Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mojo 225

This sketch was a little more challenging, but once I started working on it, it started to come together. I used the new Stella paper that will be available this coming Wed. Feb. 1st when the 2012 Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Idea Book goes live. The colors are Tulip and Sunset. I layered the B&T paper on Sunset and Tulip cardstock, distressing the edges as I layered the papers. I did the same with the squares and rectangles. I sponged Tulip ink on the resist chipboard letters and stamped the heart using the heart cutout/stamped image from the CTMH Cricut bundle. I also used the new Bakers Twine (my fav.) that's going to be available in the upcoming catalog. I topped it off with a heart shaped pin (Maya Road).The stamped image forever is from a retired CTMH set, called Just Because. 

*all products used are Close To My Heart, with the exception of the pin.

Tomorrow is another new Mojo Monday...I can't wait to see what sketch is waiting - what a way to start the week! Why don't you head over to and play along too?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Last chance to get RETIRING items

  I'm excited to announce that the new Close To My Heart 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book will be released soon! Beginning on February 1st, you will be able to start ordering from this fabulous, new catalog. Because of the release of the new Idea Book, they had to make room for new products. That means many of the stamps in the 2011 Spring/Summer Idea Book will be retired. If you see any sets that you just have to have, make sure you visit my website and order! All the product numbers are listed with the retiring item. Get them while you can, because after January 31st, all the retired products will be UNAVAILABLE! While you are shopping online, be sure to check out the awesome deals on the While Supplies Last section.
Listed below are all the paper packets, accessories that are retiring. If you want to see additional details/pictures, click on the name of the product and it will take you right to it on my website. 
$29.95 each


 *A wonderful consultant, Tamytha Jenkins put together this slide show that shows all the retiring stamps.   

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mojo Monday 224

I love how the Mojo Monday sketches help get my MOJO back. I wanted to do a Valentines theme card and thought that the Close To My Heart Sweetheart paper packet was perfect for the layers of this card. The paper packet had previously been retired and unavailable, but luckily it is available for a short time (while supplies last) on my website Scroll down once you're there (using the link) and you will see it's available for an amazing $3.00. While you're there, be sure to check out all the other fabulously priced Close To My Heart products.
Along with the Sweetheart paper packet, I used retired CTMH flowers and tulip ribbon. The tulip button is in the current catalog : ) The LOVE stamp is from the current special going on thru' the end of January called, Rock the Block. I also used something from the new catalog (coming Feb. 1st)...Baker's Twine! It makes my heart happy that Close To My Heart added that to their new catty!

January Card Workshop

Join me this coming Sunday, January 29th at 1:30 p.m.or Wednesday, February 1st at 6:30 p.m. for my Valentine's card workshop (My previously announced Jan. 30th class is FULL). We will be making these 5 cards, plus a treat holder. Below you will see each card individually, up close.
The cost is $5.00 (refundable with a $25.00 order before tax & s/h). Envelopes may be purchased for a total of $1.00 extra.


If I haven't already heard from you - You must contact me no later than this Wed. 1/25 to reserve your spot. You can contact me at Please let me know which date you would prefer. If you don't want all the cards to be Valentines cards, I can make other arrangements to make it more birthday themed, with florals. Please let me know ahead of time. Due to high school wrestling conferences, I cannot take any late rsvp's. You must be signed up by Wed. 1/25, 5 p.m. Thank you!

Don't forget...all attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the new Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Idea Book/Catalog. I will draw a name from all the attendees at each workshop for a brand-new mini stamp set. If you place an order (at the workshop or an outside order during any of these workshop dates...your name will go in the drawing from the prize basket, PLUS you will receive a D size stamp set as well).

Watch my blog in the next few days for a list of all the items that will be retiring as of Jan. 31st. Get them while you can!

Here are close ups of all the projects:

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mojo Monday 223

 Hmmm...tough decision - I wanted to do two things today: complete this weeks Mojo Monday sketch and watch football playoffs! Could I do both? Sure could AND I did! This week's sketch was so easy peasy (as my second graders would say), plus I was able to put it together so quickly because I used Close To My Heart's canvas shapes instead of stamping. I love how the canvas shapes and corrugated cardboard pieces gave the card some texture to make it really stand out. Don't let time stop you from trying to accomplish something...just take a shortcut and you can become a super star, just as the card says. There is a hint of new product on this card that is from the upcoming Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Idea Book. See if you can figure out what it is!
All products Close To My Heart: Typeset Level 2 paper pack (including the zip strip), Typeset Complements Canvas Shapes, Vineyard Berry cardstock, Cocoa ink (to distress the edges), Milepost shapes, wooden buttons.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mojo Monday 222

Oh, Mojo Monday' I have missed you! It's been a couple of months since I have participated, and I truly have missed creating from the sketches created by Julee Tilman of Verve and her design team at I really connected with this sketch and couldn't wait to start creating with Close To My Heart's Wonderland paper pack - perfect for this time of year, although we haven't had much of a winter so far. I used a MS punch edge called Drippy Goo to mimic snow (so fun).

Here is a close up of the stamping I did on the label. I love the clear overlay I used over the snowflake shape I cut using Close To My Heart's Cricut cartridge, Art Philosophy.

Below is the sketch created by Julee. Her sketches make it so easy to put a card together!
All products Close To My Heart -
Wonderland Paper Level 2Packet, Winter Joy stamp set, Top Coats Icing Overlays, Chocolate & Twilight ink, Grey Licorice Opaques, Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

Other: Martha Stewart Drippy Goo edge punch, Sewing machine.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Perfect 10

Score a perfect 10 in January! If you’re a Studio J member, you can take advantage of this great opportunity to fill up your scrapbook—get your holiday photos in albums right away! For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you buy, you’ll receive the 10th layout free. To receive the discount, just add 10 or more layouts to your cart. You’ll see a discount reflected in your order total. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. And so on! If you’re not a member yet, now’s a great time to join! Check out Studio J here or contact me to sign up today! You can even try it out for free!

Studio J Members save more, do more, get more!
• Exclusive patterns
• 50% off layouts
• Free JPG files
• Free monthly shipment
• Members-only promotions like this one!

*Shipping/handling may apply. Offer valid for Studio J members January 1–31, 2012. Offer valid for custom prints only; purchases of JPG files are not eligible for this promotion.

Rock the Block!

Get an exclusive E-size stamp set and the My Creations® Collage Cubes for just $15 with your qualifying purchase!

Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you can get two new products for just $15: the
My Creations® Collage Cubes (a Spring/Summer 2012 sneak-peek product!) and
the exclusive My Acrylix® Rock the Block E-size stamp set. That’s a retail savings
of almost $30! You're going to love the Collage Cubes and the Rock the Block
stamp set, which work together for interactive, 3-D fun.

*Offer valid until January 31st.

Tax & S/H apply.