Monday, April 26, 2010

Studio J Has Launched!

Do you like to try before you buy? Play before you pay? Me too! Studio J, our "digital" scrapbooking program is set up so that it costs you NOTHING to play all you want with your photos, our templates and digital papers. You can go to my website HERE starting now, upload your photos and start experimenting and getting used to how Studio J works. You can place your photos where you want in our virtual papers and templates and change the colors of the brads, buttons, hinges, etc. along with add or take away the stickease and other decorations. I have done several pages and took my time getting them just right before telling Close to my Heart to print them and send them to me. There is nothing to download, no program to buy! Your layouts will be saved for you for 90 days so that gives you all that time to really try out the studio. And you know what else? This isn't just a trial period either, it's like this all the time. You never pay a cent until you are ready to have your pages printed and sent to you. How's that for easy and fun?

If you do decide to buy there is a special!

You may purchase each two-page layout for just $12.95 US / $14.95 CAN. Also, when you place a single order for 5–9 layouts, you'll receive a pack of 5 Memory Protectors FREE! For placing an order for 10 or more layouts, you'll receive FREE shipping/handling plus a FREE pack of 5 Memory Protectors for every 5 layouts in the single order.

So set aside a little time and pick out some of your digital pictures to upload to my site and try out Studio J.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Another fun Close to my Heart special...

"Check it out! You’ve helped us reach 10,000 fans on Facebook!

Let’s do something to celebrate: Tell your friends and family to become fans of Close To My Heart, and when we reach 15,000, the first ONE THOUSAND people to place product orders on any Consultant’s MyCTMH shopping site will receive this adorable apron abso...lutely free! It’s a custom designed apron, valued at $14.95.

Tell everyone you know—your free apron awaits! "

Close to my Heart's Facebook Page

My Close to my Heart website is . If you time it just right (making sure that CTMH's facebook page hits 15,000 first,) getting yourself a free apron should be easy!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mid-Michigan Scrappers, attention!

Great low-cost, high fun crop coming this weekend, come join us, all the information is below. I will have LOTS of Close to my Heart products at my booth!

A Pajama Jam!
Pizza and Pajamas Overnight Scrapbook Crop - Raising funds for arts opportunities in the Athens area.

Date: Friday, April 16 to Saturday April 17

Time: 7:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.

Place: Athens Middle School, 515 East Williams Street, Athens, MI

Cost: $25.00 which includes: overnight crop, pizza, snacks and beverages, light breakfast, scrapbook tool use, curbside unloading and loading, pajama contest, vendors and door prizes, stickers and paper swaps, paper crafting classes, garage sale table and free make and takes!

Registration forms available by email. Contact Ayesha Franklin at 2692680080 or

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What's a puddle pad?

Find out here on the new Art and Soul video. Puddle pad instructions.

Boys will be boys!

Spring has definitely arrived in Michigan, the sun is out and so are the boys.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Would you believe?

These four cards all come from the same basic pattern even though they all seem very different. The card is 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 for the card front, dry embossed either with a trimmer and embossing tool or with my Cuttlebug. Next there is a 2 inch strip of pattern paper and a 1 1/2 inch strip of matching cardstock, see it on each card? The image from whatever stamp set you like is then stamped on either a 2 by 2 square or a 1 1/2 inch circle and then either framed with a mat just a bit larger or not framed at all. Then they are placed as you like it, see the "off the mat" look on the graduation card? That particular card also was changed to a horizontal view too. Brads or ribbons complete the look. My purpose in showing you this is because I have so many customers tell me that they can't come up with ideas on their own. I have trouble with it myself so I just keep making several of the same cards over and over again, a different paper, a new angle, different embossing, etc., all make for a new look and noone can tell but you!

Friday, April 2, 2010


Okay, we've all heard of Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) specials, right? Now here's a stamp BOGO special. BUY ONE GET ONE FREE. All the following stamp sets are $23.00, choose one and get another one for free! Some are in more limited amounts than others so first come, first served. Email me at to tell me which ones you would like! If you do not live near me so that I can bring this to you, add $5.00 for shipping, thanks!

Sensational Season (5)

You've Got Flair (1 only)

World's Best Dad (4)

Cherish the Moment (5)

Around the Block (5)

Thriller (3)

A Little Thanks (2)

Wonderful Friend (2 only)

Find Your Style (9)