Friday, September 20, 2013

Give Thanks

The Huntington paper collection is one of my favorites in this catalog.  I am an autumn baby and I just love the colors, crisp (but not too crisp) weather and the falling leaves.  This collection evokes all those feelings and I just love using it.

I created this layout for a consultants' new catalog swap.  I used the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge for all the die cuts.  I hope you like it.

Don't forget you just have a few days left to get the September Stamp of the Month and the September Special.

This gorgeous stamp set is $5.00 with a $50 purchase.

This fun set is chock full of sayings, images and a full upper and lower case alphabet and is only $10 with a $50 purchase.  To shop with me, go to

Until next time, keep on crafting.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy

Here is a wonderful video that shows how versatile the new Artbooking cartridge is.  This is the first in a series of videos to come.  If you would like to order the Cricut Artbooking cartridge you can go to my website and order item #Z1906.

Monday, September 2, 2013

September Specials

September is National Stamping Month and I am really excited about the great deals at Close to My Heart this month.  First off,  if you  buy the Cricut Artbooking bundle (Z1906), you automatically qualify for four additional stamp sets at a great price.

Look at all you can get for $114 plus tax and shipping:

Cricut Artbooking bundle: includes cartridge, three D-size stamp sets and three packages of dimensional elements (value $125, your price is $99)

September Stamp of the Month: Poster Tidings (value $17.95, your price $5 with a $50 purchase)

You Are My Happy Stamp Set Trio (Value $47.90, your price $10 with a $50 purchases)

Total value =$190.85; your price, $114 plus tax and shipping.

To sweeten the pot, if you purchase the Artbooking Bundle, I will send you an additional stamp set (my choice) at no cost--free!

To recap, you will receive the Cricut Artbooking cartridge, 8 stamp sets, and three sheets of dimensional elements chipboard pieces for $114 + tax and shipping.

To purchase, go to my CTMH website and join the September online orders.  When prompted, be sure to add your stamp of the month and stamp set trio.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Poster Tidings

The September Stamp of the Month is so versatile! Use the Poster Tidings images as a block stamp, or mix and match its sentiments in the trendy subway style to make adorable cards and layouts.

To get the September SOTM, just place a $50 order and you can purchase it for $5 or you can purchase it for $17.95 without a qualifying order.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Hebrews 4:16

Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card for a friend who lost a loved one.  This is an A2 size card which is pretty much the only size I make. The solid cardstock is Outdoor Denim and Colonial White from Close to My Heart and the patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye.  The scripture and image stamps are from the Verve New Mercies set.  The inside says "May you find peace in the days ahead".  The ribbon and gems are from my stash.  I hope I won't be needing anymore of these anytime soon.  Until the next time, be happy.  You can never have too much happy.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

You Can Never Have Too Much Happy

This is the third card in the Laughing Lola cardmaking WOTG.  I totally agree with this sentiment, you can never have too much happy.  The frame for the sentiment was cut on the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  I hope you liked these cards.  You can purchase this WOTG by clicking the Shop With Me link on the right.  The item # is G1064,  Until the next time, keep on crafting.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Thinking of You

This is the second card in the Laughing Lola cardmaking WOTG.  I like that it uses a banner cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  Did I tell you that everything you need is included in the kit, even the baker's twine and the purple gems?  I hope you like it.  I'll be back later to show you the final card in the kit.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Chocolate is Good For You

This cute little card was a make and take we made during our August unit meeting.  It was made using the August Stamp of the Month, A Chocolate Affair (S1308A).  The chocolate-covered strawberry was stamped three times, cut out and layered for a dimensional look.  The chocolate was heat embossed with clear embossing power.  The red shimmer tape is new in this catalog and it is gorgeous.  The picture really doesn't do it justice.  There is still time to get this set before the end of the month. Just place a $50 order and you can purchase it for $5.  Remember, you can only purchase the SOTM during the month it is featured. After that it is no longer available.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Miss You Like Crazy

I made this card using the Laughing Lola cardmaking Workshop on the Go.  The colors in this paper collection are absolutely gorgeous.  If you like purples and yellows and blues, you will love Laughing Lola.  I substituted the sentiment stamp.  The stamp that comes with the kit says "Cheer Up".  I decided to use the 4 My Friend stamp set (D1510, $17.95) which contains a lot of very nice sentiments and I used a different one on each card.  

The Workshops on the Go (WOTG) are a great value.  You get enough products to make three different cards, five of each, for a total of 15 cards with envelopes. Everything you need is included except the ink and adhesive.  This kit (G1064) sells for $24.95 plus tax and shipping.  I used Outdoor Denim (Z2140), Crystal Blue (Z2117), and Pear (Z2197) stamp pads.

To order this kit, click the Shop With Me link on the right.  Until next time, keep on crafting.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sweet as Cherry Pie

This is a card I created awhile ago using Elemental, a retired CTMH paper pack, and the July 2013 Stamp of the Month. This is a swing card cut from the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge.

I have been creating but haven't been posting because I haven't had the energy to take the pictures, upload to my computer, pull them into photoshop, resize, add the watermark, then post. Whew, I get tired just thinking about it. Last year I learned how to post directly from my iPad but I didn't like posting pictures without a watermark. Well, I just found an inexpensive--can you say 'free'--app that let's you add a watermark to your iPad pictures. It is called ezy watermark and I used it on these pictures so this is it's trial run. I hope you like it.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book is now live

Well, today is the day we've all been waiting for.  You can now order from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book.  I don't know which product I'm most excited about.  Today I want to showcase the new Cricut Cartridge, Artbooking.  This cartridge is like nothing you've ever seen before.  You can create complete scrapbook layouts and mini albums using just one key.

As with the previous cartridges, this one comes with three stamp sets and three sets of coordinating dimensional elements.

Here is a sample of what you can create using this cartridge:

You can order this bundle on my website by clicking here.

This month's special is really special.  With every $50 purchase, you receive the August Stamp of the Month absolutely free.

So, take a leisurely stroll through the new catalog and I would  love to have you shop with me.  Until the next time, keep on crafting.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Get Organized!

The large organizer makes it so easy to organize your crafting supplies! Store up to 40 stamp sets, all the supplies you need for a crop, and more in this sturdy and stackable container.  

You can order yours by clicking Shop with Me on the right side of the screen.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I'm Back!!

Hi everyone,

I have been gone for almost a year now.  I've had a lot going on and without boring you with the details, let's just say it is good to be back.  I've done some crafting but not nearly enough.  The good news is, it is time for a new Close to My Heart Catalog and Idea Book release.  The "go live" date is August 1st and I know that if you are an internet addict like I am, you already know that because all the consultants have been posting about it.

I'm excited that CTMH is releasing yet another Cricut cartridge.  This one is called "Artbooking" and like the previous cartridges, it comes with three stamp sets and three sheets of dimensional elements (chipboard pieces).  This cartridge focuses on scrapbook layouts and mini albums.  I am so anxious to get mine.

Here is a little sample of what this cartridge can do:

I can't wait to show you some of the new products.  I am stalking the Fedex guy as I type this, waiting for my delivery of goodies.

So, until I have some new artwork to show you, take a look at the this month's specials.  You can purchase the July Stamp of the Month, Sweet Life, for $5 ($17.95 value) with a $50 purchase.

Next is the Work the Workshop Canvas art kit.  July 1-31, this kit can be purchased for $19.95.  It is regularly priced at $39.95!

Last, our CTMH is supporting our troops and so can you by purchasing the Patriotic Stamp Sets and they are only available until July 31.  Close to My Heart will donate to the USO, $3 for each My Acrylix Courage stamp set and $5 for each Home of the Brave stamp set, purchased by my loyal customers.  Proceeds of purchases by Canadian customers will benefit the Canadian Hero Fund which supports families of fallen Canadian Troops.

So, that's all for today and until the next time,

Keep on crafting!