Thursday, January 30, 2014

Last Chance for January Specials

January 31 is the last day to get the Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit and January Stamp of the Month and I would hate for you to miss out!

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Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit
In celebration of National Papercrafting Month you can order your own adorable Cloud Nine cardmaking kit at a fabulous price! Place a qualifying order and get this zesty kit, complete with varied die-cuts, a stamp set, and exclusive B&T paper, all at a discount.

The kit retails for $46 but you can get it for $15 with a qualifying purchase of $35 or more (excluding tax and shipping). You'll be able to make 10 adorable cards (2 each of 5 designs) in about an hour! Each card has funky messages to put any recipient on cloud nine!

January Stamp of the Month: Cross Stitch Wishes

Get this set of 13 stamps for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more.

Note: If you take advantage of the Cloud Nine special you'll automatically qualify for the January SOTM!

To get one, or both, of the January specials please shop my website HERE

Monday, January 27, 2014

Easy 3-D Effects

Ever wanted to turn a flat Cricut® shape into a 3–D element but didn’t know how? Watch the video* to learn how easy it is to create beautiful 3–D embellishments from flat Cricut®–cut shapes. From banners to embellishments on a scrapbook page to anything in between, we’ll show you how! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3–D!

This would make a fun boredom-buster project to do with the kids if they are off from school!

*Note, if you are receiving this video via email feed it won't come through. To view the video please click on the link HERE or click the post title.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Everything ABC Blog Hop - "B"

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter 'B'. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  I chose to use the versatile MyCreations Bracket Frame...with a banner for an extra shot of 'B.'

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy. If you came from Lauren's Blog then you're on the right track!

I started out by cutting the bracket shape with my Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge using Cricut Craft Room to re-size it to 10.95" x 10.95". Once cut I traced the square opening and trimmed with a ruler and X acto knife. The paper, Ivy Lane, is from our up and coming Spring/Summer Idea Book available Feb 1 (message me if you would a copy).

Since I wanted to showcase the photo in the frame I kept my embellishments to a minimum. I colored the Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet with my Smokey Plum alcohol markers and covered the Dimensional Element Heart with coordinating paper from the Ivy Lane pack. The only stamping was the "Love" sentiment from the Art Philosophy stamp sets.

To decorate the outside of the frame I cut the banner title from the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge (p. 60) at 7". I also cut rosettes from the Artbooking Cartridge in sizes ranging from 3 1/2" to 6 1/2" (page 60) and finished it off with black Sparkle Fourishes! I'm still debating whether or not I want to add leaves by my rosettes in the lower right corner...what do you think?

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Catherine's blog. Thanks for checking out my project!

Project Recipe (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Ivy Lane (X7178B), Hollyhock Cardstock, Blush Cardstock, Smokey Plum Cardstock
Stamps: Cricut Art Philosophy (D1498)
Ink: Black (Z2105), Hollyhock (Z2128), Smokey Plum (Z4147)
Other: MyCreations Bracket Frame (Z1797), Cricut Artbooking (Z1906), Cricut Art Philosophy (Z1686), Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet (Z1777), Dimensional Elements Heart (Z1735), Sparkle Flourishes - Black (Z1745), X-Acto Knife, Ruler, Glue Dots, Hot Glue Gun

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way :)

6. Michelle Battitori (that's me) - Michelle's Handmade World 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Use Your Stash - Making Room For The New

Welcome to the Use Your Stash Blog Hop.  If you are coming from Tabbi's Blog you are on the right track!

If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Joy’s Blog. Let's get started.

Today I am showcasing a fun way to use your older paper with a rolled paper wreath! If you are a paper hoarder I suggest you make one of these (or better yet, one for each season). Not only will they be a beautiful addition to your home but you'll also use up some of that paper .

I've been wanting to make these wreaths for awhile now but was intimated by them. Let me tell you, there is no need to be intimated. They are sooo easy and fun! I got instructions HERE but you could easily search for paper bow wreaths on Pinterest or YouTube for other instructions.

The wreath base was a 12" foam one you can get from any craft store. I used approximately 6 1/2 sheets of paper and the wreath took about 2 1/2 hours to complete...if you aren't a fan of football but feel obligated to watch with your sig other you could make 2 during the Super Bowl!

Now hop on over to Cassandra's Blog for more ideas of using up your stash.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Birthday Card - MojoMonday 328

I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch to create this quick and easy birthday card. It's going to my son's friend so I kept things very simple with a little tone-on-tone stamping.

The center square is a leftover chipboard piece from the Canvas WOTG a few months ago. The colors fit perfectly with the Pro-Player paper pack.

This is a standard A2 card. If you would like to re-create my measurements were 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" (B&T), 2 1/4" x 4" (Cardstock), 2" x 2" (Center Square).

Supplies (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper: White Daisy Cardstock, Pro-Player, Cranberry Cardstock, Slate Cardstock
Ink: Black, Cranberry
Stamp: Perfect Fit - Birthday
Other: Chipboard 

Here's the inspiration sketch:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Cheery Card with Artbooking Overlays

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! This month there are 12 bloggers participating and all of us will be highlighting Cricut Artbooking Overlays! This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

If you are coming from Marianne's Blog, you are on the right track! My mom recently had surgery on her foot so I wanted to make something bright to cheer her up.

I couldn't think of a better way than with a sunburst card! This card uses the Shift + Overlay function on page 81 of the Artbooking Cartridge. My card is an A10 size (9" x 3 3/4") so I knew I had to have a 9" length image.

All the images on the Artbooking cartridge are proportionate to the main layout or mini-album so I knew I had to use the Real Dial Size to get a true 9" image. Unfortunately after much playing it didn't work so I turned to the trusty Cricut Craft Room for help. It's pretty awesome that not only does CTMH give you a million different cuts to choose from (actually more like 700) but you can further manipulate each image in craft room to stretch it or break the proportion links to get the exact size you want.

Once I got the sizing right I finished the card with a stamp from a previous CTMH special, You Are My Happy and a little edge distressing. Now it's time to get it in the mail before my mom sees my post!

Supply List: 
Paper: Babycakes (X7173B), Surf's Up (X7168B),
Ink: Goldrush (Z2123), Crystal Blue (Z2117)
Stamps: You Are My Happy 
Other: Cricut Artbooking Cartridge (Z1906), Sponge Daubers (Z726), 3D Foam Tape (Z1151), Designer Cards (K&Company)

Thanks for stopping by.  Please continue onto Terry's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping.

Monday, January 13, 2014

It's Time For Another Virtual Crop

Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes again to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this Valentine's Day scrapbook page. It's the perfect way to showcase your precious photos of that special someone.

The free webcast will air Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 pm (MST). The Pajama Party will be available for FREE at on January 30, and will be archived after the event for future viewing.

If you would like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party "classroom" by creating a free account on the Big Picture Class website.

To make our "Lucky in Love" scrapbook page, you will want to have the following items—or similar products—on hand:
  • G1066 Workshops on the Go Sarita Scrapbooking Kit
  • X5935 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z2016 Blush Exclusive Inks Pad
  • Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks Pad
  • Z1826 Hollyhock Zipper Lace
  • Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems
  • Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
  • Z1294 Sanding Kit
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Contact me if you have any questions about registering for this free webcast. To purchase any of the supplies needed for this layout shop on my website HERE.


Friday, January 10, 2014

A Mix & Match Birthday Card

It's contest week at MojoMonday and in keeping with my 2014 goals I'm participating! This card uses a combination of Sarita papers and embellishments from the Babycakes Line. The scallop piece was cut from the Artiste Cricut Cartrige at 2 1/2" (p. 77).

I usually have a hard time mixing lines, but CTMH makes it easy with coordinating and complementing products. Now I need to step out of my comfort zone and use paper from different packs!

Thanks for looking!

Paper: Gypsy Cardstock, Sarita Level 2, White Daisy Cardstock, Lagoon Cardstock
Stamps: Cricut Artiste Collection Birthday
Ink: Outdoor Denim
Other: Cricut Artiste, Corner Rounder, Babycakes Assortment

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Updated January Club Project...And I L-O-V-E it!

Well, my project for January was all ready to go but a shipping delay means my extra supplies won't be here in time for club this Friday, Jan 10.

So, what's a girl to do? I could have easily cried myself into a panicked frenzy or I could do what any resourceful crafter (because really all crafters are pretty resourceful in my opinion) would do and raid my stash to come up with a new project!

This month I'll show you how to transform your Christmas paper into a fun Valentine bag and pop-up card! Both projects are courtesy of the AMAZING Artiste Cricut fussy cutting here!

As of today I have 4 spots left so if you are free I'd really love to have you attend. Start time is 7 pm and the cost is $5. I will also ship kits to out-of-towners and local friends that can't make the class(shipping is extra). Please use the link below to purchase.
Delivery Options

Kits will include:
  • Printed step-by-step instructions with lots of photos
  • Pre-cut paper
  • Pre-stamped images
  • 17" of Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon (or similar product)
  • 1 card with envelope

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January Newsletter: It's time to celebrate National Papercrafting Month!

Class update: Chicken Wire Frame is scheduled for 1/25, not 1/18. If interested please RSVP by 1/15.

Celebrate Your Creativity
January 2014A newsletter from Michelle
Your Stamp Happy Friend, Michelle
My photo Michelle Battitori
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Happy New Year!

Wow! 2013 flew by and so many exciting things happened. I can't wait to share them with you in my Year In Review Workshop coming soon. I'm adding home gatherings back into my schedule so if you are interested in hosting a show please let me know. Home shows are great for earning free products and 50% rewards so if you've been waiting to get any of the Cricut Cartridges at a discount book your show today.
I would like to extend my workshops in 2014 so if you are interested in something in particular please let me know. I'm more than happy to create a workshop for you and a group of your friends (and you get the hostess rewards). Here is what I have scheduled so far:
  • Fri 1/10 - Creative Club @ 7pm
  • Sat 1/18 - Chicken Wire Frame
  • Sat 2/1 - Xi Delta Gamma Fundraising Crop (contact me for more info)
  • Sat 2/1 - Spring/Summer Idea Book is live!
I hope to see you in 2014!!

National Papercrafting Month
A cardmaking kit to put you on Cloud Nine!
Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide
Close Read
Celebrate National Papercrafting Month by capturing a cloud—Cloud Nine, to be exact—with an exclusive cardmaking kit. The Cloud Nine cardmaking kit, which includes 10 adorable cards (2 ea. of 5 designs) is available at a great discount or even FREE during January. Purchase it for just $15 (retail value $46) with a qualifying order of $35, or get it FREE when you enroll as a new Consultant in January and submit total personal sales of $300 or more. You're sure to find your own little piece of heaven when you take advantage of this limited-time deal!

*New Consultant's total qualifying sales must be remitted by the end of their first full quarter as a Consultant to be eligible. They will be prompted to add the free kit with the order that achieves the minimum qualifying total sales. If the minimum is reached through multiple orders, the new Consultant will be prompted to add the kit to the order that brings them to the required $300 mark. If the qualifying order is made through a customer's OBA order, the new Consultant will be prompted to add the free item to their next order that is submitted before the end of the first quarter (June 30, 2014). If the qualifying order is made through the Consultant's Order Entry, the Consultant will be prompted to add their Consultant profile to the order.

**Note that card kits do not count toward qualifying order totals. The retail value of the order is totaled prior to determining promotional kit eligibility.

See the kit »

January Stamp of the Month:
Cross-Stitch Wishes
Send a handmade sentiment with an oh-sew special touch!
January 2014 Stamp of the Month: Special Care (S1312); 2013 Autumn Winter Idea Book, p. 15
Close Read
Everyone needs a touch of homemade in their lives! With the January Stamp of the Month, Cross-Stitch Wishes, you can be sure to provide that loving trace for your family and friends. Piece together adorable projects with this set celebrating the handcrafter in all of us at an amazing discount: place an order of $50 and get this set for just $5! This great offer is available during January only, so be sure to order yours quickly and get started stamping your scrapbook pages and cards with its warm and heartfelt wishes. It's a perfect bonus to your National Papercrafting Month purchase—when you qualify for and purchase the Cloud Nine card kit (above), your order total will automatically qualify you for the discounted Stamp of the Month. A bargain that's truly "sew cute!"

View the January Stamp of the Month »

Crafty Calendar
Give your year direction with a calendar made from the heart!
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Order a stampable, craftable, durable calendar just in time for the new year! The Monthly Calendar (Z1030) has 12 blank calendar pages just ripe for the decorating with your favorite photos, colors, and embellishments. Take the photos you've gathered all year and turn them into a wonderful piece for your wall that will bring a smile to your face with every passing month. The calendar is available for $7.95 and will hold your priceless memories for many months ahead, and the years after, too!

Check out the Monthly Calendar »
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