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Friday, January 16, 2015

Class Kits with Video!

Do you wish you had time to attend a cool class, but it just never works out? Do you go to class and don't finish and then have questions later? I have had those issues myself so I am working on having a class kit and video series to help with these problems! You will buy the Class kit and I will mail that to you and included with be a link to the class video of me putting together the kit, walking you through step by step!!!

Great Benefits Include:
* Completing a Class in whatever you want to wear!
*Taking all the time you need to complete your project
*No gas expense of traveling to class
*You can do the class on your OWN time!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #89

It felt so good to actually get to create something today! Not only did I get to create, but I got to use my own enamel embellishments!!  I fell in love with the sketch challenge from Atlantic Hearts today. I have several ideas running through my head so I am hoping to create some more with inspiration from this sketch. I encourage you to rise to the challenge and create something of your own from their sketch. Here is what I created today:
Supplies used:
Sketch #89 found HERE
Close To My Heart (CTMH) Brushed paper
CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge
CTMH Stamp Sets: D1627 Your Own Kind of Wonderful
A1119 A Garden (which is retired and not available right now)
CTMH inks in Juniper and Canary
CTMH Twin Touch Alcohol Markers
enamel dots made from perler beads (tutorial on my blog)
glitter tape from Walmart

Friday, January 2, 2015

Gotta Love Enamel Dots... but NOT the price!

Ok, I admit it, I have been LOVING the enamel dots I have been seeing from all the different designers, but I do NOT like the price of them! They are very expensive and eat into a budget very quickly. I saw this idea on a group I am in that used Perler beads, but was skeptic. I looked on Pinterest, and again skeptical, looked on YouTube...yep you guessed it...skeptic again. I was at Walmart and decided to pick some up to play with. I will tell you, I am no longer a skeptic!!! IT WORKS!
Not sure what Perler Beads are? Remember back in the good ole days you used to make those shapes with beads and then use an iron to melt them together? Those little plastic beads that my grandma loved to buy me and my mother cussed?? Yeah, those things!!  Those fun little beads are what you need. Don't remember them, well that's ok, here's a picture:
This bucket was only $7.00 at our local Walmart. Yes, you can get them cheaper with a coupon at Joann's or a craft store but out here you do what you can with what you have! I picked up this bucket with a lot of fun colors in it for a lot of variety. 

 Here is how you make them. Set your oven to 350 degrees then line your pan with PARCHMENT paper. It is very important to use parchment paper or a craft mat that can withstand heat. You will place your Perler beads with the hole upright so it looks like a donut on the baking sheet. I baked mine for 30-35 minutes. You want to make sure that they are melted all the way and do not have a little indention in the middle. *IF YOU USE GLITTER OR METALLIC ONES THEY WILL HAVE AN INDENTION IN THEM NO MATTER HOW LONG YOU BAKE THEM*

Here is what mine look like once they were melted
Here is a closer up view
You will notice that I have 3 different sizes. To get the bigger ones you need to stack 2 beads on top of each other. It is a bit tricky but worth it if you want big ones. The next size are just one bead. The minis are a regular ones cut in half with a pair of scissors.


So there you have it, your own CHEAP way to make your own enamel dots! It's cheap, easy, and very fun to do! If you go to a bigger city there are more options or you can do what I did, and just on Amazon and look at all of theirs. I have striped ones on the way :) Hope to make a card using my own dots very soon so be on the look out for that post!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Meeting Santa

WOOHOO, I might not make it the whole year, but I am starting the New Year off right!! Happy 2015 everyone. I am meeting my first resolution and posting my first page of the year. This is a digital scrapbook page that uses Kristin Cronin-Barrow's A Christmas Wonderland Collection found at Sweet Shoppe Designs. I am so in love with this set of pictures that I took on a snowy morning. I can't wait to scrap the rest of them. Did you know that taking pictures when the sun is not shining is actually the best time to take pictures? Just use a fill flash on your camera and you will have success!!! Happy New Year everyone. May 2015 be as blessed as 2014 was, and even more so.

It's almost here...are YOU ready??

It's almost time to ring in a new year again. Where in the world did the past year go?? It seems the older I get the faster the years fly by. I was told over and over that happens and not to blink an eye because my babies would be grown up before I knew it, but honestly I didn't pay too much attention....until now. Now it is hitting me that next Christmas I will have a JUNIOR in high school... say what....WOW!!! I remember when she was in preschool. I will also be getting ready for another 8th grade graduation party for our son, I just had Cassandra's didn't I?? Makayla will be turning 2, yes TWO. Anyway with all of these thoughts racing through my head it has left me with the resolve this year to actually make a resolution. I am NOT a fan of resolutions, but this year I feel that I need to put a few goals in place. So to help keep me accountable, I am sharing a few of them with you :)

1. I will post here at least once a week.
2. I will craft more, share a tutorial, or a helpful tip here at least once a month.
3. I WILL MAKE PROJECTS FOR MYSELF THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

So, have you been bitten by the resolution bug? If so, I would love to hear about it. If you post a  comment of one or more of your own personal resolutions you will be entered into a drawing for a special little stamp set! Let's make this a great new year!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

WOW!!! CTMH JUST SWEETENED THE DEAL!

To go along with the amazing Cyber Monday Sale, they have sweetened the deal with the DEAL OF THE DECADE SALE!!


This is seriously a crafter's dream! Rubber stamps add so much to any project you are working on! I encourage you to try it if you haven't. This is the perfect time to pick up some great Greeting Card sayings for all those cards you are going to make with Artfully Sent or a few sets to add some jazz to a scrapbook page made so easily with Artbooking......the possibilities are endless!!!!!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

AMAZING SALE! Cyber Monday ONLY!

ON MONDAY DECEMBER 1, 2014 ONLY, Close to my Heart will be offering 20% off ANY of our Exclusive Cricut Cartridges. If you have been wishing for one of our amazing collections, now is the time to order! This offer is only good on MONDAY DECEMBER 1. You don't want to miss this sale!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Stable Foundation

Hi everyone, I need to preface this post with this warning. The bow is NOT a good bow. There is one downfall I have and that is making bows. I do not have time to make another one today but wanted to go ahead and post this glass block as some people have been asking me about it. I love the saying and think it is very fitting. I will be redoing the bow, just not today. I have a toddler who seems to think getting into a LOT of things is on the list for the day. She is keeping me hopping for sure! Here is the block and I hope you like it as much as I do, minus the bow.

Thanksgiving Tray

I have a lot of these metal trays from the Dollar Tree leftover from a project I did for a craft fair last year that I ended up not attending due to an emergency, unplanned, c-section. I have been transforming them into faux chalkboards and plan to give some as gifts. This one I did for our buffet for Fall and Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Dinosaur Glass Block Nightlight

I have been trying to work on some glass block designs for Christmas gifts, but I did this one for my nephew's birthday. I am told he is really into dinos so I hope he likes this! I created the scene in Cricut Design Space and then cut it out from vinyl. There are LOTS of layers on this block, but it wasn't too bad layering them together. I found that if you layer the images on a separate sheet and then transfer the whole layered image to the block it made making the scene much easier! I have the subscription so I just picked and chose what I wanted.
Supplies:
Cricut Images
Colored vinyl
Glass Block (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby 1/2 off on sale)
light for inside