Thursday, March 27, 2014

Washi Tape.... If You Aren't Playing With It, You Should Be!

Good Morning,

Most of you are familiar with Washi Tape and probably have it in your crafting stash. But what I've learned recently is that just because you have it, it doesn't mean you are using it.... and you should be! This is such a fun and easy embellishment to use on all your crafting projects. And... 2 things that make it even better: it's easy and it's inexpensive! Here is a video to inspire you to pull out some rolls and start playing.

With a smile,  Tina

ps- You will also get a sneak peek at our new "Paper Fundamentals" pack... our new double sided patterned neutral paper assortment.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lollydoodle 6 Page Scrapbooking Kits- Layout #1

Good Morning,

It's time to share some of the scrapbook layouts I created with the Lollydoodle papers and complements. This is my featured kit for April so all of my class attendees (both local and online) will be creating projects with these papers.

Today I will share layout #1 for my 6 Page Scrapbooking Kit. I like this layout for many reasons but one that makes it a quick layout is that it holds SEVER 4x6 photos and then either one more smaller photo or some journaling. With the hectic pace of life, I need more layouts like this!

I simply used the B&TP from the Lollydoodle paper pack and paired it with Twilight and Cotton Candy cardstock. I embellished with the Lollydoodle Complements (shown below) and the Flamingo Dots. Easy Peasy for sure.

This kit will be available beginning April 1st for all of my Online Kit of the Month members as well as those that are in my Online Scrapbooking Clubs. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

With a smile,

Lollydoodle My Complements
Lollydoodle Paper Pack

Flamingo Dots

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The My Creations Pennant Frame... Have You Played with these Yet?

Good Morning,

As most of you know, Close To My Heart came out with an entire line of  Home Decor items for more paper crafting fun. One of our newest items are the My Creations Pennant Frames. This cute frame is a very affordable option for adding a nice touch of whimsy to your home. Each white chipboard frame has an opening for a 6" x 6" photo or pieces of art. And the best part.... it coordinates with your Cricut Artbooking Cartridge for easy decorating. I love faster, simpler and easier... but you guys already know that. :)

For fun, I have a video to share that shows these frames in action. I think we are much more confident in using a product when we see someone actually complete a project with it. If you would like to get your own Pennant Frames, feel free to visit my website. Enjoy the video, and as always, don't hesitate to leave a comment or contact me with any questions.  With a smile~ Tina

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hip Pics Album Workshop Kits now Available

Good Morning,

Today I wanted to share my newest workshop available to all of you. If you live in Oregon, you can join me locally to create this fun album and necklace, but if not, you aren't left out. I have "To-Go" kits available for ordering online, and it includes all necessary instructions needed to put this cute album together at your leisure. All the stamping will be ready to go for you too. Read on for more info.

Mini Album & Necklace Workshop
Wednesday, April 23rd  -  5:30-9:00pm 
Available as a "To-Go" workshop as well

Come and play with some products you might not have even noticed in our Idea Book: the Hip Pics Album and our new Base & Bling necklace. At this workshop you will create an entire mini album with a surprise gift held inside- a Pendant Necklace. 

Not only will be use stamp sets you've most likely not used before, but we will also be mixing papers from 3 different kits. Wait till you see how good they coordinate.

 WHENWednesday, April 23rd - 5:30-9:00 pm

WHATYou will create a 16 page album as well as a Pendant Necklace of your choice. 

·         1 Hip Pic Album (16 pages, spiral bound)
·         1 Base & Bling Chain
·         1 Base & Bling Pendant & Glass Cover
·         3 Base & Bling Charms
·         1 Dreamer Style Sheet (32 squares to choose from for the album and necklaces)
·         1 Full Package of Triangle Durables
·         1 Full Package of Flamingo Aqua Dots
·         1 Full Package of Silver Washi Tape
·         All cardstock and BTP pre-cut for you

COST:  $38

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Card Workshop On The Go Kits - Significant Savings

Good Morning,

Here are a few more cards created with the Owls stamp set and the Lollydoodle papers, just to give you a few more ideas. The second card was created by my friend Linda Pantalone and uses the Lollydoodle Card WOTG Kit...such a fun saying. I've seen it on Pinterest a lot lately. 

One thing to note about our Workshop on the Go kits is that you receive a significant reduction in the price when you buys these kits. They Card WOTG kits only cost $24.95 but have a value of almost $37 worth of product in them.... Yay! And, they generally have embellishments not found in the idea book. If you look closely at the picture of the kit below you will see some pretty colored, self stick sequins. FUN!

Lollydoodle Card WOTG Kit

Exclusive Hostess Bundle available at HALF-PRICE!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy - Creating Mini Albums with the Travel Themed Keys

Good Morning,

It's time for another "Artbooking Made Easy Video." I hope you guys are enjoying these and that they inspire you to play with your Artbooking Cartridge. This particular cartridge is filled with SO MANY great themes and keys that this video series is really helpful in breaking it down into bite sized chunks. 

Today's video focuses on the travel themed keys found on pages 38 & 39 of the Artbooking booklet. These keys are designed to create an 8x8 mini album, and all of the images are linked to cut proportionately for an album that size. To change the sizes, simply remember to push the Real Dial Size button and play away. 

These keys have both full page and half page overlays, as well as a lot of titles and icons that are very travel themed, but.. there are also several keys that can be used for a bunch of different applications. Watch the video to see some cute CARDS created from those keys! Love it! If you don't have the Artbooking Cartridge and are interested in getting it, I can certainly help you with that. You can visit my site and have it shipped directly to you or if you  have more questions, feel free to contact me any time. Enjoy the video!  ~ Tina :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Close To My Hearts Lollydoodle Workshop on the Go Kit and the Owls... can't go wrong there!

Good Morning,

Today I have another card created with Owls stamp set. I did not use any of the papers from Lollydoodle, but I did incorporate the stamp set from the Lollydoodle Workshop on the Go kit for the sentiment. For this card I focused on the colors Sorbet, Juniper (for the owl) and Twilight (just the cardstock) with accents of pink from the Glitter Paper, just to try something different. Enjoy!  Tina

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fun with the Lollydoodle Papers and a great Half-Price Bundle for Hostesses

Good Morning~

It's been a little while since I posted and that is because I was out of town for a week. I am home now though and have some fun artwork to share with you featuring the Lollydoodle papers. I created this first card using our new "Owls" stamp set, along with our Silver and Pink Glitter papers. To add dimension to the owl, I stamped him in Archival Black ink onto one of the papers  from the Lollydoodle paper pack and then colored over it with the Cotton Candy marker. Easy Peasy.

 And... just to let you guys know... CTMH has put all of these products together in one of our Hostess Exclusive Bundles and it's half price. Contact me today and I will help you to qualify for the bundle, if you really love these products. Look at all the stuff that comes in the Half Price Bundle.... the best way to "get it all" for a deal. :)

With a smile~ Tina

Friday, March 7, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy using the TOP SECRET keys...

Good Morning,

Today's Artbooking Made Easy video tutorial focuses on the "Top Secret" themed keys found on pages 42 & 43 of the Artbooking booklet. In this video you will see a really fun mini album... and my favorite part are all the pockets that are created from these 2 keys.... lots of different styles of pockets! Watch and see. If you don't have your own Artbooking cartridge yet, you can order yours today. Not only will you be able to create all the fun projects shared in these Artbooking tutorials, but you will also receive 3 stamps sets and 3 packages of chipboard shapes that coordinate with the 700 images cut by this Cricut cartridge. Check it out!

With a smile,

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Artbooking Made Easy- Beautiful Spring Layout

Good Morning,

Today I have another Artbooking Made Easy video tutorial featuring the Spring themed keys.  If you open your Artbooking booklet to pages 62 & 63 you can follow right along.  The first layout shown is cut at 11". Because all items on those pages are linked, you simply set the size to 11" and the Cricut will cut all pieces accordingly. Watch and see what I mean.

With a smile,

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

How do you print photos that are 3x3 or 4x4 or 2x3? Let me show you how...

Good Morning,

So yesterday I told you all about the super cool Studio J online scrapbooking promotion that is going on ALL month. Today I want to share a video that might give you a fresh new perspective on how to use Studio J. For example... how easy is it for you to get your photos printed at 2"x2", or 3"x3" or even 3"x4" and so on? Well with studio J, you can.... you can use the service for your photo printing needs AND at a super affordable price. Watch the video to see what I mean!

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
With a smile ~ Tina

Monday, March 3, 2014

Attention Online Scrapbookers: March offers you Studio J Savings

Good Morning Everyone,

I wanted to let you all know that during the month of March, 2014, Close To My Heart has a fantastic deal for everyone: $5 two-page layouts in Studio J... NO LIMIT, all month long! Woo-Hoo! You can't print two 12x12 pages for that price anywhere, that I have seen, let alone with all the cute embellishments and papers we offer you to use for FREE. 

If you don't know what I am talking about when I refer to Studio J, then you will have to see for yourself. It is CTMH's online design software that is 100% FREE to use! The ONLY time you pay ANYTHING is to have your layouts printed and mailed to you... and its only $5 this month! To check it out, simply create a free account in Studio J, and then get started. The program is SUPER user friendly, I promise. 

If you feel like you need a little guidance, I have created some getting started video tutorials for you.
And to give you a sneak peek of how cute the layouts are that can be created, here are some of my own creations. 

Notice the LARGE pictures I was able to use... well the fun part of that is this program is designed as a "Drag and Drop" program. I dragged the photo I wanted to the photo well and unclicked, and it filled the space creating these eye-catching scrapbook pages. Where else can you print a 7" x 12" photo? Well with Studio J you don't have to... simply click on the photo and drop it in the pre-designed page and it is done! LOVE that!

The other thing to notice is that the pages have all kinds of embellishments on them, from brads, to ribbon to metal photo tabs... the pages LOOK dimensional... but at a FRACTION of the time and investment!

Like I said, if you haven't tried Online Scrapbooking or played with Studio J, please check it out today. It is FREE TO PLAY! Create your free user account and get started. 
With a smile, Tina