Thursday, July 31, 2014

Artfully Sent Cricut collection new from Close to My Heart

Check out this amazing new Cricut cartridge and supplies that I will be offering in September (shipment has been delayed).  Watch my blog for product availability and more information on this great new cartridge.

This cartridge is a card makers dream come true! 

It has:
--700 images
--25 card making themes
--400 different cards to create
--7 card functions including Pop-up cards, Pocket cards,Overlay cards, Build-a-scene cards, Sentiment Cards, Swing Cards and Picture My Life Cards
--An Alphabet
--Envelopes to go with those beautiful cards

The collection comes with: 3 Stamp sets which include, Sentiments, Frames and 3 Alphabets and White Daisy Cardstock

The release of Artfully Sent has been delayed, it is scheduled to be available sometime in early September!  Would you like to be among the first to get it??  If so contact me at or call me at (805)737-6233 and I will put you on the list to be notified just as soon as the collection is available.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I just returned from the Close to My Heart Convention in Disneyland and I had a blast.  This was my first convention so everything was new and exciting.  I do have to say though one of the most exciting things I did while I was there was to participate in a card swap with other Close to My Heart Consultants.  My word, are there some really talented ladies out there.  However, there was one card that really hit my fancy and I came home and just had to figure out how to make it.  I want to be sure though to give full credit to the designer of this beautiful card, Veta Evans.

Here is my take on the card (I made a few small changes but nothing to big because it was already beautiful:

Ok so how is it made, well start with a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” colonial white card base. 
Then I began to assemble my pinwheels (I found that if I cut and mounted the pattered paper onto the colonial white card stock before gluing the pinwheels they had more stability and were easier to assemble).  So I cut three each colonial white card stock to 1 ½ x 1 ½” square and did the same with three each of the patterned papers, I used balloon ride from Close to My Heart here (I do like that the CTMH papers are two sided and coordinating which makes them perfect for a project like this one and any of the papers would look great as a pinwheel).  I cut the patterned piece as shown below (cut diagonally from the corners without cutting through).

I then put a dot of liquid glass (the most amazing adhesive I have ever used) in the center and brought each of the corners to the center as shown to create the pinwheel and topped each with a little bling.  These pinwheel squares were then mounted onto a double mat (I used the same paper I used on the pinwheels and just alternated the sides showing) they were cut to 2 x 5 ¼” and 1 7/8” x 5 1/8”.  I then cut off about ½” of the bottom front of the card and placed a strip of coordinating paper that was ¾ x 5 ½” on the inside of the card as an accent.  Finally I stamped the card with sentiment from the Joyful Birthday stamp set (B1419) using the new Glacier ink being debuted on August 1st as part of the new Close to My Hearts Annual Inspirations Idea Book (contact me to see how you can earn a free copy of this $6 – 193 page, 8 ½ x 11” inspiration and idea book).

For supplies for this project and more visit my website at or click on the shopping cart at the beginning of this blog.  Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Finding a project for those scraps

Ok, I had some scraps left from a Close to My Heart paper pack that is going to retire at the end of July so I was looking around for inspiration to use it up and I found a cute card created by Jayma Malme on Pinterest (Jayma hope you don’t mind me scraplifting, but you know it is really a complement).  I did modify it a little (I like A2 cards or 4 ¼ x 5 ½”) and Jayma had used four different patterned papers, when I tried to do that on my small card I didn’t think it looked right so here is what I came up with. 

 I started with a base card that measured 4 ¼ x 5 ½”.  I added three pieces of coordinating papers (I used some left over Ariana papers) that were cut 1 ¼ x 2 ½”, a piece of Ariana green card stock that was cut to 1 x 4 ½”, the cute little border was cut using the Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge, page 31, accent 3, shift 1 (cut at ¾”), the flowers were cut using the Close to My Heart Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge from page 29, bottom one was cut from blush card stock at 2”, middle was cut from craft card stock, and top one was cut from ariana green card stock.  Each was stamped using the Hooray Bouquet stamp set (D1491) with blush, lagoon and pear ink and a clear sparkles rhinestone was added to the center.  Finally the sentiment was also stamped using the Hooray Bouquet stamp set.

For supplies for this and other projects please visit my website at or click on the shopping cart at the beginning of this blog.  Happy crafting!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


I really like the Close to My Heart Skylark paper so I decided to make one more project with it before it is no longer available (available until July 31, 2014).  

I started with kraft paper as my mats for the first of 2 -two page 12” x 12” layouts.


Skylark B&T to 7 x 8”, 5 x 12”, 3 x 8”, 5 x 8” and 3 ½ x 3 ½”  (remove the zip strip (this is the little accent piece that is printed on one side of the paper it will be used as an accent on the project)

Lagoon cardstock to 6 ½ x 7 ½”, 3 x 8”, 1 ½ x 12” and 3 ½ x 3 ½” (3 ea)

White cardstock to 3 ½ x 5”

I like to ink the edges of my projects so I did that on all of the mats I used, I used chocolate ink to do that on the skylark pieces and zip strips and lagoon ink on all the lagoon cardstock pieces.  Then I assembled as the picture shows.  I added some stamped images and sentiments along with some twist ties and three dimensional pieces that coordinate with the paper.  For that final bit of pop I used teal shimmer trim to really set off the page.  I am very happy with the outcome.

So I decided to add another paper pack to the mix and use the leftover items from the Skylark Workshop on the Go and see what I could create.  

For this layout I turned to Close to My Hearts wonderful Make It From Your Heart Vol 2 book, it has some awesome layouts in it.  I decided to use the one on page 32.  I did modify the photo mats from 3 ½ x 5” to 3 ½ x 5 ½” to allow for the use of 3 x 5” photos without the need to crop any of them.    

Supplies Used:

I used the Skylark Workshop on the Go G1072, it included the Skylark paper pack, the White Daisy Cardstock, 3-D assortment, twist ties and stamp set D1591 that I used to make these projects (this makes the project much more affordable

Additional supplies – I added an additional Skylark paper packet X7177B, stamp set C1574 Believe in Yourself along with the following inks  – Z2195 Lagoon, Z2111 Chocolate, Z2153 Sweet Leaf and finally 9042 the Make it from Your Heart Volume 2 book which I turn to for inspiration often 

All the supplies listed here can be purchased at my website  www.craftwithronnie.ctmh  or by clicking on the shopping cart at the start of this blog.  Happy crafting!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Just having fun

I had some of the National Scrapbook months special “Free to Be Me” paper left so I decided to make a couple cards.   I found several different cards on Pinterest that I used for inspiration and off I went.  Now while the cards were made with this paper they could be recreated with any of our beautiful Close to My Heart Papers.  The great thing about the paper packets is that you receive two each of three different two sided papers and six additional sheets of coordinating card stock.  So the possibilities are just endless.  So here are the cards and the instructions for making them.

This first card started with a base card that measured 4 ¼ x 5 ½”, there is a background mat cut from the red paper at 4 x 5 ¼”, and then the orange paper and the vellum paper were each cut to 1 5/8 x 3 ¾” (a hint with vellum, your adhesive may show through so with this vellum I made sure to use my liquid glass on the back side of the gold dots so it would not show).  The red sentiment mat was cut to 1 ½ x 3 ½” and the daisy white card stock was cut to 1 ¼ x 3 ¼” and stamped with a sentiment and flower from the stamp set Have a Happy Day (D1616) with autumn terracotta ink.  I also colored one of the 5mm clear sparkles to match the card and adhered it to the center of the flower.

The next card I kept kind of simple (I was thinking that helped it look more masculine).  I started with a card base that was 4 ¼ x 5 ½” I added a strip of green that measured 1 ½ x 5 ½”, a strip of red that measured ½ x 5 ½”, and the feather paper that measured 2 ¼ x 5 ½”.  I then cut an orange mat for my sentiment that measured 1 ½ x 3 ¾” and added the daisy white cardstock cut to 1 ¼ x 3 ½” and stamped using the stamp set Joyful Birthday (B1419) with cranberry ink.

Check out my website at or click on the shopping cart at the beginning of this blog to find great resources and supplies to recreate these cards.