Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon New "MAKER"

The new Cricut Maker, Available starting Aug 20th
(Save the Date for Oct 3rd to get yours on HSN)

Are you a Cricut Lover? Do you love to make things with your Cricut, be it papercrafting projects, DIY home décor items, party planning decorations, vinyl crafting on t-shirts or mugs/cups?

Well, I just got back from Salt Lake City, Utah! Only a handful of Makers were invited to this special event where they did the big unveiling on the new Cricut Maker, the Cricut Easy Press, and the Cricut BrightPad (of which if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen me using the BrightPad to make my Cricut "Poodle" Skirt)

Me and Kylie just before the 50's Theme party and Sock Hop!

Yep! I made that one! :)  A little something special for the event.

So, what's the big deal with the new Cricut Maker?

  • It cuts materials such as Leather, Balsa Wood, Felt, Matteboard, over 100 different fabrics (up to 2.3mm thick!)
  • Cricut and Simplicity partnered together so now you can draw patterns and cut them out with one machine! No more pinning and handcutting!
  • Rotary Blade allows for fabric cutting with ease, and the Knife Blade (due out Oct 2017) knows the exact pressure for different materials depths! So, basically you'll use the blade for the right material, select your material in Design Space 3, and pretty much "Set it and Forget it!" (not really, but I like to call it "Idiot Proof" only because I was able to cut fabric for my cosmetic bag without having to figure out how thick my material/fabric was and it automatically determines how many passes/cuts and how much pressure to apply! YAY!)
  • There is a slot to put your tablet or phone AND it comes with a charging slot/plug so you can connect your electronic device and use Design Space without your device losing its charge before you finish your project!
  • Many, many more features!

And, bonus? No matter what you use your Cricut for, I love the fact that Cricut and Close To My Heart have a wonderful relationship, and honestly, that was the other reason I decided to join CTMH! Of course the unique high quality clear MyAcrylix™ Stamps, but the fact that we carry Exclusive Cricut cartridges and digital collections!

Thank you for joining me and what's coming soon!

Creatively Yours,

Monday, July 24, 2017

Stampaganza Card Swap Challenge w/ Exotic Flower Stamp

Card Swap, Stampaganza, ScarletteDesigns Close to My Heart Elise Sosa

Ok, you've seen me use it, you've fallen in love with it, and you've decided you want to purchase this stamp set, right?!? Of course you have! And I don't blame you, the possibilities are ENDLESS! I've had so much fun creating with it, I've decided to give some goodies away, so I thought we could have some fun and one lucky person could win some crafty goodies!


How about a card swap challenge? This way you will get some gorgeous greeting cards to send that are ready to go or you can get some inspiration on different ways to use this stamp!

Take a look at this full-sized beautiful stamp set just for $9.95! This is the stamp we will use for the card swap challenge! During the month of July for Stampaganza, you can purchase 2 stamps and get 1 FREE!  That's right, so now you see why I said invite your friends to participate in the fun swap and challenge?

Just $9.95 for this stamp set...That's right, and when you choose to purchase this stamp and participate in the card swap, you'll get 10 cards from other creatives just like yourself, PLUS, you'll receive the new Close To My Heart Idea Book just for participating and doing what you love most!

There will be TEN slots, so act quickly! For everyone that signs up, I will give a current CTMH catalog (the idea book I mentioned), which will be mailed to you along with your swap cards. I am not sure if you have ever received a CTMH catalog, but it is a book of inspiration. You will LOVE it!! *If we have more than 10, you will go on the waitlist and if we have 10 more, I will open up another group! Tell your crafty friends!

Here are the RULES:

  • The card MUST be a full and COMPLETE card w/ envelope (Not just card fronts)
  • The card MUST have a minimum of two (2) layers and an embellishment (Card Base does NOT count)
  • You MUST use the "Exotic Flower - B1477" CTMH Stamp (purchased from my website)
  • The card can be birthday, thank you, thinking of you, or a holiday greeting
  • You MUST purchase your stamp by Monday, July 31st
  • Swaps MUST be postmarked to me by August 31st
  • Make 11 cards (you will receive 10 back including your own; I will keep 1 as your contest entry)
  • Place your cards in a large Ziplock bag along with your return mailing address and please Include $6.50 for Priority postage back to you! (Pay via VENMO @ScarletteDesigns or request to be invoiced)
  • Please submit your best work, no smudges/smears or incomplete stamping
  • Last but not least... There needs to be a WOW factor with your cards (i.e. a technique, a fancy fold, 3D, etc you're talented, I've seen your IG posts and your Pinterest boards! *wink, wink*)
****No Smokers Please****

Sign up by Filling out the form HERE

I am looking for Creative Thinkers! Artists/Crafters that think outside of the box. I am looking to see what each of you can do the with with same stamp. (I'm so excited just thinking about all the possibilities! This is going to be SO MUCH fun!! Can you hear the excitement on my end?)

There is one more twist on this challenge....

YOU will decide who wins, no random generator!  Once I have all the swaps in, I will photograph them and post them and there will be open voting for 3 days. The card with the most votes WINS the Grand Prize!

Wanna know what you're playing for?  

(Yes, I'm a Jeff Probst fan! LOL *wink, wink*)
  • GRAND PRIZE (1) - A Digital Cricut Cartridge Bundle (Valued at over $150)
  • Runner Up (1) - A CTMH Gift Bundle (Valued at $50) *Includes papers, embellishments, stamps, etc)
I can't WAIT!!! I'm so excited, but hurry and sign up TODAY, and order your stamp to begin creating!!

Don't forget, that we've got this monthly special going on, and when you purchase $50 or more you get the Stamp of the Month for just $5!! (Retail value $17.95 -- yep, for just 5 bucks!)

Let's have fun!! Invite your friends to play along with you, and I'll give you a free surprise referral gift! 

Good luck!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

#TBT Party Time Card Kit Revamp!

handmade card diycard cardmaking clear stamps

I love a good challenge, and sometimes it takes an outside eye to see things differently. 

So from time to time I get a chance to play along with the ladies over at the Color My Heart Color Dare blog for the weekly challenge.  This is definitely a fun group, and by participating, it will get you out of your comfort zone! These are colors taken from the Prickly Pear Collection (that's the featured paper for the month of July with Close To My Heart #CTMHPricklyPear if you create something and let us know!) Right from the start I fell in love with this collection because the colors were so bright and cheery! The Color Dare #252 included colors from Prickly Pear and they added Raspberry and Silver to give it a different perspective, and in my opinion, it totally works! Join in on the fun, get your artwork created and linked on their blog by 10pm tonight! Good luck!

Immediately when I saw this color palette, I knew I could use the Workshop Your Way "Party Time" Card Making Kit!  If you remember seeing my Instagram post, I created those cards when it first came out, back in October.  For this project, I used my scraps that were left over!  The kit is only $19.95 until the end of July or while supplies last.

Want to recreate this card?  Or something similar to it?

How-To Instructions/Dimensions:
Cut all pieces according to Supply list below. (*Note, at the time of the blog post, the Raspberry Heart B&T sold out, but can very easily be substituted with plain Raspberry Cardstock)

Next you will stamp and heat emboss the image on the 4" square cardstock.

Once your image is completely heat set, go ahead and sit that to the side.

Next, you can begin your assembly!  I wanted there to be a border and a thin strip, so there's a method to my madness. You'll notice the Black Dot paper (which in the kit is the opposite side of the large Purple Circles), is cut slightly larger than what is visible on the card, so building from the bottom up (see photos below)

And then you can add the dove-tailed Emerald and Sea Glass pieces, Bitty Sparkles and whatever sentiment you have chosen for your card (I diecut "Happy Birthday" out in two colors, once in Raspberry and the second in Black!

Visit my website to see available Thin Cuts (wafer thin metal die cuts you can use in your Big Shot, CuttleBug or other die cutting machine) if you don't already have your own favorite sentiment...

Supply List:

*Raspberry Heart B&T   4" x 5 1/4"
Black Dot B&T               4" x 3/4"  (x2)
Emerald Cardstock          3 3/4" x 1"
Sea Glass Cardstock        3 1/2" x 3/4"
Black Cardstock              4" x 4"
"Exotic Flower Flair" My Acrylix Stamp (B1477)
Thin Cuts - Happy Birthday (Z3304)
Bitty Sparkles
Raspberry Cardstock
Versamark Stamp Pad by Tsukineko
Silver Embossing Powder by Ranger
Craft Heat Tool
Your favorite adhesive
Recommended My Acrylix® block:
4" × 5" (Y1012)
Workshops Your Way Party Time Cardmaking Kit (OPTIONAL; However, it includes all supplies to create 10 cards w/ envelopes and FREE stamp set to create cards for Birthday or Invitations **Does NOT include Exotic Flower Flair stamp set!)

Purchase the Entire Card Kit Here

Party Time Card Kit (G1111)  Click to Purchase
Clear Stamp Stampaganza
Exotic Flower Flair (B1477) $9.95

I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to read my blog.  I hope you were able to play along, or at least have the instructions for a fun and easy card.  I think the blog post took me longer than it did to make the actual card! LOL

Feel free to leave me a comment if you found it interesting, or if you would like to become VIP with me to receive my newsletter and class schedule, CLICK HERE.

Have a wonderful Thursday!
AKA Sosa's Wife

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Thank You So Much!

Glitter card thincuts handmade card

Sometimes when "Life gives you Lemons, you make Lemonade"

That song is going through my head and was so fun and catchy to hear Alex Boye sing it at our recent Close To My Heart convention.  Such a catchy tune that's for sure!

Up today, I had to share a card I created for dual reasons.  The best part is, that I've been using up my stash!  If you recognize the 2 papers used here, and you can accurately identify them, I'll send you a FREE card set for you to create your own! Just leave a comment and I'll pick a winner next Saturday, July 22.

So not only was this card a Thank You for a gift I received, but recently I was rushed to the ER after ingesting avocado from a local restaurant in a dish that wasn't supposed to have a big chunk of avocado.  (Even after I mentioned to them I was allergic to avocados!  Hmmm...) 

Once the word got out, I was so overwhelmed with the outreach and pouring of support from friends and family and customers and followers of the like! Everyone sending me prayers and virtual hugs and get well wishes, it only seemed appropriate to create a Thank You card during my recovery and post it on social media. Yes, I could have just posted "THANK YOU", but I'm a creator! LOL... why not make a beautiful quick and easy card with fun, bright colors... more eye catchy, right??

So, because I knew I was mailing it and I didn't want to have to pay the extra postage, I used my Close To My Heart Thin Cuts metal die!  I had seen this technique somewhere on Instagram. (Quite often Instagram can be a very cool resource because there are so many talented people, and it's just fun to take about 15 min out of the day just to see what everyone is creating for either inspiration, or to see what the latest and greatest is! Are you following me @ScarletteDesigns)

As you can see above, you cut out the image in 2 different mediums, and in this case, I chose to use the black glitter paper from CTMH, and just regular White Daisy cardstock.  Then the magic of it all? Put it back together like a puzzle, and you've got a "flat" card with "dimension" and texture for the eye and for those that love to "touch" :) 

I added a few Bitty sparkles, a little bit of Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder in fine detail, and voila! Instant card, CAS, and mailed out for the regular $0.49 postage!

I love reading your comments, and if you try this technique, or have questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment! Don't forget, if you are the first person that can accurately tell me which 2 paper sets I used to create this card, I'll send you a free card kit to create your very own!

Thanks for stopping by! 
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(AKA Sosa's Wife)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Prickly Pear Friday Freebie

I created this card for our new Seasonal Expressions 2 Launch.  The paper pack used is the newly released Prickly Pear Collection. After all the recent freak snow/hail storms I decided I needed something bright and cheery! YAY!! What do you think of these colors? They just screamed Spring, Summer and Birthday to me! I wanted to go for something a little Gender Neutral, so it didn't scream GIRL!!!  (Although you know I'm the epitome of "Girly Girl"... love me some pink and red!!) So, this was stepping out of my creative box for a bit.

Not to mention it was getting close to Cinco de Mayo; you know, the day after the infamous and now drawn out with ridiculous memes for "May the 4th be with you".  Here's a close up of both the outside (seen above) and the inside (featured below) of the card I created. After moving to the Midwest/Rockies/Ski Country... Cinco de Mayo just isn't the same... Oh yeah, it's celebrated here, but not like they celebrate in Texas! Ha! Margarita specials go on EVERYWHERE there... here, yeah, they say they're celebrating, but restaurants here know nothing about running appetizer and drink specials, oh well... we've got snow! LOL

I used 2 different stamp sets, Fiesta Time (C1681) and the one that comes as a Bonus with the

So now that you've seen the card front and inside sentiments, let's take a closer look at just how this card was created...

Below you'll see the start of my creative process. Color, color, color... Yes, as a Copic enthusiast and Certified Designer, and the little girl in me, I had to color these margaritas to look as yummy as possible. I'm still in school for Illustration, so I love to try different coloring mediums, and it just so happens that Close To My Heart also carried professional alcohol markers! Shin Han Art Touch Twin markers, just like Copic markers, are also used by all kinds of artists, including Manga artists and Pixar/Disney artists (storyboards... everything else is digital of course)

Colors use to color the lime margaritas are:

First I stamped and heat embossed the image with Versamark and Ranger Princess Gold Ultra fine embossing powder, colored the image, and just for another "true" added affect, I added Liquid Glass to create that epoxy/glass look! (Besides I'm not a fan flat images... needs dimension!)

You'll find the Cricut Design Space files I created below.  Comments are greatly appreciated! I ask that if you do use my files or refer to them, please tag me on social media or send your crafting buddies back to my original blog post so they can download them for themselves.

Cricut Design Space Cut Files:

Prickly Pear "Party... Like there's no Manana"



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(aka Sosa's Wife)

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit Now Available

Scrapbooking Kit, Close to My Heart consultant Elise Sosa #scrapbook #papercrafting

This month, if I do say so myself, Close To My Heart has truly outdone themselves! Can you say LOVE at first sight?? This kit is so easy and so beautiful, it's all in the name! Not to mention all of the versatility in the colors and the embellishments! WOW!

So, let me show you what all you get in this kit. (I've put it together three times as gifts for Mother's Day, a Baby Shower Album and a graduation!) But first let me tell you how you can get it... There are 3 ways to get this kit while supplies last.

3 ways to get your Live Beautifully Kit during May

  • Purchase it on my website:
  • As a Hostess (Once you obtain $350 in customer orders, you get it absolutely FREE in addition to your regular hostess rewards... so that's another $60 in SPC and 1 item at 50% off!!)
  • Best Bang for your Buck -----> Become a Close To My Heart consultant by joining my team, and you automatically get it for FREE, along with your kit, an additional $50 SPC to customize your kit, and you become a part of a wonderful team, and company doing what you love most!! *** PLUS, if you join this weekend, there's time for you to be a first time attendee at our Convention next month in Utah! Or too soon? You can be join us at our Album Retreat in sunny AZ in October!!

Close to My Heart May National Scrapbooking Month Kit available at #scrapbook #Scrapbooking #papercraft
CTMH Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit Layout 1

#gold #papercrafting #scrabook #nsd #nsm

I had to show you this up close and personal shot. The kit has gold foil papers and embellishments, along with beautifully shaped flowers that you can easily lay flat or create dimension with just a few pieces of foam tape or a pop dot...

CTMH Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit Layout 2
Here's another fave of mine! Dimension, dimension, dimension!! *smiles* If you look below, not only is "love" layered in a stamped look on this watercolored background, but the kit also comes with a coordinating "love" foil sticker that you just place wherever you like! (of course you're free to jazz up your layouts however you wish, but I'm just showing the way the kit was designed. *You should see what other customers and consultants have done with this kit so far!)

CTMH Live Beautifully Cut Above Layout 3

CTMH Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit Layout 4

CTMH Live Beautifully Cut Above Kit Layout 5

 What comes in the kit?

Everything you see here! Enough to create five 2-page layouts for a total of 10 pages! That's nearly half a complete album! You just punch out all the pieces, follow the step by step in instructions, add your photos with your favorite adhesive, journal (or not... LOL... totally up to you) and your done!  Even includes 6 memory page protectors!

We also have the complete kit that comes with the album, adhesive and journaling pen that makes this easy for a beginner scrapbooker, or even someone that has been crafting for years and just needs to get out of that creative slump.

Live Beautifully Post-Bound Album Bundle (CC1224)
Live Beautifully D-ring Album Bundle (CC1225)
Stay tuned for the video on how quick and easy this project is to put together, along with our upcoming class schedule to complete another 6 pages and/or a mini album!

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at this months special!

Happy Papercrafting!

Aka Sosa's Wife

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New Release Peek

Our latest Seasonal Expression just launched on Monday and while I was in the process of creating card and scrapbook class samples, I thought I'd create a quick and easy Picture My Life card! (Also called Project Life or Pocket Scrapbooking through out the Papercrafting world)
I specifically designed it to show the versatility and ease of using our Flip Flaps! So this one uses a 4x6 and a 3x3 flip flap!
You can purchase those here in my online store
Want to join my team? With Close to My Heart you get so many benefits, plus you can even be your own hostess! Just ask me how!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

For Valentine's Day, You get my Consultant Discount!

Get 30% off Sweet Sale

Just for you, for 24-hours only, you can experience what it's like to be a Consultant with Close To My Heart! We've selected special Must Have items, just for you, so you can create your favorite cards or scrapbook pages! Click on the icon above or shop my e-store (aka OBA) website at and see what we've selected just for you!

We've got items perfect for Pocket Scrapbooking, Planner Enthusiasts, Traditional Scrapbookers, and Cardmakers!  Make sure to share this spectacular sale with all of your Crafty friends and family!

Want a sneak peak? Of course you do!! (below is just a sample of the embellishments available while supplies last!)  Just visit my online store to see more!
 30% Off Sweet Sale
Click Here to view all Sale Items
Don't forget that when you purchase $50 or more, you qualify for the Stamp of the Month (SOTM) for just $5!! You'll be prompted to add it to your cart when you fill up your shopping cart! There's no limit either! $150 gets you 3 full size stamp sets! How cute is this stamp set?

Thank you for allowing me to be your Close To My Heart consultant!
Enjoy your Valentine's Day!

(aka Sosa's Wife)