Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Valentine Heart Shaped Wreath of Rose


Hey there!  Today is rose day at Busy with the Cricky!  This is what happens when you become inspired and make 57 cardstock flowers!  What inspired me you ask?  A photo of a page of just flowers in the new Close To My Heart catalog.  The flower were all so pretty and I thought they would make a truly lovely wreath.


Using three colors of CTMH cardstock: Ruby, Smoothie and Blush with the Art Philosophy cartridge I cut flower in four different sizes.  Using the CTMH guiling tool I rolled flower around and around very tightly, then released and let them relax before gluing the petals into place.  I did this over and over and over again....


From my local HL, I picked up a $3.50 Styrofoam wreath and a package of instant moss sheet.  Using the glue gun and scissors, I trimmed the moss mat and glued it to my wreath form.


Again using the hot glue gun, I started with the largest roses at the top middle of the wreath.  I placed the red roses on the left and light pink roses on the right.  I mixed the medium pink roses in on each side.


After working my way around the wreath I went back and filled in with small mum type flowers and with leaves which were also cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge.


I am so pleased with the final product. I placed it on our antique cabinet - right under the LOVE boxes.  The wreath and boxes bring wonderful Valentine's color to this area of our home, while looking lovely. 




Thanks for stopping by today. I truly hope that you like my wreath as much as I do!!



 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Heart Lock Box with Flowers and a Key


Hello everyone.  Yep, here I am with yet another Valentine decor project.  The reason I have shared so many home decor project recently is that one of the gaps in my home decor stash was Valentine decor.  I seemed to skip right from Christmas and on to Easter, with a few weeks of unadorned home in between.  So this year I decided to add a few touches of red & pink Valentine love to my home.



I found this tin heart shaped box, complete with it's key tied to the handle, at HL on sale in the Valentine section.  I thought it might be a perfect (i.e. inexpensive) addition to my entry. 

I used white vinyl to cut the names Doug and Susan for the front of the heart.  I then used two different Silhouette flower cuts to create my bouquet.  Note - the flowers are very similar to those on the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge so you could use your Cricut to create a similar project.  Instead of leaves I used green hearts as leaves.


I used wooden kabob skewers as stems for the flowers.  I inserted the the skewers through the bottom of the flowers, adding a bit of hot glue to hold them in place.  I then curled the edges of the leaves and wrapped the pointed end of the leaf/hearts around the skewer.  


Above is one final look at the lock box and below is a look at the entry table and part of the mirror.  The mirror is a section of an antique door with a mirror inserted in the panel.  The antique door handle is holding a lace scarf and the other hooks hold whatever I put on them.  To complete the antique look, I use antique linens on the entry table (which looks a bit cluttered right now).


Thank you for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with another new project to share.  Remember you only have two more days to order the Close to my Heart January Stamp of the Month set!!




CLOSE TO MY HEART



The new 2013 Spring/Summer Catalogs have arrived. You can order your catalog from me for $5.00 (this includes shipping). Use the link at the top right of this blog. The new catalog merchandise will not be available for purchase until February 1st.



The January Stamp of the Month is called Happy Valentine's. It is a beautiful seven piece stamp set that is prefect for cards, scrapbook page layouts, and tags.

This wonderful stamp set is available from January 1 - 31 only. Retail price is $17.95, but with a $50.00 purchase the stamp can be added to your order during checkout for only $5.00!!!



In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, we’re offering a new product, available through January only — our Whooo’s Your Valentine kit! This darling kit, which retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product. The kit includes 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper, 12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit! Perfect for gifts and classroom projects, the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit will make Valentine’s Day a cinch!



Qualify and buy the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit today for only $10!

*Shipping and handling may apply. Offer valid November 15, 2012 – January 31, 2013. Maximum of one $10 Whooo’s Your Valentine kit per customer.

 



Monday, January 28, 2013

Winter Window


Hello everyone!  It's Monday and that means it is time for the weekly Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge!!    The challenge cut of the week is a SNOWMAN.  The design team had to use a snowman on their wintry projects.  We have actually had some chilly weather her in SC, though no snow in our area.  However, as I type this I do have the fireplace on warming the room!  Brrrrr, it's cold outside!


There are so many great snowmen on various Cricut cartridges, but one of my favorites has always been the sweet snowman on the Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge.  This snowman is simple but just so cute.   I cut the snowman at 3.5 inches tall.    The snowman is sitting on the steps of the side-step card.  He is attached to the piles of snow outside the window. 


Inside her home where she is nice and warm in her pink jacket and fuzzy hat is my Dilly Beans Image - Warm Winter Wishes Noah Framed (okay so she is really a he, but whatever)....  Noah is looking through the window at the wonderful snowman in the yard.  The window was cut from the Christmas Noel Cartridge.


This view from the top gives you some idea how I assembled this card.  The Dilly Beans image is on the left, non-stepped, side of the card.  On the right side the snowman is sitting back on the fold in the card where there are pop dotted snow layers.  I affixed the window to the front edge of the card so that it is "inside" with Noah.



I finished the card with ribbon from my stash to match the plaid paper and and fur on Noah's hat. 

At Bitten by the Bug 2 we absolutely love it when you join us in our weekly challenges.  Use a snowman from any Cricut cartridge to create your project.  Use the Linky under the snowman post on BBTB2 to add your project to BBTB2.  One winner will be selected next week and the winner will receive our "I am a Project of the Week winner at BBTB2" button for their blog. The BBTB2 rules are posted on the blog sidebar.   For more inspiration be sure to check the design team projects at BBTB2.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, January 25, 2013

St. Valentine Candle Decor with Vinyl


Hello everyone!  I spent yesterday afternoon playing in my scraproom with the Silhouette Cameo and a sheet of red vinyl.  I had several images I wanted to cut with the red vinyl, but I only had a 12 x9 sheet left so I had work carefully to ensure that everything fit.


I removed all of the vinyl from my candles - you can see their previous looks in THIS post - and hurricanes, leaving them "naked".  I must say the bare candles looked a bit funny because I was so used to the embellished versions.   It is so easy to remove the vinyl and add new that this seemed such an easy way to move my decor into a new season.

I used various heart cuts from the Silhouette store, welding them together to create a heart cascade.  I was worried that two of the hearts might be too delicate to cut cleanly, but not only did they cut cleanly, they cut cleanly twice!!!   The only thing I wish I had done - NOTE, this is an opportunity to learn from my failure - I should have flipped one of the heart cascades to create a mirror image cascade for the opposite candle. 


The other images I added in onto my sheet of red vinyl was the lips kiss cut.  I cut the lips twice, once for each of the small globes in my sconces.  Bethany liked the lips, Doug not so much.  Though Doug did like all of the hearys and other Valentine decor I created.


And above is a view of the mantle.  I added red glitter hearts into the floral arrangements to add a bit of Valentine sparkle to the middle of the mantle. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you all have a great weekend.  I will be back on Monday with another Cricut project with my other blog,  Bitten by the Bug 2.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Valentine Gift Package


Hello everyone - I am going to begin today's post with a confession:  I TOTALLY scraplifted this idea from other papercrafters!!  I did not have the original idea to create this great Keurig Valentine's Day gift packaging, but I thought it was very creative and I decided to have a go at making it my own.

I read on facebook that one of the other versions of this design was created with Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More's CAKE BOX.  I pulled up TBBM in Craft Room and decided to use a modified version of the CHRISTMAS TREE BOX.  In hind site I realized that I should have used CTMH's Artiste cartridge's Cake Box - it is triangle shaped with a pretty scallop edged lid.   If the bottom were cut twice, one cut a bit smaller, it could server as an insert for the Keurig cups.


Now that I have shared what I "SHOULD" have done, I will tell you what I did.  I used the Christmas Tree Box.  I modified the end of the box to get rid of the tree trunk and make it so the box would close evenly across the end.  I placed six 1.7 inch circles spaces evenly on the "top" of the box to cut out for the Keurig cups. 

I copied the basic box, minus the circles, to another page in Craft Room and enlarged the cut a bit. I added a heart cut out from Craft Room Basic Shapes to the "top" of the box.  I then cut out the lid with the heart opening.

On a third page in Craft Room I copied the heart opening, made it a tad smaller and added the scallop edged heart around the original heart - the create the heart frame for the lid.



I finished the sides of my box with pretty edge trims - lace from my fibers stash and pleated red ribbon trim from CTMH's Designer Ribbon Red Collection.  On top I added LOVE ribbon and four sugared roses from the check out line at Michael's.   Yes, yes, for shame!  I should have made my own roses, but look at it this way, I DID use something from my stash so that is a win!

Thanks for stopping by today and viewing my scraplifted Valentine Keurig gift box. 


CLOSE TO MY HEART


The new 2013 Spring/Summer Catalogs have arrived. You can order your catalog from me for $5.00 (this includes shipping). Use the link at the top right of this blog. The new catalog merchandise will not be available for purchase until February 1st.


The January Stamp of the Month is called Happy Valentine's. It is a beautiful seven piece stamp set that is prefect for cards, scrapbook page layouts, and tags.




This wonderful stamp set is available from January 1 - 31 only. Retail price is $17.95, but with a $50.00 purchase the stamp can be added to your order during checkout for only $5.00!!!



In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, we’re offering a new product, available through January only — our Whooo’s Your Valentine kit! This darling kit, which retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product. The kit includes 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper, 12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit! Perfect for gifts and classroom projects, the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit will make Valentine’s Day a cinch!



Qualify and buy the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit today for only $10!

*Shipping and handling may apply. Offer valid November 15, 2012 – January 31, 2013. Maximum of one $10 Whooo’s Your Valentine kit per customer.




Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Valentine Pillow No. 2


Hey there!  I am back with day two of my Valentine decor pillows.  Again I used the Silhouette Cameo and assorted Silhouette cut files meshed together to create this pillow as a partner to yesterday's pillow. 

Just like yesterday's pillow I used three colors of heat transfer material cut on three different mats, one mat per color.  I had a bit of trouble with the middle layer on my three layer heart flourish slipping a tad as well as slippage on the R in True Love.  Otherwise this went very well. 




 The gray Damask cuts should have been the most difficult to transfer but in fact they were the easiest.  I cut the images on reverse setting from the back so that the Silhouette cut through the backing and flocked layers, but not the acetate topping on the front of the heat transfer material.  I removed all of the negative area, leaving the damask designs attached to the acetate.  I placed the acetate front side up on the pillow front and ironed the damask designs onto the pillow.  I removed the acetate cover and, voila, it was done!

My only real error on this pillow was placing my row of cupids too low.  I wish they were up about .75 inch higher on the pillow front.



Here is a final look a the pillows side by side on the leather sectional.  They add a nice pop of color on each end of the sectional. 

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



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Valentine's Day Pillow Decor





Hello everyone!  I loved my Christmas heat transfer material pillow covers so much that I decided to craft pillows for a few other holidays/events.  I began over the weekend with my new St. Valentine's Day pillow covers! 

When I had this fab idea to craft additional pillows I decided that I was far too lazy to sew my own pillow covers so I turned to the World Wide Web (i.e. Internet) to find a source for solid color pillow covers.  I ended up at PillowDecor.com where I purchased several pillow 16 x 16 inch covers in two colors - white & black.  I plan to use the black pillow covers for Halloween pillows and use the white covers other holidays.  Though if I had it to do over again, I think I would have gone with the 18 x 18 inch pillow covers. 

I used an assortment of Silhouette cuts to create my pillow.  I placed the cuts to fill the 12x12 inch design area in the Silhouette studio software.  I then opened three additional pages, one for the grey cuts, one for the red cuts, and one for the pink cuts.  I copied the cuts to their designated pages and cut the heat transfer material.  Having worked with the heat transfer material previously, the ironing process went much quicker this time.



The pillow cover above is the first of my two Valentine pillow set.  I will share the second pillow with you tomorrow. 

Thanks for stopping by today and letting me share my pillow cover addiction with you!!




Monday, January 21, 2013

Fontastic Valentine's Boxes




Hello everyone!  Happy MLK day AND BBTB2 Monday!  Today's Bitten by the Bug 2 Cricut challenge cut was selected by our dear design team sister >>>>, who chose a theme - "Fontastic".   ???? instructed the team to use any Cricut font cut to create a project this week.  

I used a cute but simple Cricut font from the Art Philosophy cartridge to create my L-O-V-E letters.  Having taken day down all of my Christmas decor I thought my house could use a few pops of color so I have begun decorating for St. Valentine's Day.
 

I cut four different boxes using TBBM, the tallest being for the letter L.  I cut the box at 6 inches tall using Valentine cardstock from my stash and finished the box with heart ribbon.



I used the heart topped box for the letter "O".  I used a polka dot and heart cardstock from my stash to cut this box and finished the box with cute heart ribbon.


I used a basic cube box for the letter "V".  I stretched the box to add a bit of height.  I used a cute Valentine stripe cardstock for this box finished with rick-rack


For the letter "E" I used the cake box cut.  I love the shape of this box!  I used a pretty print cardstock from my stash and finished the box with xoxox ribbon.


I moved the boxes to our antique bar where they add a wonderful bit of Valentine color to the shelf of glassware.


I hope you decide to join the weekly challenge at BBTB2.  We love it when you play along.  The rules to join the challenge are in the sidebar on the BBTB2 blog.




CLOSE TO MY HEART
The new 2013 Spring/Summer Catalogs have arrived. You can order your catalog from me for $5.00 (this includes shipping). Use the link at the top right of this blog. The new catalog merchandise will not be available for purchase until February 1st.


The January Stamp of the Month is called Happy Valentine's. It is a beautiful seven piece stamp set that is prefect for cards, scrapbook page layouts, and tags.





This wonderful stamp set is available from January 1 - 31 only. Retail price is $17.95, but with a $50.00 purchase the stamp can be added to your order during checkout for only $5.00!!!


In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, we’re offering a new product, available through January only — our Whooo’s Your Valentine kit! This darling kit, which retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product. The kit includes 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper, 12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit! Perfect for gifts and classroom projects, the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit will make Valentine’s Day a cinch!



Qualify and buy the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit today for only $10!
*Shipping and handling may apply. Offer valid November 15, 2012 – January 31, 2013. Maximum of one $10 Whooo’s Your Valentine kit per customer.


Thanks for stopping by today. I will be back tomorrow with a new Valentine's Decor project to share!!