Friday, April 30, 2010

Something NEW!

Happy National Scrapbooking Month!
Yes, May is dedicated to the best hobby in the world...SCRAPBOOKING! May is also an exciting month because CTMH's Summer Idea Book goes LIVE TOMORROW! I have to say...this Idea book ROCKS! And I am so excited to share it with each of you!
Here is some artwork I created with one of the new My Reflection Kits featured in the Summer Idea Book. This kit is called "Cherry-O." It speaks CHERRIES and FUN!
Be sure to stop by my website tomorrow if you do not already have your copy of the Summer Idea Book so you can view it online. Contact me TODAY is you have not requested your personal copy of the Summer Idea Book. It is one that you most definitely want to have in your scrapbooking/stamping resource library! And be sure to stop by regularly to this blog all month long to see lots of artwork crated with new product!

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Memory Boxes make GREAT gifts!

Here is a Memory Box I created for you Youth Minister at church. She is having twin girls and due any day now.
I love the C
lose To My Heart Memory boxes (item #Z1116 for $6.95). These boxes are so easy to alter and embellish and they make the best gifts for any occasion.

Monday, April 26, 2010



I am so excited. Studio J is ALMOST here! Mark your calendars because on Tuesday, April 27th, at 8 a.m. mountain time, Studio J goes live for everyone!

So you ask... What is Studio J? Studio J is our AMAZING new digital scrapbooking Program.

Using Studio J is simple. You upload pictures, choose the CTMH paper kit you want to scrapbook with, select the layout that will work for the numbers of pictures you want to use and then you embellish...with Stickease, buttons, metals, titles, distressing and more.
To answer a few commonly asked questions:

What is Studio J™ Design Software?

Studio J™is free online scrapbooking design software brought to you by Close To My Heart. Studio J helps you easily create custom-printed two-page layouts using our foundational scrapbook patterns, exclusive color palette, and themed designs all delivered in 12" × 12" custom prints ready for your albums. It's a snap!

Is Studio J easy to use?

Studio J software is extremely intuitive and easy to use. The program walks you through five steps that include:
  • uploading your photos;
  • choosing your desired themed kit;
  • selecting an exclusive layout pattern;
  • adding photos, embellishments, titles, and journaling;
  • and purchasing custom-printed layouts ready for a cherished album.
It's super simple and extremely fun to use!

I love Close To My Heart products. Will Studio J use the same great papers, patterns, colors, and embellishments?

Of course! If you love Close To My Heart's scrapbooking philosophy, then you will love Studio J. Learn more about Close To My Heart's scrapbooking philosophy and products.

Do I need to download any software to my computer to use Studio J?

Not at all! You only need an Internet connection, and then you simply log in to my website ( to get started. Feel free to design to your heart's content-you are not required to buy anything or provide any personal information to get started!

Can I save what I am working on and come back to it later?

You bet! You can create a customer profile at that allows you to save and return to a project in progress at a later time. Your active projects will be saved for up to 90 days, giving you plenty of time to work on them. You extend that timeline for your active projects by 90 days each time you make a purchase, and your purchased projects will remain archived for one full year after purchase.

Do I need a printer that can print 12" × 12" pages to use Studio J?

No. Your Studio J layouts are not available for you to print from a home computer. In fact, we take care of the printing for you. When you purchase your designed layouts, we print and ship them quickly and directly to you using only top quality printing technology and archival-quality papers.

What is the price?
You are not charged a thing until you order your custom prints. The price per printed two-page layout is $12.95 US / $14.95 CAN. We also offer some fantastic rewards for larger orders. You can receive FREE Memory Protectors® to protect your layouts in your albums, and FREE shipping/handling based on the number of layout prints you purchase in a single order as follows:

For 5-9 layout purchases: You'll receive a pack of 5 Memory Protectors FREE!
For 10-20 layout purchases: You'll receive FREE shipping/handling PLUS a FREE pack of 5 Memory Protectors for every 5 layouts in your single order.

When can I begin creating with Studio J?
Tuesday April 27, 2010 at 8 a.m. mountain time.

If you have any questions, I am MORE than happy to answer them. Email me at or (843)207-8698.

If you have lots of friends who love digital, you might even want to consider signing up to be a Close To My Heart Consultant with your own website so that you can make money (cha-ching) while they fall in love with Studio J! You can do that right now while you are waiting for Tuesday. Just visit my website ( and then follow the prompts. You can become a Close To My Heart Consultant for as little as $99!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

More fun with "Cherry-O!"

Here are the cards my Card Clubs will be creating in May. The cards were created with the NEW Cherry-O kit. These cards were not only EASY, but FUN to put together. I'd love for you to join in the fun! Our May class meets on Thursday, May 20th 6:30-8:30 p.m. The kits are also available as "to go" kits so if you can not make the class or live far away, you can still participate! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to register for the May class. Hope to hear from you soon!



BASIC KIT: $35.00

-“Bowl of Cherries” stamp set

-Cherry-O Level 2 paper pack
-Tulip Mini- Medley Accents Collection

ADD-On Options:

#Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad: $6.10

#Z253 Sweet Leaf Ink Pad: $6.10

#Z2166 Tulip Ink Pad: $6.10

#Z1274 Colonial WHite Designer Brads: $5.00

#Z1088 Chocolate Waxy Flax: $5.00

#Y1001 1 x 1 1/2 block: $5.25

#Y1003 2 x 2 Block: $7.55

#Y1005 1 x 6 1/2 Block: $7.55

MAY STAMP OF THE MONTH: #D1421 Cherish The Moment: Discounted or FREE!

MIRACLE KIT: Full Price or discounted

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Yo Ho Cherry-O!

I am having so much fun preparing for my May Scrapbook Clubs. Here are the layouts the clubs will be creating in May (Sorry once again about the 3rd layout being verticle. Still working on fixing that problem!). The Summer Idea Book goes live May 1st so we will be using all NEW papers, stamps and accessories! This new kit is called "Cherry-O" and it has FUN written all over it!

Here are the kit details:

Basic Kit: $35.00

-"Bowl of Cherries" stamp set

-Cherry-O Level 2 paper pack

-Tulip Mini Medley Accents collection


#E1013 Field Trip Alphabet Stamp Set: $40.45

-#Z2111 Chocolate Ink Pad: $6.10

-#Z253 Sweet Leaf Ink Pad: $6.10

-#Z2166 Tulip Ink Pad: $6.10

-#Z1274 Colonial White Designer Brads: $5.00

-#Z1088 Chocolate Waxy Flax: $5.00

#Y1001 1 x 1 '2 Block: $7.55

-#Y1005 1 x 6 Block: $7.55

May Stamp of the month: #D1421 Cherish the Moment: discounted or FREE

-Miracle Exclusive Kit (price will vary depending on your add-on's

Anyone can join my Scrapbook Club or even just purchase a kit whenever you like. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about this monthly club and/or if you would like to join or have more questions!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

NEW! Summer Consultant Kit

This is my 2nd post today so make sure you view the first one...all about the awesome "Miracle" kit that will be available starting tomorrow!

The CTMH Summer Idea book will go live on May 1st. It is filled with so many new stamp designs, papers, kits, etc. You are going to want your own personal copy FOR SURE! Please contact me to reserve your copy TODAY! All club members will receive a FREE copy, as well as all those who schedule a home gathering or place a minimum $25 order.

If you have ever thought about doing what I do...think no more! This is the perfect time to sign up as a CTMH consultant, start making some extra money and being able to purchase all your favorite stamping, scrapbooking and paper crafting supplies AT A DISCOUNT!

Here is a photo of the NEW consultant kit. In addition to what you see in the flyer, you will also receive the MIRACLE KIT (I talked about this in my earlier post today) FREE!

I'd love to have you join my CTMH family! It you have any questions please feel free to contact me. You can sign up right from my website ( or I will be happy to do it for you!

I Dream of MIRACLES!

Hello, Hello, Hello!
It has been a while since my last post. The kids were on Spring Break last week and we had good friends come into town. What a fabulous time we had. I have wonderful photos to scrapbook! I look forward to sharing them with you over the next several weeks!

Do you know what tomorrow is? Yes, I know it is TAX DAY but it is also something more..something AWESOME and oh so much fun!!!!
Tomorrow is the day that the EXCLUSIVE KIT CTMH has put together in honor of NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK DAY GOES LIVE!!!!! And it ROCKS!!!!!

National Scrapbook Month is not until May but CTMH likes to start the party early! Here is a photo of this tremendous kit that is only available April 15th-May 30th (or while supplies last).
Here are all the details:

Join the National Scrapbooking Month celebration in May with the special Miracle kit offer. It's a beautiful spring-themed scrapbooking kit that includes new, coordinating B&T Duos® die-cut papers, B&T Duos, Irresistibles™ chipboard die-cuts, My Stickease® adhesive images, Flip Flaps™, plus more favorite accessories and papers. We're also including an instruction brochure for easily creating two beautiful two-page layouts—with no stamping required!

To get YOUR Miracle scrapbooking kit FREE or at a discount during the campaign…

Here are the details:
From April 15 (at 9 am MT) –May 31:

  • Purchase the kit outright for $19.95
  • Place a minimum order of $40 (excluding Studio J™ orders) and purchase the kit for only $10
  • Place a minimum order of $60 (excluding Studio J orders) and purchase the kit for only $5!
  • Host a Home Gathering with minimum sales of $300 and receive a kit FREE!

From May 1–31, sign up as a new Close To My Heart Independent Consultant and receive a kit FREE!

The newest Consultant Kit is now available and is loaded with all-new products from the 2010 Summer Idea Book!

Please fell free to contact me if you have any questions and/or if you would like to know what comes in the New Summer Consultant Kit!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Another celebration!

Yesterday our Molly turned 10. Double Digits!!!!! WOW! It was a super day. We are on Spring Break this week and the weather has been gorgeous. We spent the day at the pool and then met Stan for dinner at one of Molly's favorite eating spots. I am busy now getting ready for our dear friends from Ohio to arrive on Thursday. Molly is having a Spa themed party with her Ohio friend on Friday night and then they will all scrapbook their memories of their visit together on Saturday. I am working on their scrapbook kits as we speak. Once everyone is back in school nextweek and the house settles down I will create some artwork to share with y'all (P.S. I'll use new product from the New Summer Idea book which goes live on May 1st!)!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Studio J!

I received my first Studio J layouts the other day. I was so impressed with how nice they came packaged! You never need to worry about your layouts getting bent in the mail. They are all sealed up safely in a beautiful box (almost too pretty to open!).

How exciting it was for me to open this pretty box! I have to say I have had alot of fun playing with Studio J! I am not very good when it comes to technology but I am learning! Studio J is so user-friendly. If I can do it...ANYONE can! The choices you have are endless. This is definitely the classiest online scrapbooking program I have ever seen! And what is so great about Studio J is that you can play all you want for FREE! The only time you have to pay for anything is when you click on "purchase." There is no software you have purchase to get started. Isn't that awesome?!!!!! And what is even more exciting is that in a few short weeks YOU will be able to play with Studio J and begin to purchase your very own layouts. More details will be coming soon! Here are a few of the layouts I created. I kept them simple and I love them!

Saturday, April 3, 2010


I really got my children good on April 1st this year! Here is a photo of Tucker biting into a chocolate covered COTTON BALL!!!!! This facial expression says it all! The other trick I pulled was packing Tucker, Molly and Payton's lunch sacks with all fake plastic and cardboard food! I had told their teachers ahead of time that I was going to do this. I delivered their "real" lunches to school early in the day and gave them to each of the teachers. Once my children discovered that their lunch was fake the teachers gave them their real lunches. Upon their arrivals home from school Thursday they told me all about their reactions. Oh how I wish I could have been there to see their faces!
I hope y'all had a happy and funny April 1st!

Friday, April 2, 2010

April Stamp of the Month: Flower Pot

Happy April!
It is so warm down here in Charleston...almost feels like summer! The sun is shining, the grass is green and the flowers have bloomed. Spring is definitely in the air!
And the April Stamp of the Month is PERFECT for all your springtime creations!
Here are a variety of cards created using this awesome stamp set. I particpated in a swap with other CTMH consultants and here are the creations I received in the swap. Aren't they gorgeous?!
I love the Stamp of the Month program that Close To My Heart developed. You can purchase this stamp set at the full price or you can earn it at a discount or for FREE!
If you place a $100 order the set is yours FREE!
Place a $75 order and you can purchase it at a 75% discount.
Place a $50 order and you can purchase the set at a 50% discount.
Place a $25 order and you can purchase the stamp set at a 25% discount.
You can place the order directly from my website OR contact me and I will be happy to place the order for you. You can view the stamp set on my website (
Happy Weekend!
Happy Springtime!