Monday, October 28, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy - Everyday Layouts

Good Morning,

Today's video tutorial for the Artbooking Cricut cartridge shows you how to look "outside the themes" that are shown in the booklet. As many of you know, this cartridge is centered around several mini albums and 15 layout themes. But... you can easily create everyday scrapbook layouts and paper crafting projects using this cartridge. Let me show you how! And... if you do not have your own Artbooking Cartridge yet, contact me today to find out about my Artbooking special... Its a good one!
With a smile, Tina 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Bling, Shimmer Trim, Twist Ties and more...

Good Morning,

Bling, bling, bling... I've got bling and I am sure you do too. And I am also sure you have a bunch of leftover bits of all kinds of embellishments that are just begging to be used up. Well in this video, CTMH shows you a fun layout that does just that. You will see how using what you have laying around can create a beautiful and dramatic layout. Watch and be inspired!
With a smile, Tina

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Using the Kraft Pocket Album for a sweet trip down memory lane....

Good Morning,

Are you a fan of modge podge, or is it something you've wanted to try but just haven't gotten around too? The latter is me... I've even gone as far as buying the stuff but still... never used it. Well, after watching this video from Close To My Heart I feel super duper confident in my abilities to just use it. It looks like you cant mess up with it. In this video, Kristine shows us how she took our My Creations Kraft Pocket Album and turned it into a keepsake all about she and her hubby from when they got married... so cute! 

Enjoy! Tina

Monday, October 21, 2013

Gift Bags with the Cricut Artiste Cartridge

Good Morning,

So a couple of days ago I shared a few of the gift boxes I had created with the Artiste Cartridge and now I want to share a couple of little gift bags or gift purses I also made. Again, I used the "Fit To Page" button on my Cricut to cut these the biggest size possible, and then began decorating them. However, these purses were SUPER quick... because I cheated. hahaha! I am a big fan of recycling, re-purposing and re-using items. So... I dug out my stash of cards from last year and did a little dissecting of them. I then simply added the focal point image from the card to my purse and embellished with a bow... wah-lah... instant little gift bag. I was so stinkin' happy with myself... but I am kind of goofy that way.

Anyway, I hope these little gift bags inspire you to get your cricut out and play. If you don't have the Artiste cartridge, I can definitely help you with that. :) Just hop over to my page and check it out. Lots of extra goodies this month to with the Stamp of the Month and the Holidays From the Heart promotion.

With a smile~ Tina

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Gift Boxes for holiday gift giving using the Cricut Artiste Cartridge

Good Morning,

I have been a busy bee cutting, cutting and cutting some more with my Cricut and the Artiste Cartridge. The gift boxes have been calling my name and I have been on a roll using up some of my paper stash to make these little guys for the upcoming holiday season. All 3 were cut using the "Fit To Page" button with the Artiste Cartridge and come out at about 4.5" tall. I used a velco dot to help keep them securely closed. 
I have some more to share, but I think I will save those for tomorrow.

If you don't yet have this awesome cartridge, you might want to check it out. It too comes with 700 images, 3 coordinating stamp sets and 3 sheets of chipboard shapes. This Cricut cartridge is FULL of all kinds of 3-D items, which is perfect for this time of year. And to make the deal even sweeter, with the purchase of this cartridge, you will qualify for the October Stamp of the Month for only $5.... which then qualifies you for a FREE starred item from the Holiday's From the Heart gift guide. Woo-Hoo! Lots of good deals to be had.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  With a smile~ Tina

Friday, October 18, 2013

Autumn Themed Scrapook Layouts using the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge

Good Morning,

It is time for another Artbooking Made Easy video Tutorial from Close To My Heart. This particular tutorial features 2 scrapbook layouts with Autumn or Thanksgiving themes, using only two keys from the Artbooking cartridge. You will see how easy it is to create quick and beautiful pages for your photos with a couple button pushes.  

I know its also fun to create smaller sized albums, like 8x8 or 6x6. CTMH also shows us how simple it is to create those smaller layouts with this Cricut cartridge. It's all about whether you use "Real Dial Size" or not... which is a very important distinction with the Artbooking cartridge. Watch this short video to see how very different images are cut when using that button.

If you do not yet have this cartridge, you can see it more closely on my website. It comes as a large bundle that includes 3 stamp sets and 3 sheets of chipboard shapes that all coordinate with the 700 images that this one cartridge cuts. You have to see it up close! 

Lastly, here is a card I made using the same keys and the same overlay. I simple used the Real Dial Size button and change the size to 5.5" and created an overlay that fit my 6" x 6" card perfectly.
 Enjoy the video and as always, don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. With a smile~ Tina

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Holidays from the Heart & the Season's Tweetings Stamp set

Good Morning,

Today's card features items found only in the Holiday Mini Catalog. I used the "Season's Tweetings" stamp set along with the Sparkle & Shine papers and Washi Tape. The images were colored with the Juniper and Ruby alcohol markers. Then to finish it off, I added some sparkles, a bow and glitter. My favorite part of the whole card is the washi tape. I am definitely getting addicted to this stuff. Thankfully CTMH now carries 8 exclusive designs. 

Enjoy the rest of your day! With a smile~ Tina
Sneak Peek of the December Stamp of the Month which uses Washi Tape

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Holidays from the Heart promotion now in full swing!

Good Morning,

I am very happy to finally be able to share our newest promotion with all of you. It is called the "Holidays From The Heart" special and it comes with something CTMH has never offered before- a mini Holiday
catalog. The items in this catalog are available from now until December 31st and feature both Christmas and non Christmas stamps, embellishments, kits and papers. It is 24 packed pages of fun fun fun! 

If you haven't seen the mini catalog yet, you can view it online here. I think my favorite items are the 2 different Washi Tape bundles in it. They are SOOOOO fun and festive. To give you a sneak peak, here is a card made using the SPARKLE & SHINE Washi tape bundle:

And now, to tell you about the promotion... because it's not just that we have this fun new catalog PACKED with cute new items at great prices, but... also, if you spend $100 on any items from CTMH (this includes the new Artbooking cricut cartridge) you can choose ANY starred item out of the  mini catalog for FREE! You can mix and match what you buy too. You might want some items out of the regular CTMH idea book, as well as some from the mini catalog.... and when the total hits $100, you will get to pick an item for FREE! YAY!

Have fun checking out this little idea book and I would love to hear what your favorite new item is.

With a smile,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hand Stitching on Your Cards... you just have to do it!

Good Morning,

It's technique Tuesday so today I have a short little video to share with you that features two great techniques:

  1. Hand Stitching on your projects  and....
  2. How to create sunburts
I have been asked a lot lately about these two trends so I am excited for you guys to see how easy they are to do. And the best part of the the sunburst is that you can create these from all the scraps of paper I know you all hoard, ahem... I mean, store. hee hee! I am planning a card workshop right after the holidays to feature both of these techniques!!

Enjoy the video and as always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Christmas is coming.... and so are my cards!

Good Morning,

Eeeeks, its almost halfway through October which means I need to get started on my Christmas card ideas soon. Each year I have a large, fun and rowdy workshop called a "Stamp-A-Stack Christmas Card Workshop" where 20 or so ladies come and stamp anywhere from 10-50 cards each. It is so much fun and I look forward to it each year. Ahhh, the music, the candy, the laughter.... such a fun time with the girls. 

To ensure that each person can complete their cards I do my best to keep them a bit more simple than usual. My goal is for them to leave with Christmas cards ready to send out by Thanksgiving, if they so choose. :) 

So here is the first card. I used the new Frosted B&TP's as well as Twilight and Champagne cardstock. The snowflakes are cut from the Cricut Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges and then glittered with our Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel.  Enjoy! With a smile~ Tina

Friday, October 4, 2013

Halloween is a Spooktacular even to scrapbook!

Hey everyone,

Halloween is just around the corner and that means so are all of those adorable trick or treaters and their Halloween costumes. So in preparation for all the photos I know I will be taking, I have started to create some Halloween Layouts. The fun part here (besides the cute layouts) is that this paper is on a SUPER SALE on my website for only $2.20 per pack of 18 sheets of Background & Texture Paper and Cardstock. It's sooooo affordable. You will want to hop on over there and snag yourself some, along with any other of the super discounted items you will see.

Anyway, back to the layout. Like I said, this was created using the Spooktacular paper pack, the Black and Silver Glitter Paper and the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.

Background Stamps and Scrapbooking... the added Ooomph you may be looking for!

Good Morning,

As you all know, I love stamping. In fact, I started out as a stamper first and then incorporated scrapbooking into my love of crafting. So naturally, I have combined the two to create fabulous pages. In this video, Close To My Heart shows you how you can use background stamps to add creative support to your beautiful layouts. 

You will also learn techniques for keeping the look balanced. You will also see how easy it is to creat the look of washi tape using these kinds of stamps. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me or visit my website to see these items up close.  With a smile, Tina

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy Video - Halloween Mini Albums

Good Morning,

Today I have another fun Artbooking video to share with you. In this video, Close To My Heart creates two Halloween mini-albums using the Halloween keys on the cartridge. They also show you some fun layering tips to get shadows and more. There are several tips you will want to try out so be sure to take some notes as you watch. 

If you don't have your Artbooking cartridge yet, you can get it here today. Not only does this cartridge come with over 700 images, but you will also get 3 exclusive stamp sets AND 3 sheets of chipboard Dimensional Elements. And as you can see from these videos, it is a FUN cartridge, exclusive to CTMH. I love it and I know you will too. Enjoy the video.
With a smile~ Tina

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Stamp of the Month Special: Scandinavian Wishes

Good Morning,

Welcome to October! I feel as though I can officially decorate for Halloween now which is fun! But, since most stampers and scrapbookers like to prepare early, the Stamp of the Month for October is going to put you more in a Christmas mood. This set is called "Scandinavian Wishes" and includes 12 acrylic stamps that coordinate nicely with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. It is only available during the month of October so don't delay in getting your set if you love it.

With a smile, Tina