More CTMH Spellbound Workshop on the Go Artiste Cutting Suggestions

Moving on to the grey cardstock, for this one, just cut another drink wrap shape (copy-paste) because you know you are going to mess the stamping up on at least a couple of them. This will give you some wiggle room, or a couple of extra pieces, depending on your accuracy.

On the second grey cardstock layout, just cut 3 more (for a total of 5) web cupcake accents. Again, if you are like me, you’re bound to screw one up, and besides, these are cute. You can just lay them around on the table.

Now for the white cardstock. Allow yourself a couple of second chances here too. Hey, if everything goes well, you just have more cute stuff. And for craps sake cut the 3×2 accent using Basic Shapes.

OK, we’re through the cardstock and ready to move on to the B&T Dous Paper. Later. I’m half cross eyed from this.

More Later.

Don’t forget, one of my customers is going to win this monster set of Halloween fun.

CTMH Spellbound Workshop Kit Artiste Cartridge Cutting Suggestions

I started working with the CTMH Spellbound Whorkshop on the Go Kit this evening. The first thing I noticed is the cutting layouts are super inefficient. They are going to leave you with a ton of scraps and take forever. They actually expect you to cut this stuff out one at a time. It’s like whoever designs these things for CTMH lives in a world where Cricut Design Studio, my my go to, Cricut Craft Room do not exist.

I’m going to work out some more efficient cutting layouts in Cricut Craft Room and share them with you here.

First let’s get through the orange cardstock..

The first layout actually works well, set the banner flowers at 3 inches and the bag at 11 inches (height).

The second layout wasn’t so good. Here I decided to add a couple of pieces that could be used for the drink wraps or cupcake picks. I got out my Magic Potions (c1509) stamp set and decided to cut two to match the “Eye of Owl” stamp. The bag is again at 11 inches and the banner flowers at 3 inches height. The Magic Potions pieces are at the suggested 1.25 inch height.

The 3rd layout was really bad, all it contains is the bag. I decided to go to the Magic Potions stamp set again, it is for Halloween, and cut 4 pieces for the “Elixer” stamp. The bag is a t 11 inches and the rounds for the stamp are at 2.25 inches height.

Well, I’ve got some cutting to do. We’ll get to the rest tomorrow.

Don’t forget that I’m giving this workshop kit away to one of my customers.

And that I’m still offering free shipping on the Artiste Cricut Cartridge Collection. It’s just $99 total if you order at the link below.

CTMH Cricut Artiste Cricut Cartridge Collection $99 total..

One of my customers is going to win a free CTMH Spellbound kit! And Free Shipping on CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge Collection is back!

I love my Halloween and I love my customers, so I’m combining the two. On October 1st, one of my customers is going to receive a free CTMH Workshop on the Go Spellbound Cricut Kit. If you are already on my customer list, you are already have one chance in the drawing, if you make a purchase between now and October 1st, you’ll be entered for another chance.

If you aren’t a customer yet, I have some great deals to get you in on the drawing and I’ll be adding more deals all month long. Let’s start with bringing back the free shipping on the most excellent CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge.

Get Free Shipping on CTMH Artiste Cartridge Collection here..

Or how about just ordering an Idea Book? It’s packed with great ideas and how-tos as well as the latest and greatest Close To My Heart products.

Get your CTMH Idea Book here..

The Spellbound WOTG is pretty neat, this is what it contains. It’s a $32.95 value.

Create a Halloween party for 8, including treat bags, cupcake picks and wrappers, soda wraps, and a banner. The cute Spellbound paper packet is available in this kit only. This workshop project is ideal for creating as an individual and takes approximately 6 hours to complete.

Included in this kit:
1 – My Reflections® Spellbound Paper Packet
1 – My Acrylix® Spellbound Cricut® Workshop Stamp Set (C-size)
1 – Sunset Baker’s Twine (10 yards)
1 – Foundry® Pin Clips
6 – Jump Rings
1 – Instructional Brochure Some basic tools you may already have, such as inks, stamp blocks, or tools are needed to complete this project. The Cricut® Artiste cartridge is also required (Cricut® Artiste Collection Z1790).


Purple Card Stock?

I reorganized my craft room, or rather my craft storage area, last week.  This was spurred on by the fact that I had ended up with an ancient, giant, heavy, file cabinet when somebody failed to pick it up from my in-laws estate sale. I had eyed the cabinet before the sale, it was big enough to hold 12×12 paper or card stock sheets, but I was deterred by the size and weight. And the prospect of getting it loaded up in the Queen Bee Family Truckster and getting it into the house. But since it didn’t cost nothing….

It is surprising how much stuff you can get in a file cabinet the size of a commercial refrigerator. It’s amazing how much stuff you can accumulate. Good stuff. Stuff you forgot about. Stuff you aren’t really sure how you ended up with in the first place. Like purple card stock. That’s how I came up with a challenge for myself.

Purple isn’t really my style. It’s just too purlple, but I needed to use that card stock, so I challenged myself to use it. I actually came up with something I liked..cute little antiqued frames.




I used the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge, some white acrylic paint (to make them a bit less purple) and the Sweet Moments Stamp Set. I used the size recommended on the Sweet Moments set, cut a slightly larger oval, and used the piece from the middle on the back to make the frame dimensional. I stamped half of them, and left the rest plain for some variety.

I may have to change my mind about purple. Oh and I ended up with 30 of these things, I have few left over.

Free Shipping Sale on CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge runs through August 5th

Life’s been crazy lately, but I am working on a sweet little project that hope to have posted here later today. I just wanted to post a quick reminder about my Artiste Cricut Cartridge free shipping sale running through August 5th.

Now through August 5th will be the only time I offer free shipping on this item, it is a fantastic deal.   If you haven’t already ordered yours, now is the time.  Just check out the handbook, it is a very cool and versatile cartridge.

Striped Bass Card or Mojo Monday about a week late. CTMH Autumn Idea Book goes live today

I usually try to take a look at the Mojo Monday blog to see if I want to participate in the weekly challenge.  Sometimes I do, almost always I never get it finished in time. Such was the case last week. I liked the sketch and thought I could make a good card for my dad with it.

I cut the paper, made the embroidery piece, then ran out of tape for my ATG, and let it sit around until yesterday. Since it’s too late to enter, I thought I’d at least post it here.

The fish is removable so it can be sewn onto a shirt or bag or glued onto a tackle box. Dad is going to love it.


As to things I’m a bit more on top of, the new CTMH Idea Book goes live today.

Get yours here…


Last Day for Spring CTMH Idea Book and Don’t forget Artitste Cartridge Free Shipping Pre-Orders

As of midnight tonight the Spring 2012 CTMH Idea Book will have passed on, it will be no more, it will have ceased to be. It will be a late Idea Book, it’s contents will only be of interest to historians and those who haven’t quite finished projects already begun. It will have shuffled the mortal coil and run down the curtain to join the invisible choir. It will be an ex-Idea Book.

So you better replace it.

Get your Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter Idea Book here..


Also first round pre-orders on the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge go in tomorrow. Now through August 5th will be the only time I offer free shipping on this item, it is a fantastic deal.   If you haven’t already ordered yours, now is the time for quickest delivery.  Just check out the handbook, it is a very cool and versatile cartridge. Get it here now.

CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge

My New Baby(lock)

A few weeks ago I mentioned that my Cricut Imagine was for sale on Ebay, it sold. I didn’t get quite what I wanted to out of it, and it was a bear to ship, but I was glad to see it go. I liked the thing, it was just way too big, and I found myself using my Expression, and especially my Mini all the time.

Anyway, the sale of the Imagine made room, both in my craft space and budget, for my new toy, an embroidery machine. I’m still learning, but I’m loving it and can see all kinds of potential for this thing beyond traditional monogramming, clothing, and appliques. I’m already plotting on how to incorporate it’s use in papercraft. There are tons of cool designs out there and once I get the hang of the digitizing software, I think it’s going to expand what I can do in some unexpected ways.

Here’s one of my first projects, an Art Nouveau apron.


I can’t wait to play around with this some more, but never fear I haven’t given up on paper.

Pre-Order the Close To My Heart Artiste Cartridge and Receive Free Shipping Until August 5

  Remember my Free Shipping offer on the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge only runs through August 5.  This is something special I offer my customers on a single item to celebrate the new CTMH Idea Book. The party is about to wrap up order yours today.


I’m Feeling Very Silly and news about CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge Collection.

I have no idea what possessed me to make this card, but for some reason it makes me giggle. I think it’s the dinosaur.


Just Photoshop and exacto-knife stuff here.  More pictures here.

On the news front, CTMH has a brand new Cricut Cartridge Collection called Artiste that will be available August 1. More info coming in the next few days.

Crazy, Busy, and Dotty For You

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, good, but busy. I got to spend over a week with My Love, which was great. We did the whole 4th of July thing, including a bar-b-que. Other than being 106 degrees while I was flipping burgers, everything went well. It was the first time his parents had been to my place, so I was a bit nervous, but everybody had a good time.

I haven’t had a ton of creative time but I did manage to get this card made, using the CTMH Tailor Made stamp set and a picture from a quilting magazine. Tailor-Made is a cool set and I use it a lot.

I do have some new stuff on Esty including some of the cards you’ve seen here and a CTMH Dotty For You Paper Pack I found in my stash. Check it out. 


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