Thursday, August 30, 2012

Alcohol Markers Video...Project Inspiration 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book: Harvest Banner

Sorry that the previous post had a different video inserted in it's place.  This is the correct one now.

hugs, Holly

Monday, August 27, 2012

National Stamping Month Video

This is a great video for a fabulous project using the new double "D" stamp set.. 
Let me know what you think.

Hugs,  Holly

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Cricut Artistes Easy Instructions!!!!!

Watch this great video from the corparate staff at Close to My heart!!  You will love this cartridge :)

hugs, Holly

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I recieved the Liebster Award!

I recieved the Liebster Award!

Terry Ann Diack of It's My Garage-I can Craft in it! has nominated me for a Liebster!  This is truely an honor.

A little about the Liebster.  This is how it works...

Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved", "Favorite", or "Dearest".  This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but it believed to have originated by a German blogger.  This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay if forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

Rules for Acceptance
Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.  Post the award onto your blog.  Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 follwers.  Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award.

One of the fun things about recieving  this award is that it challenges you to view more blogs to search for fellow creative person and brighten their day--just a bit--my acknowledging their talent.

Okay and now for my favorite five...

drumroll please
and not in any particular order...

JuliAnne from Paper Crafting with Purpose
Gloria from Scraptabulous Studio
Dawn from I am a Happy Stamper
Nickie from Live Scrap Love
Pam from Pam's Crafty Creation

Be sure to visit these ladies (they are all super talented) and see who they pass the award on to.  This is such a great way to expand your creative circle.

99% of all my creations use Close to My Heart products.  Like what you see and want to recreate it...Click here for my shopping site.

hugs, Holly

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Mini Purse with cards

     Did you find some time to papercraft today?  I did!!  I was working on some layouts and cards using the new It's Your Day stamp set.  This set is the new campaign from Close to My Heart.  It is a double "D" set that you can get for just $5.00 when you spend $35.

   Then I switched gears to working on a cute purse that hold 6 mini cards.  For the cards, I used the Pun Fun stamp set.  I love this set!!  The paper I used is the darling, retired Daydream, Lilac Mist cardstock and Spring Iris cardstock.

What do you think for these?  Let me know!

hugs, Holly

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Little Slice of Cake tutorial

     Have you seen the new Artiste cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart?  Holy, Moly it is AMAZING :)  There are 700 images that include an alphabet, card bases with matching envelopes, 3-D objects, rolled roses, pinwheel/rosettes, shapes, holiday shapes, and phrases that are welded together.  Did I say how AMAZING this cartridge is????

    You can come by on August 26th. to see for yourself at the Open House from 5:00-8:00 pm.

   Let's take a look at the darling cake slice box that I made using the new Artiste cartridge.  I cut it at 3 3/4" for the bottom and top of the box.  I used Grey Wool and Baby Pink cardstock.  The roses are made from Vineyard Berry and was cut at 3".  The stem is cut at 2" in Sweetleaf cardstock.  Then I added the new pink and green glitz glitter gel.

So the question is...What do you think of this paper cake?  Could you resist just a slice? 

Let me know.  I would love to show you how to make your own.

hugs, Holly

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

September 2012: National Stamping Month

This is such a great  promotion!!!!  Let me show you how to get yours.

hugs, Holly

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gift card holder

I was playing with my new Artiste cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart the other day.  I made this gift card holder.  If you like this card then you will want to join me on August 26th at the Open House, because you will be making one for the make n' take.

The paper I used was the new Pear and Partridge and the stamp is from the new Pear and Partridge card workshop on the go.  The ink colors are cranberry, olive, and new england ivy.

I hope you can make it to the Open House on Sunday, August 26th, from 5:00-8:00pm. at my house.  If you haven't registered to come yet, please let me know by Thursday, August 23, so I can prep your project.

hugs, Holly

Monday, August 13, 2012

Avonlea Mini Album

   A dear friend of mine is hosting a home gathering next week.  I wanted to design a special project for her and her friends/family to do.  I am so excited for how this mini album turned out.

    The supplies I used are Avonlea paper, Slate, Juniper, Olive cardstock, baker's twine, bitty sparkles, buttons, paper butterfly, and clear sparkles.  I used the new Artiste cricut cartridge to cut the pages for the mini album.

   I hope Jen likes her project!!!

What do you think of this darling mini album?  Would you like to make it at your next night out with the ladies?  Let me know what evening is good for you!

hugs, Holly

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Pinwheel/Rosette tutortial

     While I was designing the last card for my December Biggby card class, I was inspired by the cricut booklet from the new "Artiste" cartridge.  The pinwheel/rosette are all the rage right now on cards and scrapbook layouts.  I thought I would show you how easy it really is to make one.

Cut 2 (1 1/2") strips from the Artiste cricut cartridge

Fold both strips like a fan

Adhere one send together

Adhere other end together to make the ring

Begin to shape the ring and have a circle ready with liquid glass

Place ring over glued circle and press down

Flatten the pinwheel over the glued circle

Place stamped image over the top to hide center

Add paper to card

Adhere pinwheel/rosette to card, then you are done.

Would you like to make this card or something similar?  Then let's get together to make some great projects.

hugs, Holly

Friday, August 10, 2012


   At our annual August unit meeting, my upline does annual awards just like Close to My Heart does at convention.  Dana knows how to do them right.  This year I earned 5 awards.  I was unable to be at our unit meeting but Dana mailed my awards to me.  Thank you, Dana!

Personal Sales - 2nd. place

Team Sales - 4th. Place

Operation Smile donations - 1st. Place
This is my most special and cherished award.  Thank you to all of you who had donated. 
 Let's try to repeat next year

Online Sales for website - 1st. Place 
Recruiting - 4th. Place
This one I would like to improve on for next year.  You can help me out by joining my team.

The full collection all together. 

Thank you to all of you who support my business in so many ways.  Your friendship means the world to me!

hugs, Holly

Thursday, August 9, 2012

La Belle Vie card tutorial

   I thought I would share a card tutorial with you today.  The paper is from the La Belle Vie collection.  The stamp set is from the La Belle Vie workshop on the go kit.  The cut out shapes are from the new Artiste Cricut cartridge.  The ink colors are Black, Smoky Plum,  and Blush.  I used clear sparkles to add an extra bling to the card.

Finished card

Paper parts: B&T La Belle Vie and Sweet Leaf cardstock

Artiste Cricut cartridge cut outs

Stamp set from the La Belle Vie workshop on the go kit

Stamp the tower in black

Stamp saying in Smoky Plum

Ink distress edge of the blush B&T paper

Inside of the card

Place this 1 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece at 3/4" from the bottom of the card base

Place the sweet leaf cardstock 2 1/2" x 4 3/4" piece 1 1/4" from the bottom of the card

Place the pink B&T piece 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" piece to the bottom of the card

Place the tower image on the card

Place the banner in the top left corner with foam tape

Place 4 sparkles, one in each corner.

You can see the size for the paper and the placement.  The design came from the new Make it from Your Heart volume 1 by Jeanette Lynton.  Let me know what you think of this card and tutorial.

hugs, Holly