Monday, January 31, 2011

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

The beginning of February means LOTS of great things where Close to My Heart is concerned...a new Idea Book, not one, but TWO AMAZING specials, and of course, the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! I shared the great Studio J special yesterday and will share the other real soon, so stay tuned. Right now, it's time to get hoppin'!

If you've arrived here from Dawn's blog, you're on the right track. If this is your first stop just follow the link at the end of this post (and the links in the subsequent blogs) and you are sure to be inspired by over 65 talented CTMH Consultants! If you get lost along the way or find links that aren't working, you can find the entire list of participants at Helen's blog.

February is all about love and friendship, so what a better way to celebrate than with this pretty set appropriately named Friendship. Classic damask images and a beautiful sentiment about friendship make this a very versatile set.

I absolutely love the sentiment in the set as it reminds me of so many friends who have touched my heart, so I decided to let the sentiment be the focal point of this card. I used the brand new Sophia papers because like my friends, they just make me smile!

Other items used include CTMH Corner Rounder, White Daisy Grosgrain Ribbon and Brads from the new Pink Assortment.

Time to hop along to Angel's blog to see what she (and all the other talents ladies) have in store for us this month.

Be sure to check back over the next couple days for fun artwork from the brand new Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Studio J: Score a Perfect 10

If you already love Studio J or have yet to give it a try, February is the time to fall in love with Close to My Heart's online studio scrapbooking program, Studio J!

During February, Studio J members can take advantage of this special offer to fill their scrapbooks. For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you order, you will receive the 10th one FREE! Simply add the 10th layout to your cart and this discount will be calculated automatically. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. And so on!

Studio J is always free to try so head on over there and check it out today! Simply upload your photos, select your layout design and kit and create away!

Not a Studio J Member? Well, let me tell you, membership DOES have its privileges! Studio J members receive the following benefits every day:
  • 50% every layout, every day!
  • Free shipping
  • Free Memory Protectors
  • Free JPG files of every layout purchased
  • Access to EXCLUSIVE kits and patterns!
A Studio J Membership is the clear choice for you if you're looking to save money on all of your Studio J projects! And with two membership options to choose from there's sure to be one that meets your budget and needs!
  • 12-month Membership - $99
  • 3-month Membership - $30
So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to get your Studio J membership so you can save big in February!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Spring/Summer New Product Blog Hop/Linky Party

Are you ready to be "wowed" by another AMAZING Idea Book from Close to My Heart? The Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book goes live February 1st and is filled with some gorgeous new products. There is truly something for everyone in this issue! The Idea Book will be available to view online on February 1st, but call or email me to get your very own copy ASAP!

If you love SNEAK PEEKS, you'll definitely want to grab your favorite beverage, get cozy and take in all the wonderful "sneak peeks" we have for you in the New Product Blog Hop/Linky Party. This one works a little differently that the traditional blog hops I've shared before...this one is a Linky Party! Rather than clicking on one link I provide, you will see ALL of the participants' links (with thumbnail photos) at the bottom of this post. Participants will join in over the next few days, so be sure to check back so you don't miss a thing! Thanks to Erin at Tazzygirl2000 for hosting our Linky Hop!

So here we go...

The Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book features not 4, not 6 but 8, yes EIGHT new My Reflections kits!!!!! It was truly hard for me to choose a favorite as I love them all, but I have to say, I think Sophia won the top spot in my book! Pinks and greens make up my favorite color combinations and this combo of Hollyhock, Blush, Pear and a touch of Goldrush just makes me smile.

For the two cards shown below, I paired Sophia with 2 brand new stamp sets and some fun embellishments. Every card maker out there will want to get their hands on the new Card Chatter-Birthday stamp set - filled with fun sentiments for any birthday! The Dreams Come True set was featured in our sneak peek Inspirations brochure, so it might look familiar.

I just recently learned how to make these fun accordion fold flowers and have gone a little crazy lately with them! I have more of them to share on another day and will be sure to add a tutorial as well. This festive card uses the Sophia papers, of course, as well as the Card Chatter-Birthday stamp set and a button from the Mini-Medley Accents in Pear.

This second card uses the the Dreams Come True set. It was fun to pair this set with something other than the gorgeous Wings kit. To create the flower on this one I stamped the image three times in Hollyhock ink, cut and layered the pieces as shown. The 3-D Foam Tape really added some dimension and literally made the flower POP! And since everything is better with a little bling, a few little Pink Sparkles added the finishing touch.

I hope you enjoy the other Sneak Peeks provided by our talented Consultants. Be sure to scroll down to my 100th Blog Post Blog Candy Give-Away!!!

If you are a CTMH Consultant and would like to join this Linky Hop, just follow the links below!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Under Construction!

I guess my 100th post got me itching to make some changes! Over the next couple days, I'll be working to overhaul my blog to make it easier for you to navigate. In the meantime, if things don't fit quite right or the colors are a little goofy, well then I'll say...please pardon my "virtual dust"!

Be sure to read the post just below this one for a chance to win some fun goodies!

100 Blog Posts = Blog Candy!

Wow! Well, I just logged in to share some fun cards with you and I see this is my 100th blog post! I think that calls for a celebration, don't you?!?! So...add a comment at the bottom of this blog post telling me your favorite My Reflections Kit from Close to My Heart (current or retired) AND be a "Follower" on my blog and you will be entered to win a little blog candy...a fun assortment of embellishments...ribbons, buttons, brads, eyelets and MORE!

If you're not already a "Follower" on my blog, just click on the link on the left to join us!

On Monday, January 31st I will draw one lucky winner to receive the blog candy.

So...what is your very FAVORITE My Reflections Kit of all time?