Sunday, December 4, 2011

More...Maine Adventure!

Here are some more Studio J layouts that I made for my sister.  I gave her and her husband the album, when we were in NY for Thanksgiving...and they loved it!    REALLY pleased with the layouts...they were so simple to pull together and when I was done...I had them shipped directly to her home!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Timesaving Gift Ideas!

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!
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!

Holiday Tag Assortment

Gift tags are a must-have year-round in every home and even more so during the holidays. Learn how to turn out classy, custom gift tags in assembly-line style, with the help of the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge, in this Close To My Heart video. It's one more way to tell your gift recipient, "You're worth it!"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fall in love with Autumn

Make sure to capture your Autumn memories with this star-studded just 30 minutes or less!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Rock The Block!

Get ready to Rock the Block with our fabulous December/January Constant Campaign! Place a minimum order of $25 from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book and get two new products for just $15: the My Creations® Collage Cubes (a Spring/Summer 2012 sneak-peek product!) and the exclusive My Acrylix® Rock the Block E-size stamp set (available only during this promotion). That’s a retail savings of almost $30! You’re going to love how the collage cubes and the Rock the Block stamp set work together for interactive, 3-D fun; it’s a perfect way to celebrate National Papercrafting Month in January!
Promotion run from December 19, 2011thru January 31, 2012, ONLY!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Studio J - Our Maine Adventure

Here are a few layouts that i made for my sister...of our trip to Sebago Lake, Maine last year.  So cute...and SO easy!

November, Already?!?

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only 3 weeks away??  It's crazy, but we've had such beautiful weather (in the 70's) that it is hard to believe that we are heading into the holidays, already!
Well, CTMH is making the holidays a little sweeter with their November campaign....
When you place a minimum order of $25 in My Acrylix® stamp sets in November, you can purchase a new D-size Holiday Wishes stamp set for only $5! That’s significant savings off the full retail value of $17.95 US / $19.95 CAN. And here’s a bonus: many of the images in the set coordinate with our Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge for added cutting and stamping fun!

AND you mind as well bundle it with the FAB-U-LOUS November Stamp of the Month...'Cherish The Day'...only $5 when you place a minimum order of $50 in CTMH products...during the month of November, ONLY!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Holiday Cards in a Flash!

When you pair your new Close To My Heart Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge with some of the delightful My Acrylix® stamp sets featured in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you'll find yourself making an armful of holiday cards in just one sitting! Watch this video to discover even more tips for streamlining your holiday card creation session.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Love Your Layout - October!

Elemental Paper with a Twist!

Adorable Owl Wall Hanging and Mobile

Canvas Wall Hanging
Create this paper-pieced owl—isn’t he a cutie?—then attach it to a 12" x 12" canvas (available at your local craft store). Here are some tips:
  • Cut the pieces freehand or print some clip art from the Internet for a pattern. We used the flower stamp from My Acrylix® Fill in the Blank (D1465) as a template for the feet, and used the
    1 1/4" circle punch (Z1311) to punch the eyes from Cocoa cardstock.
  • We wanted to add Juniper to the artwork, so we added the Typeset Juniper damask B&T Duos® paper to the Sorbet, Crème Brulee, and Olive B&T papers from Elemental.
  • For the background, score a piece of 12” x 12” cardstock at
    1 1/4" intervals. Turn the paper over and lightly sand the ridges using a sanding block.
    • If the Sorbet background doesn’t match your particular color scheme, substitute Olive, Juniper, Desert Sand, Crème Brulee, or Cocoa cardstock for it.
  • Attach the eyes, beak, wings, and belly to the body, using 3-D foam tape on the wings and beak. Be sure to outline the entire wings and beak with foam tape and add some in the middle to make sure it’s sturdy.
  • Attach the finished owl body to the cardstock base then attach the whole thing to the canvas using Liquid Glass or Mod Podge.

Paper Mobile
Crafting this lightweight mobile is a cinch when you use two packages of Dimensional Element On Target (Z1226) chipboard circles, a 1 1/4" circle punch (Z1311), and the My Acrylix® Hot Diggity (C1407) stamp set.
  • Stamp owl five times each in Crème Brulee, Sorbet, and Juniper on Colonial White cardstock; trim. Turn cut-out image over and stamp on the blank side.
  • Punch 10 pairs of circles each from Elemental (Crème Brulee and Sorbet) and Typeset (Juniper) B&T Duos papers. Attach pairs of matching circles together to hide back of B&T.
  • Leaving space between each element, use a sewing machine to stitch through centers of circles or owls. Be sure to leave extra thread at the top.
  • Take the largest scallop circle from each Dimensional Elements package and sponge surface with Sorbet ink. Sponge edges with Cocoa ink, if desired.
  • Create the top of the mobile as follows:
    • Flip one of the scallop circles upside down so the sponged surface is facing away from you.
    • Tie bow in ribbon and secure ends with Liquid Glass to the white side of the Dimensional Element scallop circle. We used the dotted ribbon from the Designer Ribbon Colonial White collection (Z1126).
    • Use piercing tool to punch nine evenly spaced holes on the same white side of the Dimensional Elements scallop circle. Pull thread through each hole, starting under the circle on the sponged side; knot to secure.
    • Use Liquid Glass to attach second Dimensional Elements circle to first, placing white sides together and sandwiching thread ends and ribbon.
  • Alternate idea: If you’d like to use more of your Dimensional Elements circles, simply incorporate them in the mobile by switching out some of the punched circles or stamped owls. All you’ll do is match up sizes from each package, sponge or cover them with B&T paper, attach thread to center of one on white side, and then attach the white sides together. Simple!  

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Buttoned Up Card Set!

Lovely, chunky, fashion-forward bling turns your cards from charming to super-fantabulous. Learn the WOW techniques in this how-to video from Close To My Heart, and then send holiday cards that people will be talking about into the New Year!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

FAB FREEBIE IN OCTOBER - $400 in great CTMH products for just $99!

New Consultants who enroll for $99 (US&CAN) with Close To My Heart between October 1–31, 2011, will receive one FREE* New Consultant Kit add-on collection! Each of our three add-on collections is priced at $40 (US&CAN) and has a retail value of $80 US /$85 CAN–$130 US/$140 CAN, so this is an incredible deal!
*Shipping/handling is free on add-on collections. US tax will be charged on the retail price of $40.



Friday, September 30, 2011


I created these layouts at my weekend crop, this past weekend....using the Dreamin' kit.  I made 4 - 2 page layouts and a bunch of cards.  It felt pretty darn good to end up with only a few pieces of scraps left over, from the kit.

I used the 'Art Philosophy' Cricut Cartridge to create the Maple leaves.  The circles pattern is the zip strip from one of the B&T papers...too cute!  The 2008 is stamped using the 'Bohemian Alphabet' (E1019).

 This is the featured Dreamin' Workshop-On-The-Go layout.  It comes with the Shimmer brads and the new Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel....which I love, love, LOVE!
The semi-circle patter on the lower half of both pages, was supposed to be made with a stamp (included in the WOG kit) but I used the Kraft Color Ready on CLEARANCE!
 All the leaf and flower embellishments on the cards were made using the 'Art Philosophy' Cricut Cartridge.

A big thanks to Susan Williams, a fellow CTMH consultant, who designed this Dreamin' workshop.

 I used some of my left over "Felicity Collection" kit for this layout and the card.  The buttons are the Canvas Badge Buttons (Z1397).  And one of the Filigree Charms (Z1269).  The 'Thank You' title on the card was cut/stamped using the 'Art Philosophy' Cricut Cartridge collection.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Photo Printing Tutorial

Here is a video tutorial on how to place two small photos on one piece of photo printing paper.  They can be printed using your own photo printer or sent to a commercial printer.

Perfect for those layouts where you want to have some smaller photos, but you don't want to...or you don't have the photos to manually crop down to 2x2's.

Check out this example of the 'Hocus Pocus' layout example from the CTMH's Magic book and the 'Lucky' paperline.

Thanks....and keep checking back for more PSE tutorials!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Love Your Layout - September!

Here is the next video tutorial in the popular Studio J series...Love Your Layout!  In this video, they'll show you how you can make a dynamic two-page layout in just 30 mins or less...ENJOY!


Here we are 13 days into September and I am just getting around to posting ....
It's been crazy around here...starting out with a Holiday weekend, then my BIG 4-0 was this past Friday.  My husband surprised me with a trip to Chicago this coming weekend...and then it'll be crop weekend!  I swear that October will be half over before I know it....

Well, don't let September pass you by without taking advantage of the great SOM 'Limited Edition'.  When you purchase a min of $50 (before tax/ship) in CTMH product, you can get this beauty for a mere $5!

AND...don't forget about the FREE stamp set that is available until September 30th!  When you purchase $75 (before tax/ship) in CTMH products, you'll receive this, one of a kind, double stamp set absolutely FREE!  Check out some gorgeous artwork created using the Pair-A-Phrase stamp set...on the CTMH Facebook page!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Double Dippin'

It all starts Monday, August 15th.....Close To My Heart is letting you DOUBLE DIP and earn 2 stamp set...for FREE!!!!

Here's how it works......plain and simple...  
When you purchase $75, in product, and the August Stamp Of The Month (SOTM) for $5, you'll get the 'Typeface' stamp set AND the new 'Pair-a-Phrase' DOUBLE stamp set ....for FREE!

If you've been considering the "Art Philosophy" Cricut Bundle, check this out.... You Spend  $99 for the bundle, which includes:
    • 1 – Cartridge (700 images: font, shapes, and 3-D items)
    • 3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
    • 1 –  Chipboard 'Banners' (9" × 12" Dimensional Elements) 
    • 1 –  Chipboard 'Tags' (9" × 12" Dimensional Elements)
    • 1 –  Chipboard 'Mixed Shapes' (9" × 12" Dimensional Elements)          
  • $ 5 August Stamp of the Month "Wicked" (valued @ $ 17.95)    
  • FREE Pair-a-Phrase Stamp set (valued @ $ 35.90)
  • FREE A Typeface alphabet stamp (valued @ $ 6.95)

Your cost $104   before tax/shipping
Retail $ 159.80    A savings of $55.80
*****That's 6 stamp sets, 3 packages of Dimensional Elements, AND a Cricut Cartridge for just $104 (+tax/shipping)!!

                                  Wicked (Set of 9)

 Available August 1-31, 2011 only.

With a minimum qualifying purchase of $50, get your
Stamp of the Month set for
only $5.00! 
Recommended Blocks:1" × 3 1/2" (Y1002), 2" × 3 1/2" (Y1009), 2" x 6-1/2" (Y1010), 4" x 5" (Y1012)


 In celebration of our newly updated Stamp of the Month program, we're throwing in
a little something extra: a FREE* bonus stamp set! In August, when you place an order of $50 or more
AND purchase the August Stamp of the Month set, Wicked, for just $5, you'll
receive the *My Acrylix® A Typeface bonus A-size set FREE (retail value $6.95)!

 *Offer valid August 1 - 31, 2011.
This offer is limited to one per qualifying order.
Tax and shipping/ handling apply.
Studio J® purchases are not eligible for this offer.
Celebrate National Stamping Month with
Another FREE Stamp Set!
  To celebrate National Stamping Month in September,
we are offering our first-ever double stamp set!
 You can get the exclusive My Acrylix® Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set
FREE  when you place an order of $75 from August 15 through September 30, 2011.
You'll love this double set - two D-size sets in one envelope-which includes
lots of clever phrases and coordinating images you'll use in
your handmade cards all year. And with a
retail value of $35.90, this set drastically increases
the value of your qualifying purchase!
Have double the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our
new Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set!
 If you place a $75 order from August 15 - August 31st,
you can DOUBLE DIP and take advantage of BOTH promotions
and get both the Pair-a-Phrase double set and the A Typeface stamp sets
for FREE and the August SOTM for only $5!
Now that, is a great deal!