Monday, November 17, 2014

School page kits { close To My Heart Chalk It Up}

I released these kits in September and still have a few of each left.  I really love the color scheme of the Chalk It Up papers and embellishments.

These page kits come completely pre-cut and ready to assemble.  If you have trouble working with chipboard (i.e.. it fall off the page after a while) you really need to use our liquid glass to stick it down.  Liquid glass is a pretty strong glue and will give a nice permanent bond to these projects.

Kit prices:  $9 each for either layout.  $5.50 if it needs to be shipped.
Liquid glass (if you wish to add it to your order) is $6.95 with no additional shipping cost if you add it to your page kit purchase.  E-mail me here to order.

If you like the projects but don't like page kits (you prefer to design your own...) here's a link to the Chalk it up line of products.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thankful...for you!

Thanks so much for supporting my business and stopping by.
Here are a few fun designs just in time for Thanksgiving.
  This banner is so simple.  Just some cricut-cut banners using cricut.  Some fun natural colored letters.  Add some hole punched circles and twine and you have a fantastic display.
 This Thankful themed card kit is great for more than just Thanksgiving.  The kit comes with instructions to cut and assemble 5 each of all 3 cards.  I really loved the card on the left though and I made 15 from one kit of just that one design.  I gave them to each of my retreat attendees in October.  Each card had some fun embellishment as a thank you gift.  So even if you only like 1-2 designs, this kit is a faster way to say thanks! 
Click here for a photo of the kit contents (awesome stamp set!)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Page kits!

 I love designing page kits and come up with fun new designs each month.  This particular kit was designed using a die-cut I purchased from a local shop.  The owner gave me permission to use her pre-cut die cuts in my own kits.

Kit cost:  $9 .  Shipping is $4.50 for one kit or $5.50 for 2-5 kits.  I have other kits in stock/ ready to ship.  Simply visit my facebook page at and go through the photos looking for "page kit release" in the first line.  I always mark when kits are sold out.  Just comment on one if you are interested and i'll verify availability.

This kit is down to the final 3 kits available.  If you don't use facebook send me an e-mail if you'd like to purchase one. IF you do use facebook just comment on the photo that was posted November 1.  It's much easier to keep track that way.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tis the Season... plan ahead!

If you're planning a family gathering for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, consider making these cute place markers for your table.  
 The cute pumpkin stamp is sold individually for $6.95 and can be found by clicking here.               
And you KNOW what comes after Thanksgiving ...right?
This gorgeous card is made with a hostess only set.  Don't forget that any order placed on my site enters you into the Mystery Hostess drawing... and hostess credit can go towards our exclusive hostess sets.  Don't want to chance a drawing to get this set?  Gather $150 in orders from you, your family and friends- and automatically earn $25 in hostess credit.  That's plenty to get this set, some paper and even a stamp pad or two.

Need something that requires a little less time?  Try our new "cut above" card kits.  Everything is pre-cut (LOVE!) and ready to stamp and assemble.  feel free to use stamps you have on hand, or pick up our exclusive set designed to coordinate with both card kits. 
Click here for the reindeer card kit details

Click here for the snowman card kit details.
See the coordinating stamps when you click here.
Ready to order?  Each person that places an order this month is entered into my Mystery Hostess online party drawing!  If you win you'll be contacted.  Most mystery hostesses win $40-80 free and 1-2 half price items!  Just a simple order is all that is needed.    Make sure at checkout the "mystery hostess" party shows up as an option and is checked off.
If you use facebook:  please visit and "like" my page.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Studio J for $5... it's more than just layouts.

When you think of Studio J, our online scrapbooking program, you might think it's not for you.  You love traditional scrapbooking, right?  Well you are in for a surprise because it's MORE than just an online scrapbooking program.

Studio J is GREAT for cards.  Using the "no limits" template with a paper kit of your choice, you can create some fun cards.  Create either a holiday photo card or a full card front (that needs to be attached to a card base) OR do what I did and just create card FRONTS.

This option is perfect for those of you that love handmade but don't have time to stamp enough images for all of your  Christmas cards. I did most of my design work in studio J.  Then, when they arrive I'll cut them apart and add some hand crafting to complete them.  I could have fit more card fronts on the first layout, but chose to add some 1x1 designs that will work perfectly on holiday gifts using our base and bling pendants.

Watch for some finished projects as soon as these studio j layouts arrive!

The designs on the second page are about 3.5x3.5.  This leaves plenty of space on a 4.25x5.5 card front to add some extra detail/ embellishments.

So... how do you get started?
1.  Go to my website at
2.  Click the "products" link
3. Click studio J
4.  Open an account (you need to do this so that it saves your progress to a folder.)
5.  Follow the prompts.  choose a paper pack (I used Sparkle and Shine under the holiday link)
6.  Choose a template.  If you are scrapbooking use any of the provided options.  If you are making cards choose the "no limits" which shows two blank pages.
7.  To create cards, drag a text/journal block over to the layout.  Use the Height/width measurements to change the size. 
8.  double click the text wording and hit space.  this deletes the words from the block.
9.  Drag your paper selection over to the box.
10.  From the sticker selection- drag your choice of images over to your designed block. Resize as needed.  add text if you wish.  Play with ribbons and embellishments. 
11.  When completely happy you can add a new layout, order etc.  Minimum order of 4- 2 page layouts required.
E-mail me here with questions.
More interested in scrapbooking than cards?  Here's a fun layout using a Halloween kit from Studio J.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New albums and updated website clearance

I don't know about you, but I've been piling up completed layouts, just waiting for a better option to store my layouts.  I am HAPPY to report that new options are NOW available.  These 3 designs shown below are the new CTMH albums available in both d-ring  and post bound.
If you love pocket style scrapbooking then the d-ring is definitely the way to go.  It's actually what I've been WAITING for.  I love the ease of scrapbooking your photos in any order, by any method (traditional, digital, pocket style etc) and then inserting them wherever/ whenever you want.
SO:  the fine print is this:  Today the Lagoon chevron d-ring, black d-ring and black post bound all arrived to the warehouse.  The other options should be in soon but aren't yet in stock at the warehouse so those 3 aren't orderable yet.
To see ALL of our current album options click here.  To see all of our page protector options (that work in ANY of our albums)... click here.  And finally, If you choose to place an order on my website you'll be eligible to win my mystery hostess drawing taking place later this month. 
If you are more interested in a good deal than new albums... click here to see all of the "while supplies last" just listed earlier this week on my site.
Here's just a small assortment of items posted right now ;)
If you need any help ordering any items... just send me an e-mail here.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Studio J: $5 deal and chances at great prizes

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!

1.First, throughout the month of November,  all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5!  That is a savings of over 25% off of retail!

 2 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.

3 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™. 

4 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!

5 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!

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 new your new lucky number! Log in to Studio J and start creating today.

*Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given  to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. New kits available in Studio J® on November 1 include Confetti Wishes, Snowhaven, Seaside,  Pathfinding, and Scaredy Cat. No tax or shipping will be charged on the free item(s). Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 4 to 50 two-page layouts.  For additional information about shipping/handling, please visit > Products and Pricing > Shipping Options.