Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mini TP Roll Tutorial

Hi all,

I've had a couple requests for a tutorial on how to make a mini album using recycled toilet paper rolls. Being a teacher, I tend to have lots of these rolls available to use in my classroom for the kids to use in the art area. But one day someone gave me the idea to use the tp rolls as books and I have been doing it ever since!

Okay so to start you need tp rolls. I use five when making a mini album. First, flatten the rolls. Get them as flat as you possibly can. I put a few in between my husband's weights. 
4 x 2 1/4
Most tp rolls are 4 x 2 1/4 when flattened. However there are some that are slightly larger. So measure it when it's flat so you know how large to cut your paper to put onto it. Do not cut the tp roll. You are going to use it as a pocket to hold your tags. :)

Next, take a 12 x 12 piece of paper and score it slightly more than  the size of the roll because you want to wrap the paper around the roll. Score So if the roll is 4 inches by 2 1/4 inches, score the paper at 4 1/4 by 2 1/2 inches. 

Use an ATG to adhere the paper to the roll. Cut off any excess paper. Then using your Big Bite, punch a hole in one end. 

I like to use eyelets so when I thread the ribbon through, the pages will be held together nicer. I use the 3/16 eyelets. Again, use your Big Bite to set the eyelet. 

Finally, make a tag that is approximately 3 3/4 X 2. These measurements are approximate because it depends upon the size of the tp roll that is used when flattened. You will actually make the tags just slightly longer but do NOT make the tag 4 x 2 1/4 because the tag will not be able to slide in and out as you need it. Punch a hole in one end of the tag and thread some ribbon through. 

Then add embellishments (e.g. ribbon, ink), journal notes and mini photos. This is a great to give as a gift especially with the holidays rolling around. 

That is the end of my tutorial! If there is anything that is unclear, please let me know and I will do my best to clarify the instructions.

Good luck and Happy Crafting! ♥

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Rock the Block Promotion - Close to My Heart

Here is the brand new campaign from Close to My Heart! This is really nice! You purchase this set during the month of December. But I wanted to give you sneak peek on how you can get it!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Simple Birthday Card - Close to My Heart Roxie paper set

Hi all,

I have been busy taking care of custom orders for cards for some customers. In the mean time, I have been working on some projects as well!

This first one is a birthday card using the roxie paper set. The butterflies are cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge. The Happy Birthday stamp comes from one of the THREE stamp sets included with the cricut cartridge. I inked the edges using the CTMH ink in tulip.

This photo is a frame I made using the new Holiday Wishes Stamp Set. All of the shapes were cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge. I used some glitter to add a little bling and inked the white edges with the CTMH ink in tulip.

The Art Philosophy cartridge is VERY versatile. It has over 700 images to choose from! I absolutely LOVE this cartridge! If you wold like to own one to create your own one of a kind creations, check out my website Tiffany's Close to My Heart. Don't forget to check out the 'While Supplies Last' section for DEEPLY DISCOUNTED products! 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Winter cards - Close to My Heart - Art Philosophy

Hi all,

I've been just a little busy. It's that time of year when we have to starting getting progress reports ready for parent/teacher conference next month. It's always interesting, especially the first one! :)

Anyway, I have been playing with my Art Philosophy cartridge and my Close to My Heart stamp sets! I love how the stamps coordinate so perfectly with the cartridge! It's a win-win situation with stampers and die cutters!

Here are two of my latest cards...

The first card has the card & tree cut using the AP cartridge. The stamping on the tree is from the newest stamp set from Close to My Heart called Holiday Wishes! Don't you just love that design?
The second card and snowflakes are also cut using the AP cartridge. The sled is stamped from the Winter stamp set.

If you would like step by step instructions, please feel free to contact me for detailed info! If you would like to purchase any of these beautiful stamp sets or the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge/stamp bundle, go to my website Close to My Heart to order it today! You are going to love it!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Holiday Card - Close to My Heart - Art Philosophy

I am totally loving my new Art Philosophy cartridge!!!! I haven't put it away since I first received it! Here is a simple holiday card I made using the cartridge and matching stamp set.

The card was cut out at 6". The tree was cut out at 3 1/4 to coordinate with the matching stamp that comes with this collection. The ribbon is from my stash. This card took me less than twenty minutes to make! If you want to make this very easy holiday card, you can visit my site at Tiffany's CTMH to order this fabulous cartridge and stamp bundle!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Holiday Card Set: Project Inspiration Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book Close to My Heart

I love the look of these cards! This is great info for all you card makers out there (even for me)!

If you want to purchase the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and stamp set, visit my website at Close to My Heart or click on the link that says "Shop with Me". Also don't forget to stop by the "While Supplies Last" section to get items that are up to 67% off the retail price!