Saturday, March 31, 2012


Hey Copic Lovers, This ones for you..The Close to My Heart
My Acrylix Organizer works perfect for the copics!
The inside of the caddy holds 120 markers.
The grid system that is used is the plastic needlepoint canvas
found at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Jo-Anns.

 The grid is 16 holes high, 43 holes wide. You will need 3 pieces
this big.
Then on EACH piece, beginning on the long side,right after the 3rd hole, slice down to the 9th hole.
You will have 9 sections like this

Then you will need 9 pcs, 13 wide x 16 holes high.
Side view
Beginning on the top row (the 13 wide side). slice from the
bottom up to the 9th hole. repeat 3 more times.
( I flipped my piece over when I took this photo).
Excuse my inky gross thumb!
 Finished grid

Repeat this whole process 2 more times.
The My Acrylix caddy has 3 sections in the
bottom. Each grid will fit nicely into each section.
If you want to order a My Acrylix Organizer.
Click HERE

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Enjoy!....Freshly Baked gifts

 One of the greatest things about the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, is that it coordinates with some of the My Acrylix Stamp sets! Yes in deedy, just cut, stamp and say WOW! That is SO COOL.
This is one of my favorite sets called ENJOY!. I will be participating in a vendor crop this weekend and this is my goodie bag treat that everyone will get for attending along with a make-n-take.
A freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Yummmm. What a fun way
to just give just a little something without spending a fortune on supplies.

Stamp set used : C1496 Enjoy!

Final days to get free Cricut Bundle...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

CAKE SLICE BOX - Cricut Art Philosophy

So Sweet!.....
Here is a sneek peek of my newest project! These are cake slice
boxes. There are a lot of cake slice templates and loads of inspiration
out there on the internet, even one
made with the Sweet Tooth Cricut Cartridge with a removable lid. But, this lid stays attached and is made with the help from my handy dandy Art Philosophy Cartridge.
I am working on the tutorial for it, and should be available to you next week, here on my blog-so check back soon. To make a whole cake it takes 7 boxes, and yes the doily underneath the cake is
even made with the AP CARTRIDGE!
Would'nt this be great for teacher's appreciation, a little girls birthday
party, or even for a wedding.

Cake Slice Box

Monday, March 26, 2012

Cricut -Paper Pieced Cat

      The Art philosophy Cricut Cartridge is truly amazing! It may have 700 images, but the possibilities with those 700 is endless!  The cat evolved from the Bunny box that is on an earlier post. It is super easy to make. The cricut does everything for you. And dont you just love the little collar? Waiting for the right rub-on or something to put on it. I can see alot more critters coming soon. This was made from the same pattern as my Cricut Bunny...Which you can also find a card and a pillow box inspiration here on my blog..Lots of paper piecing goodness!                             


                                            Cricut Kitty
Cat is 9" tall

Cutting sizes for Wesley and Hunny Bunny are
on my other blog too click HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Easter Bunny Box with the Cricut

OK, Im on a roll with bunny's. This little guys face just makes me grinHe holds a pretty good size of candy-I used Chocolate covered
raisins, of course..
I used my Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge..Which you can order
from me here. It is just fantastic!!! Lets get going....

                                 Cricut Pillow Box

All supplies used are Close To My Heart
Cutting sizes using the AP Cricut Cartridge:
Pillow box (font layer) cut at 8"-Blush Cardstock
Head cut at 3-1/2" (ornament shape base layer,trim off bottom dip)
Ears , Medium Oval 2@ 1-3/4", 2@ 1/4"
Cheeks (circles) 2@ 1-1/2"
Nose, (triangle or heart) 1"
Ink: Hollyhock
StampSet used: Say it in Style D1283
Sweet Leaf Ribbon
Opaques Licorice Gems
Bling buttons

Saturday, March 24, 2012

BRA CARD - Using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge

Create a unique BRA card using the Art Philosophy cartridge.
To make the shape I used the CARD option and the shape located on the top row 3rd from the right. This is the same shape used in making the Black cat which will be posted tomorrow here, or you can
visit here to see it now.
I cut the base at 4", the top layer at 3 3/4" and ran it through my cuttlebug to add some texture. To make the straps I used the FONT
layer and bottom row,2nd from the right to make the border piece, cut it at 3/4 inch and then fold in half. Layer the bra pieces together, attach the staps amd add some pretty button or bling. Leave a space on one of the top sides of the bra open so you can tuck a sentiment inside.
Cut the sentiment from a scallop circle at 3" and 2 3/4".
Attach your decoration to the center of your bra.

Would love to see what you create!

Butterfly Card

For My Friend Card...

I recently saw this in an issue of Papercrafts by Vanessa Menhorn and had to lift it! I thought it was sooo pretty.

All supplies used are Close To My Heart unless specified..

  • Make card from Cardstock
  • Create background using the stencil technique with border punch
  • Stamp Butterfly and Sentiment onto background
  • Stamp an additional butterfly onto scrap piece, color, trim and adhere over stamped butterfly panel on card
  • Attach panel to card making sure this piece is 1/4" smaller than card base
  • Add bling.
My Acrylix stamps used:Butterflies B1034, True Friends D1406
Border Punch-Martha Stewart.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cricut Baby Bib Card

Some time ago I saw a baby bib card on Splitcoast Stampers,
and I wanted to try it using my Art Philosophy Cartridge from
Close to my Heart. THis cartridge is amazing!
Here's how I put it together...
Start with White CS and cut 2 scallop circles at 5",
Blue cut two 4 1/2" circles and ran it through a BIG SHOT and
textured it, I used Swiss Dots.
Lay the blue on top the white while then use a 2 1/2" punch
to take a chunk out of the top of the circle to resemble a neckline.
Sandwich the white ribbon in between the white and blue and secure
with adhesive.
Use brads to attach fron to the back at the top corners, and then
use a 1" circle to cover up the brads and attach a button to each side.
Attach the remainder textured blue circle onto the back to cover
the brad prongs. Embellish the front.
                                           Baby Bib Card

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Easy Black Forest Cobbler

This is a recipe that my son uses in his Boy Scout Campouts.
They make it using a dutch oven over a campfire and it is a scout favorite. I changed it up just a little from the original based on what I had in my pantry at the time. I threw this together, and now it is our absolute favorite.

Black Forest Cobbler
1 snack size pkg brownie mix(walgreens or walmart has these)
1 can Cherry pie filling
1/2 C Semi-sweet choc chips
1/2 can diet coke or root beer, or Dr Pepper(yes, dont worry)
1 egg

Mix the dry brownie mix with the egg, and diet coke. Stir well till all mixed up. Put in a 9x9 greased pan. Add cherrys on top, leaving out
alot of the gel. Sprinkle the choc chips all over it.
Bake at 350 for 35 min.
Eat warm..yummmmmm!!!

Original recipe calls for 1 box of Choc cake mix, 1 whole can of root beer,
Can of cherries, and a Hershey bar broken up and sprinkled over the top. Bake at 350 or a dutch oven for campfires. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Urban Smores Kit

MMMMM Smores! Dont ya love'em?? I have been thinking about doing a little kit like this for awhile. It is going to be my door prize
give away to a lucky winner at a Crop/Vendor show at the end of the month.. I almost hate to give it away it's so stinkin cute! What a lucky winner!!

Actual Size is 3x6"

The label wraps around the pail using
twine and brads.

I did this on my computer using MS Word.
You can print the one I made from the Templates tab above.

Here are the yummy contents..
I used mini Hershey bars. And a bamboo
skewer is in the kit
It will also include an unscented tea-lite.

Recipe using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
and Close to My Heart Supplies:
Paper used:Victory Paper Pack X7150B
Cut the label shape from the plaid at 4 1/2" on AP BASE.
Chocolate CS- Cut same label in the LAYER mode to make a frame at 4 1/2". Cut out solid section of the frame refer to photo. Attach to front of label.
Colonial White-Cut small fat oval at 3 1/2" on BASE.
Use Chocolate ink around the edges. Attach to front of label.
Green B&T- cut evergreens at 3 1/2 and  2 1/2".
Layer the trees and sew down the middle.
Attach on either side of the oval.
Stamp images using Happy Camper C1457 Stamp set.
Stamp tent, then use a Mask technique to put you trees
around the tent.
Stamp Raccoon and campfire on a separate scrap piece, color,
and cut out and pop up on your scene.
Cut out URBAN S'MORES at 1" using the Blue B&T paper
in Victory paper pack with the cricut AP cartridge.
Attach designer brads on each end and wrap twine around brad.
Place label on front of your bucket and secure with the twine while wrapping around the brads.
                    Pieces cut with the Art Philosophy Cartridge

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spinner Card

I have never tried a spinner card before until my friend Ruthie
showed me a card she did with it, and I had to make my own!
I love these!! I can see so many possibilities with this idea..
The kites in the window change when you spin the wheel.

All products used are CTMH unless indicated..
The template for the spinner can be found
My Acrylix Spamp sets used:
A Rainbow A1129
Splendid Day D1462
Cardstock used: Grey Wool, Sweet Leaf, Heavenly Blue,
Bakers Twine
and the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

Thanks for dropping by..

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! This month we are highlighting the "Background and Texture Duos as Embellishments" Technique as shown on page 21 in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book! This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.
We would love to see what you’ve created using this month’s technique, please visit our challenge blog at where you can share your projects and be entered in a chance to win great prizes. You will also 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!

                                      Fashionista Card

I put together this card using the new "Fashionista" stamp set
and created some Faux Brads. These are super easy to make with just
a hole punch and LIQUID GLASS, and it allows you to have custom
brads that match your cards perfectly!
See the faux brads here?
I also cut a piece of B&T paper to make her skirt more colorful.
There are LOTS of possibilities with this stampset. I even used
the liquid glass on her purse to make it look like shiny.

Now hop on over to Tonyas blog for more ideas.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March Club Workshop-"STELLA"


This month's workshop I am featuring the paper pack "Stella" from page 16 of the Spring Summer Idea book by Close to My Heart.

"Stella" Layout

I also used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
to cut the swirls and the stamp set called
Just for You #B1398 $9.95
Sunset embellishment pack # Z1338 $4.95

I love how this layout looks, very trendy and fun.