Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Break - Family Time

I haven't been around as much because my girls are on Summer Break. 
It's important that we have good family time. 
So I haven't been crafting and posting my creations with you. 

Warning: the following contains lots of pictures of what we did this Summer. 

Fishing Time. The girls catch so many fish on their kid poles. I usually am taking fish off their lines the whole time. 

My little monkey playing at the park. Enjoying the beautiful weather. 

We camped at Indiana Beach for a week & made lots of memories. 


Ariel turned 7 years old. 

Enjoying the 4th of July Parade. 

Exercise Time. 
We got a new bridge on the bike path near our house. 
So we ran/walked to go see it. It was such a beautiful day. 



The girls started taking swimming lessons at our YMCA. They love it. 


It's hard to believe they will both be in school all day this year. They go back to school in less than a month. So we have been making memories & enjoying each other this summer. Once they are back in school I plan on spending more time crafting & sharing my Simple Creations with you. 


What type of projects would you like to see?  
What are the favorite projects you are working on?



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Banner, Gift Wrap, & Card

My brother had his first baby. She is so precious. To bad I don't get to enjoy her since we live across the country from each other. So I made this banner to send with my mom who would be flying there to visit. Since she had to put this in her luggage, I decorated it simple so it wouldn't get messed up. My new niece is Charlotte. They said they would call her Charlie so I made the banner with her nick name.

This is a white giftbox that I decorated & attached a small card to. 
I love how her name on this box turned out. 
I just combined several stamps to achieve this look.
Stamps used: Close to my Heart - Charming Chevrons Flair, Hopscotch Alphabet
Inks used: Close to my Heart - Slate, Honey

3"x 3" Card
Cricut Cut: 1 3/4", button- 5, function- accent 4, page 35, Cricut Artiste Cartridge
Ink: Close to my Heart - Slate, Honey
Washie Tape
Paper: Core'dinations (Sanded)

This is the whole banner. Its so hard to take a good picture of a banner. I hope you can see the concept of the project from this picture.

The first and last flag had washie tape stripes on it.

This is how I added the washie tape to each triangle flag. 
Then I took scissors and trimmed the edges before adhering to the scallop flag.

  This is what the letter flags looked like.

Banner Instructions

        Scallop Flag: Cut 5.5", button 39, pg 59
        Triangle Flag: Cut 5", button 29, pg 49
Letters cut from: Storybook Cricut Cartridge
         Cut 2.25"
Sand all the edges
Add washie tape & trim
Adhere the letters & flags together
Punch wholes in all the flags
String together with ribbon

Banners can be made for any purpose. 
Such as decorations for a party, a bedroom, holidays, & so much more.

To purchase any of these Close to my Heart supplies, 
click on the item to see it on my website. 


What kind of banners have you made?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Last week was teacher appreciation week. 
So I made a few gifts for my girls teachers. 
I got a small metal tin & put a travel lotion and hand sanitizer in it. 
Then I included a notebook or post-it note holder. 
Sorry I realized I never took a picture of the final gift, 
but here is the gifts I made.

4" x 6" Notebook with Pen
Sketchbook: 4"x6" (from Staples)
Cover: 9 5/8" x 6 1/8"
Score:  5", 4 1/2", 4 1/8"
Cut: 2 slits 1" apart to hold R.S.V.P style pen (from Staples)
Score: every 1/8" along pen opening, vertically to help it bend evenly.
Note: the score marks are 3/8" and 1/2" to make a larger opening for the larger pen. If using a MINI Pen score 3/8" and 3/8" apart and trim off extra in length. These numbers are just guides to give you an idea of how to make it.

Stamp Set: Close to my Heart - Dreamer Flair
Ink: Close to my Heart - Hollyhock, Honey
Washie Tape

Post-it Note Holder with Pen
I didn't come up with this idea. But thank you to whoever is the original designer because many of us in the crafting world make this wonderful gift, now.

Base: 7 3/8" x 3 1/4"
Pattern Paper: 3" x 2 7/8"
Score at: 3 1/8", 3 1/2", 3 7/8"

Cut 2 slits about 3/4"-1" apart in the middle when the scored section is folded. This will make the pen holder. The 3 1/8" side will be the front of the holder. Use tacky tape or a strong adhesive, put it where the back of the pen holder will be. Fold out the pen holder first. Then put tacky tape or a strong adhesive on the back of the post-it note holder. Put it in the holder then decorate the outside.
I used several Close to my Heart stamps for this project. I stamped them on White Dasiy Cardstock and then cut them all out. Then I laid them out to see how I wanted it to look.

Stamps used to decorate the outside:
(from the Artiste Cricut Collection)
owl - Lollydoodle Cardmaking Workshop (from the Card Kit)
heart & stem - Lollydoodle Cardmaking Workshop (from the Card Kit)
enjoy the little things - Enjoy the Little Things Hostess Rewards 

Other Supplies used:
Ink: Close to my Heart - Lagoon, Hollyhock, Honey, Chocolate

To purchase any of these Close to my Heart supplies, 
click on the item to see it on my website. 

I love to read your comments. 
What are your favorite Close to my Heart Products?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Last Day! $434 retail value for only $99*

Close to my Heart has an amazing promotion in April. 
So today is the LAST day to get this.
If you sign up as a Close to my Heart Consultant by 
purchasing the Kit below for $99* ($309 retail value)
You can pick one of the Cricut Collections for FREE ($134 retail value)

Purchase all this for only $99*
 As a Close to my Heart Consultant you can get 22% commission on what you sell. To maintain your Consultant discount you need to sell $300 every 4 months. Not bad when you buy gifts for others & your own supplies. You also can chose to run it as a business & make money on your own schedule. I decided to sign up this month because of the amazing deal but also because I love inspiring others to create.

April Promotion

 Pick 1 Cricut Collection for FREE 
when you buy the $99* Consultant Kit
Artbooking Cricut Collection
Artiste Cricut Collection

Art Philosophy
Each Cricut Collection by Close to my Heart includes:
$99 (retail value of nearly $125)
1 – Cartridge (700 images: themed projects, cards, font, shapes, 3-D items)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size Stamp Sets 
3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements in coordinating shape 

The Close to my Heart Cricut Cartridges were my favorite even before I started selling them. They have so many useful cuts that I can use for any project. 
So why not get this great deal?
Click on Join My Team below to find out more information 
& to get this great deal for yourself.

This promotion ends April 30th, 2014

*Plus tax & Shipping

Monday, April 28, 2014

Thanks Card - Cricut Artiste

Thanks matchbook card cut from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge 
from Close to my Heart

Card Base: 
Cut the card base using the fit to page size on a 12x12 mat to get the largest card possible. 
Cut from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge Card Button #35, Page #65. 

Burst Shape: Cut from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge Accent 3 Button #5, Page #35
Largest - cut in Lagoon Paper at 2 3/4"
 Medium - cut in White Paper at 2 1/2" & Stamp in Lagoon Ink
Small - cut in White Paper at 1 1/4" & Stamp in Black ink
Ink: Close to my Heart - Lagoon, Honey, Archival Black

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pinewood Derby Cars

The kids at church had a Pine Derby Race. Here are the girls cars they made. We found toys from around the house to put on their cars. 

Hello Kitty Beach & Water

A Rabbit Racer

They had a lot of fun racing them. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Skylark Scrapbooking Kit from Close to my Heart

I created this video to show all the great Close to my Heart products that come in the Skylark Workshop on the Go Scrapbooking Kit. Close to my Heart has great kits they put together called Workshop on the Go. They put products together and include instructions of how to put it together. Have you ever wanted to scrapbook but didn't know where to begin? Well I have. That is why I love this product because Close to my Heart has already done the work for us.

 If you would like to purchase this kit for yourself then check out:
Check out all the Workshop on the go Kits that Close to my Heart has put together for you HERE.