Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dallas 2012

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Technique Swap: Dry Embossing

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I LOVE Convention!

The friends, the fun, the inspiration, so many reasons to love to go to convention. I am sharing a little video from Close To My Heart and tells the story of why I love going to convention. And it brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it!

Would you like to join us next year in Dallas? The new consultant kit is all you need to get started and at $99 (retail value $300+), the price is right! Ready to come to convention, join my team!! Click here!

New Consultant Kit contents:

New Consultant Kit contents:
  • Read Me First Letter
  • Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Books (qty. 10)
  • Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Books (qty. 5, while supplies last)
  • "You Are Welcome Here" Recruiting Brochures (W1151, qty. 25)
  • "The Rewards Come Now" Hostess Brochures (W1150, qty. 25)
  • Studio J® Brochures (W111, qty. 5)
  • Hostess Order Forms (W122, qty. 25)
  • Customer Order Forms (W101, qty. 25)
  • Studio J® Customer Order Forms (W1102, qty. 25)
  • Studio J® Membership Cards (W1103, qty. 5)
  • Studio J® 5-Pack Cards (W1104, qty. 5)
  • Close To My Heart Color Wheel (W470)
  • Autumn/Winter 2011 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1109, 48 – 6" Square Samples)
  • Cello Bags (W1152, qty. 25)
  • My Acrylix® Lovable Petite Perks Stamp Set (W2021)
  • My Acrylix® Wonderful You Incentive Stamp Set (W332)
  • Double Scrubber (Z1163)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • Bonding Memories® Glue (1512)
  • Sponge (Z697)
  • Liquid Glass (Z679)
  • Micro-Tip Scissors (Z534)
  • Black My Legacy® Faux Leather Album (Z1345)
  • My Creations® Memory Game (Z1614)
  • Workshops on the Go™ Typeset Kit (G1024)
  • Typeset Complements Canvas Shapes (X7139C)
  • Milepost Shapes (Z1464)
  • Juniper Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2165)
  • Bamboo Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2103)
  • Crème Brulee Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2167)
  • My Acrylix® Trinity Alphabet Stamp Set (E1021)
  • My Acrylix® Vintage Type Stamp Set (D1481)
  • 2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® Block (Y1009)
  • 3" x 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006)

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Idea Book Coming Soon

Pre-Order Today!

The Fall/Winter Idea book will be here on August 1st! Reserve your copy now so I can mail it in July and have it to you on the 1st! The idea book is filled with over 600 card and layout ideas, techniques, and tips. It helps inspire creativity and is available for only $3.95 plus shipping. It is an amazing book that showcases Close To My Heart products and shows how you can create beautiful artwork. Contact me for an advance copy and receive a special hand scrapped thank you card and gift!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Studio J

Love Your Layout

Learn how to layer stickease, ribbon, brads, and other embellishments to create a unique accent for your Studio J pages. This video also shows some distressing and sanding techniques. With a creation time of just 30 minutes, this dainty layout will help you spring into summer! Watch the video; then create your own layout on Studio J®.

They say a stitch in time saves nine, and that time-savings really adds up with our latest additions to Studio J®—available to all users! It’s easy to achieve a hand-stitched look when you create layouts using our new Studio J stitching embellishments. With eight different border stitches, three pennant stitches, and 18 unique stitched shapes, you’ll be sewing up your layouts—with the click of a mouse—in no time!

And in the next couple days, we’ll release a new kit to Studio J with My Stickease® designed specifically to complement the banners available in the new stitching feature. We’ve updated the classic My Reflections® kit Independence Day to include My Stickease sized perfectly to fit within the stitched pennants. Just place the stitching, then drag and drop the My Stickease image on top of the banner. Right-click and send it back behind the stitching to get the perfect hand-sewn look! And keep the Independence Day kit in mind for more than just July 4. The bold, timeless stars and rugged, stitched stripes are enduring designs that can be adapted to any theme. Try changing the color of the B&T for a whole new look that’s anything but Fourth of July! If your taste tends toward vintage, you’ll love Independence Day.

We’ve added a new kit to Studio J®, and we want everyone to use it! The new kit, Discovery, was featured in a paper version a few years ago, and it was so popular that we’ve decided to bring it back for all Studio J users to enjoy! Plus Studio J® members now have access to two new patterns: In Focus™, which spotlights three photos, and Viewfinder™, which features ten. Become a Studio J
member to take advantage of exclusive patterns and kits as well as deep discounts, free shipping, and access to JPG files of your studio layouts.

If you haven't checked it out Studio J yet, it's FREE to use so what are you waiting for? Indulge your desire to create gorgeous, 12" * 12" layouts in minutes—it’s easy, fast, and fun with Studio J, Close to My Heart’s unique online design software. Whether you’re a first-time scrapbooker or a long-time enthusiast, you can design custom layouts you’ll want to show off again and again. Discover the creative options available on Studio J!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Check out Jeannette Lynton's
Blog on how to create beautiful artwork for July but also how to get those great curvy looks that match the contour of the paper.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Stamp of the Month

July: American Celebration

Every month Close To My Heart offers you an exclusive My Acrylix D-size stamp set FREE or at a large discount. The stamp set is available to qualifying customers for that month only. It's our way of saying thank you, and your way of getting fantastic deals on our amazing stamps! Here's how to get a fabulous deal on your very own Stamp of the Month!
You Spend     You save       You pay only
$25                25% off         $17.21 US
$50                50%off           $11.48 US
$75                75% off          $5.74 US
$100              100% off         

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July Constant Campaign Specials

Bang for Your Buck

IT’S SIMPLE. SPEND $50, THEN CHOOSE A BONUS ITEM FOR $1 (FIVE products to choose from). Because everyone loves more bang for the buck!

Eligible $1 Bonus Items:
• Creative Basics® Mistletoe Collection
• Creative Basics® Animal Cookies Collection
• My Originals® Bits & Pieces Card Kit
• My Originals® It’s Your Day Card Kit
• My Originals® Around the Holidays Card Kit

PLUS, don't forget that a $50 order will give you the July Stamp of the Month set (shown below) at 50% off. Another bonus savings for you! :) How cute are your 4th of July pictures going to look in your scrapbooks using this set?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Travels and 4th of July!

Jason and I safely made it to Washington with the girls and dogs. We had a very fun trip traveling all around the midwest and west coast. The twins absolutely loved the cable cars and street cars in San Francisco. Salt Lake City was gorgeous and Mammoth Lakes was cold still! In fact two of the pathways to Yosemite were closed so we'll have to save that for another trip. It was great visiting my sister in IA too. But all good things must come to an end so now we are unpacking and organizing, organizing, organizing. But soon, back to scrapbooking :)

Wishing you all a safe and happy 4th of July!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Sophia Card with Ruffle and Quilled Flowers

Original card and image by Kelly George


Card Base: White Daisy 5 ½ x 8 ½ folded in half
A: 1 ¼ x 12 Bitty Flower B&T Paper
B: 4 ¾ x 1 Words B&T Paper
C: 4 x ¾ Small Flower B&T Paper
D: 3 ½ x 2 Blush Cardstock
E: 3 x 3 Bitty Flower B&T Paper
F: 2 ½ x 2 ½ Hollyhock Cardstock  (Qty 2)
G: 4 x 1 Pear Cardstock

" Score piece A every 1” then flip over and start the 1st score at ¾” from the end. Continue down every 1”. Then fold the score marks the coordinating way to create the ruffle. Trim the end into a ribbon shape. Using hollyhock ink, ink the edges and some ruffles then adhere to the card base about ½” from the top.
" Trim piece B & C at the ends to create ribbon look. Ink edges with hollyhock ink then adhere to card under piece A.
" Trim the corners off piece D then ink edges with hollyhock ink. Stamp your sentiment. Attach to card using 3D foam tape
" On pieces E & F draw and cut spirals from them (you can use the below patterns). Quill the flower using tweezers to hold the middle tight. Then adhere with glue dot.
" Fold piece G in half then using the circle punch create the leaves by punching just the edge of the folded side. Ink edges with pear ink then adhere under flower.
Watch the complete how-to video: