Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Floral Thank You Card


Hello friends! No you are not seeing things.  I am a bit out of season with this (surprise!) non-Christmas card.  I made a couple of thank you cards - one to send and one to have on hand for "next time."  Of course you KNOW that I used the Close To My Heart Flower Market Cartridge on this card.  It is truly a shame that I am not getting my money's worth out of this cartridge!  Ha ha ha.

Seven different cuts from Flower Market were used on this card:  the Twig wreath, the green Laurel leaf, the blue leaf cut, the pink Laurel branch, the pink Daisy flower, the white Branch, and the Thank You Banner.  This was my first time making the Daisies and they were very easy to assemble.

All of the papers used are from Close To My Heart.  If you have not tried our cardstock on your Cricut, you are missing a wonderful cutting experience!!

I promise to get back to season cuts later this week.  Please forgive this brief detour!





Monday, December 5, 2016

Joyful Candy Cane Card


Hello friends! I am so excited that is is December.  I love the Christmas season so much.  I enjoy the decorating, baking, planning, and organizing.  I am already working on our menu and activities for Christmas Eve.  And next Saturday I will be riding the Santa Express Train with my husband, daughter, son-in-law, and darling grandchildren!  Avaleigh is 22 months old and she is so fun to behold this year. And yes, I enjoy making Christmas cards, packages, and tags!

Today I am sharing this Joyful Candy Cane card, which is my project for this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  Our wonderful Caroline selected Christmas Words as this week's Cricut cut Challenge.  I used two Cricut Cartridges - Anna's Christmas Kitsch and Close To My Heart Artbooking.  

I chose the word JOY for the Christmas word challenge.  This version of Joy is found on the Artbooking Cartridge.  I cut the word Joy in red metallic cardstock. I also cut a few little holly leaves and berries.


From Anna's Christmas Kitsch cartridge, I chose the beautiful candy cane cut.  I love how elegant the candy cane looks.  I cut it a combination of white cardstock, red metallic cardstock, and green cardstock (from which I saved the leaves only). I carefully layered the cuts together - a challenge as the edges of the white cut can be very thin.

The base card is an SVG easel card from my SVG file stash.  I cut the base card in red cardstock.  Next I cut white accent matting for the top layer and a white layer with a sentiment written by the Cricut for the inside of the card.  I added a little notch to the inside sentiment layer of cardstock, something I like to do when making an easel card.  Add the little notch provides a rest for the top of the card so that it will stay open.  Finally I cut a red, white, and gray strip pattern (on an angle) for the the top layer of the card.

I attached the word Joy and the candy cane to the striped layer.  I finished the card with the holly embellishments and an assortment of teal sequins - stars and circles.


Have you been over the to the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog yet today?  The design team has created a selection of Christmas Word projects to inspire your Christmas crafting.  We hope that the team inspires you to enter this week's challenge and share our Christmas spirit!!

Let's take a minute or two and talk about Close To My Heart. There is a new monthly special - just in time for gift giving - and a new stamp of the month. 

- It's The Little Things -


Our adorable Close To My Heart  mini albums are for celebrating the little things you love! So often it’s the little things that matter most—and what better way to celebrate the little things in life than with adorable mini albums? Whether looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are a fast and easy option, and this month you save 30%-off the retail price of the products you need!  Choose from one of the three options listed below. 

Also, when you purchase your mini set, Close To My Heart has teamed up with Persnickety Prints to print your photos in the correct sizes for the mini album bundles.  For more information on the Persnickety Prints process, click HERE.


Blue Jean Mini Album Bundle | CC1197 
Instalife™ Album—Blue Jean
#Life™ Cards—Enjoy
 #Life™ Overlays—Black
Memory Protectors™ Mini 4" by 4"
Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" 
by 2"
Retail Value: $27.75
Your Price: $18.95

Blush Mini Album Bundle | CC1198 
Instalife™ Album—Blush
#Life™ Cards—Hello Gorgeous
#Life™ Overlays—Gold
Memory Protectors™ Mini 4" 
by 4"
Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" 
by 2"
 Retail Value: $27.75
Your Price: $18.95

Adventure Mini Album Bundles | CC1200 
Everyday Life™ Album—Stripesn
My Crush® Adventure Calls
Memory Protectors™ (Choose 6" by 8" (CC1199), 4" 
by 6" (CC1200), or 3" by 4" (CC1021)) Retail Value: $29.85
Your Price: $19.95

The December Stamp of the Month, Thoughtful Flowers, is an amazing stamp set.  I am going to be honest, when I first viewed the stamp set I thought, meh.  But then I realized the potential of this great stamp set and I fell in LOVE.  

Look at the background on this beautiful card!  It was created with the Thoughtful Flowers stamp set!



The stamp of the month can be ordered for $17.95, or with a $50 order, you may add the stamp of the month during check out for only $5.00!!





Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Specials




Hello friends! Today is December first which means it is time for me to tell you about the monthly specials at Close To My Heart.  Our main special - It's the Little Things - promotes meaningful gifts that will be treasured for many years!  

Our adorable Close To My Heart  mini albums are for celebrating the little things you love! So often it’s the little things that matter most—and what better way to celebrate the little things in life than with adorable mini albums? Whether looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are a fast and easy option, and this month you save 30%-off the retail price of the products you need!  Choose from one of the three options listed below.


Blue Jean Mini Album Bundle | CC1197 
Instalife™ Album—Blue Jean
#Life™ Cards—Enjoy
 #Life™ Overlays—Black
Memory Protectors™ Mini 4" µ 4"
Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" µ 2"
Retail Value: $27.75
Your Price: $18.95

Blush Mini Album Bundle | CC1198 
Instalife™ Album—Blush
#Life™ Cards—Hello Gorgeous
#Life™ Overlays—Gold
Memory Protectors™ Mini 4" µ 4"
Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" µ 2"
 Retail Value: $27.75
Your Price: $18.95

Adventure Mini Album Bundles | CC1200 
Everyday Life™ Album—Stripesn
My Crush® Adventure Calls
Memory Protectors™ (Choose 6" µ 8" (CC1199), 4" µ 6" (CC1200), or 3" µ 4" (CC1021)) Retail Value: $29.85
Your Price: $19.95


The December Stamp of the Month, Thoughtful Flowers, is an amazing stamp set.  I am going to be honest, when I first viewed the stamp set I thought, meh.  But then I realized the potential of this great stamp set and I fell in LOVE.  

Look at the background on this beautiful card!  It was created with the Thoughtful Flowers stamp set!



The stamp of the month can be ordered for $17.95, or with a $50 order, you may add the stamp of the month during check out for only $5.00!!


I hope that you do not miss out on these great deals - especially this beautiful and versatile stamp set.  


Monday, November 28, 2016

Joyful Wreath Christmas Card


Hello friends! Welcome to my Bitten By the Bug 2 post of the week.  My amazing design team sister, Valentyna, selected this week's challenge cut - a Cricut cut wreath.  Well you all know that I completely addicted to Flower Market (see the post below this one!!), right?  So creating a Christmas wreath was no problem!!

I wanted to create a wreath hanging on a door so I turned to the Christmas (formerly Christmas Noel) cartridge.  I used the front door cut on Christmas Noel, and with a bit of editing, the door became my card.  I welded two of the base layers of the door together to create the door shaped card.  

The wreath was built using a variety of cuts, all from the Flower Market cartridge.  I assembled the layers and finished the wreath with small gems.

I used the font element in Design Space and cut the letters J-O-Y for the front windows of the door.  Inside I added a nice Christmas stamped sentiment with plenty of room for a personalized note.


Thank you for stopping by today.  Please take a look at my Cyber-Monday Close To My Heart sale in the post below.  If you have not already done so, please do go by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and check out the great wreath projects the design team created.  They are amazing!  I hope their work will inspire you to join our challenge this week and link up your own wreath project at BBTB2!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

CYBER MONDAY AT CTMH


Hello friends! Just a quick post to let you all know about the AMAZING Cyber-Monday deal at my online Close To My Heart store ~  Our Cricut Cartridge collections are ALL 30% off for Cyber-Monday only!!!  That's right - 30% off. When you spend $30 on retail-priced product, you can buy one of our Cricut collections at 30% off!

The sale starts Monday, November 28, at 12:00 a.m. (MST).From 12:00 AM Mountain Time tonight, until 11:59 PM Mountain Time Monday night.  


Have you been wanting the Flower Market Cartridge?  Give Santa a nudge and tell him that MONDAY is his day to order this wonderful cartridge for you.  Better yet, purchase it for yourself so that you can craft some awesome Christmas projects!


Perhaps you would like to add Artistry to your cartridge line up? 


Or maybe it Artbooking will make your bells jingle?  Let Santa know...


Last but not least you can also purchase the Artfully Sent cartridge.

Remember - The deal is for Monday only - spend $30 on retail-priced product, you can buy one of our Cricut collections at 30% off!