Sunday, August 11, 2019



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Monogramed Apothecary Jar

        Homemade Apothcary Jar with vinyl monogram using
   the Cricut cartridge.

Isnt this soooo pretty? Apothecary jars are all the rage,I made this jar with pieces and
parts from my local Hobby Lobby.
I used Satin black spray paint and sprayed everything that wasnt
already black, then gave it a coat of spray satin varnish.
I used the Cricut cartridge "Tie the Knot", and
I just made another one using my SCAL and a font I found on
the internet.

Here are some pictures of the steps to make one of these..

I added a wooden disk under the jar to make it look
more chunky. There are many on pinterest and the internet
that do not have this step. I think it gives it more
substance to add this piece.

                                       The lid of the jar comes with a siver lid-I just painted it also
                                                and added another wooden disk and then the finial.

Ta Daaa!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New Michaels and Hobby Lobby Coupons

May is such a busy busy month. Seems like every school function
is happening all at once.
I wanted to post something I made,but time has gotten away from me, so I will give y'all a little treat, We all love our coupons don't we? So here are a couple for you to use and get yourself something at a great price. I know I have stocked up on a couple big bottles of varnish from the art department. I use that for my wooden outdoor yardart. Yippeee!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

National Scrapbooking Month!

Happy May to everyone!
Isn't it crazy to know that we have a NATIONAL scrapping month for us crazy crafters? I wonder if Hallmark
was informed? Close to my Heart has a great promotion to
help celebrate National Scrapbooking Month
Pinwheels! They bring back some fond memories....

May Stamp of the Month

Available May 1-31, 2013 only.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

EASTER BUNNY CARD-made with the cricut!

Bunny Card
Here is an Easter card I made using my Cricut and the Art Philosophy
Cartridge. I saw one similar that used punches, And I dont remember where to give credit..Because I so WOULD! But this uses the CRICUT.
Lets start...
I first cut out a hole to the card front at 1 3/4" with the cricut and added Brown Bag ink around the edges of the hole, Then I added the bunny bottom and face using a 1 3/4" circle. Attach the body to the INSIDE of the card and then add the head to the front using dimensionals pop dots... Isn't he Cuuuute??

Use a marker for the whisker details, and
the feet pads. Add dimensional pop dots to the feet.

All product used are Close to My Heart
Paper: Craft, Daisy white
Ink: HollyHock, Black, Brown Bag
Cutting sizes: Body 1 3/4" circle,Head 1 3/4" (ornament base trimmed), ears & feet 3/4" md oval, inside ears &feet 1/2" md oval
Cheeks 3/4" circle, Tail 3/4" Scallop circle x2, nose 1/2" triangle, or heart.
Accessories: Liquid Applique (for the fluffy tail)
and Licorice opaques gems for the eyes,
Pink Button
Banner cut at 2 1/2" for sentiment
Border was made with a ruler and a marker, then freehand the
squiggles. Love that effect!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Silly Saturday Post....

Hello friends, and thanks for stopping by! At the end of
the week it's nice to have a little laugh. If you have never seen
this dog before-he is an overnight sensation and the video went
viral. Just love his big brown eyes.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Bunny Basket with the CRICUT

This adorable Bunny Basket/Box can be made easily with the Art Philosophy
Cricut cartridge. This little cutie is the same face used on the bunny card
and the Bunny Pillow box posted earlier. A fellow CTMH consultant, Emmy Rackley modified it from the pillow box, and added it to the purse box, Wonderful! Fill it up with some candy and sweets, it's sure to be a hit!

Perfect for Childrens Church,
Co-workers, Crop buddies!

Look at the tail! Tee-hee sooo cute!!
For directions please visit the TEMPLATES TAB.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Cricut Craft Room Tutorial-Learn How!

Discover how to use Cricut® Craft Room—the free online design software that makes it easier to create projects with your Cricut® machine—in this step-by-step tutorial.
Discover how to stretch 700 images into MANY more and learn to
meld the letters together into one! Ever wonder how to do that?

Easy St Patty's Project

Here is my little contribution to St Patricks Day..A lucky Charm!
Well, its a wand, but you can make it into anything you want, even
a card..

Cutting Sizes

Using the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge:
3" Green Scallop Circle (Base)x2
2 1/2" Kraft or Bamboo C/S Circle
2" Orange Scallop circle(Hair)
1 3/4" Blush CS (Face)
1/2" x2 Circles (ears)
3/4" circle (nose)
3/4" Orange (Leaf) (mustache)
1 3/4 Base Cupcake,Green (hat)
2 1/2" banner for sentiment
1/2 x 2" strip rounded for brim, Green
small strip for black hat accent and gold pen for buckle
Licorice Opaques Gems, (eyes)

To make the hat, cut the cupcake out and cut off where the icing
starts. Turn it upside down, and that is the shape for his hat.
Stamp sentiment on banner and use a 3D glue dot to attach to
a bamboo skewer and place the other 3" green circle over the
back covering the stick. Attach ribbon,sentiment,eyes , and button
and you have your lucky charm wand!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cricut Mini Album-Video

Check out this Video on how to create a cute mini album
For a fun way to use up an eclectic array of papers, stamped images, and Cricut® shapes, a mini album is the perfect choice! Learn how to make an 8" × 5" mini album from start to finish for a cute little scrapbook full of variety and personality!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Just a Note Card-Clean & Simple

Hello There!  Today I wanted to share another quick and
simple note card I made using my scrap stash.

I cut out "NOTE" using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge
and added colored strips of card stock on the back.
The new adhesive backed Silver Shimmer Trim (try saying that fast!)From Close to My Heart adds
just the right sparkly touch.
Easy and quick card!!
Thanks for stopping by...

Friday, February 15, 2013

Clean & Simple Card

This was possibly one of the quickest and easiest cards I have done
in a while. It's clean and simple isnt it?

Inspiration came from Cristina Kowalczyk at My paper secret.

I used the Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut out the hearts...
Then backed the hearts with strips of colored CTMH cardstock.
For the sentiments I actually cheated and used a font I had in Microsoft
Word and printed on cardstock and cut in strips. I bumped them
up with some pop dots.
Simple and clean.... And Quick!!

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!