Make-and-Take Tags and Expo Recap

As you might remember, I attended the Rubber Stamp Convention in Carson, CA this past weekend as a vendor. This was, by far, the largest event I have ever done. Besides this event, I have only had a table at craft fairs… and it’s been a few years for that as well! 

Since someone had cancelled their booth space, I was able to set up two tables at the event: one table for CTMH displays, and one table for make-and take projects. The front table was where most of the action was! I had three make-and-take seats ready for customers, and also some literature on the table about my workshops (local and online), and a draw box for a free draw.

The back table held more literature and various projects on display. Since my table was 2′ smaller than I was told, I also had a little floor display, which is hard to see in the photo below.
I was fortunate that my daughter helped me out for the weekend. Actually, it was less fortune, and more bribery! She was paid to help at the event, and did a great job. Now there is something that you should know about my Megan… she did not inherit her mother’s crafty gene. She has absolutely NO interest in crafting or creating. As a straight “A” student, she will work very hard on any creative project she is assigned, but always enlists my help.

So to my surprise, at some point throughout the event (during a lull in the afternoon), she asked me if she could make one of the make-and-take tags. Completely shocked, I said, “OF COURSE!” I guided her through the first one, and then she was off! She made about 30 tags over the course of two days!

When she first held the stamp, she thought it was the coolest thing ever because she could see through it and knew where it was going to stamp. I told her that she was lucky because she didn’t get to play with just any old stamp, she got to play with Close To My Heart’s premium clear stamps! I snapped a quick picture while she was distracted! Shhh, don’t tell her that I posted it here…



It was a fun weekend with a lot of interaction with some very nice ladies! I will be following up with those that gave me their information within the next couple of days. I love what I do and am so excited to share CTMH and various types of paper crafting with others!

However…. as much fun as I had with the ladies at the event, one of the absolute highlights was meeting Tim Holtz!


I usually don’t smile so hard (it shows all of the wrinkles…LOL!), but Tim was just too much fun! His booth was set up across from ours, so we saw his huge crowd all day as he was performing demos. I wanted to participate, but it was work time for me, guiding my own demos!

And speaking of demos, if I had to guess, I would say that we did about 200 make-and-take tags at our table. The tags were super easy to put together since all of the shapes were pre-cut with the CTMH Cricut cartridges! The ladies (and a couple of gents) got to ink/distress, stamp, and glue all of the components. The highlight for the majority of the ladies was using our awesome 2-way glue! Many of them had never used anything like it and LOVED it!

Here are the tags that we made:

Since our CTMH paper is patterned on both sides, customers had a choice of the pink pattern, or the gray pattern from the same piece of paper. There were three sentiments to choose from, as shown above. 

The adorable “Lollydoodle” paper that we used is only available for about two more weeks, then it will be retiring with all of the other patterned papers in the current Idea Book/Catalog. If you think it’s cute, you need to get it now, before it’s gone! But, a bunch of new paper packs will be introduced in our new Annual Inspirations Idea Book, available August 1, 2014!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Art Philosophy Layered "Cake"…Yummy!

When I showed this “cake” to my daughter, she said that it looked good enough to eat! That’s quite a compliment, seeing as it came from a tweenie girl that is too cool for most things :o)

I made this layered cake almost entirely with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. All of the cake layers, flowers, and leaves were cut with Art Philosophy, but it did not contain a hexagon shape… so I cheated and cut the hexagon tops and bottoms with the Artbooking cartridge! Of course, you could always just trace around the shape and cut out by hand.


The palette that I used for this project included cardstock and inks in the following colors: Cotton Candy, Lagoon, Pear, and White Daisy.

Here are the 3 cake layers:

Top Layer
Middle Layer
Bottom Layer


This week, the Fantabulous Cricut Blog, challenge #218 has a “Summer Treats” theme. I will be entering my cake in the challenge. Although maybe not a traditional summer treat, both of my children have summer birthdays, so a fancy cake is always a summer treat around our house!

Join me at the Rubber Stamp Convention


I will be attending a vendor event this coming weekend in Carson, CA, and made this cake as a display piece for my table. If you live near the Carson area, please come and visit me at the Rubber Stamp Convention on July 12 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, or July 13 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. For more information, including location and driving directions, please click HERE. Stop by my booth and say “hi!”

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Key Tags Using Ivy Lane Papers

Today I have two more tags for you from the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and the Ivy Lane Paper Packet. These tags were very simple to make, but I did cheat a bit and put a tag and overlay together that weren’t really meant for each other. I’ll explain below…
Both tags were made from the same cuts. On page 63 of the Art Philosophy booklet, I used the tag cut, set at 4″, with real dial size turned off.

Then, on page 70, I used the tag layer as the overlay. Make sure to keep all cuts at a default height of 4″, with real dial size off.


Something you may notice right away is that those two tags are different shapes on the top. That’s right! After they are glued together, you will have to do some minor trimming around the top where the key tag sticks out a little bit around the rounded corners of the overlay.
To make this tag, I used Bamboo as the background paper, and Hollyhock as the overlay. The cute paper used behind the key opening is from the Ivy Lane pack. I sponged around the Bamboo paper with Desert Sand ink (darker than Bamboo for a more dramatic, distressed effect). I sponged around the Hollyhock paper with Hollyhock ink.

To make the double key tag, I used the same cuts as above, but I also cut out a key and overlay to layer on to the tag. Back to page 63 in the Art Philosophy booklet:



Keeping with the 4″ default, I cut the key out of Ivy Lane patterned paper, and the overlay out of Bamboo paper. The tag was made with Smokey Plum paper and the overlay layer was made with Blush paper. The paper behind the key cut-out is another Ivy Lane patterned paper.
To finish off this tag, I sponged the Smokey Plum tag with Smokey Plum ink, the Blush overlay with Hollyhock ink, and the Bamboo key with Desert Sand ink.

Remember the goodies I am giving away with the purchase of this, or any other CTMH Cricut cartridge bundle. Check that out HERE.

Thanks for looking!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Simple Bird Tag With Skylark Papers


This little cutie was made with the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and papers from the Skylark Paper Packet. It was quick and simple to make this little tag with my Cricut doing almost all of the work for me *wink*.

I used pages 50 and 51 of the Art Philosophy booklet to get all of my cuts:


Make sure to turn off the real dial size option before you begin placing your pieces on the Cricut mat. Then, set your default height to 4″. The tag itself will be 4″ tall, and all of the other elements will automatically size adjust to work with the tag.

If you want a large bird, like I have on my tag, make sure that it is also set to 4″, with the real dial size turned off. I used Juniper paper for my tag, Kraft paper for the overlay, Skylark paper for the bird, and Sweet Leaf paper for the bird’s wing. All of these were included in the paper packet.

Before assembling my tag, I inked around the papers: I used Juniper ink on the Juniper paper for a tone-on-tone effect, Cocoa ink on the Kraft paper, and Sweet Leaf ink on both the Skylark paper bird, and the Sweet Leaf wing.


To finish off the bird, I added a green sparkle for its eye. CTMH no longer stocks this particular color, but you could use a green epoxy bubble for a similar look. For the bird’s beak, I used a gold Durables Triangle stud. It worked perfectly! I love the look of the shiny eye and the adorable beak.

I hope that you enjoyed this quick project. I have a couple more cute tags to show tomorrow.

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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