Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wahoo! Friday Five @ Heart 2 Heart Challenges

Here I am working away on details for our National Scrapbook Day crop (just one day left to go) and I receive a super snazzy email..."

Congratulations! You were chosen as one of the Friday Five at Heart 2 Heart Challenges!"
Heart 2 Heart
Thank you ladies! What an honor and what a treat to receive this evening :)

This is the card that I was selected for... [see the original post here]

Keep the Studio J comments rolling in...

Thank you for sending in your comments! Studio J is awesome - but don't take my word for it, here is what one customer had to say...

My favorite feature is that I can do all of this online - including the journaling, which I hate to do by hand - and I intend to do my scrapbook for our recent trip to London using this new program!
- Sandra

I'm giving away 5 FREE Studio J Scrapbook Layouts!
I absolutely love Studio J and I am sure that you will too!
  • Go to and sign up for your free account. You must register here to be eligible to win.
  • Play with Studio J and then email your favorite feature to
  • Once you have done that, your name will go into a drawing.
  • You must email me by midnight May 10th.
  • On May 11th, I will draw 5 winners to receive a free Studio J Layout 
EXTRA CREDIT: Send me a screen shot of your layout(s) and you'll receive an additional entry per layout.

THEN Earn a FREE 12 x 12 Linen Album: For each 40 layouts you purchase, you'll receive a FREE Linen Album from me!

In order to be eligible all layouts must be purchased at This offer is provided exclusively by Christine David (this is not a CTMH offer).

Monday, April 26, 2010

BIG Announcement: Studio J

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!

You've read all about it, now see it.. 

Enter to Win (no purchase necessary) : 
win a FREE layout and earn a 12 x 12 album!
To receive details email
  • 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:

    1. uploading your photos;
    2. choosing your desired themed kit;
    3. selecting an exclusive layout pattern;
    4. adding photos, embellishments, titles, and journaling;
    5. and purchasing custom-printed layouts ready for a cherished album.
  • 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.
  • 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 your Consultant’s MyCTMH 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 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. 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?
    You will be able to start creating layouts with Studio J TOMORROW (Tuesday, April 27 at 8 am {MDT}).

Card Winners!

Here are your random numbers: 8
Timestamp: 2010-04-26 17:29:38 UTC

Congratulations to Sheri!

"Beautiful card and I love how you used Splendor. I wasn't at love with this paper pack at first either but am really starting to see the possibilities. The big pic is nice too!"

Please email me your address:

Here are your random numbers: 6
Timestamp: 2010-04-26 17:31:51 UTC
Congratulations to Mary!
"This is so cute and summery! Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges (and congrats on being the 1st to post - lol)"

Please email me your address:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fall Weekend Retreat Registration Now Open

Friday, October 1st - Sunday, October 3rd
Friday Check In - 2pm | Sunday Check Out - 2pm
Limit 16

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life for two full days of crafting bliss. Simply relax while we do the cooking and cleaning. You'll enjoy excellent company while you catch up on your latest projects. Leave feeling rejuvenated, caught up (ok, nearly) and wishing for our next event.

Cost is just $250 per person

Register Now
: several payment plans available

Retreat Includes

- 2 Nights Accommodations
- Goody Bag 
- Memento Album (complete with instructions) 
- Technique Classes
- Access to (2) Scrapbooking and Stamping Experts
  (both Christine and Alicia will be available to
   answer questions and offer creative guidance)
- Scrumptious Meals
  Friday: Dinner and Dessert
  Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert and Snacks      
  Sunday: Breakfast and Lunch 
- Contests & Prizes
- Tool Table
  (stamp sets, full line of CTMH inks, crop-o-dile,
  Cuttle Bug with embossing folders and dies, 
  CTMH how-to books, previous kit of the
  month guides, Cricut* and more...)

Retreat Location

Three Bears Lodge Ashford, WA

The Dancing Bear Lodge is a spacious, custom built 3,300 sq ft home less than 5 minutes from the west entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park.

Sleeping arrangements will be first come, first serve. When registering please indicate your preference (we will accommodate as we are able).

3 Queen Memory Foam Futon Style Beds*
10 Single Twin Beds ( 1 upper bunk )
*Queen beds are double occupancy.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Spotlight on Local Business: Create with Christine

What an honor it is to have been selected by Stephanie Dawson for her "Spotlight on Local Business" feature. Close To My Heart brought Stephanie into my life last year and I am so thankful to know her.  She is wonderful and extremely talented!

Today I'd like to introduce you to Christine David, a Close to My Heart Consultant known for her website, Create with Christine.  If you have not heard of Close to My Heart (CTMH), you are not alon...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mojo Monday - Something Splendid - Splendor

I'll admit that when I saw Splendor in the upcoming catalog, I was not blown over by it.  However, the more I play with it, the more I am loving it. Isn't it stunning with moonstruck added.

These are my happy colors - that is probably why my room is painted a color in between goldrush and sunflower and I have pops of moonstruck throughout.

Would you like to receive this card in the mail?  Leave a comment and maybe you'll be the lucky person who will!

Quick Question:  Do you all like the big photo or do you feel that it is TOO big?

Heart 2 Heart Challenge - New Catalog Sneak Peak

Another challenge creation, this time for the Heart 2 Heart blog. This is a blog designed to showcase CTMH and I love the inspiration!

I had intended to head to bed, actually I had been in bed.  But hubby called on his way home and I ended up being waylaid by the computer - shock, I know! The H2H challenge had been posted and after missing out on my first Mojo Monday project, I wanted to be first to post :)  I whipped up this little beauty in about 30 minutes and even manage to capture a decent image at night.

This card features a sneak peak of an upcoming paper packet - Splendor and stamp of the month...ooh, la, la - you are going to love the new Summer catalog.

COMMENT CONTEST:  Would you like to receive this summery card in the mail?  Simply leave a little love, um, I mean comment! One lucky winner will be select via a random number generator on Sunday, April 25th @ 8pm.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Technique Classes at May 1st Crop: Irresistible Die Cuts & Sanding

I'm off to Alicia's to work on our purse goody bags for the crop, but before I took off I wanted to show you the other techniques that you'll be learning at the crop. These two techniques will be the beginning of your very own "Technique Book."  Each time you attend an event with us, you'll learn more techniques and create more pages to add to your book!

Wait, you're not signed up you say?  Well, we certainly don't want you to miss out - there are only 5 spots remaining (out of 32) so... register now -! WE ARE SOLD OUT!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Thank you for your support! (How can you help...)

Wow, thank you to everyone who emailed me and asked how they could help me earn the cruise (ie how are points accrued)! I have to admit, it was scary to put it out there that I am "really" trying to earn this cruise. You see failure terrifies me and worse yet, I hate to fail in front of others. Yet, my favorite quote is "feel the fear and do it anyhow." Close To My Heart's phone call yesterday encouraged me to do just that and boy, am I glad I did. It's great to have so many cheering me on!

Here are the details on the cruise & how I earn points:

Qualifying Period: October 1, 2009–September 30, 2010

Total Points Needed: 35,000

Points Awarded for Sales: 1 point for every $1 in sales / min. personal sales of $20k

Points for New Recruits: 500 (recruit must submit $300 in sales and remain active)

- I'd love to share the gift of CTMH with you, let's chat (425.413.4280) /  Or if you are ready to sign up now, you can do so online!

Points for New Recruits Achieving STTT: 1,500

- When you achieve Straight to the Top as a new Consultant ($1800 in sales in your first 90 days), you'll receive $150 in FREE product - IT ROCKS!

Points for Convention Attendance: 1500 (I wouldn't think of missing it)

Thank you again for all your support - I won't be able to achieve this goal without it!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Another MARVELOUS Close To My Heart Special: Miracle

This charming scrapbooking kit featuring spring-inspired colors and floral patterns is miraculously easy to assemble with no stamping required. The brochure will guide you through easily creating two beautiful 2-page layouts.

Here's what you get in this great kit:

5 – Colonial White Cardstock
1 – Bamboo Cardstock
1 – Floral B&T Duos® Paper
1 – Stripe B&T Duos® Paper
1 – Crystal Blue Circle B&T Duos® Die-Cut
1 – Sweet Leaf Bracket B&T Duos® Die-Cut
1 – 6" × 12" My Stickease® Assortment
1 – 6" × 9" Irresistibles™ Chipboard Die-Cuts
1 – Mini-Medley Accents Colonial White Collection
12" Colonial White Waxy Flax
3 – 4" × 6" Memory Protectors® Flip Flaps™
2 – Sponges
1 –Brochure
Colors: Sweet Leaf, Olive, Crystal Blue, Bamboo

There are several ways to snatch this fashionable Miracle kit at a great discount or even FREE*:
• Purchase the kit outright for $19.95*.
• Place a minimum order of $40 and purchase the kit for only $10*.
• Place a minimum order of $60 and purchase the kit for only $5*.
• Sign up as a new Consultant between May 1–31 and receive a kit FREE!
• Host a Home Gathering between April 15–May 31 with minimum sales of $300 and receive a kit FREE!

Amaze yourself and your friends during National Scrapbooking Month in May with gorgeous layouts you create using our Miracle kit. You can even create cards and other fun projects with the kit. 

Click here to order your kit today!

* Tax and shipping/handling apply. Offer valid April 15—May 31, 2010. Limit of one discounted-price kit per order. Available for a limited time while supplies last. Qualifying minimum purchases do not include Studio J™ orders.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Create Paper Flowers at our National Scrapbook Day Crop

These paper flowers are all the rage.  Many crafters are scooping up old books to cut up.  Instead, I pulled from my background and texture paper to create these beauties.

Those who join us for our crop on May 1st will learn how to create their very own. Warning: They are addictive!

Register Now:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Another Mojo Monday - This time ON TIME

After missing out on last weeks Mojo Monday just by a little over an hour, I was determined not to miss out this week.  Actually, I am a little shocked that I was able to not only create a card in one evening, I was also able to get a photo shot and edited. Yippee!

Do you notice some new papers?  The floral and striped papers, plus the super cute My Stickease and  Irresistables Die Cuts  are from our upcoming National Scrapbooking Month special called Miracle. I can't wait to pick up another package as I only have very small scraps left (I have another project I'll be showing off very soon).  Oooh, I think I'm in love!

Life is feeling a bit chaotic right now.  Classes (to finish up my BS in Computer Science) just started back up and I'm a little scared...this teacher seems intense.  On top of that I am working on two special projects with CTMH (love it!) and we are fast approaching our May 1st All Day Crop (sa...weet, can hardly wait). Those close to my have commented that I thrive under pressure, it is true as it makes me stay focused and I feel like I am accomplishing a TON.

Have a marvelous day all!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Would you like your very own? Register for National Scrapbook Day Crop!

I can hardly wait!  Just a few weeks left before our exciting all day crop on May 1st.  Alicia and I are hard at work prepping to make this one heck of an event for you (gotta register for the fun though).

Now would you like to a purse of your very own?  Simply register and when you arrive there will be a beautiful purse waiting for you - it'll even be filled with goodies.

Don't wait long though, because space is filling quickly.  Only a handful of spaces remain.

Register Now:

Sunday, April 11, 2010

My First Mojo Monday

I spent time this week making my very first card for Mojo Monday.  Today was the deadline for the contest and I was just working on getting my post up.  Bummer!  I missed the cut off time...maybe next time :)

I was inspired by another card I had sitting out using Caboodle with splashes of black.  Lately, I'm loving adding black to my projects lately - it just makes the colors pop.
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