Sunday, June 30, 2013

New CTMH Cricut Cartridge - Artbooking

Today we have a guest blog post from my "Scrappin' Sistah" Ellen 

Hi there, Ellen (CardMonkey) here ... my "Sistah" and very good friend Shawn has invited me to tell you a little bit about the newest and hottest Cricut cartridge available now for pre-order, and that's the Artbooking cartridge.

The Cricut Artbooking cartridge has been developed in coordination with Close To My Heart, an international leader in the scrapbooking and papercrafting industry.

The Artbooking cartridge provides a unique new system to doing your scrapbooking page layouts.

Look to the new Cricut/CTMH Artbooking cartridge for THIRTY (!!) double-page themed layouts that are all size-coordinated. That means, once you set your page size, all of the elements are cut to fit that page size -- no more "Guesstimator's Asymmetriosis!" where perhaps your title or picture frames look uncoordinated because you just don't know how to size/cut them correctly to fit your scrapbook page.  And, even better, there's no more wasted paper from cutting odd-sized elements!

Artbooking gives your scrapbook pages flair and style, too -- with coordinated elements, sentiments, and a gorgeous new font. Check it out, at right.

The Artbooking cartridge joins in the Cricut arsenal from CTMH two other wildly popular and successful cartridges: Art Philosophy and Artiste.  All three cartridges are still available (each retails for $99 for a bundle that includes the cartridge, 3 CTMH coordinating stamp sets, and two pages of exclusive coordinating chipboard elements.

The Cricut/CTMH Artbooking cartridge is available now for pre-ordering from your CTMH Consultant ahead of the August 1 release date.  Don't have a CTMH Consultant or would like more information on the great range of Close To My Heart products, including hundreds of new papers, tools and embellishments?  I'd be happy to help!  Let me show you how the Artbooking cartridge will change and improve your scrapbooking.

Would you like to pre-order the cartridge now?  I am pleased to extend to reader's of Shawn's blog a special offer/discount that I have made available to my blog readers -- after all, what are Sistahs for??! 

If you'd like to take advantage of the special offer for this verrrrry special Cricut cartridge -- and even get in on the chance to win a free Artbooking cartridge -- hop on over to my blog at  Or you can get more information on the cartridge or any CTMH products by going to my CTMH business site:

Thank you again to Shawn for this opportunity to share more information about this exciting new Cricut cartridge!

Thank YOU Ellen for sharing this information with all of us!
Looks like I need to get busy adding this cartridge to!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Adding Rhinestone Fabric to a Hat

I love simple, fast crafts.  Sometimes I dont' have the time (or crafting mojo) to invest in a long mulit-process project, but I still want to do SOMETHING crafty.

I recently got to play with some of the Rhinestone Fabric Sheets from The Buckle Boutique.  These are different from the Dazzling Diamond sheets I have told you about in the past.  The Rhinestone Fabric are hard rhinestones set on a iron-on backing.  With these you will need to cut your pieces on the grid lines of the rhinestones (unlike the Dazzling Diamonds that you can cut in curved shapes)

Once you cut the Rhinestone Fabric you can iron it on to most fabric so add a little sparkle.

For example, let's say you own a hat like this . . . 

Cute . . . nice . . . noting that stands out and says WOW though.

But what if you cut a strip of the Rhinestone Fabric and inro it onto the hat?

Now THAT hat is something that people will notice and is one of a kind!

If you don't already own a hat that you would like to add some sparkle to you can do what I did for this project . . . go to a thrift store and find a plain hat to embellish.  The hat for this project only cost me $5.00 but once it was embellished it looks like hats I have seen selling on the internet for $20 - $30.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Just a little peek . . .

I have been busy crafting today, but I can't show you what I am up to.  I want to keep it a surprise until the Craft and Hobby Association's Create-n-Connect event in July.  What I can tell you is that I have been working with The Buckle Boutique to show people their products and how easy they are to use in your crafting when you want to add a little sparkle or bling!

Okay, I will give you a little peek 

Here is one more little peek

If you want to get the full scoop on both of these projects make sure you sign up for the workshop that I will be leading at the Create-n-Connect.
Click HERE for details.

And I just found out about a SALE going on at The Buckle Boutique!
Several of the colors of the Dazzling Diamond Sheets (which I used in both projects above) are on sale!
Click HERE to go straight to the sale!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

What is Shawn up to?

What is Shawn doing with all of these sparkling hexagon shapes?

You will have to attend the 
Bring the SPARKLE to Sin City workshop
at the Craft and Hobby Association Create-n-Connect event in July if you want to know.

Shawn will be showcasing products from The Buckle Boutique.  She will show you how easy it is to turn drab items into fab fashion, invitations, cards, scrapbooks and home d├ęcor. From elegant pre-made buckles and slides, to sheets of cuttable rhinestones that you can customize to any shape. If it shimmers and sparkles, you will find it here!

Now, I don't want to show you ALL of the things we will be working on or sharing with you at the workshop, but I do want to give you some fun little previews of what you will see.

For all of the details click HERE

I cannot wait to see you there!
Hurry . . . spaces are limited and you don't want to miss out!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Party Time

For me, making cards for the men and boys in my life are always the harder cards for me to create.  Maybe because I love to use things that sparkle and shine, and men/boys don't usually like those.

But when I did come up with an idea for my nephew's first birthday card I knew that the perfect paper for it would be Megan Elizabeth's Paper Layerz.  Paper Layerz is a 12"x12" sheet that is divided into 9 three inch squares of coordinated paper.

So using one sheet of Paper Layerz . . . I think this pattern is the Happy Dots pattern in the Perfect Gems color scheme if I remember right . . . I cut all of the different layers needed for the little lion, his party hat and the words Party Time.

I even used some of the left over pieces of the Paper Layers sheet to mat the lion on the card.  The white and the brown pieces have a really soft subtle dot pattern on them also.  To finish it off I added some dots of my own with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.    Viva Decor is the perfect way to add your own little accent to a project.  The dots of color are 3D and have so much shine to them. 
Watch out . . . there are "imposters" out there . . .
only use Viva Decor for the BEST quality on your projects!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Time is running out . . . register NOW!

You don't want to miss out on this workshop at the next CHA event . . .

Join Shawn Mosch, from, as she showcases the products from The Buckle Boutique. This workshop will show you how easy it is to take your projects and turn them into fabulous fashion, cards, scrapbooks and home decor items that sparkle. From elegant pre-made buckles and slides, to sheets of cuttable rhinestone like product that you can customize to any shape, if it shimmers and sparkles you will find it here. 

Register NOW!