Monday, October 31, 2011

Stitching in Studio J

Have you tried adding the new stitching element in Studio J yet? They have pre-set shapes so you can easily add stitched objects to your page or surround a photo. Here are some examples in this layout.

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!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tip: Cleaning & Organizing

Tip: Cleaning & Organizing
sponge dauber caseDo your scissors get gunked up after cutting your 3D foam tape? To avoid this cut the tape with the upper most part of the blade as opposed to the tip and close the scissor completely when cutting. Soaking the blade in our cleaner will help cut the adhesive so you can scrub off with a towel. Using a thick towel helps prevent you from being stabbed or cut by the blade when cleaning :)

Need to organize your daubers? Never feel you have enough? You can group like colors together and label your sponge daubers. You can find a case to hold up to 40 here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Free Halloween Digital Scrapbooking Kits Aplenty

Studio J's Halloween kits help you preserve memories of spooky fun!
Pattern: Imagine: Sweet Symphony
Kit: Boo!
Just once a year we get to dress up our little spooks for Halloween parades, parties, and trick-or-treating. This certainly calls for lots of picture taking! We want to cherish these masquerade moments forever, and Studio J® has the perfect kits for capturing these memories with ghoulish delight!
On the Studio J kits page, search for "Holiday" kits and then check out the traditional orange and black Boo! kit, available only on Studio J. Don't you love the creepy-cute "Trick or Treat" My Stickease® title on this layout? Or you may find that the Mischief kit does the trick with awesome My Stickease images of black cats, spider webs, and more. If your house is filled with little monsters, you might love the Hooligans kit that features friendly-looking ogres. Another kit that can be eerily wicked, with orange and purple hues, is the Enchanted kit—find it by searching the "Celebration" kits.
Creating layouts with Studio J digital scrapbooking is free—and so easy, it's scary! Whatever characters find their way into your home this Halloween, plan to capture their images and spirits in a Studio J layout soon!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

From You Tube

Holiday Tags Assortment: Project Inspiration Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book

Gift tags are a must-have year-round in every home and even more so during the holidays. Learn how to turn out classy, custom gift tags in assembly-line style in this Close To My Heart video. It's one more way to tell your gift recipient, "You're worth it!"

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Techniques: Distressing, Borders, and Shadow Boxes

Complements of my Downline Tabbi Fritz. She used a variety of techniques in this layout. Below are descriptions of each.Tabbi Fritz Layout

Stippling: Stippling is an art technique to make a lot of tiny dots to create an image. In this case instead of making an image, she stippled the sweet leaf (green) card stock on the left page using chocolate ink. Using the CTMH stippling tool this created a distressed look. To do this you simply apply your stippling tool to your ink pad and then pat it all over your cardstock till you have the desired amount of stippling. The more you do the darker the stippling will become.

Scallop edges: The scalloped edges can be seen on the Right page on the strip of red cardstock. To do this simply take the safety cover over your corner rounder and slide the strip of paper through it, making sure to line up the edges of each curve each time you punch. Easiest way to make sure you are getting the desired effect when first trying this is get a scrap piece of paper and practice first. Have your corner rounder facing you so you can see where it is cutting (so you are looking at the bottom of the rounder, and able to see the paper go through it). This will ensure that you don't leave gaps between the scallops.

Shadow Box: The shadow box with sand in it can also be found on the right page of this layout. For this she took a piece of cardstock and cut it to my desired size. Then lined it's edges with 3D foam tape. Next take another peice of cardstock cut to the same size as the first. Measure and cut out a window hole in this piece of cardstock. You will now measure and cut out of a Flip Flap the same size as the card stock and glue dot it to the back of the cardstock with the window cut out. Now you can put your sand or any piece of nature in the cardstock box that has the 3D- foam tape. Place the windowed cardstock on top of the 3D- foam tape, and you are finished! Be careful of the amount of stuff you put in to this box and thickness, if it is bigger than the 3D foam tape it will make placing the second piece of cardstock harder, and it may not want to stick to the tape due to the item pushing against it.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Easy Digital Scrapbooking: My Stickease Galore!

Easy Digital Scrapbooking: My Stickease Galore!

If you're familiar with Close To My Heart's classic scrapbooking products, you surely know about our wonderful themed paper packets and coordinating My Stickease® adhesive artwork. What you might not realize is that Studio J® online design software gives you the same fabulous paper kits to choose from, plus a boatload of coordinating My Stickease images—even more than are offered with the classic paper packets. Embellishing your layouts in Studio J is a breeze with so many choices! Just take a look at how Janelle Janish, a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant, spruced up her Cheer Camp layout.
Well-placed My Stickease<sup>®</sup> images lend a finished, professional look to your Studio J layout.
Pattern: Imagine: Monologue™
Kit: Roxie
Janelle used the Roxie paper kit and most of the pre-placed toggle accents, but then added several My Stickease images. Notice how the skillfully placed stars that act as photo corners, and the black polka dot photo corners help draw your eye to the pictures. The green My Stickease frame that surrounds a small photo does the same thing. Janelle also added two cute tags for some journaling and a scalloped border at the top of the left page. Nice personalization! And you'll be happy to know, all Studio J paper kits include a My Stickease coordinating alphabet so you can easily create a cute title, as did Janelle.
My Stickease images are so easy to add to your Studio J layouts: simply drag and drop! You can also resize them, turn them different directions, and even "clip" the image by dragging in the edges of the image to give it a whole new look or make it appear as if it's partially tucked behind a photo or paper accent on the layout. Each time you create a Studio J layout, be sure to take a look at the many My Stickease images available for your kit. They may be just what you were searching for!
P.S. Janelle used the Imagine: Monologue pattern with the Roxie kit. For a totally different look using the same pattern, check out this post featuring the Monologue pattern with the Wings kit.

Studio J blog | Easy Digital Scrapbooking: My Stickease Galore!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Studio J blog | Host a Studio J Laptop Crop!

Join with friends to preserve memories and create scrapbook layouts at a Studio J laptop crop!

Transform your Studio J® online scrapbooking sessions from solitary and silent to laughter-filled and super-social by hosting a laptop crop with fellow Studio J scrapbookers! Laptop crops, or digital crops, are usually a lot like traditional cut-and-paste paper crops—games, door prizes, music, contests—with a few differences.
First, you'll need a location with wireless Internet and plenty of electrical outlets. Have lots of extension cords and power strips on hand. Plan for two to three feet of space per scrapbooker—yes, quite a bit less than classic crops! Keep refreshments "safe" for computers and keyboards, in other words, no mess or crumbs; try popcorn, coated or wrapped candy, and covered beverages. Be sure to display your favorite Studio J layouts to inspire all your friends (and soak in all the compliments!). Grab your computer, step out of the home office, and take your Studio J creative sessions from tranquil to exciting with a laptop crop!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Techniques & Tips

Cricut BoxesHere are some Cricut Tips: You can make beautiful gifts for Christmas like a flower wreath or a paper wedding cake. Create all kinds of stocking stuffers and little gift boxes. There are eight 3D box shapes and six rolled flowers on the cartridge to help you create these items. Don't know where to start? Email me and we'll walk through the project together! When creating 3D objects you'll want to get some strong adhesives. If you don't own a glue gun try using liquid glass and glue dots to assemble these projects.

Click here to see all 700 cuts for our exclusive cartridge and stamp collection!

Cricut BugNote: Firmware Update to Resolve Cricut® Compatibility Issues
Provo Craft, the company that produces the Cricut® machines and cartridges, has informed us that due to a soon-to-be-resolved software glitch, some Art Philosophy cartridges are not functioning correctly with Imagine and Expression 2 machines, Gypsy devices, or Cricut® DesignStudio™ software. Provo Craft emphasizes that this is not a flaw with the cartridge itself and that the issue will be resolved by updating the firmware for these devices and software. Provo Craft will make the new firmware available shortly; we will send out an email when the new firmware is ready to be downloaded. Refer to your device or software manual to find out how to update your firmware.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Technique Tutorial: Using My Stickease Images as Templates

Create a perfect heart shape from buttons by using a My Stickease® image as a template.
Pattern: Imagine: Monologue™
Kit: Wings
Have you ever used a My Stickease® image as a template in Studio J®? It’s an easy way to get perfectly shaped clusters of embellishments! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to create this gorgeous layout from start to finish, including that adorable heart made from buttons and ribbon knots using a My Stickease image as a template.

12" x 12" Mr. & Mrs. Layout


  1. Select Wings kit.
  2. Select Monologue pattern.
  3. Select kit mix 3.


  1. Drop photos in wells.
  2. Change color of dot Background and Texture (B&T) paper to Grey Wool.
  3. Change color of damask B&T paper to Pansy Purple.
  4. Change color of base pages to White Daisy.
  5. Add 1/8" White Daisy mat to horizontal and vertical photos. Add 1/16" Grey Wool mat to square photos.
  6. Delete journaling box.


  1. Turn off toggle accents.
  2. Add four My Stickease scroll borders (Borders) at 100%, cropping and rotated as desired to create border and photo tabs.
  3. Add My Stickease heart (Large Accents) at 100%, rotating as desired (will be used as template for buttons).
  4. Beginning at left side of left page, create pleated ribbon by placing two ribbon tabs overlapping each other above scroll border. Copy and paste, then position to extend pleated ribbon. Copy all four tabs and paste again to extend. Repeat to desired length. Change color to Pansy Purple. Note: To make all pleats uniform, select all the ribbon tabs and align and distribute horizontally. For a more varied, handmade look, place each tab individually.
  5. Add two 5/16" Black buttons with Grey Wool thread to left page.
  6. Place one 5/16" Black button and Grey Wool thread on edge of heart image. Holding down shift key, select button and thread. Copy and paste, then position along edge of heart. Paste again and position along edge of heart. Repeat, placing buttons in regular intervals along entire perimeter of heart. Note: Turn snapping off for easier button placement.
  7. Delete My Stickease heart image.
  8. Delete one button and thread pair and replace with two ribbon flat knots at 100% in Pansy Purple, rotating as desired.
  9. Create title as follows:
    • “Mr.” in 83 pt. Times New Roman font, no background, Black text
    • “&” in 48 pt. Times New Roman font, no background, Black text
    • “Mrs.” in 83 pt. Times New Roman font, no background, Black text
    • “Herman” in 81 pt. Fountain Pen font, no background, Pansy Purple text
    • “from here... to eternity” in 21 pt. Times New Roman font, no background, Black text
  10. Create journaling in 19 pt. Aristocrat font, no background, Black text.
  11. Create date on photo in 20 pt. Fountain Pen font, no background, text color as desired.
  12. Distress Grey Wool cardstock and both B&T papers with sponge in Black, adjusting intensity to 100%. Distress White Daisy cardstock with sponge in Grey Wool, leaving intensity at default 50%.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Halloween Cards

These were the adorable Halloween Cards we made yesterday.

For the Mummy I used strips of white paper that were ink distressed and then glued down. Googly eyes were added. The second card is a Cricut cut die shape card that is stamped in Colonial White pigment ink. The spider was stamped in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation to appear as though he is moving. The 3rd & 4th card was shaded using the blending pen and water brush. The 5th card was stamped and then the pumpkin was colored in with the water base markers and lastly the 6th card was stamped and then I made a paper ruffle with a strip of orange B&T paper.

Below is another version of the last 3 cards that were created but with non-Halloween stamps.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween Treat Boxes

These are the little treat boxes I made to give out this year. Below are the instructions you need to create them :)
Owl Box
Cut Goldrush Cardstock at 5" Pillow Box <Shape11> Shift Font Layer
Cut Black Cardstock at 2" <Oval 2> then trim each side of oval at 3/4" to create 2 wings
Cut Honey or Sunny Yellow at 1 1/4" <Circle 5> Font Layer
Cut Colonial White at 1" <Circle 1> Card (Then cut in half. You could also just cut 2 circles)
Cut Black Cardstock at 1/2" <Circle 1> Card (Then cut in half. You could also just cut 2 circles)
Cut Desert Sand at 1/2" <Banner 4> Card

I assembled the piece on the owl before folding into a box.

Frankenstein Box
Cut Topiary Cardstock at 5" <Circle 1> Shift Font Layers for flat box.
Cut Topiary Cardstock at 3/4" <Circle 1>. Cut circle in half to create eye lids
Cut Colonial White at 3/4" <Circle 1> Card (Then cut in half. You could also just cut 2 circles)
Cut Black Cardstock at 1/2" <Circle 1> Card (Then cut in half. You could also just cut 2 circles)
Cut Black Cardstock 2 1/2 x 1/2 and trim with grass scissors or tear across.
Trim nose for scratch Topiary Cardstock.

First draw the smile on the base of the box. Them you can fold the box up and distress edges. You can also add scars too. Then assemble eyes using 3D foam tape for the lids and nose. Finally add hair to top.

Cut Colonial White Cardstock at 4 1/2" <Square 1> Shift Font Layer for basket box
Cut Black Cardstock at 1/2" <Circle 1> Card (Then cut in half. You could also just cut 2 circles)
Cut Colonial White Cardstock at 2 1/4 (or 2 1/2) x 8 and tear into about 1/2" strips.
Cut scrap Colonial White for nose into small triangle

Distress the strips with desert sand and glue onto the front and back of box. You could cover the whole thing if you want but I just did the front and back. Then attach the eyes and add google eyes on top of black circles. You could always layer more circles of cardstock to create eyes instead of google eyes too. Finally attach distressed nose with 3D foam tape.

You need York peppermint patties or other similar size candy for this one.
Punch two Black Cardstock circles using the 2" scallop punch.
Cut four Goldrush (or Sunset) 1 1/2" <tag3> Font for the legs
Cut Colonial White Cardstock at 1/2" <Circle 1> Card (Then cut in half. You could also just cut 2 circles)
Cut Goldrush (or sunset) at 1/2" <Circle 1>

Distress all pieces except eyes. Draw black pupils on the eyes close together. Attach the eyes to the front of one punch then using 3D foam tape attach the nose. Attach 2 legs to the back of this punch. Then using a glue dot attach to the candy. Attach the last two legs to the other punch and then attach to the back of the candy. The spider should stand up on it's own.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Technique Blog Hop - Masking with Milepost Shapes

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop! If you are coming from Judy Faye's Place, you are on the right track!

This month there are 12 of us highlighting the “Masking with Milepost Shapes” Technique as shown on page 15 in 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 SHIRLEY ROSS' PAGE. 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!

So I have to admit that I totally cheated this month and mostly copied the ideas straight from the idea book. This month has been crazy busy and my creative brain must of went on the fritz. So here is the artwork I re-created. As well as a few other images at the bottom using the Milepost Shapes.


The card above was created by placing a circle sheet of paper down over the area that was stamped (the star) and then I applied ink to a milepost shape and stamped it over the circle paper (the mask). I removed both the milepost shape and the circle and the above center image was left over :)

Below are some more examples of what you can do with the milepost shapes.
Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Ronda Horstman'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!

In the layout above I recreated those track marks by first adding reinker to my milepost shapes and then using the shape to stamp with. Below are some enhanced images.

This next image is a project we made at the Regional Celebration. I added Glitz Glitter Gel to just the raised portion of the Milepost shapes. I also added the gel to the cork letters.

In this layout I masked a star shape using the scrap from a cricut cut out and added the glitter gel to the star shape. I did this several times to get the shinny stars. I inked the milepost shapes on the raised area. I used one of the milepost shapes under the pewter frame. (Click on the image to zoom in).

In this layout I added some Milepost Shapes without doing anything and a few others with ink distressing around them.

And the final project again is from our Regional Celebration where I made two cards. I inked the circle milepost shape and stuck it under a brad and ribbon slide as a accent clustard.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Product Highlight

Felt Shapes
Midnight Felt Shapes

These 10 laser-cut felt shapes with adhesive backs will really allow your Halloween projects to pop this year. They come in siloutte Black and are $5.95 for the whole sheet. Buy Midnight Felt Shapes

Honey Mini MedleyHoney Mini Medley

Many of you know I can't do without my mini medleys. This Honey one is no exception. Complete with title frame, ribbon, buttons, and brads. This makes such a great add ons to any card or layout. Get the whole set for only $4.95. Buy Mini Medley

Trinity AlphabetElectric Alphabet Stamp Set

If you still need an alphabet stamp, this is the one to get! A Set of 124 - wow! The tallest image in this stamp set is approximately 1¼" in height. Letters are approximately 1", ½", or ¼" tall on an 8" × 10" sheet. This stamp set is great for cards, journaling, and title. Buy Stamp Set

4" X 5" My Acrylix® Block4 x 5 Block

More affordable than our 4 x 6.5 block and a better size to hold in your hand. This new block will handle those large stamps perfectly. $15.95! Buy 4 x 5 Block

Miracle Irrestibles While Supplies Last
ITEMS AS LOW AS 25 CENTS!! Check out these Miracle Irrestibles for only $1. Check out the while supplies lasts from the clearance section on my website! There are 36 items there now and ONLY available for purchase on my website with up to 78% off! You'll find some of the spring and summer paper there too like Mayberry and Sophia. Check it out before it is gone. These items go fast!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thank You

I was so honored to find I had received a blog award from a fellow blogger, thank you Shirley Ross. Click here to see what Shirley shares with her readers.

I've copied the "rules" directly from Shirley's blog:

The goal of the award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. 
The rules of the award are:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!

Here are 5 of my favorites (there are so many to choose from, this was hard to narrow down):
1)  Debi at Debi is the Other Sister. She is so creative and really thinks outside the box!! An amazing scrapper and artist!
2)  Tabbi Fritz at Adhesive Addict. Tabbi is an amazing team member and I couldn't ask for a better friend to share this adventure with. She has great ideas and techniques that she shares.
3)  Amy Ulen at Studio Scrapping. Want to learn more about Studio J she is your woman! Check it out :)
4)  Diane Buzzell at The Divine Designer. I love the way Diane always comes up with ways to use CTMH products. When I'm stuck she is my go to source!
5) Lisa Stenz at Lisa’s Creative Corner amazing, gorgeous work. Need I say more?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Capturing a Kid's Perspective through Digital Scrapbooking

Record your children's perspective by scrapbooking their own words.
Pattern: Super Star
Kit: Dreamin’

It's true what Art Linkletter said: "Kids say the darndest things!" A kid's perspective is so fresh, honest, and innocent. And if you've got little kidlins, it's a wonderful idea to capture that candid perspective in scrapbook pages before it fades into teenage-hood.

The layout above records a sweet conversation between two friends:

Abby: Let's play "best friends."
Emma: How do we play that?
Abby: We pretend that we are best friends.
Emma: But we are best friends!
Abby: I know we are in real life, but this is pretend life. Come on, let's go outside and jump rope.

These tender moments are fleeting, but by capturing them in a scrapbook layout, we're able to keep them forever. (And pull them out during life's difficult times to remember how innocent and sweet our children once were!)

Here are some ideas for creating a layout to preserve your child's unique outlook:

  • Have a notebook handy to write down the funny or unusual things your kids say right away. You'll use their exact quotes for journaling on your layouts.
  • Grab your camera, kneel down, and take some pictures of your child or of things that illustrate their cute comments. Be sure the photos are at their eye-level.
  • Sometimes kids create the darndest things. Scan pictures or Mother's Day cards they've made, report cards, or certificates they've received to include in your digital scrapbook layouts.
  • Take photos of their favorite things, again at their eye-level: stuffed animals stacked in the bedroom corner, sports equipment on the floor of their closet, their favorite blankie on their bed, etc. These will be fun memories for you and them when they're older and the special items have long-since disappeared.

So, grab a notebook and your camera and get ready to fashion a layout from your kids' perspective!

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Stamp of the Month

Holiday Magic SOTM October: Holiday Magic

We've made it easier for you to get the Exclusive Stamp Of The Month (SOTM). Simply spend $50 or more to purchase the D-Size Stamp at a reduced discount of just $5.00! That's a huge savings!

Or you can always buy the stamp at full price of $17.95. Remember the SOTMs are only available during the featured month and then go into retirement.

This versatile stamp can be used to create cards, tags, gifts like calendars, accents for layouts, and more. It really is a great addition to any collection. Buy Now

Stamp images outlined in red coordinate with the Cricut® Art Philosophy collection (Z1686).

Friday, October 7, 2011


Add OnAdd On For FREE!
New Consultants who enroll for $99 with Close To My Heart between October 1–31, 2011, will receive one FREE* New Consultant Kit add-on collection! Each of our three add-on collections is priced at $40 and has a retail value of $80 - 130, so this is an incredible deal! Click here to order your starter kit and Free add on.

Check out the article below on more great reasons to join Close To My Heart and be apart of my team, The Happy Scrappin' Squad!

*Shipping/handling is free on add-on collections. US tax will be charged on the retail price of $40.

10 Reasons You Should Get the Starter Kit!
By Rachel Ventura
1. Make more quality friends. I thought it was cheesy the first time I heard someone say this but it is so true. In the last few years I have made some of my closest friends both in my customers, team, and other consultants. As an adult meeting new people is tough and making new friends even harder but CTMH makes it easy to meet people like you who love what you love too.
2. Unlimited training and ideas. I don't know about you but I can always use more ideas. CTMH has a vast library of calls and training tools not to mention the monthly videos, tips, and projects they give us. The networking with other consultants has really opened my eyes to new possibilities with our products and now I just need more time to do it all!
3. Convention! I love the annual convention that CTMH puts on. It's like a giant sleep over with friends where you can create and socialize all day and party at night. The whole time you are learning how to make your business or hobby better too. It is what I look forward to all year.
4. Get Free Stuff. As a consultant and team member there are lots of ways to get free product. From giveaways to contests to just doing a great job. You'll be surprised at all the freebies you can receive by just doing what you love.
5. Receive a discount on the products you love. Whether you are a business builder or hobbyist enjoy a discount on all CTMH products.
6. The kit only costs $99 and you get over $350 in product. There isn't a better discount out there. Not even Michaels or Hobbylobby can give you a coupon for that much off!
7. Have a creative outlet. There is nothing more I enjoy after a bad day than to sit down and craft. It takes my worries away while giving me that "Me Time" I so desperately needed. Now you can have an excuse to build that time into your schedule on a regular basis.
8. Bring home more money. Whether you are trying to just  make a little bit more cash or create a career that pays the bills this opportunity allows you to make as much as you can dream. There are few things in life that offer that type of opportunity. I am excited to share this one with you and show you exactly how you can make your dreams come true.
9. Earn incentive trips around the world. Join me next year on the cruise of the Carribean's! I would love to share a free trip with you from CTMH. It's an exciting way to celebrate the best job you'll ever have.
10. Be proud to own your own successful business. To me nothing is more important that self worth. YOU ARE WORTH IT! You are smart, creative, and a go getter. You deserve to be happy and live the life you want. Your first step starts here, check it out.   

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cricut® Update and Tip

Provo Craft has resolved the software glitch that had interfered with the ability of some Cricut®Art Philosophy cartridges to function correctly with some devices and software. If you own the Imagine, Expression 2 (Expression users were not affected), Gypsy, or Cricut®Design Studio, please update the firmware to make sure your Art Philosophy cartridge is compatible with your system. Refer to your owner’s manual or contact Provo Craft directly if you have questions about how to update your firmware. If you continue to experience problems after updating your firmware, contact Provo Craft customer service. Please note that the online Cricut®Craft Room software is not yet equipped to handle the Art Philosophy cartridge as Craft Room is still in beta testing.

Here is a quick cutting guide too :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


No more pretend Luau's for this gal because I'll be cruising the Hawaii Islands this March 2012 and I owe it all to YOU, my customers,  and friends. I cannot begin to tell you how gracious I am of your support and genorsity. I know I'll be taking a ton of photos and I will most likely scrapbook them with Studio J so I can easily share them all with you. I just can't thank you enough!!

A very special thanks to my upline Carrie Burdette and 2nd upline Shirley Ross. Thank you for believing in me. And a HUGE THANK YOU to my team without I could not have even come close to earning this trip. I owe you each a huge hug the next time we see each other. You are FANTASTIC :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Technique Swap

Check out the technique swap I participate in with my team. This month we used something from nature. Here are the five cards created by Aimee Nortier, Patricia McReynolds, Rachel Ventura, Susie Zakrezewski, and Tabbi Fritz. Stay tuned later this month with the instructions on how to create this card!