Thursday, February 23, 2012


If you've ever thought of becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant and want the Art Philosophy bundle, now is a great opportunity!
If you join my team an become a new Consultant in March you will receive the fabulous Cricut® Art Philosophy collection FREE! If you already have the collection, you can choose to receive $100 in select product credit instead!

If you are interested, just email me at and I will get you all of the details!

Dates: Offer valid valid March 1 at 9:00 am (MST) – March 31 at 11:59 pm (MDT).

Monday, February 20, 2012

GIVEAWAY - Pink Jouney cart, Sentimentals cart, CTMH stamp set

As you know I recently became a Close To My Heart consultant. As a sign of appreciation I decided to do a giveaway. Up for grabs are the following prizes:

Pink Journey cartridge:

Just in time for spring a new CTMH stamp set:

Sorry for the bad photo. This stamp set is in the new Spring/Summer catalog on page 72 if you want to see a better image!

Sentimentals cartridge:

Anyone who places an order of at least $25.00 during the period of 2/20/12 - 3/3/12 is eligible. For every $25.00 of merchandise purchased, you will be entered to win, so if you order $50.00 of merchandise, you get two chances, $75.00 will get you three chances, etc. Becoming a follower of my blog is not required, but is definitely appreciated! After you place your order, simply leave a comment with your contact information and date of your order and you will be eligible. Winners will be selected at random.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Card with Stella!!

I joined a challenge on the Cricut Circle message boards, where I have to use a specific cartridge each week. This was the first week and the cartridge was "Sophie" which was a circle exclusive cartridge. This is what I came up with:

The card base is CTMH Daisy White paper cut down to a 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 card. Then after thumbing though my paper, I chose the CTMH Stella paper for the background of the card, the oval and flowers. Don't you just love this paper?!?! The background was cut at 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and the oval and flower oval were from the Sophie cart and cut at 3 inches. Then I grabbed the CTMH "Happy Birthday" stamp which came with the Art Philosophy bundle and there you have it!

When cutting out the images, I saw this little bird and decided I needed to use it, so I dressed up the inside of the card with my scraps and the little birdie!

Supplies used for this card:
CTMH Daisy White cardstock
CTMH Stella paper pack
CTMH Happy Birthday stamp (from Art Philosphy bundle)
CTMH inks - lagoon, olive, tulip
Cricut Cartridge - Sophie
Peals and Liquid Pearls

Monday, February 13, 2012

CTMH gathering project and Target mailboxes

Today I have two Valentine's Day Projects. The first is one of the gathering projects from CTMH. It uses the Art Philosophy cartridge, my favorite CTMH "Lucy" paper, as well as CTMH "Colonial White", and the CTMH "A Blossom" stamp set. It's perfect for Valentine's! The heart bag was cut out at 5 1/2" and would a perfect little treat bag for the kids! The flowers are stamped on the corresponding cuts outs from the Art Philosophy cartridge! It makes such a cute little gift!

Next up are the Target mailboxes. I've seen a lot of crafters really do these up and make works of art out of these $1.00 mailboxes and some paper! After making 100 or so paper flowers Saturday, combined with the fact that I was making them for my bosses 2 year old twins, I decided to keep my mailboxes SIMPLE! I pulled out my vinyl, cut the names from, what else, the Art Philosophy cartridge, cut out the hearts from the same cart, then decided to add the Hello Kitty silhouette from the Hello Kitty cartridge. I put a couple of dozen Hershey's kisses inside and viola! Very easy project!

I hope you enjoyed today's projects as much as I enjoyed making them! Here is a list of tools used for the projects:

Heart Bag:
CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge
CTMH Lucy paper
CTMH Colonial White paper
CTMH A Blossom stamp set
CTMH inks, blush, creme brulee, grey wool
CTMH button - grey glitter

Target Mailboxes:
CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge
Hello Kitty Cartridge Greetings Cartridge
Pink Cricut Vinyl
Mini Mailboxes - Target $1.00 bin

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Kissing Ball

Paper Flowers! There are so many possibilities! Yesterday I spent all day making paper flowers, I lost count after 60! I went back and forth over what to do, then I decided on a Kissing Ball for Valentine's Day.

I cut the flowers using the Art Philosophy cartridge at 3.5 inches. The paper is "Lucy" from Close To My Heart. It's double sided paper, so when I was making the flowers, I reversed every other one. If you look closely you will see the difference; some flowers have the white "flower pattern" on the inside, some have the pink patern on the inside. I thought it gave it the project more interest.

Lucy is definitely one of my favorite of the new CTMH papers this year. Here's a better look at the paper:

Tools used for this project:

5 1/2" styrofoam ball
Hot glue gun
CTMH paper - Lucy
CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Brand New Close To My Heart Idea Book and February Specials!

February is an exciting month at Close to My Heart! Not only are the offering another fabulous Stamp of the Month, but their new 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book has been released and they are offering an awesome deal for you to try their digital scrapbooking program, Studio J®!

February Stamp of the Month: As always, Close To My Heart has designed a beautiful stamp set that is available during this month only. The February set is called "Thoughtful Tidings" and is full of wonderful sentiments, many of which coordinate with shapes on our CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge. You can see a few fun boxes and 3D items below that the talented Close To My Heart Art Department created below. This is a must have if you own the Art Philosphy Cart! Five of the eleven stamps coordinate with cuts from Art Philosophy! It's a great addition to your stamp collection! If you spend $50, it's yours for only $5 (a $17.95 value). Or, you can purchase it for $17.95. Either way, it's only available during the month of February. Once your spend $50, you will be prompted to add it, or if you are purchasing it for the $17.95 price, enter item #S1202. Contact me to place an order or click the button on the right to go to my site or go directly to my website and order there!

Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts
Each month you can enjoy a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5—that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book: Every 6 months (in February and August) Close To My Heart comes out with a brand new Idea Book full of so many wonderful things, including (but not limited to!) 8 new scrapbooking kits, dozens and dozens of new stamp sets, a plethora of pretty embellishments and 6 new Stamps of the Month. Here it is. You can view it by clicking on the icon of the new Idea Book on the right side of my blog or go direct to my website and click on "products".

Studio J® - Five for Free: To be perfectly honest, I've never done digital scrapbooking. I like my paper and my embellishments and my Cricut! However, after becoming a CTMH consultant I thought I should at least look at what it involves. WOW was I impressed. What a great way to get pages done FAST! Unlike other digital scrapbooking programs, Studio J® allows access to ALL of their current paper lines and a lot of the older ones as well! No buying paper packs. They're all there, ready for you to use however you like! It's a monthly membership program, but for the month of February you can give a try at a great price! You can double your layouts with our Five for Free promotion! For each Studio J® 5-pack you purchase this February, you’ll get one free 5-pack. That means you get 10 two page layouts for just $55—that’s just $2.75 per page, with free shipping. Even if you’re already taking advantage of Studio J’s incredibly low members-only pricing, you’ll save even more when you purchase 5-packs through this special February deal. To order your 5-pack and to get one free, head to my website, click on "Shop Online" then add item #SJ5P. To build your layouts, head to my website, click on "Studio J" and go from there.

Also, beginning February 1, you can visit for a set of instructions for creating five beautifully crafted layouts in Studio J. These instructions are intended to help you become familiar with Studio J and its features.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to check back in for details of a great giveaway for everyone who places an order of $25.00 or more in the month of February!!!