Monday, June 13, 2011

Still here...

I apologize for the lapse in postings.  I've actually been working on switching over to a new blog platform.  Current posts can be found THERE.  I'll keep this blog up so you can find me.  Catch me at

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Jubilation: June's Stamp of the Month

Here's a card sample for the *NEW* Stamp of the Month - Jubilation.  This is a great set to have on hand for all the fun holiday images.  I'm thinking I need to make a Halloween or Christmas card even though it's only June!

Supplies used:

Get your Jubilation Stamp Set before June is over!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

You & Me: Stronger Together

During the month of June, order a You & Me Scrapbook kit for only $15 (a retail value of $34.95), and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross 2011 Floods and Tornadoes relief operations. 

You & Me Scrapbook Kit

The You & Me: Stronger Together campaign will continue until June 30 at 11:59 pm (MDT) or while supplies last.  It's not only a great deal, but a great way to help others!  Get yours HERE

Monday, June 06, 2011

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Friday, June 03, 2011

How to Make a Graduation Cap

My video this week shows you how to make this darling Graduation Cap Treat Holder (which could also lead you to making your own wearable Graduation Caps!).

Enjoy!  And Congratulations to all you graduates out there!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

A Handmade Gumball Machine

Here's a really fun and easy gift!  

Supplies needed:
  • Terracotta pot with base
  • Paint (spray paint OR acrylic paint)
  • Wooden knob
  • Glass fish bowl/vase
  • Hot glue gun

Either using acrylic paint or spray paint, prepare your pot, base and wooden knob.  Set aside to dry.

Using a hot glue gun, adhere the wooden knob to the bottom of the pot base.  Then adhere the glass bowl base to the base of the terracotta pot with your hot glue gun.  

Fill your bowl with gumballs.  Then place "lid" on top of the glass bowl.

Keep for yourself to enjoy or...wrap it up and give it as a fun and thoughtful gift!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

FREE-for-All with Studio J

DURING OUR STUDIO J® FREE-FOR-ALL IN JUNE, WE'RE GIVING EVERYONE a FREE Studio J® JPG file-no purchase required! Simply log on to Studio J, create a layout, then order one JPG file of your layout. It's as easy as that! Download and save your file so you can post your layout online, email it to family and friends, or print it.

Discover how quick and simple scrapbooking can be with Studio J-and get your FREE JPG layout HERE.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Win a FREE Studio J 5-pack!

Here's another great reason to try our Studio J!  Article is from Creating Keepsakes Blog found HERE.  I didn't see a deadline listed and I see that you're still able to leave a comment, so be sure to head back to their site and leave a comment for a chance to win! 

kristine widfeldt1 Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks

Raise your hand if you are a busy scrapbooker.

Wow, that’s a lot of hands! I know I raised mine.

I’m Kristine Widtfeldt, Close To My Heart’s Vice President of Marketing, and I’m going to tell you the secret to creating four scrapbook pages, start-to-finish, in just 30 minutes!

I love scrapbooking, but as a working mom of three, my life can get kind of hectic. That’s why I love Studio J®, Close To My Heart’s online design software.

Studio J lets me upload my photos, choose a layout and themed paper kit, and embellish my layout—all in just a few minutes. Then I place my order, and in a few days my 12″ x 12″ layouts are delivered to my door, all ready for my albums. I can do a month’s worth of scrapbooking in just a few hours, and I don’t even have to bother getting my photos printed beforehand! That means I can scrapbook my life as it happens, without falling behind.

I want to share Studio J with you, so at the end of this post I’ll tell you how you can win a free Studio J 5-pack.

 studioj layout snips Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks

Now I have to let you in on a little secret: Even though I absolutely love Studio J, I never want to give up my paper and scissors. I totally dig measuring and cutting and gluing and all that good stuff.

So guess what? I do both. For me, it’s not a question of digital versus classic scrapbooking. I do some of my scrapbooking online in Studio J and some with paper and scissors. And sometimes I create my layouts online, but then add classic embellishments once I receive my layouts in the mail.

studioj layout embellished Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks

That’s what I’ve done with this layout of my friend and fellow Close To My Heart VP, Monica Wihongi. I spent some extra time on this layout—it took me about 30 minutes to create online, instead of the 10 or 15 minutes I take when I’m in a hurry—and then when I got the printed version, I added some ribbon and Close To My Heart Sparkles accents and pretty silver mesh flowers. My albums are a mix of studio and classic layouts, with a few embellished studio layouts like this one sprinkled in for good measure. It’s great!

Let me take you into the studio so you can get a feel for Studio J. It’s simple for newbies to use, but offers enough creative options to keep advanced scrapbookers happy and excited! We have a Step-by-Step Basics video you can watch online, but I’ll walk you through the steps here as well.

The first step is Photos, where you upload the digital pictures you’re going to use.

studioj photos Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks

Next is Kits. You select one of the 70 or so paper kits offered. Later on you’ll have a chance to change the colors of the paper, giving you tons of flexibility.

studioj kits Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks

Then comes Patterns, where you choose a layout. I love how I can fit as many as 16 photos in a single layout, or I can choose to have an enormous focal photo if I really want to make it pop.

studioj patterns Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks 

The fourth step is Personalize. This step is definitely the fun part, because this is where you can let your creativity shine. You can change the preset paper selections, rotate your pages, type in a title and journaling, and add My Stickease® images or ribbons, brads, etc. There are default accents that are pre-placed and all you have to do is colorize them, or you can toggle them off and add custom embellishments to your heart’s content. Spend as much or little time here as you like.

studioj personalize Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks 

And the final step is Buy. Once you’ve purchased your layouts, they’re custom-printed on 100+ year, archival-quality paper and shipped to your door. And if you’re a Studio J member, you get 50% off custom prints plus free JPG versions of your layout to share online or print at home.

studioj buy Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your Scrapbooks 

Ready to give Studio J a try? I bet you are! Just go to your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant’s MyCTMH® website, or hop onto and start playing. We’re sponsoring a great giveaway, too. All you have to do is go to Studio J and try it out.

Come back here and leave a comment letting us know what kit and pattern you chose for a chance to win a free Studio J 5-pack (a $55 US value)! A 5-pack includes 5 two-page layouts, 5 Memory Protectors®, and free shipping. It’s a great gift, and a great way to get started with Studio J scrapbooking!

Kristine Widtfeldt, Close To My Heart Vice President of Marketing

NOTE: You must post on the website link above - NOT ON THIS BLOG - for your chance to win the free 5-pack.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Random Stamping Technique Video

As promised, here is the video for my card I posted earlier this week.

Check it out and be sure to like it too!  

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Pennant Flag from our My Creations Banner

Our fun My Creations Banner has been super popular since it's sneak peek release in December.  

But what if you'd like to create something other than a banner?  I've been asked this question a few times ("What else can I make with this new banner?")  How about a Pennant Flag!

You can do something simple like my "Relax" Pennant Flag.  Or maybe you want to make up a team one to celebrate your summer sports!  One for soccer, baseball, swimming....

All you need is one of the 8 white chipboard pennants that is included in this product.  Decorate as desired and then use a little Liquid Glass to adhere a wooden dowel (or even a bamboo skewer!) to the back of the pennant.  Voila...a fun, easy and useful project!

Need to get your own My Creations Banner?  Click HERE and start creating!