Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Secret of Staying Young is... {birthday card}

I recently got this Martha Stewart butterfly punch and thought I'd play around with it. I got the idea for this rainbow-colored card from Pinterest here. (If you are not on Pinterest need to be. Let me know if you need an invite.)

I wanted the butterfly punch in that card but my local craft stores are out of it...I'm still on the hunt! :) But to add a little interest to my butterflies I stamped a polka dot background stamp on them. That stamp is retired, but any of these sets would also be lovely. I also added some of my new twine from sample pack I got from The Twinery.

I love the inside! It says:
"to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age. ~Lucille Ball"
Unfortunately it's from a retired CTMH stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Peacock Birthday Card

I adore the colors in this card! I can't take credit for the's one that my friend Jen designed for one of our all-you-can-create card workshops, but I absolutely love it. It uses one of my favorite paper packs: Magnifique, and one of my favorite stamp sets: Circle of Love. I think these blues and greens look so pretty together, it's 3 of CTMH's new colors: Lagoon, Pacifica, and Pear.

To make the peacock 3 different colors, I pressed the image onto 3 different stamp pads, starting in the center with the lightest color. Then I used the next darkest on each side of that, and the darkest on the top and bottom. If you were to start with the darkest color, when you put the lighter color stamp pad onto the stamp you may transfer some of the darker ink onto the light ink since there is a little overlapping.

I added the Happy Birthday sentiment from the (retired) Happy Birthday stamp set, but I highly recommend the new Birthday Card Chatter stamp set. You don't realize how many different "happy birthday" stamps you use until you have them all!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Framed Mirror Redo With Fabric Rosettes

Last month I shared this post with you where I had spray-painted a bunch of old frames and created a fun feature wall in my craft room. This mirror is one of the items I spray-painted and added to the wall. It's my favorite part of the wall...I just love these colors and the fun fabric flower rosettes!

So I put together a little tutorial on how I created this frame.

I started with this frame that has lived well past it's prime in my house. I was very over this silvery-gold frame. I first covered the mirror part with a few layers of butcher paper and adhered with painter's tape. If you are painting a frame where the center comes out, by all means, just take the center glass/mirror out. I didn't want to have to deal with ripping open the back of my frame and then putting it back together when I was done.

I chose my favorite color of green at the moment to spray all my frames. I primed it first, then put 2-3 layers of spray paint on the frame, letting it dry between each layer.

Next, gather all the old t-shirts and scraps of fabric in your house that are in the colors you want to use for your rosettes. I used several different types of material, which gives the frame some fun textures. I adhered my rosettes with hot glue.

Here's a video I made on how to make these rosettes...

"Hey everybody, come see how good I look!"

And the finished frame!

Together with its friends on my wall :)

The best part of this project is that it only cost me a can of spray paint, which went much farther than this one frame! It was after I finished this frame that I went crazy and spray painted every old frame I could find!

I would like a larger collage wall, but since we may be moving soon I didn't want to put too many holes in the wall! So this is it for now. But just wait until after we may see a similar (expanded) project on my blog again! (Hopefully with better pictures.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lucky Birthday Card

I made this card at my friend Jen's house when we had a fun crafty day. I wanted to play with my new Lucky paper and also decided to play with her cute Candlelight stamp's one of those sets I've always loved but haven't bought. The "Happy Birthday" is from the Happy Birthday stamp set that's retired, but I like the new Birthday Card Chatter set even better!

This is the card I came up with. I like it, but it's not one of my favorites. I thought I'd share it with you anyway, though. :)

I also used the kraft color-ready borders. I LOVE these borders...they're awesome because they're sticky-back, so they're easy to adhere to your project. And they're also already pre-distressed if you want to use them as the kraft color they come. But I also have some really fun ideas for using these borders, so stay tuned to my blog!


Don't forget that this special You & Me Scrapbooking Kit is still available for just $15! It's a $34.95 value, and there's no minimum purchase! But hurry, because you can only get it until the end of the month!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fabric-Covered Bulletin Board Redo

I've had this little bulletin board forever and I was really tired of it, so I decided to give it a facelift.

I forgot to get the before picture, but the wood frame was the same color as the cork. This is the picture after one coat of white acrylic paint. I just applied it with a sponge brush and mixed a little bit of gold with it to give it a little antique color and sparkle.I didn't worry about getting pain on the cork since I was going to be covering it with fabric.

Once the paint was dry I covered the frame with painter's tape, sprayed a good amount of spray adhesive on the cork, and laid my fabric over it. I then used a craft knife to cut it to size. To give it a nice, finished edge I glued some ribbon around the edges of the fabric with quick-dry tacky glue.

And voila! It's a bulletin board that doubles as artwork with a little pop of color for my craft room!

Thanks for stopping by...happy creating!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My {Modified} Sophia Workshop on the Go

I LOVE using Close to my Heart's Workshop on the Go kits! The paper kit, stamp set, embellishments, and full-color instructions make it so easy to get two 2-page layouts (or 12 cards) done in just a couple of hours. But I'm the type of crafter who has to make it "my own." I'm not always the best at following directions :)

For those of you who are not familiar with the Workshop on the Go kits, let me explain...

It's AWESOME for the beginner and advanced scrapbooker or cardmaker! The kit comes with a full Level 2 paper pack, 1-2 full-size accessory packs (2 with Sophia), and an exclusive stamp set. (In my opinion, the Sophia kit comes with the cutest stamp set...I've used it on so many projects already!) Plus, there's a full-color brochure with step-by-step instructions and cutting guides to make sure you get the most out of your paper. SO easy!

Here is the layout that CTMH has designed for the kit...

It's cute! Love the stamping and the colors. But I like to fit more pictures on my scrapbook pages, and I didn't want all that blank pink space.

So below you can see my alterations. I cut all the paper as directed and kept the same basic layout. But I added a couple more photos on the left page, and on the right page I changed the size of the photos but kept the same placement.

{click photo for larger view.}

I also added the Bohemian Alphabet (my favorite, and coordinates perfectly with the Sophia paper) for my title and added a Sophia journaling spot. (So also need these if you use this paper!) I kept the stamping similar, but altered it a little bit to fit on my page.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wings & A Tweet Thank You Card

Just a quick card to share with you today. I hadn't played with the Wings paper in a while so I played around with it again. I love the pop that the Vineyard Berry color gives to the mostly-green background paper.

I used the A Tweet stamp set, which I love because it's bargain-priced at just $7.95! 
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Video: How to Cover Chipboard With Scrapbook Paper Or Ink

I created another video for you guys to show you how I cover my chipboard pieces. With CTMH chipboard, I like to ink and stamp on it because it's white. But with other brands, you get the cardboard color, which makes for yucky colors when you try to ink it. So my solution is to cover it with scrapbook paper.

See the photos below to see the artwork I created using this technique.

 {Click photos for larger view.}

To see my original post with more detail on this {What's in a Frame} decor, go here.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, June 13, 2011

iPad Sleeve & Matching Card: Black & White Damask With Hot Pink

I'm excited to announce that I've perfected my ipad sleeve design!!

Thank you to my guinea pig I am totally in love with how these are turning out! Mandy was actually the inspiration behind this design. She loves damask and teal (as you can see from her blog) the first one I made for her was in teal instead of pink. She loves it! But I wasn't completely happy with my design before. And now I am.

So you can find my cute little ipad sleeves in my etsy shop, along with my {What's in a Frame} line and other cute items. I've already sold 2...both with hot pink and damask...and they both LOVE them!

I can customize it to fit your ipad, kindle, or any other device. You can even use it as a diaper sleeve! This particular one was made to fit an ipad that already has a hard case on it. The sleeve jazzes it up and makes it much more feminine. And us girls like feminine :)

And guess what? I don't charge an arm and a leg. Only $25. I know, I'm crazy. But I know ipad cases and sleeves can get pricey and I want everyone to be able to enjoy a lovely handmade item :) So what are you waiting for...visit my etsy shop now!

I'll even make you a matching thank-you card when you order from me :) 

Thanks for taking part of your day to visit with me. Have a great week! 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Truly Charming Jewelry

Happy Sunday, everyone!

I wanted to share with you some adorable jewelry that my friend and fellow CTMH Consultant Jen recently started selling.

Jen is an independent stylist for Jewel Kade, a fairly new company that has appeared on shows such as American Idol and Ellen. I love the high quality and variety of jewelry…it's hip, hot, and very "Hollywood" (we are Southern California girls, after all).

My personal favorite are these mini birthstone rings. When I have kids I'm definitely getting these!

You can even pair it with a customized, hand-stamped metal charm...or put it on a necklace you already own!

Jewel Kade is known for its Vintage, contemporary, urban and romantic style. And it's handcrafted in the USA!!

Another one of my favorite items is the customized photo charms. As with every JK charm, it's 2-sided, so you can add any 2 photos to your charm that you want! And there are several shapes and sizes to choose from!
Once you pick your charm, you get to customize it even further with your choice of necklace. There are lots of styles to choose from, and every charm is you can get just one necklace and collect multiple charms!

Jen is booking parties in the Fresno/Clovis area as well as in the Los Angeles and Bakersfield areas. 

If you're out of the area, check out her website for all the fun jewelry that's offered!

Here's her June special:

Purchase a JK "Patriotic" Charm,  

Get an Oval Link Chain for 1/2 price!

Purchase a JK Handcrafted Liberty, Glory, or Freedom Charm at regular price and receive an Oval Link Chain (24" or 30") for just $9!

This special offer is only available from Jen, and only until June head over to her website and contact her via email at to place your order. (Excludes online orders.)
You'll be "Charming" this 4th of July!
JK "Freedom"  1" Crystal Shadow
Box Charm $36 (front/back)
(More styles available on special.)

Head on over to her website and check out all the styles that JK offers.
If you like what you see, be sure to follow her blog and Facebook page to stay up to date on all things Jewel Kade! She is a crafty gal after all, so you'll love her scrappin' blog!


Father's day is in ONE WEEK!
Just a reminder that I still have some Father's Day card kits available! Check them out here. Thanks to those of you who already've made them a huge hit! I'm encouraged to continue offering kits for you!

Thanks for visiting, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

New Style {What's in a Frame} - Sophia Paper for Baby Girl!

I'm SUPER excited to share my new {What's in a Frame} style with you! I received an inquiry from Lisa who saw this Scripture frame in my Etsy shop and wanted something similar for her baby girl, but with her name on it. What a fun custom project! The outcome was this new frame decor style...

Aren't the colors and paper patterns fun?! The paper is from the yummy Sophia paper kit from Close to my Heart (get yours here!).

Lisa wanted these particular Bible verses (Isaiah 43:18-19) incorporated into her decor because after 2 miscarriages, these are the verses that she prayed over her baby during pregnancy. Isn't that sweet? Knowing a little background about Lisa and Charlotte made it so special to work on this for them.

You can order your own custom-designed {What's in a Frame} decor in my Etsy shop. I have many different styles for baby, friends, wedding and engagement, and more. I can tell you firsthand that if you give one of these frames as a Baby Shower gift, you will be the talk of the crowd!! You can choose any colors to match the baby's room, and even switch out a Bible verse for a photo spot.

I love how perfectly this matches sweet Charlotte's room and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. The best part? Lisa absolutely adores it. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside to know that someone will enjoy something that my two hands lovingly created for years to come :)

You can see all of my {What's in a Frame} artwork here.
Visit my Etsy shop here.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sunset-Inspired Masculine Scripture Frame

Yesterday I received a message via my Etsy shop from a young woman who was desperate for a last-minute addition to her father's birthday gift. She and her mom had prepared a grouping of wall frames with beautiful sunset pictures in them as his gift, but she wanted a long and skinny frame with Psalm 19:1-6 to go along with them. She needed it in less than a week. I was up for the challenge...I like to help those who are in need :) Plus, as you faithful readers know, my {What's in a Frame} decor is my very favorite to create!

So I worked with her and came up with this beautiful piece...

I thought this Olivia paper from Close to my Heart was perfect to go with the photos she sent me of her sunset pictures. The orange color, after all, is called "sunset"!

I finished it off with some masculine sticker studs I found at Michael's; Mocha opaques from CTMH (LOVE using these opaques!); and chocolate, cocoa & desert sand ribbon.

And of course the beautiful script font (found for free here) that the verses are printed in adds to the sophisticated look.

Thanks for visiting!


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I still have a few argyle Father's Day card kits available and several of the other patterns. It's not too late to order! Check them out >

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Father's Day Card Class at Le Provence

If you found my blog from the flyer you received in the neighborhood...WELCOME!

I'm Jayma, and I teach cardmaking and scrapbooking classes. Papercrafting is my passion and I love to show others how you can create beautiful cards and preserve memories faster, simpler, and easier using Close to my Heart products!

You may have seen me around the area with this only child, Oslo.

Come say hi next time you see us...and I'd love to see you at my card class right here at Le Provence coming up on June 11. For just $5, you'll make one of these adorable BBQ Apron cards for Father's Day. Whose dad wouldn't LOVE this?! Plus I'll show you some fun stamping techniques you won't want to miss!

This card class will be on Saturday, June 11 1:30-4:30pm in the Le Provence Clubhouse.

If you are not able to make the class, you can still purchase the kit, which comes complete with step-by-step instructions and a photo so you can make the card on your own! Use the Paypal button on the right sidebar to purchase the kit...and choose the "pre-inked and stamped" option (unless you already have the supplies to do that yourself). See this post for details.

    If you are not able to make the class but are interested in learning how to make cards or scrapbook, then host a crafty party--at your house, my house, or the clubhouse! Invite your friends and we'll make a simple card and I'll show you some tips and techniques...for FREE! Plus you can earn free products based on your party's sales! Email me at jaymalew [!at] gmail .com.

    Read my post here to learn more about my background and why I love Close to my Heart products. I truly believe they're the best on the market...from the CLEAR stamps to the color-coordinated inks, papers, and embellishments. You'll see how your projects come together so easily!

    Browse around my blog and check out some of my other projects. You may want to "like" my page over on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, too.

    Let me know if I can answer any questions for you!

      Thank you for visiting!

      Wednesday, June 1, 2011

      Green & Pink Customized {What's in a Frame} for Baby Girl

      You know these are my absolute favorite things to make!! I made this customized name frame for a baby shower I attended last weekend. The parents don't have her name picked out yet, so it says "baby" for now, but I'll change it after she's born. Mom and Dad were super excited to open their gift, because they were going to order this from me!

      Can you name all the different CTMH paper packs I used?!

      I used 4 different paper packs...Twitterpated, Magic Moments, Cherry-O, and Daydream to match the baby's room perfectly.

      Don't you just love this bird stamp? It's my absolute favorite right now. The fun swirls, too! They're only available in the Sophia Workshop on the Go kit...and only until July 31! Get yours here.

      To see all of my {What's in a Frame} artwork, go here.

      Thanks for visiting!

      I'm linking up with Heart 2 Heart Challenges' challange from last week: ABC (anything but a card). Check out their blog and play along with the CTMH challenges!

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