Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review of Cricut Artiste Collection from CTMH

I am SO excited that the Cricut Artiste Collection releases tomorrow so all of you can get your hands on its awesomeness!!!

I created a video review of the collection that you can watch below (or on YouTube HERE).

Today is the last day to PRE-ORDER from me. By pre-ordering you'll receive:
  • FREE shipping
  • FREE Autumn/Winter Idea Book
  • Peace of mind that your Artiste collection is on its way AS SOON as it's available!
  • My full support if you have any questions/concerns

Pre-order now, plus see more information I've posted on my blog >

Watch my review video below to get a closer look at the handbooks (2 of them!), stamp sets, and chipboard sets that come in the collection...

NEW $49 Consultant Kit + FREE $50 Gift
And with a new Idea Book also comes a new Consultant Kit! Joining my Playing With Paper team is now at the lowest price EVER...just $49! And in August only you'll also receive a free tote bag to help you carry all your fabulous new supplies! That's a $180 value for just $49 (plus tax/shipping). Join now >

You'll want to HURRY! This fabulous bag is WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Join now >

Not sure about joining yet? I have lots more info and FAQs about joining CTMH here >

Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy Bugsday - Boy's 6th Birthday Invitation & Decorations

A few months ago I helped my friend Kendra with birthday invitations and decor for her son's sixth birthday party. The theme was "Happy Bugsday" and she had pinned a bunch of ideas on her Pinterest board, then shared the board with me. I used that inspiration to create all this fun bug-themed stuff!

First, the invitation, which was inspired by this one and this one. I think mine turned out cuter, though, if I do say so myself :) I found free clipart online and designed the layout in InDesign, then printed and mounted onto 5x7" cardstock. The "bug bites" are just a 2" scalloped circle punch! How clever! (Wish I could take the credit.)

I also made some cupcake toppers. One side has the same bugs as the invitation, and the other side is personalized with Connor's name and age. I punched the bugs and name with a 1-3/4" circle punch and mounted them onto bright colors punched with a 2" scalloped circle punch.

I forgot to get a good picture of the banner before sending it off, but here's a semi-decent closeup. I made lots of pinwheel flowers...let me tell you they took FOREVER. If you have that many pennants to make, I don't recommend you do these pinwheels. But they sure look cute!

Here's the "Happy Bugsday" banner hung up at the party...

I also made the little food signs to go in front of all the food she had out. I loved Kendra's "caterpillars" - they're so healthy! She put fruit on skewers and stuck them into grapefruit halves. So cute!

And here's the whole setup...

The party was a hit for all...I just may have to consider this cute theme someday :)

Have a wonderful rest of your day!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

FREE Stamp Set with $50+ CTMH Order

I'm feeling generous (and I'll be honest, I'm just shy of my August sales goal), so I'm popping in again to let you know about my EXTRA special offer for these last few days of August.

Place any order of $50 or more in current CTMH products through the end of August and I'll send you any A- through C-size stamp set of your choice for FREE! Shop now >

Plus I'll send you a copy of the NEW Idea Book...FREE!

Here are a few of my favorites you could choose from...

Under The Sea

Just for You

Card Word Puzzle

Super Powers

First, shop here >

Then choose any A- through C-size stamp set from HERE >

Email me or send me a Facebook message to let me know which stamp set you'd like!

**This is in addition to my everyday free shipping offer on orders of $99 or more.**


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Shabby Chic Decorated Large Letter "Z" for Baby Girl

I created this precious "Z" a while ago and forgot to share it with you! This was for an order from my Etsy shop for a sweet baby girl named Zoey. It would also make a great wedding gift in the couple's new shared initial :)

The stars of the show are those FAB flowers! I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close to my Heart and cut them at varying sizes, from about 7" to 3" (once you roll up the spiral that is cut the end result is much smaller in diameter). I used chocolate and blush cardstock.

Each flower has some bling in the center...some have clear sparkles, some mocha opaques, some cream pearls, and some bling buttons. Those beautiful lacy flowers are from the Bohemian Assortment.

To create the leaves I cut them freehand from Sweet Leaf cardstock and ran them through my Fiskars paper crimper. The paper is all retired from CTMH: Cherry-O and Magic Moments.

Zoey's mom and dad LOVE Zoey's shabby chic "Z", and that's what makes me happy :)

Happy creating!

Friday, July 27, 2012

How to Scrapbook Your Vacation Photos in Studio J

how to scrapbook your vacation photos in studio j online scrapbooking

Sometimes scrapbooking our vacation photos can be overwhelming. If you're like me (and I think a lot of you are!), you take hundreds of photos on your vacations!

Obviously I'm not going to scrapbook all of them, but you want to make sure to get a good representation in your scrapbook so you don't forget a thing.

Give Studio J online scrapbooking a try—it's free to use, you only pay if/when you order. It takes roughly 30-45 minutes to create a 2-page layout, so it's much faster than traditional scrapbooking, and you still get to be creative.You can always add embellishments like pearls, ribbon, and brads onto the Studio J layouts once you receive them to add some extra pizzazz.

Here's a video to show you how the layout above was created, which uses Cruisin'—a perfect vacation-themed paper!

Studio J is free to try. You can design to your heart's content and not pay a dime until you purchase your layouts. And if/when you DO decide to purchase your layouts, it's just $6.95 for a 2-page layout. And shipping is only $5.95 for up to 50 layouts...what a deal!

If you've never tried Studio J before, here's a step-by-step video to show you the basics...

As always, let me know if you have any questions!

Try Studio J here >

Thursday, July 26, 2012

How to use Workshop on the Go Stamp Sets for Versatile Cards & Scrapbook Layouts

CTMH shared this quick video on how you can use the stamp sets in your Workshop on the Go kits to create versatile cards and scrapbook layouts. The stamps in La Belle Vie and Moonlight are especially good for creating scenes (Paris or Spooky Halloween)...the stamps are created to scale!

Take a peek...

If you'd like to purchase the Moonlight, La Belle Vie, Dakota, or any other Workshop on the Go kit, they'll be available to order on Aug. 1 from my CTMH website. The kits are a great value and come with an exclusive stamp set and the paper/embellishments to create the featured project.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

CTMH Stamp Sets for Sale - New and Used - Great Deals!

I am at it again...selling more stamp sets! I have tons...I mean TONS of new sets for sale. So many that I decided to add them to an album on  my Facebook page so you can browse and comment on the one(s) you would like.

Some have never been used, and others are gently used. Some are fairly recent releases and some are hard-to-find retired sets. All are priced very affordably!

Here are just a few that are available right now (inventory may change by the time you stop by!)...


 Browse all stamps for sale >

Request your NEW CTMH Autumn/Winter Idea Book!

The new Autumn/Winter Idea Book from CTMH is releasing soon...August 1st! If you'd like your own copy of the Idea book sent NOW, I'll send one for free. I just ask that you pay the $5 Priority shipping and in return I'll give you $5 off your order with me! See the right sidebar of my blog to request your Idea Book or use the Paypal button below.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Live Out Loud Professional Artwork

When I was at CTMH's annual Convention earlier this month we got to see all the professional artwork from the Spring/Summer and new Autumn/Winter Idea Books displayed. It's even more beautiful in person...the pictures are awesome, but there's so much detail that you can't see in the photos!

Here are some pictures of the artwork created with the July Stamp of the Month, Live Out Loud. This stamp set is only available until the end of the month and is just $5 with a $50 purchase. Get yours here >

First, here's the professional photograph from the Idea Book...

It looks awesome! Well here are some pictures I took (just with my iphone), but I tried to show some of the dimension that the artists created.

Pretty fun, huh? Lots going on with the layout...I love the colors.Believe it or not it uses the Superhero papers, which will also be gone after the this month so grab them while you can!.

Here's what all the images on the stamp set look like. If you'd like to snag yours, then simply place an order of $50 or more on my website in July. If you do, I'll also send you a brand new Autumn/Winter Idea Book, releasing Aug. 1, for FREE!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Peek at Avonlea and Cricut Artiste Doily Shapes - Sympathy Card

This is the first item I made with the brand new Artiste Cricut collection from Close to my Heart. I am overwhelmed by how many images there are to choose from on the Artiste cartridge! I can't wait to play with all of the 3D images, but first, unfortunately, I needed to make a sympathy card.

I chose to use the Avonlea paper for the card, as it has subtle colors and has almost a shabby chic look to it. And I played with 3 of the new cuts from the cartridge. 
Don't you just love the yummy teal and green colors? They are new colors introduced in the Avonlea kit, but CTMH is offering new "seasonal" colors, in which you can only get the colors in this paper kit...you can't buy extra cardstock, ink, markers, etc. So you've gotta buy Avonlea to get these colors!

Here's a close-up of the intricate cuts on the doilies. I added some bronze glitz glitter gel for some sparkle. Some distressing in Desert Sand ink and the color-ready seam-binding ribbon finished off the look.

To make this card...
  1. Cut a 6x12" card base from kraft cardstock and score/fold it in half for a 6x6 card. 
  2. Cut 3 coordinating strips of Avonlea paper each at 1-3/4" x 5-3/4". 
  3. With Artiste, cut Accent 4 from page 37 of the handbook to stamp your sentiment onto. (I don't remember what sizes the Cricut cuts are since I was just playing around.)
  4. With Artiste, cut Accent 1 (big doily) and Accent 3 (small doily) from page 31 of the handbook.
  5. Stamp sentiment in desert sand ink (I used the Card Chatter - Sympathy stamp set).
  6. Ink edges of all paper/cuts in desert sand ink with a sponge dauber.
  7. Adhere sentiment piece onto small doily. Add foam squares to top and bottom of small doily and adhere to big doily (so ribbon can run under the center of the shape).
  8. Adhere/assemble the rest of the card. Run the ribbon under the small doily and tie around the base of the card.
  9. Add bronze glitz glitter gel.
To order Close to my Heart products, shop on my website >

More About Artiste
These Cricut shapes are just the tip of the iceberg of what the Cricut Artiste Collection has to offer. There are even more doilies...themed for holidays and anytime, plus matching borders, a font, banners, keys, fun shapes, tags, gears, dressforms/sewing shapes, paisley, silhouettes, Eiffel tower, chandelier, travel shapes, buttons, playing cards, wings, shields, carousel/carnival shapes, card bases, Christmas ornaments, flowers, leaves, hearts, puzzles, bows, butterflies, wedding shapes, baby shapes, frames, movie night shapes, love-themed shapes, birds, mustache, stars, robot, planet, rocket, cupcakes, tiaras, pinwheels, hot air balloon, cloud, sun, balloon, Halloween shapes (lots), owls, snowflakes, Christmas shapes, and lots of 3D items like boxes, purses, bags, cupcake liners.... I could go on and on! There are 700 all-new cuts!!

The Artiste collection is available to the public on August 1 for just $99, and I'm taking pre-orders! If you would like to pre-order the Artiste collection, I'll give you FREE shipping + a FREE Idea book! I'll place your Artiste order first thing on Aug 1 so you don't have to worry about remembering, and I will send your Idea Book NOW!

Here are more details about what you get in the collection... Pre-order here >

Friday, July 20, 2012

Sneak Peek at CTMH's new Home Decor Workshop on the Go Kits

I'm SO excited for all the cute new products introduced in Close to my Heart's new Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea book. One thing I love is that we are introducing Home Decor Workshop on the Go Kits.

This video from CTMH corp gives you a peek at 2 of the Home Decor WOTG...an advent calendar for Christmas and a super cute Scroll album, perfect to display on your mantel, shelf, or long sofa or console table! Take a peek below or click here to watch on YouTube.

Want the New Idea Book?
If you'd like a new Idea Book of your own, I'll send one to you for free, I just ask that you pay the $5 Priority Shipping...and I'll give you a $5 credit on your CTMH purchase from me! You can purchase the Idea book below.


Pre-order the NEW Artiste Cricut Collection and I'll send you an Idea Book for FREE plus FREE shipping!

Details on pre-ordering the Artiste can be found HERE.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

NEW! Free Shipping + Idea Book With Cricut Artiste Collection

If you have the Art Philosophy collection, you are in for another treat. The new Artiste collection from Close to my heart is another MUST-HAVE collection, packed with 700 more Cricut images!

Pre-order offer below...be sure to scroll down!

I can't believe how amazing this new Artiste collection is! It is chock full of 3D items like boxes, purses, bags, more flowers; a font; and themed cuts for birthdays, holidays, and more. You can see the full handbook HERE. I've just begun playing with it and can't believe all the fun stuff it has!

Plus you'll also receive:
  • 3 stamp sets the perfectly coordinate with the cartridge
  • 3 sheets of dimensional elements (chipboard) that coordinate with the cartridge
  • 2 handbooks - 1 "normal" and 1 with assembly instructions for 3D items
  • The cartridge itself
  • My support to help you with any questions you might have!
  • August Stamp of the Month for just $5 (see below)

This cartridge is not available until August 1, but I am taking PRE-ORDERS! If you would like to be among the first to receive this must-have cartridge, you can pre-order below and I'll place your order FIRST THING on Aug.1. You don't have to worry about remembering to order, I'll do it for you and you'll have it in your hands soon after it's released to the public.

Plus, I'll send you the BRAND NEW Idea Book from Close to my Heart NOW - before you even get your Cricut Artiste collection.

To pre-order, use the Paypal button below. I will cover your shipping, so the total is $99 for the Artiste collection + tax (I used my tax rate). Your purchase also qualifies you for the August Stamp of the Month for just $5 more! Use the drop-down menu to choose to add it if you'd like (picture below).

Artiste Pre-order Options

Here's what the August Stamp of the Month looks like. You can add it to your Artiste Pre-order above, if you'd like!

P.S. Don't forget my giveaway for the Art Philosophy Cricut Collection is still going on! Enter now >

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Live Out Loud: July Stamp of the Month

I've been working on lots of crafty projects for CTMH Convention in Dallas, which is THIS week!!! I can't share them with you quite yet, but I will soon, I promise. I don't want to spoil the surprise for my friends who will receive my crafty creations :) I leave on Wednesday morning and I couldn't be more excited!

I'll also be sure to post updates here and on my Facebook Page and Twitter. Stay tuned for lots of new CTMH goodness.

In the meantime, check out the fun July Stamp of the Month, Live Out Loud. It's full of artsy all-purpose sentiments. Use the phrases to adorn artwork, cards, and letters with your own unique, hand-stamped touch.

You can earn your set for just $5 with your next $50 purchase — but remember — this set is only available for the month of July, so order yours right away!

View the July Stamp of the Month set >

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July CTMH Special - Perfect Pairs

During July, get a free paper packet and coordinating accessory with a qualifying online purchase.

Some things are just made to go together. That’s the heart of July’s Perfect Pairs campaign: to celebrate how perfectly Close To My Heart products go together!

All you need to do is place an order of $75 or more in full-priced retail products on my shopping website, and you’ll be able to receive that day’s “perfect pair” for free! Each pair will be available for only a limited time, and only while supplies last, so when you see one that you want, act quickly!

Get more details and see which pairs will be available in July >

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fashionista and Footloose Retirement Card + Giveaway

Happy 4th of July, you guys! Hope you're enjoying some yummy BBQ and friends/family. I'll be BBQing with my hubby and cousin and her hubby this afternoon. It's even supposed to be sunny in Seattle today...woohoo!

Ok onto my card. I loved the Fashionista Stamp Set the moment I set eyes on it in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book. But can you believe this is the first time I played with it?! I made this retirement card for my aunt and thought this fun fashionista was the perfect image to celebrate her new found freedom!

I used a corrugated cardboard card base and Footloose papers with cocoa cardstock. The "congratulations" stamp is an old one from Stampin' Up. I think SU has some adorable stamps, but I have to say it took me 3 tries to stamp it perfectly straight on that shape (which I cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge). That's why I love CTMH stamps so much...they're clear so you can place them perfectly the first time!

If you like the Footloose papers you'd better snag them now because after July they're retiring! Right now the paper packet by itself is not on my website, but the Footloose Workshop on the Go is still available. The WOTG is a great value at just $29.95—it comes with a full paper packet, a super-cute exclusive stamp set, a pack of wooden badge buttons, and an instructional brochure. Great for your summer photos!
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

Speaking of Art Philosophy, this month I'm giving a collection away to one of you!!! I'm celebrating 4 fantastic years as a CTMH Consultant and I want you to get the goodies! It's easy to enter, so head on over to be sure to enter the giveaway >