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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Corn Maze Fun

Here is a layout I created using Studio J that features the “Background Story Technique” that is shown on page 115 of our current Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  The Background Story Technique allows for the background of the layout along with some images and the title to tell the story - no need for journaling!!!! For my creation I used the Pathfinding kit.  It was perfect for pictures of our corn maze adventures --- the background and title are perfect for these photos!!!

Remember this month all layouts from Studio J are only $5!!!! There are also some other great incentives for Studio J this month --- check it all out here!

To begin with Studio J, visit my website then click on the November Online Gathering and choose Studio J under the Products tab at the top of the page.  


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Christmas Creations with No Ink

As I have already mentioned in earlier posts, all Studio J layouts this month are only $5! That's 2 12x12 pages printed on the highest quality of paper for only $5 --- you can't even get photos printed for that!!!!

Well last night & today I started making Christmas cards, yes you read that right - Christmas cards, in Studio J.  With the No Limits template in SJ you can create anything you want to - including cards and even some subway art!

Here are some cards using our new Snowhaven paper kit ---

Notice that these 2 pages are almost identical with the exception of some of the 'stickease' I placed around the empty spaces -- I will use those for other projects! That's 12 cards for only $5! And it's handmade. All I will have to do is cut them and adhere them to a plain card base!

And here is a page of cards I made using the new Yuletide Carol kit:
Again, I used some of the empty space for a few stickease and even some border strips!  For the other side of this layout I decided to make some subway art 6x6 signs that I will either use for gifts or for my own home:
So this $5 I will get 6 cards, 4 subway art designs & a few stickease designs! Now that's what I call a deal!

Since I used Studio J to create all of this, I am also using this to participate in this week's Heart 2 Heart November No Ink Challenge for this week!  I love the challenges at Heart 2 Heart and hopefully I can start participating in more of them since my mojo is coming back!!!!

Remember all you have to do to get started with Studio J is visit my website, join this months online gathering and then click Studio J from the products menu!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CTMH Paper Focus Blog Hop - Snowhaven

This month we are showcasing artwork made using our Snowhaven paper packet.  This hop is a circle so feel free to continue to move through the links provided in each post. It has been a couple of months since I have participated in a blog hop and let me just say it feels good to be hopping again!!!!

If you are here from Aggie's blog then you are on the right path.

For my creation this month I used Studio J to showcase some pictures from a trip my hubby & I took a couple of years ago to the mountains.  This paper is a perfect match for pics of the snow kissed mountains!  

Living in Florida doesn't lend itself to having a lot of winter time pictures so this is when Studio J is a great way of creating perfect layouts when you don't need a whole kit! And this month all layouts from Studio J are only $5!!!!!!  Visit my website to start creating (make sure you join the November Online Gathering to order your layouts to receive a handmade goodie from me).

Now visit Melissa's blog to see what she amazing creation she has made!!!!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Jeanette Lynton, founder & CEO of CTMH, had a great blog post today about how to get your creative juices flowing.  You can see the list below and to read the entire post, click here!
  • Give yourself the freedom to make mistakes.
  • Seek inspiration.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others, but keep them in mind.
  • Set goals and commit.
  • Get your blood pumping.
  • Develop a willingness to practice.
  • Be open to changes in the plan.
  • Believe in you.
Above all else - make time to be creative!!!!!!!!! (This is what I must work on!)


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Lucky 5!!!!

Lucky 5
November Constant Campaign

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media!
First, throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail! Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.
If luck doesn’t smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box. Five “golden tickets” will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders! This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™.
For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!
And there is one last way to win: take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!
And to make things even more exciting, starting November 1, five brand new kits from the Annual Inspirations idea book will be made available in Studio J, so you can create new artwork using the latest papers and embellishments from Close To My Heart. With so many ways to win, five may be your new lucky number! Log in to Studio J and start creating today.

To begin with Studio J, visit my website then click on the November Online Gathering then choose Studio J under the Products tab at the top of the page.  Anyone who ordered at least 5 Studio J layouts this month will receive a handmade goody from me!


Friday, October 31, 2014

Cut Above

Check out the video below to see how the Cut Above kits are super easy, fast and very affordable!!!! This is your opportunity to give handmade goodies in a very convenient and simple way!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

What is Level 2 Artwork?

Level 2 layouts include no stamping—just paper packets, Complements, and a few accessories. Here are a couple of examples from Close to My Heart.

You can check out more examples by visiting the brand new blog from Close to My Heart!

Then visit my website and join the Happy Fall Online Gathering to place your order so you can start creating today!!!!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pumpkin Carving......2013

I didn't realize that I was so far behind in my scrapping' until I looked through my albums a couple of weeks ago and realized that I had not made any pages for holidays from 2013 except for Easter! So I am working on getting caught up on 2013 holiday pages.  (Disclaimer: Holidays are the only thing I try to stay current on and that's because of Studio J!!!)

So here are my Pumpkin Carvin' Pages (figured I better get these posted since we will be carving pumpkins in less than 2 weeks for this year!)


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Artfully Sent!

Happy Fall Y'all!!! 

I am excited to announce the release of another amazing cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart.  This cartage is for all you card-makers out there (of course you can use for scrapbook pages and other creative projects as well!!!)  

Check out this video for details about this latest cartridge:

Anyone who orders the Artfully Sent cartridge before October 30 will also receive your choice of either a FREE paper pack or two FREE stamp pads. In addition, ordering the cartridge will also qualify you for the October stamp of the Month for only $5 as well as a FREE roll of chevron ribbon!!!!

Visit my website and join the Happy Fall Online Gathering today to place your order!!!!!


Sunday, September 28, 2014


I have not posted in a couple of weeks because I simply needed some down time! I am always overwhelmed with the start of a new school year and then this semester I agreed to teach 2 (yes I know I am crazy) education classes for our local university.  I really do enjoy teaching and absolutely love helping students become teachers! All of this along with the mundane of everyday life ... well I just needed to get some distractions cleared away so I could focus.  Please understand, I do not think keeping my blog up to date and even scrapping are bad things ---- it's just that at times I know I have to simplify and those were things I could step away from for a little while.

While doing this, I also signed up to do the new Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study, The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst. It amazes me at how God prepares us for things before we even realize what He is doing! This Bible study is all about figuring out what things in life do we need to say yes to, no to and what things are the most important things that becomes our BEST YES answers!!!!

Here is an image from The Best Yes website that shows a quote form the book that really spoke to my heart:

My prayer is to have an underwhelmed schedule so that I can have an overwhelmed soul!!!!! I want an unbroken companionship with my Savior and I know that I can't or won't be able to accomplish either of these with too many distractions in my life.  So for right now, I am focusing on listening to God's voice so that I will know exactly what to say yes to and what to say no to!

I still plan on taking some time to create and when I do you know I will share that with you.  I am also hoping to share some of the insights I gain from this study ... I'm just not promising how often I will post right now!

If you are feeling overwhelmed and rushed all the time, I encourage you to take a deep breath and call out to God asking Him to show you what to take off your plate so that you are better prepared to see and know what He wants you to say yes to!



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Another Chalk It Up Project!!!!

I absolutely love the Chalk It Up paper pack!!!!  I have had the Hinged Display Tray for about a year now and have been wanting to do something with it, so recently I created a 'teacher' project for my office using it and the Chalk It Up paper packs and a few of the PML cards.  It was so easy and I can't wait to see it on my shelf at work:


  • 5x7 Hinged Display Tray
  • Chalk It Up Paper Pack
  • Chalk It Up PML
  • Chalk It Up Complements
  • Teacher Appreciation Stamp Set
  • ShinHan Touch Twin Markers

Visit my website today to take advantage of National Stamping Month #30yearsofhappy special.


Monday, September 8, 2014

National Stamping Month .... #30yearsofhappy

 National Stamping Month #30yearsofhappy

September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!

Visit my website today to place your order and get your #30yearsofhappy stamp set for FREE!!! Anyone who places a qualifying order for this stamp set will also receive a FREE 1"x1" block from me! When you visit my website join the National Stamping Month Online Gathering for a chance to win FREE products! 

I will have a random drawing for anyone who places a order this month. The amount of the FREE products will depend on the amount of orders submitted.

Happy National Stamping Month!!!!!!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Time for A Challenge ... Color Dare #109

It's hard to believe that it has been 2 weeks since I posted anything and even harder to believe that we are already finished with 3 weeks of school.  Today was the first day in over a month that I did not leave my house at all and it has been wonderful!!! From sleeping in to not having to put make-up on and do my hair - I could get used to this!!! Best of all, I was able to enjoy a few hours of creativity with some scrappin' projects!

I will share some of what I did over the next few days, but tonight I want to share a card I made for the Color My Heart Color Dare #109 Challenge. This is my first time participating in this challenge and this week's color palette comes from CTMH's Confetti paper pack (I love these colors!)

Here is the card I made using the sunburst technique:


  • Confetti Paper Pack
  • Lagoon Shimmer Tape
  • Pear Cardstock (Cloud was cut with Cricut Artiste)
  • Black Cardstock
  • Just Because Sentiment is from a promotional stamp set 
  • Pear Brads
  • 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" Card Base

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Absolutely Blessed

I wanted to share another creation from the Scrappin' Retreat I was at last weekend.  This is a 12x12 layout that I created to go in a frame for my office. I love have pictures of my family and I desperately need to update my family frame.

I used some retired paper & stickease from one of my all-time favorites - Splendor. I also used our Artiste cartridge to cut the title. Very simple yet beautiful:


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hostess Exclusive Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to our brand new Hostess Exclusive Blog Hop! 

For this hop, the Heartfelt Sentiments team will be highlighting several of our Hostess Exclusive Stamp Sets. There are 11 stamp sets that can only be obtained if you host a Gathering (aka Party). What does it take to host a party? Just $150 in orders or $150 purchase if you want to treat yourself! These exclusive stamp sets are offered at a great savings, several dollars off their retail price. Check them out in our online catalog, "Annual Inspirations", beginning on page 5 and continuing through page 10. Click here for the online version.

If you are coming from Melissa's blog you are on the right track!!!

I am showcasing the Happy Hexagons stamp set as shown below:

Here is my creation using this stamp set:
Card using the masking tape technique (technique is explained below)

Here you can see the "oh so happy" hexagon is popped up a little higher than the other ones - I doubled the 3D tape on it.
Supplies used:
  • Thistle, Pacifica, Crystal Blue & Black Ink
  • Happy Hexagon Stamp Set
  • Black Waxy Flax (retired)
  • Card Base
  • Masking Tape
Continue reading for instructions on the masking tape technique or you can hop on over to Marianne's blog to see more creations!!!!

Step 1 : Ink up a piece of masking tape on the sticky side
Step 2: Place the tape on the card base and press down

Step 3: Remove the masking tape - continue with alternating colors until  desired area is covered!

 Contact me today if you would like to be a hostess for a gathering!!!!!!