Autobot Card – My First Silohouette Project

Today I took the time to set up my Silohouette which was not hard or time consuming at all, but I had to make a space for it and that took me a little while.

The excuse for purchasing this new tool was to make a birthday card for our grandson 4th birthday, which is Christmas Eve! It’s one expensive card, lol but there is a two page layout in the makes and a few more projects after that!

I searched bing for recuse bot JPEG and found a few that looked interesting. I play with the studio that came with my machine with the upgrade for free and after watch a few tutorials on you Tube and the disc that comes with it I was ready to cut my files.

Here is a quick picture of the card, which is 4.25X4.25 and very basic. If I can get my HP printer connected to my new Windows 8 laptop I will have the inside finished tomorrow some time and share it later this week!


I am amazed at how easy it is to convert these free files and then cut them for various projects! I waited much to long to get this!

Hope you all have a great Sunday and a very blessed Christmas and holidays!

Donna Lee


Christmas Cardinal Card Featuring To You And Yours Stamp – Close To My Heart

Hello Crafty Friends,

It’s been a whirlwind week around here, but I did manage to get a few Christmas cards done and two videos feature two different color techniques.

The first video is using markers to color my stamped image. I stamped the image using my large Fiskars stamp press and Momento Tuxedo Black ink.

I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Bundle to cut my two layers of circles to go on top of the scalloped Nestabilities die that was cut from white glitter paper from DCWV.


When these paper stacks go on sale, you need to snatch them up! They are perfect for Nestabilites and your Cricut.

Each of the holly berry leaves is stamped and colored with the markers and then fussy cut 3 times for each card. It’s worth it but time consuming. A good thing to do while watching tv. I used two on the outside of the card and saved one for the inside.

The 2nd card was made using watercolor crayons in my stash. You can watch the video HERE.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a very blessed and crafty week!

Donna Lee

November 2013 Specials

Stamp Of The Month November



Here are a few pictures of three of these cards.





Sunburst Card – A Burst Of Creativity

Hello Crafty Friends,

I am still not feeling up to par and have not made it back into my Stampin N Scrapin Studio. I saw this video from Close To My Heart and wanted to make sure you had an opportunity to see how to make a simple sunburst card using your scraps, a punch, and the starburst cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Collection.

Click HERE to see the short video.

October Stamp Of The Month Is $5 with any $50 order!



Below is a link to a free download for this month only! Click HERE

Fast, Fun Fall Greeting Cards Featuring Artbooking Cricut Collection

It’s so much fun to create two quick cards using the Artbooking Cricut Collection from Close To My Heart. I started with the Overlay feature on page 72 and set the size to 4″. I cut 2 of these so I could make a Thanksgiving card and a general greeting card.


I used some thick card stock from DCWV. My Expression was set at Max speed, Max Pressure, and the blade set at 6. You can use Cricut Craft Room or just use the cartridge in your Cricut.


They cut perfectly and are ready to put on our card fronts!


Next I choose two different titles from this fabulous cartridge. I choose the Hello title that is on page 51 and its cut at .75″ using Real Dial Size.


The next greeting is from page 72 and is cut at 1″ using Real Dial Size.


These were cut using some Craft Core card stock from Tim Holtz. Look how perfectly they turned out.


For the base of my cards I again used some printed heavy cards stock from DCWV. I cut one card at 4″X8″ and the other at 4.25″X8.5″. When I make more of these I will use the 4.25″X8.5″ size.


I used Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive liquid glue to adhere the overlays and my sentiments to the front of my cards. Above is the 4″X8″ card base. I ended up having to trim 1/16″ off the height and the width to make this work. So if you want to have a 4X4 card cut your overlay at 3.75″.


This is the 4.25″X4.25″ finished card size. I like the small border all the around the overlay. There is so much more to do with this overlay and the extra tree image that can be cut! I kept the card very basic and will decorate the insides using layers of this gorgeous paper and a little stamping once I know who I am going to give it to.


Thanks for stopping by My Stampin N Scrapin Studio today. I hope you are inspired to get creative this holiday weekend! Fall is right around the corner so take a little crafting time to create a few Fall cards for those that you might not see over Thanksgiving.

August Specials:
This month Close To My Heart has a sweet deal! If you spend $50 or more you will receive this months Stamp Of The Month for FREE!


You can purchase the Artbooking Cricut Collection right HERE


Christmas Photo Card Featuring CTMH Artbooking

Hello again my crafty peeps! Today I want to share a super easy and fast Photo Card I made using the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut cartridge. You can make this type of card using any photo mat or shape (with a rectangle for the inside) on any cartridge you have.

Cricut Craft Room Real Dial Size 4.25" Welded 2 Photo Mat1 from Artbooking Page 75 Used Hide Contour Feature

Cricut Craft Room Real Dial Size 4.25″ Welded 2 Photo Mat1 from Artbooking Page 75 Used Hide Contour Feature

Lets get started! I used 4.25″ as my height and used Real Dial Size for all three images. Click HERE to what the first video.

Remember that CCR (Cricut Craft Room) automatically sets weld as the default when two objects overlap each other on your mat. Welding is really easy using this free software from Cricut.

Click on CUT in CCR and answer the questions and then set your machine and click LOAD MAT.

Click on CUT in CCR and answer the questions and then set your machine and click LOAD MAT.

Before we can assemble, we need to CUT the card base and the photo mat. Click HERE to watch this quick video to see how easy it is to do. My PC is connected to my Expression using the Cricut data cord and literally its just a few clicks to get it cut.

Photo 3 3/8 X 5 5/8

Photo 3 3/8 X 5 5/8

Now that we have our photo ready to use we’re ready to assemble our card.  Click HERE to watch the final video.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post and will find some time to play using what you have. This is easily done on your Gypsy if you have one or you can download and use the FREE Cricut Craft Room. 

Have a blessed and CRAFTY day!

Donna Lee

August Specials:
This month Close To My Heart has a sweet deal! If you spend $50 or more you will receive this months Stamp Of The Month for FREE!


You can purchase the Artbooking Cricut Collection right HERE

Artiste Cricut Collection – Thanks Card With Bow


Hello and happy Monday! Today I’m sharing a video tutorial I taped yesterday while making these adorable Thank You cards from the Artiste Cricut Collection available HERE! This card is on page 65 using the Card feature. They are cut 3.75 height using Close To My Hearts For Always double sided card stock.

Here is Part 1 of the video.


These cards are so easy and you can jazz them up quite easily!

Cut at 3.75 in height three will fit on a 12X12 mat.

Decorating the inside mat (3 1/8X3.5) is easy using the stamp off technique and your favorite stamp set. I used the Flirty Scrapbooking Workshop C1515 from Close To My Heart.


Lets watch the rest of the tutorial in Part 2.


What I appreciate about the cards on the Artiste Cricut Collection is that you can leave them as simple as they are, or you can dress them up using what supplies you have.

I made two more that I used the Two Way bird punch from Stsmpin Up and some scraps of metallic papers. I added some turquoise card stock for the backing and now I have two more thank you cards for my stash!



Thank You for stopping by today! Here are some specials that are available for a few more days in July!
July Specials
Get the discounted Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit in July—no qualifying purchase required! From July 1 to July 31 you can get this trendy kit to create your own canvas art to hang in your home, regularly priced at $39.95, now discounted to $19.95—more than 50% off! Take papercrafting to the next level with this adorable home décor piece that you can display for all to see.
Dates: Offer valid July 1–July 31, 2013.



Each month you can enjoy a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5—that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

July 2013: Sweet Life (S1307A)
Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.



Enjoy your day and evening and check back here again for more details about the Artbooking Cricut Collection you can get as of 8/1/13.

Getting Creative Using Gypsy or CCR – Create Something New!

We are on vacation in Alaska and I want to share this card from last year. It’s one of my favorite things to do when I have time on my hands. Grab your Gypsy or sign into the Cricut Craft Room and make your very own die cut using simple shapes and the advanced features. Enjoy!


The cooler temperatures mean more hot tea for me and nothing is more appropriate for a general note card or thinking of you card than some stacked tea cups. I do not own a cartridge that has this image so I utilized my Gypsy and choose a cup from the Winter Frolic cartridge.


After choosing my die cut and deciding on 2.75 inches for the size of the base of my cups, found the coordinating layer for this cut to start adding cups. These are sized at 2.75 inches.


Each cup was tilted using the tool on the Advance tab on the Gypsy. As I built the stack of the teacups I used the hide contour feature to hide the front layer of the teacup with the snow flake cut out. I used the weld feature for each layer as I worked on adding each additional cup.


I laid out my mat so that I could cut everything at one time.


Using the weld, tilting and hide contour features adds another level of creativity and endless design opportunities for cards and your scrapbook layouts.


These papers came from a stack from Hobby Lobby. My friend, Olivia and I split the stack and she has the cover so I can’t tell you the name of it. It has a lot of texture and varied designs on each sheet and I really like that for my cards.




Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to design a new project using this same technique soon and will share it once I do. Would love to see what you are doing, so please share a link in the comments so we can see what you are creating! Blessings!

June Specials
The June stamp of the Month is called A Flowering Bunch (s1306A) and coordinates with the Artiste cartridge. You can get this stamp set (valued at $17.95) for only $5 if you place an order of $50 or more.


Receive a free My Creations® mini banner in June! Make it a “banner” day by placing a $25 order that includes a qualifying stamp set to receive your free mini banner. The mini banner includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings for hanging. Use the mini banner as a decoration for your parties and get-togethers this summer for many “banner” days!
Dates: Offer valid June 1–30, 2013.