As many of you know, Close to My Heart has just released a brand, new Cricut cartridge:  Artbooking!!! It’s nothing short of fantastic!!!  Oh the things you will be creating with this cartridge – we don’t even know where to begin!  So, we decided to show you some of the creations WE have made using this amazing, versatile cartridge  It’s not just for scrapbookers you know.  There are 700 images with a ton of coordinating stamps.  If you don’t already have a Consultant that you are currently working with, please contact me or one of the Consultants in our hop with any questions you have!  In this hop, you will see projects featuring this versatile cartridge from many talented crafty ladies!  Enjoy our blog hop!  If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy’s blog – Love 2 Create.   If you came from Jennifer~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking then you are in the right place!

This one is for all the cardmakers out there!  As odd as it may seem, I have used this cartridge for cards more than anything.  It is so easy (with the use of Cricut Craft Room) to use one of the “photo mats” or “pages” and adjust them to the size of your card.  Here I made this super quick and easy Christmas card.  It’s beautiful, yet it only took me minutes to make!

Merry & Bright Christmas Card by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Artbooking Cricut Collection, Cardstock (TopiaryColonial WhiteCranberry), Green Glitter Paper, Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), and Red Glitter Glitz.

Your next stop on our Artbooking blog hop is Janna Gray ~ The Creative Princess.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Darla ~ Crafting is Contagious
  3. Jennifer~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  4. Wendy Kessler ~ My Scrapbooking Blog
  5. Janna Gray ~ The Creative Princess

Thanks for hopping along with us – we hope we were able to inspire you.

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On October 4, we will be creating the Huntington Workshop on the Go Kit.  If you are in Club, now is the time to order.  You need to order by September 6 by contacting me or joining the correct gathering on my website to receive it by the scheduled workshop date.

The Huntington Workshop Kit includes:
My Reflections Huntington Paper Packet
My Acrylix Huntington Workshop Stamp Set
Cardstock Sheets (2 Colonial White, 2 Goldrush)
Huntington Assortment
Sparkles Brown & Tan Assortment
Instructional Brochure

Basic Workshop on the Go supplies: All Workshops On the Go Kits use some or all basic supply items which I recommend you bring with you.  These items include a paper trimmerscissorsspongepiercing tool/matMy Acrylix blocks for stamping, and adhesives of your choice (which may include Liquid GlassGlue Dots3-D Foam, etc.)

Additional Supplies required to complete:
Barn Red Exclusive Inks Pad
Cocoa Exclusive Inks Pad
Goldrush Exclusive Inks Pad
Olive Exclusive Inks Pad
Saddle Exclusive Inks Pad

Coordinating products:
Huntington My Stickease Assortment
Count Your Blessings stamp set
Happy Autumn stamp set
Jute Ribbon
Rosewood Mini-Medley Accents Collection

Coordinating Colors (for cardstock, inks, and markers): Autumn Terracotta, Barn Red, Cashmere, Champagne, Cocoa, Desert Sand, Olive, Slate

When you place an order of $50 or more, you get the Stamp of the Month set for only $5.
The Stamp of the Month is:
(September) Poster Tidings

The current Constant Campaign is:
(September) National Stamping Month Stamp Trio – When you make a purchase of $50 or more, you qualify for this whimsical stamp set trio for only $10.

Additional Layout: (directions on my website)

Shop at WendyKessler.CTMH.comCelebrate National Stamping Month with this special offer!  Get the exclusive You Are My Happy stamp set trio during the month of September.  When you make a purchase of $50 or more, you qualify for this whimsical stamp set trio for only $10. You’ll love using the playful alphabet, light-hearted sentiments, and fun images for a variety of occasions to give a cheerful touch to your projects, with a full retail value of $47.90.  Shop today for this great deal!

*Offer valid September 1-30, 2013. One stamp set trio for every $50 spent. Tax and shipping/handling apply. The stamp set trio arrives on 3 D-size carrier sheets in 2 stamp envelopes: one carrier sheet in one envelope (like a D-size stamp) and two carrier sheets in one envelope (like an E-size stamp).

National Stamping Month - Shop at

National Stamping Month - Shop at

National Stamping Month - Shop at

Love This card by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: Love This stamp set, Cardstock (Kraft, Juniper, Ruby, Colonial White), Juniper ink, Saddle ink, Bronze Glitter Glitz, and Bronze Shimmer Trim.  Pinspiration from this card.

I made this card featuring the Love This stamp set for a swap.  I had a really hard time at first and regretted my choice of stamp set.  Although I loved the set, I realized I just wasn’t any good at coloring and needed to come up with another option.  This was it!  It’s a nice flat card that will be great for mailing and was easy to make.

Big Bash card by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: The Party is On stamp set (hostess special), Art Philosophy cartridge, Artbooking cartridge, Cardstock (White Daisy, Pacifica), Green Glitter Paper, Ink (Pear and Ruby), and Sparkles Clear Assortment.

This is a great example of how you can make cards with the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I used the photo mat on page 65 of the handbook to create a frame for this card.  It was very easy with the help of Cricut Craft Room (CCR).  I simply resized the mat to my card size (in this case 5.5 x 4.25).  I used layers for easy sizing of the added stars and to make sure the glitter stars fit well with the photo mat.

Tip: When I cut the frame in Pacifica it marked parts of the paper where the blade turns and the white core of the cardstock was showing through.  I flipped this over and used the backside (which looks nicer) on my cards.  Another option when cutting a more delicate image or using darker paper is to “flip” the image in CCR.  This will cut the image upside down on your mat and you can flip it over to the “clean” side when you use it on your project.