Friday, September 28, 2012

Guest Book Tree

If you have been on Pinterest you might have seen these trees.  They are the big trend for wedding guest books.  You make the tree and have everyone that comes to the wedding, put their finger print on the tree and write their name by their finger print.  FUN!  So my future daughter in law came to me to see if I could help her make one for her friends that were married last weekend.

Here's what we came up with.  How fun is that!  We thought it turned out so good.  AND, this tree was created with just ONE branch from our Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  We made branches that were 6", 4" & 2" and make it look like a tree!  How did we do?  

This is a picture of it with all the finger prints on it.  WOW!  What a beautiful tree all filled in!  LOL She has a frame for it and will be displayed in the new couples home.  What a great way to remember your wedding and those who shared your day!  

 There was one flaw in our tree...the swing was meant for the bride & groom...their finger prints were SUPPOSE to go there, but the grandma & grandpa got their first.  UGH!  lol  Oh well.  I guess next time the bride & groom will have to put their finger prints on FIRST!  But all in all it turned out great.

Here is the sign we made to tell them what to do.  I guess we should have also had a sign that said, "swing reserved for the bride & groom"  LOL
It is so nice to have a daughter in law (soon to be) that likes crafts too!  Now if I can just get her scrapbooking!!!  In time....

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Christmas My Creations Star

Are you ready for Christmas?  EEK!  LOL  I know I is only September...well the end of September.  But it is time to start creating for Christmas so you are not so rushed and crazy as time gets closer.
I made this My Creations Star (Z1803 $9.95) it is a preassembled chipboard 3 D star with a hole in the back for hanging!  PERFECT!  It is 12 inches tall.  
Anyone that purchase one of these stars will get a cutting pattern too.  This makes it so easy to cut the paper of your choice and get it done!  

The poinsettia in the middle is made with 2 flowers from the Artiste cartridge with a rhinestone brad in the middle!  Fast, Easy and PRETTY!
You can make these stars ANY theme.  Watch for more samples coming soon!

Friday, September 21, 2012


Are you behind on scrapbooking and need to get it DONE FAST!  Feel like you will NEVER get it done!  Are you so far behind you just want to STOP taking pictures?  
I have the answer for you!  STUDIO J!  
We have something new in our Studio J collection.  It's called our Express Collection!  I LOVE IT!
We have 6 different themes with 10 two page layouts in them.  EVERYTHING IS DONE FOR YOU!  All you need to do is drop in your pictures & add your journaling.  You can change a few things if you want, but it is mostly DONE!  
Here are some layouts I created with our Travel Collection.  They are from our trip to Seattle on Labor Day...YES THIS LAST LABOR DAY!  As in 20 days ago!  And these have been done for about a week now!  WOW!  

All these layout took me about 1 hour to do. I didn't have to develop pictures or anything!  AND, I only use the pictures I needed to use.  Normally I will print a bunch of pictures and about 1/4 of them I don't use.  That is a waste of money...but not with Studio J!  AND, one of my favorite things about Studio J is that you drop the photo in the well and it sizes it.  See the photo above on the left.  It is an 8 x 10...I normally don't print that size...and then the ones on the right bottom...TINY!  But the pictures resize and work GREAT!

Another feature I LOVE...when you place your order, you get the jpegs emailed to you within MINUTES!  Then you can share them on your blog, facebook or with family & friends while you are waiting for the originals to be delivered!  YEA!  OH, and do you make multiple layout for each of your kids?  Just click how many you want and you now you have one for everyone without any more effort!  YEA!!!! 

So I have these now and my originals are on the way!  I can't wait to see them!  What a great way to relive those memories!  (you can click on the layout to make it bigger)

We have made some changes in Studio J...NO MORE MEMBERSHIP FEE!  YEA!!!  This is GREAT!  It is simply $6.95 for a 2 page layout!  WOW!  Remember you will not have to have pictures developed!  AND you have access to all paper packs & layouts.  You will also get free jpegs.

Want to learn more about Studio J?  Join me for a FREE Studio J workshop on Wednesday October 10th at 7:00.  Just bring your laptop (if you don't have a laptop come anyway) and I will show you some of the GREAT features on Studio J and even create some!  Please RSVP!  Don't  miss it!  It's a GREAT way to GET R DONE!  And you will be able to see these layouts in person!  

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Gift Card

Are your ready for the holidays?  Here is a GREAT way to give gift cards!  And you might also know before I say it, but YES, this is created using our Cricut Artiste Cartridge!!  It cuts, scores, scallops and all  you have to do is fold on the score marks and decorate it! 

 This card was taught to us by my downline Becky Maboussou at our recent retreat.  We created it fast and as you can see, it doesn't take many supplies and DONE!  Now you have a GREAT card to put those gift cards in!  The recipient will feel extra special to know you took a little time and created it just for them.

As you can see in the photo above, the part that stands up...that is where you slide the gift card in.  I didn't have a gift card at the time I took the picture.  You would be very surprised this not only took just a few supplies, but it took about 15 minutes to make!  

So get a heads up on your gift giving projects.  Create these cards now!  You can even purchase your gift cards and match the colors to it!  Too much fun!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Cricut Flowers

 I am just LOVING our new Cricut Artiste cartridge.  I don't know if there is a day that goes by that I am not using it!  What did I do before we had this?  LOL

Here is a flower that my downline Joyce Hernandez taught us at a retreat we had a couple weeks ago.  We cut the flower from the Artiste cartridge on page 63 and the leaf from page 32.  We filled our Treat Cups (Z1778 10 for $3.95) with candy and we made a secret hole in the back where you just slide the leaves over and it reveals the hole to get your candy out!  How fun is that!

I still need to make a bouquet of stay tuned...once I get that done I will post it too.

Now I just need to rearrange my office so my Cricut machine is right next to me!  LOL  Right now it is in my closet and I get up and down a lot.

If you would like to purchase your Cricut Artiste cartridge, contact me soon!  You will be so glad you did!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cricut Artiste Cartridge

You have heard me talk about our New Cricut Artiste Cartridge, and you might have seen some of the items I have made with it.  Now you can see it in action.
Check out this video from our very own Brian Holman from Close to my Heart.  He's the COO of Close to my Heart!

I just LOVE this cartridge!  If you would like to know more about it or order your own, just email or call me and I will be happy to assist you!


Do you love owls?  I DO!  One might say I am a little obsessed with them lately!  lol  And when I learned our new Cricut Artiste Cartridge had an owl on it I knew what I would be making!
Here is  my owl.  His body is a full 12 x 12 sheet!  Then I cut his "parts" out of our Moonlight pattern paper.  And just doubled & curled his "feathers" and attached them.  For his eyes I put our new treat cups on them to make them look very dimensional!  LOL  So cute!  

Not only can you make him BIG, but you can make him any size with your Cricut machine.  I am working on some school pages with a smaller version of this owl.  Stay tuned for that!  The fun never ends!  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Flirty Workshop

I love our Flirty Paper Pack!  This is a kit that we will NOT be using in my monthly groups, so I am going to have a workshop on these!!  If you would like to make these 2 layouts, you will need to join us!  You do not need to be in one of my groups to attend this workshop!  All are welcome.

The workshop will be held on Monday, October 1st at 7:00.  There are 2 choices for the price.
If you would like the big kit which includes the paper pack, stamp set, color flyer with pattern, sparkles, flirty complements and additional cardstock your total is $35.29  (includes shipping & tax) or you can get all of the above minus the stamp set and color flyer with pattern for $22 (includes shipping & tax).

 Registration deadline is September 21st (or until full).   Space is limited so make sure you sign up soon!   

It is a very cute kit.  The catalog shows it with a little more PINK, but I know pink scares some of you.   LOL  But you will have extras to make even more layouts or cards on your own!