Monday, November 10, 2014

November Stamp of the Month Cards

Good Morning,

Now that I have shared a TON of Studio J inspiration with you I have decided to change gears and share some artwork created with this months Stamp of the Month, "It's The Little Things."

These stamp sets are such a nice add on to any $50 order, and do make nice gifts as well.

My friend Nancy Reding created this card for me and she used 3 of our brand new colors: Canary, Pixie and Glacier, along with paper from the new Brushed paper pack.

It's finished off with some sparkles and doodling around the leaves and wah-lah, a quick and easy card. Thank you so much for sharing it with me Nancy!!

With a smile~ Tina




Friday, November 7, 2014

Journal Directly Onto Your Photos in Studio J

Good Morning,

I hope you are not tired of seeing all of these studio J layouts... I've been enjoying sharing them.
For today's layouts I wanted you to notice all the little details that this program allows you to add. From embellishments, to journaling to stickers and more... click click click, and save. 



On this layout, I wanted you to notice how I added both a sticker and my own journaling to the 7x12 photo well. I love the look it gives my layout and only took me a few minutes to accomplish.

For the journaling, I added a text box and set the background to transparent. Wah-lah, journaling right on my photo. You should try it too. Go ahead and hop on over to my website and log into Studio J to check it out.



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop

Welcome to another Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop!   We will be featuring Close To My Heart's newest Cricut Cartridge: Artfully Sent.

If you have come here from Jen Patrick's blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  


This month we have 46 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this Cricut cartridge and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Be sure to hop through and get some great ideas. 

For my creation I chose to create a Sentiment card using Lagoon and Pear Cardstock. I accented the card with paper from both our green and blue glitter paper packs (remember how much I love this paper), and then finished it off with a little stamping using the "You're Own Kind of Wonderful" stamp set. 




Now hop on over to Judy Faye Garner's Blog to see what she came up.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Large Photos are a Cinch with Studio J

Good Morning,

More Studio J inspiration to share with you today.

One of the things I really love about this program is that you can create a large focal point photo on your page that you might not normally create. I mean, a lot of times we don't take the time to have an 8x10 or 7x12 layout printed at a photo printing store. Why? Time and cost right? Well with Studio J, again, it's simply drag and drop and the program automatically fills the photo well.

Look at the layouts below and see how these large images really add some WOW to your scrapbooking. 




This is one of my all time favorite layouts just because of the large photo of my sweet boy. It melts my heart EVERY time I look at it. See... Studio J rocks!



Monday, November 3, 2014

Look at These Studio J Layouts.... So Easy!

Good Morning,

I am hoping to inspire you to try the Studio J Online Scrapbooking program by sharing some more layouts I have created. This is seriously my favorite way to scrapbook to catch up on my photos. Not only is it fast and simple, it looks great too! 

These layouts feature an older, retired paper pack... but guess what... its NOT retired online. Yep! Some of your favorite paper packs that are no longer available for purchase can still be used in Studio J.





Sunday, November 2, 2014

Studio J Layouts I have Created... Let Me Show You How Cool It Is...

Good Morning,

So yesterday I told you about the awesome Studio J promotion that CTMH is offering this month, and today I want to show you some of the layouts I have created with this program.

A few things I want to make note of:
1. The program is very easy and intuitive to use... a basic "Drag and Drop" program that automatically resizes your photos to fit in the photo well... from large 8x12 photos to small 2x2 photos... and it turns out awesome!

2. The paper packs and layout combinations are all pre-loaded so again, a few clicks and you can choose what paper pack you want to use and what  layout style.... (LOTS of these).

3. Look at the embellishments... again, these are drag and drop, and a click changes the color or the size... so easy! 

I would love to hear your feedback!
And again, if you haven't tried Studio J, create a free account today, just to see. :)
With a smile~ Tina






Saturday, November 1, 2014

Studio J Online Scrapbooking Specials All Month

Good Morning,

Today I am so excited to share the November special that Close To My Heart is offering:
Unlimited $5  two-page layouts in Studio J
Plus... the opportunity to win free albums and more!

So you've never tried Studio J or online scrapbooking because you aren't sure you will like it, or it might be too hard or... well it could be any number of reasons. Today I am challenging you to just give it a try. Studio J is FREE TO USE! That's right. You simply create a FREE account and start playing. I think you will like it. 

And read on about all the good things that will come your way:


Here are all the details:

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with 5 amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media!
#1:  Throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail! 

#2:  Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.
If luck doesn’t smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box. 

#3:  Five “golden tickets” will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders! This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™.

#4:  For a fourth chance to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!
#5:  And there is one last way to win: take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

So if you haven't done so already, hop over to my webpage and create your Free Studio J account and play a little bit. I know you will be glad you did. 
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
With a smile~ Tina

Friday, October 31, 2014

November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: It's The Little Things


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 

This month we will be showing you tons of fun papercrafting ideas using the November Stamp of the Month, "It's The Little Things." This set is very fun to create with and I think you will enjoy it.

If you have come here from Regina Kettering's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle of about 65 consultants. You can start here and work your way all around.  


For this month stamp of the month, I decided to grab the new Brushed paper pack. I have not yet played with it and thought it would look pretty with these whimsical flowers. 



I only used one pattern of the B&TP and then highlighted the Juniper color within it by adding Juniper Cardstock. I also decided it was time to play with our new Chevron Border Punch. I love how the pink glitter paper can peek through the Juniper Cardstock.

Here is a close up of the flowers. I used just two colors for them: Pixie and Hollyhock and then layered them  up a bit. Easy Peasy.

And if you aren't familiar with the new Brushed paper pack, here is a picture of all 6 patterns that come in the pack. Aren't they pretty. 


Now hop on over to April Nourse's blog to see what she has created with this fun set.
With a smile,
Tina





Monday, October 27, 2014

Clips and Grips and Clamps oh my! Time to give Deflecto a Try

Hi Everyone,

Today I am sharing a few ways Deflecto products have made my life a little easier. As many of you know, I display a lot of cards in my workshop studio and sometimes I need more displays. Recently I received a box of goodies and one of the items were these magnetic clips. I LOVE them. Not only are they thin and inconspicuous, but the magnet on the base is super strong, and every part of the clip swivels. Let me show you.


 In the picture, you can also see that there are 2 types of bases used. One is a long rod with a magnet on the bottom while the other is a double clip. I've swiveled them a bit to show you how much leeway you have with them.

You probably also noticed my little sign in the middle. That is a Chalkboard sign that I wrote on. Here is another way I have used it in my classes.


The package came with 10 signs and a Chalk Marker to write on them with. Oh, and the cool thing... you just wash it off with water when you want to change the sign! Pretty Cool huh!




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pocket Style Scrapbooking Class Forming Now! Local Classes begin January 12, 2015

Picture My Life
Scrapbooking Club
(Can be mailed for those not local to me)

Bring your photos, trimmer and adhesive and lets get some scrapbooking done!
We are all busy, and for most, our scrapbooks tend to be WAY behind. I am here to help!

Starting in January I will host a monthly scrapbook night where you will have 3 full hours to get your memories out of a box and into an album using our NEW Pocket Style Scrapbooking Program called Picture My Life

These night is all about creating. Consider it a Ladies Night Out once a month!

When:  2nd Monday night of each Month from 6:00-9:00 pm
·        First scrap night is January 12, 2015

What:  A fun night of scrapbooking using our new pocket style scrapbook program called "Picture My Life."  We will be learning various techniques to incorporate into this style of scrapbooking... so if you are a bling lover, no worries. You can create Lumpy Bumpy scrapbooks with these kits and I will show you how.
             
   
Cost:  $30 + SH and also includes the option to add additional items if you want more. :)
          Each kit includes the following for you to take home:
·        1 Picture My Life kit of your choice
             *144 Double Sided cards, in 2 sizes (4x6 and 3x4)
             *1- 12x12 Pre-made scrapbook Page
             *10 Pocket Style Page Protectors
·        1 Coordinating Embellishment that will correspond to the technique of the month

Benefits to You:
·        $25 Gift Certificate for FREE Product of your choice TWICE  a year.
·        FREE Stamp of the Month stamp set OR $5 Embellishment Pack
·        FREE Close To My Heart Idea Book
·        2 Free Mini Idea Books 2x in the Year
·        3 Hours a month to spread out and get your memories into an album

What if You are NOT Local to Me?
·        No problem. Your kit can be ordered online and shipped directly to you.
·       All the same benefits will apply to long distance club members as well: 

·       ***** $25 Gift Certificate for FREE Product of your choice TWICE  a year.****
  • ·        FREE Stamp of the Month stamp set OR $5 Embellishment Pack
    ·        FREE Close To My Heart Idea Book
    ·        2 Free Mini Idea Books 2x in the Year
    ·        3 Hours a month to spread out and get your memories into an album
  • Contact me to find out how to join. 
BONUSSign up a friend I don’t know and receive a $10 credit



Call/Text: (503) 510-9896 or e-mail me: jjtlovell@aol.com for more info.

Do You Have the October Stamp of the Month yet?

Good Morning,

Just a quick post to share some more artwork created with the October Stamp of the Month: Home For The Holidays. Every single image on this set is super cute and most are cut out with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which makes creating a snap!

Check out this simple card created with the Snowhaven Papers. First, the postage stamp shape was cut on the cricut and then stamped with black ink, The polar bear was stamped again, this time in cranberry on a scrap piece of paper to cut out just the scarf. Cute right. A little bling here and there and you've got an easy peasy card.

If you don't get have your own set, you can get it for only $5 with any $50 order. That will also qualify you to automatically receive a FREE roll of Chevron Ribbon. Let me show you how to qualify for the Free Chevron Ribbon.

With a smile~ Tina

Monday, October 6, 2014

Shin Han Touch Twin Alcohol Marker Blog Hop

Welcome to our Shin Han Touch Twin Markers Blog Hop!  
We will be featuring Close To My Heart's brand new alcohol markers: the Shin Han Twin Touch Markers and Colorless Blender.   

If you have come here from Peachy Lamb's blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  

This month we have 44 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using these markers and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Be sure to hop through and get some great ideas. 

I have been having a lot of fun with these markers. They blend beautifully. For this card, I only used 2 colors: Marigold and Golden Yellow along with the Colorless Blender. I first stamped the White Daisy cardstock with the Archival Black ink and let it dry a bit. If you are impatient, you can blast it with some heat from your craft heater. 


The stamp set I used is B1432 ~ Love This. It's perfect for practicing all kinds of coloring, shading and blending. 

Here is a close up of the flowers.




Also, so you know, the markers come with both a chisel and a fine tip for different coloring options. They also have a rectangular shape that feels very comfortable in your hand AND keeps them from rolling off the table... kind of an important little detail. And, because they are a nice, alcohol based marker, they blend seamlessly. These definitely make coloring fun.If you aren't familiar with the Touch Twin markers, here is another look:


Now hop on over to Wendy Kessler's blog to see her super fun and creative artwork.
And be sure to check back tomorrow for more creations I've come up with using these markers.

With a smile,
Tina


Simply Inspired Artfully Sent Blog Hop


Welcome to our Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop! This month we are highlighting the brand new Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge. If you have come here from Margi's Blog, you are on the right path! 

The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. 
Its super simple to hop along with us - just click on the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one! Here we go!

For this blog hop, I decided to create "Sentiment" card from the Artfully Sent cartridge. There are 5 basic card styles: Sentiment, Pop-Up, Scene Sleeve and Pocket cards. Let me show you what this style of card looks like:

I am in love with the Sentiment card style because of how easy it is to attach different patterns of paper to the inside front of the card to create a really fun effect. For this card, I chose to use the new Confetti Wishes papers along with the Purple Glitter paper


To add a little pop to the card, I used my 1/4" hole punch along with the glitter paper and created sprinkles for the cupcake. I finished it off by adding some doodling lines around the outline of it. 


As you can see from the picture of our glitter paper, you get three shades in each pack. For this card, I used the darkest shade to create the biggest contrast on the card. I think it looks great with the Thistle cardstock. 

Now "Hop" on over to Bren's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the 
Consultants in the Hop to get some great crafting ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Home For the Holiday's - October Stamp of the Month

Good Morning,

As promised yesterday, I have some more cards created using the Snowhaven papers along with the October stamp of the month, Home For the Holidays. This card was inspired by a fellow consultant, Karen Varcoe, and again takes advantage of the fact that each of these images was cut out using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.

Remember, this stamp set is only available in the month of October so if you like it, get it before it's gone. Enjoy!

With a smile,
Tina

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Home For The Holidays

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring October's SOTM, which is "Home For the Holidays."  If you have come here from Carol-Anne Grenier's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  

This month we have approximately 70 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. 


I had a lot of fun using this set with the Snowhaven papers and the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge. Almost every image in this stamp set can be cut with your Cricut... woo-Hoo! I chose to use the little polar bear image and fussy cutting out the postage stamp background would have been... um... slow! 
I'm not sure you can tell from the photo, but I also cut out the polar bear and used foam tape to pop him up off the snowflake background. He's such a cute guy! 


Here is a picture of all of the designs that come in a Snowhaven paper pack. As you can see, I only used two of them. Make sure to come back tomorrow to see artwork created with some of the other patterns. 


Now "Hop" on over to Kristine Ponte's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the SOTM is only available until September 30th so contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

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