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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.

Happy National Coffee Day

Coffee Card

Happy National Coffee Day!  In honor of the day, I made up this fun card to celebrate.

I love the combination of Glacier and Peacock together.  It went together pretty easy as I was able to cut out the darling coffee cup using CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection along with the *NEW* Block Alphabet Thin Cuts dies.

I cut each letter out twice, adhered them together with Bonding Memories Glue and then embossed them with CTMH’s *NEW* Rose Embossing Folder to give them more texture.

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Scrapbooking Crop

Scrap Garden Crops

May is National Scrapbooking Month.  The perfect time to either host or attend a scrapbooking crop!  For the last several years, I’ve hosted a crop with some other CTMH Consultants both in November (a great time to prepare holiday cards and/or get a jump start on your holiday layouts) and one in May.  This May was no different.

Cricut Artistry Straw Cup

While our group was smaller this time, we had an amazing time together.  I think it may have been one of my favorites to date in fact!  I found some fun glitter straw cups at my local Dollar Tree (pretty much bought them out!) and thought these would be perfect to decorate with some vinyl and give to each attendee.  I used CTMH’s Cricut Artistry Collection for this fun “Scrap Happy” sentiment.  I cut it out in both a Teal and Silver Metallic Vinyl.  I really love how they turned out; so did the attendees!  It was awesome seeing the ladies use their cups all day. =)

Scrapbooking Crop Bingo

I also made up some Bingo cards for those who wanted to give themselves a focus/challenge throughout the day.  It was completely optional, but I think everyone played in some capacity.

Scrapbook Crop Bingo Containers

And to help everyone out, I gave each attendee a little container full of most of the items that they needed for their Bingo card.  All they needed to do was figure out how they could use the items on their projects to mark off that square!

If you missed joining us this past weekend, never fear, another Crop will be coming your way in November!

And if you can’t wait for a fun event, join us for our Paper Party next month–Saturday, June 10th!   We’ll be creating cards, boxes and gift card holders all with the *NEW* CTMH Papers from the recently released Seasonal Expressions 2 Catalog.

For more information about our Paper Party, see my list of CTMH Events.

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.

Happy National Cat Lady Day!

National Cat Lady Day Card

Did you know today is National Cat Lady Day?  I actually didn’t until I heard it on the radio this morning.  My daughter, a HUGE fan of cats, was delighted to hear the news. So in honor of the day, I whipped up this cute card.

Here are the supplies I used to create it:

  • Balloon Animals Stamp Set (S1602–retired)
  • Memento Black Ink Pad (Z899)
  • White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet (X7218B)
  • Red Shimmer Trim (Z1848)
  • White Twine (Z3216)
  • Cricut Artistry Cricut Collection (Z3167)

To purchase any of these or other CTMH products, please visit MY ONLINE CTMH STORE.

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

 

National Grilled Cheese Day

Today is National Grilled Cheese Day.  The perfect excuse to enjoy a tasty sandwich for lunch or dinner–whether you do the traditional grilled cheese sandwich or make it a little more gourmet.

 

Silly Sayings Card

I shared this card back in February for Groundhog’s Day, but with the sentiment from the Silly Sayings Stamp Set, it was perfect for today, too!  You can see my original post HERE.

Silly Sayings Stamp Set

Now go celebrate today–have yourself a grilled cheese sandwich! =)

 

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!

 

Happy Groundhog Day!

Silly Sayings Card

Happy Groundhog Day to you! Here in California, Groundhog Day doesn’t seem like such a big deal.  I can remember growing up in the Midwest waiting to hear what Phil would say–please let Spring come early!  I guess since our weather isn’t as harsh we don’t need to hold out hope for an early Spring as much.

Anyway, I thought I’d share this darling card I received from Lisa, a fellow CTMH Consultant.  Isn’t it super cute?  Not sure if it would pass for a true groundhog, but definitely works for me!

Here are the supplies she used to create it:

  • Silly Sayings Stamp Set (C1672)
  • Happy to be Friends Stamp Set (C1605)
  • Fern Stamp Pad (Z2650)
  • Black Stamp Pad (Z2805)
  • Fern Cardstock (X5777)
  • Saddle Cardstock (X5928)
  • Colonial White Cardstock (1388)
  • Black Cardstock (1386)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Cricut Art Philosophy (retired)
  • Cricut Artistry (Z3167)
  • Black Bitty Brads

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