Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Are you thinking of Cricut for Christmas?

Cricut has some exciting deals going on now..... just in time for some early Christmas shopping.

What lucky crafter wouldn't love to receive the Cricut Explore Air 2, in the beautiful new Sky color? At $229.99 it is an incredible deal too!

What could top this? Cricut has put together some wonderful package deals too!

This Deluxe Starter Bundle comes with everything you need to start crafting. You get the new Cricut Explore Air™ 2 electronic cutting machine that has embedded Bluetooth® for wireless cutting and a dual carriage to cut and write in just one step, you also get the Cricut Explore Deep Cut Blade With Housing, the Cricut Tools Scoring Stylus, the Cricut Explore Metallic Pen Set, the Cricut Multi Pen Set in Gold, and the Cricut Cutting Mat Variety 3-pack. All for a great price of $259.99!

Want more? Then the Ultimate Machine Set is for you. Along with the new Sky Explore Air 2, you get the Cricut Explore® Deep Cut Blade With Housing, the Cricut® Tools Scoring Stylus, the Cricut Explore® Candy Shop Pen Set, the Cricut® Tools Basic Set, the Cricut® Cutting Mat Variety 3 pack, and Cricut® Window Cling in Black. This Ultimate Set is just $269.99

Do you still want more? Here is the Cricut Explore Air™ 2 Sky Machine + EVERYTHING Starter Set for only $329.99! Of course you start with the Explore Air 2, and it only gets better. You also get everything you'll ever need for ANY project! You will get:

• Cricut Vinyl Transfer Tape 12x48

• Cricut Replacement Blade x2

• Cricut Basic Trimmer

• Cricut Vellum Metallic Sampler 12x12

• Cricut Printable Iron On Light, 4 sheets

• Cricut Window Cling 12x48 Black

• Cricut Printable Iron On Dark, 4 sheets

• Cricut Printable Sticker Paper, 8.5x12

• Cricut Faux Leather, Wood Grain Sampler 12x12

• Cricut Poster Board Metallic, 6 sheets

• Cricut Premium Outdoor Vinyl, Light Blue 12x48

• Cricut Dry Erase Vinyl 12x48

• Cricut Window Cling, White 12x48

• Cricut Vinyl, Home Sampler 12x12

• Cricut Tools Basic Set

• Cricut Metallic Pen Set

• Cricut Multi Pen Set, Gold

• Cricut Scoring Stylus Tool

• Cricut Deep Cut Blade With Housing

• Cricut Cutting Mat, Variety 3-pack 12x12

*Items may be replaced with those of equal value based on availability.

Do you need to tote your machine or supplies with you? Cricut has some wonderful bags to help you carry your machine and supplies in style. Check them all out HERE!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Share A Smile

What would you do if you had the power to change someone’s life by simply sharing a smile?

Born with a cleft lip or palate, there are billions of people worldwide who suffer from the inability to simply smile due to a lack of access to any surgical care. Every three minutes another child is born with this condition, resulting in malnourishment, speech impediments, and social stigma.

For nearly a decade, Close To My Heart has partnered with Operation Smile™, a non-profit organization that provides safe surgeries repairing cleft lips and palates in children around the world. In an effort to collect funds for this charitable group, we annually dedicate the proceeds of one of our stamp sets to their efforts. This year is no different.

With the purchase of every Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart is donating $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile. And, for this month only, you can get a coordinating set of Thin Cuts for the delightful animal shapes.

We’ve also put together the Share a Smile Card Kit, also available this month only, that includes the Thin Cuts along with card bases, envelopes, paper pieces, and instructions that you can use to create these endearing cards.

In addition to the Punny Pals stamp set, coordinating thin cuts, and Share a Smile card kit, we have t-shirts available all year round whose proceeds also go toward Operation Smile.

And, if you place an order with us you have the option to round your order up to the nearest dollar, giving the extra as a donation to Operation Smile. During October, your round-up donation will go even further, because Close To My Heart will match all round-up donations, up to $10,000 USD!

We are so grateful to our generous Consultants for all of their efforts and continued support for this great cause. At this year’s convention alone, they pulled together over $50,000 in donations to make a difference in the lives of children they will never meet.

With your help, we can continue to remove financial, geographic, and cultural barriers that are impeding access to safe and well-timed surgeries. Purchase these items, encourage others to do so, or simply get on our site and make a straight donation to Operation Smile.

We are on a mission to change the lives of as many children as possible by restoring something that no child should be without—their smile.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Special Edition Cricut Mystery Box Is Here!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

The Cricut Special Edition Mystery Box is HERE, a $63.92 value for ONLY $29.99! I don't know what all is in this one, but I do know there is some vinyl and some faux leather. Don't miss out on this great deal. It will go fast!

Access Members receive an additional 10% off as well.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Split Stamping Technique

In honor of National Stamping Month, we thought it’d be fun to share with you some stamping techniques on the blog—because no crafter can ever have too many stamping tricks up her sleeve, right?

Today’s post is going to teach you what we call the Split Stamping technique.

This technique is exactly what it sounds like: You split your stamp image. There are a few different ways to do this.

One of the easiest ways is to stamp an image onto a piece of cardstock and then cut it into pieces, like the elephant below.

Cutting up an image and reassembling it on your artwork is a unique way to draw more attention to your stamping.

Another way you can “split” your stamp is with masking. Not sure what we mean by “masking”? Masking is when you cover up part of your stamp or paper before stamping an image.

Here, we attached a strip of cardstock across the center of our card with just a little bit of adhesive so it wouldn’t slide around. Next, we stamped our flowers along the top and bottom of the card, overlapping them slightly with the strip. We then carefully peeled off the cardstock strip, removed any leftover adhesive with our Rub & Remove™ eraser, painted our flowers, and then stamped our sentiment.

For a more advanced spin on this technique, try incorporating the piece of cardstock you use for the masking!

For this card, we cut both pieces of White Daisy cardstock, attached the smaller piece to the center of the larger piece with a little bit of adhesive, and then stamped our flowers over both pieces. Next, we carefully separated the smaller piece of cardstock from the larger one, painted our flowers, and popped the piece up on Bashful cardstock with 3-D foam tape. To add even more dimension, we also stamped some of the blossoms on scrap paper, painted them, trimmed them out, and then attached them over the matching blossoms with 3-D foam dots.

What do you think of the Split Stamping technique?

Recipes

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Congrats Card (Vertical)

D1726 My Acrylix® Sweet Baby Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Best Wishes Card (Horizontal)

D1747 My Acrylix® Happily Ever After Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ So Happy for You Card (Vertical)

C1693 My Acrylix® Many Congratulations Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Monday, August 21, 2017

The New Cricut Maker Is Here

It's here!!! The new Cricut Maker.

Access members get 10% off. Don't forget all the other extras like the Easy Press, new tools kits, leather, etc.

Discount codes will NOT work on machines. But you can use AUGSHIP for free shipping.

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mini Summertime Adventure Album

Can you believe summer is already coming to a close? Oh how time flies when you’re having fun! Though it may be hard to wave farewell to days lounging by the pool, visiting family, and traveling to beautiful destinations, you can keep those summertime memories alive and well by creating a mini album. Summertime doesn’t have to end!

Close To My Heart created this camping-themed album with two of their exclusive Cricut® collections: Artbooking and You Are Here.

The Artbooking collection includes a variety of tabbed, hole-punched pages designed especially for creating mini albums like this one! To decorate those pages, they turned to the You Are Here collection, which is the newest Cricut® collection. This collection includes designs to help you document your adventures both near and far away from home. Combine these two collections together, and you’ve got everything you need to create any number of mini summertime adventure albums!

You’ll see lots of the Jack paper packet in our mini album. With its tree, woodgrain, and flannel-inspired plaid patterns, these papers are perfect for documenting your outdoor adventures. Just remember, it’s only available until the end of the month while supplies last, so grab yours while you can!

If these pages inspire you to make an album of your own, feel free to refer to the recipe at the bottom of this post to see which products we used, as well as more details about the Cricut® cuts.<>

Recipe:

6″ Wander Mini Album

X7222B Jack Paper Packet, X5957 Sapphire Cardstock, X5948 Heather Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, X5950 Toffee Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X5962 Goldrush Cardstock, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection

Cricut® Shapes:

Artbooking

3 ¼” Photo Mat 2 =1= (p. 38, Real Dial Size on)

6″ Photo Mat 1 =1= (cut 3, p. 38)

6″ Photo Mat 1 =2= (p. 39)

6″ Shift+Photo Mat 1 =@= (p. 39)

6″ Photo Mat 2 =3= (p. 40)

6″ Photo Mat 1 =3= (p. 40)

You Are Here

2 ½” Icon-2 =1= (p. 1)

2 ½” Shift+Icon-2=!= (p. 1)

1 ½” Icon-3 =4= (p. 4)

1 ½” Shift+Icon-3 =$= (p. 4)

2″ Icon-4 =8= (cut 3, p. 8)

2″ Shift+Icon-4 =?= (cut 3, p. 8)

2″ Title =8= (p. 8)

2″ Shift+Title =8= (p. 8)

1 ½” Shift+Icon-3 =?= (p. 8)

2 ¾” Icon-4 =Y= (p. 16)

2″ Shift+Icon-1 =F= (p. 24)

2 ½” and 3″ Shift+Icon-3 =F= (p. 24)

2″ Icon-1 =G= (p. 25)

2″ Shift+Icon-1 =G= (p. 25)

1 ½” Title =G= (p. 25)

3″ Icon-2 =G= (p. 25)

3″ Shift+Icon-2 =G= (p. 25)

2″ Icon-4 =B= (p. 35)

2″ Shift+Icon-4 =B= (p. 35)

1″ Icon-2 =B= (p. 35)

1″ Shift+Icon-2 =B= (p. 35)

2 ¼” Title =B= (p. 35)

2 ¼” Shift+Title =B= (p. 35)

3″ Title =B= (cut 2, p. 35)

Friday, July 28, 2017

How to Organize Years of Photos Without Getting Overwhelmed

This week, Close To My Heart shared some fantastic information on how to organize years of photos and not get overwhelmed in the process. I wanted to share this information with you as well, because it is SO important to get those photos out of boxes, off the computer, or even out of the camera, and into our lives to enjoy!

How to Organize Years of Photos without Getting Overwhelmed

When it comes to scrapbooking, one of the biggest hold-ups for people is feeling overwhelmed with organizing their photos. If you have years of photos piled up on your computer or photos spread between multiple devices, it can be easy to put off preserving your memories. The longer you wait to organize your photos, the more overwhelming it will become—so now is the time to start!

Because we believe in the importance of memory keeping, we want to help make the task easier, so today we’re going to walk you step-by-step through how to efficiently organize your digital photos for scrapbooking. It’s a process that may take some time, but which will be well worth it when your memories are all in order!

Step One: Consolidate Your Digital Photos

Upload all of your digital photos to one location on your computer. We recommend using a photo managing system, like Google Photos or iPhotos, to easily transfer photos from your phone onto your computer. If you haven’t transferred them already, go through the photos on your phone, your camera, and upload them all to this one location.

Step Two: Eliminate Unwanted Photos

Once you have all of your photos in one place, go through and eliminate any that aren’t worth keeping: repeats, photos with a blurry finger covering half the lens, photos of your to-do lists, etc.

Tip: Moving forward, make it a habit to do a Daily Delete—every day, go through the photos on your phone (or camera if you took pictures on it that day) and delete any of these types of photos. It will take you two seconds and save you tons of time down the road. You’ll be able to skip step two entirely in the future!

Another tip: Use the time traveling home from a vacation to do your deleting. That way when you get home, you’ll have already eliminated all the photos from your trip you don’t want to keep. Plus, it’s a fun way to relive those memories again while you’re heading home.

Step Three: Organize Your Digital Photos

In your photo managing system, create folders for each month and year. Then place the corresponding photos in these folders.

Step Four: Back-Up Your Digital Photos

Back up all the photos in your photo managing system onto a CD or external hard drive. You can also look into online options, such as iCloud, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

Step Five: Create To-Print Folders

Once you have organized your photos in your photo managing system, you’re ready to start thinking about scrapbooking them—woohoo! Even though all the photos you have left are photos you have deemed worth keeping, you may not want to scrapbook all of them. A great way to figure out which photos you want to scrapbook is to copy and paste a given folder onto your desktop. Then go through and delete any photos you don’t want to print. You can also edit any of the photos you’re going to print if you want to take that extra step.

Step Six: Upload & Print Photos

Once you’ve gone through all the photos on your desktop folder, you’re ready to print! We recommend creating a table, like the one below, to track each folder’s progress. When you have printed your photos, you can delete the desktop folder you created (remember, you’ve already saved these photos elsewhere!)

Tip: Choose one day every month to do a print run. Some months you may be able to afford printing more photos than other months, but get in the habit of printing your photos on the same day each month.

Step Seven: Organize Printed Photos

Option 1: Option 1: Use our large organizers and tabbed dividers to organize your printed photos.

You can organize your photos by date, person, event …whatever you want! Think about the album you want to create with the photos, and organize them that way.

Option 2: Create a work-in-progress album. Use one of our D-ring albums and divided Memory Protectors™ to separate out all the photos you’ll want for an album. You can group like photos together so you know how to plan your layouts.

And that’s it! The next step is to start scrapbooking away! If the idea of scrapbooking itself overwhelms you, a great place to start is with our Workshops Your Way® scrapbooking kits. You can also contact me to help you know where to start.

We hope this post helped you feel empowered to start organizing your photos for scrapbooking. We know that when you take that leap of faith, you’ll find so much joy and satisfaction in preserving your family’s memories and stories.

Have additional tips for organizing and printing your photos for scrapbooking? Share them in the comments below!