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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cricut Artfully Sent - Scene and Sentiment Functions

CTMH made two additional videos showing examples of cards using the Scene and Sentiment keys on the Cricut overlay for Artfully Sent.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Basics of Artfully Sent - CTMH's Newest Cricut Cartridge

This very informative video shows examples of the various functions and types of artwork that can be quickly created using Artfully Sent.  By the way, this cartridge isn't just about making cards to give away, it also makes sized cards for pocket scrapbooking.

This second video gives more in-depth information about one of the coolest things the cartridge does - Pop Up Cards!

Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Albums for All Types of Scrapbooking

The new CTMH D-Ring and Post Bound My Legacy Albums have finally arrived!  You can see them here.
A quick video from Close To My Heart that explains the differences in the albums is posted below:

Also, here is a flyer with more information from CTMH:

Click on the photos to get a better view.  The second flyer discusses the new A la Carte Picture My Life pocket scrapbook program.

Please let me know if you have any questions about these beautiful new products.  To order, please visit my website here.
Thank you for visiting today!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Advent Cookie Calendar With Artiste Noel Bags

CTMH Seaside Paper and Magical Days Stamp
This year's Advent Calendar is a little different than the ones I've done in the past, here, here, and here.  It seemed like a fun idea to combine a few of our favorite things - paper crafting, cookies and the Christmas tree.  I wanted to use non-traditional paper so I chose paper that went with our family room's decor. This would be a great project to use up lots of different papers from one's stash.
Sugar Cookies Cut from 1.5" Wilton Cookie Cutters

Having gifts hanging from the tree branches seems to fit with my sense of nostalgia this year.  Doing the assembling seemed to be a perfect fit for my ten year old's idle time over Thanksgiving Break, too. Lately, I've been under the weather and she was a big help and the motivator for getting this project done. She also was the one to choose the Cricut diecut.

Tree decorated with lights and Advent gifts

The Noel Bag on page 79 in the Artiste booklet lists the cut size as 5".  The cookies are very small and didn't require that large of a container. Also, I wanted to get two bags from each 12 x 12 paper, so we cut them at 3.25".  Pictured below is a snack size package of M & M's in front of the bag cut at 5". The little wrapped angel cookie peaking out of the smaller bag is a perfect fit.  The bag on the right is not stamped because I decided to use only the Seaside paper for this countdown to Christmas project.

Realizing that the cookies were likely to be inedible on Day 24, I had to revise my plan a wee bit.  The cookies could be frozen and added to the bags as needed.  Or new cookie creations could be added as they are made during the month.  Or the one that made it possible for me to fill all of the bags at one time and works well for my family was plan C. (Or maybe it is Plan D?) Darling Daughter loved having activities instead of treats in her Advent calendar in past years, so we opted for some of the weekend days and Winter Break days to have family activities instead of stale cookies.

Here is a list of Christmas Countdown activities that I posted three years ago from one of the previous Advent projects:

Countdown to Christmas Activities:

Check out the weather at the North Pole
Play Christmas Tic Tac Toe or Checkers
Track Santa’s flight with NORAD (on Christmas Eve)
Prepare milk, cookies and carrots for Santa and the Reindeer tonight!
Listen to Christmas music while making a Christmas treat
Go to Zoo Lights and see Christmas lights
Take an evening stroll to look at holiday lights
Write a letter to Santa Claus
Visit Santa Claus at Daddy’s work
Go to Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Botanical Garden
Make an ornament
Help decorate the Christmas tree
Buy a new ornament for the Christmas tree
Cuddle by the fireplace or Christmas tree and listen to Christmas music or read holiday stories
Decorate the house
Put up Christmas lights
Make Christmas M & M Pretzels
Set up the Nativity creche
String popcorn and cranberries
Make gift tags
Make a handcrafted gift
Watch a holiday movie, and eat popcorn
Sing along with holiday music or the karaoke
Read a holiday book
Research holiday customs in a country where you have an interest
Buy and deliver Toys For Tots
Bake and decorate sugar cookies
Decorate a gingerbread house
Read the Christmas story
Share Christmas memories over hot cocoa with marshmallows
Make Peanut Butter Blossoms
Take cookies to the neighbors
Go caroling
Take a drive to find snow
Play in the snow  (We can't do this in Phoenix!)
Make and address Christmas cards
Make a Christmas craft
Get a plain stocking and decorate it
Make a paper Christmas chain
Cut out paper snowflakes
Make edible ornaments for birds
Wear your new Christmas pajamas
Take a family photo
Visit someone who needs cheering up
Volunteer where there is a need in your community
Wrap presents
Go Christmas shopping for a shut-in
Shop for stocking stuffers
Donate food to a local food bank
Play a board game
Make a special meal

Some of the days I put an activity and a treat in the bag.  There are lots of other treats that will fit in these sweet little all-occasion bags. These would look adorable hanging from a garland. Or if they were cut smaller, they would be so cute used on a wreath.

CTMH Yuletide Carol Paper
List of supplies:
CTMH Artiste Cartridge
Magical Days Stamp Set
Seaside Paper
Liquid Glass
Yuletide Carol Paper Packet
Wilton Cookie Cutters
Sugar Cookie Dough and Royal Icing
Assorted Candies

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday - Just Announced! 20% Off Cricut Collections!


For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night.  Please visit my website here to take advantage of this ONE Day Only discount.

You will be able to take advantage of this special deal as long as it is submitted between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm (MST) on Monday, December 1. Enjoy extra savings on Close To My Heart's exclusive Cricut® collections this Cyber Monday!

Also, with any Cricut Collection purchase you will automatically qualify for the Deal of the Decade! C and D size stamps for $10 each!  Details about this promotion are posted below.

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix® clear polymer stamps—and we can’t wait for you to celebrate with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That’s up to $7.95 USD/$9.75 CAD of savings on a single stamp set! Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted price. A purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.

*Deal of the Decade Offer valid December 1, 2014 (9:00 am MST)–December 31, 2014 (11:59 pm MST). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items (C-size stamp set: $13.95 USD/$15.25 CAD; D-size stamp set: $17.95 USD/$19.75 CAD).

Just a reminder that today is the last day of the Lucky Five Studio J Sale.

Thank you for your business.  I hope you are able to take advantage of some of the amazing discounts that CTMH is offering this holiday season.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge is Now Available!

CTMH Cricut Pop Up Cards!
The wait is finally over! Close To My Heart Consultants were notified today that the new Artfully Sent Collection is now available to order. If you do not want to read any further,  this link will take you directly to the order entry page.  However, if you read a little bit more, you will see my special gift that I am offering to everyone who purchases ANY of the CTMH Cricut Collections this month.

Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut® collection you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is “just because”! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves and pocket cards. Order your Cricut® Artfully Sent collection (Z3017) today

All seven pages of the Artfully Sent Shape Index can be viewed by clicking on the link above.
A larger image of the Sample Cards can be viewed by clicking on the linked caption below.

Cricut® Artfully Sent Sample Cards

The collection includes the following:

Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (Z3017)
$99 USD / $109 CAD
(retail value of nearly $125 USD / $135 CAD)

1 – Cartridge (700 Images: Cards and Font)
3 – My Acrylix™ D-size Stamp Sets*
3 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

AND -  I am offering the September Stamp of the Month FREE to anyone who purchases ANY Cricut CTMH Collection through my website during September, 2014!  This set is a $17.95 value. You will receive a refund for the stamp set when you order it at the same time as your Cricut Collection.  The refund amount is $5 because that is what you will be charged when you place your order. 

Family is Forever – September 2014 Stamp of the Month

Here is a layout and card made with this stamp set:

To order this and any other CTMH items, please visit my website.
Thank you for your business. I appreciate it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"I Want to Earn Some Money, Mom" - Odd Jobs for Kids Board

Work For Hire - Odd Jobs Pockets
Hello!  This project came about because I wanted to make something attractive and interactive for my daughter, who was looking for a way to earn a little cash.... And I didn't want to have any nagging or whining from either of us.

CTMH Designed Decor Frame

By listing the potential tasks and combining them with the 'going rate' (at my house,) she can choose what extra chore she wants to perform in order to get a little extra money.  She is very excited by the prospect of being in control of her choices. It is a Win-Win situation because these tasks should get done, but are not high on my priority list right now.

 Pockets and Tags Cut With Artiste Cartridge

Double-Side Seaside B & T Duos Paper Pockets

This short video explains my work-for-hire-system.

Here is the supply list:

CTMH Designed Decor Colonial White Frame

Cricut Artiste Collection

Seaside Paper Packet

Colonial White Cardstock
Mini Clothespins
Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape
Sewing Machine/Thread
Masking tape to adhere the thread to back of frame
Printer/Copy Paper
Dollar Bills (or fives or tens or twenties - depending on the task and your level of generosity)

Here is the list of jobs formatted in three columns on two pages:

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for visiting today!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Thimbleberries Santa's Workshop Festive Topper

2003 Thimbleberries Quilt Club UFO

There is hope for those of us who have ancient UFO's in our homes!  After an eleven year break, this quilt is finally done!  I'm posting it in hopes that others who struggle with having unfinished objects or neglected projects will realize they are not alone.
I hope you all have a chance to work on something creative this weekend!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Picture My Life Memory Protector Promotion

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $24.95, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3.00! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3.00 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure! Valid August 1, 2014–August 31, 2014 or while supplies last.

Sample of a few of the Picture My Life Seaside Scrapbooking Program cards

All of the Picture My Life programs are available here.   The 8 different Memory Protector packs have a variety of sizes and configurations.  Choose the one that best fits your style of pocket scrapbooking.
Design 1 – 10 protectors: 6 vertical 6" x 4" pockets each. 
Design 2 – 10 protectors: 6 horizontal 4" x 6" pockets each. 
Design 3 – 10 protectors: 4 vertical 6" x 4" pockets and 4 horizontal 3" x 4" pockets each. 
Design 4 – 10 protectors: 4 horizontal 4" x 6" pockets and 4 vertical 4" x 3" pockets each. 
Design 5 – 10 protectors: 3 vertical 6" x 4" pockets and 6 horizontal 3" x 4" pockets each. 
Top Load – 10 protectors: 12" x 12" pocket. 1/2" gutter seam so pages lie flat. 
Side Load – 10 protectors: 12" x 12" pocket. 
Variety Pack – 10 protectors: 4 of Design 3, 3 of Design 4, and 3 of Design 5

Album accessories, including the Memory Protector 10-packs are listed here.

Also, here is a great way to use Flip Flaps along with your favorite Picture My Life kit or with any traditional scrapbook layout.

Don't forget about August's What a Hoot! Stamp of the Month!  You can receive this set of 17 stamps only during August, 2104.  It is available at full price here or for only $5 with a $50 purchase.

What A Hoot - August's CTMH SOTM

CTMH Artwork featuring August's SOTM What A Hoot

CTMH Layout using What A Hoot Stamp of the Month
Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

How to Use the CTMH My Acrylix Spritz and Scrubber

The new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Catalog and Idea Book is now available to view online here.  You'll be delighted with lots of new and fun products to spark your creativity.  Everything in the Idea Book is available to purchase except the new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge, which is expected in September.

CTMH has produced a series of videos to demonstrate many of the current products.  Some of the items have been around for awhile and others are brand new.  I thought it might be helpful to start with the basics and stamping is at the core of CTMH. This video is a good starting point for showing how to get your stamps clean.

The My Acrylix Scrubber is available here.
The My Acrylix Spritz is available here.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for visiting today!