Friday, July 26, 2013

New Artbooking Blog Hop

The new Artbooking Cricut Cartridge is one of those tools you "have to have".   To showcase all the great projects,  I joined a new blog hop called Artbooking in August!  New projects will be posted each Monday in August.    There will be over 40 blogs for you to visit so you will have plenty of inspiration using the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart.  
So here is a "sneak peek" at a layout I "copied".  My friend, Joyce and I were "playing" with the cartridge this week.  This is almost like Joyce's layout except I added the little heart in the word "love".  Remember what they say - "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"!  So Joyce, I hope you are flattered!

 The background is white daisy cardstock.  The "overlay" was cut in Outdoor Denim cardstock,  the photo frames are Lagoon cardstock and the birds and words are Honey cardstock.  This layout is so easy to make using this new cartridge.  The shapes on each page are linked so if you want to make a scrapbook page, you set your machine to 11" and all the images are sized to fit the layout.  Then just add your photos!  Easy peezy!
This layout is on page 59 of the Artbooking Booklet.

Be sure to stop back on August 4th to see more beautiful artwork.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Joyful Stars July Blog Hop

Welcome to our July Blog Hop.  I'm so happy you decided to join us!  If you have come from Krista's Blog, you are on the right track.  This month, I made a shaped card using the soon to be discontinued Later Sk8r paper pack.  This paper is perfect for all your "guy" scrapbook pages and cards.  Get yours before July 31st, when it will be retired.
If you like to make cards, then you have to check out the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cartridge.  There are 100 different cards that you can cut with the AP Cartridge!  No more boring A2 size cards.  Check out all the cards you can make here: Cricut Collections.  From there, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Art Philosophy Shape Index".

This is a great masculine card.

The card is on page 48 of the Art Philosophy booklet.  Cut the card at 5 1/2" in Whisper Cardstock.
Cut a strip of Later Sk8r Background and Texture Paper 5 1/2" x 1 1/4".

Cut another strip of Later Sk8r Background and Texture Paper 3 1/4" x 3/4".  Cut a "V" on one end and sponge the edges with Slate Ink.  Cut a circle from page 21 of the AP booklet at 2 3/4" from Later Sk8r Background and Texture Paper.  Using the Artiste Cartridge, cut the gear on page 39 of the booklet in Slate Cardstock.  The gear is Accent 2 (shift) @4 3/4".

 Adhere the large strip of B & T paper to the bottom of the card front.  Trim to match card shape and using gear as a pattern, trim the partial circle from the strip.  That way it will not be visible once you adhere the gear.

Sponge inside and outside edges of the gear with Slate Ink.  Put narrow strips of mounting tape around inside circle and adhere to the card front.  Adhere B & T circle inside of the gear.  Stamp "Birthday Greetings" from D1514 - Just a Number on the small strip of B & T using Outdoor Denim Ink.  Using mounting tape, adhere the  small strip to the card front.

Stamp card inside using D1475 Card Chatter Birthday stamp set using Outdoor Denim and Pear Ink.  Random stamp one of the gears inside the card using Outdoor Denim Ink.  Random stamp a different gear using second generation technique in Slate Ink.

This card requires a 5 x 7 envelope using these measurements.  Stamp the envelope using B1514 In Gear using Outdoor Denim, Pear and Slate Ink.  Use second generation stamping technique with the Slate Ink.

Thanks so much for joining us this month.  Now hop on over to Jean's Blog to see her beautiful creation.  Happy Hopping!
You may have noticed my blog looks much different than last time you visited.   It is still "under construction".   I have been having a great time working with Becky from The Cutest Blog on the Block.  Be sure to stop back later in the month when it will be completely finished and I will be sponsoring a contest with prizes!

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cricut Artbooking Cartridge

This is another great cartridge from Close To My Heart that will be available on August 1st.
  I have been saying that our other cartridges are so fantastic that I couldn't possibly "need" anything else.  Boy, was I WRONG!  
Let me introduce you to the stunning new Cricut® Artbooking collection! The collection includes a cartridge to make cutting shapes the easiest it has ever been.  The images include FULL layouts in 15 different layout themes so you can create several coordinating pages for each theme.   There are 10 themed mini-books, accents, borders, titles, overlays photo mats and more!  This really is a revolutionary product—the first of its kind! Cutting edge technology allows users to link shapes according to size.     The bundle comes with 3 exclusive My Acrylix Stamp Sets, 3 sheets of coordinating chipboard Dimensional Elements and a 700 image cartridge.  (Contact me at if you would like to have a copy of the booklet with all of the images and I will email it to you.)

Are you as excited as I am?  Are you anxious to get your hands on this new cartridge?  You can pre-order it now and I will order it at 12:01 AM on August 1 so you will be among the very first to receive it.   In addition to the fantastic cartridge, I will offer free shipping if you order it before July 31.  You MUST contact me via email to receive free shipping.  I can not give you free shipping if you order on my website.  I will also give  a FREE  Fall//Winter Idea Book to anyone that pre-orders the Artbooking Bundle.

Can't stand to wait until August 1st?  Well, just sign up to become a Close To My Heart Consultant and you can order your cartridge and any other products you want right away.  I would LOVE to have you join my team.

As part of your enrollment you will purchase the New Consultant Essentials Kit for only $49! You will receive the basic business and creative supplies you want most. All the supplies in the kit have a retail value of approximately $155!

Contents of the New Consultant Essentials Kit include:

Everything to meet your crafting and career needs. Approximately $155 in retail value!
  • Read Me First Letter
  • Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Books (qty. 3)
  • Hostess Order Forms (qty. 5)
  • Customer Order Forms (qty. 5)
  • Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W471)
  • Autumn/Winter 2013 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1125)
  • Petite Perks™ A Touch of Fall Incentive Stamp Set (W2026)
  • Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements (X7170C)
  • Workshops on the Go® Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Kit (G1065)
  • Reflections® Scrapbook Program (9037)
  • Originals Card Confidence Program® (9036)
  • Black Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2105)
  • Gypsy Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2190)
  • My Acrylix® Paisley Perfect Stamp Set (C1556)
  • My Acrylix® Cityscape Stamp Set (C1563)
  • My Acrylix® Swirls Around Stamp Set (D1551)
  • 3" × 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006)
(Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.)
Please contact me with any questions or to pre-order the new Artbooking Bundle:

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