Thursday, December 29, 2011

Welcome to Wonderland!

Today, I want to show you a couple layouts I made using the Wonderland papers. I just love the colors of this paper. Blue has always been my favorite color. The blue and brown combination for winter papers is somewhat suprising but it works.

My first layout is from last January. If you live near St. Louis, you may remember that last year was a record setter for snow days from school. (Especially for a the district my daughter attends). One week school was canceled on Monday, and Tuesday, and ... Although the streets near our house were cleared early in the week, some of the rural roads remained trecherous for the buses.

I had planned to be off work on Friday so I told my daughter that is she was still off school on Friday we'd do something together. After a week of being cooped up indoors, she choose ice skating. We bundled up and headed to Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park. Neither of us are great skaters, but we had fun trying. It felt so good to be outside!

Even though I deviated from the Workshop On The Go pattern somewhat to accomodate my pictures, I did use several techniques including the paper "ribbon" and putting sparkles in the foundry pin head shown below.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rock the Block!

For National Scrapbooking Month, you can get the NEW My Creations Collage Cubes and the exclusive E-size (i.e. large!) stamp set shown below for just $15 with your qualifying purchase of $25 or more.

Be sure to read this entire post to see how to purchase or WIN one for yourself!

The block set is a sneak-peek product that will be in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book. The Rock the Block E-size stamp set is only available during this promotion.

Here's a video to introduce the set.

Here's a picture of all of the included stamps:

OK, I know you are asking how you can get one of these for yourself. Here's the scoop:

Place a minimum order of $25 from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book between December 19, 2011 and January 31, 2012, and you can get both the blocks and stamp set for just $15. The retail value of these two items is nearly $45, so that is a savings of almost $30!
One lucky reader of my blog and/or Facebook page will WIN a set of of these blocks and stamps!

To enter, simply share YOUR IDEA of how you would use your block set if you win by commenting on this post -- either on the blog or on Facebook. On January 31, I will draw one name from the list of "commentators" to win the set.

Feel free to share as many ideas as you would like because I really want to hear your creative ideas. However, each name will only be entered in the drawing once. I will post the winning name on this blog and on the Show Me Scrapping facebook page. It will be the responsibility of that person to provide me with the address for shipping (continental US only).

OK - start the ideas rolling!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Studio J - Adding Borders

Want to create your own scalloped border using My Stickease? This video will show you how.

Just a reminder that you can find links to other Studio J articles and videos on my Studio J page. Click here to access.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Shopping Event --- Rescheduled!

You are invited to stop and shop at my rescheduled Christmas shopping event this coming Sunday (December 11) between 2:30 and 4:30 at my house in Arnold.

Come and pick out gifts for all of the paper crafters on your gift list or pick up something for yourself. I have lots of stamping, scrapbooking and card-making items in stock to choose from. There is also still time to get orders in before Christmas.

All of my specials and activities from last weekend are listed below, with a few enhancements noted in red to thank you for your patience.
  • Free gifts with $15, $30 and $60 purchases
  • In stock stamp sets 20% off NOW 30% off!
  • Door prize drawing for a You & Me kit
  • Create and take a set of Christmas gift tags
  • CTMH Stamp of the Month applies on all orders
  • Bring a friend and receive a gift from me!
  • Enjoy homemade snacks while you shop
No need to RSVP, just show up! Pass this information on to friends who may be interested in Close To My Heart products. Please email me to get my address. Thanks!!!

New Studio J Page

I have a new page on my website which contains a library of items to help you create beautiful layouts in Studio J, Close To My Heart's online scrapbooking tool.

Follow this link to find links to my Studio J posts, the Studio J Facebook page and lots of helpful videos.

More Mad About You

This weekend, I got out the Mad About You stamp set and made a variety of Valentine's Day Cards.

This first card is intentionally somewhat masculine. I use a Kraft Die-Cut Card as a base and the Dreamin' papers to dress it up. The tags were cut out using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Catching up with Studio J

Recently, I finished a batch of Studio J layouts and today I'm going to share the first two which are from the summer of 2001. I can't believe it has been over 10 years already! We had just gotten our first digital camera (which weighed a ton compared to today's models) and were excited to take lots of pictures.

Do you have files of digital pictures that need to be organized? Wouldn't it be great to have them in a scrapbook to tell their story for years to come? Studio J is a great way to start getting caught up! Just pick one event and start creating.

I'm so excited to finally have the "Meet the Family Weekend" pictures below scrapped. We road tripped all the way to Cincinnati with my husband's parent and brothers and their families to visit his Grandpa. We also got to see his uncle, cousin and other family members. It was great to have everyone in one place. So of course, we set up our tripod and took some pictures.
Studio J - Kit: Lucky, Pattern: Front and Center (rotated)

I love that the pictures show how dirty and sweaty the kids were from playing hard on a hot July day. The Lucky kit is perfect for this backyard reunion.

If you look closely, you may notice some strategically placed items to cover the annoying red date stamp on the photos.

Strategically placed text box!


The second layout shows pictures from a quick trip we made to Seattle to meet my husband who was traveling for work.

Studio J - Kit: Majestic Blue, Pattern: Fab Fifteen

For those of you that like to fit a lot of pictures on a page, this pattern is great. I was able to fit 15 on these two pages! Online scrapbooking allows you to shrink down, blow up, or crop pictures as you go rather than be stuck with the size you printed. My layout turned out looking a little busy, but that is fitting because it was a rather busy weekend.

Interested in trying Studio J?
You can set up an account and start making layouts for free! Just click here to get started.

If you like Studio J as much as I think you will, you can purchase either a membership or a 5-pack (click here) to get prints of your projects.

Studio J Membership Plans
12-Month Membership  $99
3-Month Membership    $30

Member pricing on a 2-page layout is only $6.50 (or $3.25 per page). Along with beautiful 12" x 12" prints, you will receive free JPG files, free shipping and handling (limits apply) and Memory Protectors.

Studio J 5-Packs (GREAT GIFT IDEA!)
5-Pack                           $55

Includes 5 two-page layout prints, 5 Memory Protectors and free shipping and handling.

Please email me if you have any questions.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Mad About You

It's December! The start of a new month means a new Stamp Of The Month. Be ready to start your Valentines Day cards with the endearing messages in this stamp set. It is also great for anniversery, thank you and thinking of you cards. 
Several of the images in this stamp set coordinate with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. Simple cut and stamp to get beautiful artwork.

Like the projects pictured above? Supply lists and directions are on the Close To My Heart website via this link.

You can get this stamp set during December for $5 with additional purchases of $50.