Tuesday, April 27, 2010

'Studio J' from Close To My Heart Has Been Released!

Announcing the brand new AMAZING online scrapbooking program,
Today, Tuesday, April 27th at 10 am EDT, go to my website to get started!

Click on the Studio J tab and start playing for FREE!
You pay NOTHING until you order your layouts.
Putting them together is TOTALLY FREE!
And in my book, FREE is GOOD!
In the meantime, if you haven't watched the Studio J introductory video yet, click here to do it!

If you or any of your friends love to scrapbook but are time-strapped or computer techies, this is the program for you! You might even want to consider signing up to be a Close To My Heart Consultant with your own website so that you can make money while you and your friends fall in love with Studio J! You can do that right now, just click here, then on "Your Opportunities" and follow the prompts.
You can become a Close To My Heart Consultant for as little as $99!

I am SO EXCITED about this program!
If you have any questions, please email me at iluv2cre84u@gmail.com.
Happy Scrappin'!!!
Have a great day!


Monday, April 26, 2010

Heart2HeartChallenges #4~H2H4~Ribbon Challenge

This week's Heart2Heart challenge is a ribbon challenge. You MUST use at least 2 different ribbons in/on your project. This was kind of a struggle for me as I'm not a big ribbon user. I like to use brads more than ribbon but I was able to find 2 ribbons to make this cute little fence card work.

Don't you just love the whole 'fence' concept of this card? I got this idea from another Close To My Heart consultant (sorry, I can't remember who as I am really bad about that) quite some time ago and I have made a few of them. They are just too cute!

There are several CTMH products at play here so the supply list is quite long for such a small card but here it is:
  • X5671 White Daisy Textured Cardstock
  • B1338 Follow Your Heart stamp set
  • D1410 One of a Kind stamp set
  • D1335 Intrinsic Backgrounds stamp set
  • Z1097 Nature's Ambiance Rub-Ons (dragonfly & butterfly)
  • Z2111 Chocolate ink
  • Z2164 Sorbet ink
  • Z2153 Sweet Leaf ink
  • Z2117 Crystal Blue ink
  • Z1218 Chocolate brads
  • Z1123 Sorbet Ribbon
  • Z1124 Heavenly Blue ribbon
Have fun creating your own artwork and be sure to use at least 2 different ribbons! Check out the creations of all the Design Team members when you go to enter the link for your own creation on the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog.

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Creatin'!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #55~In Our Own Backyard

Here is my creation for last week's Weekly Scrapbook Challenge. I am a day behind on posting but it WAS done yesterday! I started this on Tuesday after having received my new 'Passages' paper pack from Close To My Heart. I was so excited to get my hands on more of the newest products so I could have plenty of awesome artwork to show you all.

I love my backyard as most of you know. I take tons of photos of the wonders around my home. I never get tired of looking at them. Although it's not as exciting as some exotic location, it's all ours and we love spending time here, not to mention that it doesn't cost a thing and there's no traveling required! I hope you enjoy the layout as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart:
  • 9029 Cherish~Elegant Context design
  • X7126B Passages paper pack (available May 1st)
  • A1104 A Tweet
  • D1416 State of Mind
  • D1271 April Word Puzzle (retired)
  • Z1156 Dimensional Elements~Borders
  • Z1217 Antiqued Copper brads
  • Z2114 Cocoa ink
  • Z2120 Garden Green ink
  • Z2104 Barn Red ink
  • Z280 Hemp
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Thanks for stopping by. Hope it's a great day for you!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Part 2~A sneak peek at a couple new products from Close To My Heart

I thought I'd share a couple projects I made recently using some of the newest products from Close To My Heart. They will be available May 1st! Yea! Aren't you getting excited? I know I am because I get to show you more fabulous products when you come to my Open House on that very same day!

Anyway, the first project is a 4 1/2 inch square clear card (think 'new') that I made into a photo frame. The second photo shows the frame with a photo added. And can you guess who that little cutie is? Yep, she's my newest little granddaughter, Scarlet, born February 9th.

The second project is a 4 1/2 inch scalloped clear card (think 'new' again) that I made into a...you guessed it...card! It was a bit of a challenge as you want to be sure to hide any adhesive you use but it was fun to make! Notice the cherry paper! How cute is that? And the stamps! I think I'll be using them a lot!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope it's a good one for you!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Heart2HeartChallenges #3~H2H3

Our third week for this challenge! Woohoo! I am having a lot of fun with this and totally enjoying all the wonderful creations you all are posting for this challenge. I am so amazed at how many of you have chosen to join us in just the first 2 weeks. Thank you! Keep them coming! It's exciting!

It is very important that you are sure to use mostly CTMH products in your creations otherwise, you are disqualified as a contender for the Friday Five and/or for the weekly prize whenever we have a sponsor. This week we do happen to have a sponsor by the name of Diane Cook. I am familiar with Diane as she is a member of my CTMH Coastal Stars unit. She does wonderful work and will be offering up a fabulous prize package for this week's challenge. So be sure to follow the instructions for your chance to win and post to our challenge blog.

Now our third challenge is a sketch challenge. Here is the sketch we are supposed to follow and here is a card I created. I really love how this card turned out even though I'd never made a flower like this before. Go figure! It's not hard, just never thought to try it before. I used my Slice machine to cut out 4 different sizes of scalloped circles, then spritzed them with a bit of water, scrunched them up, then opened them up and let them dry. I then punched a hole in the center of each and attached a brad with a bit of Crystal Blue Waxy Flax. I also put a few Bitty Sparkles on the petals of the flower to give them some bling! What a difference they made!

Close To My Heart supplies used:
  • Miracle kit scraps (Special for National Scrapbooking Month in May, ask me about it!)
  • X7105B Two patterned papers from Emporium paper pack
  • 1285 Heavenly Blue cardstock
  • Z1212 Heavenly Blue brads
  • Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
  • Z1247 Crystal Blue Waxy Flax
  • Z1099 Twill Ribbon
  • Z1218 Colonial White brads
Okay, now it's your turn to post your artwork for this challenge. Get to work then come back here and post. While you're here, don't forget to check out all the beautiful artwork posted by our Design Team.

Have a great day!


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #51~Thanks & a Sneak Peek of Splendor

Here is my creation for this week's unscripted sketches challenge. You will notice that I did a 'flip' over this. I couldn't get this sketch to work for me no matter what I did so I flipped it upside down and went right to work. It was so much easier for me to work with once I'd flipped it. Hope you like it! And the sneak peek of one of the papers from the new Splendor paper pack.

Supplies used are Close To My Heart:
  • Splendor paper pack
  • D1409 Flower Pot~April SOTM
  • Z2114 Cocoa ink
  • Z2123 Goldrush ink
  • Z2101 Autumn Terracotta ink
  • Z2155 Topiary ink
  • 3174 Blending Pen
  • Z1217 Pewter brads
  • Z1243 Pewter spiral
  • Autumn Terracotta ribbon (no longer available)
Thanks for popping in! Have a great day!


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #54~Spring Has Sprung

Here's my layout for this week's scrapbook challenge. Can you guess what photos will be going on here? Gee, that's a tough one, isn't it? LOL...anyway, you all know how much I love the flowers and trees around my home and you're probably quite used to seeing layouts with them as the subject, right? Well, they don't give me a hard time when I take their photos so they are my best subjects. Hope you enjoy the layout!

Here's a list of Close To My Heart supplies used:
  • 9030 Imagine~Conclusion Combo design
  • X7119B Veranda paper pack
  • D1409 Flower Pot~April 2010 SOTM
  • 1388 Colonial White cardstock
  • Z2114 Cocoa ink
  • Z2367 Creme Brulee marker
  • Z2365 Juniper marker
  • Z1155 Clear buttons
  • Z1206 Basic buttons
  • Z1219 Cocoa and Colonial White brads
  • Z1215 Sunflower brads
Thanks for stopping by today! Make it a good one!


Friday, April 16, 2010

Happy 'Bird' Day!

This is a case where I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I had zoomed my camera in close to photograph the birdbath in our garden and lo and behold, a bluebird landed on it! How cool is that?

He proceeded to jump in the fresh water that I had refilled it with a short time earlier so he could get himself clean for his lady friend. Well, you know how us women are. We like our men clean! LOL

Splish, splash I was taking a bath!
(Isn't this an awesome shot, splashes and all?)

Aw, that was refreshing! Time to shake off the water!

There, how do I look? Bad hair day, huh?

I hope you enjoyed my photos today! I thought they were just too cool not to share! Have a good one!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #50~You're Somethin' Special

Here's my latest creation for the weekly unscripted sketch challenge. I'm not totally pleased with this card but decided to post it anyway. I had made the background of this card awhile ago by using reinkers and it's been sitting on my worktable calling to me ever since so I figured I'd give it a try for this challenge.

I used a stamp set that had come in the Close To My Heart 'Jingle' Workshop on the Go kit awhile back but I had never used it. I also used some ribbon from the Buttercup Collection and a Buttercup swirlie thing.

Hope you enjoy the card even though it's not my best work! Thanks for stopping in! Have a great day!


Heart2HeartChallenges #2~H2H2

Rolling right along we are now on week #2 of the Heart2Heart Challenges. The challenge for this week is a 1/2/3 challenge. What is that, you ask? Well, it means you have to use 1 Close To My Heart stamp, 2 different patterned papers and 3 embellishments, either the same or different. And there's your 1/2/3 challenge! Join in and have some fun!

I chose to create a layout for this week's challenge. This is a layout of my son and his wife who got married in our backyard last July. Yes, I am still behind on my scrapbooking! I rarely create one page layouts and especially any with only one photo but this just seemed to come to me very quickly when I picked up some scraps left from the 'Miracle' scrapbooking kit that is a special for National Scrapbooking Month in May. This kit will be available starting April 15th and will run through the end of May or while supplies last so be sure to let me know if you want one.

Supplies used for this challenge are all Close To My Heart:
  • Scraps of patterned paper and chipboard pieces from 'Miracle' scrapbooking kit (available April 15th)
  • D1408 A Little Everything (March 2010 SOTM)
  • 1385 White Daisy cardstock
  • Z2114 Cocoa ink
  • Z2314 Cocoa marker
  • Z2117 Crystal Blue ink
Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you enjoy all the design team's artwork!


Friday, April 9, 2010

Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #53~Grace LO

Here's my layout for the 53rd week of the weekly scrapbook challenge that has been such an awesome way for me to get my scrapbooking done. It is so hard to believe that it's been a whole year since I started with this weekly challenge. I must admit, I never thought I'd really stick to it or even be able to. What a great accomplishment! Now if I could only get photos on all these layouts then get them into albums, that would be my best accomplishment of all!

I wanted to show you the detail of the flower in the left hand corner of the left page. I started with the chipboard circle and built it all up from there. The next photo shows how I popped some of the elements up for more dimension.

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart:
  • 9031 Reflections~Main Frame-Tied Together & Quartet-Sliding
  • D1369 Delightful Things
  • Z1226 Dimensional Elements~On Target
  • Z2104 Barn Red ink
  • Z2135 New England Ivy ink
  • Z2160 Twilight ink
  • Z281 White Hemp
  • Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
  • Z1097 Nature's Ambience Rub on's
  • Z1287 Rustic Edge Anchors
  • New England Ivy Waxy Flax
  • Clear Shapes
  • Various brads
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Scrappin'!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Unscripted Sketches #49~CTMH Grateful Card

Here's my card for this week's Unscripted Sketches challenge. I used 'Grace' papers from Close To My Heart and made a cool flower using a 1 1/2 inch circle punch. If you want to know how to make these cool flowers, you'll have to get a new CTMH Summer 2010 catalog from me. The directions are inside so be sure to come to my Open House on May 1st to get your copy. Hope you enjoy the card!

Thanks for stopping by tonight. Have a good one!


Close To My Heart Scrapbook Challenge #52~Baby Love

Here's my latest layout in the weekly scrapbook challenge I participate in. I know I'm a bit late on this but you know how that goes! I am now ready to get started on #53.
These are photos of my newest little granddaughter and her mommy and daddy. Isn't she just the cutest? Well, maybe I'm a bit partial but she is just too cute!
The journaling will go on the tag tucked under the large photo on the left page.

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart, of course:
  • 9030 Imagine~Fantastic Five design
  • G1005 Topstitch WOTG kit
  • Z1276 Colonial White Mini Medleys
  • Z1127 Chocolate Ribbon Rounds
  • Z1206 Basic Craft Buttons
  • Z1088 Chocolate Waxy Flax
  • Z1081 Colonial White Waxy Flax
  • Z1218 Chocolate Brads
  • Z1226 Dimensional Elements On Target
Hope you enjoy the layout! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, April 5, 2010

First Heart2Heart Design Team Challenge

Welcome to the first Heart 2 Heart Challenge hosted by Mary Vogel and a select group of Close To My Heart consultants called the Design Team or 'DT' for short. I am so excited to be bringing this challenge blog to you and most proud to be a member of the very first Design Team. This weekly challenge blog is a venue for us to show what fantastic products Close To My Heart has to offer. I hope you will find inspiration here and will join us each week to share your beautiful artwork.

Some of the rules for participating in the weekly challenges:
  • Although you must use Close To My Heart products in your creations, you do not need to use 100% CTMH.
  • You must follow the details of each challenge closely.
  • There will be a top five, H2H Friday Five, announced every week on Friday at the end of a challenge so you must have your project submitted by 10pm on Sunday of the week of the challenge.
  • Every month, at the end of the month, we will choose a guest DT member from all the chosen Friday Fives for the month. So be sure to do your best work in order to be included in 2 weeks of challenges the following month.
  • Sponsored prizes will be chosen at random by random.org.

The first challenge was to use these three colors ...Sweet Leaf, Sunflower and Chocolate. Now you really wouldn't think that these colors would go together, would you? Well, I didn't either until I started playing around with them and came up with the card below.

I am actually very pleased with this card. I liked it so much I decorated the inside as well. I used a couple different techniques on this card~dry embossing and ink distressing. A little bit of Liquid Glass on the candle flames makes them come to life! The stamp set used is 'Piece of Cake' which was the Stamp of the Month for February 2010. Although it is no longer available, perhaps many of you already have the stamp set and can share it with those who don't.

Below is a list of all supplies used:
  • 1242 Sunflower cardstock
  • X5643 Chocolate cardstock
  • 1388 Colonial White cardstock
  • D1407 Piece of Cake stamp set
  • X7105B Patterned paper from Emporium
  • Patterned paper from Magic Moments
  • Z1102 Colonial White ribbon
  • Z679 Liquid Glass
  • Z1217 Antiqued Copper brads
  • Z2111 Chocolate ink
  • Z2350 Sunflower marker
  • Z2353 Sweet Leaf marker

If you'd like to participate in this challenge, please click here and enter your artwork. You could even win a prize from this week's prize sponsor, Juli Clark, who is a CTMH consultant offering an awesome prize package. You can visit her blog here. Also, while visiting the heart2heartchallengeblog, check out the beautiful artwork by all the Design Team members. You can visit their blogs by clicking on their name. Katy, Angela, Tracey, Jayma, Helen and Mary.

If you need any products in the featured colors in order for you to participate in our first challenge, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day!


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