Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hello Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! This month flew by and next year is knocking at my door!

I enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with my family and my intention, this season, was to share a card a week. But the month got busy and got away from me so I will share some of my cards for the next couple of days. but first I want to pay my respects to my dear friend and fellow CTMH consultant, Angela Ward. 

She celebrated her Birthday and went on to her glorious Maker on December 15th after a long battle with cancer. I will miss her and our crafting times together. She taught me so much about scrapbooking and she taught me the meaning of sacrifice. She was a true giver and gave me heart heart 100%. After many years I had finally convinced her that stamping on her layouts was fun! She would say to me, " I can't believe you have me stamping!" And of course she was a natural. She is my Sassy Scrapper (her group name). I miss her and her sassy attitude and her all inclusive heart. She was a friend to anyone and everyone who would have her and she made me feel special. Her last words to me as she said her last goodbye was, "I love ya' girl!" I am thankful for our friendship.

Here is a card I've dedicated in her honor. Thank You for how you've changed my life forever! Love ya' girl!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday Cheer

'Tis the season for Christmas cheer! This is a beautiful time of year; the lights, the music and lots of people wishing goodwill to all men. This time can also be a difficult time for those of us who have lost loved ones and are going through trials, but there is so much to be joyful for. Take a minute and reflect on the joys of the season. 

I made this card because Christmas trees bring me joy. I love decorating my tree and I love sitting and looking at my tree all lit up. Simple joy...

Find the time this season to enjoy the simple the things that bring you joy. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Month of Thanks

This month we all think about and express things that we are thankful for and as much as I try to remember to acknowledge my gratitude everyday, I do fall short. So it is a good thing to have reminders to help me realize how much I need to be thankful for.

Today, I'm thankful that Hurricane Sandy has completed her path of destruction. With the country uniting, we can help those areas that have been devastated by her path. They will recover and rebuild. My heart and prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods.

I am also grateful to be a part of a company that does not hesitate to stand up and make a difference. Close To My Heart has made a way we all can help with relief efforts!

When you place an order of $50 or more in full retail products and purchase the November Stamp of the Month set, Capture the Date, for just $5, you can receive a stamp set of your choice (size A–E or M) for 50% off! To help with relief efforts, Close To My Heart will donate $1 to the American Red Cross for each November Stamp of the Month set that is sold in conjunction with this campaign. Help us provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Sandy by participating in this campaign and relief effort.

Visit my website and join my on-line gathering this month and stock up on those stamps and supplies you'll need for your Holiday preparations and while you do that, you will also be helping storm relief efforts. Every dollar helps.

This is one of my cards I made during World Card Making Day. I will be sharing more cards later, that I made for World Card making Day.

Please take this time and be thankful...and do your best to be thankful everyday as if it were our last.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Studio J® Tricks to Add Flair to Your Layouts

Even though Studio J® is fast and easy to use, it is helpful to know some great tricks that can make customizing your layouts even more exciting. Here are some Studio J tricks straight from our professional Close To My Heart artists:

1. Customize your background and texture paper. You can change the color and intensity of the background and texture paper included in whichever kit you choose. Simply select the piece of background and texture paper, change the color in the color selection tool, and increase or decrease the intensity of the color in that same popup box.

2. Crop My Stickease® quotes, titles, and tags. The cropping feature on the My Stickease images allows you to select a section of a quote, title, or tag to use as a border or other embellishment.

3. Create a customized My Stickease image. If you have a specific image in mind to use as an embellishment on your page, you can create a customized My Stickease to fit your theme perfectly. Simply add a text box, photo hanger, ribbon, ribbon slides, and Stickease to create the little suitcase! So easy! Be sure to crop or send elements behind other elements when necessary, and add several elements together for a unique look!

4. Select more than one element at a time. If you want to move several elements of your layout at once, simply click and drag your mouse around the elements you would like to select. Let’s take buttons, for example. After the buttons have been selected, you can click the icons in the popup box to choose to align the buttons vertically or horizontally if you desire.

5. Make faux washi tape with vellum text boxes. To create the look of a piece of clear washi tape, make a small rectangular text box, filled with vellum background (this is the default color for text boxes). You can make the tape strips as large or small as you want, or even layer them for more emphasis.

6. Stretch one photo across multiple photo wells. If you have fewer photos than photo wells, instead of deleting the excess wells, try scaling the picture to a larger size and then copying the picture to other photo wells and matching the photos up until they align with an almost seamless image. This trick works best with photo wells that are adjacent to each other.

7. Create ruffled ribbon. Select “Ribbons” in the drop-down menu under the Embellishments toolset. Choose ribbon tab and rotate the tab so that it is vertical on the page. Then layer several tabs on top of one another, sending every other one to the back to create a ruffled look.

8. Create a jagged border with text boxes. You can create a jagged border simply by rotating multiple text boxes about 45 degrees and making them the same color as the background. Put these boxes on top of a long, rectangular box of another color, and you’ve got a jagged border
9. Change the background of your layout. Sometimes you may like the photo and journal arrangement in a layout, and yet want to change the background colors. Because photos sit on top of everything else, this is easy to do. Simply pull a journaling box over the space you want for a different background and fill it with a color from the color selection tool or a patterned paper from the Papers toolset. Then, send it backwards until the photo wells are on top of your new background.

Bonus Trick! Use keyboard keys to make embellishments. Did you know that some of the best tools for creating custom embellishments are the basic keys on your keyboard? It’s as simple as typing into a journaling box with no background color. Use periods to make a polka dot pattern, angle brackets to create a trendy Chevron look, overlapping pound signs to make burlap, question marks to make rope, and so much more!

Try these tricks on your own Studio J® layouts. If you have not tried it out, it's EASY and FREE to try it out! Click here to go to my website and try it out. October is the perfect month to give it a go because for every 9 layouts you create, you’ll get a 10th layout for FREE!

Check back later this week for my layouts using these tips and tricks!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Craft Club Project

This month the Craft Club project is none other than CHRISTMAS CARDS!. It's time to get working on the cards and the CTMH Christmas card Kit project is perfect!

 This is a great card kit! And the instructions are super easy to follow. Look below and see what I've done...

 You all know that I can never leave well enough alone. I'm always adding something or altering the design a bit to scratch that create itch I have. So I added some glitz and glitter to the other cards and extra dimension. What do you think?


  Glitter Gel on this one....


  And glitter on this one.

I used the Partridge & Pear Card kit, added my own personal touches and voila! Christmas cheer is in my house already!

If you are interested in the complete card kit, it can be yours for just $29.95 (G1023). Visit my website and place your order today!

If you're local, I'll be teaching the Craft Club project at my World Card Making Day/Birthday Crop this Saturday. The project will include 15 cards for $12.00. Craft Club only includes items to make the cards. If you'd like the exclusive stamp set, Pear & Partridge paper and embellishments order the complete kit for just $29.95. Click here for kit flyer. 

Let me know if you've started on those Christmas Cards!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Count Down

Last day of September and the count down begins! 
And you ask, the count down for what?

For my birthday...


And for Christmas!

This card says it all!

Follow the links and join me for some fun events!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fun Stuff!

Hey all! I wanted to just take a minute and share some cards I've been making. Fall is full of fun times and great memories for me - School starting, leaves falling, my birthday and Fall Festivals! Fun stuff!

I used Scholastic's paper-pack for this card and the next card.

I also used the It's your Day My Acrylix stamp set for this card. If you haven't ordered this incredible double stamp set (September's Special) HURRY! This is the last week you can order it. It's only $5 with a $35 order! This is an AMAZING buy! Visit my website and order now!

And this card I made using the Moonlit Paper-pack.

It's an homage to the neighbor owl that keeps up a lot of fuss!

Check back soon for some more creations!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

There are MANY great things coming from the new season idea book and I'm sure that you all will be just as excited as I am about it. There is something for everyone...and I mean EVERYONE! The classic scrapbooker, the card maker, the stamper, the mini albumer (I think I just made up a new word), the altered artist and the digital scrapper. I am not disappointed and neither will you be. 

Speaking of digital scrapping, I prefer to call Studio J on-line scrapping. It does not require software and all you have to do is sign on to your profile that you create from my website. It's very easy. Well, Close To My Heart has made Studio J available to everyone without a membership AND they have lowered the cost for a 2 page layout to $6.95! And if that's not great enough they've created beautiful Express layouts that are specifically designed for the most scrapped events in our lives. 

How many of you have your babies or events stored in JPEGs just waiting to be placed on beautifully designed layouts? I'm guilty!. My wonderful friend, Angela has a great t-shirt that says. "Don't let your babies grow up to be JPEGs". And unfortunately, that's what we do. So I decided I was going to try out the New Express Studio J...and here it is.

These ladies are members of my group - "McDonough Scrap Attack". I've had these photos in my computer since January 2011. And it took me 5 minutes to complete these 2 pages. This is PERFECT for me because I spend most of my time making cards and will complete the occasional layout here and there. But this will literally enable me to do something with all the pictures on my computer. 

Now for those of you who want to create your own design, well the sky is the limit with Studio J! Go to my website today and try it out. IT DOESN'T COST A THING FOR YOU TO TRY IT!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Paper Crafts Gallery Idol Entry

Once again I entered the Open Call for the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol Competition. The theme for this round was to create an Encouragement card. Competition was fierce with almost 2000 entries. What a daunting task they had choosing the top 20! I didn't make it to the top 20 but the ladies who did are extremely talented.

Here is my entry:

I love flowers so of course I stuck to my comfort zone. Maybe next year I'll step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself more. Good luck to the TOP 20! Voting beings today so be sure to visit Paper Crafts Connection blog to see their cards from the "You Color My World" challenge.

Monday, May 28, 2012


This past weekend was a fun, full time celebrating my son's graduation from High School. The road was paved with many life lessons for him. Lessons that he has taken and learned from; and he has now blossomed into a young man full of compassion, integrity and maturity. I am so proud of proud.

His school has a tradition where all the seniors receive letters of encouragement from family, friends and faculty during the Senior breakfast and walk. It is something that they can keep and cherish the rest of their lives. 
This is the card I made and wrote my words of encouragement to him. 

When I asked him if he got my card, all he said was,"You wrote all over the card Mom!" I told him I had a lot to say...and I still didn't say everything I wanted to say. I'll leave that for some other cards.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

January Sketch Challenge/Love Who You Are

 More than creating something outside of my comfort zone in a card challenge, my biggest challenge is  being able to complete a challenge without the daily business of my life keeping me from it!

So to my joy I was able to participate in Mema's Crafts  January Challenge. The Challenge was to create a card using this sketch by Roni from "Ink Stains"

The Challenge is in celebration of Lesia's (Mema's craft) Birthday so we needed to use whatever was our fancy for a birthday celebration. My fancy is most always using "BLING"!

For my card, I rotated the sketch.I used black CS as my base and the animal print paper from Close To My Heart's "Roxie", one of my favorite paper packs. The stamp set is a new one that will be available with CTMH beginning February 1st (Fashionista). I stamped and paper pieced the Fashionista sista to coordinate with the colors of the card and then I blinged out her dress. Isn't she fabulous?!
I think this stamp set is going t get used up!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Consultant Kit!

Have you have ever wanted to turn your hobby into a lucrative business? 

Would you like to get $288 of Close to my Heart products for only $99?

Do you want to get a great discount on all of your stamping & scrapbooking supplies for you and your friends?

Would you like access to new products a whole month before everyone else?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, I am excited to tell you that the Spring/Summer 2012 Close to my Heart New Consultant Kit is now available!
Are you interested in getting a discount every day? You can be a team member that simply takes the discount for yourself! Or are you interested in actively building a business? You can also be a team member earning  a real income!
If you are interested in any of those options contact me for more details. I'd be happy to talk to you to see if this would be a good fit for you!
Let's start off your year with a fantastic discount on great products that will encourage you to be proactive and productive in preserving your memories and celebrating the relationships in your life!