I love to craft . . . but I hate to spend money UNLESS it's on quality products. That's where creativity and sales come in. This blog is designed to showcase CTMH items, tips, tricks, and more.... My aim is to show how to use what you have or what you find for a good price to make something you can be proud of. Follow along as I show you tips for making things stretch, unique uses for what you already own, and any other tidbits of info I can share. It's going to be a fun ride!
At 12:00 AM (MST) on December 1, my CTMH website will have LOTS of new
SALE items. Go to the “While Supplies Last” to 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.
This is my first try using the Artise for rosettes and I think I like it. I did notice that some of the white core from the topiary cardstock showed through but the dauber and ink took care of that quickly.
The rosette (two pieces) were cut out of the cardstock at 2". Using my Martha Stewart score-board, I scored the tick marks and accordion folded both sections. I think I may have assembled it wrong end to wrong end but it worked out okay! ;)
I circle punched the Pear and Partridge paper and backed it with a medallion (Artiste, page 31. Accent 4) was cut from cream cardstock and inked with topiary using the touch up dauber.
I used another circle cut out of the cream cardstock to feed the ribbon through and "sandwich" the rosette. The ribbon also went through the center of the B&T paper and then tied in a small bow. I may add some bling yet, too.
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Welcome to our Christmas in November Blog Hop where we are
showcasing the exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be
purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent
It's hard to believe that it's already November and that Thanksgiving
is less than a week away. And well, that means, it's almost
Christmas! We have created Christmas themed projects for you and hope
to inspire you to get started on YOUR Christmas creations.
If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the
beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create. If you came here from Carolyn's blog, Nuts4Scrappin, then you're in the right
My project is ... POINSETTIA TAG
I found a similar project from a CTMH sister and expounded on it. I like how this project makes a pretty realistic flower. The snowflake is cut at three sizes (I used 3.5", 2.675, and 1.875 for mine - laid out in the Cricut Craft Room to make it look just right. See page 27 (<Snwflke2>) for the image I used.
The three layers are cut out of CTMH Hollyhock white core paper and then decorated using Ruby alcohol makers (darker hash marks with all over lighter marker coloring). The sections are then embossed from the back to give them curl and dimension and assembled using foam squares. Gems and similarly decorated leaves complete the flower.
Finally, I added a simple tag cut (also from the AP cartridge) and some ribbon. All it needs is some calligraphy or stamped name and it will be ready to attach to the perfect Christmas gift.
~ Giveaway underway... If I can get 100 followers on this blog or on my Facebook page (preferably both :) ) I will be giving away (3) $10 product credits! See my "Giveaway" tab for the Rafflecopter gadget.
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100 FOLLOWERS GIVEAWAY (thru 12/15/12)
(The October Giveaway winner can be found below)
Now for the
CURRENT giveaway . . . I'm getting ready to celebrate a milestone. IF I
can get to 100 Followers on Facebook or here on my blog, I will be
giving away THREE (3) $10 product credits! Share with your friends on
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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
In celebration of our Stamp of the Month program, we’re
throwing in a little something extra: a 50% off stamp set! In November,
when you or your customers place an order of $50 or more in full retail
products and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the
Date, for just $5, you can pick any stamp set* at 50% off!
Place a qualifying order and capture the savings today! THIS may be the
perfect time to get the Cricut Cartridge you've been wanting ...
Stamp of the Month - November
Each month you can enjoy a new D-size stamp set, available for one
month only, for just $5—that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an
order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this
special Stamp of the Month pricing.
I have just recently found DCWV and have fallen in love with their papers. When I saw this contest, I was at a loss for what to create. As you can see, I've been doing a lot of cards lately so that came to mind and I wanted to follow the "unique" description in the announcement.
I looked through my "Tattered Time" stack and came across a few ideas but in the end I made this card with one . . . yes, just one . . . 12" X 12" page. Here is how it started.
I love the monochromatic look of it and the gears and metal clock pieces have a great shine to them. The background was antique-y enough to work in the card I planned.
Here is everything I used to make the card and your first glimpse:
And a birds-eye view to show you the dimension I added with the "ladder card" cut and some pop-dots (actually, they were squares).
The sentiment was from the D1257 Make It Count CTMH stamp set as well as the "magic moments" and the numbers on the vertical sections. I love how the set worked with the paper. The bow was an afterthought but I like how it softens the look a little. The card folds flat to fit into an envelope as well. (It doesn't make sense for me to make a card I can't give out.)
Here's a final straight on, close up view. I hope you like it.
I haven't done a lot of challenges yet but each time I try, I push myself a little more. (Note that I used another piece of Tattered Time paper as the background for my pics. I love the dimension and "tattered" look especially!)
Please check back on Monday to see the updated Specials and Giveaways tab.
BTW - a winner has been announced for my October Giveaway . . . Congrats KIM!