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 now...my 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 text...it 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 above...it'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 getuncommon.com.

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!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fancy Christmas Tag With Martha Stewart Doily

A few weeks ago I picked up some of these Martha Stewart doily tags at Michael's, not quite sure what I'd do with them.
I saw a couple of posts on Aaron Brown's blog that inspired me, and got to work on my own Christmas tags.
I distressed the edges of the doily in CTMH Desert Sand ink, and rubbed the baking twine in the ink as well. I punched a 1-3/4" circle in tulip and secured to the back, then using a glue pen I added glitter to the holes on the front side where the tulip shows through.
Then I punched several papers using my 2" scallop circle punch. Then distressed, crumpled, and assembled together to form a flower. I secured with a brad, since that was the best way to hold everything together, then adhered a sparkle on top of the brad.

Martha Stewart doily tag, CTMH tulip cardstock, CTMH Jingle level 2 paper pack & Creative Basics, Pages from old book, Martha Stewart baking twine, prisma glitter, brad and sparkle from stash, CTMH Desert Sand ink

Friday, November 5, 2010

Birthday Card Before & After: What Do You Think?

I posted this card a while ago, and thought it was cute, but was never completely satisfied with it. I felt like it was missing something. Like a sentiment...and I felt it needed something where I didn't add a 3D cloud on the right.

So the other day I took another stab at it. I added some red...which I'm not sure about. I kinda liked the color scheme the way it was.

What do you think?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

In Loving Memory Frame

About 7 years ago I first visited my best friend in Colorado and fell in love with her husky/wolf, Neve (pronounced Ne-vie, Portuguese for "snow"). She cuddled with me in bed every morning, and was just the most loving, sweetest dog I'd ever met. It's because of Neve that I wanted a husky/wolf. I was able to visit again the next year, and got my husky/wolf, Oslo, a couple of years later. But sadly, they never got to meet :(

A few year ago Neve was suddenly diagnosed with cancer in her mouth and there was nothing the vet could do. It was only a few months before she was unable to eat and was in so much pain that she had to be put down.

I was so heartbroken for my friend, especially since I now have my dog and couldn't imagine losing him. I wanted to do something special for her, so luckily I had taken a lot of pictures of Neve while I visited. I just ran across this memory frame again, so I wanted to share it with you.
It's nothing fancy...it's the first frame I ever made...but she and her husband treasure it!