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

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!

 

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!

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!