Saturday, December 31, 2011

January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring January's SOTM, which is “Little Reminder” a set of 25 stamps.
jan stamp images
If you have come here from Jean'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 54 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 created a gift card holder using this month’s stamp of the month set. (directions below)
I used the long “zipper” stamp to create a grid on the Heavenly Blue paper with Sweet Leaf.
P1030203  P1030212
I glued together two of the label shapes to hide the Designer Sparkle Brad and give a strong base for a bit of velcro to hold the purse closed.  I used liquid glass and my clamps after noticing the gap in the top picture.
Notice the green sparkle brad?  My up-line taught me a trick that I just love.  Color your clear sparkles with a permanent marker!  Keep on scrolling for the cutting & scoring information on this gift card holder.
Products Used
  • Wonderland Level 2
  • Bright Blue Shade Pack (Heavenly Blue)
  • Sweet Leaf Paper
  • Chocolate & Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks
  • Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
  • Sweet Leave Ribbon
  • Designer Sparkle Brads
  • Sponge
Now "Hop" on over to Kathleen'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 January SOTM is only available until the 31st!  Are you inspired?  You can purchase this stamp set directly from me on my website or email me
Direction for the gift card holder.
I received these directions from a Paper Zone store. Here’s their blog post with their directions: But as they are in the process of closing their stores, I’m not sure how much longer this blog will be active.  I also modified this for 12” paper
cut 4.25 x 12” piece of Heavenly Blue cardstock Score at 3.25, 6, 8.75 Do a mountain fold. Flatten and stamp the front and back cover in Sweet Leaf ink. Glue the inside of the mountain fold together to make the gift card pocket. cut a slot for the gift card based on the size and shape of the gift card.  I just used scissors.  The Wonderland spotted paper accent is cut from Row 3 Button 7 on the Art Philosophy Cricut at about 3.5” tall and cut in half.  The front is adhered first.  Then the ribbon is adhered to the back of the purse, in line with the front accent.  Then the accent for the back of the purse is adhered, covering the ribbon. 
Cut 3 labels Row 1, Button 6 from Sweet Leaf Cardstock at 1.”  One is stamped with the sentiment, the other two are for the purse latch.  Add the designer brad to one and then glue the second label on the back to hide the brad.  Use strong adhesive like Liquid Glass to keep it from pulling apart after it’s folded.  Fold in half and adhere to the back to of the card.  Add velcro to the front of the tab, below the brad.  Put the other side of the Velcro to the front of the card.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Perfect 10 for Studio J members!

Preserve your Christmas memories now! 

If you’re a Studio J member, you can take advantage of this great opportunity to fill up your scrapbook—get your holiday photos in albums right away! For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you buy, you’ll receive the 10th layout free. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. And so on! If you’re not a member yet, now’s a great time to join! Contact me for more information.

Studio J memberships are available as 3 month and 12 month subscriptions.  You can purchase yours in just 5 minutes!


Don’t forget, you can start creating now!  Create all month or even now in December and order your layouts at the end of the month as you get free shipping once a month as a Studio J member. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rock the (Home School) Block Blog Hop

Starting December 19th thru January we will be celebrating National Paper Craft Month! SO JOIN THE CRAZE! When you place a minimum order of $25 from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you can get TWO new products for just $15: the My Creations® Collage Cubes (a Spring/Summer 2012 sneak-peek product!) and the exclusive My Acrylix® Rock the Block E-size stamp set. 
rock the block  RockTheBlock STAMP IMAGE CTMH
That’s a retail savings of almost $30! You're going to love the Collage Cubes and the Rock the Block stamp set, which work together for interactive, 3-D fun. Click Here to Start Shopping
Watch this Close To My Heart video to see more inspiration.
Welcome to this Rock-The-Block Blog Hop where you can see a variety of projects using this stamp set and block kit by different CTMH consultants. If you have come here from Rachel’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.  There’s more than 30 of us Rockin’ the Block so keep on hopping!
My blocks were designed for my 5 year old.  We’re home schooling him and while we have manipulatives for math, we didn’t have any hands on items for phonics. 
He’s learning his phonics, starting to read and now building some words on his own. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Holly: A Take Out Box

I just love this little stamp set "A Holiday" A1115 from Close to My Heart.  It's Cricut Compatible with the Art Philosophy cartridge from Close to My Heart and it's so versatile!

I made this takeout box a while back using the Art Philosophy Cartridge.  I used my Gypsy to weld the holly leaves that coordinate from “A Holiday” stamp set.  You could also cut the leaves separately and adhere them to the round closure on the box with a very strong adhesive like CTMH’s Liquid Glass.  Cricut Craft Room is also available to all users now and that allows you to weld as well. 
I stamped everything and then assembled the box.  It’s so simple to put together because it interlocks and doesn’t require much adhesive.  The holly berries are just round circles of Cranberry Cardstock.  They are about a half inch, and aren’t to scale of the holly stamp berries.  I love them big.  It adds more red! 
P1020768   P1020770
P1020769  P1020771

I have entered this page in  the Art Philosophy Linky Party, to show how you can use this cartridge to spice up your cards.  Since I have gotten this cartridge it has not been removed from my Cricut.  It is my go to cartridge for everything, and I totally love everything about it.  Please feel free to explore the rest of my blog as just about every Crafty post on has something that was created using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

Feel free to explore the rest of the blogs in this linky blog hop.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Featuring: Wordless Wednesday

I know several bloggers including Jessica who feature a weekly Wordless Wednesday.  So here’s my first post.  Hope you enjoy it.  Since I’m already using words to introduce this series, I might as well note that I took this picture yesterday morning on my very frosty and beautiful patio table. 



Monday, December 5, 2011

New While Supplies Last!

Click to view online.  If you’re local, email me.  I want to put in an order by the end of the week.   You can save on shipping. 






















Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Sale

Let's Make This Simple...

Order with me & get 10% off through Monday, 11/28 11:59pm.

I'm thrilled to offer a bit of my own Black Friday for the whole weekend!  
Place an order directly through me--Email, Facebook or phone call & get 10% off your order and take advantage of all the promotions that CMTH is offering this month! 
So give me a call at 425-350-6879, email me or Facebook me
Get the Holiday Wishes Stamp Set for just $5 with a $25 stamp order (click for details)
Get the Stamp of the Month for $5 with any $50 purchase (click for details)

But wait! That's not all...

I'm going to add a few more things.  Do I sound like a commercial yet?  
  • The first person to place a $99+ order can purchase a half-priced hostess reward.
  • Anyone & everyone who places a $75+ order can choose a new D sized stamp set from my inventory.
Remember:  All orders must be placed directly with me.
If you want to do it online, please coordinate with me to get a special link.  I won't be able to give you a discount but I can send you some more goodies!
This promotion is better than the one I offered earlier this week so it supersedes it.  
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Studio J–16 dinosaurs scrapped!

The thought of scrapping 16 pictures in a single layout was a bit daunting before I uploaded my pictures to Studio J.  I had no desire to print and crop all these little dinosaurs.  Studio J was so easy.  For fun and a little information, I added the names of the dinosaurs to the ribbon.  I was able to copy and paste their names from a website which saved time in typing and spell checking too.  There’s no way I could have done that in classic scrapping. 
To learn more about Studio J email me or click here. I would love to get together with you and give you a tour.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

They did it again… more while Supplies Last Items

Yesterday I received my latest CTMH box.   Today I see more great items have just been added to the While Supplies Last section of the website.  Click here to see the newly discounted items! 

$4.95 $4.00    19 % off Z1340

link 12" x 12" OLIVIA LEVEL 2 PACKET
$12.95 $5.00    61 % off X7128B

link 12" x 12" OLIVIA LEVEL 1 KIT
$9.95 $5.00    50 % off X7128A

link 12" x 12" MAGNIFIQUE LEVEL 1 KIT
$9.95 $5.00    50 % off X7127A

$4.95 $2.00    60 % off X7127C

Fantastic Items …Fantastic Prices ... and Still Available.
$3.95 $1.00    75 % off Z1220

$3.95 $1.00    75 % off Z1354

Don’t forget about the Holiday Wishes stamp set for just $5 with the purchase of $25 My Acrylix Stamps. 

More details are here. 
Click here to shop online now

Friday, November 11, 2011

Studio J ~ Perfect Placement Tutorial


Adding My Stickease accents is a great way to personalize and dress up your layout.  Here’s a tutorial on layering these to give them a hand-scrapped look.  It helps to think of Studio J scrapping much like classic paper scrapping.  You layer your photos and embellishments so that one overlaps another.  You are be able to do the same in Studio J. 

Link to video!

To learn more about Studio J email me or click here. I would love to get together with you and give you a tour.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Studio J Pumpkin Patch

This weekend I wrapped some Studio J layouts.  I’m excited about getting back to scrapping.  This layout is from the new Mischief paper pack.  I’m loving the fact that the My Stickease accents come in Autumn & Halloween themes which gives this paper much more flexibility. 

I’m enjoying getting my layouts done in about 30 minutes including the time to pick out my pictures. 


To learn more about Studio J email me or click here.  I would love to get together with you and give you a tour.

While Supplies Last


Check out the while supplies last section of  There’s some fabulous finds. 

If you would like to save a bit on shipping, I’m creating an order tomorrow. Just email me the items you want.

$1  Twinkle brads, Irresistibles Chipboard, & Top-Coats frame


Only $3 – Glitter Rub-On’s in 3 colors

$4  Black Designer Ribbon

$4.95  Mistletoe Assortment

$5  Festive Memories Card Kit, Makes 12 cards

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Holiday Wishes Exclusive Stamp Set!

Make your wish come true this November with an exclusive stamp set at an incredible discount.
Nov CC picture

A perfect set for the holidays!  This beautiful D sized stamp set is just $5 with the purchase of $25 in My Acrylix ® stamps sets between now and November 30.  That’s a significant savings of $12.95. You may buy one Holiday Wishes stamp set for every $25 in qualifying stamp sets you purchase. As a creative bonus, the 4 large images in the set coordinate with our Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge for added cutting and stamping fun!
Print all the details & pretty pictures here.
Nov CC stamp
Call 425-350-6879 or Email me to get your set!  I cannot wait to get this stamp set.  I’ll be placing my order at the end of this week on 11/5.  Would you like me to place an order for you? 
Can’t wait or live out of the area?  Order it online!

Friday, October 28, 2011

November Newsletter

Fall is here!  We have some exciting specials from CTMH in the next 4 weeks!
I sent this info out to my subscribers last night.  If you’d like a copy delivered to your inbox, please sign up over here on the right.

Fall Card Workshop—this Saturday!

Space & materials are still available! October 29th @ 1:30pm at my home.  Create all 5 of these beautiful cards!  Everything’s cut and ready for you to stamp & assemble these beautiful cards.  This is using the CMTH Dreamin’ paper pack and the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge that’s exclusively available from Close to My Heart. Cost is $8 for the first set & $7 for each additional set you want.  It comes with everything you need, envelopes & adhesive too! If you can’t come Saturday and want these cards, let me know and we’ll work out the details.  Please RSVP by Friday night!  425-350-6879. 

Trick or Treat!  Free Shipping is Sweet! 

Now through Halloween, get free shipping on any order you place directly with me!  Need ink, bling or paper as you get ready for the holidays?  This is a great way to save the 7.95% on shipping.  This applies only to orders placed through me (for local delivery).  Email or call me with your order today.  Don’t wait until the 31st to place your order with me.

Holiday Wishes Stamp Set $5 in November

When you place a minimum order of $25 in MY ACRYLIX® STAMP sets* between November 1–30, you can add a new D-size Holiday Wishes stamp set for only $5! That’s a significant savings of $12.95. You may buy one Holiday Wishes stamp set for every $25 in qualifying stamp sets you purchase. As a creative bonus, many of the images in the set coordinate with our Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge for added cutting and stamping fun! Talk to your me today.  (*Workshop on the Go & Cricut Bundle stamps do not qualify). 
Order online here or contact me with your order.

Christmas Card Workshop & Stamping Garage Sale

November 19th 10:30 – 3pm, Drop in or stay all day.  Use the Wonderland Papers in cool blues and rich browns to create warm wishes for the holiday season.  Make 20 cards for $25.
I will also have some lightly used and new stamp sets available as well as a ton of other goodies.  Did you hear that I won a huge prize package from Creating Keepsakes this spring?  A few of those items will be up for grabs.  The desk will NOT be for sale, just in case you're wondering.

November Stamp of the Month

Get the Stamp of the Month for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more in products. 
Cherish the Day is a versatile stamp set that is Cricut Compatible with the ticket shape as well as other rectangles on the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

November SOTM Close to My Heart
Click here for a detailed view of the stamp set.

Give the Gift of CTMH

Or receive it! Our products are terrific gifts for the paper crafter in your family.  If you're the paper crafter, send me your wish list and let me know who I needs a Santa's helper when shopping for you.  Gift wrapping & Gift Certificates available too.