Thursday, November 15, 2012

CTMH Artiste Noel/HoHoHo Key Blog Hop

I hope you've been enjoying this month's blog hop.  We've been exploring the Noel/HoHoHo key found on page 79 of the Artiste Cricut Collection.  And if you've come from Tasha Valdez's blog (, you are on the correct path.  Just joining, no problem!  This hop makes a loop, so you won't miss any of the fun by jumping in here.

This month, for me, was about getting the most bang for the buck.  I used 4 different images (not to mention several sizes) from the same button.  I am more of a winter type gal so the mittens suited my project beautifully!

The bag was cut at 5.25" (the largest cut) from Whisper cardstock.  The overall height is 5" as mentioned in the booklet.  The mittens were cut at 2.5" using Champagne (overlay) and Chocolate (base) cardstock.  And the snowflakes were cut from Sky cardstock at 0.75", 1", and 1.25".

To distress the paper, I used the Whisper ink pad directly on the paper.  I like moving the pad in a circular motion to create the movement you see (especially in the third picture).

Final touches makes my project special.  Adding snowflakes to the back of the bag is one thing.  I added the neutral Baker's Twine  to the mittens is a second way.  You can't see in the picture, but I tacked the twine down with Liquid Glass so that when the bag is upright, the twine won't fall over. And finally, since I wanted the bag to stay closed, I added a Velcro Dot (love the size!).

Though this key is named Noel and HoHoHo, your project doesn't need to be red and green. This bag can be used as a birthday gift bag through the month of February.  Don't be afraid to change things up!  Before you go see another inspiring project at Rebecca Nelson's blog (, bookmark my blog and come back again.

Now go... :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Save the Date!

Put an X through December 8th, 2012 from 10am to 2pm so you won't miss the Holiday Craft Workshop!  You'll get the chance to put together gifts for the family, friends, and office mates.  It's a pay as you go event and you can make as many items as you want (or can, while supplies last).

It's an event you won't want to miss!  More details to follow, but it's only 30 days away, so again, mark your calendars!  :)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November SOTM Just Got Better!

Due to the severe weather, CTMH wants to help those in the affected areas of the US hit by hurricane Sandy.  That's why we've made the November special even sweeter!
When you purchase over $50 in full retail product, you'll be able to purchase the "Capture the Date" D-sized stamp set for $5.  When you do, you will receive any A-E and M sized stamp set at 50% off!

But what makes this special even better, is that with the $5 purchase, CTMH will be adding $1 to the Red Cross relief efforts.

Capture the Date is great on cards and scrapbook layouts.  One example from corporate teamed a project to the Cricut Craft Room and welded some letters.  Go check everything out at and join the "Order for the Holidays" gathering now!

A look at the Stamp of the Month.  Not actual size.

November's Stamp of the Month -- "Capture the Date"

Are you ready to make your calendar and events fun?  Then this is the stamp set for you.  Available only between November 1 and 31,2012, "Capture the Date" can be yours.

Check out these samples from corporate: