Monday, October 5, 2015

This Is Halloween, This Is Halloween. . .

Though we don't do much Halloween-ing around my household, I do enjoy making some fun Halloween papercrafts!  Here's a look at some of the projects I've made this year. . .you can purchase the products to make these items on my website at
This is made with our new My Creations Pint-Size Containers (Z3137, three in a package for $3.95).  I embellished it with paper from the Nevermore paper pack and some of our black Shimmer Trim and Glitter Paper.  
I can't take credit for this idea, but I saw them at Convention this year and KNEW I had to make these broomstick lollipops.  They're made with Blow Pops, though I think you could use any type of lollipop.  I sponged the handles with Desert Sand ink.  I cut a piece of Kraft Cardstock 2 1/2" x 12" and then I cut thin vertical lines all the way down the piece (they do make fringe scissors now--that might help a bit).   I cut up just a little over 2" so you still have some solid part to hold it together.  Then I wrapped it round and round the Blow Pop stick (adding some adhesive every so often so it doesn't unwind).  Then, I stamped a cute label and tied on some of our Thistle Twine.

Here's a variation on a theme, in case you have some kind of lollipop aversion.  Anyway, these broomsticks (also an idea I got at Convention) are made with grape licorice and paper from the Nevermore paper pack.  I put the licorice inside one of these super-skinny clear bags.  I ordered the bags a long time ago from, but I'm not sure if you can find them in stores.  Walmart carries pretzel stick bags back in the cake decorating/wedding section, and those might work.

We have such great ready-to-decorate products liked these Designer Creations Paper Bags (Z2036--only $3.95 for 12).  I cut out some tag shapes on the Cricut and then added some stamped images from our newest Halloween sets.  I also used a zip strip from the Nevermore Paper Pack.

I didn't get much of a chance to play with my Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge last Halloween, so now it's time to pull it out and see what fun things we can create with this awesome cartridge!  This is one of the MANY pop-up cards you can find on this cartridge. . .and it was very easy to put together!  

Here's the front of the card. . .I used some paper from last year's Scaredy Cat Paper Pack.  
This is the card I made for one of my recent team card swaps.  I adore these cute little kids in the Little Monsters stamp set (C1630) which is featured in the new Holiday Expressions.  It's the perfect stamp set to use with our ShinHan markers, so if you're into color therapy, this one's for you!  The "Trick or Treat" sign comes from the Pumpkin Chevron stamp set (B1488).  Paper is from the Nevermore paper pack, and, okay, I can't remember which CTMH cartridge I got the bats from.    

Here's another fun creation I made with the Artfully Sent cartridge.  This is a Pocket Card that I cut out in black cardstock.  I put our silver Glitter paper behind the web to give it a fun shiny look.  I cut my pocket card at 5 inches, and it seemed just about right for some stick candy or Pixie Sticks, but you could make it larger if you need to stuff it FULL of candy!!  The spider came from the Artbooking Cartridge--he was slightly mean until I gave him some google eyes!

Friday, October 2, 2015

October Stamp of the Month: Twinkle

You're going to love all of the fun holiday images and words that are in this stamp set!!  It's one of those MUST HAVE stamp sets for the Christmas season.  To order, visit my website at  You can purchase the stamp set for only $5 with a $50 purchase or you can order it for the regular retail price of $17.95.  The three images with red around them correspond with shapes on the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


When you sign up as a Close to My Heart Consultant in the month of October, you'll receive this adorable bag absolutely FREE!  It's a fantastic time of year to get your business rolling.  And, as a welcome gift for joining my Close to My Heart team, I'll give you two My Reflections paper packs of your choice FREE to help you stock your stash with more of our beautiful products!  To sign up, visit my website at, and click on "What We Do."  I'd love to have you on my team. . .whether you live near the Springfield, MO, area or anywhere in the country!  If you have questions about becoming a Consultant, feel free to contact me!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cards for my upcoming Card Marathon Class

I've got another card marathon class coming up Thursday, September 24, and Monday, September 28th.  If you're local and would like to attend, let me know right away.  We'll make 20 cards in one night (four each of five designs).  Here are the cards that I have designed for this round.

I love the simplicity of this card!  It's the same design, but you can just keep changing the background paper and the sentiment.  The black cardstock and Silver Shimmer Trim stay the same on each card.  The stamp set is C1633 For Family (a MUST HAVE, in my opinion).  For my Card Marathon class, we are using the Fundamentals paper (these are some of the retired patterns, but this will work with the new patterns or with patterned papers from any of our My Reflections paper packs).  

For some reason, I sometimes struggle to design good "guy cards."   Here's a simple design using the Urban paper pack that will work for masculine cards. . .but you could easily change the papers and make it more feminine.  The "Happy Birthday" design is from the new Artistry Cricut Collection.

Our paper designs this year are really easy to mix and match.  I've used paper from both the Georgie and the Zoe paper packs.  

Our September Stamp of the Month is just so beautiful, and it lends itself to a variety of stamping techniques.  We're going to be learning this fun inking technique at my Card Marathon Class.  Stay tuned. . .I may post some instructions for this inking technique on here as well.  

Everybody loves puppies, right???  I was so excited to see that we had animal images on the new Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  Here's a simple card idea inspired by one that I saw on Pinterest by Cat Nowak.  Mine's a little different than hers, but I wanted to give a shout out to her for the original idea.  The paper is from the Zoe paper pack (the check pattern is on one side and the dots on the other).  I believe I cut the puppies around 2 1/2" tall.  The hearts came from Artiste, and I cut them 2 3/4" and 3".

You can order all of the materials to make these cards from my website at