Close To My Heart Artfully Sent & a Free Cut File

I am super excited that in a few more days the Close To My Heart Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge is going to be at my door and in my crafty little hands. I think this cartridge is not only going to make my card making life easier but also my pocket card making. I love to make my own pocket cards as much as I love to buy project life kits!

You can see a few things that you can do with this awesome cartridge by watching this short video below.

thank you cardsNow that you have seen how amazing this cartridge is, you can grab it in my shop by clicking HERE. I can’t wait to share with you all my creations that I make with this cartridge but for now here is a free cut file for these adorable little cards that I just made last night. Click HERE to grab the design space cut file. If you need the Cricut craft room file just let me know and I will create it for you.

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Snowflakes and Ornaments Card

My friend Carole over at Scrapbook Campus had this wonderful idea to share cards and envelope templates with her friends. The idea was to share how these templates could be used in paintshop pro as well as with some good ole paper or digitally or anyway that us friends that would work.

Carole has sent a different template to each of her friends for the first 12 days of December and their have been so amazing tutorials already. You can sign up on her website and you will get a link to each template in your email. If you sign up today, tomorrow will be your first email, but Carole will have a link to all twelve card and envelope templates available at the end of the series.

Sign up on her website, and you’ll get a link to each template in your mailbox each morning. If you sign up today, tomorrow will be your first email, but Carole will have a link to all twelve card and envelope templates available at the end of the series.

This is the template I worked with:

Template from Scrapbook Campus

Template from Scrapbook Campus


For my card I wanted to use the Art Philisophy cartridge from Close To My Heart and one of the coordinating stamp sets. I designed my entire card in Design Space and cut it out. The next thing for me to do was stamp my ornaments. Now here is where the tutorial comes into play. I cut out this intricate snowflake design to incorporate into my card and wanted to adhere it without making a mess. This is where I decided to break my trusty sewing machine out.

You can grab the cut file that I created for the card by clicking here. I currently only have a cut file for Design Space but if you are interested in a cut file for the Craft Room I would be happy to whip it up for you.

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In the sewing machine it goes

I used a light blue thread but only because I didn’t already have a bobbin ready for my dark blue thread and I craft on a limited time basis with the baby. The next step was to stamp my ornaments and adhere them to the card.

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Stamped the ornaments with coordinating stamp set A1149

I used some embroidery thread to make it look like the ornaments were hanging and this is the step that I should have completed before I pasted my insides down. Instead I used my mini stapler and adhered the string to the card. I think it came out just fine.

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Completed Card

Here is the inside of the card that I stamped with a stamp from the Snowhaven Card Workshop on the Go in Glacier ink.

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Inside of the card

Next step was to make an envelope. For this I just grabbed my envelope punch board and some pretty sonwflake patterened paper. For the inside of the envelope I misted my paper with Heidi Swapp’ Mint Green color shine (I love this stuff by the way). This way it won’t just be plain white when someone takes the card out.

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Misted with Mint Green Color Shine

Last but not least here is the front of my envelope. Just an FYI, don’t make this size envelope to mail out otherwise you will have to pay extra money. I figured this card would be good for someone local to me.

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Outside of the envelope

Don’t forget to sign up so that you can receive all of Carole’s templates, as long as you sign up you will have access to all of the templates at the end of the 12 days.

P.S. The deal of the century is still available at Close To My Heart right now where you can get any C or D sized stamp for only $10 with any $50 dollar order.



Inexpensive Christmas Cards

Ack December is almost here which means that their is another challenge over at Take Heart Ideas. The challenge is anything goes but you must use at least one Close To My Heart product. If you need some Close To My Heart products you can shop at my shop by clicking HERE. You can enter the Take Heart Ideas challenge by clicking HERE.

For this challenge I am sharing the cards that I made for Christmas this year. Last year I didn’t make any cards because I was sick and very pregnant but this year my cards are all done and I made them for a lot less money then it would be for me to be purchase all these cards. The Snowhaven Card Workshop on the Go is $24.95 but you make a total of 15 cards which I did an about an hour and it works out to be a $1.66 per card. Now if you ask me that is a steal.

The kit comes with everything you need to make the cards and the stamp set is exclusive to the kit. This means that you can only get this stamp set with this Workshop on the Go. I am a huge fan of all the Workshop on the Go kits because you get the directions and all the materials that you need to create either the scrapbook layout or cards, depending on the kit that you purchase.

So now that you have heard me talk about how awesome I think these kits are here are the cards that I have made with the Snowhaven kit.

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The kit comes with directions on how to make 3 different card styles and 5 cards for each style. In a little over an hour I had all 15 cards made. Can you imagine my excitement when I was all done with my Christmas cards this year.