Update on the Best Apps for Scrappers

7 appsWell quite some time ago I created a post about the best apps for scrapbookers. Since then their have been many changes to the apps that I use and I expect that with the new project life app coming out from Becky Higgins, the Persnickety app that is now available and the new Rhonna Magic app that was just launched I am going to have to do a whole new post before the end of the year.

I was lucky to share a new post with Bella Crafts Quarterly this week about the top 7 apps that I am currently using to get all my scrapbooking done quickly and eaisly. You can bop on over there and check my post out about the top 7 apps by clicking here.

I also have some exciting news about the new Cricut cartridge for Close To My Heart that just became available yesterday. I am so excited about this cartridge as it is perfect for card makers but also has some images on it that are perfect for scrapbookers to.

New Artfully Sent Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge

With the cartridge you get:

  • Over 700 images
  • 3 D Sized stamp sets
  • 1 pack of 12×12 white daisy cardstock paper

I am also giving away one paper pack of your choosing if you purchase the new Cricut Cartridge Artfully Sent between now and September 30, 2014. All you have to do is send me an email with your paper pack choice and I will get your paper sent out to you right away. This offer is available through me only and not a Close To My Heart deal. This is a $9.95 value that you get exclusively from me! To pick your paper pack all you have to do is click here, but remember do not add the paper pack to your order. Just email me with your choice and I will get that paper pack sent out to you directly from me. 

To place your order for the Artfully Sent cartridge click HERE.


Challenging DIY Project Life Cards

Every month I participate in this awesome project life card swap. I really enjoy making these DIY cards and then getting some back in return. I look forward to this little piece of happy mail every month. If you are interested in participating in these swaps you can go to the Project Life Card Swap site by clicking here.

Any who, this month I choose the monochromatic theme and the happy birthday theme. Let me just say I had the hardest time with coming up with the ideas for these cards. When I orginally signed up I thought it was going to be so easy.

The monochromatic card ended up with two prototypes before I settled on the card that I created. The happy birthday card got as far as the two papers and the stamped happy birthday and then I was stuck because I couldn’t decide on what else to do for the card. I ended up stitching on it and felt that was good enough.

For the bases of both cards I used some Bazzil cardstock which had some texture on them. I love textured cardstock because it gives your projects that little extra something, something. The patterned paper came from American Crafts Neapolitan paper stack.

The heart on the monochromatic card was created with a Heidi Swapp stencil and some Tim Holtz distress ink. The stamp that I used came from Close To My Heart’s True to Life Stamp set which also works with the Close To My Heart Art Philiosophy Cricut cartridge. 


True To Life Stamp Set


The happy birthday card I used the stamp of the month that was from July to stamp happy birthday on some scrap white paper in crystal blue ink from Close To My Heart. Let me just say stamping happy birthday ten times was not the most exciting thing I have done. I then spritzed it with some gold shimmer from Heidi Swapp because the white paper just looked to stark white to me. Lastly I used my Sew Easy tool to create the holes for the stitching on all these cards and stitched away.

This is the final product of my cards that I thought was going to be so easy to create at first, which turned out to be a lot harder then I thought they would be to create. Have you ever thought something was going to be so easy to create and then when you sit down to create and turns out it wasn’t that simple?



Now for the good news if you are a subscriber and you leave a comment on this post between now and Setember 19th, which happens to be the release date of the new iPhone you can win the July Stamp of the Month, a We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy Tool and a $10 dollar iTunes card!


Cute Little Teacher Gift

Well last week brought many phone conversations to Comcast who decided that my internet was not going to work all week long. For this reason I never got a chance to share with you this cute little teacher gift that I made for the Take Heart Ideas challenge site.

I wanted something cute and easy to make that I could bring to my daughters open house to give to her teacher so I went to one of my favortie sites for inspiration, Split Coast Stampers and I found this adorable little box tutorial.

I used the Chalk It Up Paper from Close To My Heart but I didn’t use the paper in the pack that could be considered school paper. There are truly only two sheets of paper in this paper pack that could be deemed school paper the rest of the paper in the pack can be used for whatever your crafty heart desires.

I followed this tutorial to the tee and within minutes I had an adorable little box. My only issue with the tutorial was that there were not any measurements available for me to cut my decorative paper. I had to figure that out all on my own. I am going to share these measurments with you though so that way if you want to make your own little box you won’t have to figure them out.

Now for some measurements the Lagoon paper for the top of the box was cut at 5¾ x 4¼ and the patterned arrow paper was cut at 5⅛ x 4⅛. The drawer Lagoon paper was cut at 5¾ by 1⅛ and the patterned paper was cut at 5½ x 1 inch (these measurements are the same for the front and back of the box). The Lagoon papers for the sides of the box were cut at 4¼ x 1¼ and the patterned paper was cut at 4 x 1. The decoration for the top of the box can be whatever size you want it to be. I believe that I cut a square of Lagoon paper at 3×3 and the patterned paper at 2⅝x2⅝ and then the stamped image is on a cricut cut out of 2 inches which I adhered with pop dots. The handle is 6⅛ x 1 and scored at 1¼ on both sides.

I also added a piece of chipboard to the drawer of the box so that the drwawer would not seem to flimsy, which I then covered in black cardstock and adhered to the bottom of drawer with some score tape. I used score tape on this entire project as scor tape is a lot stronger then my ATG tape.

You can find the tutorial to this project here and you can find the materials that I used in the project here. Have you made any back to school presents for your kids teachers? Let us know in the comments what you have made and don’t forget to link your project up over at Take Heart Ideas for your chance to win an awesome prize.

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