Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Last Day to Order!

Today is the last day to order the Believe Stickease Holiday Card kit and get it in time to make and send out for Christmas. You can make your Holiday cards this year in about an hour for less than $1 a card!

The cards are easy to assemble and can do at home with only scissors & glue! No stamping required. Suggested other tools are 3D foam tape, baby powder, and a paper trimmer. Make 16 cards for only $15. Comes with instructions and envelopes.

Also today is the last day to order the Holiday Wishes stamp set for only $5 when you order $25 or more in stamps.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Create Ornaments Quick

Create Ornaments Quick this year with the Art Philosophy cartridge and the Believe Paper Pack. Add some string and liquid glass!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Designer Ribbon Red Collection

Red Ribbon
Perfect for those Holiday cards. This red collection includes 1 yard each of 4 ribbons; Cranberry (double), Tulip, Sorbet for only $5.95. Buy Designer Ribbon Red Collection

While Supplies Last While Supplies Last
ITEMS AS LOW AS $1.00! Check out the while supplies lasts from the clearance section on my website! There are 39 items there now and ONLY available for purchase on my website with up to 78% off! You'll find some of the Acrylix Blocks there so get it before it is gone. These items go fast!

Friday, November 25, 2011


Online Special

I will be hosting a Black Friday online sale until Cyber Monday at midnight.

Simply be the first to email:
call: 815-954-1981
or facebook me your order

after 6am on Black Friday but before midnight on Monday and it's yours!

New and Used items are listed here: Black Friday Sale at incredible sale prices!!

*While Supplies Last. I will update the inventory live on my blog  

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Have a Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has a happy thanksgiving! This year we aren't traveling and will try to get a local raised turkey; Gobble, gobble. Safe travels to all those out there who aren't close to family and will be on the road or air this year. Celebrate those you love and remember why we scrapbook our memories: To remember the shared love and joy and to preserve those memories that matter most! I am grateful that I can be apart of that!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Paper Club for Beginners

Paper Club Layouts and Cards
New & Perfect for Beginners! 2 layouts & 2 cards
Price $15. Everything is pre stamped and pre cut so you just assemble and enjoy!

Contact me to get your kit. Only available while supplies last.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday 6-8-10 Card Kit

We created these amazing 6 cards for only $10!

First sort your cards with all the pieces labeled "1" in a pile then "2" in another and so forth until you get through "6". The images above do not correspond in order. Instead above you see (starting at the top left reading to the right) Card 3, Card 2, Cards 6, Card 4, Card 1, Card 5. I distressed papers. Card 1: Add 4 sparkles to the flourish. Use 3D tape on mittens
Card 2: Use 3D tape on snowflake then add sparkle to middle
Card 3: Use 3D tape on snowflake then add sparkle to middle
Card 4: Use 3D tape on cup that you trim out. Put the pins through the 3D tape
Card 5: Use 3D tape on the small circle sentiment. Add sparkles to middle of snowflake
Card 6: Use 3D tape on snowman and add 4 sparkles to the left of him.
See More Holiday Cards Here

Monday, November 21, 2011

Chocolate Party

At the Chocolate Party we made these pillow boxes to hold Hershey Kisses. Then made this matching card.

I cut the box at 4" and attached the Grosgrain Ribbon. I used the scallop punch & circle punch for the circles on top. Then stamped the sentiment.
 Here I attached a crochet flower with a tulip brad as well as some wide Sweet Leaf Ribbon.

Mini-Medley Accents Pewter Collection

Sonoma Layouts

See below for the pewter mini medley I used on these pages.

 Pewter Mini Medley
Round out your accessories with these versatile metal accents and ribbon. Collection Contents: 2 frames, photo corners, 4 photo clips, 8 buttons (2 sizes), 12 brads, and 12 Bigger Brads for only $4.95! Buy Mini-Medley Accents Pewter Collection

Sunday, November 20, 2011

New Members-Only Pattern: Honeycombs are HOT!

 This layout is Compliments of Tabbi Fritz

Are you a Studio J® member? Good! Now you can enjoy the fresh and funky styling of Honeycomb™, Studio J’s newest pattern. This exclusive pattern places five photos over a geometric background featuring one of today’s hottest shapes: the hexagon. Not yet a member? You’ll delight in the exclusive patterns and kits almost as much as you’ll love the 50% off custom prints and free monthly shipping! Enter Studio J and become a member today to amp up your artwork and save!

Love Your Layout: Perfect Custom Embellishments

Studio J®: Love Your Layout: October 2011
From: CTMHcorp | Sept 29, 2011

Capture your life as it happens in Studio J®. We'll show you how to create this elegant layout, perfect for important occasions or special relationships. All you need to do is watch the video, and we'll walk you through each step, start to finish.

Studio JIf 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, November 19, 2011

Sonoma Workshop

Sonoma Workshop: More Info & To RSVP
GET $25 Free Product when you join this club!
Price: $35

Friday, November 18, 2011

Studio J: Super Easy Stitching

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 would like the step by step instructions to create this layout please email me.

Studio JIf 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!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Scrapbooking Tip

There are some basic design principles you'll find immensely helpful for Level 3 scrapbooking. Let's talk about six of them.
  • First is balance. Balance can be symmetrical—roughly the same on both sides—or asymmetrical. If you have large elements on one side of a page, you can balance them with other large elements or with strong, contrasting small elements. Keep in mind color balance as well. Your layouts will be more aesthetically pleasing if you use colors in varying proportions.
  • The second design principle is repetition. This is sometimes known as rhythm and can make your layout feel cohesive. Create repetition by repeating shapes, colors, textures, lines, or other elements of design. You might choose some curved lines in your photos and repeat them with scalloped edges, buttons, punched circles, or other similar lines. The key to successful repetition is variation within the theme.
  • Perhaps you've heard of the third design principle: movement. Many things can affect the way the eye moves across a page. A strong line, especially a diagonal one, will cause the viewer to follow it. A border around an element or page will keep the eye from leaving that element or page.
  • Contrast is an important design principle. Use contrast to reflect the energy of your story. Tone down the contrast for calm or peaceful stories; use strong contrast to amplify the excitement in a more energetic story. You can achieve contrast with color, size, texture, line, or any other element of design.
  • Another principle of design has to do with enhancing versus competing. Sometimes known as “dominance” or “emphasis,” this principle helps you focus the viewer’s attention on the most important elements in your layout. Remember that page embellishments should support your story, not overshadow it. You’ll also find it helpful to use the “rule of thirds.” In your mind, divide your scrapbook page into thirds horizontally and vertically. When you want to emphasize something, try placing it at the intersection of two of those lines.
  • The last design principle we'll talk about is unity. As you make decisions about how you’ll use balance, repetition, movement, contrast, and emphasis, keep in mind the story as a whole. Each principle should support your story rather than detract from it. The page should feel connected, harmonious, and complete.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album

This trendy 6" x 6" album made from sturdy chipboard with an embossed design on the front and back covers is ideal for gift-giving or for storing your own treasured memories. Each pre-assembled album comes with 8 Memory Protectors®. $7.95 Buy Pansy Purple Quick Pic™ Album

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Technique Blog Hop: Ghosting

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

This month there are 13 of us highlighting the “Ghosting” Technique as shown on page 45 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 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!
  • To create the ghosting effect seen on page 45 of the idea book you'll first need some embossing supplies along with some ink and sponge daubers. You'll need versamark clear ink, clear embossing powder, a heat gun, and a craft tray. You'll also need to heat up an iron. 
  • Start by embossing the image you would like to be the ghost. You'll emboss this in clear.
  • To do this, stamp the image with the versamark ink.
  • Then place in a craft tray and pour on the embossing powder.

  • Shake off the excess than return it to the jar.
  • Heat the image with a heat gun until the powder is melted. Set aside to cool briefly.

  • Next you can either stamp or dauber ink over the image. In the case of the vampire above, I used the sponge dauber in black and gray ink. The below Cocoa cup was stamped as this was a base & shade stamp set.

  • Then place a piece of computer paper over the image and press a hot iron to transfer the embossing powder to the scrap paper and away from your image. Then you are finished.

Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Melissa'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!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mischief Workshop

I loved this workshop but then again Halloween is my favorite time of year! With the Level 2 Paper Pack, a super cute stamp set, and the felt midnight shapes, this is what we made. Enjoy:

WOTGMischief Workshop:
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Price: $35. Order While Supplies Last