CTMH “Nevermore” Halloween Decorations

It’s almost October, and time to get out your Halloween decorations. Haven’t had time to shop for decorations this year? Well then, it’s time to get out your stamps, scissors, and glue, and make some adorable decorations of your own!

Here is some amazing artwork by Close To My Heart to get your creative juices flowing…

Banner, Wreath, Framed Artwork, and Candles

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WOW, talk about festive! With the Nevermore Paper Packet and a little help from the CTMH Cricut Collections, you can turn your house into a Halloween masterpiece!

Card, Cupcake Holder, and Treat Bag

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Just imagine receiving this creative bat card as a party invitation… who wouldn’t attend that party? The cupcake holder and treat bag add to the Halloween ambiance.

Treat Tub and Treat Bags

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Such an artistic way to deliver your candies and treats this year!

Halloween Surprise Cracker and Treat Tub

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The hard part will be deciding what to put inside these creative treat holders!

If you would like to learn more about the Nevermore Paper Packet and coordinating accessories, please click here.

I’ll see you in the craft room,

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Buy Some Cricut, Get Some Cricut!

From now until June 30, 2014, when you purchase one of the Close To My Heart Cricut Bundles, you will receive a FREE gift from me, and be entered to win a Cricut cartridge! 

Purchase any of the 3 CTMH Cricut Collections below, and I will send you a custom-made “Keep Calm and Cricut On” Framed Art piece, made by me! Each piece comes in a quality solid wood and glass frame, that measures approximately 7.5″ x 9.5 ” overall, with a 5″ x 7″ opening. You can choose one of the colors above, or choose your own color to match your craft room. These are made to order, and completely FREE with your purchase!

Additionally, with your qualifying purchase, you will automatically be entered to win a Teresa Collins: Sophisticated Cartridge!

A random drawing for the Teresa Collins Sophisticated Cricut cartridge will be held on July 1, 2014 and the winner will be announced on this blog. You will have 2 weeks to claim your prize by contacting me with your information.
Now let’s take a look at the CTMH Cricut Collections:


This cartridge features 700 images, including 15 layout themes, 10 themed mini books, accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats, and more! Also includes 3 coordinating stamp sets and 3 chipboard sheets (both matched to the image sizes).

1 – Cartridge (700 images: Font, Mini Books, Layouts)
3 – My Acrylix D-size stamp sets
3 – 12″ x 9″ Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)

Creative Feature Keys: Title, Photo Mat 1, Photo Mat 2, Icon, Border, Overlay


This cartridge features 700 images, including images to make wonderful 3-D projects, party favors, interactive cards, cupcake wrappers, invitations, awards, and more! Includes a separate step-by-step assembly booklet for the 3-D projects. Also includes 3 coordinating stamp sets and 3 chipboard sheets (both matched to the image sizes).

1 – Cartridge (700 images: Themed-Projects, Cards, Fonts, Shapes, and 3-D)
3 – My Acrylix D-size stamp sets
3 – 12″ x 9″ Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)

Creative Feature Keys: Accent 1, Accent 2, Accent 3, Accent 4, Card, 3-D Object

Art Philosophy

This cartridge features 700 images, including hundreds of basics, versatile shapes and fonts you’ll use everyday! Also includes 3 coordinating stamp sets and 3 chipboard sheets (both matched to the image sizes).

1 – Cartridge (700 images: Font, Shapes, 3-D Items)
3 – My Acrylix D-size stamp sets
3 – 12″ x 9″ Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)

Creative Feature Keys: Layer, Decorative Layer, Tag, Card, Font, Font Layer

Looking for more FREE Cricut? Don’t forget that I am giving away FREE cartridges when you join my team in May! Click HERE for more details.


This offer is only available through me, and not through Close To My Heart, or any other CTMH consultant. Open to all US residents over the age of 18.

Your Cricut Framed Art will be mailed to you directly from me, once your CTMH order has shipped. I will contact you first to specify your color choice and your mailing address.

Already own all 3 CTMH Cricut Collections? No problem! Just place an order on my website of at least $100 (before taxes and shipping), and you will qualify for both of these offers as well.

Make sure to take advantage of these offers and purchase today!

I’ll see you in the craft room, 
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Skylark Papers: Framed Art

I absolutely LOVE the Skylark Papers from Close To My Heart! They are my favorite paper pack in the newest catalog/idea book. Since I have a slightly bare wall on one side of my new scrapbook room, I decided to make some framed art with these beautiful papers. I haven’t yet hung them on the wall, but wanted to get a few pictures in first, so you could see them all bunched together, and how the artwork extends from some picture frames to the next.
Here is a closer look at each picture:
Top left picture.
Top middle picture.
Top right picture.
Bottom left picture.
 Bottom middle picture.
Bottom right picture.
If you take a closer look at all of the pictures bunched together, you will notice a cohesive border around the entire lot of pictures, tying them all together as one big picture.
Here, you can see a closer look at how some of the page elements “extend” into their neighboring pictures:

I did not do any stamping on this particular project, just to show how easy it is for anyone to put something like this together, whether you stamp, or not. I did use ink to distress the edges of every green piece of cardstock in each picture:
I used a lot of chipboard pieces for this project. Most of them were from the Skylark Complements package. Since the artwork was already done for me, it was super simple to just press them out, apply adhesive, and adhere them. However, I did use the Cricut Artbooking cartridge to print out the pennant frames that you see in three of the pictures. Two of of the frames, I used as flat cardstock. One of the pennant frames was glued to the exact same size/shape piece of chipboard that comes in the Artbooking Cricut Collection:
Well, there you have it! This project was completed in one afternoon. Yes, there was a lot of work involved, but it was very easy to put together with such great products that coordinate perfectly together!
If you like this project, please be sure to Pin it!

Thanks for looking!


Artbooking Made Easy: Fab Frames

How to Make Pennant Frames With the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge

Watch the video above to see just how easy it is to make beautiful pennant frames with the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge. Do you know that you can get this cartridge for FREE this month, including coordinating stamp sets and more? Just click on the “Join My Team” tab in the menu above for more details.

Thanks for looking!


Keep Calm and…

That about sums it up. Since finally getting a Cricut die cutting machine a few short months ago (yes, I know that I am waaaay behind the times), it has become my mini obsession. I initially made the sign above for my NEW scrapbooking room (details to follow in a few days!). Then I made another one
in a different color:

And then another one…

And then I decided that I wanted a bigger one but was too exhausted at that point to make it. I thought that these little pieces of Cricut art were so cute that I would add them to my Etsy Shop. I mean come on, who really needs 3 of the same sign in their scrapbook room anyway?

Now to decide which color to make my bigger sign…..

Thanks for looking!