Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bunnies, bunnies...everywhere... Another fun RHR Retreat!

Once again we had a fabulous weekend at Rabbit Hill Ranch!  I drove up Thursday evening so that I could get things set up and then my guests began arriving on Friday morning around 9am.  We stayed Friday, Saturday, Sunday and then checked out at 2pm on Monday.  It was still hard to leave, even after having an extra long weekend there!

I'm catching up on sleep and editing my photos so that I can share them all with you and show you all the fun we had.

One of my favorite parts is the opportunity to relax and create.  I brought along my cricut and prepped items for my upcoming Cricut and Flower classes at Foothills Adult School and I played with the adorable February Stamp of the Month.  It was so easy to come up with bunny ideas when I was surrounded by bunnies at Rabbit Hill Ranch!

We asked the owner if she knew how many bunnies were hidden in the decor on the property and she said she has never counted but there must by over 500!!  There are bunnies in the paintings and there are ceramic bunnies and there are bunnies on the plates and the cups...  I don't blame her for not counting!

Well here is one of the sweet bunny cards I created while I was hanging with my buds at Rabbit Hill Ranch.

Products Used:

  • X7218B Dreamin Big Paper Pack
  • S1702 Easter Bunny (only available February 2017)
  • Watercolor Pencils 
  • 3174 - Blending Pen
You can order your Close To My Heart products on my retail Site.

Monday, January 23, 2017

CTMH - January Stamp of the Month

Just a little over a week left to pick up this amazing stamp of the month.  I have had so much fun using this stamp set.  I love it because it is super versatile.  By adding the "thank you" and the "you make me happy" sentiments, they made this set one that I could use all year long.

Here's one of the sweet and simple cards I made with it.  

Wouldn't these be perfect for wedding "thank you" cards?  You could adjust the colors to match the wedding.  You could use the flower spring on place cards for the table and on signs throughout the wedding.  It would be gorgeous.  But why stop at a wedding?  You could use these for mother's day, birthday, a tea party... See what I mean?  Versatile!!!

You can purchase your set, along with your other Close To My Heart necessities at my retail site.  

Friday, September 30, 2016

Travel Scrapbook with CTMH Everyday Life Album

Do you ever have GREAT plans to scrapbook an event or a trip,but by the time you get home you're just too exhausted catching up with life?  I sell scrapbooking supplies and I can't even begin to tell you how many trips and conventions that I haven't scrapbooked yet....Yet.... Someday, I will get them done.

Well a couple of months ago I came up with an idea and I think it is sheer brilliance!  Why not prep my supplies BEFORE my trip and then scrapbook while I'm traveling.  It could work, right?  I was excited to plan my trip so why not harness that excitement and plan what I needed to scrapbook it.

I made lists.  I bought supplies.  I tested my equipment and now it's time to go.  So let's see... can I scrapbook while I'm traveling?

Here's video #1 - I share the supplies I packed and the things I prepped before my trip.

Supplies Used:

I packed everything in Z4138 Small Organizer and it worked perfectly!!  I had to work on a couple of other projects during my trip so I did have my basic tool kit with me.  I found that I needed the journaling pen and my scissors from that kit.

Z9979 Everyday Life Album (also available in Sea Glass Z4027)
Z9978 My Crush Adventure Calls (30 double sided pages)
Various "state stamps" from Close To My Heart (Utah, Wyoming...)
Shimmer trim - various colors available
Z553 Bonding Memories Glue Pen
Z4138 Small Organizer
Artbooking and Flower Market Cricut Cartridges

You can order your supplies on my website.  I love it when you support me by purchasing from my site!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Faux Metal Embellishments using CTMH Thin Cuts

I love finding new ways to use my tools and products and I have been a bit obsessed with our thin cuts lately.  I love using them to cut glitter paper.... and now... I love using them to make faux metal embellishments!!

While I used thin cuts in the video below, you could use this technique on items you cut from your cricut as well.

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Products Used:
Z555 Craft Heather
Z2067 Ranger Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder
Z891 Versamark Ink
Z2045 All-Purpose Mat
Z553 Bonding Memories Dual Action Glue Pen

Available until December 31, 2016
X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet

Available until September 30, 2016
S1609 Blessed Beyond Measure - August Stamp of the Month

Thursday, September 08, 2016

CTMH Jeepers Creepers Halloween Wreath using Dollar Tree Wire Frame!

I love it when a project comes together so quickly!  I watched this video from Close To My Heart (CTMH) a month or so ago and I immediately knew I would be reinventing it for multiple holidays and seasons.  I bought my wire frame wreath from Dollar Tree, put it on my table and there it sat....  I couldn't decide what season to make first. LOL

Buy Your Jeepers Creepers Paper and Complements Here

Here are a few tips and tricks I came up with:

  • Tie tulle between the papers. Adds dimension and keeps the paper from sliding around the wreath
  • Make it more "Halloween" by creating a jagged edge instead of the dovetail edge featured in the video.
  • You can create a completely different look by flipping over the two-sided paper!  I went with the purple/green/black color scheme.  By flipping just a couple of pieces I could have pulled in the orange or "monster" theme.

Cutting dimensions:
15 strips of paper 2" x 12" (3 each of five different paper designs)
Center pieces 2 1/4" x 12"

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

DIY Gold and Silver Acetate Boxes for Cookies and Gifts

I absolutely love to personalize the gifts I give by dressing them up with pretty cards and boxes.  Even better when I can DIY my own box or bag to perfectly fit!!

My hostess last week makes the most AMAZING cookies so when I was planning the projects to share at her party, I knew I had to share something fun that she could use to package her cookies.  (Please note - I'm not a baker, I imagine cookies will be put in food safe bags first.)

I used the new Fundamentals All About Gold acetate sheets to create these quick and easy boxes and now I am addicted and I keep coming up with more cool ways of using these sheets (stay tuned!!)

Here's a video to show you how to make them.  I've included measurements below.

DIY Acetate Box Measurements

Buy Your All About Gold Acetate Here

Top/Bottom - Cardstock
4.25"x 4.25"
Score at 11/16 from each edge.

Acetate Middle
You can choose any height.
Samples are 4" x 11.5" and 6" x 11.5"
Score along 11" side at 2.75", 5.5". 8.25" and 11"

Z3260 Thin Cuts - Hearts
Flower Market Cricut Cartridge - Buy Your Cartridge Here 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Watercolor Wednesday - Use your stamp pads!!

Hello there and welcome to another Watercolor Wednesday!!  This week I am sharing how you can use your stamp pads to watercolor.  I love this technique because I often feel color challenged.  What colors go together??  How do you know for sure?  Well if you want to match your Lagoon paper, why not pull out your Lagoon stamp pad?

This technique will work with your dye based stamp pads.  I love the new CTMH stamp pads because the lid comes completely off and then it's almost like a mini paint pallette!

You can order your stamp pads directly from my site!  Click Here  

Please note that the new pads are only available in a small assortment of colors at the time that I am writing this blog post.  Be sure to select the pads that say "New" next to them and look like the ones featured in the video. and the picture below.