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.
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!!