Close To My Heart Spring-Summer 2014 Idea Book

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Welcome to my online CTMH Spring-Summer 2014 Idea Book launch party! This video walks you through the first few pages of the new Idea Book and shows you where to look for more…including Studio J to see all the new paper up close. Visit my blog at to follow along with the video.

Idea Book Highlights

Close To My Heart Spring Summer 2014 Idea Book

to order from this Idea Book.

  • Hostess Rewards Stamps: everything from unicorns to celebrating spring holidays
  • Stamps of the Month: cute foxes in February, awesome speech bubbles in April, to an eclectic alpha in July
  • THE PAPERS!  I seriously love all of them this time.
  • Idea Book Art: the art department continues to give us samples that are artistic, right on trend, and can be duplicated easily
  • Stamp Sets:  There is something for everyone.
  • Picture My Life:  I can’t wait to scrapbook my childhood photos/memories with this system.
  • Base & Bling:  Love the idea of creating my own wearable crafts.  Plus, I’m going to use the charms on my layouts.
  • Fun Accessories:  Lagoon Zipper Ribbon, Purple & Teal Shimmer Trim, more Washi Tape, Pink Glitter Paper, Paper Fundamentals Assortment, Embossing Folders, New Albums & Divided Page Protectors
  • Sponge Dauber Value Pack:  A huge shout out to CTMH for adding this!  I requested it at album retreat and they made it happen.  I’m sure it wasn’t just me, but it makes me happy anyway.



LOAD #20

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I seriously can’t believe that I haven’t played with the new, True Friend, kit is Studio J until today!  It is AWESOME!!!  As soon as I saw the hybrid layout on page 12 of the new Idea Book at convention, I knew I wanted to recreate it.  Yet, I never bothered looking at the rest of the kit.  You have to log in to Studio J to check it out…I’m not even joking!  The papers are darling, but the My Stickease is even better.  I can’t wait to use the super cute frames and borders.  I have a feeling this is going to be my go to kit for awhile.  LOVE IT!

Last Call for Stampaganza & Mystery Hostess Rewards!

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Can you believe that we only have a week left in June?  Seriously!  I just got out of school, how is it that summer is 1/3 over?
When June ends, Stampaganza ends, as well.  I don’t want you to miss out on your chance to load up on FREE stamp sets!  So, I’m hosting an online gathering and everyone who places an order will be in the running for Mystery Hostess!  If your name is drawn, you will earn $25+ in FREE hostess rewards.  To make sure you are entered into the drawing, watch this quick tip video:

As you browse the online Idea Book or my online store, keep in mind that the stamps from the previous Idea Book that aren’t in the current book are fair game for retirement.  Since this is Stampaganza (buy 2, get 1 free), I would make sure you get any of these that you absolutely love since they may go away on August 1st:
A Flitter A1108
A Game A1113
A Holiday A1115
A Little Thanks D1444 <== I love this set and hope it doesn't retire!
A Sip A1109
A Timber A1110
A Twinkle A1107
Adorn-able D1446
All Decked Out D1308
All Hallows Eve C1462
Always Remember A1095
Angel Sent A1099
Authentic D1401
Backdrop – Charmed D1490
Baroque Alphabet E1006
Bundled Buddies C1472
Captured Moments C1423
Card Chatter – Christmas D1388
Childhood Portrait D1373
Christmas Cheer D1494
Christmas Love D1492
Countdown B1390
December 25th C1469
Everlasting Life D1440
Father Chrismaas D1449
Fill in the Blank – Holiday D1493
Friendship Alphabet Large E1016
Friendship Alphabet Small C1401
Fright Night B1359
Giggle Caps D1136
Giggle Lowercase D1137
Glory to God D1483
Gnome Garden C1470
Happy Clusters C1471
Harvest Happiness C1463
Harvest Home C1419
Headline Alphabet Large E1011
Holiday Cheer B1381
Holiday Commentary C1379
Holiday Commentary – French C1383
Holiday Commentary – Spanish C1382
I Believe C1427
Instant Memories C1466
John 3:16 B1394
Joyful Jar B1393
Live Inspired C1408
Live Your Style D1499
Made With Love D1387
Month by Month C1425
Nature’s Gift C1424
Party Animal D1437
Party Pennants C1429
Rustic Alphabet E1002
Rustic Numbers D1267
Save the Date D1386
Save the Date – French D1397
Save the Date – Spanish D1398
Say it in Style D1283 <== I use this set all the time and hope it doesn't retire!
School Rocks B1396
Snow Days C1420
Snow Flurries D1384
Snowflakes D1480
So Grateful B1395
St. Nick B1356
Sweet Moments C1467
Tag the Occasion B1362
Tannenbaum B1361
Thanksgiving C1426
The Present D1436
Treasure Life D1306
Unscripted C1465
Winter Joy C1468

Gearing Up for Emerald City Comicon 2012

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I’m the first to admit that I’m a big geek and one of my passions is Star Trek.  I attend as many conventions as possible and am determined to get my photo taken with all my favorite actors.  As you may imagine, I have a LOT of scrapbook pages devoted to Star Trek; so much so that my friends call me a techno-scrapper!    
I was inspired to create this layout because the 2012 Emerald City Comicon is one month from today, and, yes, I already have my ticket.  I took these photos of Jonathan Frakes & Brent Spiner at last year’s ECCC. The Superhero paper is a perfect fit for Comicon, and I matted all my photos with white daisy cardstock to mimic the look of comic frames. I used the Showtime pattern from Magic and swapped the pages to create the EC*Comicon 2011 title.

 It has been awhile since I embossed anything, so I pulled out the craft heater, black embossing powder, and the Hero Alphabet to create my title.  I also used the Art Philosophy cartridge and Dimensional Elements Numbers to create the date.  I really appreciate that CTMH prints the size to set the Cricut directly on the packaging for the dimensional elements (and stamp sets).  It makes it so easy to cut the perfect size every time!

I popped up the photos and journaling block and wrapped our new Baker’s Twine around them…I love this stuff! I had fun finishing off the look with a couple of the Comic Badge Buttons.

I’m applying to teach at Convention this year, and I almost didn’t want to send this layout because I wanted to keep looking at it.  I will get it back, but, if I don’t get selected, I won’t see it again until July!  I wish these photos were better.  Oh well.

Here is my journaling:

Every time I look at this photo from the 2011 Emerald City Comicon, I’m struck by the similarities in our features.  This could be a photo of us posing with our favorite uncles.  Yet, here we are with Jonathan Frakes & Brent Spiner.  I’ve met them both at previous cons, but this was the first time I paid for a photoit was totally worth it.  After the picture was shot, I turned to Brent and said, “The first time we met, you shook my hand; may I have a hug this time?”  He responded, “I thought that’s what we just did.”  I grinned and said I wanted a real one and moved in for a full frontal hug.  He looked at Neal over my shoulder and said, “She gets what she wants, doesn’t she?”  Yes, I do!

Seriously, doesn’t it look like they could be our uncles?!

You are Super!

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I am absolutely loving the new paper packs, stamps, and embellishments from the new Idea Book.  Here is a quick sneak peek at a card I created for a swap.  The new Idea Book goes live February 1, so contact me if want in on all this crafty goodness!

Snow Day #2

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Low OverheadThere are a million things I could be doing right now to be productive and take advantage of my second snow day. Instead, I’m playing with Photoshop and turning my husband into a comic character!  I followed this great step-by-step Comic Book Photo Effect tutorial.  It includes downloads and links to recreate the photo in the tutorial.  I used my own photo and downloaded some fun comic fonts from

So, you may be wondering what in the world prompted me to create my own comic book photos.  The answer is the new Superhero kit that is about to be released in the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book!  It is awesome!  Here is a quick sneak peek at one of the projects the CTMH artists made with this fun kit.

Don’t forget that this kit, along with all the new papers, will be released on Studio J on February 1st as soon as the new Idea Book is available to customers.  If you would like a copy of the Idea Book, let me know.

Last Chance to Get Some CTMH Favorites

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There is so much going on with Close To My Heart this month, I’ll try to keep up!

The biggest thing you want to keep in mind is that this is the last month for the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book.  As excited as we all are about a new Idea Book launching February 1st, that means a lot of our favorite papers, embellishments and stamps are retiring as of January 31, 2012.  This is your absolute last chance to get these items, so place your order right away.

I want to give a special shout-out to CTMH consultants Kathleen Stoppelmoor, Cassandra Bennett, and Tamytha Jenkins for compiling this list and sharing it so freely.  If you have ever thought about becoming a consultant, I highly recommend it…this is a friendly group of papercrafters!  Here is a photo of the new consultant kit with some product sneak peeks…shh…it’ll be our little secret!

Okay, so if you don’t become a consultant, you at least need to purchase $25 out of the current Idea Book so that you can take part in the Rock the Block special.  With your qualifying purchase, you get the Collage Cubes and an exclusive E-size stamp set for $15…that is a $30 savings over retail! With all the awesome retiring items listed below, I’m sure you are going to find something you want.

Don’t forget that with a $50 purchase, you get the Stamp of the Month for only $5.

    CTMH Studio J Quick Tip #9 (Changing Paper Colors)

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    Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video shows you how to harness the power of Close To My Heart’s color palette by changing the color and intensity of patterned paper in Studio J. As always, you’ll find more information on my blog at
    I hope you will follow my blog while you are there.

    CTMH Studio J Quick Tip #8 (Layers)

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    Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This quick tip video shows you how to create layers of paper and embellishments in Studio J by sending items forward and backward. As always, you’ll find more information on my blog at
    I hope you will follow my blog & “Like” my Facebook page while you are there.

    CTMH Studio J Quick Tip #7 (Photo Distressing in Studio J)

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    Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This quick tip video shows you how to distress photos and create your own background paper in Studio J. As always, you’ll find more information on my blog at
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