Friday, August 8, 2014

The Buckle Boutique's "Dazzling Diamonds" Makes Beautiful Shaped Embellishments

"Dazzling Diamonds," the adhesive rhinestone sheet available from The Buckle Boutique," is a perfect medium to cut not only strips or letters from the sparkling resin, but is also ideal to use in your electronic cutting machine or with deep-cut dies (e.g., from Cheery Lynn Designs or Sizzix) for beautiful shaped embellishments.
For this sympathy card, I cut ice blue Dazzling Diamonds using my Cricut Explore.  The best way to cut the sheets is to firmly press the resin side (not the adhesive side) down onto a clean, sticky Cricut mat.  Because this is an inverse application of the material, DO flip your image or letters to cut them. 
I cut the dove shown here using the "poster board" setting on the Explore, turn up so that it double-cuts the image.  My mat was nice and sticky so it did not require additional adhesion, but you may want to tape edges of the Dazzling Diamond to your mat, using painter's tape, for a firm hold.
The image weeded nicely from the sheet, with a very clean cut.  The paper I used here is "Skylark" from Close To My Heart, a newly-retired paper. I love that this paper has sentiments such as "Beautiful Memories" printed on it, making it such a sweet paper without being overly melancholy.  The "With Sympathy" sentiment is from the Cricut library on Design Space, cut from CTMH's Cashmere cardstock. The Skylark paper is mounted on CTMH Lagoon cardstock. 
This card is for a Facebook friend, Chris Vicente, who this week lost her dear husband Adriano to lung cancer.  Chris, please accept my love and prayers for you during this difficult time.

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DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

What a Hoot: It's a Card for a Challenge!

August really crept up on me ... and it's one of my favorite months of the year. Why?  The month includes not only my birthday, but also that of my daughter Emily, my brother Ed, and two of my very best friends (and longest term) friends in the world -- Kat MacMurray (50 years anniversary of friendship next month!!) and Star Sitron (35 years of friendship this month!) 

...and also, Close To My Heart has unveiled its new Annual Inspirations Book, including the cutest Stamp of the Month, "What a Hoot". 

Let me first show you a card I've made for a challenge with other CTMH Sisters called the Atlantic Hearts team, based in Canada:

I designed a whimsical approach to the owl stamp, in a "See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil" look, following the sketch the Atlantic Hearts team (hi Darla and Michelle!) put together. 

I also have made four other cards using this stamp set:


To get this fabulous Stamp of the Month, it's just $5.00 with a qualifying $50 order from Close To My Heart (including the really cute Pathfinder paper pack ($9.95) I used for these cards).  Go visit my CTMH site to see what appeals ... maybe the new ShinHan Art Touch Twin markers ($5.95 each) I used to color these?  My site is at

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Friday, August 1, 2014

Welcome August -- and CTMH's New Catalog!

Gooooood Friday morning, Friends and Followers!

August has landed. Phew, was July the fastest month in the history of calendars??  It sure seems so. I've been telling hubby for a while now that I thought the Earth is spinning faster than in our youth, when there were more lazy days waiting for school to start.

Well, August 1st means a lot of things to me, but today, let's talk about the unveiling of the new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Book.  

This 193-page catalog is chock-full of ideas, inspiration, more than 250 new products and the return of some old favorites. You'll find five new colors for 2014-2015 in solid cardstock and Exclusive Inks, along with nine (omg, NINE?!) new My Reflections designer double-sided paper packs. 

"Cut Above" card kit
CTMH is also introducing new cardmaking kits called "Cut Above" which each comes with almost everything you need to create 10 beautiful cards or treat bags. You'll also find new "Designer Creations" -- button bags, cupcake boxes, a takeout box and printed paper bags. There are dozens of adorable new stamp sets made from the industry's finest photopolymer called "My Acrylix", including new exclusive-to-Hostesses sets, Stamps of the Month and specialty stamp sets in CTMH's "Workshops on the Go."

And a new Cricut cartridge ("Artfully Sent") IS coming ... production delays by ProvoCraft have held it up until early September now (aaaaarrrrgh, I sooooo want to get my hands on this!!!). Stay tuned, but if you want to get your name on my list for my first order, please do let me know. 

Whether you're a scrapper or a cardmaker like me, or you just love papercrafting, there's something for everyone in the just-released Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations catalog.  If you'd like your very own copy, CTMH has now made it very easy for you to order. Just look in the right hand column of my blog and click on the pretty picture of the basket of bicycle flowers. That will take you to my CTMH site where individual copies are sold.  I wish I could continue to give them out free, but since they're now large and annual, the book itself is $6.00 (still a bargain, for all the ideas alone) and shipping is almost as much.  However, if you will place a $50 order that includes your catalog, please contact me at, and I will rebate (via PayPal) the cost of the catalog to you as my way of saying thank you for supporting my independent CTMH business.

Over the days and weeks to follow, I'll be featuring some of the newer CTMH products and samples I have made with them.  I'd love for you to consider not only buying Close To My Heart products, but perhaps you'd also like to host a gathering -- at your home, or online -- and reap Hostess Rewards.  If  you're local to me, "Let Me Show You How" by having me come to your home or shop, teach a cardmaking class -- for free!  

Welcome, August!  

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sunshine and Bling-shine: Make Your Summer Fun!

As the temperatures soar in the summer heat, it has been difficult for me to spend a lot of time in my upstairs Paper Jungle crafting. The central air up there doesn't quite cut it; I'm having a portable a/c unit installed one of these days (hopefully before I need supplemental heat, LOL).  In addition, who wants to be inside sweltering when one can just as easily swelter poolside?

While at poolside, I've noticed plenty of plain ol' flip-flops (usually on the men!) and ornate sandals (usually on the women -- but not always!!).  This got me to thinking -- why not bling up a pair of inexpensive flip flops from Old Navy or the dollar store with blingage from The Buckle Boutique??
Some ribbon on the straps, combined with puffy heart pin
and voila!  Beautiful sandals that are more than just for
poolside wear!  

I turned to Pinterest for examples, and here is what I found: 

You can cut strips of Dazzling Diamond rhinestone resin adhesive sheets and attach them to the straps of the flip flop, as shown in the picture at top. And, while the resin sheets will adhere well, you can secure the pieces very securely with 527 Adhesive from Beacon Adhesives.  This adhesive dries clear and quickly, is flexible for strap comfort, and is waterproof!

Or perhaps you'd like the more subtle look on your flip flops. Just attach a small rhinestone pin to the center of the straps (middle picture).

Or go all out, and do both, with a larger rhinestone embellishment combined with some rhinestone straps.

Here is the Beacon Adhesive (left) that I recommend for adding permanence to  your flip-flop bling-out projects.  It is available at most major craft stores (e.g., Michaels).

Whatever is your pleasure, The Buckle Boutique has reasonably priced bling for all your needs. Here are just two of the very pretty pins that I recently bought to adorn my sun hat's ribbon:

So before summer completely passes you by, why not add a little bling to your sarong?  Contact The Buckle Boutique here:  

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DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Buzzing With Anticipation: There's a New CTMH/Cricut Cartridge!

The crafting world is abuzz with the preview release of Close To My Heart's new "Annual Inspirations Book" for 2014-2015. That's right -- a full year's worth of goodness, covering projects, seasons and holidays from August 1 of this year allll the way through July 31 of next year.  

A year-long book replaces the twice-annual smaller publications. This one is packed -- PACKED, I tell you! -- with 193 pages, including 250+ brand new products. There are five new colors introduced this year, each with its own bulk paper pack and complementing Exclusive Ink Pad.  

New colors introduced for 2014-2016
Consultants get to preview the book during July, and we can also purchase the products in limited quantity this month, to try out and produce samples for our upcoming classes. Stay tuned and I'll give you more details on how to get your copy of this terrific mojo-building book now, or on the list for later. Free with a qualifying purchase from my CTMH website, or for a nominal fee.  

But first, I'm going to let you in on one of the industry's best kept secrets -- and that is that yes, there is a brand new Close To My Heart/Cricut cartridge coming in this catalog. It's not yet available (ProvoCraft has some production delays) so I'm waiting much as you are to get my hands on this sweet cartridge.... 

Let me tell you, it is the answer to this cardmaker's dreams!!!  

The new-for-2014 cartridge is called "Artfully Sent."  With more than 700 images on this completely designed cartridge, the value is immense. Here's what the Inspirations Book says about this cartridge:

"Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut collection you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions -- even if the occasion is "just because"!  Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves and pocket cards.  

Now let's take a look at everything your $99 investment in this new cartridge will get you:
1 Cricut Cartridge (700 images; cards and font)
3 (that's right, THREE!) My Acrylix D-size stamp sets (value $17.95 each!)
1 pack of 12x12" CTMH White Cardstock (a $9.50 value!)

Let me give you a sneak peek at just one of the really fabulous cards you can make with this cartridge.  This is one that's shown in the Inspirations Book, as an example:

I found this screen shot of what the cartridge's book looks like to find this pop-up balloon image:

See it there, in the "Pop Ups" icon, top (red)?  YES, Cricut cuts out the center of the card, and you just adhere it to your cover -- voila, you're a pop-up card artist!!  Add the cute banner ... or use it on other cards, scrapbook pages, etc. ... and you've got a darling card.

And yes, you can even use it in Cricut Craft Room (for the Expression) or Cricut Design Room (with your Explore). Look here:

How easy-peasy is that?!   I'm telling you, I've never been more excited about a Cricut/CTMH cartridge as I am about the pending arrival of "Artfully Sent."

Here is Close To My Heart's video about this fantastic new cartridge:

Now, we're all prevented from "pre-selling" this Cricut cartridge because, frankly, there are many top-sellers who have been undercutting us little guys.  But I CAN take your name and e-mail address if you're interested in being the first on your block to order it from me as soon as it's available.  

And I'm offering a little incentive to get it from me:  
All of those who send me an e-mail (to 
asking to be put on my waiting list to purchase (and later make the purchase when the cartridge is available), will:   
A.  Have their orders included in my first order/shipment, guaranteed.
B.  Receive a free Stamp-of-the-Month for the month in which the cartridge is available. (e.g., available in August? You'll receive the brand new, adorable August SOTM shown here!
C.  Receive a FREE Annual Inspirations Book with your order! 
D. Be entered into a drawing to win a Workshop on the Go (up to a $29.95 value) from me!

It would be an honor to be your Close To My Heart consultant.  You can shop from the current Idea Book through July 31 @  The new Inspirations Book goes live on August 1.  I hope I've tempted you to get the new Cricut cartridge, "Artfully Sent," and that you'll purchase it through my website.  But before you do, DO drop me an e-mail so you'll be eligible for all of the goodies I've listed above.  Thank you!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Friday, June 27, 2014

Dazzling New Grandson -- along with special TBB sale to celebrate!

The world's a lot brighter now, with the birth of a new star:  My grandson, Evan Joshua Cohick, was born yesterday, June 26, 2014 at 12:08 p.m.  

He's all of 8 lbs., 13 oz, and 22" long.  Mother Emily and Baby are doing well, as are Evan's Dad, Josh, and Evan's big sister, Charlotte.

Gii and Pot are over the moon!

No doubt to celebrate (and this IS my day to post about this product), The Buckle Boutique is offering a very special sale on its baby blue twinkles ... Rhinestone resin sticker sheets in ice blue and blue bonnet, shown below.  Click HERE to learn more about them, and the sale price of these beautiful gems.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Disney Pixar Blog Hop, Redux - June 21

Welcome to the
Disney Pixar Blog Hop!

If you love Disney Pixar and crafting, you've come to the right place!  We have an entire month of fun planned for you, with a new group of crafting bloggers every Saturday in June.
If you came here from Cathie's's blog, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon this Blog Hop, make sure to head over to Shawn's blog so that you see the full hop from the very beginning.  If you missed the first two weekends, you can still go back and see all of those projects too.  Just click HERE to see the projects from the first weekend, and click HERE to see the projects from the second weekend.

Here is my project for this weekend's hop: 

I created one of the very popular, current "box cards".  This gem folds flat for mailing, and opens up to show a Disney birthday party!

I used a 6" x 11.5" template to make the card base. The cute plaid paper was from a very large box of Disney stash papers I've accumulated over the years, as is the black matte paper with silver stars shown on the edge.  The characters shown (Minnie and Donald) along with the stars are chipboard elements I purchased at Michael's.  The "eat cake" element is from Jillibean Soup. And I cut the silver "Happy Birthday" using my Silhouette Cameo with a Silhouette file.

The very special elements I used here came from two of our sponsors: The Buckle Boutique and Rowlux Illusion film. From TBB, I used clear Dazzling Diamonds resin rhinestone cut in strips two rows high and adhered to the flip panels. I used the Illusion film (clear bubble) to cut the balloons and I colored them with Copic markers.  YES, coloring/tinting works great!!!
So now, let me move you back on through the fantastic Disney Hop.  But, before you go, make sure to sign up to win some AMAZING PRIZES from our sponsors!  Our sponsors for this hop include:

To play along and be eligible to win these prizes, go here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
(Winners must live in the Continental United States, due to shipping restrictions.)

Make sure to mark your calendar for MORE projects next Saturday!  You can join the Facebook Event page by clicking HERE.  This week, I am the last stop on this fantastic hop.
Be sure to come back to visit the Disney Pixar Blog Hop EVERY Saturday in June. Each day's starts with Shawn Mosch; she will post a list of each week's participants on each Saturday. 

Here is the full line up in case you get lost along the way:

Tami (Sorry Disney fans . . . post is not up . . . please skip for now)
Cathie (Sorry Disney fans . . . post is not up . . . please skip for now)

Have yourself a fantastimagical day!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

Friday, June 13, 2014

TBB Friday: Blinging out the Bride or Prom Queen

June ... so often we think of brides, proms, graduations, and other special events. And when I think of special events especially for the girls in my life, I think of bling from The Buckle Boutique.  Of course!

Welcome!  It's time again for my TBB Friday ... time to share just a few of the wonderful things I've made with the ingenious products of The Buckle Boutique.

First up, let me show you how a cute celery-colored Kate Spade bag became extra special with a strip of self-adhesive rhinestone resins.

These "Dazzling Diamonds" are clear.  Using standard scissors, I trimmed a strip approximately 1.5" wide for each of the two top edges of this handbag that I found for a "song" at my local thrift store.

First, I wiped down the handbag to be sure it was clean and dust-free. After measuring and cutting the strip from the sheet, I peeled away the backing from the adhesive in the back of the cut sheet and adhered it to the top edges. I gently rubbed and voila! A purse fit for a Prom Queen!

While I was dressing the "Queen," I also made this headband by adhering a row of sequined gems from my Buckle Boutique stash to a headband frame I got at Michael's.

Now this particular gem strip has been discontinued -- but you should visit TBB's website regularly to see what unique bling they are carrying to see how to make your event even more special.

For example, take a look at this gorgeous bridal wrap that I found on their website (!

Looking for more blingedness inspiration?  Take a look around Pinterest ( ... just search for "bling" items.  For the prom goer or the wedding participant or bride, there are luscious things like blinged-out flip-flops, sneakers, sandals, perfume bottles, tote bags and even flasks like this:

With bling from The Buckle Boutique, the starry-sky is the limit of your imagination!  

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