Saturday, July 23, 2011

CTMH & Cricut! Introducing the Art Philosophy Collection!

I think the biggest announcement from our Annual Convention was CTMH's partnership with Provo Craft in designing an exclusive Close To My Heart Cricut® Art Philosophy collection! We’ve worked with Provo Craft* to bring you a Cricut® cartridge filled with 700 shapes hand-selected by company founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton. Simply insert the cartridge into your Cricut® electronic die-cutting machine (sold at retail stores) and you’re ready to cut any of the shapes with the touch of a button! Choose from stunning rosettes, unique gift boxes, elegant doilies, crafty banners, and more. The exclusive images are incredibly versatile, and many are designed to be used with specific My Acrylix® stamps for real eye-popping power!

Here's a sample image of just a small selection of what the cartridge can do:

The Art Philosophy cartridge is incredible - it includes 700 shapes.  There are 50 basic shapes (shown on this button overlay).  But the most amazing part is that all six Feature buttons of the Cricut are utilized.  

The Feature buttons are fabulous.  For each of the basic shapes, you have the following Features:
  • Layer:  frames, outline shapes
  • Decorative Layer: tags and frames with cut-outs
  • Tag:  shaped tags with cut-outs, and ribbon slides
  • Card:  shaped cards, and cards with cut-out image windows
  • Font:  26 letters, numbers, special characters, photo corners, borders, spiral flowers
  • Decorative Font:  26 letters with decorative stems, 3D boxes, envelopes, flourishes, doilies, more borders
But with the collection, you're not just getting the cartridge! You also get THREE, exclusive D-size Stamp Sets that coordinate beautifully with the new cartridge!  Each stamp set in the collection features several images that coordinate with images from the cartridge. And, CTMH has made it easy to figure out what size image to cut by printing the size right on the carrier sheet! The stamps sets are exclusive to the Art Philosophy Collection and cannot be purchased separately.

Numerous My Acrylix® stamp images in our new Autumn/Winter Idea Book  pair wonderfully with images on our Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. When you see the Cricut icon or a stamp image outlined in red in the Idea Book, you will know there’s a matching shape on your Art Philosophy cartridge. Cut out the coordinating shape with your Cricut machine using the setting indicated on the stamp’s carrier sheet, then stamp your image on the base shape—quick and easy!

You also get THREE sheets of Dimensional Elements perfectly designed to coordinate with our new cartridge: Tags, Mixed Shapes, and Banners! You can cut the image, stamp a coordinating image on your die-cut, then adhere it to your Dimensional Element piece and make your pages and cards really pop!

There are also two more sets of Dimensional Elements available separately that will coordinate with the Cricut cartridge, including the alphabet!

The Art Philosophy Collection has a retail value of over $120, but can be yours for just $99! What's better? You can also earn the collection as a Hostess Plus Reward and get it for only $49.50 when you host a gathering with sales of at least $250! 

Two of our very talented consultants were lucky enough to get to teach a Cricut class during our convention.  They have been gracious enough to share some of their artwork with all of us that could not attend.  For some FABULOUS artwork, be sure to check out Chris Hill's blog, as well as Sheila Bennett's blog.

Need a little more?  Check out this awesome video from Close To My Heart on just a small sampling of what our new cartridge can do!

I'm taking pre-orders now, or contact me to schedule your August gathering or workshop to receive it has your Hostess Rewards Plus item for only $49.50!

Until next time...

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