Sunday, May 27, 2012

Guy's Superhero Birthday Card

Last week was my cousin's husband's birthday and we went to a BBQ at their house to celebrate, so I wanted to bring a birthday card for him. (Along with a pound of coffee—love that free pound a week I get as a Starbucks employee now!) 

Guy cards are always more difficult to create, but CTMH's Superhero paper is perfect for the job.
I only had about 10 minutes to make this card so it came together quickly. I used the same sketch as for THIS card. I already had the Superman image from Super Powers stamped and cut out, so I just had to color him with colored pencils. Then I cut a couple of ovals on my Cricut with the Art Philosophy Cartridge to make him stand out a bit and adhered him with 3D foam.

Quick and cute, just how I like it!

The Happy Birthday stamp is from the retired Happy Birthday stamp set, but there are now a couple of awesome birthday sentiment stamp sets to choose from: Just a Number and Card Chatter—Birthday.

If you'd like any of these products, you can shop for CTMH products on my website.

Super Powers stamp set

Superhero Paper Pack

Just a Number stamp set

Card Chatter - Birthday stamp set

Friday, May 25, 2012

Make a Card Using Supplies from the CTMH Spring/Summer 2012 New Consultant Kit

I know there are a lot of new CTMH Consultants out there, so I created this video to help my new team members and any of you who might benefit.

In this video I'll show you how to create a card using supplies that come/came in your Spring/Summer 2012 New Consultant Kit. Bear with the length, because I wanted to show the basics from start to finish. I hope you learn a thing or two!

I added a couple ink colors, but in the video I explain that you can easily omit the tulip and sunset if you don't have them, and only use the Cocoa, Lagoon, and Olive that come in the kit.

If you are interested in becoming a Close to my Heart Consultant, I'd love to have you! You can read more information about joining my team, and you'll find lots of FAQs right here on my blog. Right now you get the Dotty for You paper packet in your kit for FREE...but only til the end of May. Let me know if you have any questions (jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com). If you're ready, you can join here >

If you'd like to make this card, but are not interested in becoming a Consultant, here's what you need to purchase (assuming you already have acrylic blocks and the necessary tools):
Stella Workshop on the Go

Just For You

Clear Sparkles

Lagoon, Cocoa, Olive, Sunset, and Tulip Ink

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vintage Book-Page Wedding Bouquet: More Book Options!

Hello! Just popping in to let you know that I now have more vintage book-page options for the wedding bouquets I offer in my Etsy shop.
Remember these beauties? Well, they made their Wedding Show debut at Etsy's Wedding Event in NY last month, and will be featured in Real Simple's wedding bouquet online special article next month. (I'll be sure to share a link once it's up.)

So due to their popularity, I've been vintage book shopping!

I now have Sheet Music, Shakespeare, and Vintage Wine (that's the title of the book) vintage pages to use in bouquets (in addition to Bible pages, as shown in the bouquets above).
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But I only have a limited supply of each...they are one-of-a-kind vintage books, after all. So if you're interested in a bouquet made from any of these book pages, head on over to my Etsy shop. If you have questions feel free to convo me about anything!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Last Chance for Dotty for You & Friendship Bouquet from CTMH

Hello, and happy Monday! Just a little over a week left for a couple of specials from CTMH...

Isn't the May Stamp of the Month set gorgeous?! I love flowers, and this set has various sizes, plus great sentiments! You'll definitely be able to use them again and again.

This "Friendship Bouquet" stamp set is only available in May, and you can buy it for $17.95, or even better—place a $50 order and it's yours for just $5! Here's some beautiful artwork created with it...

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Plus, through May 31 (or while supplies last) you'll be able to add the oh-so-popular Dotty for You paper packet for just $5 as well. 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 >

 FREE Shipping!
On top of May's great deals from CTMH, I've sweetened the deal! I'm now offering FREE shipping on orders over $99! Details >

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Love Your Layout: Lucy Paper Kit in Studio J Online Scrapbooking

This month's Love Your Layout video from Close to my Heart will show you how to toggle accents and My Stickease sticker images to add some special embellishments to your layouts. Watch the video and then log in to Studio J to try it yourself—for free!

If you have a lot of scrapbooking to catch up on, this is the way to do it. It's quick and easy to upload your photos, choose your layout and paper, and put it all together. You'll have a couple 2-page layouts done in around an hour! Try it now >

Monday, May 7, 2012

CTMH Florentine + Hooray Bouquet Thank You Card

I just can't get enough of the Hooray Bouquet stamp set right now. I love how all the flowers from the set not only coordinate with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, but they layer so beautifully.

For this card I cut out the 3 sizes of flowers on my Cricut (1-1/4", 2", 2-3/4"), then I stamped the largest and smallest with the Hooray Bouquet flowers to add some interest. I wanted to showcase the beautiful patterns from the Florentine paper pack so I cut them in strips for the background of the card. The swirl stamp is from the You and Me stamp set (retired), and the lacy border is from a Martha Stewart border punch.

I created a very similar card (from this post) with the Stella paper pack. The paper in CTMH's paper packs coordinates so well together and I love it all so I like to display several of the patterns in my cards! :)

Free Shipping
Remember I'm now offering FREE shipping on all new CTMH orders of $99 or more EVERY day! That means if you order the Art Philosophy Cricut don't pay the shipping! So check out the Idea Book and create your wish list now! Details >
Hooray Bouquet Stamp Set

Just For You Stamp Set
Art Philosophy Cricut Collection

Shop Close to my Heart products now >

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Blinged Out Flower Pot Mother's Day Card Using CTMH Stella

Today I'm sharing a special card I made for my mom for Mother's Day, and while I'm at it, I'm entering it into Heart2Heart's challenge this week. I haven't played along with H2H in a while, and this week the challenge is to share something created for mom. My mom is a florist so I almost always make things for her that involve flowers. (Mom, if you're reading this...don't look any farther til after Mother's Day!) :)

This year she gets a whole pot of blinged out flowers! She's like me—we both LOVE us some bling! This card was inspired by one I saw on the Scrapbooks, etc website by Tracy Kyle (via Pinterest). My version uses 3 different flowers cut on the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge in various sizes. I just love that has everything!

The flowers lift out of the pot to reveal your message. 

Look at all that bling...oooooh, so pretty! I used a combination of bling buttons and rhinestone designer brads from CTMH. For the brads, I snipped off the brad part with some pliers so I was left with just the top rhinestones, and adhered them with glue dots. It's pretty top-heavy, so be sure you're working with heavy cardstock-weight paper like CTMH's, and you may want some extra layers for reinforcement.

The paper I used is from CTMH's Stella Paper pack. One of the things I love most about CTMH is how everything coordinates perfectly. I have 6 different patterns to work with from one paper pack and they all coordinate together beautifully.

You can see a similar card I made for my mom 2 years ago using the Bella paper pack here. There's a link to a tutorial on that post.

I hope you're enjoying your National Scrapbooking weekend...have a great day!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Altered $1 Frame for Mother's Day (or Anytime) with CTMH Stella

Happy National Scrapbooking Day, everyone! I hope you're doing something crafty today. I will be doing a little crafting for some Etsy orders tonight, but my husband and I have good friends in town this weekend from SoCal, so we'll be doing some sightseeing most of the day.

But I still have a project to share with you! Here's a cute little frame I made for my Mother's Day workshop using one of the $1 unfinished frames from Michael's craft store. I was inspired by the one Kelly English-Triggs made here. I just loved her style so I put my spin on it with the Stella paper pack from CTMH.

Lots of fun embellishments going on with this frame (I'm an embellishment lover). I used the Love Life stamp set for the swirl and "Live. Laugh. Love." sentiment. I love the fun swirls and background stamps in this set, plus some all-purpose shapes and sentiments. Other embellishments include a bling button, color-ready garden wooden shape, paradise paper flower, heart cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and that fabulous pinwheel made from just a strip of paper.

To create the pinwheel I cut a 12" strip of paper at 1-1/2" and used a Martha Stewart border punch on one side to get the lacy edge. Then I scored it every 1/4" on my Martha Stewart score board, accordion-folded it, and glued the 2 edges together. To turn it into a pinwheel, I bunched together the non-lacy side and pushed it down flatten it into a pinwheel and hot-glued it to a smaller circle. Make sense? You can watch Lisa Stenz's video on it here.

Have a wonderful National Scrapbooking Day!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

FREE Shipping on Your Close to my Heart Orders, Every Day!

Wow, you guys love free shipping! (So do I!) Thank you so much for your orders in April during my special Free Shipping + No Tax sale! I enjoyed emailing and getting to know several of's so fun to hear from my readers and know that you're really out there (sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself). :)

After listening to what you had to say and doing some thinking about what I would personally love offered to me, I've decided to continue offering FREE shipping EVERY day!!!! Keep reading to find out how.

Until further notice, I will be covering your shipping cost for all new CTMH orders over $99! (US only—I will cover half the shipping cost for orders going to Hawaii and Alaska).

I want to help you get the BEST scrapbooking supplies on the market into YOUR craft room, so I hope this helps you with your future purchases :)

View the Idea Book or shop online, then email me your order {jaymalew [at] gmail [dot] com} so I can pay your shipping. I'll send you a Paypal request for the rest! You don't need a Paypal account to pay my can use a credit/debit card. Don't do Paypal? We'll figure something out.

Maybe you've had your eye on the must-have Art Philosophy Cricut collection, or some of the adorable stamp sets or paper packs from the new Idea book. Time to order from your wish list (or create a new one)!

Want to earn FREE products? Want your friends to also get free shipping on their paper crafting goodies? Then host an online party! All party orders over $99 will also receive free shipping! And if the total is $150+ you'll reap the Hostess Rewards. You can also place your own order of $150 and receive the Hostess Rewards. 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!

Small print:
This offer is only available through me, Jayma Malme CTMH Independent Consultant/Manager and is not sponsored by Close to my Heart corporate. I reserve the right to cancel this offer at any time. Free shipping is for new CTMH products available on my CTMH website totaling $99 or more. I will cover half the shipping cost if you are in Hawaii and Alaska. I'm sorry, but I am not allowed to sell out of the US.