Thursday, December 15, 2011

TECHNIQUE BLOG HOP-Quick Glitz using Glitter Gel

WELCOME to our Technique Blog Hop!! This month there are 13 of us highlighting "Quick Glitz" as shown on page 35 of the
Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book under Tips and
Techniques. This blog is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.
Let's get started!
If you are coming from Sheila Wilkersons'  blog, then you are on the right track!

Take a look at this 12x12 overlay page I created with clear cardstock,
stamps, and glitter!

Will the Cricut cut slippery material like a heavy transparency? Absolutley! I admit, I was a little nervous, but it cut it like butta!I have been kicking this idea around for awhile, and decided to give it a try. I used my Art philosophy cartridge and cut an offset circle
on my 12x12 clear sheet. Then I applied StazOn White ink with a sponge around the circle to give it the frosted window look. Then stamped all kinds of snowflakes around the page.
Add some Bling and glitz baby!

Can't wait to get a photo in there!

BEFORE-page without glitter glitz applied to page-BORING!

I used the Snowflakes stamp set #D1480, which I also was able to cut the image out with the cricut and stamped Snow Flurries #D1384. What  pretty snowflakes! I also used liquid glass to apply the bling in the center of each of the big snowflakes and some silver Glitz glitter gel (Z1482)around the center of the rhinestone. Then I used some Stardust glitter Gel and applied some swirls around the circle I cut in the page, and added some more chunky glitter on top of that! Talk about sparkle. WHoa!!! The snowflakes I cut out using the Art Philosophy cartridge, where all glittered up too, along with the "SNOW" title.
The background paper I used behind the clear page is "Magnifique".

Any Questions please feel free to e-mail me at
 or post a comment

Please! Check out the WHILE SUPPLIES LAST section on my website. There are lots of great deals!

Now hop on over to Debi Barber's blog.(The beginning of the hop)While there you will find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.

 Thanks for looking, and come back and visit my blog
often for some more great Cricut and stamping ideas.

one more project....

Dear Santa Card..
I used the "Believe Workshop on the Go" stamp set
to make this adorable card. The Art Philosophy Cartridge available
through Me and Close To My Heart was very helpful cutting the circles and
scallop sizes I needed to make my card look perfect.
His beard POPS off the card by using White Liquid Applique and then
heated with a heat tool (or hair dryer). It gives it the popcorn look
and then applied some crystal glitter gel to make it sparkle a little.

Love that little ribbon slide!! Looks like Santas Belt Buckle!!

Hope you found some inspiration here..
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wonderland Holiday Organizer

Everyone could use a little organization right?
Today here in Flower Mound,Tx, it is a rainy yucky day, and its a
perfect day to stay in a craft or clean and organize stuff. I started
with my purse, which has a lot of receipts and
holiday lists stuffed here and there.  I made this little organizer which is almost too cute to use though. It is made from a 2-pocket school folder. Can you see it? Make sure you get one without the prongs in it.

I used CTMH Wonderland paper to cover the sections of the folder
and Cricut-Art Philosophy cartridge available here to make the
pretty snowflakes.
The Big white snowflake was cut at 4 1/2", the blue was cut at 3-1/2
and the small white one in the center was 2-1/2. THe beautiful rhinestone brad in the center is oh so pretty!

folder opened

Inside contents-receipts envelope,
wish list, sticky notes and calendar.

Wish list details


Below shows the receipt envelope. To make this
use a lefal sized envelope and seal it closed. Cut a 1/4"
off the short end and cut a small decorative piece of
paper to make a flap and round the corners.Attach a ribbon on THE BACK before you attach the flap on the back. Fold over to the front to cever the open end of the envelope. Stamp RECEIPTS along the side.

side view-showing how to fold the 2 pocket school folder

Thanks for stopping in! Hope you try to make one of
these-Its fun and would make a cute teachers gift!

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Offer available from December 19, 2011 thru January 31, 2012.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Technique Tuesday-Ghosting

WELCOME to our Technique Blog Hop!! This month there are 12 of us highlighting "Ghosting Technique" as shown on page 45 of the
  Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book under Tips and
Techniques. This blog is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit Debi Barber's blog.While there you will find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.
Let's get started!
If you are coming from Wendy's blog, then you are on the right track!

Today I made a 4x4 card using this technique with  snowflakes.

Step 1, Stamp image using Versa Mark ink. In this case, I stamped the snowflakes.Sprinkle clear embossing powder over image, tap of excess, and heat with a craft heater.

Step 2. Sponge around image with contrasting ink (Twilight, and Pacifica) to creat a negative image.

Step 3. Place clean piece of paper over embossed image. Heat with iron to transfer embossing powder to scrap paper to remove the shine of the embossing powder for a matte finish.

Attach this strip of snowflakes to a small strip of contrasting paper
and assemble your card.
The photo below shows the sizes I used and supplies. I also used
My Acrylix stamp set D1480 Snowflakes, Wonderland B&T paper and Believe workshop on The Go Stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!
Now, Hop on over to Rachels blog, and visit her for another crafty idea, or you can start at the beginning here

9x9 Dimensional Christmas Album

WOOHOO! I finished another one of my favorite Christmas albums for 2011.
It has such a wow factor when you open it. It sparkles and has such dimension to it..I will be posting the directions for these soon.
 I have had sooo much on my plate these days-My son just finished his Eagle project, and that has taken up so much of my focus time. He started scouting in 2010 when he was 15-1/2 and has completed everything
with only 2 months before his 18th birthday in 2012..Way to go baby!!
So now maybe there will be more time to focus on the stuff that
I love TOO!!
Thanks for Checking in-Happy Creating!
Front of Album with a removable "belly band"

Inside first section-lots of sparkle!

Everything here was cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.
Want one too? click here

close up of Poinsettia-Dont you love that Brad??
To order everything shown, please go to my

Supplies I used: 9x9 Memory Showcase Album Z1198
Believe Level 2 paper X7145b
Rhinestone designer brads Z360
Sweet leaf Cardstock X5639
Cranberry Cardstock 1272
Silver glitz glitter gel Z1482
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Z1686
White poster board(not CTMH)
Martha Stewart Glitter

November stamp of the month:

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So here it is in a nutshell:

-If you spend $50 you get the November stamp of the month(retails price of $17.95) for $5.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dimensional 9x9 Halloween Album

Dont ya just love fall?? It gets my creative juices flowing to create
Halloween stuff. This new workshop is for my customers who like
over-the-top creations. I took a 9x9 Memory showcase album
and made a pop out dimensional book that you can even leave out for display.
It has a belly band wrapped around the whole thing to slide off. And when you open it. BADABOOM! Its so stinking cute!
 This is the first page section. Its so sparkly with the black glitter.
I used the leftover pieces from my "Mischief Workshop on the Go" kit
to complete the layouts.
The Black cat and tombstone were a Quickcuts Diecut,
and the pumpkins and trees were cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy
cartridge. Look at that little cute!

 This is the 2nd page section..More sparkly trees, and pumpkins.
And stamped bats using the stamp set included the the Mischief Workshop on the Go kit.
One tip to make big areas sparkle evenly, after you cut
your shape with the cricut, run it through the Xyron. It will be full
of adhesive when you pull the backing off, Then apply your glitter.
Much easier than using a gluepen etc..

Below is a close up of the belly band that slips off
to keep the book closed.

Supplies used:
9x9 My Creations Memory Showcase Z1198
Michief Level 2 Paper Z7144B
Opaques Licorice Adhesive Gems Z1335
Close to my Heart Cardstock
Quick Cuts Tombstone & Cat Die Cut
Martha Stewart Black Glitter
Close to my Heart Prism Glitter
Designer Brads Z1360
Cricut Art Philosophy Collection Z1686

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Masking Technique-Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!There are 11 of us participating in the Masking Technique hop. THis technique is shown on page 15 of the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, and uses the milepost shapes as a "mask".
Essentially masking is a way to stamp only a portion of an image by covering all or part of a stamped image so that other images may be placed partly over it without the overlapping area being visible

If you are coming from  Michelle's Blog, you are on the right track!

This is the card we will be making using a Circle
for the "mask".

Cut a 2-1/2 circle from a piece of cardstock

                           This will be your masking template
Use the cardstock piece with the circle cut out as your
stencil and begin sponging Sunflower Ink (Z2150)
and shading the inside edge with Sunset (Z2191)

                Remove the template and just lookie! Isn't that cool?
Now take that 2-1/2" circle you cut out in the beginning, and
place it over the inked circle image, and begin making your
spooky,smokey background. I used Hydrangea(Z2129)
and Pacifica(Z2192) and Black

                       Then lift off the circle mask, and wha-la!

You are now ready to stamp the little witch flying across the moon
I used My Acrylix Fright Night (B1359) from page 68 in the Autumn Winter Idea Book

Then you can cut out a design for your sentiment
I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to cut a cute little
label. If you would like to know more about the Cricut cartridge,
click here

Attach to the front of your card, then layer with another accent piece of cardstock, and a little bling for the stars.
Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Melissa's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you though of my variation and happy hopping!

This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want to start from the beginning, please visit this link  Shirley's blog

Friday, October 7, 2011


Here is just a tidbit of a peek for the December dimensional album
I have created. More will come.
I used the Believe paper pack, and the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge
to create to Poinsettia on the front and everything beautiful inside...
I cant wait to show you. Its soooo coool!!
Materials used:
z1198 My Creations Memory Showcase
x7145b Believe level 2 paper pack
z1360 Designer Brads
z1482 Silver Glitter Gel
Bulk _Believe
x5639 Sweet leaf Cardstock
1272 Cranberry Cardstock
Topiary Cardstock
Poster board

If you would like to order any of the items listed, or to order the Cricut Art Philosophy , go here for more information and to order.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Liebster Blog Award "Dearest"

Thank you Lisa Fowler!!
Wowee! I dont know what to say!! I guess Im doing pretty good job with this blogging thingy. When I started exploring how to create my own blog just a month ago, I must say it was overwhelming at first. After asking many people for help or tips,(not knowing how long it would take), I finally decided to sit on my butt all weekend and try to come up with something that I could call my own on the Internet. After many tweeks, deletes, copy and pastes. It's here. Not perfect, not exactly the way I would like it to be after seeing SO many creative ones. but it will do for now.
Its been really fun adding my photos of stuff I create. I find that I do try to push the envelope a little when it comes to my creations. But us crafters I think all have one common thing, the need to create. If I dont have my hands in some kind of paper, sparkle, glue or paint...Im grumpy!

Part of the award’s requirements are that the receiver:
1. Thank his/her Liebster Blog Award presenter on his/herblog.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded him/her.
3. Copy & Paste the award onto his/her blog.
4. Nominate 5 blogs to receive the award.
5. Inform them of their nomination by leaving a comment on their blog.

I have to think about who I would like to nominate for the next Liebster award. As a beginner, every ones blog looks good to me!
Thanks again Lisa  (click to see Lisa's blog)

Here is one of my "accidents" I created while making a snowman.
Yeah, dont ask how it evolved into an Angry bird. But it did!
Dont ya just love "happy" accidents?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Halloween Treat Box/hanger

How clever is this for a party or as a treat for workshop attendees?
This is just the right size to slip over the top of a water bottle and
put a small cookie and a drink flavor packet inside.
I used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut my circle and scallop,
then used My Acrylix stamp sets B1359 Fright Night, and the
Mischief Workshop on the Go stamp set G1029.
I just love our acrylix stamp sets, they are so versatile. I was able to
put 3 images on 1 acrylic block to make it look like 1 stamp
to say Im feeling WICKED.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mini Halloween Hand Sanitizer Holder Using Pair-a-Phrase Stamp Set

Are'nt these just too cute? I got these little 1 oz Halloween hand sanitizers and Bath & body Works. They were on sale 5 for $5!
Inspiration for this came from Dawns Stamping Studio...
Im going on a retreat this weekend and my roomates are going to get a little treat from me!
To celebrate National Stamping Month in September, I am offering our first-ever double stamp set! You can get the exclusive My Acrylix® Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set FREE when you place an order of $75 US / $82 CAN from August 15 through September 30, 2011. You'll love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—which includes lots of clever phrases and coordinating images you'll use in your handmade cards all year long. The double set has a retail value of $35.90/$39.90. Have double the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our new Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set!