Friday, December 2, 2011

December Newsletter

Christmas is swiftly approaching! Get your orders in by Dec. 12th to get them in time for now.
Rock The Block!
Starting December 19th thru January we will be celebrating National Paper Craft Month! SO JOIN THE CRAZE! When you place a minimum order of $25 from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you can get TWO new products for just $15: the My Creations® Collage Cubes (a Spring/Summer 2012 sneak-peek product!) and the exclusive My Acrylix® Rock the Block E-size stamp set. That’s a retail savings of almost $30! You're going to love the Collage Cubes and the Rock the Block stamp set, which work together for interactive, 3-D fun. Start Shopping :)

BONUS: On December 19th I'll be participating in a Blog Hop where you can see a variety of projects using this stamp set and block kit by different CTMH consultants. So check it out on my blog at: Also check out the video at the bottom of this email.

Stamp of the Month
December: Mad About You

We've made it easier for you to get the Exclusive Stamp Of The Month (SOTM). Simply spend $50 or more to purchase the D-Size Stamp at a reduced discount of just $5! That's a huge savings!

Or you can always buy the stamp at full price of $17.95. Remember the SOTMs are only available during the featured month and then go into retirement.

This versatile stamp can be used to create cards, tags, gifts like calendars, accents for layouts, and more. It really is a great addition to any collection. Buy Now

Stamp images outlined in red coordinate with the Cricut® Art Philosophy collection (Z1686).
Here is a card I made using retired Close to my heart paper,and this stamp set.

Product HighlightRed Glitz Gel
Red Glitter Glitz Gel

Add Glitz™ to projects to make them sparkle! Comes in 3 other colors as well. 0.8 fl. oz. bottle for $2.75 Buy Glitter Glitz Gel

This layout was accessorized using the bronze glitz glue. I will be apart of a blog hop showing different ways to use the glitz glue. To know more about how I accessorized this, and other great ways to use the glitz glue check out the blog hop on Dec. 15th at my blog.

Holiday Pockets
Holiday Felt Pockets & Tags

Add them to presents as tags or the tree as ornaments or use them in your scrapbooks and cards. They are a perfect way to dress up any project for more fun! 3 felt pockets each with a printed chipboard tag, 4" × 2 1/2" for $4.95 Buy Holiday Pockets

Green Designer Ribbon

Designer Ribbon Green Collection

Perfect for those Holiday cards. This green collection includes 1 yard each of 4 ribbons; Topiary, Juniper, Olive, Sweet Leaf for only $5.95. Buy Designer Ribbon Red Collection

While Supplies Last
While Supplies Last

ITEMS AS LOW AS $1.00! Get these Holiday Photo Cards on sale for only $5 complete with sparkles and stickease! Check out the while supplies lasts from the clearance section on my website! There are 39 items there now and ONLY available for purchase on my website with up to 78% off! You'll find some of the Acrylix Blocks there so get it before it is gone. These items go fast!

Techniques & Tips
Cricut Bug
Here are some Cricut Tips: Want to save paper when using your cricut? Check out the new Cricut Craft Room. It is free to use and you can re-size your cuts to any size and dimension making borders an ease to cut at 12" now. Also you can rotate images and move them on the mat which will minimize the scrap you are left with ultimately maximizing your savings :) The program allows you to cut from your computer to your cricut. You can also use the online site to design and save to cut later. If you have questions on how to use the craft room I am happy to answer them.

If you haven't got our Art Philosophy Cartridge yet, check it out here and see all 700 cuts for our exclusive cartridge and stamp collection!

Note: If you are having problems with your cricut try updating the filmware by syncing your machine:

Scrapbooking Tip: I would like to thank my Upline Rachel Ventura for sharing this great tip. While i did the baby powder to get the dementional effect with our stickease, I hadn't saved the end of my foam tape. Which just the other day I was trying to figure out a way to use it!

So when you get down to the last piece of foam tape don't just throw it away because it is only sticky on one side, you can either add adhesive to the side with the paper covering or save it for your Stickease projects like I do.

I remove a small piece of tape and attach the paper side to the stickease and leave the covering on the other side of the foam tape.

I then apply baby powder to the rest of the stickease to remove the adhesive.

Shake off excess. Finally I remove the cover from the 3D foam tape and apply to my project. This allows me to use up the last bit of foam tape while also popping up my stickease for a more dimensional look.

During my card swap this month we had to use a spray pen. For my card I used 2 different re-inkers, so when I started my project I prepped 2 spray pens.

To achieve this look with the tree I ghosted/ masked that part of the card. Below are some quick step by steps on how I did that with the spray pen. Also to get the slight glitter within the sprayed area I added our create-a-shade- pearl paint in with the re-inker, and alcohol. (using alcohol instead of water keeps the paper from curling/warping.)

First I took Versamark to stamp the image on to the piece of cardstock. Then put clear detail embossing powder on the versamark and heated it. This gave the following image. I used the circle seen in the picture to make it so the entire image was not sprayed.

This is how it looked while I was spraying the image.

After removing the circle the image would look like this. I took a paper towel to pat off the ink on the versamarked tree. Then I took my iron with a piece of scrap paper in between the iron and this piece of paper to remove the embossing. After this was done, I took the paper the Circle was cut out of to cover up all of the tree that was in the red spread area. Taking the tree stamp and my New England Ivy ink pad, I second generation stamped the tree in the area where the circle kept the paper spray free.

Here is the card my Upline Rachel Ventura did for the swap, with instructions!

  • For this month's team technique swap we had to use the spray pen. I used a total of 4 re-inker colors so I used 4 spray pens to make it easier. Hey they are cheap, so why not :)
  • To obtain the image above I first stamped my images in versamark ink and then embossed clear on them. (The same technique of ghosting we learned last month).
  • Next I sprayed my paper with 4 colors starting in this order: Desert Sand, Heavenly Blue, Sweet Leaf, Holiday Red.
  • Next I placed a piece of compute paper over the image and set a hot iron. This lifted the embossing away from the project leaving a "ghosting" effect.
  • I sprayed my Flutters butterfly the same way and attached with 3D foam tape.
  • I toped the card off with 3 clear sparkles.
4 x 8 Dreamin' B&T
3 1/2 x 3 1/2 Goldrush C.S.
3 x 3 Col White C.S.
1 Flutter
3 Sparkles

Upcoming Events
Please note that the RSVP links take you to facebook, if you do NOT have facebook please go HERE so you can RSVP via my google calendar!

Cricut Holiday

More Info & To RSVP

Create as many boxes as you like. Bring your own paper or buy sheets from me as needed. I'll have snacks and drinks as well.(see picture of boxes at the RSVP link)
Date: Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Acid Free Studio
Street: 302 Hillside ct.
City: Kingsland, Ga, 31548
Price FREE

Believe Workshop: More Info & To RSVP
Date: Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Acid Free Studio
Street: 302 Hillside ct.
City: Kingsland, GA
Price: $35

Open Crop: More Info & To RSVP
Perfect for finishing those layouts or card
Date: Friday, December 9th, 2011
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Acid Free Studio
Street: 302 Hillside ct.
City: Kingsland, GA, 31548
Price FREE

Party in Your Home
Would you like to earn FREE products from Close To My Heart just by having your friends over for an afternoon or evening of fun? By doing so, you all will have the opportunity to use some of our newest products while learning a fun new technique or two - and these events are FREE! You can elect to have a theme based party or provide a light snack if you choose...otherwise, leave the rest up to me!Want to host a catalog or online party? Now you can from anywhere in the USA!!! Be a hostess for your friends or a Party of One!
Also when orders reach $150 or more you can be your own host and earn rewards.

Studio J
Timesaving Gift


The gift-giving season can be an uplifting time of merriment and joy... but it can also feel a bit hectic. It’s nice to know you can count on Studio J® to help you give meaningful gifts that don’t require a lot of time or money. Here are a few ideas to simplify your life and save time for both the giver and the receiver.

  • Make one family layout and print multiple copies for everyone. (Time: 15–45 minutes) With Studio J, printing extra copies of a layout is as simple as changing the quantity on the checkout screen. Or, if you prefer, create one layout, then copy it into a new project as many times as you like and customize it for each recipient.
  • Give a Studio J 5-pack along with a Quick Pic™ album. (Time: 5 minutes) Since a 5-pack includes free layouts, free shipping, and free Memory Protectors®, it’s everything they’ll need to create a finished album!
  • Present a loved one with a 3-month Studio J membership. (Time: 5 minutes) A 3-month membership costs just $30 US / $33 CAN and is the perfect way to help someone “get their feet wet” with Studio J and give them complete access to a product you love. Combine it with a 5-pack to make it an extra-special stocking stuffer!
  • Give a gift certificate for one-on-one Studio J training. (Time: 35 minutes) With Studio J, you can create two 2-page layouts in just 30 minutes. Give a gift certificate for a 30-minute session of one-one-one training where you help them create two layouts. Once you’ve shown them how fast and easy it is to scrapbook the Studio J way, they’ll be excited to create more pages on their own!
So put on the holiday music, pour yourself some eggnog, and pull out your holiday gift list. Studio J is a great way to help you give the gift of memories—without
taking much time!

Step By Step
Studio J Project

Love Your Layout: November 2011

Dreamin' Kit: Layering My Stickease®. Make sure to capture your autumn memories with this star-studded layout in just 30 minutes or less. We'll walk you through each step in our Love Your Layout episode; then you can log in to Studio J® and create your own!

Studio JIf you haven't checked it out Studio J yet, it's FREE to use so what are you waiting for? Indulge your desire to create gorgeous, 12" * 12" layouts in minutes—it’s easy, fast, and fun with Studio J, Close to My Heart’s unique online design software. Whether you’re a first-time scrapbooker or a long-time enthusiast, you can design custom layouts you’ll want to show off again and again. Discover the creative options available on Studio J!

Have a Merry Christmas
And A Happy New Year!

I want to wish you each a Happy Holiday Season. May your celebrations bring you closer together and sprinkle laughter throughout this winter. Make lots of memories and cherish the time you have together. I will see you Next Year!

Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter. I look forward to you participating in upcoming events or specials. Be sure to visit my blog on a regular basis or better yet..."follow it" and receive instant updates when I post something new! Remember, if you don't have time to scrapbook the old-fashioned 'hands-on' way, catch up using Studio J. You can always shop 24/7 at

If you haven't received an idea book and would like a physical copy please email me and I can let you know how you can get one for free. You can also view
it online here: Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book

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