Saturday, May 31, 2014

KABOOM! June Stamp of the Month Blog hop!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring June's SOTM, which is Kaboon, a set of celebration stamps.  If you have come here from Pam'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 here.

This month we have over 50 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. 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 love using the overlays from Artbooking on my cards.  This was fun to "fill" the holes with the stamps from the set.  I cut this overlay on page 64 at 4.25 real dial size (it is the "J" key, shift).  It will be a bit longer than the card but I trimmed it after I glued it to the card.  I did pre-stamp the Cranberry fire cracker images and words prior to gluing the overlay down.  I am a "guess and go" kind of person but you could trace the circles where you wanted to place the images and then stamp them.  After I did the Cranberry stamping I filled in with the larger blast in Honey and then add little pieces of shimmer trim to the card under some of the star cut outs.  

Now "Hop" on over to Kathy Burrow'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 Kaboom SOTM is only available until June 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Here is another card I made using this Stamp of the Month using the Jubilee paper packet and the star burst technique.  This is a great way to use scraps!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy: Inspiration Mini Albums

With the inspiration-themed keys of the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge from Close To My Heart, your scrapbook pages will say the things you can't put into words yourself. Watch the video for ideas on combining your most treasured memories with borders, overlays, and other complementary shapes from the cartridge to make inspiring artwork of your own.

You can see this artwork in more detail along with the "recipes" to create your own on Jeanette Lynton's blog.  I would love to help you create a mini album to celebrate your family.  Contact me for details.    

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Just a few more days!

May is flying by and so is the Free to Be Me paper packet.  Have you gotten yours? 

You still have 4 days to order!  In addition to the paper packet, I will email you a link to workshop guide for creating cards and scrapbook pages. 

Suggested items that coordinate with this paper include:

Z1928  Triangle Studs  $3.95
Z1853  Aquadots          $3.95
Z1863  Midtown Cork Shapes $4.95
E1029  Marquee Alphabet  $29.95
C1584  Feathers Stamp Set $13.95
Z1979  Black Journaling Pen $3.25

Here are some of the projects that I have created with this kit! 

 If you need any assistance with your orders please feel free to contact me.  Also, if you want to see other artwork, start here and hop through this consultant blog hop for some fabulous artwork! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

You get the gift! and a chance for a second gift!

In honor of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking industry, when you place an order for $50 (excluding tax and shipping), you can add your choice of 1 of 6 great gift collections to your order for just $30! Each collection has an original retail value of at least $50—some even as high as $65! Take advantage of these savings and snag your own collection for just $30. It may be Jeanette’s anniversary—but you get the gift!

Because these bundles are all "while supplies" last.  I will be taking pre-orders beginning May 20th.  To pre-order your bundles, contact me with your $50 in regular product purchase, your selection of a special collection and your total payment.  I will put the orders in for you on June first so you will have the best chance to get the selection you choose.  *

AND there's more!  When you put in your pre-order between May 20th and May 31st, your name will be put in a drawing to earn the mystery hostess rewards from all the pre-orders.  I will draw the name on June 1st after all the orders are in and will contact the winner with their gift amount!  

 Here are your collection choices!

  •  Hemp Black
  • Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Party Washi Tape 3-Pack
  • Sparkle & Shine Washi Tape 3-Pack
  • Colonial White Rosette Ribbon

  • Mini Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection
  • Just Blooms™ Floret Paper Shapes
  • Pixie Glitter Alphabet
  • Glamour Glitter Alphabet
  • Color Ready-Canvas Alphabet
  • Chalkboard Shapes
  • Durables Round Studs
  • Durables Square Studs
  • Colonial White Rosette Ribbon

  • Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Huntington Complements
  • Chantilly Complements
  • Huntington Assortment
  • For Always Assortment
  • Tommy Assortment
  • Surfs Up Assortment
  • Chantilly Assortment

  • Season’s Tweetings Gift Bags (2 sets)
  • Frosted Paper Packet
  • Frosted Complements
  • Frosted Assortment
  • Sparkle & Shine Textiles
  • Sparkle Holiday Shapes
  • Sparkle & Shine Complements
  • Sparkle & Shine Assortment

  • Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel
  • Almond Glitz Glitter Gel
  • Colonial White Die-Cut Cards
  • My Creations™ Cubby
  • My Creations™ Collage Cubes
  • My Creations™ Star

  • Hemp Black
  • Glamour Glitter Alphabet
  • My Originals™ Matchbook Card Kit
  • Chantilly Textiles
  • Seasons Tweetings Gift Bags (2 sets)
  • My Creations™ Collage Cubes

*  When you contact me, I will suggest your second choice of collection, just in case your first choice is sold out.

*  You may collect orders from your friends to total $50 and then split the collection amongst friends.

*  Shipping and tax will apply for mystery hostess rewards. 

*  Your pre-order will count toward your Reap the Rewards club purchase.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Artbooking made easy: Celebration Layouts

With the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge from Close To My Heart and your own priceless photos in hand, you'll have all you need to celebrate life's finest memories. Watch the video for ideas on using the celebration-themed keys of the cartridge to make fun, festive projects!

To see some of these layouts more closely and view the "recipe" for creating them. , you can visit Jeanette Lynton's blog.  If you are interested in learning more about the Artbooking cartridge and how to use your Cricut to make these and other great projects, let me show you how!  Contact me today.  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Studio J! No mess!

I love Studio J.  I can take my photos, select a paper packet, select a layout and create to my heart's content without making a mess!   Yes, it really is that easy and that tidy!  Just me and my laptop, anywhere I have internet access.  I am working on updating my daughter's album through this past year because she is graduating...and I want to share her albums with our guests.  Studio J is fast too!

Another thing I love about Studio J is sizing my photos.  This layout has a place for a large photo.  I love to work with large photos but it is a little more challenging to get the printed and cropped to the right size with classic scrapbooking.  With Studio J, it is easy.  You just drag and drop the photo into the photo well and then crop to fit!  (I actually enlarged the photo just a bit to get the fullness of her hair as well.)  The large photo of Alli is one of my favorite and I am so excited I was able to focus on her face and beautiful smile.  (Yes we paid beau coup bucks for those beautiful teeth too.)

Just for your information, this is the Claire paper packet and the Side Bar-Photo Accent (left side) and Side Bar-Balancing Act (right side).  You can also find the cutting guide for these layouts in our Relections how to book.  You can see all the how to books and purchase this book on my website here. 

 Want to play with Studio J?  It is free!  Access Studio J here.  Want more information or a tutorial?  Contact me to set up a date and time.   

Monday, May 12, 2014

Timberline and Camper Crazy

I wanted to share a couple more of the Timberline artwork pieces I have created and those I received in the art swap for the Spring 2014 idea book. 

I just love the new set called Camper Crazy.  Do you have a crazy camper in your life?  Are you a crazy camper? 

This card was designed by Eileen Rodriguez.  I changed the papers a bit but the design was cut using elements from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  The inner card slides out and is perfect for stamping a sentiment across the middle since it will be hidden by the little trailer icon.  One of my favorite pieces of the Timberline kit is the zip strip I used to wrap the card.  It is a camping that I need when I am packing! 

Get yourself some Timberline paper and this cute stamp set and create for those campers in your life.  You can purchase these items on my website.  And don't forget, when you have a $50 qualifying purchase, you can get the Nat'l Scrapbook Month paper kit for $5.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Elegant Mini Albums: Perfect for Celebrating Mom

Or what about Prom Memories?  These are perfect mini albums just for your elegant occasions.  Grace your eyes with artwork made from the elegance-themed keys of the Cricut® Artbooking Collection from Close To My Heart. See the video for your first tasteful touch with these keys and the elevated works of art they produce.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Just for "him"

Sometimes I find it a challenge to create cards for "him".  The Close to My Heart Timberline paper packet has opened up creativity inspiration for more masculine cards and layouts.

I will be hosting a workshop on May 30th 7 p.m. to create some masculine themed cards using the Timberline paper packet...and a few surprises too!  Please RSVP by May 20th if you plan to attend.  Workshop fee is $20.  Want a peek at what you will be creating?

Yes, I will show you how to create the pop-up box card that is all the rage right now.  Believe it or not, they are easy and so much fun!  Don't miss this great class. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Celebrate! National Scrapbook Month is here! Enjoy "Free to be Me"

Welcome to the Free to Be Me Blog Hop featuring the fun, trendy paper pack that you can get for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book in the month of May.   The Free to Be Me paper packet is valued at $11.95.

If you came from JeanMcNulty's blog, you are headed in the right direction. 

I created my layout using the Subtitles layout pattern from the Imagine How to Book.  I love the CTMH how to books.  They are great for giving me a jumping off place for my creativity when I am feeling a little less inspired. (That wasn't the case with this packet though...the paper sparks my creative juices and I just keep playing.)

 These paper paper collection includes:

  • 6 – Free to Be Me B&T Duos™ Paper
  • 2 – UV-Coated, Designed Teal Cardstock Sheets
  • 2 – UV-Coated, Designed Red Cardstock Sheets
  • 2 – UV-Coated, Designed Gold Cardstock Sheets
  • 1 – White Feather Print Vellum Sheet
  • 1 – Gold Foil Polka-dotted Vellum Sheet
  • 1 – Access to Online Workshop Guide
Featured colors: Gold, Mint, Peach, Red, Teal, Tan, White Daisy 

These papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only—you can’t get these sweet colors and patterns anywhere else! Start National Scrapbooking Month off right with a unique paper packet at a bargain price and get your creative juices flowing!  You can place your order with your CTMH consultant or shop from my website

Time to head over to KeeleyKirwan's blog to see what she has created!  Enjoy hopping through the fantastic artwork created by my fellow consultants and have a happy National Scrapbook Month.