Saturday, 28 September 2013

Explore the Artiste cartridge - part 1 - numbers 1 to 5

Hi All

over the coming weeks I will be exploring the Cricut Artiste cartridge, exclusive to Close to My Heart (CTMH), making a project from each key. This post is for the numbers 1 to 5 keys.

This is such a versatile cartridge, with over 700 images on it , as well as coordinating stamps and chipboard elements from CTMH.

I used the 3D object key to cut this little bag, and the Accent 1 to cut  the green doily decoration. The handle is just a strip of 12" cardstock cut to the width of the top of the bag. You could use Velcro or a magnetic closure to seal the bag.

This is going to be a sign on my eldest daughters door - can you guess what colours she likes?
I used the Accent 2 and the Accent 2 <shift> to cut this out, I cut the plaque first at fit to page then measured the inside dimensions and sized the frame to match, in Cricut Craft room (CCR).

I used Accent 3 to cut this plaque for the main focus on this card, and cut at 4" to make sure it would fit on the front of a standard card, then stamped and sponged with Lagoon exclusive ink and mounted it onto a piece of Sarita B&T papers. You could also cut this larger and use for a title block on a scrapbook page.

I used 3D object to cut this cute pyramid topped little box, and Accent 2 and the Accent 2 <shift> for the keyhole embellishment on it. Afterwards I thought that if I had done this in CCR and hidden the contours on the dark blue backing, it would have been easier :-)
the 4 holes in the top are tied together with ribbon, but I have left the bottom flap unsealed so you can open it that way.

I used the Card and the Card <shift> key for this gate fold card and matching envelope, and cut from one sheet of B&T paper. This is a great way to feature those double sided papers. The circle on the front to highlight the flower was punched, but you could also use the CCR to match a circle size to the flowers, as I did in the Laughing Lola sample.


That's it for today's explore session, come back soon for the other keys.

If you would like to purchase the Cricut Artiste cartridge, you can do so on my website here.

If you would like to attend my Cricut Club and use this and other cartridges in a friendly crop environment, contact me.

Yours in craft,

Friday, 13 September 2013

Harmonious Hues

One of the things I love most about Close to my Heart products is the fact that they all co-ordinate together. There is no thinking and guessing about will my ink match my paper, etc, as they are all available in 42 exclusive colours, in 4 colour groups.

Below is a video from Monica at corporate explaining the colour range available:

Having these colours and tools coordinated makes my crafting so much easier and faster, and isn't that what we all want?

My favourite collection at the moment is Adventure, which goes beautifully with my paper pack-of-the-moment, Chantilly.

So have a look at our colour ranges here, and let me know which is your favourite!

yours in craft,

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

This is my first entry for an online challenge, so go easy on me :-)

Being STAMPtember, I wanted to be able to create something on as many days as possible this month. I can't promise every day, but often.

To get my mojo flowing, I checked out a CTMH sister's blog for sketch challenges. This week is sketch #19.

And here is my entry:

made with the You are my Happy stamp set, for National Stamping Month. You can buy this set of 3 carrier sheets for only $15 when you spend $75 from 1 to 30 September via my CTMH website.

I used the pretty flowers on the icons sheet, Cotton Candy and Slate ink, and white daisy cardstock. I used the Australian standard A6 card folded in half, dimensions are 14.85 x 21 cm.

Hope you like it :-)

Have you entered a sketch challenge before?
Please share links in the comments for other challenges, I would love to see what you create

Yours in craft,

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Cricut Cartridges from Close to My Heart

Did you know that Close to My Heart has 3 exclusive Cricut cartridges in the product range?

They have all been designed to coordinate with many of our stamp sets, and also with the chipboard shapes. In fact, when you purchase a cartridge, you will receive 3 stamp sets and 3 sheets of coordinating chipboard sheets in the bundle, for only $130.

The three cartridges are Art Philosophy, Artiste and the newest one, Artbooking. All 3 come with 700 images each, and can be combined in an unlimited number of ways.

The Artbooking cartridge was just released in June this year, and the company is presenting a series of videos over the coming months on what you can do with this cartridge. The link to the first one is below:

I will be running workshops each month to coincide with these videos, so you can create these pages, or similar, with your own photos. To make sure I meet your needs, please contact me to confirm you are interested, and your preferred day and time for these workshops. All dates will be advertised on my Facebook page as soon as they are confirmed.

I have also started a Cricut Crop, on the last Friday night of the month, from 7pm to 10 pm, where you can come along and do a normal crop using all my tools, or bring card stock and papers to cut shapes with my Cricut machine and cartridges. Cost is just $5 to cover wear and tear on my cricut. I will be presenting a quick project from a Cricut cut, and of course there will be supper provided. Please RSVP a week before each event so I can be prepared for projects and catering.

Do you have your own Cricut? you can get your hands on these cartridges by ordering on my website, just follow the Shop with me link.

Or, you can host your own gathering with a minimum sales of $300, and in addition to $50 product credit to spend on stamps or papers, you can order a Cricut cartridge (or any other item from the catalogue) for half price. That means the cartridge would only cost you $65!

Below are the 3 cartridges available, with the bundles you receive.



Art Philosophy

So what are you waiting for? Like my Facebook page for workshop updates, and reserve your preferred Artbooking workshop date today!

Yours in craft,