Thursday, November 20, 2014

Great christmas special

Christmas is almost here and we all know that the Close To My Heart cartridges are on everyones list.      How you would like a special to go along with that great cartridge you want.  Well here you go.

I am hosting a mystery hostess gathering.  Top prize, a free cricut cartridge.  Yes, you read that right, a free Close To My Heart cartridge.  Other prizes will include, $25 in hostess rewards, 50% off one item, free paper pack, free d size stamp and other prizes. Everyone who places an order will get a prize.

 How do you get these great prizes?  For every $50 you spend, you will get one entry.  Ordering a cricut cartridge , you will get 3 entries. Referring a friend who places an order, you will get one entry.  Liking my facebook page,, you will get one entry.

Place your order at from now to December  14th to enter.  You will be notified on December 15th on what your prize will be.  This offer is only available through myself, Nikka Geers, and not a special from Close To My Heart.

Check out artwork using our newest cartridge, Artfully Sent {here}

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Special! Artfully Sent blog hop

Welcome to this special blog hop featurng the brand new Cricut cartrdige, Artfully Sent.  This cartridge is all card base, but just like Artbooking, you can use this cartrdige for more than just cards. Like all the other cartridges, it features 700 images, including an alphabet.  An also includes 3 stamp sets.  And just like all the rest of our cartridges, it is amazing.

This blog hop is a circle, so if you start here, keep hoping til you come back.  If you haven't started here, you should be coming from {Sarita Schraeder}.   Next in the hop is {April Nourse}

Now lets start the artwork.  

We will start with a card, but not one of the premade ones.  
I was looking everywhere for a 25 for this card.  I found the one I like, but it was part of pocket card (like the ones found for Picture My Life).  I didn't want to waste all the paper, so I used the slice option in Design Space to make it cut just the number. (tutorial below)  Now, I could have just cut out the whole image and used it on another project, but wasn't sure what project I would do.

This image is found on page 50 , Pocket Card and image code #mced4e in Design Space. The snowflake is from the Artiste Cartridge, image code #m392a0.

This next project also uses the pocket card, but in a page.  I used as is in place of a photo.  Here is a secret.  The B&T paper used here is actaully a christmas paper.  I just love this elegant Halloween page, don't you.

   This image is found on page 44, Pocket Card and image code #mcdf76 in Design Space.
Now this one is definitely is outside the card for this project.  I used one of the sleeve cards and cut off the back of the card using slice in Design Space.  Made a perfect stencil for embossing paste.  Now we don't carry this, shame, so I had to buy it at Michaels.  You can do this without the Explore, itwill just   cut out the whole card and you would cut it off yourself.  

See that lovely gold trim.  I want to share two tips with it.  Tip one, when I use trim or washi on a canvas, I add some liquid glass to make sure it will not come off.  Tip two, that is actaully silver shimmer tape.  I used the marigold shinhan marker to color it.  Works amazing.  Pss.. I have a secret.  They are coming out with white shimmer tape that will work even better than the silver.  

The image used on this canvas is found on page 16, Sleeve and image code #m101209 for Design Space. 

So I wanted to share how I used Design Space to alter the images to what I wanted.

Select the images you wish to use.  For this project I used image #mce04e and square from craft room basics (there are a couple you can use, I can't find where I wrote the code.  And since they don't have the ipad app out yet, I can't find it on here)
When you do import the images, they will come with two layers.  You will have to select them, and ungroup them from the bottom of the layers box (sorry I didn't place an arrow there.  I thought I did) This is very important since you can only have 2 items to use the slice.  One of the layers for the square is hidden, so click the eye next to the hidden one to be able to delete it.
Next you will have to set up for the slice.  Make sure your box is big enough for what you want cut out.  The whole box is going to be cut out.  I tested to see if it mattered which image was on top, and it did't seem to matter.  Select both images, make sure you only have 2 images selected, and click the slice button on the top of the layer box.  Yay, there is an arrow for that.

Once you slice the image, it will have three parts.  Delete the parts you no longer need, and there you have the selected image you wish to use.

 Now with this image, it comes with a score line.  You will need to click detach on the top of the layers box, and then delete to be able to slice the image.  I recommend sizing and placing the box with the score still in place so you can line it up.  Doesn't matter much if you are just using as a stencil, but you can also use this on a scrapbook as an overlay, just like the ones found in Artbooking.  Yes, some are the same image, but there are many that are different in the Artfully Sent.  
Hope you enjoyed the post and the tutorials.  

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 Now hop on to the next in line, {{April Nourse} Thank you.

Recipes  All items are from Close To My Heart unless stated.

25 card - 
  Paper -
    White Daisy Cardstock 1385
    Glacier Cardstock X5770
    Ruby Cardstock X5927
    Black Cardstock 1386
 Ink - 
    Black Ink Pad Z2105
    Glacier Ink Pad Z2641
 Stamps -
    In the Background D1540
    Merry, Merry C1591
 Other -
    Sparkles Z1752
    Artiste Cartridge Z1790
    Artfully Sent Z3017

Halloween Layout -
 Paper -
    White Daisy Cardstock 1385
    Black Cardstock 1386
    Slate Cardstock X5930
    Sunset Cardstock X5758
    Yuletide Carol B&T X7187B
 Ink - 
    Black Ink Z2105
 Other -
    Black Shimmer Trim Z1809
    Artfully Sent Cartridge Z3017

Christmas Canvas
 Paper -
    White Daisy Cardstock 1385
    Ruby Cardstock X5927
    Snowhaven B&T X7188B
 Ink - 
    Ruby Ink Pad Z2170
    Marigold Marker Z2457
    Gold Acrylic Paint  non ctmh
 Other -
    My Creations Canvas Z1818
    Silver Shimmer Trim Z1799
    Bitty Sparkles Z1263
    Liquid Glass Z67
    3-D Foam Tape Z1151
    Artfully Sent Cartridge Z3017
    Martha Stuart Texture Paste non ctmh

Friday, October 31, 2014

November blog hop - it's the little things

Welcome to this month's bloghop featuring the stamp set It's the Little Things.

 This is  circle hop so wherever you started, just keep on hopping til you get back  to where you started.  You should be coming from {Carol-Anne Grenier}.  Next in the hop is {Melissa Robinson}                                             

So with every sotm, I try to come up with a unique way to use the stamp.  One of the flowers looks like a bullsyeye so I ran with it.

You can use a punch to mke this card, but I did not so I brought out my explore. 

 I took a circle from Art Philosophy, every cartridge has a circle. I made the circle 1 1/2 inches.  Then I took a rectangle, made it 5 1/4 x 3 3/4. Now you line up your circle where you want it and use the slice button found above in the picture.  Then you get this cut out.  Did you know that every image has a number in design space.  It makes looking for things easier.  I used #m4763s for the circle (Artbooking is #m46f6e, Artiste is #m39e86) and #m4763s.

On a side note, I love these photos.  I just got the s5 and the camera is amazing.  

Ok, back to the cards. The next one is a Christmas card using the leaves from the set. 
I saw another card that had this framing to it and thought I would give it a try.  Not sure how I feel about it.

Remember, this stamp is $5 when you purchase $50 in product.
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Thank you from stopping by.  Next in the hop is {Melissa Robinson}

Recipe : All products are from Close To My Heart

    S1411- It's the Little Things
    A1117  - A Typeface
    C1602 - Magical Moments
     1385 - White Daisy Cardstock
     Z2170 - Ruby Ink Pad
    Z2105 - Black Ink Pad
    Z2173 - Slate Ink Pad
    Z1151 - 3D Foam Tape
    Z1686 - Art Philosophy

Seasons Greetings
     S1411 - It's the Little Things
     B1468 - Merriest Christmas
     1385 - White Daisy Cardstock
     Z2137 - Olive Ink Pad
     Z2105 - Black Ink Pad
     Z1979 - Journaling Pen
     Z1471 - Ruler

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to make 3D snowflake with the Explore

Welcome to my blog.  I am going to show you how to make 3D snowflakes using the Explore.  Now you can do this with any machine or even without the machine.  I will add notes throughout to explain how to do this without a machine.

Lets get started.

Open up Design Space.  Now you can do this with any snowflake, but I used a dingbat font from

If you are using a font, open the text box, type the letter, I used the G snowflake.  Change the font to snowflake.  To make this easier, you can type in the font name and it will pull up.  Change the font size to 5 inches. If you choose to use a cricut image, you would choose insert image and select which image you choose to use.  Recommendation: the snowflake I used is very delicate, I would recommend using a snowflake with a solid outline.  (If you are using another machine you would choose the image and cut, or cut out a snowflake on your own.)

Next you will need to add score lines.  Search for score line in images and it will pull up what you need. (Doesn't apply to anything outside of Design Space)

Add you score lines.  The black lines is where you will add the score lines, plus the vertical line shown.  There will be four total gong across the snowflake. (If you are not using Design Space, you will add the score lines by yourself.  Use a score board to make this easier.  Skip the next 3 images)

Make sure to select all and hit attach. Hit the GO button.

Make sure everything is on one mat.  If it is not, go back and attach. Here you can have it do two snowflakes.  I tried to do 4, but it crashed on me.  But you can try.

Change your dial to custom and choose Cardstock, Intricate Cuts.

The rest id directions for all the snowflakes.

These are the cuts after they are cut.

Now fold on the score lines.  The easiest way to do this is fold all the mountain folds, then fold it over and do all the valley folds.

Now lay flat and fold all the mountain folds and valley folds so it looks like the picture

Place the two snowflakes on top of each other.  Glue just the tips of the valley fold. This is where it becomes difficult when its lacy like this.  You have such a small area to glue.  Do not glue the whole valley fold, it will not pop up if you do this
 This is the completed snowflake.  Below is the side view to show the dimension.

This is the first snowflake I made.  Again very delicate and difficult to glue. But very pretty.

I used Frosted paper packet from Close to My Heart.  This paper is retired but our current paper pack Yuletide Carol - X7187B or Snowhaven X7188B would work perfectly.  I also used Liquid Glass Z697 to glue the snowflake together.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October stamp of the month blog hop

Welcome to this months blog hop featuring the stamp Home for the Holidays.

 This blog hop is a circle, so keep hopping until you come back to were you have started.  If you have not started here, you should be coming from {Heather Schmuckal} blog.  Next in this hop is {Michele Rowley}.  

I wanted to show how this christmas stamp set can be used in other ways than christmas.  I am moving in November.  My hubby is army and is getting sent to Fort Hood, Texas.  So when I saw the house, I knew I wanted to do some sort of moving card.  I paper pieced the house to make it different colors.  At first I wanted to use the Home part of the stamp, but it just didn't feel right so I went to We Moved.

  I used this sketch for the card.

If you would like to get the materials to make your own projects, go to {}

Thank you for stopping by.  Next in the hop is {Michele Rowley}.  


We Moved Card.
Colonial White Card Value Pack X1410
Crystal Blue Cardstock 1292
Wanderful Paper Packet X7191B
Wanderful Assortment Z3010
My Crush Besties Assortment Z1886
White Enamel Stars Z2010
Gypsy Ink Pad Z2190
Flaxen Ink Pad Z2642
Smoothie Ink Pad Z2196
Crystal Blue Ink Pad Z2117
Corner Rounder Z1912

Friday, September 12, 2014

Artfully sent is now available

I am giving away a Artfully Sent cartridge and it could be you who wins it.

To qualify for this drawing, you must place an $100 (or cartridge) order.  For every $100 you spend, you get one entry.  You can earn extra entries by doing the following:
Like my Facebook page = one entry
Refer a friend who places qualifying order  = one entry (friend must email the referral)
Post this on your blog = one post (must email blog address to verify)
Sign up for workshop = one entry. (Details coming soon)

There will also be a free gift for everyone who orders, just to say thank you.

And to sweeten the deal, for every $500 in sales, I will add another cartridge.
 If you can't wait to get your Artfully Sent cartridge, you can pick the cartridge of you choice: Art Philosophy,  Artiste, or Artbooking.

Place your order under the Artfully Sent gathering at  Any orders not placed in this gathering will not qualify for the giveaway.  You must place your order by October 10 to be eligible.  Email your blog post of referral at
Drawing will take place on October 11 and will be shipped shortly after that.  Any questions, please feel free to email me.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

#30yearsofhappy blog hop

Welcome to this special blog hop, featuring #30daysofhappy stamp set.  It includes 30 mini images and can be yours for free when you purchase $30 worth of stamps.

You should be arriving from {Casandra Bennett} blog.  Next in this hop is {Gina Brandstetter}.  This is a circle hop so keep visiting blogs until you come back to where you started.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of blogs {here}.

This stamp set works perfectly for 3 x 3 cards and tags, but i wanted to show you that you can use it for regular size cards as well.  
This card features our newest color Glacier,  with Lagoon heart and silver sequins.  It is a small image but this design is so simple, it draws you attention straight to that image.  Without that small strip of white, the image would be lost.

I didn't want to do a 3 x 3 image, but this design did not work well on a standard size card.
I made a mask of the stamps so the images would not overlap.  This features two more of our newest ink colors, Pixie and Thistle.

I hope you enjoyed this artwork.  Now hop along to see what {Gina Brandstetter} has in store for you.