Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cards for my upcoming Card Marathon Class

I've got another card marathon class coming up Thursday, September 24, and Monday, September 28th.  If you're local and would like to attend, let me know right away.  We'll make 20 cards in one night (four each of five designs).  Here are the cards that I have designed for this round.

I love the simplicity of this card!  It's the same design, but you can just keep changing the background paper and the sentiment.  The black cardstock and Silver Shimmer Trim stay the same on each card.  The stamp set is C1633 For Family (a MUST HAVE, in my opinion).  For my Card Marathon class, we are using the Fundamentals paper (these are some of the retired patterns, but this will work with the new patterns or with patterned papers from any of our My Reflections paper packs).  

For some reason, I sometimes struggle to design good "guy cards."   Here's a simple design using the Urban paper pack that will work for masculine cards. . .but you could easily change the papers and make it more feminine.  The "Happy Birthday" design is from the new Artistry Cricut Collection.

Our paper designs this year are really easy to mix and match.  I've used paper from both the Georgie and the Zoe paper packs.  

Our September Stamp of the Month is just so beautiful, and it lends itself to a variety of stamping techniques.  We're going to be learning this fun inking technique at my Card Marathon Class.  Stay tuned. . .I may post some instructions for this inking technique on here as well.  

Everybody loves puppies, right???  I was so excited to see that we had animal images on the new Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  Here's a simple card idea inspired by one that I saw on Pinterest by Cat Nowak.  Mine's a little different than hers, but I wanted to give a shout out to her for the original idea.  The paper is from the Zoe paper pack (the check pattern is on one side and the dots on the other).  I believe I cut the puppies around 2 1/2" tall.  The hearts came from Artiste, and I cut them 2 3/4" and 3".

You can order all of the materials to make these cards from my website at

Friday, September 4, 2015

September is National Stamping Month!  Celebrate with our "Hello Life" Campaign.  You can purchase these exclusive stamp sets in the month of September for only $13.95 each. . .OR, you can buy all three sets for only $34.95.  To order, visit my website at

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Live anywhere near the Missouri/Oklahoma/Kansas/Arkansas corner?  Come join me at the K.I.S.S. Crop in November.  I'll be there with a booth full of your favorite Close to My Heart products--plus a fun Flip Flap Workshop that you can sign up to take.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I'm delighted to introduce to you the 2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book and the 2015 Holiday Expressions catalog.  Both books are live as of September 1st.  You can view the catalogs and shop on my website at

I'm also delighted to show off the GORGEOUS September Stamp of the Month, Paper Garden!  I've seen some stunning artwork with this stamp set, and I hope to post more for you as the month goes on.   There are two ways to purchase the Stamp of the Month--you can buy it at retail price for $17.95, or you can get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase.   Either way, it's only available for the month of September.  Visit my website to order!