Saturday, December 31, 2011

Studio J!

Happy New Year's Eve!

WOW! the last day of the year...can you believe it? I am always sad to see Christmas end and this year is no different BUT I am excited about the New Year and my plans to simplify and really enjoy paper crafting, scrapbooking and telling my stories! New products, new classes...alot of FUN awaits!

I did do some Studio J layouts last night while watching a movie with my family. They are very simple but that is what I love most about them!

Yesterday I shared a post all about the AWESOME special CTMH is offering during the month of January. I also shared some Studio J facts. If you have not already read it be sure to take a peek. I give you permission to treat yourself to a Studio J Membership TODAY so that you are all ready to take advantage of the Members Only Special that begins tomorrow! PLease feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Friday, December 30, 2011

January is the month for Studio J Members! If you are not already a member, you will want to become one so you can take advantage of this FANTASTIC special happening only during the month of January 2012.
For every 9 layouts you create you will get a 10th one FREE! This is on top of all the wonderful benefits you receive by being a member.

You will LOVE the simplicity of Studio J scrapbooking! I never imagined I would enjoy Studio J as much as I do. It is a top of the line program that you can try out and play with as long or as much as you want FREE OF CHARGE! Just visit my website ( and click on Studio J and let the fun begin! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
I would like to start a monthly Studio J club at my home in the new year. If this is something you are interested in please let me know!

You’ll love the way each custom-printed layout you purchase comes with free JPG files of the layout—one high-resolution version for archiving or printing more copies, and one web-ready version for you to email to your loved ones, upload to your blog, or post to Facebook. Plus, as a member, you also get free shipping once a month, and all of your layouts at half price! It makes sharing your photos—and your stories—easier and more affordable than ever!

To sum it up, Studio J Members get:
50% off layouts
Free monthly shipment
Members-Only Templates and Kits
Free JPEG files
Free Page Protectors
Special Members-Only promotions like this one

Why should I use Studio J?

With the popularity and convenience of digital cameras, people take more photos than ever before. Unfortunately, many of those photos remain lost in cyberspace, tucked quietly away on a hard drive where no one ever sees them. Time to take those photos from the computer to the coffee table for all to enjoy!

One option is to pick your favorite photos and print them in a 4" × 6" size, then put them in photo albums. It’s a quick and easy way to put your photos on display, but there is one drawback—the stories behind the photos are lost unless you write them down. Even the most unforgettable moments lose some of their vibrancy over time.

That’s where scrapbooking comes in. Whenever you pair your photos with journaling—bringing together words and pictures—that’s scrapbooking in its most basic form. Scrapbooking helps you capture life’s moments, both big and small, so that you and your loved ones can enjoy them again and again.

For years, Close To My Heart’s classic scrapbooking products have helped you get your shoeboxes full of printed photos out of the basement and into scrapbooks where they’ll be seen and enjoyed.
Now Close To My Heart brings you Studio J®, online design software that lets you skip the extra step of printing your photos before you scrapbook them. With Studio J, you create digital scrapbook pages that are then printed and delivered to your door, ready to slip into your classic 12" × 12" scrapbook albums.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hello From Connecticut!


My family and I are still having a BLAST up in New England. Unfortunately, my time here in coming to an end. However, I am looking forward to the New Year, teaching new techniques and getting back to creating again.
I have been working on Studio J while here visiting my parents. I LOVE that program. And I LOVE that my holiday photos are almost all scrapped...thanks to Studio J!

Enjoy your remaining days of 2011 My Friends! Thank you for such a fabulous 2010. I LOVE my job as a CTMH consultant due to all of YOU. I consider you my friends before being my customers. Your friendships are oh so valuable to me!

See you in 2012!!!!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry, Merry Christmas Everyone!
Enjoy being with your family and friends.
Create lots of wonderful memories and take some photos so we can scrapbook them in 2012!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Connecticut Ice Skating!

Connecticut Greetings!

We made it to Connecticut safely and are having a BLAST! DId you know that my children and I have never woken up anywhere but HERE every single Christmas of our lives?! There is NO PLACE we would rather be than right here at 41 Irene Drive, Vernon, CT!

My parents ARE Christmas! I was truly blessed to be given such fabulous parents. Today Mom and Dad took us to Bushnell Park in Hartford for some outdoor ice skating. Stan was the official photographer so there are not many photos of him and Tucker injured his knee so he was on the sidelines, as well. What a FUN day we all had. it is SO good to be HOME again!

Holiday Happiness,

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Gifts Made With your Hands!

Here are a few photos of some of the home-made holiday gifts my family and I will be giving this year. My daughters LOVE the "button" jewelry! We have been having fun going through my button box picking out different buttons to match their outfits each day. With some ring backs, a hot glue gun and some fun buttons you can create rings galore!

I found the "Santa" basket at Wal-Mart. I created a Movie Theme gift Basket for my siblings' families by filling it with a DVD, giant chocolate bars, microwave popcorn, popcorn cups and seasoned pretzels. I created wrappers for the candy bars and pop corn using some CTMH cardstock to make them look like Santa's belly and belt! It was so fun creating these gifts! To me there is nothing better than a gift made with the hands!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A FANTABULOUS Holiday Gift This Year!

Do you love scrapping, stamping, cardmaking, and paper crafting in general? Do you love sales and coupons? Why not ask Santa for a $99 kit that contains over $280 worth of product? Not only do you get a great deal on the product in the kit, you get a discount EVERYDAY by shopping from yourself!

As a CUSTOMER CONSULTANT, you will save LOTS by purchasing from yourself, have access to online training in products and techniques, and never run out of creative ideas!  To remain active and keep your full consultant status and discount you only need $300 in sales each quarter (of which you get back 22% instantly PLUS FREE PRODUCT)! Many of us have NO PROBLEM spending that much on product we love and use lots of!
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But if you DO need help reaching that level, simply tap a handful of family or friends to help you stay active! Many of my HOBBYIST CONSULTANTS have full time jobs or commitments that don't allow them to work this opportunity as a business, but they love the hobby and get together with a group of friends each month to create, laugh, and get the sales they need to stay active. Keep the commission for yourself or invest in little gifts and freebies for your group OR pass on your discount to them. The choice is yours!

Are you looking for more than just a discount - like extra money or even long term income to replace a full time job or pay off debt or supplement college costs - gymnastics - sports - or other activities your kids are involved in? How about saving to treat your family to a vacation each year?  How about earning a trip for TWO - including airfare - to an exotic location each year? Now that's what I'm talkin' about! I have BUSNIESS BUILDER CONSULTANTS on my team that are stay at home moms, retired, single, and even some with full time jobs outside of the home! They come in all shapes and sizes and customize their business to suit their needs! I'd love to help you set up a plan to reach your goal, whatever it is, so you can experience the many wonderful perks of being a Close To My Heart consultant!

Are you not ready to sign up for a discount everyday, but you KNOW someone who would LOVE this? A daughter, niece,  friend, neighbor, YOU can give this gift to them, or tap their family to give this as a gift!

So you aren't ready to sign up for a discount everyday, but you'd LOVE for Santa to get you items you've been drooling over or you'd LOVE to get started in this hobby! I've got you covered too! 

Have your loved one contact me ahead of time with a list of all of the wonderful Close to my Heart products that are on your wish list this year. Have them contact me via email or phone and place an order. They will get it shipped directly to him/her and all they will need to do is wrap them and put them under the tree! PLEASE have them place the order on/before DECEMBER 12th to guarantee your order arrives in time for Christmas.

Gift certificates are available, too . Just have your loved one contact me and tell me the amount they wish to purchase in a gift certificate and Iw ill create a hand made card to place the certificate in!

Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Holiday Banner

Here are photos of the holiday banner I created over Thanksgiving. I used the CTMH "My Creations Banner" (#Z1378; $5.95) for my base (this is one of my most favorite products in the current Idea book!) and the Art Philosophy Cricut Bundle (#Z1686; $99.00). This IS my most favorite product in the current Idea Book!, the Dimensional Elelements Monograms Chipboard letters, some cardstock scraps, doilies, ribbons and NEWSPAPERS! I created the rosettes with some newspapers I had in our recycle bin!
I am thrilled with how it came out AND I had a whole lot of fun creating it!

Monday, December 5, 2011


Hello Again!
This is my 2nd post of the day.
I just learned that more product has been added to my website at AMAZING discounted prices! Paper packs are just $5.00, stickease are $2.00. Products are going to sell out FAST! Take a peek and do your holiday shopping for your loved ones...and maybe even yourself!

...And all those who place an order between TODAY, DEC. 5th-DEC. 31st will receive a "HOLIDAYS POCKETS" Embellishment pack (#Z1486 , pg. 128 in current idea book)) ABSOLUTELY FREE! This is my thank you gift to you for your support throughout the year!


Mad For You: December Stamp of the Month

Happy Monday!
Before I share this limited AWESOME stamp set with you I want to make you aware of some blog template difficulties I am having. Over the weekend I changed my blog background, as I do every month. However, when I changed it I must have clicked on something to change the format. All the info I usually have on the left side of my blog is now found at the very bottom of each post. I have been trying (for more hours than you want to know) to get this changed back to the original format but have not had success as of today. I am hoping to get down to the Apple Store to get help but won't be able to do that for several days or even next week. So, please be sure to scroll all the way down to get the updated info on December Club projects, Paper Crafting Special, Stamp of the Month, etc.!

I am in LOVE with the December Stamp of the Month: MAD ABOUT YOU! It consists of 14 images and is perfect for Valentine's, family, friends, etc. So many wonderful uses this stamp set has! Here are a few cards created using this stamp set. This stamp set is available only during DECEMBER. You can purchase it for full retail price ($17.95) OR you can purchase it for the VERY LOW PRICE of $5.00 with a minimum $50 purchase! WOW!!! That is an incredible deal!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Tags!

It's Beginning to Look ALot Like Christmas!!!!!
Oh how I love this time of year! I have been busy crafting in my stamp room this past week and will be posting lots of photos very soon.

In the meantime, here is a great video showing you how to make lot of tags in a short amount of time using one of my most favorite holiday stamp sets from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book. Take a peek to see how easy it is to make a large quantity of gift tags in no time at all. If you fall in love with this "Gotta Have" stamp set feel free to contact me. It's not too late to order your very own set to have to use this holiday season!