Archive for August, 2012

Using CTMH Cricut Artiste – Video

Discover how to make accents, cards, and 3-D projects with the Close To My Heart Cricut® Artiste cartridge.  It’s easy to learn with the simple instructional booklet and assembly booklet!

This is a great video explaining the Cricut Artiste cartridge booklets and how to use them.

CTMH Cricut Artiste Video – One Size Fits All

Discover how to create multiple-piece projects using the Close To My Heart Cricut® Artiste cartridge. You no longer have to size each individual piece—the Cricut® machine cuts the pieces to fit one assembled size of your choice!

This video shows a couple artwork samples using the Cricut Artiste cartridge and explains the use of the “Real Dial” function key.

August 2012 CTMH Use Your Stash Blog Hop – Monochromatic

WELCOME!  I’m so glad you are joining us for our “Use Your Stash Blog Hop”.  If you have already started, you should be coming from Cherri Hardcastle’s Blog.  If this is your first stop, continue through until you make your way back here.  This month’s theme is monochromatic (using one color).

Supplies used: DCWV paper, CTMH Glitz Glitter Gel – Green, Just Blooms Paper Shapes – Flutter, and American Crafts Thickers Chipboard Alphabet Stickers.

I’m not much for monochromatic, however it is a great choice for busy photos.  My photos has so much color that by using one color in my layout it works well.  I used the Glitter Glitz (which I love!) to add some sparkle directly to the page.  I also used it to “color” my butterflies.  Here’s a closeup:

Now hop on over to Judy Faye Garner’s Blog for more ideas on using up your stash.

Here is a list of participants:


Harvest Banner CTMH Video

Learn about the smooth effect you can create with the new alcohol-based Exclusive Inks® markers from Close To My Heart. Use the two complimentary colors to create one amazing piece of artwork!

Featured items used in this video:
Exclusive Inks Autumn Terracotta Markers Set (Z2427)
Exclusive Inks Honey Markers Set (Z2415)
My Acrylix Fall Harvest (C1504)

Click here to view our full collection of Exclusive Inks Alcohol-based markers.

Stamp Sunday #30 – Quick Cards Butterfly

A1120 Quick Cards – Butterfly

This stamp set is one of a few made by Close to My Heart that are designed specifically to create quick and easy cards.  For this particular stamp, I chose to separate the words and the butterflies by cutting the stamp so that it is now two.  I can now stamp them separate or together.  I will often do this with my stamps.  It is a great option with acrylic stamps but you do have to be careful.  You will want to cut in one single, smooth cut so that it won’t later rip and you need to be careful that you do not cut too close to the image that it won’t stamp correctly (or that you cut into the image itself).  This one was more difficult because they were close together.  I decided to risk it because I knew I would use the stamp more with just the butterfly (and I’m not big on masking).  In the places that were close, I focused on the butterfly image so that if it didn’t work I would have that part.  It ended up working just fine!  I think this is the closest one I have cut.

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Perfect Day Paper Packet (retired), Quick Cards – Butterfly Stamp set, Sorbet ink, Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems, Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon, and Colonial White and Black cardstock.

This was a very quick card that would work for just about any occasion.  It took me a total of 15 minutes from the time I decided to make the card to completion.  You can’t beat that!