Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Practical Scrappers Sketch

I used the sketch from Practical Scrappers Sketch Friday for this card. The digi-stamp is from this month’s sponsor, The Stamping Boutique. It took me 3 times to color it correctly. I am not good with copics, and ended up using colored pencils. Haha. I've watched copic tutorial videos, but I need one-on-one training. Someday. Although I think most of the problem is that I don't have enough colors of copics. Maybe I'll have to remedy that :)

I just realized that I forgot to cover up the half a latte cup in the top right of my image. I cropped it off cuz I didn't like it, but then overlooked it. I'll have to fix that.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

9" x 9" My Creations Memory Showcase - Engagement

My sister-in-law, Stephanie, created this awesome 9" x 9" Showcase album for her best friend who recently got engaged. She used the Veranda Level 2 paper pack, added some tulip cardstock, Just Blooms, and Filigree Charms, along with some stamps and supplies she already had.

I introduced Stephanie to Close to my Heart when I first became a Consultant 1.5 yrs ago, and being a scrapbooker, she was immediately hooked on stamping. But this was the first time she used one of our paper packs for a project. She has created several albums like this for her friends when they got engaged, but it always takes her a while to sort through her supplies and decide what to use. After finishing this album she told me, "I can't believe how fast it was to put this together. Using the CTMH paper pack made it so easy...I didn't have to think about was done for me! I'm definitely using CTMH for every album I do from now on!"
Stephanie gave this to Megan a couple weeks ago, and Megan LOVED it. She said, "I have the best one!" (There are 3 other girls in their group of friends who Stephanie has made an engagement album for.)

Sorry the photos aren't the best...they were taken on her iphone. (She gave me her permission to post them.) :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Practical Scrapper Challenge: Rub-ons

Here's another in my series of hanging photo decorations (my cubicle is starting to feel like home!). Again, I used a 6"x6" chipboard page (from a chipboard album I found in the dollar bin at Michael's). I decorated it with various Jolee's snowflakes, rhinestones, and the stars are glitter rub-ons from CTMH. I love these rub-ons because they add some bling, but are mess-free! The rub-on part is actually glue. And the package comes with 3 colors of glitter sheets which you rub onto the glue. No messy loose glitter...easy clean-up!
Paper: Aspen
Accessories: CTMH Winter Cheer glitter rub-ons, Clear Sparkles, Jolee's snowflakes/blue rhinestones

Monday, March 22, 2010

Practical Scrappers Challenge: Something From Your Stash

This week's challenge at Practical Scrappers is to use something you've had in your stash at least a year. I've been hanging on to these poofy flowers for at least a year. I bought them because I loved them and "had" to have them, but the right occasion to use them just never came up! I didn't want to use them in my scrapbook because they'd get smashed, and didn't want to use them on cards because they're too expensive. (I try not to use expensive embellishments on my cards because then I give them away and never see them again!)
This is the second in my series of hanging photo decorations for my cubicle at work, and the flowers were the perfect touch! Along with the Magic Moments paper (my long-time favorite!) and filigree charms from CTMH. I also tossed in some twinkle brads with the filigree charms instead of the pewter brads that come with them. Yummy!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Become a Close to my Heart Consultant and Get Something Extra!

This is an amazing promotion! I wish I had a cool promotion like this when I signed up to be a Consultant :) If you join my CTMH team in March you'll get ALL FOUR Stamp of the Months from the upcoming Summer Idea book for FREE with your Consultant Kit. The kit will still only cost you $99 (valued over $300), and you'll get another 4 stamp sets valued at over $90!

To learn more about becoming a Consultant, visit my website or email me at jaymalew[at] If you love scrapbooking and stamping, or addicted to any type of papercraft like me, you'll LOVE being a CTMH was one of the best things I've ever done!!! Corporate is awesome at taking care of their Consultants, and I'll be here to help you every step of the way.

Here's what the stamp sets look like, and you can find a flyer here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My Husband's Birthday/St. Paddy's Card

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here's a tidbit of info about this holiday that most people don't know: It's technically spelled "St. Paddy's," not "St. Patty's." I don't know why, and I don't like it this way, but I don't make the rules. I just follow them because I'm an editor and proofreader, and when I see grammatical errors I go nuts (even if I don't agree)!

Ok, now that that's out of the is my husband's birthday! He could care less what his card looks like, or that he even receives a card, so I made this quickly. haha! But I did want to make him a card because that's what I do :) So here it is...
I stamped the background paper...I like how that looks for a more masculine card (albeit the flowers take away from any masculinity there was!).

I also made him cupcakes and a little cupcake topper. He said he didn't want a cake or anything, but everyone needs something special for their birthday and I know he appreciated it. Served on nothing less than a UCLA plate :)
Stamp Sets: March Word Puzzle (retired - here is the current one), Happy Birthday (a must-have, along with Thank You! You will use them endlessly.)
Inks: Clover Meadow, Sunflower

Monday, March 15, 2010

Chipboard Challenge

This week's challenge at Practical Scrappers is to use chipboard. I bought a 6"x6" chipboard album in the dollar bin at Michael's. I used one of the "pages" as the base for this hanging decor. I covered it, and the chipboard heart, with paper from the You Rock paper pack from CTMH by tracing the chipboard onto the back of the paper, then cut out and adhered. Then I sanded the edges to made them flush and add some distress. I love using the Finishing Files for the little nooks and crannies. For larger areas I use the Sanding Block.

I just love this photo of my niece. She looks like she's getting into mischief, which is probably true. I'm working on making several of these photo hangers (for lack of a better term) to decorate my cubicle at work :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

1-Year-Old Birthday Invitation | Practical Scrappers White Pen Challenge

This week's challenge at Practical Scrappers is to use a white pen or marker. I used my white Jelly Roll (Sakura) gel pen to add dots around the edge of this invitation. I've tried several white gel pens, and I've found that this is my favorite. (Sorry for the not-so-great photo...I used my iphone because I couldn't find my camera.)
Supplies (CTMH unless noted):
Stamp Set: Life's a Jungle
Paper Pack: Animal Cookies
Colors: Tulip, Dutch Blue, Sunflower, Clover Green
Font: A Little Pot (
Other: Sponge Daubers, Buttons from stash, Jelly Roll white gel pen