Everywhere You Go Tag

December SOTM: Cutie Pie


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I can’t get enough of the adorable cupcakes in the December Stamp of the Month set, ‘Cutie Pie’! I tried something a little different today, using summer colors and a small tag, rather than a card.

The tag was cut with my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and then covered in patterned papers from the Seaside Paper Packet.

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The cupcake and sentiment were stamped with Desert Sand ink, colored in with colored pencils, and mounted onto Desert Sand cardstock. The sentiment was popped off the page with foam tape.

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I added gold sequins and bitty sparkles for some bling!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Mini Calendar Tag

Art Philosophy Cut Mini Calendar Tag

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This adorable Mini Calendar stamp can be used for so many things! It is completely customizable and reusable for ANY date. Plus, at only $2.95, it’s a total bargain!

For the tag, I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut a 3.5″ tag out of White Daisy cardstock. All of the patterned paper was from the Brushed Paper Packet. In addition to the Mini Calendar stamp, I used “A Budding Friendship” stamp set to stamp the flower in Hollyhock ink and the leaf in Pear ink.

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I used the ShinHan Touchtwin Marker in Marigold color to circle today’s date. To finish off the tag, I added 3 Clear Sparkles and Pink Shimmer Trim, cut in half lengthwise.

I’ll see you in the craft room,


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October SOTM Christmas Present Card

Christmas Present Card

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Do you own the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Collection? If you do, you will be able to make this quick little card in a snap! Turn to Page 60 in your booklet and let’s get started…

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To make the “Do Not Open” Christmas present Card:

  1. This is a picture of the assembled cuts.
  2. Arrange 2 – 5.5″ presents side-by-side on your Cricut mat, so that the edges are touching at the top of the present (the “lid”). Choose the “weld” function so that the 2 items become 1 when cut. Cut out the image.
  3. Keeping your height at 5.5″, cut the bow.

For my card, I used patterned paper from the Yuletide Carol Paper Packet for the present base, and Cranberry cardstock for the bow. To add a bit of depth and color to the card, I used a sponge dauber to sponge Champagne ink around the edges of the Yuletide Carol paper, and Cranberry ink around the edges and centers of the bow.

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The  “Do Not Open” sentiment was stamped in Cranberry ink onto White Daisy cardstock. The stamp was from the October SOTM (Stamp of the Month) set, “Home for the Holidays,” which is only available until October 31st!

The tag was also cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge… the cutting size to match the stamp was printed right on the carrier sheet of the stamp set. Many of the CTMH stamps are Cricut compatible and all matching cutting sizes are listed next to the stamp for convenience. Once the tag was cut, all I had to do was line up my sentiment and stamp it!

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I used a black journaling pen to make some dots and dashes around the present and bow for some extra interest. To finish off the card, I added 2 Gold Sequins to the bottom of the bow, and a piece of red stretchy cord through my sentiment tag… the exact same cord that I use on my actual Christmas presents! The cord was just tied through the tag and not glued down, as I used foam tape on the back of the tag to pop it off the present and attach it to the card.

I can also envision making smaller versions of these presents (without the card back welded on) to use as tags for Christmas presents this year. How cute!

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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October SOTM Christmas Tags

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I have a super quick and easy project for you today! Christmas is right around the corner, and Close To My Heart is featuring a special Holiday/Christmas stamp set for the month of October only. For the Christmas tags here, I used the October “Home for the Holidays” SOTM set and White Daisy cardstock.

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I used the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out the coordinating tags for these stamps (the cut sizes are listed right on the stamp set, next to the coordinating images!). After the tags were cut, I simply stamped the images on top, using Cranberry, New England Ivy, and Goldrush inks! A quick 10 – 15 minute project to get a jump on your Christmas tags.

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I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Halloween Boo Tag

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These little ghosts are too cute to spook! I am loving this cute CTMH stamp set called “Frightfully Fun,” with adorable Halloween characters. I’ll definitely be sharing more of this set as the month goes along.

This tag was cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge and White Daisy cardstock. The festive patterned paper is from the Scaredy Cat Paper Packet, and the purple cardstock is a brand new color… Thistle.

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The 2 ghosts and “BOO!” sentiment were stamped in Black ink and fussy cut so that I could layer them. The bottom ghost was glued right on to the paper, and the top ghost was attached with foam tape for a nice pop off the tag.

For some extra dimension, I added some sparkly Black Shimmer Trim and a couple of Black Enamel Stars, found in the Scaredy Cat Assortment pack. To finish off the tag, I added a strip of Thistle Diagonal Striped Ribbon through the top of the tag. This tag would be great attached to the front of a card base, on a scrapbook page, or as an actual gift tag on a present.

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Live in the Moment Tag

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Here is another artsy project that we made at the CTMH annual convention this past June. This cute little tag was made with the Pathfinding Paper Packet and the “Lifetime of Happiness” stamp set.  This tag was super easy to put together since the tag itself was already cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.

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The bow and flower petals were stamped with Glacier ink, the flower center and sentiment were stamped with Chocolate ink, and the leaves were stamped with Flaxen ink. A piece of Gold Shimmer Trim was added for some sparkle!

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I wanted to get a picture showing all of the layers of this tag. The foam tape popped the bow, flower leaves, and flower center off of the papers separately, giving it a 3-D look. Although it was quick and easy to make, the dimension gives it a dramatic look!

I’ll see you in the craft room,



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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