Relief for Oklahoma Campaign

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oklahoma-tornado-may2013As I sat glued to my television earlier this week fearing for the lives of those caught in the path of the tornado, the Close To My Heart team jumped into action and planned the Relief for Oklahoma Campaign.  This is a company that truly cares, and I’m so proud to be part of the Close To My Heart family.  I hope you will help support the Relief for Oklahoma Campaign by purchasing the A True Thank You ($2.95 retail) stamp set—100% of the profits will be donated to the American Red Cross!

Relief for OklahomaIn addition to Close To My Heart’s financial generosity in supporting the relief efforts in Oklahoma, they are giving us all a little gift by releasing A True Thank You early!  This stamp comes from the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book which won’t be released until August 1.   The sneak peek leads me to believe that we are going to get many more M-size stamp sets!  Like the monogram stamps released last year, A True Thank You calls for a 2”x2” block, so it is the perfect size for cards.  I also envision using the “you” portion of the stamp as journaling or a small title on a scrapbook layout.

What also excites me about this stamp is the style of line art on the word “you.”  I hope this is a new series of sentiment stamps!  I have a feeling that I’m also going to get a lot of use out of my alcohol markers and watercolor pencils/waterbrush with this stamp.  If you are into fussy cutting, it might be fun to cut the letters out on the inside line and then layer them over the fully stamped image.  I’m sure I’ll do that at least once to see how it looks.  So many ideas are floating around my head…I can’t wait to get this stamp set!  Yet, as much as I’m looking forward to the creativity this stamp inspires, I know that it will become a fast favorite because it will always remind me of the small part I did to help CTMH support the Relief for Oklahoma Campaign.  I really hope you will join me by placing your order today!

So, here is how you can help support the American Red Cross efforts in Oklahoma.

  1. Visit http://tinyurl.com/OKRelief-5-13.
  2. Click on “Special Promotions,” choose the quantity of stamps you would like to buy, and hit the “Add to Cart” button.
  3. If you are purchasing these stamps as a gift for the crafty friends in your life, you may also want to pick up the 2” x 2” (Y1003) block.  If they are new to stamping, you may also want to get them the Spritz Cleaner (1778) and Stamp Scrubber (Z1782).
  4. Since the minimum amount of shipping you will pay is $4.95, I would also use this as an opportunity to stock up on some other products.  The “While Supplies Last” section has some great deals.  I’m super fond of the My Legacy Writers® Black Pen set.
  5. Don’t forget the great deal that is already going on this month—if your purchase totals $35, you can get the Dream Pop kit for only $10.  Bump your total up to $50, and you can add the Stamp of the Month on for only $5 more.  When you purchase the Dream Pop kit, I’ll supply cutting instructions for two double-page spreads, three cards, and some treat tubes!

Because I really want this campaign to be a success, I’m going to give away any hostess rewards this party earns.  If you use the link above and our party totals $150 or more, I’ll select at least one winner from everyone who makes a purchase to earn the FREE hostess rewards. 

Thank you in advance for helping support Relief for Oklahoma!


Scrapbooking with Cricut and Dream Pop

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hy have I been neglecting my blog as of late you may ask?  It’s because I’ve been busy celebrating National Scrapbooking Month with Cricut and the May CTMH specials, Dream Pop & Pinwheel Stamp of the Month.  I can’t get over how excited I am about this kit!  Here is a quick video about the special from CTMH:

Dream Pop Kit & Cricut ShapesDream Pop

Now, I will be the first to admit that I’m surprised by how much I love this kit.  The colors are far brighter than what I would typically choose for myself.  Even so, I found the perfect photos to match the papers for the Dream Kit Workshop on the Go from a Disney cruise!

Use the Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut these cute pinwheel shapes!Cricut & the May Pinwheels Stamp of the Month

What is even sweeter is that CTMH provided a Workshop on the Go for us this month using this kit and the May Pinwheels Stamp of the Month.  I used the Artiste cartridge to cut the journaling tag and large pinwheel shapes.  Stamping on the Cricut shapes is a snap, but I still had to cut out the smaller shapes for layering.  It’s totally worth the time I spent on this layout, because it makes me happy!

I’ll share more of my Dream Pop layouts this week.  Contact me if you want your own kit and Workshop on the Go directions.

 

 


Dress Up Cricut Shapes

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youreTweet02There is so much to love about being a CTMH Consultant. The thing I love the most is feeling like I’m part of a huge family. For instance, consultants have a private discussion board where we share ideas and seek feedback on artwork. Recently, the fantastic Adeline Brill requested testers for her new Cricut class. I was more than happy to help.

youreTweet01Her instructions were designed for the original Expression, but I have the E2. As an intermediate Cricut user, I like the challenge of figuring out the E2 menu system as it definitely differs from the dials and buttons on the Expression. I’m looking forward to blogging about some of the tips and tricks I learned. I may even try to shoot a video using the Cricut pens since those were new to me!

D1540Until then, I want to share a quick tip for dressing up your Cricut shapes. Often a shape cut out of cardstock can lack the texture needed to make it pop on a patterned piece of paper. To add a bit of dimension to the borders cut with Artiste and Art Philosophy, I stamped them in a coordinating ink using the In the Background stamp set. I love how the subtle color variation adds depth to the border.

April2013-CC-JoinMyTeamThe “You’re Tweet” sentiment comes from this month’s Stamp of the Month, My Sunshine. You can get it (and three others) for FREE by joining my fantastic team and the wonderful CTMH family this month!


Studio J – April Love Your Layout

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n this video, you will learn some fun and trendy techniques in Studio J including adding stitching to My Stickease® images, accenting with background and texture “tape,” and creating a slanted border for a lovely layout in the For Always kit. I love this kit in person and on Studio J!

Studio J Techniques

  • Stitching ~ Place cropped and resized stitching over My Stickease®.
  • Faux Washi Tape ~ I love that we carry Washi tape now!  To add the same look to your Studio J layouts, simply crop a text box into the size of a piece of tape, rotate it slightly, and place it on top of the seam you are “taping” together.  Don’t for get that you can always add some real Washi tape to your printed layouts.  I have it on good authority that we are getting more colors of Washi tape in the new Idea Book!
  • Paper Strips ~ Use text boxes to create the look of strips of paper running off the edges of your layout.  My challenge to you is to use text boxes in Studio J just like you would with regular paper in classic scrapbooking.  You can add texture, distressing, layers, and more.  The only thing I haven’t figured out how to do is tear the paper, but CTMH has given us several Studio J templates with torn paper, so all is well!

Please leave a comment with a link to your completed layout!  I can’t wait to see how you use these techniques.


Earn 4 Free SOTM!

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April2013-CC-JoinMyTeamIf you have been thinking about joining my team, April is the month to do it. As a new consultant, you will receive all of the remaining stamps of the month for this Idea Book for FREE! That’s a $71.80 value plus shipping and tax are FREE! So, a $49 kit will get you over $200 in product…plus, you can order anything else you want at a 22% discount. Can you see why I love this company?!


Join My Team

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For only $49, this essentials kit provides everything to meet your crafting and career needs.

For only $49, this essentials kit provides everything to meet your crafting and career needs.

I love Close To My Heart, and I love Team Studio Scrapping! Whether you are a hobbyist that wants to earn a discount on fantastic product or are a serious business builder, Close To My Heart has something for everyone.

It has never been easier to join the CTMH family. Did you know that the Essentials New Consultant Kit is only $49 for nearly $155 in retail value?  Even better than that, the Master New Consultant Kit is only $99 and includes 5 Studio J layouts plus nearly $335 in retail value!  Either way, you are getting a fantastic deal.

Close To My Heart provides all consultants a free, online Training Academy!  These classes include everything from business and art to personal growth and development.

There is so much more that I love about being a consultant, so, if you are interested, please contact me right away.  If you are ready right now, sign up today!


Stamp of the Month

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April: My Sunshine (available April 1-30, 2013)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5 (regularly $17.95).

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This stamp set also coordinates with images on the Artiste Cricut cartridge!


Newsletter

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Celebrate your creativity by reading the Close To My Heart newsletter each month!


Digital Delights!

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Feb2013-StudioJFebruary is sure to be a month of digital delights because you can purchase any Studio J layout for only $5—that’s a savings of $1.95 per layout!  This is a great opportunity to try Studio J for the first time or to join my Studio J club!

When you join my Studio J Club, you’ll earn 2x the rewards!

Studio J has something for everyone.  If you are new to digital scrapbooking or short on time, the Express Collections allow you to drop in your photos, add some journaling, and you are done!  If you have a little more time but still want Studio J to do most of the work, you can choose a regular layout with pre-placed embellishments.  If you really want to flex your creative muscles, you can start with a clean page and embellish to your heart’s content.  If you prefer hybrid layouts, you can leave the embellishments off all together and add them with your classic supplies once you receive your printed layout.  If you are a seasoned digital scrapbooker, you can drop your layouts or PNGs into the “No Limits” layout and use CTMH’s embellishments/papers to finish your artwork.

So, regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, the Studio J Club is for you!  When you sign up for the club, you will earn two different types of rewards:

1)      After you purchase your first 10 layouts, I will give you a FREE layout!

2)      When you place an order through the “Studio J Club” link each month, I will keep track of your retail purchases (includes both Studio J and regular product orders). Once you hit $150 in retail purchases (excludes shipping and tax), you will earn $25 in FREE select product credit (SPC).  SPC can be redeemed for Studio J layouts ($6.95/ea) and Studio J 5-packs ($39.95) in addition to a wide range of classic products.

In addition to the great rewards listed above, Studio J Club members are invited to attend free training sessions with me both in person and online.

Although my rewards program is fantastic, memory keeping with Studio J is the real prize!  Studio J is the most cost effective and quickest way to scrapbook.

1)      There is no software to purchase.  As long as you have a computer with an Internet connection, you can use Studio J for free!

2)      There are no templates or kits to purchase.  Studio J has 70 double-page templates and 108 kits…this is a savings of $2000+ depending on where you buy your digital supplies.

You only pay for your printed layouts!  A layout consists of 2 pages for $6.95.  During February, 2013, layouts are only $5, so this is a perfect time to try Studio J!

 Studio J Infographic


13 in 13 Day 6

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When I first saw this artwork on page 48 of the 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book at Convention last summer, I fell in love!  It wasn’t the paper or the colors, it was truly the design of the wall hangings.  I knew that I had to create that for my home.  I instantly thought about the empty space above the TV and knew it would be perfect there.  In retrospect, it won’t look as cute as the display in this photo, but at least I’ll get to admire it every time I’m watching TV!

Close upLuckily, because I attended Convention, I was able to look at the artwork up close and personal!  That is one of the many perks to being a Close To My Heart Consultant.  We’re allowed to take as many photos as we like which has helped me tremendously as I recreate some of the gorgeous artwork from the Idea Books.  Close To My Heart also provides us with recipes for each Idea Book.  Did you know that you can download the recipes from my website?!

The recipe let me know that I was going to cut out a bunch of hearts from the Art Philosophy Cricut® cartridge and also gave me the cutting sizes!  That part of it could not have been any easier.  At this point, I can’t remember how many hearts I cut out, but it is a LOT.

Now the fun part…scoring, folding, and inking the edges of all those little hearts!  That’s what I did today for a very extended 13-minutes while we watched the Seahawks game.  This is probably the most time consuming  project I’ve ever done.  I didn’t even come close to finishing today, and this project has been sitting on my table for a month!

This is my version using Avonlea!

This is my version using Avonlea!

So, the good news is that I finished up the left side of the layout with my club last month.  The bad news is that the right side still has a bunch of hearts to fold, but everything has been inked.  The depressing news is that the middle section hasn’t been touched…do you see all the hearts on that page?!  The good news is that my club comes back in a week, so I have to finish it by then!  So, guess what I’m spending 13-minutes a day on for the rest of this week?!


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