Saturday, October 19, 2013

CTMH Babycakes is NOT Just for Babies!

Close To My Heart Babycakes card
CTMH Babycakes Card by Create with Care

I have to admit that when I first received my Close To My Heart Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book and saw the Babycakes collection as I was flipping excitedly through the pages, my heart sank just a bit.  I thought to myself, "Oh no, I don't have children, so I will never use this paper".  Granted, it's patterns were absolutely adorable with fun alphabets and precious animals, and the coordinating My Stickease had sweet phrases such as "Naptime" and "Baby Love".  However, I quickly passed it by, thinking that it wasn't applicable to me.

Close To My Heart Babycakes Paper Collection
CTMH Babycakes Paper Collection

CTMH Babycakes My Stickease

I was WRONG!!

I took a closer look and saw that the reverse side of each coordinating paper has great stripes, dots and patterns that can go well with so many projects.  Plus the colors of Chocolate, Slate, Buttercup and Sunset work fabulously together all year round!

I couldn't wait to share my discovery with the ladies that I teach in my Scrapbook, Stamp and Socialize group.  Many who, like myself, don't have children or their children are grown.  Since our next meeting included an in depth Cricut 101 class with a light focus on the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, I decided to combine these two wonderful products and have us make a cute all occasion card together.

Here is the recipe:

Pg 23:  Cut 4" Card from the <Oval 1> key out of Colonial White cardstock
Pg 33:  Cut 3 3/4" Scalloped Square from the <Square 2> key out of the yellow B&T paper
Pg 21:  Cut three 1 1/4" circles from the <Circle 1> key out of Sunset card stock
Pg 21:  Cut three 1" circles from the <Circle 1> key out of the polka dot B&T paper

Using your paper trimmer, cut a 4" x 1/2" strip out of the striped B&T paper.

Using the sentiments from the stamps that come with the CTMH Art Philosophy bundle, stamp the phrase "Have a day filled with..." on the yellow scalloped square in Chocolate ink and "Joy", "Love", and "Hope" inside the Sunset circles also in Chocolate ink.  

Assemble as shown in top photo and add a Durables Artisan Stud as an accent in the center of the circles.

That's it!  A super easy card using Cricut and CTMH to show that Babycakes is not just for babies!

I hope that you are inspired to think outside the paper pack by this project.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Do you BUNDLE?

The latest and best way to get a discount on your cable bill, is by adding phone and Internet service.  The cable companies call it a bundle.  Did you know you can bundle when you scrapbook?!  You absolutely can!  Close To My Heart has several different ways for you to save money by bundling.

Let me show you how:

CTMH New Product Starter Bundle
New to paper crafting?                                   

This New Product Starter bundle is the perfect way to get some basic tools and materials to help you jump right in and start creating.  The item number Z1972 includes the following items:

SureCut (TM) Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer (Z1783; $34.95 retail)Memory Protectors (R) Clear Value Pack (qty. 50) (Z4115; $22.95 retail)
3 album posts and screws, 1" (1011; $2.50 retail)
White Daisy Cardstock 24-pack (1385; $9.50 retail)

Total Retail Price: $94.85
Your Discount Offer: $90.00     

Have a Cricut?  

All Close To My Heart Cricut cartridges (with over 700 images per cartridge!) come bundled as a collection with 3 coordinating stamp sets as well as 3 sheets of coordinating Dimensional Elements shapes!   

The Art Philosophy Collection is a great foundational cartridge complete with basic shapes, numbers, an alphabet and images for most of life's occasions.

The Artiste Collection features an amazing amount of 3-D images such as boxes, bags, cupcake holders, and party favors.  It truly is a party in a box!

The Artbooking Collection is our newest and is designed to make scrapbooking easy.  With one key, you have 14 coordinated images fitting a specific theme such as birthday, school days, Halloween and many more!

Total Retail Value:  approximately $125.00
Your Discount Offer: $99.00

Want everything you need in one kit?  

Workshops on the Go is the answer! These cardmaking or scrapbooking kits include all the materials that you will need to make 15 greeting cards or 2 two-page scrapbooking layouts.  The kits come complete with paper, embellishments and a coordinating stamp set!  

There are 2 cardmaking kits; one featuring the adorable Laughing Lola paper collection, and a second one featuring the pretty holiday paper, Frosted.

For scrapbooking there are 6 kits!  One for each new paper collection in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book:  Laughing Lola, Sarita, Babycakes, ProPlayer, Huntington, and Frosted.

Total Retail Value:  $36.78 (cardmaking kit) or $41.46 (scrapbooking kit)
Your Discount Offer:  $24.95 or $29.95

See how easy it is to save by bundling?  Get more bang for your paper crafting buck by purchasing a bundle of goodies with Close To My Heart and me, your Independent Consultant!