Saturday, July 20, 2013

Artbooking! The newest Cricut cartridge exclusively from Close to My Heart!

You've probably heard the buzz that there is a new Cricut cartridge available exclusively from Close to My Heart & it really is ground breaking!
There are 700 images that include overlays, welded words and phrases, fonts and shapes!
The Cricut Artbooking Collection contains the cartridge, 2 Cricut books, 3 My Acrylix stamp sets and 3 sheets of dimensional elements. And you are going to LOVE it!
At convention last month we were given a mini book to assemble that was cut from this awesome cartridge. All of the conventions I've attended and all of the projects I've created at convention, (& some have been pretty fantastic!) this is by far my very most favorite! I can't remember the last time I enjoyed assembling  a project as much as I enjoyed this one!
The cover of this mini album uses chipboard elements from the NEW Laughing Lola Complements. The pretty gem is from the NEW Laughing Lola Assortment. The strip of hearts (that are cut welded together without anything more than selecting the image right off the cartridge!) are stamped with one of the NEW Geometric Backgrounds Flair stamps.
I love these pages! The stamped arrow, the welded banner, the picture frame, the fun sunshine shape, the sentiment and butterflies all layer together so nicely! the butterflies are also stamped with the Geometric Background Flair stamps.The purple picture frame is cut from one of the Laughing Lola papers.

This is the center of the book and these are pocket pages filled with more fun shapes including photo frames and journaling tags that can be stamped with the Cricut Collection stamps. The pages have been pierced and the Grey Baker's Twine is threaded through and tied to hold the book together.
These pages have room for bigger photos and lots of journaling. The layers of shapes and chipboard add a lot of dimension and interest to the pages.
I love all these bright colors!
These are the last two pages of the mini album. The chipboard element is the perfect ending! The black arrow cutout behind it is another one of the overlay cuts. The Close to My Heart Artbooking Collection really is awesome!
So just 10 more days until you can order your own Cricut Artbooking Collection!

The Cricut Artbooking Collection will be only $99 and has has several overlay cuts that are designed for full size 12 x 12 scrapbook pages.
There are several mini books that can be cut with just one or two keys each.
You can cut photo frames for all your pictures.
There are lots of welded words that can be cut for titles and sentiments on your pages.
And fonts too!
The three stamp sets in the collection will be great for journaling!

So check back here on August 1st & I'll have a link posted for instant purchase!

AND... For everyone who purchases the Cricut Artbooking Collection from me in August I will send you TWO FREE STAMPS!  A True Thank You and A Little Gift.
 A True Thank You is pictured below - Sorry! I can't show you A Little Gift yet! But it's super cute!
M1029 A True Thank You
Since I know you are so excited to see everything this great cartridge can do.... I'm giving you just a little peek at some of the pages from the Cricut book!
Here's he cover!

the new font!

a few of the picture frames!

a few of the overlay cuts!

a few more overlay cuts & some Halloween fun!

some of the welded sentiments!

and some fun shapes, borders & tags!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge - Sketch 11

Again this week I am joining my friends from Atlantic Hearts and posting a card I've made using some of the NEW! CTMH products that will be released real soon!
I've actually turned the sketch upside down to make my card & I stamped my sentiment right on the front of the card.

Papers are from 2 new collections, Frosted and Huntington. The happy birthday stamp is one of the new M size stamps that fits on a 2" block.The Slate cardstock base has been rough sanded on all of the outside edges to add a little texture. Each of the B&T papers have been sponged before being applied to the card base.
Here is Sketch 11 & there's plenty of time this week to create your own project and be part of the challenge!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge - Sketch 10

This week I am participating in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.
This design is from my new friend Michelle Stewart.
The Juniper & Honey B&T papers are from our CTMH 2013 Convention Exclusive paper pack. The Happy Birthday stamp & the Aqua Dots are new items that will be released in the Fall/Winter Idea Book on August 1st.
To see all of the entries in this week's challenge click here.
This is the sketch to use if you'd like to participate too.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fun Times @ the CTMH Convention!

Close to My Heart Conventions are a lot of things...
Beautiful resort locations...
Spending time with old friends.....
Making new friends.....
Creating with new products.....
The Awards Banquet.......
.....but the most important, making lots of new memories that will last forever!

The 2013 Convention is now one for the memory books. We met this year at the Walt Disney World Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. The property was absolutely beautiful.
Our friend Katy, who now resides in Italy with her Marine husband and their 3 kids was able to join us, it'd been a year since we last saw her.
I met an amazing young woman, Michelle Stewart, from Nova Scotia, Canada who was the recipient of the CTMH Rising Star Award - after spending an afternoon with her earlier in the week I was not surprised at all when her name was announced at the banquet. This award comes with a crystal trophy, a huge bouquet of roses & a check for $1,000! Congratulations Michelle!
We had a free evening with a complimentary ticket to the Magic Kingdom! We had so much fun!
And of course at the Extravaganza Event on Friday where we not only got to see all of the new products, but wonderful artwork created by 18 talented consultants. Free products are also given out at Extravaganza!
At the closing event on Saturday we received a stamp set and paperpack created especially for convention and available exclusively to attendees. The papers are beautiful & the stamp set is a perfect match to the convention setting!
So are you wondering how you too can be part of this great event next year? Just join my team! Your New Consultant Kit only costs $49 and is full on brand new products!  To find out about joining my team, just click here!
The NEW 2013 Consultant Kit!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


When you give a card in person considering using a stamp to address the envelope. And if the occasion is a wedding, birthday or other sparkly occasion dress it up with pearl or sparkle flourishes!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Treats! in Red - White & Blue!

These are a lot of fun to make with the CTMH My Creations Small Paper Pouch. Inside is a miniature York Peppermint Patty. Ghirardelli chocolate squares also fit perfectly in these bags!
You can punch circles or cut them with the Cricut if you don't have the right punch.
Stamping on the bags works best with the pigment inks.
Assembly Steps:
Using the CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge cut ribbon shape at .75 inches from White Daisy cardstock.
Cut stars from Silver Glitter Paper with the Artiste cartdrige.
Cut circles or punch them out.
Stamp stars on bag with Outdoor Denim pigment ink with image form the Perfect Fit Birthday Occasions stamp set.
Stamp ribbon shapes with the image from Stamp Set D1530 that came with your CTMH Artiste cartridge!
Stamp the balloons with the image from the Perfect Fit Birthday Occasions stamp set on White Daisy circles, mount stamped images on red circles.
Using glue dots adhere stars and stamped images to bags.
Insert the York Peppermint Patty inside the bag.
Thread Cranberry Red Baker's Twine in a large eye needle, and make a small stitch to close the bag, leaving the ends of twine long enough to tie a bow.
This is  a great project for using up small scraps of your Cranberry and White Daisy cardstock.
Items used for this project:
Z1790 Cricut Artiste Collection
Z1827 My Creations Paper Pouch, small (pack of 20 is only $2.95, bags are 3"x4" and food safe!)
Z2502 Enrichment Pigment Ink Set
B1417 Perfect Fit Birthday Occasions stamp set
Z1829 Black & Silver Glitter Paper Collection
Z1751 Baker's Twine Harvest Collection
Scraps of White Daisy & Cranberry cardstock
York Peppermint Patties, miniature size.