August 29, 2014

More Gift Purses

Today just a few more samples of my gift purses. These are more like an evening purse with a little glimmer and sparkle...

Here is a side view and a view of the back of the purse. 

I hope you enjoy these little samples and again, let me know if you are interested to learn how they are made.... just contact me...

August 27, 2014

A special kind of Gift Purse

I love this idea of a gift purse. Yes, it looks like a purse. It opens like a purse and you can hold it as a purse, but is is actually a gift.

It is made from one sheet of 12"x 12" paper, a small strip of cardstock, some brads and ribbon and a button to close your purse.

I put some tissue paper in it to fill out the space and there is a lot of space in it (See the picture on the right). You have room for a book, some sweets, make up or even just a plain gift card if you like. Wouldn't this be a surprise for someone special? Who like to give just a plain box? This is much more fun, don't you think?

Let me know if you are interested to learn how to make one of these gift purse. Starting in September I will offer multiple classes, so contact me for more information or check out the blog for more details in September....stay tuned...

August 25, 2014

Flower Wonders

These flowers are a wonderful embellishment for all kinds of presents. The are great for boxes, home deco items or even on cards.

They only work cards if you plan to hand them to your recipient or you have to place your finished card in a small box to sent out, otherwise the flowers would be flatten.

So, how do you create these flowers? I used our Close To My Heart cartridges to have my Cricut cut out the basic shapes. Two of the three cartridges from Close To My Heart contain these kind of flower projects; you can find them on the "Art Philosophy" and the "Artiste" cartridge.

First thing you need to know is how big you like your flower to can cut them in any size you want with the Cricut. In this project I use a 2 1/2" size.

The machine will cut a big circle with a smooth edge on one side and a scalloped on the other. The scalloped edges can be round, more pointy or long leave etc.. They all will create a different kind of flower. The top picture shows a rounder edge scallop, while the picture on the bottom has a more pointy edge when cut out.

All cutout have a roundish circle like end in the middle. The following technique is the same for all flowers, no matter what edging you have. If you have a quilting tool, this will be the perfect time to use it. If not, just use your fingers or a needle to get started.
Take the outer end of the flower and start rolling it up towards the middle. Make sure it is some what tide and don't let go of the role you are creating. While rolling the paper try to keep the smooth edge even.
Once you reached the middle, place a glue dot (should fit right on the little circle) in the middle and press the roll with the smooth side on the glue dot. If your roll is very tide, let is go just a bit so the layers can unfold a bit. This would also allow you to create a bigger more open flower.

You can use any other type of glue too, but I found the dots work pretty good. Now bend the pedals just a bit to give them a more realistic look. 

For more embellishment, place a rhinestone or pearl in the middle or use glitter glue or other glitter along the edges of the flower....

I know it is hard to explain these techniques. It would be easier to show if you like to attend a class where we create these little flower wonders, please contact me for more information

August 22, 2014

Lip Gloss in a Box

I have attended many craft shows last year and one experience I had was that many of the shoppers loved the cute little boxes I made, but they didn't know what to use them for. Well, chocolate is always a good idea, but that would be your typical first choice. 

I thought I have to come up with a few different ideas and here is one of them:

I found a set of mini Lip Glosses from BareMinerals. Not only are those great lip glosses, but they also came in some great colors. What a perfect idea for a "Ladies Day Out" event I thought and oh, was I spot on. They were a hit. The packaging and the small size of the gloss, perfect...

I created the pillow case box from the Close To My Heart "Art Philosophy" cartridge. To make sure my customers could see the color of the lip gloss I cut a window in the top with my craft knife. 
To make sure the lip gloss is not moving around in the box I placed a strip of paper on the inside that is holding the gloss in place.

I cut two swirl embellishments with the Cricut from the same Close To My Heart cartridge "Art Philosophy" and adhered them with glue dots to one side of the box.
The rose was also cut from the same cartridge. After I rolled the flower together and adhered it with a glue dot to the box, I bend the edges of some of the flower pedals to give it a more natural look.

Stay tuned for more flower sample in the next post....

Do you like to buy some of the boxes or would like to join me for a class on how to make these and embellish these little gifts, well...please contact me for more details, dates and costs

August 1, 2014

The new annual Close To My Heart Idea Book is here ...

It is finally here, the brand new annual Close To My Heart Idea Book is alive! How many of you have already checked it out? Not yet, well click here to see the new Idea Book online.

So what’s new and what is changing you might ask?

First of all, this is an annual Idea Book valid from 8/2014 until 7/2015. There will be two additional small booklets for seasonal items (incl. papers, stamps etc) coming out during the year, so make sure to stay tuned for those. 
You can view the Idea Book for FREE on my website. Otherwise, if you like a hard copy of the Idea Book you have to contact me. The costs for the new Idea Book will be $5 plus shipping (if we can’t meet), but you will get a refund for it if you place an order of $50 or more from August-February. The order has to be placed on my website or via email to me. 

Now since we have an annual Idea Book, we will have 9 brand new paper packs to work with. And the best part, they will be available all the way until 7/2015… 
Here are the new paper packs and some ideas on where to use them:
  • -      Chalk It Up … School, boys, girls
  • -      Scaredy Cat … Halloween, and more
  • -      Pathfinding … Fall, family, girls, boys
  • -      Yuletide Carol … Christmas (traditional), Winter
  • -      Snowhaven … Winter, Christmas (modern)
  • -      Confetti Wishes … Kids Birthdays
  • -      Brushed … Flowers, Spring, Summer, Girls
  • -      Wanderful … Travel
  • -      Seaside … Vacation, Sea, Family

We have five brand new ink and cardstock colors: thistle, glacier, flaxen, canary and pixie.

You will find may new embellishments, Workshops-On-The-Go for scrapbooking and cardmaking, Easy to make card sets, treat bags, deco items, jewelry and naturally many new stamp sets.

There is a new Cricut Cartridge coming out called “Artfully Sent” and the launch is planned for September, so make sure to read your monthly newsletter.

Finally, they are here, 24 new alcohol markers in gorgeous colors from ShinHan.

Many new tools are in the Idea Book: new embossing folders, punches, an all-purpose mat, a score board and on and on it goes. Check out the book to see all the new and exciting things.

You can also visit me on

Friday August 15th from 10am-4pm or on
Saturday August 16th from 9am-5pm

during our annual Association Garage Sale. Check out some of the new items from the new Idea Book or pick up your personal copy. Beside this, I will have a lot of scrapbook items for sale as well J

Here are the Special for the month of August:
  • Buy any “Picture My Life” set and  receive a Memory Protector set ( 8 different sets to choose from) for only $3.
  • The Stamp-Of-The-Month set for August is just adorable… “What a HOOT” … remember, this set will only be available during the month of August. You can either purchase it for the full retail price of $17.95 +SH&T or if you spend $50 on products from the new Idea Book, you will receive this cute set for only $5….Better hurry before this little owl flies away!

    I hope you will enjoy the new Idea Book and all the wonderful products in it. Don’t hesitate to contact me for any question; I would love to hear from you. Gather with some friends at your home or enjoy an online gathering without leaving your home and get tons of products for free! Let me know if you are interested. I know you will love all the FREE products…