Friday, September 19, 2014

Hello Sunshine - Cut with "Artfully Sent"

Hello, Sunshine!  That's a perfect segway into this blog post based upon the sentiment on this card, don't you think?  I hope you are waking up and ready to experience a wonderful Friday wherever you are!  I am!

This card was cut from our BRAND NEW and EXCLUSIVE Cricut Cartridge, Artfully Sent, which debuted last week.  We made this card at Convention this summer and it was so easy to put together!
The card front was cut by the Cricut.  Then, we first adhered a piece of Glacier cardstock to the back of "hello".  Then, an entire sheet of Canary cardstock was glued inside the card in order to bring color to the sunbursts and the word "sunshine".  It also served as a card "liner" and covered up the cuts from showing on the inside of the card.  Simple, right?  Then, a few stamped images, some Gold Shimmer Trim and some Gold Sequins and this card came together in no time!  Cardmaking has never been easier, not to mention they are CUTE CARDS!
Click on this link to find out more about Artfully Sent.  There is no doubt you will want to add this to your Cricut Collection.  It would also make a great gift!

Happy Friday and as my husband would say, " DO IT BIG!"  Hugs!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Scared Cat Artwork with an Attitude Blog Hop

Thank you for joining 16 of us as we showcase Close To My Heart's paper pack, "Scaredy Cat".  If you are coming here from Christy's Blog you are on the right track. You can start the blog hop at Jen's Blog if you get lost along the way.
I decided to create an oldie but goodie to showcase this paper. I made these sour cream candy containers years ago when I first started stamping with CTMH and thought they would make for a perfect Halloween treat, perfect for this hop.  It takes just a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" sheet of paper and some strong adhesive.  Here are some simple directions for creating them - click here.  What I like about them is they are not too big and not too small.  They are a perfect size for a perfect treat!
This is how they look from a side view.  You can see how they totally take on the appearance of the sour cream containers provided at restaurants.  Fun, right?  And I love this one in that the patterned paper didn't require anything but cutting, rolling and pinching because it's Halloween all by itself.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment. I would love to know what you think of these treats. Now, head on over to Di's Blog to see what fun she has in store for you.

Happy hopping'!

Friday, September 12, 2014

NEW "Artfully Sent" Cricut Cartridge - Made Debut!

Our newest Cricut cartridge, "Artfully Sent", arrived in Close To My Heart's warehouse yesterday and we can't be more excited! It is NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER!
This exclusive, brand new cartridge includes 700 images - to include cards and a font, 3 - My Acrylix D-size stamp sets (that coordinate with the cartridge images) and a 12" x 12" pack of White Daisy Cardstock.  The cost is just $99 and is a steal!
With this new cartridge you can make handmade cards in minutes!  Sentiments can be cut directly into the cards and some create pop-up scenes!  25 different card themes are available as well as 5 difference card formats which include interactive designs.  We had an opportunity to create some cards, cut from this cartridge, at Convention and it is a definite must-have!
To place an order, go to my website and click on the 30 DayS of Happy Gathering link in the bottom, right-hand corner.  Once the Gathering reaches $150, I will draw for the hostess rewards.  With this purchase you will also be able to take advantage of the #30daysofhappy campaign, celebrating National Stamping Month.  And...if you want to push your order over to at least $150, you can collect on hostess goodies all for yourself!  Have a friend or two who might also like to order the cartridge that will push the order to beyond $150?  Contact me and I will set you up for your own online party and you will be able to take advantage of all the hostess rewards earned!

It's a great day at CTMH!  Off to place my order for the cartridge... A new cartridge, it's Friday, and a home football game?  It can't get much better!  Blessings!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cut Above Christmas Treats

In July, CTMH released a new product line called, "Cut Above".  They are quick kits that are ready to assemble upon arrival.  The kit that I am highlighting today is called "Cut Above Holiday Treat Bag Kit", streamlined for Christmas.  
The kit comes with 10 - 5" x 3 1/2" Printed Treat Bags (5 each of 2 designs), 5 - 4" x 6" Sheets of 3/4" Stickers, 12 - 1 1/2" White Daisy Circles, 12 - 3-D Foam Squares, and 10 - 5" x 3 1/4" Cellophane Bags.  

The treat bag was simple to assemble.  The stickers are perfect for adhering to a candy that is shaped similar to those you see here.  (My favorite candy to use would be Rolos.  They can be bought where they are individually wrapped but I could not find them at the time I created this so I chose some other off-brand candies that work just as well.  I don't know that they taste as good as Rolos but they worked for this purpose.  LOL)
The treat bags are scored which makes them easy to fold and then you stamp your chosen greeting on the pre-cut circles and put it all together.  (There are directions included with the kit.)
I used the "Sweet Salutations" stamp set for my greeting and can see a lot of potential for these cute images whether they be used for cards, gift tags... I am sure the possibilities are limitless.  (With them surrounded by a pink outline, this indicates there is a Cricut image - from one of our exclusive cartridges - that can be easily cut and then stamped with an image that coordinates.  You will see the image is to be cut at 1 1/2" which eliminates any guessing or wasted paper.  Too cool, right?!)
While it might be a little too early to start preparing for Christmas, I just had to get my hands on these kits to try them out for myself.  I love them!  These would be perfect for co-workers, teachers, friends of your children; really they are perfect for anybody!

I pray your week has started out in a blessed way and continues so.  Happy Tuesday and have a Rolo on me...wherever you are!  :)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

30 Years of Happy Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for this fun Blog Hop as we showcase this stamp set that can be yours FREE during National Stamping Month.  We are celebrating 30 years of Close To My Heart!

If you are coming from Judy Faye's Blog, you are on the right track.  There are 41 participants in the hop.  The hop starts at Melinda's Blog if you were to get lost along the way.

I chose to create this 3x3 card with the "Thinking of You" sentiment and this cute floral image.  The color scheme was inspired by our Brushed paper line.
The Ruby background was created using the Ruby Washi Tape.  I layered it on top of white cardstock.  There are two lines of it.  I did tone-on-tone stamping with the Pixie Ink, creating some texture on the Pixie cardstock.  The floral image was rolled in both the Pixie and Ruby inks to provide some dimension.  I colored the Sparkle Gem using our ShinHan Markers to coordinate with the Canary cardstock included on the card band.
This stamp set, containing 30 images - hence, the "30 Days of Happy" - is fun for various projects and the messages are too cute!  It can be yours FREE with a $30 purchase during this month only.
Please head on over to Dawn's Blog but not before taking the time to leave me a comment.  I would love to hear from you!  Have a blessed weekend!

Happy hoppin'!

Friday, September 5, 2014

CTMH Paper Focus - Blog Hop

This month we are showcasing the fun, "Scaredy Cat" paper packet!  It has so much potential that I have already used it for several other creations beyond Halloween-themed artwork.  Despite my love for Halloween colors - purple, orange, and green - I will admit that I was not too fond of this paper packet until...I got it in my hands!  Now I love it and I know you will too!
If you are coming from Aggie's Blog, you are on the right track!  Here is a list of this month's participants:

1. Melissa Robinson
5. Sheila Wilkerson

I just had to incorporate the fun and adorable stamp set, Frightfully Fun, to coordinate with this paper packet.  I had to go Halloween today.  :)   I cut the box from our exclusive, Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  It was cut "Fit-to-Page" which ended up measuring 8 1/2".  It's a good size box, 2 3/4" cube when folded; plenty of space for that fun goodie (aka chocolate).  What a perfect October treat!
Who can resist this CUTE ghost and mummy? 
I incorporated two B&T patterns which happen to be the same sheet - one pattern on the front, one pattern on the back.  I added some dimension to the focal point by using 3-D Foam tape and used itty bitty Black Sparkles for the eyes on these li'l guys.
The tag came from the Holiday Tags  set.  It's been on my wish list for some time but I have always ordered something in its place.  Not this year!  I made sure it was on my last order and I can see so much potential for it.  I stamped it in Thistle Ink.
Here is a close-up of my focal point.
Thank you for stopping by and please take a moment to leave a comment and then hop on over to Marianne's Blog and see what she has waiting for you!  HAPPY FRIDAY!

Happy hoppin'!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Family Is Forever - September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop where we are showcasing fun artwork using the "Family is Forever" set.  There are 80 Consultants participating this month so you should find many gems along the way!   

If you are coming from Nikka's Blog, you are on the right track.  The Blog Hop starts at Melinda's Blog if you were to get lost along the way.

I chose to use our Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment to create this card.  The package includes 20 double-sided, 12" x 12" sheets (2 each of 10 designs) with the same design on both sides, one side with a glossy resist pattern.  It comes in the Basics color palette to include black and shades of brown and grey.

I selected the heart pattern and, using a Sponge Dauber, applied Pixie Ink (aka "The New Pink" lol) to the textured paper.  The white hearts became a soft pink, providing a soft touch to this card.  Too fun, right?!  Can you imagine using black with bright colors of ink, even for Halloween?!  Oohh!  I may make a card with that idea in mind!  Stay tuned!

Here is a closeup of the focal point. You can see I incorporated several images from the stamp set (pictured below).  I used 3-D Foam Tape to add some dimension and included a Clear Sparkle that I made pink using the Tender Pink ShinHan Marker.  I just colored the sparkle!  That's it!  I also added two hearts from the Chalk It Up Assortment, also coloring them with the sponge dauber so they would match the rest of the color scheme.
I really love this stamp set as the various images really allow for versatility.  It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying $50 purchase.  (You can find details here!)

Hop on over to Michele's Blog where you will find some fun artwork, no doubt.  :)  Before you do so, I would love to hear from you!

Enjoy this fabulous Labor Day weekend and Happy Hoppin'!

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Just two days remain for you to take advantage of this month's Constant Campaign, "Picture Perfection", where you can get an extra sheet of page protectors for just $3 when you order one of our Picture My Life programs!
The programs cost just $24.95 and include:

  • 44 - 4" x 6" cards (2 each of 22 designs)
  • 78 - 3" x 4" cards (3 each of 26 designs)
  • 1 - 12" x 12" Designed Cover Sheet
  • 10 - 12" x 12" Memory Protectors (various designs)
These products are acid-free, lignin-free, and buffered.

Here are photos of the cards included in the "Chalk It Up" program.  Check out the variety of cards included for this phenomenal price!  They are all just too fun!

If you would like to take advantage of this fabulous offer and get your hands on this fabulous product line, place your order on my website - under Picture Perfection PARTY!  Should the party reach $150 in sales, you will be eligible for Hostess Gifts.

Contact me with any questions you may have!  Happy Saturday!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Picture My Life Challenge - Pick Your Favorite!

I challenged my team members to use one of our Picture My Life (PML) Programs for something other than what it is intended.  Since Convention, I have seen various ways to use Picture My Life, making this program that much more enticing.  (Have I told you that I am in love with PML, not to be confused with PMS?  LOL)

Here are some fun creations submitted by my team members.  Please take a moment to select your favorite (VOTE FOR ONLY ONE) by identifying so in the comment section.  Voting will take place until the end of the day Monday, September 1st - at which point I will note "Closed Voting" in the comments section.  Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to vote!

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Have a great day!