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Monday, July 30, 2012

Disney Dreamin' at Exploring Cricut!

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Hey All!

This post could NOT be more up my alley!! I have been Disney Dreamin' since I booked our trip in April for August! I am DYING to get back there! I swear, its got to be the best time I EVER have with my family when I am on vacation there! Be sure to check back later on this week to see my count down calendar that I made for my little guy and my in-laws (since they are joining us this time!)

Anyway, back to our challenge at Exploring Cricut! Today we needed to make either a card, layout, or paper craft using a Disney Charecter from ANY Disney themed Cartridge! I chose to use Toy Story since it is Booger's favorite and its one of my favorites! I was also able to incorporate this theme into a farewell card to one of my girls at work! I was sad thinking about her going, but I was smiling when I was thinking of the smile it will bring to her face when she gets it!!

Here is my card:

Front of the card (it say's Ya'll come back now, ya hear?")

Inside of the card (Cause you'll surely be missed!)


Machine: Cricut Expression
Cartridge: Toy Story
Paper: ALL SCRAPS from my stash
Adhesive: Scotch Quick Dry, Pop dots
Sentiment: MY OWN CREATION (on the computer)  :D

Now, please be sure to go an check out the rest of the talented team over at Exploring Cricut and be sure to enter YOUR Disney Dreamin project for a chance to win!!

OK All, hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Crafty Sunday with my Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge!

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Hey All!
Happy Sunday!!! I have been having a BLAST playing with my NEW Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge! The possibilities of projects that can be done are ENDLESS! As a matter of fact, starting August 1st, I will be in a MONTH LONG HOP to showcase ALL of the wonderful projects you can create with the Artiste cartridge!!! HOW MUCH FUN DOES THAT SOUND??

For now, I wanted to show you how I made this SUPER CUTE MINI ALBUM:

Here is the video for making this mini album! The mini is just way to cute and SUPER easy to make especially since Close To My Heart will being selling Hook & Loop's for the mini's or the super cute bags you can make with the new cartridge starting August 1st!!

I know I keep talking about this cartridge, but seriously, IT IS AWESOME! 3 more days until you can order it HERE!!! If you just can't wait until Wednesday, you can pre-order from me NOW by emailing me HERE

I have TONS of other stuff to show you, but I am just going to have to wait to show you all until the 1st!!!

OK All, gotta get to work! I feel like I've worked for so many days straight! Can't wait to be off for a few days after today!!!

Hope to catch you craftin' and stampin'!

Friday, July 27, 2012

My first LIVE project with Close To My Heart Artiste Cartridge!

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Hey All!!

Can I just tell you how STINKING excited I was to be able to play with my Close To My Heart Artiste Cartridge last night??? I made 3 different 3D items AND videos to go with them!! WHOOP WHOOP! I even got them loaded onto my You Tube Channel, but will be posting them on my blog for the next few days!

Don't forget that this cartridge is ONLY AVAILABLE for pre-order at this moment! You can not order it from my webstore until 8/1/2012! You can email me to pre-order it HERE
I did my first one today as if I was introducing the Cricut Machine and Cartridges to someone who has NEVER been introduced to a Cricut machine (a hahahahaha! Wonder if those people ACTUALLY exist???). I did a physical walk though of what you can expect from both!
I also said that people that spend $70-$100 on purchasing the stickers for 6 two page layouts would be PERFECT to try out a machine and this new cartridge! You spend $99 and get UNLIMITED images, 3 Stamp Sets, and 3 packs of Die Cut icons! How can you beat that???
Well, here is the video I did to show how EASY it was to create a little gable box!

And here is a picture of what they two little gable boxes look like! Like I said, I did not get a chance to decorate them, it was merely so you can see what awesome things you can create with this cartridge!!!

OK all, be sure and check out my video tomorrow to see how I made a mini album out of the Artiste Cartridge!

Hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer Fun with the Creative Cutter Room! New Challenge!

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Hey All!!
Thank you for joining us at the Creative Cutter Room for our new challenge! We enjoyed looking at your Chick and Chicken projects! We appreciate you joining us and hope you will join us for this next challenge!
Theme: Summer Fun!

It is hard to believe but our summer is quickly coming to an end! We start school in just 10 days!!! Oh.... where did the time go? I can't believe I am looking for school supplies and backpacks and lunchboxes already! HELLO! I blinked and my summer was over! But, I am not going to complain! I am all moved into my new home and have a BLAST!

So, now, I want to share my project with you! I feel like my first thought is always to grab a cartridge that I am COMFORTABLE with...Well, that stops TODAY! I decided that I got The Good Old Days Cartridge for a reason, and I just KNEW there would be something for this theme on there. Boy, if I wasn't correct!!! What do you do almost ALL summer long?? Did you say SWIM? Well, your right! I found the CUTEST images and I decided to make a swim party invite with it!!! You know, before summer is REALLY over!!!

So here is my invitation:


Machine: Cricut Imagine
Cartridges: The Good Old Days; Close To My Heart Art Philosophy(Z1686)
 Adhesive: Close To My Heart Bonding Memories Pen (1512), Close To My Heart Foam Tape (Z1151)
Paper: Close To My Heart White Daisy (1385)
Stamps: Your Invited Stampin Up Wood Mount
We hope you will join us and Submit your new project for a chance to win a prize!

Docerela Creations
Today we have a special sponsor! Catarina from Docerela Creations has donated a SummerTime Stamp set to the winner of this challenge!
Thank you Catarina!



Challenge Starts today July26 and runs until August 8, 2012.

Follow the rules then submit your new project over at the

Looking forward to seeing your creations!

Only entries that fit the challenge guidelines will be entered to win the prize!

Some Rules to keep in mind while playing along:

Be a Follower of the CCR
Project submissions must be new, no back linking

CCR must be mentioned in the description with a link back to here

Entry must fit theme to be qualified for the prize

Prize must be claimed within 2 weeks

Please link your project posting not just your blog

Please comment after linking

You have until August 8, 2012 to enter your project.

Here is the Line Up You for some great inspiration:

Jessica- THAT'S ME!!!  
Be sure to stop and see all the creations that the DT has done for you!
OK all, hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My review of Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge

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Hey All!!

Soooo I finally got the Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge Artiste, today! And guess what??? They DO NOT let you down! This cartridge is CHOCK full of goodness! I am SOOOO excited to get working on some projects! But, I think I will have to save that for tomorrow!!! I wanted to share some pictures of what you get with this cartridge. It costs $99 and you can PRE-ORDER now on just by emailing me HERE! Remember, it is NOT AVAILABLE on my site until 8/1/2012!

Here are the pictures:

AWSOME new cartridge! Front


Stamp Set-Word Bubbles

Stamp Set-Kudos

Stamp Set-Birthday

Die Cuts-3 packages to go with stamp sets!!!

I also created a video to help you see all the new 3D images you can create with this cartridge!

And, for those of you who PRE-ORDER their cartridge thru me, you will get the NEW Idea Book and Catalog COMPLETLY FREE!!!

OK Guys, so check back tomorrow! I will be doing one of the 3D projects from the cartridge for you!

Hope to catch you all Craftin and Stampin!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Creating 3D Frames with Cricut Image "Word of Mouth" cartridge

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Hey All!!

I havent done a haul in like FOREVER and the other day I got some happy mail!!! I got the new Cricut Imagine Word of Mouth Cartridge. Can I just tell you how much fun this cartridge looks???

Well, I could not wait to get my hands on this! Not only did it have a TON of pictures I want to make, but it also had 3D frames! Whoop Whoop! I need to make some decorations for my bare craft room walls! BUUUUUTTTTT....there was no instructions in the box to create the frames :(

So, 45minutes and a long phone call to Provo Craft later.....

Still couldnt get the frame together and I my ear went numb!

I knew if I just messed around with it, I could create this frame! And darn it...I DID!

Here is the video on how I made the frames themselves! Please have your score board, or whatever you use to score lines in your projects available while you watch!

Here are the pictures of the frames all put together and decorated!




I hope you were able to understand my video! I know I repeated A LOT, I just wanted to make sure I covered all my bases :)

OK all, hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Creating Paper Bows using "The Cutting Cafe" Bow Tie and Ribbon templete

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Hey All!!!

I FINALLY got a video done! WOO HOO!!! My first video since I moved! Well, I actually got it done yesterday with ALL hopes of posting yesterday. However, since I could not locate my cord for my camcorder to upload to my computer until this morning, I could not do it yesterday. BUT, its now up on you tube!

I decided for my first video, I wanted to make a quick baby card using this AWESOME file from
The Cutting Cafe called Bow Tie and Ribbon templete. It was SO FAST AND EASY! And the days that I need to make it quick and cute, this file is EXACTLY what I need!

And here is my finished card:


Cutting Machine-Silhouette Cameo
Cutting File-The Cuttting Cafe Bow Tie and Ribbon Templete
Stamps: Fiskars "Baby"
Paper: The Paper Studio "Jung-A-Lo, Bung-A-Lo", Recollections South Beach
Adhesive-Scotch Quick Dry, ATG Gun
Ink: STAYZ On, Close To My Heart Cotton Candy
I am SOO happy to be able to share projects, infomation, and videos with you all again! I am on cloud 9, I swear!
OK All, hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Crafty Sunday's are BAAAACCCKKKKK!!!

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Hey All!!

Oh how I have missed getting up early for my Crafty Sunday's!!! I LOOOOVVVVEEEE them!!!! Hee Hee! It's the little bit of me time that I get to have and that I feel I TOTALLY deserve! I mean, there is nothing like sitting with a cup of coffee and creating! I am excited to do it in my new crafty space :)

I will also say that I cannot WAIT to post some more videos! I truly love doing them, and I missed them as well! I have quite a few tutorials that I want to post! I need to wait until Tuesday for one of them because that's when my crafty mail is due to get here!!! I ordered my Close To My Heart Artiste Cartridge!! WHOOP WHOOP!!! Cannot WAIT to get my hands on it!!! Please remember, you can email me to pre-order your cartridge! And for my crafty Sunday, I will also give my first 5 pre-orders the NEW Close To My Heart Fall/Winter Catalog!!! Click HERE to email me!

 You know you have GOT to have this! Art Philosophy did not let us down, so neither will this one!

SO MANY GOODIES are in this catalog!!!

So, stay tuned today for some updates! I can't wait to share what I have been working on with you all! I will leave you with a little tease....I am working on tea pot favors for a Tea Party...wanna see a quick pick? They are not complete yet, but here it is:

I will update my completed picture later!!!

OK all, hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My Day At Exploring Cricut!

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Hey All!!

Today is my day at Exploring Cricut! And since it's my day, I can pick ANY PROJECT I want to!! WOO HOO!! So, since the hot topic for me this week is moving, I thought I would share my cards for our house warming party!

To make my cards, I used my trusty Cricut Imagine (which I have missed TONS!) and the Nursery Tails cartridge! I had NO CLUE on that cartridge that it had a SUPER CUTE house icon on it! It also had really great layers to it, which I love to cut and pop up on pop dots!

Here is my project:

Front of the card

Inside of the card

Back of the card-I couldn't resist this one!
Machine: Cricut Imagine
Cartridge: Nursery Tails
Paper: Recollections White, Craft and Turquoise
Ink: Close To My Heart Dutch Blue, Close To My Heart Cocoa, Stayz On Black
Stamps: Stampin' Up Your Invited, EK Success Handmade It Card
Adhesive: Pop Dots, ATG Gun
Misc: Sponge, White Gel Pen
FYI: Don't forget that you can email me to PRE-ORDER your Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste Cartridge!!!
Also, here are some other things going on this month with Close To My Heart:

During July, get a free paper packet and coordinating accessory with a qualifying online purchase. Click HERE for more details and to purchase on my site!!!
I have the NEW Fall/Winter Idea Books in stock! Cost is $2.95 and I will mail it out to you! If you host an online book party, I will give you yours for FREE AND A STAMP SET!!! Email me for details!!!

Here is the July Stamp of the Month! Get yours for $5.00 with a qualifying $75 purchase on my website!

OK all! That's it!!! Hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

OOOOO!! My NEW craftroom! And new 250 Follower Winner!

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Hey All!!!

It is SOOOOO nice to be back to crafting!!! It was a VERY long and stressful time for my little family during this move, and we are just SO thankful to be in our own home again! We had to rent for a few years while we took care of my little guy and his therapies! But, now we have a home that we can call our own again!!! Here is a picture for you to see:

My little guy was SOOOO excited to hold up our SOLD sign (that my awesome realtor made for us, since they dont have them anymore, lol) to show off our house! He LOVES it!! He has his new bed, and all his toys, so he LOVES his room! As for me, here is my room that I love:

I always said I would have a coffee machine in my next room! LOL!

I love this bookcase. It lets me see ALL my stuff so I will utilize my tools more!

My craft table! And my camera! Oh how I missed you!!

My "TO DO" board! I wont forget what project is due now! And you can see my Cricut Cartridge Storage as well!

Punch Storage. SO EASY to put up!

My computer and machine center. I have all my machines to the left of my computer. You can't see them in this picture!

All my magazines and books that I go to for inspiration!

So, as you can see, I am READY TO ROLL with projects now!

ALSO, my winner never responded to me for my 250 giveaway! So, now its time to pick a NEW WINNER!!! Are you ready????

Random.Org picked #62

Cathy said:

"I am a blog follower already."

SOOOO, Cathy, you have 24 hours to get ahold of me at! I will need your full mailing address! I can't WAIT to send out this package!!!

OK all, gotta get my craft on! LOL! Hope to find you all Craftin' and Stampin'! 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Exploring Cricut Christmas in July Blog Hop!

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Hey All!!!!

Guess what today is???? It's the CHRISTMAS IN JULY blog hop with the team from Exploring Cricut! You should of come from Annette's page, but if you did not, start HERE with Sharon at the beginning!


Let me just say that you are in for SUCH a treat today with all of the talent that this team has to offer!!!

I was VERY excited about this hop because I myself, LOVE Christmas, and I do think about Christmas time, and what it means to me all year! I ESPECIALLY love to create Christmas Crafts! I jumped all over what I wanted to make as part of this hop!

First, I grabbed my FAVORITE Christmas Cartridge, which is Jolly Holidays! There is just something about those images that brings a smile to my face! It's also SUPER fast to create an image because the most cuts that you will need to create an image is 4!! EASY PEASY!!!

Now, before you see my project, you must now that since I am BACK (pictures of what I have been up too coming tomorrow), and I will be having a giveaway!

So, for my giveaway, you must:

1. Go to ALL of the my DT family's pages
2. FOLLOW their blogs
3. Leave them some love, and let them know Jessica sent you

That's it! At the end of the week, I will pick a winner to win a small set of stamps from my Close To My Heart goodies!!!

So, here is my project!!!

Front of my card!

Inside of my card!!!


Jolly Holiday's Cricut Cartridge
Cricut Expression
Paper from my stash
My Mind's Eye- Be Merry 6X6 paper pad
Scraps from my stash
Pop Dots
Crystal Effects
White Gel Pen
Tag Punch
Hole Punch
Martha Stewart Twine
Distress Inks for edges of Elf and tag

And that's my project!!!

Here is the lineup for the blog hop!

Blog hop schedule

Jessica  YOU ARE HERE!!!


OK all! Gotta jet!!! Get to hoppin'! Hope to catch you all Craftin' and Stampin'!