January SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month blog hop!! This month over 60 Close To My Heart consultants are featuring January’s SOTM, This Moment, a set of 12 that coordinates with the Artbooking Cricut® Cartridge. If you’ve come from Sheila Bennett’s Blog you are in the right place. If you’ve started here, WELCOME! This blog hop is a giant circle, so you can join in the fun by clicking the link to the next consultant at the bottom of my post! If you happen to get lost along the way there is a complete list of participants on Melinda Everitt’s Blog.

This month’s stamp set has a Valentine feel to it and if you follow my blog you know that our family doesn’t go to great lengths to celebrate this holiday. I stewed and stewed over how I could use this stamp set…..BUT THEN I was cleaning out the closet in our office and came across a box. I was completely blown away when I opened it….Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and found all of the lovey-dovey cards that my husband and I exchanged while we were dating. I had completely forgotten that we had exchanged these cards over a decade ago. Reading the notes that we left to each other inside the cards brought a huge smile to my face!! I had decided in December 2014 that I wanted to create a My Crush™ book for the odds and ends of 2015 and this was the perfect first entry!

CTMH: My Crush

I picked a page out in My Crush™ Modville Book and grabbed a few B&T Duos™ from the Heartstrings Paper Packet. Then I created a file folder {cut at 6¼”} using the Artiste Cricut® Cartridge to hold the cards. Using January’s Stamp Of The Month, This Moment  in Whisper Exclusive Ink™ & second generation Hollyhock Exclusive Ink™, I stamped the “Love Notes” & feather arrow on the file folder.

CTMH: My Crush

CTMH: My Crush

I’m not a huge fan of my handwriting, but think journaling is SO  important! So I used a Heartstrings Picture My Life™ journaling card to jot down the info about these cards! I wanted the file folder to be easily accessible {especially since my journaling is on the inside} so I added Hook & Loop Dots {velcro dots} to hold the folder together. I added another Heartstrings PML card, stitching, and a few Stuck On You Puffy Stickers to the page for a little extra charm.

CTMH: My Crush

I loved the quote on the following page and didn’t want to cover it so I just wanted to add a few embellishments around it. I again used January’s SOTM and Whisper Exclusive Ink™ & Hollyhock Exclusive Ink™ for the stamping. At the base of the quote I added Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape, a Base & Bling arrow from the Signature Charms Assortment , and a badge button from the Heartstrings Assortment. The badge button has so much dimension I decided to add dimension to the “straight from the heart” sentiment using Thin 3D Foam Tape. {←I just purchased this in my last order & I L.O.V.E. it! It’s a new FAVE!} I also added a glittery heart from the Stuck On You Puffy Stickers.

CTMH: My Crush

I found so many cards that I decided I needed to create an extra pocket that I will place on the inside of the back cover when this book is complete. To create this I used a SMASHbook brand pocket folders and decorated the front using the Heartstrings Complements.

CTMH: Heartstrings

CTMH Jan 2015 SOTM

Remember this stamp set is only available until January 31, and it can be yours for only $5 with a qualifying purchase. Contact your CTMH consultant or click here for more information and to shop. Now it’s time to head to Maureen O’Sullivan’s Blog to see what she has created using this month’s stamp set!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Artfully Sent Blog Hop


Welcome to our Artfully Sent Blog Hop!! This month nearly 50 consultants are featuring projects made from Close To My Heart’s newest Cricut® cartridge, Arfully Sent! If you’ve come from Beth Naumann’s Blog you are in the right place or if you’ve started here-WELCOME!! This blog hop is a giant circle so you can join the fun by clicking the link on the bottom of my post!! There is also a full list of participants on Melinda Everitt’s Blog if you happen to get lost along the way!!


First, let me start by giving you the basics of the Artfully Sent Collection. This collection includes the Artfully Sent Cricut® cartridge, three D-size stamp sets {$17.95 value x3!!!} that coordinate with cuts on the cartridge, and a pack of 12″ × 12″ White Daisy cardstock.  With the Artfully Sent cartridge you can create 250 artistic cards and 150 small projects. That means you can creates 400 unique projects from the 700 images on this cartridge!!! There are multiple styles of cards that can be made using this cartridge including  pop-up, sleeve, pocket, swing, and tri-panel cards. It truly is full of everything you need to make beautiful cards!!

The card I chose to make was a thank you card. {Seriously, I sat and looked at the booklet for almost a half hour! There are so many great cards on this cartridge I couldn’t decide what to make!!} I started by cutting the card base twice; once in White Daisy Cardstock and then an exact repeat using a B&T Duo™ from the Seaside Paper Packet. After they were cut I directly layered them on top of each other. {By using cardstock along with a B&T Duo™ it reinforces your card; making it more sturdy}

CTMH: Artfully Sent

Once I had them layered together I grabbed a scrap piece of White Daisy Cardstock and the Have A Happy Day Stamp Set. Using multiple ink colors {Glacier Exclusive Ink™; Desert Sand Exclusive Ink™; Whisper Exclusive Ink™; Thistle Exclusive Ink™; Canary Exclusive Ink™; Flaxen Exclusive Ink™} I stamped and fussy cut a majority of the images. Before adhering the White Daisy Cardstock to my card base I used an Edge Distresser to create the roughened edges.

CTMH: Artfully Sent

Now onto the embellishments! I added Brown & Tan Sparkles and an arrow from the Signature Charms Base & Bling Set. I also added stitching along the edge of the card. It adds so much flair to a card or any papercrafting project!!

I have a few more projects featuring the Artfully Sent cartridge that will be posted very soon so I hope you will come back to view those projects {hint, hint: You can make more than just cards with this fun cartridge}!! To get those posts delivered straight to your inbox please feel free to join my email subscription list or follow me through Bloglovin’ {both subscription lists on are on right hand side of the page}! I hope you are having a great time and finding a lot of inspiration as you are traveling around our blog hop!! For more information on the Artfully Sent Cricut® Cartridge you can contact your Close To My Heart consultant or CLICK HERE for more information and to shop! It’s time to head to Brenda Lapp’s Blog to see what she has created using this fantastic new cartridge!