Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blog hop March 1 - sneak peek 2

Today's post is just a quick reminder that the "Celebrating Friendship" Blog Hop starts tomorrow, March 1, at Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers. I am hopeful that you will have a chance to hop with us.

Here is another sneak peek at my project.


Exciting, isn't it? :-) Zooming in on just part of my creation makes the stamping appear fuzzy and the background paper look greenish; IMO it looks much better in person. I will snap a few more photos to show it off better. You'll just have to wait until tomorrow to see the rest. I have another project started and hope to find the time tonight to finish and share it tomorrow. For both projects I used techniques that I had read about but not tried yet. Thanks to Julie to "pushing me" to carve out some to participate in the hop.

Be sure to stop by again tomorrow to see the project I am sharing with you. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Upcoming blog hop - sneak peek

On March 1 (and continuing throughout the weekend) I am participating in a "Celebrating Friendship" Blog Hop to celebrate scrap happy's (Julie Odil - also my CTMH upline) blogoversary - the one-year anniversary of Julie starting her blog.

Here's a sneak peek of the project I have started. Any guesses which stamp set I used? Hint, the brand is used in the blog label.


Don't forget to schedule some time this weekend to participate in the hop. The hop will start at Julie's blog Muddy Paws & Inky Fingers.

FYI, due to some spam I had to enable comment moderation so don't be surprised if your comments do not appear immediately.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Studio J® Love Your Layout: January 2013

As I mentioned on my February 2 post the Close to My Heart promotion for February 2013 is "Digital Delights!" During the month of February 2013 you can purchase any Studio J® layout for only $5*.

January 2013 - Pear & Partridge Kit: Stitching with Style

It might be perfect timing that the Pear & Partridge Kit is used in the January 2013 Love Your Layout video since Christmas 2012 was only a few weeks ago (but it seems like months to me) and you might be scrapping those memories now.

If you want to work on your layout while watching the video, here are the basics of putting the layout together:

  • Kit Name: Pear & Partridge
  • Pattern: Designer's Eye™
  • Kit Mix:


The CTMH description for the video reads "Use Studio J®, Close To My Heart's online scrapbooking software, to create a festive layout in just minutes by watching this month's Love Your Layout(sm) video. You'll learn creative techniques on how to add your own stitching, create a top border with journaling, and more. Log in to Studio J to create it yourself while you watch!"

The January 2013 video refers to a technique demonstrated in the June 2012: Cruisin' Kit: Getting the Polaroid Look Love Your Layout video. If you would like to watch the June 2012, click on the link (it will open in a new video).

In case you have not looked at Studio J® recently (or are new to the online scrapbooking software, you will be happy to know that the paper packets that were just introduced in the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Books are available to use now. This is in addition to paper packets that were in past Idea Books and are no longer available to purchase.

Click here to get started creating your own Studio J® layouts. Be sure to scroll down and click on "Join" to shop my "Feb Fun - New Idea Book" gathering. If the "Feb Fun - New Idea Book" gathering reaches enough sales to qualify for hostess rewards, I will draw one name from those that placed an order via the "Feb Fun - New Idea Book" link and that person will be the "Feb Fun - New Idea Book" gathering's hostess and receive free products. 

If you join the "Feb Fun - New Idea Book" gathering you are not limited to purchasing only Studio J® layouts. Your name will be put in the drawing to be the mystery hostess by purchasing any CTMH product. Now is a great time to order since new products, including seven new paper packets and two textile packs, became available on February 1. Click here to browse the new Idea Book.

If you do not have a CTMH Independent Consultant yet, I would be honored if you make a purchase from me. Click the Shop with me link below to place an order. Contact me if you have questions about any CTMH product or promotion or to schedule a Home or Online Gathering.

*Shipping/handling applies. Studio J credits must be redeemed before this promotion can be applied. Offer valid February 1–28, 2013. Thank you for stopping by today.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

CTMH Digital Delights! Promotion

The CTMH promotion in February 2013 is called Digital Delights! You can purchase any Studio J® layout for only $5*—that’s a savings of $1.95 per layout! This is a great opportunity to try Studio J for the first time. If you need a push to get started I have several posts with videos to give you some ideas and help.


Create adorable baby layouts with the Wishes and Fishes kit (shown), or use the new Express Collections with collections of 10 ready-made layouts plus a front and back cover that are easy to use and professionally designed.

Click here to get started creating your own Studio J® layouts. Be sure to scroll down and join my "Feb Fun - New Idea Book" gathering. This month, in additional to the Digital Delights! promotion, is your first opportunity to order from the new Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book. If the "Feb Fun - New Idea Book" gathering reaches enough sales to qualify for hostess rewards, I will draw one name from those that placed an order via the "Feb Fun - New Idea Book" link and that person will be the "Feb Fun - New Idea Book" gathering's hostess and receive free products.

If you do not have a CTMH Independent Consultant yet, I would be honored if you make a purchase from me. Click the Shop with me link below to place an order or contact me if you have questions about any CTMH product or promotion or to schedule a Home or Online Gathering.

*Shipping/handling applies. Studio J credits must be redeemed before this promotion can be applied. Offer valid February 1–28, 2013.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Friday, February 1, 2013

CTMH February 2013 Stamp of the Month: Home Sweet Home

The Close To My Heart February 2013 Stamp of the Month is Home Sweet Home.


This stamp set is perfect for capturing memories of home; the first home you lived in with your parents, the first home you purchased, the first home that you lived in after marriage or the home your raised your children in. The set would make beautiful home d├ęcor items to display in your own home or to give as gifts. To obtain a list of products used to create the above items and suggested techniques, please see the current Stamp of the Month page (ideas for previous months can be found on the left side of that page).

This stamp set can be yours only during February 2013 for $5 with an order of $50 or more in qualifying products.

Today is the first day you can order from the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book. I think you will find many great ideas in this book. If you are anything like me your wish list is a mile long. This layout is on the cover of the new Idea Book. Doesn't it make you think of Spring? Click on the photo to browse through the pages of the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book.



If you do not have a CTMH Independent Consultant yet, I would be honored if you make a purchase from me. Click the Shop with me link below to place an order or contact me if you have questions about any CTMH product or promotion or to schedule a Home or Online Gathering.