Thursday, August 27, 2015

Layout for National Dog Day with CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge

Yesterday was National Dog Day - I figured that was a good enough reason to spend some time in my craftroom playing with my new CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge.


I had a lot of fun putting this layout together and using the 
different dog cuts for embellishments and titles on my page.






I added a shadow layer to the Paw Print overlay by 
duplicating the original image then using hide contour in my Design Space App.

I added the September 2014 to the Paw Print Tag by 
using the Design Space Slice feature with the Artistry font.




I sponged the edges of all my cardstock with CTMH Desert Sand Exclusive Ink.  

 I added a piece of CTMH Red Shimmer Trim behind the heart cut out on both of my dog cuts.


                                   






I popped up this Heart Paw Print cut with some foam tape.





I used a Pilot Precise V5 Pen in my Cricut Explore to write 
on this tag using the Artistry font with the Writing Style option.

I cut out another Heart Paw Print in a smaller size and added it 
the tag which I also popped up with foam tape.


Close To My Heart Products used:





CTMH Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 Layout Book (Pattern12)


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

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Summer Blowout Sale at Cricut

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. 


Whether we like it or not, summer is quickly coming to a close. Cricut is having a Summer Blowout Sale with incredible deals on titles that you won't want to miss. From the Stretch Your Imagination Wedding Digital Set (now just $3.33) that will keep you covered for many wedding seasons to come, to the Giant Flowers Cartridge with beautiful blooms that will stay vibrant year-round, Cricut's Summer Blowout sale is the perfect time to stock up on titles you'll be glad to have year after year. 

Be sure to take advantage of this huge sale today and get straight to work trying out your new Cricut titles


Happy crafting! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Handmade Journaling Cards with CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge

I was working on my pocket pages today and have a few pages of the kids playing in the Snow during Christmas Break.     

I used the CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge to make the 3x4 pocket card then using the attach feature in Cricut Design Space,  I added the font from the Artistry Cartridge to cut the names out of the card.  I backed it with the same patterned paper that I used on the 4x6 card.  The Ambersand was stamped using the new CTMH Zoe WOTG stamp set.  I added a few Bitty Sparkles for embellishment.

I cut a 4x6 piece of patterned paper and rounded the edges with my CTMH Corner Rounder.  I used my Cricut Explore to write my journaling with a Pilot Precise V5 Blue Pen, then inked the edges of the White Daisy Cardstock.

I cut the Snow Day title from my new CTMH Artistry Cartridge in White Daisy and a blue cardstock from my stash.  I added a few small snowflakes for embellishment but they don't show up in the photo.



Close To My Heart products used:






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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Clean & Simple Birthday Card with CTMH Framed August Stamp of the Month

Here's a Birthday card I made today with the August Stamp of the Month - Framed & my new CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge.
The August Stamp of the Month is available until August 31st for $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50 or at the regular price of $19.75.





 I used CTMH Maximum Power (retired) tire track stamp to make the border strip with CTMH Juniper Exclusive Ink on Juniper Cardstock.   The Juniper Houndstooth patterned cardstock is from the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment (retiring at the end of this month).


Close To My Heart Products Used:






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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

CTMH Zoe Workshop On The Go Scrapbooking Layout

Just can't get enough of this new Zoe Collection from Close To My Heart!

I bought the new CTMH Zoe Workshop On The Go Scrapbook Kit and have manage so far to create 3 double page layouts & and a card with it and I have enough cardstock left to do at least another layout or a bunch of cards.

What got my attention when this was first released was the variety of colours - you can use it for masculine layouts with the grey pattern cardstock or even for children's layouts with the bright colours in the other cardstock patterns.


For the most part I followed the guide that is included in the kit. 

Because I've been trying to stretch it out I did use a piece off of one of the Grey patterned cardstock for another layout.  I just substituted a strip of Slate Cardstock in its place.  
And I used a smaller piece of cardstock where the Sunshine Title is.


Such a great stamp set included in the Workshop On The Go Kit.  
And it goes with the new CTMH Artistry Cricut cartridge.   The cut sizes are included on the stamp set carrier sheet.   


I was able to quickly size, cut & stamp my pieces then add a few embellishments from the Zoe Assortment that was included in the kit.





Brand new colour of Shimmer Trim comes in the Kit, too - Coral.  




This paper collection is definitely a new favourite.  I will be using this a lot in my scrapbooks this year.


Close To My Heart products used in this Layout:




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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Mojo Monday 409 using CTMH Zoe

I made this card for Mojo Monday 409 using the new CTMH Zoe Paper pack & CTMH Artistry Cricut cartridge.  The sentiment is from the CTMH Paper Bird hostess set.






Close To My Heart products used to make this card:

CTMH Paper Bird Hostess Stamp Set

CTMH Buttercup Cardstock (retired)




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Friday, August 7, 2015

Scrapbook Layout with CTMH Zoe & new CTMH Artistry Cartridge



I have been waiting for the new CTMH Artistry Cricut cartridge for so long - I had to put off my order when it was released to Consultants in mid-July because a merchant I shopped at had their systems compromised.  

But it's here and even better than I expected!   I also ordered the new Zoe Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go and the co-ordinating  Zoe Complements.  The Workshop on the Go includes the Zoe Assortment, new Coral Shimmer Trim and an exclusive full-size stamp set.   




For my layout I followed a pattern from a Zoe Workshop that 
was created by Consultant Tina Lovell. 

 I changed a few things to co-ordinate with the photos that I already had printed
 but for the most part have stuck pretty close to her original layout.



I used my Cricut to cut out the Pennants and I used the Slice feature and the Font from the new Artistry Cartridge to create my title.  
I sponged the Sorbet cardstock layer of the pennant with Sorbet Ink, then I backed the White Daisy layer with Glacier cardstock after doodling around the edge and added a few Bitty Sparkles for embellishment.


Here's another cut from the new Artistry cartridge, a cute little journaling tag.  I used the 
font from the Artistry cartridge and a Pilot Precise V5 pen in my Cricut Explore so I could make my journaling match the cuts from my title.



The Cricut Explore does an amazing job - each word is approximately 1/4 inch tall.  The font doesn't include all the punctuation but I didn't mind since I was doing a layout about my kids.




I used the CTMH Hopscotch Alphabet Stamp Set to stamp the bottom title in Black Exclusive Ink.  I love how well it goes with my Artistry cartridge font.  I will definitely be using these two together on future projects.




I also cut the top banner and the camera from the Artistry cartridge - I added some of the Complements stickers to the banner and a strip of the new Coral Shimmer Trim behind it.



The circle on the right came out of the Camera cut, I just added the little Complements sticker on top of it and popped it up with some Foam Tape.


Love this little Poloroid camera from the Artistry Cartridge!  I backed the Sorbet cardstock with White Daisy and added a Bitty Sparkle to the Heart cut. 


Close To My Heart Products used in this project:


 Stamp Set,  Patterned Cardstock, Complements, Assortment & Coral Shimmer Trim
White Daisy Cardstock & Glacier Cardstock







The new Zoe Products and the Artistry Cricut cartridge are available to order now.  

All other products from the Annual Inspirations and 
Holiday Expressions Idea Books will be available on September 1st.  

The online edition will be available to view starting September 1st on my CTMH website:

In Canada? You can purchase these products on my CTMH website:

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Close To My Heart Artistry Cricut Cartridge

It's here!!

The new Artistry Cricut Cartridge available exclusively through Close To My Heart Independent Consultants.  The new cartridge comes with 3 full sized stamp sets,  a cardstock pack with the new Enchantment colours and the Artistry Cartridge (over 700 images including a font).



This new collection is available in 2 formats. You can purchase it with the physical cartridge including handbook or for Cricut Explore users it is available as a digital download for Cricut Design Space.  If you choose the digital download option you will receive the same stamps & cardstock
along with a code to access the digital images.



The Digital Version is $93.95 CAD  & the Cartridge Version is $117.95 CAD.

I love the stamp sets included with this bundle - it just screams scrapbooking to me.  Especially since I am doing the bulk of my scrapbooking in pocket pages these days.  I love creating my own journaling cards and the images on this cartridge along with all the new co-ordinating stamp sets will keep me busy for a long time.


Here are the three full sized CTMH stamp sets that are included in the bundle:





The August Stamp of the Month - Framed
 also co-ordinates with the new CTMH Artistry cartridge.



And the pre-released CTMH Zoe Workshop on the Go, which is now available to order also includes a co-ordinating stamp set for the new CTMH Artistry cartridge.



All these items are now available to purchase and there will be many more stamp sets that co-ordinate with this cartridge available after September 1st with the release of the new Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions Idea Books.

If you would like to receive a new CTMH Annual Inspirations & Holiday Expressions Book in September contact me at: nshelmer@icloud.com

The online edition will be available to view starting September 1st on my CTMH website:


CTMH August Stamp of the Month ($5 with $50 purchase)
CTMH Zoe Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go


In Canada? You can purchase these products on my CTMH website:

Or start your own CTMH business for just $149. 

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

CTMH New Product Releases & August Specials

The new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions 2015 aren't available until September 1st but CTMH has made a few of the new products available now!

The new CTMH Artistry Cricut Collection is available starting today!  

It has a brand new cartridge, 3 new co-ordinating full sized stamps sets and a full pack of the Enchantment cardstock with the new colour palette.




It is available for $117.75 for the Artistry Cartridge bundle or $93.75 for the Digital Collection for use with Cricut Explore or Cricut Explore Air.


The August Stamp of the Month - Framed is now available for purchase and it co-ordinates with the new Artistry Cricut Cartridge.   Available until August 31st for $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50 or more.  It is also available at the full price of $19.75 if you prefer not to spend $50.


If you do not have a Cricut you can easily hand cut the frames.  
So cute with the matching sentiment stamps. 





The Special Promotion for August is Get Organized - featuring more items from the new Idea Book.



Marker Roll-Up Combo: When you place an order for the new Marker-Roll Up organizer you qualify for the new D-sized stamp set Balloon Wishes for FREE




Accessory Roll-Up Combo: When you place an order for the new Accessory Roll-Up Combo you qualify to receive 2 new Base & Bling style sheets (Affirmations & Lovely Blooms) for FREE



A paper pack from the new Idea Book has also been pre-released.  


Zoe is now available to purchase:


There is also a special Zoe Express Collection available in Studio J until September 30 - visit 
Studio J,  CTMH Online Digital Scrapbooking Software Site for more information.



New Consultant Kit is also available now!  It is full of new products and includes the new Annual Inspirations & Holiday Expressions catalogues.  Everything you need to start holding Gatherings is included in this Kit.  For a full list of products visit my CTMH website.  You can start your own CTMH business today for $149 CAD.  



Former Consultants:  When you re-sign up using the same email address from your previous Consultant account in August,  you can choose a business building essentials kit for only $58 or the full kit for $149.

View full details and kit contents here



If you would like to receive a new CTMH Annual Inspirations & Holiday Expressions Book in September contact me at: nshelmer@icloud.com

The online edition will be available to view starting September 1st on my CTMH website: