Monday, April 23, 2012

Front and Center

Another video from Close To My Heart with great ideas for making some really simple 3"x3" cards.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dotty Blog Hop

Several CTMH consultants have put together a blog hop of projects using the exclusive Dotty for You papers. I didn't get anything ready in time to join them, but thought you might enjoy seeing some of there awesome work.

Here's a link to Gina's Little Corner of Stampin Heaven to get you started --> LINK

You will love her cheeful layout. Her post contains links to take you to other blogs with Dotty projects. Have fun hopping!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Perfect Pair

Create cute banners for any occasion or for any loved one quickly and easily using Close To My Heart's new My Creations® mini banner and our Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge. It's a perfect pair of coordinating products!

You can order the mini banner and Art Philosophy cartridge on my shopping website by clicking here.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

May Special - starting April 17

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month in May, we are celebrating starting April 17 with the new Dotty for You papers. This fun set includes 24 sheets of paper in 12 unique double-sided coordinated patterns to mix and match. It also comes with a free project set to get you started.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Cards to celebrate your favorite Graduate's Achievements

Last night I finished up the sample cards to next Sunday's Graduation Card workshop.

This first card is not just for graduations and could be used for any occasion that you want to remind someone to be themselves. This fun card uses the Typeset paper with the Pair-a-Phrase Stamp set.

The second card can also be used for non-graduation occasions. The message is to "Follow your dreams for as you dream you shall become." The inside has this Walt Disney quote "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.".

This card also uses the Pair-a-Phrase stamp set along with the Superhero paper pack.

The final card has more traditional graduation imagery, but has a fun shape depicting a cap and tassel. Here's a picture of the closed card:

And here's the view when you lift up the cap to open the card:

Stamping is done with the You Did It set.

I'd love to have you come to my house on Sunday, April 22 from 2:30 - 5:00 and make these fun cards with us. You will make 4 of each card (12 total) for $12. Please email me to register and receive directions to my home.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dance in the Sunshine

This month's Love Your Layout installment is celebrating the sunshine. Watch the video to find out how to make another fabulous layout in Studio J®, using the Pemberley kit. Learn how to add wow to your photos and discover other techniques that will make your layouts shine!

If you want to give Studio J online scrapbooking a FREE test drive, click here. Follow the directions to set up an account and start creating beautiful layouts using your photos.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

New CTMH Newsletter!

I am very excited to send my customers the new Close To My Heart newsletter. Each month it will have information about the current specials, events and timely articles. Please email me if you would like to be added to my distribution list.

The inagural April issue includes the following article about making time for your hobby. This is exactly why I joined CTMH. I had a desire to create, but was not finding the time to do it. Isn't that expression "finding time" funny? When was the last time you had some "time" laying around waiting to be found? I've found that I have to be intentional or it never happens.

Time to Get Creative!

Free up some time for your creative outlet

If someone asked you to explain what a hobby is, you’d probably explain it as something you enjoy doing in your free time, right? But nowadays, when jobs, family, school, friends, sporting events, church, and other group activities make so many demands on our time, there are days when it feels like it is all we can do to squeeze in the necessary things like eating, sleeping, showering, and a couple of quick chores around the house. So what do we mean when we talk about supposedly “free” time?

No matter how busy we get, we can always manage to find a few minutes here and there to watch our favorite television shows, or at least check our Facebook updates and Twitter feeds. We can make time for things that feel like breaks in our otherwise hectic schedule. And that is just what we need to do in order to keep up on our crafting.

It is easy to take our creative projects too lightly and write them off as unimportant things that we can get to any time. But when we’re “too busy” to take that precious creative time, we’re depriving ourselves of more than just completed projects—we’re denying ourselves the chance to take a break, change the pace of our day, and exercise our minds in a different way. We need that time and that creative outlet to focus on just one thing for a change, one thing that we have greater control over than the other variables in our lives. That kind of focus and sense of control brings with it a sense of satisfaction that is independent of project completion.

So, instead of waiting for free time to magically come along on that rare lazy Sunday afternoon, free up some time in your busy day to sit down and do the creative work that you love. Even if you give away the completed project, the gift of time and relaxation you’ve given yourself may be even better!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

You Are...

It's April and spring is in the air. The new Stamp Of The Month, You Are...,  will get you in the mood for all the great warm weather activities coming up.

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