Saturday, December 29, 2012




Happy 2013!! 

Pull out the paper, the Artiste Cartridge and the Cricut Machine. 
Get busy croppin’ in 2013! 

Need help with ideas or paper you’ve seen? 
Shop online and get sale papers for Halloween. 

Ready to learn Studio J and go totally green? 
Call or email Amy,  the Scrapbooking Queen!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Clearly the Best: Random Stamping

Hello!!!!

I hope y'all have had a wonderful holiday week and are taking lots and lots of photos that you can preserve in 2013!

The other day I posted information about a fun new card class I am offering in January.  Be sure to take a peek and if you would like to participate (by mail or in person) register on/before January 1st.

Below is a fun and informative video all about Random Stamping (one of my most favorite techniques).  ENJOY!


Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Merry Christmas!

I want to take this time to wish you all a wonderful holiday week.  THANK YOU for making my business what it is today.  I so appreciate your business BUT more importantly I thank you for your friendship.  My most favorite part of my job is the relationships I have with YOU.  You are like family to me and I so appreciate YOU!
The Spring/Summer Idea Books are arriving SOON!  I am so excited to embark on a New Year with a NEW Idea Book and NEW Classes with you.
Enjoy this joyous time of year with those close to you!

God Bless,
Amy

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays and New Card Class!



Happy Holidays to You All!

I know I have been missing in action this past week.  It was a busy one -school concerts, dance performances, packing and traveling...and designing a fun interactive card class to start  2013!

This card class uses the DECEMBER Stamp of the Month:
"Year Round Cheer"  (#S1212).  I will teach you how to make the oh so fun SWING CARD using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  The Art Philosophy Cartridge will be used, too, as well as, the Shimmer Trim (LOVE THIS EMBELLISHMENT!).  The NEW CTMH Chalk Marker is the perfect writing utensil to use with these cards and will be included in your class kit.

I must thank fellow consultant CHRISTINE ADAMS for coming up with these creative cards.  They will make perfect gifts for any time of year and they will be nice to have on hand in your stationery box so you have a "WOW" card ready at your finger tips when you need one!

The class will be held on MONDAY, JANUARY 14th 6:30-8:30 p.m.  If there is enough interest in a morning class I will be happy to host a morning class on THURSDAY, January 24th, as well.  PLEASE let me know a.s.a.p of you would like to request a morning class.  Kits to Go will also be available to purchase (Just add $5 for postage to the kit price).  If you would like me to stamp all your cards then you just add an additional $5 to your kit).  I will demonstrate how to cut the swing card using the Artiste Cartridge at the local class so you can create more swing cards on your own at home.

Two class kits will be available-one comes with the Year-Round Stamp Set and the other does not-so if you already own the stamp set you can just bring that to class with you and you will not have to order another.

We will create 12 cards at the class.

REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS ON/BEFORE TUESDAY, JANUARY 1st.  PLease let me know what kit you would like upon registering for this class.

Class Kit #1:  $35.00

Year- Round Cheer Stamp Set
All paper pre-cut paper
Silver Shimmer Trim
Chalk Marker
3-D Foam Tape
an assortment of fun embellishments for each card

Class Kit #2:  $25.00

Everything in Kit #1 EXCEPT for the Year-Round Stamp Set

***If you would like envelopes for your cards you I suggest the add-on product #Z1476:  $4.60 (includes shipping and tax)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

$3.00 Paper Packs and a Wooo's Your Valentine Video!

GREETINGS!

I am so excited about all the new deals that were just made available on my website HERE.
Just click on "ONLINE SHOPPING" and then scroll down to the end of the list and click on "WHILE SUPPLIES LAST."

Below is a fun little video all about the new "Whooo's Your Valentine" exclusive kit.  Take a peek-it is so darn cute!  I especially love the two owl images in the stamp set!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Whooo's YOur Valentine


Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with an incredible deal-CTMH Whooo's Your Valentine kit for only $10.00!  Combine your love of papercrafting with the contents of this kit to create personalized valentines-perfect for classrooms and other group settings.  This darling kit, which retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book.  You'll receive 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper, 12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created especially for the kit.  This kit offers you a sneak peek at two new Spring/Summer products:  the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper!  Decorate the die-cut boxes with the stamp images, cardstock, and glitter paper.  Then attach the clear tube and fill with treats for valentines in a cinch!

The kit will be available December 13th-Janaury 31, 2013.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Luster CLuster and Studio J

TGIF!
I wish y'all a very happy weekend!  Hopefully it is full of fun and perhaps a bit of crafting.

Below are two cook videos I would like to share with you.  The first is all about creating clusters on your projects and the second is an informative lesson on Studio J.  I invite you to take a peak at both.

Enjoy your day!




Thursday, December 6, 2012

Everyday Embellishing


Everyday Embellishing

It’s easy to incorporate chalk, metallics, and bling into your artwork with a few embellishments you can use on your everyday papercrafting projects. Let CTH show you how!

This Merry & Bright page uses dots created with the gold metallic marker to add extra sparkle around the edges of the page. Notice the scalloped accents with outlines in gold marker which adds dimension and draws your eye. Our metallics markers will make your artwork sparkle!

Add heart to your art with an extra touch of bling—cover your Dimensional Elements with silver Glitz™ glitter gel, a clear Sparkle or two, or a touch of silver from the metallics marker! Your heartfelt messages will bedazzle your loved ones.

The chalk marker and 12" × 12" chalkboard sheet are a perfect pair for creating a unique project. Journal and embellish your memories with the quaint look of a chalkboard—minus the dust—and a lot of freehand fun, perfect to display in your albums or on your walls!

If you haven’t had a chance to scrapbook your Halloween photos yet, here’s a great idea for a spooky page. The Haunted assortment with its cute skull brads, spider badge buttons, and more, is the perfect go-to for scary Halloween memories. It also coordinates nicely with the Moonlight paper packet and Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements.

Tell your story with papers and accents that complement your unique tale. The Memo assortment’s little note tags are great for embellishing and journaling all in one, and the tiny epoxy numbers mimic old typewriter keys. Pair the Memo assortment with our Scholastic paper packet and My Stickease® assortment for your school-themed memories and more!

This elegant layout is tied together by antique elements from the Baroque assortment, Avonlea Complements canvas shapes, and the beautiful Avonlea papers. Add a timeless quality to your memories with graceful keys, broaches, and buttons from the Baroque assortment.
Whatever your project, embellishing will bring your artwork to life. Tell your customers about these exciting embellishments so they can start shopping today to add that extra something to their everyday projects!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Framing Your Sweet Treats!

Yesterday I shared with you some projects I created using the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  Here is a video showing you some more ideas that you can make with this wonderful cartridge.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Place Setting




Here are some fun projects I created using the exclusive CTMH Artiste Cricut Bundle (#Z1790), Pear & Partridge Paper Packet (#X7162B), Dimensional Elements In COlor-Holiday (#Z1772), harvest bakers twine (#Z1751) and the "Merry & Bright (#C1510) stamp set.

The Artiste allows you to create such fun party decor with the push of a button.  So Fun and So Easy!  I LOVE it!

If you have not already taken a peek at the HUGE sale taking place on my website HERE and  Retired Items List I posted last Friday-please do!  These items will be gone before we know it.  I would hate for you to miss out on your favorite products!  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Year-Round Cheer


The Close To My Heart December Stamp of the Month is oh so cute and FUN to create with!  With the 12 images that come in this set, you have the perfect little stamp for every month of the year!  Create, cards and layouts galore all year long with item #S1212 Year-Round Cheer.  And like all other stamp of the month sets, you can purchase this for the full retail price of $17.95 ($20.75 with shipping and tax) Or you it can be yours for just $5.00 with a minimum $50 order!

 I an hoping to create a set of monthly notecards for my mother this year for Christmas.  My plan is to keep the design simple and I will be using this stamp set.  I would also like to design a January card workshop using this stamp set.  I will be sure to share when I get it done!



Friday, November 30, 2012

HUGE, HUGE SALE and FREE GIFT!


Happy Friday Everyone!

Last night I received notification from CTMH that they will be adding new items to the "While Supplies Last" section of my website (amy.ctmh.com) TOMORROW, DECEMBER 1st.  Among the new additions you will find a wide variety of paper and coordination accessories, all with a substantial markdown.  You  will also find that most of the items that are currently available will also see a FURTHER MARKDOWN at that time!

To sweeten the deal even more, from December 1-31st, all orders placed on my website that reach or exceed $50 will also include a FREE BONDING MEMORIES GLUE PEN (#Z533)-a $4.50 value!  I invite you to shop early, because these deals are only available while supplies last.

The end of the Autumn / Winter 2012 Idea Book is drawing near—January 31, 2013 to be exact! As with all Idea Books, The Spring / Summer 2013 Idea Book promises the release of some amazing new products! But as we enthusiastically bring in the new, we must reluctantly retire some of the old.  

Below is the 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book Retiring List

CTMH does their best to keep these products in stock until the end of their Idea Book cycle, but effective immediately, the items on this list are available only while supplies last.
 If you see products on this list that have been on your Wish List (some of my favorite things are on this list!), I encourage you to purchase them more sooner than later.

Have a wonderful weekend!

SMiles,
Amy

Item Description
Page # Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book
Z1349
Shimmer Designer Brads
127
Z1360
Rhinestone Designer Brads
127
Z1361
Brads Red Assortment
127
Z1362
Brads Pink Assortment
127
Z1363
Brads Blue Assortment
127
Z1364
Brads Green Assortment
127
Z1365
Brads Basic Assortment
127
Z1387
Wooden Designer Buttons
125
Z1391
Buttons Clear Assortment
125
Z1395
IrresistiblesTM Eclectic Chipboard Die-Cuts (the alphabet)
130
Z1465
IrresistiblesTM Make-It-Count Numbers
130
Z1681
Dimensional Elements Numbers
131
Z1761
Dimensional Elements Ornaments
131
Z1762
Dimensional Elements Snowflakes
131
Z1765
Color-Ready Arbor Wooden Shapes
130
X7147C
Stella Complements Canvas Shapes
68
X7148C
My Stickease® Pemberley Assortment
68
X7150C
My Stickease® Victory Assortment
69
X7153C
My Stickease® Florentine Assortment
69
X7158C
La Belle Vie My Stickease® Assortment
38
X7160C
Flirty Complements Dimensional Elements
50
X7161C
Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements
56
X7162C
Pear & Partridge Complements Glittery Rub-Ons
62
Milepost Shapes
128
Bling Assortment
128
Urban Felt Alphabet
130
Keepsake Felt Alphabet
130
Z1709
Just Blooms® Petals Paper Flowers
129
Z1460
Foundry® Ribbon Slides
126
Z1711
Foundry® Binder Clips
126
Z1712
Foundry® Number Plates
126
Z1461
Décor Journaling Spots
129
Z1687
Bohemian Assortment
128
Z1689
Timeless Charms
128
Z1692
Tough Tags
128
Z1694
Bouquet Assortment
128
Z1741
Haunted Assortment
128
Z1749
Autumn Lane Assortment
128
Z1763
Boutique Assortment
128
Z1464 Z1466
Z1695 Z1696Z1772
Dimensional Elements In Color—Holiday
128
Z1393
Mini-Medley Accents Black Collection
126
Z1316
Designer Ribbon Cocoa Collection
124
Z1385
Designer Ribbon Blue Collection
124
Z1615
Designer Ribbon Red Collection
124
Z1616
Designer Ribbon Green Collection
124
Z1388
Newsprint Rub-Ons
130
Z1700
Dark Chocolate Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons
126
Z1733
Black Tapestry Velvet Rub-Ons
126
Z1743
Festive Velvet Rub-Ons
126
Z1742
Parlor Velvet Rub-Ons
126
Z1407
6" x 6" Olive Quick PicTM Album
122
Z1408
6" x 6" Pansy Purple Quick PicTM Album
122
BULK254
Bulk Glitter Button
BULK152
Cranberry Brads
BULK213
Black Button Brads
BULK263
Avonlea Workshop Guide
BULK264
Clementine Workshop Guide
BULK265
Dakota Workshop Guide
BULK266
La Belle Vie Workshop Guide
BULK267
Scholastic Workshop Guide
BULK268
Flirty Workshop Guide
BULK269
Moonlight Workshop Guide
BULK270
Pear & Partridge Workshop Guide
BULK258
La Belle Vie B&T Duos® Combo Pack
BULK260
Flirty B&T Duos® Combo Pack
BULK261
Moonlight B&T Duos® Combo Pack
BULK262
Pear & Partridge B&T Duos® Combo Pack
BULK231
Bling Buttons (12 mm)
BULK234
Milepost Shapes Corrugated Stars (1 1/2")
BULK272
Bling Gems
BULK274
Pearl Badge Buttons
Z1054
My Creations® Display Album
132
Z1378
My Creations® Banner
132
Z1614
My Creations® Memory Game
132
Z188
Craft Jars
120
Z1352
4 1/2" Colonial White Circle Cards
123
Z1353
4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards
123
Z1731
My Originals® Sweet Surprises Card Kit
123
X7147B
My Reflections® Stella Paper Packet
68
X7148B
My Reflections® Pemberley Paper Packet
68
X7150B
My Reflections® Victory Paper Packet
69
X7153B
My Reflections® Florentine Paper Packet
69
X7158B
La Belle Vie Paper Packet
38
X7160B
Flirty Paper Packet
50
X7161B
Moonlight Paper Packet
56
X7162B
Pear & Partridge Paper Packet
62
Z1252
Cutting Knife
135
G1041
Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Cardmaking Kit
22
G1043
Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Cardmaking Kit
66
G1040
Workshops on the Go® Spellbound Cricut® Kit
14
G1042
Workshops on the Go® Scroll Album Kit
23
G1044
Workshops on the Go® Advent Calendar Kit
67
G1045
Workshops on the Go® Avonlea Scrapbooking Kit
21
G1046
Workshops on the Go® Clementine Scrapbooking Kit
29
G1047
Workshops on the Go® Dakota Scrapbooking Kit
35
G1048
Workshops on the Go® La Belle Vie Scrapbooking Kit
41
G1049
Workshops on the Go® Scholastic Scrapbooking Kit
47
G1050
Workshops on the Go® Flirty Scrapbooking Kit
53
G1051
Workshops on the Go® Moonlight Scrapbooking Kit
59
G1052
Workshops on the Go® Pear & Partridge Scrapbooking Kit
65
Item #
Item Description
Page # Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book
A1104
A Tweet
90
A1111
A Tulip
68
A1116
A Melody
94
A1122
Bravo
92
A1128
Quick Cards—Shell
80
A1129
A Rainbow
85
B1365
Spring Up
71
B1369
Rosy Regards
67
B1374
Bee Happy
83
B1397
He Is Risen
74
B1402
My Peeps
72
C1439
Enjoy Life
95
C1440
Take a Picture
93
C1442
Tailor-Made
94
C1450
Eclectic Edges
99
C1452
Delight
71
C1455
Aspire
96
C1456
Heartfelt Treasures
68
C1457
Happy Camper
84
C1458
Paper Lantern
90
C1473
Remarkable Wreath
70
C1474
10 Things
105
C1485
Super Powers
47
C1498
Country Life
82
C1499
Perfect Day
80
D1195
The Works Alphabet
117
D1222
Tiny Typewriter Alphabet
117
D1296
Chocolate Alphabet Small
114
D1301
Hodge Podge Alphabet
114
D1303
Classmate Alphabet
114
D1462
Splendid Day
77
D1464
Card Chatter—Love
106
D1467
Trees & Things
76
D1472
Simple Memories
66
D1478
Bingo Alphabet
113
D1505
Roar!
89
D1508
Diverse Backgrounds
102
D1509
Magic Adventures
78
D1511
Kick Back
81
E1013
Field Trip Alphabet
114

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Mini




Can you tell I am really into the Christmas Spirit this week?  Oh how I LOVE creating holiday themed cards, layouts and projects!  Here is a fun little creation I made using the CTMH ARTISTE CRICUT BUNDLE, Pear & Partridge Paper Pack, Dimensional Elements and Glittery Rub-On's and a variety of other fun CTMH embellishments.
The Artiste Bundle comes with 3 "Gotta Have" stamp sets that are only available with the bundle.  The bundle also comes with 3 super fun Dimensional Element Chipboard Sheets-all pieces coordinate with the Artiste.  One of the Dimensional Element sheets is the "ALBUM PAGES."  These babies are, by far, my favorite in the Dimensional Element Collection.  I LOVE making mini books!  And you can do just that super FAST, super EASY and they are SUPER cute using the press of a few keys on your Artiste Cricut!  I love that all I did was press a button to get the paper cut to cover my chipboard pieces.  So much easier than tracing the shapes and then having to cut out your traced pieces!  This mini album came together pretty quickly.  It was so much fun to embellish the pages with all the FUN metals, rub-on's, pear & partridge compliments and ribbons that CTMH offers to us!  The chipboard pieces give the pages durability so there is no need to worry about bent or ripped pages as family and friends enjoy the treasures scattered across each page!
The Dimensional Element Sheets ARE available in the CTMH Idea Book as separate items so you can order them again and again.  This is so nice because you can add as many pages as you would like to all your mini's!
This holiday themed mini serves as a nice home decor piece when placed on a coffee table.  It would also be the perfect gift for a hostess, parent, teacher, friend, for EVERYONE!

ENJOY!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Another Memory File...mini style


I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about the memory file I shared with you yesterday.  Below are some photos of a mini file I created using the same paper pack (Pear & Partridge) to preserve photos from our 8th Camp McGrew trip that we took the summer of 2011.  ENJOY!















Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Memory Files-a unique way to record your memories

Good Morning!
This past summer I had the privilege to teach a class at the Close To My Heart Convention.  The corporate office sent me the "Pear & Partridge Kit (#X7162B).  This kit is so much fun to work with!  I used this kit, along with the exclusive CTMH 12 x 12 True Fit Folios (item #X1404) to create a Holiday Memory Folder.  The idea of a memory file originated from Heidi Swapp, a FABULOUS scrapbooker/paper crafter.   I took her idea and tweaked it to make it my own.  

Memory Files are a fun and unique approach to preserving memories.  I shared in my class that this would be a great way to record monthly highlights.  Both adults and children can record every day highlights and special moments.  One idea is to create a file for each month of the year and then store them in a fun box.  Family and loved ones will have such fun grabbing the box and looking through the files year after year.  This is a GREAT gift to present to just about anyone!   Use this idea to record memories of each school year.  The file folios are prefect for holding special papers, report cards and artwork!
This concept works with just about EVERY theme and/or event imaginable!

Below are photos of the Christmas File I created.  I used the Pear & Partridge Glittery Rub-On Compliments and Dimensional Elements, as well as the CTMH ARTISTE CRICUT CARTRIDGE (item #Z1790).  This is a MUST for all paper crafters/scrapbookers to create all the interactive elements you see!

All products can be ordered on my website HERE.  Or feel free to contact me if you have any questions and/or if you would like me to place the order for you. 

If you are interested in hosting a private class on this project contact me today!  My studio is open and my instruction is FREE.  You and your friends are only responsible for purchasing the supplies needed to successfully complete the project.  And YOU can earn HOSTESS REWARDS if you have enough guests! 
Interested in starting a monthly Memory File Club?  Let me know!  January will be the perfect time to begin a 12 month club.  Come next December we will have 11 completed files full of priceless memories and treasures to re-visit time and time again!
 Enjoy these photos!