Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fall Craft Fair on Nov 10

Mark your calendards for the St. Louis Area Home School Craft Fair. It is Saturday, November 10 from 10 am to 4 pm at West County Assembly of God (13431 N. Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, MO).

I'm bringing some handmade cards and scrapbook pages. There will be lots of other handmade items available for purchase: jewelry, knitted/crocheted items, wood burning plaques, sock animals, baked goods, wreaths, tote bags, wooden toys, headbands, birdhouses, ornaments and much more.

So come on by to start your Christmas shopping and support area home schoolers. If you do, please stop by my booth to say "Hi!". For more information go to

Hope to see you there!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Newsletter Sign Up!

I am updating my newsletter process to include both a monthly corporate newsletter and a mid-month personal update.

Click HERE to sign up for my newsletters.

The monthly corporate newsletter is called Celebrate Your Creativity and will include details of the current specials, including the Stamp of the Month. In addition, there will be timely articles with fabulous artwork which I hope will inspire you to try new techniques.

My mid-month newsletter will include details about workshops and other events in which you may want to participate. It will also include links to relevant blog posts, personal specials and other information that I believe may be of interest to you.

Thank you for allowing me to share my love of scrapbooking and cardmaking with you.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Treats!

Trick or Treat! No tricks, I have a treat for you. I’ve decided to have a Halloween sale, plus a recruiting special!  

 20% off Cricut Collections and Moonlight Workshop on the Go! That’s right, I am offering 20% off either the Art Philosophy Cartridge or the Artiste Cartridge, plus the Moonlight Workshop on the Go.  This offer is only good through midnight October 31th.  The list below includes hyperlinks to the item descriptions on my website, however please do not order it on my website.   You must email me to get this special pricing and I will send you an PayPal invoice with your total. Please include your mailing address  and phone number in the email.
Artiste Cricut Collection - Regularly $99.00, now $79.20
Art Philosophy Cricut Collection - Regularly $99.00, now $79.20
Moonlight Workshop on the Go – Regularly $29.95, now $23.95

Join my team and receive $49 in product from me for a quick start! Sign up before midnight October 31 and I will refund your kit price in your choice of CTMH products when you reach your Straight To The Top goals. These targets consist of sales of $300 in the first month and $1,200 total in the first three months. When you achieve these goals, CTMH will reward you with $100 in Select Product Credit. I will add to that an additional $49 in products of your choice. Ready? Click here for the simple online application.

Happy Haunting!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pear & Partridge 4th Card - FREE Instruction Sheet

Good afternoon! I finished the Pear & Partridge Workshop on the Go and these cards are even more beautiful in person than they look in the pictures.

Pear & Partridge Card Workshop - make 5 each of these three designs

Like the Avonlea kit, I had quite a bit of paper, ribbon and gems left over so I went to work figuring out what to do with them. I cam up with this card and was able to make five additional cards from my kit.

The only additional materials I added was five card bases and envelopes. I've uploaded directions so that you can stretch your kit as well.

Click HERE for free directions to making five bonus cards from your kit.

Interested in making a fourth set of cards with your Avonlea Workshop? Click Here


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Not just jpegs anymore!

Mothers, don’t let your children grow up to be jpegs.

I first heard this from Stacey Julian in the keynote speech at the Close To My Heart convention this summer. (I Googled and was not able to determine who said it first). Anyway, the point is that we take tons of pictures these days, but often they are unaccessible. We have cameras in our phones, our tablets, and mp3 devises. But most of these pictures reside on our devises tucked away and out of site.
Today, we are picture rich, but memory poor

I can hear you, “But what about Facebook, Youtube or Twitter?” Think about it; Do you want to depend on these services to tell your story? Even if you were sure these sites will be available 20, 30, 50 or more years from now, do they provide the context needed to understand the story behind the pictures?

Not all pictures are created equally

(Another Stacey Julian quote.) Today it is so easy to take pictures and that makes it overwhelming when we think of printing some to frame or put into albums. Instead of feeling obligated to treasure each and every pictures, consider which ones make you smile most.

First, pick some of your very favorites to display in your home. I love going to peoples houses and seeing the progression of their babies growing up, wedding photos and family portraits. Collage frames are a wonderful way to display lots of related (or unrelated) snapshots.

Then consider placing the best of the rest into an album for the family to enjoy. A great way to do that is digital scrapbooking. Using the Studio J online program you can quickly and affordably turn your pictures into great memory pages. Don't try to do it all at once. Just pick a recent event you would like to document and go from there.

For the paper scrapbooker, Studio J layouts integrate seamlessly with your paper pages. When placed side by side next to your paper layouts in an album, they look like they belong.

Not a scrapbooker? That’s fine to. When you get these prints, simply place them in any 12” x 12” scrapbooking album to create a beautiful memory book.

Here’s a couple layouts I created after our final summer outing with the family.

Footloose Kit
What I love about this layout is that is it simple and clean, yet has great detail. I love the stitching, especially the “waves” along the bottom.



The last thing we did before we left the park was take family pictures. They may not be professional but they capture the memories of a fun outdoor weekend perfectly.

Flirty Kit
There was no one around to ask to take our picture so we used a claw type tripod to secure the camera to the rail. Worked great except for the big hand rail in the lower right corner. I camouflaged it somewhat with a flourish and Stickease.


You will not believe how easy Studio J is to use. Click here to open an account and start trying it out for free.

Two reasons NOW is the best time to get started:

1) During the month of October, when you buy 9 Studio J layouts you get one free!
Email me to RSVP to Studio J Café or to send me any questions you have.

2) I’m hosting “Studio J Café” next Monday evening at 7:00 – 8:30. Anyone interested in learning how to get started is invited to come. Absolutely no obligation! Simply bring your wifi enabled laptop (or let me know if you need to borrow mine) and a few digital pictures. Email me to RSVP.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pear & Partridge Workshop - November 9

My November workshop will feature the Pear & Partridge papers. This paper is fun and quirky, but has a traditional holiday feel.
The workshop is free to anyone who purchases a Pear & Partridge paper pack or Workshop on the Go from me. It is at my home in Arnold, MO on Friday, November 9 at 6:30 - 11:30 pm. Orders are due by October 26. Click here to access the order form. You can place your order on my CTMH website or email me a list of what you would like.
If you are not local to the Arnold/St. Louis area, you can still purchase these kits and complete your projects using the included instructional booklet. I'm just a phone call or away if you have any questions along the way.
This month you have three kit choices:
1) Card-making Workshop On The Go - Get a jump start on your Christmas cards! This kit includes the cards/envelopes, paper stamp set, and accessories needed to make 15 beautiful cards. I will also provide directions for creating five additional cards. The only additional supply you need is five card bases and envelopes.

The full kit (including stamp set and all accessories) is $29.95.
You can also purchase a mini-kit that includes everything except the stamp set and ribbon for $12.00. The Red Gems in the kit will also be replaced by Clear Sparkles. This mini-kit is perfect if you are planning to finish your cards here using my stamp set or for an add-on if you want more than 15 (or 20) Christmas cards.
2) Scrapbooking Workshop On The Go - This kit includes all the papers and accessories you need to make four scrapbook pages. You also receive a full pack of paper, two additional sheets of card stock, an exclusive stamp set, Pear & Partridge Glittery Rub-ons, a pack of Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple, plus a full-color instructional booklet.
You will have papers and other supplies left over for additional projects. All this for just $29.95!

3) Create your own kit! Purchase the Pear & Partridge paper pack plus any accessories to make your own project. The Idea Book has lots of great ideas or maybe you have something else in mind. That is fine! You will still have access to the stamp sets and inks as described below.
During the workshop, you will have access to all of the stamp sets and stamp pads needed to complete your kits. I'll also have some of the tools available on a first come basis. Please bring your own paper cutter and adhesives.
Click here to access the order form with these options plus ideas of coordinating items you may be interested in. You can place your order on my CTMH website or email me a list of what you would like. 


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Avonlea 4th Card - FREE Instructions

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I had used the left-overs from the Avonlea Workshop on the Go to create a fourth card. By just adding five cards and envelopes, I was able to stretch the kit to make 20 cards!

Make an additional five cards with the Avonlea WOTG
If you have been following my blog the last couple weeks, you know using up leftovers is a passion of mine. Thus, I'm very excited to share with you how to use your leftovers from the Avonlea kit!

Click HERE to download an instructional flyer for these five additional cards!

Please let me know if you have any questions about these instructions. Also, let me know of any errors so I can correct and repost.



Monday, October 15, 2012

New Card-Making Workshops on the Go

 One of the convention announcements that I was most excited about is the Card-making Workshops on the Go. There are two beautiful kits to choose from: Avonlea and Pear & Partridge.

Avonlea Card-making Workshop on the Go

Pear & Partridge Card-making Workshop on the Go
Each sets make 15 cards (5 each of 3 designs) and inclues cards, envelopes, papers, embellishments along with an exclusive stamp set. In addition, a full color instruction booklet is included.

This video explains it all...

I just finished making the Avonlea set and am in the process of making the Pear and Partridge cards. The stamp sets that come with these sets are beautiful and very versatile. Before I even started making the kit cards, I pulled out the stamp set to make some cards to finishing off my Florentine papers. It matched the paper perfectly and I posted pictures here and here.

After I finished the Avonlea kit cards, I had enough Avonlea paper left over to design a fourth card. Tomorrow, I will be posting instructions on how to stretch your Avonlea kit to make a total of 20 beautiful cards! All you add to the kit is five cards and envelopes!

If you would like to order either of these card-making kits, just click here to go to my CTMH shopping website.


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Moonlight Haunted House

We are getting in the Halloween spirit at our house. Earlier this week, I posted pictures of the Halloween banner my daughter made for our mantle. Well, she’s added another item to the display. Last weekend, Emily worked with her cousins to decorated this paper-mache house using Moonlight paper and dimensional elements and the Wicked stamp set.


I especially like how they made the door look like it is falling off it’s hinges. The knocker is from the Haunted Assortment.


Our Halloween Mantle
I am so happy that my daughter and nieces have caught the creative bug. I look forward to spending time with this next generation creating. What about you? Does your family like to craft together?


Friday, October 12, 2012

Finishing Florentine!

A couple of weeks ago, I told you I was challenging myself to finish up older papers before working with the new stuff. Since then, I have finished up my Florentine paper by making a number of cards. Similar to the cards I showed you last month, I used the Avonlea Workshop On The Go stamp set. Scroll to the bottom of this post for how you can get your hands on this fabulous stamp set.

Here's a few of my favorite cards. This first card uses Pattern 23 from Make It From Your Heart Volume 1. The rest are my own designs. Most were inspired by the size and shape of the remaining pieces of paper!




This picture of the remains of my Florentine paper proves that I really did get my money’s worth out of this pack.

Oh, look at those beautiful scraps. It is so tempting to try to get just one more card out of them...but no, they have served their purpose and it is time to let them go.

For me, creatively using up the last bits of paper was a very satisfying experience, however I am more than a little sad to say good bye to this beautiful paper. (I'm comforted by the fact that Florentine will continue to live as a current pack in Studio J. But that is for another post, another day.)

I hope that these cards have shown you that, the Avonlea card-making stamp set is full of beautiful images and expressions. It is definitely a keeper and one that I'm sure I'll turn to time and time again. It is available exclusively in the Avonlea Card-making Workshop On The Go. Along with the set, you get paper, cards and envelopes, ribbon and bubbles to make 15 cards. All of this for just $29.95.
Coming Soon: I'm excited to share with you instructions to make five additional cards by just adding cards and envelopes to the kit contents. Watch for that post coming soon!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Artiste Key Notes #5–My Halloween Mantel

Today, I am showing off my beautiful banner that my daughter made for my mantel.  Big thank you goes to my sister-in-law, Stephanie, who shared the Cricut cut sizes that she used for her similar banner.


Isn't it cute? She made this using the fun Halloween images on page 77 of the Artiste Cricut cartridge handbook. Have I told you how much I love that the images on each key of this cartridge work together to create fun and unique projects?

p 77

Want to make one for yourself? A list of the cuts and a few hints are below. All papers listed are from the Moonlight paper pack. Please note that although the picture of the Spellbinder workshop was used as inspiration for this banner, Emily and Stephanie did not have access the instructions and they made a few modifications in the design. Their creation may have different measurement than that pattern.

Artiste Cricut Cuts:
Owl/leave B&T – Cut 2 of <Accent 1> at 8”
Striped B&T – Cut 2 of <Accent 1 (shift)> at 8”
Black check B&T – Cut 1 of <Accent 1> at 8”
Black cardstock – Cut 4 <Accent 2> at 2”; cut 3 <Accent 2 (shift)> at 5”; Cut 1 <Boo (shift)> at 2.25”, Cut 2 <Accent 4 (shift)> at 2.5”
Colonial White cardstock – Cut 5 circles (p. 48 <card>) at 3”
Goldrush cardstock – Cut 5 <3D Object (shift)> at 4” with real dial size selected

The rosettes under the spiders were a challenge at first, but we have a few tips to help you.

We recommend first scoring the rosettes every 1/2”. We lined the score marks up with the groove in the paper trimmer and traced them with the bone folder to make nice straight lines.

Then accordion fold (mountain/valley) the entire length.

Each rosette will take two of the border strips which you will attach at the ends. Make sure that you position them together so that you don’t mess up the mountain/valley pattern of the folds. To secure them, we used tombow tape runner (for immediate stick) with a few dots of liquid glass (for permanent hold).

Each rosette is now a ring of paper. Prepare a circle of paper (scrap approximately 2” diameter) for the base by filling it with several glue dots (immediate) plus some liquid glass (permanent). Set the ring on the table with the fancy side down. (Note: After taking this picture, we decided it was better to have the circle off to the side instead of setting in the middle of the ring. But I forgot to retake the picture.)


Then flatten by squishing the top edge down on the table and toward the center. Lay the prepared base with sticky side down on top of the rosette. To keep it in position, set something on top to hold while the glue sets. We used a large My Acrylix block.


The cut from the Goldrush paper may have seemed odd since we are not making the owl bag. Take another look at the picture…do you see them? That’s right, the “eyes” become the scalloped circle on each banner piece. How creative is that?


I hope this project has inspired you. I'd love to see you creations - post a link to your picture in the comment section!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Flirty, Dakota and Pun Fun cards

I was looking for something on my computer and realized that I never did post these pictures of the cards we made at the Convention in July. Enjoy!

Flirty paper - love the bling of the Silver Shimmer Trim

Various papers with Artiste card

La Belle Vie and Dakota papers

La Belle Vie + Dakota papers with Pun Fun Stamp

Artiste folder card with Dakota & La Belle Vie paper and Pun Fun stamp

Another shot of the card with the card slide out of folder

Whimsical card with Pun Fun stamp set
As you can see the Close To My Heart Convention is not your typical business event. Yes, there are great business and product sessions, but there is also lots of time dedicated to creative projects! In addition to these cards, convention goers also received a Scroll Album and several scrapbook layouts.

Next year's convention will be extra special because it is at the Happiest Place on Earth.

That's right, we're going to Disney World!

Join my team and go with me to sunny Central Florida June 27-29, 2013 to soak up three full days of classes, Create & Takes, awards, motivational speakers, and Disney magic! I'd love to discuss the CTMH business opportunity with you further; Email me to start the conversation or click here to complete a simple online application.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Catch Up on Your Memories

My newsletter is the best way for you to keep up with current specials and receive inspiration for your projects. Please email me if you would like to be added to my newsletter distribution list.

The October newsletter article below discusses how to use Studio J's new Express Collections to “Speed Scrap” your digital pictures.

Catch Up on Your Memories
Scrapbook your favorite photos with Express Collections!

Scrapbook your favorite photos with Express Collections!

Do you remember when all anyone used for their pictures was a film camera? Remember how you were limited to 24 or 36 pictures per roll of film, and you had to make sure you brought plenty of rolls with you everywhere you went, and then had to pay to develop each roll? Nowadays, most digital cameras can easily hold ten times as many pictures on a single memory card.

The rise of digital photography has its pros and cons, of course. It means you can — and probably do — take way more pictures for preserving your memories than you did fifteen years ago. However, it also makes it much easier to get behind in scrapbooking those pictures. A digital problem requires a digital solution, which is where Studio J®’s new Express Collections come in.

Imagine that you’ve hired a professional scrapbooking artist who has designed stacks of layouts, and will let you have the final say on how they look. You get to add your photos to the layouts, write some journaling, perhaps tweak the title or design here and there, and you end up with a beautiful finished layout without doing any of the work! If this sounds like your personal scrapbooking dream, then consider the Express Collections your dream come true!

With Express Collections, you get six themed collections containing ten layouts as well as a front and back cover, designed to give you plenty of easy-to-use options for scrapbooking some of your favorite memories. There are collections for that special little miss or little man in your life, there is a collection to for scrapbooking your travels, a collection for capturing school days, a collection named “All About Me,” and a collection for reviewing the best of the year.

This is the perfect time to catch up on some of those projects you’ve been hoping to catch up on for a long time now. Take advantage of October’s special to get free layouts while you breeze through the collections, preserving memories with just a few clicks of your mouse. Get started today!