Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Artbooking birthday card

This card was made with the New Cricut cartridge, Artbooking.  This  card would be good for New Year.  Change the Happy Birthday to Happy New Year and on the inside add fireworks, rockets, etc.  I love how this turned out with the matching envelope, also made with this cartridge.  

 Need ideas on how to use this cartridge, come to my classes.  Next class Tuesday Jan 6. at 1pm or 7pm
     Enjoy New Year's Eve and be safe. Looking forward to 2015

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

santa gift card

 Say goodbye to Santa until he sneaks up on us next year.  This was a quick gift card holder made with CTMH cricut cartridge.  Let me know if you need more details.
inside of card.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

seasonal expressions

Click here for a look at the NEW mini catalog "Seasonal Expressions"
Available until March 31, 2015
Christmas wish lists are available, I will order and wrap.  Hurry so it gets under the tree.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December Blog Hop

Welcome to the December Blog hop.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Enjoy hopping from my blog to the next persons blog.  Look for her name highlighted at the bottom of the post.  You will jump from one to another and wind up back here.

My focus this month is Christmas gifts.  Some of the other bloggers are going to share the NEW products from the Seasonal Expressions and I'm sure you will be inspired.

I made ornaments for the tree using our new Cricut Cartridges "Artfully Sent", "Artiste" and Art Philosophy.

'The nativity was from pg 46 Artfully Sent, the star from pg 23 in Art Philosophy.  Merry Christmas was cut from pg 80 in Artiste.

I cut everything out in vinyl and placed it on the ornament.  Remember when you use vinyl to set your pressure at 3 so you don't all the way through the paper.

Now hop over to Crystal's blog and see what she created I'm sure you'll like what you see.

Joyce     Houck    You are here

       Crystal Davis                

         Krista Hershberger 

      Betty Locco  

      Marie Flayer         

      Nancy Brown         

       Helen Gullet            

      Stephanie Brown   

      Andrea Sherman           

       Back to Joyce

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tee Pee card

This is a grat stand up card that is easy to make.
You will need a 4"x12" piece of paper.  Cut a 4" piece off and fold that piece in half diagonal. Take your 8x12 piece and fold it in half.  Take the  left and right corners and fold it to the center fold, it should look like a triangle. Glue the 4x4 pc (opposite side) to the middle fold of the 8x12 pc.  Stand it up to form a tee pee.
Decorate as you please and fasten your open side with a velcro dot.  z1805 only $3.95 for 25. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

o holy night

This beautiful cards was made using Artfully Sent and the stamp "O Holy Night" A1168 only $6.95.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sherpherd's card

This is a real simple card, using the new Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge for the shepherds.  I cut a 1" strip of striped paper and put a piece of aqua shimmer trim down the middle.  The words were stamped in black using 3 different sets.  D1613 or B1468 for the Joy.  C1598 for the "to the world" and D1614  Reason for the Season for the star.  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, may you experience peace and love.
 We made this turkey at Cricut club.  Inspired by Sheri F.  We used Artiste Cricut cartridge for the cuts. If you want a cartridge for Christmas I have some in stock, so put it on a list with my name and phone or email and I will gift wrap it for your giver.

Circle  5 1/2'
turkey  4"
rosettes  2", 2 @ 1 3/4"  1 @ 1 1/2"
wings  6@ 1 1/4"

Monday, November 17, 2014

Holiday Wreath video

You can watch my new video showing you how to make the wreath in my previous post.It is on the right side of my blog.

The paper on this wreath is Snow Haven  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

November Blog Hop

Welcome to our November Blog Hop.
This is a monthly hop to get you inspired with Close to My Heart products. Enjoy the hop, this is a continuous hop and when you get back to me you know you went all the way around.  

Holiday Wreath 
This is a great gift idea, by adding  a picture in the center and a ribbon hanger you will want to add this to your tree.  Make it bigger and it can be a table decoration with a pillar candle or make it bigger and it can be a door decoration.  You will need  12  3x3" pcs of Snow Haven paper and one scrap piece of paper the same size.  This will make a 3" wreath.  I'm working on a video with the directions. Hopefully it will be ready in the next couple of days,

  Now hop on over to Helen's blog and see what she has been creating.  

Joyce     Houck       You are here
         Helen Gullet      

        Betty Locco           

        Jolene Barron        

        Stephanie Brown   

        Nancy Brown         

        Krista Hershberger

           Stephanie Huber   

            Crystal Davis           
        Nickie Hoffer        

       Lori Meadows       
  Back to Joyce

Friday, October 31, 2014


One of my favorites using the Artfully Sent cartridge.  Brenda did a great job with this card.
Order you cartridge from me today and discover all the great holiday items it has to offer.  Be safe!

Friday, October 24, 2014

8 pointed star

I love paper folding and I talked to a new friend and she sent me the directions to make this ornament, 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

foil embossing

I bumped into a technique that using heavy duty  aluminum foil and our new embossing  floral folder.  Glue foil unto cardstock, wrap the edges around to the back.  We used a brayer to smooth out the foil.  Run the foil through your cuddlebug and with the alcohol ShinHan markers color the raised area with a light touch. Place the foil on cardstock card base that matches the markers used. I used Thistle.
This would look nice with a black sentinment.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Deer hunting

 My brother's birthday is this Thursday and thanks to CTMH I was was able to make him a card easily and exactly with what he loves.  Deer hunting!  I am always having fun discovering what you can make with the CTMH Cricut cartridges.  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October Blog hop

Welcome to our October Blog hop, We have lots to share and you may even get a glimpse of samples featuring our NEW "Artfully Sent" Cricut cartridge.

This month I have been having lots of fun using the NEW Artfully Sent.  One of my favorite cards I made is this nativity pop-up. It goes very well with the stamp set D1614 Reason for the Season. 
I used Yuletide Carol paper packet x7187B
Glitter paper  Z1830 
Bling gems gold  Z2023
Liquid glass z679

Can you believe that all those shapes were cut from the Cricut?  The insert provides the pop out ledges to put your figures on.  The star was cut out of the insert and I backed it with glitter paper. Love that stuff!!! I used Basic paper fundamentals Z1939 for the black paper, notice it has a glossy pattern to it.  This paper comes in many different colors and designs on both sides.This paper cuts great on the cricut: I will be showing more ideas with this paper in my next posts.

       Now hop over to my good friend BETTY  to see her wonderful entry. 
       If you get lost and can't find your way here is a list of bloggers 
Joyce     Houck     

         Betty Locco           

         Jolene Barron        

         Andrea Sherman   

         Nancy Brown         

         Krista Hershberger

            Stephanie Huber   

             Crystal Davis           
  Nickie Hoffer         
 Janice  Centritto        
  Lori Meadows       
  Back to Joyce


Monday, September 29, 2014


Having some fun with the new "Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.  One of the Icon on the Cartridge is this bicycle, it's so cool to have a bike that you can make anysize, any color.  Paper piece it by cutting it out again and you can change the fenders or seat a different color.  

Wait till you see what I'm doing with the pop-up card and the deer, it can be a Christmas card or a birthday card.  So easy...................

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Artfully Sent one key

                              Pop up card

                             This was really on black paper and looks much better in person.  
Playing with our NEW Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge
                                        When I had Cricut club this month, I told them no homework and we made cards using Artfully Sent and just one key.  I have more to show just using one key.  So keep checking in or better yet follow my blog and you will get an email when I post and you won't miss a thing.

Here is another version of the same card, on this one we used the block of words and trimmed the edges with black shimmer trim.  

 The inside was cut out of orange paper mounted on a black base, which is a key on the cartridge, so you don't even have to figure out the base size.
                                     We were cutting the spider out of black sparkle paper.  Nice accent!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Artfully Sent available!

Be the first to have this exclusive cartridge!!!
The wait is finally over, you can now order this New knock your socks off Cricut Cartridge!
You can go to my website or call me with your order and we will see that you get some hostess rewards.

See more images under Cricut tab. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September Blog hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars blog hop.  This month is when we start to see all the pumpkins and the change  of weather. I hope you enjoy hopping from one site to the other and see what we have to share.  So if your starting here just keep clicking on the link to get to the next blog and you will wind up back here when you saw all the wonderful creations.  

The  pumpkin above, I made about 2 years ago with the Cricut Artiste CTMH Cartridge.  I
cut it out and ran it through the Cuddlebug to give it that swirly texture.  I was made to hold chap stick or any other goodies.  This one is about 2 1/2 inches tall and the neat part about the Cricut is that you can make it any size you want.


Here is the sidestep card that we made at the Westminster Expo, what an Extra special weekend!
I promised I would give the directions. This card was made with a new paper pack called "Confetti Wishes" The ballons, scalloped circles and banner were all cut with the Cricut. The balloon were stamped with the stamp set that came with the Cricut cartridge, also the happy birthday was in the Cricut bundle.   I will be showing a Christmas version of this card on Sat, Sept 13 at our Annual Christmas Card Extravaganza  9:30-3:30. Seats still available. Call me to reserve your seat.  610 367-0188

Start with a card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2"

Now hop over to my friend Nancy and see what amazing thing she created.

If you get lost here is a list of  bloggers..............

 Joyce     Houck    

  Nancy Brown     

 Krista Hershberger

 Stephanie Huber 

  Nickie Hoffer     

  Betty Locco       

  Lori Meadows    

  Andrea Sherman 

  Helen Gullett      

  Crystal Davis     
                          and back to
Joyce Houck       

Monday, September 8, 2014

National Stamping month....

Let's celebrate this month, order $30 in stamps and get this set free.  Lots of new stamps to choose from.  Thirty stamps for thirty days.

Go to my website to see all the stamps to choose from.

Get ready for the Monthly Blog Hop on Wed. the 10th. Have fun hopping.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Workshop cards

 I thought I'd post some of the cards we made at our last workshop.  I just posted the Sept schedule. Two BIG events, make that 3 BIG events are happening in SEPTEMBER.  
1,  Westminster, Maryland Expo  Sept 6 & 7th
2.  Christmas Card Extravaganza (see last post)
              3.  New Cricut cartridge "Artfully Sent will be released
Start figuring out your order, so you can get some of the hostess stamps, send it to me and be one of the first people to gets to use it.  Believe me you won't be disappointed.  September special buy $30 in stamps and get a free stamp set made especially for CTMH's 30th Anniversary.

New background stamp, comes with two other stamps, bambo and leasves.  

Fun Hostess rewards stamp set.  

This card was fun using a new technique with painters tape.  Slide it through the ink and rub it on you paper. Pull the tape off and you get a neat background. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

 photo JoyfulStarsBlogHopBadge3_zpsa824a544.jpgWelcome to the
August Joyful Stars Blog HopThe Annual Inspirations Close To My Heart catalog is live and you can view it on online or have one sent to you by your consultant. We have lots to share with you and we hope you'll love the new products and papers as much as we do.   
Every month you get to hop from blog to blog and make a full circle back where you started.  
This card was inspired by another consultant and the best part of this is that the flower pedals are from the stamp of the month. Who would of thought????

  The alphabet set is also new called Handwritten Print.  

So now is the time to hop to the very talented Nancy's blog

I case you get lost, here is a list of bloggers.

 Joyce     Houck     

          Nancy Brown         
 Krista Hershberger
           Stephanie Huber   

  Nickie Hoffer         
  Janice  Centritto     
  Betty Locco         
  Lori Meadows        

  Stephanie B         

  Jolene Barron      

  Andrea Sherman    

  Back to Joyce