Saturday, July 28, 2012

NEW Cricut Artiste Bundle at Close To My Heart

Good Morning!  Have you all seen and/or heard about the NEW Cricut Artiste bundle at Close To My Heart?  It's AMAZING!  If you loved the Art Philosophy cartridge, than you will adore the Artiste cartridge.  It comes with two handbooks.  One is devoted entirely to showing you how to assemble all the 3D items that this new cartridge can make.  There is a little bit - or a lot - of everything in this.  Cupcake wrappers, 3D cards, Boxes, Bags, Tags, Cards AND envelopes...I just can't believe all the things you can do with this cartridge. 

This cartridge becomes available in the new Fall/Winter catalog and can be ordered beginning August 1st.  The cost is $99.  And here's a peek at what you get:

You get the cartridge (with the two handbooks) THREE Close to My Heart stamp sets and THREE sheets of chipboard pieces.  Now, if you aren't familiar with the Art Philosophy cartridge, than you should know that these stamps and the chipboard pieces coordinate with cuts on this cartridge.  That's right, you can cut out a shape - stamp it - mount it on a chipboard piece and you have WOW!!!!

I am putting in an order August 1st for this amazing cartridge...and if you'd like to order with me - I am offereing a special for $80. plus shipping, ($11.35)  YES, that's right, you will save!

PLUS...if you order from me, you can also get (for an additional $5.00) the stamp of the month! I will also include a FREE copy of the NEW Fall/Winter 2012 catalog and a FREE petite perk stamp set.

I am placing my order first thing August 1st, so be sure to message me ASAP.  You can email me at and be sure to put "CTMH OFFER" in your subject line, so I'm sure to get it.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Celebrate This Blog Hop

Getting Cricky Blog Hop

Welcome to the Celebrate This Blog Hop.  If you have arrived from Heather's Blog, you are in the right place.  If you want to start at the beginning, you can start HERE.

I've created three projects for you today.  The first is to celebrate weddings!  I made this gatefold card from a sillouette cutting file.

This beautiful double-sided paper is from Close To My Heart.  The paper piecing is from Paper Piecings By Nikki.  I used the amazing "It's Valentines" stamp set and "I Heart You". 

My second project is to celebrate my two-year old grand-daughters birthday. 

This is another Paper Piecings By Nikki file. It's the cutest cut and is just perfect with the "It's Valentines" stamp set.  I also used the faux stitching stamps on the new "Sew Fun" stamp set.  I love, love, love that little button!!!   I am so happy with how this card came out!

My third and last project is for a baby shower.  I love how the sentiments work with the cut.
I used the "Southern Sayings" stamps set for this card.  The file is another file from Paper Piecings By Nikki.  I used scraps from my scrap box.  I'm really pleased with how this card turned out.

Thanks so much for taking time to come by and look at my projects for today.  Please leave a comment and your blog address, so I can come visit you!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Celebration Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Piecings By Nikki 'Summer Celebrations' blog hop! The design team has been asked to create some summer fun with Nikki's designs. CELEBRATE is the theme and what don't we celebrate in the summer? Weddings, births, picnics, family reunions and the list goes on. We hope you'll take a minute out of your day to hop along with us! Not only will try to inspire you - you have a chance of winning $10 in Paper Piecings By Nikki files! Just follow the rules at the end of the blog!

If you arrived here from Nikki then you are in the right spot. If you just happend by and want to start at the beginning, you can do so by going to: Nikki

Here is my first project celebrating Weddings and Anniversaries.

I used the "Happily Every After" piecing set. This gatefold card was a cut from the Sillouette site. The sentiment comes from K. Andrew Designs "Valentines" stamp set. This double sided paper is from Close To My Heart.

 My next project is a layout I made from my nephews wedding invitation and program. I will add other pages with pictures.

I used the "Happily Ever After" in this project too. I loved how they accent the page.

Thank you so much for visiting me today - please make sure to leave your blog address so I can visit you too!

Next in the line up is my super talented sister Linda

Here is the full line-up in case you get lost along the way:

Blog Candy....Blog Candy....Blog Candy...

For a chance to win $10 in paper piecing files from Nikki, all you have to do is:

  1. Hop along and become a follower of each blog along the way
  2. Leave a comment at each blog
  3. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki on facebook -
  4. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki's blog -

WINNER from the July 3, blog hop is: 

Rhonda M Bewley-Ratliff - congratulations!

Please contact Mandy or Nikki with your choice of files. The winnder of this hop will be announced on August 7th.

Thanks so much for joining us today - we hope you have been inspired - visit Paper Piecings By Nikki for a look at all her new patterns and stamps!!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Flashback Post

Today we are 'flashing back' at Getting Cricky.  This is a card I really enjoyed making and it is one of my favorites.  I cut my quilt pieces with a 1" punch.  Glued them to a piece of paper and ran it through my embossing machine.  Then added some faux stitching and this adorable cat piecing I got at Paper Piecing By Nikki.  I used the AWESOME "All About Animals" stamp set from K. Andrew Designs.  Here's a look at the stamp set.

Thanks so much for 'flashing back" with me today!  Please head over to Getting Cricky all week for more 'flashback' inspiration!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Fun Card with Twine and Wobbles

It's 'Twine Day' at Getting Cricky and I am so honored and excited to share a project I made a couple days ago.  This project just cracks me up when ever I look at it.  If you haven't seen the new twine at K. Andrew Designs, you should pop over and take a look.  I absolutely LOVE it.  I've not only used it in my paper crafting, but in my baking.  It is the perfect thing for tying up 'food gifts'.  Now, on with my project.

My grandest daughter and I were being 'crafty girls' a few days ago.  It was much too hot and we were sitting in the nice cool studio, which is in our basement.  For some reason, she kept asking for soda, which she knows I don't allow her to have. Even though it is sugar free - the caffeine makes her WOUND!  For whatever reason, I found myself letting her have some - but just a small cup.
Even the small cup got her bouncing off the walls - and we both laughed that it would be the only cup of soda she ever got from me.

The result of this shared experience is the following card!

I used K. Andrew Designs new line of twine, to wrap up the white layer of this card - to signify how 'wound' up Lexi gets on sugar/caffeine.  Then we put this little piggy and her cup, a new file at Paper Piecings By Nikki, on an action wobble!   I stamped the cup with a sentiment from K. Andrew Designs, new 'southern sayings' stamp collection.   I absolutely  love this card.  

I took pictures of Lexi crafting with me, and I will use this card on a scrapbook page with those pictures.  I'll journal inside for a private message to her....and one day when she's older, perhaps she will remember the day and how we laughed at my little 'soda piggy'.

Here's a look at the 'southern sayings' stamp set:

Southern Sayings

Here's a peek at the 'Piggin' Out' paper peicings file:

Paper Piecings By Nikki
Thank you so much for taking a peek at my project today!  I had so much fun creating it!  Ah, memories!!!!

Friday, July 13, 2012


Close To My Heart just announced a new cricut cartridge package is being released!  If you loved the art philosophy cartridge and all the stamps and products that go along with it - you will ADORE this new cartridge.  It is called "Cricut Artiste Collection"!  Here's a look at what you get with this cartridge:

You get the cartridge, which has over 700 images, 3 size D stamp sets and three chipboard pages which all coordinate with the cartridge.  This package sells for $99. You can take a peek at the handbook here:

I am offering this package (or the art philosophy package) for a limited time only for $80 plus shipping.  If you are among the first three people to message me with your order, I will include a 'petite perk" stamp set.  Anyone ordering either of these cartridges will be eligible to order the stamp of the month set for $5.00.  Here's a look at July's stamp of the month:

Stamp of the month set
"Live out loud"

In case you don't have the art philosophy package, here's what it looks like -

For a limited time, I will sell this package for $80.

If you are interested in either of these cartridge/packages, leave me a message with your email address and I will get back to you - or contact me at and put CTMH Offer in the subject line.

I'm so excited and will be ordering my own cartridge right away.  Happy crafting to you all!!!!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Playing in the Mud Scrapbook Layout

My little grandest daughter, Anna, just loves being outside and following her Daddy around the yard.  They have the most extensive gardens - and Anna loves them.  This year, we have had so much rain that there are always puddles.  What child doesn't love a puddle.  Here is a layout I made of our Anna playing in the puddle, while Daddy gardens.  I'm so glad she took her shoes off!!!!

I am so blessed to be a member of two design teams. Getting Cricky, with K. Andrew Designs and Paper Piecings By Nikki.  Both these ladies are AMAZING.  They are two of the most loving, giving women I know.  Not only are they building a business - but they are giving back to the community - as part of every purchase goes to various charities.  Being a part of their design teams has done so much for me personally.  With their support and encouragement, I feel I have grown beyond my expectations.  The inspiration I get from my fellow DT members keeps me going, and love and support they give so freely gives me a reason to be creative every day.  

For this layout, I used Nikki's "All For The Love Of You" file for the girl and for the splash - I used her "Summer Splashin'" pattern.

The sentiments came from K. Andrew Design Stamps "Beautiful Thoughts".  I love love love the bird with the french fry sentiment!
If you haven't visited K. Andrew Designs will be amazed at the new sets she has for you, as well as twine (and it's the best I've ever used) and some embellishments.  If you need a little inspiration, make sure you visit Getting Cricky.  The DT is posting every day with  a different stamp set - and you can't believe what they have come up with!

Thanks so much for taking a peek today!  Please leave a comment and become a follower...:)   I love to hear from everyone in this wonderful papercrafting world!!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Scrapbook Layout and Card

Welcome back to another day of Getting Cricky inspiration.  I just received "Southern Sayings" which is a new stamp set at K. Andrew Designs.  WOW!  It is one of my favorites.  Even if you are not from the south, this is a cute, cute, cute set of stamps.

My first project just cracks me up.  We have an over-abundance of skunks in the neighborhood this summer and everyone seems to have a 'skunk' story.  When Paper Piecings By Nikki came out with this paper piecing, I just knew the card I had to make!  Here it is:
I will include my "super skunk off" scent remover recipe with this.  This is a good one to have taped to the inside of your medicine cabinet if you live in an area with lots of skunks.

1 Quart Hydrogen Peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
1 teas laundery detergent

Just pour over the dog or cat and work into their coat.  Let it sit until almost dry and then rinse.  This doesn't 'cover' the scent, it actually does take it away.  Unfortunately, if you own a cat or a dog who has actually decided to take a bite out of the skunk, it will do nothing for the breath....

My second project is a layout I made with my grand-daughters as they helped make chocolate chip cookies...They had more fun 'stealing' the cookie dough when I wasn't looking, than actually baking the cookies...but, oh, what memories we have!

I used the BFF file at Paper Piecings By Nikki and Nana's Kitchen paper stack to create this page.  It makes me smile every time I look at it!!

Thanks so much for taking a peek at my project today!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Card and Gift Tags

Today on Getting Cricky we are showcasing the "Namaste" stamp set.  If you order $25 worth of stamps at K. Andrew Designs you can get this stamp set FREE!!!

I had a lot of fun with this stamp set.  First I used it as gift tags for favors, to be given at a scrapbooking day I'm having.

Perfect for gifts of bubble bath and votives.

Next I made a cute little card with pictures of my grandest daughter.  I used a 1" paper punch to cut the pictures and then 1/4" larger mat inside the stamped squares.  I masked off one side of the floral border to continue stamping the 'windows' on the card.

My design team sisters told me this would make a cute wall hanging too.  I am actually going to use it at the top of a scrapbook page and journal a letter to my grandest daughter inside.

Did you notice the twine I used on all my projects???  This is NEW at K. Andrew Designs.  It is the most amazing twine I have used yet - and is perfect for those baking 'gifts' that you give to your family and neighbors. I will be stocking up on red and green for my Christmas Treats!!!

Thanks so much for taking a peek at my projects today!  Please check out Getting Cricky for more inspiration with this stamp!

Monday, July 9, 2012

My Fourth of July Layouts - Getting Cricky Post

I hope everyone has had a GREAT 4th of July.  I know I did.  Hopefully you took a lot of pictures and are ready to scrapbook them.  For my post today at Getting Cricky, I used the new "Sweet July" stamp set and made three scrapbook pages for my 4th of July pictures.
This is such a fun set of stamps.  I have a picnic layout that I plan on using that tiny little ant stamp on!  Here are my pages:

I used the "Independence Day" Paper Piecing Files from Paper Piecings By Nikki.  You can see how perfectly "Sweet July" stamp set is for these pages.  I love that I can stamp directly on the piecings - or around them and they are the perfect size!

Thanks so much for taking a peek at my projects today!  These layouts were so much fun to make - I hope they are an inspiration to you!  I am entering these into the Homespun Affair red, white and blue challenge.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A Garden Journal (Composition Book) - Getting Cricky

Today we are showcasing "Beautiful Thoughts", one of Kristal Andrew's new stamp sets.  I'm so happy to be able to share this little garden journal I made.  Our neighbor, who is an organic farmer, was nice enough to take care of all our animals, gardens, greenhouse and plants for us while we went on vacation.  To thank her, I made her a little garden journal out of a composition book.  Kristal Andrew's new stamp set "Beautiful Thoughts" was PERFECT for this book.
I stamped all of the sayings throughout the pages of the book.  I also added some fun things to the inside front and back covers!

I absolutely love the sentiments on this stamp set.  I can't begin to tell you how many times I've already used this.  If you'd like more ideas on how to use this amazing stamp set, visit Getting Cricky today!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Independence Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the Independence Day Blog Hop - brought to you by the DT Members of Paper Piecings By Nikki. We are so glad you have joined us for our celebration hop! If you haven't been by Nikki's store lately, you have missed out on some awesome files. Here's one of them - perfect for celebrating the 4th!

If you have arrived from the incredible Barb you are in the right spot. If you want to start at the beginning, you can start at our fearless leader, Nikki's Blog.

 This is my card.  I had so much fun making this.  This is my very first ever, tear bear.  My wonderful DT Sister, Barb Rapp, sent me some of her mulberry paper stash, so that I could try my hand at tear bears.  She sent really awesome directions, as well.  Well....I admit that I have LOTS to learn, but I am HOOKED!!!!   I had so much fun making this!  I used the sentiment from K. Andrew Design Stamps "Positive Thoughts".  I think it's the perfect pairing for the look on this little disheveled bears face!
This is my grandest daughter, Lexi's card. She had so much fun using the left over stars from my piecings. I love the way she did the double border using pop dots. She made this card for her dad to say "thank you for serving" his country - and for taking care of all of us.

I am the last stop on the hop today - but please follow the instructions to win some really awesome blog candy. If you leave a comment, please leave a way for me to visit you - I'd love to see what you are making~ here is the full lineup in case you've missed one of us on the way.

Patti - (You are Here)

Blog Candy....Blog Candy....Blog Candy...

For a chance to win $10 in paper piecing files from Nikki, all you have to do is:

  1. Hop along and become a follower of each blog along the way
  2. Leave a comment at each blog
  3. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki on facebook -
  4. Follow Paper Piecings By Nikki's blog -

The winner will be announced at our next hop on July  17th.

WINNER....WINNER....WINNER of the $10 gift certificate from our last hop is:
Rhonda Bewley-Ratliff - Please contact Mandy or Nikki with your file choice(s). 
Congratulations Rhonda!!!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Simply Sunday Challenge at Getting Cricky

Welcome to another Simply Sunday Challenge!  The Design Team Members at Getting Cricky have gotten together to bring you some amazing summer inspiration.  Our Theme is SUMMER CELEBRATIONS - left up to each of our own interpretation - you will get lots of ideas on this hop.  Make sure you link up your own summer celebration creation!

I just got back from a week on the beach.  While I was there, I brought all my tear bear supplies with me, as I'm trying to teach myself how to do them.  Well, these are my second attempt at making them.  I think I'm definitely getting better.  I used Paper Piecings By Nikki summer tear bear files and if you look closely, you'll see I added 'Liquid Glass" from  Close To My Heart.  I'm currently hooked on that stuff - it's so much fun to use.

When I returned from vacation, I had a big package waiting for me!!!  All my K. Andrew Design Stamps had arrived while I was gone.  I got myself  SIX new sets.  Guy Talk, Southern Sayings, Sweet July, Food For Thought, Summertime Splash and the awesome free sets (for ordering) Namaste and Merci.  Well, when I saw  "Summertime Splash", I knew just what I wanted to do with these bears!  Now I have the perfect page for my vacation pictures.  Here's a look at this awesome summer set.
Summertime Splash
If you haven't visited Kristal's store lately, you will be amazed at what you'll find.  She not only has some awesome new stamps - but she's got some new additions.  TWINE and some UNIQUE EMBELISHMENTS.  I've been using the twine for awhile now and it is just awesome - not just for cardmaking and scrapbooking, but it's a beautiful addition to gifts from your kitchen....especially with the new "Even More Food For Thought' stamp set!!!

I hope you like my project and will leave a comment and consider becoming a follower - please leave a link so I can come visit you too.  We papercrafters learn so much from each other!!!   Thanks for taking a look today!

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