Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Little Help from my Close to My Heart Planner

It is New Year's Eve and like many others I am sitting here thinking about 2016.  This year, like most years, my resolution is to get back to a healthy weight.  I did it last year but unfortunately that darn weight found the way back to my backside. Ugh!

Unlike before, this year I have a beautiful yearly planner, from CTMH, to use to track my weight loss efforts.  I will use the planner to track my weight, goals and water intake.  It will help me document my efforts and hopefully achieve my goal by summer.

My plan is to decorate my planner using the featured Close To My Heart paper line each month.  I added a fun saying using my Cricut Explore and gold vinyl.  It will be a fun way to stay motivated while incorporating my favorite hobby-paper crafting.

I wish you the very best at achieving your goals for 2016.  It is going to be a great year--I can feel it!

Happy New Year and Happy Paper Crafting!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

La Vie En Rose Valentine Collection

Our French inspired paper line, Lie Vie En Rose, featured this month is so versatile.  The collection includes florals, polka dots, stripes, reds, and several black/white patterned paper.  The black and white paper would work with any holiday project.

Since Valentines' Day is right around the corner, I went with a Valentine's Day themed project collection.  I enjoyed the versatility of the papers--mixing and matching and coming up with so many combinations.

If you are like me, I enjoy the light and fun feeling of Valentine's Day.  It is something to look forward to after the major holiday season.  Thankfully, there is just enough time in between that I can forget about all of those Thanksgiving/Christmas food indiscretions, so that I can enjoy my Valentine's chocolate guilt free(almost).

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Artiste Candy Box

Christmas is right around the corner.  This year, thankfully, I am staying on pace to get everything done before the 11th hour.

I am hosting Christmas dinner at our house this year and I thought it would be fun to put a little "take away" gift at each table setting.  I found these cute little boxes on CTMH's Artiste Cricut cartridge.

I cut the box as per instructed on P. 60 at 2.5".  I scored and glued the box together using Liquid Glass(my favorite adhesive) and filled with Hershey Kisses.  From the same Artiste cartridge, I cut the decorative bow on P. 55  at 3/4" and used a piece of the zip strip from the White Pines paper pack to embellish. The whole project took less than 10 minutes to complete.

I hope that each of you find some time to enjoy the season with family and/or friends.  I know this year I am so very grateful for everyone in my life.  It has been a tough couple of years for my family and I am so appreciative of the moments that we get to spend together.  Peace and love to each and every one of you.

Happy Paper Crafting!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Kaleidoscope Friendship Card

I am not sure how I would have gotten through the last several years without a few close friends helping me along the way. I thought I would show my gratitude by creating this sweet friendship card to thank those friends that helped me through.

I love the sentiment on this Angel Friends stamp set.  It is an added bonus that it is Cricut Compatible.  Do you see the red outline around some of the stamp shapes?  That means that the shape can be cut out using one of our Cricut Cartridges(in this case Art Philosophy) and then stamped.  No fussy cutting necessary and that makes this crafter so VERY happy.

Happy Paper Crafting!!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Boxed Stationary Set of Monogrammed Cards

Do you like giving homemade gifts because they can be personalized? Were you aware that Close to My Heart carries these sweet little round initial stamps in all letters?  Aren 't they elegant? I love that I can put a quick little gift together by using this stamp set.

I discovered these cute little stamps when I was looking through the stamp sets that coordinate with our Cricut cartridges.  We are so lucky that our company understands that crafting can be time consuming and whenever we can save a few minutes--we appreciate it greatly!  Our unique Cricut cartridges coordinate with quite a few of our stamp sets. The Monogram Initial stamps coordinate with the circle shape on Artiste P. 48.

I used the CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut the stationary box and used 3 X 3 cards for the stationary.  I think 3 x 3 cards are perfect for kids.  The room to write isn't overwhelming and it would work for a quick thank you or thinking of you note. The paper pack is from CTMH and it is from the Kaleidoscope line.

Card Box:
1) Artiste Page 52(3D Object) cut at 3" Score and Assemble
2) Cuts for decorating box front: Poppy card stock: 3.75"X 3", Kaleidoscope: 3.5"X 2.5", Poppy Shimmer Trim 5" and Poppy Thick Twine 5"
3) To the close the box lid-I used a hook and loop dot.

Monogrammed Cards:
1) Base: 3"x 3"White card stock
2) Adhere 3" x 3" Kaleidoscope to Base
3) 2 3/4" 2 3/4" Green/White Kaleidoscope Back
4) 2" x 2" Poppy Cardstock
5) 1 3/4" X 1 3/4" White card stock with edges sponged in Pear

Monogrammed Circle Accents:
1) Cut star circle from Artiste P. 35 at 1 1/2" out of Poppy card stock
2) Cut circle from Artiste P. 48 at 1 1/2" out of White Card stock
3) Stamp initial in Pear ink

Bow Accent:
1) Place two flag Glitter Triangles on sides and add gem to center

Are you interested in putting a few of these stationary sets together for yourself or someone special? I will be holding a class in January and I would love to show you how.  Please contact me if you are interested.

If you don't live in the Boise area, I can help you get all of the supplies you need for this project. Drop me an email or you can shop directly at my site karenleach.ctmh.com.  

Thank you for visiting and Happy Paper Crafting!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Autumn French Fry Box Using Sangria

My family won't be celebrating Thanksgiving at home this year.  This year we decided to make it easy on every one and we are going out to dinner.  The restaurant we are going to is one of my favorites, so I can't wait to see what they have in store for us for Thanksgiving.

If we were hosting Thanksgiving, I think these sweet french fry boxes would be a perfect complement to each place setting.  The individually wrapped chocolates would be a nice take away gift for our guests.  You could even print out names  and use these for individual place settings.

Instructions for the French Fry Box

I used the Art Philosophy cartridge(Page 27) to cut the French Fry box.  I cut two at 9" using Close to My Heart's Sangria paper collection and our Champagne card stock. I stamped Beautiful Autumn using the stamp set Friend Tree.  I wrapped each Hershey nugget with a strip of coordinating paper cut at 1.5" X 3".

Instructions for the Clothespin

The clothespin I covered in our gold shimmer trim. I cut the flower from Art Philosophy at 2", placed a gem in the center and adhered it to the clothespin.  The "family" sentiment on the clothes pin is from the Sangria complement package and I just glued this down with a little liquid glass.  I placed the chocolates in a cellophane bag and tied it with our Poppy thick twine.

I hope that you will be surrounded by friends and family this Thanksgiving.  Don't forget to take a photo or two!

Sangria Paper Pack from Close to My Heart

Monday, November 16, 2015

Candy Gift Bag Purses for Christmas

Have you seen the sweet little candy purses at Scrapbooking 24/7 from inkingidaho.com?  They are so cute and adorable. Who wouldn't like them!

The directions called for a specific die cut that I didn't have to cut the purses.  Thank heaven for my trusty Cricut machine.  After playing around a little, I decided to use a shape from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  If you don't have this cartridge, go grab it.  It is a great go-to resource.

Here are the instructions I used to put together the purses:

1) Art Philosophy: Cut Oval 5 on Page 62 at 5" for you base and then again at 4 3/4(using coordinating paper)
2) Score your base at 2 1/4 and fold flap over
3) Cut two slits using your trimmer on the score line about 1/2"-3/4" wide
4) Cut ribbon of choice at 8" and feed ribbon through slit lines
5) Adhere ribbon to middle section of base
6) Take cellophane bag of candy and staple shut and then staple to flap
7) Trim your 4 3/4" decorative paper to fit flap and inside section of base-adhere down
8) Decorate flap with whatever you desire
9) Add glue dot to back of cellophane bag to attach to card base

Close to My Heart Products used in Project

Art Philosophy

White Pines Paper

Friday, November 6, 2015

Mini Album Using Urban and Artbooking

I love a sweet little mini album, but I was a little hesitant to put one together because it looked so labor intensive.    This photo album went together faster than I expected with the help of Close to my Hearts' Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  All of the pages, elements and words were cut out quickly by a touch of a button.  The only thing I had to do was put my own creative touch on each page and it was finished. I can't wait to fill it up with photos and now that I know how easy they are to put together--I can see a few more in my future.

If you, like me, are afraid of trying to put an album together--trust me when I say it is worth the investment to purchase the Artbooking cartridge.  Get those photos off your phone and into a cute album to share with your family and friends.

If you have any questions or would like to purchase the cartridge, please let me know.  I would love to help you get started!

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

EOS or KCup Santa Triangle Box

Santa Gift Box

Over the last several years, I have seen so many creative ways to gift K-cups or the round lip balms from EOS. I wanted to make a few for Sophia's friends and teachers this year, so I decided to search on You Tube for a video showing how to do this.  Unfortunately, what I found was a lot of scoring and hand cutting.  I knew there had to be an easier way using my Cricut machine so it was time to do go to the craft room for some research and development.

I started by looking through my Cricut cartridges and I found on my Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge a box intended for cupcakes. Of course, those holes would be too large for what I wanted, so I started playing around with sizes.  After several attempts, I figured out the measurements for the insert to hold the K-cups or EOS lip balm.

Next up was coming up with a design for the front of the box.  I saw on Pinterest this cute santa ornament created by the designers at Cricut with Heart.  The designers used a box from CTMH Artiste cartridge and made it into an ornament.  I loved the santa face they created so I decided to adapt it to my triangle box.

How to Video


Sweet Tooth Boxes: P. 18 Triangle Box, Lid and Insert Cut at 6.5"
Artiste: Mustache P. 67 Cut at 1.5", Ruffle Hat Accent P. 62 Cut at 1.5"
Art Philosophy: Holly Leaf  P. 46 Cut at 1.5"