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The New CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Collection is NOW AVAILABLE

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Published: Friday, September 12, 2014

I'm super jazzed to share that the BRAND NEW CTMH Artfully Sent Cricut Collection is NOW AVAILABLE on my website, here. This is another MUST HAVE cartridge from Close To My Heart. You can order it HERE!

I had the privilege of being one of the 4 consultants in the entire company to get this cartridge ahead of time to create artwork for our recent Close To My Heart Convention that was in July. This cartridge is a Card Makers DREAM! Seriously easy to work with and makes the most adorable cards for every occasion you can imagine. I won't be able to share my projects with you until the 30th (per CTMH corp) so be sure to check back to see those then.

Until then, I have this video to share with you so you can get a closer look at what is on the cartridge....

This Cricut Collection Includes:

1 - Cartridge (700 images: Cards and Font)

3 - My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets

1 - 12" 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

Don't forget about my Referral Program where you can earn a FREE STAMP SET for each friend you send my way. They just need to tell me you sent them and you need to make sure you have submitted the form HERE with your info so I know where to ship the stamp set(s).



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Baby Announcement Scrapbook Layout

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Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hi all... thanks for visiting my blog. I have some surprising, yet exciting news to share with you all and it's all in a scrapbook layout... :)

Yep, that's right. Baby Leahy #4 will be arriving in February. We're excited to welcome another little one to the family. Surprised but very excited! :)

I wanted to share the layout I created using the NEW Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment. Aren't these papers amazing?! I'm so loving this set. It's available on my website starting August 1st. There are actually 4 different Paper Fundamental sets that will be available. Wahoo! This layout out was super fun to make. I used my Cricut Explore for all the cuts (except the banners and photo mats), including the adorable baby onesies and used the Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge to cut the B A B Y letters. The metal flowers are from the new CTMH Brushed Assortment and then I used some of the awesome new CTMH Sequins (both available 8/1).

Here is a close up of the banner and baby onesies. I ended up just cutting the banner with scissors (those are easy)...

And here is a shot of the bottom showing the cool sequins and metal flowers...


Well I hope you have enjoyed my layout. I was excited to share it for obviously more reasons that one. ;)

REMINDER... if you have some favorites in the current Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Idea Book then please be sure to get your orders in NOW!!! New products will be released on August 1st but with that we have to say good bye to some awesome favorites. Stock up before they are gone.


Posted by: Charlotte C
Saturday, August 30, 2014 @ 7:41:45 PM

Just seeing this today, a month later (I'm so behind on everything), but had to send you congratulations on the anticipated newest member of your beautiful family.

Posted by: Angela
Friday, August 22, 2014 @ 4:09:52 AM

Congrats!! Love the new layout!!!

Posted by: Anoosh
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 4:30:54 AM

I loved your scrap-book. It is so cool. I am fond of scrap-booking too. They are so much fun to make and always look pretty too. I can get many ideas from your post. Besides, this book by Altered Upcycling has helped me too. Check it out!

Posted by: Kelly
Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 4:01:37 PM

Congrats Mandy! Such exciting news for you guys!!

Posted by: Haley D.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 4:06:42 PM

Congratulations! That photo is absolutely precious! Great LO too.

Posted by: ScrapbookingMaria
Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 9:12:51 AM


Posted by: Tammy
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 5:18:45 PM

Congratulations, super cute layout I love it!!

Posted by: Anita
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 3:45:17 PM

Congrats! What a fun layout!

Posted by: Dawn F
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 3:22:18 PM

Congratulations!! Beautiful layout, too.

Posted by: Casandra Bennett
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 3:17:03 PM

Awe. Congratulations! So happy for you. :)

Posted by: Melissa Cano
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 3:03:55 PM

Love the layout, super cute and congratulations!

Posted by: Tina
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 2:59:05 PM

Congratulations! I loved the layout!!

Posted by: Rikki
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 2:55:22 PM

CONGRATS !!! This is too cute :)

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Scooter Birthday Card

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Published: Friday, July 11, 2014

I'm on a roll... today is day 5 of being crafty this week. I had been requested to make something using the new Scooter Stamp that was seen in my recent Sneak Peek Haul Video. If you missed the video I'll post it at the bottom of this post...

Here is the card I made using the NEW Chalk It Up Paper Pack and Make it Merry Stamp Set. These products will be orderable starting August 1st.

The Make It Merry Stamp Set is actually a Holiday set but I'm in love with that little scooter and couldn't wait to play with it. The sentiment on the card "Hoping your ______ is sunny and bright". It actually says "Hoping your CHRISTMAS is sunny and bright" but since I'm making a birthday card I just masked it with a scrap piece so the Christmas didn't stamp and then used the Holiday Tags stamp set and did the masking technique again to cover HAPPY but stamped Birthday in it's place. Looks pretty cute, huh?

For the balloons I used my Cricut Explore and the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge. Cut them in a few different Chalk It Up Papers. I actually cut them in white also and sandwiched them with some 3D Foam Tape and then strung some twine to the back of the scooter.

Oh ya and can't forget to mention I used our new CTMH Touch Marker to color in the scooter. It was shade B68 Turquoise Blue. And set that cute little scooter on a strip of the Teal Glitter Paper.

Hope you like it!!

Here is the Sneak Peek Haul Video I shared incase you missed it. There is even a GIVEAWAY mentioned. Be sure to head to my YouTube Channel, subscribe and comment on that video to enter.

 REMINDER: All orders placed in July of $75 or more will receive the NEW Annual Inspirations Idea Book for FREE.

Posted by: Meredith Kratt
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 @ 6:32:40 PM

I loved the new score tool and punch. All the paper packs were wonderful

Posted by: Val Brown
Sunday, July 13, 2014 @ 7:42:11 AM

Mandy....I totally love your showcase of the new CTMH products. I liked the Artfully Sent card you created most. Thanks for sharing!

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Craft Challange | Artfully Sent Cricut Cards

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Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014

If you're not following me on facebook you may have missed that I'm doing a craft challenge this week. I committed to creating something everyday this week. So far so good. Here is a run down of what I have made this week... it's a good mix of paper crafting and a little dress making! ;)

Monday, I made Londyn's dress for her 2nd birthday pics (which we took today). Here is how it turned out...

She looks like a little princess in it. :)

Tuesday, I worked on a card that uses the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge (picture/info below).

Wednesday, I finished the headband to match Londyn's dress....

And today I made another card using the NEW Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge. Before I share these cards I want to mention that yes, I do have the Artfully Sent Cricut Collection (somewhere around here... it's MIA) since I was a presenter at Convention. However, I can't even use it right now. I was loaned a Cricut Expression 2 machine to use to create my projects for convention but I had to give that machine back. I have the new Cricut Explore machine (love it!) but since the NEW Artfully Sent cartridge is not yet released (will be in sometime August) I am unable to use it with the Cricut Explore since it's all run through Design Space Online. Once the cartridge is released in August I will be able to use it (once I buy the cartridge... mine is just a prototype) with the Explore but not anytime before then. 

So you're probably wondering how I was able to make these cards, right? I used the precut Cricut pieces all consultants in attendance received at the Close To My Heart Convention for our Creative Sessions. I always end up chit chatting with my team and friends during the Creative Sessions and never get anything accomplished. Therefore I end up with the goodies to play with at home. :) 

This Hello Sunshine Card that I made today using the cuts from the Close To My Heart Artfully Sent Cricut Collection was easy peasy to put together. I already had the precut kraft cardstock and the canary yellow cardstock. So I simply cut 2 strips of cardstock (new colors: glacier & thistle) to put behind the Hello Sunshine window part, then added some Gold Shimmer Trim and new the Gold Sequence. Literally took just a few minute to make.

I'm serious... you all NEED this cartridge. It's pure awesomeness!!! I included some photo steps below on the right side...

And this Pop Up Balloon card is the one I made on Tuesday using the precut Cricut pieces we received at CTMH Convention and the Happy Birds Stamp Set.

Interested in learning more about the new Artfully Sent Cricut Collection from Close To My Heart?! It's not available until some time in August but I have a Referral Program Interest List going on that you don't want to miss. You can get all the details HERE or click on the photo below...

Just a reminder all orders of $75 or more placed this month at will receive the NEW Annual Inspirations Idea Book for FREE from me.

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Introducing the NEW Artfully Sent Cricut Collection from Close To My Heart...

Category: My Crafty Projects  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, July 03, 2014

EXCITING NEWS!!! Close To My Heart and Cricut have come out with another AMAZING, definitely a MUST HAVE Cricut Cartridge. This one is called Artfully Sent.... it's a card makers dream!!!

The NEW Artfully Sent Cricut Collection comes with the Cartridge which has 700 images and over 25 different themes, 3 D-Sized Stamp Sets which pair perfectly for cards, and a 24 pack of 12x12 White Daisy Cardstock. You'll be able to create hundreds of amazing cards... there are Pop-Up Cards, Pocket Cards, Sentiment Cards, Build-A-Scene Cards, Swing Cards, Overlay Cards and even Picture My Life Cards. There is also envelopes on the cartridge and cute coordinating icons.

Here is a peek....

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There isn't an exact release date on it yet, other than sometime it will be sometime in August. There have been some delays with Cricut but it is to be out sometime in August. Lets hope it's sooner than later. :)

Isn't this Cartridge AMAZING?! Are you dying to get it?
If you're interested in ordering this cartridge (available in August) please CONTACT ME NOW to see about my Special Offer.


Posted by: Deborah
Friday, July 04, 2014 @ 9:44:51 AM

Do you know how much the cartridge will be? I want this cartridge!!!!

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