Saturday, August 29, 2015

Going, Going... Get Them Before They are GONE....



Tuesday is September first and that means the ENTIRE new Close To My Heart Annual Inspiration Book/Catalog and the Holiday Expression Supplemental Catalog will go live to all customers.  But as the new catalogs go live, we will be saying goodbye to many wonderful CTMH products.  For a complete look at all of the retiring product which can still be purchased through Monday, Aug 31, VISIT THIS LINK!

There are a lot of retiring products, but I want to share a few of my favorites with you:

Merriest Christmas Stamp Set:


Mary and Babe Stamp Set


Brushed Paper Pack


Brushed Complements


Blossom Paper Pack


Flakey Friends Stamp Set ** Love this!!


In The Background Stamp Set


And many, many other products!!

Also Monday is the last day to take advantage of our August Organization Special and the August Stamp of the Month.



Thank you so much for shopping with me!!! 











Monday, August 24, 2015

Celebrating Friendship with Artistry


Hello friends!  Today I am sharing this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 project.  This week's Cricut Challenge Theme comes to you from my sweet Design Team sister, Caroline.  Caroline has challenged not only the Design Team, but all of our reader too, to use your Cricut and create a project CELEBRATING FRIENDSHIP!

Like most of you, I have some wonderful friends in my life.  This challenge was a labor of love as I thought of my friends while crafting.  I used only one cartridge to create this card, the New Close To My Heart Artistry cartridge.  I know I say it regularly, but I love this cartridge.  There are such a variety of cuts - seasons, holidays, banners, events, birthdays, weddings, nature, etc.  It is such a great cartridge!!


The cuts I used include the Best Pals label, the teapot and tea cups, two types of flowers, an oval background, and a border.   The Best Pals label cut so nicely, even tiny.  My card is 5 x 5 inches, so the label is indeed very small.  But look how cleanly it cut with my Explore!  The flowers below are all under 1 inch, but look how nicely the petals cut.


You know that the design team LOVES IT when our readers join the weekly challenges.  All you have to do is craft a new project using this week's challenge, post to your blog and link back under the original challenge at Bitten By The Bug 2.  If you do not have a blog you can still join us!!!  Post your project in an online forum - something like the gallery at Scrapbook.com.  And link back to your project there.  



There are TWO versions of the Artistry cartridge available.  That's right - two versions!!!

The Traditional Cartridge, stamps, and paper set retail for $99!



There is also a Digital Version of the cartridge.  The digital version retails for $79. 



The digital version includes the stamps and paper.   You order through my on-line store just like with the traditional cartridge set, and along with your stamps and paper you will receive an activation code for the digital cartridge.

I understand that some customers are having a difficult time deciding which cartridge to purchase.  If you like to take your Cricut and cartridges with you to places that do not have wi-fi, you will want to purchase the traditional cartridge set.  If you only use your Cricut Explore with a your wi-fi connection, then you can purchase either version of the cartridge.  I purchased the traditional version because I occasionally take my E2 on the road with me.

Some customers who did not like one or two of the previous cartridges fear that they will not like this one also.  Please go to THIS POST and look over the handbook.  This cartridge truly is exceptional!  It is better even than Art Philosophy!!

If you have any questions about the cartridge or any of the other new products, please ask so that I can address your concerns!!



Please shop with me at my on-line Close To My Heart Store!!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Roll Up Organizers are a MUST for Croppers



Hello everyone!  Today I want to remind you about our CTMH monthly special - the Roll Up Organizers Deals!  These great organizers are rated in my top five new CTMH products.  I love the smart space saving design and quick storage. 


I have struggled for quite some time with marker travel storage issues.  I could never find the right case to hold my markers for travel to crops.  This great Marker Roll Up Organizer ($17.95) has solved that problem for me.  The roll up holds 25 markers (and yes, your Copics fit as well) and rolls up jelly roll style into a tight bundle for travel.  How brilliant is that?  I have two of these - one for my CTMH marker set and one that has 25 of my top used Copic markers.



I also really like the Accessory Roll Up Organizer ($18.95).  I used to have what I called a "box of bling".  It was a metal box about 9 x 6 inches which held all of my scrapping bling.  I would have to dig through the box to find what I wanted whenever I used bling on a project.  With this great Roll Up, there is no searching and digging for the right color or style of bling.  I simply unroll the Roll Up and check out the bling selection in a quick glance.  This is so much more convenient than the box of bling!!!

And best of all, with the little zippered pockets, it does not have to be only bling that you store in your Roll Up Accessory Organizer.  You could store charms, fibers, pop dots, etc. in your organizer for quick and easy storage and travel.



I have been asked that the organizers look like when they are full of project,  As you can see above, they roll into nice sized travel bundles.


For the month of August ONLY, you will receive this great stamp set (above) when you order the Marker Roll Up Organizer.  There is also a free-bee with the Accessory Roll Up Organizer in August - two sheets of base and bling.


While you are shopping, remember to take advantage of the FABULOUS Stamp of the Month set.  The stamp set retails for $17.95, but with a $50 order it can be added to the cart during check out for only $5.00.  Not only does this great set include nine sentiments for your cards and pages, it also includes three frames which coordinate with the new Artistry cartridge (another item on my TOP FIVE MUST HAVE LIST)!!

Do not miss out on these great - AUGUST ONLY - deals.  









Monday, August 17, 2015

Welcome Pineapple Card


Hey there, friends!  Here in Aiken today is the first day of school for students.  That means it is the first day with students for teachers.... AND that means it is my first full week of full days with Avaleigh.  She has grown so much over the summer and is much more busy than she was last spring!  But Mom and I are enjoying having her here with us.

It is Monday and time for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 challenge.  Our sweet Design Team sister, Brenda, challenged us to create a project using the FRUITS OF SUMMER.  I am very well acquainted with the fruits of summer.  I began a clean eating program on July 1st where I cut out all grain flour and sweeteners.  I have since added back a bit of honey and agave nectar, but nothing with any hidden sugars or sugar as an ingredient.  I can have all of the protein, veggies, and FRUITS of summer that would like.  I think my favorite fruits this summer have been nectarines, berries, watermelon, and pineapple.   Not only am I feeling better, but I have also lost 20 pounds through this dietary adjustment.


So on to today's card.  My fruits of summer card features a Pineapple.  In addition to being a fruit of summer, the pineapple is also a symbol of Welcome.  The house five doors down from us has new owners as of last week so I thought I would drop by with a "Welcome to the neighborhood" card and baked item.  

I used two cartridges to create this card - Primarily CTMH Artistry.  All of the elements on the card, except the word Welcome were cut from Artistry.  Welcome is from the Birthday Cakes cartridge.

The paper used on this card is the new CTMH Zoe Paper Pack (available NOW at my on-line store). I added a bit of ink highlights to the tips of the pineapple leaves and the welcome banner.  I sure hope that my neighbors like this card.  I know Doug will like whatever I bake for them as he is missing baked goods with my cutting flour.


I mentioned above that the Zoe Paper Pack is available at my on-line store.  The Artistry cartridge is also available.  And just so you know, the full Close To My Heart new catalog will be available on September first.

There are TWO versions of the Artistry cartridge available.  That's right - two versions!!!

The Traditional Cartridge, stamps, and paper set retail for $99!



There is also a Digital Version of the cartridge.  The digital version retails for $79. 



The digital version includes the stamps and paper.   You order through my on-line store just like with the traditional cartridge set, and along with your stamps and paper you will receive an activation code for the digital cartridge.

I understand that some customers are having a difficult time deciding which cartridge to purchase.  If you like to take your Cricut and cartridges with you to places that do not have wi-fi, you will want to purchase the traditional cartridge set.  If you only use your Cricut Explore with a your wi-fi connection, then you can purchase either version of the cartridge.  I purchased the traditional version because I occasionally take my E2 on the road with me.

Some customers who did not like one or two of the previous cartridges fear that they will not like this one also.  Please go to THIS POST and look over the handbook.  This cartridge truly is exceptional!  It is better even than Art Philosophy!!

If you have any questions about the cartridge or any of the other new products, please ask so that I can address your concerns!!



Please shop with me at my on-line Close To My Heart Store!!








Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card


Hello friends, I am back to share a simple wedding card with you.  Like all of my other recent projects, this card was created using the new CTMH Artistry cartridge.  I have stated repeatedly that this cartridge has something for every occasion!  I truly mean that!  

I confess what first brought the Mr. & Mrs. cuts to my attention was the new Close To My Heart catalog.  For there on page 15 is a small photograph of a double page layout featuring the Mr. & Mrs. cuts - AND - photos from my daughter's wedding!!  Well I knew right then that I would be using the Mr. & Mrs. cuts on a project.


To me what makes this card special, other than all  of the cute Cricut cuts, is the simplicity.  I used on four colors of card stock - white, gray, black, and champagne.  The four colors together create simple visual impact.


Have you purchased you copy of the Artistry cartridge yet?  I would love to help you make up your mind and would encourage you to order you Artistry cartridge through my on-line store!  

Let's talk about the Artistry Cartridge for a few minutes.  First, there are TWO versions of the Artistry cartridge available.  That's right - two versions!!!





The digital version includes the stamps and paper.   You order through my on-line store just like with the traditional cartridge set, and along with your stamps and paper you will receive an activation code for the digital cartridge.

I understand that some customers are having a difficult time deciding which cartridge to purchase.  If you like to take your Cricut and cartridges with you to places that do not have wi-fi, you will want to purchase the traditional cartridge set.  If you only use your Cricut Explore with a your wi-fi connection, then you can purchase either version of the cartridge.  I purchased the traditional version because I occasionally take my E2 on the road with me.

Some customers who did not like one or two of the previous cartridges fear that they will not like this one also.  Please go to THIS POST and look over the handbook.  This cartridge truly is exceptional!  It is better even than Art Philosophy!!

If you have any questions about the cartridge or any of the other new products, please ask so that I can address your concerns!!



Please shop with me at my on-line Close To My Heart Store!!