Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My three Sonoma Layouts

I finished my second and third layouts using the Sonoma kit--my favorite is the third one! 
 This is the featured layout....
 This is the second one, also in the brochure...
And this is one from the Magic book that I just really liked! 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

What to do while you're waiting on Irene...

Order your Streamlined Srappin' Kit for September!  You can click on the links on the right and use your debit/credit card to order.  You do NOT need to have a PayPal account to pay using PayPal--you'll just click pay by debit/credit card and you're good to go. 

Sonoma features the colors Olive, Smokey Plum, Bamboo, and Cocoa.  We'll be using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to create some flourishes and flowers to add to the layout.  I changed my layout last night:  what do you think?

I took the purple flourishes off and then had some tears in the green base, so I cut more purple and colonial white flowers and added them.  Then I cut a large corner flourish out of bamboo and cut it in half, and added that under the flowers.  I wanted to take off that larger purple flower from the top left corner of the white part on the left page, but it was stuck on there pretty good!  Comments welcome!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Consultant Kit Option: SONOMA!

Close to My Heart prides itself on listening to its consultants and its customers.  The original new consultant kit, containing the Typeset Workshop on the Go kit, features layouts and projects that use the new Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  For those who want to sign up but do not use or have a Cricut, CTMH is providing this limited time, PHONE sign up option!  This ket features Sonoma instead of Typeset, and includes all you see here.  The list on the kit contents is below the picture.

To sign up and get this kit, you must call Close to My Heart at 1-800-528-6715, between 8 am and 4:30 pm MST.  My consultant number is 9259156, which you will need for joining my team .  If you prefer the Typeset kit, you can join simply by clicking HERE .

 New Consultant Kit

 Wonderful business and creative products to launch your career. Over $280 retail value!
Includes a Read Me First Letter, current Idea Books (qty. 10), You Are Welcome Here Brochures (W1151), The Rewards Come Now Hostess Brochures (W1150), Studio J® Brochures (W111), Hostess Rewards Order Forms (W122), Customer Order Forms (W101), Studio J® Customer Order Forms (W1102), Studio J® Membership Cards (W1103), Studio J® 5-Pack Cards (W1104), Close To My Heart Color Wheel (W470), Autumn/Winter 2011 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1109), Cello Bags (W1152), Petite PerksLoveable Incentive Stamp Set (W2021), My Acrylix® Wonderful You Incentive Stamp Set (W332), Double Scrubber (Z1163), My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778), Bonding Memories® Glue (1512), Liquid Glass (Z679), Micro-Tip Scissors (Z534), Black My Legacy® Faux Leather Album (Z1345), My Creations® Memory Game (Z1614), Workshops on the GoSonoma Kit (G1028), Sonoma My Stickease® Assortment (X7143C) New England Ivy Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2135), Bamboo Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2103), Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2147), My Acrylix® Trinity Alphabet Stamp Set (E1021), My Acrylix® Vintage Type Stamp Set (D1481), 2" * 3V" My Acrylix® Block (Y1009), and a 3" * 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006). 

Below is the original Typeset new consultant kit.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sonoma Layout for Streamlined Scrappin' Club!

Well, the picture quality is not the best, but here is MY version of the Sonoma layout that we'll be making at September Club! 

Here's the brochure version again:
 I widened the chocolate brown scalloped border and moved it to the bottom of the patterned paper block.  I also used the Cricut AP cartridge to cut that out as well as the flowers and the swirly pieces.
I also stamped that swirly border with chocolate ink on the chocolate scalloped pieces.  The pattern called for cutting two 1.5 inch wide strips of paper, then scalloping them with the corner rounder.  I've done that lots of times and it works really well, but I wanted to see if I could do it on the Cricut with the Art Philosophy cartridge...and I could!  I chose a double scalloped edge border, cut it pretty wide (probably at 3 inches), and did it at 11 inches long (have to select fit to length to make this work).  When it's cut, I just cut it in half and trimmed the pieces to length.  Perfect! 

Remember, if you are joining me for Club in September, you need to purchase your kit BEFORE September 1st!!  It's easy to do, just click on your choice on the right side of this blog and you're all set!  I will take care of everything else! 

Studio J blog | Art Gallery : Studio J Online Design Software : Close To My Heart

I love Studio J. It is so easy to use and I can play for FREE anytime I want, and when I want a layout with large photos I always use Studio J because it's SO much more cost effective than printing a large photo at Walgreens. Below is a link to the Studio J blog, where today's post walks you through a layout using the Fanfare kit. Did you know you can choose any of our current or past kits in Studio J? Did you know there are Studio J exclusive kits?? And did you know that you can color customize ANY kit to the colors you want? It's so easy to do and looks fabulous when you get them in the mail! Check out this link and see what all the fuss is about!

Studio J blog | Art Gallery : Studio J Online Design Software : Close To My Heart

Saturday, August 20, 2011

SEPTEMBER Streamlined SCrappin' Club Kit: SONOMA!

Don't you love the green and purple combination of this layout??
This is SONOMA, our featured paper kit for September Club!  The basic kit is $20 and includes the full Level 2 paper pack, the full color brochure with directions, an assortment of embellishments, and we are also going to change this layout up a bit and add some Art Philosophy goodness to it.

For $35, you can upgrade to the FULL workshop kit, which includes the exclusive stamp set used in the layout above.  That kit also includes a full package of the pewter embellishments and a sponge, in addition to the full Level 2 paper pack and the brochure.  On the right side of my blog, you can see two BUY NOW buttons--the first is for the Basic Kit, the second is for the full Workshop Kit for $35.  Make sure you get your kit money to me by August 31st so I can buy your kits for you!  You can use those Buy Now buttons or send me a check/drop off a check.  I must have payment in advance to order a kit for you.  Thanks!

My Club ladies with their masterpieces!!

 Above:  Rose with her layout--lots of distressing and painting going on here! 
 Pat with her second layout--she came over Thursday night too and made the other layout, then came Friday night to make the second one. 
And Monicarol with her layout--she had not yet added all her embellishments (stars and tags and pennants).  My other three ladies from this month (Lara, Kerry, and Kim) didn't get their pictures snapped--sometimes I just don't think of these things in the morning!  Sorry girls!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My other two Typeset Layouts

For my club this month, we completed this Typeset layout:
Before my club met this month, I completed two additional layouts with the same kit to see how much I could get out of one Level 2 paper pack now (since they were changed with this Idea Book).  I added two sheets of Kraft cardstock and got this (made mostly with scraps!):

I didn't even follow a sketch at all (gasp!) but used my scraps and just made them fit.  The photo mats of the right page were cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge (of course) in juniper and then matted with cocoa cardstock.  The big number two is cut from Kraft and random stamped with a journaling stamp set I had:

I sponged some cocoa ink around it to make sure you could see the edges, and popped it up with foam tape too.  Behind it is a juniper-colored award ribbon ( love that set!) and half of a scalloped circle that I had left over from the other layout I'm going to share with you.

On the right page, I made some more Cricut shapes (all from Art Philosophy):

The smaller shape is Kraft paper again, matted with leftover B&T from the Typeset kit.  I put brads next to where it says Brother and Sister because I am going to make a layout about my kids with this one.  That stamp set came with the Cricut cart, by the way.

The ticket is Kraft again, stamped with one of the sets that came with the cart, and topped with a Tim Holtz rosette from the Sizzix.  I finally found one of those in AC Moore and used my coupon to get it for half price.  It's the one that makes two mini rosettes--awesome!  That border along the bottom there, that looks like lace?  That is the zip strip from the Typeset kit!  Don't throw those away!

The other layout is based upon Magic:  Final Cut from page 122.  I modified it a bit because I was too lazy to go downstairs that night and get my Magic book.  So, I actually just cut stuff out!  You who know me well know that I NEVER do this!  But it worked out well:

This is pretty much what the second layout looked like in the Typeset brochure--it needs "more" but it's a good start.  One thing I did that I REALLY like is I made my own corrugated shapes:

See the black bracket??  I cut that out with the cricut and ran it through my crimper!  I had to dust off the crimper first, but it worked great!  I want to rub some pearl paint on it to make it pop more.  Behind the bracket is half of a postage stamp shape in creme brulee and half of that scalloped circle that I used in the previous layout.
I made the pennant on the cricut and plan to put some journaling there.  There's the other half of the postage stamp piece and the other bracket.

This needs more too.  The star shape come from the cricut but it needs some bling or something.  I will jazz it up when I get some pictures on there.  The scalloped border under the black cardstock also came from you-know-where---I can now say I am addicted to the Cricut!  SOOOOO awesome! 

Next month we are making this gorgeous layout featuring Sonoma!  I will put some Buy Now paypal buttons on here soon so if you want to come to club next month, you need to purchase your kit ahead of time!  Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 15, 2011

It's the Double D stamp set!! Available TODAY!

 Ok, so here's what you need to do to get LOTS of FREEBIES starting TODAY!
1.)  Place an order of $75 (or more)
2.) Add your Stamp of the Month for $5 (below, called Wicked, SO awesome!)
3.)  Say YES to the FREE A-size stamp set (second photo)
4.)  Say YES to the FREE Double D stamp set (third and fourth photos)
5.)  Get ready for the Fed Ex guy to bring you tons of awesomeness in 7-10 days!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cool scrapbooking Blog...

I really love checking out other scrapbooking blogs!  There are many CTMH consultant blogs that I go to just about every day because they are so inspiring to me.  I came across this non-CTMH blog and thought it would be interesting to share with you--Here is the logo:

Make sure you go there and check it out!  One of Close to My Heart's susperstar consultants has been featured there--Melissa Laverty whose blog is  If you've had our Idea Book in the past few cycles, you've seen her super cute kids featured in there! 

Anyway, on this blog Eric (the blogger) goes through his scrapbook pages and analyzes them for success or needs improvement.  I found that to be really interesting.  I almost always use Close to My Heart's How-To books, so I feel that my pages are generally quite balanced in number of photos and papers used.  I can't really go wrong with colors since I use CTMH colors exclusively.  The one place I get messed up with is embellishments--I sometimes don't like how my clusters come out.  But I know they all "go" together, since they're all CTMH.  That is really my favorite thing about Close to My Heart--I don't stress over colors matching or embellishments going with my paper choices.  I do know that most scrappers use a variety of companies to scrap--so I thought you might like this Load of Scraps blog.  Happy Scrapping!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Gonna miss this girl...

This is my girl, Maggie.  She is going on her first overnight trip without me and I am not handling it very well.  I know she's going to have a good time and I know she'll come home on Sunday with plenty to tell me about...but she's my girl, and I'm awfully used to her being with me 24/7.  Who is going to tap me on the shoulder as soon as the sun comes up to tell me shes awake?  Who is going to ask me five thousand "What if...?" questions all day?  Who is going to make her brother laugh so hard he wets his pants?  Who is going to make "rough seas" in the pool for us?

I am quite glad her brother will be home with me--I really don't think I could make it with both kids gone. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Typeset: BOTH pages of the featured layout!

My favorite Idea Book EVER!!

Okay, yes, I do love every Idea Book when it comes out!  But this one is truly my favorite!  Close to My Heart has done it again--blown the doors off of creativity and has partnered with Prove Craft to offer the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!!  I have had a Cricut for years, but rarely used it because the shapes didn't match my stamp sets and I found it hard to use the cartridges available with my CTMH products the way I wanted.

Well, that's all changed now!  Our Art Philosophy cartridge works WITH our stamp sets, an even better choice now with their lower prices, and I can give up fussy cutting forever!  Well, maybe not completely but I won't have to fussy cut so many things!

Throughout the Idea Book are stamp images outlined in red--which means it has a coordinating shape on the Cricut cartridge.  The stamp set itself even has an outline around the shapes that coordinate, and it EVEN gives the SIZES!!!  I LOVE THAT!11  I cannot WAIT to get my Cricut Expression so I can cut out the Chinese food boxes, the spiral flowers, the pillow boxes, and OH so much more!  As soon as I can get cutting I will share with you what this cartridge can do.

One thing I have heard is that this Art Philosophy cartridge uses EVERY function button on the Cricut--something many cartridges do not do.  This cartridge is available NOW on my website and is ONLY $99~~which includes THREE exclusive stamp sets that work with the cartridge, AND THREE sheets of coordinating dimensional elements too!