Monday, April 22, 2013

I made this cute little purse for our Make N' Take at the benefit crop this past weekend.  It's cut from the Artiste cartridge (3D Object>Q key, 4 1/2 inches).  I can't get enough of these fun, easy projects you can make with our Close to My Heart Cricut cartridges.  If you'd like to spend a whole evening making fun 3D projects like this, sign up for my 3D Fun Class on Thursday, June 13th, 6 p.m.  You can purchase these spectacular Cricut cartridges from my website,

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Projects for my April Clubs

Chantilly is our featured paper pack for club projects this month.  Here's a photo of the layout and a couple of the cards we'll be doing at club this month (we'll also be doing at least one of the cards featuring the April Stamp of the Month--scroll down a little to see those). 
The Chantilly paper pack is full of beautiful pastel spring colors, but it also has just a touch of Outdoor Denim (navy) in it.  I used the Outdoor Denim color to help balance out the dark colors in my photos and to make the title pop off the page.
I used a mixture of flowers--many of them cut from the Artiste or Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges.  I also cut some of the flowers from the coordinating Chantilly textiles (fabric).  I didn't cut my fabric flowers on the Cricut--instead, I cut a flower out of cardstock from the Cricut and then traced it onto the back of my fabric and cut it by hand.  I think you can cut fabrics on the Cricut, but you'll probably first need to put some kind of stabilizer on the back of it. 

Pamela O'Connor posted a card similar to this on our Consultant bulletin board, and I just had to try one for myself.  The yo-yo's (accordion flowers) are cut on the Artiste cartridge (I think I cut the pieces about 1 to 1 1/4"). 

I taught this card to my club members a few years ago, and it was really fun to revisit it with such CUTE paper!!  I've heard the card called a "tri-fold shutter card" and a "tri-shutter" card. . .you can find the pattern on (look under Resources).

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

For Always Card Class coming up April 25th!

Close to My Heart has taken one of our new FAVORITE paper packs (For Always) and paired it with an adorable stamp set and cool cardstock colors to give you a fun card workshop all in one kit.  Sign up for my workshop on April 25th, and you can get 15 beautiful cards put together in one night. . .plus, you'll have a really awesome stamp set that you can use for years to come.  Not local?  You can order your own For Always Workshop on the Go Card Kit (G1060) for only $29.95 on my website, and you can put these cards together on your own following the color instructional brochure included in your kit.  Note that stamp pads are not included in the kit.  To make the cards as shown in the photo below, you'll need Black, Slate, Juniper and Smokey Plum inks.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Close to My Heart is offering a phenomenal sign-up opportunity in the month of April--it's a deal too good to pass up!  If you sign up in the month of April, you get the next FOUR Stamps of the Month absolutely FREE. . .seriously!!  When you think about the fact that our new Consultant basic starter kit is only $49 (and contains $150 in awesome products), why wouldn't you want to sign up and save yourself a whole lot of money on some great products?

These are the four extra stamp sets that you will receive FREE with your kit in April!  I've posted some artwork with the April Stamp of the Month below, and I can't wait to play with the other sets in the months to come!

Here's what you'll get in our New Consultant Essentials Kit--$150 in product for only $49 (plus shipping/tax).  You also have the option of purchasing the MASTER kit for $99.  This includes all the things you see in the photo above PLUS more basic products and business supplies.  I only recommend the Master kit for those really wanting to work their business.

Christina's philosophy on "KITnapping". . .this is one of those sign-up specials that I think ALL people should consider--it's not often that you can get over $200 worth of cute products for $49.  I know that some people will sign up just to get the kit and do nothing as a Consultant, and that's okay.  Some of you may sign up because you really do want to give this amazingly FUN business a try.  And, some of you may sign up to a get a great deal and find out that it's really easy to sell something that you love.  Whatever your motives are, you are welcome to join my team!  I offer team meetings for my downline and online support for my long-distance team members.  Close to My Heart has very do-able sales minimums to accommodate hobbyists and awesome rewards for business builders.  If you have questions about becoming a Consultant, feel free to contact me!  To sign up, click HERE.

One SERIOUSLY cute Stamp of the Month!

You're going to love our April Stamp of the Month, My Sunshine.  You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with a $50 purchase. . .or you can buy it at retail price ($17.95), only in April.  To shop, visit my website:  And, here's an even BETTER deal:  if you sign up as a Consultant in April, you get this Stamp of the Month and the Stamps of the Month for the next THREE MONTHS FREE. . .and, did you know that our new Consultant kit is only $49?  It also contains the beautiful Chantilly papers and coordinating products, which happen to be what I used for several of these cards.  To sign up, just visit my WEBSITE and click on "Opportunities."

All the images with lines around them coordinate with images on our Cricut Artiste cartridge.

This card features our Chantilly paper pack along with the April Stamp of the Month. . .this is one of the cards we'll be making in our April clubs

I saw a card similar to this (made by Allisa Chilton) and HAD to try it for myself. . .so fun with all these Cricut shapes!  The clouds are also cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  To get the cloud pattern in the background, I cut a cloud on the Cricut, then sponged around it in Crystal Blue ink a few times. 

This card design idea came from fellow Consultant Wendy Coffman.  The papers from the Chantilly paper packet look so cut with this stamp set!