Monday, March 17, 2014

Cutting the Pennant Frame from Close to my Heart on the Cricut

some people have had trouble sizing the pennant frame to 9.5 inches in real size on the E2. this is how you do it. Have fun. I have to give you a link to the video as it does not want to upload. Click here for the video


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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Playing with some of the new product

 Clear pillow boxes come 3 to a packet. Z1840 here I have embossed the box in a heart embossing folder then used re-inker and "Create a shade pearl" to paint some of the hearts. its not finished yet but thought I would take a pic of it anyway.
 I love watching the Tui's outside my Craft Studio and this bird from 'Believe in Yourself" C1574 is so like the Tui so I painted her with the lagoon re-inker (Z2295)and the create a shade pearl (Z1039) She is showing way to light so may end up putting more black onto her, but she looks like the sun is shining on her.
 John Keys ea your heart out- my NZ flag haha. I stamped this with the Silver fern from the New Zealand stamp set and heat embossed it with silver. loving the treat tubes I made the treat tube box embossed this with a folder and addedthe NZ sentiment stamped with white daisy ink (Z2163)
 The treat tubes come in a packet of 6 (Z1823) they are so cute.
 The Stamp of the month is yours for $5 if you purchase $75 worth of product from the catalogue and this month if you purchase any 2 paper packs from page 139 of the catalogue ($26.50 each) you get an embossing folder from page 130 free, (normally $14.50). Now you are well on your way to getting the stamp of the month just buy the NZ stamp set (D1601)
 Stamped onto muslin bags -NZ stamp set 'New Zealand Greetings' $29.00
 Buggy Love (B1441) $17.00
 NZ stamp set again isn't it wonderful
 Owls (B1450) $17.00
more NZ stamps and some of the Australian one as well. Coloured with the alcohol markers. so easy to use.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Launch of new CTMH products and change around of Craft Studio

Having just reorganized my studio I was set to do a launch for the new Close to my Heart products and decided the one table doen the centre of the room did not work well for what I wanted so I decided to have a change around with the tables. First I had a display on the small table the cricut was on so moved the Cricut to the mobile white table that has a small draw under it where it keeps the tool kit and a few extra bits and the mat can slide in also.

 My Big cupboard hold a lot of stuff on storage shelvees but by accessing it with only one door I was able to put one of my large tables out from the other door into the room. here I displayed many of the stamp sets attached to the black boards and at the end of the table had a stamping area with the VersaMat (z1279) and showd how to stamp and clean the stamps with the Stamp Scrubber (z1782)
 Although you cant see it well my Exclusive Inks Organizer (z4131) is sitting on the 2 1/4 rounds at the end of my large desk and has the Reinker Tray (z4135) on the top with reinkers in it. The My Acrylix organizer (z1038) is sitting on one of the glass shelves. and the desk has the paper packs and the card workshops displayed on it along with the small organizer (z4138) filled with the pigment inks in their Pigment ink foam insert (z1898)

 The 2 black tables I had at the end of my desk I moved to under the window and have displayed all the current Workshops on the go and on the black display boards I have stapled all the embellishments and supplies so people could see them.
I demonstrated what the cuttlebug could do and used a folder to emboss a wee bag I made in a Cricut demo and also embossed one of the Clear pillow boxes (z1840) so people could see the embossing.
I like the new layout I have even if I worked all day till 4am to get it done as it can sit 10 people and have work space for them all. 
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Craft Studio Organisation

I decided I needed to have more organisation in my studio room so I purchases 2 cube sets 3x4. these are large enough inside the cubes to hold the large plastic 12x12 paper holders and on their side they hold the Close to my Heart large stamp storage unit 2 one on top of the other. 
I have my spectrum Noir pens out where it is easy to use them all stored where I can see them and my magazines all in box holders. the bins at the bottom hold my WOTG's and paper stacks.

 I have 2 black tables at the end of my desk and this gives me a long table in the centre of the room where it is easy to craft.
 these 2 pics show the end wall by the door where I added small cubes to the top of the table ncreasing my sorage and also giving me the front of the table to display on. the cricut can live on a small table beside the larger table and I store boxes under the large table.
 view from the door down the studio.
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Box Card

I love having people over to scrapbook and make cards but my passion is 3d and when I was asked to show people how to decorate a card with the Cricut I was in my element.
This is a box card. It folds so you can put it into a 6 inch envelope but once the ladies had finished no one wanted to send their cards they all wanted to keep them. The open bottom box is very easy to make  just a box with no bottom! Then add the bars in the centre of the box and decorate. Well I was suppose to show what they could do with a Cricut so I made some bees from Create a critter 2, scalloped hearts with inner hearts to match from CCR basic shapes, flowers from AP and then embossed the flowers in a star burst folder and then gave them  all the things to decorate with. Tis is what they came up with.

 Now aren't those little bees floating in the breeze awesome.
here is a video if the ladies creations with the fan going.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

January News letter

The January News Letter for Oh So Many Crafts is at this link
here check it out.

Or you can use this QR code.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Angels for the Tauranga Breast Cancer support group

Before Christmas I had the honour of being asked by the Tauranga Breast Cancer support group to go and demonstrate Close to my Heart and give them a make and take to do. This is a little angel I adapted from one I saw recently at the Hamilton Cricut club made by Shona D. We made a small box and a 3x3 card and the angel had a small peg on the back to clip onto the box. They were made with the Close to my heart sparkle and shine paper pack and the bulk pack of Chantilly paper.
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wait there's More -National Papercrafting Month Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit

WOW Close to my Heart has done it again. January is National Paper Crafting month and look at the savings they have for us. Order $55 of product from the catalogue and you can get this awesome Cloud nine card making kit for just $20 (retail value of $74). Take a look at the video to see what is in it and of course for every $75 you spend you get the stamp of the month for just $5. Want to see the catalogue on line just visit my site here and look under products - idea book. Contact me via email, or phone or leave a comment on the blog for me to get back to you. Remember to check out our website at


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Monday, December 30, 2013

Challenge- Find something to do

Well I took up the challenge:
challenge, for those looking for something to do
1: using just scraps of paper, do a page with no more than 4 photos. use stamps, and make your own embellishments. show finished product.
2: use your age to choose a page in any ctmh ideas book, and copy as best you can. post photo of finished product.

Well here is my page (but not my age)
This is made of scraps I had left from cutting 18 crackers from the CTMH Artiste cartridge before Christmas. I used Art Philosophy to cut all the embellishments and the title. I had the purple bling in my stash and it fit the purpose. The stamp is on the little note page that is in a pocket under the photo where you can see the white hanging out the bottom with pink sparklie tape on it. The stamp is actually like the lines on a note book so I have written the story of the purple ribbon for my DGD who was 3y 3m 3weeks when she entered her first Gymkhana on her new pony.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Advent Village

Now I am a bit late finishing off this advent callendar but here it is. Well maybe its not just a callendar it is more of an advent village. The houses are the Store on Cricut Sweet Tooth Boxes, the clamshell tree boxes are from Cricut Tablescapes fall and winter, and the Triangle boxes and small boxes in the front are from Cricut Close to my Heart Artiste cartridge. I used a variety of papers including Sparkle and Shine from CTMHand Cricut 12x24 papers.
Artiste d and hohoho boxes are the tree boxes and the triangle boxes

The clam shell boxes are in different sizes and stacked at the back.

the back of the purple house 

the back of the pink house 

side and back of pink house 

Santa's crashed out on the floor must have had too many sweets.

Each little box has a mini Santa and the triangle trees have a lolly and 2 M&M's. The Triangle trees also have a letter for each child and a number. The number relates to How many sleeps till christmas. so the fewer the boxes the closer to christmas.

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