CTMH Cricut® Collections

As of September 2016 Close To My Heart produced seven wonderful, exclusive Cricut® Collections, but unfortunately as of July 31, 2016 three of the collections have been retired: Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artfully Sent.

Many of the CTMH Cricut® collections include the cartridge with 700 images, the keypad overlay, the handbook (Artiste also included an Assembly Instructions booklet with how to put the 3-D projects together), three exclusive My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets (not available for individual purchase) and a package of cardstock.

The most recent CTMH Cricut® collection, City Sidewalks, is more of a "mini" collection, that is, there are 30 full images, it is only available as a digital collection and does not include stamps and cardstock. More details about each CTMH Cricut® collection are below.



Close To My Heart introduced the Cricut® Artbooking Collection (Z3169; formerly item Z1906) in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book.

Cricut® Artbooking Collection (Z3169; formerly item Z1906)

This collection has 15 themes for creating two-page 12" x 12" layouts and 10 themes for creating mini books. The themes include birthdays, baby, vacations, friendship, sports, holidays and more. All projects are created with two keys and one dial size. In addition, see my CTMH Cricut® Artbooking page for links to over 30 videos devoted to the Artbooking collection. The product description from my OBA is "Take your scrapbooking to never-before-seen levels with the new Cricut® Artbooking Collection! With oodles of coordinating images in each of 15 layout motifs, you can create several themed pages that complement each other. Images include accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats—in standard photo sizes—and more! The Cricut® keys are optimized for creating 12" × 12" pages in a jiffy. You'll love creating 10 themed mini books, optimized for several different sizes, and packed with loads of coordinating pieces. Celebrate birthdays, new babies, vacations, friends, sports, Halloween, Christmas, and more. When you're finished cutting, use the coordinating stamp sets to add even more pizzazz!"

The stamp sets that are included with this collection are:
  • Sweet & Lovely (D1571)
  • My Life (D1572)
  • Take Note (D1574)
The recommended blocks for included stamp sets are 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" x 3½" (Y1009), 4" × 5" (Y1012). The Whimsy Cardstock Combo Pack (X5940) is included with this collection.



Close To My introduced the Cricut® Artistry Collection (Z3167) In the Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Catalog 2015–2016.
Cricut® Artistry Collection (Z3167)
The product description from my OBA is "Our newest cartridge includes shapes spanning a wide variety of themes, holidays, and seasons to add some visual spice to any project you create. Get back to basics with the unique font, banners, layered shapes, borders, backgrounds, and other fun icons you'll find on this cartridge. All of the designs are a must for any crafter!"

The stamp sets that are included with this collection are:
  • Life Is Sweet (D1680)
  • Perfect Picture (D1681)
  • Love Right Now (D1682)
The recommended blocks for included stamp sets are 1" × 3 ½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009). The Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack (X5781) is included with this collection.



Close To My Heart introduced the Cricut® Flower Market Collection (Z3285) in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Catalog 2016–2017. It is available as a physical cartridge or digital collection.

Cricut® Flower Market Collection - physical cartridge (Z3285)

Cricut® Flower Market Collection - digital collection (Z3290)

The product description from my OBA is "This brand new Cricut® collection features blooms and blossoms for every season of life. All of the designs feature botanical details of some kind, from flowers and leaves to branches and wreaths. Designed to span an entire year's worth of themes and occasions, this collection features shapes for holidays, cardmaking, and everyday scrapbooking. We know this collection will really grow on you!" No matter if you choose the physical cartridge or digital collection, you will receive the same images, stamp sets and cardstock; a code to redeem the cartridge online will come with the digital collection rather than a physical cartridge.

The exclusive stamp sets that are included with this collection are:
  • Sending Smiles (D1708)
  • Line It Up (D1709)
  • Playful Patterns (D1710)
The recommended blocks for included stamp sets are 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 3" × 3" (Y1006). The Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack (X5790) is included with this collection.



Retired Close To My Heart Exclusive Cricut® Collections



Close To My Heart introduced the Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection (Z3171; formerly item Z1686) in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book. This collection sold out on July 29, 2016; it was scheduled to be retired on July 31, 2016.

Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection (Z3171; formerly item Z1686)
This collection contains versatile foundational shapes. Basic squares, circles, flowers and fonts. The description from my OBA is "Cutting versatile, foundational shapes is a breeze with the Art Philosophy Collection. The basic brackets, frames, flowers, and font included are perfect for any project, any time of the year. Use your cuts from this cartridge as embellishments on cards and layouts to make your artwork shine. And don't forget to use the coordinating stamps for more creative fun!"

The exclusive stamp sets that are included with this collection are:
  • Tags & Phrases (D1496)
  • Cupcakes & Phrases (D1497)
  • Shapes (D1498)
The recommended blocks for included stamp sets are 1" × 1" (Y1000), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 3" × 3" (Y1006). The Enchantment Cardstock Combo Pack (X5781) is included with this collection.



Close To My Heart introduced the Cricut® Artiste Collection (Z3170; formerly item Z1790) in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book. This collection sold out on August 1, 2016; it was scheduled to be retired on July 31, 2016.

Cricut® Artiste Collection (Z3170; formerly item Z1790)
This collection features themed projects including robots, spooky images, weddings and Valentines. It also includes interactive cards, cupcake liners, invitations, party favors, gift boxes and more. Quickly create items for your celebrations. The product description from my OBA is "This collection features themed projects, interactive cards, and more. From robots and spooks to weddings and valentines, your cupcake liners, invitations, and party favors coordinate and quickly come together for any celebration. Cutting and assembling the many 3-D items is a snap using the project reference book and separate, step-by-step assembly book. Make your artwork pop with the Cricut® Artiste Collection!"

The stamp sets that are included with this collection are:
  • Birthday (D1529)
  • Kudos (D1530)
  • Word Balloons (D1531)
The recommended blocks for included stamp sets are 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 2" × 6½" (Y1010). The Basics Cardstock Combo Pack (X5933) is included with this collection.



Close To My Heart introduced the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (Z3168; formerly item Z3017) at Convention in June 2014 and it first appeared in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book and Catalog 2014–2015. This collection is retiring on July 31, 2016. It will be available past the July 31 deadline while supplies last, so you can continue placing orders for this favorite until it is sold out.

Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (Z3168; formerly item Z3017)
This cartridge contains 700 image intended to work together to make a total of 400 unique projects. There are 250 card options in standard 5" x 7" and 4¼" x 5½" card sizes in 25 different themes and 5 different card formats including build-a-scene, pop-up, sentiment, sleeve and pocket. The product description from my OBA is "Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! With our newest Cricut® collection, you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different card themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is "just because!" Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards."

The stamp sets that are included with this collection are:
  • Just To Say... (D1629)
  • Curlicue Alphabet (D1630)
  • Curlicue Frames (D1631)
The recommended blocks for included stamp sets are 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009). The Whimsy Cardstock Combo Pack (X5940) is included with this collection.



Close To My Heart introduced the Cricut® City Sidewalks Digital Collection (Z4017) in the Holiday Expressions 2016 Idea Book.

Cricut® City Sidewalks Digital Collection (No Cartridge) (Z4017)

The product description from my OBA is "Dress up your artwork in holiday style with the festive images from this mini digital Cricut® collection. We've designed this collection to work with our City Sidewalks paper packet (X7213B), so you can complete Christmas projects in less time. The fun and playful images are sure to have you singing your way through all your Christmas crafting!" It comes with 30 complete images, including titles, photo frames, borders, card sentiments, card overlays, and other cheery Christmas designs. Please note that the description states it is only available for use with Cricut Explore™ and Cricut Explore Air™. The above image is a screen shot of the collection in Cricut® Design Space as the image on my OBA does not show you all of the wonderful designs.



Some tips for cutting CTMH White Daisy and Colonial White cardstock with your Cricut® machine:
  • use a sharp blade and have a spare blade on hand
  • do not use a brand new Cricut® Standard Grip mat (green) mat to cut White Daisy or Colonial White cardstock as both cardstocks stick to a mat quite well
  • never use a Cricut® Strong Grip mat (grey) with White Daisy or Colonial White cardstock unless it is extremely well worn
  • some have good luck using the Cricut® Light Grip mat (blue) to cut White Daisy and Colonial White cardstock
  • do not let the cardstock sit on the mat for an extended period of time; as soon as your cutting (and stamping if using a Cricut® coordinating stamp) are complete, remove the paper from the cutting mat and use the Cricut® Spatula to help remove the die cuts; leaving any material sitting on the mat will result in a stuck on mess and shorten the life of the cutting mat
  • when using the Expression or Expression 2 set the pressure at 4 on your blade housing and at High (rather than Max) on your machine; use the multi-cut option to cut the image 2 times; also also slow down your cutting speed
  • when using the Explore set the dial to "Light Cardstock +"
  • simplify your design using Cricut® Craft Room or Cricut® Design Space if possible; in other words remove some of the elements of a design, for example, the holes along the edge of a scallop


A note about cutting the glitter paper using the Explore. It cut like a dream! I used a Cricut® Light Grip mat (blue). This mat had been used a few times and the paper stuck to it very well. I will use the blue mat for future glitter paper projects because I think the "regular" green mat might be too sticky. Some of the tack from the blue mat transferred to the glitter paper even though I removed the paper from the mat immediately after cutting. I set the dial on my Explore to "Custom". After I clicked "Go" in Design Space under "Set" a "Select a material" drop down appeared and I selected "Paper, Glitter Lightweight" from the list. A single cut was perfect for the CTMH glitter paper.



I keep a Pinterest Board devoted to the CTMH Cricut® collections. Feel free to browse and become a follower of this or any of my Boards. There are some very talented artists out there using the products. In addition, search Pinterest for #ArtPhilosophy, #Artiste, #Artbooking, #ArtfullySent or #Astistry to find any items I have pinned (and other pins with those hashtags).

In addition, I created a Pinterest Board devoted to all of the CTMH Cricut® Compatible My Acrylix® Stamp Sets. These stamp sets continue to be available no matter the date they were introduced. If you would rather view them at my Online Business Address, you will find Cricut® Compatible Stamp Sets here.

If you are new to the Cricut® cutters, CTMH has a Cricut® Collections page where you will find a Cricut® Machine Comparison Chart in PDF format (but please see the information on Cricut.com for the most up-to-date information on Cricut® machines) and Cricut® Machine Tips & Tricks (also a PDF). Scroll down where you will also find Sample Shapes and a Shape Index for each cartridge.

If you are new to the Cricut® Collections available from Close To My Heart this video, Create with Cricut® Collections, may help you decide which collection you may want to start with (please note this video was created before Artfully Sent, Artistry and Flower Market were available).



The CTMH Corp. description of Create with Cricut® Collections is "Enhance the artist within you by cutting and assembling foundational shapes, 3-D items, and themed mini books with Close To My Heart's stunning Cricut® Collections! With limitless options for shapes, themes, and sizes, our Cricut® Collections will bring you hours of exciting creative sessions."

A few points I want to be certain that you do not miss while watching the video:
  • There are 700 unique images on EACH Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artbooking cartridge; 400 projects, a font and envelopes on Artfully Sent
  • Art Philosophy was designed as a product that includes the most foundational elements with brackets, tags, simple icons, a versatile alphabet; these shapes work well in a variety of sizes and is a great place to start
  • Artiste focuses on party planning and 3-D, items have a lot of interactivity
  • Artbooking focuses on 12" x 12" scrapbooking pages as well as mini books for preserving our memories
  • Artfully Sent focuses on cardmaking
  • Artistry includes many basics; I have heart people refer to it as Art Philosophy 2.0, but I am not sure I agree, both a unique collections
As much as I try to provide accurate and up-to-date information occasionally you may find something that is not quite right. Please send me a message if you find something that needs to be corrected/updated. I would very much appreciate it.

Thanks for visiting today.

Page last updated March 19, 2017.

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