Saturday, February 23, 2013


If you are visiting here and looking for the LOVEBUG CREATIONS' CREATIVE TEAM'S March Holidays Blog Hop, please CLICK HERE

Good morning, CardMonkey Fans, and welcome to our February Art Philosophy/Artiste Blog Hop!  

These two terrific Cricut cartridges are available exclusively through a Close to My Heart consultant. If you don't have a Consultant already, please contact one the Consultants in our hop with any questions you might have

Our theme this month features not only one of these two amazing cartridges but also a brand NEW paper pack from Close to My Heart called "For Always". In this hop, you will see projects featuring one (or both!) of our versatile Cricut cartridges using this paper pack from many talented crafty ladies.  Enjoy our blog hop!

HOPPERS' NOTE: If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create. If you came from Michelle's "My Flights of Fancy" blog, then you are in the right place.

As my followers know, I recently re-upped with a renewed commitment (and time) to dedicate to these beautiful Close to My Heart products and consulting on how to use them to enhance your scrapbooking and cardmaking. 

Aren't these CTMH "For Always" papers gorgeous??!  To order your paper pack of "For Always", CLICK HERE.

I used the floral damask (left) and the gentle penmanship (center) to make my card, and I used the Art Philosophy cartridge.  Here is my project:

To make this 5x7" card, I affixed my CTMH papers to a mat of Recollections black and red roses paper. I then ruffled sewed together laterally two pieces of Lovebug Creations' Rumple Ribbon (in Chocolate Dipped Berries color), topping the 1" wide band with some black/white dotted ribbon I had on hand.  I then created my label, cutting two layers using Art Philosophy -- the top in white using the label with flourishes, and the bottom in a solid and slightly larger label. I stamped the sentiment using a CTMH stamp from the Avonlea Workshops on the Go kit.  Then, I again turned to Art Philosophy to cut the rolled roses in small sizes (1", 1.5"). Before removing the cuts from the mat, I tipped the edges of the red paper using a Copic Marker (T10), to coordinate with the Rumple Ribbon. I pop-dotted the label over the ribbon and mounted it to a CTMH Daisy White pre-made card.

Art Philosophy is my go-to Cricut cartridge out of more than 140 cartridges I own. With more than 700 images, it is truly versatile. I have Artiste on order -- and I am sure it will be just as wonderful. Have you considered purchasing either or both of these fabulous cartridges, which are exclusive to CTMH?  At just $99, you get not only the fantastic cartridge, but bundled with it are 3 exclusive stamp sets and a wide selection of dimensional elements to use on your next project. (Scroll down a few posts to see the great stamps that are featured in Artiste.)

If you order your Art Philosophy and/or Artiste cartridge now, you'll be eligible to receive this month's "Home Sweet Home" Stamp of the Month for just an additional $5.00. That's a $17.95 value, for just $5.00.  Look at the sweet projects you can make with this stamp set, shown in the photo above.

HERE IS A LINK to purchase the Cricut/CTMH Collections from my CTMH site. I truly would appreciate your business!

Now, moving on through the hop, your next stop is the fantastic MELISSA at "My Watermelon Moon." 

In case you get lost along the way, here is a full blog line-up for this hop, with Active Links:

Thank you again for visiting my blog! :)


Michelle Stewart said...

I love the pop of color in your card, it really is a lovely card.

Pamela Lash said...

Ellen, hopping by to say I love your card and I agree, the colors really pop! Have a lovely day........Mama LoveBug

Christy said...

I love love love this! It's so pretty! :)

Christine Kiehl said...

Always bautiful cards you craft. Wow, 140 cartridges! How ever do you choose which one to use? amazing.

Lovebug Creations said...

Oh my oh my...another amazingly beautiful Ellen creation!!! LOVE IT!!!! :)

Bug Hugs,

Cyndi S said...

Gorgeous card.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful card

Krista Ritskes said...

Stunning card!