Monday, December 19, 2011

Rock the Block Promotion





I am so very excited about this months special.
Watch this video to see what you can create with this special.
It's a sneak-peak from our Spring/Summer 2012 Idea book.





You'll love the Rock the Block promotion, featuring the new My Acrylix® Rock the Block E-size stamp set (available only during this promotion) and the My Creations® Collage Cubes (a Spring/Summer 2012 sneak-peek product!), available for just $15 with a qualifying purchase of $25. 
And don't forget this is only Available from Dec. 19th - Jan. 2012



Monday, December 12, 2011

Quick Gift Tags

Check out how quick and easy you can make your holiday gift tags this year!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

December Stamp of the Month




December 2011: Mad About You (S1112)

Spend $50 US/$55 CAN and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.00/$5.50.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Holiday Wishes





When you place a minimum order of $25 in My Acrylix® stamp sets in November, you can purchase a new D-size Holiday Wishes stamp set for only $5! That’s significant savings off the full retail value of $17.95 US / $19.95 CAN. And here’s a bonus: many of the images in the set coordinate with our Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge for added cutting and stamping fun!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Nov. Stamp Of The Month

Nov. Stamp Of The Month
Cherish The Day set of 44

So I have a secret to tell you!  I have been playing with the November Stamp Of The Month
Cherish The Day set of 44and I have had so much fun.
The secret is that I created all of this with out using my scissors.
I know you are thinking I am crazy and how could I possibly make any paper crafts without my scissors?

First of all I used my Cricuit Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut out all of the tags, pop up boxes, tickets and even the cute fry box!   It was so fast and easy it left me more time to stamp and create beautiful works of art.


 The Fry Box makes the perfect Studio J gift card holder ( Don't have a Studio J gift card? Give me a call and we can take care of that)  It is the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas List!











The best part of the Stamp Of The Month set is you can get it for as little as $5.00.
Get ready to create all of your holiday gifts Faster, Simpler and Easier!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Workshop On The Go

The WSOG kits are a FAVORITE product for many scrappers! It is an excellent deal with a full level 2 paper pack, exclusive stamp set, a how to guide, and accessories to finish of the pages!! It is an awesome product for anyone’s collection or a great gift item!! Check out this cute layout created by Janeal.

Stamp Of The Month Oct. 2011

I love to draw inspiration from others as I prepare to create artwork.  I will usually find something that catches my eye and then build on that to make it my own.  I was inspired by Annette G. for both of these projects, then learned a new technique from Vicki W. 




This card features the cute stocking from the stamp set and the Roxie paper.  The card base was cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, which features 100 different cards options!

Technique:  Make a custom embossing powder by mixing 2 parts Clear Detail Embossing Powder to 1 part Prisma Glitter.  Stamp the Stocking on a small piece of Colonial White Cardstock, then using the Versa Mark Stamp pad,  cover the entire surface of the stocking with Versa Mark Ink.  Cover with your custom embossing powder and shake off excess.  Using a Craft Heater, heat from the bottom of your piece.  Hold the Craft Heater a good distance away from your paper and heat only long enough to melt the powder.  If you over heat the paper, you will lose the beautiful all-over glitter effect.  You might have to practice a couple of times to get it just right.  Repeat on the other stocking and both of the cuffs.  Assemble card as shown in the photo.   Hint:  Rather than trying to push the Rhinestone brad through the thick ribbon, I cut off the prongs and glued it on with Liquid Glass.

Stocking Card
Supplies Used:
Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy
S1110 Holiday Magic, October SOM
X7140B Roxie Level 2 Paper Packet
Z1615 Red Collection Designer Ribbon
Z1360 Rhinestone Designer Brads
Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad
Z821 Clear Detail Embossing Powder
Z134 Prisma Glitter
Z555 Craft Heater
Z679 Liquid Glass









This tag features one of the Cricut Compatible chipboard pieces from the Banners set, and the Wonderland Paper.  The tiny tag was cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.

Tree Tag
Supplies Used:
Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy
S1110 Holiday Magic, October SOM
X7146B Wonderland Level 2 Paper Packet
Z1104 Clear Sparkles
Z1466 Bling Assortment
Z1617 Dark Chocolate Striped Grosgrain
Z1081 Colonial White Waxey Flax
Z1685 Banners Dimensional Elements (Cricut Compatable)
Tiny tag cut with Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge





















 Here is an adorable card made by Allison Williams that uses the sleigh from the stamp set—So sweet!  

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Making Great Black And White Photos

Halloween is almost here and you’ll be taking those traditional photos of your ghosts, goblins and fairy princesses. A fun way to capture some Halloween spirit is to turn some of your color pictures into black and white.  It is very easy to do using Studio J, just drag and drop your photo into a layout, click on the Filter drop down and you can change it to Black and White or Sepia. Using these filters is a perfect match with the new Mischief paper. Don’t be scared – give it a try!

Here are 5 Tips for your Black and White Photos to come out looking sharp.
Shape and Form - When looking for a good shot, look beyond the colors in a scene and instead focus you attention on the shapes. Try to create an interesting composition.
Contrast - Without differences in color to separate elements in your shot, you must instead introduce contrasting shades. Use contrast to help your main subject stand out – such as a light subject against a dark background.
Pattern - Black and white photography gives you a much better chance of capturing interesting patterns because it focuses the viewer's attention on the shapes formed by the elements in a scene.
Texture - In the same way that patterns can be lost in color photography, textures can be too. With black and white photos, the mind no longer has that color information to work with, so it pays more attention and focuses on the elements such as texture and pattern.
Lighting - Lighting is absolutely key to a good black and white photograph because it affects all of the above elements - shape, contrast, pattern and texture.
Side lighting often produces the most dramatic black and white photos. It picks out the edges of shapes and increases contrast by adding highlights, and the shadows it creates add interest to the scene as well as enhancing textures and patterns.

Name That Paper

Can you name the paper packet used in this Studio J layout?  Stumped? It’s Michief! That’s right…a 
Halloween themed paper! Would you have ever dreamed of using Halloween paper on a Homecoming 
layout? That’s one of the benefits of Studio J.  You can play with paper combinations that you wouldn’t
 normally try! On this Homecoming layout, I simply chose any paper kit mix I wanted. Then I swapped the 
papers for two of the more traditional papers in the kit. Added some accents that matched the colors in the 
picture and voila! A surprise layout that does not look “Halloween” at all. So the next time you hop on 
Studio J, play around with swapping papers and the different looks and combinations that you can get!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Workshop On The Go Bonus Projects



I sat down and played with the Mischief Workshop On The Go Kit (G1029)
After I finished this darling layout I had lots of supplies left so I decided to make a few more projects.
To Create Additional Artwork
Use your remaining supplies and one of our how-to books (from page 10 in our Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book) to complete this layout. 
I used the Magic (9034) how-to book and did the layout on page 48.

I also created this darling Spooky Banner
I used my Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut out the
SPOOKY letters and the flowers.
I added a few Clear Sparkles to the letters and our new Silver
Glitz Glitter Gel to the flowers to make them shine!






Additional Materials Needed
Z1378 My Creations Banner
Z1686 Cricut Art Philosophy Collection
Z1104  Clear Sparkles
Z1482 Silver Glitz Glitter Gel 
Close to my Heart is a great company to join as a consultant at any time. The company motto is Faster, Simpler, Easier….because they know that is what people need right now. They have been so good to go with the trends. For example it started as a stamping company, but added scrapbooking in as that craze started. Then when things started going more digital, they added Studio J as a “Faster, Simpler, Easier” way to make beautiful digital layouts to compliment the traditional scrapbook layouts. Now recently we have added a cricut cartridge to the items we sell. And it has been a huge hit. It has over 700 cutouts on one cartridge and when people see the little book…their eyes pop. It is just so versatile and has such great features! Once again, Close to my Heart keeps up with the trends. Check out this fun doorhanger using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge made by Mary Beth Wright…it was simple, fast and easy!!! Here is what she came up with using the Mischief paper. Look at those cute black button brads. Leave it to Close to my Heart to just keep making things better for us.
 So why not join in the fun?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Consultant Freebies!





SIGN UP AS A NEW CONSULTANT BETWEEN OCTOBER 1–31 and receive one New Consultant Kit add-on collection of your choice FREE! Add-on collections are priced at $40 each and have a retail value of up to $130, making this an incredible deal! 

For just a $99 enrollment fee, you'll receive a New Consultant Kit packed with business essentials and new products valued at over $280, plus a FREE add-on collection to enhance your kit! Then you can choose to buy one or both of the other add-on collections for just $40 each. It's an incredible deal!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September Photo Tips


Quick tips to make taking professional looking pictures Faster, Simpler and Easier.

Whether you are staying inside or you are out enjoying the sunshine, the use of a light reflector can make a good photo great for when it comes time to scrapbook or make a Studio J Layout!   Great photos can make your scrapbook pages and Studio J Layouts shine!
Here are a few simple tips on making and using a light reflector in your photography compare the two images.
The first image was taken without a reflector, casting harsh shadows on her face. 



In the second shot, I positioned a reflector in front of my subject (towards the incoming light), bouncing the light and 

brightening her darling face.


Create Your Own Reflector
Light reflectors are available to purchase at local photography stores.
Or you can make your own in a few simple steps using foil and cardboard.
Here’s how:

1. Cut cardboard piece to desired size.


2. Score in thirds.


3. Wrap foil around cardboard, and smooth out wrinkles.



4. Secure foil in place using tape.



Additional Reflector Options
There are other tricks to the trade when it comes to bouncing and reflecting light.

Here are a few ideas to try:
Wear White: Reflecting light can be as simple as throwing on a white shirt.  Light bounces off of white and will naturally reflect on your subject it you aren’t a great distance away.

Use White Foam Board: Foam core boards are available at local craft stores and are a great reflector option. Plus, they are lightweight and inexpensive, making them a nice photo-equipment option

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Stamp Of The Month September 2011


Limited Edition September Stamp of the Month is here and I have all sorts of great ideas for this kit. Take a plain list and spice it up a bit with these stamps, slap a magnet on the back and you have a darling refrigerator list (hmm, sounds like good neighbor gifts for Christmas). A composition notebook (on sale now with back to school) would be darling decorated up with these. And the possibilities for scrapbook journaling are huge. So take advantage of the opportunity to get this set in September because once October rolls around, it’s gone! And with a $50.00 purchase, it is only $5.00. Now that’s worth remembering!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cricut Art Philosophy Collection





Close To My Heart has taken paper crafting to a new creative level.  Not only did they come out with an exclusive cartridge with 700 images, they have bundled it with three coordinating D-size stamp sets as well as three sheets of chipboard shapes for a terrific price of only $99. It all works together perfectly!  It can help you make your projects faster, simpler and easier!  



Bundle Details:  3 coordinating My Acrylix D-Size stamp sets (MSRP: $17.95 each), along with 3 coordinating 9” x 12” dimensional elements sheets (MSRP: $4.95 each). The 700 images include a font, elegant rosettes, tags, cards, lacey patterns, gift boxes and more. The stamps sets do include the measurements right on the packaging - the stamp’s carrier sheet - so you will know exactly what size to die cut your image with your Cricut so that you can then stamp your image perfectly onto your die cut.
You may be wondering if this cartridge matches up to other stamp sets? The answer is YES!  There are other stamp sets throughout our Idea Book that are indicated with a thin red line. These stamp sets also match up with images on the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  Awesome!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Check out my Website

There are many SALE items on my website while supplies last! 
Here are a few items that are marked down!
Check it out before they are gone!



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Art Philosophy Cricut Collection


Have you heard the news?  
Close to my Heart now offers the
 Art Philosophy Cricut Collection
Take a look at this wonderful video to show you some of the new things we offer.


Monday, September 5, 2011

National Stamping Month



To celebrate National Stamping Month in September, we are offering our first-ever double stamp set! You can get the exclusive My Acrylix® Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set FREE when you place an order of $75 US from August 15 through September 30, 2011. You'll love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—which includes lots of clever phrases and coordinating images you'll use in your handmade cards all year long. The double set has a retail value of $35.90, which drastically increases the value of your qualifying purchase! Have double the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our new Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set! 
Dates: Offer valid August 15 (9:00 am MDT)–September 30, 2011 (11:59 pm MDT