Sunday, September 18, 2016

Give Thanks | Home Decor

If you haven't checked out the CTMH Artistry cartridge, you're going to love it! Like all the CTMH cartridges, it's filled with hundreds of images & a font. Did you know that we now offer digital image files for our newest cartridges?? If you have a Cricut Explore™ or Cricut Explore Air™you might like this option. But please note, they do not come with the coordinating CTMH stamps sets or cardstock.

I created this framed Gratitude artwork for a fundraiser in my community. I hope they enjoy it! I'll be hosting a workshop this fall for those interested in making it - it's a great Girls Night Out project. If you're out of town, I can provide a kit for $15 + shipping (you provide your own frame). Contact me if you're interested!

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Give Thanks - Framed Home Decor
I used our new Rustic Home Fundaments for the background paper. This packet is, without a doubt, my new favorite!

I cut the oak wreath & leaves using Artistry. I set my Cricut to "fit to page" to get a 12x12 wreath.
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Artistry - <Fall> key
The "Give Thanks" sentiment in the center is cut with Artistry using Ruby cardstock & gold glitter paper. I raised it using our 3-D Foam Tape.
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Glitter Paper
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Artbooking - <B> key
For the pumpkins I used the September SOTM; I just love the gratitude sentiment. They are stamped using our Goldrush pigment ink
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September Stamp of the Month

I cut the pumpkin images using the Artbooking cartridge - first I cut a white one (which I stamped on) & then I cut a green one (using Fern cardstock) to paste the stamped one on to get the stem/leaves to pop.

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Artbooking - <n> key

Thanks for looking. Would love to hear your feedback!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Blessed Beyond Measure | September SOTM

Fall is in the air here in the midwest; today's high was a whopping 59 degrees! As the weather gets cooler & the trees start to turn & pumpkin spice "everything" appears, I start getting into the fall mode.

The September stamp of the month is the perfect stamp for your fall cards, layouts & activities. I'm already envisioning placecards for our Thanksgiving table (stay tuned for that post next month).  As always, you can get this stamp for $5 with your $50 order on my website. Or if you'd rather just buy it outright (at full price) it's $17.95. It also coordinates with cuts on our Artbooking Cricut cartridge.
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Blessed Beyond Measure
The Twist & Pop card is all the rage right I decided to use my new Rustic Home Fundamentals paper to create this interactive card. It looks complicated, but it was actually quite easy! And everyone who's opened it has been blown away.
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Twist & Pop card - front
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Twist & Pop card - inside
Want more SOTM inspiration? Check out our consultant blog hop featuring this stamp set.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Long Way Home | June SOTM

Last month, I had a visit from my long-time college friend & her family. She has three girls who love to do crafts, so I had some fun projects for them to do while they were here.

They each got to make cards, a journal & Picture My Life (pocket scrapbook) layout using the June stamp of the month - The Long Way Home. This stamp set is perfect for summer road trip albums!

The journals turned out really cute! 

For the Picture My Life (PML) layouts, we used the same stamp set to make our own PML cards & added a few more (retired) cards. I used my layout for photos from a recent weekend getaway. I hope the girls used there's for their SD trip photos!

We all (even Mom) had a great time staying up late & crafting together! What a fun summer it's been :)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Purr-fect Halloween - Blog Hop - August Stamp of the Month

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

We will be featuring August's SOTM, which is Purr-fect Halloween. If you have come here from Jen Rubio's Blog you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. (If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.)

This month we have over 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go! And as a bonus, you're going to see a ton of NEW product from the new Annual Inspiration catalog that debuted today!

Purr-fect Halloween

Even though we're still in the midst of summer activities, it's never too soon to start planning for Fall. Halloween will be here before you know it! This Halloween inspired stamp set will get you on the right track. And if you've got a crazy cat lady in your life, you can use the set to make some adorable "Crazy Cat" cards & gifts!
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August SOTM
I used my Cricut Artistry cartridge to create the black background design. And I used our silver glitter paper behind the image to make the eyes & mouths pop. The paper is our NEW Enchantment Fundamentals patterned paper packet. I love that each page is two-sided with the same pattern in a coordinating color!
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Purr-Fecf Halloween Card - front
I thought my kitty need a little something, so I used liquid glass to make her eyes & hat stand out a bit more. And I added a little bow from our NEW Enchantment Ribbon pack.
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Purr-fect Halloween Card - close up
I used my Eggplant ink to stamp the inside sentiment.
Purr-fect Halloween Card - inside


I hope you enjoyed what I created for you today. Below you can find a list of supplies I used, which can be ordered on my website 24/7.

Enchantment Fundamentals
Enchantment Ribbon
Eggplant ink
Black ink
Black cardstock
silver glitter paper
silver shimmer trim
Cricut Artistry cartridge
Liquid glass

Thanks for stopping by!

Now "hop" on over to Cat's Blog to see her work. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas!

Remember, the August SOTM is only available until the 31stClick here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Summer Celebrations

    Summer is a busy time of year. The days are longer, kids are out of school, people are going on vacation & spending quality time with family. Lots of celebrations happen during the summer in our family; it's party central in June & July. 

    This June marked the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents. We took an amazing trip to Alaska & Denali National Park. And when we got home, we celebrated with friends. It was a lovely party & I think my parents thoroughly enjoyed it! I did all the decorations; many using CTMH products - there was a lot of sparkle.

    I made this mini album with photos from the past 5 decades, using the Kraft Mini Book, Gold glitter paper & Picture My Life (PML) "Our Story" cards (which will ALL be retiring at the end of the month, so get yours today!)

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    Kraft Mini Book
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    Gold Glitter Paper

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    Our Story PML cards
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    Our Story PML cards

    I made a 50 Years of Memories banner using my Cricut cartridges, to display the 50 letters of memories from close friends & family. They were so thrilled to hear from so many folks; we created a display for the party to share the all the memories.
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    Banner - Cricut Art Philosophy 
    And finally, I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge to make rolled flowers for the card box. They came out so beautiful! This cartridge (and 2 others) will be retiring at the end of month too. 
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    Rolled flowers - Cricut Artiste
    Now it's time to start working on the photos albums & capture these memories. Whatever events you have this summer, I hope you're enjoying them. If I can help you create special party favors or organize your photos in pocket pages, mini albums or traditional scrapbooks I hope you'll shop my website.

    Happy Summer!

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Virtual Card Workshop

    Have you checked out our Cut Above card kits? They make it faster, simpler, easier to make handmade cards for your friends & family. Kits include precut die cuts, designer card stock bases, embellishments & envelopes to make 10 cards. What a value!

    Pair these card kits with your favorite M-size stamp & you've got all the materials you need.

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    Fiesta & Jubilee card kits
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    These 2 kits (below) will be retiring at the end of August, so order your kits while supplies last.

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    Beautiful Blossoms & Dapper Giraffe card kits
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    You're invited to join me for a virtual card workshop! Create beautiful cards like this from the comfort of your home. You pick the date & I'll Skype or FaceTime with you, at your convenience to put these adorable cards together. Contact me now to put a date on my calendar!

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    Stamp of the Month - From the Notebook

    The July stamp of the month is perfect for planners - are you a "planner chick"?? If so, you're going to want to add this stamp to your collection! 

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    From the Notebook - acrylic stamp

    But it's versatile enough for scrapbooking, as well. Want to see more inspiring artwork with this stamp set? Visit the consultant blog hop!

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    Artwork - From the Notebook

    Get yours for only $5 with a $50 order this month.

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