Monday, August 29, 2011

CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy

One of the most exciting things in the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book is the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge for the Cricut. The Cricut, in various models, made by Provo Craft, is a die-cutting machine. There are a LOT of different cartridges with thousands of different images to choose from available from various retailers, but there has NEVER been one like this exclusive cartridge from CTMH. On this one cartridge there are over 700 shapes for use in scrapbooking, both for backgrounds and photo mats and accents, and shapes for card making as well as envelopes, shapes that coordinate with our stamps and shapes for 3-D objects like boxes and flowers. I really cannot put into words all that is on this cartridge and can hardly even show you. But I will try to tempt you with some pictures:

Here is a one page layout with an oooold picture of me and my siblings, made using the new Sonoma paper kit. The fancy shaped mats as well as the delicate looking doily and butterflies were all cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge.

This is a Christmas card using an older paper kit. The holly leaves were cut from White Daisy cardstock, and then stamped with the holly stamp from the A Holiday stamp set (A1115.) They were mounted on the same shape, just a bit larger and this time in New England Ivy. The shape for the sentiment (also from the A Holiday set) and its pretty red frame are included on the Art Philosophy cartridge.

This cute box (shown here in a miniature version) is made with the Elemental paper kit and is also one of your many box choices on this cartridge. It's petal shaped flaps fold together to seal the box, the 'buttons' and twine are merely decorative. I am pretty certain it can be cut large enough (on the bigger models of the Cricut) to hold a CD in its case, although I haven't tried. What a pretty way to wrap a musical gift!

My last photo shows the SIX different 3-D flowers that are included on the AP cartridge. My favorite is probably the rose or maybe the daisy or.....well, I like all of them! (The small white flowers are a purchased floral pick.)

The Art Philosophy bundle comes with 3 different stamp sets, and 3 different sheets of chipboard shapes (you can see 2 of those on the pennant in the photo with the little box.) But there are many stamps sets scattered throughout the new Idea Book that coordinate with various images from the cartridge. The price for the bundle is $99 but until the end of September, when you purchase it, you will get the Pair-a-phrase stamp set for free (except for shipping and tax.) This is actually TWO D-size stamp sets in one envelope and contains a dozen images and their associated 2 part sentiments that are perfect for card making or calendar toppers. If I am counting them correctly, there are a total of 38 stamps in this free set!

You may use the shopping link on the right side of my blog to order the Cricut Bundle and your free set, or you may contact me to obtain your copy of the new Idea Book and let me order it for you. For a few more days (until August 31), when you add the August Stamp of the Month to your AP bundle (or any $50 order) you will also receive an alphabet stamp set - A Typeset - for free (again you do have to pay shipping and tax, sorry.)

Monday, August 1, 2011

It's August first and that means a new Idea Book. There are so many new products and new programs and I tend to be long-winded about all of it. But the biggest news is that CTMH has a new Cricut cartridge. It features over 700 images. It is sold in a bundle with 3 D-sized stamp sets and 3 sheets of chipboard embellishments that all work together to save you so much time in trimming stamped images to size and creating things like doilies, boxes, tags, and 3-D flowers. I will be posting photos of many of the things found on this cartridge in days to come.