Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Next Adventure in Life ...

Yesterday, I promised an exciting announcement, and here it is: Now that I have retired and can spend more time crafting and teaching papercrafting techniques, I have decided to re-enlist as an Independent Consultant with Close To My Heart.

I first became an Independent Consultant when CTMH partnered with ProvoCraft to bring out what I believe is the absolute best Cricut cartridge, ever: Art Philosophy. Frankly, I enrolled to sell CTMH to get its products -- especially this cartridge -- at a discount.

The Art Philosophy cartridge is my go-to tool for cardmaking.  Just look at all these card shapes that are on the cartridge -- already welded and ready for your creative enhancements:


Today, I spent the morning using Art Philosophy for both the card shapes as well as the embellishments on a group of cards. I made all these in about 2.5 hours, from scratch without any ideas stirring in front of me other than the cartridge:

I started with this one, a 6x6" square card with a lacy border and heart.
All of the images are on the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.

Next, I made this scalloped card, with a lacy, swirl pattern.
I embellished the tips with pink pearls in various sizes.
The pink paper is from CTMH -- and it cut like butter
on my Cricut, with settings at 5 speed, 5 pressure.

What to do with the "off-cut" from the card above?
Well, make another card, of course!  I just made the
ivory card base 3/4" larger than the lacy cut.

Moving on, I love this romantic doily heart also on
Cricut's Art Philosophy cartridge.  I cut it in a Bazzill red
at 5", and mounted it on CTMH White Daisy cardstock.
I hand-trimmed the heart card shape, just because it was easy.
I trimmed the heart with LoveBug Creations' Rumpled Ribbon
in Dark Chocolate.

Finally, a little different -- but still using Art Philosophy.
I cut the butterfly card using seafoam dotted swiss cardstock.
Then, I lined it with a floral paper from a 6x6" stack I had handy.
I repeated the same cut of the butterflies from the floral stock
and put some of the butterflies on the outside of the card, to
show movement.  Inside (yes, I should have shown it!), I
have white cardstock liner, from which I cut the butterflies
again, and added a strip of the floral paper. I love this look!

If you haven't yet purchased your Art Philosophy cartridge, there's no time like the present, and no one who'd love to sell it to you than me!  And exclusive to those who order with me, if you order it within the next week (by January 31), I will reward you with a free January Stamp of the Month set, a $17.95 value!  Look at the projects in the CTMH Idea Book that were made using this beautiful set:

Click HERE to order the 
Cricut Art Philosophy bundle directly from me!

Let me show you all of the 700 images on this extensive cartridge including boxes, bags, tags, banners, borders, a font, cards, envelopes, flowers (3-D and flat), and all of the incredible images that coordinate with CTMH stamp sets!

Art Philosophy is offered exclusively through your favorite CTMH consultant (and I hope that's me!)  The bundle comes with not only the Cricut cartridge shown above, but also three coordinating CTMH My Acrylix stamp sets, and three coordinating sheets chipboard dimensional elements. The value of this bundle is over $124, but is available for only $99.

As a new Independent Consultant (or shall we say, "re-newed"), I'll be receiving the new Idea Book with my kit very shortly, and I look forward to sharing!!  

You can shop on my CTMH site by going to: 

And if you ever have any questions or if I can be of any help in stimulating your creative mojo, please don't hesitate to contact me! 

Thank you in advance for supporting me on this new adventure!


Lucy Kelleher said...

Welcome to the team Ellen! So happy to have you "re-join" with me. Great first post!


Jennifer McLean said...

sounds like you're finding your groove my friend. Happy Retirement, isn't it great??


Melissa said...

Congratulations Ellen! What an exciting new adventure for you!

Marissa said...

Good luck in your business venture! Your work is beautiful!

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