Thursday, October 1, 2015

October SOTM Blog Hop - Twinkle

Welcome to the Twinkle Blog Hop! Thanks for coming from Michelle Battitori's blog.

This set of 15 stamps is a must have for your holiday collection. And, that star circle border, hand drawn doodle and frame will be useful for lots of cards and layouts. Our blog hop is a big circle of 47 consultants. Enjoy the artwork as you hop around!

Supplies used:
  • White Pines Paper Packet, X7200B
  • Gold Glitter Paper, Z3076
  • Glacier Fundamentals Assortment, Z3102
  • Glacier Ink, Z2641
  • Cranberry Ink, Z2116
  • Champagne Ink, Z2174
  • CTMH Cricut Artiste Cartridge, Z3170

Now head over to Maureen OSullivan's blog to see her creativity with Twinkle!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall Plate

I love making vinyl decorated plates to celebrate the seasons and holidays. I made this one for my lovely mom for her entryway. So quick and simple to do using my Cricut Expression!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

With Deepest Sympathy Card and Video

When we need a sympathy card, we often don't have time to run to the store or feel like creating a card when we're sad. I like to keep several sympathy cards on hand for those reasons.

Here's a quick, but sweet, card you can create using the CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge and a few other supplies.

I made a quick video to show how to use our ShinHan Touch Twin Markers to create the "Monet-like" flowers.

Black "With Deepest Sympathy" sentiment card cut at 4.25" pressing the Sentiment, Shift, and "T" key. I trimmed it to 4" long and left it at 5.5" wide. I added a piece of 8.5" x 5.5" Hollyhock cardstock, scored down the middle for the card base (sorry, I think I said Sorbet in the video, but it's Hollyhock!).

You can choose how large and how "muddled" to make your circles.

Inside sentiment
Supplies used:

  • CTMH Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge, Z3168
  • Hollyhock Cardstock, 1246
  • Black Cardstock, 1386
  • Scrap of White Cardstock, 1385
  • ShinHan Touch Twin Markers, in:
    • P282, Peony Purple, Z2462
    • RP198, Tender Pink, Z2464
    • R5, Cherry Pink, Z2450
    • Colorless Blender Marker, Z2469
  • Sincere Expressions Stamp Set, A1146
  • Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad in Black, Z2105

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Cricut Artistry Blog Hop

It's time for the latest CTMH Cricut cartridge reveal! Welcome to the Cricut Artistry Blog Hop, where you'll be inspired with all of the amazing projects you can create with the brand new Artistry Collection, exclusively from Close To My Heart!

Thanks for coming from the talented Jen Rubio's blog.

The Cricut Artistry Collection now comes with the Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack (with seven new colors!) and three coordinating My Acrylix D-size Stamp Sets. All for just $99! Better still, you can get it half off by hosting a qualifying Gathering where you'll share CTMH's great products with your family and friends.

Last week, I was on the amazing island of Key Largo, vacationing with my family and friends. We had a blast! This photo of my sweet husband and I out at dinner one evening shows just how relaxed we felt.

To make this layout yourself, my Cricut Artistry cuts were:
  • Background triangles in Whisper are Background on the <p> key, cut at 11.5" high (p. 20 of the booklet).
  • Black cardstock background of "the Good Life" is Shape on the <y> key, cut at 2.6" high (p. 16 of the booklet).
  • White Daisy cardstock "the Good Life" is Shift, Shape on the <Y> key, cut at 2.4" high (p. 16 of the booklet).
  • Black cardstock background on the diamond title shapes is Shape on the <Father> key, cut at 1.94" high (p. 40 of the booklet).
  • White Daisy cardstock diamond title shape is Layer on the <Father> key, cut at 1.73" high (p. 40 of the booklet).
  • Pear font "key largo" was cut at a height of 0.93".
And, here's a list of all materials used:
  • Cricut Artistry Collection, Z3167
  • Zoe Paper Packet, X7197B
  • White Daisy Cardstock, 1385
  • Whisper Cardstock, X5929
  • Black Cardstock, 1386
  • Pear Cardstock, X5764
  • Black Shimmer Trim, Z1809
  • Zoe Assortment, Z3082
  • Baker's Twine Neutral Metallic Assortment, Z1921 
  • Aqua Dots, Z1853
Head on over to Lauren Moore's blog to see her fantastic Cricut Artistry creation!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Framed - August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the August SOTM Blog Hop. We're one big circle, so you can hop all the way around to see all 51 consultants' creative ideas. Thanks for hopping over from Jeanie's blog!

Framed is a set of 12 stamps and is only available in the month of August.

The three frames in this set can be used with Close To My Heart's new Cricut cartridge, Artistry (available to order NOW!).  The top frame can be cut at 1.75", the second at 2" and the third at 1.25".

I never have enough thank you notes, so pulled this one together rather quickly, using the new CTMH color, Peacock, and a piece of the Houndstooth B&T paper from the new Zoe Paper Packet.

Supplies used:
  • Framed (August SOTM), S1508
  • Cricut Artistry Collection, Z3167
  • Peacock Cardstock from the Cricut Artistry Collection
  • Zoe Paper Packet, X7197B
  • White Daisy Cardstock, 1385
  • Dot Embossing Folder, Z1924
  • Ruby Exclusive Inks stamp pad, Z2170
  • Goldrush Exclusive Inks stamp pad, Z2123
  • Sequins Gold Assortment, Z2012
  • Honey Triangles Washi Tape, Z1931
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors, Z1836
  • 3-D Foam Tape, Z1151
Now, it's time to hop over to Jenny's blog and to see her artwork.

Remember, you can only get Framed until August 31st from your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant, or by clicking here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Personalized Cups

Next month, my family and I are heading to Key Largo with some dear friends. As a thank you for getting the place, I made these fun cups for the adults.

I found the Contigo cups at Target. They have a super tight lid so you can shake up drinks in it. And, they're insulated, which will be awesome in the Florida heat. The main reason I chose them though, is that they're smooth and just begging for some decorative vinyl!

I used my Cricut Explore to design the vinyl, which I'd purchased in a pack from Pick Your Plum.

Now, all I need to do is choose a favorite beverage!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Simple Minion Cards

My son just celebrated his 11th birthday with friends at the movies. What did we see? Minions, of course!

Writing thank you notes is a requirement in our family. I know, some think it's old fashioned, but I believe it's teaching my kids about gratitude. If someone takes the time to give you a gift, you can make the time to show your appreciation.

Using my Shin Han alcohol markers (sold by CTMH, naturally), I whipped up these cards in just a few minutes.

Bello and tank you are Minionese for hello and thank you (if it wasn't obvious enough)! I used the old Cocktail Alphabet stamp set for the lettering (one of my all-time faves). Those little cupcakes with Minion twinkles were a big hit with the kids, and simple, too!

For family members who didn't come to the party, I made the above cards.

Can you tell how much I love the Shin Han alcohol markers?!? They're so awesome at giving some fast color to a quick project.