Saturday, July 30, 2016

Last Chance To Get CTMH Artiste & Artfully Sent Cricut Collections


 The CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Collection is now out of stock, however, it is not too late to get the CTMH Artiste and Artfully Sent Cricut Bundles before they retire on July 31, 2016.





The Artiste Cartridge has all these great gift boxes and bags along with tons of shapes, cards, and other 3-D items.





The Artfully Sent Cartridge is full of cards of all types, along with photo sleeves and pocket cards for your Picture My Life scrapbooks.

Coordinating stamp sets are also retiring at the end of July, except for a select few - if you already own the Art Philosophy, Artiste or Artfully Sent cartridges make sure you check the retiring items section on my website and get the coordinating sets before they are gone for good.

Tomorrow is also the last day to take advantage of Close To My Heart's Early Bird Bonus offer for new Consultants.  Join as a Consultant by July 31st and receive your choice of a FREE Fundamentals* paper packet bundled together with its coordinating Complements. 

*brand new product being released to the public on August 1st in the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  


July Stamp of the Month: From The Notebook
 is available for just $6 with your $50 purchase 
or at the regular price of $21.25


This stamp set coordinates with images from the CTMH Artistry Cricut Collection (not retiring).




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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Scrap My Stash with Mojo Monday 458

Playing with this weeks sketch over at Mojo Monday. 




 This time, I decided to see what I have in my paper stash and came across a full pack of SU Blueberry Crisp that I bought about 5 or so years ago.  I don't have a lot of SU cardstock but I managed to find a few sheets and some embellishments from my stash that coordinated perfectly with this patterned paper. 

I also decided to try out a couple of stamp sets and dies that I purchased last winter.    The stamped images are from the Watercolour Wings Stamp Set.  I used CTMH Pacifica ink for the sentiment and stamped the background butterfly in Crumb Cake then added the die cut butterfly over it.  I used the flourish stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set to add some detail on the Not Quite Navy cardstock with CTMH Pacifica Ink.  


 Products used in this project:

Stampin' Up
 Blueberry Crisp patterned paper
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Not Quite Navy Cardstock
Crumb Cake (I think - not entirely sure, only had one loose sheet of it)

Bold Butterfly Framelits
Timeless Textures
Watercolour Wings

Rhinestones
Linen Thread
Crumb Cake Ink


Close To My Heart
Pacifica Exclusive Inks
Thin Foam Tape


Cricut Affiliate Flash Sale: Up to 50% Off Cartridges!



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It's a FLASH SALE!

Cricut is offering a 48-hour Flash Sale for me to share with my blog readers!
Select cartridges are just $8.99 (up to 50% off) for 2 days only!

Follow the link below to take advantage of this awesome sale!

Offer:  Cricut Flash Sale
Valid:  July 27-28

Last Week for Retiring Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridge Collections!

Just a few more days and then the CTMH Art Philosophy, CTMH Artiste and CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Collections and most of the co-ordinating stamp sets will be retired.

Don't miss out on your chance to get these awesome Cricut cartridges before they are gone for good!

These exclusive cartridges are why I signed up as a Consultant over 2 years ago - I was researching Cricut cartridges available in Canada and I could not find anything else out there that had so many images per cartridge with the option of using stamp sets that were designed to go with the images on the cartridges.

Each bundle includes a cartridge with over 700 images (including a font),  three full-sized stamp sets (value $63.85)  and a full package of 12x12 assorted cardstock (value $17.25).  

Cartridge Bundles can be purchased for 50% off regular price with Hostess Rewards when a Gathering reaches $250 or more in sales.  Contact me via my CTMH website to get your party link today!


Available until July 31, 2016:

Art Philosophy Cricut Collection

Cutting versatile, foundational shapes is a breeze with the Art Philosophy Collection. The basic brackets, frames, flowers, and font included are perfect for any project, any time of the year. Use your cuts from this cartridge as embellishments on cards and layouts to make your artwork shine. And don't forget to use the coordinating stamps for more creative fun!


View the handbook to see all the included images.




This collection features themed projects, interactive cards, and more. From robots and spooks to weddings and valentines, your cupcake liners, invitations, and party favors coordinate and quickly come together for any celebration. Cutting and assembling the many 3-D items is a snap using the project reference book and separate, step-by-step assembly book. Make your artwork pop with the Cricut® Artiste Collection!   Many coordinating stamp sets are also available and many are retiring soon.


View the handbook to see all the included images.




Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With the Artfully Sent Cricut® collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is "just because!" Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards.  Co-ordinating stamp sets also available.


View the handbook to see all card styles available on Artfully Sent.


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

Or start your own CTMH business for just $95. 
Early Bird Bonus products from the new Idea Book 
available for Consultants who join by July 31st.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mojo Monday 457 with a Twist

Another card using the CTMH Calypso WYW items for Mojo Monday.





 I started off following the sketch as is, but once I had everything cut I ended up flipping it sideways and it all came together quickly after that.   The layered triangles were my inspiration for using my CTMH One in a Melon Stamp set, they reminded me of pineapple crowns.




I love this Calypso paper pack, I wish it wasn't retiring at the end of August.  I already have an extra pack in my stash but might order another since I'm having so much fun making cards with it.  I still need to scrap my Florida trip and the pineapple cardstock has Flamingos on the back of it.  

Once again I used one of the journaling cards that come in the kit as a background for my card.  The light green watercolour wash is so soft and pretty - and it was a great backdrop for the strip of pineapple washi tape that I used across the bottom edge.  


Close To My Heart Products Used:

 Workshops Your Way™ Calypso Scrapbooking Kit 
One in a Melon Stamp Set


5 1/2" × 4 1/4" White Cards & Envelopes



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

Or start your own CTMH business for just $95. 
Early Bird Bonus products from the new Idea Book 
available for Consultants who join by July 31st.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Cricut Christmas In July: MIN Watercolour Christmas Card

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I love the Make It Now Projects in Cricut Design Space, especially the pen projects.  

Here is a MIN Project called Watercolor Christmas Card.  



Instead of using watercolours, I decided to try out a new set of Prismacolour Pencil Crayons that I had purchased off of a local garage sale site.   It's been a long time since I've done any colouring but I really liked how smooth these pencils are - not bad for a $7 purchase.

I used a Pilot Precise V5 Black Pen in my Explore,  it was perfect for the fine lines in this project.
After colouring I added a sequin and a bit of silver cord for embellishment.

The images in this Make It Now Project are from the Anna's Christmas Cards and Embellishments Cartridge - on sale for $14.99 during Cricut's Christmas In July.


Also on sale for Christmas In July:

Cricut Explore Air Bundles starting at $229.99

40% off Supplies and Materials

Cartridges $14.99 or less

Clearance items starting at $.99

Free Shipping on all orders to the US and Canada using code JULYCHRISTMAS


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mojo Monday 456 with CTMH Tickled Pink

I absolutely adore these Flamingos from the Tickled Pink Stamp & Thin Cuts dies sets by Close To My Heart.  

I had so much fun creating this card for Mojo Monday 456 using this set and the coordinating cardstock from the CTMH Calypso Workshops Your Way Kit.   







Close To My Heart Products Used:

 Calypso Workshops Your Way Kit (Cardstock and Sequins)*
*available until August 31, 2016 - while supplies last



 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad


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CTMH Blossom Scrapbook Layout with Springtime Wishes Thincut Dies

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Working on layouts right now using up retired CTMH cardstock from 2015.

This layout uses the Blossom paper pack from last year's Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book and I got my inspiration from the cover of the 2016 Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book.   I love the new Thin Cuts metal dies that CTMH introduced in this Idea Book back in January.  




I also used a pattern from the Regatta Workshops Your Way Guide.  The Workshops Your Way program was also introduced in the SE1 Idea Book - the layouts for these workshop kits are available to download for free right off my CTMH website.   Each guide is only available until that Idea Book retires so make sure you download the current layouts and then check back in September for the Holiday WYW layouts - each guide features card and scrapbooking layouts.  




My son, the clown...




Springtime Wishes Flower on Blossom patterned cardstock with Lagoon and Pear die cut accents.  Embellished with Coral Reef Sequins and Bitty Sparkles.





Large cluster of Springtime Wishes Flowers using the cover of the SE1 as inspiration.   Embellished with Bitty Sparkles.  I cut the title and date pieces with my Cricut and sponged the edges of the Sunset and Glacier Cardstock with the coordinating inks.  

 I used a Ranger Clear Embossing Pen in my Cricut Explore to write the words out, then heat embossed with Ranger Super Fine While Embossing Powder.  


CTMH Products Used In This Project:

Springtime Wishes Stamp Set (retired)
Springtime Wishes Thin Cut Dies (retired)

Blossom Paper Pack (retired)
Sunset Cardstock
Pear Cardstock
Sweet Leaf Cardstock
Lagoon Cardstock
Glacier Cardstock
Sorbet Cardstock




Cricut Cartridges Used:

CTMH Art Philosophy - Frame (retiring soon)
Haley Font from Cricut Access


Other Products Used:

Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies


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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cricut July 2016 Mystery Box Available This Week Only

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Grab this one quick before it's gone - available this week only!!

July Mystery Box



Quantities are limited and sales are final.

Worth  $124.94
Get yours for just $29.99

Get an extra 10% off at Cricut.com and free Fed-Ex home delivery with code CRICUTSUMMER

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Birthday Layout Using CTMH Chalk It Up Scraps

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I've been working on my album from 2000 and was able to use up some of my Chalk It Up Scraps on a couple of layouts from my kids birthday party.

Since their birthdays are a day apart (2 years, less a day), we sometimes would combine their parties and take all the kids somewhere fun.  This time was at the local Bowling Alley.




This layout is the 2nd from that day.   I had about a third of the star patterned cardstock leftover from the first layout (still need to add some Cricut cuts - will post soon), so I just divided it up so I could use some on both pages.  I added some Teal Shimmer Trim and some Whisper Twine for accent, with some mini-staples on the ends of the Twine.    I matted all the photos on the coordinating solids and also used up another scrap of patterned Chalk It Up.

I don't usually use lot of Black Cardstock for kids pictures but I found that the mats really popped with the Black background more than white or any of the solids that I had.

I added a couple of Cricut cuts popped up with foam tape and some journaling on White Daisy Cardstock sponged around the edges with Ink.


Cricut Cuts:

Birthday Boy - Photo Booth Props Cricut Cartridge
Birthday Girl - Once Upon A Princess Cricut Cartridge


Close To My Heart Products Used:

CTMH Chalk It Up Patterned Cardstock (retired)
CTMH Black Cardstock
CTMH Flaxen Cardstock
CTMH Lagoon Cardstock
CTMH Sorbet Cardstock
CTMH White Daisy Cardstock
CTMH Glacier Cardstock



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Friday, July 1, 2016

July Specials and Coupon Codes for Cricut.com

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July is here and Cricut has some great Monthly Specials on for Summer Savings!


Promotion: Free shipping on orders of $50+
Valid: 7/1-7/31
Code: FREESHIPJULY

Promotion: Get 10% off at Cricut.com and $14.99 flat rate shipping to Canada on orders of $50+
Valid: 7/1-7/31
Code: CRICUTSUMMERCA

Promotion: Get 10% off at Cricut.com and free FedEx home delivery
Valid: 7/1-7/31
Code: CRICUTSUMMER

Promotion: Get and extra 10% off Cricut supplies and free FedEx home delivery
Valid: 7/1-7/31
Code: CELEBRATE10

Promotion: Get an extra 10% off supplies and $14.99 flat rate shipping to Canada on orders $50+
Valid: 7/1-7/31
Code: CELEBRATE10CA




July 2016 Specials and Retiring Items from Close To My Heart

July Stamp of the Month:  From the Notebook

BEAUTIFUL STAMPS, AMAZING DISCOUNTS

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $6. 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.

Or get it at the regular price of $21.25 - available until July 31, 2016













July Constant Campaign






New Consultants who sign up during July will receive their choice of a new Fundamental paper packet* bundled together with its coordinating Complements FREE—and that’s in addition to the $60 CAD in Select Product Credit they get for signing up! 



This Early Bird Special is an excellent opportunity for those that simply can’t wait to get their hands on the exciting new products coming in Annual Inspirations 2016–2017 idea book.

*Choose from Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals. No tax is charged for free items. Standard New Consultant Kit shipping rates will apply. No additional shipping/handling will be charged for this promotion.

Dates: Offer valid July 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – July 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT).


Going, Going, Gone!

Last month to order from the current Annual Inspirations Idea Book!   There are many items retiring at the end of this month, including:


Retiring Items Lists:

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