Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August Stamp of the Month: Baroque Borders

This month’s stamp of the month is wonderful!  If you take a bit to explore this month’s blog hop you will see that this stamp set can be used in numerous ways.  It’s great for scrapbooking and card making!

If you’ve just joined, welcome!  If you’re already on the blog hop trail and have come from Katy Taylor’s blog http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com  you’re on the right track.  If you’re lost, you can always go back to Helen’s Blog  to get the list of hoppers. 


Baroque borders is a set of 5 stamps (big ones, that is!)  It is great for adding texture to cardstock when you’re scrapbooking or making an elegant card.  It’s all around versatile!  It’s just $5 with a $50 purchase in the month of August!

image SOTM images August CTMH Baroque Borders

And now my project!

Aug SOTM Baroque Borders Artiste CTMH Cricut Cartridge by CraftyLalia

I used the new Artiste Cricut Cartridge to cut the gable box and the tags in Kraft Cardstock & Colonial White. The box was stamped with the Versamark Watermark ink and embossed with Clear Detail Embossing Powder.  I then inked over the box with the brand new new Ruby exclusive inks using our yellow sponge.  The rosette on the tag was also lightly sponged with the Ruby Ink.  The “thanks” came from the the stamp set that came with the Artiste Cartridge.  I used a sponge dauber to only ink the sentiment, leaving conversation bubble un-inked.  This was done in our brand new Saddle brown ink.  As was the ready color ribbon used to tie the tag to the box. 

I have a special here on my blog for 10% off your order if you request a new Idea Book from me.  This even includes the Artiste Cartridge! (Get it for $94.05 + tax)  Click here for more details! 

You can learn more about the Artiste cartridge and see everything that is included in this bundle here

Now on to the next stop of the blog hop!  Doreen has a great project at her blog

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Workshop on the Go Project Inspiration

Learn how versatile Close To My Heart's My Acrylix® stamp sets are that are included in our Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie, Dakota, and Moonlight scrapbooking kits. You'll love using them for all kinds of projects!

These WOTG will be available August 1st!  Come back next week to see the new Idea Book or order one from me today for a special discount.  See link above!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Order Artiste and get FREE shipping!

CTMH’s newest Cricut Bundle….  Artiste! 
Available August 1st. Pre order by 7/31 and receive free shipping & the latest Close to My Heart Idea Book shipped to you.
This cartridge is fabulous.  Once again, there’s no wasted space.  It’s chocked full of boxes, bags, purses, dimensional cards, gift card holders , new 3D flowers, complete mini-albums, banners and cupcake wrappers.  It has everything for all the seasons all under the same button.  It’s like having several cartridges in one.  Here’s the digital handbook. See for yourself!
You also get 3 fabulous stamp sets  and 3 sheets of coordinating chipboard.  You’ll be able to cut on your Cricut and then stamp onto your die cuts for perfectly cut out stamped images.   More intricate cuts and less time fussy cutting with scissors.  It is phenomenal.  Click here to see what I have created so far.
So pre-order today for delivery in early August! 
By ordering today, you’ll get shipping and the brand new Idea Book for FREE!  I’m available to answer any of your questions and give you crafty inspiration.
This bundle is $99.  I’ll be paying the shipping costs.  Your Idea Book will be shipped out immediately.  Bundles will start shipping to customers August 1st. 
You can also get the August Stamp of the Month for an additional $5.  It is a D-sized stamp set valued at $17.95.  Choose the second option if you want the Stamp of the Month.
imageSOTM images August CTMH Baroque Borders 

Artiste Cricut Collection Pre-Order with FREE Shipping

Friday, July 20, 2012

Clearly see what’s included in the Artiste Cricut Bundle

This is the photo that CTMH has provided for the newest Cricut bundle from Close to My Heart. 


Here’s photos of the stamps and the chipboard shapes that come with the bundle.  (Click to see full size)

Artiste Stamps rounded corners

I’m really excited about these chipboard shapes.  As before, they’re Cricut Compatible so there’s shapes on this cartridge that match.  You can quickly select the shape and corresponding size that’s noted on the label and have paper quickly cut and ready to adhere to the shapes. 

They are Award, Album Pages & Quotes.  All of these are available for reorder ($4.95) so you can make tons of projects with them!  (Click each one to zoom)

Artiste chipboard banners and awardsArtiste Chipboard mini album pagesArtiste chipboard quotes


Here’s a link to the handbook from Cricut.com

If you love this cartridge, be sure to pre-order it from me!  I’ll ship it as soon as it’s available.  Grab a friend and order 2 cartridges (or 1 each of the Artiste and Art Philosophy) and you can receive $25 in free products (Ink, papers or stamps).  Contact me to find out more! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

First Card from the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge

I love the birthday stamps that came with the Artist Cartridge.  They are so fun!  This card was a snap to put together especially now that they give us page numbers and dimensions right next to the stamp’s image on the carrier sheet. 
Oh happy day card with CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge
Supplies:  Paper-Lagoon Cardstock, Dotty For You (May 2012 special). Ink-Lagoon and Saddle (New & Available August 1), Bakers Twine,  Sparkles, colored with markers –All from CTMH

Here’s a picture of the stamp set that I used that’s part of the Artiste Cricut Bundle.  This is one of the three D sized stamp sets that is included with this cartridge.  I LOVE the detail on these stamps as well as their versatility.  I know I will be using every one of these stamps in this set. 
Artiste Circut Collection Birthday Acrylix

This Cricut Bundle is available 8/1.  If you want it now, you can preorder it through me.  It is $99 plus tax & 7.95 shipping.  Contact me if you want it now! 
Artiste Cricut Collection CTMH

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Retiring Stamps & Paper

7/28/2012 Update:  These Items are sold out.  Don't wait!
X7143B Sonoma Paper Packet
5571 12" x 12" GREY WOOL CARDSTOCK
X5908 Bright Red & Pink Cardstock Shade Pack

Nearly all Ink Pads & Re-inkers for discontinued colors

Today I created a spreadsheet, actually an Access database to see which stamps are going to be discontinued.—Yikes!  This felt too much like my old job.  As a rule with CTMH, if a stamp set has not been in 2 Idea Books or 1 year, it is discontinued.  That is what this list is based on. 
That being said, all the stamps from the Spring and Summer Idea Book are still available to order through me or when you shop online even if you don’t see them in the new Autumn Winter Idea Book. 
I’m a little shocked at the list myself because my top selling stamp set last winter (Bundled Buddies) is on this list.  I’m also sad to be seeing this first one go, A1095 Always remember. 
I’m reminiscing over All Decked Out as this was the first stamp set that introduced me to CTMH about 4 years ago when it was a Stamp of the Month.  The first set I ever purchased was Say It in Style.  It is a card maker’s dream. 
Grab a tissue and a notepad.  You may not want to miss out on a couple of these sets.  Contact me or shop online to get them.  If you want me to order them for you, please do not wait until 7/31!  thanks!

A1095 Always Remember

A1099 Angel Sent

A1107 A Twinkle

A1108 A Flitter

A1109 A Sip

A1110 A Timber

A1113 A Game

A1115 A Holiday

B1356 St. Nick

B1359 Fright Night

B1361 Tannenbaum

B1362 Tag The Occasion

B1381 Holiday Cheer

B1393 Joyful Jar

B1394 John 3:16

C1379 Holiday Commentary

C1382 Holiday Commentary - Spanish

C1383 Holiday Commentary - French

C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small

C1408 Live Inspired

C1419 Harvest Home

C1420 Snow Days

C1423 Captured Moments

C1424 Nature's Gift

C1425 Month By Month

C1426 Thanksgiving

C1427 I Believe

C1429 Party Pennants

C1465 Unscripted

C1468 Winter Joy

C1470 Gnome Garden

C1471 Happy Clusters

C1472 Bundled Buddies

D1136 Giggle Caps

D1137 Giggle Lowercase

D1267 Rustic Numbers

D1283 Say It In Style

D1306 Treasure Life

D1308 All Decked Out

D1373 Childhood Portrait

D1384 Snow Flurries

D1386 Save The Date

D1387 Made With Love

D1397 Save The Date - French

D1398 Save The Date - Spanish

D1401 Authentic

D1436 The Present

D1437 Party Animal

D1446 Adorn-able

D1449 Father Christmas

D1493 Fill In The Blank - Holiday

D1499 Live Your Style

E1002 Rustic Alphabet

E1006 Baroque Alphabet

E1011 Headline Alphabet Large

E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large

Images © CTMH Co.

Don’t forget, there’s 8 paper packs that are also disappearing on 7/31 to make way for the newest 8.
footloose X7151B
cruisin X7154B
superhero X7152B
lucy X7149B
roxie x7140b
typeset x7139b

Can you wait for it?

There’s a lot of excitement coming up on the new Artiste Cricut Cartridge from CTMH.  The word is out.  I CAN do a pre-order for you.  That’s not a problem.  I can get it into your hot little hands before the end of the month.  What I can’t do, is pre-order the Fall National Stamping Month promotion or the August Stamp of the Month. 

Starting August 15 thru Sept 30, It’s Your Day a 48 piece double stamp set is just $5 with a $35 purchase. 



Baroque Borders is the August Stamp of the Month and is available for $5 with a $50 purchase  It is available to purchase anytime in the month of August.


If you love what you see, your friends will too!  Let’s book a gathering together in August.  You and your friends can get these goodies and more.  You are eligible to get $40+ in free product and a half priced item when your gathering is >$250.   (Yes!  Both of our Cricut Collections are eligible to be half priced items!)  Contact me

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A better look at the upcoming Workshop on the Go projects

A Workshop on the Go (WOTG) is a great way to have a coordinated project. It’s great for taking to crops or a girlfriend’s house because everything but ink, adhesive and blocks are in the bag. 

Below is the Clementine Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go. 

The other scrapbooking workshops are very similar.

You will receive an instruction guide to show you how to create these two beautiful layouts, as well as the paper, embellishments and an exclusive stamp set that is not sold separately.  The bonus project can be downloaded from my website here from 8/1/2012 - 7/31/2013. 


Love the warm colors?  They are the newest colors to CTMH!  Champagne is the creamy cardstock.  Saddle is the warm brown is shown in the crumpled cardstock shown on the right side of the layout.  Cashmere is a tan used on the embellishments and is the flower stamped just above the V in the title “Live your dreams.”  The other colors are Sorbet, the soft peachy pink and Twilight, the blue/green color. 




Bonus project can be completed with left over pieces and these two additional items:

1 – Sparkles Brown & Tan Assortment (Z1753)
1 – Burlap Ribbon (Z1760)




Use the materials and instructions in this kit to create two beautiful 2-page layouts; then use your
remaining supplies along with a few additional items to make the bonus project! This workshop
project is ideal for creating as a group or on your own and takes approximately 2½ hours to complete
both layouts.**
1 – My Reflections® Clementine Paper Packet (X7156B)
1 – My Acrylix® Clementine Workshop Stamp Set (C-size)
2 – Colonial White Cardstock Sheets
1 – Cottage Assortment (Z1794)
1 – Instructional Brochure

Here’s the whole list of Workshop on the Go projects for Autumn/Winter 2012.  Click each link to bring up a flyer for each one.  Enjoy!

We have 5 extra WOTG this season, for a total of 13.  Take a peek and let me know what you think!

Workshops on the Go™


All of this is available to order online starting August 1, 2012.  If you would like to pre-order, contact me

Saturday, July 14, 2012

More about ‘Artiste’ the new Cricut bundle from CTMH

Check out the handbook at this link!

artiste in catalog

I counted the following items in the handbook this evening!

  • 57 boxes or bags
  • 52+ cards
  • 30+ envelopes or card wraps
  • 7 rosettes
  • 5 new 3D flowers
  • 20 cupcake wrappers
  • 20+ new borders
  • dozens of tags and new shapes
  • 40+ phrases
  • 1 new font

Close to My Heart has raised the bar another notch producing another full cartridge! 

Don’t forget, it also includes 3 full sized stamp sets and 3 sheets of chipboard elements valued at over $68.

Contact me to pre-order!  It’s $99 plus shipping & tax. 


Two more options:

  • Host a gathering in August & buy it for 50% off and free shipping.
  • Become a consultant for $49 today and get it and everything else at a 22% discount.  The Consultant Kit contains approximately $130 of new product and supplies from the new Idea Book. 
    Click here for more information

Retiring Colors

Close to My Heart is streamlining their base color pallet from 60 to 40 exclusive colors.  The following colors will be discontinued.  Only 6 new colors are being introduced.

Order what you need of the following colors in cardstock, ink pads, re-inkers and markers now!  These colors will be no longer available as of 7/31.

Order online or contact me to order the following colors before 7/31. 


Grey Wool

Grey Flannel

Vanilla Cream


Brown Bag

Baby Pink


Sunkiss Yellow

Key Lime

Heavenly Blue

Lilac Mist


Holiday Red


Sunny Yellow

Dutch Blue


Vineyard Berry


Garden Green

Spring Iris



Pansy Purple

A Preview of the new CTMH Artiste Cricut Handbook

This week, Close to My Heart unveiled their newest Cricut Collection designed by CTMH Founder Jeanette Lynton herself. 
It is packed with goodness!  It has nearly every imaginable box, tag, envelope, cupcake wrapper, purse imaginable.  It’s available August 1st for $99.  As before, this is a bundle that includes 3 My Acrylix D sized stamp sets (valued at $53.85) and 3 sheets of coordinating chipboard (valued at $14.85) so that’s $68.70 of goodness in addition to the cartridge. 
Contact me before 8/1 if you want to pre-order.  It will have to come to me, but I’ll forward it on to you via Priority Mail the day I get it.  Please provide your shipping address and I’ll send you a PayPal Invoice for secure payment and buyer protection. 

CricutArtiste-CTMH Close to my heart new Cricut Cartridge
{ Click to see the whole handbook }
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Halloween Sneak Peek

There’s a ton of Halloween products in the Idea Book as always but this year they’re also on the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.
Spellbound Cricut Kit is a Workshop on the Go uniquely designed to go with the new Artiste Cricut cartridge.  These papers are exclusive to this Workshop on the Go.  Take a look at these two pix (click to enlarge) and see all the Halloween creations that can be made with this cartridge!  Don’t forget, Artiste is not a Halloween Cartridge.  There’s 698 different shapes and designs on this one.  Once again, it is loaded to the max!

Come back tomorrow for more info!
Request your idea book from me!

A Sneak Peak

The new Close to My Heart Idea Book debuted to consultants yesterday at their annual convention!
Here’s a sneak peak of what’s inside.  The cover is with our new papers called Avonlea!
CTMH new idea Book Cricut Artiste is featured

Flirty Paper Pack~  They’ve introduced some colors that aren’t part of our Exclusive Inks Pallet.  Firty Raspberry and Flirty Yellow are in this one.  This is to keep our colors fresh and trendy.  They’re only available within the Level 2 paper pack so there’s no inks or markers that you have to buy to keep up with the latest!
flirty layout
Here’s another Sneak using Flirty and our newest Cricut Cartridge Artiste!
flirty cricut featuring New Artiste Cricut Collection from CTMH
The CTMH Artiste cartridge is unbelievable.  A font, many more 3D boxes, more compatible stamping shapes.  Whole party themes under one button.  I know there’s a space birthday party compete with robot, space ship, UFO, Saturn, party hats, cup cake wrappers and more!  Here’s a peek of a ferris wheel, carousel, mail box, pinwheel, 3D popup cards and 2 rosette/borders.  I’m so glad that I didn’t go buy or request Cricut’s Tags, Bags Boxes and More 2 for my birthday a few months back.  This has most of it and even more!
New Artiste Cricut Collection from CTMH

So that’s the sneak peak for today!  There’s 6 more paper packs to see and so much more to learn about the Artiste Cricut Bundle.  It’s $99 and comes with 3 exclusive stamp sets and 3 sheets of coordinating chipboard.  If you “gotta have it” on 8/1 contact me now! 
If you want the newest Idea Book, it’s free if you request one from me!  I can’t pay shipping on everyone’s Idea Book but if you pay the $5 for me to ship it to you, I’ll refund it when I receive an order from you over $40.  Sound like a great plan?  Click here to get it!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

New & Used CTMH Stamps for Sale

I’m cleaning out my stash and have the following stamps for sale.  Please email me or leave me a comment (which will be moderated and not posted) with the name of the stamp sets you’re interested in.  If you are local to Everett, WA, we can set up a time to meet at a public place and go through this box.   We can set up shipping or pick up schedule.  I accept cash for local deliveries and PayPal for all shipments. 

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

It’s been a great week for this blog!

Happy 10,000!  Some time on Thursday, I had my 10,000th blog visitor!  So if you’re reading this from my blog right now, THANK YOU!  You my readers, have been faithful to visit my blog and keep coming back!

This morning my email had a little surprise for me!  My project from a week ago was a “Pick of the Week” by Ruth over at Color My Heart’s blog.  It’s a blog which gives a color challenge each week and you have until Thursday evening to post a picture on your blog and give them a link to it.  It’s a fun group to be part of.  The bloom blocks was selected by Ruth as her pick of the week. 

Here’s another picture of them up on my plant shelf above my kitchen cupboards.  They’re up and installed!  I say installed because I mounted them on a 2x4 so they’d be up a little and not tip over.  Power tools were involved!  And I did it all by myself! 

bloom blocks on shelf

Please stop by their blog and become a follower.  Take a moment and see if you’re up to this week’s challenge.  It’s focusing on secondary colors—green, orange & purple.  It can be a springboard for a little extra creativity. 

Have a great week!


PS… Don’t forget about the Perfect Pairs promotion.  July 6-10 you can get the Dreamin Level 2 paper pack & Harvest charms for FREE with a $75 purchase online.  Shop now. 

Here’s a reminder of what Dreamin looks like. 

2012-7 Perfect Pair_Dreamin' paper pack_thumb[2] 


Monday, July 2, 2012

Perfect Pair—What is this??? I just call it free paper & embellishments!

Did you miss out on last year’s Wonderland, Believe, Dreamin, Sophia or something else?  This special is perfect for you!   They are each back for a few days this month. 



Place an online order of $75 or more in July and we’ll send you a popular paper packet and coordinating accessory—a Perfect Pair—for free! Different Perfect Pairs are available on different dates throughout the month so you’ll want to place more than one qualifying order to snatch several Perfect Pairs.

Specific pairs are available on specific dates; see below to find out when your favorite Perfect Pairs will be available. Be sure to place your order early in the availability period, as the promotion is while supplies last.




July 1–5

Mischief Paper Packet (X7144B) and Midnight Felt Shapes (Z1462)


July 6–10

Dreamin’ Paper Packet (X7142B) and Harvest Charms (Z1633)


July 11–15

Fanfare Paper Packet (X7138B) and Fanfare Level 2 Assortment (Z1400)


July 16–20

Lucky Paper Packet (X7137B) and Lucky My Stickease® Assortment (X7137C)


July 21–25

Mayberry Paper Packet (X7136B) and Mayberry My Stickease® Assortment (X7136C)


July 26–29

Sophia Paper Packet (X7131B) and Sophia My Stickease® Assortment (X7131C)


July 30–31

Believe Paper Packet (X7145B) and Holiday Pockets (Z1486) OR Wonderland Paper Packet (X7146B) and Wonderland My Stickease® Assortment (X7146C)


If you want a reminder, let me know which paper pack you want.  Leave me a message and I’ll send you a  note via email or Facebook the night before your special starts. 

This special is online only.  Click here to start shopping or making your list! 

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