Wednesday, July 31, 2013

CTMH PAJAMA PARTY!!

 

 

 

 

 


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Artbooking Release and Incentives

Hello everyone!  Tomorrow - Thursday - is the day that the new Close To My Heart Cricut Artbooking Cartridge is available for purchase!  I am excited for Artbooking to release and I am excited to offer you some special incentives to purchase through my CTMH on-line store.


I am sure that you all know that the Artbooking set includes the Cricut Cartridge with over 700 individual Cricut cuts, three coordinating sets of stamp (which I like a lot) and three over-sized sheets of coordinating chipboard shapes.  

But wait, there's more!!

Close To My Heart is "sweetening the deal" and throwing in the August stamp of the month FREE to anyone who spends $50 or more on CTMH products in the month of August!  That's another $17.95 stamp set for free!   August Stamp of the Month:





But wait, there's more!!

I will be giving away three reward prizes to three lucky winners -  using Random.org to select three winners from the list of those who order Artbooking through my on-line store in August

FIRST PRIZE:  A brand new Cricut Expression!




SECOND PRIZE:  Three additional CTMH stamp sets that coordinate with the Artbooking cartridge!

In the Moment - C1565  $13.95

Wild Wonder - C1558    $13.95

Perfect Fit - Holiday - B1412    $9.95


THIRD PRIZE:  Close To My Heart Frosted Paper pack.



I hope you place your Artbooking Cartridge order through my on-line store and hopefully you will win one of my give away prizes!!



Monday, July 29, 2013

Christmas In July with Artbooking & BBTB2



Brrrr - It's Christmas in July at Bitten By The Bug 2!  Can't you just feel the icy winds blowing and see the lights shimming on the snow?  No, me neither, but that didn't stop me from crafting a COOL Christmas card using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge!

I added snowflakes and frost to my photos to help you get in that winter frame of mind.  My delightful and talented British Design Team Sister at BBTB2, Jayne, selected this week's challenge cut theme: Christmas in July.  I do not know how the rest of us missed this obvious challenge, so way to go Jayne!


I used one of the small book pages to make the front of my card (there are a ton of small book pages on the Artbooking cartridge - for all holidays and various shapes).  I like the ornament cut.  I cut a green background and then cut the top a second time in gold glitter cart stock.  The gold ornaments were glued over the original cut to create a top layer.  The ornaments were blinged and shimmered.

I cut a double layer tag, also from Artbooking, and stamped the Merry Christmas (CTMH stamp) sentiment onto the tag.  I finished the card by running a red ribbon through the small book holes on the front of the card.

When Artbooking becomes available in Cricut Craft Room, I will be able to edit out any holes I do not want to cut - but in this case the holes worked well with the ribbon.



Be sure to go by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog this week and check out the great Christmas project the design created.  They did a fabulous job getting into the Christmas Spirit!

Today is July 29 and that means it is only three days until you too can purchase your copy of the Artbooking cartridge.    Artbooking becomes available for purchase on August 1st.


Close To My Heart decided to sweeten the deal on Artbooking and for the month of August only, the Stamp of the Month will be available for free with a $50.00 purchase - that means it is free with your copy Artbooking cartridge!!


And because I hate to be out done by Close To My Heart, I have a special going in August also:

Anyone who orders a Cricut Cartridge from me in the month of August will go into a drawing for a brand new Cricut Expression!  How great would it be to have a second expression to take to crops, to use as a back up, or to share with a friend?  


Saturday, July 27, 2013

A House Warming Gift


Hello everyone.  I have a Workshop On The Go Canvas Art kit to share with you - the WOTG that is half price through the end of the month (hint - today is 7/27 - do not dally). I used this kit, two photos from my stash and a metal flower from my stash and made a wonderful canvas gift for Bethany.

I have had a busy week.  I survived the first week of Doug being away... though the first two days were spend being Duncan's mom.  By Wednesday my normally sweet dog was a little grumpy boy.  He even snarled at Bethany!!  He never does that!!  Do on Wednesday night I took his cone off a few days early and he became his cuddly sweet self again!



The Workshop On the Go Canvas Art Kit comes with everything you need, except photos, to make your own personalized work of wall art.  I did a bit of personalized stamping - stamps included - on varies chip board kit pieces and then I assembled my canvas.


I thought this was perfect for Bethany and John.  I had a few photos of them leftover from my spring scrapbooking and they were perfect for the kit.  Especially as the colors they are wearing in the large photo match the colors of the kit.  The kit actually comes with pieces for two color schemes, I just happened to like the aqua and red set best.


Use the materials and instructions in this kit to create a 12" × 12" canvas display. This kit comes with Dimensional Elements in two different color schemes to create a look that is uniquely yours. This workshop project is ideal for creating as a group or on your own and takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

Included in the kit: 
1 – My Acrylix® Canvas Art Workshop Stamp Set (C-size) 
1 – 12" × 12" Printed Canvas Display 
1 – Cashmere Baker's Twine (1 yard) 
10 – Clear Sparkles (10mm) 
1 – Sparkles Flourish 
2 – 12" × 6" Dimensional Elements In Color—Art Shapes 
1 – Instructional Brochure


Remember that this Workshop on the Go kit is currently only $19.95 - through Wednesday only!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I will be back on Monday with another new project to share.



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dancing the Night Away



Hello everyone!  Last year Doug and I, along with our friends Nick and Peggy, took dance lessons for several months.  I have had the photos sitting around for a year just waiting for me to do something with them.  During May, when I was doing the LayOut A Day (LOAD 513) I finally scrapped our dance lesson experience.


Doug's lovely Aunt Pat and Uncle Johnny came for an impromptu visit during the time frame of our lessons and it turned out to be a great visit.  Not only did we enjoy their company, but they also went to dance class with us one night and Aunt Pat snapped several photographs.   In other words, she documented our experience!


Our first public appearance as a dance couple came when my friend Kathy's son was married.  Doug and I were still a bit stiff, but we so enjoyed ourselves, tying out our steps, dancing the night away!  


I used Close To My Heart Studio J to digitally scrap these two pages.  I now that some of you do not like digital scrapbooking, and I confess that I miss the textures, layers and "feel" of the pages when I use Studio J.  But if you need to create digital pages, I will say that hands down Studio J is the best program I have used.  It is so user friendly.



The Duncan update is that the Vet said although Duncan is healing very well and he does not have to return to the vet for another check, he needs to wear his cone for another week.  I don't know who was more upset about that, Duncan or me.  My legs are pretty bruised from that cone.  Duncan has no concept of his spacial limits and hits the cone on everything - especially me!!  



Monday, July 22, 2013

It's Time for a Beach Party


Happy Monday everyone, are you ready for a Beach Party?  This week's Bitten By The Bug 2 challenge is the theme BEACH TIME and was selected by our wonderfully talented Caroline!  Caroline thought these dog days of summer would be a perfect time to visit the beach... Even if only on paper.  With that in mind, the design team came up with some super-fun beach designs to share with you.


I used two cartridges to create this tiki bar beach scene card, Luau and Formal Occasion.   The Tiki bar was cut using Luau and blinged out  with gems and aqua pearl brads. I used a branch punch and two different pieces of double sided card stock to create the thatch roof.



 I added a tiki torch and tropical flowers to the scene to brighten the card a bit, along with the two palm trees cut from Formal Occasion. The flowers were cut in red print card card with a yellow under layer.  I added a CTMH sparkle gem to the center of each flower.  The tiki torch was also cut in two colors and red ink was added to the flames.   The background is done with aqua and teal card stock to represent the ocean and the evening sky.


I know it seems like I have been ignoring my blog lately, and I suppose I have.  I have had changes happening at home that have effected my productivity.  I previously shared with you that our adorable dog Duncan had surgery a week and a half ago.  Duncan is still living in the cone of shame as we wait for his 2.5 inch incision to heal.  I do have good news on Duncan's surgery - the pathology report came back as cancer free so that made us very happy.  We go back to the vet today and I am so hoping that Duncan can come out of his cone soon.

The other big change at home deals with Doug.  Doug was laid off from his senior management position last September and he has spent the last 10 months job hunting.  Last Monday was Doug's first day at his new job!!!  He is still a senior manager, in fact he has more responsibility than before, but last week was a big change.  Doug also has a much further drive to work.  But all of that aside, I am very proud of him and very thankful for the new job!!!  It has been a long 10 months.  Starting today, Doug will be spending some nights away from home depending on his location.  So that too will be another adjustment for the three of us (Doug, Duncan and I), but I feel we will all adjust, if not exactly embrace the changes.

Anyway all of the drama effected my creating and writing mojo and I neglected the blog.  Hopefully I will adjust to my new schedule and get back to posting.


Thank you all for stopping by today and thank you for reading this far!! Ha.  I hope that you take time to pop by the Bitten By The Bug 2 blog and check out this week's beachy projects.  We would truly like for you to join us and create your own beach project.  Just follow the rules posted on the BBTB2 sidebar and link back to your blog.


 Close to my Heart  monthly specials !  First, the fabulous Stamp of the Month - Sweet Life.  I love this wonderful orchard themed stamp set.  The fruit images are lovely and the sentiments are darling!





July Customer Special - 

This month's customer special is a lot of fun!  The Workshop on the Go Canvas art kit is 50% off this month only!


Get the discounted Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit in July—no qualifying purchase required! From July 1 to July 31 you can get this trendy kit to create your own canvas art to hang in your home, regularly priced at $39.95, now discounted to $19.95—more than 50% off! Take papercrafting to the next level with this adorable home décor piece that you can display for all to see.
Dates: Offer valid July 1–July 31, 2013.


Fall/Winter Catalogs - 



The new catalogs were delivered to my house yesterday and I will begin shipping them out shortly.  If you would like a copy of the all new catalog/idea book use the link in the upper right corner and I will add you to my shipping list.

There are so many wonderful new products and you are going to be so pleased with what CTMH has come out with.  Over the next few weeks I will be sharing more images of new products with you.

And remember if you do not want to have to wait until August to purchase your new products, you can JOIN MY TEAM and become a CTMH Consultant.  Two of the best things about being a CTMH consultant are: 1) we can purchase all new products a month before they go public and 2) we always get a discount on our purchases!!!  Feel free to contact me if you would like more information about being a Close To My Heart Consultant.



Close To My Heart is releasing their third Cricut Cartridge - the all new and all Fabulous ARTBOOKING on August 1st.  This is a cartridge, stamp, chipboard bundle retailing for $99.



ONLY 10 days till you can order your copy of Artbooking!!




Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sharing a Few New Toys


My FedEx delivery woman and I have becomes friends lately.  I feel like I should invite her in for a beverage she is here so often.  All but one box of my new CTMH Fall/Winter 2013 products has arrived.  I did NOT photograph everything, just enough to give you a quick overview!    Above is another look at the Artbooking Cartridge and stamps.  I love this cartridge.  I know I say that every time we release a new cartridge, but I always mean it!! :)


I opened up 15 stamp sets and took a quick shot of a few so that I could share them with you.  I did not photograph all of the new stamp sets that Have arrived, but just a few sets.



I love this cityscape stamp set below.  I keep imagining the cards and scrapbook pages on which I can use this fun set.


I do a lot of doodle work on my projects.  With these stitching stamp sets now maybe my stitching will be even!!


Arrows are such a cool thing this year!!



B is for Baby is an adorable baby set.

 
How about a bit of card stock and matching embellies?  Sarita!!



I LOVE scrapbooking fall photos.  And I LOVE this new Huntington card stock set and the fabulous stamps, buttons, stickers, metals, and printed embellishements all which coordinate together.  Love these colors!


This stamp set is the the same flower that appears on the print card stock.




These next two photos are a sneak peek of tomorrow's post.  I am working on a house warming gift to take with us to dinner tonight.  I just need to insert photos and glue down the frames.




 Close to my Heart  monthly specials !  First, the fabulous Stamp of the Month - Sweet Life.  I love this wonderful orchard themed stamp set.  The fruit images are lovely and the sentiments are darling!





July Customer Special - 

This month's customer special is a lot of fun!  The Workshop on the Go Canvas art kit is 50% off this month only!


Get the discounted Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit in July—no qualifying purchase required! From July 1 to July 31 you can get this trendy kit to create your own canvas art to hang in your home, regularly priced at $39.95, now discounted to $19.95—more than 50% off! Take papercrafting to the next level with this adorable home décor piece that you can display for all to see.
Dates: Offer valid July 1–July 31, 2013.


Fall/Winter Catalogs - 



The new catalogs were delivered to my house yesterday and I will begin shipping them out shortly.  If you would like a copy of the all new catalog/idea book use the link in the upper right corner and I will add you to my shipping list.

There are so many wonderful new products and you are going to be so pleased with what CTMH has come out with.  Over the next few weeks I will be sharing more images of new products with you.

And remember if you do not want to have to wait until August to purchase your new products, you can JOIN MY TEAM and become a CTMH Consultant.  Two of the best things about being a CTMH consultant are: 1) we can purchase all new products a month before they go public and 2) we always get a discount on our purchases!!!  Feel free to contact me if you would like more information about being a Close To My Heart Consultant.



Close To My Heart is releasing their third Cricut Cartridge - the all new and all Fabulous ARTBOOKING on August 1st.  This is a cartridge, stamp, chipboard bundle retailing for $99.



ONLY 14 days till you can order your copy of Artbooking!!