Friday, December 28, 2012

Cricut Artiste Elf

I just love making these pieced characters. They can be used for scrapbooking, bulletin boards at school. Would love to hear what you used your for!
I have made printable directions for the WHOLE body of my
little elf under the template tab above.
12" tall

Saturday, December 15, 2012


Here is a new addition to the Candy Cane Toppers.
This is my little Elf I created using the Cricut Artiste!
Super easy to do too!  I am Working on a printable
sheet like the other toppers, but I will go ahead and
post the cutting sizes so anyone wanting to make these
can get started.

**Go to the Template Tab and you will find printable
    direction sheet.

ELF Jumbo Candy Cane Topper

All supplies used are CTMH unless otherwise
Cardstock- Parchment,Holiday Red, Autumn Terracota, Sunflower, Black,White Daisy, Indian Corn Blue
Cricut Artiste Cartridge, Jumbo Candy Cane, Glitter.

Head (Pg 79 - 3D shape ornament  cut at 5")
         Parchment CS
Ears  ( Pg 54 - "F" accent 4  cut at 3/4" x2) 
         Parchment CS
Nose ( Pg 36 - "6" accent 2 cut at 1" ) Parchment CS
Hair  (Pg 70 - "Happy Birthday accent 4, cut at 
         1-1/4") x3 -Autumn Terracota CS
Hat   ( Pg 61 - "Z" Shift, 3D Object, cut at 14")
         Holiday Red CS
Hat Brim ( Pg 70 - "Happy Birthday" accent 4.
               cut at 1-1/4") White Daisy CS
Eyes ( 1" punch, then cut in half-Parchment,
        Cut 2, White Daisy, 3/4 circle Indian corn 
        blue x2, 1/2" circle Black x2.
After all pieces are cut, begin accenting the edges with ink pads to get the shading you like. I used HollyHock Ink to create the cheeks and nose colors.
Attach the nose ( I bumped it up a bit), then assemble the eyes and attach just behind the nose. Dry fit the hair around the face before attaching the white brim.
You will need to trim the brim (cupcake liner) so it doesnt look so much like a sailor hat. I cut the angle off.
Then attach your ears, and then fold the red hat and attach behind the brim.
Glitter the Santa hat and attach the bell( I used the Marvy Bell Punch).
And lastly put the twinkle in his eye, and draw the mouth and inside of ears, and eyebrows.
Attach to candy cane with a super glue dot.

Also I took him a little bit further and created the whole body for this cute little fellow!
His body was also made with the Artiste Cartridge, even the boots and the furry cuffs (cupcake shape cut at 1-1/4")
except for his arms and legs, which were cut using the
Art Philosophy (long skinny oval).
His little green outfit was cut at 5" with the shield shape.



Wednesday, November 28, 2012



Check back after Dec 1st, Im hoping to add an elf to the trio!

Actual Size about 12"
Dont you just love making Christmas projects? I sure do... These were super simple to make using the NEW Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge. You can only get this exclusive cartridge through Close to My Heart HERE..You wont believe all the really neat stuff you can make! From Scrapbooking to boxes to 3D flowers to these fun little guys above. These were so simple I taught a Girl Scout troop how to make them! You just gotta have this new Cricut Cartridge! Im sure it will be your favorite.

If you would like to make some of these on your own I have made some simple cutting directions. Go to the TEMPLATES TAB
Directions are posted seperate in the right hand column of the blog.

INSTRUCTIONS for Snowman Candy Cane Topper

using the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection from Close to My Heart

Instructions for Reindeer Candy Cane Topper

INSTRUCTIONS for Santa Candy Cane topper

using the Cricut Art Philosophy Collection from Close to My Heart

Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday Show Announcement!

Been wondering where I've been? These last 3 months I have been
a vendor at some really amazing craft shows selling my hand painted
Yard Art.


Join me on Saturday Dec 1st, for the Merry Main Street in Frisco, Tx
event and holiday tree lighting. It is spectacular! I will be a vendor
right on Main street. The show starts at 5pm and goes till 9pm.


Here is a preview of the items I will have for sale..

Sizes range from 72"-78" tall

Extra Cute Snowman and his pal Ruddie


If you purchase one of my painted items,
They have been sealed 3 times on the front, and the back is painted
twice with outdoor paint. No guarantee is made after they leave
my workshop against warping or finish. Everyone stores their stuff
different. Mine have lasted for many many years because I take care of it. I do not put it in front of a sprinkler head, And I do not put it
away damp from rain. If it is going to rain for a day or two or three,
I bring my yard art back inside, or cover it with a large clear plastic
bag. Do not store it in a leaning position. Store it upright, or lay it flat.
Use commons sense-This is an art piece. Treat it as such and it will last
a long time.
All my items are sealed with Liquitex Gloss Varnish, available at
Michaels or Hobby Lobby in the artist section.

Friday, October 19, 2012


Create this beautiful paper wreath or candle ring by using the Art Philosophy Cartridge and your Cricut.

Each Flower was cut in sizes ranging 3 to 4 1/2" in various
shades of our beautiful cardstock. I selected 4 different flower variations and rolled them up, and secured with a little bit of hot glue.
Then I started arranging them on the styrofoam base (12") ring with
a corsage pin that has the pearl end on it. The result is just amazing
when it is all finished.
This wreath I made was recently published in the March 2012 issue of
Cricut Magazine! WooHoo.
I submitted it as a candle wreath with a big glass hurricane.
But they changed it to a wreath. Either was its pretty fall decor!

If you would like to purchase one of these AMAZING cartridges
that has 700 options on it, click here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Make your Cricut Mat new again!

Refurbish your Cricut Mat

This is the easiest, fastest, cost effective and healthiest way to refurbish a Cricut mat that I personally have discovered that actually works well.

1. Start with your used mat, a sink and a scrapper (old credit card works well).

2. Get yourself a bottle of Goo Gone (spray is the best) and then spray your mat. Wait a couple of minutes.

3. Scrape away. It should be an easy process, if not spray more and/or wait a little longer.

4. Wash with warm soapy water and dry.

5. Use this product. Zig glue wide.

6. When the glue is wet it comes out blue. Run the applicator down the mat in lines avoiding the no cut areas. IT ONLY NEEDS ONE COAT! Let dry (glue will turn clear) and place mat protector on the mat until ready for use.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


is Suzanne A. You know who you are if you visited my website
and placed your order with me.
You have one week to contact me and claim your prize.WOOHOO!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cartridge Giveaway- Last night to enter!

Tonight is the last night to enter for the Cricut Cartridge Givewaway.
Featured cartridge is "SWEET TOOTH BOXES".

Winner will be anounced tomorrow and you will have 1 week to claim your prize!...

Go to and place your order
to win!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Cricut Art Philosophy Witches Hat

How do you create a paper witches hat for a Funkin Pumpkin?
Well with the Cricut Art Philosophy of course! Isn't this too cute?
I first started making a witches hat for my pumpkin, then it turned into
a whole Mr Potato head type thing. I cut the eyes with the Cricut, and used the 3D flower layer to make the eyelashes for her eyes.  The little spider dangling from the witches hat was made from the Bling Assortment Buttons from Close To My Heart and some black waxy flax. The mouth is made from pewter brads, and the hat is made from our paper line Mischief.

Notice the dangling spider from the tip of the hat.

Step 1 Cut brim at 8-1/2"
The Cone is a 12" circle
Quartered and attached
with Liquid glass.

Step 2 Add the scallop layer cut at 8-1/4"

Step 3 Add a layer of color
under the dots

The finished hat

I'm having so much fun with this cartridge, and I'm sooo glad that Close To My Heart has partnered up with Cricut to create this awesome new cartridge. If you would like to purchase one of these, or earn one for free, Contact me so we can begin working on a plan to make sure you get it!!
Click here to visit my my Website.
                                        Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ghostly Treat Box & Candy Slider

What a Great little extra treat this would be to a teacher, or best friend! I used Close to My Hearts' Cricut Art Philosophy to cut
the box and to make the ghost!! Booooo
I cut the box using the "fit to page" option on my Cricut
expression. The Ghost face was cut at 4 1/2", the eyes started at
1 1/2" and worked my way down to smaller sizes. The nose was
a 1 1/4" circle.
I used My Acrylic stamp set C1462 All Hallows Eve.
The bat was a punch that I attached to a small piece of wire
and wrapped it around a pencil, then attached under the
stamped image.

Add a Candy Bar Slider

Items needed to make the slider
  • 6" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock for candy cover
  • 3 1/2"x 6" piece of B&T for belly band (optional)
  • Scoring tool
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Ribbon (about 30" needed)
  • Big Hershey™ bar
  • Stamps
  • Scissors
  • Ink
  • Hole punch
  • Additional cardstock for decoration
Score cardstock at 1 3/4", 2", 4 1/2, 4 3/4 .
close with redline tape.
attach accent piece around for belly band. Punch hole thru both sides
in the middle at the end for the ribbon.
Put ribbon thru hole and pull up even. Place candybar in the candy cover while sliding it down the middle of the ribbon. Tie a bow at the
end after your candy bar is inside.
Congrats! you have just created a slider!! pull the end of the candy bar with the ribbon and it will magically go back in with the ribbon
untied. For more information or a video on how to do this visit
Split Coast Stampers..

Sunday, September 30, 2012

"SPOOKY" Project Workshop

October is going to be a SPOOKY good time! We will
be making this project using 12" paper mache letters and the NEW Moonlight Paper Packet X7161b and dimensional elements X7161c.
Creativity is a breeze with the Cricut ARTISTE cartridge Z1790.
Those little coffins, tombstones, BOO, EEK, and black cat were all cut out using the ARTISTE. Even the spider web border and skeleton.
I cant wait to get started on this! The dates are Oct 11th & 12th
at 6:30pm
Use the coupons posted on my blog to get a discount on the paper mache letters at JoAnns

I have also added Black Flourish Sparkles Z1745 $4.95
AND Black & Grey Rhinestone Asst Z1327 $2.95
There is also an extra $5 supply fee for this
workshop for extra paper and ribbons.

Dont Forget to Pre-paint the inside and outside edges
with black acrylic paint. (the back too if you are super
picky about the back showing).

Friday, September 28, 2012

NEW!-Cricut Cartridge Giveaway!!

This Months Featured Cricut Cartridge giveaway is

What do you have to do to be entered in the drawing?
Place an order or $75.00 or more on my website
between Sept 1-Oct 15th,  And become a follower
of my blog.  When the winner is announced on October 16th,
you will have 1 week to email me back to claim your prize.

Organize Your Craft Supplies

Check out this video that highlights the new Organizing totes that
I now sell from Close to My Heart. They Rock!!!

To order any of these products, or find out more information
click here

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

This weekend I was lucky enough to participate in one of the
biggest church craft shows in the county.
This was my first one showcasing one of my other passions
beside paper crafting.
Painting is one of the things I really enjoy, but on a BIG level!
Everything's bigger in Texas Y'All..
I made Pumpkins, Scarecrows, HUGE turkeys, Nutcrackers,
and Soldiers.
Here are some of my creations.