Monday, April 30, 2012

Last Day for Free Shipping + No Tax

The last day of April is here...and you know what that means? My Free Shipping + No Tax sale is ending TODAY! Details >

If you'd like to squeak in your last-minute order of $35+, you can do so by emailing me at jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com. I'll accept orders through midnight tonight (Pacific Time) to be able to get your order w/ shipping and tax on me!

Remember, the Dotty for You special is going on now, too! This adorable 24-page paper packet is available for a limited time, and you can get yours for just $5 with a $35 order. You can also get the April Stamp of the Month for only $5 with a $50 order! View the Idea book >

View the CTMH Spring/Summer Idea book >

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Baby Boy Name Frame for Max: New Style!

I've been a busy crafting bee lately so I have a lot to share with you in the coming weeks!

As you probably know, this {What's in a Frame} nursery decor is one of my favorite types of projects! I recently had an order from my Etsy shop for a baby boy named Max. Well, this short name didn't look good in the design I normally use for my name frames. So I pondered for a while and finally came up with this new design.
I just love how it turned out! If your baby's name is longer but you like this style, I could use initials instead.

Here's a close up of those darling pennants. I used my Cricut with the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out the pennant shapes with CTMH Pacifica cardstock. That cute little beaver is cut out from  the DCWV Green mat stack.

The tree and plaid-leaf paper is also from that paper stack. The green hexagon paper is from CTMH's new Lucy paper pack and the light blue paper is from the retired Caboodle paper pack.

I also used a lot of fun CTMH embellishments. I'm an embellishment hoarder, I must admit. I LOVE embellishments, and especially with all the frames I design, I like to have a wide variety because I never know what I'll need at my fingertips.

In this frame you'll find some mocha opaques, durables round studs, milepost shapes, and buttons from the Basic assortment and Blues assortment. (I love all the fun designs in Close to my Heart's buttons...and at $5.95 for 72 designer buttons, it's a great value!)

Want a great deal on your CTMH scrapbooking products? I'm offering FREE shipping and NO tax all April long! Place a new CTMH order of $35 or more and I'll cover your shipping and tax! Details here.

Close to my Heart products here >

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pemberley & Hooray Bouquet Thank You Cards

Do you have some scrapbook paper that you love so much that you don't want to cut into it? You know, the paper you keep holding onto but never using because it's too pretty.

That's how I feel with this floral print from CTMH's Pemberley paper pack. I must admit, I get a major fail on the credit for this card design. Not giving proper credit is one of my biggest pet peeves...I thought I had pinned my inspiration card to Pinterest to find later, but I've just searched for longer than I care to admit, and to no avail! So please, if you've seen this design around, let me know whose it is. (It wasn't CTMH.)

Ok back to the card. When I saw the card that inspired this one, I thought it would be perfect to use with this paper since it uses one big piece. So once I saw the card, naturally I stopped everything and went to recreate my own!

I cut the flower shapes on my Cricut with CTMH's Art Philosophy cartridge, then stamped with the coordinating Hooray Bouquet stamp set (one of my's so versatile!). The pretty resin flower from the Bouquet Assortment makes a pretty little flower center.

I made a few cards from the Pemberley paper pack. The card base is 4" wide instead of 4-1/4" because that way the little border that hangs off makes to total width 4-1/4". By making it 4" wide that also helps you get more card bases out of your 12"x12" paper! Don't you love that CTMH's paper comes with zip strips now? The 1/2" Outdoor Denim border is the zip strip from one of the Pemberley papers.

I used a Designer Rhinestone brad in the center of one of the also adds a nice touch. I'm such a bling girl!

I hope I've inspired you to cut into some of that paper you've been hoarding. Try out this card will showcase it much better than being shut away in your paper organizer :)

Free Shipping + No Tax Still Going On!
I am so thrilled that many of you have been able to take advantage of my Free Shipping + No Tax sale this month! I love a great deal as much as you, and I love being able to help you get a great deal on your paper crafting supplies! If you haven't placed your order yet, there are just 5 days left of my special offer! Here are the details.

I appreciate you all so much and am so thankful for my loyal readers. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Highlight of Your Day: Scrapbook Layout with CTMH Elemental & Cork Alphabet

I shared this layout a while ago at my Design Team submission on the Practical Scrappers blog, but I forgot to share it here.

Just look at my nephew's big beautiful eyes! What a cutie! I don't know how well you can see it, but his face is covered in highlighter. I was *supposed* to be watching him, but I got sidetracked and he was being awfully quiet. I turned around just minutes after he was out of my sight only to find that he was getting artistic with a highlighter. That's my boy!

I laughed so hard I had to take a picture. If you click the photo you can see it larger.

The paper used is Elemental. Lots of fun graphic patterns in that paper pack. I also used some Outdoor Denim and Cranberry cardstock. I stamped the (retired) Noted Backgrounds stamp set on the cranberry cardstock for added texture. And I used CTMH's color-ready cork alphabet for my title, paired with the A Typeface stamp set. I left my cork letters plain, but they accept ink very well so you can turn them any color you want with a sponge dauber and a CTMH ink pad of your choice!

The A Typeface stamp set is only $6.95 and is a must-have set, in my opinion. It's a great font and great size for layouts like this, cards, and lots of other paper crafting projects!

Just a reminder that I'm still offering free shipping + no tax on all new CTMH orders over $35! Even to Alaska and Hawaii (now that's an awesome deal!!) A $35 order also qualifies you for the adorable Dotty for You paper packet for just $5 more (a $19.95 value). But hurry, this offer is only through April 30! And it's only available through ME!

To take advantage of my special offer, be sure to email me your order so that I can pay the tax/shipping for you - jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com. Then I'll arrange for you to pay your total via Paypal. Don't have Paypal? We can work out a different form of payment.

Products used:
A Typeface

Elemental Level 2 Paper Pack
Color-Ready Cork Alphabet

Friday, April 20, 2012

AMAZING Deals on CTMH Stamp Sets & Supplies

You may remember I'm selling a lot of my growing stash to raise money to go to CTMH Convention. Well, yesterday I added tons and TONS more CTMH stamp sets to my blog sale.

A lot of them sold in just a couple of hours, but there are still a lot left. Frankly, I'm surprised some of these are still available. Here are some that I thought would sell quickly. For prices and current availability, check my Sale page.


I have been updating my "Shop my Stash" Super Sale page often, usually as soon as something sells, so please refer to that page to make sure these are still available.

There's lots more available than you see here. All at GREAT prices! Check out everything I'm selling >

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dotty for You Paper Packet for only $5

The Dotty for You special from CTMH has finally begun! You've seen teasers for a while now and it's finally your turn to play with this adorable paper! Aren't the bright colors just so fun?!

You can snag this awesome deal for National Scrapbooking month (in May) NOW! For every $35 you spend on CTMH goodies from the Spring/Summer Idea book, you can buy the paper packet for just $5! (It's 24 sheets of double-sided cardstock-weight paper - a $19.95 value!) Don't delay...this paper is going to go fast, and once it's gone, it's gone. Shop now.

Plus, you'll get the Stamp of the Month for just $5 also if your order is $50 or more. Check out this fun and versatile April Stamp of the Month, "You Are..."

 FREE Shipping + No Tax 

But wait, it gets better! Remember I'm offering FREE shipping + NO tax in April! Now is the perfect time to purchase the Cricut Art Philosophy collection you've had your eye on, or any other fun items from the new CTMH Spring/Summer Idea Book!

To take advantage of my special offer, be sure to email me your order so that I can pay the tax/shipping for you - jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com. Then I'll arrange for you to pay your total via Paypal. Don't have Paypal? We can work out a different form of payment.

(This offer applies to all orders $35+ placed in April. US only - including Hawaii and Alaska! This offer is only from me, Jayma Malme, CTMH Independent Consultant/Manager. Not in the US? Email me and I'll see if there's anything I can do to help you.)

Happy shopping!

Monday, April 16, 2012

DIY Burlap Magnets

Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing some magnets I created as a gift. I found this fun printed burlap at a local specialty paper store called Paper Zone (which is unfortunately out of business now).

I used some clear decorative stones I found in the floral section at my local craft store. I adhered the burlap to the stones with a generous amount of Mod Podge. Once it dried, I adhered a white piece of cardstock of the same size to the back of the burlap with more Mod Podge. (Since the burlap has holes, I didn't want to be able to see through it.) Then I added more Mod Podge to seal it all up.

Once everything was dry I added a small button magnet to the back with some hot glue. And there you have it, a fun set of burlap magnets!

Thanks for stopping by...have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Time to Get Creative!

Free up some time for your creative outlet

If someone asked you to explain what a hobby is, you’d probably explain it as something you enjoy doing in your free time, right? But nowadays, when jobs, family, school, friends, sporting events, church, and other group activities make so many demands on our time, there are days when it feels like it is all we can do to squeeze in the necessary things like eating, sleeping, showering, and a couple of quick chores around the house. So what do we mean when we talk about supposedly “free” time?

No matter how busy we get, we can always manage to find a few minutes here and there to watch our favorite television shows, or at least check our Facebook updates and Twitter feeds. We can make time for things that feel like breaks in our otherwise hectic schedule. And that is just what we need to do in order to keep up on our crafting.

It is easy to take our creative projects too lightly and write them off as unimportant things that we can get to any time. But when we’re “too busy” to take that precious creative time, we’re depriving ourselves of more than just completed projects—we’re denying ourselves the chance to take a break, change the pace of our day, and exercise our minds in a different way. We need that time and that creative outlet to focus on just one thing for a change, one thing that we have greater control over than the other variables in our lives. That kind of focus and sense of control brings with it a sense of satisfaction that is independent of project completion.

So, instead of waiting for free time to magically come along on that rare lazy Sunday afternoon, free up some time in your busy day to sit down and do the creative work that you love. Even if you give away the completed project, the gift of time and relaxation you’ve given yourself may be even better!

Check out the CTMH Idea Book for great project ideas >

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Snow Dog Scrapbook Page Using CTMH Wonderland

My husband and I LOVE going to the snow. We are both snowboarders, and we have a husky who LIVES to play in the snow, so it's safe to say we take trips to the snow several times each winter. When we lived in California we would go to Mammoth Mountain for days at a time because my in-laws have a condo there. Unfortunately I don't know anyone with a cabin in Washington yet. So we've gone on a few day trips.

All that to say, I have a lot of snow pictures. And I finally got around to scrapping some of them. I used the CTMH Wonderland paper pack (now retired) for this fun layout. These pictures are probably my all-time favorite of Oslo. They totally capture his personality when he's in the snow :)

I used the Trinity Alphabet stamp set with White Daisy pigment ink for the title to mimic snow. I love the look of using pigment ink, especially for this, but I hate using it. It's so darn messy! But what won't we do to achieve the look in our head?! I had to stamp it a couple of times so it was thick enough. Thank goodness for CTMH's clear MyAcrylix stamps!

The half-doily strip of paper is the zip strip from one of the papers. All of CTMH's patterned paper has a 1/2" zip strip on it that makes a great border on your cards or scrapbook pages. Once you cut it off you are still left with a 12"x12" piece of paper.

These fun clear snowflakes are from the Top Coats Icing Overlays, which are—you guessed it—retired. They actually sold out quickly...they were a hot item! The blue snowflake is a dimensional element and I topped it with a shimmer brad and some silver glitz glitter gel.

The layout I used is called Performance from the Magic how-to book. Using this book made the layout come together SO quickly. I love how it includes cutting diagrams so you know what sizes to cut your paper. If you're looking for a way to create your scrapbook layouts quickly, I highly recommend this book. And you'd better act fast, because it's actually retiring! *sob*  You can check out all the scrapbooking and cardmaking how-to books here.

Free Shipping & No Tax

You can purchase any of these current items or any other new Close to my Heart items on my website, and in April I'm paying your shipping and tax! Details here >

Friday, April 13, 2012

CTMH April Stamp of the Month: You Are...

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!

Isn't the April Stamp of the Month set adorable?! I love a good background stamp, and this set has some versatile ones, plus fun sentiments! You'll definitely be able to use these patterns and icons again and again.

This "You Are..." stamp set is only available in April, and you can buy it for $17.95, or even better—place a $50 order and it's yours for just $5! Plus, beginning April 17 you'll be able to add the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5 as well.  Dotty details >

Dotty for You

 FREE Shipping + NO Tax!
On top of April's great deals from CTMH, I've sweetened the deal! In April I'm paying your shipping and tax on orders over $35! Details >

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My Wedding Invitations

I've been married for 5-1/2 years, but I've never shared my handmade wedding invitations with you! I figured since wedding season is upon us, one of you may find some inspiration from them :)

I made them long before I began this blog...they were actually the first cards/invitations I ever made. And I had never even taken decent photos of them until recently.

I went to a wedding show and found a little company called The Invitation Factory. She had all kinds of wedding invitations on display and I fell in love with this one. It's hard to tell, but the darker creme paper is shimmery.

Her business is out of her home, and what she does is design the invitations, then pre-cuts/scores all the paper for you and gives you the supplies & templates, then you assemble and print the necessary items. The paper is amazing...very high-quality...she said it was imported from Italy.

As you can see, this invitation is fairly involved (especially for a beginner). Lots of pieces to print and attach together. There was also a response card in the pocket but I don't have it anymore. It was just a little shorter than the Directions card so it layered perfectly.

I put together all 150 of the invitations on my own and enjoyed every second of it! It was my first time folding on scored lines, using glue dots, and adhering paper together with a tape runner. Who knew paper crafting would become such a huge part of my life?!

I also created these programs. But no template/design help here...I created these guys with my mom. I wish I had a picture of the inside and back...they are just as lovely.

Awwww...the happy couple. This is one of my favorite photos from our wedding :)

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

CTMH Pemberley: Love Your Layout in Studio J

Have you played around in Studio J digital scrapbooking yet? This new video from CTMH just might inspire you to try it out right now!

Although I'm a real paper lover, I LOVE how easy my layouts come together when using Studio J. It's a great way to catch up on your scrapbooking while still being creative with Close to my Heart's awesome products!

Check out how this Pemberley layout is transformed into an amazing work of art. You'll learn how to create a layout that includes lots of photo spots, how to add distressing, resize stickers and create flower clusters, and lots more.

Isn't that an adorable layout? I love how these "Love your Layout" videos inspire me...I don't think I would have thought to add the Sorbet color to my layout since it's not in the paper...but it matches the photos perfectly.

You can try Studio J for FREE! See just how easily your layouts come together...and if you like what you create, you can order the professionally printed layouts to be delivered right to your door...for less than you might think! Try it out >

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Butterflies & Flowers Bella {What's in a Frame}

Here's my latest {What's in a Frame} nursery decor. I still have 3 more to make in the next 1-2 weeks, so you'll have plenty more to see!

I used CTMH's Bella retired paper pack to create this design. I just love those purples and greens (my wedding was similar colors!). Do you see the new product I snuck in here? Look at the butterfly below. It's part of the Color-ready garden wooden shapes. The wood is so pretty just left as-is, or sponge some ink on it to make it any color you'd like! I sponged the edges with some smokey plum ink.

To create the glittery flower center I squeezed some liquid glass onto a chipboard circle. Then I sprinkled liberally with Martha Stewart glitter (I mixed brownstone & smokey quartz). I LOVE liquid glass. It's such a's a super strong clear adhesive, or you can use it on your projects to give a raised/glossy finish. It's definitely a must-have in your craft supplies.

I also love these chipboard butterflies. They are irresistibles, which means when you sponge ink on them you are left with the pretty white pattern. Guess what?! The Miracle Irresistibles are on clearance for only $1. SCORE! Go snag some!! (And check out the rest of the clearance deals!)

Thanks for stopping by! Remember I'm paying your shipping and tax on all new CTMH orders through April! Check out the Idea Book online and then send me your wish list! Details here >

I still have some deals left in my "Shop my Stash" super sale. Plus I'll be adding even more items soon! Check them out >

Monday, April 9, 2012

Dotty for You: National Scrapbooking Month Special

Snatch a Dotty for You paper packet at an incredible discount or even FREE!

Dotty for You - National Scrapbooking month special

May is National Scrapbooking Month, but who can wait until then? Start celebrating in April with the adorable Dotty for You paper packet, packed with 24 sheets of gorgeous patterned papers! The bright and cheery colors and patterns work for all kinds of events and occasions, so they're perfect for all your scrapbooking and cardmaking projects! One side of each paper has a fun and trendy pattern (two sheets of each pattern included), and the other is a tone-on-tone polka-dot pattern, making it easy to mix and match with lots of other CTMH products.

Beginning April 17, you can get this adorable paper packet into your hands for just $5 when you order $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book. Or get it FREE by hosting a Home Gathering that reaches $400 in sales.

You can also get this Dotty for You paper packet for free when you sign up to be a Close To My Heart Consultant at any time in April or May! Even though you have two months to sign up, be aware that the offer is only good while supplies last, and a paper packet this good may be gone if you wait too long! If you want it, act early! Contact me to ask any questions you have about joining my Team and I’ll be happy to answer them.

Dotty for You Scrapbook Kit
I'm working hard on putting together a very special scrapbook kit for you, which includes the Dotty for You paper pack and coordinating supplies! Stay tuned!

Free Shipping!
Don't forget that I'm paying your shipping and tax all April long on orders over $35! Create your wish list now so it's ready by April 17 for the Dotty for You special! Or if you have your list ready, send me an email: jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com. Read the details here >

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Clearance Items - While Supplies Last

Close to my Heart just added some more goodies to the "While Supplies Last" section of my website!

Who doesn't love a great deal? On top of these deeply discounted prices, remember I'm paying your shipping and tax on all orders over $35! (Details here.)

Here are just some of the great items for as low as $1...

Clear Buttons

Foundry Bookplates

My Creations Journal

Cardstock combo set 8.5" x 11" Basic Antique

Visit my website to check out all the great deals!

I'm offering to pay your shipping and sales tax all April on new CTMH orders!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Free Shipping & Tax-Free CTMH Orders in April

You guys are not going to believe my special offer for April!

You read that shipping AND tax-free orders all month long! April Fool's is over, this is no joke.

I'm covering your shipping and tax for all new CTMH orders over $35! US only, including Hawaii and Alaska. I want to help you celebrate your taxes being done, and if you had to pay taxes, this should make you feel a little better about your purchase :)

Maybe you've been wanting the Art Philosophy Cricut collection or you've had your eye on some stamp sets or paper packs from the new Idea book. Time to order from your wish list!

View the Idea Book or shop online, then email me your order {jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com} so I can pay your shipping/taxes. I'll send you a Paypal request for the rest! Don't have Paypal? We'll figure something out.

Want to earn FREE products? Want your friends to also get free shipping and tax-free scrapbooking & paper crafting goodies? Then host an online party! All party orders in April will also receive free shipping and no tax! And you'll reap the Hostess Rewards. Or if your order is over $150 you'll receive Hostess Rewards on your own order. Email me for details.

So what are you waiting for?! Book a party today! {email me} And view the Idea book to create your wish list!

This offer is only available through me, Jayma Malme CTMH Independent Consultant/Manager and is not sponsored by Close to my Heart corporate.

Hurry, this offer is only through April 2012. Shop now >