Special Thoughts

Special Thoughts

Everyone needs a box to keep those special letters or notes in.  I had some flowers left over from Love Letters (last month) and I have a stash of these cute boxes that open up. Combined, it came out quite well.  Paint up the box with some acrylic paint.

Using the letters that are left over to put “special thoughts”.  Add the flowers around.  Liquid Glass helps the flowers and letters stay on better.   I have some extra vellum butterflies from another project and added that on as well.

While Love Letters is over, you can make all of these flowers with the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge.  It’s a great purchase with over 700 images on it plus $54 worth of stamps and $14.50 in paper included in the bundle.

February things to keep in mind:

Thanks for stopping by to checkout my creative world.  Take some time to create a special thought box for yourself or another friend.  If you need some creative help,  I’m here to help you out – email me: info@lindacreates.com.

Enjoy The Little Things and Blog Candy

Enjoy The Little Things and Blog Candy

This layout is created with the Falling For You and  Cats and Bats paper packs and the Enchantment Color Palette Cardstock with a few of the Basic colors thrown in.  All the Cricut cuts are from current CTMH Cricut Cartridges.   No stamping this go around but I reserve the right to add some later.  If I do, I’ll share what I do.  The layout design was inspired by Ms. Carrie when I saw her layout posted.   I did change a few things around.

All of the triangles are either 2″x 2″ or 3″ x 3″ squares cut in half, corner to corner.  I created the borders around the pictures with them.  The leaves come from 3 different Cricut Cartridges.   The coffee cups and  sentiment “Enjoy the Little Things” come from the new Cricut You are Here.  Jeff and I love to visit different coffee shops, just to check things out.  We found a cute little one and we have some pictures of this.  I can’t wait to add them.  The rich colors from the Enchantment palette help make this page work.

Layer the leaves in the corner and put the coffee cup on top with 3D foam tape.  Use the gold shimmer brush on the title, “Coffee” (Artbooking alphabet).

Continue to layer the leaves around the sentiment.  Pop the sentiment up on 3D foam tape.  Use your Gold Shimmer Pen to color in the “Enjoy”.

You’ll need the following to create this:

Blog Candy……Comment to Win!!

Win this stamp by commenting!  The blog hop has been long and there are a lot of entries!  If you made it this far, you’ve made my heart happy.  =) You deserve some fun for your efforts!

Be sure to check out the Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop.

The artists in the blog hop are amazing and sponsors go above and beyond!  That’s why I love playing!!

Be sure to buy our Disaster Relief Stamp Set: Stronger Together – 100% of the profits (including my share) go to American Red Cross.

September is a stupendous month!  Here are the links to all of the great specials:

  • S1709– Feeling Blessed is a timeless Stamp of the Month for $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 order.
  • C1716 Stronger Together – Disaster Relief – 100% of the profits are going to the American Red Cross to help those around the country who are suffering from the wild fires and hurricanes.  If you buy nothing else this month, please purchase this.  I make nothing from the purchase as we wanted the most amount of money possible to go to the American Red Cross.
  • 10+Wonderful Workshop guides, one of which can be yours free with qualifying purchase of $25.00!  Check it out!  Join my FB Customer Group to see the available workshops.
  • Great Cricut Giveaway Event. $50.00 order is one entry into this drawing. Joining my team will get you entries. The goal of 39,000 points…read all about it!!  On August 27, Pam Turner was the $100 shopping spree winner, live on FB in my Group.    The end is near as we have a few weeks left to reach the goal – 8500 points to go.  167 more $50.00 orders until the next $100 hostess credit giveaway!   If all the orders are from customers who order on the Great Cricut Giveaway Online Gathering, to make up these points, the following prizes are available to my customers only:  8-$100 hostess credit shopping sprees, 4 – 50% off items, 1 – Cricut Bundle, and a Workspace Wonder Hostess bundle for a total off 14 more possible prizes!  My customers are the best!!  Oh, did I mention, you get Happy Mail too??
  • Join My Team  and receive the From the Heart card kit, value of $43.90, FREE.  It’s $75 to join CTMH. The contents of the Consultant kit are worth $164 AND you get $50.00 of Product Credit to pick out other papers/inks/stamps for a value of $214.  Plus there are lots of other great reasons to join – Check it out.
  • The Holiday Expressions  live now until December 31, 2017!
  • Events – check them out on my calendar.
  • Like My FB Pages: Linda Creates and You’ve Got Oils
  • Join My Customer Special Peeps Group (Customers only, no consultants please).  In this group, you can see the different workshops in albums along with tracking the Great Cricut Giveaway.

Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet.  Hope you enjoy this layout for the Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop.  A change up  The end is near – be sure to not miss out on an entry in the Great Cricut Giveaway, the Stamp of The Month for $5.00, and two Workshops of your choice if your order is over $50.00!!

Thanks A Latte for Teachers!

Thanks A Latte for Teachers

There are people we can’t live without and teachers are one of those peeps.  For the end of the year gifts, I got this idea from my friend Erika, when she made our PTO gifts.  I added my own flair to it and created these gift bags for the teachers.  They are a wonderful combination of summer colors, stamps, and dies from Close to My Heart, Sugar Pea Designs, and STAMPlorations.  It also it into the Summer Coffee Lover’s Bloghop.

I got several gift cards and Starbucks Frap cups.  I filled the cups with some left over Easter basket filling.

Then I put the gift cards into the cup with a straw after filling them out.

I put the cup into some cello bags with some chocolate and watermelon sours, because I wanted to tie in Summer.   I made the tags with a die from Tag o’ Coffee die set.   There is a sentiment square you can cut with the set that fits right into the tag.  Sweetness for ease.  “Thanks A Latte” comes from Stamplorations.  I used Sugar Pea Designs for the latte cup (both the stamps and matching dies).   All paper is from CTMH.  All of these companies are Super Sponsors for the bloghop!

To tie in Summer, I used a retired stamp set from CTMH for “You’re one in a melon” with the watermelon.  Used CTMH watercolor paper and the Raspberry Ink Pad to watercolor “Melon” in.  Used Black Liquid Pearl to create the seeds.  For the latte cup, I wanted to give the illusion of the darker espresso on the bottom of the cup, so I used the Cocoa Ink Pad and watercolor brush to do this.   Create the whipped cream using White Liquid Pearl.  Just before it’s dry, put the transparency lid (cut with the dies) on it to look like whipped cream smooshed in the lid.

The Good Times!

On a side note since the Summer Coffee Lover’s Bloghop goes til the end of the month, here’s another No Worries Layout!  I still have A LOT to show you!

Another great layout that you can make with the Studio Sus  No Worry Workshop Guide that you can get for free when you purchase $25.00 or more from my website!  I love having directions for my layouts.  The bases of the layouts are Cocoa Cardstock which is on sale right now for 25% off!!

Here is the left page.  The paper is this pack is making it the #1 seller for Close To My Heart so I’m predicting our supplies may not make it through August 31, 2017, when the Seasonal Expression is retired.  Here is the right page:

Here are some close ups of the clusters of embellishments from the No Worries Compliments and pieces of paper that are dove tailed to make pennants. The sequins are awesome with the wood grain pattern on them.

Everything about this layout is just “so perfect” as this kraft chipboard says.

June is a jazzy month!  Here are the links to all of the great specials:

  • S1706 – Hello Foxy is a timeless Stamp of the Month for $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 order.
  • We’ve Got You Covered.  Buy one album and get the 2nd album 50% off!
  • Cardstock Carnival – June 15-30th – 25% off!  Spend $25.00, get a workshop free.  Spend $50.00, get the Stamp of the Month for $5.00, a workshop, and an entry into the Great Cricut Giveaway! Price reduction not showing?  No worries, put your choice in the cart or login and it will show the discounted price!
  • 7+Wonderful Workshop guides, one of which can be yours free with qualifying purchase of $25.00!  Check it out!
  • Great Cricut Giveaway Event. $50.00 order is one entry into this drawing. Joining my team will get you entries. $3300.00 in prizes until we hit the goal of 39,000 points…read all about it!!  The party total is moving on up and we had our three prize giveaway!!  We are almost to the fourth giveaway!  Wow….over $500 in prizes given out now!
  • Join My Team and you will receive an album FREE, valued at $29.99.  It’s $75 to join CTMH. The contents of the Consultant kit are worth $164 AND you get $50.00 of Product Credit to pick out other papers/inks/stamps for a value of $214.   Add the album in and that’s $240.00 for $75.00.  Plus there are lots of other great reasons to join – Check it out.
  • The Seasonal Expressions 2  is live now and all new!
  • Events – check them out on my calendar.
  • Summer Coffee Bloghop – Join Us!  Create something summer and coffee related and join the hop!
  • Like My FB Pages: Linda Creates and You’ve Got Oils
  • Join My Customer Special Peeps Group (Customers only, no consultants please).  In this group, you can see the different workshops in albums along with tracking the Great Cricut Giveaway.

Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet.   Make a “Thanks A Latte” treat bag to say thank you to someone special.   Take advantage of the cardstock sale to get your base pages for this awesome workshop!  Be sure to not miss out on an entry in the Great Cricut Giveaway, and two Workshops of your choice if your order is over $50.00!!



Happy New Year and Welcome Home

Happy New Year everyone and Welcome Home

Did you know that January is National Paper Crafting Month?  CTMH is celebrating this with this amazing Welcome Home Wreath.  I created this for a Christmas present for SG’s teacher.   Watch for pictures of this.

There are four ways you can get the wreath kit:

  1. Buy it for $18.95—no qualifying purchase required!
  2. Get it for free with a qualifying $60 purchase!*
  3. Get it for free by hosting a party that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards.
  4. Get it for free when you sign up to be a Consultant!

No matter how you get your Welcome Home wreath kit—or how many you get—you are going to love how easy this kit makes it to add a little more papercrafted beauty to your life.  Order yours today and come make it with me on January 15th – CropTastic  or during the Harbor Scrapbooking Weekend Crop on January 19-22!   The kit comes with:

January Stamp of the Month (SOM) S1701 Adore

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. 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.

S1701, set of 12

Recommended Blocks:
1″ × 1″ (Y1000)
2″ × 2″ (Y1003)
3″ × 3″ (Y1006)
2″ × 3½” (Y1009)

Check out this great art you can create with this stamp set.

New 2017 Seasonal Expressions 1:

Check out the new Seasonal Expressions 1 for 2017!  Amazing new products.  When you place an order, you will get the option to add a FREE Seasonal Expressions 1 to your cart!  Yes!  You can order a sponge for $1.50 and get the Seasonal Expressions 1 FREE.  Love that CTMH does this for you.  On January 15, I’m combining my CropTastic event with my Open House/Launch.  You can drop by, shop, do a free make and take and pick up your FREE 2017 Seasonal Expressions 1.  I’ll also have them at the Harbor Scrapbooking Event on January 19-22 (I think there may still be spots left).

Paper of the Month – Sugar Rush

New Seasonal Expressions means new paper!  Happiness.   Sugar Rush is the featured paper of the month.  Who doesn’t love a donut?  To celebrate the loves in our lives, it’s a fun, spunky paper kit.   There are 12 – 12″ × 12″ B&T Duos™ (2 each of 6 double-sided designs).  Featured colors: Blossom, Canary, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Sea Glass, Tangerine, Whisper, White Daisy

Join Me and create at a discount!

If you find yourself hitting all the stores – Micheal’s, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, Tuesday Morning, and more to find paper and crafting supplies at a discount, join CTMH and always get 22% off!  You’ll be a part of the CTMH family which has some amazing artist and incredible people.  Memory keeping, card making, and paper crafting are about celebrating relationships and the world around us.  CTMH has added so much to my world over the past 16+ years, I honestly can’t image life without CTMH.

There is a new Consultant Kit:

Joining is easy and affordable! Start by clicking on the “Let’s Get Started” link at the bottom of this page and completing the form. As part of your enrollment, you will purchase our New Consultant Kit for only $75. Each kit includes the basic business supplies you’ll need to start your business and is valued at over $200! Along with your kit, you’ll also receive $50 in Select Product Credit that you can use to purchase more supplies of your choice! That means you basically get to join for only $25!

What an amazing 2017 this will be. Welcome in 2017 with the Welcome Home Wreath!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share part of your day.

Get some Magic with Magical

Magical is the featured paper kit for this month. It’s perfect for our trip down to Orlando FL where Convention was at. While we did not do Disney this go around, we stayed at the Disney Coronado. July 16th is the CropTastic time for this month. Magical will be the Workshop Your Way. Hope you’ll come and join us!
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Magical Compliments:

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Magical Sequins and White Twine:

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You can make the following four layouts and cards:

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When you purchase your Magical Worshop Your Way from me, you’ll get a colored copy of the cutting and assembly directions for the workshop.  You can download it for free.  I like having a hard copy to work from and provide this for free for my customers.   Here’s some addition artwork from Magical:
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Note how they used a sheet of the paper pack from Magical in the lamp!

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more on Magical!




Happy Times Card 3

Here’s the Card 3 from the Happy Times Card Workshop:

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I’ve made two of them.  One following the directions and one using some different ribbon and gems from my stash.  Card 3a

Interestingly, while I have had the Metallic Markers for a bit, I’ve not used them much.  I have to say, I’m impressed at how nice they are and how easy they are to use.  Very easy to doodle with.  A definite must to add to your basic supplies!


My second Card 3 is:

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I added distressing to the edges and used the black and gold ribbon instead of the white and gold.  I love the look of it with these papers.

Don’t forget albums are on sale this month – $26.21 vs $34.95!  25% off!!

1605-cc-all-the-albumsI figured out if you purchased 2 albums plus a value pack of page protectors, it’s $72.37.  With this purchase you can get the Stamp of the Month for $5.00 and the Happy Time Paper Pack for FREE !!  The total value of the purchase is $122.75 and you’ll get it for $77.37 (37% off retail)!  What a fantastic deal!!  Don’t miss out.


Team Gifts for the Cruise

I wanted to share the team gift I made for all of my team who earned the CTMH Incentive Cruise. I found these cute little passport books from my friend, Christa Wildesen who is a Fun Stampers Journey Coach.  I love the Zoe Paper and felt like it had the feel of traveling and being tropical

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I found a number of stamps, current and retired, which matched traveling.  We get a special incentive stamp set for each event that is exclusive to the event.  This is where the ship comes from.

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I cut what images I could from the Cricut (various CTMH cartridges) and fussy cut some.

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I got the world charm and the silver silk from Christa as well! See what you can do with the silk! I wanted the silver to match the charm.

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I thought having a passport cover would be a unique team gift for earning the cruise.

Nevermore Treat Bag

Here’s a treat bag that I made with the Nevermore paper as part of the WOTG bit.

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All of part of this are cut from various Cricut that are exclusive to CTMH – Artiste and Artistry. Don’t you just love this cute little skeleton?

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I used the Gold Fundamentals hearts from the Fundamental collection.  I think adding the gold hearts take the scary out and makes the bag sweet and fun!

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The tag is cut from the Cricut and stamped:

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The stamp set used is “Tasty Terrors” D1669.  It’s a fun set for making tags for various bags and boxes.  I used a silver gel pen to color in my spider and some small black sequins for eyes.  01587fc4-fae2-418b-9911-cf9e2a3e6964

Thanks for stopping by!




Zoe Mini Album

I had this kraft mini album hanging around and as I was creating from the Zoe WOTG, I thought – the papers look pretty good on craft so I used to create this from my leftovers:Zoe Mini Album wm

I love using the scraps of what I have up so I can “be done” with a paper pack and off to the next one.   Here is the album opened up:

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Here’s the backside:

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Creating the little pockets was fun. The new thumb notch punch designed for this is awesome.

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The Coral Shimmer tape is great for making the tabs to pull on as well as being an embellishment.

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Little pockets are fun to make – you can put tags, pictures, or memorabilia in there.  This would make a super cute gift for someone!

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The Mini Album is not part of the WOTG and can be purchased for $4.95 (before s/h/t).  I will have one or two on had at the WOTG if you’d like to add them.  Thanks for stopping by.



Berry Sweet Memories

As many of you know, we have some “Berry Sweet Memories” happening here with the loss of a good friend, a grandma, my Dad, and our beloved Ginger (pet for 15 years).  When playing with the Taste of Summer papers, I love how well they work with black cardstock.  It makes the colors just pop.  I was thinking to myself how appropriate – the darkness and sadness of death symbolized by the black, yet the bright colors are the sweet memories.  I titled the layout  “Berry Sweet Memories”, show the paradox of losing friends, family, and pets.


As our daughter struggles with these significant losses in our family, I found a great picture on FB about how death brings heartache but your memories are always yours.    I had SG choose her favorite pictures of people/Ginger to use for the layout.   For both SG and I, creating this layout helps process the loss and shows the one of the true value of scrapbooking – capturing and preserving memories forever.  It’s art therapy.  Using this picture and pictures she chose, we created the above layout.  I love how the colors in the papers essentially speak to the bitter sweetness of the situation, yet the pictures speak to the joy of the relationships and things she remembers.


The inspiration for design came from the “Make It From Your Heart Volume 2”.  I cut out flowers from the Cricut using Art Philosophy.  I colored the yellow in with the ShinHan Touch Marker, used our Glue pen over the top, and dipped it in Prisma Glitter.  I cut the title “Berry Sweet Memories” out twice, from Artfully Sent, once in Hollyhock and once in Black.  I off-set them a touch to add depth/shadowing to the title.

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I inked the strawberries in Hollyhock ink and rolled the edges on the Ruby ink pad to give the strawberries, variations in color.  I colored the seeds with the ShinHan Touch Marker (yellow) and then added Liquid Glass for a 3D look and feel to them.  I used foam tape to pop up the strawberries.

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Taste of Summer papers ($8.95) and exclusive stamp set ($17.950  are only available in May 2014, to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month!!  For those of you who purchase the papers and stamp set, I’ve created a Design Space file for the stamp set which includes mats for the images.  I will send you the file, free.  You can then save it to your Design space.   You will need to own the CTMH Artiste and Art Philosophy Collections to be able to use this file.  While the title, “Berry Sweet Memories” is not in the file matching the stamp set, I do have it saved separately and am happy to share it.  You will need to own the Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge to use it.   Don’t miss out on this great papers and stamp set.  There are no purchasing requirements to be able to buy these awesome products – Shop Now!

Smiles and Happy Creating!

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