Thursday, November 14, 2013

Handcrafted Holiday Blog Hop

If you are coming from Michelle's  blog, then welcome!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you'll find a complete list of participating Consultants here.

One of my favorite activities during the Christmas season is to visit Temple Square in Salt Lake City to enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights.  The display that I enjoy the most is the section featuring luminaries that represent countries all over the world. My project this month is a nod towards those beautiful luminaries that I love so much.

This first one is made using a box from the Artiste cartridge as the base (page 39).  It is cut from Twilight Cardstock, has strips of Silver Shimmer Tape around the top edge and is painted along the edges with Pearl Paint.  It is topped with a square of Frosted Background and Texture paper, a circle cut from silver glitter paper and a snowflake cutout.  This is a super easy project that would make a thoughtful gift or a bright addition to your holiday decor.

This is a screen shot of what the box looks like in Cricut Craft Room.  The snowflake is from the Art Philosophy cartridge (page 30) and the snowman is from the new Artbooking cartridge (page 77). If you link your cartridges to your computer, you are able to pull images from any cartridge that you own for a project--I love having that versatility!  Before folding your box, using the Bonding Memories glue pen, adhere a square of white tissue paper over each of the four images. 

This next group of luminaries is made from paper bags.  I found some sturdy bags at Michael's that worked well for this project.  A regular lunch bag would be a bit flimsy.  Rather than cutting the design from the bag itself, I cut the images from cardstock then adhered it over an opening that I cut in the bag.  I found it easiest to trace the shape of the overlay on my bag, then I cut it out with scissors about 1/2" inside the line and then erase the pencil marks before adhering the overlay.   I wish the photo did justice to how beautiful these luminaries look in the dark--stunning!  

 Here is a screen shot that shows the different images that I combined to make the overlay.  You need to use the "Hide Contour" function to remove the hearts from the scalloped frame.  To do this, you simply hightlight the frame, click on the "hide contour" button, then hover over each heart and click on it when the outline is red.  I had to stretch the deer image vertically to make it fit in the frame the way that I wanted to.  I love how you can manipulate images in Craft Room to fit your specific project!  Once you have everything layered the way that you want it, highlight the entire image and group it using the "group" button on the top of the page so that you can move the image around on your page.  The deer and the frame are from the Artbooking cartridge (pages 57 & and 84).  The font is from Art Philosophy.

Here's a great tip to make cutting the opening in the bag for the scalloped snowman piece.  I cut an oval that is the size that the opening needs to be and used this to trace the cutting line on the bag--that made it super easy to make sure that you cut the opening the correct size.

This screen shot shows the three images that you combine to make the tree overlay.  The tree and the snowflakes are from the Artbooking cartridge (pages  66 & and 76).  You need to use the "Hide Contour" feature to eliminate the holes in the scallops on the frame (page 50 Art Philosophy) and also to isolate the snowflakes from the overlay.  I also find it helpful to eliminate any extra holes that I can from the snowflakes so that it will cut faster and cleaner. 


Here are some of my finds:  I used the kraft-colored "Day of week bags shown in the photo for my luminaries.  You are cutting out the front section, so it doesn't matter that they have words printed on them.  Michael's also has a selection of smaller bags in colors.  I found the small bag of accent gems at the dollar store--this would be great to include with a set of bags that you could use for gifts.  The accent gems work well to weight your bags so they don't blow away--much better than using sand!  The 24-pack of battery-operated tea lights are from Joanne and were a great price with a half-off coupon. 

I hope that you have fun making some luminaries to brighten your holiday!  You won't want to miss the great ideas the Blythe Shupe has for you on her blog!

December Creative Class

Wow!  You are getting an early Christmas gift this year.  I have two beautiful kits that you can choose from this month--you can do just one or you can order both if you just can't decide between them!

The first kit features the soft and soothing colors of the Frosted papers and the shimmer of pearl paint.  I love the oval photo mats and the ease of the coordinating My Stickease embellishments.  The Frosted kit is $22 and includes two 2-page layouts and four cards, as well as Cricut cuts, use of my stamps and inks and personal instruction. 

The second kit that is available for December is the fun and festive Sparkle and Shine pages.  The upper tree pages were adapted from some that Dana Kessler designed and the lower pages were designed by Lynn Como.  These pages include a the Sparkle & Shine Dimensional Elements and a full package of sparkle flourishes and are $25 for two 2-page layouts and four cards, as well as Cricut cuts, use of my stamps and inks and personal instruction.  All kits are pre-cut so that you can relax and visit and you put them together.  Remember to bring back your Huntington pages from November with photos and journaling to receive a great prize!  I am so pleased with the number of you that are completing your pages each month!

Class will be held in my home workshop 12824 S Long Tail Drive (470 E), Draper on the following dates:

Tuesday, December 10, 10:00 am & 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 11, 12:30 & 7:00 pm

Please bring a basic tool kit including adhesive, glue dots and 3-D foam tape to complete your layouts.  Please order quickly as the Sparkle & Shine kit is on a "while supplies last" availability.

Make sure you take a look at the Christmas Cards that I have available and call me to schedule an appointment to make them.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Christmas Card Workshop

Now is the perfect time to create beautiful hand-made Christmas cards that your friends and family will treasure.  I have several times available, or contact me to schedule a time that works best with your schedule.  I have four card designs available (more to come) and you can purchase them in sets of five cards for $6 a set pre-paid.  You can make as many sets of as many different designs as you want. If you contact me and pre-order, I will be sure to have everything you need for your cards.

Card #1
Card #1 is a Scandinavian themed card that features some bronze sparkle accents and a jute bow (designed by Jen Mahan).  You will need some 3-D tape in addition to regular adhesive for this card.

Card #2
Card #2 features a snowflake theme in whimsical colors and patterns.  A bit of silver Shimmer trim and a sparkle in the center of the snowflake make this card a winner.

Card #3
I love the sparkly tree on this festive card designed by Sheri Rottler.  Lots of bling on this cheery card!  You will need 3-D tape in addition to regular adhesive for this card.

Card #4
This beautiful card drips with classic elegance.  I had to create my own version of a card that I saw by Linda Pantalone.  Embossing may vary from this design (waiting for an order to arrive with a new embossing folder).  You will need 3-D tape in addition to regular adhesive for this card.

Class times:
Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. (this is the same time as my scrapbooking class--limited seating)
Wednesday, November 13, 12:30 p.m. (this is the same time as my scrapbooking class--limited seating)
Contact me if you need a time other than those listed above. 

November Creative Class--Huntington

I love the colors of Autumn.  These pages are made with the beautiful Huntington papers and feature fall colors and lots of sparkle.

Class times:
Tuesday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 13, 12:30 & 7:00 p.m.

All classes are held in my home workshop 12824 S. Long Tail Drive (470 E.), Draper
The Huntington Kit is $22 prepaid and includes pre-cut papers, Huntington Canvas and button assortment, Cricut cuts and use of my stamps and inks as well as personal instruction.  Please bring your own adhesives, 3-D tape and glue dots.  Adhesives are also available for purchase.  Call 801-572-7826 or Email to reserve your spot.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Welcome to our Holiday Gift Guide Blog Hop!  These beautiful, brand-new products are available Oct 15 through December 31, while supplies last, so get yours today before they are gone.  If you are coming from Lynn's  blog, then welcome!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you'll find a complete list of participating Consultants here.

My card features some fancy folds, that just take a minute and add some really fun dimension to the card.

Cut paper into squares in sizes indicated in the photo above.

                                        This diagram indicates the first three folds you will make.

 Fold paper in half so that it makes a triangle and crease well.  Fold in half the other way to again make a triangle and crease well.  Your fold lines will make an "X" shape.

                            Now turn the paper over and fold in half, with the red side facing out,
                             and crease well.

 With the red side facing you, push the vertical fold that you just made to the inside so that it meets itself, and flatten into a triangle as indicated in the photo above.
Next, bring the two outside corners of the top triangle together and crease, to mark the center line.

Fold down each side of the triangle, lining up on the center fold line as indicated in the photo above.

 This is how your completed piece should look.  Repeat with the other three squares, then starting at the bottom, nest each piece in the smaller triangle that will placed above it.  That wasn't so hard, was it?

Now head on over to Lisa's blog and see her beautiful artwork!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

You're going to love the beautiful pages we will be making in October.  We will be using the new Laughing Lola paper packet which features beautiful, rich colors that are perfect for Fall, Halloween, Birthday themes, etc.--so many options since they are so versatile.  Class is $22 and includes pre-cut papers, 1 package of Black Mini-Medleys, Cricut cuts, use of my stamps and inks, and personal instruction.  You will make 2 two-page layouts and four adorable cards.  Please bring a basic tool kit, including adhesive, glue dots and 3-D tape (adhesives are available for purchase).  All classes will be held in my workshop at 12824 S. Long Tail Drive (470 E) in Draper.  Order your kit today 801-572-7826 or 

Tuesday, October 8, 10:00 am & 7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 9, 12:30 & 7:00 pm 

Time is running out!  You won't want to miss our fabulous Fall Scrapbooking Retreat that will be held in beautiful Silver Springs Lodge in Heber, Utah, on October 24th - 26th.  The deadline to register is October 10, so make sure you contact me right away.  Cost is $240 and includes, lodging, all meals, four projects and lots of fun!  Visit our blog at for more information. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Yeah!  It's September and that means that we get to create using some of our brand-new papers from the Fall/Winter Idea Book that just went live.  The beautiful Sarita papers have a bit of a southwest vibe and such beautiful, vibrant colors.  These pages also feature two 6"x12" Flip Flaps, an incredible product that attaches to the outside of your page protector allowing you to place more photos on your pages.  You're going to love them!  The cost of each kit is $23 and includes pre-cut papers, Cricut cuts, one half package 12" Flip Flaps and one package of Sarita Assortment Embellishments and use of my stamps and ink pads.

Classes will be held at the following times:

Tuesday, September 10, 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 11, 12:30 & 7:00 p.m.

All classes held in my home workshop 12824 S Long Tail Drive, Draper

Please remember to bring your own adhesives such as Tombow, glue dots, 3-D foam tape, etc.  I do have adhesives available for you to purchase here if needed. Contact me today to reserve your spot

Friday, July 12, 2013

August Creative Class--Surf's Up

August Creative Class will feature "Surf's Up".  These layouts are perfect for any of your summer-themed photos and feature bronze glitter paper.  I hope you will join us for some summer fun!  Contact me today to reserve your spot at

Class Dates:
Tuesday, August 13, 10:00 am  &  7:00 pm
Wednesday, August 14, 12:30  &  7:00 pm

Surf's Up Creative Class

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Discontinued List Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book

Click on item number to link to photo and order information. 

Part Description Page
1771 WaterbrushMedium 130
G1053 Workshops on the Go® Chantilly  21
G1054 Workshops on the Go® Buzz and Bumble  29
G1055 Workshops on the Go® For Always  36
G1056 Workshops on the Go® Claire  43
G1057 Workshops on the Go® Later Sk8r 49
G1058 Workshops on the Go® Tommy  61
G1059 Workshops on the Go® Surf's Up  55
G1060  For Always Cardmaking Kit 37
G1061 Chantilly Cardmaking Kit 22
G1062  Canvas Art Kit  23
X7155B  Avonlea Paper Packet 62
X7155C Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes 62
X7156B Clementine Paper Packet 62
X7156C Clementine Complements Canvas Shapes 62
X7157B Dakota Paper Packet 63
X7157C Dakota Complements Silver Foil Images 63
X7159B Scholastic Paper Packet 63
X7159C Scholastic My Stickease® Assortment  63
X7164B Buzz and Bumble Paper Packet 26
X7164C Buzz and Bumble My Stickease® Assortment  26
X7166B Claire Paper Packet 40
X7166C Claire Complements Canvas Shapes 40
X7167B Later Sk8r Paper Packet  46
X7167C Later Sk8r My Stickease® Assortment  46
Z1081 ColonialWhiteWaxyFlax 121
Z1088 ChocolateWaxyFlax 121
Z1089 BlackWaxyFlax 121
Z1096 EmbroideryFlossNeutralAssortment 121
Z1246 EmbPowderCocoa 131
Z1267 Paper/StampOrganizer8.5x11(3) 135
Z1326 Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple Assortment 120
Z1327 Sparkles Blue & Green Assortment 120
Z1347 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- New England Ivy 129
Z1350 embossing powder topiary 131
Z1351 embossing powder dutch blue 131
Z1358 Buttons Basic Assortment  121
Z1366 Brads Metal Assortment 121
Z1369 Buttons Red Assortment  121
Z1370 Buttons Pink Assortment 121
Z1371 Buttons Blue Assortment 121
Z1372 Buttons Green Assortment  121
Z1392 2" Scallop Circle Punch  132
Z1410 Antiqued Copper Designer Brads 119
Z1412 10-Things Pocket 128
Z1450 Cork Color-Ready Alphabet 123
Z1474 6" x 6" Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes 128
Z1487 Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection 119
Z1489 Mini Medley Accents Olive Collection 119
Z1612 Paper Clip Pins 119
Z1697 Mini-Medley Accents Smoothie Collection 119
Z1703 Wooden Badge Buttons 121
Z1704 Pewter Badge Buttons 121
Z1710 Just Blooms® Paradise Paper Flowers 118
Z1718 Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes 123
Z1719 Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes 123
Z1721 3” x 3” Kraft Envelopes 128
Z1722 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Kraft Envelopes 128
Z1723 5” x 7” Kraft Envelopes 128
Z1724 6” x 6” Kraft Envelopes 128
Z1734 Irresistibles™ Persnickety Journaling Spots 123
Z1736 My Creations® Mini Banner 127
Z1739 My Creations® Milk Carton 126
Z1740 My Creations® Bookmark Album  126
Z1748 Brocade Assortment 118
Z1755 Posh Journaling Spots 118
Z1766 Memo Assortment 118
Z1773 Color-Ready Noted Canvas Shapes 123
Z1774 My Creations® Canvas Journal 127
Z1780 Wrangler Assortment 118
Z1794 Cottage Assortment 118
Z1798 Black Tulle Ribbon 122
Z1810 Later Sk8r Assortment  117
Z1813 Claire Assortment  117
Z1821 Buttons Black Assortment 121
Z1827 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Small  126
Z1828 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Large 126
Z1831 Buzz and Bumble Assortment  117
Z4134 Handle and Swivel Base 135
Z4136 ExclusiveInksOrganizerCarryingCase 135
Z4200 AccessoriesOrganizer 135
Z578 Corner Rounder 132
Z608 EmbossingStylusMedium 131
Z655 EmbPowderOlive 131
Z656 EmbPowderOutdoorDenim 131
Z659 EmbPowderCranberry 131
Z670 EmbPowderBlack 131
Z672 EmbPowderRed 131
Z673 EmbPowderWhite 131
Z724 EmbossingPen 131
Z906 BambooWaxyFlax 121

All Stamps Can be Found in Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book
A1132 Family 100
A1133 Festival of Lights 81
B1372 Circle Together 90
B1395 So Grateful 74
B1396 School Rocks 95
B1405 Rugged Dude 34
B1406 Blessings of Peace 81
B1410 A Friend Like You 52
B1414 Bonjour 40
C1438 Tea Time 104
C1461 Salutation Seals 102
C1466 Instant Memories 92
C1505 Pun Fun 103
C1507 Angelic Blessings 100
C1508 Paisley Flair 33
C1511 Love Blooms 51
C1520 Christmas Joy 64
D1187 For Every Occasion 108
D1388 Card Chatter - Christmas 79
D1399 Dream Big 109
D1440 Everlasting Life 82
D1444 A Little Thanks 106
D1492 Christmas Love 80
D1517 Game On 98
D1519 Abundance 73
D1521 Powder Heaven 99
D1523 Sweet Music 97
D1528 Jardin 39
E1010 Chocolate Alphabet Large 111
E1014 Posterboard Alphabet 114
E1015 Cocktail Alphabet 111
E1017 Old World Alphabet 113
E1018 Pennant Alphabet 113
E1019 Bohemian Alphabet 111
E1020 Token Alphabet 115
E1021 Trinity Alphabet 115
E1022 Hero Alphabet 112
E1023 Varsity Alphabet 115
E1024 Keepsake Alphabet 112
K900 Single Name Stamp 115
K9012 Address Stamp w/o Icon 2 Lines 115
K9013 Address Stamp w/o Icon 3 Lines 115
K9014 Address Stamp w/o Icon 4 Lines 115
K9022 Address Stamp with Icon 2 Lines 115
K9023 Address Stamp with Icon 3 Lines 115
K9024 Address Stamp with Icon 4 Lines 115

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Chantilly Creative Class

This month is your last chance to order past Creative Kits.  July is going to be "catch up month" for anyone that has missed a past kit.  You must let me know right away if you want to order kits for July Class.  All kits include precut papers, Cricut Cuts and accessories.  Scroll down to see The For Always, Later Sk8r and Claire classes.  You need to bring any adhesives that you will need for assembly.  Email me at to order.

Buzz & Bumble Creative Kit $22
Chantilly Kit $21

July Class Schedule
Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 am & 7:00 pm
Wednesday, July 10 12:30 & 7:00 pm

Class Location--12824 S. Long Tail Drive (470 E) Draper

Friday, June 14, 2013

Hinged Display Tray Workshop

This exquisite hinged display tray was created by my friend Jen and I will be offering this as a workshop in July.  Cost is $30 and includes tray, pre-cut papers and the beautiful Tim Holtz feet that you add to the tray to make it a beautiful table-top display for your favorite photos.  Learn how to make the beautiful rolled roses that were cut with our exclusive Cricut Artiste cartridge.  This would make a wonderful gift or a cherished addition to your decor.  Space is limited so order your kit today to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, July 2, 10:00 am & 7:00 pm
12824 S. Long Tail Drive (470 E) Draper

July Creative Class

Are you going to taking photos of all of your fun family activites this summer?  Of course you are, and the Tommy pages are perfect to scrapbook your summer memories!  It is only $21 for the Tommy kit which consists of four pages and four cards in bright, patriotic colors.  Hope you will join us for a few hours of fun and relaxation.  Contact me today to order your kit and reserve your spot at or 801-572-7826.

Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 am and 7:00 pm
Wednesday, July 10, 12:30 and 7:00 pm

Please bring your adhesive, glue dots, 3-D Foam tape and other basic scrapping tools.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cricut Craft Room Class

 Do you want to learn how to get more out of your Cricut Machine?  Then this class is for you!  Cricut Craft Room (CCR) allows you to design your cuts right on your computer screen.  Save paper, time and money and avoid the frustration of working from the Cricut keypad.  We will spend about 45 minutes learning about the basics of Cricut Craft Room as I demonstrate different functions which you will view on my big screen TV.  You will then get to make a great project that utilizes CCR.

Some of the things we will cover:

·         How to link your cartridges to CCR so that you don’t have to switch cartridges
·         How to use the “Hide Contour” feature, which allows you much more versatility with each cartridge you own
·         How to share CCR files with your friends and family
·         How to weld images and text
·         How to use the “Layer” feature
·         Mat care—extend the life of your mats

Thursday, June 6, 7:00 p.m.
12824 S. Long Tail Drive (470E) Draper

$10 class fee includes instruction and a project ($10 can be credited towards a Close To My Heart exclusive Cricut Cartridge if purchased the night of the class).  Please bring your own adhesive to use on your project.