Friday, July 31, 2015

It's Not To Late...Life Is Wonderful

Before we close out the month, I want to share two more projects I made using the July Stamp of the Month: Life Is Wonderful.

First here's a really simple layout using the Chalk It Up paper, complements and accessories.

Even though the title is simple stamping with black ink, it really pops out and the detail of the stamp set is gorgeous.

This page really is super simple. I just stamped the title, added some stripes of paper and photo mats then embellished with a few of the Chalk It Up chipboard and puffy stars. I love EASY!

The second project is an embossed card. I tend to forget about heat-embossing, but am always happy with the results. It adds subtle shine and a dimension. For the white writing, I used Versamark Embossing ink with White Embossing powder. To achieve the rich color of the word "Wonderful", I stamped with the Gypsy pigment ink and embossed with Clear powder

Usually when I'm taking project pictures I am fighting to prevent a glare, for this one was trying to capture the glossiness (is that a word?) and the dimension of the embossed images. I'm not sure I succeeded. Trust me it is much prettier in person.

To get your hands on your personal copy of this stamp with all the beautiful sayings, go to my Close To My Heart website ( There are three ways you can order this awesome stamp set:
1) Purchase it at full retail price of $17.95 = Good Value
2) Add it to your order of $50 or more for just $5 = Better Value
3) Add it to your order with $25 in regularly priced stamps for FREE = Best Value!

Using Studio J to preserve Kids Artwork

I love looking back at my daughter's artwork. Now that she is a teenager, the days of her proudly presenting her latest project to be added to the family gallery (i.e. refrigerator) are gone. As I was cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago, I found a box of some of these precious papers. 

I decided not to stack them back in the box where they would be hidden away, but instead put them in her school albums to be viewed and enjoyed. However, because they are odd sizes --- some on full 11" x 17" pieces of construction paper while others are doodles on scrap paper --- there was not a very neat way to get them into the books. 

Studio J to the rescue! Using my scanner, I converted each piece of artwork to a jpg. I uploaded these images into Studio J as if they were photos. Then I created a layout in Studio J using the "No Limits" pattern. The paper kit I selected is called "Discovery".

No Limits is basically a layout made up of two 12" x 12" photo wells. I converted them to journaling boxes and dropped this pretty "buggy" green paper into them. I added a title and then added photo wells for the photos. After I dropped the pictures of the artwork into the photo wells, I adjusted the sizes and moved them around until I was happy with the arrangement. 

This really was a quick project. The longest step was scanning the artwork. If you are not familiar with Studio J, you can give it a try using the link below.

Enter Studio J>>

You will be asked to create an account and then you can start creating. There is no software to purchase! In fact, you do not have to spend a penny until you are ready to order prints.

Hurry! There is still time to take advantage of the Flash Sale on Studio J prints. You can order a two page layout for just $5 (normally $6.95). This special ends TODAY (July 31) at 5 pm (MDT)!

If you have any questions about Studio J, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Now that I have these precious pieces of art copied into her scrapbook, I am trying to convince myself it is ok to get rid of the originals. My mind says it is, but my heart is having trouble catching up. How about you, do you save the papers from your children's younger ages?

Keep Creating,

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Studio J Flash Sale!!

Close To My Heart just announced a FLASH SALE on Studio J layouts!!! Starting today, you can order our beautiful 2-page 12x12 layouts for just $5! That's just $2.50 per page ! 

This is the perfect time to do some catch up using this online digital scrapbooking program. If you have not used Studio J, you are in for a treat. The program is easy to learn, creating is quick, there is no mess and the layouts are beautiful!

To get started simply click on this link to set up an account, upload your pictures and get started. Since the layouts are printed on 12" x 12" high quality photo paper, you can put them in your scrapbook albums with your traditional layouts.

Get started now because this offer is only through July 31 at 5 pm MDT (that's 6 pm for us in CST).

By the way, Studio J is compatible with our hostess program and my hostess club. Let me know if you have questions about how to take advantage of either of these.

Happy Creating,

Friday, July 10, 2015

Why I do what I do...

I'm a scrapbooker. I have always loved pictures and the stories they tell. Everyone has a story to tell --- what is yours?

That is what Close To My Heart is all about. That's why I love this new video that showcases all the ways we can help you tell your story...

You have the pictures. Let me help you preserve the memories you captured with your camera -- or phone!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Going, Going, Gone! Check out these retiring items!

Sadly it is time to say good-bye to some favorite Close To My Heart products. This includes the entire line of Blossom and Jackson coordinating products!

Other products from the Seasonal Expressions 2 book that are retiring are also retiring:

  • My Crush For Her & For Him books
  • Boardwalk & Carnival Washi Tape Packs
  • Oceanside & Coral Reef Sequins
  • Brave & Bubbly Enamel Shapes

In addition many items in the annual Inspirations Idea Book are also retiring:

  • ALL of the paper collections
  • ALL Picture My Life sets
  • ALL My Crush items
  • ALL Cut Above Kits
  • ALL Base & Bling Style Sheets
  • ALL ribbon and washi tape 
  • ALL dimensional elements
Plus several home decor items, embellishments and other accessories are also going away!!!

The ultimate retirement date is August 31, but keep in mind that as of now these things are available only While Supplies Last! This means that if you want any of these for yourself, you need to act now. Once the current supplies are gone, they are gone for good.

Click here to see a handy summary of all of the retiring items >>

You can also view all the retiring items (that are still available) in the retiring items section my Close To My Heart website.

Life Is Wonderful, July Stamp of the Month --- get it for FREE!

This month's stamp of the month reminds us of all the wonderful things in our life.
The fonts and images used for these sentiments are perfect for today's trendy chalkboard projects. You can add them to a layout that captures one on of life's precious moments or a card that celebrates a moment in time. 

Take a look at the beautiful projects below designed by the fabulous Close To My Heart artists for inspiration.

Remember this stamp set is only avialable in July.
There are three ways you can get this awesome stamp set:
1) Purchase it for the retail price of $17.95 = Good Value
2) Add it to your order of $50 or more for just $5 = Better Value
3) Add it to your order with $25 in regularly priced stamps for FREE = BEST VALUE!

Option three is available only during our "Jump on It" July Special. For more information about this special see yesterdays post.

Start shopping now>>

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jump on it in July! Get a Hostess Exclusive Stamp set for $5 or a FREE Stamp of the Month

Do you like to stamp? Do you like sweet deals? Well, you are in luck! The July special "Jump on it" compbines stamping with a super sweet deal!

During the month of July, when you purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps, you will qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month for FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in the current Idea Books for just $5! This is a savings of up to $17.95!

The July Stamp of the Month, Life Is Wonderful, which is pictured below is perfect for today's trendy chalkboard stamping. Usually a $50 purchase is required to add this stamp set for $5, but now it is FREE with your qualifying stamp purchases!

If you'd rather get one of the Hostess Exclusive stamp sets, you have lots to choose from! Three of them are shown below, but you'll want to check out all of them! You can view all of them by clicking on THIS LINK. Then open the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book to pages 4 & 5 AND the Annual Inspirations Idea Book to pages 5 - 10.

A list of the qualifying stamp sets will also appear when you view your cart that includes the qualifying stamp purchases.