Thursday, December 29, 2011

Last Chance for these kits: Mischief, Believe, Wonderland, and Dreamin'

Our new Idea Book has made its way to most consultants by now and we are busy drooling over all the fabulous new products!!!  I am so excited to share it with you, but not until February 1, 2012.

Until then, I can tell you that four of the current paper packs are retiring, so if you love them, get them now!  The photos below show the Workshops on the Go, one of my favorite products in the Idea Book.  These kits contain everything you see pictured and are $29.95.  SHOP NOW

Cards are an optional project and require additional supplies.

Banner is an optional project and requires additional supplies.

Box and cards are an optional project and requires additional supplies.

Card set is an optional project and requires additional supplies.

Check out the NEW tab called CLUBS: Something for Everyone!

More details to follow--but I am planning some awesome new opportunities for you to get some scrapbooking time into your schedule!  Make it a New Year's Resolution to get out and get scrappin'!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas to all!!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and good tidings and joy throughout the year!  Thank you for supporting my business!

Waiting for the FedEx man!!!

My NEW Spring/Summer Idea Books should be arriving tomorrow!  Merry Christmas to ME!!  I have heard about some of the new things in the book from consultants in Utah--they always get their books the fastest.  Some GREAT and VERY on trend things are coming!  I might be dancing to FOOTLOOSE as well (wink'll have to wait to hear why!)  SOOOOOOO excited!

I am also excited for Christmas Eve.  I love watching my kids feel the magic of it all, I love having my family together, and I think there might be some special stuff going on too.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

January Club: Wonderland

Blues, Greys, Chocoaltely brown, and shimmery goodness for January Club!  As of right now, Club is set for January 20th at 7 pm.  We'll be making this gorgeous layout plus two more at club and YOU are welcome to join us! 

One Little Word...I made my choice! my One Little Word choice for 2012.

to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.
My goal with choosing this word is to inspire myself to grow my Close to My Heart business in 2012.   I want to inspire the members of my Sandy Hearts team to grow their own businesses--we could all do with extra money, right?!  I want to inspire myself to continue growing and changing in my new life.  I want to inspire others to create and scrapbook their memories and stories.  I also hope to inspire other women to be STRONG.  I found strength in myself this year, and although right now is really hard, I know I am STRONG and I can find my way out of this.  I am a firm believer of one door door opens.  I am waiting for the right door to open and I am excited to see what awaits me in 2012!

Art Philosophy Banner--easy as pie!

I made this super cute banner for Natey's birthday this week, and used the Art Philosophy cartridge for all of it.  I had about 20 minutes to get it done, and that's all it took.  I cut the banner pieces from cranberry, moonstruck, honey, clover meadow, and white daisy card stock, and stars from sunny yellow.  All letters were cut from white daisy too.  I ran all the small letters and the stars through my Xyron X tape adhesive thingy and popped them on, then used CTMH's Bonding Memories for the rest of the letters.  All I used to string them together was cranberry ribbon and voila!  A cute custom made banner that I could re-use if I want next year, just changing the 5th to a 6th!  I used primary colors because Natey LOVES Mario Brothers, and their game packaging is very primary color-based.  He loved it and I was happy it didn't cost me a cent.  All the banners in the store were at least $5 and none of them fit my theme of primary colors, and I was tired of looking too.

And, by the way....I am still trying to figure out what the Universe is trying to tell me.  Yesterday while making almond spritz cookie dough, I got a double yolk in one of my eggs.  In all my life I have never gotten a double yolked egg.  I bought the exact same kind of eggs I always buy, same size, and boom--there it was.  Not a crazy thing, I know, but to happen THIS week was strange.  Still listening!

Friday, December 16, 2011

One Little Word...

I don't really follow along with the One Little Word project that Ali Edwards does...but I do usually think of a word and think about it a little bit at the end of each year.  This year I have some ideas of words that could define the next year of my life....







At this time I have too many choices and I know I have to pick one...any thoughts?  Are you doing OLW?  What is your word for 2012?  I have had many changes over 2011...and I am continuing to make more changes every day.  Even little things, like where the trash can is in the kitchen, are changes I am making because it makes me happy to change things that have bothered me for a long while.  More changes I plan on making include more purging of unnecessary junk that is clogging up my home, some personal changes....and more.  I actually like change, it energizes me and gets me going.  I have been in the grip of stress and anxiety for much of 2011, and going through a divorce that I had hoped would be amicable and as stress-free as I could make it be.  But it was not to be and so it has been extremely tiring to go through the process, as well as causing much anxiety.  I don't share a ton of super personal information here, but divorce is something that is consuming my life right now and maybe that would help explain a lack of artwork here on my blog.  When I am anxious, I have a hard time creating.  So days where I feel good, I do other stuff like clean up the house!  There's not been much time for creating where I actually felt like creating. So hopefully in 2012 when things are more settled, I will be able to create much much more than I could this year. 

Please leave me a comment and share your One Little Word, and what you plan on doing with it for 2012!!!

Check out our NEW format for the Idea Book!

Close to My Heart has updated the online platform for viewing our Idea Books--and it's *almost* as good as looking at it in person!  Click on the Idea Book below to go check it out!!

I still have some of these Idea books--you can email me and I can send you one for FREE!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I'm Listening....

Do you ever get the feeling that you're supposed to be realizing something...but you don't know what it is?  I am calling this "the Universe is trying to tell me something..."  somewhere in the cosmos a message is trying to get to me.  Now I have to listen and figure out what it is.  I'm listening, cosmos.....I'm listening!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A few Home Decor ideas from Close to My Heart

All products featured below can be found online at my website!

Ah, home sweet home, where we get to decorate to our heart’s delight! Add these beautiful DIY d├Ęcor pieces to your home to live inspired every day. We’ve chosen a sleek color scheme of Grey Flannel, Black, and White Daisy, with a pop of Pear, and we used the graphic flowers from the My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Workshop set to add subtle texture to the White Daisy paper in the desk calendar and art canvas. Here are a few hints for you as you create these chic projects.
Desk Calendar
Desk Calendar
  • Create the triangular base of this calendar by folding a 12" × 12" piece of chipboard at the 3" and 7 1/2" marks.
  • Insert three pins from the Bling assortment (Z1466) and clip the sharp ends if they protrude too much. (Tip: You can use hot glue on the back to anchor the pins.)
  • Cut twelve 3 1/2" scalloped squares from Pear cardstock using the shape on the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge (Z1686) and sponge the edges with Pear ink.
  • Cut twelve 3 1/2" squares from Grey Flannel cardstock and sponge edges with Grey Flannel ink.
  • Use the 3" chipboard squares from the My Creations® memory game (Z1614) for the date tiles. Stamp the background flower pattern in second generation using Grey Flannel ink and then stamp the month or numbers with black StazOn® ink. Sponge the edges with Grey Flannel ink. (Tip: Stamp two of numbers 1 and 2. Stamp one each of numbers 3 – 9 and 0.)
  • Back each month and date tile with the 24 pieces of cardstock and then punch a hole in the top for easy hanging.
Art Canvas
Art Canvas
  • Cut a piece of cardstock to the size of your canvas. (Tip: Do all your stamping and inking first before attaching the cardstock to the canvas.)
  • Select four or five alphabet stamp sets, varying the size and styles. (Tip: You can create this “subway art” look with whatever alphabet sets you have on hand.)
  • Choose a few simple icon stamps to fill in empty areas.
  • Play around with the placement and spacing of the letters and icons before stamping.
  • Stamp the words and icons with black StazOn® ink.
  • Attach the finished cardstock piece using a thin coat of Mod Podge applied to the canvas.
  • Cut out 130 2" scalloped circles from Grey Flannel cardstock using the shape on the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge (Z1686) or by punching the circles using the 2" scallop circle punch (Z1392).

  • Staple the circles together in stacks of five.

  • Squeeze and scrunch the edges then adhere two stapled sets together on the flat sides to create a spherical shape.

  • Sponge edges with Grey Flannel ink if desired.
  • Place the finished flowers inside a glass carafe or vase.
  • Wrap Sweet Leaf ribbon from the Designer Ribbon green collection (Z1616) around the neck of the vase to accent.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Studio J can help you finish your gift shopping for everyone on your list!

The gift-giving season can be an uplifting time of merriment and joy... but it can also feel a bit hectic. It’s nice to know you can count on Studio J® to help you give meaningful gifts that don’t require a lot of time or money. Here are a few ideas to simplify your life and save time for both the giver and the receiver.

  • Make one family layout and print multiple copies for everyone. (Time: 15–45 minutes) With Studio J, printing extra copies of a layout is as simple as changing the quantity on the checkout screen. Or, if you prefer, create one layout, then copy it into a new project as many times as you like and customize it for each recipient.
  • Give a Studio J 5-pack along with a Quick Pic™ album. (Time: 5 minutes) Since a 5-pack includes free layouts, free shipping, and free Memory Protectors®, it’s everything they’ll need to create a finished album!
  • Present a loved one with a 3-month Studio J membership. (Time: 5 minutes) A 3-month membership costs just $30 US / $33 CAN and is the perfect way to help someone “get their feet wet” with Studio J and give them complete access to a product you love. Combine it with a 5-pack to make it an extra-special stocking stuffer!
  • Give a gift certificate for one-on-one Studio J training. (Time: 35 minutes) With Studio J, you can create two 2-page layouts in just 30 minutes. Give a gift certificate for a 30-minute session of one-one-one training where you help them create two layouts. Once you’ve shown them how fast and easy it is to scrapbook the Studio J way, they’ll be excited to create more pages on their own!
So put on the holiday music, pour yourself some eggnog, and pull out your holiday gift list. Studio J is a great way to help you give the gift of memories—without taking much time!

Start right here:  Click on Studio J to give it a try for free!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Rock the Block stamp set

Thought you might like to see the actual exclusive stamp set that comes in the Rock the Block campaign starting December 19th! 

Isn't that lovely??  The stamps are perfectly sized to stamp on the 2x2 blocks that come with this campaign.  Flourishes are always useful and you can use those on just about anything!  I have this set already (a perk of being a consultant!!) and it is awesome!  I see myself using this one over and over again for lots of projects!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Are you looking for a job you can do from home???

I have been looking for a job for the past few months, and it's been tough.  I have a teaching degree in Elementary Ed, and I left teaching two years ago joyfully.  The economy tanked right after that and in NJ we had a new governor who really went after cutting the excesses in education.  Unfortunately, that meant many teachers got cut and there aren't many positions that open each year.  I went for a Mantoux test a month ago and had a panic attack that afternoon--all from the thought of going back to teaching!  ACK!  What is that all about?  I am not sure, but I know in my heart I am not meant to be back in the classroom.  I've applied to many retail stores too but with limited experience and my availability, I'm not very hireable. 

My personal life has been through some major changes this year as well--since Easter I have had a hard time working my business like I want to.  Between my parents working and most scrapbook events taking place at night or on weekends, I just haven't been able to get out there.  I LOVE doing gatherings and teaching people how to scrapbook--it is truly my passion and I certainly love the products I sell with Close to My Heart.  I do buy other products sometimes, but to be honest, I rarely like the scrapbook pages I make with other products.  CTMH is my brand, through and through. 

Why am I blogging about this?  Because I want to be able to live on my Close to My Heart business!  It was always my dream to be a great mom to my kids, and for me to be able to do that, I need to work from home.  I understand that other people can work full time jobs away from home, come home and cook dinner and do homework and get the laundry done and all of that.  And I did that for many years!

To be my best at my most important job, being a mom, I need to work form home.  I can help others do this as well--even if all you want to do is make some extra money to buy your own scrapbooking products!  I am experienced (just celebrated my FOUR year anniversary with CTMH), I am available (you can call me, email me, or text me with questions or concerns), I am knowledgeable about this business and also about scrapbooking techniques, and I am PASSIONATE about helping others be their best self too!  You can join Close to My heart for $99 and make that investment back in ONE gathering! 

Here's how you can decide if joining a scrapbooking direct sales company is for you:  you go to crops frequently, you have some friends who also scrapbook, you are always looking for sales or coupons to use to buy more scrapbooking materials, and you need some extra money!  CTMH is a direct sales company--not a pyramid scheme or some sort of scam.  Direct sales is one of the BEST businesses for women, because they are usually started and/or run by women!  CTMH was started by Jeanette Lynton (check her out on her blog, and she is still the leader of the company over 25 years later.  SHE owns the business, not some corporation, and SHE is passionate about the same thing I am--being the best mom for her kids. 

Go ahead and click on the tab at the top that says Join CTMH and read about how easy it is to get started, and what you get in your kit.  And go ahead and contact me with your questions!  I don't mind questions and would be happy to answer them for you.  If we are local to each other, I can meet you for coffee and tell you all about me, CTMH, direct sales, scrapbooking, and anything else you want to know!  Even if you are a novice scrapper, you can do this!  I was a novice when I started and leaned quite a lot!!! 

Make your own gift tags using the Art Philosophy cartridge!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Believe Club update!

So excited!  Each member of my Streamlined Scrappin' Club is getting their OWN package of Believe My Stickease for December Club!  FREE!  This is not part of the $20 fee but is a Thank You gift from me.  Isn't is so cute??  We are going to rock it out in December!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Cyber Monday Shopping!

Go ahead and click the shopping cart to begin shopping from my website! Also be sure to read the post below for some great ideas for your crafters on your list. I offer gift certificates in any amount that come in a customized gift box just for you!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Small Business Saturday!!!! Let me help you get your shopping done!

Thanks for stopping by!  You can take advantage of the SALE items on my website today and every day!  The sale section is updated regularly and features paper packs, ribbon, embellishments, die cut chipboard, stickers, and so much more!  Simply visit and shop away!  I send Idea Books to customers who order online, and if you already have an Idea Book, I will just have to send you a different little Thank You gift! 

Need some gift ideas for a crafter in you life?  Want some specific item numbers for YOURSELF so someone else can shop for you?  Read on!

Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Z1686 $99 (comes with cartridge, three stamp sets, and three sheets of die cut chipboard)


Magic Scrapbooking Program 9030 $21.95

My Legacy Faux Leather Album Z1344 (Hollyhock pink)  Z1343 (Dark Cranberry red)  Z1347  (Dark New England Ivy green) Z1346  (Outdoor Denim blue)  Z1342 (dark chocolate brown)  Z1345 (black)
12" x 12", $24.95 each

Memory Protectors Z4115 $22.95 for the Clear 12"x12" Value Pack of 50

Memory Protectors Flip Flaps Z1325 $4.95 for 12" assortment, Z4114 $3.95 for 4" x 6" flaps

Distressing Kit  Z1299  $35.95 includes everything a scrapper needs to distress paper in many ways!

Euro Paper Trimmer Z338 $29.95 small, compact, cuts perfectly every time!

Micro-Tip Scissors Z534 $9.95 best scissors for fussy cutting and all general cutting as well

VersaMat Z1279 $14.50  A self healing mat, grid on one side for perfect placement, foam on reverse side for stamping

Any of our Level 2 Paper Packs (please email me and I can steer you in the right direction for these!)

My Acrylix Organizer Z1038 $12.95 for someone who already has My Acrylix stamps and needs to start organizing!

My Acrylix Block Starter Kit Y1501 $19.95  One each of our most versatile clear blocks--MUCH better than those you find in stores! Set of three.

Double Scrubber and My Acrylix Spritz Cleaner Z1163 $10.95 and 1778 $4.25  Best way to clean your stamps!

Inks:  I recommend coordinating inks to paper used; however, here are some versatile colors that will work with just about anything:
**Chocolate brown  Z2111
**Cocoa brown Z2114
**Black Z2105
**Desert Sand Z2118
**Bamboo Z2103
**Pacifica  Z2192
**Cranberry Z2116
**Olive Z2137
**Honey Z2162
**Crystal Blue Z2117
Each Ink is $5.25 each


Studio J 5-Pack SJ5P $55.00
Studio J 12-month membership SJMEM12 $99.00
Studio J 3-Month membership SJMEM3 $30.00

My Legacy Faux Leather Album Z1344 (Hollyhock pink)  Z1343 (Dark Cranberry red)  Z1347  (Dark New England Ivy green) Z1346  (Outdoor Denim blue)  Z1342 (dark chocolate brown)  Z1345 (black)

12" x 12", $24.95 each

Memory Protectors Z4115 $22.95 for the Clear 12"x12" Value Pack of 50


Wishes Cardmaking Program 9032 $21.95

White Daisy Die Cut cards and Envelopes  Z1473 $5.95 10--4.25 x 5.5 cards
Kraft Die-Cut cards and envelopes Z1474 $6.95 10--6x6 cards
Cards and Envelopes:  White Daisy X254 $14.95, Colonial White X1410 $14.95 (50 cards and envelopes, standard size)
Clear Cards Z1323 $8.95 (4.25x5.5 assortment), Z1309 $8.95 (4.5 cards, scalloped circles and square assortment)
4.5 Circle Cards Z1352 $5.95 Colonial White, Z1353 $5.95 White Daisy

And there is SO MUCH MORE!  Feel free to contact me with any questions, or to describe the crafter in your life and let me assist you in finding the BEST gift for them!  I can also assist you with shipping and wrapping if you are local to me--I can have it delivered to me and I will wrap it for you!!  Trust me, the crafter in your life does NOT want an inflatable foot bath, she wants SCRAPBOOKING and CARD MAKING supplies!!!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Believe is December's Club Kit!

At Club last night we decided to complete BELIEVE as December's Kit!  We also decided to use Wonderland in January and Roxie in February, in case you were wondering ;)  Here is the featured layout:

Super cute and not overtly Christmasy.  You could certainly use it for whatever you wanted if you let off the Santa and the Christmas title.  The Workshop on the Go kit is shown below:

We will use the stars and the olive mini medleys at club regardless of what kit you choose, but the Santa stamp set is only available in the Workshop on the Go kit.  And of course we'll be adding at least two more layouts to this featured one so check back for that.  As always the regular club kit is just $20 and includes all sorts of things, like Art Philosophy shapes, extra cardstock, embellishments, stars, etc!  I have lots of holiday stamp sets to choose from as well.  If you love that stamp set shown above, you'll need to purchase the upgraded Workshop on the Go kit for $35. You can use the PayPal links on the right side to purchase either kit before NOVEMBER 30th! 

ALSO:  IMPORTANT CHANGE!!!  Usually we meet on the third Thursday, but to try to keep the craziness of the season to a minimum, we are meeting a week earlier, on December 9th.  This order will go in on December 1, so I must have payment by then!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dreamin' Club is this Friday night!

Here is our main club layout we're making Friday night--love love love this pack!  If you've missed club but would like to catch up--you can either buy the Workshop on the Go kit $29.95 + shipping and tax, or contact me to get the same kit my club members receive.  

Monday, November 14, 2011

Follow my blog and get a chance to win a FREE ROXIE Workshop on the Go kit!

Time for a GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!! I have been stuck on 39 followers forEVER and I would like that number to climb to 100! (at least) So, I am giving away a ROXIE Workshop on the Go kit, valued at $29.95. It contains:
Roxie Level 2 Paper Packet
My Acrylix® Roxie Workshop Stamp Set (C-size)
Bling Assortment
Black Hemp
Workshop Guide
Featured Colors: Black, Smoothie, Desert Sand, Tulip

All for a lucky winner! I will choose one person from ALL the followers (so the people in the first 39 are not left out) and that person will win the Roxie Kit. Thanks for following me!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Coastal Card---I am so going to lift this!

I found this card on my new favorite website---!  I love beachy decor and was looking for some ideas to create a beachy Christmas Tree this year.  I stumbled upon the Completely Coastal website and spent quite a lot of time looking at all the fabulous photos.  I plan on recreating this wonderful card with my stash of CTMH products as soon as possible--I am pretty sure I can get it pretty close.  When I get it done, I will certainly post it.  My son is sick and my daughter seems to be catching it too, but while I am taking care of them, I can plan all the wonderful things I want to make. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cherish the Day Stamp of the Month for November

This adorable set is available only in November!  These are monthly tickets, and of course there is a ticket that coordinates on the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!  SO cute!

And don't forget to get your Holiday Wishes Stamp set only in November! Mine is on its way, I can't wait to get it!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Holiday Wishes Card Class coming soon!

Card Class COMING SOON!!!  I am planning a Wonderland Card Class using the products below!  I am so excited!  Seriously, I have not held a card class in a REALLY long time...because the last one went so horribly wrong.  I have been too frightened to attempt another one.  BUT, because this fabulous Holiday Wishes set coordinates with the Art Philosophy cartridge, I think we can whip up some fabulous cards quickly and easily.  And, those of you who know me know that I make you cut your own paper....BUT NOT FOR THIS CLASS!!!!  Yes, that is correct, I will be cutting all the paper for you!!!!!!

Holiday Wishes stamp set PLUS
Wonderland Patterned Paper PLUS

Crystal Blue and Twlight card stock PLUS

6x6 Kraft Cards (all die cuts with envelopes) PLUS

Chocolate striped ribbon!
Stay tuned for the finished soon as the Fed Ex man drops it off I will be able to make the samples!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Holiday Wishes stamp set available NOW!!

Starting TODAY and continuing all through November, you can get the new D–size My Acrylix® Holiday Wishes stamp set featuring stamp images that coordinate with the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge for only $5 with a qualifying purchase!

 Isn't this gorgeous?  Four of the images coordinate with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge...the tree, the ornament, the stocking, and the star.  I love how this is such a Scandinavian look--I don't have any sets like this at all and I am of Swedish descent (among others!) so I am thrilled to get this set!!  All you need to do to get your own is order $25 in STAMP SETS and this one is added for just $5.  It cannot be ordered on its own, so treat yourself to a couple of stamp sets and add this one!!  I see a Holiday card workshop coming for those who buy this set...stay tuned for more details!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dreamin', a beautiful Fall kit!

 The featured layout with Dreamin'--paper ribbon, bronze Glitz Glitter Gel, and some Art Philosophy shapes of course!
 Close up of the paper ribbon...stamped a pattern with goldrush ink on the goldrush paper, then folded one piece into pleats.  Looks really good in person!
 Two Art Philosophy shapes layered to make the flower, accented with Glitter, and I stamped the branches behind it.  I popped up the flower with 3-D Foam Tape (my favorite!) and tucked some of the paper ribbon behind it too.
 The second layout---spray inked the bases with chocolate re-inker and water.  In the photo the paper looks really wrinkled, but it isn' spritzer pen sprayed in arcs because there was a bit of gunk on the sprayer part, so it made funny arcs when I sprayed.  Also, that long brown piece on the top left page is supposed to be on the top of the right page--I accidentally switched the pieces but I had already glued the 12 inch long piece and I didn't want to wreck the base page.  Oh well!
 These paper flowers are from the Art Philosophy cartridge, of course, one Pacifica, one Goldrush, one Honey.  I twirled them into shape, then put them under a 4 x 4 acrylic block and squashed the heck out of it.  Then I glued it with Liquid Glass, sponged it with chocolate ink, and rubbed some Glitte Gel over it too.  These flowers are really tight--I should have loosened them up more before I squashed them.  The leaves are also from the AP cartridge, stamped, glittered, or spritzed!
 This is the third layout we'll be making.  It's based on a layout that Corporate gave to consultants at the Leadershare Event recently (I didn't go, but have seen pictures).  For club we will make the scalloped square even bigger, I think ti will look better larger.  Or make it rectangular.  I added another piece of the orangey B&T patterned paper on the left, and then photo mats in Pacifica.  The bases here are also spray inked--but you can see it's much lighter on this layout than the second one. 
 Same leaves as the second layout--layered and tied with natural hemp.  I had some wooden buttons at hand and used on of those too.
This flower is the same as the ones on the second layout, but this one is looser and I think it looks better.  I inked this one too, put some leaves under it, and then separated all the strands of a piece of hemp at either end, but left it twisted in the center.  Then I folded it in half, stuck a glue dot under the twisted part and tucked it under the flower.  There is also a Mocha Pearl inside the center of the flower.  I like it!  I am working on my clustering skills--I love how clusters look on pages but I don't always get it to come out right.

If you'd like to join me for these layouts in November, simply click on the PayPal links on the left side of my blog and buy your kit!  I cut all the Art Philosophy shapes for you so you don't dip into your full sheets of card stock...and you'll get extra sheets of card stock for bases. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A sneak peek at DREAMIN', the Club Kit we are using in November!

I November, we are using the fabulous kit DREAMIN', and the video shows some ways to add Cricut pieces to the already great artwork! 

This is the first layout we'll be creating, but of course adding some Cricut flair to those photo mats!  I really love blue and orange together, and orange is one of the HOT colors right now in paper crafting as well as in fashion and home decor.  Did you know that at CTMH the designers look to fashion and home decor to see what is trending and what is hot, and then the designers translate those ideas into stamp sets and paper packs.  There will be more information coming soon about the November Club and how you can get in on the action!

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Studio J tab--learn to use this wonderful tool!

Last night I was blogging about joining CTMH and the FREE add-on kit you can choose this month, and I wrote a bit about Studio J.  It is really a great tool to use to catch up on your scrapping--scroll down to the previous post and read what I have to say on Studio J.  This morning I woke up and decided to create a handy-dandy tab here on my blog for you to use to learn how to use Studio J, and there will be tips and techniques in the videos as well.  CTMH corporate created all these videos for consultants to share with everyone and they are easy to watch--quick and to the point.  Remember, you can use Studio J for FREE every time to play and play and play!  When you decide that you want to purchase your layouts, you can buy them as a non-member...or purchase a 12-month or a 3-month membership, or just a 5-pack to purchase those layouts.  Membership has lots of benefits--click on the Studio J Membership tab to read all about that. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Close to My Heart Consultant Kit BONUS this month!

Just a reminder, if you have been looking for something just for YOU, a way to earn extra money each month, or a discount on fabulous high-quality products, this is the month to join Close to My Heart!

Every new consultant gets an opportunity to purchase extra add on kits, if they choose, at sign-up.  Each of these kits are $40, but are worth so much more.  For October only, new consultants can choose one of these add-on kits for FREE!

Below is the Roxie Add On kit--love those stamp sets!  And, by the way, I have been watching the AMC series Mad Men recently, and in the first season there is a scene in a restaurant where the wallpaper looks exactly like the zebra print in the Roxie pack!  I was cracking up!
 Here is the Elemental Add-On kit, so versatile and perfect for just about any occasion!    Those tags are everywhere--even in scrapbooking magazines. 
 And finally, Studio J.  If you have not tried this free online software program, you are missing a HUGE tool to get caught up on your albums.  The number one complaint I hear from my friends and customers is "I am SO behind on all my books".  Generally, many scrappers work in order of their pictures.  So the book they may be working on may be from 1, 2 even 5 or 10 years ago.  That means all their most recent photos are sitting and waiting for a VERY long time before getting their turn.  Now, I would agree that to scan in old photos to use in Studio J would take a long time, may be expensive, and just not for everyone.  But, imagine this:  you are working on your son's 5th birthday photos (he is now 23!).  You have a stack of photos you'd love to work on from his recent college graduation, but obviously, you can't scrap them because you are working on his 5th year album!  WHAT continued to work on the old stuff WHILE you use Studio J to scrap the new stuff???  It doesn't mean you have to convert to digital!!!  So many of us love to get inky and glittery and all that!  It just is a TOOL to use how you want to use it!  Not a replacement!  Just an additional way to get your pages done.

Below are some of my Studio J layouts--with a membership, I can order JUST JPEG files of my layouts and print them elsewhere, or order the layout printed by CTMH and get the JPEG for free.  Would you know just by looking at these that they are digital...if I didn't tell you?  And, by the way, these were some of my first layouts done with Studio J...I know so much more about the program now and there are so many more choices!  TRY IT FOR FREE!!!! and click on Studio J.  FREE!