The Perfect Card for Any Harry Potter Fan!

Harry Potter Card

Are you part of the Harry Potter frenzy?  Did you pre-order your book?  Or maybe you are heading to a launch party at midnight tonight?

We pre-ordered ours and should have it between midnight and 2 am thanks to Amazon Prime Now!  My son, who is completely an “early to bed, early to rise” guy believes he will be able to stay awake until the book arrives!

In honor of the festivities, I whipped up this fun card using CTMH’s exclusive Cricut Artiste (retiring!) and Artistry Collections.  The hardest (not really hard) part was paper piecing the tie together.  Otherwise, with all the Cricut cuts it went together in a snap!

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Baby, I’m Worth It!

April CTMH Special Baby, I'm Worth It

April CTMH Special Baby, I'm Worth It

Cue the music (“Baby, I’m worth it.  Uh huh, I’m worth it.  Gimme gimme I’m worth it…”)  This month is a GREAT time to sign up and become a Close To My Heart Consultant.

Not only is there a *NEW* lower price–only $75 for the Consultant Kit (which contains over $200 in product & supplies); you also get $50 in Select Product Credit to select the things YOU want for YOUR business!  Pretty awesome, right?

CTMH Consultant Kit

But wait, there’s more!

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Make a Cricut Valentine’s Mailbox

It’s time to start getting ready for Valentine’s Day!  And what better way to get ready than to create a super adorable Valentine’s Mailbox that you can stuff with cherished notes or yummy treats! This video will show you step-by-step how you can create this amazing 3-D project using our exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy and … Read more Make a Cricut Valentine’s Mailbox

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Thanksgiving Treat Place Cards

Thanksgiving Treat Place Cards

Want a fun way to create place cards for Thanksgiving dinner this year?  Why not try one of these adorable (and easy!) treat containers that would be perfect for a place card.  They can be as simple or as elaborate as you want.

Turkey Hershey Kiss Treat

This one we created in my Stamp Club this month.  I loved using our beautiful Fundamentals Papers–they make it look so elegant without any extra work!

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3 Reasons You Should Send Out Halloween Cards!

Artiste Jack o Lantern Circle Card

It’s 1 week until Halloween–the perfect time to send out some Halloween cards.  Do you send out Halloween cards?  You should!  Here are 3 reasons you should send them out.

Artiste Jack o Lantern Circle Card

  1. Halloween lends itself to creating some fun & unique cards.  Look at this adorable Jack-o-Lantern Card I created using a basic circle card as my base.  I then used CTMH’s Cricut Artiste to cut out this Jack-0-Lantern face (there’s a fabulous Frankenstein face, too!)  This card really was quick and easy to put together.  But with the added touches of embossing it, sanding the embossing followed by sponging the edges, it adds a lot to the visual appeal of the card.  The final touch was to use Thin 3-D Foam Tape to give the face a little “pop.”

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A Halloween Box Who’s ‘Trick’ is a Treat!

Cricut Artiste Hallowen Box

Cricut Artiste Hallowen Box

This darling little Halloween Box is so quick and easy to put together with the help of Close To My Heart’s Cricut Artiste Collection.  It’s the perfect little box to put a little treat in for your special trick or treaters this Halloween.   Making fun little treats for those special people couldn’t be easier since the Cricut does all the work.  Simply select the size you want (a recommended size is given in the Cricut handbook) and then fold all the score lines, sponge the edges if you’d like–for a little more spooky look–and then glue the tabs together and voila, you have an amazing Halloween Box for giving treats in.

Cricut Artiste Spooky Cute Box

We used the Little Monsters Stamp Set  which is so adorable with it’s spooky cute characters that can be colored in using our ShinHan Alcohol Markers or our Watercolor Pencils.  I don’t think you could create a bad project using this stamp set!  It’s just so cute!  I would recommend prepping all your pieces for the box and adhering them before putting the box all together.  It’ll just make it easier to have nice contact when adhering the spooky creatures to the box.

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Get Organized with CTMH’s August Special

CTMH Get Organized Marker Rollup

CTMH Get Organized Marker Rollup

Do you love a great deal?  And how about a sneak peek?  Well, you are going to love this month’s CTMH Special!  This month, CTMH is doing a sneak peek of select products from the upcoming 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations which will be released on September 1st.  As part of this sneak peek, they are offering a spectacular deal–and I mean spectacular.  With the first part of the special you can get your hands on the *NEW* Marker Roll-up for just $17.95 and you then receive a D-size stamp set called Balloon Wishes which has a retail value of $17.95 and coordinates with the Cricut Artiste Collection absolutely FREE. Pretty amazing, right?

Balloon Wishes Stamp Set

CTMH Marker Roll-up

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Amazing Cricut Artiste Card

Amazing Cricut Artiste Card

Amazing Cricut Artiste Card

Today’s card is another project that my Stamp Club created this month.  The design is perfect for using up scraps.  Plus, it showcases Shimmer Trim and our Paper Fundamentals beautifully!

Basic Paper Fundamentals

Our Paper Fundamentals are beautiful–and often overlooked–double-sided cardstock that have the same design on both sides.  One side features a glossy resist pattern while the other side is matte/traditional cardstock created with the same pattern in the selected color with white.

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Wonderful Cards and Useful Card Techniques

Birthday Money Holder Card

Birthday Money Holder Card

On Saturday we held our semi-annual Crazy for Cards Event.  Guests came and made an assortment of 12 cards, complete with envelopes.  We had a variety of different styles–traditional cards, unique folds, money holders (like pictured above and below) and we sprinkled in a few useful techniques as well.  It’s always a fun event!

Inside Birthday Money Holder Card This money holder was one that was a favorite by many.  

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You’re Berry Special

Taste of Summer Cricut Artiste Strawberries

Creating a darling basket full of strawberries seemed only natural when CTMH released it’s special Taste of Summer Paper Packet and Taste of Summer Stamp Set in honor of National Scrapbooking Month.  Plus, I found these cute berry baskets at Michaels that would work perfectly for holding the fun 3-dimensional paper strawberries. Cutting the strawberries … Read more You’re Berry Special

Hello Weekend!

  A super cheerful card created with the help of CTMH’s Cricut Artiste Collection. This is one of the many cards we will be creating next weekend at our Annual Crazy for Cards Event. Supplies used: Cricut Artiste Exclusive Stamp Set Honey Stamp Pad (Z2162) Scaredy Cat Paper Pack (X7185B) Honey Cardstock (X5668) White Daisy … Read more Hello Weekend!

Cutie Pie Cricut Artiste Cupcake Card

Today’s card is one that my Stamp Club made this month with the current Stamp of the Month—Cutie Pie.  The card base is cut from CTMH’s Cricut Artiste Collection.  Then we did some paper layering behind the cutout cupcake using the *NEW* Heartstrings Paper Collection as well as the Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape.  We finished … Read more Cutie Pie Cricut Artiste Cupcake Card

Rain or Shine Card

With today’s big rainstorm warnings here in the SF Bay Area, I thought sharing this rain-themed card today was appropriate.  I received this card from Rita P.  Isn’t it great?  I love the color choice as well as the layout of it.  Here are the supplies she used to make it: Rain or Shine Stamp … Read more Rain or Shine Card

Artiste Tote Made with It’s the Little Things

This darling little tote cut from CTMH’s Cricut Artiste cartridge was one of the projects my Stamp Club made this month.  It uses this month’s Stamp of the Month–It’s the Little Things.  It incorporates random stamping, masking as well as using the Quilling Tool to roll the 3-D flower (also cut from the Artiste.)

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