Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cricut City Sidewalks Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cricut City Sidewalks Blog Hop. Thanks for hopping over from Melissa Robinson's blog. There are 20 consultants participating in the hop, so be sure to visit all of their blogs. If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of participating consultants here.

Cricut City Sidewalks Digital Collection is Close To My Heart's new mini digital holiday collection. With 30 complete images, including titles, photo frames, borders, card sentiments, card overlays and more, you'll love using this collection to brighten up your holiday creativity.

Every year our family goes to Washington, D.C. to see the National Christmas Tree and all of the little state and territory trees surrounding it. It's a tradition I've had since I was a little girl going with my parents. Living in Northern Virginia makes access to D.C. convenient and while we don't take advantage of the proximity enough, we do love our visits to see the museums and national monuments. 

How gorgeous is that snowflake background? While it took forever to cut on the Cricut, I love it so so much! It's hard to tell in the photos, but I put white glitter paper under the black snowflake background.

Supplies used:

Now, hop on over to Brenda Lapp's blog to check out her use of City Sidewalks!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Oh Deer! Christmas Layout

My obsession with all things Sea Glass continues. I created these layouts as a make and take for a crop I was recently a vendor at. Despite these not being the best photos, I love how they turned out!

The only difference between these two layouts is that I used the back of the B&T papers for the bottom layout (pine cones v the deer). And, yes, I know it's hard to see the bottom one. But, I wanted you to see the shimmer I applied to the snowflakes with our new Shimmer Brush! You can also see the gold embossing on the deer, using the Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder.

Close To My Heart's how-to books are so helpful when you're looking for a well-balanced layout. I used Three-Part Harmony on p. 44 of the Imagine book. And, that adorable deer comes from the Thin Cuts Woodland Wishes Bundle. That Merry Christmas cut out is awesome and comes from the new Cricut City Sidewalks Digital Collection.

I'm never crafting Christmas this early, but I am SO loving it. When do you usually start your Christmas crafts?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October SOTM Blog Hop - Yuletide Joy

Welcome to the October SOTM Blog Hop, featuring Yuletide Joy, a set of seven holiday themed stamps. You'll see artwork from 37 talented consultants who can't wait to spread some Yuletide Joy with you!

Thanks for hopping over from Donna Digby's blog.

How much do you love the color of the year, Sea Glass? I'm using it with everything, but am totally obsessed with the Sea Glass and gold color combo. Pair those up with our Oh Deer! paper and you have a winning combo!

Heat embossing is so fun and really details the intricacy of the star. I love adding a little bling to the inside of my card. It just gives it that extra special touch. CTMH's new Thin Cuts are so easy to use with my Cuttlebug and those stars are going to be on everything I create!

Products used (all CTMH):
  • Oh Deer! Paper Pack, X7214B, $9.95
  • Ranger Princess Gold, Z2066, $5.95
  • VersaMark Ink Pad, Z891, $9.95
  • Craft Heater, Z555, $34.95
  • Gold Shimmer Trim, Z1985, $4.95
  • Gold Assortment Sequins, Z2012, $2.95
  • Gold Glitter Paper, Z3238, $5.95
  • Cocoa Stamp Pad, Z2814, $7.95
  • Stars Thin Cuts, Z3261, $14.95
  • SOTM Yuletide Joy, S1610, $5
  • Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge
Make sure you head over to Wendy Coffman's blog to see what she's come up with. Get your own Yuletide Joy stamp set for $5 with any qualifying $50 purchase. And, don't forget it's only available until October 31, 2016 from your Independent Consultant or here.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Create Kindness

Kindness changes everything. How powerful are those words? Until September 30, 2016, you can get this amazing card kit, filled with eight M-sized stamp sets with powerful and positive messages. 

Check out my two-minute video showing exactly what comes in this kit.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The NEW Complements!

I've always loved how CTMH coordinates paper and embellishments. One of my favorite products has always been their Complements. Since adding the new Fundamentals Collections, CTMH has also updated (I'd say upGRADED) their Complements, including the trendiest materials and hot new colors. You'll be able to use more coordinating stickers, printed chipboard die-cuts and kraft die-cuts with white foil accents in the School 7-12 Complements, perfectly pairing with the Enchantment Fundamentals Paper Pack.

Here's what you get in your School 7-12 Complements

Here's everything cut apart and spread out...lots of stuff!

I love that there are many great titles.
Okay, so why did I cut apart the stickers and separate everything? Well, CTMH grouped the stickers and various die-cuts in ways that would coordinate as you're designing your layouts. Certainly, you can use them however you want, but they made some great recommendations.

Ready to start organizing!
In bags and ready to use!
 As you can see, I labeled each of the sections with a number (1-12, there are more on the back side!). Then, I labeled a clear plastic bag with the numbers, too. So, the stickers and die-cuts are ready for my layouts!

Then, I put them all of my smaller organized bags inside the Complements bag. And, guess what? I happened to have an extra My Acrylix Organizer and it fits perfectly! I've added all of my new Complements to the organizer and feel ready for a Scrappy marathon!

Everything's still in one place.

And now, all my Complements are together!

I hope you found this to be a helpful explanation of Close To My Heart's new Complements. BTW, my personal favorite is the All Together Complements or maybe, it's the Good Life Complements. With the new colors, vellum, gold accents and glitter die-cuts, it's too hard to choose!

What's your favorite new Complements?

Friday, August 12, 2016

The New Annual Inspirations is HERE!

It's here! It's here! Close To My Heart's new Annual Inspirations catalog is here! And guess what, there are a TON of new products in there that you are going to LOVE!

First of all, how gorgeous is that cover? It's a sneak peak into the new Cricut Flower Market Collection! And, one of my favorite things CTMH thought of is that you can now purchase it two different physical cartridge or through an online code (saving you $20!). This brand new Cricut collections features blooms and blossoms for every season of life, two gorgeous fonts and themed shapes perfect for holidays, cardmaking and scrapbooking...a total of 700 images!

Don't you just love CTMH's themed My Reflections papers? Me, too! But, guess what, they aren't in this catalog. Now, before you go freaking out, don't worry, they'll be plenty of those themed collections in all of our supplemental Holiday and Seasonal Expressions catalogs. So, CTMH  instead created three Fundamental Creative Collections and another four Basics Fundamentals Creative Collections. Each of the Fundamental Creative Collections (Whimsy, Adventure and coordinate with our exclusive color palette) contain 24 - 12x12 sheets (2 of each 12 double-sided designs). They coordinate beautifully with ribbon and themed Complements that make completing cohesive projects easier than ever. You can use these paper collections to create layouts that coordinate with all of your photos and memory keeping projects!

Adventure Fundamentals Layout

Okay, I can't give away all of the Annual Inspirations secrets in one blog post. But, there's one more I just must share. It's the new Color of the Year...SEA GLASS! You're going to want to include this trendy color in all of your layouts this year. Luckily, you can get Sea Glass in a stamp pad, re-inker, cardstock, mini pigment pad and my favorite, glitter paper!

Check back often on my blog for artwork and information on specials and more new products!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Sunshine Birdies

Welcome to the 2016 March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop, featuring Sunshine Birdies. a set of 11 stamps. If you've come here from Jean McNulty's blog, you're on the right path. The hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and make your way around. If you get lost along the way, you'll find a complete list of participating consultants on Melinda's blog.


This month we have 39 participating consultants and I know you'll find tons of inspiration. Just click on the link at the end of the blog to go to the next post. It's simple!

I was really in the mood to create a simple, monochromatic card. I used Colonial White and Desert Sand and a piece of our Paper Fundamentals in Basic which I sponged to show the emboss resist on the paper.

I cut a small piece of Colonial White Cardstock and the Dot Embossing Folder to create some texture on the card. The scalloped circles were cut with our Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.

Now, it's time to check out what the talented Traci Godbee has to show you! Be sure to visit all the Consultants' blogs to get some great crafting and other fun ideas! Remember, Sunshine Birdies SOTM is only available until March 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!