Friday, February 10, 2012

Tuscany with My Sweetie

You got to see the photos on my personal Facebook page in November, but now check out the finished pages. For Mom's birthday, the whole family met at the local upscale joint, lol, for a very nice dinner to celebrate all Mom does for us. With a large family, she never gets to see everyone together, so it was the best present! Thanks to my sister-in-law Holly and Dad for coming up with it. If you want to read the story behind the Bro-Staches, see it here.

This is another quick layout you can make using the Roxie kit in Studio J. The kit comes pre-loaded with the papers as they are and I added 2 copies of the My Stickease scroll along the left side picture to add some sophistication and ambiance to match the location. It didn't start out as a particularly romantic Date Night, but since we so rarely get to go on date nights, I'll take what I can get! This kit is retired in paper, but you can still create with all of the papers and My Stickease online in Studio J. As you can see, it doesn't have to be Valentine's Day to scrap the one you love!

Warm wishes,

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

It's Elemental

Silliness, that is! In celebration of the Studio J 5-pack deal this month, I created this layout in 15 minutes to show you how awesome Online Scrapbooking is using our My Reflections Elemental paper kit! Whether you need to catch up (a year or ten...) QUICK, like the ease of dragging and dropping your digital prints into a beautiful scrapbook layout or don't have the room to have your very own scrapbook room complete with overflowing shelves of items you've never used (but look VERY PRETTY on  the shelves) then Studio J is for you. Take a look-see on my website to see if it works for you. You can make this layout or any others-as many as you want- and never buy until you're ready to print! If you want to print - then go HERE to get February's awesome special - buy 5, get 5 FREE! It's Elemental.

Now here's a great tip. You can make this cool layout for members only to use as the "bookends" of your book! The family photo was taken for our Christmas cards last year and can go in the last page of my 2011 Album. The right layout is a picture of the kids on New Year's Eve banging their pots and pans on the porch at 0' midnight hours! 

This layout is called "No Limits" and is basically 2 12x12 photographs. I wanted the family picture to stand on it's own, but for the 2012 opener, I added some My Stickease from the Elemental kit and some text. Totally custom digital photo! I have so many plans for this kit. You'll have to stay tuned to see some of them later this month in Colt's baby book!

This layout works well at making 12x12 enlargements for DIRT CHEAP as a Studio J member and I am going to mount my kids' photos on a 12x12 artist canvas to hang on my wall in my hall - something I've wanted to do for EVER. With Studio J, you can even add their names and ages in any of our 60 color fonts and edit your photos all at once. Liven it up with some My Stickease from your favorite kit like I did for the 2012 page. This layout has literally NO LIMITS to your creativity. Learn more about becoming a Studio J member and all of the fabulous benefits (hint: 50% off every order!) by calling, emailing or texting me today!

Warm wishes,

Monday, February 6, 2012

February Specials and New Idea Book

Do you know what to get your sweetheart? I can think of a few things! Here are the specials going on this month from Close To My Heart. Pick one up for your bestie and maybe take one for you, too!

2.  Five for FREE in February
3.  February Stamp of the Month
4.  Help Make a Miracle
5.  Brand New Consultant Kit


Every 6 months (in February and August) a brand new Idea Book comes out with Close To My Heart full of so many wonderful things, including (but not limited to!) 8 new scrapbooking kits, dozens and dozens of new stamp sets, a plethora of pretty embellishments and 6 new Stamps of the Month.  WOWZA!  Here it is.  You can view it page-by-wonderful-page by clicking here or on the icon of the new Idea Book on the left side of my blog.  Then, when you've made your list, you can make your purchases on my website. But wait!  Keep reading. I think you'll want to know about a few more of the wonderful specials this month before you do.

2.  Five for FREE in February:

You can double your layouts with our Five for Free promotion! For each Studio J® 5-pack you purchase this February, you’ll get one free 5-pack. That means you get 10 layouts for just $55—that’s just $2.75 per page, with free shipping. Even if you’re already taking advantage of Studio J’s incredibly low members-only pricing, you’ll save even more when you purchase 5-packs through this special February deal. New to Studio J? This is a great time to try it out and double your pleasure! To order your 5-pack and to get one free, head to my website, click on "Shop Online" then add item #SJ5P. To build your layouts, head to my website, click on "Studio J" and go from there.
Also, beginning February 1, you can visit for a set of instructions for creating five beautifully crafted layouts in Studio J. These instructions are intended to help you become familiar with Studio J and its features. And they're just plain cute, too!

3.  February Stamp of the Month: As always, Close To My Heart has designed a beautiful stamp set that is available during this month only. The February set is called "Thoughtful Tidings" and is full of wonderful sentiments, many of which coordinate with shapes on our CTMH/Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  You can see a few fun boxes and 3D items below that the talented Close To My Heart Art Department below. I made the card at the beginning of this post using the set as well. I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. I love Pinterest, don't you?  Anyhoo...back to the February Stamp of the Month:  if you spend $50, it's yours for only $5 (a $17.95 value). Or, you can purchase it for $17.95. Either way, it's only available during the month of February.  You can order it through me (call me or email me-my contact info is on the top right side!) or through my website. Once your spend $50, you will be prompted to add it, or if you are purchasing it for the $17.95 price, enter item #S1202.

4.  Help Make a Miracle:

Let’s make a miracle by raising funds for Operation Smile®! The Close To My Heart Consultant who raises the most in donations between January 1 and March 31 will have the opportunity to go on an Operation Smile international medical mission where they will work as part of the non-medical staff, alongside doctors and nurses, providing care for children, screening applicants, teaching parents, and assisting in every way in this important endeavor.  You can donate by contacting me or by donating on my website when ordering (you'll be prompted to add your donation before the end of your order).

Imagine. Just rounding up your next order. Then doing it again. It only takes $240 to pay for one surgery and we can SO do it OURSELVES this month! It really only takes a little to give A LOT! 

5.  Brand New Consultant Kit: Along with a new Idea Book also always comes a new Consultant Kit. If you have or are thinking about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, this is a great time to do it with a brand new kit!  Our base kit is only $99 (plus shipping and tax) and then there are three add-on kits to choose from at $40 each as well.  My suggestion:  If I were just signing up, I would purchase the basic kit, plus "Choose Me Three" (this includes a three-month Studio J Membership and 5 free two-page layouts).  This Add-On kit alone is worth over $62.50.  I'll even show you the kit contents below. Before I do, let me just tell you how easy it is to sign up:
  • Go to my website
  • Click on "Your Opportunites"
  • Scroll down that page to the bottom until you see the link that says, "To Become a Consultant, click here."  Of course, click there.
  • Once you sign up, Close To My Heart will notify me and I will contact you right away to help you get started. Also, if you have any questions as you are deciding to sign up, I am more than happy to answer them! (Check the top right for my contact info today!)

Add-On Kit One:

Add-On Kit Two:

Add-On Kit Three:

WOW! If that doesn't give you some ideas, I'm sure we can come up with some more! Give me a call, text or email me or just visit my website and browse! Your sweetie will be smitten!

Warm Wishes,


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