Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Scrapbooking with Boutique!

I'm so proud of these scrapbook pages. The BOUTIQUE kit from Close to my Heart was the perfect fit for my daughter and new son-in-law’s engagement photos. I just LOVE the way these turned out! 😍 You can create similar or uniquely-your-own beautiful pages with me this weekend during my monthly crop and potluck, this Saturday 10/20 (9am-3pm).
I have just one more of these kits left in my inventory right now (but I can easily order more of them if it sells before you can snatch it up from me). I will also have Halloween and Fall-themed kits available to create with this weekend too! I’d love to show you how! ❤️ #ctmh #ctmhboutique #scrapbooking #scrapbookingworkshopkits #stampwithjencreativefriends #letmeshowyouhow #memorykeepingmatters

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Reserve your spot for our November 10th Triple Treat Workshop now!

TRIPLE TREAT Creative Workshop!
(A Close to my Heart multi-consultant
scrapbooking and card-making event
held three times a year!!!)

...featuring CHRISTMAS projects!!

The event will include lunch (Italian buffet this time
including salads, pizza, and lasagne), snacks, bottled water,
iced tea, and/or coffee. Materials will be pre-cut and sorted
by your consultant so they will be ready to stamp, color, and
assemble. Plus, enjoy an ice-breaker game, photo ops, prize
giveaways, current and retired CTMH products for sale,
and plenty of table space to spread your supplies out on
while you create amongst friends!

Workshop fee is $55 per guest for card-makers
or those who want to create the
"Oh What Fun" scrapbooking pages
(featuring shades of pink & bold colors)
Workshop fee is $60 per guest for those who want
to create the "Tis The Season" scrapbooking pages
(featuring shades of traditional red, green, and black).

Fees need to be PRE-PAID (to your consultant)

Payments can be sent online through
using the "friends and family" option to:
(or contact Jen Rubio to arrange your payment
by cash, check, or debit/credit card).

Scrapbooking kits will include the pre-cut papers,
stickers, die cuts, and embellishments needed to
make (4) 12x12 layouts...8 pages total.

Card-makers will be creating (20) hand-stamped
greeting cards (2 each of 10 designs), with the option
to make additional cards of their choice for $2 each
(additional cards can be paid for at the event).
Images of the card designs coming soon!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Oh What Fun - Extravaganza Presentation and Artwork!

First, I'd like to say THANK YOU to Close to my Heart
for the amazing opportunity I was given to present my
artwork on stage this Summer at the annual Convention
for CTMH consultants! It meant so much to me to be invited
and it an was absolute honor and thrilling experience.

I first had to sign a confidentiality agreement with CTMH, because I would be receiving so many brand-new products more than a month prior to Convention, and it was very important that I keep secret all of the new products I would be getting, so that the first big "reveals" could happen on stage, only at Convention.

My big box of "top secret" Close to my Heart products arrived on Wednesday, May 23rd. You can see here how very happy and excited I was on this day...and this was
BEFORE I had any clue what might be inside or how generous CTMH would be in 
giving me so much fun stuff to play with!

I can now reveal what I received in that box...
it included the most colorful and FUN
Christmas-themed papers, ink pads, stamp
sets, thin cuts, and embellishments ever!

I was instantly grateful that I would get to 
design CHRISTMAS artwork! I love Christmas!!
However, as I began to make cards and scrapbook pages,
I struggled with the fact that pink isn't really one of my
favorite colors to work with, and I began to find it 
a little bit challenging to use for Christmas.
It took a few tries, but eventually, I began to get over that
silly little voice in my head that said, "You can't do pink
with Christmas!" Once I opened my mind to the possibilities
and began thinking, "Why not?" I really began to see the
true beauty of these products and my creativity just flowed.

I spent the next few weeks creating with all of the
NEW products I had received, and then...
the big day (Friday, June 29th) arrived!

Here are a few of the photos I took that day, as well as,
all of my artwork made with the new OH WHAT FUN
paper collection (only from Close to my Heart!)
Here is your first peek at just one of the five
NEW paper collections that are now available
for customers to purchase since 
September 1st! Enjoy!!

 My top-secret artwork is all packed in my trunk and I'm ready to go present it!

Here is the main stage where I delivered my Extravaganza Artwork Presentation!

Standard-size cards made with my favorite, the NEW Ugly Sweater stamp set (C1729).
Ink pad colors used include NEW Clover, NEW Mint, Pixie, Raspberry, and Sweet Leaf.

 Standard-size cards made with our NEW watercolor pencils (Z4242), NEW Watercolor paper pad (Z4243), and water brush splatters. Stamp sets include NEW Feliz Navidad (B1620), NEW Making Spirits Bright (B1627), and the NEW Christmas Countdown (D1799) for the small tree. Ink pad colors used include NEW Mint, Lagoon, and Sweet Leaf.

Standard-size cards made with the NEW Mistletoe Wishes stamp set (G1168). Ink pad
colors used include NEW Clover, Pixie, Raspberry, and Archival Black.

Layout #1 featuring NEW Clover and NEW Mint cardstocks
with the OH WHAT FUN paper packet (X7238B) and complements (X7238C).

Layout #2 with the OH WHAT FUN paper packet (X7238B) and complements (X7238C).

Layout #3 with the OH WHAT FUN paper packet (X7238B).
Used only the shades of pink patterned papers (Pixie and Raspberry)
along with SUGARPLUM glitter paper (the NEW color of the year)!

Six standard-size cards created with the PML cards from the OH WHAT FUN 
paper packet (X7238B), the coordinating FELT SHAPES (Z4228),
and the Christmas Countdown stamp set (D1799).

Single 12x12 page made with the OH WHAT FUN paper packet (X7238B)
and coordinating complements (X7238C).

 Three standard-size cards featuring some of our NEW thin cuts...
Season's Greetings (Z4308), Merry Christmas (Z4306) and Falala (Z4307)
with SUGARPLUM glitter paper (Z4188).

 Single 12x12 page made with the Raspberry Ombre patterned paper as
the base page, plus the You Have My Heart stamp set (D1796).

 Floral pattern is stamped on the watercolor paper heart using
Lagoon ink, colored in with our NEW Watercolor Pencils (Z4242),
and then brushed lightly with water from the small round waterbrush.

 Two standard-size cards featuring the You Have My Heart stamp set (D1796).
This paper packet also works fantastically to create Non-Christmas-themed artwork!

 This standard-size card shows off our NEW Ranger RED TINSEL Embossing Powder (Z4251).

 I used OH WHAT FUN papers and embellishments to dress up a 
small LED table lamp that I purchased from Wal-mart for less than $5.

The branches were made by cutting half-way into 3" x 12" strips of 
patterned paper with fringe scissors. I especially LOVE that cute little felt Santa!

 Last of all, my favorite...the 12x12 framed home decor piece I created using
the Rainbow Striped patterned paper and NEW Chipboard Monogram Numbers!
Floral pieces cut using the Flower Market Cricut cartridge/collection.

Finally, here I am at the Consultant Creativity Showcase (above) displaying all of 
my artwork that same evening after the on-stage presentation.

THANK YOU again Close to my Heart for the amazing privilege of presenting my creations
on stage alongside these other 0h-s0-talented consultant artists that inspire me!

(Left to Right): 
Anna Jarnagin (
and (me!) Jen Rubio (

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

For the Love of Crafting Blog Hop (August SOTM!)

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM:
For the Love of Crafting S1808

If you've just arrived here from
my friend KATY's BLOG
then you are on the correct path.
If you get lost along the way, you can find
a complete list of all of the participating
consultant blogs here on MELINDA's BLOG.

Today I'm sharing a standard-size card I created
using our beautifully vibrant watercolor paints!
(on cold press watercolor paper 140lb. 300gsm).

If you want to attempt to create a similar card,
you will want to make sure the watercolor paint
and paper is completely dry before you stamp on
it with archival black ink, as I have done here.
I also stamped the sentiment stamp with archival
black ink on a smaller scrap of the same watercolor
paper and then cut it out (cut my heart just inside 
the edge of all of the little black dots). Then I added
the cut-out heart element on to the card using 
3d foam mounting tape to give it some dimension.

The trick to achieving this look is to use lots of water,
and create puddles of color on your paper by tapping,
dabbing, and swirling the color on with your water brush
(do not swipe, smear, rub, or blend it in too much).
Let the puddles of color sit on top of your paper and absorb
slowly (the less you brush it the better). While it is drying,
you can also use a heat embossing tool (or blow air on it
using a straw) to spread the puddles of color from the 
inside to the outermost edges of your paper like I did 
here. When it was mostly dry, I then flicked splatters 
of color along the outside edges using a waterbrush
that I loaded with lots of water and color.

I am working on creating my first quick 
video tutorial, so you can see exactly how to do it!
I will be sharing it on Facebook later next week, 
so if you'd like to see that, please go visit and 
"LIKE" and follow my Facebook business page now!
(Jen Rubio - Close to my Heart Consultant)

Since I only used one of the images in this stamp set
this time, here's a look at ALL of the fun images included:

Now you can continue on with the blog hop
and be inspired by more creativity using this
set of stamps by visiting KIMBERLY's BLOG next!

Monday, July 30, 2018

August 25th Triple Treat Workshop (Reserve Your Spot Now!)

TRIPLE TREAT Creative Workshop!
(A Close to my Heart multi-consultant scrapbooking
and card-making event held three times a year!!)

Saturday, August 25th, 2018
(10am to 4pm) @ the Holiday Inn Express
 (2700 Lenwood Road, Barstow, CA 92311)

...featuring the "DOCUMENTED" paper collection!
 (shown here)

Workshop fee is $50 per guest, PRE-PAID BY 8/5!
to make your choice of either: (4) 12x12 layouts…8 pages total
*OR* (20) hand-stamped greeting cards (2 each of 10 designs)

The event will include lunch (catered by Panda Express), 
snacks, bottled water, iced tea, and/or coffee.
Materials will be pre-cut and sorted by your consultant
 so they are ready for you to stamp, color, and assemble.
Plus, enjoy an ice-breaker game, photo ops, prize giveaways,
current and retired CTMH products for sale, and plenty of
table space to spread your supplies out on while you 
create amongst friends!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Scrapbooking with Central Park (in July and August)!

The month of July sure has flown by!
However, there's still time for local customers 
to come and create these scrapbook pages 
and/or cards with me in the next few weeks!

PLEASE RSVP at least one week in advance if
you plan to purchase a pre-cut scrapbooking kit
($32 for the 4 layouts shown) or last minute RSVP's
are welcome for card-making ($2 per card,
all card designs are first come, first serve,
while my supply lasts).

The upcoming CREATE DATES
you have to choose from are:

Friday 7/27 (6pm-10pm)
Saturday 7/28 (9am-1pm)
Monday 7/30 (9am-1pm)
Monday 8/6 (9am-1pm)
Monday 8/13 (9am-1pm)
Friday 8/17 (6pm-10pm)
Saturday 8/18 (9am-1pm)

Last of all, if you haven't done so already,
please SAVE THIS DATE and plan to
JOIN US for our next BIG EVENT...
(pre-paid reservations are due by 8/5
so more reminders are coming soon!)

Get your choice of either scrapbook pages OR cards!!
(photos of the 20 cards the card-makers 
will be creating at this event are coming soon!)

Sunday, June 3, 2018

June Scrapbooking and Cardmaking...with Fresh Air!

June is here and these are the
the scrapbook pages and cards we're
making this month using the
"Fresh Air" paper collection!

First, let's talk about the "create dates"
I'm offering this month! As many of you
know, my oldest daughter is getting married
on June 15th. In addition to all the wedding
preparations and family we'll have staying with us,
I'm also busy preparing to be a creative presenter
at the Close to my Heart Convention (for consultants)
in Las Vegas from June 28-30. I'm so thrilled about
this opportunity and have A LOT of artwork to 
design/create using "top-secret" NEW
not-yet-released products that I need to keep
under wraps until the next catalogs are revealed
in August and September.

It's all a tad overwhelming, so I've decided
that I very much need to cut back on the
number of "create dates" I'm able to offer to my
customers in my home (this month only). If you
are also busy and/or vacationing this month and 
are unable to attend the following dates in June,
please know that you can still pre-order and
plan to make these projects with me during
July and/or August also!

The June "Create Dates" will be:
Friday, June 8th (6pm-10pm)
Saturday, June 9th (9am-1pm)
Monday, June 25th (9am-1pm)

Let's take a look at this month's pages!
If you compare my layouts to the originals designed by CTMH, you might notice some differences. This is because I frequently like to "change up" the pages to include more space for larger (mostly 4x6) photos, because that's usually my preference. Our workshop kits/pages are more versatile than you might think, and I can show you how to make them work for you, even if the photos you have to use on them are not the exact sizes and orientations shown. You are welcome to create your pages exactly like these ones below, or you can use your own creativity to change them up however you want!

These last two pages (above) are ones that I designed
using "Make It From Your Heart, Volume III"
as my inspiration (pattern #14 on page 32).
Layout #4 is a free BONUS layout, that I like to
design and add-on to your kit for you every month!

If you're considering joining my monthly scrapbooking
club, we'd love to have you join us now! Here's how...

It's really quite simple. Just plan to purchase and use
the featured scrapbooking kit I offer each month,
and by the end of the year, you can have as many as
96 pages done (that's enough to fill TWO full albums!)

Each monthly kit is $32 (when purchased in-person),
pre-cut for you (by me) and ready for you to use to 
assemble 4-12x12 layouts (that's 8 pages!) every month.
As an extra incentive from me, I also offer what
I call "DONE DOLLARS!" For every two-page layout you
complete (with photos and journaling!) by the end of the
following monthI will give you a credit of $1.00. If you
complete all layouts from the monthly kit, then you will
have earned a $4 credit to spend with me however
you'd like. In addition to this extra motivation to 
complete your layouts, I also reward you for your
consistent participation! When you buy any 6 of our
scrapbooking workshop kits, your 7th kit is FREE!
*There are additional shipping costs for customers who wish
to order online, and non-local customers will need to cut
their own paper (all kits include a detailed cutting guide to
make it easy!), but I do like to reward my online 
customers also with these extra perks from me.

Now, let's talk about Card-making!!
All cards are $2 each (bring and use your own adhesives).
You get to choose how many of each you want to make
from my "card buffet," whether it be just a few or a lot.
Any customer who has purchased a scrapbooking
workshop kit or who makes a $30 or more purchase,
qualifies for the discounted "club member" price 
of just $1 per card!

The cards this month are quite simple,
but FUN none-the-less!!