Saturday, November 22, 2014

"She Art" - Check It Out!

The CTMH Team Builders event was held last weekend.  Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to our recent move but I have enjoyed reading, learning and seeing all that took place at the leadership conference, including a fabulous form of art called, "She Art."
Here is one sample (shared from the blog) to grab your attention.  Head on over to our CEO's blog Make It From Your Heart to find out all the details and to see the other beautiful creations!  I am sure you will love it as much as I do.  A 6x6 canvas is on my next order - to be placed this weekend - and I will work to create my rendition.  I will post it when it is finished.

I am enjoying this overcast and supposed-to-rain Saturday, getting ready to go papercraft with my team members/friends.  I hope you are enjoying your Saturday!

P.S.  I got my new business cards in!  I love them!  :)  What do you think about them?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Just For You Card Using the Stamp of the Month

I saw a card - but cannot find it again - that inspired me to create this simple but appealing card.  If you have followed me for long, you know I like that kind of look - sometimes less IS better.
I used the "dot" background from the November Stamp of the Month to add some color to the base of the card, using Olive ink, after laying it on some solid, coordinating cardstock.   I stamped the leaf and vine on the card as well and then added some 3-D flowers from the stamp set.  Some Clear Sparkles ALWAYS adds to the card; I think that's the case here.
 Here is a color variation to the card.  I used Twilight ink.
These cards were fun (and easy) to make.  I was really pleased with the look and hope you are too!  The stamp set is available for just $5 this month with a qualifying order.  Click here to place your order!

Happy Friday eve!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Celebrating Studio J All Month Long!

Where can you go to buy a layout - or the supplies - for a beautiful and quality layout for JUST $5?  Nowhere but to Studio J!  What is Studio J, you ask?  It is Close To My Heart's online digital scrapbooking program that is completely FREE to use; you only pay when you want your layouts printed and shipped to your door!  Sound too good to be true?  It is not and it is even better than that...

I created eight layouts for my cousin who needed scrapbook layouts to present to her daughter at this year's soccer banquet.  She was not quite sure where to head when she contacted me late last month.  With this month's Studio J promotion, I knew this was the perfect solution for her and I was right!  Here are two of them - I'll be sharing other Studio J creations throughout the month - from her daughter's early years in soccer.
This "Game On" layout (above) was designed for me.  It's from the Designer Collection.  Would you believe I just made a few simple edits - enlarging a photo well and adding in a few stars?  That is it!  Isn't it fun to see the years inserted on the photos?  I did that.  Just typed it in and changed the font to white.  Cool, huh?
I did very few edits to the above layout as well.  I kept it pretty simple, wanting to draw attention to the photos.  A ribbon and a few buttons was all it took to make this layout attractive and athletic-looking.

She provided the photos, some of the titles, and the journaling information.  I created these layouts for her and she received them, in her hands, just three business days after she placed the order.  She paid just $5 per layout and they did arrive on her doorstep.  More importantly, she absolutely loved them saying they were more beautiful in person.  I tried not to say, "I told you so."  lol  The quality of Studio J layouts is absolutely phenomenal.  

If you are interested in knowing more about Studio J or would like for me to create some layouts for you and/or your loved ones, let me know.  They are on sale this month - at 25% off - but are only $6.95 in a typical month - still very affordable for a high-quality product.  Let me know what you think of them.

Have a Wacky Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NEW Albums have Arrived!

We have just added stylish 1 1/2" D-ring and post-bound albums, perfect for your holiday projects and they are just $34.95!  (Black and Lagoon are currently available with the red, floral to be released soon!)
The D-ring style is great for projects using divided Memory Protectors such as Picture My Life layouts.  The post-bound style is ideal for showcasing class 12" x 12" scrapbook layouts side by side featuring the lay-flat seams.  It is sturdy binding for securing thicker layouts.  With both styles, Memory Protector capacity varies depending on thickness and weight of layouts.  Albums are non-expandable.

Click here to see the albums currently available.  I have just ordered one and can't wait for it to arrive in my hands!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Love & Good Cheer

This card was fun to make using the sketch shown at the end of this post.  I have fun trying new patterns and seeing what I can make of them.
Using the stamp set included with the Workshop on the Go Snowhaven Cardmaking Kit and Single Snowflake - which just costs $2.95 - I kept this card pretty simple.  I loved adding our Grey Glittler Paper and Pink and White Glitter Gems to add some glitz to the card.  Of course, I had to add 3-D Foam Tape for some added dimension.
I used our ShinHan markers to color/highlight the images and...  Do you notice the "cardstock" borders match the markers exactly?  That is because I used the broad side of the marker to color in the edges of white cardstock so they would match.  Too fun and easy, right?!  Love that I can make the cardstock match perfectly to any marker color I choose!

Here is the sketch I used from Freshly Made Sketches.
We enjoyed chilly temperatures and some snow yesterday - perfect for setting the mood for the holidays and a reason to stay inside and create!  Have a great week!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Join the Close To My Heart Adventure!

Why not treat yourself for the holidays?  Who knows what you want most, but you?!

How would you like to get $370+ in scrapbooking products/supplies for just $99?  Our newly-released consultant kits are absolutely fabulous and can meet your scrapbooking or cardmaking needs.  Not to mention, I would love to add you to my Heartfelt Sentiments Team.  (In fact, the first person who contacts me with interest to sign up and follows through first, will receive an additional $25 in products for doing so!  I am working to meet a goal and you can help!)

Check out the fun contents of both kit options below and let me know if you have any questions.  I would love for you to join me on this CTMH Adventure!  #16yearsandgoingstrong

The Scrapbooker's Consultant Kit includes a huge supply of CTMH products, perfect for creating beautiful scrapbook layouts and pages, all for only $99 (retail value over $370)!
  • Annual Inspirations (qty. 5)
  • Seasonal Expressions 1 (qty. 15)
  • Hostess Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Customer Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Close To My Heart Cardstock Sampler (W471)
  • Close To My Heart Paper Fundamentals Sampler (W1133)
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1130)
  • Seasonal Expressions B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1134)
  • Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set (qty. 5) (W2030)
  • Workshops on the Go™ Hopscotch Scrapbooking Kit (G1091)
  • Hopscotch Complements (X7194C)
  • Heartstrings B&T Duos™ Bulk Pack (BULK365)
  • Stuck On You Puffies (Z3037)
  • Heartstrings Assortment (Z3015)
  • Flaxen Extra Thick Twine (Z3036)
  • Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918)
  • Black Arrow Washi Tape (Z2003)
  • Bling Gems Gold Assortment (Z2023)
  • Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2642)
  • Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2196)
  • Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2173)
  • Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2641)
  • Picture My Life™ Hopscotch Scrapbooking Program (Z3045)
  • My Acrylix™ Rain or Shine (D1634)
  • My Acrylix™ Assorted Edges (D1635)
  • My Acrylix™ Brushstrokes (C1608)
  • 2" × 3½" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1009)
  • 2" × 6½" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1010)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Carmine Marker (Z2448)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cerulean Blue Marker (Z2449)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker (Z2452)
  • My Legacy™ Outdoor Denim Post-Bound Album (Z1346)
  • My Creations™ Hip Pics Album (Z1956)
  • Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836)
  • My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
  • My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512)
  • Sponge (Z697)
  • Liquid Glass (Z679)
  • Cello Bags (qty. 25) (W1152)
(Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.)

The Cardmaker's Consultant Kit contains a wide selection of CTMH products, ideal for creating stunning cards, all for only $99 (retail value of over $370)!


  • Annual Inspirations (qty. 5)
  • Seasonal Expressions 1 (qty. 15)
  • Hostess Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Customer Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Close To My Heart Cardstock Sampler (W471)
  • Close To My Heart Paper Fundamentals Sampler (W1133)
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1130)
  • Seasonal Expressions B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1134)
  • Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set (qty. 5) (W2030)
  • Workshops on the Go™ Heartstrings Cardmaking Kit (G1090)
  • Hopscotch B&T Duos™Bulk Pack (BULK366)
  • Hopscotch Assortment (Z3016)
  • Junebug Puffies (Z3038)
  • Pixie Extra Thick Twine (Z3035)
  • Red Shimmer Trim (Z1848)
  • White Shimmer Trim (Z3024)
  • Red Enamel Hearts (Z2009)
  • Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2196)
  • Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2173)
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad (Z2195)
  • My Acrylix™ Happy To Be Friends (C1605)
  • My Acrylix™ A Bunch Of Thanks (C1603)
  • 1" × 1" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1000)
  • 1" × 3½" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1002)
  • 2" × 2" My Acrylix™ Block (Y1003)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker (Z2465)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cherry Pink Marker (Z2450)
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker (Z2463)
  • White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack (X254)
  • My Creations™ Hip Pics Album (Z1956)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Z1836)
  • My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
  • My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512)
  • Sponge (Z697)
  • Liquid Glass (Z679)
  • Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder (Z2068)
  • Versamark™ Ink Pad Tsukineko™ (Z891)
  • Water Color Pencils (3505)
  • Cello Bags (qty. 25) (W1152)
(Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.)

Click HERE to join my team today!  You will be glad you did!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cut Above Cafe' - Christmas Goodies Workshop

Don't you just love artwork creations that do not require any cutting but instead, just some adhesive and easy assembly?  I do! is not too much for you to expect just that!

We have an awesome new product line called "Cut Above", designed for just that reason.  You can join me on November 29th, in Mansfield (TX), for just $10, where you will walk away having created one of each of the items below.  This workshop provides you an opportunity to create a sampling of these products, allowing you to choose which you want to order and assemble for the holidays.
Click this link for more details on this class.  You can even purchase the class if you are long-distance from me.

I look forward to you joining me for some craftin' fun!  Wishing you a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Congratulations on Your Exciting News!

Creating this card was fun and I like the look of it.  I placed washi tape across the middle of the card and used it as a "mask", random stamping the images from this month's Stamp of the Month in a diagonal pattern.
By removing the washi tape, a blank area was left where I stamped the sentiment in black ink.  I layered it on Cranberry cardstock, creating a matte, and this is what resulted.  I love the simple but clean look of this technique (which I saw somewhere but I cannot find where; it was not an original design).

The color combination chosen - Goldrush, Lagoon, Cranberry and Desert Sand - were inspired from a challenge at Heart 2 Heart Challenges a month ago.  (I created it to participate in the challenge and never posted it.  Oops!  Oh well, I still like it and am glad I gave the colors a try.)  Upon creation, I had no idea the reason for this sentiment but now I will be sent to someone to whom it applies.

Have a blessed week!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Autumn with an Attitude Blog Hop

Thank you for joining seven Close To My Heart Consultants from the Stampers with an Attitude team as we showcase autumn artwork with an attitude.  If you are coming from Di's Blog, you are on the right track.

The weather has begun to change, even in Texas, and I cannot believe Thanksgiving is around the corner.  Crazy enough, Christmas will be here before we know it!  This theme is perfect for this time of the year and I had fun creating this card with some B&T scraps and lots of fun layers and textures.
I used two different stamp sets on this card.  The one containing the fall images is the stamp set included with the Pathfinding Workshop on the Go (as you see below).  Aren't the images too fun?!  I really love how they added to this card.
The "Life is Beautiful" stamp image is from the "Your Kind of Wonderful" set.  I LOVE that sentiment and think it is perfect for the purpose of this card.  I hope you think so too!
I hope you life is beautiful as you enjoy this gorgeous November day.  Feel free to leave a comment and then hop on over to Jen's Blog to see what I know will be a beauty!

I used the Freshly Made Sketches 161 sketch for my design inspiration.  Fun stuff!
Happy hoppin'!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Artfully Sent Blog Hop

There are almost 50 Close To My Heart Consultants participating in this hop.  If you are coming from Peachy's Blog, you are on the right track.

I had fun creating this card, literally, with a push of just a few buttons. I was amazed at how easy it came together. The most difficult thing was thinking about what bling I was going to use to pretty it up.
 I cut a separate piece of Outdoor Denim cardstock to lay on the left flap and cut the panel out of Sky cardstock. The deer was backed with Desert Sand cardstock.
Deciding it needed a little something, I cut two 1/8" strips out of our Silver Glitter paper and a circle to back the snowflake. Some Clear Sparkles, to add dimension to the snowflakes, and a red one for Rudolph's nose were perfect husband decided he needed an eye. Lol I fixed that real quick with a bitty black Epoxy Bubble.

I had fun ceating this card and cannot wait to make more. How quick my Christmas cards can come together! Let me know what you think of my card and then head on over to Paige's Blog and see what she has in store for you.

Happy hoppin'!