CTMH Cricut® Collections

On September 1, 2019 Close To My Heart introduced a new Cricut® Collection, Complete Creativity. Also, as of September 1, all Close To My Heart Cricut® Collections were re-released digitally and available for purchase on the Cricut® website. So I am recognized for sending you there, please use my Cricut® Affiliate Link when you make your purchases. When you use my Cricut® Affiliate Link I will receive a commission for referring you.



Complete Creativity

Complete Creativity
Core Products 2019
no Shape Index - no Handbook

Complete Creativity was introduced in Core Products 2019. I was unable to find a Shape Index for this collection so here is a screen shot from Design Space:

screen shot of Complete Creativity in Design Space


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

Recently, most of the CTMH Cricut® collections, City Sidewalks, Hello USA, Hello Canada and Hello AU/NZ (Australia and New Zealand) for example, are more of a "mini" collection, that is, there are 20 to 60 full images. They were only available as a digital collection and did not include stamps or cardstock.


Close To My Heart Cricut® Collections


Art Philosophy

Art Philosophy Collection
Art Philosopy was the first Cricut® collection from Close To My Heart. It was introduced in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book. Use this Shape Index to see all of the images included in the Art Philosophy collection. This Handbook has larger images of the designs in the collection.



Artiste

Artiste Collection
Artiste was the second Cricut® collection from Close To My Heart. It was introduced in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book. Use the Shape Index to see all of the images included in the Artiste collection. This Handbook has larger images of the designs in the collection and the Assembly Instructions assist with putting some of the cuts together.



Artbooking

Artbooking Collection
Artbooking was the third Cricut® collection from Close To My Heart. It was introduced in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book. Use the Shape Index to see all of the images included in the Artbooking collection. This Handbook has larger images of the designs in the collection.



Artfully Sent

Artfully Sent Collection
Artfully Sent was the fourth Cricut® collection from Close To My Heart. It was introduced in the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 Idea Book. Use the Shape Index to see all of the images included in the Artfully Sent collection. This Handbook has larger images of the designs in the collection and the Assembly Instructions assist with putting some of the cuts together.



Artistry

Artistry Collection
Artistry was the fifth Cricut® collection from Close To My Heart. It was introduced in the Annual Inspirations 2015–2016 Idea Book. Use the Shape Index to see all of the images included in the Artistry collection. This Handbook has larger images of the designs in the collection.



Flower Market

Flower Market Collection
Flower Market was the sixth Cricut® collection from Close To My Heart. It was introduced in the Annual Inspirations 2016–2017 Idea Book. Use the Shape Index to see all of the images included in the Artistry collection. This Handbook has larger images of the designs in the collection.



City Sidewalks

City Sidewalks Collection
City Sidewalks was the seventh Cricut® collection from Close To My Heart; this release had fewer images and was only released digitally. It was introduced in the Holiday Expressions 2016 Idea Book. Use the Shape Index to see all of the images included in the City Sidewalks collection. This collection did not include a Handbook.



You Are Here

You Are Here Collection
You Are Here was the eighth Cricut® collection from Close To My Heart. It was introduced in the Annual Inspirations 2017–2018 Idea Book. Use the Shape Index to see all of the images included in the You Are Here collection. This Handbook has larger images of the designs in the collection.



Hello USA

Hello USA Collection
Hello USA was the ninth Cricut® collection from Close To My Heart; this release had fewer images and was only released digitally. It was introduced in the Annual Inspirations 2017–2018 Idea Book. Use the Shape Index to see all of the images included in the Hello USA collection. This collection did not include a Handbook.



Hello Canada

Hello Canada Collection
Hello Canada was the tenth Cricut® collection from Close To My Heart; this release had fewer images and was only released digitally. It was introduced in the Annual Inspirations 2017–2018 Idea Book. Use the Shape Index to see all of the images included in the Hello Canada collection. This collection did not include a Handbook.



Hello AU/NZ

Hello AU/NZ Collection
Hello AU/NZ was the 11th Cricut® collection from Close To My Heart; this release had fewer images and was only released digitally. It was introduced in the Annual Inspirations 2017–2018 Idea Book. Use the Shape Index to see all of the images included in the Hello AU/NZ collection. This collection did not include a Handbook.



Season of Joy

Season of Joy Collection
Season of Joy was the 12th Cricut® collection from Close To My Heart; this release had fewer images and was only released digitally. It was introduced in the Holiday Expressions 2018 Idea Book. Use the Shape Index to see all of the images included in the Season of Joy collection. This collection did not include a Handbook.



This section was created before the Explore and Maker were introduced. I have not had trouble cutting this cardstock on an Explore or Maker machine; I added my experience in the last bullet. I know some people are still using the Expression and Expression 2 machines, so I kept this information available.

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 +"


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. Search Pinterest for #ArtPhilosophy, #Artiste, #Artbooking, etc. to find any items that have been pinned with a hashtag.

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 when only three collections, Art Philosophy, Artiste and Artbooking, 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 09/08/2019.

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