Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Artfully Sent Collection is now available!

Yay!!!! The long awaited Artfully Sent Cricut Collection is now available to order! Here they are, fresh out of the box in the CTMH warehouse ready to ship out to you! PLUS, if you order from my website during the month of September, you will get an additional stamp set of your choice for FREE!*


The Collection is AMAZING. It includes:
1 - Cartridge (700 images: Cards, Envelopes, and Fonts)
3 - My Acrylix D-sized stamp sets
1 - 12" x 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 1" x 1" (Y1000), 1" x 3 ½" (Y1002), 3" x 3" (Y1006), 2" x 3½" (Y1009) 

Cardmaking has never never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut Collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats to make over 400 different cards including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is “just because!” Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sleeves, and pocket cards.  

Click here to see the images on the cartridge.


See my previous post or click here to see some fun artwork ideas using this great new Collection.

BONUS: Order your Artfully Sent Collection from me during the month of September and you will receive a free stamp set of your choice! Once I am notified of your order, I will contact you to see which stamp set in the current catalog, you would like me to send you for FREE!*

Click here or on the image below to order your Artfully Sent Collection today!


*Free stamp set offer is only available through Lisa Stenz and will not be honored by the Corporate Office or any other Consultant. You will not be charged tax or shipping on the free stamp set. Offer valid on orders placed through Lisa Stenz's website through September 30th.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Artfully Sent Cricut Collection is coming soon!


The highly anticipated Artfully Sent Cricut Collection is coming soon! Close to my Heart estimates that it will be available to order within the next couple of weeks. (I cannot wait!!) If you would like to be notified when it becomes available, feel free to fill out the form at the bottom of this post and I will let you know as soon as it is available to order. I will be offering a special promotion for those who order the Collection through me.   

In addition to the amazing cartridge, the Collection also comes with a full pack of White Daisy cardstock and 3 adorable stamp sets including a whimsical alphabet, fun frames, and TONS of great card sentiments!


With this Collection, you will be able to make handmade masterpieces in no time at all! Choose from cards with sentiments, cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring 400 card designs with more than 25 card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasion—even if the occasion is “just because!” Card styles include:




















Watch this great video to find out more about this fantastic Collection. 



If you would like to be notified when it becomes available, feel free to fill out the form below and I will let you know as soon it will be available to order.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Simply Inspired Blog Hop - #30yearsofhappy


Welcome to this month’s Simply Inspired Blog Hop! This month we are celebrating National Stamping Month by highlighting projects made with Close to my Heart’s limited edition #30yearsofhappy Stamp Set! If you arrived here from the fabulous Pamela O’Conner’s blog, then you are on the right path.


The limited edition #30yearsofhappy stamp set contains 30 adorable mini stamps. Isn’t it a cute set? You can get this set for free by placing a qualifying order of $30 in current retail-priced stamps during the month of September. (Contact your CTMH Consultant or click here if you don’t have a Consultant to order yours.)


I decided to use two of the mini stamps for my project. I used the tiny “It’s Your Day” ticket stamp and the cute little flower stamp to created a mini birthday card set and matching box. The box was cut using the Artiste Cricut cartridge. I brought the box shape from page 44 of the Artiste booklet into Design Space and resized it to 11.25" wide. Before folding the box, I stamped the entire piece with the tiny ticket stamp in Pixie ink.   


This is what the box looks like when it is open. 
All of the cards and envelopes fit inside.


To make the mini enclosure cards, I cut (5) pieces of White Daisy cardstock to 2¾" x 7½", scored and folded them in half. Then I stamped the front with the mini ticket stamp in Pixie ink. I cut the Chocolate cardstock rectangle scallop on the cards using the scallop rectangle shape from page 78 of the Artbooking cartridge booklet at 2½" wide. (The rectangle on the box was cut at 2¼" high.) The birthday sentiment (from the Your Own Kind of Wonderful set) was stamped on the bottom of a 1⅝" x 2¼" White Daisy piece of cardstock in Chocolate ink. (The White Daisy piece on the box measures 1⅞" x 2⅝".)    

The cupcake top was cut using the scallop circle shape on the Art Philosophy cartridge at 1¼" from a piece of pink Paper Fundamentals cardstock. 


I cut the cupcake wrapper from a piece of Chocolate cardstock freehand and then scored it using the new Score Board. (Love that thing!) I inked it with some Chocolate ink to make the lines pop a little more. The Pixie cardstock scallop strip on the top was cut with some scallop scissors. I adhered the cupcake to the card with some 3-D Foam Tape and added the stamped and hand-cut flower to the top. I finished it off with a Pink Sparkle. 

The envelopes were cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge (page 73) at 5" high in Design Space. I stamped the ticket image on the flap in Pixie ink to coordinate with the rest of the set.


Click here to download the Design Space file which includes all of the Cricut shapes used from the Art PhilosophyArtiste and Artbooking cartridges. (You must have an Explore machine and the Cricut cartridges to use the Design Space file.)

Thanks for stopping by. Now hop on over to Dana Kessler’s blog to see her fabulous creation. (If you get lost along the way, you can see all of the fabulous blog hop participants here.)

September Creative Club Project - Pathfinding Dinner Party Kit


September’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, September 18th at 7pm. This month we will be getting ready for Fall by creating a dinner party set that will make your guests feel welcome this Thanksgiving.


The basic project kit is $30 and includes all of the following: 
Additional products needed to complete this project:
Ink Pads: Chocolate, Barn Red, Goldrush, Olive
Adhesive of your choice
3-D Foam Tape
Scallop Border Punch
Sponge Dauber
Mini Hole Punch
Art Philosophy and Artiste Cricut Cartridges (all pieces will be pre-cut for you in the kit, but you will need these if you would like to make more in the future.)

Add additional place setting kits without centerpiece and stamp set for just $10 more!

Each basic project kit includes supplies to make (1) invitation, (1) place card, (1) dinner menu, (1) napkin ring, (1) favor bag with coordinating tag, and (1) centerpiece for your table. (Additional place setting kits include: invitation, place card, dinner menu, napkin ring, and favor bag with coordinating tag.)


Invitation outside...


Invitation inside...



Place card...


You will print your guest’s name on the front of the place card. The back of the place card has a place where they can write what they are thankful for. During dinner, you can go around the table and everyone can share what they wrote. It is a great way to start a discussion about all of the things for which we can be thankful!


Print the details of your meal on the dinner menu. Or, you may choose to use this card as a thank you card to send to your guest to thank them for joining you for Thanksgiving dinner.



Wrap each of your napkins in this adorable napkin ring that says, “There’s always time for pie.”



What is a party without a party favor? Place a muslin drawstring favor bag filled with fun Fall-themed treats on each plate for your guest to take home. 


Write a special note to your guest on the tag that slips inside the little pocket.


Decorate your table with this adorable Fall-themed center piece that comes with the basic kit. 
(Extra kits will not include additional centerpieces.)




Would you like to add even more fun to your Fall-themed decor? Add this sweet “Thankful” banner for just $10 more! You will receive all of the pre-cut pieces and instructions on how to put it together.



Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than August 9th if you would like to join us for the class. 

Kits ordered before 9/7 will be mailed by 9/20.
Kits ordered after 9/7 will be mailed within 2 weeks.
All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance.
Thank you for understanding.

To order a kit(s), you may either send me a check or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the PayPal “Add to Cart” buttons below. Be sure to use the drop down menu to choose your kit options. (If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please choose the shipped option. $5 will be added for shipping to US addresses. If you are ordering a kit from another country, please contact me for shipping costs.)

Pathfinding Dinner Party Kit Pricing
1 kit with 1 center piece - $30
2 kits with 1 center piece - $40
3 kits with 1 center piece - $50
4 kits with 1 center piece - $60
5 kits with 1 center piece - $70
6 kits with 1 center piece - $80
7 kits with 1 center piece - $90
8 kits with 1 center piece - $100
9 kits with 1 center piece - $110
10 kits with 1 center piece - $120


Pathfinding Dinner Party Kit - local pick up

Choose your quantity
 


Pathfinding Dinner Party Kit - shipped
($5 will be added for shipping)

Choose your quantity
 


Pathfinding Banner add-on
1 banner - $10



To find out more about my monthly “no-commitment” Creative Club, click here. You do not need to be local to participate.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Best Wishes Pathfinding Card


I love Close to my Heart’s mini stamps. They are only $2.99 and they are all super cute! I used two of them on this card including the Spring Banner stamp and the Timely Tidings stamp. I love that you can stamp any sentiment you like in the center of the Spring Banner image. I think I will make a few of these cards and leave the sentiment blank. Then when I need a last minute card, I can choose the appropriate sentiment, stamp it, and have a card ready to go in less than 2 minutes. (Perfect for a last minute person like me. lol)

I also used some other fun new products on the card including the Glacier patterned paper from the Pathfinding paper packet, the new Floral Embossing Folder, the scallop border punch, and some self-adhesive Gold Bling Gems.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chalk It Up - Back to School Layout

Many of you know that my daughter has struggled with anxiety over the past few months. (You can read more about it here.) I have been a little worried about school starting again because I had no idea how she would do. She has been in counseling all summer and we have been working hard to help her get ready for the new school year, and I am SO HAPPY to report that it went well and she loves her new teacher and her new class. Praise God!!! 


I knew that the new Chalk It Up Collection would be perfect to scrapbook the kid’s first day of school. I haven’t finished my son's layout yet, but I wanted to share my daughter's layout with you. We created this layout at Cindy Baker’s team meeting a few weeks ago. I didn’t add any embellishments to it at that time because I wanted to wait to see what kind of photos I would be putting on it first. (Thanks for the layout idea Cindy!)


One of the things I love most about the Chalk It Up Collection is this Dimensional Elements piece in the Chalk It Up Compliments pack that says, “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” I could not have found a more perfect sentiment if I had written it myself. I am so proud of my little girl for working to overcome her fears and being willing to try going to school again.


Here she is with her new teacher. You can tell the photos on the left were taken at the beginning of the day when she was still nervous. The photo with her new teacher was taken at the end of the day. Look at that big smile! She had a great first day and I am so proud of her. The best thing about scrapbooking this day is that my daughter can look back years from now and be encouraged by how she was able to tackle her anxiety successfully. 


All supplies used are from CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Chalk It Up
Stamps: All the Details, Chalk It Up WOTG, Glamour Lowercase Alphabet, Take Note (from Artbooking Cricut Collection)
Ink: Black, Flaxen, Sorbet
Other: Artbooking Cricut Collection, Chalk It Up Compliments, Journaling Pen, Black Striped Twill Ribbon

Monday, August 4, 2014

August Creative Club Project Kit - Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set


August’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, August 21st at 7pm. We will be creating a sweet mini card set using the beautiful Paper Fundamentals Whimsy pack.


The project kit is just $25 and includes all of the following: 
NOTE: Four of the colors used in this kit are new colors. See info below for links to purchase the new ink pad colors.

Additional products needed to complete this project:
Adhesive of your choice
Ink Pads: Cocoa, Pixie, Sorbet, Canary, Sweet Leaf, Glacier, Thistle

Add additional kits without the stamp set for just $10 more!

You will make (6) 3" x 3" gift cards and matching envelopes and a cute drawstring muslin bag to store them. You can make this as a gift or make one for yourself so you will have some mini gift cards ready when you need them.



You will learn how to create 3-D butterflies for your cards and stamp the envelopes to match using the adorable Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamp set.



This kit has a rainbow of colors and lots of fun sentiments so you can customize your cards as you wish. Do you need six birthday cards? Do you need six “special day” cards? Maybe you would like a variety of cards like I made for my samples? The choice is yours.



Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than August 9th if you would like to join us for the class. 

Kits ordered before 8/9 will be mailed by 8/23.
Kits ordered after 8/9 will be mailed within 2 weeks.
All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance.
Thank you for understanding.

To order a kit(s), you may either send me a check or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the PayPal “Add to Cart” buttons below. Be sure to use the drop down menu to choose your kit options. (If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please choose the shipped option. $5 will be added for shipping to US addresses. If you are ordering a kit from another country, please contact me for shipping costs.)

Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set Pricing
1 kit with 1 stamp set - $25
2 kits with 1 stamp set - $35
3 kits with 1 stamp set - $45
4 kits with 1 stamp set - $55
5 kits with 1 stamp set - $65


August Kit - Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set (local pick up)
Choose quantity in drop down menu
 

August Kit - Paper Fundamentals Mini Card Set (shipped)
($5 will be added for shipping)
Choose quantity in drop down menu

To find out more about my monthly “no-commitment” Creative Club, click here. You do not need to be local to participate.