she had a second furry hat that Crissie could borrow.  Now why Crissie would want to borrow this hat is beyond me - clearly not a fashion statement that I appreciated.... Though they assured me that they were a hit in downtown Aiken!

As they were departing Ian came in wearing his Cubs hat.  He earned extra points for a normal hat!!  But the hat assortment required documenting!!  Anyway, now you understand why I have no project to share with you today... Too much family fun!!




Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving





Happy Thanksgiving!  Here in the United States we are today is a day of Thankfulness and remembrance of the first Thanksgiving.   We are having the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at our house:  Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes gravy, sweet potato casserole, cranberry salad, rolls, pies, etc.   I will be making a couple of new side dishes on Friday to accompany the leftovers - my way of keeping it "fresh"! 



 As you can see from the photos above and below, I set the dining room table already - I figured that was one thing I could get out of the way early.  I am not using formal china, but one set of our everyday stoneware.  I like this set for Thanksgiving because 1) it coordinates with my color palette, and 2) these plates are VERY large!!



By Friday evening our house will be over flowing with family and dogs as the "kids" will be coming home.  Our Saturday evening plans include cocktails and  heavy hors devours and a family game night!  I am trying to sharpen my Wit, but I think I will be out played!

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you are able to enjoy time with family or friends.  



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hybrid Christmas Card with Two Machines


Hello everyone.  I hope you are all ready for Thanksgiving - menu decided, ingredients purchased, plans made.... I am not quite there yet, but I will be by the end of today.  I had to wait until I knew the plans of all of my children before I set anything in stone.  The Flintstone carving tools are out and hopefully everything will be set in stone soon!

In the meantime, I have been spending time in my CLEAN scrapbooking room.  I created three cards on Saturday, two of them being hybrids.  I decided that my die cut machines needed to learn to play nicely together so I combined cuts from both machines on this card. 

I started with a Silhouette Cameo cut file - the base card, background and white front cuts.  However, I really did not like the poinsettia that was part of this set.  So... I went to my Cricut.


Using the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge, I cut three snowflakes that coordinate with the CTMH SNOWFLAKE stamp set.  I cut the snowflakes in CTMH Ruby Red cardstock and stamped them with CTMH Ruby Red ink.  Using a CTMH mini pigment ink, I added a touch of Champagne ink to the edges of the snowflake/flower petals.  I then layered the snowflakes/flower petals together with glue dots and added pearls to the center to create my poinsettia!  I attached the poinsettias to the Silhouette cuts to create the finished card.


Overall, I am quite pleased with this card - I think my die cut machines played together quite nicely and look forward to their future collaborations!!


Thanks for stopping by Busy with the Cricky today.  I should be back tomorrow with another new project to share with you!


CHRISTMAS WISH LIST SUGGESTION

Many of our husbands and family members like to shop from a wish list.  Our family members often make wish lists and share with the family.  If any of you would like to add CTMH items to your wish list, you can assure those who will be shopping for you that my on-line Close To My Heart Store is very easy and user friendly.  Also there are a couple of different shipping options for on-line shoppers.  You can always include my email address on your list for any questions the shopper might have  (spartansus@gforcecable.com).

Monday, November 19, 2012

Count Your Blessings Gratitude Challenge with BBTB2


Hello everyone.  Happy Bitten by the Bug 2 Monday - and happy Thanksgiving week here in the States.  This week's BBTB2 challenge is perfect for this week - Gratitude.  The assignment was to craft a project about something for which you are grateful, or in some way features gratitude.

For me this was such an easy assignment.  As most of you have gathered, I adore my family.  I am thankful for them every single day.  My husband (of 31 years this week!) is a wonderful warm and loving man with whom I feel blessed to be sharing my life.  My adult children are each so unique in personality and so unique in their expressions of love.  I am so blessed to have had these three children!  And I am so grateful for my future daughter-in-law (though I do not think of her as "future" but as my d-i-l).  Crissie is smart, funny, kind-hearted, and most of all, she adores my son!  How could I not be grateful for Aaron's brilliant choice in a life mate?   And even though Crissie is missing from the family photo above, she is very much a part of our family.



I mixed several elements and ideas in creating this layout.  I began with a family photo - one I hope to replace with a Thanksgiving FULL family photo later this week - and I built around the idea of Gratitude.  I began by selecting background and matting cardstock.  Once I had gathered all of my cardstock layers,using the Thanksgiving cartridge, I cut the phrase Count your Blessings in dark brown cardstock.  I set that aside.

I went to my Close To My Heart stamp selection and pulled two sets of stamps - Family Love (which I featured on two layouts below) and Abundance.  I stamped the phrase "Gratitude is the heart's memory" at the top of the page and "Love of family is the greatest blessing" bottom of the page.


I used the small phrase "A Grateful Heart" and stamped the edges of the orange matting.  I added ribbon to the corner of the photo and to the upper right corner of the layout. 


Two cartridges were used to create my floral displays - Art Philosophy (still my favorite cartridge) and Something To Remember - A Cricut Circle cartridge.  I cut two leaf arcs from Something to Remember and positioned them at opposite corners of the photo.  Using Art Philosophy, six flowers were cut in three different sizes. 

Using Close To My Heart mini pigment inks, I inked the edges of the unrolled flowers with Autumn Terracotta ink.  I then used the CTMH quilling tool and rolled my flowers.  A LARGE glue dot was applied to the bottom of the flower roll to hold it the bottom of the flower cut.  This was repeated for all six flowers.


On the bottom left of the layout, using pop dots, a cornucopia stamp, colored with CTMH alcohol markers.  The sixth flower was added to the cornucopia.  The cornucopia is from the Abundance stamp set.

Thank you for stopping by Busy with the Cricky today.  I hope you will join us in the weekly challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2.  Please add your photo into the Mr. Linky space under this week's post!

 Close To My Heart Stamp sets used on this layout include:


Abundance Stamp Set


Family Love


One of the things I like best about Close To My Heart is that they embrace scrapbooking as well as cardmaking.  At heart I am a scrapbooker and I like using the stamps on my layouts.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Typical Family Photos - OR - Misbehaving

 

Hello everyone.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  I had intended to share the layout, the third in the series from Megan & Dane's wedding, yesterday.  However, bedtime came upon me far too quickly and I had not written the text to accompany the post!!!  Sorry about that.


The first four pages in this series featured lovely wedding photos and nice family photos; these two pages show us as we really are!!!  My children have a difficult time with traditional "pose and smile" photography.  In other words, my children are total hams!!! I would say that I have no idea where they developed their hamming skills, but the truth is, they are very much their father and I!! 
Each of these two scrapbook pages features both stamping (Close To My Heart stamps) and Spellbinder dies.  I used a Spellbinders edge as a border across the middle of both pages.  I then cut a few other shapes with dies from the same set to use as accent pieces. 


I used the same set of CTMH stamps that I used on Thursday's pages - Family Love.  I thought the phrase "Typical Family Photo" was perfect for the right hand page.... each of the four photos has at least one family member goofing off - okay, usually Aaron, though Bethany and Mom go in the action too.   And yes, those are Typical Family Photos at our house!!

 


I did a bit of border stamping on the pages as well as used another great beaded gem flourish.  The beads are more of gray in this flourish and looks wonderful with the blacks, purples and grays of the cardstock.


The photo below will enlarge when you click on it, providing a closer view of the layout.  As with one of the previous pages, I still need to print the circle journaling for the circle tag. 


Once again, I used purple cardstock with leftovers from La Belle Vie Paper packet.  From this one package of paper (and a few extra pieces of solid cardstock) I made six 12x12 inch layouts and a card!  And I believe there is still one and one-half sheets of La Belle Vie remaining!!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back on Monday with a BBTB2 project to share... And some news!! 


Help those affected by Hurricane Sandy

**To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November.**


The November Stamp of the Month is called Capture the Date. This set is fabulous and could be used for calendars, pocket calendars, scrap pages, invitations, cards, etc. I know you would love to have this stamp set as part of your stamp collection.

The SOTM retails for $17.95 but as always, with a $50.00 order, the Stamp of the Month can be added to your cart during check out for only $5.00!!!


NOVEMBER CUSTOMER SPECIAL

There is also a nice special this month at Close To My Heart: In November, you’ll get something extra when you buy the Stamp of the Month—50% off another stamp set! When you qualify for and buy the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, you’ll receive another stamp set* of your choice for 50% off—it’s like two promotions in one! The versatile Capture the Date stamp set is great for any layout, card, invitation, or calendar, and now you can choose another stamp set at half-off for more wonderful papercrafting. Get Capture the Date and then capture the savings today!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Love of Family Layout


Hello everyone.  I am back with another new two page layout to share with you today.  These photos of my family were taken at Dane and Megan's wedding in October.  I confess, I had hopes of getting a photo to insert into Christmas cards.  I intend to use the photo on the upper left as the Christmas card insert photo!


I began with Close To My Heart black cardstock and La Belle Vie cardstock.  I wanted these two pages to coordinate with the wedding pages I shared yesterday, so I used cardstock from the same CTMH set.


I did quite a bit of stamping on these two page.  I used stamps from Close To My Heart's Family Love set.  Not only did I use most of the word phrases, I also used some of the embellishment stamps - mostly along the edges of the page.

I have loved this stamp set since it came out in the Fall/Winter 2012 catalog and have been waiting for an opportunity to use the stamps.  I thought these photos provided the perfect opportunity!



I used the bar/floral stamp around the top edges of left page.  I also stamped this great flourish and family phrase stamp on this page.



On the bottom half of the same page, I added a stamped floral border and a flourish of black bead gems.


On the left page, in addition to the floral stamp and flourish of black beads, I also used the "The Love of Family..." stamp. 


Here is another look at the cardstock set I used - La Belle Vie.  Very pretty and perfect for the black and while clothing in our photos.


Here is one last look at the layout.  If you click on this photo it will enlarge for a closer view.  Please forgive the poor quality of my photos - the layout did not want to be photographed!!

 





Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wedding Layout with Spellbinders


Hello everyone.   A few weeks ago I posted a few photos from a Plantation wedding our family attended.  I scrapped some of the photos for our family album, though I still have to scrap pages for Aaron's scrapbook as he was a groomsman. 

I mentioned yesterday that I recently made an attempt to use more of Spellbinders and coordinating Heartfelt Creations stamps.  I thought this layout was perfect for Spellbinder flowers, borders, corners, and tags.  I am actually very please with how this layout turned out - especially given that these were my snap shots and not professional photos.


Above is a close up of the top right corner of the right page.  I cut the flower with the Spellbinders, inked the edges, and glued the flowers together in layers.  I added pearls to the centers and green leaves as accents.

Below is the top left corner of the right page.  I used a pretty tag holder, trimmed with small flowers.  I still have to print the circle filler and attach it to the black holder.  I used matching Spellbinder corners as well as Making Memories beaded embellishments.


The left side of the left hand page has a large floral display with beads and pearls worked throughout.  I think the delicate flowers were perfect for the Megan and Dane's lovely Plantation wedding. 



Megan used a lot of purple throughout the wedding and that is why I used this lovely purple, black and cream  card stock from Close to My Heart, La Belle Vie.  The card stock set retails for $9.95 and has coordinating embellishment sheets.



Below is a final look at the layout - if you click on this photo it will enlarge for a closer look. 



I will be back tomorrow with another layout to share. Thank you for stopping by Busy with the Crick today!