Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to this month’s blog hop!  Thank you for stopping by.  If you’re just starting here, no worries, it’s a big loop which will bring you back here.  If you're lost, you can find the whole list of hoppers here.
If you came from Tamra’s blog, you’re on the right path. 
All these project were created using February’s SOTM “Thoughtful Tidings” which is available only this month for just $5 with a $50 purchase or for $17.95.0212_SOM
feb SOTM stamp images
I love any set that’s Cricut Compatible and this one has 6 stamps that are officially are Cricut Compatible with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge from CTMH.  I’m sure I can get a couple of the other ones to fit on a label shape too.  No more scissors for me!
The other night, I taught a Cricut Art Philosophy Workshop and this is just one of the projects we made.  All the projects that night were with the Roxy Paper packet that will still be available through July 31st. 
Now, hop on to Jean’s blog!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Last 2 days for these specials & products

Let’s Rock the Block & get some fabulous products before they’re gone. 

We’re wrapping up the Rock the Block promotion where you get these great chipboard blocks with this incredible stamp set for just $15 when you buy $25 from the current Fall Winter Idea Book.   What a fabulous HURRAH for the end of this great Idea Book. 

Now this is my favorite part:  The stamps which you cannot get after 1/31…
Keep that in mind!  Each of the square stamps are about 2” so this is a huge stamp stamp set!  Flowers, backgrounds, stamps to layer and borders.  It’s a very versatile stamp set. 


Here’s the paper packs that are going to be discontinued: 

These paper packs and their Stickease will be completely discontinued: Dreamin’, Mischief, Believe, Wonderland, Mayberry, Lucky, Sophia and Fanfare

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January Stamp of the Month

$5 with a $50 purchase. 

jan stamp images


Last but not least, don’t forget to check out the goodies in the “While Supplies Last” section.  Though they won’t count for the Rock the Block $3 & $5 paper packs are too good to pass up!


Stay tuned for the kick off of the new Idea Book on Wednesday! 
There’s lots to see this week!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Product Blog Hop: Florentine & Garden Wooden Color-Ready Shapes

Spring must be on its way since we’re bringing out the new 2012 Spring & Summer Close to My Heart Idea Book in under 2 days!
After February 1st, you can see the new Idea Book right here.
This post is part of a blog hop of 25+ blogs. If you’re just joining, welcome!   If you’ve just come from Heather’s blog, you’re on the right path.
Lost or want to jump to another blog quickly, here’s the blog hop list. 
Introducing Florentine Paper Pack & Garden Wooden Ready Color Shapes!
I love Florentine with it’s Twilight & Garden Green colors!  I love just about anything that has Twilight in it.  This project only features 2 of the 6 beautiful patterns of this paper packet.  The whole packet is beautiful. 
Florentine CTMH papers
Click to zoom for a larger view.
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I used Liquid Glass to seal the end of the ribbon to keep it from fraying, for attaching the Memory Game tiles to the ribbon and gluing the rose together.
Thanks for stopping by, now on to Wendy’s blog!
Products Used:
X7153B Florentine (New!)
Z1718 Garden Wooden Shapes (New!)

Z1296 Distressing Inks (Chocolate)
X5907 or X5639 Sweet Leaf Cardstock
Z1333 Mocha Opaques Adhesive Gems
Z1617 Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z1614 My Creations ® Memory Game
Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wednesday’s Pic of the Week


This is our life right now.  SNOW Surprised smile.  Not PNW rainy daysStorm cloud  I’ll be checking on my stash of Wonderland Paper.  There’s only 13 days left to order it and with all the snow we have in the Pacific Northwest, it’s a perfect pick. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Navigating the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge with Ease

CMTH released a Cricut shape index for this cartridge last summer to showcase the shapes before the cartridge was available.  This tool has been invaluable for me and I want to share with you why I love it more than the standard handbook.  It’s available on the CTMH.com website under Ideas & Inspiration/Cricut.  Or just click here
The first page of this 7 page handout holds the key to most of the cartridge.  Look at page 1 in a new way. There's a pattern to it that you'll never see in the handbook. Take a good look at the black shapes and how they’re organized in columns. 
navigating the index
Column 1: circles & scallop circles
Column 2:  ovals
Column 3:  squares
Column 4 rectangles
Column 5:  rectangular labels
Column 6 oval (rounded) labels
Column 7 is a bit of miscellaneous
Column 8:  tabs
Column 9:  banners
Column 10:  tags.
In addition, deeper into this handout in later pages you’ll find the following:
All boxes are on "Font Layer"
All rolled flowers are on the "font"
Regular borders are on "Font"
Fancy borders & doilies are on "font layer"
Photo corners are on "font"
All the flourishes and swirls are on "font layer"
How great is that? 
The rest of images are here in one of my first “Art” posts, if you can’t open the adobe file link I mentioned earlier. 

Do you have a page number for the item on a Cricut Compatible stamp set, yet can't find it on the keypad?  Try this!  Subtract 10 from the page number.  Example:  Page 59

59-10 = 49  This only works for Art Philosophy cartridge**:  you will find it on row 4 of the keypad and the 9th button.

**For Artiste, you can subtract 20 and get the same result.

I love this cartridge.  I hope you do too.  You can buy it here or contact me to find out how you can get it discounted or free.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Discontinued Items: Get them while available!

As of January 31st, the following list of items will be discontinued.  Don’t wait, some items may not last!
Click on the bold header of each list to see more info. 
To order, go online or email me

Paper Collections

Workshop on the Go for these 4 papers will be discontinued but the Level 2 paper packs will still be available:
Typeset (WOTG) Kit – G1024 - $29.95
Roxie WOTG Kit – G1025 - $29.95
Elemental WOTG Kit – G1026 - $29.95
Sonoma WOTG Kit – G1028 - $29.95

These paper packs and their Stickease will be completely discontinued: Dreamin, Mischief, Believe, Wonderland, Mayberry, Lucky, Sophia and Fanfare

dreaminmischief believewonderland


Dreamin’ L2 Paper – X7142B - $9.95
Dreamin’ My Stickease – X7142C - $4.95
Dreamin’ WOTG Kit – G1027 - $29.95

Mischief L2 Paper – X7144B - $9.95
Mischief Compliment Rub-Ons – X7144C - $4.95
Mischief WOTG Kit – G1029 - $29.95

Believe L2 Paper – X7145B - $9.95
Believe My Stickease – X7145C - $4.95
Believe WOTG Kit – G1030 - $29.95

Wonderland L2 Paper – X7146B - $9.95
Wonderland My Stickease – X7146C - $4.95
Wonderland WOTG Kit – G1031 - $29.95

Sophia L2 Paper – X7131B - $12.95
Sophia My Stickease – X7131C - $4.95

Mayberry L2 Paper – X7136B - $12.95
Mayberry My Stickease – X7136C - $4.95

Lucky L2 Paper – X7137B - $12.95
Lucky My Stickease – X7137C - $4.95

Fanfare L2 Paper – X7138B - $12.95
Fanfare My Stickease – X7138C - $4.95

Coordinating Collection Embellishments

Midnight Felt Shapes - Z1462 - $3.95
Harvest Charms - Z1633 - $4.95
Holiday Packets - Z1486 - $4.95
Lucky Level 2 Assortment - Z1356 - $4.95
Lucky Level 2 Journaling Spots - Z1359 - $3.95
Bliss Level 2 Assortment - Z1355 - $5.95
Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment - Z1386 - $4.95
Fanfare Level 2 Assortment - Z1400 - $4.95

These accessories and embellishments are retiring to make way for new exciting product!

Colonial White Ribbon collection - Z1126 - $7.95
Cranberry grosgrain ribbon - Z1103 - $4.95
Cocoa grosgrain ribbon - Z1100 - $6.95
Colonial White grosgrain ribbon - Z1102 - $6.95
White Daisy grosgrain ribbon - Z270 - $6.95
Wings Level 2 Assortment - Z1398 - $4.95

Embroidery Floss - Red/Pink - Z1092 - $3.25
Embroidery Floss - Green - Z1094 - $3.25
Embroidery Floss - Blue/Purple - Z1093 - $3.25

Waxy Flax
Waxy Flax - Cranberry - Z1086 - $3.95
Waxy Flax - Sorbet - Z1249 - $3.95
Waxy Flax - Juniper - Z1248 - $3.95
Waxy Flax - Crystal Blue - Z1247 - $3.95

Designer Brads - Colonial White - Z1274 - $3.95
Designer Brads - Pewter - Z1146 - $3.95

Mini-Medley & Eyelets
Mini Medley - Antiqued Copper - Z1275 - $4.95
Mini Medley - Colonial White - Z1276 - $4.95
Foundry Metal - Bookplates - Z1147 - $3.50
Soft Set Eyelet Tool - Z1208 - $14.95
Soft Set Eyelets - Black and White Daisy - Z1228 - $3.95
Soft Set Eyelets - Chocolate and Colonial White - Z1229 - $3.95

Just Blooms
Just Blooms Spring Blossom - Z1266 - $7.95
Just Blooms White Daisy Variety Pack - Z1300 - $5.95

Color Ready Alphabets
Color Ready Alphabets - Oxford - X5749 - $3.95
Color Ready Alphabets - Hodge Podge - X1406 - $3.95

Dimensional Elements
Dimensional Elements - On Target - Z1226 - $5.95

My Creations Items
My Creations - Board Book - Z1310 - $6.95
My Creations - Journal - Z1268 - $7.95
My Creations - Memory Showcase 9x9 - Z1198 - $5.95

Rubber Brayer - Z616 - $12.95
Soft Set Eyelet Tool - Z1208 - $14.95
Eyelet Tool Replacement Punches - Z1245 - $2.95

Discontinued My Acrylix® stamps

A Game – A1113 - $6.95
A Hop – A1112 - $6.95
A Little Buzz – B1353 - $9.95
A Little Everything – D1408 - $17.95
A Love – A1103 - $6.95
A Paisley – A1105 - $6.95
A Posy – A1102 - $6.95

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Introducing Pemberley

Last week I introduced a sneak peek of the upcoming idea book that’s due out in just 19 days from today on February 1st.

Tuesday I received my first shipment of product.  It’s very fun and I can’t wait to show you more of it!  If you get a chance to look at an Idea Book and don’t like the papers, call me.  Printed pictures simply do not do this 2012’s CTMH Spring & Summer’s Idea Book paper packets the justice they deserve.  I have samples of all the papers and you have to take a good look to appreciate how amazing they are.  I think I have a new favorite or two and it’s not Pemberley. 
So call me!  Let’s get together and look over the Idea Book with some friends and I’ll bring all the paper packs so you can see what I’m talking about!
Pemberly Close to my heart CTMH
Now on to Pemberley.  There’s 6 different, totally unique patterns in this My Reflections® pack.  It is a clean design but features so many colors:  Bamboo, Colonial White, Desert Sand, Honey, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim, Pacifica, Vanilla Cream, White Daisy.  In other words, it’s going to be very versatile and you can use your Pacific or Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks and nobody’s even going to notice! 
This card was made with just the Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks and the new My Acrylix® stamp that’s featured right with the Pemberley papers.  It’s so simple & versatile.  I could have one of many sentiments on this card.  This stamp set is  Card Word Puzzle C1494 which means you can build your own message. 
So let me know what you want to see next!  Girly Pink, Designer Tulip, Groovy Juniper, Masculine Victory, Boyish Superhero, Breezy Lagoon or my new favorite…

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Sneak Peak

Too bad this is a Wordless Wednesday Post.  Otherwise I could say more...