Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Getting Ready For Christmas-More Ideas

Yuletide Carol Papers, Complements and Assortment

Here are some additional ideas for layouts and even framed artwork in your efforts to prepare for Christmas:

From Close To My Heart

From Close To My Heart
Both of these layout use the same Yuletide Carol Paper Packet that were on yesterday's post, yet they look so very different. Both use the Yuletide Carol Complements (X7187C) and Yuletide Carol Assortment (Z3007). It is a matter of cutting the paper and adding stickers and dimensional adhesive backed enhancements.

The next idea can be used for a home decoration or given as a gift:

What grandparent wouldn't love to have this keepsake as a gift?! This 12x12 layout can be removed from the frame and added to an album after the Christmas decorations are put away for another year. The picture can be looked at anytime with a scrapbook album close at hand. Albums and album pages are built to endure and add to easily.

I hope you enjoy looking at these ideas but I especially hope you are inspired to put your family heirlooms together for many to enjoy. 



Monday, November 24, 2014

Getting ready For Christmas

Yuletide Carol Workshop On The Go

Close To My Heart has a beautiful workshop for Christmas. It is called Yuletide Carol Workshop On The Go (G1084) and the suggested pages in the workshop guide are very dramatic with a black background. I love the way my pages came out.

Here they are:
Can't wait to take some pictures to add to my pages.

The Cricut cuts are from the CTMH Cricut Artbooking cartridge Z1906

The Exclusive Ink Pads used to make my pages are:
  • Z2105 Black
  • Z2118 Desert Sand
  • Z2135 New England Ivy
  • Z2170 Ruby
Of course, the stickease Yuletide Carol Complements X7187C are so easy to use and have a vintage flair to them and who doesn't like stickers? 

The next layout is an additional artwork suggestion on the back of the workshop guide. The layout is a modification of a layout from "Make It From Your Heart" Vol. 1: Pattern 7. So many great ideas in such a small, easy to take with you publication. So here is the 2 page layout I made using simple cuts and the Yuletide Carol Complements:

Faster, Simpler, Easier
It's great to get ready for the Holiday season. Your photos will have a beautiful place to live for upcoming generations to view and enjoy. 

Happy Holidays!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cards for Thanksgiving or just for Giving Thanks!

The Pathfinding Card Workshop On The Go...Love it!

Thanksgiving is November 27, 2014

This WOTG (G1083) is so versatile. You can give these cards for Thanksgiving or as a thank you for any occasion. You have plenty of time to order, make and send these as Thanksgiving cards, also.

Kit makes 5 each of the 3 designs.

I love the 2 embellishments that come with the kit. You get a roll of bronze glitter adhesive tape and gold sequins that are self adhesive. All are very easy to use. There are 15 pre-scored 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cards with 15 envelopes.  Also included in the kit is this exclusive stamp set that is ONLY available with this kit:

I love the wood and feather, what a great look.

You also get a full fold-out color guide that tells you exactly how to cut and put together these beautiful cards. It is so easy to follow.

In September several of us went to Boise, ID for a special celebration for the consultants under Michelle Snider, an Executive Director for Close To My Heart.
Michelle had us create many layouts. Here is one made with leftover paper from the kit:

I just love this layout for family photos.

To make the cards, you will need:

  • Z2111 Chocolate ink pad
  • Z2118 Desert Sand ink pad
  • Z2641 Glacier ink pad
  • Z2123 Goldrush ink pad
  • Y1000 1x1 block
  • Y1002 1x3 1/2 block
  • Y1003 2x2 block
  • Y1012 4x5 block


Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November Stamp of the Month

Here is Close To My Heart's November Stamp of the Month:

and here are some examples of the beautiful things that you can make with this stamp set:

This stamp set sells for $17.95 normally but you can purchase it for $5.00 with your $50 order.

Crafting for the Love of it!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Special on Digital Scrapbooking!

It's November and Close To My Heart has a Special on Digital Scrapbooking!


Happy Anniversary, Studio J®!

  • November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media!
  • First, throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail—an unprecedented deal!
  • 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. 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™.
  • For a fourth way 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!
  • 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!


A note of encouragement:  

  • Studio J is very easy to use. 
  • I know you can do it. 
  • Besides, if you try it out, it costs you nothing. 
  • You can log in and set up an account then play with some of the images on your computer. 
  • You can't mess anything up. CTMH gives you a chance to edit before you purchase. 
  • After you make 4 layouts you can then make the purchase.

Here is a Studio J layout of my family done is less than 15 minutes!!