Wednesday, January 30, 2013

For Always Layout

I have fallen in love with the new For Always paper by Close to My Heart. The possibilities are endless. The paper pack comes with Ruby, Lagoon, Honey and other great colors.

Here is a layout I completed using For Always, Ruby and my Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge by Close to My Heart:




This is a monthly layout which you can purchase for $6 or sign up for a quarter's worth of layouts for $15 or a year's worth of layouts for only $55. Postage costs approximately $5-7 and is a great choice for quarterly members. Contact me at cardsbystephanie@gmail.com if interested in purchasing.




Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Close to My Heart Studio J Layout February Special

Studio J ®  is not just a scrapbooking program. It is a a creative outlet that allows you to create beautiful, one of a kind scrapbook pages without needing to purchase supplies, have a craft room and come up with ideas.

Studio J®  has hundreds of layouts ready for you to choose your papers, put your pictures in and add embellishments. It is web based so no software program to buy and constantly update. You pay only for the layouts you order at one low price per layout.

 







You can choose to either have CTMH print the layouts and mail them to you or download a .jpeg file to your computer and print it yourself.

If you have never tried Studio J®  or need just to get caught up on your scrapbooking then February is the month for you. Every 2 page layout is only $5 (a savings of $1.95 per layout).

New features have been added on top of the already wonderful layouts.

EXPRESS COLLECTION

A choice of six Express Collections you can use to quickly and easily create beautiful layouts. Each themed Express Collection includes 10 two-page coordinating, fully embellished layouts, plus a front and back page for your album, that are professionally designed and nearly complete—you simply drag in your photos and add your title and journaling! You can choose to create all 10 layouts plus the covers, or create just a few of the layouts in the collection. It’s up to you. Express Collections makes getting your photos off your camera card or computer and into gorgeous layouts faster than ever!

This would be an excellent way of to get your baby's first year album completed!

Here is a great video showing the Express Collection:



If you want to see how easy Studio J®   is to use, watch:




And the deal keeps getting better! You can earn hostess rewards with every $150 purchase of Studio J layouts either through your own order or hosting a gathering. That is right, you can host a Studio J gathering! If you have wifi, you and your friends can get together with laptops one night and I will walk you step by step through creating wonderful layouts. You can use your hostess rewards on more Studio J layouts or our fabulous traditional scrapbooking products. Contact me today to schedule your gathering.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Close to My Heart Art Philosophy "Birthday" Blog Hop



Welcome to our January Art Philosophy Blog Hop! We are starting a new year of blog hops for you all featuring Close to My Heart's exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge is available exclusively through a Close to My Heart consultant.

This month we are featuring a "birthday" theme for you. In this hop, you will see projects featuring this versatile cartridge from many talented crafty ladies! Enjoy our blog hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create. If you came from Theodora of Celebrate Crafts then you are in the right place!

I created a gift bag and tag using the Elemental paper pack.





The bag is on page 23 (Shift Font Layer) and is cut at 6 1/4". All other embellishments are from page 60. The present is size 2 3/4" and the tag is 2".



Your next stop on our birthday hop is Traci with Paper Crafting 101.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Stamping is Contagious
  3. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  4. Priscilla ~ Priscilla's Paperie
  5. Kindred Hearts ~ It Makes Total Cents
  6. Theodora ~      Celebrate Crafts
  7. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper-YOU ARE HERE
  8. Traci ~ Paper Crafting 101
  9. Wendy ~ My Scrapbooking Blog

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Window Shutter Card

I am having so much fun creating cards this month for my upcoming workshop and to send out to friends. While searching one of my favorite inspiration sites, Splitcoast Stampers, I saw a recent tutorial for a window easel card.




I used the Happy Camper Stamp Set from Close to My Heart to create the scene. I used my sponge dauber and Moonlight Ink to create the sky. The window is made with Wonderland paper and Creme Brulee Baker's Twine. On the outside of the card I used Creme Brulee Ink and my sponge dauber to create a wall like affect.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Easel Card Using Stella

While preparing for my upcoming card workshop I decided to branch out and try some new card techniques this year.

One of my favorite is the Easel Card.



Used a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers at Beate Jones.

I used the following Close to My Heart Supplies

Stella paper pack (retired)
Flirty Workshop on the Go Stamp Set
Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon
Lagoon Ink
Cocoa Ink
Olive Ink for the Ribbon
Artise Cricut Cartridge

Tomorrow I will show you the great new window shutter card I found on Splitcoast stampers.

January Card Workshop




If you have never attended a card workshop before and have wondered what they are all about join me this month either Thursday January 24th or Tuesday January 29th from 6-9. The cost is $25 and we will make 10 different cards. We will be learning numerous different folded card techniques that you will be able to use over and over again on your own. If you have never attended a workshop receive $5 off your fee. If you have attended a workshop and know how fun they are bring a friend for $5 off your fee. A light dinner will also be served. All you bring is adhesive. This is a great class for all skill levels but even the advance card makers will learn something new!  RSVP by January 21st!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

January Stamp of the Month-Valentine's Day Blog Hop



Welcome to our January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We are starting a new year of blog hops for you all featuring Close to My Heart's Stamp of the Month.

This month Close to My Heart is offering a stamp set called "Happy Valentine's" throughout the month of January. This versatile set can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant for only $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50. (That’s a $17.95 value!)

This set is just so pretty and has 4 different sentiments included!

 

In this hop, you will see projects featuring this beautiful stamp set from many talented crafty ladies! Enjoy our blog hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create. If you came from Theodora's of Celebrate Crafts then you are in the right place!




I created a pillow box using the Art Philosophy Cartridge from Close to My Heart. The pillow box can be found on page 28 (shift font layer). I cut the box 6". The frame is from page 35 and cut at 2".

I also used the following Close to My Heart products:

Colonial White Cardstock
Color Ready Seam Binding
Pears & Partridge paper pack
Cranberry Ink
Gray Wool Ink
Cranberry Alcohol Marker
Topiary Alcohol Marker

Your next stop on our Valentine's hop is Cat of Cat's Srapbooking.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Stamping is Contagious
  3. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  4. Priscilla ~ Priscilla's Paperie
  5. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
  6. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper-YOU ARE HERE
  7. Cat ~ CatScrapbooking
  8. Donna ~ Diary of a Scrapbook Addict
  9. Michelle ~ My Creations with Michelle

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

La Belle Vie-Roxybonds Blog Hop



Welcome to the Roxybonds Scrappers Team Blog Hop! 

Today we will be highlighting the retiring La Belle Vie paper pack.  If you are coming from Jen's page you are in the right spot.

Today I made a card featuring La Belle Vie,  Cricut Artise Cartridge, Birthday Card Chatter and the Love Blooms Acrylic Stamp sets




For the flowers I used Cherub Pink and Primrose and for the leaf I did Green and Green Leaf.

The last stop on the blog hop is Cat's blog. Enjoy all the inspiration!

Close to My Heart Retiring Papers

Every six  months Close to My Heart comes out with another round of new and fabulous paper packs. Unfortunately this means that we must say goodbye to some paper too. You have one month to purchase the following paper packs:

  • Pemberley
  • Victory
  • Moonlight
  • Pears & Partridge
  • La Belle Vie
  • Flirty



You can grab these great papers and their accessories at my website. Hurry these are all while supplies last and they are going fast.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Whooo's Your Valentine

Close to My Heart is having another fabulous special this month! Spend $35 and for only $10 receive this fabulous kit:


 
 
This kit includes:
 
  • 12 die-cut boxes
  • 3 cardstock sheets
  • 1 sheet of silver glitter paper
  • 12 treat tubes
  • An exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit
 
To place your order click here.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Monthly Card Kits

Do you love to create cards, but find yourself short on time, inspiration or supplies? If so, join my Monthly Card Club and I will provide you inspiration and supplies and since they are mailed directly to you, you can create them on your schedule.

January's cost will be $50 (which includes shipping directly to you) and includes the following Close to My Heart Products (a retail value of over $85):
  • Black Ink Pad
  • 50 White Cards & Envelopes
  • 10 White Daisy Circle Cards
  • Baker's Twine-Neutral Color
  • Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems
  • Bitty Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems
  • 2 x 3 1/2" acrylic block
  • Whoo's Your Valentine Kit


The Whoo's Your Valentine Kit includes:
  • 12 die-cut boxes
  • 3 cardstock sheets
  • 1 sheet of silver glitter paper
  • 12 treat tubes
  • An exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit
In a separate mailing from me you will receive cutting and assembly directions and additional supplies to create these 5 cards:



To complete the treat tubes, you will receive assembly and cutting instructions with your card kit:



From February through December 2013 for only $15 a month you will receive:
  • papers
  • an A ($6.95) or B ($9.95) stamp set
  • additional embellishments or die cuts; and
  • complete cutting and assembly instructions for 5 cards.
You will use the card bases and embellishments you purchased in January to add to the cards each month.

If you are a beginner card maker and do not have a large ink selection or you would like to increase either your ink or alcohol marker selection, for $20 a month you will receive an ink pad or set of 2 alcohol markers to coordinate with the cards of the month. This is a 5% discount if purchased separately.

If you are interested in joining this great opportunity you must sign up and pay prior to January 30th and provide a method (credit card, personal check or paypal) to pay each month thereafter by the 10th.

Your January kit will be mailed to you as soon as I receive payment and each month thereafter your kits will be mailed between the 20th and 25th.

For February we will be using the "A Garden" stamp set:



I hope you join me this year on this fun card making adventure. If you are interested either comment or e-mail me at cardsbystephanie@gmail.com.

Happy New Year!


(If you have some of the basic kit supplies we can make substitutions.)