Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Birthday Quiz Book

Usually I wait until the weekend to share with you the books I create, but this one couldn't wait. I'm so thrilled on how it came out!

This birthday quiz book is filled with 36 pages. There are 18 birthday quizes like the one picture above and 18 pages for photos to go along with that year's quiz.  I had a great time formating the pages that were predesigned by the customer. Isn't it just the coolest birthday book ever?

I'm thinking of adding a few of these to the shop where you can pick your cover, what do you think?

Tomorrow I'll be back with sneak peeks of the goodies you'll find at the Holiday Artisian Market at the Pajama Factory this Friday!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday's Card Video

It took me most of the day, but I'm so proud of myself. Granted, I still have lots of room for improvement when it comes creating video tutorials, but hey this one had music!

And, they say practice makes perfect, so I'm off to practice. Much more the wiser, I promise the next tutorial won't be upside down. Boy has offered to be my cameraman. He's such a sweetie to help his Mom.

Tomorrow I'll be in the studio setting up for Friday's open house event at the Pajama Factory. It's their 2nd annual Holiday Artisian Market. Lots of food, crafts, art, music and fun. What better way to spend a Friday night, right?

Well, I'm off to finish this month's newsletter filled with great deals, news, and tips! If your not receiving the newsletter please sign up. You're missing great deals and announcements that don't always come across on my blog. :)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Supendous CTMH Sale - Don't Miss Out!

Black Friday Sale!
Great deals starting today - Monday 11/28

 For all of you Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday shoppers, I'm having a sale that lasts more than just one day! Be sure to tell your friends!
The deals you see below are good through Monday, 11/28. So you have 3 more days to shop and save!

Have you been thinking about getting a Studio J Membership? Have you been eyeing the Art Philosophy Cricut Bundle? Whatever is on your Christmas list this year, now is the time to get it! Check out all of the great deals below and email me your order no later than 11:59pm Monday 11/28 to take advantage of these great offers!

Place an order of $25 - $50
Receive a free Dye Ink Padof your choice ($5.25 value.) This also entitles you to receive the Stamp of the Monthfor $5! If this order is $25 worth of stamps you will receive the Holiday Wishes stamp set for $5 as well!

Place an order of $51 - $75
Receive an A size stamp set of your choice, or a cardstock shade pack of your choice (up to a $7.95 value.) This also entitles you to receive the Stamp of the Monthfor $5! If this order includes $25 worth of stamps you will receive the Holiday Wishes stamp set for $5 as well!

Place an order of $76 - $100
Receive a free B size stamp set or Level 2 Paper Pack of your choice (up to $9.95 value.) This also entitles you to receive the Stamp of the Monthfor $5! If this order includes $25 worth of stamps you will receive the Holiday Wishes stamp set for $5 as well!

Place an order of $101 - $149
Receive a free Cardstock combo pack or size C stamp set of your choice (up to $13.95 value). You will also get a Cherish the Day Stamp of the Monthfor FREE! If this order includes $25 worth of stamps you will receive the Holiday Wishesstamp set for $5 as well!(This is a total value of $49.85!)

Place an order of $150 or more
Receive $25 in free products of your choice, PLUS either a free Level 2 Paper Pack or B size stamp set of your choice (valued at $9.95.)  You will also get a Cherish the Day Stamp of the Month for FREE! If this order includes $25 worth of stamps you will receive the Holiday Wishesstamp set for $5 as well! (This is a total value of up to $70.85!)

PLUS, everyone who places an order during these sale days will be entered into a drawing for your choice of a FREE Workshop on the Go Kitor a Magic Scrapbooking How-To Book!(Winner will be notified on Tuesday 11/29.)

Be sure to email me your order by clicking here.

(If you place the order online, you will not be able to get your free goodies.)


1. Email me your order. Please include CYBER MONDAY ORDER in the subject line.
2. Along with your order, be sure to specifiy your free product choice(s)
3. I will send you a invoice for your complete order total including shipping ($7.95 or .0795  - whichever is greater - of product total).
4. Your order will be delivered via CTMH Corporate Office in time to wrap up for Christmas, and your name will go into the drawing for the FREE Magic How-To Scrapbooking book or WOTG to be announced Tuesday 11/29.

*Note: these are my own personal specials and will not be honored by the Close to my Heart Corporate office. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Give The Gift of Scrapbooking This Christmas

Today begins the offical kick off to Christmas shopping. I'm happy to say I'm almost done. :) But for those of you out searching for the perfect gift this Christmas, I wanted to share this one special thoughtful idea.

Do you know someone who loves the handmade creations of your scrapbook layouts and cards? Are they always saying they wish they could be that talented or have the time to create their own scrapbook layouts?

Instead of just any old gift card this Christmas, why not give a friend or family member their very own passport to perserving memories and discovering their creativity?

Starting today, when you purchase a Studio J membership or layout gift card from my site, you'll receive the stocking gift card holder FREE as my special gift to you. :)

Why Studio J?

For those on your Christmas list this year who admire your scrapbook pages, love perserving memories, and don't have time for traditional scrapbooking... introduce them to a whole new way of creativity and creating their very own scrapbooks - digitally.

Each year, I make digital scrapbook layouts and place them in an album for my husband's father. It's become a treasured gift throughout the years.

Now you can give someone else the gift to create their own digital scrapbook layouts and have them printed and sent straight to their home.

Studio J memberships are available here
along with gift cards for 5- two page layouts with memory protecters here (includes shipping and handling).

Happy Holiday Shopping Everyone!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful For You All

I just wanted to post how much I appreciate you all and how thankful I am for all you. I love working with each and every one of you to customize your book designs according to your color schemes and event themes.

As many of you know, I began this business a few years ago as a way to contribute to the piling medical bills of my daughter Bella. I can't get over how much she, like my book business has grown in so little time. I love the process of creating handmade books. Just as much as I love meeting new people and working with all my customers to create designs that are especially for them.

When I make a book, it's more than just the colors of the cover and the inside pages, it's about the person, the couple, that the book is intended for that counts. I can't help squeezing something a little extra between the pages, and no dear friends we're not taking about paper. I mean the thought, the customization, the getting to know you and putting that little bit of my customer's personality into their creation.

I'm thankful for this talent that I have to share, for all of you whom have made my little business possible, and for your continous support to come throughout the new year.

God Bless
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holiday Christmas Card Video

Sorry about no post yesterday. I had planned on sitting down in the morning after the kiddos were off at school to share a new video with you all when I got a phone call and had to rescue a family member out of a jam. Needless to say, by the time I got home it was time to pick the kids back up from school and the day was gone.

But what is family for? And today I have to say I'm especially thankful for good friends, too.

So without out any further delay... here is yesterday's holiday card tutorial video for you all.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Christianing Book

Last week, I finished up this custom order for a special christianing. I couldn't wait to share it with you all. It's so sweet!

The inside pages are full lined with "Blessings for Baby Colton" writing on top and a small line on the bottom for the Guest to sign after writing their special message for the baby to read when he's older!

Tomorrow I'll be back with a new project for Christmas and Tuesday's we'll have a video by yours truelly! Yeah!

See Ya Later!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mod Monkey Baby Shower Guest Book

This mod monkey book was such a treat to create. It's inspired from the zoology baby shower book I shared with you all a few weeks ago, Don't remember what it looked like, no problem, you can check it out here.

I didn't have the cricut cartridge for the die cut, so I order them from a seller on etsy. Then of course, I turned around and bought the create a critter cartridge two days after ordering the die cuts. The cartridge arrived before the die cuts, who would have thought!!

I customized the signature pages with a two column lined layout and kept the "baby" stamp at the top.

I'll be adding this to my inside page options very shortly.

Well, no more monkeying around for me, it's back to work in the studio!!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Your Invited...

You've all heard me mention it before, and today I want to personally invite you all to the 2nd annual:


November 17 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Featuring vendors such as:

Close To My Heart Stamping and Scrapbooking, Silpada, Thirty One Gifts, Mary Kay, Lia Sophia, Usborne Books, Longaberger and More!

Visit me at my Close To My Heart section for great deals on CTMH products, a FREE make and take project, and to purchase some fun premade gifts!

No R.S.V.P. necessary!

See you tomorrow night!

Turquious and Green Wedding Scrapbook Journal

This 8" x 8" paperback scrapbook journal was created for a destination wedding.

I just love the glittery accents, don't you?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Christmas Card Kits

Remember the Holiday Magic Christmas card from last week? If not you can view it here. I recently had someone order a christmas card kit to give as a gift and thought what a nice idea that was. So today, I'm working on making one for my mom.

We used to do craft together all the time when I was in high school, so I thought it would be nice to still have this connection with her and how wonderful it is to get a handmade card from someone, right?

I'm going to be putting together a few other card kits that will be available Thrusday night during the Vendor show at Hepburn Lycoming Elementry from 6 -9pm. Some of the cards will include these ones:


If you would like to order your own Christmas Card Kit, please contact me. Card kits are $15 for 10 cards or $20 for 20 cards. All card kits include envelopes and pre-cut card stock and embellishments. You will need your own adhesive and scissors.

Stay tuned, as tomorrow I've got a tutorial ready for you.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Olive Elegance Wedding Book

I just love this dark green olive design with the gold embossing. This elegant guest book was shipped out a few weeks ago, but will be filled today with the blessings and well wishes of family and friends for the union of this couple.

I hand stitched it using gold cord. Inside are white laser printed pages and tan photo pages.

I pray today is a beautiful day for their wedding.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Glitzy Occasion

This glitter glitz paperback wedding guest book album was made a few weeks ago for this special couple. The inside pages simply say "Guests" in the top left hand corner.

I love it's formality with just a touch of sparkle!

I'm now well over 200 books made! Looking forward to creating 200 more!

This is defintely black tie formal kind of reception. :)

Limited Time Offer While Supplies Last

Close To My Heart added some new great deals this week that I wanted to share with you. They won't last long....




 And for those of you working on your christmas cards, these deals may interest you too!





These offers will only be available while supples last.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pink Floral Wedding Guest Book Album

The daughter of our previous pastor at our church is getting married this weekend. As a wedding gift, I made this guest book for them. You may have remembered the guest book a made last year for their son, if not you can see it here:

The bride and groom picked out their cover and inside pages and I added a few extra touches of pink and the binding stitching. I couldn't resist adding rhinestones to the name card as an extra touch.
May God bless their upcoming union.

Christmas Lists Notebooks

I've had a pile of scraps stacking up in my studio lately and hated to see them go to waste, so I got out my Celebration Stamp Set and made a bunch of these cute little Christmas themed pocket notebooks.
They're perfect for holiday list making and Santa wish lists.

I used standard copy paper inside and DESSERT SAND card stock for the covers. I used orange, lime, and red floss to tie the binding at the top.

They're about 2.5" x 5.5"

I'll be listing some in the shop in the next week or so and bringing some along to hand out at gatherings and vendor shows this month.

What do you think, are these little notebooks big enough for your holiday lists this year?

I'm finishing up a Christening book this weekend and I've got several tutorials for you next week.

See ya then,

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Stocking Gift Card Holder

We had such a fun time last evening, I wanted to share this second project the ladies and I worked on. All the pieces are cut out using the Art Philosophy Cartridge. Is it so cool or what? This design comes from a fellow CTMH consultant. Thank you Jamie!

I'm working this weekend on getting those tutorial finished and I'll soon have one up on how to make this gift card holder too.

In the meantime you'll need the following supplies to create this stocking gift card holder:

Art Philosophy Cartridge
Holiday Magic Stamp Set (October Stamp of the Month)
Black Ink Pad
Daisy White Card Stock
Black Card Stock
White Ribbon
Glitter Pen

Hope you have an awesome Thursday!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Make and Take Christmas Gift Tags

Today I wanted to share with you this cute little Christmas Gift tag that we'll be making at my home gatherings for the month of November! If you're unable to attend any of the home gatherings or workshops this month you can still have a chance to create this cute little tag.

We'll also be making this cute tag on November 17th from 6-9pm at Hepburn Lycoming Elementry's Vender Night. So stop in and see me. :)

Also, if you place an order of $25 or more this month, I'll send you a little kit to create three of these tags!

This is a great month for creating Christmas gift tags.

What you need to make this tag:

Believe Paper Pack
Rhinestone Button
Black floss
November stamp of the month - Cherish.

And remember, when you order two stamp sets totalling $25 or more this month you get the Holiday Stamp Set FREE!!

Is that so great or what?

Well, I'm off to finish a tutorial for you all and will see you tomorrow!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial - Holiday Gift Tags

I'm working on getting some tutorials finished for you all. However, this week just got busier when my 6 year old son woke up not feeling well this morning. So I thought I would share a video from CTMH TV in hopes that you all are getting in the Christmas spirit like I've been.

I love Christmas, its one of my favorite holidays. One of my love languages is giving gifts, so naturally I'm all for Christmas!

Have a great day everybody, I'll see you all tomorrow with something new. :)

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Holiday Wishes Stamp Set

From November 1-30, when you purchase $25 in stamp sets, you can get this D-sized set for $5.

*Note:  Many of the images from this set coordinate with the CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.

To get your stamp set, click here.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Family Celebration Tree

Last week was First Friday at the Pajama Factory and I wanted to show off some of my own artistic talent. I came up with this cute little family celebration tree.  This is my own design, so you won't find a tutorial anywhere else for it.

I used the foundery pins and created little trading cards and attached school pictures of my nephews and nieces. I only added three, which has six pictures, but you could add however many you want to your own tree.

 I'm working on getting a tutorial made and will post it by next week.

In the meantime, to make your own family celebration tree, you'll need the following supplies:

Celebration Stamp Set (comes with your art philosphy cartridge)
Art Philosphy Cartridge
Elemental Paper Pack
Cranberry Stamp Pad
Juniper Stamp Pad
Foundery Pin Clips
1 Styrofoam Cone (from a local craft store)

It's so easy to make, I can't wait to show you!


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Baby Advice Book

Just the right color combo of gold and grey. I customized this inspiring little book into an autograph style baby advice book. Inside the pages are shand stamped with plenty of room for guest to write tons of advice for the new mother. It's so sweet, don't you think?

I'm thrilled with overall design of this book.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Olive Damask Paperback

I just have a couple more cover sheets of this olive damask left. It makes such a beautiful and elegant fall wedding guest book. I stitched it with some gold cord and just love how it frays at the knot!

This inside pages are blank ivory and I stamped the corners with the floral swag stamp.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

CTMH Elemental Christmas Card #2

This card design comes from the October Stamp of the Month in 2011 CTMH Autumn/ Winter Catalog. I really like the results of this card with the 3-D christmas tree and gingham ribbon. I'm thinking of adding this card to the Holiday Card Kit for this month's workshop. What do you think?

To make this card, you'll need:

October Stamp of The Month
Green Ribbon assortment (I used different ribbon, but one of these ribbons will work nicely too!)
Bling assortment
Daisy Card Stock
Dessert Card Stock
Juniper Card Stock
Juniper Stamp Pad
Cocoa Stamp Pad

See ya later,

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Elemental Holiday Card

I just got the Elemental Paper Pack over the weekend and had such fun creating some Holiday projects with it that I wanted to share. I'm working on getting a tutorial for next week. You can also find this card design in the 2011 Autumn / Winter Catalog.

Here is the list of supplies you'll need to make this card:

Elemental Paper Pack Level 2
October Stamp of the Month
Cranberry Stamp Pad
Juniper Stamp Pad
Red Buttons from the red and pink button assortment

The days are counting down to sign up for my holiday card workshop on November 18th at 7pm. We'll be making 20 holiday cards! If your not from the area, no worries, you're welcome to order your kit and join my creative club virtually!  See last weeks post for details!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Stamp of The Month

Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can enjoy a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5—that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 US/$55 CAN or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

November 2011: Cherish the Day (S1111)

Spend $50 US/$55 CAN and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.00/$5.50.

 Order your stamp set now

In love with the artwork created with this stamp set? Get ready to make it yourself! Purchase the materials listed here along with your deeply discounted Stamp of the Month set to get started!

Just a reminder, there's still time to sign up for this month's Holiday Greeting Card Workshop!


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