Monday, December 5, 2011

Art Philosophy Blog Hop/ Linky Party

I have had LOTS of requests for more artwork samples using Close to my Heart’s awesome Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. So, I thought it would be fun to host a blog hop highlighting some fun artwork using this invaluable cartridge. It will be a great inspiration resource for all of us who have fallen in love with this cartridge! 

I will start by posting two projects made using the same shape on the cartridge. By pressing the Font Layer key, the Shift key, and the 3rd button from the left on the top row, I was able to cut out this great little tote with handles using Close to my Heart’s pretty Sonoma paper. Then I cut out a bracket shape at 2" from some Colonial White cardstock and stamped it with one of the coordinating stamp sets that come with the cartridge. I cut another bracket shape at 2-1/4" from some Smokey Plum cardstock and used it as a mat. The tiny 3-D flower was cut using the cartridge as well.

The next photo shows a little purse that I made by cutting out the same tote shape from another piece of Sonoma paper. To turn the tote into a purse, I simply cut off one of the handles and folded the sides in. Then I cut a different bracket shape from the cartridge and folded it in half. I adhered the back half of the bracket shape to the inside back of the purse and folded the front of the flap over on the outside. I added a Designer Brad to the flap. A small piece of Velcro keeps the purse closed.

As you can see, there are a lot of options by just using just 1 of the 700 different images on this amazing cartridge!

Now it’s your turn. Let's see what you have made...

The only guideline for this Blog Hop/Linky Party is that you use the Art Philosophy cartridge somewhere on your project. You can use any brand of paper, embellishments, stamps, etc, but make sure you tell us how you used the AP cartridge. The hop will be open for a week and will close to new entries on Monday, December 12th.

It's very easy to participate. Here are a few suggestions for you...
  1. Make your post easy to find: Add your link to your actual post, not just your blog address.
  2. Linky or Blog Hop?: You can choose to either add the code below to your blog post so that all of the great thumbnails will show up on your blog as well, or you can simply just add a link to your post and all of the other thumbnails will not show up on your blog. (My suggestion is to add the code to your post. It's great fun to see everyone's amazing artwork and your readers will love it too!) Make sure to explain on your blog that the criteria for this hop is to use the Art Philosophy cartridge on your project, and please link it back to my blog so your readers can get all of the details if they want to participate.
  3. Link back: It would be great if you link back to the hostess.*Ü*
  4. Spread some love: We all love comments, so make sure to visit some of the other posters and leave a nice comment if their project inspires you.
  5. Have fun and get inspired!
Would you like to see even more artwork using the AP cartridge? Be sure to click the Art Philosophy link on the right side of my blog under the “Labels” heading or click here to see what else I have created using this great cartridge. (I can't seem to create anything without it lately and have lots to show for it. LOL!)

If you got this far and are not familiar with CTMH’s exclusive Art Philosophy cartridge, you are probably wondering, “What’s the big deal about this cartridge?” All I can say is that it is the most all-inclusive cartridge that I have seen. It includes 700 different images including boxes, bags, tags, banners, borders, a font, 100 different card shapes, envelopes, flowers (3-D and flat), and TONS incredible images that coordinate with CTMH stamp sets! The cartridge even comes with (3) exclusive D-size stamp sets and (3) sets of Dimensional Elements (chipboard) designed to perfectly coordinate with images on the cartridge.

Feel free to click here to see all of the images on the Art Philosophy cartridge.  

  Thanks for joining us! *Ü*
  Creatively Yours,


  1. Lisa, what size did you cut the bracket for the purse you made. Thank you for sharing your artwork!!

  2. How fun!! Inhale made things that I forgot to take pictures of, but DOhave some little projects! What a fab idea! I will do it tomorrow when I am on the laptop.

  3. Thanks for posting this Lisa- great idea!

  4. What a fun idea! Thanks for hosting this! I posted mine! Love seeing all of the wonderful ideas! The possibilities are ENDLESS!!!!

  5. Thanks for hosting - love my cartridge! That purse is amazing!!

  6. so fun, Lisa! I don't know what i did to the link for the blog hop?, but it did not work, so I have linked up your blog page so people can peruse all these fantastic ideas! I adore this cart! Sorry that my last comment makes no sense! Darn self-correct!

  7. Linked up with a previous blog post but it is one of my favorites...
    Lisa you did such a great job using the Sonoma paper! Great job!

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog, Well Trained Paper, and inviting me to join your blog hop. I love your fabulous project. Many thanks, and happy hopping, from Allie Gower.

  9. Lisa - you little purse is so elegant using the Sonoma papers - beautiful. Thanks for the bloghop - my first time participating. Thanks!

  10. I love the little purse. You are so creative Lisa. For the first time I joined in on the blog hop, I'm very new to this and for some reason my picture didn't show up in the thumbnails but the link works.

  11. Thanks for reposting my link Lisa!!! I'm not sure WHAT happened when I linked up...but after trying to go back multiple times and fix it so the picture would show...I lost the page I was on. Thank you SO MUCH for fixing it!!! :)
    Thanks again for hosting this hop!!! :)

  12. tried to copy and paste the code into my post but I must be doing something wrong. I end up with the code there but not pics :(