Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Back to School Layout

I'm pretty excited to get my back to school photos off my SD card and onto this cute scrapbook page.  I copied the page right out of the new CTMH Idea Book (pg. 97).  I changed up the paper to Dreamin' (X7142B).  The stamp set is School Rocks (B1396).

Notice the pattern behind "days"?  I cut a border with the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge and used it as a stencil.  I sponged Desert Sand ink over the die cut, and then removed it.  I love the look.  That came from the Idea Book too.

Oh, and the word SCHOOL is made with our new CORK Color Ready Alphabets (Z1450).  They're adhesive backed and ready to add to your page.  I used a Chocolate Marker to add a little color to them.

Have a memorable day,

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hostess Goodie Bag

My friend Jena had a home gathering, and as a thank you gift I gave her this adorable bag of goodies (if I do say so myself).  The bag and cards were made using the Blue Ribbon stamp set which coordinates with the CTMH exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  The gift bag was also cut with the cricut cartridge.  The paper is from the Lucky paper collection.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Technique Hop - Glossy Dimension

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! This month there are 13 of us highlighting the GLOSSY DIMENSION technique as shown on page 23 in the Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book. This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit this link. While there you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way. Let’s get started!

If you are coming from NEELY'S blog, you are on the right track!

Continue reading for instructions on how I made the P-u-m-p-k-i-n letters glossy.  Thanks for stopping by! Please continue to BECCA'S blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique. Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

I created this Pumpkin Fun layout using Mischief  level 2 paper kit (X7144B) and the On with the Show template in the Magic how-to book from Close To My Heart.  I adhered my Dimensional Elements chipboard letters to my layout first so I wouldn't have to handle them after making them glossy. This was a little risky because I could have made a mess with my product, so you may want to apply your chipboard after applying the "glossy." 

You will need Liquid Glass (Item Z679) and reinker of your choice, I used black.  I like to cover a bowl with tinfoil for the mixing of the Liquid Glass and reinker.  A toothpick or Embossing stylus works well for mixing and applying the gloss.
I cover a bowl with tinfoil for easy clean up once the project is done

Add Liquid Glass and a few drops of reinker until you have the desired color.

Mix with a toothpick or Embossing Tool

Apply the Liquid Glass/Ink mixture to the Dimensional Elements chipboard.  Allow to dry for several hours.
Clean up is a snap.  Toss the tinfoil and rinse off your Embossing Tool.

 Have a memorable day,


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hooray Bouquet & Cricut

Here is another card I created with the new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart. I used Hooray Bouquet (D1491), another Cricut-compatible My Acrylix stamp set.  This is just one of the many stamp sets in the new Idea Book that is compatible with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  The image size of the stamp is cleverly printed on the carrying sheet so you know exactly what settings to use with your Cricut for a perfect fit.  The paper is Elemental (X7141B).

These flowers were a snap to create, since I didn't need to cut them by hand.  The flowers, green circle,sentiment tag and the watermelon were all cut with the CTMH Cricut cartridge, even the seeds.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

That's me, ready to show hundreds of enthusiastic Close To My Heart consultants creative ways to use the new Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge which was revealed at our national convention at the Disneyland Hotel last month. In the Spring I was selected along with 27 other creative women to teach classes on the new products launched in the 2011 Fall/Winter Idea Book. I've known about this exciting new product for months, but was sworn to secrecy. I'm so glad the word is finally out, because it's too good to keep to myself.

I'll be sharing some of my creations in future posts, so check back often. If you would like to subscribe by email, fill in the box to the right so you don't miss anything.

Have a memorable day,

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

CTMH's Cricut Art Philosophy Collection

The geniuses at Close To My Heart have teamed up with Cricut to bring you an amazing Art Philosophy cartridge that pairs with CTMH clear My Acrylix stamps and Dimensional Elements chipboard. Simply plug the cartridge into your Cricut and you’re ready to cut any of the 700 shapes, ranging from elegant roses to trendy gift boxes and banners! There's even an alphabet.  You’ll also receive three stamp sets (valued at $53.85) as well as three sets of 9" × 12" Dimensional Elements chipboard (valued at $14.85) that work in tandem with the cartridge. On top of that, numerous My Acrylix stamp sets in the new CTMH Idea Book pair wonderfully with images on the Cricut® cartridge. When looking through the Idea Book, you’ll see red lines around the images that coordinate with the cartridge, and the cutting size setting is right on the stamp's carrying sheet (how smart is that?).  Click here to purchase your Art Philosophy collection today.

Dream of the possibilities you could create with the new Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and coordinating products from Close To My Heart.  I used the new Sonoma paper (Item X7143B) to create this banner with my cartridge.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wicked Blog Hop

Welcome. I hope you are enjoying our Stamp of the Month blog hop viewing all the creative ways to use the Wicked stamp set.  This stamp set contains 9 images perfect for your Halloween crafts.  It is available for just $5 with a $50 purchase!  [Be sure to check out the super cute cards and treat box you can create with this stamp set by clicking here.]   

Some wonderful Close To My Heart consultants have joined me in creating artwork for this blog hop which works as a circle.  So begin "hopping" by clicking the links, and feel free to leave comments along the way.

You should have arrived here from Lorus's blog.

This card features the new Mischief paper kit from Close To My Heart.  "Wicked Halloween" is stamped on a die cut created with the new exclusive Cricut cartridge, Art Philosophy.

Thank you for stopping by.  Now hop on over to Marianne's blog to see her creative use of this stamp set!

Have a memorable day,


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I Love the NEW Stamp of the Month Program

Each month Close To My Heart offers a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only.  Now the Stamp of the Month is even more affordable than before.  When you place an order of $50 or more in CTMH products, you will get the Stamp of the Month for just $5 - that's 72% off the full retail price!  Even the full price has been lowered five bucks to $17.95.  [Studio J purchases do not qualify for the stamp of the month.  Shipping charges are calculated on the full retail value.]

But wait, there's more...to celebrate the new Stamp of the Month program, you'll receive this Typeface alphabet stamp set as a free bonus when you purchase $50 in products and the Wicked stamp set for $5.

Look at this great holiday project you can create with your Wicked Stamp of the Month.

Want to make your own Delightfully Wicked Cards and Treat Box?  See project tips online by clicking here.  Project tips and instructions will be online for one year from the date the stamp set is available, but the Wicked stamp set is only available during the month of August.

Materials Needed
  • S1108 My Acrylix® Wicked
  • X7144B Mischief Level 2 Paper Packet
  • X5913 Light Neutral Cardstock Shade Pack
  • Z1487 Mini-Medley Accents Pewter Collection
  • Z1335 Opaques Licorice Adhesive Gems
  • Z282 Black Hemp 
Required Tools
  • Z1647 My Creations® Card Box
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks® Pad
  • Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Pad
  • Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks® Pad
  • Z2305 Black Exclusive Inks® Marker
  • E1016 My Acrylix® Friendship Alphabet Large
  • Z1311 1 1/4" Circle Punch
  • Z1114 Piercing Tool Kit
  • Z697 Sponge
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots®
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
  • Y1002 1" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® Block
  • Y1009 2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® Block
  • Y1010 2" x 6 1/2" My Acrylix® Block
  • Y1012 4" x 5" My Acrylix® Block

 Have a memorable day,