Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Playing with the new Artiste Cartridge...

Hey Ya'll,
Bobby here with Cricut Couple.  I am so excited because tomorrow is the big day!  The new Cricut Artiste Cartridge will be available!  I have already received mine and have been playing with hit like crazy and if you thought that the Art Philosophy cartridge was amazing, "You AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET!"
I have a ton of new projects using this cartridge that I will be sharing on my blog over the coming weeks and would love for you to visit and check them out.  Above are some fun halloween bottles and a couple of boxes I made with come of the new coordinating stamps that are available in the New Idea Book.  I can't get over all of the amazing 3D cuts that are on this cartridge.  Below are just four of the hundreds that come on it!  Finally, someone has something masculine on a cartridge too!  YAY!
 The next thing is something that is featured in the new idea book.  These are fun halloween goodie bags.  The stamps coordinate with this new cartridge and even the bag itself is from this cartridge.  You can use it as a card cut, but you can stitch up the sides like I did and create these adorable bags!
 There are also incredible cards and matching envelopes.  I made these ones using the cartridge with these coordinating label stamps! They are really beautiful!
The new Artiste collection is shown below.
 There are so many changes that have been made with this new catalog.  You can visit the shopping page, pick a consultant and access the online version of the idea book and check things out!  I will detail a few of them here.  To check out the amazing handbook, click the link below.  You have hever seen so many amazing cuts on one cartridge.
 One very exciting change for everyone who loves to color, the Exclusive Markers have changed to an alcohol marker.  Now, when you order, you get a color matched marker for the ink you would like and then you get a complimentary marker for shading for FREE!  Cool, huh?  On the color page of the idea book, it shows you whether the complementary shade is lighter or darker.  Now, there are still the original style available on the site, so when you order, make sure you get the kind that you want.  I am sure it will take quite a while for the old ones to officially run out.
 The August Stamp of the Month is called Baroque.  It's very pretty.  Below are some inspiration using this beautiful set.
 Something else that has changed is the way you can become a consultant.  This is very exciting.  You can become a consultant with CMTH for just $49.00!  Below is a picture of the new style kit.  Since everyone in the crafting world is online, some don't need the extra forms and such that come with hosting home based gatherings.  When you sign up with CTMH now, you can get just the crafty essentials that you need to get started!  If you plan on having in home gatherings, you can get the $99.00 kit like before as an option.  This is a much more affordable way to get involved and get $130.00 worth of wonderful CTMH products!  There is also an extra bonus for signing up in August.
 Whether you sign up with the $49.00 kit or the $99.00 kit, you get the tote below for free!  This is a "While Supplies Last" offer.  So... for $49.00, you get $130.00 in beautiful products and the free tote bag, plus you get 22% off of your purchases as a consultant.
 Something that I am REALLY excited about are changes made to the Workshops on the Go!  Below is a picture of an AMAZING halloween WSOTG kit.  The cool part of this is that everything with this kit coordinates with the new Cricut Artiste Cartridge!  How cool is that?  I was wondering when they would create some things based on the cartridges, which is why I got involved with CTMH to begin with.  Hee! Hee!  It's AMAZING!!!
 Another exciting change for all of us CARDMAKERS is that there are two incredible WSOTG card kits!  This has amazing stamps and gorgeous new papers!
 This is the Christmas one!  Amazing, huh?  I love the beautiful sentiments and that they say "Merry Christmas".  I am not a big person for saying Happy Holidays.
Finally, my favorite thing from this catalog, which I don't have a picture of yet, is an AMAZING Advent Calendar WSOTG!  You have to see this in the catalog!  It works with the CTMH Artiste Cartridge and comes with everything you need, including the incredible cubbies!  I just love it!
So, there are exciting things happening with CTMH!  To order your cartridge or to become your own consultant, hop over to the shopping page to get yours!  Just a note, when the Art Philosophy Cartridge came out, they ran out at one point and they were back ordered for a bit.  If you want it soon, don't wait.  Hee! Hee!
If you are looking to get the new cartridge collection or anything from the new idea book, you are welcome to visit the shopping page.  I am also hosting an online gathering at http://cricutcouple.ctmh.com.  To get in on the fun, click "JOIN" next to "Bobby" at the bottom of the page and you are in.  All orders placed before August 5th will be eligible for drawings for all kinds of new goodies.  The amount will be based on how many orders we have.

Thanks so much for visiting today!  Please leave a comment letting us know what you think of the new goodies.  Also, be sure to check out the New Idea Book to see all of the new amazing goodies!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Footloose and Fun

Happy Monday!! It's Jamie from the Glitter Panda blog, glitterpanda.blogspot.com. I decided it would be fun to keep going with my Workshops on the Go projects to give you an idea of all of the fun projects you can make with these kits. They all include the Close to My Heart Duos papers, plain papers a stamp set AND some sort of embellishment. When you by the kit all together, it ends up saving you some money and ensures all of the components look BEAUTIFUL together!

For this post, I have created a beach inspired card using the CTMH Workshops On the Go Footloose Kit. All of the papers are beach themed and the stamp set includes a starfish, seahorse, sand dollar, shell and fish! If you love to scrapbook, this is a great kit for putting together stunning layouts for beach vacations or just awesome days at the shore. 

To create this card, I started with a white 4"x6" card. I cut my cardstock to 8" x 6" and scored it at 4" to create this base. On top of that, I added the pale green "Sweet Leaf" stock, cut to 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". For the next layer, I added three separate pieces of card stock on top of the green stock. The larger piece on the left is 2 1/2" x 3" and the two on the right are 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" each.  

After I finished the flat card components, I created the three layer scalloped circle embellishment. The bottom peach "Creme Brulee" scalloped layer was cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. I cut <circle2> on page 31 at 2 1/2".  On top of that, I glued <circle1> on page 21 cut at 2".  I cut another <circle1> to 1 1/2" and stamped it in Lagoon Exclusive Ink with the "Happy as a Clam" stamp (which is empty in the middle of the circle) and then added the "clam" stamp in the middle. I used 3D Foam tape to add it on top of the blue, "Lagoon" circle.  Finally, I used the Lagoon ink to stamp the sand dollar onto one of the Wooden Badge Button embellishments. The come with an adhesive strip on the back, so it was easy to add to the scalloped circle.

If you noticed that the layers stand out nicely against one another, that is because, before I started, I used the Round Sponge to sponge the edges of the card, and all of my other layers with Cocoa Exclusive Ink. This adds dimension to the card and looks awesome!  

I hope you enjoyed this card and will try it yourself. Have a great week!!
Glitter Panda

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Gypsy Made Simple - This Is A Test

Good Morning.... time to take the test! That's right, I have been teaching you how to do all kinds of things on your Gypsy, now it is time to find out a little of what you have learned! I fell like I am putting myself out on a limb with this but we are going to give it a try. This week you will weld 3 pieces together for form some type of design and you will make a shadow. Sounds simple enough doesn't it? Well go grab a cup of coffee and turn your Gypsy on and enjoy your coffee while watching these super quick videos.

No see how easy this will be. Again choose a cart with a shadow feature and weld at least 3 piece together. You can do more if you want just have at least 3 items and make a card or page or just show the welded image, just as long as you link it up. I want to see how you are doing so I can gauge what I should be focusing on in the future.

Isn't this a beautiful card. I made this for my friend Judy and her husband Tom as they will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The solid papers are from the Metallic stack from DCWV, and the beautiful floral paper is a retired print from Creative Memories. I had a lot more in videos to show you but accidentally deleted them when I was on the phone with Pam at the Bug Bytes, so now you get this test!

All kidding aside it is important for me to know if I should revisit some of these designs or move on to more complicated designs so please help me out and link up your design.

Here is another close up of this 5x5" card. Don't you love how using the shadow feature really adds dimension to this card? This is why it is important to know how to do this feature. Now if you don't know how to or would like me to do a video on this please leave a comment telling me so. I challenge you to make a 3 piece weld and a shadow for the same and link it up. Let's see what you can do with this. Make sure you use at least 2 characters, it doesn't matter if you use number or letters and then add a piece of artwork to make your project. LINK IT UP!
Thank you for your sweet sweet word of encouragement. Your comments continue to inspire me to keep sharing with you. Have a blessed week.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Hi, everyone this is Melissa from Kentucky Pink Lady Crafts.

My daughter and I made this bag for sweet treats for her wedding day.

We use a stamp set from Close To My Heart, called Childhood Portrait(D1373) that was in Spring/Summer Catlog.

We use different color inks and markers from Memento by Tsukineko.

We took plain brown paper lunch bags and stamp them.

The saying stamp is from Stampabilities.

Sorry my blog post is short, I have been in a lot of pain lately

with kidney stones, they started on my birthday July 16.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ink, Muslin and lots of Fun!

Hey Ya'll,
Bobby here from Cricut Couple.  I hope you all love today's projects as much as I do.  I saw this card in a magazine with an ink and stamping technique, but I put a little different spin on it using muslin.  Here goes...
 For all of the cards that I made, I did half cards.  8 1/2 x 11 folded in half.  The first thing I did was prepare my muslin.
 You can see the measurements here.  For this technique, it's a little distressed in appearance, so I snipped a tiny cut and then tore it.  Then I picked a few strings here and there to fray the edges.  This is also a great base for doing embroidery for a card.
 I used CTMH AP for the shapes and Flower shoppe for the leaf cut.  With the AP cart having so many wonderful shapes, I didn't have to use Flower Shoppe, but I liked this particular leaf.
 This is what it looks like on the Gypsy screen.  Basically, you are creating a stencil.  For this technique, you want a shape within a shape so that you have the distressed edges on the outside as well as the inside of the shapes.  I wanted to do a few different styles, so these are the shapes I selected.  Since my Muslin was 5x6, the label shape I chose was 4x5.  I also used the Gypsy to turn the inside cuts to the way I wanted them to layout on the stencil.  I used a thin white card stock to cut these so that the edges would be crisp.
 These are how they come out on the mat.  Very simple shapes and very simple cuts.
 For the next phase, it works best if you use a thin piece of craft foam under the muslin that you aren't worried about getting ink on.  This gives you a protective surface as well as a cusion under your stamping and inking.  I used three different inks for this pattern starting with Sunflower.  You simply put your craft sponge on the ink pad and pounce to ink it up slightly.  Then you pounce on the muslin.  Cover the entire exposed area with the Sunflower Ink.
 You can turn your sponge as you go along.  I added a little bit of Sunset ink in the center and randomly on the outer edge.
 Then I added a bit of Pear ink here and there to balance the fall look.  Keep in mind that the ink will darken in the fabric as it dries, so you don't have to have much ink at all.  The more you add, the darker it will become and you are simply adding color hues.
 The next phase is using a black (or whatever color you choose) of an archival ink.  Simply ink up your phrase stamp and start stamping while still keeping the stencil in place.
 This is what it looks like when you have the stamping done.  doesn't look so great right now, right?  Hee! Hee!
Once you remove the stencil, this is what you have.  From here, you can design anyway that you want.  For the leaf card, I used some glitter glue around the frame edge.  If you choose to have more contrast, you can also use a good distressing ink like Chocolate or Cocoa around the outer edge.  You can also at this point, use a warm iron and an old towel and iron this piece.  This will flatten it out and also heat set the ink.  Since these are water based inks, don't use any steam.  Since these cards are a distressed look, I didn't iron them.
I added a label on the bottom and more glitter glue to highlight the shape.
 I wish that you could see the detail in the pictures, but it's not showing that well.  The glitter looks amazing and the details really stand out on the fabric.
 I kept the inside very simple.  I inked everything for this card in Sunset.
 Here is the Love card.  This one uses Roxie paper and an old retired CTMH stamp set.  I used Tulip and Blush and a little Cocoa on this one.
 I wanted to do lots of fun stitching on this one, but while attempting, our sewing machine decided to start breaking into many pieces.  Arghhh!!!  At least, I got the butterfly card done first too.  Hee! Hee!
 The inside is pretty much the same as the first.  I Inked this entire card with Tulip.
 I really loved how this Christmas tree turned out.  I used Olive and Ponderosa Pine and Cocoa on the outer edge.  I added a Merry Christmas label to the bottom with adhesive elements on the sides.
 Again, the glitter isn't really showing in the pictures, but I edged the entire frames as well as added dots on the tree and dots on the label shape.
 Inside was also kept simple.  I inked everything in Olive.
 For the butterfly card, I changed the layout a bit.  I used Orchid and Pansy Purple for the shading and then tried to do a frame border with the sewing machine.  I also added a label shape.
 I used the Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch (but you could cut them with your Cricut) and glued them everywhere that the stitching was messed up (as my sewing machine was dying).
I just added a simple sentiment mat to the inside and I inked the entire card with Pansy Purple.

Well, I was thrilled with the way all of these cards turned out.  I sure hope you enjoyed them and I would love to hear your comments.  Be sure to check out My Blog for lots more inspiration!   Thanks for sharing your time with us today here at Cricut is Close to my Heart!