Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas and Hanukkah Cards


Hello friends!  Welcome to my Christmas and Hanukkah Cricut Challenge from Bitten By the Bug 2.  I am hosting this week's challenge and as we proceed into the holy weekend and the week beyond, I thought it would be appropriate if we used a Nativity or a Menorah on our projects this week.  I made two cards, one featuring each of our challenge cuts.  


My first card is this trifold shutter card featuring a wreath ringed Nativity.  I used four Cricut cartridges, in addition to basic shapes, Flower Market, Teresa Collins December 25, A Quilted Christmas, and Anna's Winter Wonderland.


I am going to attempt to break the card elements down for you - I used basic shapes to build the base card and blue cuts.  The Nativity was cut using Theresa Collins December 25. The holly spray in the top middle section of the card was cut uing Anna's Winter Wonderland.  The sheep were cut from A Quilted Christmas.  And everything else, the wreath and bow, snowflakes, poinsettias, and Merry Christmas sentiment, were cut from the Flower Market cartridge.

I finished the card by adding yellow gems to the poinsettias, small stars to the "sky", and gold sequins around the sentiment.


My Menorah card is for a friend who will be celebrating Hanukkah beginning December 24.  I used two Cricut cartridges to create this card, Family Album and Joys of the Season.  The Menorah is from Joys of the season, and the rest of the card cuts were selected from a scrapbook layout on the Family Album cartridge. 
 

I used traditional blues and gold for my card elements and added a few gold sequins. I had to laugh when I saw my Design Team sister - Lynn's card.  We used many of the same cuts arranged in a similar way.  I actually prefer her clean card to my busy one, but do not tell my scrapping friends that (they think I generally miss a couple of good stopping points when paper crafting).


Have you been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and viewed the beautiful projects the Design Team created for you this week?  They are so inspirational.  We love it when you join our weekly challenges, and especially this week.

The Bitten By the Bug 2 Design Team will be break next week so this challenge only will continue for two weeks.  You have until January 1st to enter this challenge.  

When BBTB2 returns on January 2, we will have a special announcement for the new year.




Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Ornament Card


Hello friends!  Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut challenge post.  My very sweet Design Team sister, Emily, chose this week's challenge. Emily asked that the team use a Christmas ornament, or other holiday symbol (Menorah, Star, etc.) on a project this week.  I decided to use Christmas ornaments.  

I wanted to try something a little different with this challenge.  I only used one Cricut cartridge - Close To My Heart's Artbooking. The card was designed in Design Space.  I used two of the book pages on the Artbooking cartridge, along with the cut and weld features in Design Space, to transform the pages into this Christmas card.  


Additional snowflakes were cut in white and pink cardstock to embellish the ornaments. Clear gems were attached to add a little bling to the snowflakes.


I finished the front of the card with pink sequins to coordinate with the color scheme.  

I love that the inside of the card still has plenty of space to write a message and sign the card.  

If you have not already been by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog today, please head over and check out the great Christmas ornament and Christmas symbol projects the Design Team created to inspire you.

I invite you to join us in this week's challenge.  Create your own Christmas ornament or symbol project and link up with us at the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog.  

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!!



Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Package Tags


Hello friends! Just a quick post today to share what I am up to.  Today is wrapping day. I have only wrapped about one-quarter of the Christmas packages so today I am hoping to knock out the rest of the wrapping (this is the point where I usually jump into a made up obnoxious Rap wrap song - to the collective eye roll of my offspring).  And what do we need when we are wrapping packages???  Tags!

I used the Flower Market cartridge and whipped up a few very quick and very easy gift tags.  Yes, this is another shameless Flower Market promotional blog post.... But also a glimpse into my day.  


I hope that all of you have a nice Sunday.  I will be back tomorrow with my weekly Bitten By the Bug 2 post.  



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!   


Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday at CTMH


Hello friends! Happy Black Friday!!  After you are home from all of your shopping, you can continue to shop with Close To My Heart - all while resting you poor tired feet!

Close To My Heart has 15 Surprise Stash boxes available for today only (Nov 25th).  The surprise boxes feature scrapbooking supplies, card making supplies, or both!  Save big on the mystery boxes filled with amazing crafting products.  Check them out TODAY at my on-line store!!


Monday, November 21, 2016

A Wreath Full of Thanks


Hello friends! Happy Thanksgiving week!  This week I am hosting the Cricut challenge at Bitten By the Bug 2 and I have challenged the Design Team to use the word THANKS or THANKFUL,  cut with the Cricut, on a project. Because I have become boringly predictable (!), I have used Close To My Heart's Flower Market cartridge to create my card.

I started with the basic, single color fall wreath cut.  I then gathered individual fall cuts from the Flower Market cartridge that together made up the wreath.  I cut the various elements in different colors of cardstock, then layered the additional cuts over their corresponding shapes on the wreath.

I added to the design by incorporating pine cones, acorns and berries, shapes that were not on the original fall wreath.  I finished the wreath with the pumpkin cut at the bottom - again not on the original wreath.  

The phrase Full of Thanks is also found on the Flower Market cartridge.  I really like the colors and the design of the phrase.

Because my wreath was so full of color, I matted the wreath and phrase on a white mat.  I did add color with the second mat, but nothing to pull the eye from the actual wreath.

If you have not already been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog, I hope that you head right over now.  The Design Team has created some wonderfully Thankful projects to inspire your Thanksgiving week.  We hope that you can find time to join this week's challenge!!


Thank you for stopping by today!  I will be back later in the week to tell you about the Close To My Heart Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Quick and Easy Joyous Noel Card


Hello friends! Do you need a quick and easy Christmas Card?  How about this poinsettia adorned Joyous Noel card made with the Flower Market cartridge?

This card is comprised of three Flower Market cuts and a font cut.  I cut the pine and holly wreath in medium green cardstock.  Two poinsettias and two berry cuts were added to adorn the wreath.  I used a touch of clear shimmer brush to the poinsettia petals and berries.  But otherwise I left the card clean.

This card would be simple to mass produce for holiday giving - and - with a rectangle of cardstock placed over the front of the card in the envelop, it would ship at regular rate (love those square cards, but they cost extra $$ to mail).

So, now it is time to talk about Close To My Heart. Have you purchased the Flower Market Cricut cartridge yet?  It is the perfect cartridge for card making and beautiful scrapbooking.  And I am truly enjoying using FM to create my Christmas cards!



The other tool used on the card is Shimmer Brush - Clear.  It is also available in my Close To My Heart online store for $4.95.



Thanks for stopping by for today's simple card.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Give Thanks Sunflower Card


 Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge post.  This week's challenge was selected by our very talented and very sweet Michelle.  Michelle selected an open theme Thanksgiving project. Use your Cricut to create any type of Thanksgiving project you would like to make.  

I had fun with this challenge!  I chose to use a center step card, which I created using basic shapes, cut lines, and score lines in Design Space.  I also had a very specific color palette in mind before starting the project: yellow, aqua, teal and cream, with a touch of brown.  I know these are not traditional Thanksgiving colors, but they do seem to reflect fall.



Unlike a lot of my projects, this card was created using only the Close To My Heart Flower Market Cricut cartridge and Cricut basic shapes.  I have a tendency to mix a lot of cuts from different cartridges to make my projects. The Flower Market cartridge is helping me over come that habit.  

I love the sunflowers on the Flower Market cartridge and I love mixing the different types of foliage cuts together with the flowers.  I also like cutting some of my foliage in non-traditional colors, like the teal leaves.  


After adding the Give Thanks sentiment to the card, I added a sparse scattering of teal gems to the foliage.  I did not feel a need to use pen doodles or more gems.  With the busy background paper and the colorful flowers and "greenery", I felt that no further embellishment was necessary. 

I have to tell you that our Bitten By the Bug 2 ladies created some fabulous Thanksgiving projects this week.  I may have to scraplift one or two of their ideas!  I hope you find some time this week to join our Thanksgiving challenge.  I would love to see projects.
  

So, not it is time to talk about Close To My Heart. Have you purchased the Flower Market Cricut cartridge yet?  It is the perfect cartridge for card making and beautiful scrapbooking.  And I am truly enjoying using FM to create my Christmas cards!




Did you see the November specials yet?  You will really like the Happy, Happy Christmas Album Bundle.  Not only do you get a fabulous full sized album, you also will receive all of the materials needed (and instructions!) for creating 10 12x12 pages.  With some additional products, you can also complete four bonus projects!!  

There are two album kits from which to choose.  The supplies are the same in the kits, only the album types vary.  You have a choice of either a POST BOUND ALBUM or a D-RING BOUND ALBUM.  



The kits come with a downloadable guide which provides full instructions (with photos) to help you create the 10 pages - sample below.


But wait - there's more!!!  Our 2017 Planner are Here!  They contain all of the supplies you will need to stay organized and creative in 2017.


There are two design choices - Seaglass solid or Black and white stripes. Both kits include monthly and weekly calendars, designs you can color, pages for notes, a clear pencil bag, and three gold paperclips.  AND... the freedom to create your own personalized 2017 planner!!

Finally - the November Stamp of the Month - New Year's Cheer



This stamp set is perfect for creating your New Year's invitations and cards. But also to embellish your photos from your New Year adventures.  As always the stamp set retails for $17.95, but with your $50 purchase you can add the stamp of the month to your cart during checkout for only $5.00.  



Remember that the Happy, Happy Christmas kits and the stamp of the month are available for the month of NOVEMBER only! 

Thanks for stopping by today - I will be back with new projects to share later in the week.



Monday, November 7, 2016

Floral Wreath Christmas Card


Hello friends! I am back today with another new Christmas card for this week's Bitten By The Bug 2 Circut cut challenge.  My amazing design team sister, Maureen, selected the challenge for this week: "Nature Calls", use a Cricut cut item found in nature on a Thanksgiving or Christmas project.  You could use a pumpkin, snow, pine cone, twigs, birds, or, as in my project, flowers.  There are lots and lots of options for this week's challenge.

I am still enjoying the Flower Market cartridge so much that, of course, it provided the main elements for this poinsettia and white flower wreath.  I used three Cricut cartridges - the above mentioned Flower Market, Pretty Pennants, and Ribbons and Rosettes.

I used a number of cuts from Flower Market:  the Cherry Blossom Twig Wreath (with the buds cut in white), Trillium Clusters, Baby's Breath, Poinsettia, and the Buttercup Branches.  Beginning with the wreath, I layered the cuts to create the wreath.  I finished the wreath by adding yellow gems to the flower centers. The Merry Christmas sentiment is also from Flower Market.

The red and green pennants were cut from the Pretty Pennants cartridge.  I thought simpler would be better, so I only cut two pennants in solid colors.

The scalloped layers below the wreath were cut from the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge.  I wanted to add a bit of design to the lower portion of the card.

I used tw
o layers of matting on a top-fold white card.  I added the pennants, the scalloped layers, and the wreath in that order.


The Bitten By The Bug 2 created some amazing projects to inspire you this week.  There are both Thanksgiving and Christmas projects.  Please do go by the blog and check out their terrific projects.  

Have you purchased the Flower Market Cricut cartridge yet?  It is the perfect cartridge for card making and beautiful scrapbooking.  And I am truly enjoying using FM to create my Christmas cards!

Did you see the November specials yet?  You will really like the Happy, Happy Christmas Album Bundle.  Not only do you get a fabulous full sized album, you also will receive all of the materials needed (and instructions!) for creating 10 12x12 pages.  With some additional products, you can also complete four bonus projects!!  


There are two album kits from which to choose.  The supplies are the same in the kits, only the album types vary.  You have a choice of either a POST BOUND ALBUM or a D-RING BOUND ALBUM.  



The kits come with a downloadable guide which provides full instructions (with photos) to help you create the 10 pages - sample below.


But wait - there's more!!!  Our 2017 Planner are Here!  They contain all of the supplies you will need to stay organized and creative in 2017.


There are two design choices - Seaglass solid or Black and white stripes. Both kits include monthly and weekly calendars, designs you can color, pages for notes, a clear pencil bag, and three gold paperclips.  AND... the freedom to create your own personalized 2017 planner!!

Finally - the November Stamp of the Month - New Year's Cheer



This stamp set is perfect for creating your New Year's invitations and cards. But also to embellish your photos from your New Year adventures.  As always the stamp set retails for $17.95, but with your $50 purchase you can add the stamp of the month to your cart during checkout for only $5.00.  



Remember that the Happy, Happy Christmas kits and the stamp of the month are available for the month of NOVEMBER only! 

Thanks for stopping by today - I will be back with new projects to share later in the week.