Saturday, December 29, 2012

Whooo's Your Valentine?

It's time to celebrate National Papercrafting Month with this incredible Whooo's Your Valentine Kit from CTMH.  Can you believe that it can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart products from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book?  The kit is a $40 value and it includes 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper, 12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit, one that is sure to become a favorite. You might want to take note of the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper...they are your sneak peek at two new Spring/Summer 2013 products!

Don't delay...this offer is only available while supplies last through January 31, 2013.  Come shop with me by clicking here.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pear & Partridge Artiste - Quick Gift Card Holder

I really need to start gearing up for all of the holiday craft shows that I have committed to participating in.  The only problem is finding the time for my crafting.  So I briefly stopped doing laundry today to make a few really quick cards with the Artiste cartridge and CTMH's new paper line, Pear & Partridge.  I cut out the card on page 57 of the Artiste booklet at 3.75", which was the largest available on a sheet of 12" cardstock.  And with some manual intervention, I was able to cut out three cards from one sheet!  I cut out the "card" shape on page 77 two times, at 2.5" and 3" to create the layered saying.  I stamped with Chocolate ink and distressed the edges with Desert Sand.  A strip of leftover cardstock behind the saying, some pop dots, bling and done.  I love, love, love the saying, I think because it, as well as the paper, reminds me of something back in my childhood back in the 1970's.  The saying is part of the Pear & Partridge Workshop on the Go Card Kit.

The best part of the whole project was that I was able to cut out, stamp and assemble 3 of these cards in under 5 minutes.  Once opened, the card has a built in tab that would be perfect for holding a gift card.  Stay tuned to see what else I whip up with for the holidays!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

CTMH Artiste Snowflake Frame

So I must admit that the only thing CTMH on this entire project is the snowflake cut from my new CTMH Artiste cartridge.  I bought the frames from an office supply store for $1.20 each.  I put a 5" x 7" piece of patterned cardstock in the frame.  (I really need to start using up my stash of contraband, non CTMH supplies LOL!!!)  The Merry Christmas saying was cut out of vinyl that I adhered to the outside of the frame.  A bow and the snowflake and the project was complete!

$2 CTMH Albums and So Much More!!!

Are you in need of CTMH supplies that are VERY DEEPLY DISCOUNTED?  Head on over to my website immediately, as this deal is only good while supplies last. 

Some of my favorites are the albums for only $2...that is 80% off!!!
24 Sheets of B&T Duos patterned cardstock for only $3.50
Ribbons, embellishments, ink pads and so much more.

Don't delay, supplies are going quickly!

Florentine Card for MOJO254

I had a just a moment today to do something creative, so I decided to participate in the Mojo Monday 254.  I have been organizing my craftspace, and my Florentine paper was at the top of my box, so I decided to use it.  The saying is from the Harvest Happiness stamp set, and the twine is from the Baker's Twine Neutral Assortment.  The saying and the banner piece were created using the Art Philosophy cartridge.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Would like to join my team?

Have you ever thought about making money selling Close to My Heart products?  Would you like to receive a discount your own Close to My Heart purchases?   Now is the perfect time to join my team.  Close to My Heart has just come out with two ways to do so.  

They are now offering a New Consultant Essentials Kit for only $49!!!  It is a great way for you to join me as a hobbyist, while getting some great new CTMH products.  Here is a photo of what is included.

Or you may opt for the Masters Kit for $99, which would be great for those looking to build a successful Close to My Heart business.  It includes many great business building products that are pictured below, 5 Studio J layouts, AND all of the products featured in the Essentials Kit. 

In addition, Close to My Heart is offering a free Damask Tote bag when you sign up as a consultant.  It is only available while supplies last. 

 Please contact me at, for more information.

August 2012 Stamp of the Month Baroque Borders

Just a quick look at some artwork created with the CTMH Stamp of the Month, Baroque Borders.  

It is available for only $5 with a purchase of $50 during August 2012.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pemberley Purse - CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge

I have always loved those little paper purses that I have seen people making.  You might imagine how happy I was to have several available to me on the Artiste cartridge.  I decided to make one out of CTMH Pemberley paper set.  I cut the purse at 3".  Although I hand cut the light blue floral piece on the bottom of the purse, the top floral overlay, handle and 3D flower were all from Artiste as well.  Isn't it perfect to tuck some cash or a gift card into for a beautiful gift presentation?  And the best part was that the whole thing took under 5 minutes to make!  Remember to place your order for the cartridge early on August 1st, tomorrow, in order to be among the first to receive it!  You may shop with me by clicking here.  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Spooky Coffin - CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge

My daughter, Isabella, wanted to make a 3D coffin box from the Artiste cartridge today.  We used a new My Reflections paper packet called Moonlight.  At the suggestion of the handbook, I set the size dial to 7.5", and it cut a coffin that turned out exactly that tall when completed.

Did I mention that Artiste comes with a second handbook, that details how to create each and every one of the 3D items on the cartridge?  Pretty cool, huh?

Here are my cut and folded coffin pieces.

Here they are glued, and it couldn't have been easier!

Using shapes and the word Spooky from Artiste, I created these cute embellishments.  The spider web shapes are actually a border that I cut to fit.  I also used some of the new Black Striped Grosgrain ribbon that will be available on August 1st along with the Moonlight paper.  The word "beware" was from a strip at the top of one of my Moonlight papers.

So, it would only be right to fill this little box up with sweet treats for Halloween, but Isabella wanted to create a little surprise under the treats, so we cut out the cute little skeleton and glued it inside the coffin!

Don't forget to shop with me on August 1, 2012 when all of these new must haves are available for sale.

Friday, July 27, 2012

CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge Baby Shoes

I arrived home yesterday to find that my Artiste cartridge had arrived.  Let me tell you...I did not think it would be possible to love a cartridge more than I do Art Philosophy, but CTMH really hit it out of the park with Artiste!  I simply did not know where to start, having sooooo many options available to me.  Although the schedules of the four kids don't leave me with very much free time, I found just enough time to play with the cute little baby shoe image.  We are going to have 4 new babies in our family very soon - one great niece and 3 new cousins!!!  I started out cutting the shoes tiny, at 2.5 inches, and out of CTMH Lucy paper.  I used the CTMH Love Life acrylic stamp set for the little words happiness and cherish.  I did not really know what to expect but I love them.   They might go into a flower corsage at some point in time.  Don't forget that Artiste will be available for sale on August 1stUntil then, keep checking as I share more project inspiration with you.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

CTMH Artiste Christmas Trees

I love Christmas projects, so when I saw this great Christmas tree project out of our new idea book, I thought that I would share it with you.  The trees are made with the new CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge, which will be available as a bundle for $99 beginning on August 1, 2012.  I can't wait until I can make some of my own.  Aren't they super cute?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Exciting News - New CTMH Artiste Cartridge!!!

What exciting news...a new CTMH Cricut cartridge called Artiste.  It will be available to all of you Art Philosophy lovers beginning on August 1st.  I can't wait to get my hands on it.  

The cartridge includes over 700 images, 3 coordinating stamp sets and 3 sets of 9"x12" coordinating sheets of Dimensional Elements!!!

It includes even more 3D projects, a wide variety of shapes, a font, cards and so very much more.  I will keep you updated as I learn more about this exciting cartridge.

Click here to see the handbook of all of the images on Artiste.

Free Perfect Pairs

During July, get a free paper packet and coordinating accessory with a qualifying online purchase.

Place an online order of $75 or more from my website in July and CTMH will send you a popular paper packet and coordinating accessory—a Perfect Pair—for free! Different Perfect Pairs are available on different dates throughout the month. 

Order Dates Perfect Pair Retail Value
July 1–5 Mischief Paper Packet (X7144B) and Midnight Felt Shapes (Z1462) $15.90
July 6–10 Dreamin’ Paper Packet (X7142B) and Harvest Charms (Z1633) $14.90
July 11–15 Fanfare Paper Packet (X7138B) and Fanfare Level 2 Assortment (Z1400) $17.90
July 16–20 Lucky Paper Packet (X7137B) and Lucky My Stickease® Assortment (X7137C) $17.90
July 21–25 Mayberry Paper Packet (X7136B) and Mayberry My Stickease® Assortment (X7136C) $17.90
July 26–29 Sophia Paper Packet (X7131B) and Sophia My Stickease® Assortment (X7131C) $17.90
July 30–31 Believe Paper Packet (X7145B) and Holiday Pockets (Z1486) OR Wonderland Paper Packet (X7146B) and Wonderland My Stickease® Assortment (X7146C) $14.90

July Stamp of the Month

I know that I am a little late getting July's Stamp of the Month information out to you, but helping at two separate Expos can put real life on hold!  It has such great sayings on it, and it is available for $5 with a purchase of $50 or more on my website

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

CTMH Art Philosophy Gift Boxes

I don't think that I will breaking any Expo rules by sharing my 8 little gift boxes that I made using the Art Philosophy Cartridge.  I hope to show the versatility of the cartridge.  All of the embellishments were made with the cartridge as well.  I will go into more detail about the stamp sets used if anyone should need me to...just as soon as I have returned from the Expo!  Here they are...

Scrapbook Expo Here I Come!!!

I just wanted to let you guys know that I will be heading out to the Valley Forge Scrapbook Expo.  Will you be attending?  If you are...please drop by Karen Hollis' Close To My Heart booth.  I will be there teaching a Create and Take scrapbook layout on both Friday and Saturday.  Although the Expo limits what we are able to share ahead of time, I can tell you that Karen's talented group will have some wonderful projects in store.  Be sure to stop by and say hello!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Father's Day Card 2012 - Mojo Monday 245

Have any of you visited  Each Monday, they put out a new sketch as a challenge for all of us who just don't know where to start.  I had to make our Father's Day cards, and used the Mojo 245 as a guide.  I used CTMH Victory exclusive papers to create my card, along with the Art Philosophy cartridge and one of the My Acrylix stamps that came along with my cartridge.  The stamp sets are so versatile and coordinate with the shapes on the cartridge.  The three cards that I made were soooo quick and easy to put together with the inspiration from Julee Tillman's sketch.

Monday, June 4, 2012

June Specials...It's Stampaganza Time!

I am so excited that it is June.  Close To My Heart is featuring a couple of wonderful specials for us.  The first is Stampaganza...where you can choose a FREE STAMP SET (of equal or lesser value) for every two that you purchase.  What a great way to get those stamp sets that you have been dreaming about, while saving so much!

And if free stamps weren't enough, there is the most adorable Stamp of the Month being offered for only $5 with a $50 purchase.  Let me just tell you - I am in love with this set.  Click here if you would like to see more projects made with Life is Tweet.  To see all of the fabulous items CTMH has to offer, click here to browse on my website.  Happy creating!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Hooray Bouquet Mini Frames

Hi everyone.  I know that it has been ages since I have shared a project, and I thought that you might enjoy this one.  I found a box of 20 brand new, assorted picture frames at a garage sale for $2.  It had 7 of these little frames that I quickly had a plan for. You could use any frame that you had.  I pulled out my Hooray Bouquet stamp set and got busy.  I love this stamp set because of the limitless flower combinations that you can come up with just by switching out different layers and colors.  Using my CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, I cut out 2 corresponding large flowers along with 1 smaller one.  Did you know that the stamp set tells you exactly what size to set your Cricut dial to?  I used one of the larger petals, stamped with Garden Green ink, and cut it apart to form the leaves.  I stamped the flowers using Goldrush and Autumn Terracotta ink.  The sentiment was stamped with Cocoa ink and put inside the frame.  The flowers were layered  with 3D Foam Tape to make them pop off of the frame.  To finish it all off, I just added a little bling to the center of the flower.  I thought these would make cute little teacher gifts, or for anyone that makes you smile!