Friday, April 30, 2010

May Stamp of the Month Hop

Hi there!!  Welcome to my blog and thanks for "hopping" by!  If you came from Jenifer Benner's blog you are heading in the right direction.

This month we are showing you ideas using the May Stamp of the Month set by Close To My Heart!

The set is called "Cherish the Moment" and it is a checklist style set.  I was terribly nervous when I first saw this set because I'm part of a swap group and for that group I was required to make a card.  I see these checklist sets as being more scrapbook friendly- especially this set in particular.  I will say though- this card came together quickly for me!

I chose to use the "Thank you" checklist as this one seemed the most "card friendly!"
X7123B Cherry-O Level 2 paper
D1421 Cherish The Moment stamps
Z2166 Tulip Ink Pad
Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad
Z1104 Clear Sparkles
Z1313 Stardust Glitz Glitter
Z1126 Colonial White Designer Ribbon
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

 It's hard to see the glitter but it's on the cherry that is on the main image as well as dotted randomly on the background cherry paper- I love the sparkle!!  The stamped image is cut out and adhered to the Tulip cardstock which is "popped" from the card front using the foam tape.

Hope you enjoy this card- next stop on the hop is:  Mary Eisen

If you missed my post early today... scroll down to see some info on Studio J as well as a two layouts I created using it!

Studio J now available!!

I mentioned Monday that Studio J would be available starting Tuesday... and it IS!!  I meant to post this sooner but first I had issues with the disk I'd saved the photos on and then my nearly one year old had surgery this morning!  It's nothing serious by any means but there were still preparations to be made and now he's sleeping peacefully in his bed!
At any rate- here's the details on Studio J-  *** PS  If you want to skip the details... scroll to the end of the post to see my Studio J layouts!***  Check out how you can be entered to win some FREE CTMH product too!

General Information

How does Studio J work?
Studio J is online design software that allows users to create custom-printed two-page layouts for 12" x 12" albums. Customers need only create an account, then log in to Studio J and start designing layouts! You can create and immediately purchase your layouts, or you can save them for later completion and purchase. Studio J is intuitive and easy to use; there are just five easy steps to creating a beautiful layout:

1.  Upload photos.
2.  Choose the desired themed kit.
3.  Select an exclusive layout pattern.
4.  Add photos, embellishments, title, and journaling.
5.  Purchase custom-printed layouts ready for a cherished album .

Accessing Studio J

Where do customers go to access Studio J?
Studio J is accessible to customers through my secure MyCTMH Tier II website.  Click here to go see for yourself how easy and FUN it is to use STUDIO J!

More info:
Do I need to load any software on my computer to use Studio J?

No. You only need an active Internet connection and a web browser with the Adobe® Flash Player Plug-in. Most computers come pre-loaded with Adobe Flash so you probably already have it on your computer. Studio J prompts you if you need to update your browser plug-in. We also strongly recommend a high-speed connection for the smoothest performance.

Is there a user’s guide available for Studio J?
Once you’ve logged in to Studio J, click on the “Help” tab. You’ll find information on every aspect of the Studio J tool. You can read through the topics or use the “Search” button to hone in on a specific subject. You can also access the Help file by going to

Once I’ve created my layouts, how do I get them from my computer into my albums?
When you’ve completed your projects, add them to your cart, follow the approval process, and check out. A few days later, you’ll receive a package containing your layouts produced in true 12" x 12" size, ready to be slipped into your Memory Protectors® and albums.

Can I print my layouts from a personal printer?
No. When you purchase projects, Close To My Heart processes them using top-quality silver-halide processing and then mails them directly to you.

What kind of printing or processing is used when I purchase Studio J layouts?
Studio J layouts are processed, not printed, using a silver-halide process considered the highest standard in the photo developing industry. Unlike printed papers or images you might print from a home photo printer, the silver-halide process yields “100-year+ quality” that has long been tested and used by the top photo labs in the world. We use the same papers and equipment used by leading labs to produce long-lasting photo prints, so you know your layout will be reproduced with high fidelity and will last throughout the years.

Can I create layouts without buying them?
Yes, but images and artwork are only stored in your account for 90 days without a purchase. Making any type of Studio J purchase keeps your active projects in your account for another 90 days, and purchased projects remain in your account for one year following purchase.


What is the price of a custom-printed layout?
During the limited-time introductory offer, the price per two-page layout is $12.95 US / $14.95 CAN.

Are there incentives for ordering large quantities in a single purchase?
With our special introductory offer, you can receive free Memory Protectors and free shipping/handling based on the number of layout prints you purchase as follows:

**For 5–9 layout purchases: Customers receive a pack of 5 clear Memory Protectors free!
**For 10–20 layout purchases: Customers receive free shipping/handling plus a free pack of 5 Memory   Protectors for every 5 layouts in their order.

Shipping Details:
 Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 1 to 20 two-page layouts. Standard shipping/handling per box is priced as follows:
Destination Carrier Price
Continental US UPS Ground $7.95 US
Non-continental US USPS Priority Mail $9.95 US
APO/FPO USPS Priority Mail $11.95 US
Canada Landmark $13.95 CAN

Is there a minimum purchase requirement to order?
No. Customers can order as few as one two-page layout, or as many layouts as they like. There is no limit!

What is the smallest and largest size order that I can purchase?
All orders must be ordered as “projects.” You can decide what constitutes a “project”: it may be a single layout of a birthday, or a group of 20 layouts from a European vacation! You are not limited to the number of layouts within each project.

Doesn't is all sound fantastic!!!  It IS!! Here are two of the 3 layouts I've completed so far- I forgot to save a photo of the 3rd on my computer!

Visit my website to try Studio J for yourself...  Leave a comment here on Studio J- everyone who does will be entered in a drawing to win a free prize pack!  The pack will be a surprise and will include a few new items from the Summer 2010 Idea Book!!  Leave your comment by Tuesday May 4th to be entered!

Monday, April 26, 2010

fun stuff!

I was busy busy last week finalizing some stuff for a crop I co-hosted with a friend/ downline of mine.
It was a small crop but we had so much fun and I got a LOT of my own crafting goals accomplished including invites to my son's upcoming birthday party and even some party favor bags designed for my daughter's party in September...  she's having issues with the fact that my husband, son, myself and even our dog all have May birthdays... and hers is in September.  I'm trying to get her over it by starting to work on her party - this year will be her first "friend" party!

I'll show those things later this week once I get them photographed but for now- here's some "page candy" I designed.  My crop co-host and I each designed some of these (she did a bunch and I'll get pics of those too!) and each attendee could choose one as part of their goody bag.
The set on the left uses the April Stamp of the Month:  Flower Pot which is only available through the end of this week!
The set on the right uses Happily Ever After (I think that's the name!)
I added some Sparkles to each set and the one on the right also has Key Lime and Taffy Bigger Brads.

I used my copic markers to color everything.

I'll be back tomorrow - it's release day of Studio J and I have a fun Studio J layout to show off!

Till then- Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 19, 2010

National Scrapbook Month Kit

I had a chance to put my Miracle Kit together... it's the National Scrapbook Month special from Close To My Heart and it's pretty darn cute!

The kit comes with all the supplies (paper, stickers, Colonial White Mini-Medley, flip flaps, waxy flax, and Irresistables Chipboard) to create 2 - 2 page layouts.  CTMH also included a full color cutting guide and assembly instructions for the layouts so you can copy them if you wish.  For my first set of layouts using this kit I pretty much copied them because I did have photos that worked.  I had enough supplies left over to create a few cards as well but I will show those another day.  For today- here's one of the layouts (looking for the photo I need to complete the second layout... here somewhere!)
This kit is so well thought out!!  The Irresistables chipboard is AWESOME!  It comes white and when you sponge it with ink... a white design "resists" the ink and so you have this awesome design in the chipboard.  The stickers were made to fit both the chipboard and some of the Colonial White accents.

The main colors are Twilight, Olive and Bamboo (with a few other blue and green shades thrown in)  Such neutral colors!  I was able to sponge my chipboard Honey to go along with colors in my photos.  The CTMH example of this layout uses Sorbet... which is COMPLETELY different than Honey.. showing how versatile this kit really is! 
To see the full details of this kit- click here.
The kit is $20 BUT when you spend $40 on other product, the kit is $10 AND when you spend $60 on other product the Miracle kit is ONLY $5!!  Plus the purchase of this kit does count towards your Stamp Of The Month discount.. Awesome deals!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


This is a card I made for my cousin who is currently going through an agressive form of chemo.  She was diagnosed this spring with Triple Negative Breast Cancer and the ONLY treatment available is chemo.  Thankfully, during a double mastectomy they found that it was Stage 1 and had not spread to her lymph nodes. 
 If you are the praying sort... maybe you could say a little prayer for her.  She is 34 with 3 little kids.  The chemo is hitting her pretty hard.  My parents, sister and I all pooled some money and bought some restaurant gift cards which we mailed with the cards... to help with meals.

Supplies (all CTMH):  Topstitch Level 2 paper pack, Soft Suede Pinwheel flowers, Dimensional Elements: hearts, Clear Sparkles, Antique Copper Mini Medley, Blush and Chocolate Ink pads.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 12, 2010


This week my club meets for our April Stamp Club gathering.
I have both scrapbookers and card makers in the same club so they get to choose between a layout and 3 cards.  For the card makers-  the first card is posted on March 31 as part of the April Blog Hop... the second card you will see in the customer newsletter that goes out Tuesday (sorry- it won't be posted here... I'm submitting it for the CTMH consultant art contest) and the 3rd card... well- I forgot to take a photo but it's a Mother's Day card and I will post it soon!.  The scrapbook layout however, is being posted here.
If you get Creating Keepsakes Magazine... you'll notice that the left side of my layout is a knock off of their cover layout in a recent issue...  It IS different- I turned mine into a 12x12 and changed multiple things... I had received a request from a customer to design a layout with the Springtime stamp set because she loved the umbrellas (or at least I hope that is the image she liked... because I used a whole lotta umbrellas on this layout ;)

I used the colors:  Watermelon, Ocean, Citrus Leaf, Honey and Bamboo along with White Daisy.

Stamps:  Springtime

Tools:  EK Success Corner Rounder (also sold by CTMH)

Embellishments:  White Daisy Just Blooms sponged with Citrus Leaf and Basic Buttons for flower centers.

My photo colors are off... The Watermelon in both layouts looks like 2 different colors- the left layout is actually truer colors.

Since I'm sooo far behing in posting artwork - I'll add this photo here... It is not a club project but I did create it for a spring card swap with several customers last weekend.  It is a pretty simple card- what I love most is the color combo of Bamboo, Colonial White, Tulip and Twilight.  Used some Natural Twill and Bamboo buttons (Basic button pack) as well as some waxy flax.