Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Artiste -- New Cricut Cartridge

If you love your Cricut, you are going to love the new Artiste cartridge which is exclusive to CTMH.  If you have the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, you know how much stuff is packed into one cartridge and it is the same with the Artiste cartridge. 

Check out this video that was made by Beverly Tiemann, who is lucky enough to have her cartridge already.  Doesn't this just make it hard to wait until August 1 to order????

Monday, July 16, 2012

Out With The Old....In With The New!!

As I told you yesterday, CTMH's annual convention ended on Saturday.  There are some amazing changes to come beginning August 1, and one that has taken effect immediately.

If you love Studio J, you will now love it even more!!  Effective immediately, there will no longer be membership fees to access all of the wonderful and amazing layouts and papers!  Everyone will have access to everything.  Also, the price per layout has been lowered to $6.95, which was the price that members previously paid.  One more thing -- everyone will get a jpeg of their pictures so they can post them online, share in an e-mail, ect.   Those of you that use Studio J will love this!  And if you have never used Studio J before, now is a great time to start!  If you didn't know, Studio J is our amazing online scrapbooking program.  You can scrapbook anywhere you have an internet connection, you don't have to print the millions of pictures you have saved on your computer, and you can create till your hearts content and not have to pay for anything until you place your order for your layouts to be printed!!  If this sounds like something you would be interested in, follow my STUDIO J link to read more about this amazing program.  And if you have questions, email me.

Here are some of the other changes taking place:

1. 13 WOTG;  8 scrapbooking layouts, 2 card classes and 2 home decor;

2.  New Exclusive Cricut Cartridge;

3.  Our color palate is being revamped, including  6 new colors; Saddle, Cashmere, Champagne, Slate, 
     Whisper and Ruby;

4.  Pigment inks in all colors;

5.  All new alcohol markers with 2 shades for each color;

6.  We can now buy 24 sheets of cardstock in all colors again (Yay!!); and

7.   A new storage option.

There some other things that you will have to wait until August to learn about, but I wanted to give you something to get you as excited as I am!!

Of course, when you add all of these new things, some things will need to be retired.  The following is a listing of all the products that will no longer be available after July 31.  If you feel you need to get any of these products before they are gone, you can either order them from my WEBSITE or email or call me with your order. 

Since they are revamping our color palate, the following colors are retiring.  If you don't feel you can part with them, better order another stamp pad and/or reinkers before the end of the month.

     Grey Wool               Baby Pink               Lilac Mist               Dutch Blue               Spring Iris
     Grey Flannel             Taffy                       Amethyst               Moonstruck              Petal
     Vanilla Cream           Sunkiss Yellow        Holiday Red           Vineyard Berry         Garnet
     Parchment                Key Lime                Sunflower               Pansy Purple            Tulip
     Brown Bag               Heavenly Blue         Sunny Yellow          Garden Green

Stamp Sets and other items retiring as of July 31:

Lucy Paper Pack
Superhero Paper Pack
Footloose Paper Pack
Cruisin' Paper Pack
Z1163 Double Scrubber (Note: Being replaced with a new, hopefully improved version.)
Z1006 Microfiber Cloth
Z1404 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Cranberry
Z1405 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Outdoor Denim
Z1406 Quick Pic 12x12 Album - Dark Chocolate
Z4110 Snapease Album System
Z1323 Clear Cards - 4 1/4" x 5 ½" Asst.
Z1309 Clear Cards - 4 ½” Asst.
Z1383 Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Z1384 Designer Ribbon - Pink Collection
Z1397 Canvas Badge Buttons
Z1367 Bitty Brads Basic Asst
Z1368 Bitty Brads Metal Asst
Z1104 Clear Sparkles (Note: Being replaced with all round sparkles)
Z1698 Mini-Medley Accents - Pacifica
Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents - Tulip
Z1338 Mini-Medley Accents - Sunset
Z1488 Mini-Medley Accents - Honey
Z1403 Photo Hangers
Z1402 Hinges
Z1690 Bitty Buds Asst
Z1691 Bottle Caps
Z1693 Seaside Wooden Shapes (SOLD OUT)
Z1688 Comic Badge Buttons
Z1635 Heirloom Asst
Z1337 Dimensional Elements Ornaments (Updated to coordinate with Cricut Artiste)
Z1224 My Creations All Sorts Mini Album
Z1334 My Creations Mix & Mingle Mini Album
Z1321 My Creations A-Door-Ables
Z1152 My Creations Cube
4275 My Legacy Writers
Z338 Euro Personal Trimmer (Being replaced with Fiskars SureCut Deluxe Craft Trimmer)
Z339 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blades
Z340 Euro Trimmer Replacement Blade/Scoring
1766 Dotto Dots Dispenser
1767 Dotto Dots Refill 

The following stamps sets will be retired as well.  CTMH has a policy that it will offer stamp sets for a period of one year, which would be the sets in the current Idea Book as well as the one previous.  The following stamps sets are ones that were featured in the Fall/Winter 2011 Idea Book that were not in the Spring/Summer 2012 book.  This list may not be entirely accurate since they don't give us a listing of the stamp sets that will be retiring:

A1095 -  Always Remember
A1099 -  Angel Sent
A1107 -  A Twinkle
A1108 -  A Flitter
A1109 -  A Sip
A1110 -  A Timber
A1113 -  A Game
A1115 -  A Holiday
B1356 -  St. Nick
B1359 -  Fright Night
B1361 -  Tannenbaum
B1362 -  Tag The Occasion
B1381 -  Holiday Cheer
B1393 -  Joyful Jar
B1394 -  John 3:16
C1379 -  Holiday Commentary
C1382 -  Holiday Commentary - Spanish
C1383 -  Holiday Commentary - French
C1401 -  Friendship Alphabet Small
C1408 -  Live Inspired
C1419 -  Harvest Home
C1420 -  Snow Days
C1423 -  Captured Moments
C1424 -  Nature's Gift
C1425 -  Month By Month
C1426 -  Thanksgiving
C1427 -  I Believe
C1429 -  Party Pennants
C1465 -  Unscripted
C1468 -  Winter Joy
C1470 -  Gnome Garden
C1471 -  Happy Clusters
C1472 -  Bundled Buddies
D1136 -  Giggle Caps
D1137 -  Giggle Lowercase
D1267 -  Rustic Numbers
D1306 -  Treasure Life
D1308 -  All Decked Out
D1373 -  Childhood Portrait
D1384 -  Snow Flurries
D1386 -  Save The Date
D1387 -  Made With Love
D1397 -  Save The Date - French
D1398 -  Save The Date - Spanish
D1401 -  Authentic
D1436 -  The Present
D1437 -  Party Animal
D1446 -  Adorn-able
D1449 -  Father Christmas
D1493 -  Fill In The Blank - Holiday
D1499 -  Live Your Style
E1002 -  Rustic Alphabet
E1006 -  Baroque Alphabet
E1011 -  Headline Alphabet Large
E1016 -  Friendship Alphabet Large

Again, if any of the above-listed items are ones you were wanting to get, be sure to order them before July 31.  

Be sure to check out my blog in the next day or two. I will have a video that another consultant made showing you the new Cricut Cartridge, Artiste.  You won't want to miss it!!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Well, Close To My Heart's annual convention wrapped up last night. I was disappointed that I wasn't able to go, but so excited about all of the new and exciting products and changes that you will all enjoy with the release of the 2012 Fall/Winter Idea Book which goes live to customers on August 1.  There is a Regional Celebration in St. Louis the end of September.  This is sort of a 'mini convention' where we will get some wonderful ideas.  I am hoping I can attend that and at this point, it is looking good!

There are so many fun and exciting changes with this new Idea Book - I know you are all going to love it!   I will have another post tomorrow which will give you a sneak peak of some of the exciting news, so make sure you check back and see what is in store.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

February's Monthly Club Pages

My goodness -- I am cetainly behind on getting things on here. I have a few months to catch up on.  I should start back with October, but I am going to put February's on here first, since everyone is already done with October! 

In February, we worked with the Stella papers.  This is my absolute favorite paper from the new Idea Book.  I made the two layouts from the Workshop on the Go, and then did the third layout from one of the idea books.  Here are the pages we made:

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Masculine Birthday

I really struggle with masculine cards.  Here is a card I made for my boss for his birthday.  Nothing too fancy.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thank You Card

I made this card for a customer of mine.  It was the first time that I have made a 3x3 card. I am totally in love with this size of a card.  So many possibilities!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Another Sympathy Card

Here is another sympathy card that I made back in November.

I know my pictures are not the best.  HOWEVER, I bought a new DSLR camera on New Years Eve Day.  It was something that I had wanted for a LONG time.  I am still taking a few classes to learn how to use it properly.  I am have so much fun!!  I have about 4 more pictures to share using my old point and shoot camera, and then you will get to see pictures that are bright and amazing!!  I know you can hardly wait :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Graduation Card

Here is a grad card that I made for a family friend.  I have been seeing a lot of cards of this style using the long scraps of paper.  I thought it was perfect for a masculine grad card.  These are just scraps from my drawer.  Finally, a way to use some of them :)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sympathy Card

Over the next week or so, I will be posting a few projects/cards that I have made but hadn't had a chance to post yet.  The first is this pretty sympathy card.

I made this card using the Deamin' paper kit from Close to My Heart. This was a card for my dear friend, Amy's, family for the loss of her step-dad.  I based the card off of a Mojo Monday sketch. It was the first time that I had tried one of their sketches.  I think it turned out well - if I do say so myself!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book is now LIVE!!!

It's that time again ----- time for the unveiling of another amazing Idea Book.  You are going to love this issue.  There are 8 new paper packs -- all very unique.  And for those of you who have boys and think there are not many 'boy' papers in our Idea Books - you are going to be pleasantly surprised!!
Click HERE view the Idea Book online.  If you would like your own copy, you can purchase one for $5.00, which will include a coupon for $5.00 off your first order of $25.00 or more.

The February Stamp of the Month is called Thoughtful Tidings. It's a collection of 11 thankful and full of love sayings that will work perfectly with your next card, layout or 3D item.  And 7 of these stamps coordinate with our Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  You can purchase the Stamp of the Month through February 29 for $17.95 or pay just $5.00 with any $50 order.

Whether you are a Studio J regular, or have been waiting for just the right time to try out Studio J, you will LOVE the February Constant Campaign.  For every Studio J 5-pack you purchase, you will receive another 5-pack for free!!  That means for $55, you will receive a total of 10 2-page layouts at a cost of just $2.75 per page! This price includes page protectors and free shipping & handling.   This is a perfect time to try Studio J if you have never tried it before. 

Visit my website HERE to take advantage of this incredible deal!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I can't believe that it has been SOOO long again since I last posted.  I apologize if you have come here during my absence to try to find inspiring artwork.  I will be updating my blog with some of my current artwork within the next couple of days.  In the meantime, please check out my new RETIRING page above to find out what CTMH products you will no longer be able to purchase after January 31, 2012. 

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