Friday, July 27, 2012

July Art Philosophy Blog Hop

Welcome to our July Art Philosophy Blog Hop! Each month we will showcase a feature of the amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.
We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a fabulous lineup with some very talented ladies. There will be lots of fun projects.
Lucy Kelleher, our hostess and fellow CTMH Consultant, will be giving away a stamp set! She is giving away a prior Stamp of the Month set that can no longer be purchased called "You Are ...". (This stamp set has a $17.95 retail value). You will find a picture of the stamp set on her blog. To enter to win, you will need to leave a comment on her blog and every stop of the blog hop. If you also become a follower of Lucy's blog, she will give you another entry .
This month we will be showcasing the "Card" feature of the cartridge. Did you know there are 100 different card shapes you can make with this cartridge? You heard me correctly -- 100!!! Now we won't be able to show you ALL 100 card options, but we will show you as many as we can.
If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog .
My project is from page 35 of the Art Philosophy manual. You must choose the card button and hit shift to cut this card. To highlight the delicate branch cut-out, I lined the inside of the card with a piece of Florentine paper cut to fit. I used the same paper to cover the left outside edge of the card. The leaves are stamped in Goldrush My Exclusive ink from the Wonderful You My Acylix stamp set . The sentiment is in Cocoa from the Florentine WOTG stamp set.


The next stop on your blog hop fun is Laura.
Here is the list of all the talented consultants who are participating in this months blog hop:
Laura Charko -

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Geometric Heart to Heart Challenge

A "Geometric" Challenge

Welcome to another week's challenge with H2H.
This week, our challenge was to include the following:

Line, Line, Circle, Square

That means two items on my card had to be lines, one had to be a circle and one had to be a square. All 4 items must be present and accounted for. 

I tackled the circle & square by cutting a 3" by 3" piece of Dotty For You paper.  The lines are made from Paradise Baker's Twine.  I utilized Sweet Leaf and Lagoon card stock.  All 3 pieces were distressed with Cocoa Exclusive ink.  The stamp and sentiment are from Under the Sea My Acrylix stamp set and colored with Sunny Yellow, Smoothie, & Lagoon.  I finished with 8 Bitty Sparkles.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Color My Heart Dare #7

This week's color dare is to choose your own secondary colors: any shade of orange,greenand/or purple will do. Pick two or use all three.

I chose Sunset, Creme Brulee, and Sweet Leaf as my orange/green shades.  I accented with Cocoa and Sunny Yellow.  This card uses all CTMH products including Footloose paper, Paradise Flowers and Twine, and Bitty Sparkles.  My Acrylix Stamp sets used were Bee Happy and Be Yourself Flourishes.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Land of the Rising Sun

     This card uses a technique called masking,  Small sections are blocked off for inking in a pattern of your chose I chose the sun ray pattern to match my Oriental Kanji stamp set.  My colors are Bamboo, Honey, and Goldrush...all CTMH Exclusive Inks. Don't you think the combination has a slight metallic look?  One of the best experiences of my life was a 3 week educator's tour of Japan.  since that time I've loved the Japanese look, so I was thrilled when I was able to purchase the retired CTMH stamp set Kanji Phrases.  I've also included another card I made with this set.


Sunday, July 1, 2012


July 2012: Free Perect Pairs

During July, get a free paper packet and coordinating accessory with a qualifying online purchase.

Place an online order of $75 or more in July and we’ll send you a popular paper packet and coordinating accessory—a Perfect Pair—for free! Different Perfect Pairs are available on different dates throughout the month so you’ll want to place more than one qualifying order to snatch several Perfect Pairs.
Specific pairs are available on specific dates; see below to find out when your favorite Perfect Pairs will be available. Be sure to place your order early in the availability period, as the promotion is while supplies last.
July 1–5Mischief Paper Packet (X7144B) and Midnight Felt Shapes (Z1462)$15.90
July 6–10Dreamin’ Paper Packet (X7142B) and Harvest Charms (Z1633)$14.90
July 11–15Fanfare Paper Packet (X7138B) and Fanfare Level 2 Assortment (Z1400)$17.90
July 16–20Lucky Paper Packet (X7137B) and Lucky My Stickease® Assortment (X7137C)$17.90
July 21–25Mayberry Paper Packet (X7136B) and Mayberry My Stickease® Assortment (X7136C)$17.90
July 26–29Sophia Paper Packet (X7131B) and Sophia My Stickease® Assortment (X7131C)$17.90
July 30–31Believe Paper Packet (X7145B) and Holiday Pockets (Z1486) OR Wonderland Paper Packet (X7146B) and Wonderland My Stickease® Assortment (X7146C)$14.90

*Taxes and additional shipping/handling may apply. Offer good during above-specified dates, while supplies last.