Thursday, June 30, 2011

Let's Get Scrappy!

"Scrappy Creations" Monthly Card and Scrapbooking Class
Thursday, July 14 at 7PM
Bring your pre-purchased Close to My Heart "Fanfare" Paper pack to create these cute projects below.  You should be able to create the layout and/or several cards during the class. 
* I will post additional projects you can make with the remaining paper in your paper pack.  Come back after the holiday to see more projects or better yet follow my page so you don't miss out on any good ideas. 
On the scrapbook layout, we will learn how to create simple embellishment clusters to add pizazz to your pages.
 We will also use CTMH's Scallop Circle punch to create this cute scalloped boarder. 
 Make these festive cards for birthdays or any occasion worth celebrating. 
 We will use "Fanfare's Workshop on the Go" stamp set using the same design to create these very similar but different cards.  Learn a simple "masking" technique to create the blue scalloped edge and add the "party" title to the card. 
 Look at the cute detail the scalloped circle punch adds to this balloon card. 
 Cute use of the stamp set, scallop punch and buttons. 
Everyone is welcome to attend.  Whether you just want to make a handful of cards, the layout, or both, it will be a fun night to get "scrappy." 

Simply go to my website to order your "Fanfare" paper pack.  Go to the "shop online" link and then enter item number X7138B in the "find item" area to order.  Make sure you leave a comment or send me an email so I know you are coming and can plan for extra embellishments.  ***Make sure you place your order ASAP so you get your paper in time.  Order no later than July 5. *** 

Buttons and embroidery floss for your embellishments will be available for purchase at the gathering for the great price of $1.00. 

Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Only a Few More Days......

Like a bargain?  Me too!   Create a scrapbook layout with Close to My Heart's Studio J and receive a FREE JPG of your layout that can be then be printed out at Costco or shared on the web.  Simply go to my website (, Click on Studio J Online Scrapbooking, then Create an Account to log in.  You are ready to begin.  Start a new project, upload your photos to your secure account and start playing.  What are you waiting for!  Give it a try...there is no obligation to buy and it is a super fun way to scrap.   There is no mess to clean up, nothing for the kids to get into and it is fast and easy.  MAKE SURE YOU ORDER YOUR FREE JPG BY THURSDAY, JUNE 30, BEFORE THIS FREEBIE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  Please don't hesitate to call or email me if you have questions, my contact info is on my website.
 Check out what I made with my freebie.  Click on the image for a larger view.  I just love how simple Studio J is and how perfect these online pages fit right in with my classic "handcrafted" layouts.
Why not, this page also qualifies for this weeks Heart 2 Heart Color Challenge
CTMH Sarsaparilla Pages work perfect for this challenge.  I love how the Barn Red and Bamboo papers add to the "Cowboy" feel of the pages and the "Twilight" in the plaid just gives it that extra punch of color.  Check out how I changed the B&T paper to Bamboo to make it blend better in the layout.  Studio J is awesome in that way!


P.S.  Make sure you check out my other Studio J projects.  Click on the posts Labeled "Studio J" for my ideas and examples.  You can find the labels on the right hand side of this blog. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Better Late.....

With a broken camera last week and only the use of a disposable camera (with two little ones, it's hard to go even a day without a camera) I am a little late sharing my Father's Day projects.  But wanted to share just the same.  Better late then never....right? 

Anyway, we had a fun time decorating these cute plastic pencil/pen holders for our Papa and Grandpa.  Notice the background paper is random stamped with the kids finger prints, then transformed into bugs by adding antennae and legs.  Loved using the bright colors of CTMH Exclusive Summer Inks to make these colorful bugs.
Tip of the Day:  Children's finger/hand/foot prints make perfect stamps for background and texture papers or even embellishments for scrapbook layouts.  Check out this cute turkey  I added to a calendar layout.  The kids grow so fast, hands included, and it just makes me happy to look back and remember their sweet little hands.  I think their Grandpa's will like to look at these little finger prints as the years go by too.  Stay tuned for more "hand" made art throughout the year. 

Here is another smaller pencil/pen holder I made for my husband.  No creative art from the kids, the rolled up paper in the container are colored and decorated notes from them, just pictures of them for Joel to display at work.      
The plastic pencil/pen holders were purchased at Michael's for $12.99 or less when using their coupons.  These were easy and fun projects to make.  All Dads were happy to receive them yesterday. 


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wedding Cards Take 2

I may have gone a little overboard with Heart 2 Heart's Wedding Challenge, but after creating my first card with the remains of my CTMH Miracle paper, I still had a few scraps and I guess I felt inspired. I actually like how these cards turned out better than my original and first post.
I used the Sophia Workshop on the Go Stamp Set and the ever so "weddingey" Mocha Opaque Pearls to add some shine.

Simple but nice, 6 x3 inch card. Would be perfect for a gift card or money.

Small 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch card. Gotta love that punch of Smoothie.

Which card is your favorite?

"Oh They Say When You Marry in June......"

" Your a Bride All Your Life"
Just a little quote from a song from the classic musical "Seven Bride for Seven Brothers." June is the month for weddings and I always think of that song whenever there is a June wedding. Being a June bride myself...12 years ago, I'm not sure that quote really fits me. I hoping my husband would disagree ;0).
Anyway, here is a simple wedding card I created using CTMH's Miracle paperpack for this weeks Heart 2 Heart Challenge (
I love the simple circle flower and the new linen buttons from CTMH. Although, I can't take credit for the flower, I learned that simple flower technique, just over a year ago from Fabulously Artsy Stamp Goddess, Tresa Black I added a pinch of Sunny Yellow to this card just for a dash of color, although it it very subtle.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Deal of the Month....

Boy do I have a deal for you! For the month June, host a gathering/workshop using the You &Me Stonger Together kit and earn lots of free supplies from Close to My Heart. Get at least 4 friends to purchase this You & Me kit and come to a gathering to create them and you will receive your own kit free as well as any hostess rewards you earn from your party.

Close to My heart is offering an exceptional deal for this kit. During the Month of June, order a You & Me kit for $15.00, normal retail value $34.95. That is over a 50% savings. You will recieve all that you see to the right, as well as detailed instructions on how to create two layouts. In addition to the great offer, your purchase will be helping many families in the midwest who have been displaced by the severe weather this spring. A portion of your order will be donated to the American Red Cross Tornado relief fund.

Purchase this cute kit indivdually or organize a gathering. Click on the "Shop with Me" button to purchase your kit or go to If you would like to host a gathering, leave a comment and I will contact you to set up and EZ Invite/Online Ordering account.

Still want more info. Check out this post ( for details about the kit. The prices and promotions offered during the month of May do not apply. Just check it out to see the great pages you could make.

Don't delay, these pages are only available during the month of June and will no longer be available once they are sold out.

Please don't hesitate to call if you have any questions.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Another Sketch...

I love sketch week on the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog ( I am always looking for new card designs and love that I can use any paper or stamp that I would like. Here is this weeks sketch.
Here is my take on it. Don't you love how versitile the You and Me stamp set is?


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bird Houses with a litte Mojo

This week I really liked the scetch on Mojo Monday's website ( so decided I would try it out.
Using CTMH's Mayberry paper pack and the "Bless this Nest" stamp set these 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch cards turned out cute.

Since I had the stamp set out, I created this simple 3 X 6 ince card. I love that star birdhouse and think I may use it to make a 4th of July Card in the next month or so.