Monday, December 16, 2013

Announcing: Mystery Hostess Winner!!!

The second round of my Holidays from the Heart Mystery Hostess gathering ended yesterday.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

And now it is time to announce the winner of all the fabulous hostess rewards. 

And the winner is...



Sherri S!!! 

Congratulations Sherri! Have fun picking out your free items!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Time is running out on the Holidays From The Heart Mystery Hostess Drawing

One lucky shopper will win all of the Hostess rewards for this gathering. Total orders are currently over $200 and there are just 3 people entered. Submit your order today -- each $25 you spend will give you a ticket in the drawing.

To enter, shop on my website ( and click on the "join" button next to the Holidays from the Heart Mystery Hostess gathering before you submit your order. 

Be sure to submit your order soon. The gathering closes on Sunday, December 15!

Good luck!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How to make Custom Christmas Photo Cards in Studio J

My Christmas cards just arrived in the mail today! I'm so excited that I was able to make these custom designs just how I wanted them in Studio J

If you have never created Studio J layouts, you can quickly set up an account to get started. Start here>>

Once you have an account, you can start making your cards by selecting Create a New Project  under the Welcome Banner. Next, you will upload the picture(s) you want to use for your cards and from the Select Your Layout Type menu, select Create Your Own Custom Layout.

Next you select your kit. You can narrow the choices using the drop down box on the top right of the screen. I considered only Holiday papers and choose the new Sparkle & Shine kit for my cards.

Once you have selected your kit, click the Continue button in the lower right corner of the screen. For the most flexibility, I suggest you select the "No Limits" Pattern which is simply two 12" x 12" photo wells. Obviously it doesn't matter what kit mix you select since no paper shows on this layout. Click Continue again and you are now ready to create your cards.

The first thing you want to do on this layout is create the bases for your cards. Click on one of the base photo wells so that the edit menu shown below is displayed.

Change the photo well to a text box by clicking on the button on the top row with the red circle around it. Then change the height and the width (blue boxes) to the size of card you want. I choose to make 5" x 7".

Now that you have a journaling box the size of your card, edit text and hit the space bar to remove any typing and drop your choice of B&T or solid cardstock into the box o create the background for your card.

Now fill the page with additional journaling boxes and edit similarly to the first to create the remaining card bases. I was able to fit four 5" x 7" cards on each page using the pattern below, making a total of 8 cards per layout.

Finally, add your photo wells, Stickease and other embellishments to your cards. (Email me or review other Studio J help documents as needed to complete these steps.)

You could also choose to make eight 6" x 6" cards (four on each page of a two page layout).

Or choose twelve 4" x 6" cards or any other size. 

Remember the cost of a layout is just $6.95, so your cards will be between 58 - 86 cents using the options above. Divide the number of cards you want by the number on each layout to determine how many copies of the layout to order. Your cards will be gorgeously printed on high-quality photo paper. When they arrive, you will need to cut them apart into individual cards before mailing.

Don't forget to order envelopes to put your custom photo cards in.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, I'd love to chat with you further.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Special Care - December Stamp of the Month - just $5!

The December Stamp of the Month is a fun take on laundry tags. I love how the familiar phrases have been changed up to make cute sayings that fit other situations. An added bonus is that three of the tags can be cut out with the Cricut before stamping to speed up your crafting.

 Here's a picture of all the stamps included in the set.

This stamp set is only available through December 31. The full retail price is $17.95, but you can get yours for just $5 -- over 70% savings. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Just $5 with a $50 purchase!

Start shopping>>

Here are a few fun projects the creative folks at Close To My Heart dreamed up:

Do you love the artwork in the picture above? You can find supply lists and helpful hints on my Close To My Heart website --> LINK

Get your stamp set today for just $5 by placing an order for $50. Don't forget that if your order is $100 or more, you will get to pick a free "starred" item from the Holiday from the Heart Gift Guide if you order before December 15. Also, be sure to join my Mystery Hostess gathering before you submit your order for your chance to win more crafty goodies.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today, I have just a quick mini-card (3" x 3") to wish you a great holiday!

(Huntington papers & Perfect Fit - Thanksgiving stamp set)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Choose Your Black Friday - Cyber Monday Special!

Start your Christmas shopping this weekend and you get to choose your own Close To My Heart special! 

Simply place an order on my website ( between 12:00 am Friday, Nov 29 and 11:59 pm Monday, Dec 2. And you will get to select FREE GIFTS from me based on your order total (before shipping & taxes)*

When you order $50 or more,
you can choose either an Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad OR a My Acrylix Size A Stamp Set

Order $100 or more and
you will ALSO get to choose either a My Reflections Paper Pack or a My Acrylix Size B Stamp Set.

For each additional $50 in orders over $100,
you get to ALSO choose $10 in bonus gifts -- choose from any combination of stamp pads, stamp sets, blocks or paper packs.

Your order will also be eligible for the Stamp of the Month and Holidays From The Heart specials!

Be sure to join the Holidays From The Heart Gathering to be entered in the December 15 Mystery Hostess drawing!

*After you place your order, I'll send you an email to find out your FREE GIFT selections!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Soccer Artbooking Layout

Do you have some old sports pictures that you'd like to add to your scrapbooks? My daughter has only played competitive sports one season a few years ago so I wanted this layout to be special. I used the Artbooking cartridge to make custom titles, overlay and other elements for these pages.

The overlay is on page 83 of the handbook.  It is really easy for the overlays to overpower everything else on the page, including the pictures. So I cut it out of the grey print from the Proplayer Paper pack to create a tone-on-tone design with the Slate cardstock. This helps keep the pictures as the focal point while adding great detail.

I cut the full page overlay because I was planning to just make a single page layout. However, I found that the pictures hid most of the overlay, so I cut it in half and split it between the two pages. In doing this, I was able to display the most relevant words like "fun" and "go team" and hid the ones that didn't really fit a kindergarten soccer team ("defense"). 

I cut the word "Soccer" and the ball from this same page. I stole the word "Girl" from the very girly page 80 and "Read. Set. Go" from the school layout on page 69. I love how you can mix and match titles, photo mats, borders and overlays from different layouts on the cartridge.

I cut everything at 11.5" so it was all scaled appropriately for a 12" x 12" scrapbook page. I love the relative cut sizing on the Artbooking cartridge! When you work with this cartridge, you set the cut size based on the completed project size rather than the individual image size. It really simplifies pulling together a layout - no more recutting because the size isn't what you expected. (By the way, if you want an image cut a specific size, you can press the "Real Dial Size" button.)

Other embellishments are from the Proplayer Assortment and a couple Slate Twist Ties. I also used a few of the stars that were cut from the overlay. The opposite side was a darker design that showed up well on the slate base pages.

I have several projects lined up this holiday week. I hope that you also find time to relax and create as well.

Keep Creating,

Friday, November 15, 2013

Festive Friday Blog Hop: November Edition

Welcome once again to the Festive Friday blog hop! On one Friday each month through December, you can hop through our blogs to holiday cards, layouts or home decor items using the amazing new products in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book. I hope you enjoy this paper "eye candy"! Just one more reason to love Fridays!

Follow these links if you missed my earlier posts:
- August Post
- September Post
- October Post

If you came here from Diane's blog, The Happy Scrapbooker, then you are on the right track. Your hopping path is circular and you will visit each of us by following the links.

This month, I've decorated a My Creations Star with the Frosted Paper. The first thing I did was ink the outer edges, ridges and valleys of the star with Champagne ink.

Cutting the paper to cover the star was made much easier using a template provided by Close To My Heart. You can access it HERE. Simply print this page on a 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. You can either cut five pieces of decorative paper using the first pattern and fold each one in half to cover each point of the star. Or you can ten pieces using the second pattern. 

I choose to use the second so I could use all the beautiful prints in the Frosted paper pack. As I cut them out, I laid them out to find the best order. 

The Peace banner is from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (page 80). To make the centerpiece, I stamped Classy Doily (B1424) twice on Champagne and Frosted Blue cardstock. I trimmed the Champagne image down to the 10-pointed star and the Blue one to the 5-pointed star in the middle. 

I used several layers of foam tape to get the banner and star to be flat. The final touches are a couple Small Sparkle Flourishes and a small flower from the Base & Bling Floral Accents assortment.

Be sure to check back on December 13th for our next installment of the Festive Friday Blog Hop. But for now hop on over to Michelle's Wandering Scissors blog, your next stop in today's hop.

Here's a complete line up of the hop:

Keep Creating!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Illuminate Blog Hop

Welcome to our November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month Close To My Heart is offering a stamp set called "Illuminate" throughout the month of November. This versatile set can be purchased exclusively through a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for $17.95 or for only $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50.

In this hop, you will see projects featuring this exclusive and inspirational stamp set by many talented crafty ladies! Enjoy our blog hop.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love2Create. If you came from Love2Create then you are in the right place!

My project is this hand-stamped candle. I absolutely love all the lamps and lanterns on this stamp set and I am planning to use them in other projects. But for this project, I decided to start with a source of light (my candle) instead of stamping one and just stamp the lovely sentiment.

Stamping on a candle has be on my crafty bucket list for awhile and I found that it was not as hard as I had feared. Thanks to a couple great tutorials (Melissa Riker and Julie Staab), I was able to complete this project in about an hour.

The first thing you need (obviously) is a candle. You will also need tissue paper, wax paper, a craft heater, stamps and ink pad.

Ideally, your tissue paper will match your candle, but I did not have any that matched the soft yellow of this candle. So I made my own by inking a piece of white tissue paper with Buttercup ink. I started out sponging, but that was too slow so I got inky and just pressed the tissue into the ink pad. Then let it dry for a few minutes.

Although this tutorial is called stamping on a candle, that is not actually what I did. Instead I stamped on the tissue paper which I later adhered to the candle. I used Black ink and once it had dried, I trimmed around the sentiment.

Next, I laid the stamped image on the candle and cover with wax paper. 

Then I heated it with a craft heat gun until the wax paper turned shiny due to the wax melting. You want to make sure the wax on the underside of the sheet and the surface of the candle melts, so heat it just a few seconds after you see it change.

Next, I gently rubbed over the wax paper pressing the tissue into the melted wax of the candle. Slowly, I lifted off the wax paper. The first time I lifted it, one corner of the tissue paper stuck to the wax paper instead of the candle, so I just set it back down, heated and rubbed some more.

When I removed the wax paper, there were a few rough spots on the candle where the layers of wax had separated. To fix this, I heated those areas a little more and smoothed the wax by rubbing with the wax paper.

I finished off the candle with a little Huntington paper (cut with the Scalloped Border punch), Bronze Shimmer Trim and Brown Sparkles.

Your next stop on our Illuminate blog hop is 4 Hearts Scrapping with Jennifer.

Here is a complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.

Have fun creating!


Monday, November 4, 2013

New Product Preview: Picture Your Life & A Special Offer

Tonight, I have a sneak peak at a stunning new product called Picture Your Life from Close To My Heart.  There will be eight themes -- vacation, friendship, childhood and more.

Each kit will include 122 double-sided cards plus 10 unique Memory Protectors to capture it all. On the cards, you will find coordinating journaling prompts, headlines and illustrations. These protectors will hold a creative combinations of cards and photos. The result will be trendy pages that tell your story in a unique way.

This is the perfect solution for anyone who's scrapbooking time is limited! I can't wait to get my hands on this product and do some speed-scrapping. Unfortunately, these will not be available for purchase until the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book goes live in February.

So stay tuned!

However, you can earn yours Free by joining my team and submitting qualifying sales in your first few months as a Close To My Heart consultant! WOW!!!

This offer is on top of the already great deal on the new consultant kit - just $49 for over $150 in products.

OK, I bet you have some questions and I'd love to talk with you about them. Call or email me and we'll talk!


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Illuminate, November 2013 Stamp of the Month - Get yours for just $5!

The November Stamp of the Month is one of my favorite stamps sets in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book. I love all the fun lighting images and messages. However, I've been so busy that I have not had a chance to create with it yet, but I've got some projects going in my head. 

Here's a picture of all the stamps included in the set.

This stamp set really is loaded with images. I love all the styles of lights and it's going to be fun using the three halo stamps to really make them sparkle. The lamp post is a real classic. Plus you get five lovely coordinating sentiments. I can't wait to put them all together on a card or layout.

This stamp set is only available through November 31. The full retail price is $17.95, but you can get yours for just $5 -- over 70% savings. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Start shopping>>

Do you love the artwork in the picture above? You can find supply lists and helpful hints on my Close To My Heart website --> LINK

Get your stamp set today for just $5 by placing an order for $50. Don't forget that if your order is $100 or more, you will get to pick a free "starred" item from the Holiday from the Heart Gift Guide.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Announcing: New Huntington Card Kit available for order

I have a brand new card kit and it is now available to order! It uses the beautiful, rich Huntington papers and includes card bases, envelopes and embellishments to make a dozen "Thank You" cards. And you can only get it here!

Kit Contents:
  • Three sheets of Huntington B&T Paper
  • Two sheets of Solid Colored Cardstock (Champagne & Barn Red)
  • 12 Colonial White Cards and Envelopes
  • Bronze Shimmer Trim (Z1849)
  • Sparkles - Brown & Tan (Z1753)
  • 2 feet Burlap Ribbon
  • Full color instruction sheets
Additional items needed to complete your cards:
  • My Acrylix Perfect Fit - Thanksgiving Stamp Set (B1427)
  • My Acrylix blocks of various sizes
  • Barn Red & Olive Ink Pads
  • Artiste Cricut Cartridge
  • Paper Trimmer & Scissors
  • Sponge
  • Adhesives

Local Workshop Information:
Order the card kit above, the Huntington Workshop on the Go or the Huntington paper pack before Tues, November 5. Then come to my house in Arnold, MO complete your projects at a complimentary workshop in November.

There are three workshop dates in November:

  • Friday, November 15, 6:30 - 11:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 17, 2:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November 20, 9 am - noon
There is no additional charge to attend, but you must RSVP to reserve a spot.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy - Video Archive

There are now 8 videos in the Artbooking Made Easy series. If you have the cartridge, you will want to watch every single one of them and be inspired to make some really great layouts and other projects. If you don't have Artbooking yet, you will see what you are missing --- I can help you get your hands on one :)

I've posted the latest video below, but you can watch the complete series by clicking on this LINK.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

You could be the Holidays From The Heart Mystery Hostess!

Over the last week, I've posted several projects using products from the new Holidays From The Heart Gift Guide. This mini-catalog contains lots of brand new items - both Christmas and everyday theme that would make perfect gifts.

This catalog comes with a great deal! Choose one "star" product FREE for every $100 of retail-priced items in your order from the gift guide or the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book. Look for the starred items throughout the guide.

View Holidays From The Heart Gift Guide >>

I've decided to make ordering even more fun by having a Mystery Hostess gathering. You earn one entry for each $25 you order. Be sure to join the current Holidays From The Heart Gathering when you place your order.

The first drawing for hostess rewards will be on November 14 for all orders placed by that date. A second mystery hostess gathering will run from November 15 through December 15.

Order directly from my website or call/email me with your order.

Keep creating!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Santa Pop Up Card

I am having lots of fun with products from the new Holidays from the Heart mini-catalog.  I have a fun interactive card to show you today. 

Once again, I turned to silver embossing powder. Love this stuff! It really made Santa and his sleigh pop off the Ruby paper. 

I really wanted to make the sleigh fly and decided to use a pop-up card from the Artiste Cricut cartridge. First, I cut the "LOVE" card insert on page 51 of the handbook (Shift, Accent) from the dotted B&T paper. 

Then I covered the word LOVE with the stamped cardstock. Here's a view from the side.

Slate Ink

To see more projects using Holiday Gift Guide products, visit my fellow CTMH consultants participating in this hop by clicking on the photos below. 

This blog hop is open for members of the CTMH Blog Boosters. Please do not enter if you are not a member of the group. If you are a consultant, you can join the group on facebook. If you are interested in becoming a consultant, I'd love to help get you started!

Keep creating,