Friday, December 31, 2010

Splash Zone Beach Layout: Studio J

This is the last of several layouts I created in Studio J last month. These pictures were from San Diego over the summer...I went to the beach with my dad, sister, niece and nephew.

This Splash Zone paper and matching stickers were perfect, and you can only find them in Studio J (CTMH's online scrapbooking). Studio J is free to try out here.

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

{New} Wings Clear Scalloped Card

I'm on vacation up in the mountains surrounded by snow, so what better opportunity to craft?! I just got the beautiful CTMH Wings paper and ribbon and the absolutely adorable January stamp of the month, so I wanted to play with my new stuff!

I decided to play along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge this's been forever since I have. We have a choice between a round or square card, and since I bought some Clear Cards when they first came out several months ago and haven't even made one yet, I thought I'd try my hand at a round one! This is what I came up with...
I wanted to share this next shot because I love the background. Look at the bluebird skies and snow in the window! Absolutely stunning!
Here's a picture I took out that view as I scrapbook and make cards up here in Mammoth :) It was not this blue yesterday...we got 3 feet of snow!
And a close-up to see some dimension on the card.
Isn't the new Wings paper pretty? And that ribbon! It comes pleated and stitched already so the work is done for you. The new CTMH Idea Book doesn't come out until Feb. 1, but wanna know how you can get these items and some other great stamps and embellishments a DISCOUNT?! Check out this flyer. Be sure to let me know if you have any questions! You can place your order on my website:

Here is the sketch from Mojo Monday...give it a try!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mistletoe & Random-Stamped Christmas Cards + Gift Tags

I'm a little behind on sharing the rest of my Christmas cards. This is the last Christmas card post for 2010 :) I LOVE this Ms. Holiday Cheer stamp set...can you tell that I tend to lean toward more "cutesy" Christmas cards and stamps? I made her fur fuzzy by coloring it with a glue pen then sprinkling with fun flock.

TIP: After sprinkling the fun flock onto the glue, use your finger to push it into the glue to make sure it sticks well. The flock is so lightweight that it needs a little help settling in :)
This next card uses the Mistletoe paper, which seems not-so-cutesy to me, but the "jingle" stamp from Holiday Jingle is. Love that ornament stamp, too. It's in the Holiday Trinkets stamp set.
And here are a few tags I made using the Christmas Melodies stamp set. I just stamped the images, cut them out, and punched a hole. Love using baker's twine for tags.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I'm a Friday Five Winner at Heart 2 Heart

Yippee...I am one of the Friday Five winners at the Heart 2 Heart Challenges blog for my name frame. You can see the frame I created here.
To see the other winners, visit the Friday Five post at H2H. They're all fabulous!

Speaking of gifts, have you seen the AMAZING wedding cake gift that Tracey Mason created? I'm speechless. I've never seen anything more beautiful created with paper. Check it out here.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Baby Name Frame Using CTMH Bella

This week's challenge at Heart 2 Heart is to create a gift. I haven't participated in a H2H challenge in a while, and since I'm up to my ears in gifts this time of year, I thought now is perfect time to participate!

This is actually a "gift" that I sold, but the recipient and his wife are giving it to their 2nd little girl, who is due in January. You can see the frame I made for their first little girl here.
I use the same dimensions for most of the baby name frames I do...8" x 10" frame, 1-3/4" for the squares, and the letters are on a 1-1/2" square, mounted on a 1-3/4". To create the letters, I use Stampin' Up sticky pages...they're sticky on both sides. I run the page through my Cricut spell the name, then I mount it on the paper and sprinkle with glitter (always Martha Stewart glitter for EXTRA sparkle!).

I wanted to kinda match the glitter to the frame, so I mixed smoky quartz (smoky gold) with a little brownstone (bronze) to make a medium-bronze color. I used this glitter mixture to create the flower center as well. I started with just a small chipboard circle, then covered with liquid glass and sprinkled with glitter (let it dry overnight). It looks like one of CTMH's new Shimmer designer brads...but I got to customize the color and it was cheaper! (But I do LOVE those new brads!)

To see all the frames I've made, click here.

Thanks for looking!

Bella Level 2 paper pack (retired), mocha opaques, clear shapes (CTMH connections reward), Perennials dimensional elements, Pizzazz irrisistibles, Martha Stewart glitter (brownstone & smoky quartz), cricut, SU sticky pages, brads from Michael's, spiral clip sponged in brown staz-on ink, ribbon from Wal-Mart, Chocolate mini flowers from past special

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jingle with Pennants & Evensong Christmas Cards

It's about time I share some more of my Christmas cards! Sorry it's a little late now for you to use as inspiration, unless you are like me and even though you have your letter ready and many cards made, you still have more to make and haven't sent many out yet! :)

So, here are a couple more that I made for mine and Jen's Christmas card workshop last month. I used the small Christmas tree from the CTMH Evergreen stamp set to create Pennants.

And this card used some scraps I had left over from the CTMH Evensong paper pack. I've been hangin' onto what I have left, but I think it's about time I use it all up.
The dimensional leaves were really fun and easy to make. I was inspired by Tresa Black's ustream video on Lollipop flowers. I simply cut out a leaf shape by hand (imperfection is nice sometimes). Then I folded in half lengthwise, and made lots of folds going down the whole leaf. Ink the edges to pop.
I hope you were inspired by something today. Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

"Friends" Papercrafted Photo Frame for 16-Year-Old Girl

I have to say, I think this is my favorite of all the "What's in a Frame" projects I've ever done! It must be the cool peacock feather that put it over the top for me. Maybe the glitter letters, too (but WOW were they messy to do!).
I had this idea a couple of months ago for a Christmas gift for my hubby's cousin's daughter, and put all the supplies aside, but just got around to actually making it last night. These are the colors in her room: black and white with blue accents. It's hard to get a good shot of it with the glass and glitter.
It's hard to tell, but the black & white circle paper is fuzzy. The black is velvet (which also makes it hard to get stray glitter flecks off).

This photo has better color, but bad glare. It's just hard to get a good picture with the glass reflecting back at me!
What do you think?! Here's a secret: even with the glitter mess I made, this took me less than 2 hours. Can you think of someone on your Christmas list to make something like this for? You can replace "friends" with a child's name and cover the chipboard letters in paper instead of glitter.

Let me know if you make one...I'd love to see it!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Using Seasonal Paper Kits for "Normal" Photos in Studio J

I love mixing up my paper kits and using them in unexpected ways. It's a little trickier in Studio J, but definitely doable.

This first layout uses the Studio J-exclusive Halloween paper kit called BOO. You can't even tell it's Halloween-themed from my layout.
These are the papers in the BOO kit. Plus, you can use any color cardstock and you can use the "backs" of the papers for a lighter tone in one of the patterns.This second layout uses another Studio J-exclusive paper pack called Class Act. As you can guess, it's a back-to-school theme.
Here are the papers in Class Act. I also pulled in some Crystal Blue with the cardstock, a color that doesn't come in the paper kit. But it works nicely with the papers I chose.
When using seasonal kits in Studio J, you'll find that most of the stickers are seasonal and probably won't work for your "normal" layout. In both of my layouts I found some star stickers to use, along with brads and buttons, but most of the other stickers were school- and Halloween-related. If you want a little more embellishing on your layout, just add some "real" embellishments once you get the prints! It'll add some nice dimension and you'll be able to use up some of your stash :)

You can play with Studio J here (it's free to try it out).

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jingle Christmas Card and Gift Card Holder

My friend Jen and I had an All-You-Can-Create Christmas Card workshop in November that was a huge hit, so I wanted to share some of the cards I created for it.

Here is a card and a gift card holder using the Jingle Creative Basics CTMH paper from last year. You can find my tutorial (with pictures) for the gift card holder here.

All the ladies had so much fun at our Christmas Card workshop that we are having another one on December 12!

If you live in the Fresno area, come join us on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 2-4:30. We'll be in the meeting room at Round Table Pizza at Herndon/Willow. For just $15 you can create all the cards you can in 2.5 hours! We'll have all the paper cut and directions for each of 12-14 cards!

We're trying to keep them fairly simple so you can finish in a decent amount of time, but still teach you some new techniques :) Hope you can make it!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Studio J Layouts: Similar Photos with Different Papers

I hope you're all recovered from your post-turkey coma (for my U.S. readers) and Black Friday shopping! I think I'm recovered from Thanksgiving parents and in-laws came to our house for the first time this year. It was SO fun to plan and cook everything, but definitely a lot of work. As for Black Friday, I don't go anywhere near a shopping center the day after Thanksgiving. My mom and I crafted instead :)

Ok, now on to crafty talk...

As you may be able to tell from my blog, I LOOOOOVE CTMH's Splendor paper pack. I used it for these first 2 layouts. The first photos are from Mammoth, our favorite place to visit in the mountains. These pictures are from the summer so I needed to use something other than my normal snowy paper choice, Aspen.
This second layout also uses Splendor, and it's of pictures from Yosemite...we stopped on our way home from Mammoth.
This third layout features some similar photos from Yosemite, but since they are from the fall I wanted a more woodsy, mountainy feeling, so I used the Back Country paper.
Tip: I wanted the "Yosemite" title to look lined up, but sort of askew. So I used the quick title tool (mentioned in this post), and once the alphabet stickers were lined up, I rotated and spaced each individual letter how I wanted it.

I love that all the papers in CTMH's "normal" paper line are also in Studio J. Plus, every time a new Idea Book is released, there is a bonus paper pack released to Studio J only.

If you are interested in catching up with your scrapbooking, Studio J is definitely the way to go. Once you get over the learning curve (which is VERY easy), you can finish a 2-page layout in under an hour. It usually takes me 30-40 minutes.

Studio J Money-Saving Membership

Close to my Heart now offers a Studio J membership, which gives you huge benefits. For just $30 for 3 months or $99/year, you will receive HALF OFF your 2-page layouts + free shipping once per month + FREE high-resolution jpg's of your layouts + a FREE memory protector for each layout + access to exclusive layouts! This means that even if you order just a couple of layouts per month, you're already getting your money's worth by saving $6.50/layout + all the other perks! (I couldn't limit myself to just a couple of layouts though...once you start you can't stop!) Here's more info.

Thanks for reading my post today!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

3 Cute Christmas Earrings

I love making jewelry almost as much as I love playing with paper. I've been in Christmas jewelry-making mode and just added these beauties to my ShopHandmade store. I'm making tons because I'm doing my first craft fair on Dec. 5. They're so sparkly and pretty in person so I think they'll do well!

I especially love these snowflakes. The pop of red is really classy against the iridescent glitter. I'm a sucker for snowflakes though :)

I'm also a sucker for stars. These look really cute on. Can't wait til it's acceptable to wear them in public :) I can't decide which to wear during the craft fair...they also come in other colors!

I'm trying to raise some money for my sweet friend, Sharlie, who has a charity for Cystic Fibrosis. I'm donating 10% of all my sales through Christmas, so I hope you'll visit my shop.

I also have a giveaway going til November 30. I'm giving 2 of my adorable hair clips away, and this is all you need to do to be entered to win:
  1. Tweet or Facebook my shop to your friends.
  2. Visit my shop and let me know which clip you'd like if you win!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

3 Tips for Your Studio J Online Scrapbooking Layouts

Earlier this month I got around to playing with Studio J again to create some scrapbook layouts online. I can't believe how quickly I was able to catch up on my scrapbooking! Each layout takes me about 30-40 minutes to complete, so I was able to get 7 layouts done in just a couple of nights.

I'll share my layouts over the next few days. Here are two that I did of my sweet niece, Madison. This first one was from a while ago, spring of 2009. Glad to finally have these pictures scrapped!
Tip #1: Use the quick-title tool. The title of this layout, "Backyard Fun," is done with stickers. Instead of dragging each sticker to the layout (as you do with other stickers and elements), there is a "quick title" option. Click it, and you can type the title like normal will even line it up for you.

This second layout was from last month when I visited my family in San Diego. My mom and I took Madison out for a special day. We took her to UTC mall where they have a kiddie play area...she LOVES trains! She had so much fun...she rode the train twice, and also went in a jumpie (unfortunately I didn't get any good pics in the jumpie). And as you can see afterward, she was wiped!
Tip #2: Add your own text box. Each layout in Studio J comes with title and journaling boxes. But you may want to add your title somewhere else. In my layout above, I didn't want a title where it was designated, so I took it out, and added a new title, "San Diego," right over the picture. The text boxes come with a vellum background by default, but you can switch it to no background so it will look good over a pictures.

Tip #3: Use stickers for your journaling. Notice my journaling in the layout's done on that fun-shaped sticker! I took out the original journaling block, added a tag sticker where I wanted the journaling to be, and then added a new journaling block on top of it. You can also resize the stickers, so I sized the sticker to fit my text once I finished writing.

Have you played with Studio J yet? What fun techniques have you learned?

If you haven't tried it, you can for free here.

For more information about Studio J, read the post I wrote here.

Thanks for reading my post today!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Adorable Gift Ideas + Giveaway + Help a Good Cause!

I've mentioned that I've been working on some super secret felt projects lately, and now I'm finally ready for the big reveal! And a giveaway!
How adorable are these felt hair clips?! I’ve been working really hard in my craft studio and have now officially re-launched my Shop Handmade store.
To celebrate my grand re-opening, I have a couple of exciting things going on…

First of all, from now until Christmas, I will be donating 10% off ALL sales to a charity that is near and dear to me, Sharlie's Angels Medical Fund. Sharlie has been fighting Cystic Fibrosis since she was a baby and has beat all odds—the doctors thought she’d be lucky to live to age 10. At 31 years old and lung capacity at 18%, she is a true inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with, in addition to being an amazing wife and mom! Read more about Sharlie’s touching journey.

Secondly, you can win a FREE hair clip OR pair of earrings of your choice! All you need to do is:
  1. Share my shop with your friends on Facebook and/or Twitter. My Twitter name is @jaymalew…let me know when you share!
  2. Check out my shop and let me know which hair clip or earrings you would like if you win. (Be sure to let me know...that's how I know to enter you into the drawing.) I will randomly choose TWO winners on November 30 (because that’s my golden birthday! *gasp*).
That's it! Easy enough, right?!

Check out all the fun gift items in my shop—I have more than hair clips.
You might be interested in one of these best sellers, a customized 8” x 10” name frame to match your child’s room.
Or maybe you’d like to dress up your Christmas packages this year. These gift tags would do just the trick.
I also welcome custom orders. If there’s something you’re looking for but don’t see it, or would like a different color of something you do see, let me know and I’d love to work with you.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Martha Stewart Double-Sided Lace Punch Card

I know you have been anxiously waiting to see this card. Oops...I made it right after I wrote this post and totally forgot to post it!

I wanted to highlight that beautiful lace punch so I kept the card simple. I stamped "With Gratitude" in Versamark ink and heat embossed in white. I glittered the lace by coloring it with a giant glue pen (Bonding Memories Glue) and sprinkling with prisma glitter.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Daydream Level 2 paper pack, Thank You stamp set, Martha Stewart double-edge lace punch, bitty sparkles, prisma glitter, white embossing powder, Bonding Memories glue

Friday, November 12, 2010

Piece of Cake Birthday Card

My next-door neighbor's birthday was just before Halloween, so I made her this birthday card with a Halloween-inspired color theme.
I bought a set of copic markers about a year ago, and kinda played around with them but was never happy with the results. I had trouble with shading. Recently I've watched several how-to videos on YouTube on using copics, so I took a stab at it again. This wasn't the best image to try them out since all the colored sections are so small...but I've gotta start somewhere!

I made another card using copics that you can see the shading much better...I'll post it soon!

Thanks for looking :)

CTMH Piece of Cake stamp set; paper from stash (one of my very favorite paper stacks, I think it's Me & My Big Ideas); ribbon, sparkles, and brads from stash, copic markers

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Personalized iPhone Case

I saw a post on Jennifer McGuire's blog a while back about this website where you can create a personalized photo iPhone case. How cool is that?!

The company is called Uncommon and their website is

These are screenshots of the cases I designed for the iPhone 4, but you can also create cases for the 3G and 3GS for $5 more. If you don't want a photo case, you can choose from their designs, which are also really fun. Check them out!