Friday, November 30, 2012

Stop the Presses!

Just got this note from CTMH Corporate office:

"Everyone enjoys shopping the deals this time of year, and you’ll be tickled to learn that we are making more fabulous deals available to you and your customers. At 12:00 AM (MST) on December 1, we will add new items to the “While Supplies Last” section of your OBA’s shopping page. Among the new additions you will find a wide variety of paper and coordinating accessories, all with a substantial markdown. You will also find that most of the items that are currently available will also see a further markdown at that time. To sweeten the deal even more, from December 1–31, all orders placed on your OBA that reach or exceed $50 will also include a free Bonding Memories® glue pen (Z553)—a $4.50 value! Encourage your customers to shop early, because these deals are only available while supplies last."

Just click on my online shopping link at the side of this page and stock up while the prices are good!

Have a great day!  

ps: don't forget, today is the last day to get the November Stamp of the Month, if you have been wanting to get that.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Re-vamping with Overstamping

New video!


Can't wait to try this out!

Have a great day!

ps, not to cause panic but only one month till Christmas Day!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Get Well Soon!

This is a card I made for my dear cousin who underwent surgery this past week - will pop this in the mail to her and hope that it brings a smile to her face.

Used the SU! set Blooming with Kindness, with Desert Sand ink.  Also an antique copper brad and misc ribbon.

Have a great day!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Swing Card

This is a swing card made, of course, with the Artiste cartridge and the Pear & Partridge Paper pack and stamp set from the Cardmaking Workshop on the Go.  I believe the ink is chocolate but it might be cocoa.
The accent pieces were cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge at 2.5 and 2.75.
Have a great day!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Warmest Wishes

This was made using the Very Merry Christmas SOTM set from October - hope you managed to get it!  I cut the outline using the Artiste cartridge, pg 79 at 2.5.  The banner was cut from pg 66, shift-Accent 3 at 0.75.  The ink used was Cranberry -love this colour!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rosette Snowman

This idea came from Dawn and I couldn't wait to try it with the Artiste cart!


Rosettes, Pg 50, Accent 4, cut 4 at 1".

Tag, pg 37, cut at 5", shift-Accent 3

Hat, pg 36, Accent 2, cut at 2.25" - the hat was made using 1/2 of an oval and a banner, pg 58, shift-Accent 3 but I didn't write down what size I cut it at (sorry, I really must start getting better at this!).  Then I glued them together and ran them through the Big Shot in the SU! square lattice embossing folder.

I found some gold ric-rac and used that as an accent on the hat.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Movin' On

Made this card for a colleague who has since moved on to another job using the It's Your Day stamp set which was the constant campaign set that was only available in September.  Used a masking technique which I saw somewhere online but can't find the link - will update when I find it again!
Have a great day!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Merry Little Christmas

This is a card I did up using the Pear & Partridge card workshop stamp set.  The background is embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder.  The main sentiment is stamped with, I think, Desert Sand (sorry, forgot to write it down!) and the black label is outlined with a white gel pen.  I used the Artiste cartridge for the labels, pg 61, Accent 3 but forget to write the measurements (gee, I forgot to write a lot down for this card which is too bad, 'cause I really like it!  I'll try to do better in the future!)  The snowflake is just a punch.

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happy Holidays

Good morning!

The sleigh is from last year's SOTM Holiday Magic and stamped in Holiday Red ink (retired) and the blade is done in Versamark and then embossed with silver embossing powder.  I really like how moist the Close to My Heart ink pads are.

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gift Tag

Here's a cute little gift tag I made up - the wee mouse is from the Cricut Cartridge Winter Frolic, pg 56, cut at 2.25 and the tag is from Artiste, pg 37, cut at 4.5.


Have a great day!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Cards for Sunday


These are the cards 3 brave ladies will be making on Sunday at my first ever card class - we'll be using the Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Workshop on the Go - I really like how they turned out and I LOVE the stamp set that comes with it!  {Sorry the scans are crooked, new scanner and new operating system - haven't figured out where everything is hiding yet!}

Have a great day!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Cricut Cards & Envelopes

This is a great video highlighting some of the card features on the Artiste cartridge - enjoy!

If you'd like your very own copy of the Artiste cartridge to use with your Cricut, just let me know - I can order it for you or you can click on the link on my right sidebar and order it directly online.

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My Other Creative Life

Occasionally, I'll post some stitching that I've managed to do in between card-making/papercrafting ... like many of you I suspect, you do more than one thing!

Here are some recent finishes ... I find I do tend to start stitching once Christmas is on the horizon ... nothing like a time challenge, lol!  It's always a race to see if things actually get finished up!


Have a great day!


Here is a card that was inspired from this recent purchase I made for my Kindle ... it is on sale right now still for 99 cents!  (

Anyway, here is the card and my take on it, using the Artiste cartridge!

Recipe is:
from Artiste
pg 48
1 - 1-3/4" circle - black
1 - 1" circle - black
6 - 1/4" circles (I just used a regular hand-held hole punch) - black
1 - 1-3/4" circle - red
the letter 'J' was cut at 1" x 2 (used the shift key and it is on pg 57) and then I just curled the ends a bit with my quilling tool)
Banner, Accent 4 - red - 3/4"
Banner, Accent 4 - white - 1/2"
also used:
Birds & Swirls cuttlebug folder
Hello! is from Say it in Style (retired)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Gift Card Holder


Made a few of these gift card holders ... the hats were a bit labour intensive in that I had to wait in between glue dryings but putting it all together happened quickly once all the pieces were ready :)

The Santa Hat is from the Cricut cartridge Joys of the Season (pg 26 and cut at 2.25"), the gift card holder is from Artiste and cut at 4.75".  The glitter is Prisma Glitter.  The sentiment is from Christmas Joy.

I really like how it turned out!

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Capture the Date, Capture the Savings!

November 2012 Constant Campaign
To show our support of Red Cross relief efforts for those areas of the US severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, Close To My Heart will donate $1 for every Stamp of the Month set sold as a part of this promotion during November.
In November, you’ll get something extra when you buy the Stamp of the Month—50% off another stamp set! When you qualify for and buy the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, you’ll receive another stamp set* of your choice for 50% off—it’s like two promotions in one! The versatile Capture the Date stamp set is great for any layout, card, invitation, or calendar, and now you can choose another stamp set at half-off for more wonderful papercrafting. Get Capture the Date and then capture the savings today!
* Offer valid for A-E and M size stamp sets only; K-size, Workshops on the Go®, Cricut®collection, and Stamp of the Month stamp sets are not eligible for this promotion. Maximum of one 50% off stamp set per order.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Christmas Tree Gate Fold


Today's card is a gate-fold card ... card is 11x5.5, scored at 2.75 and 8.25; red panel behind tree is 2.75x2.75; black panel is 3x3.   I also used the Merry Christmas embossing folder for the background panels.

The tree is cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge, pg 31, shift <tree1> and Layer shift.  I think they were cut at 3.5 and 3.75 but I'm not sure as I forgot to write it down ... my bad!

Then once it was all put together, I used crystal stickles glue to add some bling.

Have a great day!