Week of October 28th, 2012

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

A very Merry Christmas card made using the October stamp of the month and the Artiste cartridge.

Hello, everyone!

 Today I have another Christmas project made using the Artiste cartridge and the October stamp of the month. I really love this stamp set! It has some really great sentiments!

I used the Pear and Partridge paper.
I cut the ornament out at 3".

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I have another project posted on my other blog. Click here to check it out ==> Courtney Lane Designs


October Specials 

Back by popular demand, I am giving away one E2 Cricut machine to a lucky customer. To be eligible to win, you have to place an order on my Close To My Heart website this month. That is it! I will draw a winner November 1st.


The October stamp of the month is a total must have! It is called Very Merry Christmas and coordinates with the Artiste cartridge, so if you have that cartridge you are going to want to snatch this up! It makes tag making a total snap!

As always, this stamp set (retail price of $17.95) is only $5 with any order of $50 or more!





 Now don't forget that you can still buy the fabulous Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges, so if you have not taken the plunge yet, come on in the water is great!

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Don't forget that we are giving away the super cute Cricut "B is for Boy" cartridge this week!  Check it out below:

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143 comments:

Joan Smith said...
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Joan Smith said...

OH my goodness what a beautiful card Melanie Thanks for doing such an awesome job at showcasing how the CTMH cartridge & stamps work together I love it. I will be ordering this Oct. stamp set soon.
Thanks for all your hard work with your busy schedule.

LST in Colorado said...

This card is classy, elegant, yet simple, love it! Start thinking around June/July what I'll be doing for Christmas so I can get an early start. I do about 30 and sometimes find that's never enough. Thanks for sharing your talents and ideas.

Liz said...

Wow ! I have the stuf to make this card ! It is amazing. I usually send out about 10 cards personally, bu also make batches of 6 -10 for various friends and family

Isabel Z said...

What an elegant card; I love it.

Shar said...

I Love this Card!!!
But the one question I have is can you please do a Video tutorial on how you made such a perfect Bow?!
For the life of me I cannot make mine come out and this is so perfect!!
Please!!!
LOL
Aloha
Shar

Gabyb said...

Thanks for such great projects. They have been so fantastic I have to try them all. I send out about 40 cards plus. It's a tradition and I love when we get cards back.

Laney's Legacy's said...

This is such a cute simple card, love the papers you used TFS

later tater,
laney

1Happy Mimi said...

What a beautiful card! I send out about 30 cards a year.

snappy scrappy said...

Beautiful card...love the colours! Lee-Ann :)

Kigz said...

Oh this is really simple and beautiful! I have at least 50 cards to do and this would be a good one. Would you share how you made the bow so nice and perfect? Pretty please? :) mimimyselfandibykigz.blogspot.com

Alwayscharlie said...

This card is beautiful and has such simple lines! Thank you for shring.

Sue D said...

Very elegant ornament card! I send to about 50 people.

Bella's mama said...

Really classy card. When we send them out, we send about 100.

Anonymous said...

Wow Christmas cards already! Am still in my Halloween mood :)
I don't usually send out any Christmas cards but I sure do love to make my Christmas tags :)

rachelc67@telus.blackberry.net

lmkindell1 said...

Great card.The number of cards varies each year.
linda
lmkindell1@verizon.net

Marcia said...

Such a simple elegant card! I only send about 25 handmade cards out at Christmas. It seems that the tradition is slowly slipping away with the ease of email. The cost of postage is also a deterrent.

mb6464@hotmail.com
marciasmemories.blogspot.com

Bonita said...

Very beautiful card. I send about 40 Christmas cards. Thanks

Gregsgirl's crafty corner said...

I love classic cards this is beautiful!

Pam said...

Beautiful card! I send about 15 cards.
Pam
pamdanner1973@gmail.com

Liz said...

WOW I love this card , simple and Beautiful I make over 100 cards each year for christmas and this would really be great for some of them TFS you do an amazing job !!!
Liz

scootingranny said...

Great card! I really like how you did the strip of ribbon behind the mat and the bow on top of the ornament. The pearls make it so elegant!

I don't send out a lot of cards--maybe 20-30 each year. I always make a few extra just in case I get cards from people I've forgotten to put on my list or who unexpectedly send me a card that I wasn't expecting.

Larmabee said...

I send out a lot more cards now that I make them myself. I'm guessing I must send about 20

Betsy said...

I send out about 50 Christmas cards each year. I usually try to make 40 of one mass-produced style, then I make about 10 "special" ones for the special people in my life. I already started both kinds, so I'm on my way to being able to mail by the beginning of December.
I'm loving all the cards you're making with this new stamp set! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

I send out about a dozen Christmas cards.
julie
juliew50@ymail.com

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

I send out 40-50 Christmas cards. I make a couple different styles. Like the vintage look of the paper & ribbon you used for the ornament. Thanks for giveaway chance.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Deanna said...

Beautiful card, very elegant

motherloves3 said...

Beautiful card. I don't send out very many cards anymore, just to people i don't see very often - out of town.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the beautiful ideas you post for us crafters. I love it
Lesia (ltsmith4@yahoo.com)

Beatrice Lawson said...

Lovely ornament card! Glad you are starting the inspiration for Christmas early - there is so much to do for the holidays, if I don't start now, I will never finish.

Carol Amie said...

I haven't managed to send cards regularly since I had kids but when we do, we aim for 60-100 and that limits us to only immediate family.
Thanks for the fun giveaway chances!

Karen Conner said...

I used to send around 120 Christmas cards. I've scaled it down to around 60. I love the ornament card! Colors are very nice.

Martha H. said...

This is such an elegant card! I love it.

caj said...

Such a beautiful card. I usually send out about 30-40 Christmas cards each year and it always seems to get me in the holiday mood. TFS!

Adrienne Barnes said...

Our family sends out around 70 Christmas cards each year. I always think I'm going to get my cards made early, but it never happens. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Sharla said...

Beautiful card, the font on the sentiment is so pretty. I send anywhere between 30-35 cards at Christmas time. Thanks for the chance to win!

Josie0602 said...

Gorgeous card!!! I love that ornament and Artiste is on my wish list.

Tracy

cherrybaby016 said...

We on average send out close to 150 Christmas cards. We have a lot of family, long time family friends, as well as new additions due to our jobs!

Lynn C. said...

What a gorgeous card. I send out about 50 Christmas cards all of which I hand craft. So...I am always looking for quick ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Sara said...

Beautiful card! So many ideas to try out for next year's cards this week, thank you for sharing :) I think my final count this year is around 60 and I'm sure we are forgetting people!

Joni said...

So pretty. Think I will be adding this to my list. Thank you.

marymaci said...

Cute card, Melanie!
i send out about 100 cards. I get my inspiration from my grandmother's Christmas spoon collection. This year's spoon is from 1912.

Brenda Moore said...

cards for about 60 because we exchange them in church. your card is simply elegant. :-)

Rosie said...

beautiful card


rosiemini@gmail.com
www.scraplovingminis.blogspot.com

Lauren said...

This is such a beautiful card, thankyou for sharing! As for who I send Christmas cards to, well over 50!

Mandy said...

Thanks for sharing. We mail out family picture cards to about 50 people :)

Bree B. said...

Beautiful card! I have actually never sent out Christmas cards before but my fiance and I got engaged in April so we will be sending out our first Christmas cards together. :)I am thinking of sending a lot of cards so that all the family can see the pictures from our engagement.

Miranda said...

Gorgeous!
Miranda :)
www.nanasscrapspot.com

Becky said...

What a pretty card.

Conniecrafter said...

so pretty, such lovely details on the ornament..
I would have to say I send out about 50 christmas cards every year

Theresa said...

Very pretty card. Love the bling.
I send about 35 cards. Postage is getting so expensive in Canada so I have cut back.

Coley said...

I send out anywhere from 50-75 cards, but I take the easy way out...Costco photocards all the way! Adorable card, thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty card. Winning the E2 would be a great birthday gift for me! Bonita bringler@att.net

Anonymous said...

Very pretty card. Winning the E2 would be a great birthday gift for me! Bonita bringler@att.net

Debbie Kuharcik said...

What an elegant card. I Love it and love the October Stamp set....hopefully will order soon. Thanks for all of your inspiration!

Becky Elfert said...

I would say I send out about 80 cards. I guess I should get to work and finish them. :)

Donna said...

Oh how I wish I could afford to buy everything you demonstrate! Such great ideas and very elegantly done! But, sadly, my budget only allows me to look and get ideas, but thank you for that. In the past our cards list has been about 80.

Miriam Prantner said...

Great card! Let's see, I probably send to about 40 people, but it's a very exclusive list. Bascially it's people that I ONLY send Christmas cards to....friends that are far away that I don't keep up with on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis. Basically if I talk to you or email you you don't get a card because you already know what's going on with me. Otherwise, the number would be a lot close to 100+

Arlene B. said...

Beautiful card! Wish i had this cartridge to make one. I send out over 30 cards or more each Christmas.

tndj said...

I send out about 40 cards but I send out 20 of them that are handmade. Those go to really close friends and family. Love the card. TFS

Crystal said...

I send cards to about 25 family members that are scattered all over the US & send to about r friends that don't live nearby. Approximately another 40 are hand delivered with small gifts. I love the B is for Boy cartridge. I've looked at it several times but have always put it back because there are no young boys in. our family. But when you really look at it, it has great kids cuts that are gender neutral...onsies, toys, pets, etc. thanks got three great giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh what a beautiful card. Thanks for taking the time to do all you do and for the chance to win.

Pamela
luv2stamp_3@msn.com

Debbie said...

I send out about 50 or so cards! Love the card! Thanks for amother great idea!

One Year Older and Wiser Too said...

Beautiful design. We send out a lot of Christmas Cards since we've lived in five different states. Hoping to use my new cricut machine this Christmas!

Ruby said...

This card is stunning. Love it.

Cheryl W said...

This card is beautiful - I love its simple and straight forward design. Makes it easy to mass produce for Christmas, especially when I need to send to 85 people!

Mary Calabrese said...

It depends. Some years I send out a bunch. Other years, I opt for an email greeting.

ighmeg at yahoo dot com

mamawcindy said...

Very Pretty Card! I usually make around 20 Cards. Thanks so much for the chance to win! :0)

Marie E said...

A very pretty card - I send cads to 45 people

Jan S. said...

I really like this card. Simple, but elegant. Those are my favorite. I make computer Christmas cards - about 60. But during December I make all my birthday and anniversary cards for the next year - all scrapbook cards. Love to do this. And there are about 135 of those.

GAYLEN FLYNN said...

I love both the card and the scrapbook page. I never start early enough to get Christmas cards done as I send out to at least 130+ people each year. I do however, make cards for my family and close friends and then pastoral staff at church if I have time, otherwise I just send out whatever cute card I find.

Anonymous said...

beautiful card, I just ordered this cartridge- I can't wait. I usually send about 25 cards but I also like to make them as gifts.
Lisa ( pagesbylisa@hotmail.com)

Kristie Maynard said...

Oh I really love this card. Just gorgeous!
I send out about 50 cards and so far I only have about 12 done, so I guess I need to work a little faster, eh?

Chris - Creations in Bloom said...

I love the soft look of this card. It's lovely. I send cards to around 75 people each Christmas.

Trichelle said...

Beautiful Card! I send about 50-75 christmas cards every year, we have a big family!

My sister-in-law find outs tomorrow what her baby is, so if its a boy, I'd really love that cartridge!

Lynne said...

Nice toned down card vintage looking

FPAlum said...

Love this card...Since I started making my own cards I typically send out between 50 and 75 cards. I also make sets of cards to give as gifts.

Gayle said...

Beautiful card, love the colors you used. If I spent as much time crafting as I do looking @ ideas I would have a mountain of things completed!

Vanessa said...

Your card is beautiful! TFS

I'm not sure how many Christmas cards I send. But I only make cards for those I think will appreciate them; everyone else gets something from the store.

melilem said...

I send cards to about 25 people!

Heather said...

Beautiful card! I send 75-80! I need to get started!
Ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

Marianne said...

if i had my cricut here (it's still in Arizona where i spent last winter, and had hoped to this winter, but circumstances changed) i would order the Artiste cartridge and made dozens of Christmas cards using this image. As it is, i am not sure how many i will be sending out! i about swooned when i saw your card. Thanks for sharing

surfnfroggie said...

Love your card and can hardly wait to get the Artiste cartridge! I usually do 20-30 Christmas cards each year!

Cropalcoholic!! said...

Love the card & stamp set!!! Can't wait to get my hands on those!!!

Anonymous said...

I usually send about 50 cards for Christmas. But sometimes I get so busy doing crafts... Scrapbooks, Pictures..etc. that I run out of time.
Hopefully, I will get them ALL done this year!
What a beautiful card. That stamp would make a great ornament for my Christmas Tree.

Looking for Santa in KY
Nonnie

swatts66 said...

Beautiful card. I send out about 100 cards each year.

marg0006 said...

Great card. Thanks for the chance at this awesome cart.

Sarah W said...

I honestly haven't ever sent any Christmas cards... BUT I did just start my paper crafting last Nov. so this year is going to be my first. :)

Stephanie Dufour said...

Very nice... I love the vintage feel to this card!

Karee Sue said...

What a beautiful card, thanks for sharing
I only send out card to family maybe 10-12 maybe a few more,

byAnnette said...

That ornament looks so pretty; can't wait to try mine out!

The only Christmas cards I send out are the ones to Operation Write Home.

We e-mail a New Year's Newsletter out every year though.

Kathy:) said...

I send out a lot of cards. This year I hope to do a few less. Last year was about 35 cards. This ornament card is beautiful.
Kathy:)

littlen said...

very pretty card. not very many, i only send cards to family and close friends.

Kay said...

Cute card- I usually make and send out about 60 Christmas open house invitations.

Crhiga said...

Absolutely lovely Christmas card!!
My card list has shrunk, so I don't send out as much as a handful.

Carol

Andrea said...

Love the card. It varies from year to year how many cards I send. Some years, five people may be lucky and hear from us, and some years 25! Just depends on how busy things get after Thanksgiving!!

scrappingnana said...

Beautiful card. Love the papers and colors.

carolyn's creations said...

Your card is beautiful!!! I send about 50-60 cards every Christmas, so those are the only cards I don't make. I should try starting really early and making them, but I'm afraid I would get very tired of it.

JoAnne said...

I really like this card. Not cutesy, classy and elegant. I make 45 to 50 cards each year. I mail about 40 and I deliver the rest with something small like bed socks or toiletries (except one for my project history album) to nearby hospice facilities. I always find at least one person who will be alone for Christmas. It helps me keep things in perspective.

Patty said...

I send between 40 and 50 Christmas Cards annually! That's a lot of stamps. I like to make my cards for close friends and family. The other cards are boxed.

kim james said...

Beautiful card! I usually send about 40 cards.

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

Beautiful card!! I normaly send out like 12 cards.

Veronica (follower)
mommyscraftycreations.blogspot. com
mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing it with us. I don't send out too many Christmas cards and a couple of years ago I made "Happy New Year's" cards instead. Something different.

Kim S. from N. California

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful card! I usually do about 25.
Would really enjoy this weeks cartridge for scrapbook pages of my grandson.
Indiana Gram Karen

Nancy Vasquez said...

OK, OK, you two are out of control! I cannot keep up with all this projects, one is more beautiful than the other!!!!!!!

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I usually only send out about a dozen cards.

lv2scrap02 said...

Nancy ...lv2scrap02..

I just placed my order with you I can't wait to get the Oct. Stamp of the Month set.

Love your work... Love the card.

lv2dance92@optonline.net

Joanna Daniels said...

I like to send a Christmas letter to everyone, but the homemade cards are for those who are very special. Maybe 20ish...I plan to do more this year. Thanks for the inspiration! Pinned!

D- said...

I send about 50 cards to friends and family.
Thanks for sharing.
dmcardmaker (at AOL)
(email follower)

scrapdiva said...

so beautiful, love Christmas cards

THilbert said...

Beautiful card - love it! I make and send 88 Christmas cards. One year I had to buy cards and received many notes from family & friends commenting that they look forward to receiving the hand-crafted cards each year. Nice to know that our crafting brings smiles to others. :)

THilbert said...

Beautiful card - love it! I make and send 88 Christmas cards. One year I had to buy cards and received many notes from family & friends commenting that they look forward to receiving the hand-crafted cards each year. Nice to know that our crafting brings smiles to others. :)

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful card. I send out at least 50 Christmas cards for family and friends.

Natalie W.

Friend said...

Very cute card!!! Simple, but elegant. I usually send out 70 homemade cards.

Ruth G said...

Love the card and the stamp set!
I send out about 40 Christmas cards each year. I tend to limit it to relatives and close friends so it doesn't get to be unmanageable.

Anonymous said...

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Linda T said...

'A Very Merry Christmas' card - Lovely! I'm just starting to create my own cards, so I'm not sure how many I'll send.

Angela W. said...

I'm making family but friends are receiving Costco too many Friends! I love the card it's Beautiful:)

Patricia Brown said...

I typically make around ten cards for close family members. I send store-bought cards to friends and co-workers.

coolnana72 said...

Beautiful, beautiful card Melanie. I just love this stamp set and Partridge in a Pear Tree paper line. I send out about 25-30 cards, but I make Christmas cards for my daughter as well and she sends out about 50.

Cherri said...

Lovely card - the bow and bling add just the right touch. Thanks!

Cynthia B. said...

This card is pure elegance. :)
We send out about 80-90 Christmas cards/year, and we also package some with gifts for neighbors and teachers. Yes, it's quite an assembly line and I haven't yet learned to get them done early!

Rhonda S.S. said...

I do about 40 cards, all the same. Your card is beautiful.

Stacey said...

I send out 75 Christmas cards every year. Some are hand delivered and some are sent out to friends and family that are far away. Thank you for all the ideas.

annabarbs said...

Wow this is awesome. I've had my eye on this cart for a while and kept telling myself i don't need it.
But now I really want it.

I send out about 25 cards a year.
Thanks for sharing.

Amery said...

We send out about 50 cards each year. Some years I start early but others are a scramble but they get done eventually! Lovely card!

Luria said...

Love the cards the colors fit the season perfectly.

Luria

Angie P. said...

Great week of projects! I usually send about 20 cards each year! Mostly family out of town. Excited about starting my Christmas. Projects this year!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cards! I cant wait to start mine. I send out around 30.

Deb from Grafton

Tracy Anne said...

Lovely! I am SO making my own Christmas Cards this year!!

Rachel said...

Beautiful card! I send out about 100 cards at Christmas (huge family), but I do NOT make my own! :)

Anonymous said...

Love it.
marilyn2222 @ hotmail.com
follower

Anonymous said...

Lovely card!
Follower from Tamworth

Patty said...

This has been a very busy week for me..so I might have commented already...but if not just wanted to say...your ornament card is so simple, yet so elegant!! You know how to do that so well!!

Karen Sutton said...

Love your cards showing me different ways to use my new Artiste cartridge. Thanks!

maribella said...

Gorgeous card....I usually only make about a handful of cards for christmas. Mostly buy them cause I end up getting lazy LOL! Thanks for sharing all your inspirational work!!

Holly Elliott said...

This is such a cute cartridge!

Anonymous said...

Wow, lovely lovely cards! you are so creative. Going to gather materials together tomorrow for my special Christmas cards now. :)
GrannyBarbie

kathy said...

beautiful card thank you for sharing. I make 60 each year their always seems to be a few more needed. That means life is good and we are making new friends always :)

Dorcas said...

I send out about 30 Christmas cards each year. For the family, though, I create special cards...like step cards or beautiful tags that double as a card. Maybe they just toss them, but I like the satisfaction of knowing I created something pretty.

Thanks for sharing. So glad I watched a SUPER old video of Joy on glass etching and landed here again.

Dorcas
dtroche at bellsouth dot net

Jenn Aikens said...

I only send out a handful of cards right now but will be sending more since we now have a baby:)

Stormywen said...

I have so many people in our family that I don't think I could do handmade cards for each of them. My husand is one of 10 children and we have 9 children. This family is huge!

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

I normally send about 20-30 cards a year. I do not make my own though.

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