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Sunday, November 27, 2011

I'm back!

Hello my friends!

After several months of studying for a difficult professional exam,  starting a new job and then beginning the process of learning it, I'm finally back in the creative saddle!

I got paper happy creating a framed piece of art for a baby shower at work.  My intention was to match the nursery theme (pictured at the left).  I cut the tree by hand, but used my Cricut (CTMH Art Philosphy cartridge) for the leaves and flowers.  I used the Create a Critter cartridge for the owls. There is room to add baby's name below in the green space if the parents decide they want me to do that.  I dry embossed the peach and green papers with the Cuttlebug.  If you click on the photo to make it larger, you can see the embedded designs.

The holidays are upon us and there are lots of My Acrylix stamp sets to use in making your holiday cards.  Better yet - there are several that match the Art Philosophy cartridge so you can cut, stamp and put them together in a snap!

I just hosted my last 2011 workshop a few weeks ago and if you missed it, don't worry, there will be more coming in 2012.  Like last year, I will be kicking off 2012 and the Spring/Summer catalogue with my annual clearance sale, so stay tuned!

Monday, August 22, 2011

School Has Begun

I've been having so much fun doing Studio J layouts for my kids' scrapbooks.  Here is one of my most recent layouts.  You can click on it to see it larger!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Purchase the Cricut Bundle and Get Four Additional Stamp Sets for only $5 through August 31st!

I've written about the great value when you purchase the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and want to remind you that if you purchase it between August 15-31, you can also get four additional stamp sets for only $5 more!

The Art Philosophy bundle includes: the Art Philosophy Cartridge, THREE coordinating size D stamp sets and THREE coordinating sheets of dimensional elements - all for $99.  The cartridge has 700 shapes to choose from. Yep, 700! The video posted directly below shows you how the stamps and dimensional elements along with the Cricut cartridge all work together to create beautiful cards, 3D gifts and scrapbook pages!

Here are the details on how to get the additional stamp sets:  

- Because you spent over $50, you can now purchase the August Stamp of the Month (Wicked - Halloween theme) for $5.00 at a value of $17.95!  This month only, you will also get the Typeface mini alphabet set, a $6.95 value for FREE!

- Since you spent over $75, you’ll also get the Pair-a-Phrase double D-size stamp set a $35.90 value for FREE! This is our Constant Campaign, celebrating National Stamping Month, going on from now through September 31st.  

I'm placing my order on August 25th, so let me know if you want me to place an order for you, too! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Good Things are Coming!


Simply plug the cartridge into yourCricut®* Personal Electronic Cutter machine (sold at retail stores) and you’re ready to cut any of the 700 shapes, ranging from elegant rosettes and lace to trendy gift boxes and banners!

You’ll also receive three My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets as well as three sets of 9" × 12" Dimensional Elements that work in tandem with the cartridge. On top of that, numerous My Acrylix stamp sets in the Idea Book pair wonderfully with images on the Cricut® cartridge.

After August 1st, contact me to get the entire collection for just $99!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fun Techniques with Trees and Things

There are several fun techniques featured
in this video using the Trees and Things stamp set -
acrylic stamps are the best!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Fine Summer Day

After a long wait, I finally indulged in a new point and shoot camera and got the one I've been wanting.  It shoots video and photos underwater!

This is a condensed version of two hours of pool fun with my granddaughters, Lily and Bella.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

June Card Class Coming Soon!

My next card class is scheduled in a way that I hope will benefit you. You may chose between either Saturday, June 18 or Sunday June 26 at 2:00 PM. Please note that these dates are on different weekends. $10 for five cards and I will provide everything. Please feel free to bring any supplies you prefer.

Register now at – space is limited!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

You & Me Stronger Together

June 2011 Constant Campaign

During the month of June, order a You & Me kit for only $15 US/ $16.50 CAN (a retail value of $34.95/$38.95), and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross 2011 Floods and Tornadoes relief operations. Simply use item number CC1012B to place your order for this sensational kit and help those in need at the same time. The You & Me: Stronger Together campaign will continue until June 30 at 11:59 pm (MDT) or while supplies last.

Offer valid June 2–30, 2011, or while supplies last. No qualifying purchase required. Tax and shipping/handling charges apply. The placement of the donations is prioritized by the American Red Cross, with all money earmarked for disaster relief from the tornadoes and flooding in the midwestern and southeastern United States.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

June Jubilation!

June's Stamp of the Month - lots of little sentiments for every occassion!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Give a Little Love for Japan

Our hearts go out to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and like so many of you, we’re eager to help. And helping has never been easier!

During April, purchase the exclusive “Hope for Japan” A-size stamp set for the special price of only $5 (retail value $7.95) and Close To My Heart will donate 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross efforts in Japan. This beautifully designed stamp set reminds us of how our hearts are hopeful for those who are in need.
Contact me today to get involved in this heart-worthy cause at or at

Sunday, February 6, 2011

FREE Studio J Laptop Workshop/Alternative Dates Available - Ask Me!

Have you ever wanted to preserve your special memories the scrapbooking way but have found you don't have enough, time, patience or money?  Me too!  As much as I enjoy creating beautiful things from paper, I just couldn't make paper scrapbooking work for me.  Until Studio J.  Now I scrapbook the digital way.  Perfect for anyone who likes to use a pattern or make your layouts (two 12x12 pages)stand out by using your own creativity.  Interested, but live too far away?  Let me know - we can work it out!  Click on the featured layout to see it larger.

FREE Studio J Workshop
When:  Saturday, Feb. 26th or Sunday Feb. 27th (you choose)
2:00 - 4:30 PM (Bring your laptop)
Please RSVP - to as soon as possible, space is limited!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Ready for our next card class? We will be making some very cool cards the weekend of Jan. 29th and 30th at 2:00 PM (you choose which day suits you!) at my house.  I provide everything, but feel free to bring your own favorite scissors or adhesive. The class is $10 and we will be making five cards of various designs using NEW Close to my Heart papers and stamp sets. 

By the way, I still have remaining clearance items that will be available at the class and just for attending the brand new Idea Book is yours FREE.  RSVP to me at to reserve your spot today.