Sunday, October 31, 2010

CTMH--- A Little Thanks SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop for November 2010!

All artwork on the hop will feature November's A Little Thanks, a set of 16 stamps! If you have come here from Kimberly's Blog you are on the right path.

This month we have  about 70 CTMH Consultants sharing their SOTM creations, and other great CTMH artwork. Hopping along is fun and simple to do - just click the link at the end of each blogger's post to move to the next one!  Be sure to leave some love (comments) along the way :)

This month, I have created a card to share with you!  I found this card sketch some where and fell in love with the simplicity of it!  I used the Magnifique paper pack along with "Follow your Heart" the stamp set that comes in the Workshop on the GO (or Kit of the Month as I like to call it).  Very simple card to show gratitude :)

Follow your Heart
A Little More Thanks
Corner rounder
Sky, Pacifica, Chocolate Ink
Pearl Opaques

I have actually created a few more cards with this set, but they found their way into a box, over to the new house and are not available to photograph at this time.  So be on the lookout for more artwork from "A Little Thanks" later this month!  

Remember, the November SOTM is only available until 11/30! Click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

In November, spend $100 and get this Stamp of the Month for FREE PLUS any other stamp set FREE (size A-D).  CTMH's way of thanking you with just a little more this month ;)  SHOP HERE TODAY!

Now hop on over to Jen's Messy Studio to see what she has created for you!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

CTMH-- Studio J- Majestic Blue + Magic

Here is the most recent Studio J Layout that I've created!  I used an older paper pack, Majestic Blue!  I recall a very special layout that I created of my son and I a couple years ago with this paper pack.  I'll have to pull that out to show you sometime....
This new pattern from the Magic book intimidates me, I think its all the paper strips.  Sure was easy to use in Studio J though :)

Left side:  Bathing Beauties- how cute are they!
Right side:  August calendar layout- pictures from our beach/camping trip

What have you created with Studio J lately???

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

CTMH-- Studio J- Same Pattern, Different Layout

I am continuing to use Studio J to create my calendar layouts! One page is my calendar layout, and the other is just a page for my general album.  I inadvertently used the same pattern on two different months layouts- but look how changing up the papers can make a huge difference:

February- Left side is the Calendar layout

Animal Cookies papers, added black cardstock.

September:  Left side is the Calendar layout
I really wanted to use a "rainbow" of colors for this layout, so I chose Tinkerin'.  But on in one photo, Allie's shirt was purple, so I was able to change the color of the paper to match the colors I was looking for (the purple and the red papers below)

Tinkerin Paper

For the last 3 years, I have created scrapbooked 12x12 calendars for both sets of Grandparents as well as for myself.  The first 2 have been traditional scrapbook layouts- where I was not able to fully embellish. 
NOW- my new and improved calendars created with Studio J are fully embellished and flat! 
I have printed out one set of each 2-page layout (keeping the second page for my regular album) AND have the JPEG to print out 2 more copies for the other calendars!  SO AWESOME! 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

CTMH-- Studio J- Perfect Day + Magic

I am knee deep in packing boxes, and painting rooms in preparation for our move to our NEW HOUSE!  We bought a house after almost a year long search, then wait on answers on a short sale.  We closed escrow last week :-)

Even though I have not done a whole lot in my craft room (other than prep for classes), I am still able to scrapbook via Studio J!

I created this layout earlier this week: 

I thought that Perfect Day went perfectly with these swimming pictures! And the pattern is exclusive to Members!

Tips- * I used a sticker border on the left page in between the bracket and my picture.
 * I used the stipple brush to create a speckled effect on the cardstock base.
* I substituted a picture for the journal box on the lower right side.
* I edited my pictures in Studio J to brighten some of them up.
* I used the "Place kit alphabet area" feature to separate each stickease letter and then I was able to make some of them larger. 

Remember you can try Studio J for FREE!!!!  CLICK HERE to get started!

Don't forget about the Studio J Memberships:
Members will get:
*50% off layout pricing ($6.50 per layout)
*Free hi-res JPG files for every custom printed layout purchased
*Hi-res printable JPG files available to purchase separately for $3.00
*Special members-only patterns and kits
*Free shipping and handling on your monthly order (min. 4 layouts- once a month)
*Free memory protectors
*Exclusive campaigns and deals throughout your membership

Membership levels:
5-pack (T/SH included)-- $55
3- month membership--- $30
12-month membership--- $99 (best value)

Get your STUDIO J Membership HERE today!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

WINNER OF~*~Spooky Blog Haunt~*~ GIVEAWAY!

please email me at:  roxybonds at gmail dot com with your mailing info :)

A BIG thank you goes out to ALL those who hopped here during the Spooky Blog Haunt!  I appreciate your comments, am happy to have new followers and hope I can inspire you again :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

~*~Spooky Blog Haunt~*~

Welcome to the Paper Secrets Spooky Blog Haunt.

I have made a couple Wall Art projects to share with you today!

This Witch wall hanging was super easy to create!  I took a 9x9 canvas and Mod Podged some newspaper clippings right onto it.  Then I painted the edges black.  I used the "A Child's Year" cricut cartridge to cut the witch out at 7".  I Mod Podged that on top and voila!  30 minute project!!

9x9 Canvas
CTMH Black Cardstock
Mod Podge
Cricut:  A Child's Year

This HALLOWEEN Wall art is a 12x12 scrapbook page that could easily be framed or attached to a canvas and displayed on the wall or mantel!  I cut 2x2 squares of patterned paper and arranged them in a slightly messy pattern.  All edges were inked in black.  I used some Blackboard Chipboard by Cosmo Cricket for the letters.  This project came together very easily as well! 
Prima patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Blackboard chipboard letters
Bazzill Black bling cardstock
misc Rub-ons
CTMH Archival Black ink
Misc. Black lace

Here are a couple more Halloween projects previously featured on my blog:

Thriller Card:

Halloween Through The Years Mini Album

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Enter to win this stamp set by Close To My Heart CTMH from ME!!!! (shipping to US & Canada only)

Remember to leave a comment on all 31 blog posts for your chance to win 1 of the 3 treats Paper Secrets is giving away.  Once you have visited ALL 31 blogs- go HERE to enter to win one of THREE grand prizes!!

Your next stop will be Kathy C's Blog.

In case you get lost, you can find a complete blog list here...

Monday, October 11, 2010

CTMH--- Jump for Joy!

What would you do with $100 of FREE scrapbooking supplies???

Whether you're a brand new or experienced hostess with Close To My Heart, this is the perfect opportunity to hold one or more Home Gatherings and receive special incentives!!

That's every Gathering held from October 1 to October 31 that reaches a minimum of $450 in sales, hostesses will be able to "jump" to the next level of Hostess Rewards--which means more FREE products and more items at 50% off!!

In other words, if your Gathering sales qualify you to receive $100 in FREE select product and two items at 50%off, you'll actually jump up to $120 in FREE product and three items at 50% off!!

This means more for you! You'll earn at least $20 more in FREE product and may even earn an additional item of your choice at 50% off. So, don't wait!!

October is a great time to invite your friends and family over to do some holiday shopping with Close To My Heart, order their holiday card supplies, and have a fun night out crafting, laughing, and relaxing. It's enough to make you Jump for Joy!!

WAIT!!!!  You don't want to clean your house??  You don't want to put on make-up or get dressed up??
NOT A PROBLEM!  Contact me today to set up a Catalog Party OR an ONLINE PARTY!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Kids Handprint Wall Art

We are moving at the end of the month and I've been on the lookout for fun, creative artwork for my kid's playroom.  I came across something similar, somewhere in blog land. 

I took a 16x20 canvas (wish it was larger) and painted it black.  Then I cut out 4x4 and 5x5 squares of white cardstock.  I painted my sons hands in rainbow colors and "stamped" them on the larger squares.  Then painted my daughter's hands in the bright and fun colors and "stamped" them on the smaller squares.  This was the arrangement I came up with!  The squares are just adhered with foam tape.  I hope they stay up there!! 

I thought having some personalized artwork would not only be fun, but something to treasure too :-)

What do you think???

Friday, October 8, 2010

CTMH--- Studio J & Traditional Layouts- Blue Ribbon

When it comes to scrapbooking, traditional (paper, scissors, adhesives etc) is the way for me.  But I'm not afraid to mix in some digital goodness with Studio J!

I wanted to show you an example of BOTH!  

Here's my traditional layout.  Created using a sketch from my friend Kari.  I used some of the scraps I have left from the retired Blue Ribbon paper kit. 

If you are ever sad that your favorite paper kit is retired.... hope on over to Studio J and it will probably be there for your unlimited use :)

Here's my Studio J layout also using Blue Ribbon.  The first page is my calendar page for July and the second is the match to the traditional layout above.  So when they go in my album (eventually), I'll have a traditional layout right next to a Studio J layout.  I bet you no one knows the difference once in the album!


Be sure to check out Studio J's memberships while you're creating your next Studio J layout!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

CTMH-- Hooligans Kit of the Month!!!!

Kit of the Month Playdate & Crop
October 17th- Sunday- 12:30-3:30
RSVP -- Choose your kit and pay today!!!

No one will be able to resist the ghoolish goblins and merry little monsters in this Hooligans set.  Perfect for Halloween, but equally amazing for ALL other themes!
Standard Kit
My Acrylix® Troublemaker Set
My Reflections® Hooligans Level 2 Paper Packet
Mini-Medley Sunset Collection
Workshop Guide

Best Kit- I seriously recommend making the splurge though as they totally dress up the artwork. You will not be disappointed...I PROMISE!!
            Z1332 Houligans Felt                          $4.95              
            Z1335 Licorice Opaques                    $2.95
            z134 Prisma Glitter                             $4.25
            z553 Bonding Memories Glue            $4.50
The format of the Kit of the Months have changed.  I will be offering 3 Bonus Add-ons each month.  You may choose any or all of them to add on to your order.  The add-ons will ADD TO your kit to create above and beyond the Workshop Guide.  One will always be inks used in the kit, the second will be an additional project or technique and the third, a coordinating stamp set.  Ordering ALL the bonus items will get you the Stamp of the Month for FREE (only through me)!
Bonus Project:  circle cards
Bonus A  Z190  Gypsy Ink                                 $5.25
            Z2191  Sunset Ink                                   $5.25
Bonus B  Z1353         Circle Cards                $5.95
            X5765  Carnival Cardstock                $9.95
Bonus C  C1429 Party Pennants                  $18.95

Total for ALL (Plus SOTM Free)                 $91.95
NEW: Bring leftover accessory packets from Magnifique. 
Bring your photos!  Members will get to choose a prize when they completed the Kit of the Month projects in class!
Members who participate in 4 Kits of the Month in a row will earn a FREE Petite Perks Stamp set!
All Kit of the Month Playdate members are eligible to earn FREE Hostess Rewards on a rotating hostess schedule!
Whether you choose to do the Kit of the Month or not, come on by and crop and play with us!
Class Held at Round Table Pizza- Willow & Herndon, in the party room!

NOT LOCAL???  Purchase your kit HERE.   Add on the Best Kit items or the bonus items as you desire!  

Email me if you would like to join this group!  Local members meet monthly.  Long distance members get their kits mailed to them monthly!  ALL members are eligible to earn Hostess Rewards on a rotating basis!  Contact me today for more info:  roxybonds at

Check out THIS layout that I created with Hooligans- non Halloween!
And THIS one too!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

CTMH-- Layouts: Zippidee, Cherry-O, Boom Di-A-Da, Bella & Daydream

I participated in an online crop last week with my bestest online friends (love you ASP girls!!!!)  There were some fabulous sketch challenges, scraplift challenges and much much more!  I was able to get quite a few layouts done during the last two weekends thanks to this crop!  Best part--- I was able to use up some of my stash!!

Zippidee Level 1
Zippidee Stickease
Dimensional Elements Stars
Sunflower Waxy Flax
Ticket to Ride
Honey, cranberry ink/markers

CTMH Unless noted
Cherry O Creative Basics
Princess stamps
White Daisy Cardstock
Watermelon cardstock/marker
Misc fiber
Swap tag
Fancy pants buttons
Prima bling

All CTMH unless noted
Boom Di-A-Da Level 2
Bella Level 2
Hollyhock Buttons
Making Memories Tiny Alpha
Martha Stewart Punch
Prima Flowers

 Can you see the pleated paper ruffling at the bottom??  I love this technique!

All CTMH Unless noted:
Daydream Level 2
Lots of Dots alphabet
Black Marker

What are your favorite online crops??? 

The place that got me started with online crops is A Cherry On Top!  They still have online crops all the time and I do my best to participate in them :)

Monday, October 4, 2010

CTMH--- Caprice Layout for H2H

Have you checked out Heart 2 Heart Challenges???  I love this challenge blog because its CTMH!!!!  Many of the challenge blogs out there are run by people from other companies, and not that I don't visit them, or play along, but this one is the BEST :)

Apparently I'm a day late in posting as this was last weeks challenge, but oh well!

A, B, C.  A- Alphabet.  B- Boy, C- Chocolate.

For this layout, I used up some of the retired kit, Caprice.  The colors were just perfect for my Father/Son layout.

Caprice Level 1
Felicity Stamps
Just Like you

This week's challenge is:  Birthday Time!

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