Thursday, August 30, 2012

You're Sweet

Good morning! Just a quick post to show you the cute little card we made at my open house.

We colored the cupcake from the new Pun Fun stamp set with new Alcohol Markers in Cotton Candy. The Cotton Candy Pom Pom ribbon has been discountinued, but is available while supplies last for just $2.50!

If you didn't make it to my open house, here's the highlights of what you missed.

Lots of fun new products were introduced in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book including the fabulous Artiste Cricut Collection! Take a peek! Let me know if you'd like a paper copy.
Join my team in August for just $49 and get a free tote bag. These are available only while supplies last and they are going fast. Let me know if you have any questions.
September kits are now available. Choose from card-making or scrapbooking using the Scholastic papers. Read more about it on my Kits Page.
I'm hosting workshops on Sept 9, 2:30 - 5:30 and Sept 14 6:30 - 11:30. Just purchase any Scholarship kit or paper pack and RSVP what night you are coming. (I'm placing orders for workshops on Saturday 9/1 - let me know what you want.)
NEW - Studio J Cafe: Have a relaxing evening at the Arnold St. Louis Bread Co learning how to turn your digital pictures in to beautiful 12" x 12" layouts. Just bring your wifi laptop and a few digital pictures on September 10 at 7:30 pm. It's FREE!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Pretty Pemberley Chore Chart

My fun, carefree (busy) summer has come to an end. Sigh. While we have been out enjoying the warm (hot!) weather, housework has not been a top priority.
NOW, it is time to get down to business and get things back in order. Since school has started, I'm trying to build routines so I am not doing major crisis cleaning every time there is a chance that someone will step through my door.
Today's project is just the thing to get me in gear!

This newest addition to my kitchen wall is both functional and decorative. A few years ago, I adapted the Fly Lady routines to my personal space. Since then, I've fallen off the wagon, but decided it was time to revive those practices. In the past, I have tried putting my to do lists in a binder or inside the pantry. You've heard the saying "Out of sight, out of mind"? Well, that is exactly what happens to my to do lists if they are tucked away. I completely forget what I am supposed to be doing and at the end of the week, the house is a mess.
So this time to ensure that the chores actually get done, I'm putting the list on a prominent wall between my kitchen and breakfast table. Of course, I can only do this if it is pretty! No computer print offs stuck with magnets to the fridge for me. Fortunately, the yellows and blues in the Pemberley paper matches my decor in this area perfectly.

The chart includes six tags stored in a decorate Memory Protector Photo Storage Page. The first five tags are my to-do lists for each day from Monday to Friday. The last tag is the current week's "Zone". If you are familiar with Fly Lady, you know that dividing your home into zones is a good way to spread the more detailed cleaning tasks over the month. Go to for more on how to get your home organized so you can "fly!"
The storage pages are great because they are compatible with dry erase markers. As I complete items on my list, I can check them off. Next week, I will erase the checks, update the zone tag and start all over again.
Most of the stamping is from the Pemberley Workshop on the Go stamp set. The tags, flowers and scroll work are from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.
The extra zone tags are stored in a 12" x 4" Memory Protector Flip Flap affixed on the back. How convenient!

 I've had a lot of fun planning and making this chore list. Now, I just need to execute and do the chores! We'll see...
Have a great day,


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On Your Marks (Markers)!

Get Set! Go!

Over a week ago, the postman brought these to my door:

Yippee Skippee! Yes, I have FINALLY have an assortment of the new alcohol markers! The last couple of days, I have finally had a chance to play with them a little.

Who says coloring is for kids? Here are a few of the things Emily & I have colored over the last few days.

Soon I'm planning to share with you some finished artwork as well as some tips learned in the process.
Until then, you can watch this video to learn about the smooth effect you can create with the new alcohol-based markers. Use the two complimentary colors to create one amazing piece of artwork!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Quote of the Week

"Are we going to be friends forever? Asked Piglet. Even longer, Pooh answered."
A.A. Milne -- Winnie the Pooh

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Artiste Help

If you have followed my blog over the last month or so, you know I am in love with the Artiste cartridge. There are so many things you will love on the cartridge including accents, cards and 3-D project. One unique thing about this cartridge is the assembly booklet that removed all doubt when putting together the 3D objects.

The video below hows you navigate the cartridge and booklets. Here are a few highlights to listen for:
  • Matching colors in the handbook indicate coordinating pieces.
  • Set the Real Size Dial on your machine for the measurement of the assembled item.
  • To cut a piece a certain size, use the Real Dial Size button.
  • Measurements in red, bold font in the handbook indicate the recommended size for the item (or larger). The direction of the arrow next to the size indicates whether the measurement is horizontal, vertical or diagonal.
  • Some items require cutting multiples of a piece. This is indicated by a red x. For example, cutting two borders to make a rossette is indicated by x2.
  • The handbook and assembly booklet are cross-referenced by page number using numbers in green circles.
  • In the assembly book, tick marks indicate score lines, dotted lines are for folding, arrows indicate the direction to fold and glue bottles indicate where to place adhesive.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Quote of the Week

"A friend is one before whom I may think aloud."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Custom Ribbon in Studio J

Watch this video to learn some great new techniques. For example, using a text box to add texture to your ribbon --- surprise, it is just slash marks! I love all how they layered colorful buttons on the Stickease. So simple, but it adds to much.

It's Your Day!

Learn how to celebrate the everyday moments with the It’s Your Day double stamp set for National Stamping Month. You can create cute projects with nearly 50 adorable stamps!

Products featured in video:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

School Days Mini-Album

With just a few additional items, you can use the left over paper and supplies from the Scholastic Workshop on the Go to make a mini-album. The supply list and directions are HERE.

For my album, I wanted to showcase all of my daughter's elementary grades. As you'll see from the pictures below, I changed the layouts of the pages to accommodate her school pictures from Preschool through Sixth Grade.

I also made a couple changes to how the card flaps were used. First, I created an enclosure by scoring the flap on the back page about a half inch from the original fold. this is about the right depth so that it reaches to the front of the album. After I took these pictures, I added a couple of the new hook and loop dots to hold it shut.

For each of the interior pages, I left the pockets open. I plan to make a one page summary tags of the important details for each grade to insert into these pockets.

Inside front cover and page 1
Pages 2 & 3

Pages 4 & 5

Pages 6 & 7

Page 8 and inside back cover
For more information on kits using the Scholastic pages see my KITS page. If you live in the Arnold, MO area, you are also invited to attend one of my Scholastic workshops. Email me to sign up.


National Stamping Month - Starts Early Here!

September is National Stamping Month and we are starting the celebration early by offering this special double stamp set from August 15 through September 30.

The aptly named It’s Your Day stamp set is a double set of D-size stamp sets—two sets in one envelope—that helps you commemorate those simple, everyday moments. It includes 48 images, consisting of phrases, borders, and more.

You’ll also be delighted to know that many of the images coordinate perfectly with our new Cricut® Artiste cartridge for even easier stamping, cutting, and layering! At the start of a season that marks the beginning of school, holiday celebrations, and family time, the It’s Your Day stamp set is a must-have to document the wonderful autumn days.

The It’s Your Day double stamp set has a retail value of $35.90, but between now and September 30, the It’s Your Day set can be yours for just $5 when you place an order of $35 in full retail products. Our National Stamping Month double-stamp set offer is for a limited time, so act now to make sure you get a set of your own to celebrate every wonderful day of autumn and beyond!

Visit my CTMH website for more information.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Third Grade Layout - Done Fast!

A well-kept secret is that on the back of each set of My Stickease Assortment are two layouts that can be completed using just cardstock and the stickers. In CTMH-speak, these layouts are called "Level 2" since they do not involve stamping and are fairly quick to pull together.

The first layout is typically featured in the idea book, but the second is a mystery until you have the Stickease. For example,the first Scholastic Level 2 layout is on page 44 of the 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book and uses approximately half of the Stickease available.

Here's a layout that I adapted from the second pattern which uses most of the remaining stickers.

As you saw in my earlier post, I am working on completing a layout for each of my daughter's elementary. This one is her 3rd grade class. Other than struggling with whether to try to hide, match or ignore the bright green background on the class picture (I choose to ignore it), this layout was quick and easy to pull together.

For more information about ordering a Scholastic kit or coordinating items, see my Kits page.

Monday, August 13, 2012

School Yeart Layouts - K and 6 Done!

Here's my version of the Scholastic Workshop on the Go layouts:

My daughter is entering middle school this fall, so my goal is to finish a scrapbook of her elementary years by the end of September. The Scholastic papers are really helping me get closer to achieving that goal. These two layouts take care of the bookend years: Kindergarten and 6th grade. I have a little more journaling to do to call these 100% done, but getting close.

I love how much dimension the durables studs add to these layouts.
See my kits page for more information about ordering my Scholastic kits or coordinating items.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Quote of the Week

"A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down."
Arnold H. Glasgow

Friday, August 10, 2012

Scholastic Kits are Here!

Just in time for Back to School, I am offering three project kits using the Scholastic paper.

My first kit includes everything you need to create 12 cards (4 each of 3 designs). These cards would be appropriate for congratulations, back to school, teacher thank you, and more.

Close ups of the cards:

There are two options for scrapbookers. My level 2 kit makes use of the card-stock weight coordinating Stickease. No stamping is required to create these quick layouts.

The level 3 workshop on the go includes an exclusive stamp set as well as coordinating accessories for added flexibility and beauty.

See my Kits page for more information.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Recruit for Loot Winner

Earlier this year, Close to my Heart had a little contest for the consultants. Anyone who recruited five or more people who went Straight to the Top (high sells in first 90 days) was entered into a drawing. The winner got a timed shopping spree in the Close to my Heart warehouse!

This video shows winner Noreen Petty's spree. You won't believe how much stuff she walked away with!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Free Bags are Flying off the Shelves

Have I mentioned that August is a great time to join my team? Not only has the price for the new consultant kit dropped to $49, but you also get this great bag!

Remember the bag is only while supplies last and 45% of them are already GONE.

Ready to start a fun journey? Click here!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

NOT Discontinued in Studio J!

Are you already missing some of your favorite discontinued papers packs? Didn't you just love Lucy, Superhero, Footloose, Cruisin', Typeset, Roxie, Elemental, and Sonoma? Well guess what: you can still use them for your digital pictures!

One of the things I love about Studio J is the huge selection of kits available. As you may know, several of my favorite paper packs were discontinued at the end of July. However, these papers are still alive and well in Studio J!

Need some inspiration? Check out the Studio J online Art Gallery.

Discontinued Superhero kit featured in the Studio J Art Gallery
Remember it is always free to create layouts in Studio J. You don't pay until you decide to order prints or jpgs. Ready to give it a try? Click here to set up your account.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Artiste Key Notes #3 - Outta This World

This post continues my series which focuses on one key on the Artiste Cricut cartridge at at time. Today we are looking at the Birthday Boy key which is on p. 68 of the handbook.

The images on this key coordinate perfectly with the Outta This World stamp set featured on page 105 of the Autumn/Winter Idea Book. This allows you to easily make space-themed invitations, hats, and party favors.

The video below will show you how.

Another fun idea using this key is the Hanukah candy popper from page 81 of the Idea Book.

The Artiste Collection and other supplies needed for these projects can be purchased on my CTMH website.

Have fun creating,

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Quote of the Week

Today's quote is in honor of my best friend and dear husband, Eric. Our 18th wedding anniversary is tomorrow. We started as friends and remembering that has gotten us through our roughest times.

"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."
Friedrich Nietzsche

FREE Big Picture Class!

In an earlier post, I mentioned that our keynote speaker at Friday's general session at the convention was Stacey Julian from Big Picture Classes. She was entertaining and very inspirational. She also gave us a code for a free online class and permission to share with our friends. Thank you Stacy!

The class, "Finish Line Scrapbooking", is a $12 value and will teach you to scrapbook in record time. You can access it by using this link and using the promo code CTMH. Offer expires on December 31, 2013.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Increase your vocabulary: "Craftermath"

Just wanted to pass on a new word I learned at convention from fellow consultant Sheri Rottler.

craf-ter-math (noun): Consequence or result of a productive crafting session; i.e. what your room looks like when you are done with a project.

Sample sentence: My entire basement is currently in a state of craftermath.

That is entirely true. I really need to learn to clean up one mess before I start another.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Discontinued Items Winner!

And the winner is...(drum roll) Jenifer Siebert! Congratulations, you have won the discontinued items drawing! Woo Hoo!

Scholarship is coming in September!

Next month's workshops will feature the Scholarship paper pack. This paper has the worn and weathered feel of a cozy library and is perfect for school projects. It is also great for travel or heritage layouts.

Mark your calendar for the following workshop dates and times:
- Sunday, Sept 9 from 2:30 - 6:30 pm
- Friday, Sept 14 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm

I'll have more information about the workshops at my Idea Book Reveal Party (Sunday, August 19 from 2 - 4 pm)

In the meantime, here's some Scholastic artwork from the talented CTMH artists for you to enjoy:
Scholarship Workshop on the Go Layout

Additional Workshop on the Go Layout

Workshop on the Go Bonus Project
Additional Scholastic artwork in the Idea Book

I've been busy creating with this paper the last few days and will be posting pictures soon.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Free Tote Bag!

August 1 is FINALLY here! Join my team in August and get a darling Damask Tote Bag free!August 2012: Free Exclusive Tote Bag for You!
When you join my team in August, you will receive a free Damask Tote Bag (retail value $50), while supplies last. This handy, attractive tote with the Close To My Heart logo lets everyone know you are a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant — with class and style! Choose the $49 New Consultant Essentials Kit or the $99 Master Kit which includes more supplies and tools, and Close To My Heart will send you a tote bag free — only in August and only while supplies last. Contact me for more details or enroll today!

Damask Tote Bag Features

  • 17" × 17" × 6"
  • Large exterior pocket for 12" × 12" paper packets
  • Huge interior can hold a 12" × 12" album and more
  • Small, zippered interior pocket
  • Fabric is coated-canvas for durability and easy cleaning
  • 2 water bottle pockets
  • Wear on the shoulder, across the chest, or as a backpack
  • Large flap snaps closed
Offer available August 1–31, 2012, while supplies last. Tax and shipping/handling is based on the New Consultant Kit price only, not on the retail value of the tote bag.

Baroque Borders - August Stamp of the Month

One of the perks of being a Close To My Heart consultant is that you get to "preview" new items. That means that I get to play with them before they are available in retail.

Last week, I made this card using the August Stamp of the Month, Baroque Borders.

The sentiment is from the "4 My Friend" stamp set (D1510). This card also uses the NEW Avalon paper pack with the NEW Slate cardstock. There is a lot more NEW stuff in the 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book which was just released today.

Here's some more ideas for this stamp set:

Would you like to make the projects pictured above? Follow this link to the supply lists and directions.

This stamp set is only available during the month of August 2012. Order yours today for $17.95 or just $5 with an order of $50.

Here's a card I made using this stamp set. I used the new Avonlea B&T papers with Slate cardstock.