Thursday, March 27, 2014

Floating Your Fancy

Get the most out of your Cricut® Artbooking cartridge with these fun home d├ęcor ideas. You  will love these unique ideas to use Artbooking cutouts to create decorative floating frames and functional message boards for your home. These quick and easy projects are pretty and practical—the best kind of craft!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: All-Star Scrapbooking

Put your team spirit on paper with the sports-themed keys on the Artbooking cartridge. With footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, and teamwork sentiments, these cutouts are the perfect accent to any team photos, whether it be sports, dance, or other activities. Yet the pennant banner, chevron overlays, and star border are just the thing for any theme! The sports-themed keys will leave you   wanting to do a victory dance.

Happy Creating!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Heights Abound

Sometimes it’s the details of a page that makes it really shine. But adding some glitter paper, Shimmer Trim, and glitter gems doesn’t hurt, either! Learn how to make a sparkly bouquet of balloons by combining embellishments, Cricut® cutouts, and specialty paper. You  will get carried away by these glitzy decorations.

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Base & Bling Style

With so many Base & Bling options, including metallic charms, adhesive images, patterned fabrics, and resin and acrylic flowers, gems, and jewels, you can be confident that your one-of-a-kind jewelry fits your unique personality! Learn how to create an elegant necklace in just minutes, and how simple and fun it is to create custom-made wearable crafts!


Discover the Art of Business

Begin your business with fantastic savings!

I am excited to share the great sign-up promotion 
 Close to my Heart  is offering.

 If you have been thinking about becoming a CTMH Consultant, join my Close To My Heart "Creative Design Team" as an Independent Consultant April 1–30, 2014, and receive your favorite Close To My Heart Cricut® collection FREE!

Art Philosophy Collection

Artiste Collection

Artbooking Collection

 Our New Consultant Kit is just $99 and comes packed with nearly triple the retail value in products and supplies to help you succeed. Plus, when you qualify for the "Straight To The Top" program, you will be refunded the price of your New Consultant Kit. Select your FREE Cricut® collection—retail priced at $99—when you order your New Consultant Kit and watch your new business soar!

That's right!  Not only will you get all of the incredible items (worth over $300) in the New Consultant Kit, you will also get to choose one of our our three exclusive Cricut Collections for FREE! Choose from the ones pictured here. That’s over $400 worth of goodies for just $99!

But it gets even better! If you take advantage of CTMH’s "Straight to the Top" program and get $1,200 in sales (including your own personal orders) within your first 90 days, Close to My Heart will give you back the $99...AND I will give you a surprise gift worth $50 for free! That’s approximately $470 worth of CTMH goodies for FREE!!!!!!!

To get started, just click on the kit to your right
 and it will take you to where you can sign up today,
 or call me at 360-830-3630
 to answer any questions you may have.

I  have both business builders and hobbyists on my team,
 so whatever your reason for joining,
 I would love for you to become part of my CTMH family!
 April is the best time to do it!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Trailblazing Travel Albums

Need a fun way to document that unforgettable vacation, getaway, or outing? The travel keys on the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge are ideal for decorating albums, pages, or 3–D artwork with your most memorable moments. From artsy airplanes to ticket-like tabs, there are cutouts to accompany any of your  travel-themed crafts.

Have fun creating your own mini travel album.

Happy Creating!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pure Joy of Washi Tape

You already know that we are silly for stamps, passionate for papercrafting, and mad for memory keeping, but do you know that we are wild for washi tape? With eight different colors and fun patterns like stripes, polka dots, chevron, and houndstooth, how could we resist? You won’t be able to resist this latest craze, either! Watch the video to discover tips, tricks, and the pure joy of washi tape.

Happy Creating!

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Here are a few of the great cards that were shared at
 Rediscouver CTMH 2014

Our theme paper was Skylark.

 Linda Crichton

I will post the creators of these other cards shortly.


Friday, March 7, 2014


This Hip Pic Mini Album was put together at Discover 2014 .
It uses pieces from several paper packets
 and is great for using up scrap pieces.
 Just insert your photos from the top of the page
 at the opening, and you are finished.




Durables Triangle Studds ( Z1928)
Flamingo Dots ( Z1934)
Free Thinker Base & Bling Style Sheet ( Z1974)
Silver Geometric Washi Tape ( Z1932)
Love This Stamp Set ( B1432)
Sklark, Ivy Lane, Timberline Paper Packets
Lagoon CS (X5762)
                                                      Blk. Journalling Pen ( Z1979)


Thursday, March 6, 2014


Here are some more of the Skylark cards shared at Discover.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014


This is the card I traded at CTMH's Rediscover 2014.

Shylark Paper Pack(X71
Frame Flare Stamp set ( D1546)
Oodles of Doodles Stamp Set ( B1449)
Believe in Yourself Stamp Set ( C1574)
Lagoon Ink (Z2195)
Dot Embossing Folder ( Z1924)
Lagoon Zipper Lace (Z1826)
Baker's Twine - Paradise Assortment (Z1702)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Happy Springtime

Springtime is always blossoming, and with the springtime keys on the Artbooking cartridge, you can bring new life to all your layouts, cards, and crafts! The shapes, titles, and layouts are perfect for spring-themed projects, but they’re versatile enough to accent almost anything. You  will be buzzing to make your projects bloom using these keys!



I made this Hinged Display Tray
 for our Artwork Share at
 Close to My Heart's  Rediscover Event last week .  I wanted to think out of the box with the NEW "Picture My Life" cards that became available this catalog. 
 I needed to trim some of the cards down slightly to fit the openings, and other cards were trimmed around the designs.
I made this in less than an hour, from thought to finish.
  It would make a great gift, don't you think?

Just click on the picture to see larger.

Hinged Display Tray    (Z1838)
Picture My Life Skylark Program (Z1947)
   ( Note:  I only used 7 of the 133 cards in this kit)
Lagoon Zipper Lace (Z1826)
Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles (Z1806)
Skylark Assortment (Z3000)
3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
Glue Dots (1172)
Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ( Z1836)

  • Cut cards to size of opening, attach using glue dots
  • Fussy cut around designs on other cards of your choosing, attach with 3-D Foam Tape
  • Attach photos with 3-D Foam Tape
  • Cut and attach Zipper Lace with adhesive or glue dots
  • Apply embellishments where desired.
That's it!
  No stamping, just fussy cutting , and you are done. 
 This is such an easy project and it is prettier in person.


Monday, March 3, 2014


We recently attended
 Close to My Heart's Rediscover CTMH 2014 in Seattle.
  What a fun night we shared with many of our local CTMH sisters as we rediscoved what we love about Close to My Heart. 
 Awards were presented, artwork was shared, and cards exchange. Kristine shared some new and exciting things to come,
 and we did two fabulous Make & Takes,
 a beautiful necklace and a fabulous mini album.

These are some of the ladies from our team.

Brandy Pittenger, Linda Holliday, Cindy Kleinfelter,
CTMH's V.P.  Kristine Widfeild,
 Sharon Esau, Linda Crichton, Mina Bingham

Here are our two Make & Takes from the evening.

Base & Bling Birdcage Necklace

'You're Amazing" Hip Pic Album

Stop by again to see more amazing artwork.



I recently attended
 Close to My Heart's Rediscover Event in Seattle.
  This is one of the beautiful 
Base & Bling necklaces we made that night.

Just click on the picture to view larger.

You can actually make this necklace in less that 15 minutes.
  Check out the various accents and color choices on page 80 of the  Close to My Heart Spring /Summer Idea Book, and the cute backrounds available on page 81.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Project Inspiration: Transform Your Stamps

Think outside the stamp set theme! We’ll show you how to transform your
icon stamps into borders, embellishments, and backgrounds that create
subtle patterned paper. Watch the video for revamped ideas using the My
Acrylix™ Do Your Best stamp set.

Happy Creating!

Studio Savings

Studio Savings

During the month of March, order your Studio J™ layouts for only $5 —that’s over $2 off the regular price! Create gorgeous, personalized studio layouts in minutes using our wide selection of papers, collections, patterns, and embellishments. And don’t forget to check out our new Photo Express Collection, which allows you to design layouts entirely using your own photos. You’ve taken the photos. Now keep the memories™.

Happy Creating!

Artbooking Made Easy: Nursery Rhymes

Using the nursery–themed keys on the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge will have you singing your favorite nursery rhymes, reliving your cherished childhood memories, and reminiscing about your baby’s first years. Watch the video to see these two keys in action.

Happy Creating!