Friday, September 21, 2012

September Artiste Blog Hop

Welcome to our September ARTISTE Blog Hop!  Each month we are showcasing the amazing, exclusive ARTISTE Cricut cartridge which can be only purchased through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

We don't want to scare you but Halloween is a little over a month away and we know you have to be thinking about what YOU are going to create for this spooky holiday! We decided to show you all the creative projects you can make using our exclusive Artiste Cricut cartridge. You will be hopping along our haunted trail of creativity - you never know what you will see next!

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog -

Also, to help you get ready to start making your own Halloween projects Lucy has some blog candy for you! She is giving away a Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements pack!  That's two (2) sheets of Printed Dimensional Elements that you can use to create your own Halloween project! There is a picture of the blog candy on her blog. All you have to do to be eligible to win is to leave a comment on everyone's blog AND become a follower of Lucy's blog.  (If you are already a follower, just let her know in your comment.)

My project is ... SPOOKY WREATH

Although I used page 76 and 77 (otherwise known as the halloween pages) of the Artiste cartridge, I would like to think I used them in a unique way.  When looking through the book for the first time, I fell in love with the cupcake wrappers.  Problem is, I don't bake! :)
Check marks show the four items I used.

So I thought of how I could use them and came up with this.

I only used four items off the page but as you can see in the above Cricut Craft Room screen shot, I've used them uniquely.   Before I show you the final project let me share what I learned from this project.

1 - I have a love/hate relationship with Cricut Craft Room.  When doing an intricate design, the layers help to differentiate the cuts but it slows down considerable.  Also, as you can see, some of the colors are off and where there should be mat, it looks like material.

2 - I will not try to do this same wreath or any like it so small again.  It is intricate and looks great but (see number 3) with my current supplies, I used the "pick" way to much.  It was time consuming to get all the parts out of the web.

3 - A dull blade makes EVERYTHING more difficult.  I've only had my machine since the middle of August but because of all the vinyl I've cut and the card class cuts, I've gone through a blade and a mat.  I've ordered a replacement but a new blade would have made this MUCH easier! :)

And here is the final project with a few close ups.

The spiders are stamped with the chevron from the National Stamping Month
special stamp set (Available until Sept 30 - see link below).

The googly-eyes were an after thought but it made a big difference I think.  Thanks for stopping.
The next stop on the haunted trail is Ginger.

Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you get spooked along the way:

  1. Lucy - Love 2 Create 
  2. Darla - Caution Crafting is Contagious
  3. Diana - Dianas Free Moments 
  4. Carolyn - Nuts 4 Scrappin'
  5. Julia Hammond - You Can Create 
  6. Wendy Kessler - My Scrapbooking Blog
  7. Pam Stewart - I Candy Scraps
  8. Carolyn Mendoza - Crafting With Carolyn 
  9. Jennifer Kramer - 4 Hearts Scrapbooking 
  10. Maria Woodworth - Maria's Paper Craft Place 
  11. Kindred Hearts - It Makes TOTAL Cents
  12. Ginger Morriello - Ginger's Creative Cottage
Thanks for stopping by for some Halloween fun -- hope we didn't scare the creativity out of you! Muah-ha-ha!

DON'T FORGET . . .Only 7 days left in September -

**7 DAYS left to enter my giveaway:

**7 DAYS left for the National Stamping Month and "Fall Favorites" Stamp of the Month Promotions:

Monday, September 17, 2012

So much to do . . . so little time . . .

Anyone else been there?  I have my card class tonight, another on Saturday, Women's Group on Wednesday, two more blog hops this week yet plus a mountain of laundry and other housework . . . anyone know of a working cloning machine?

Don't forget about the giveaway that is going until the end of the month . . .

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Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

September Art Philosophy Blog Hop . . . Halloween Bat SURPRISE Card

Welcome to our September Art Philosophy Blog Hop!  Each month we will showcase our amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

Since Halloween is just around the corner, this month we will be featuring projects for Halloween made using the Art  Philosophy Cricut cartridge!  Hope you don’t get too scared by the time you get to the end of our hop!

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog -

My project is ... a Halloween Bat SURPRISE Card (You'll see...)

Monday, September 10, 2012



The following cards are examples of the four styles being offered during our October Craft Night. The cost is $8 per set. Each set included 6 cards and you are able to mix and match.

All orders for cards must be placed before September 28, 2012
to allow time for set assembly. 

Stamps, papers, markers, inks, and envelopes will be provided. Adhesive will be available for use for a $1 supply donation. $1 of each set sold will be given to The Salvation Army Women’s Ministries. Full complete cards are also available for a cost of $10 per set (6 cards).
Please note colors and papers used are examples only. Supplies are on order for CTMH’s new “Pear and Partridge B&T paper to enhance these designs. All cards include an inside sentiment as well. Card pieces can be stamped, pieces, or completed during the class with the final cards being assembled at home if necessary.

See Penny Harrison or Joanne Vogds to place your order.
Please reference the letters above for card selection.

GIVEAWAY REMINDER - Don't forget!  You have a chance to win a set of the above (or $10 product credit).  See here for details.

Monday, September 3, 2012

August 2012 Giveaway Winner . . . and a new giveaway of course :0)

With this being the last week before school starts, I've spent the weekend with my family doing some last minute summer "stuff".  In the relaxation, I missed the drawing for the August Giveaway.

Just to recap, entries were earned for every a Facebook page like, new follower, transaction (card made, etc.), and every $10 of an order.  And the winner is . . .

Linda J.

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Linda in person and am sure that she will enjoy the stamp set.  Congrats!


Here is the next giveaway . . . a free set of six (6) Christmas Cards.  We will be making four styles of Christmas Cards in October and here is your chance to win a set.  (You can also choose a $10 product credit instead.)

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