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Physical Cricut Cartridges are Retiring!

CTMH Cricut Artbooking Collection

CTMH Cricut Artbooking Collection


Attention all Cricut lovers!  It was just announced that Cricut will no longer be making physical Cricut cartridges.  What does this mean for you?  Well, if you’ve been eyeing one of Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut Collections but haven’t yet pulled the trigger and purchased it, NOW is the time to act!

CTMH Cricut Artistry Collection

CTMH Cricut Artistry Collection

As a result of this decision by Cricut, CTMH’s Cricut Collections offered as a physical cartridge, will be available while supplies last!

CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection

CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection

If you’ve seen these exclusive Cricut Collections, you know they are worth the  cost!  Not only do you get 700 images (wow!), you get a full package of cardstock as well as 3 coordinating stamp sets.  Pretty impressive.

CTMH Cricut You Are Here Collection

CTMH Cricut You Are Here Collection

Even our *NEW* Cricut You Are Here Collection is in limited supply for the physical cartridge option.

To purchase the exclusive CTMH Cricut Collections in the physical cartridge format before they’re gone, please visit my ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Have a Magical Day Card

Magical Day Unicorn Card

In the latest Close To My Heart catalog–the Seasonal Expressions 2–you’ll see the first *NEW* collection is the Little Dreamer.  It’s soft, pastel colors and darling prints like unicorns, hearts and polka dots are so appealing for Spring.

CTMH Sponging Technique to Create Background

It’s also the perfect collection to try some fun sponge stencil techniques with!  In fact, yesterday Close To My Heart did a blog post on just this.

This first layout, they did a fun title using a Cricut cutout and sponging.  You can also use our Thin Cuts dies, too!

First, use a bit of adhesive to attach your title or shape to the page. Next use a sponge dauber or the round sponge to add ink over your title or shape, and then fade the ink into your paper. Once the ink is dry, carefully remove your stencil (if there is any adhesive residue, it’s a cinch to remove with our Rub & Remove™ eraser).

For our artwork, we found it worked best to use both the round sponge and sponge daubers. We used a sponge dauber for a more concentrated look, like you can see immediately around our title, and then the round sponge for fading the ink into the page.

Sponging Tip: If you haven’t used a round sponge before, you’ll want to cut out a pie-shaped wedge from the sponge rather than using the entire sponge. That way your sponging will be more precise, and you can get more use out of your sponge!

We recommend playing with the round sponge and sponge daubers, as well as various amounts of ink, on some scratch paper before sponging onto your artwork.

CTMH Background Sponging Technique

They then did a favorite stencil technique to create a beautiful background; one I love the effect of, but always forget to utilize!  Look at how beautiful those clouds are.  And the depth that is created through a simple technique–amazing!

This stenciling technique is a great way to create unique backgrounds for your artwork. For this page, we attached three clouds to the page and sponged around them. After allowing the ink to dry, carefully removing the clouds, and removing any adhesive, we cut three more clouds and sponged around the edges. Then we popped them up with 3-D tape to give the page dimension. The final look sure is dreamy!

CTMH Border Sponging Technique

Their final layout creates a stunning rainbow border. It’s breathtaking.

You can incorporate multiple colors into your stenciling! Here we used a scalloped piece for our stencil, and then sponged on a rainbow of colors. There are SO many possibilities!

We hope this post has inspired you to try stenciling on your artwork. It really is such a fun way to get in touch with your inner artist!

The supplies I used for my Unicorn Card are:

  • Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts dies (Z3335)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Thistle Stamp Pad (Z2840)
  • Glacier Stamp Pad (Z2841)
  • Pixie Stamp Pad (Z2844)
  • Little Dreamer Paper Pack (X7219B)
  • White Daisy Value Pack Cards & Envelopes (X254)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Black & White Dots (Z3314)
  • Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060)

And for a listing of the products and Cricut sizes used in CTMH’s beautiful scrapbook layouts, check out their blog post.

DIY Wall Hangings

It’s Wednesday–the middle of the week–and the perfect time for a little inspiration!  Today I’m sharing a quick 2-minute video showing both a feminine and a masculine DIY Wall Hanging idea created quickly and easily with CTMH’s Dreamin’ Big Collection

CTMH's Dreamin' Big Paper Collection

along with CTMH’s Cricut Artbooking Collection,

CTMH Cricut Artbooking Collection

CTMH Cricut Artbooking Collection

CTMH Cricut Artistry Collection

CTMH Cricut Artistry Collection

Artistry Collection and Flower Market Collection.

CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection

CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection

If you’d like to create either of these projects, here are the cutting measurements to use:

8″ x 10″ “Hello” Framed Flowers
(Cricut® Flower Market Collection)
2″ Flower-1 [d] (p. 23)
2″ Shift + Flower-1 [D] (p. 23)
1 ¼” Flower-1 [d] (p. 23)
1 ¼” Shift + Flower-1 [D] (p. 23)
¾” Flower-1 [d] (p. 23)
¾” Shift + Flower-1 [D] (p. 23)
1 ½” Shift + Background [D] (p. 23)
3″ Flower-1 [Rose] (p. 42)
3″ Shift + Flower-1 [Rose] (p. 42)
3 ½” Flower-1 [Rose] (p. 42)
3 ½” Shift + Flower-1 [Rose] (p. 42)
2 ½” Shift + Flower-2 [Daffodil] (p. 44)

11″ x 8 ½” Explore Hanger Décor Piece
(Cricut® Artistry Collection)
1 ½”, 1″ Shape [7] (cut2, p. 7)
1 ½”, 1″ Layer [7] (cut2, p. 7)

(Cricut® Arbooking Collection)
1 ¼”, 1 ¾” Shift + Border [Football] (cut 4, p. 82)

Have fun creating!


Crazy for Cards Event

Thanks Oodles Card

This past Saturday, we held our Annual Crazy for Cards Event.  This event is a wonderful way to get exposure to many different styles of cards, techniques and fold styles.  This year we created 9 different standard sized cards along with 9 mini cards.

We had 3 instructors who each designed 4 projects and 34 ladies registered.  It was an all day extravaganza of card making FUN!

Here are the projects we did:

Congrats Double Dutch Card

Card #1

This is a Double Dutch Fold Card which focused on embossing and coloring with alcohol markers.  I love how the embossed look not only gives more dimension, but also helps you stay in the lines easier when coloring. =) And you just can’t go wrong with our Foil Tape!

Donut Window Card w/ Belly Band

Open Donut Window Card

Card #2

This card focused on using our Sugar Rush Thin Cuts to not only cut out the donut and it’s coordinating glaze/sprinkles, but also the window for the card base.  I love how beautiful the Sugar Rush Dots are–so much sparkle to them! Continue reading

12 Days of CTMH Deals Day #6

CTMH Daily Deal #6

Welcome to Day #6 of my 12 Days of Close To My Heart Deals!  I hope you’ve been enjoying each daily surprise deal I have offered so far.

CTMH Cricut Artbooking Collection

CTMH Cricut Artbooking Collection

Today’s deal is quite spectacular.  It would make a perfect gift for the Cricut lover on your holiday list (even if that recipient is you!)

CTMH Cricut Artistry Collection

CTMH Cricut Artistry Collection










Today when you EMAIL ME with an order for any of our exclusive CTMH Cricut Collections, you’ll receive 20% off the retail price!

CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection

CTMH Cricut Flower Market Collection

There are 4 Cricut Collections you can choose from:

  • Cricut Artbooking
  • Cricut Artistry
  • Cricut Flower Market
  • Cricut City Sidewalks (digital download only)

12 Days of CTMH Deals

As a refresher, here is how the 12 Days of CTMH Deals will work:

Each day for 12 days straight, I will be offering an exclusive Close To My Heart deal that is only available that day and only available through me.

If you wish to take advantage of that deal, simply email me on the day the deal is active and let me know you want in on the deal.

I will be waiting until the final day to tally up everyone’s orders.  This will allow you to not only save on shipping, but also have the opportunity to take advantage of as many deals as you like.

Thoughtful Flowers CTMH Dec Stamp of the Month

Additionally, you could also qualify for the December Stamp of the Month for only $5 if your subtotal reaches $50!  That’s a pretty amazing holiday gift to yourself! =)

CTMH Cricut City Sidewalks Collection

CTMH Cricut City Sidewalks Collection

Don’t forget, today is the only day you can receive 20% off CTMH Cricut Collections when you purchase from me during this special promotion.  Be sure to EMAIL ME before the day is over to get in on the deal.

Forest Feast Thanksgiving Card

Forest Feast Thanksgiving Card

Today’s card is an adorable one–perfect for Thanksgiving.  I received this card from Jennifer and love it–it’s so cute.  This stamp set is called Forest Feast and is a must have as far as Thanksgiving stamps go.  What’s not to love about a cute male and female Pilgrim squirrel?!?

Forest Feast Stamp Set

Here is a listing of the supplies used to create this card:

  • Forest Feast (A1197)
  • Archival Black Stamp Pad (Z3271)
  • Goldrush Stamp Pad (Z2823)
  • Swan Lake Paper Packet (X7212B)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Colonial White Cards & Envelopes (X1410)
  • Round Sponge (Z697)
  • Watercolor Pencils (3505)
  • Medium Round Waterbrush (Z3225)
  • Cricut Artbooking Collection (Z3169)

To purchase these and other CTMH products, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Blessed Beyond Measure

September Stamp of the Month Blessed Beyond Measure

Today is the final day to grab your Close To My Heart September Stamp of the Month, Blessed Beyond Measure!

It is such a beautiful stamp set.  Here are 2 projects I created recently using the set.

Blessed Beyond Measure Frame

First up, a beautiful frame project.  It’s a bunch of paper piecing using the Cricut Artbooking Collection (which coordinates with this stamp set.)  Plus, I antiqued a frame from Michaels (one of their $1 wooden frames!) and then used one of the gorgeous vellum papers from the Uptown Fundamentals Paper Pack as the backing of the frame.  Simply beautiful!

Blessed Beyond Measure Treat Holder

The second project–which I love just as much (could be this amazing stamp set!) –is a fun treat holder.  Again, I cut a bunch of shapes from the Cricut Artbooking Collection, stamped the pieces with the coordinating stamp images, sponged everything in Chocolate ink and then the touch that I absolutely love–I crinkled the leaves to give them additional texture and dimension!

Don’t wait–get your Blessed Beyond Measure Stamp Set before it’s gone!  To order it or any other CTMH product, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

From the Notebook Card

From the Notebook July SOTM Card

This card not only uses this month’s Close To My Heart Stamp of the MonthFrom the Notebook, but also several items that will be retiring at the end of this month.  It’s a great time to snatch up these items before they are discontinued!

July 2016 From the Notebook Stamp Set

The first thing I did was cut out the notebook paper from the Cricut Artbooking Collection–I mean how could you pass up pairing the stamp set with this awesome cut!?!

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