Monday, December 31, 2012

Damask Divas La Belle Vie

Welcome to Damask Divas La Belle Vie Blog Hop!  My name is Traci Williams and I am an Independent Consultant with Close To My Heart. 

If you came from Stephanie Davis's The Gypsy Chic page, you are in the right place. If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants and enter for FREE PRIZE!!

I decided to dress up a 12 x 12 Storage Box using Close To My Heart's La Belle Vie Paper Pack.

I used a 12 x 12 sheet B & T from paper pack to cover the lower left corner area and then cut and filled in open area's with other B & T paper's from La Belle Vie Paper Pack

I added Sparkles Black Flourishes and finsished off the corner with a Bolo Tie from Bamboo Waxy Flax and finished it with a button and an adhesive gem from the Bohemian Assortment.

Just wanted a simple project to turn a black box to look like a family heirloom.  With the use of the La Belle Vie Paper Pack, it made a beautiful keepsake!!

Now to see our next project...Latisha Gilliland's Creating Fun Crafts Blog.. Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using La Belle Vie Paper Pack. If you get lost, just hop on over to Damas Divas blog for the full list.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Damask Divas Pear & Partridge Blog Hop

Well, it is official, Christmas is near! 

My name is Traci Williams and I am an Independent Consultant with Close To My Heart.  If you came from Sandra Rosario's 365 Days of Cricut, you are in the right place. If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants.  Be sure to sign up for the free giveaway while at the Damask Divas blog page!

I used B&T Paper's from the Pear & Partridge Workshop on the Go to create a Warmest Wish card and a table centerpiece.

I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection to make cutouts for Warmest Wishes card and Artiste Cricut Collections to make cutouts for tree on centerpiece.

Here is the recipe for the tree:
I used 2 B&T papers from Pear & Partridge for bottom and top cones.  Then for cardstock colors I used Cranberry, Desert Sand and Colonial White colors.
Page 42 from the Artiste Collection book, you will see 3D Object.  You will use the scalloped edge cone to make this tree and here are the Height sizes:
Base: 7" with cutouts on scalloped edges.
2nd from bottom: 5.5" hide cutouts
3rd from bottom: 5" with cutouts
3rd from top: 4.5" hide cutouts
2nd from top: 3.25 with cutouts
Top: 2.5" hide cutouts.

Assemble as directed with bonding glue, do not stack yet.  To give look of garland, lights or ornaments on cones, you will want to use any color of Glitz Glitter Gel.  Go crazy or simple, either way it will be quite engaging!  You can go as high as you want with the gel.  Let dry over night before stacking.  To stack, start with bottom cone and working up, use puddy, roll into 3D dime size circles and attach to top point of bottom cone then position next cone over.  Repeat until you get all stacked.  You can also position the cones to give "topsy" look to tree.  Place on charger plate, add candles (flameless) and sprinkle plate with gem pieces and rhinestone buttons from Bling Assortment to add glowing appeal when lit up!

The next blog on the list is Stephanie Davis's The Gypsy Chic Blog. Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using B&T Papers Pear & Partridge. If you get lost, just hop on over to Damask Divas Blog for the full list.

Merry Christmas!!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Tag Blog Hop

Welcome to the Christmas Tag Blog Hop.  My name is Traci Williams and I am an Independent Consultant with Close To My Heart.

If you just came from Amie Kiger's Mimi, Myself and I blog page, you are in the right place. 

If you started here, be sure to review all entries of the Christmas Tag Blog Hop.  You can click HERE for the first blog hop entry.  You can also scroll to the bottom of this blog for a complete listing of all blog hop entries.

We are all excited you came by our Christmas Tags blog hop.  Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Using the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Collection, I was able to make these ooohh sooo simple Christmas Gift Tags. 

I used Olive and Cranberry Exclusive Inks® Pads with the coordinating My Acrylix stamp sets that come with the Art Philosophy Collection

After letting stamped images dry, I then used Glitz™ Glitter Gel to add a bit of pizazz to my tags.  Order HERE, there are 7 color choices.

Recipe:  The stamp sets give you image sizes to use with the Cricut cartridge and that is why these were ooooh sooo easy to make!! For example, on the ribbon tag, I used 3 poinsettia cutouts all same size.  For final look, just do some simple trimming, add 3D dots and glue to top of tag.

Order here so you too can showcase your "gifting" this Christmas season using the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection.

You now will be viewing Carolyn Mendoza Canales Christmas Tags at Crafting With Carolyn.

Here is a listing of all blog entries:

1. Amie Kiger

2.Traci Williams

3.Carolyn Mendoza Canales

4.Stephanie Davis

5.Ashley Gréaux

6. Latisha Gilliland

It is that time of the year, so here is some Christmas Cheer:

With any retail order over $50.00, you will receive a FREE Exclusive Ink® Pad of your choice.

For retail orders over $100.00, you can choose 2 FREE Exclusive Ink® Pads or 1 FREE Exclusive Ink® Pad and 1 FREE Exclusive Ink® Marker Set.  You will also be eligible for this option with purchase of  the Art Philosophy or Artiste Collection.

For retail orders that are over $150.00, contact me by e-mail as you will qualify for $25.00 in FREE products and 2 FREE Exclusive Ink® Pads.

I will contact you by e-mail for color choice of the Exclusive Ink® freebie.

You will also be eligible for the Stamp of the Month and Capture the Date promo's for the month of November!

Merry Christmas!

Traci Williams
Independent Consultant
Close To My Heart

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas In November Blog Hop November 17, 2012

Welcome to our Christmas in November Blog Hop where we are showcasing  the exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

It's hard to believe that it's already November and that Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  And well, that means, it's almost Christmas!   We have created Christmas themed projects for you and hope to inspire you to get started on YOUR Christmas creations.

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog-Love 2 Create.  If you came here from Arlene's blog, Arelens Creative Space, then you're in the right place!

 My project is a decoration, a Christmas Tree and very simple to create.

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Pear & Partridge Paper Pack B&T Papers

Truly simple to make using Close To My Heart products: Art Philosophy Cricit Cartridge and My Reflections Pear & Partridge paper pack.

The first thing I cut was a background for the tree.  Using Art Philosophy cartridge, select Shift key only, select tree shape (tree only) and change height 8.4".  You need 4 cuts total but only 2 will fit to 1 - 12 x 12 mat.  From the Pear & Partridge paper pack, I used the Cranberry cardstock for the first cut of 2 trees and then I used 1 of the 2 Cashmere cardstock  for the last cut of the 2 trees.  

For the top layer, you will use the Shift key with Basic/Icon Layer, you will see the Christmas tree with circle cutouts.  Change height to 8.40".  You also need 4 cuts total but only 2 will fit to 1 - 12 x 12 mat.  This time, I used the 2 Olive cardstock from the Pear & Partridge paper pack for all 4 cuts of the tree.

For the star, I used Pear & Partridge paper pack's B&T paper.   You will use the shift only and select the star (not pointed, curved edges).  Change height to 2.50" and you will need to cut 4 of these.  You can go down to a 2" size if you think this star is too big.

For assembly, from the 8 cuts of trees, you will make 4 trees.  Start by placing the top layer tree over the back layer tree.  Align them as if they were glued together,  and score together down the center (top of tree to base of tree).  Once tree pieces are scored, you will then glue them together.  The best method, using a spray adhesive glue, spray the back side of the top layer tree and place promptly to background tree and align them right away.  Once all are glued, you will now glue all 4 trees together, alternating the background colors.  For the star assembly, you score the center of the point down.  When you fold them together, the other 4 points should align together.  Once they are all folded and ready to glue, do not glue the bottom of the star, glue all points and center.  Once the star is glued, open the bottom enough so it fits over the top point of the tree.

For embelishment, I used Close To My Heart's Red Glue Glitz Glitter on 2 sides, let dry over night and then finish the other 2 sides and let dry over night. 

This tree will stand about 10" tall when complete and what a simple decoration for a table setting, countertop or even a bathroom counter.

You have reached the final entry from the Christmas In November Blog Hop.  We all thank you for visiting. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

   Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you get lost along the way:

    1. Lucy ~  Love 2 Create  
    2. Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious
    3. DianaDiana's Free Moments   
    4. Carolyn Nuts 4  Scrappin'
    5. Kindred Hearts It Makes Total Cents 
    6. Tammy Closer 2 My Heart
    7. Arlene ~ Arlene's Creative Space
    8. Traci ~ Paper Crafting 101

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Flirty Blog Hop Entry

Hi, my name is Traci Williams and welcome to my Flirty Blog Hop entry!  Did you see Melissa Lind's blog  hop featuring an adorable I Love You card she crafted?  If so, you are in the right place. If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to visit Damask Divas blog by clicking Here to find the complete list of the Damask Divas Flirty Blog Hop entries and make sure to enter in the Hop drawing while at Damask Divas Flirty Blog Hop.

I wanted to make something special for a friend who truly has done some wonderful things for people we know.  She loves candles and thought what a perfect way to show her my appreciation for all she does.  So in light of this being a Thank You card using the Flirty Paper Pack, I decided to add personal touches by using some of her favorite colors this time of the year! 

Using the Artiste  Cricut Cartridge, I made this box cutout.  To create the window look, I cut out plastic square pieces from packaging items.  I then glued them to the inside of the box and allowed them to dry completely.  I then used the Green Glitz Glitter Gel and added them around the outside areas  of the box where the plastic was.  I did one side until completely dry. 

For the card, I used the outlined flower paper from the Flirty Pack, 2 Exclusive Ink Pads, Goldrush and New England Ivy and a Blending Pen.  I used the Thank You stamp from For Every Occasion set.  Embelished with ribbon and a single pearl.

For the candle, I cut a lattice trim to a 5" strip from a sheet of Goldrush cardstock and cut out flower shapes from the colored flower paper from the Flirty Paper Pack then added 2 large Pearls and embelished the lattice with Bitty pearls.

Here is the next Damask Divas Blog Hop project that is hand crafted by Bridgette Berry click on her name to see her beautiful work. I hope you have a great time hopping and seeing all the wonderful projects made with Close To My Heart's Flirty Paper Pack. If you get lost, just remember to follow the blog hop here: Damask Divas Flirty Blog Hop

Thank you for following the Flirty Blog Hop and visiting my page!

Traci Williams
Independent Consultant
Close To My Heart


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

MojoMonday 261 Entry

Welcome to my Blog.

The picture shows a card that can be used many ways.  Very simple to make with using the Close To My Heart Avonlea Paper Pack ($9.95)Glitter Designer Brads ($4.95)Bronze Glitz Gel ($ 2.75) and the card used was Kraft Die Cut Cards and Envelopes (6 p/pack for $ 6.95)
Click here to see the sketch and all the wonderful creations so far: MOJO261

Comments are always welcome.

Thank you for stopping by, Traci Williams, CTMH Independent Consultant

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Damask Divas October Blog Hop

If you have been following our Blog hop, you just came from crissyscraps and are in the right place. If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas October Blog Hop to find the complete list of blog hop participants along with their wonderful creations!

Using the My Reflections Moonlight Paper Pack, I generated 3 fun projects, my first was a card (pictured above) I made from a sketch obtained from the MojoMonday Blog Challenge (MOJO257).  The second was another card (pictured below) to show most of the B&T papers in the Moonlight Paper Pack.  Finally was a 3D element (scroll down for photo and directions) to make a Bat Box.

All cards and the 3D elements were generated by using the Art Philosophy Cricit Cartridge.

All wording strips came from the top strip that are on B & T Moonlight Papers.  No stamps were used.

Here is how I created the Bat Box:

The Bat is a Pillow Box from the Art Philosophy cartridge using # 8 and select Decorative Font.  Change size to 3.60 height (4.22 will become width).  Use strong adhesive and glue open side together and seal one of the curved sides.  Leave other curved side folded but not sealed to insert candy.
The Bat wings were made using from the Art Philosophy cartridge using # 6 label.  Change size to 3.10 height (4.69 will become width). You will need 2 labels for this project.
To make left wing, cut out the outer left curve portion of label to make a straight edge on the left side.  Leave the right side of label alone.  Then cut from outside lower left corner up to upper right corner.  This will give you the left bat wing shape.  Before attaching wing, distress edge with black ink.  Now you can attach wing to pillow box.    Using the right side curved portion of the label and keeping view on front of pillow box, attach curve part to what will be the back left side of box with strong adhesive or hot glue gun. 
To make right wing, cut the curve on the outer right side of label to make a straight edge.  Leave the left side curve alone.  Then cut from the outside lower right corner up to upper right corner. This will give you the right bat wing shape. Before attaching wing, distress edge with black ink. Now you can attach wing to pillow box. Using the left side curved portion of the label and keeping view on front of pillow box, attach curve part to what will be the back right side of box with strong adhesive or hot glue gun. 
For the eyes, I cut out 2 sets of circles 1 set at .40 and the other set at .30.  Glue the smaller circle on top of the bigger circle (also position it to give "look" look to eye).  Then attach smallest sized Opaque Licorice Adhesive Gem to center of smallest circle of each eye.  If you prefer, you can use standard craft eyes.

The embelishments that I used throughout the 3 projects are:
Opaque Licorice Adhesive Gems ($2.95)
Sparkles Black and Gray Assortment ($ 2.95)
Bitty Sparkles ($ 2.95)
Haunted Assortment ($4.95)
Harvest Baker's Twine Assortment ($4.95)

The next blog on the list is Debbie Johnson. Hope you have a great time on our hop and follow the blog to see all the wonderful creations you can make using Close To My Heart's My Reflections Moonlight Paper Pack. If you get lost, just hop on over to Damask Divas October Blog Hop for the full list.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Paper Topiary

With help from Spellbinder's Spiral Blossom 1 and Daisy Flower cutout on Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, was able to make this lovely paper topiary for one of my grandmothers.  Over 120 flowers and is about 2 feet tall.  Used 2" floral pins with larger size pearl accents.  Ribbon is 1/2" sheer cream colored cut in 18" lengths.  Used DCWV Chateau Lavendar printed card stock.  Topiary is on a red bamboo that was placed in plaster of paris in a simple clay pot.  Used cricut cartridge to make fence cutouts and colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

MojoMonday Post


Again, another great Mojo Monday sketch!

Using Close To My Heart "Dreamin" Paper Pack created this Pumpkin card in celebration of 'tis the season to be carving!
Cut out 4 cards for right "circle" and layered.  Used a standard round stamp and inked in Goldrush then dotted with Metal Marker.
Use Harvest thread to lace cut out from Cricut Art Philosophy border.  Used the Stamp of the Month to create Scarecrow and Pumpkins.  Used letter stamps to stamp "pumpkin".  Coloring the scarecrow used Close To My Heart Pacifica, Goldrush, Honey, Brown Bag, Cocoa, Chocolate, Sweet Leaf, Juniper and Barn Red.

This is a 6 x 6 square cut Colonial White cardstock.


Traci Williams
Independent Consultant

Close To My Heart

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mojo Monday Entry


Here is my Mojo Entry September 12, 2012.

I used several Spellbinder Dies, Cameo Metal Stencil, Gold card stock, Close To My Heart craft card, gold sparkles, parchment and plum cardstock, violet tulle netting and Close To My Heart pearls.

This is going to be a mini book for my daughters birthday.  She should love adding pictures inside then finding a fun place to keep it on display.

Thank you for visiting and enjoy!

Traci Williams
Close To My Heart
Independent Consultant

Alpha stamps...having problems lining them up?

Are you flustered like I was when needing to stamp with individual alphabet stamps and they just didn't line up nicely or perfectly?  Well, look at this great guide to help you with a great finished look! 

Even provides supplies and pictures to help.


Traci Williams
Independent Consultant
Close To My Heart

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Why Close To My Heart is simply the best in stamps!


Hi everyone,

Close To My Heart is excited about the new web feeds from The Crafting Channel.

So if you enjoy all there is to do with stamping, visit this website to learn why Close To My Heart offers the best of the best with their My Acrylix® clear stamps and blocks.  Be sure to watch Episode 1, there are great stamping techniques to learn.

Visit the link at

Visit my website at, shop around and see if there is anything you would like to try.  There are great combination sets called Workshops on the Go that offer stamps, embelishments and paper packets.  You can e-mail me at if you have any questions or would be interested in ordering Close To My Heart products.

Thank you,

Traci Williams
Independent Consultant, Close To My Heart

Monday, September 3, 2012

Mojo Monday Sketch

Here is my Mojomonday entry for 1st week September 2012.
Using Moonlight Paper Packet with Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge all from Close To My Heart.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Simple Halloween card using Close To My Heart products.
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Used Victory Workshop on the Go kit along with Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.

Friday, August 3, 2012

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Birthday card

Made this for my dad using Close To My Herat productos.

Beginning of a card for my mom for Mother's Day.Used Spellbinder Dies, Cameo Stencil to make this card.  I did 3D element on stencil with use of lightweight spackle and colored with purple acrylic paint, let set to dry then used pearlized watercolor paint to give "gold" tone on cameo.

Card ideas using embossed stencils and gold card stock.Ideas for cards using stencils.

Birthday card for my mom.  Used A2 card and Heartfelt Creations Posy Patch Stamp, Spellbinders die cuts floral label and floral, parchment finish card stock, black card stock, perfect pearls, embossing folder for KCompany paper (background) and 2 pink pearl embelishments. For finishing details, used Close To My Heart inkpads, Spectrum Noir markers, Tim Hotlz clear spackle and  Versamark watermark ink pad with textured black embossing powder for HC Posy Patch stamp.Birthday Card made for my mother.  Using Spellbinder Dies and Heartfelt Creations Posy stamp.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Some cards I have recently made using Core'dinations card stock, Spellbinder dies, pearlized water colors, Heartfelt Creations Posy stamp set and Spectrum Noir markers.

Vacation 2012 Scrapbook Pages

Using multiple Spellbinder Dies - Parisian Motifs, Oval, Circle, Octagon...I was able to create additional details to just a simple scrapbook page.  Paper was from Close To My Heart Pemberley and Footloos paper packs.  I also used some of Core'dinations card stock.  Used Jolee's 3-D embelishments and Pemberley embelishments from CTMH.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Stationary Box

Used Die Cuts With a View Chateau Lavender collection to make this project.  My favorite part, the rose bloom on the lid.  It is the same ribbon used on the envelope inside the box.  Used Best Glue Ever, made a 3/4 inch glue spot and then worked from the center to the outer rim, twisting before each placement of ribbon to make pedal look.  The tag I used a green cardstock and then a tag from the cardstock collection.  Made a flat envelope and then 2 - 1/2" enveloboxes to add to the inside of the stationary box set.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Easter Basket

This is using the same idea as the Valentine's treat box but changing shape by making different cuts to scalloped oval.  There will also be a gift tag hanging from the one of the handles.  Fun and cute.

Valentine's treat box

This is the sample of my first treat box.  I am going to keep the jewels out to keep simple and cute.  Overall, fun project to make and cute.