Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop for September!

Wow- it's September already!! How exciting - cooler days and nights are coming my way....I hope! If you have been hoppin' with us, then you have reached my blog from Lisa's blog and checked out her terrific project for this month.

The September Stamp of the Month S1109 Limited Edition is very versatile and the directions for the designs above can be found here. But can you believe that over 60 Close to My Heart consultants can also come up with original designs to feature this stamp set?

Here is my design..... I decided since I used to go back to school AFTER Labor day (until I moved to Florida!), that is was time to create a page for the 'typical' school photo. BUT can you believe that I can not find my original 8 x 10 photos of my children?? Of course you can! :) So I scanned in the wallet photo of my son and printed on my computer...

However PLEASE copy this layout and add a current photo of your student and finish the page before the first month of school is over! :) I used the NEW paper pack X7139B Typeset for this layout and the pattern from the Magic book called "Magic Act" to complete the page- I think it is perfect for school photos! Now I am super anxious to see what everyone else has created with this month's stamp set. So hop on over to Georgia's blog and check out her artwork!!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fall Open House Goodies

My Fall Open House was a success! Lots of fun and frivolity! If you were unable to make it here are a few designs that were on my design boards!

I LOVE FALL! So it makes sense that some of my designs included the colors of fall. This card is not exception.

Now check out this layout - Happy Fall, ya'll!

(click on photo for a larger view)

Z1473 Die cut cards

X7142 Dreamin' paper packet C1463 Harvest Happiness
Z1387 Wooden Designer Buttons

Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection
Colors - Goldrush, Pacifica, Barn Red, Bamboo

Are you anxious for cooler temps?? I am!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fall Close to My Heart Open House

I know many of you are wishing for cooler weather and so am I! However it will be a long time before that will happen here in Florida. But school has started and I am dreaming about FALL in WNY and that means it is time for FALL Close to My Heart Open House! I will be hosting my open house on Sunday August 28th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. There will be prizes, goodies and make-n-takes. If you bring a friend, you will receive a special gift! But you must RSVP by Thursday August 25th!

My Cricut will be chirping away and you will be able to see all of the fabulous projects I have made with my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. The cartridge has 700 images and with the Cricut Craft Room, you will be able to expand ALL of the designs on it. (did you check out my previous post of the CCR?)

Remember between August 15 - 31th Close to My Heart is offering a fabulous special. You can purchase the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge for $99.00. The bundle includes the cartridge, THREE coordinating Stamp sets (retail value $55.85)and THREE Coordinating Dimensional Elements chipboard sets (retail value $14.85). The cartridge comes in a PLASTIC case (not cardboard) and includes a booklet with a highlighted dot where you can find the design! No more guessing where the design is on the overlay????!

EXTRA!! EXTRA!! In addition - Because your purchase is over $50, you can now purchase the August Stamp of the Month for $5.00 (retail value $17.95) and RECEIVE the A Typeface mini alphabet set (retail value $6.95) for FREE!

AND because your purchase is over $75, you’ll also get the Pair-a-Phrase double D-size stamp set (retail value -$35.90) for FREE!

Your total savings are $55.80 !

If you are busy or living out of town, you can purchase this special through my website Look for more videos using this cartridge RIGHT HERE on this blog! If you live in the Tampa, Fl area, I will be teaching Cricut classes at Scraporium on Florida Ave. Sign up for their newsletter here.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cricut Craft Room CTMH Walkthrough

Hello everybody - Check out my first Jing video with the NEW Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge.
I am working on a series of lessons to show you how to use the Cricut Craft Room (coming soon) and the NEW CTMH cartridge. This first lesson is a basic walk-through of all of the buttons and the images that you will find on the CCR. I was slightly confused at first because the buttons ARE different from the booklet.


You can purchase your own copy of the Close to My Heart cartridge here from my website.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cricut Art Philospohy and WOTG

I am soo excited - I am 'Beta Testing" the NEW Cricut Craft Room - a FREE online program that anyone will be able to use to cut out their Cricut designs, For me it means - NO more wasting paper! :) I have been playing with it the last two days and I am inspired to 'jazz' up my Workshops to Go layouts using the Art Philosophy cartridge.

Here is a video from Close to My Heart featuring the Dreamin' WOTG and the NEW Cricut cartridge.

Be sure to stop by my FALL OPEN HOUSE on Sunday August 28th from 2:00 -4:00 where you will be able to view my latest Cricut and CTMH samples. Prizes, goodies and make-n-takes - bring a friend and receive a free gift.

Monday, August 15, 2011

08/15 Spotlight CTMH Blog Hop

Did you arrive at my blog from Jill's blog? - I hope so! Then you are on the right track.....This month's spotlight is Circle Cards! Absolutely fun and E-A-S-Y with the NEW Cricut Art Philospohy cartridge. This card came together so quickly.

I cut it out in a 4" size and then added some scraps of borders from the previous post (did you see that one yet?) I stamped the image and then added the saying after creating a curved line with the stamp - so easy to do with acrylic stamps!!

I used the September special - Pair-A- Phrase stamp set and scraps from my previous post to pull it all together. If I can do all of that in less than 20 minutes - so can you! Now it is off to Diana's blog to see what her Circle card looks like!

Enjoy the hop!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

08/15 Pair-A-Phrase Blog Hop

Now I ask you - "Where has the summer gone?"... My friends are all going back to school today but not me! I am finally retired! So I have TONS of time to play! If you have been hoppin' along you have just arrived from Nicole's blog and you have checked out her awesome Pair- A Phrase artwork... If you have stumbled upon mine then you need to see the September special celebrating national Stamping Month- CC1014 Pair-A-Phrase Double stamp set!

Here is a close-up of the stamps that are included in the CC1014 set!

So here is my project using the paper from the NEW X7139 Typeset paper pack!

Click on photo for a closer look!

Step #1 - Cut out the door hanger from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge

Step #2-

Step #3-

Step #4 - Assemble and decorate the door hanger card box

Step #5 - using the Pair-A-Phrase stamp set, stamp your cards and create your quick and easy gift card box!

Now you are done!

Now it is off to Cecilia's blog where you can view her creative idea using this brand new double stamp set!