Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Funday.........

It's Friday FUNday!!!!  I love Fridays!  I so enjoy sharing with you all but I have decided it is time you were able to share in the fun!  How is that possible when you are there and I am somewhere (depending on the day)--I am going to tell you!

I am starting two Close To My Heart Clubs!  By joining you will receive the new idea book, the opportunity to be a host/hostess for one month in the club and get all of the hostess benefits that come with that--at the minimum you will receive $25 in free select product, and so much more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

$20 Buck Club: (10 members per club will run for 10 months)
This club is a commitment of just $20 (plus tax and shipping) a month!  This club will run 10 months!  Are you limited to $20---of course not!  Each month I will high light some the newest and hottest products as well as some of the great CTMH essentials.  Think of me as your crafting personal shopper! This club will fill up fast so let me know if you want to be a part--not only do you get to add some great product to your craft room--you will also get some great inspiration from others in the club.  I am all about sharing inspiration!

Workshop On The Go Club (min 6 members will run for at least 6 months)
I love the CTMH Workshops On The Go--I have almost every one from the last year.  In the workshop kit you get 12 sheets of exclusive 12 x 12 pattern papers, 10 sheets of 12 x 12 solid coordinating card stock (which cuts really well in with your cricut), some sort of embellishments (I have gotten everything from a pack of ribbon/buttons/metals to the CTMH Dimensional Elements), and exclusive only available in the workshop stamp set (these are AWESOME!!!!) and the workshop guide--All for $29.99 (plus tax and shipping).  If you don't want the kit you can order product of equal value so you never miss out!
Each month I will feature one of the Workshops On the Go and make the projects in the workshop guide!  There will be a video each month to high light the workshop and show additional inspiration.
On top of the workshop kit--in your host/hostess month you will also get all of the hostess rewards--that's at least $25 in free select product.
Here is a quick video showing a couple of the recent Workshop On The Go kits:

I can not tell you how much I love these workshops!  The two featured in the video are available through the end of August but once the book is over so are these workshops!

If you would like to be a part of one of these clubs simply e-mail me at  Make sure you let me know which club you want to be in and I will get back with you with a conformation.  The first order will be the first week of September from the brand new idea book.  I will also be giving the club members some previews of some of the great new papers and items that will be available.  There is so much more to that will go on with these clubs but you have to sign up to get all the dirt!  I can't wait to hear from you!  See I said we would all have fun together!
Make it a great one!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Monogram cards with Marth Stewart Elegant Cake Cartridge

Thursday is here and I am still not at CHA--LOL
I was working with the Cricut Martha Stewart Cake Cartridges and I was so set on using the new Holiday Cartridge and got a SUPER HUGE disappointment when half my cartridge was NA--so I am working with PC on getting a replacement!
Sometimes you have to roll with the punches--I still think they came out pretty nice
I did one for me--the brown one!  I use SEI papers from the Windsor collection (LOVE IT) and a little but of ribbon and of course some pop dots--Since the top note does not have a shadow I just took a scrap of paper to cover the 'W' which helped give it some substance
I also did one with more of a 'girly' flavor.  I used a J and will give this to the wonderful woman who sits at the front desk at my office--she is one of those people that make a company--sweet, welcoming, and just a joy to see first thing in the morning--this is SEI paper as well.
I used a stripe and a wonderful shiny tonal floral for the monogram--the rich grey gives it an elegance and i finished it of with a pink ribbon.
If you bought the Martha Stewart Holiday Cake Cartridge--I would check it out to make sure you do not have the same issue I did!

UPDATE: I spoke to a PC customer service person today and they stated that they know of the issue and they are working on the resolution.  As soon as more is known they will post on the board and website.  My rep said it is like the sweet treats issue from earlier this year! 

Make it a great one-

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cricut Imagine on the net

From  July 27 2010

Provo Craft today unveiled Cricut® Imagine™, the world’s first tool that precisely prints and cuts with the touch of a button without requiring a computer or software. Cricut Imagine offers an easy-to-use, electronic print-and-cut system that adds a whole new level of texture, detail and dimension to a wide variety of creative projects. Cricut Imagine is the first in the lineup to feature printing as well as cutting, and features inkjet technology by HP. The new product is currently on display at the Craft & Hobby Association Summer Convention and Tradeshow in Chicago.
Cricut Imagine saves you time since you no longer have to use three different tools to get designs, print, and then cut projects. The new machine helps you add more personalization and creativity to projects with a new library of content including shapes, patterns and color. In addition, Cricut Imagine is easy to use and is built upon award-winning cutting and printing technology from Provo Craft and HP.

Cricut Imagine gives new life to all your original Cricut cartridges! Now you can add colors and patterns when pairing the original cartridges with NEW Cricut Imagine Colors and Patterns cartridges.
“Cricut Imagine is not only unique to the crafting industry, but to the world of technology. There is not another device that incorporates printing and cutting the way this machine does,” said Jim Thornton, CEO of Provo Craft. “The pairing of print and cut technology could only be done by the leaders in each category—HP and Provo Craft. We’re eager to see what our customers can now do with a simple sheet of white paper and Cricut Imagine print-and-cut technology.”

“HP is always expanding its personal publishing portfolio with new products and services that inspire and enable creativity among individuals and families,” said Kathy Tobin, Vice President and General Manager, Specialty Printing Systems Division, HP. “Cricut customers can benefit from high-quality Original HP ink to achieve unique and professional results.”

Cricut Imagine features include:
Cricut Imagine cartridges are enhanced by Cricut Pattern and Cricut Color cartridges to add dimension and layering
Cricut Imagine is fully compatible with all original Cricut cartridges
Compatible with Gypsy by Cricut handheld design studio
Easy-to-use LCD touch-screen navigation so that all information is right at your fingertips
New detachable accents to be able to personalize your machine with colors and textures
Access to a vast new library of content and artwork: Over 150 original Cricut cartridges (with several new cartridges introduced each month), 12 new Cricut Imagine Art cartridges specifically for this new machine, plus 12 new Cricut Imagine Colors & Patterns cartridges

On-board color and pattern selector - choose your own colors, sizes and much more

Works with paper sizes up to 12” x 12” and makes cuts from .25” to 11.5”, making large-format print and cutting possible

Retractable paper tray

No computer necessary

Uses same blades and blade housing as current Cricut products

Uses a separate mat than original Cricut machines

Suggested retail for Cricut Imagine is $599.99. To learn more about this unique machine visit For more information on Provo Craft visit: or follow us on Twitter!


Did I or Didn't I.....get the Marth Stewart Cricut Cake Cartridges.

Did I or Didn't I.....get the Martha Stewart Cricut Cake Cartridges?   Of course I did.
They arrived on Friday!  I have had them sitting out on my table all weekend just letting my creative juices flow--I did play a little as these cartridges are well thought out!  Telling you a round or rectangle cake--what size the image is best cut in and some amazing fonts.  Only wish they were on the gypsy!
I must admit that only bought the cartridges, and that was it!!!! I swear!!!!  I know I said I was on a budget--but I factored this into it so no breaking the bank!  For some reason I have a feeling that the price will not go down anytime soon and the availability (think destinations) may take awhile to reach outside of HSN.  But I have to say the shipping was CRAZY FAST!!!!!

Make it a great one!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hello....Simple Card

Good Monday morning to you all--hope your weekends were great and filled with at least a little craft time.  I made this quick and simple card.
I used a double sided paper for the base.  picked up a couple accent colors.
Base is 4 1/2" square.  Let me show you the layers:
The green layer is 3" x 4 1/2"; used a Tim Holtz embossing folder to add a little texture, and ran ink around just the edge.
The blue layer is actual the other side of the pattern paper (using up scraps) with ink around the edge cut at 2 1/2 X 4 1/2".
I then added 1/4" gross grain ribbon
The creamy yellow layer is 3 1/2" x 2 1/2".  I used my MS score board and scored the paper at every 1/2" inch and took my trusty ink to the paper for an aged look.
The sentiment is done on the same green as the blow layer and cut/stamped with a Paper Trey Ink Fillable Frame and stamped in CTMH chocolate ink.

I added a 4" x 4" square of white inside and double inked the edges with denim and chocolate ink.
Super Simple.
Make it a great one!
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