Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Craft Daze "til Christmas: 42 days Photo Holiday Cards.

This month Close to My Heart is Celebrating five years of Studio J.  Now if you haven't seen Studio J, you need to try it and it is no cost to you just to play!  Here is a link to a getting started video and you can read the details of this month's special on my blog here.   This will explain all the ways you can WIN with Studio J this month but right now, I want to focus on Photo Holiday Cards.  

Yes you can use Studio J to create your own unique family holiday cards and best of all, Studio J layouts are on sale for $5 this month.  

Here's how:

1.  Go to, click on products and choose Studio J from the drop down menu.

2. Once in Studio J- either log in or create an account if you are a new user.

3. Once in- begin a new project. I called mine Christmas Cards 2014.

4. You will then be prompted to upload photos- upload the ones that you would like to use on your cards (I did two different photo styles)

5. The select “create your own custom kit”

6. At this point you will be given lots of options for paper- my recommendation is to go with one of our holiday themed papers so that you will have access to the holiday ‘stickease’ and images that go with that pack.  You can put "Christmas" in the search bar and it will show you all the Christmas/Winter related paper packets.  For mine I chose the Yuletide Carol kit.  Choose your kit and click continue.

7. Next you will be given your choice of patterns, chose the ‘No Limits’ pattern and then click continue.

8. Your next option is for a kit mix- yours will all be blank – just click on one and continue to the next screen.  

9. Now you will start to create your cards! On the left you will need to click on the text and photo areas.  You want to add journaling areas to your layout- just drag the ‘add journaling’ option onto your page.  Once it is placed you will have a box appear where you can adjust things- you can choose your card size.  Regular envelope sizes are 5x7, 4x8, or 4.25 x 5.5.  I created mine 5x7 this year.   Once you have one box sized and placed (see the sample above for how you can place them to optimize space) you can click on your journaling box and the click copy at the top of the screen.  Then hit paste- this will give you a second box of the same size  that you can click and drag (and rotate) anywhere on your layout.  Do this 8 times until you have your page full.  It may look like the left side when you are complete this step.

10. Next click on the paper tab on the left.  From here you can drag and drop any of the patterned paper or cardstock options for the kit.  Have fun with this and feel free to use a variety- after all, you can!  Once you have those all in place you will want to get rid of the prompt to add journaling- just click on the box, select edit text, and delete the text.  Then click on the next box and do the same.  When done you may have something like shown on the left side.

11. At this point I think it is easiest to go in and begin to add photo boxes- go back to the add text and photo tab. Once there, drag and drop photo boxes onto your cards- I made mine a 4x4 size but you can do whatever size works for you and your pictures.  The toolbar that appears with each photo box will allow you to add a photo mat if you would like- and you can pick your desired color.  Once you have your boxes and place (and you can copy and paste them as we did earlier) then you can drag and drop your pictures inside them.  In the photo toolbar you can add a filter and make your photos black and white or even sepia- have fun with this!

12. Now your photos should all be placed and you are ready to decorate! You will find all the fun things to decorate under the My Stickease tab- use the drop down menu to navigate between different embellishment sizes but remember that you can always resize them by dragging down the bottom right corner of any image.  You will also find Holiday quotes and tags in this section that could make your card really come together!  

13.Then I added our family name.  To do that I added a smaller journaling box (you should be a pro at adding this by now) and just typed in the box with the font they suggested. I colored my boxes black and then chose a white font.  I also went to the distress menu and added sanding so it would look a bit like a chalkboard. 

14.  I added some ribbon and knots by using the embellishments tab, selecting ribbons, choosing my color, and then dragging and dropping them onto each card.  When you right click on the embellishment, you can send it back, which allowed me to put the ribbon behind the chalkboard journaling spot. 

Once you are happy with your card you are ready to order them! You may notice that I have two small photos on mine in the middle space- it was empty space so I dropped some photos in to fill it out. Once my pages arrive I plan to use those photos in some base and bling projects.  When ordering you can order as many copies of that page as you will need for your cards. Your pages will arrive in the mail within a week or so and you are ready to go! 

I hope you are inspired to give it a try.  If you would like a one on one personal tutorial, I am happy to schedule one with you.  Don't wait too long, you will want to take advantage of the special before it ends November 30th.  And just think, you will have one thing DONE on your holiday to do list. 


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Craft Daze 'til Christmas: 45 days

We can't ignore it...the holidays are upon us and if you are a crafter, it is time to get your ideas for gift making in motion.

Or, you can join us for the Holiday Extravaganza on Friday Dec 5th 6:30 p.m. to create holiday gifts for teachers, neighbors, grandparents, and co-workers.  
RSVP  and more details will be sent to you.  In the mean time, here's my version of an advent calendar for this season.  

I used the designer creation bags in Ruby and Slate and added a bit of shimmer trim, kraft cardstock, and the numbers stamped in Ruby ink from the Magical Days stamp set.  It was fast and easy to put together.  I have chosen to hang mine with clothes pins but these bags would also look cute collected together in a small vintage suitcase or basket.

The items I used can be purchased on my website.  

Finally, you can find printable activity cards, scriptures and treat ideas on the Internet to include in your treat bags for a festive, family Christmas countdown. 

PS watch for my over the top Black Friday Special.  More information coming soon!

Happy Craftin',

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Blog Hop: Artfully Sent

If you haven't heard, Close to My Heart has a new Cricut Cartridge that is the delight of card makers!  And you have arrived at the consultant blog hop featuring this cartridge and the wonderful cards you can create using it.

Artfully sent has 400 unique projects from 700 images, an assortment of envelopes and a new font.  For $99 you can purchase the cartridge and with it you get a bundle of products that include three different stamp sets: sentiments, frames and an alphabet.  These sets are unique to this cartridge bundle.  In addition you will receive a package of white cardstock to get your creating started.

If you have arrived here from Lillian's Blog, welcome!  You are on the right track and when you are ready to move on, you will go to Katy's Blog next.  

I have created a variety of cards using this cartridge and will be sharing them throughout my upcoming blog posts but today I am showing you a simple Sentiment card using basic cardstock.

The cards you can create with this cartridge include Pop-up cards, Scene cards, Sentiment cut outs, Sleeve cards, and Pocket cards.  Although the cartridge is designed for card making, the projects can easily be altered for classic scrapbook pages and picture my life scrapbooking.

If you want more information about Artfully sent, contact your consultant or click here to connect with me.  Ask me about getting it for a discount up to half price!

Chirp, chirp, happy cutting,

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Craft Daze "til Christmas: 50 days

I have a Crush!  You may have heard about SMASH books, small "journal" style scrapbooks that you use to save your day to day memorabilia or photos and memories from a special trip.  Well at CTMH, it is called CRUSH! 

My friend and customer Cindy has used her Crush album to put together a recipe book for her daughter who is away at college.  I absolutely love what she has done and she gave me permission to share her photos on my blog!  (But if you know her daughter...please don't tell!)

She started with the CTMH Modville Crush book which comes with fun details printed on the page for easy embellishing!  She added her handwritten recipes, titled with a CTMH stamped font, and then used flaps as needed for double page recipes.  This is also a great idea if Haley wanted to take the recipe out of the book and to the kitchen, she can remove it and then replace it when she is done cooking. 

As I am writing this, it is getting close to dinner and these recipes look so yummy!  I might have to ask her for them! 

Another friend and customer surprised her kids with a trip to Hawaii for Christmas last year.  She took the Bluebird Crush book with her and each day she had her different family members write down a memory or experience.  And when she got home, she added the photos to finish it off!  What a great story!

CTMH has FIVE different Crush books, something for everyone!  Each book also has an assortment set, purchased separately, to add more embellishments, titles and details to your memories.

Click on photo for larger picture. 

How would you use a Crush book to create a gift for someone special? Or do you know someone who would enjoy keeping their memories and memorabilia in a Crush book?  This would make a great gift. 

Shop for your Crush book here or contact me if you need ideas or more information on Crush books. 

Happy Scrappin'

Friday, October 31, 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: It's the little things

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring November's SOTM, which is It's the Little Things, a set of 15 floral and sentiment stamps.  If you have come here from Krista's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:

 This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I created a layout with the stamp set and the random stamping technique.  I started with a 12 x 12 piece of white cardstock and stamp the images using this technique

Then I used the paper as I would a patterned paper and created a layout. 

Finally, I stamped and cut out the same floral images and create a focal point on my layout and added the "title".

And guess what is next?  I loved how the focal point turned out so I turned it into a card!

Stamps can be used in so many different ways; make your own paper, create a focal point with title, AND make greeting cards. 

Now "Hop" on over to Morgan's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the SOTM is only available until !  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Here are the products I used to create the items in this post.  

Happy hopping,