Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hostess Cricut® Bundle and You Are Here Collection

Due to Cricut's transition to digital from physical cartridges and the offering of a Cricut® Bundle as a Close To My Heart Hostess Rewards item, CTMH has/is producing a few videos to help customers get started using the Explore Air 2.

Let's start with the video Introducing the Hostess Cricut® Bundle form Close To My Heart: What comes with your Circut Explore Air™ 2.



Watch the video to learn what comes with the machine and what the different features on the machine are. If you do not have an Explore yet, this is a great video to learn a bit about it.

After watching the above video, please watch Setting up your Cricut Explore Air™ 2 and Design Space Account.



If you already have a Cricut® account that you use with Cricut® Craft Room or Cricut® Design Space, when you set up your machine (by going to www.cricut.com/setup), be sure to skip down to the lower middle of the screen and use the same email and password to sign in so any other cartridges you have linked to your account are available. I mention this because if I were watching the video I would probably pause it and do the steps only to see this mentioned when I resumed the video.

Since the Hostess Cricut® Bundle comes with the You Are Here digital collection, here is a video that shows you what comes with the collection and a few ideas for using the collection.



If you would like to host an on-line or in home Gathering to work toward earning Hostess Rewards for this or other Hostess Rewards items, please use the contact form to the right so we may make arrangements.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

CTMH Enchantment Fundamentals

When you visit my Consultant Website this month, one of the images you see in the photo carousel is this one featuring the Enchantment Fundamentals collection.


I recently needed thank you cards and was inspired by the card in the lower right of this photo. I did not have the All-Star Complements on hand (and I needed to make more than one card), so I turned to the Cricut® Collections exclusive to Close To My Heart and created my own award ribbon.


I used the slice and weld feature in Design Space to create an award ribbon that says "thanks". I stamped the "so very much"; I used Design Space to mock up my card, if you use the Design Space I share below I added the words using the You Are Here cartridge and changed it to Print Then Cut. Please know that I have not tested Print Then Cut using this file. Also, I did not cut the straight-edged pieces using the Cricut®. I choose to use my paper trimmer (and scissors) to save on paper.

When I created my second card I could not find more of the Sapphire print so I used an embossing folder on Sapphire cardstock.


Since there are a lot of circular elements on the cards I used the Goldrush circle that is not used on the award ribbon to decorate the cards. I hate to pat myself on the back, but I am very pleased with how the cards turned out. I hope those who received them in the mail this week like them too.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:
  • My Acrylix™ Stamp Set: Jennifer's Hand (B1484)
  • Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet (Z3352); Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack (X5943) - I used Sapphire, Goldrush, Poppy
  • Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads: Sapphire (Z2848)
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254)
  • adhesives: Adhesive Runner (Z3372), 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • tools: Dot Embossing Folder - retired
  • embellishments: Grey Gems (Z3089)
  • Cricut® Collection: Flower Market Physical Cartridge (Z3285) or Digital Collection/no cartridge (Z3290)
    • Congrats Ribbon Award ― #MD384AD ― page 4 ― height 3" ― Background <4>
    • Congrats Ribbon Award ― #MD384AD ― page 4 ― height 3" ― Shift+Background <$>
    • Congrats Ribbon Award ― #MD384AD ― page 4 ― height 3" ― Title <4>
    • Congrats Ribbon Award ― #MD384AD ― page 4 ― height 3" ― Shift+Title <$>
    • Full of Thanks ― #MD72D06 ― page 47 ― height 3" ― Shift+Title <Chrsnthm>
    • this is my Design Space file; note the height is with the award ribbon grouped together/in proportion; you will need Flower Market linked to your Cricut® account (and You Are Here if you plan to use the Print Then Cut feature); I only cut the ribbon using my Cricut® ― I used a paper trimmer to cut the rectangular shapes
  • Cricut® Explore Air™ 2 (available at Level 3 of Hostess Rewards; see page 4 of Annual Inspirations 2017-2018)
  • Cricut® Cuttlebug™ (available at Level 1 of Hostess Rewards; see page 4 of Annual Inspirations 2017-2018)
  • Supplies not from Close To My Heart: Cricut® Design Space, Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive
I hope you like the Thank You cards I created using Enchantment Fundamentals. I would love to know what you think of my version so please leave a comment if you have a few moments.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop featuring products from the latest Close To My Heart Idea Book. This month there are about 20 bloggers sharing projects they created with products in the CTMH Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book. If blog hopping is new to you, we try to keep it easy: just keep clicking on the link to the next blog (typically near the bottom of the post) to visit the next stop. Our blog hop is circular so visiting the next blog will take you back to where you started.


You should have arrived here from ***Priscilla Gotham's Priscilla's Paperie***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda Everitt keeps a list of participants on her blog at If You Bling It.

One of the first things I created was this Thank You card. I do not recall seeing any projects created with die cuts from colored cardstock and stamped with the same neutral color so I decided to give it a try.


I stamped "thanks" with Archival Black on Vellum Paper. I selected Archival Black because it drys the quickest and most complete (without using a heat tool) on Vellum. I used the oval die from the Thin Cuts—Gift Card Box, but a die from the Thin Cuts—Basic Ovals (Z3328) could be used. I used a waterbrush with our dye inks. When you do that, be sure your brush is not too damp or your inks could end up with a muddy mess.

Unfortunately I recently needed a sympathy card. The card is for the brother and sister-in-law of a gentleman I have known most of my life (his mother-in-law took care of me before I was old enough to attend school while my parents worked). His brother and sister-in-law have also been there for me since my father died.


As you can see on this card I used the same neutral cardstock to die cut and used different ink colors for the stamped images. I love that our stamps are clear and can be manipulated a bit on the block so the "With Sympathy" sentiment fit on the banner.

One of the first projects I gravitated to in SE 1 was the banner on page 13 of Seasonal Expressions 1. As luck would have it I was in a craft store after Christmas hoping to stock up on gift boxes and I found a banner on clearance. The shape is a bit different, but it will still work. Unfortunately time ran out on me. I will share that project in the next couple of weeks.

Before you head to ***crzy4scrapbooking by Brandi Robinson***, the supplies I used to create my project are listed below.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:
If you are not already working with a CTMH Independent Consultant, you may purchase all of the supplies I used at my Consultant website.

I you have a few moments, please leave a comment letting me know what you think of my projects. I hope you are enjoying the items created with the new products CTMH has to offer. Thank you for hopping with us!

So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***crzy4scrapbooking by Brandi Robinson***.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Flash Sale Starts Later Today

What a way to start the new year! Set an alarm on your phone or the buzzer on your oven.


Close To My Heart is kicking off 2018 with a 24-hour flash sale on Consultant websites this weekend! The sale will begin at 5:00pm EST on Friday, January 12, and end at 5:00pm EST on Saturday, January 13. As with previous flash sales, there are a few details to be aware of:
  • Sale prices are only available on orders placed on my Consultant website and products are available while supplies last.
  • The sale features current products; a quantity of each item has been set aside for the sale. It's possible, even likely for some items, that this designated amount will sell out and once they do, that item will no longer be available during the sale, so shop early! For any items where the quantity that was set aside for the flash sale sells out, the item will be availabile when the sale ends at the normal price.
  • All discounted items count towards Hostess Rewards, Stamp of the Month qualification, etc.
  • Shipping and handling is based on the full retail value of the sale items.

Start 2018 with great savings on a variety of crafting supplies available on my Consultant website!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

CTMH National Papercrafting Month - Love Letters

As I mentioned on the first of January it is National Papercrafting Month. For this event Close To My Heart created Love Letters kits which will allow you to create your own gorgeous monogram décor. All letters, from A to Z, as well as an ampersand are available.


If you like the look of the Love Letters kits, but are not sure about creating the flowers or assembling the letter, this video will show you how easy they are to make.



If you are wondering which tool is being used to apply the word "welcome", it is the needle-like end of the tool in the Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit (Z2046).

Love Letters kits are available only in January 2018 for National Papercrafting Month! For only $18.95 these kits include everything (except tools and adhesives) you need to create a beautiful décor piece using the letter—or letters—of your choice! All 26 letters and an ampersand are available.

Additional supplies you may want to complete the letters as shown:
In case you missed my share on Facebook, on the Close To My Heart blog is a post How to Use Your Love Letters Leftovers. They created a two-page layout and cards and they are gorgeous!

You can also earn free Love Letter kits:
  • Buy 5 letter kits, get the sixth free (just add six (or more) to your cart and the price of the 6th kit will be reduced to zero; if you order 10, you can get 2 free, order 15 get 3 free, etc.)
  • Sign up to become a Consultant and get a free letter kit of your choice
  • Host a qualifying party and get a free letter kit of your choice
If you have any questions about the kits or any other Close To My Heart product, please use the contact form to the right to reach me.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Close To My Heart Designer Travel Organization

If you noticed the new organization products shown on pages 70 and 71 in Seasonal Expressions 1, this video gives us the opportunity to see the cases, insert and trolley in use.



I really like how the marker, tool and block cases have labels on them so it is easier to know you reaching for the correct case and do not have potentially open three cases to find what you are looking for (I would definitely end up opening all three if there was no label).

There are eight Designer Travel Organization products in Seasonal Expressions 1:

Organization - page 70 through 71
products shown inside cases are for illustrative purposes - not included with Organization Cases
Designer Travel Carry-all Case (Z6007)
page 71
Designer Travel Paper Insert (Z6005)
page 71
Designer Travel Trolley (Z6006)
page 71
Designer Travel Marker Case (Z6000)
page 71
Designer Travel Tool Case (Z6001)
page 71
Designer Travel Block Case (Z6002)
page 71
Designer Travel Ink Case (Z6003)
page 71
Designer Travel Stamp Case (Z6004)
page 71

When you have a Gathering that reaches Level 3, you unlock the hostess-only Designer Travel bundle as a 50%-off item. The bundle includes the Designer Travel trolley, 2 carry-all cases, 1 paper insert, 1 marker case, 1 tool case, 1 block case, 2 ink cases, and 1 stamp case. That is a retail value of $310.50 for a hostess-only 50%-off price of $155.25.

Designer Travel Hostess Bundle (HB1070)
page 3 of SE 1 '18

If you would like to host an on-line or in-home Gathering to earn hostess rewards, please use the contact form on the right to reach me. Don't forget, we also have five stamp sets that are only available to hostesses (see pages 4 to 6 of SE1):

Farmhouse Alphabet (D1759)
Monogram Crest (A1217)
Sent & Delivered (C1712)
Doily Wishes (B1593)
Background Essentials (D1767)
alternate view of Background Essentials

If you have any questions about the products in Seasonal Expressions 1, do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for visiting today.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Seasonal Expressions 1 Tour

On January 1, 2018 a new Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book was introduced.


Seasonal Expressions 1 can be viewed at my Consultant website or you can download a printable PDF (links open in a new tab). If you would like a list of items in SE1 2018, the Product Index (in PDF format) may be helpful; I use mine for a wish list and as a way to track purchases. CTMH also produced a PDF Recipes (they will be posted soon) which lists the products used (and Cricut shapes, if applicable) to create the samples found in the book. Please look at the Icon Legend on page 1 to see which products will be available after April 30 the last day of this Idea Book.

Let's start our tour of Seasonal Expressions 1. We will start with Hostess Rewards. In addition to the Hostess Rewards you will find in Annual Inspirations '17-'18, there is new option that I think will be a hit for those who like to go to crops.

page 4 of AI '17-'18
page 5 of AI '17-'18
Marker Bundle (Z9977)
page 2 of SE 1 '18
Designer Travel Hostess Bundle (HB1070)
page 3 of SE 1 '18

Unfortunately the CTMH Rolling Bag (HB1064) pictured on page 4 of Annual Inspirations (the middle bag under level 2) is no longer available.

There are five stamp sets that are exclusive to hostesses. I do not have images of each stamp set (you will find them on pages 4 through 6), but here are some projects created with each set.

Farmhouse Alphabet (D1759)
Monogram Crest (A1217)
Sent & Delivered (C1712)
Doily Wishes (B1593)
Background Essentials (D1767)
alternate view of Background Essentials

If you would like to earn any of the Hostess Rewards products, please use the contact form to the right to discuss scheduling an in-home or on-line gathering.

There are four new paper packs introduced in Seasonal Expressions 1. There are Workshops Your Way® Scrapbooking and Cardmaking Kits for each paper pack. Printed instructions are again included with the kits, but you can download the WYW instructions from my Consultant website (there is the link below the "Add To Cart" button); you can read through them before placing your order to determine if you need some additional products or while waiting for delivery. In addition to the layouts, at the end of the Scrapbooking guide there are directions for using the WYW "leftovers" and a few additional supplies (see the list under the WYW in the idea book), to create a few cards, the number varies depending on the collection, using your scraps:

Chelsea Gardens
this collection starts on page 12
Make Waves
this collection starts on page 22
Stargazer
this collection starts on page 32
Gimme Some Sugar
this collection starts on page 42

Clicking on the link under the photos above take you to all of the CTMH products tagged with the paper collection name, including the stamps used to create samples in SE1 with the paper collection. Clicking on the paper photo will take you directly to the paper pack where you can view a larger image of each sheet.

How-To Patterns - pages 8 through 9
Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 4 (9044)
page 9
alternate view of
Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 4
Cut Above™ - pages 10 through 11
Cut Above® Layout Kit—This Is Me (Z4166)
page 10
this is a layout created with This Is Me
this is a layout created with This Is Me
this is a layout created with This Is Me
Chelsea Gardens Creative Collection - pages 12 through 21
Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet (X7230B)
page 15
Chelsea Gardens Coordinating Cardstock (X7230D)
page 15
Chelsea Gardens Complements (X7230C)
page 15
Chelsea Gardens Dots & Gems (Z4155)
page 15
Cream Ribbon (Z4154)
page 15
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WYW® Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking Kit (G1149)
page 17
created with WYW Chelsea Gardens Scrapbooking Kit
layouts shown on page 16
Chelsea Gardens—Cardmaking Stamp (C1709)
page 18
Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4158)
page 18
Chelsea Gardens—Scrapbooking (D1760)
page 19
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It's a Date (C1708)
page 20
coordinates with Basic Tags Thin Cuts
Floral Tag (M1200)
page 20
coordinates with Basic Circle Tags Thin Cuts
WYW® Sending Hugs Cardmaking Kit (G1150)
page 21
created with WYW Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking Kit
cards shown on page 21
Make Waves Creative Collection - pages 22 through 31
Make Waves Paper Packet (X7227B)
page 25
Make Waves Coordinating Cardstock (X7227D)
page 25
Make Waves Complements (X7227C)
page 25
Make Waves Sequins & Gems (Z4142)
page 25
Make Waves Shimmer Trim (Z4146)
page 25
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WYW® Make Waves Scrapbooking Kit (G1143)
page 27
created with WYW Make Waves Scrapbooking Kit
layouts shown on page 26
Make Waves—Cardmaking Stamp (C1710)
page 28
Make Waves Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4160)
page 28
Make Waves—Scrapbooking (D1764)
page 29
Treat for You (D1769)
page 30
coordinates with Gift Card Box Thin Cuts
WYW® Something Magical Cardmaking Kit (G1144)
page 29
created with WYW Something Magical Cardmaking Kit
cards shown on page 31
Stargazer Creative Collection - pages 32 through 41
Stargazer Paper Packet (X7229B)
page 35
Stargazer Coordinating Cardstock (X7229D)
page 35
Stargazer Complements (X7229C)
page 35
Stargazer Dots (Z4143)
page 35
Light Grey Ribbon (Z4145)
page 35
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WYW® Stargazer Scrapbooking Kit (G1147)
page 37
created with WYW Stargazer Scrapbooking Kit
layouts shown on page 36
Stargazer—Cardmaking Stamp (C1704)
page 38
Stargazer Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4157)
page 38
Stargazer—Scrapbooking (D1757)
page 39
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WYW® A Slice of Happy Cardmaking Kit (G1148)
page 40
created with WYW A Slice of Happy Cardmaking Kit
cards shown on page 40
Picture My Life™ Cards—Summertime (Z4148)
page 41
created with Picture My Life™ Cards—Summertime
shown on page 41
Gimme Some Sugar Creative Collection - pages 42 through 59
Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet (X7228B)
page 45
Gimme Some Sugar Coordinating Cardstock (X7228D)
page 45
Gimme Some Sugar Complements (X7228C)
page 45
Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes (Z4153)
page 45
Peacock-stitched Ribbon (Z4144)
page 45
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WYW® Gimme Some Sugar Scrapbooking Kit (G1145)
page 47
created with WYW Gimme Some Sugar Scrapbooking Kit
layouts shown on page 46
Gimme Some Sugar—Cardmaking Stamp (C1702)
page 48
Gimme Some Sugar Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4156)
page 48
Gimme Some Sugar—Scrapbooking (D1758)
page 49
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WYW® You Are More Cardmaking Kit (G1146)
page 50
created with WYW You Are More Cardmaking Kit
cards shown on page 50
Picture My Life™ Cards—Be-YOU-tiful (Z4149)
page 51
created with Picture My Life™ Cards—Be-YOU-tiful
shown on page 51
Cut Above® Recipe Kit—Kitchen Traditions (Z4168)
page 52
Cut Above® Recipe Kit—Kitchen Traditions
(with Memory Protectors™)
(Z4169)
page 52
Cut Above® Kitchen Traditions Bundle (Z4167)
page 52
Kitchen Traditions (D1770)
page 53
Seasonal My Acrylix® Stamp Sets - page 54 through 67
Cross-stitch Love (C1705)
page 55
Cross-stitch Love Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4165)
page 55
New Two (B1586)
page 56
To a Special Couple (B1585)
page 56
Zesty Best (B1587)
page 57
Grateful Wow (B1588)
page 57
Super Boy (B1583)
page 58
Super Boy Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4162)
page 58
Super Girl (B1582)
page 58
Super Girl Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4163)
page 58
Comic Book Scenes (D1765)
page 59
We Belong Together (B1581)
page 60
Free Cake! (M1197)
page 60
Growin’ Old (M1196)
page 60
Most of My Heart (M1198)
page 60
Good Thymes Together (M1195)
page 61
Mother’s Garden (C1714)
page 61
Mother’s Garden Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4164)
page 61
Easter Basket (M1199)
page 62
Easter Animals (C1706)
page 62
He Is the Way (D1768)
page 63
coordinates with Cricut® You Are Here collection
High Five (C1711)
page 64
Notes of Inspiration (C1713)
page 65
coordinates with Cricut® You Are Here collection
Welcome Spring (D1763)
page 66
Rain or Shine Paper Doll Stamp + Thin Cuts (Z4161)
page 67
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Thin Cuts - page 68 through 69
Thin Cuts—Block Numbers (Z4159)
page 68
Thin Cuts—Basic Circle Tags (Z4147)
page 69
Thin Cuts—Gift Card Box (Z4150)
page 69
projects made with Gift Card Box and Title Banners
projects shown on page 68
Thin Cuts—Party Banners (Z4152)
page 69
Thin Cuts—Title Banners (Z4151)
page 69
Shimmer Brush—Bashful (Z3400)
page 69
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Organization - page 70 through 71
products shown inside cases are for illustrative purposes - not included with Organization Cases
Designer Travel Carry-all Case (Z6007)
page 71
Designer Travel Paper Insert (Z6005)
page 71
Designer Travel Trolley (Z6006)
page 71
Designer Travel Marker Case (Z6000)
page 71
Designer Travel Tool Case (Z6001)
page 71
Designer Travel Block Case (Z6002)
page 71
Designer Travel Ink Case (Z6003)
page 71
Designer Travel Stamp Case (Z6004)
page 71
International My Acrylix® Stamp Sets - page 72
Toi & Moi (B1589)
page 72
Semana Santa (B1584)
page 72
Bonne Fête des Mères (A1216)
page 72
Feliz Día de la Madre (A1215)
page 72
Stamp Of The Month Stamp Sets - pages 73 through 76
Bloom & Grow (S1801)
page 73 - available January 2018
Sunny Thoughts (S1802)
page 74 - available February 2018
Birthday Time (S1803)
page 75 - available March 2018
Color Your Life (S1804)
page 76 - available April 2018

Just a reminder, when you look at the WYW Kits on my Consultant website, be sure to download the Guide (you will find it under the "Add to Cart" button) with cutting and assembly tips. Also, under the photo of the kit contents you will see photos of the layouts or cards the kit makes. Just click on a thumbnail for a better view.

I hope you have enjoyed this tour of Seasonal Expressions 1. If you would like to see some of these products in use, I am participating in a Seasonal Expressions 1 Blog Hop on January 17. Please visit us then; my post will be here.

As always, the Shop Now button will take you to my Consultant website where you can see the other products that were introduced, read full products descriptions and place orders.


If you have any product questions, do not hesitate to email me. You will also find me on Facebook at Brenda's Paper Crafts. Thanks for visiting today.