CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge Review – Part 1

I was very lucky to receive the Art Philosophy cartridge by Close to My Heart from Darla Haverstock and Lucy Kelleher, two CTMH consultants in Canada and the U.S. respectively.
Their button is in my sidebar, but I am copying it below as well so that you can order from them. The picture shows you everything included in the Art Philosophy bundle.



They are very active on their blogs and in their Facebook groups constantly showing wonderful projects you can make with these gorgeous products.
Their Facebook groups are:
Be sure to check out their blogs because they will each be giving away a copy of my Gypsy screens.
I keep saying that I wish I could sell CTMH products in Québec, but they are not available here. I hope they will be here one day because I absolutely love their products. If you live anywhere else in Canada, you are in luck!!!!
Darla and Lucy didn’t only send me the cartridge package (which includes 3 beautiful stamp sets and packages of chipboard pieces as shown above), but also some beautiful papers, inks and embellishments. The paper collection I received was the Pemberley collection and I just LOVED it!! The colours are a beautiful combination of yellow, blue, cream and kraft.
I created a 2-page layout with pictures from my brother’s wedding with these papers and the AP cartridge.
The banner, flowers and letters were cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge.
Just look at the papers … they are just gorgeous!!!
I ran all the letters through my Cuttlebug and then put Glossy
Accents on them to give them more dimension and shine.
The little rose in the middle of the flower was one of the
embellishments I received. The stamp is included in the AP
bundle and I cut the shape of the flower from the AP cartridge.
Just a bit more detail from the papers up close.
This is a fabulous cartridge in so many ways. You can use it for special occasions, to make cards, Christmas decorations, banners, embellishments, frames, ribbon pulls, mini albums, flowers, flourishes, Borders, lace or doilies, page backgrounds, three-dimensional flowers, and so much more.
There is a basic font and a more elegant font.
Since stamps are also part of the bundle, I also wanted to tell you a bit about the stamps. They are very high-quality acrylic stamps and are designed to fit the Cricut cuts. The size for the Cricut cuts are printed right beside the stamp in the packaging. My favorite of the three stamp sets include journaling blocks. I am not crazy about making cards — I much prefer making layouts (traditional, Project Life and SMASH albums). This is why I prefer the journaling stamps.
The second set contains Christmas images and sentiments and a third set contains stamps that can be used for a birthday or other parties.
CTMH always has some sort of a special going on so you can usually get additional stamp sets at special prices.
One of the things I really appreciate about CTMH is that the prices are very reasonable. I have purchased other products from other companies and found the prices very high in comparison.

I still have some of the beautiful papers left over so I will be making more projects with those and definitely more projects with this cartridge


Madonna Confessions Tour Concert

Once you start SMASH*ing, it’s a lot of fun because you just do whatever you feel at the moment. It’s also a great type of project to bring to a friend’s place to crop when space is a bit limited.

I have to laugh when I see the note about “no cameras”. I think everybody
at the concert had a camera or camcorder or both.
It wasn’t so much because we are crazy about Madonna, but
because her shows are supposedly amazing and her music
is so danceable. Both were true and we had lots of fun. 

Madonna arrived in a glittery disco ball and was singing before
she arrived on stage. There was soooo much anticipation in the air.

My first SMASH page

Finally!!! Literally months after I got my first SMASH album, I have finally completed my first SMASH page. This is my version of the challenge I described in my SMASH*Addicts Facebook group today.

The challenge read:

Your 1st SMASH challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to SMASH your first page and make it about what you like … colours, things, feelings, food, music, animals, movies, men, women, summer, hiking … whatever you like. Use scraps, pictures, doodling, strips, twine, buttons, fabric … again, whatever.

Here is my page …