A Floral Wreath For Your Home

Do you enjoy creating personalized home decor for your space? Close to My Heart created an amazing wooden wreath kit that I fell in love with and wanted to create for my home.  After looking through the kit, I realized how easy it would be to personalize to match my decor. 

Each All Around Creativity Kit comes with a sixteen-inch wooden wreath, laser cut flowers and leaves, and an easy-to-assemble bow. Since I wanted to personalize this for my home, I chose to add a Cricut® cut deer image from the Artistry collection to adorn my wreath and make it unique to me. 

Even though this kit comes with four paper background designs, I chose not to use any of the paper circles behind my wreath. Instead, I trimmed down one of the paper circles to fit my Cricut® mat and used the background paper to cut out yellow polka-dot antlers. How cute are those?!

To personalize it even more, I inked the leaves, added stain to the wood wreath, and shaded the paper flowers using Red Candy Apple Ink and Red Shimmer mixed in a Spray Pen. If you wish to see how I did this and how I added all the unique touches to my design, you can view the process video below

I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new and gave you a desire to create one of the All Around Creativity kits. These kits are available through February 29th, while supplies last, so make sure that you pick out one for your home, or special occasion, before they are gone.  

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Here is a List of the Products I Used Today

Terrific Treats Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Terrific Treats Technique Blog Hop where we will be showing you a variety of creative treat projects you can make as we highlight a few of our current Close to My Heart products! 79863797_10156957924932934_7951868486660128768_oIf you have come here from Cat’s Nowak’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, I decide to use our Oh My Heart products to create a delightful Valentine Petit Four Box with images from our Artiste collection. When I learned that Close to My Heart was bringing back Artiste in digital form, I was beyond excited.  I have always enjoyed the treat boxes, rolled flowers, and tag images in this collection, and am I excited to share with you how I used them on my Terrific Treat project. 

Isn’t this just too stinkin’ cute?! I just love how well the Ballerina, Raspberry, Candy Apple, and Glacier complement each other.  After manipulating each of the Artiste boxes in Cricut Design Space®, I cut the larger box from Candy Apple cardstock, the lid from Pink Plaid paper, then cut the smaller box from Ballerina.

To create the dividers in the box, I inserted two rectangle shapes then attached some partial cut lines. The box itself measures 4″ x 4″ x 2½” with four little 1¾” boxes inside that were decorated with Oh My Heart paper and stickers.  Since most of my projects have a bit of blue, I decided to cut the leaves in the Striped Glacier paper before attaching them to the Rolled Flowers (#M45675).

The Pink Pearls inside each flower were some leftover embellishments that I had from the past, but these could easily be created using White Pearls and a Pink TriBlend Marker. (see how I did this on my You’re My Person cardTo finish the design, I added a Heart Sticker, Silver Embellishing Thread, and a tag created using the Oh My Heart stamp set. 

This Valentine Petit Four Box was a terrific treat to make and made me realize how I much I missed using those rolled flowers in my creations. 

Now ‘Hop” on over to Tamara Sandwisch’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for creating some Terrific Treats.  I hope that this Valentine Petit Four Box has inspired you to try something new and add little sweetness to your holiday projects.

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Here is a list of some of the items I used on my project

Tuesday Tutorial ~ Layering Flowers in Design Space™

Close to My Heart has an amazing Cricut™ Collection called Flower Market and, often, I get asked how to make sure that each of the flowers in this collection are properly layered and sized when creating a bouquet or wreath in Design Space™.  Today, I am going to show you a quick and easy way to manipulate these three-dimensional flowers and insure that each image is properly sized when creating your projects.

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You will want make sure that you own the Flower Market Cricut™ Collection. This is a beautiful collection of over 700 images (not just flowers) that you can use on your cards, scrapbook pages, and home decor projects. You can view the full shape index here.

Let’s begin with the Daisy image. As you can see, when you insert the image into your Canvas, it appears as a grouped image with all the layers shown. As you resize the group, it will resize each layer proportionately. This is a great feature when you want to use all the layers and you are creating a single flower. What if I decide I want to add another flower image on my project and I need to make sure each flower image is sized proportional to the other?

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Let me show you you a simple way to layer your flowers for a project. You will want to begin by Ungrouping your Daisy image. Once they are ungrouped, you will see them listed as individual images in the Layers panel.

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Now you will want to Select All and Align Center. (You may need to bring some images to the front to view them all.) Group all of the images again. By grouping the images, you can see the image as a single image on your Canvas and resize all layers proportionately.

Let’s add another flower to our project. I chose to add a Hibiscus. Once again, after inserting the image, I will Ungroup the images. With the Hibiscus, you will see that you cannot ungroup the two stamens, but you can copy the image, use Contour, and create two images to see each stamen as an individual layer. (I will be showing how to do this in my upcoming Cricut™ classes.)

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Again you will Select All and Align Center and Group the images.  (You may need to bring some images to the front to view them all.) Now you have two separate flower images that you can manipulate and layer to see how they would look together on a project.

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Let me show how I used these techniques to create a wreath in Design Space.™ As you can see in the photo below, I was able to take images from our Flower Market collection and manipulate the flowers to fit the wreath I was creating. By layering those flowers as one image, I could resize them and see how they would fit onto my wreath.

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So simple, yet so effective when creating with our Flower Market flowers.   If you don’t own the Flower Market Cricut™ Collection, you can purchase it on my website. You will receive three stamp sets (valued at $56.85) along with your Digital Code for adding the collection to Design Space™.  That means you get the Collection of over 700 images for about $12.00. What a steal! I hope that you take a few minutes this week to try this technique and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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