Friday, July 26, 2013

[Video]:Close to My Heart Artiste Belly Band Card

 Today's belly band card is from the Close to My Heart Artiste Cricut cartridge and was cut at 5".  You can find the card on pg. 49:

A quick tip about cutting the belly band, which is a layer to the card itself:

To cut it using a 12" mat, tell the machine you are actually using a 12x24 mat (even though you are not) and it will cut it just fine.  

If you don't, it will say that it is too large to cut.
The flower is cut at 3" and is on pg. 54 and the banner is cut at 1" and is on pg. 58.  The matching stamp (Oh Happy Day) comes with the Close to My Heart Artiste Cricut cartridge.

Check out the video below on how to make this card (click HERE if you can't see the video):

  Supplies Used:
Close to My Heart Chantilly Paper Pack (click HERE to purchase)

Dad is still in the hospital and we are awaiting biopsy test results. The doctors have a pretty grave face so we've been bracing ourselves.  Any thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated! Thank you for all your kind words at this time!

This week's giveaway:
How can you win?

1) Leave a comment below - Have you made a belly band card?
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2) Subscribe to the blog HERE.

That's it!

Winner will be announced on Sunday, July 28, 2013 and has two weeks to claim prize.  Allow 2-4 weeks to receive.
Close to My Heart Specials:
1) Workshop on the Go Canvas Art Kit is now $19.95 (50% off)!

Included in the kit: 
1 – My Acrylix® Canvas Art Workshop Stamp Set (C-size) 
1 – 12" × 12" Printed Canvas Display 
1 – Cashmere Baker's Twine (1 yard) 
10 – Clear Sparkles (10mm) 
1 – Sparkles Flourish 
2 – 12" × 6" Dimensional Elements In Color—Art Shapes 
1 – Instructional Brochure

Click HERE to find out more about this great canvas art kit!

2) There are still some great items up to 75% off left under the "While Supplies Last" Category - click HERE to see them!

3) Patriotic Stamp Sets:
You can order the stamp set above, Home of the Brave, HERE at my site.
You can order the stamp set above, Canada Strong and Free,  HERE at my site.
You can order the stamp set above, Courage,  HERE at my site.

Note: $5 from every sale of Patriotic stamps goes towards a charitable military support organization.

4) July Stamp of the Month- Sweet Life: 

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  1. I'd love a chance to win Baby Steps - I don't have any baby cartridges.

  2. And by the time I'd read through all the other stuff, I forgot to say how much I like the card! It's great! I'll have to try a belly band - I've never done that.

  3. I love the belly band card I am yet to try this thanks for the lovely idea!

  4. Love the card. I have never tried to make a belly band card before but this looks so pretty I am going to try.

  5. Wow, your belly band card is fabulous! I love the idea and also..thanks so much for sharing the video and all your amazing ideas!
    Sherrie K

  6. Joy, Thank you so much for show casing the Artiste Cartridge. I have had it since it came out and was overwhelmed by all the different cuts! I love the Swing Cards (...some may say I have become obsessed with them!) now I will try the belly band cards. My middle daughter is getting married 9/20/14 and I want to make her invitations using a belly band so this will be perfect practice!!!! Also, thank you for opportunity to win the Baby Steps Cartridge! I don't have any baby ones and with so many weddings in our family lately hopefully I will need one soon!!! Mom2ASK3

  7. expecting a great grand daughter in Dec 2013 and that cartridge would be perfect to start her album.
    Never saw a bellyband card before and that is so neat. Have to try it.

  8. What great video so love this card great job Joy great job!! You have been making it extra, extra fun to own this cartridge. My goodness I so love my CTMH cartridges and all that they come with but I know I do not use it to it's potential and thanks to you I've been using it a whole lot more and the stamp that go with the cuts are amazing and the stamps are really great stamps they give a perfect image every time. Thanks for all you do you really get my creative juices a flowin'

  9. Thanks for all the wonderful cards you have been creating. love the Artiste cart and you are teaching me how to use it!
    My prayers are with you and your Dad.

  10. I love belly band cards and have made a few. Thanks for the tip about telling the machine to use a 12 x 24 mat to get the 12 inch cut.

  11. I have a quick tip. When threading twine through buttons, use the old-fashioned wire needle threader. It works great and saves tons of frustration.

  12. Sending prayers up right now. There go some more. Hang in there. Hugs to you.
    I love your belly band card. I have not tried one of those before. It looks fun. TFS.
    (email follower)

  13. I made about 75 belly band cards... wedding invitations for my daughter's wedding. They came out lovely and we saved a ton of money. She wanted everything homemade and different. It was fun. January wedding with colors of apple red and gold... theme forrest. tree logs vases with flowers and ivy lined the runway. Very nice.

  14. I have the Artiste Cartridge but I haven't gotten in to it very much. I am so happy for the tutorials you are posting. It takes alot of the guesswork out of it. I would love to add the Baby steps cartridge to my collection!

  15. I own both the Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges. I completely missed that there is a belly band card. Thank you for sharing! I love your latest posts spotlighting this cartridge. I am learning so much that I didn't realize I had. I have made a couple belly band cards but by hand. This is such a cute new spin on that idea. Thanks again.

  16. Thanks for the opportunity. Only have the Art Philosophy as really have not been using the cricut, but time to do so now. Artiste is on this order going in. :).
    Tried to join, but it keeps telling me that my addy is not a real one. Could you please do it from your end. Thankyou it is

  17. I have never done a belly band card but my sister once made me a small set of cards (4 of them with envelopes) and they were held together with a belly band. It is a really cute way to do a card or set of cards. TFS your great idea!

    Praying for good news for your Dad....

  18. I have never made a belly band card but
    I definitely am going to try it now. Looks
    really nice and a great way to hold a card,
    set of cards together

  19. This is such a cute card. I really wish I had the Artiste cart. I love all the colors also. I love using my cricut. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  20. I never would have thought of that tip- thank you! Thanks for the chance to win too!

  21. that is really cute. Thanks for the tips.

  22. Never even heard of a belly- band card. Thanks for educating me and for the great video. rosebud114

  23. I really enjoy your site! I have never tried a belly band. I am excited to make one now and teach my daughter also.

    Thank you for all your fun projects. I will be praying for your Dad in the hospital.

    Carol from Dodgeville

  24. Thanks so much for the video--I loved this card!

  25. I found what really works well with getting twine through button holes is to put a dab of a quick dry adhesive on the end and twist it. It dries really quick and almost works like a needle.

  26. Very pretty card Joy. I've never heard the term belly band card but I like it. I'm a big fan of the CTMH cricut cartridges and can't wait to get this one. Thanks

  27. Love the video and your belly band card. Makes me chuckle. I'm glad you mentioned the size to print out the banner. I'm making a card for my sister in law and forgot about the banner underneath the stamp. Yeah!

    Thank you for your videos. Love all!

  28. That is cute!! Thank you for posting the video. No, I have not made a belly band for a card, but thanks to your video I need to start! They add a cute accent to the card! :)

  29. I've never made a belly band card, but I've done some that have the look of a belly band!

  30. That is one beauuuuuuutiful card! Great colors. CTMH makes some wonderful papers!

  31. I love your card. I have never made a belly band card but I will now!

    cascrapper at gmail dot com

  32. Love the card! I've made a couple of belly band cards in classes but not on my own; think I will now. I also appreciate how you're showing things on the cartridges and how to make them. Sometimes I look at the pictures but can't figure out what the items are for, so this really helps!

  33. Love your card!Yes I have made a belly band card before, but it was a long time ago

    mimicaro9650 at yahoo dot com

  34. I have not ever made a belly band card but the card you made is so cute that now I want to try one. TFS and your dad and your family are still in my thoughts and prayers.

  35. Cute card, gr8t job on the band, I have never made one!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. I did make a belly band card once = way back before my Cartage days so I cut it myself! This card is adorable and again, did know even know that cut was on the cartridge! Thanks for all these amazing tips, Joy!

  37. I have never made a belly band card and I love yours. I have the artiste so I really should give it a shot! Thanks for the inspiration

  38. I made a belly band card a long time ago, but I haven't made any recently. thanks for the video.

  39. I have not made a belly band card! They look so cute!!! That will be on my To-Do List!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  40. Love making belly band cards!! It's so much fun to embellish another layer! I need another life time to get through all these fun carts and ideas!!

  41. Pretty card...great video! Never made a belly band card!

  42. Love the belly band card. I've never tried to make one but it sure is cute. I just must have this cartridge :-)
    You and Your family are in my thoughts and prayers

  43. That is such a cute card. I have made a Belly band card but my band always was short. Thank so much for the tip to get a long enough band.

  44. really a neat card and my thoughts and prayers are so with you and your family on your fathers condition :)

    ruth at lake in Texas

  45. No I haven't made a Belly Band card before. I absolutely love yours. You chose my favorite paper collection. Thank you for the video.

  46. Loved your video-it's really helping to explain the features of this cartridge. I didn't even know that the band next to the card was for until you showed us! I am going to be able to use my cartridge a lot more, now that you are demonstrating. Hope you have good news for your Dad, soon. We will pray for your family. BethAnnM.

  47. Very pretty--I haven't made a belly band card before.

  48. I have never made a belly band card sure is cute.
    Downey Ocean Scrapper

  49. I've never made a belly band card. The one you made is really cute!!!! I will have to attempt making one. The baby steps would be perfect to have for a good friend that's having a baby in a couple months. She's the first to have a baby in the group of gals I hang out with, so its very exciting :)

    - Chelsie Radig

  50. Yes I have made a belly band card but I have discovered that a lot of people do not know how to open them. :-(. I like scrapbooking but making cards is just as fun when I need a quick creative fix.

  51. Love the card. But adore the paper. Many thanks for showing us.

  52. Love the card. But adore the paper. Many thanks for showing us.

  53. I have not tried to make a belly band cart but it looks like a neat idea and I have to try this out this weekend. Thanks for the video.

  54. Cute card! Thanks for sharing.

    You and your dad are in my prayers.

  55. I just love your videos. I am so sorry to hear about your father. It is such a tough time for your family. Just know there are lots of prayers going up.
    I would love to win this cartridge. Thanks for a chance to win.

    Mary O'Neal

  56. I have never heard of a belly band card until I read your blog. What a great idea. I think that is going to be my next project. Looking forward to using my cricut for this one!

  57. Love the site, always learning something new.


  58. Thanks for the opportunity to win the picture keeper. I have been looking for that as I had heard about it, but did not know just what it was called. It would be fun to win one. LMK

  59. Thanks for the opportunity to win the picture keeper. Sending prayers to your dad.

  60. I would love to win the picture keeper. It sounds like something I have been looking for! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Connie W. from Texas

  61. Love the layout. Thanks for a chance to win.

    Mary O'Neal

  62. Boy I could sure use the picture keeper. What an awesome giveaway!!

  63. I like the way you do your videos and don't mind you speeding them up at all. You do a wonderful job!!! Keep up the good work. Can't wait for the ArtBooking Cartridge to come out, wow what a terrific looking layout you did.

  64. Prayers to all of you.
    Haven't made a belly band but on my list now. I am terrible about backing up pics, so thanks for chance to win. Kathy

  65. I have over 60 years of pictures (mine & inherited ones) & nothing is in any semblance of order so this would be something that would come in handy. Thanks for the opportunity to win this.

  66. Looks like an easy and convenient way to store pictures. I have crashed my computer a few times and also have so many CD's that after a while take up space too!! Would love to win to start me out!!

    Annemarie J from Rockledge, FL

  67. I've never made a belly band card or heard of them either.

  68. No belly band cards yet. Praying for God's peace to be with you as you wait for news of your dad's condition.

  69. What a great way to store pictures!!
    Indiana Gram Karen

  70. Great video tutorial! It occured to me that I could cut a belly band and wrap it around the layered/matted piece as a permanent part of the front of the card. It would not have to be as long then either. Hmmmmm...need to go experiment now.

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