Monday, December 6, 2010

Studio J rocks

It was great to get 3 2page layouts done in a 2 hour span this weekend. Studio J is fabulous and just what it promises. Faster, simpler, and easier. You can try it for free on my close to my heart website. But to get the most out of it for less purchase a membership. You'll have access to more layout options, pay less for printing (even less then where you already get your prints) and you'll have exclusive paper kits from CTMH to choose from. Want to know more? Email me.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


I've loved all of the great banners you creative folks have been posting. I thought I'd give it a go and make one for my daughter's room. I started it and then saw the Oct. 2010 Scrapbooks Etc one by Hilary Kanwischer and was further inspired. I hope you like it.
Everything is Close To My Heart. The cardstock is Spring Iris and Hollyhock, you'll also see colonial white and Cocoa. The patterned paper is from cherry-o and Topstitch. The ribbon is Hollyhock Ribbon round collection and the Bulk Twill. In case you want to create one of your own. I made my pennets 6x9.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Stamps + Cricut= a cake fit for a princess

I used my cricut expression to cut out this banner, then I stamped it with a retired stampset called Confetti & Favors along with the number 4 from the Chocolate Alphabet small in Crystal Blue ink. I think it was the finishing touch that really made this cake for my dear daughter special. I love to think outside the layout with my stamps, paper, and cricut!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thank you gift with Olivia and Nov. stamp of the month

I've got just a second and wanted to share these cute gift jars I created last night for today's teacher appreciation luncheon at my daughter's school. The image below is not that clear because I was in a rush to take it. But I think you can get the gist. I used Olivia, Barn Red textured card stock and the awesome Nov. stamp of the month. They turned out really cute. Everything is Close To My Heart. I did use my circut and a punch for the shapes.

My job was to decorate a table for the luncheon and I chose a fall theme and I think the paper went perfect. Hope you find some inspiration!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Trick or Treat... give me sometin' good to eat!

Trick or TREAT!! Join me on Oct. 30th at Cream and Sugar in Mobile, AL and your little trick or treater can create one of these adorable treat bags to carry on Halloween. Each bag even has reflective tape on the sides for safety. All supplies are included in the $6 class fee and the bag is ready to assemble. RSVP to me, choose your bag and your time slot (1 or 2pm). All supplies except the, bags, ribbon, googly eyes and reflective tape are from Close To My Heart.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dimensional Elements-Ornaments!

LOVE LOVE LOVE these new Ornament Dimensional Elements from Close To My Heart. I used the Mistletoe Creative Basics and a dash of Level two to make these. Everything is from CYMH. I created them for a class I did last month. They were lifted and adapted from other wonderful CTMH gals. I hope you like them enough to give them a try. They would be great with photos inside or on the back (that's what I plan to do after this year's Christmas)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Christmas Cards- with Mistletoe

So it's been a while since I last posted. Sorry and shame on me. But on a good note I have something new to show you. I created a Christmas Card workshop for some local ladies. We used the Mistletoe Creative Basics (page 88) and A Timber stamp set ($7.95). They are beautiful!! Yes, I'm humble can you tell. Everything is CTMH. If you'd like a copy of the workshop email me, and if you'd like to order the supplies log on to my website.
These cards were created using patterns from Jeanette Lynton's Wishes and my Originals. And the first card was inspired by another CTMH consultant.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cherry-O Mini Full Album

Here's the whole she-bang. I created this for my group that will meet tonight. I am totally diggy how it turned out. I hope you'll agree. Everything is from Close To My Heart.

Cherry-O workshop on the go
You're Sweet B1351
Tasty Treats D1427
Chocolate grosgrain
Bitty sparkles
Chocolate waxy flax z1088
white Embroidery floss from the neutral assortment z1096
Chocolate, Sweet Leaf, Tulip Inks
Adorables z1321
Board Book z1310

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cherry-O Mini Album

This is my workshop for my Hostess Rewards club that meets tomorrow night. It's turned out soo cute. I'll post more photos soon. It uses the Close To My Heart Cherry-O workshop on the go, Around the Block and Elegant Script Alphabets

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Clear Card

Here's a sneak peek at one of the new stampsets from the new Close To My Heart products coming out this fall. I have wanted to play with the clear cards for a while and when I saw this new Party Pennants set I knew it would be perfect with our retired special Key To My Heart set. CTMH offers so many great specials if you like this retired one you'll love the next one. I'll be posting details soon.

Clear cards are unique in the challenge that they create with the clear surface. A great trick on the clear cards is to use the Liquid Glass to adhere your paper and embellishments so that you have a clear finish.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Huge Surprises in store

The Close To My Heart retired list has just been announced and it's got lots of surprises and it means CTMH has some huge things in the works for you and me. Check it out here. Everything on this list is available only while supplies last. It's full of CTMH Exclusive goodies you need to grab now, because once they're gone they're gone. Retiring items will go fast so place your order quickly. You can do that 24x7 from my website . If the link is broken email me and I'll email you the list.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Back from Convention!!

Yeah it's so nice to be home and in pajamas all day. Don't get me wrong, I had an awesome time and have become so re-inspired. I can't wait for the faucet of creative juices to get to flow freely. Right now I'm still in the unpack and clean up mode. However, I wanted to share with you the swap cards I made. Swapping in case you may not know is where you create cards and trade them with others. All of the patterns are from Wishes or Originals by Jeanette Lynton, unless otherwise noted. All supplies are from Close To My Heart. I used patterns to make these easy to duplicate.
This "Hello" card is from the Zippidee paper pack, and uses the Spring Time stamp set as well as For Every Occasion for Hello.

This was my most popular swapped item. The pattern is from the Oct. 2009 issue of Cards by Kim Schofield. I think it's perfect for CTMH's Topstitch paper. The Sentiments is from Card Chatter-Thank You. You Rock is one of my favorite CTMH paper packs. I added the Just Like You stamp set and used the Masking Technique. This following card still uses the You Rock B&T but I added sweet leaf cardstock and stamped the flower in Baby Pink from the A Posy Stamp set.

Well that's all for now. I must get out of these PJ and shower (tmi I know) before DH realizes that DW is a slump-a-dinka. TaTa.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Daddy Day

Here's a lift from this week's Color Me Monday from
I loved how she created a masculine card with the You Rock Stamp set and the current Stamp of the month. I used You Rock and Ticket to Ride to get the same effect, but I threw in some Outdoor Denim cardstock.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pit Stop

I saw a photo once of a child's tiny legs on a big potty and I knew I wanted to try that shot. Well I had an opportunity when Taylor wore only his birthday suite and cars slippers on the little potty. This will surly come in handy during the rebellious years. This is a layout created in StudioJ. I love how quick and versatile it is.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Happy Grad Day

Zippedee is a very fun paper packet and I really enjoyed creating this card is for a friend's high school Graduation. The card is inspired by one created by Melanie Douthit found Oct 2009 Cards magazine. Everything is CTMH. The Star is from our new Stars Dimensional Elements (Z1312) and the button is from the summer collection (z1282), the stamp set is from Shinning Star (D1320). I used goosebumps with my Quickutz to dry emboss the cardstock.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hoppy Easter

Studio J is great for instant gratification. I was able to quickly turn this layout out with the Exclusive digi Easter paper pack and embellishments. It feels great to create fast sometimes and to be able to add it to the scrapbook without a lot of fuss. Hope you try Studio J today if you haven't already. You can access it from my new website. Did I mention it's free? Yep, there's no cost to you to use the software and nothing to download and install (if you have Reader & Flash).