Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Would you like to earn FREE products from Close To My Heart just by having your friends over for an afternoon or evening of fun?  By doing so, you all will have the opportunity to use some of our newest products while learning a fun new technique or two - and these events are FREE!  You can elect to have a theme based party or provide a light snack if you choose...otherwise, leave the rest up to me!

Want to host a catalog  or online party?  Now you can from anywhere in the USA!!!  Be a hostess for your friends or a Party of One! Now when orders reach $150 or more you can be your own host and earn rewards.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Studio J

Big Announcement

Studio J has replaced the Level 1 kits. Now throughout the idea book you can see beautiful layouts and ideas using Studio J. There is nothing quicker and more affordable than studio J. With all the amazing possibilities and the ability to scrap online anywhere you please it's a win-win. Not to mention the super affordable prices members receive! Its worth is just for the printing cost of the photos! What a sweet deal. Level 1 just got faster, simpler, and easier!

New Manmade Members Only Paper

Check out some of the new member's only layouts and papers. Plus get some tips on fixing your photos in Studio J with the video below:

Studio J®: Focus on the Photos
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Learn tips and tricks that will make your beautiful photos the highlight of all your Studio J® 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!

Love Your Layout: August 2011

In this episode of Love Your Layout, use Studio J® to capture your summer vacation memories in a snap!

Monday, August 29, 2011

"Enjoy" Scrapbook Page Pops with Flowers

Quickly cut, stamp, and curl pretty 3-D flowers using Close To My Heart's new Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge, My Acrylix® Hooray Bouquet stamp set, and your own creativity. Pick up more ideas for embellishing your layouts, cards, and gifts with fun florals in this how-to video.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Techniques & Tips

One tip for making your dry-embossing easier: Rub wax paper over the paper that you're embossing before you start. The stylus will move easier.

Technique: Dry Embossing on Vellum

Dry Embossing can be accomplished by using a stylus or other tool to create a raised or depressed design in paper, card stock, crafting metal, or other surface. I like to stamp an image on one side of my paper first and then using a softer working mat like a Versamat I go over the image with a stylus.

When dry embossing on vellum the area you trace turns white creating a very nice raised border than really distinguishes itself. Bu adding color on the back side you can create a stained-glass look to your artwork. This butterfly I made and added to a monthly swap card. So simple!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Product Highlight

Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

1 – Cartridge (700 images: font, shapes, and 3-D items)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
3 – 9" × 12" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)

All for a Discounted Price of $99.
Creative Feature Keys: Layer, Decorative Layer, Tag, Card, Font, Font Layer. See all the cuts and read more about it here.

6" X 6" Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album

This trendy album made from sturdy chipboard with an embossed design on the front and back is ideal for gift-giving or for storing your own treasured memories. This pre-assembled album is a non-expandable album and comes with 8 Memory Protectors® inside. Also available in Olive for only $7.95.

Typeset Level 2 Paper Packet

Celebrate back-to-school, sports achievements, or a fabulous report card with these fashionable, coordinating products. You'll create grade-A artwork with ease! Our new Level 2 kits now include 6 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (2 Desert Sand, 2 Juniper, 1 Black, 1 Creme Brulee) and 6 – 12" × 12" B&T Duos® Papers (2 each of 3 double-sided designs). Our B&T Duos® Papers is now 100lb cardstock thickness! New kit price is $9.95!
Kit Colors: Desert Sand, Juniper, Black, and Creme Brulee

Typeset Complements Canvas Shapes

Two 12" × 6" coordinating adhesive sheets with full-color images made of canvas. These amazing Complements can be distressed, unraveled, inked, and more. Each pack is only $5.95.

Designer Ribbon Green Collection

1 yard each of 4 ribbons; Topiary, Juniper, Olive, Sweet Leaf. These 4 different textures and designs help decorate your artwork by going the extra mile for $5.95.
While Supplies Last

As the spring/summer idea book comes to a close we must say goodbye to the good to make room for the better. But get some of those products while supplies lasts from the clearance section on my website! There are 30 items there now and ONLY available for purchase on my website! Most products are 33% - 78% off!

Friday, August 26, 2011


You still have time to get it!
Extra! Extra!
In celebration of our newly updated Stamp of the Month program, we're throwing in a little something extra: a FREE bonus stamp set!

In August, when you place an order of $50 US or more in products and purchase the August Stamp of the Month set, Wicked, for just $5, you’ll receive the My Acrylix® A Typeface A-size set FREE (a retail value of $6.95).

Think of this as two promotions in one—qualify for and purchase the discounted August Stamp of the Month set and we'll throw in a second stamp set FREE! It's Extra! Extra!

Celebrate National Stamping Month
In September, we are offering our first-ever double stamp set!

You can get the exclusive My Acrylix® Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set FREE when you place an order of $75 US from August 15 through September 30, 2011. You'll love this double set —two D-size sets in one envelope— which includes lots of clever phrases and coordinating images you'll use in your handmade cards all year long.

The double set has a retail value of $35.90, which drastically increases the value of your qualifying purchase! Have double the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our new Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Idea Book IS HERE!

I am so excited to announce that our new Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book is now available to you! It is a beautiful book full of ideas, tips, techniques and so much more. There are so many new and exciting changes to Close To My Heart. If you haven't already heard we have partnered with Cricut. That's right! We offer an exclusive cartridge filled with 700 UNIQUE cuts including alphabets, 3D artwork, envelopes, basic shapes, layers, and more. But that's not all. Click here to see all the cuts and to read more about what you get with the cartridge!

Close To My Heart has Decreased Prices on ALL Stamp Sets! We've re-packaged cardstock in smaller quantities so you can get what you need without all the buildup of extra product. We've lowered prices on Level 2 Kits, introduced new Compliments that match our kits, and so much to more! There are now projects featured in the book where you can get the full instructions online. These projects are marked in the idea book so keep an eye out for the mouse icon. You can view the new Idea Book online HERE or to get your own hard copy please contact me. New Idea Books are $3.95 plus $2.05 for shipping or ask me how you can earn yours FREE!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gen Con Steampunk Layout & Cards

This year I taught several classes at Gen Con Gaming Convention for the wives of gamers. I've used various stamps and embellishments to pull in the Steampunk look. You can get all the details needed to create this layout and 7 beautiful cards here. Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually the Victorian era Britain—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Create a Hat or Coat Pin

Start with a base, in this example I used a Just Blooms Paper Flower. I took a 2 x 8 strip of B&T paper and folded it back and forth in uneven increments to create a ruffles and added this to the back of the flower. I inked the edges too. To secure I poked a hole using my piercing tool and added a shimmer brad with a metal tag.
Leave the whole assembly on the foam pad while working. Next I cut a heart from the Pink Ribbon Collection and attached it with a large shimmer brad using the technique above.

I then used some pieces of 3D foam tape to layer a smaller flower on top of the brads and base.

I added pretty pins directly to the artwork by sticking them through the 3D foam tape on the underside of the small flower.
Then I added a bling button to the top after threading it with waxy flax. I attached the button to the flower using a glue dot.
I cut a small piece of B&T paper and wrote the year for next year's Convention on it. Lastly I added some bitty sparkles to the ruffles as well as one to the pretty pin flower to complete this artwork. When I was all finished I turned the pad over pealed it off and spread the brads to secure.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Olivia 6-8-10 Thank You Cards

Create these 6 cards in about 8 minutes per card. Simple and sleek. Only $10. Contact me if you would like a kit today. They can come pre-stamped per request.

Studio J blog | New Studio J® Digi Kit Spotlight: Build Memories with Manmade

Studio J® membership has its perks, and one of them is access to exclusive Studio J digital scrapbooking kits like Manmade. This distressed, industrial kit contains Background & Texture paper featuring plywood, paint spatters, crackled paint, rivets, steel, and more. The coordinating My Stickease® images include plenty of masculine quotes and titles, plus construction-themed images such as tools, hardware, denim, and tape measures. Manmade perfectly complements photos of do-it-yourself projects, daddy’s little helpers, and hard workers of all kinds. Go into Studio J now to build layouts that capture memories of the down-and-dirty gettin’, demolition-derby-attendin’, sawin’ and hammerin’, dreamin’ and schemin’ folks in your life.

Build your memories with the Manmade Studio J digital scrapbooking kit.

Studio J blog | New Studio J® Digi Kit Spotlight: Build Memories with Manmade

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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Have you scrapbooked your photos from last year’s Halloween? Perhaps you have pics from Halloweens past waiting to be preserved. Either way, you’ll find that the new Mischief kit is a whimsical complement to your Halloween and autumn photos! With eerie imagery such as spell books, ravens, black cats, spiders, mysterious elixirs, Mischief captures the spooky side of October. Go into Studio J® to catch up on past Halloweens before the next one comes!

Capture your spookiest memories with the Mischief kit in Studio J.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Studio J blog | Art Gallery : Studio J Online Design Software : Close To My Heart

Whether you’re scrapbooking heritage photos, family portraits, wedding pictures, or everyday moments, you’ll fall in love with the sophisticated Sonoma digital scrapbooking kit in Studio J®. Use the papers in their original colors of Smokey Plum, Amethyst, Petal, Cocoa, and Olive, or choose your own colors to match your pictures. The classic diamonds, stripes, damasks, and paisleys of this kit will complement all sorts of photos beautifully. Enter Studio J to see how Sonoma sets off your digital photos in a beautiful scrapbook layout.
The simple sophistication of the Sonoma kit is perfect for preserving special memories.

Studio J blog | Art Gallery : Studio J Online Design Software : Close To My Heart

Monday, August 15, 2011

Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! This month there are 13 of us highlighting the Glossy Dimensions shown on page 23 of the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book! This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit this link to Debi Barber's Blog. While there you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way. Let’s get started!

If you are coming from Cherri's Blog, you are on the right track!


In this card I created the stamped accents using the August Stamp Of The Month and topped the image with liquid glass and re-inker. In some cases I put the liquid glass down first and added tiny bits of reinker to the top and in others I mixed the re-inker with the liquid glass, applied it, and then before dry ran my stylus through it to create texture and shape. I then finished the card with our new bling! The Alphabet stamp is the Free August Constant Campaign stamp you receive when purchasing the Aug SOTM for only $5.

Other ideas to use with liquid glass include creating the appearance of broken glass as seen in this card. View complete instructions below.

Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Tonya's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a
comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Supplies Needed for Card with Broken Glass Cami:
Typeset Level 2 Paper Pack
Juniper Brads
Chipboard Florish
Sweet Memories Stamp Set
Love Life Stamp Set
Creme Brulee Ink
Juniper Ink
Liquid Glass
Sanding Kit

Dimensions: Creme Brulee Base 10 x 7 folded. A: 1 1/2 Numbers B&T B: 2x2 Creme Brulee C: 1 1/2 x 2 Letters B&T (Qty 2). Border pieces from B&T top.

Start by sanding all the Typeset pieces of paper including the card base.

Then stamp in creme brulee the flourish from the Love Life stamp set in a random pattern. Trim pieces C down into triangles.

Adhere the pieces together then add the juniper brads to the ends of the triangles.

 Ink up the chipboard with juniper and add to the card. Trim down B&T border pieces into words and attach with 3D foam tape.

For the cameo stamp image from Sweet Memories stamp set and trim. Apply liquid glass completely to the inside of the image. Allow to dry over night. Once dry put in freezer. After several hours remove and immediately crack the glass. If you wait until it warms up it will not crack (which only takes a few seconds).

Lastly add ink to the image where the cracks are to emphasis it. Add to the card using 3D foam tape.