Monday, April 30, 2012

Perfect Celebration!

Love these papers!  Ok I know I say that about lots of different papers but it was really fun to play with the bright colors.  Don’t wait too long to get your chance to play with these papers as well! 
Dotty for You Nat’l Scrapbook special will continue while supplies last or through April 30th.  (I have a feeling they will run out before then.)
Remember you can get them 3 different ways. 
1. Spend $35 and get the paper packet for $5.
2. Collect $400 worth of orders through a party or catalog show and get it for FREE.
3.  Sign up as a consultant for $99 and it will be included in your kit for no additional cost!
Shop here right now!
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Friday, April 27, 2012

More from STELLA!

This is such a fun paper pack…and a fun subject to scrapbook.  This is my daughter on her horse Mariah at the fall 4-H show.  Nothing makes her happier than to be on or near a horse.  The fall colors a highlighted by the colors of papers in this kit.  I feel like I need to add a few more embellishments before it hits the album…but nothing has spoken to me yet.  Any ideas?

The bottom layout was scraplifted from Andrea Green.  I am looking forward to adding the perfect photos and journaling to this layout.  Sometimes they just need to simmer a bit before the right theme comes along. 


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Review, of a Sort

To those of you who know our family well, you know that my oldest daughter is a reader and always has been.  I have photos of reading those black and white contrast books to her in the early weeks of her life.  I am not sure if it started then but we are very familiar with all the libraries in several counties and of course bookstores in the area. 

She is constantly picking up a book and reading it while she travels through out the house.  Sometimes the books land in unusual spots like on this day when I found a book in the pantry.  Must have been reading on her way to get a snack…

I am looking forward to adding her book list to the second page.  I want to document her favorites so she can share them with children in the future.

And remember…The Dotty For You paper special!  Big dots, little dots, glitter dots, lots of dots.  Sounds like a Dr. Suess book. 


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Website, Facebook Page and Newsletter

Close to My Heart is a great company.  I have been a consultant with them for 10 years this April and they never fail to surprise me with their improvements and additions to the products and services they provide. 

We now have new websites that are full of great features for you my friends, family and customers. 

  • Online shopping is easy and you have the opportunity to add your order to your hostesses party so she gets credit for your purchase and you help her earn rewards. 
  • You can access Studio J for your online scrapbooking experience and the idea book is available online now for easy browsing and artwork inspiration. 
  • Which opportunity are you interested in?  Take a look at the consultant and hostess opportunities and decide what you will choose. 
  • There is also a little section about me!  It also has links to my blog (here) and Facebook page as well as my email address.  I would love to be in contact with you so send me a note and I can add you to my monthly newsletter.
  • More ideas and inspirations are awaiting you through CTMH videos and workshop on the go supplemental projects. 
  • Finally, you don’t want to miss out on any of our special promotions.  Visit this tab to see what the hype is all about this month. 

In addition to the websites, we also have the opportunity to email you a monthly newsletter where I get to share with you some highlights of my upcoming workshops and you will also receive information about upcoming specials, product features, and inspiration for your personal creations.  If you would like to receive this monthly newsletter, please contact me with you email so I can add you to the list. 

Here’s what the beginning of the newsletter will look like!


Monday, April 23, 2012

Don’t Forget! April SOTM You are…

The April Stamp of the Month features this versatile stamp set expressing positive exclamations!  It is fun to use both for cards and scrapbooking, feminine and masculine.  Here, I used the Cruisin’ paper packet, cut the banner, circle, and black medallion background using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

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To see more artwork using this stamp set, follow this blog hop beginning here. 

To order yours, visit my website and you can purchase it for $17.95 or $5 with a $50 purchase.  This also makes you eligible for the Dotty for You special!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Card Café: Pemberley Thurs April 26th 7 p.m. and Fri April 27th 10:30 a.m.

During this time I will have different cards that you can make. Come and create 5 cards for $10. This month I will have some Mother's Day cards as well as a variety of other occasions. This is just a two hour block of time so come prepared to stamp and create!  RSVP here if you can join me. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Stitching in Studio J

I love the look of stitching on my cards and scrapbook pages but have yet to pull out the sewing machine to create the look.  What do I do instead?  I have a couple of well used stamp sets with different stitching designs that I use on cards and classic layouts.  But what about my Studio J layouts? 
The Studio J online scrapbooking has a stitching embellishment tool.  This allows the look of stitching with little effort.  Watch this video to see how it is done.

Here is a layout that I have created using the stitching tool.  The second set of banners are not stitched because I was demonstrating how to add stitching in my Studio J workshop. 
Close to My Heart - CTMH- Lucy - Studio J
If you want a one on one Studio J tutorial, I can come to your home or meet you in the coffee shop and show you how.  There is no cost to “play” with Studio J.  Contact me today to set up an appointment.
The next Studio J Crop at my house is Tuesday May 8th. At 7:00 p.m.  Watch for details in the next newsletter.   

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


At our retreat a couple of weeks ago, many of us were using the paper packet called Stella.  Whenever it was referred to someone would yell “STELLA!”  So where does that come from? 

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski stands on the street shouting his wife's name after he's booted out of the house by Stella (Kim Hunter) over a fight about her sister, Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh). Stella relents, going to her brutish husband.

And then again in season of 3 of Seinfeld, Elaine imitates the scene yelling “Stella!” in an episode. 

Thanks to the internet, I am able to figure this all out.  I still laugh when I see this paper packet…


Creating these flowers is easy with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and the “Just for You” stamp set.  First I cut two large flowers using the Cricut.  Then I stamped petals on the back of different patterned paper and cut the out.  For the buds, I cut the second large flower into thirds.  The Stella Complements are used for the floral stems/vines.  I love how this all comes together. 


Friday, April 13, 2012

Dotty For You

National Scrapbook Month is only a few weeks away (May!) and Close to My Heart is offering a fantastic special to celebrate.  Even better?  You can order on April 17th and have your paper in time to celebrate!


There are three ways to get this beautiful paper. 

1.  Place a $35 order from the Spring/Summer idea book and add the Dotty for You Paper for just $5.

2.  Host a gathering or catalog show and when the sales reach $400, you will receive the paper packet for FREE!

3.  Interested in a discount?  Earning some “play” money?  Sign up as a consultant and the Dotty for You will be included in your consultant kit. 

Want to see this paper “up close?”  Take a look at this video showing the details. 

Throughout the campaign, I will have guest consultants on the blog, featuring their artwork with Dotty For You paper. 

Need some ideas about what to purchase to coordinate with the paper?  Here is a shopping list!

Z1710 Paradise Paper Flowers page 128  $5.95

Z1702 Paradise Bakers Twine  page124   $4.95

Z1697 Smoothie Mini Medley  page 127  $5.95

Z1261 Eclectic Alphabet page 129  $6.95 (I used these for my scrapbook pages)

Z1696 Keepsake Felt Alphabet page 129  $5.95

Looking forward to sharing artwork with you soon!