Saturday, May 19, 2012

Studio J Tutorial - Adding Distressing right to your Photos

Good Morning,

Here is another technique tutorial for all you Studio J fans out there. Today's Studio J tutorial features the Pemberley Kit and photo distressing. Previously, we only had distressing techniques that could be added to the papers, but now you can distress the photo itself. I love this look. Add cocoa ink directly to the edge of your photo for a very subtle, yet modern look. You can see this technique in many of the layouts featured in the CTMH Idea Book.

I think it's wonderful that you can now use it directly in Studio J. There is inspiration to be found in all of these videos. Enjoy!! Tina 

Feel free to Pause the music player at the bottom of the blog to ensure that you can hear the video. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

So what do new Consultants receive?

Good Morning,

Today I thought it might be useful to share a photo of the current CTMH Consultant Kit, for any of you who are wondering about this opportunity. 

I know there are a couple of you who have emailed me with questions. The basic kit is only $99 and includes ALL of the product you see here. 

In addition to the basic kit, you can also purchase Kit Add-On's at significant savings. It's the best deal around, and on top of that, you can own your own business and get paid for doing a craft you already love. I've been doing this for almost 14 years, and love it! Don't hesitate to email me today with any questions!!

With a smile, Tina 


Workshops on the Go™ Florentine Kit (G1038), Pewter Badge Buttons (Z1704), Timeless Charms (Z1689), My Acrylix® Family Love Stamp Set (D1506), My Acrylix® Enjoy! Stamp Set (C1496), Goldrush Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2123), Bamboo Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2103), 2" × 2" My Acrylix® Block (Y1003), and a 2" × 6 1/2" My Acrylix® Block (Y1010).
Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.


Workshops on the Go™ Pemberley Kit* (G1033), Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes (Z1718), Light Neutral Cardstock Shade Pack (X5913), Mini-Medley Accents Pacifica Collection (Z1698), My Acrylix® Love Clusters Stamp Set (C1484), My Acrylix® Card Word Puzzle Stamp Set (C1494), Indian Corn Blue Exclusive Inks®Pad (Z2130), Desert Sand Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2118), and a 2" × 3 1/2 My Acrylix® Block (Y1009).
Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.
*Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge required to complete workshop layouts and bonus project. (Cricut cartridge not included.)


3-month Studio J® Membership and 5 Studio J® Layouts (must redeem within first 3 months).

Monday, May 14, 2012

Good Morning,

Here's a fun card featuring the all inclusive Florentine Workshop on the Go Kit. Wendy Coffman of Stamping Rules made this card using only 2 stamps from the WOTG stamp set - the Heart and the Sentiment. She then added stitching across the row of hearts to bind them together, added a splash of color with the seam binding ribbon and creme brulee flower. Simple, cute and... splendid! Thank you for sharing your talents with me Wendy!!  Enjoy ~ Tina

Friday, May 11, 2012

A Little More Inspiration for your scraps

Good Morning~

Okay, just a few more cards to share that use up your scraps. I REALLY enjoyed the layout on this card.... can you tell?? LOL! By the way, these are 5x7 cards, so a really nice size. I've made a ton of cards in all different papers, for every occasion from this one design layout. Please, feel free to email me with any questions. With a smile, Tina

Made from the "Miracle" My Reflections Papers

Made from the "Sophia" My Reflections Papers

Made from the "Stella" and "Florentine" My Reflections Papers

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Too many scraps???

Good Morning~

I don't know about you guys but I have a TON of scraps of some very pretty papers. Now, I have a hard time just tossing these, even the small ones.... but here is a fun solution... this card is made entirely from scraps of B&TP from the Florentine Kit. Add a few pretty embellishments and some stamping and voila... a pretty card.

On this card, I used the new "Flutter Shapes" paper butterfly's and Mocha Opaque Pearls. For the butterfly, I gently sponged it in Creme Brulee and then adorned it with 3 of the smallest pearls. Oh, and the ribbon... the Color Ready Seam Binding ribbon of course, inked in Olive Twilight. If you are coming to my Ladies Night Out card class this month, you will receive both the pearls and the ribbon in your kit.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Enjoy!! Tina 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Good Morning,

Today's card was made by my fellow CTMH Consultant Leighann Sherer. I love the simplicity of this card and the interest that the different shapes add. Using the Art Philosophy cartridge can really enhance even the simplest projects, quickly and effectively. 

The sentiment is from the stamp set that comes in the complete Workshop on the Go kit for Florentine. If you aren't familiar with these, you should check them out. Close To My Heart puts together a kit, that is centered around a specific paper pack. In the WOTG kit, you receive a complete Level 2 paper pack, a "C" sized stamp set (not available in the idea book) an accessory or two, and a 6 page color technique brochure. They are wonderful and provide all you need for a complete project. Here is an example of the Florentine WOTG kit.
And here is Leighann's card, using the paper and the stamps from the WOTG Kit.

Enjoy, and as always, feel free to email me with any questions.  ~ Tina

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Good Morning~

This is a post for all of my scrapbookers out there. This is the second of 3 layouts that we will be making at this months "Ladies Night Out" class, featuring the Florentine Papers and Complements
This is a very quick layout with clean, simple lines. You can choose to add up to 10 photos on this layout, or opt to let the pretty textured paper show through and use less. I also accented the layouts with stamps from the Family Love stamp set. Sometimes the right sentiment isn't found on a My Stickease, so stamping it does the trick. Also notice how perfectly the ribbon coordinates- I simply inked the Seam Binding ribbon with the corresponding ink pads. 
Enjoy! Tina

Thursday, May 3, 2012

There is always time to say "Thank You"

Good Morning
Today's card is a simple, but beautiful, Thank You card using the ribbon pattern on B&TP in the Florentine Paper Pack. I LOVE patterned paper like this because it offers so much versatility with very little effort. 

On this card, I selected a part of the paper I liked, cut it to the width of the card, and cut out the scallops at the bottom. Using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, I cut out a shape for my sentiment, added some Color Ready Seam Binding ribbon sponged with garden green ink and viola~ a very pretty Thank You card. Oh.... and this is also one of the cards that can be made at the upcoming Stamp-A-Stack workshop. Hoping to see you there! Tina

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hello Everyone,

This is just a quick update to let you know that NEW items have been added to the "While Supplies Last" section of my website. These are FABULOUS deals for stocking up your supplies, or for even buying goodies to give as a gift to any crafters in your family. These are first come, first served and could run out anytime. Here are a few samples of the items:

Color-Ready Alphabets Oxford

These versatile, adhesive-backed letters in White Daisy cardstock are perfect for chalking, inking, sponging, stamping, and more. Just embellish, peel, and attach! (2 - 6" × 12" sheets)

$3.95 $1.50 X5749

Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Colonial White Collection

Make a splash with a dash of the perfect ribbon on your projects. Celebrate with our assortment of ribbons in just the right colors, sizes, and patterns to add meaning and texture to your artwork. (4 spools, 6 feet of each ribbon; coordinating color: Colonial White)

$7.95 $5.00 Z1126

Dimensional Elements On Target

Encircle your photos, stamped images, and other focal points using this collection of fancy chipboard rings in lots of sizes. (1 – 9" × 12" sheet)

$5.95 $2.00 Z1226

My Creations™ Journal

Create a beautiful journal all your own, then write the night away! (7" x 5" clear pocket on front cover; 75 unlined pages)

$7.95 $5.00 Z1268

Clear Craft Buttons

A variety of shapes and sizes to choose from makes clear craft buttons your go-to accessory. Dress them up with rub-ons, paint, embroidery floss, and more. (100 buttons total in 3 styles and 5 sizes)

$6.50 $3.00 Z1155

My Creations™ Board Book

Perfect for creating a child's activity book or their own personal scrapbook. Sturdy material holds up through many uses. (10 pages plus covers of white chipboard, pre-bound, 6" x 6")

$6.95 $4.00 Z1310

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Has Arrived

Good Morning Everyone~

It's  May!! I am so excited... the rainy weather here in Oregon should subside and the sunshine should come for all of the baseball games I am attending... one can only hope anyway! And, since it's May, it means Florentine is the featured kit of the month at all of my classes. I will get the month started by sharing a layout I created for my scrapbooking ladies.

This layout features the Florentine Papers, Florentine Complements and the new Seam Binding Ribbon, which I inked with Twilight and Garden Green inks. I was inspired by the layout on the back of the current CTMH idea book, and with a little tweaking, came up with this layout. Enjoy!  Tina