Home For The Holidays

The October Stamp of the Month set, Home For The Holidays, is just what I needed to gear up for a season of card making and gift wrapping!  I love using my supplies to add a special touch to simple gifts.  I know I would love to find this thoughtful treat on my desk.

Cupcake in gift box

Special handmade touches make this gift extra thoughtful

The ornament tag on this box was created with our Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and our Home For The Holidays stamp set.  Five of the stamps (those outlined in red in the image below) in this set have a matching image on our Cricut cartridge!

Home for the Holidays

October Stamp of the Month

I know I’ll be using this set this weekend to get started on my gift tags.  Do you have a favorite stamp set for creating holiday gift tags?  Please post your response in the comments.

Holiday Projects Debut Tomorrow

Have you signed up for my 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign?  Join my email list today and you’ll receive a series of twelve holiday projects including cards, gift ideas and gift wraps.  You’ll get ideas for special touches like handmade gift tags plus inspiration for Secret Santa gifts, stocking stuffers and teacher appreciation gifts.  My first project will debut tomorrow!

Here’s a sneak peek of the paper used in the first project our colorful Snowhaven collection!

Snowhaven scrapbook layout

Scrapbook layout created with Snowhaven

Cricut Cut Flowers and Tag

Check out this elegant tag created at a recent workshop focused on Cricut cut 3D flowers!

Elegant Cricut tag with 3D flowers

Elegant Cricut tag with 3D flowers

The flowers were created with the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge.  If you look closely you will see that there are two different flower types on the tag.  This cartridge includes six unique 3D flower designs!

Cutting your own flowers saves money and opens up a world of options.  You’ll find that you can create the perfect embellishment with just a small scrap of paper.  You can kick the design up a notch by bending petals, inking petal edges, applying glitter glue or even creating your own pattern with stamped images before the flower is formed.  Contact me today to schedule a workshop and learn to cut dimensional Cricut flowers!

Come Out and Play!

Join me for an evening of creativity and crafting inspiration this Thursday, April 10th at 6pm.  I am offering a workshop featuring Spring themed cards and 3D Cricut cut flowers at Green Lotus Studios (located on Rosselle Street between King and Stockton, just one block from Bold City Brewery).  Experiment with clear acrylic stamps, gorgeous inks and unique die cut shapes.

Don’t forget this Saturday is the Welcome Spring Craft Fair.  I’ll be at 2762 Park Street with my good friend Courtney and our booth is overflowing with terrific products including Lotus Bud teas, healing balms and salves from Green Lotus Organics, handmade soaps and luxury bath products including some very special Easter goodies.  The Craft Fair runs from 9am until 4pm.  Hope to see you there!

 

Reminders

While Saturday’s Welcome Spring Craft Fair was a soggy wash out, Sunday’s Zumbathon benefit was just what I needed to pump up my energy.  Even better, the Welcome Spring Craft Fair rain date has been set for Saturday, April 12th so I’ll be heading back to Park Street with loads of goodies from soaps and solid shampoos to Idea Books.  I hope you’ll make plans to be there!

Speaking of solid shampoo, I will be back at Green Lotus Organics this Saturday at 3pm teaching the art of beer shampoo bars.  Join me and explore techniques for creating shine and volume in the hair without the use of animal proteins.  Please note that this is an advanced class.  Please contact me before registering if you have not completed the hot process soap making class.

As we say goodbye to March, I want to remind you that today is your last opportunity to take home the Happy Place stamp set as well as the end of our Studio J March savings promotion.

Images from the Happy Place Stamp of the Month set

Images from the Happy Place Stamp of the Month set

Cricut Cut Flowers

Join me Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6pm for an exciting new cards workshop featuring Cricut cut flowers!  I can’t wait to show you how easy it is to make your own dimensional rolled flowers which will match your projects effortlessly.  Our Art Philosophy Cricut Collection includes six different flower designs to enhance your cards, scrapbook layouts, gift wrapping and home decor projects.  Because you can use a small piece of your card stock or background and texture paper, your flowers will always be a perfect match.  Imagine the effects you’ll create when you stamp a pattern on your flowers or ink their edges with the coordinating ink for our exclusive inks collection!

Cricut cut flowers on gift boxes

Rolled dimensional flowers make these gift boxes extra special.

Email me tracy@bewitchedcrafts.com to reserve your space in class today!

Love Stories

“If we were invincible

if we could never die

and all the world could rise against us

and we’d dare to fight

dare to fight

nothing left to fear

we could never fall

so in love, head full of fire

we’d be invincible”

I am obsessed with this song, Invincible, from All Good Things.  It’s being used in advertisements for tonight’s episode of “Reign” which I have to admit has completely captured my imagination.  “Reign” is a highly fictionalized telling of the story of Mary, Queen of Scots during her time in the court of France.  As something of a history buff, I find the costumes ridiculous and the changes to the ages of the characters something of a joke.  That’s only the tip of the iceberg but even as my scholarly side points out the many inaccuracies, I keep tuning in because at its heart, “Reign” is a love story.

Reign TV promo photo

A fictionalized tale of Mary, Queen of Scots

There’s nothing quite so compelling as a good love story.  It can be a tale of romantic love, best friends, mother love or even the love we feel for our pets.  Your love stories deserve to be told!  As Valentine’s Day approaches, consider sharing your story with a handmade card or mini album.   Check out this video from Close To My Heart for inspiration.

Contact me for more information on my Valentine’s workshop and I’ll show you how to create a treasured gift or special card.  Tell your love story today!

 

Sudsy Saturday

I’ve been posting lots of stamp and scrapbook ideas lately, but today I’m taking a break from inks and glitters to whip up a batch of beer soaps.  I’ll be spending the afternoon at Green Lotus Studios creating soaps and shampoos with Newcastle Brown Ale, Heineken and Bass Ale! These soaps will be available exclusively at Beerhammer’s Beer Gear in St. Augustine.

Green Lotus currently has the Bold City Suds line in stock including Bold Neighbor bath and shower bar, Mad Manatee exfoliating salt bar, Killer Whale Cream Ale shampoo bar and Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale Doggy Style solid pet shampoo.  If you haven’t washed your hair with beer, you are missing out!  The Killer Whale solid shampoo offers volume and softness with organic honey for added shine.  If you’re looking for an all natural, animal fat free shampoo bar, look for my Rapunzel bar.  There are just a few left in stock, or watch the January class calendar for my next beer shampoo bar class to learn the secret to creating your own.

Speaking of the upcoming class schedule, I’m offering two very popular classes next week.  Join me Thursday at 6pm for Beginners Cold Process Soap Making or Friday, December 20th at 6pm for Perfumes.  I hope to see you in the Studio soon!

Holiday Fun!

Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween!  My coworkers and I never pass up an opportunity to add a little fun to our work day.  I had such a good time spending the day in costume.  I can’t wait to add this photo to my Halloween mini book, which I created with the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  I’ve got lots of scrappy projects to work on this weekend with my stamping buddy, Joann.  The two of us are addicted to Close To My Heart and we inspire each other with creative energy.  I’ll bet this is the weekend we wear out the Cricut blade!  If you’re crafting this weekend, I’d love to hear about your projects.

I’m guessing a lot of you are getting ready for the holidays with handmade cards, unique gifts and even gift tags.  If you would like some inspiration for these projects, be sure to join me for my workshop, Tuesday, November 5th at Green Lotus Studios!  Just post here if you need additional information.

Speaking of holidays, do you have Close To My Heart products that you would love to find under the tree on Christmas morning?  I’ve got just the thing for you!  My holiday wish list program is up and running.  Email me (tracy@bewitchedcrafts.com) with your telephone number and the best time for me to contact you and I will get you set up!

Holidays from the Heart

Are you making handmade holiday cards and decor this year?  I’ve got my heart set on creating a set of paper trees like the ones pictured on the cover of the Close To My Heart Holiday Gift Guide.

holidays-from-the-heart-largeThe recipe (which can be downloaded at the above link) calls for a number of Cricut shapes including a variety of accordion folded circles (also known as yo-yos, medallions or rosettes).  I’ve got a great tip for creating these with ease!  When you are ready to adhere the accordion folded circle to the base, apply a generous amount of Liquid Glass.  Press the folds into the Liquid Glass and then place the piece inside a jar lid.  The rim of the lid should hold the folds in place until your glue has set.

accordion folded circle embellishment

Accordion folded circles are often called yo-yos, medallions or rosettes

The Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide has a variety of new products including washi tapes and our Sparkle and Shine collection.  You’ll also find terrific new stamp sets with featuring holiday greetings, Santa Claus and Nativity scenes.  Close To My Heart is offering a special promotion through the end of the year.  Choose one “star” item from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide FREE for every $100 of retail-priced products in your order from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide and/or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book!

If you’re looking for inspiration to get started with your holiday projects, please join me for my Holiday Cards Workshop.  Join me Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6pm at Green Lotus Studios and see how easily you can create beautiful cards and gift tags with our Frosted papers!

Extra Special Presentation

package soap

Presentation makes this gift extra special.

One of my favorite creative places in Jacksonville is Green Lotus Studios.  Some time ago, I took classes on cold process soap and lotion making.  Fast forward a couple years and I think it would be fair to say I am addicted to making soap.  In fact, I’m currently teaching cold process soaps and an advance class on salt soaps at Green Lotus!  Typically, a beginner class includes a short lecture period and a hands on lesson.  Each student takes home one pound of soap.

Soap is the perfect favor at a baby or bridal shower and it makes a great gift for a friend, teacher or hostess.  You can create a bath set of custom products or give a single bar as a small token.  Gift wrapping soap and other small items can be a challenge.  I’ve created a class to help you present your soap with an extra special presentation.  Join me this Friday at 6pm at Green Lotus to learn more.  The workshop fee of $15 covers all supplies.  Pre-registration is required as class kits must be made in advance.  RSVP to 904.472.0755

Get Patriotic!

Patriotic stamp sets

New limited edition stamps available

Celebrate military service and compliment your Independence Day photos with Close to my Heart’s new patriotic stamp sets—available through July 31, 2013. Three dollars from each B-size My Acrylix®Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set will be donated to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country.   Visit my web site to purchase these limited addition stamp sets!

patriotic stamps

Three limited addition patriotic stamp sets

Welcome!

Welcome to the launch of my new blog!  This is such an exciting time for me.  I am currently offering workshops in scrapbooking, card making and other paper crafts at Green Lotus Studios in Riverside (CoRK).  My next workshop featuring a matching Father’s Day card and gift tag will be held tomorrow night at 6pm.  The workshop fee of $12 covers all supplies (or if you are a GLO member, this class is included in your monthly membership).  We’ll be using the Perfect Fit Father’s Day stamp collection, Perfect Fit frame stamps and die cut shapes from the Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge.  Please call the Studio at 904.465.0985 to reserve your seat at the workshop.  (Pre-registration is required as class kits are prepared in advance.)

Father's Day stamp set

Just right for Father’s Day!