City Sidewalks Advent Tree

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Today I’m sharing another Advent “Calendar” Tree that I made with the City Sidewalks paper from Close To My Heart.  This one is for my grandson and inside each box is a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, a candy he discovered at Halloween this year and LOVED!


This project did not originate with me!  I actually think it came from a “competitor” a few years ago, but I had fun giving it a try this year.  I used a box cut from the Artiste cartridge by Close To My Heart to make 26 cubes that each measure about 1.5 inches in height.  The actual height of the cut is 5 inches if you use an Expression.  Here is the Design Space cut file if you have an Explore:

When assembling the tree, begin with a layer of 7 cubes.  I attached them to a 9 inch circle base with my hot glue gun.  The next layers are 6, 5, 4, 3 and 1 cubes, all attached with hot glue.  The top cube does not have a number and is only decorative.  I punched out 1 inch circles and stamped the numbers 1-25 on each circle, then attached them to the front of each cube.  Make a pretty triple bow for the top of the tree and then arrange ribbon strands to hang from the top.  That’s it!!

Thanks so much for visiting the Crafty Sisters Creations blog today!  SMILE–something wonderful is waiting to happen!   Laurie


Gift Card Holders–lots of them!

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With the Thanksgiving holiday complete for another year, it’s time to think about Christmas!  Of course, I’ve already been busy in my craft room making Christmas items, but now it’s time to share–today it’s gift cards!


I used the Artiste cartridge from Close To My Heart to cut the gift card bases.  This is one of my favorite cartridges of all time and I was very sad when it was retired last summer.  I cut the cards from some Christmas themed paper in my stash and decorated them with coordinating ribbon and embellishments.


Inside each card is a slot to securely hold a gift card.  With so many people opting to give gift cards for presents these days, I like to at least make the “packaging” pretty!  These cards are going to a local hair salon and spa that sells my cards, but I can make some for you, too!  Cards are $2.00 each and you can contact me at for details.

November is ending soon and so are the monthly promotions from Close To My Heart!  Get your Happy Happy Christmas bundle and November Stamp of the Month before they are gone forever!  PLUS remember I am giving away a FREE Flower Market Cricut bundle to one lucky person who orders from me before the end of November!!  Don’t miss out!!



Artiste–Going Soon!

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Have you heard the news?  Three of the amazing Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges will be retiring soon!  Artiste, Art Philosophy, and Artfully Sent are all on a “while supplies last” basis.  Sad, I know!

Today I’d like to share a couple of cards I made with cuts from Artiste.  I really love all the seasonal cuts, mini album pages, three dimensional cuts, swing cards and doilies!  If you don’t have this cartridge yet, you definitely need to take a look!


The first card is a baby card made with cuts from Artiste and the Georgie paper collection from Close To My Heart.  I think the silver glitter paper adds the perfect accent for this card suitable for a boy or a girl.


The second card is a simple thank you card using the Zoe paper collection.  Don’t you love that triangle design and “thanks” sentiment?

The versatile and varied 700 images on the Artiste Cricut cartridge make it a great go-to cartridge to have in your crafting arsenal! Along with the cartridge, you also get three full sized stamp sets and a pack of 24 CTMH assorted cardstock.  Click HERE to get one for yourself before they are gone!


Make someone smile today!   Laurie

Going 3D at Heart 2 Heart!

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Our challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart is to create a 3 dimensional project.  I immediately thought of the fabulous Artiste cartridge from Close To My Heart because it has a whole boatload of 3D cuts!  Unfortunately this cartridge will be retiring soon and is on a while supplies last basis.


I used paper from the Penelope collection from Close To My Heart along with Canary, Thistle and Pear cardstock.  The item in the background is actually an envelope with the same doily cut out that I thought was just too pretty not to share.  I embellished the box and bag with Penelope Complements, Thistle ribbon, a zip strip and a 3D bow with a flower, also from the Artiste cartridge.  Wouldn’t these be great for matching invitations and treat boxes for a shower or other special event?

If you don’t have the wonderfully versatile Artiste cartridge bundle, don’t wait!  It will be retiring soon and is on a “while supplies last” basis.


Remember there are only a few days left to get your June Stamp of the Month for only $5.00.  I have plans to use this stamp set for so many upcoming projects.  Can’t wait to get back in my craft room after being gone for a week to CTMH Convention!

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Masculine Cards with Urban Paper

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I just can’t seem to get enough of the grungy, industrial feel of the Urban paper collection from Close To My Heart!  And thankfully, Father’s Day gave me the chance to use it again and again.  I even swapped out the Father’s Day sentiment for Happy Birthday to double the fun!!

IMG_3557This first card was inspired by some posts I’ve seen online where people are using zip strips from the tops of CTMH paper in creative ways.  I dove-tailed the ends of the zip strips and added some pattern paper strips to make a cluster of banners.  I had some gear shapes left over from a previous project that I had cut from the Artiste cartridge by Close To My Heart and used them as a border at the top of my card.   The sentiment is a stamp from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.

IMG_3556The second card is also created with a zip strip along the left side, more of the left over gears from Artiste and a few Urban Complements.  The sentiment is from the Stamps of Approval stamp set by Close To My Heart.  I love that it has coordinating cuts on the Artistry cartridge, so no fussy cutting required!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  If you would like to purchase any of the supplies I used to create these cards, please visit my online shopping site HERE.

SMILE and make it a WONDERFUL day!!   Laurie

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Shaker Thank You Card

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This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 the challenge is to create a Graduation or Thank You project.  Since Graduations are pretty much over here in Nebraska, I decided to make a Thank You card instead.  I found some sequins when I was cleaning in my craft room the other day and thought a shaker thank you card would be just the ticket!


I used Zoe paper from Close To My Heart along with Lagoon and Sunset cardstock.  The frame is a cut from Art Philosophy and I welded the “thanks” from Artiste onto the frame in Design Space.  I cut a second “thanks” in Sunset and glued it on top to give it strength and contrast.  I used a Flip Flap to hold the multicolored sequins and attached it to the back of the frame.  Dimensional foam around the frame makes it stand out and allows the sequins to shake around.  A final bit of doodling with a Black marker and it was done!


Did you hear the news that several of the Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges (Art Philosophy, Artiste, and Artfully Sent) will be retiring and are only available on a “while supplies last” basis?  If you have any of these on your wish list, don’t delay.  Predictions are that they will not last long!  Shop HERE.

Gold Glitter Purse Treat Holders

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Gold!  Glitter!  Purses!  Treats!  Nothing wrong with any of those things, right?  A while back I was hired to make 75 of these little gems for a customer who was hosting a luncheon celebrating an organization’s 50th anniversary.  The purse cut came from the Artiste cartridge by Close To My Heart and I sized them so I could fit 2 on each 12 x 12 sheet of glitter paper.  The customer added a bit of tissue paper and some chocolate to each purse.  I hope they provided a few ooohs and aaahs for the attendees!


Thank so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend in store!    Laurie