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.

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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" 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards using CTMH Cut Above and Picture My Life Kits

Christmas cards usually fall down to the bottom of my "to do" list each year.  I am so busy creating and putting together gifts for family and friends, by the time I get to my own personal Christmas cards it comes down to the wire.  It is a mad rush to put something together and hope that they make it before New Years.

When I saw the Close to My Heart Cut Above Deck the Halls Christmas card kit, I thought they were cute but I also thought I could up the cuteness factor by just a smidge.  I decided to combine the White Pines Picture My Life cards and the Deck the Halls Christmas Cut Above card kit.  I think that the result is a cute Christmas card that comes together quickly with plenty of time to get all of the other fun things off your "to do" list.

If you need any supplies to make these cards, you can find everything that you need at Close to My Heart.  As always, let me know if you have any questions.  I would love to help.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Snowman Gift Card Holder

Frosty the Snowman Gift Card Holder

If you are like me, you give a lot of gift cards.  As our family grows up, it is the easiest and most practical gift to give.  I figure I will give about 15 gift cards this year.  Since the gift is a little on the impersonal side, I feel better creating a more personal card for each recipient.

I saw this gift card idea on Pinterest and decided I wanted to create my own.  I used the Artiste cartridge from Close to My Heart.  I cut the card holder at 4.75 and decided to create a snowman.  I embossed the snowman's hat with the dot embossing folder and cut the face shapes from the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge.  The inside of the card holder was a little plain so I cut another card from Artiste and cut it down to fit inside the main card.  I added a few random lines around the outside using our journaling pen and finished it off by using one of our White Pines complements(Winter Hugs) tags to finish it off.

Cute, practical and ready to go!

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