Tuesday, January 31, 2012

February SOTM Blog Hop!!

Welcome to our February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring the February SOTM - Thoughtful Tidings S1202! If you have come here from Lori's blog then you are on the correct path.
Today I am sharing a simple standard size card featuring the Florentine Paper Packet X7153B (colors are Bamboo, Brown Bag, Cocoa, Colonial White, Creme Brulee, Garden Green, Goldrush, Olive, Twilight, and Vanilla Cream). To create the base of this card (shown at the top) I used the background stamp from the Florentine WOTG stamp set G1038 to stamp the background with Desert Sand ink on my Colonial White cardstock base. As usual, I used by AP Cricut Cartridge to cut many of the shapes on this card (Rctngle8 cut from Colonial White 1.5", Rctngle8 cut from Goldrush 1.75", Cupcake/Shift/Font from Goldrush at 2" to make the flower, and Petal1/Shift/FontLayer from Olive cardstock at 2"). Stamping and edge distressing was done with Cocoa ink (except for the paper Butterfly that was sponged with Desert Sand ink). I'm including a view of all of the images included in the SOTM set (below), as this set includes so many great sentiments that I will be sure to use over and over again! You can see (all the images outlined in red) that most of these sentiments coordinate well with our Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge!
Thank you for stopping by! Now you can continue on the hop by visiting Brae's blog next! Enjoy!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

NEW Product Blog Hop!!

WELCOME to our CTMH NEW Product Blog Hop...featuring all-new products from our Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book that goes live on February 1st!! If you've joined me from Nicole's Blog then you are on the correct path.
I've created this standard-size card to share with you
featuring some of my favorite NEW products:
Just For You My Acrylix stamp set B1398 (p. 18)
Stella paper packet X 7147B (p. 16)
Neutral Assortment (chocolate) Baker's Twine Z1701 (p. 124)
This card also features the stamp-rolling technique and faux stitching!
Now you can continue on the hop by visiting 
Georgia's blog next! Enjoy!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monthly Memories Club begins January 27 and 28!

Let me help you make more progress and complete more of your scrapbooking this year...one page...and one layout at a time! We will meet at 6:30pm and 7:30pm every month on either the 3rd, 4th, or 5th weekend. Join us on Friday night or Saturday night or even both nights if you want/need extra time to create with us! At 6:30pm we will create one 12x12 layout with traditional materials (paper, stamps, and embellishments!) for $10 per layout. Then, at 7:30pm we will create another layout (faster, simpler, and easier!) with Studio J online at no additional charge! Yes, you read that correctly, the Studio J class is FREE! You can join us for both segments of class time, or just come for either the first or second hour, whichever interests you most!

Here are photos of the $10 traditional layout we will create (you will need to choose and let me know when you RSVP to me, which layout...either the pink one OR the blue one...you want to make):

(remember, you can click on any and all of my images to see them larger!)

I will have all of the papers for the layouts pre-cut and ready for you to stamp, assemble, and embellish! All you will need to bring is your adhesive, photos, and favorite basic tools you like to use. Please PLAN AHEAD NOW by finding the 4 photos of the person you want to feature on your pages. You will need two photos that are 4"x6" tall and one photo that is 4"x6" wide, plus one more photo that you can crop into a 4"x4" circle. If you want to be extra prepared you can even start writing down your list of "10 things" you love about them now, then bring it to class with you, so you can completely finish your layout faster!

For those joining us for the Studio J class at 7:30pm, bringing your own laptop computer is recommended, but not required. I do have a few extra computers available for your use when you reserve one with me (first come, first serve)! It is however, very important that you remember to bring your digital photos to use (files that you have saved on a memory card, flash drive, or dvd) to create the Studio J pages! Here is what the Studio J layout for our January Studio J class will look like:

Kit: Sonoma
Pattern:  Cherish: Abstract™
Photos: 2 vertical, 1 horizontal,1 circle
Colors: Smokey Plum, Cocoa, Olive, Bamboo
Techniques we will learn:
• Using the stitching guide to frame photos
• Clustering embellishments and My Stickease® across both pages
Here's another example of this same layout made using different photos:

I hope you can join us for these easy, fun, informative, and inspiring classes! Contact me to reserve your spot early (as space is limited to just 9 guests)!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Chinese New Year Blog Hop (Day 2)!

Chinese New Year Hop
Chinese New Year Blog Hop 
January 22-23, 2012 
Year of the Dragon
Ni hao!...and WELCOME to day 2 of the Chinese New Year Blog Hop! This hop is in honor of Alex, the little boy my friend April's family recently adopted from Taiwan. To celebrate his culture, we want to share some Chinese-inspired projects with you!

If you arrived here from Dena's blog then you are in the right place! If you just joined us, you can also go back to April's blog at www.curlsandgrins.blogspot.com to see everyone's amazing creativity 
from the start of the hop!

For my project today I have this little asian-inspired "pocket notes purse" to share...
(remember, you can click on my image to see it up-close!)
This little gift-box with handle was created using instructions I found on splitcoaststampers.com (project is named "Pocket Notes Purse"). The stamp set I used is called "Aspiration" and the papers I used are "Unforgettable", both retired products from Close to my Heart.

We have some great blog candy to offer from April Nourse and PSA Essentials. To be eligible, you must simply comment on each blog on each day's post. We'd love for you to become a follower of each of our blogs too!
 THANK YOU for stopping by and
Happy Chinese New Year everyone!
Your next stop is Theresa's blog! Enjoy!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Chinese New Year Blog Hop (Day 1)!!

Chinese New Year Hop
Chinese New Year Blog Hop 
January 22-23, 2012 
Year of the Dragon
Ni hao!...and WELCOME to the Chinese New Year Blog Hop! This hop is in honor of Alex, the little boy my friend April's family recently adopted from Taiwan. To celebrate his culture, we want to share some Chinese-inspired projects with you (although I didn't fully understand this expectation at first, so this first project that I have to share with you for day one of this two-day hop is more "New Year"-themed than it is Chinese-inspired, so I hope that's okay and that you will enjoy it anyway)! I will be sending this card to April and her family next week to congratulate them on their "brand-new addition"!! :)

If you arrived here from Dena's blog then you are in the right place! If you just joined us, you can also go back to April's blog at www.curlsandgrins.blogspot.com to see everyone's amazing creativity 
from the start of the hop!

For my project today I created this standard-size card...
(remember, you can click on my image to see it up-close!)
My card features products that are all from Close to my Heart! I used the Hooray Bouquet D1491 stamp set with the Roxie papers X7140B. The flowers were cut from our fantastic Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge that allowed me to cut my paper to perfectly fit the images I stamped on them (no scissors needed)! The "dry-embossed and then sanded with sand-paper" leaves and frame were also cut using this "must-have" cartridge! To create the "cracked glass" effect, I applied liquid glass about 1/8" thick to fill in the entire oval shape inside the frame (I did this after I stamped the sentiment; and make sure you use a permanent or pigment based ink for stamping as I didn't do here, water-based inks can bleed under the liquid glass and you may notice that my ink did run just a little bit). You can use a pin to poke any air bubbles that you might get as you are applying the liquid glass also. Then I let it dry over-night. To crack it, I simply put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes to get it nice and cold, then I removed it and bent my cardstock in different directions to create all the various cracks. Then I used a sponge-dauber with a Desert Sand ink pad to swirl the color over the cracks and let the color soak in. Wipe with a clean tissue to remove any extra ink residue and...you're done creating "cracked glass"!

We have some great blog candy to offer from April Nourse and PSA Essentials. To be eligible, you must simply comment on each blog on each day's post. We'd love for you to become a follower of each of our blogs too!
 THANK YOU for stopping by and
Happy Chinese New Year everyone!
Your next stop is Theresa's blog! Enjoy!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

January Card Class photos!

Our new year of Card Classes is off to a great start!! I was so happy to have 10 of you attend our January Card Classes on Friday night (1/13) and 2 of you on Saturday night (1/14)! Here are just a few photos showing what a great time we had creating and socializing together! I already have another plan in mind how to re-arrange my tables for next month, so we can fit 10 of us at one time even more comfortably. THANK YOU to everyone who joined us and I will look forward to creating more cards with you all again next month! :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

January Card Class this Friday 1/13 and Saturday 1/14 (6:30-8:30pm)!

Join me this coming Friday or Saturday night for our first Monthly Card Class of the New Year!! You can even join us both nights if you want more time to create extra cards! Let me show you how to create a variety of 3 different hand-made greeting cards using the latest NEW stamps, papers, techniques, and embellishments. All of our cards are designed with our Cricut "Art Philosophy" cartridge that cuts paper to perfectly fit the images we will be stamping on them! I will have all of the papers pre-cut and sorted into little "kits" so all you have to do is stamp, assemble, and embellish! Choose any 3 of the following cards for $5 (or make 6 cards for $10) when you bring your own adhesive or purchase it from me (and I always have plenty available for sale). If you would prefer to use my adhesive when you attend, then your cards will be 3 for $6 or 6 for $12. Please RSVP asap (even the day of the class is okay, space permitting)!
Space is limited to ten guests each night!
Standard size card (above) featuring the Sonoma papers
(a variety of sentiment options available)
Standard-size card for a new baby boy (above)
Standard-size card for a new baby girl (above)
The same "baby boy" card shown before, BUT showing that you can choose a different sentiment if you prefer a card you can use for any "celebration" or "birthday"
in blue (above) or pink!
Finally, we made this card (above) at last month's class, but I still have a few kits left-over
and wanted to offer you one more chance to make this one also if you want to!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Get these soon-to-be "retired" products in January only!! (NEW Idea Book begins February 1st!!)

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!! As my busiest time of year finally draws to a close, I have to admit that I have been neglecting my blog a little more than normal recently. The good news is that I am always so motivated by the NEW year and I am grateful for the opportunity for a fresh start again this year, so I can make my blog better-than-ever (as well as strive for progress in all areas of my life, of course...wink)! So on that positive note, I am excited to give you all your first glimpse of the NEW Spring/Summer Idea Book that I am so lucky to have in-hand already! As always, every page is full of beautiful NEW products and awe-inspiring artwork!!! If you can't wait to receive your advance "sneak peek" copy, then you will definitely need to be sure to attend any of my upcoming classes this month, so I can give you your own FREE copy in person!
CARD CLASSES this month (3 cards for $5)
will be on Friday 1/13 and/or Saturday 1/14 (6:30-8:30pm),
every Thursday morning from 9am to 11am,
will be on Friday 1/27 and/or Saturday 1/28 (6:30-8:30pm)
Please contact me to RSVP and reserve your space ASAP whenever you plan to join us (as space is limited!)
If you are unable to join us for any of my events in January, then just let me know that you want me to save you a copy and I would be happy to deliver
an Idea Book to you on February 1st! 
***If you don't live near Barstow and would like an Idea Book shipped to you, I can mail it to you for $5 and I will include a coupon for $5 off your first order of $25 or more (I will begin mailing Idea Books out on January 27th)! ***
Then we can all begin ordering the new items from this book on February 1st!

As we prepare ourselves this month to be "out with the old, and in with the new," I thought you might like to see this list of all the great products from Close to my Heart that are still available for just one more month! These items will no longer be available to order when the NEW Spring/Summer Idea Book begins on February 1st, so please join me in bidding these beautiful products a fond farewell now, and feel free to contact me to order any of them now while they are still around for the taking! You can also order these items online from my website at www.StampwithJen.myctmh.com (and don't forget to check out the special "while supplies last" section for some great deals and steals)! Here is a slide show that includes current items that will be retiring
(THANK YOU to fellow consultant Tamytha Jenkins at www.paperheartist.com for creating and allowing me to share this slide show with you!):

From the Spring/Summer 20ll Idea Book
(All stamp sets listed in the order as they appear)
Trellis – D1451 - $17.95
Backgrounds & Borders – D1463 - $17.95
Dreams Come True – D1470 - $17.95
Summer Days – B1375 - $9.95
Love Ya – D1460 - $17.95
From My Heart – C1443 - $13.95
A Love – A1103 - $6.95
So Lucky – C1390 - $13.95
Circle of Love – D1438 - $17.95
Soul Mates – D1254 - $17.95
Bless This Nest – C1445 - $13.95
A Little Buzz – B1353 - $9.95
Beautiful Butterflies – B1373 - $9.95
Ambiance – C1349 - $13.95
Springtime – D1415 - $17.95
A Hop – A1112 - $6.95
Take Luck – B1364 - $9.95
Enjoy Every Moment – C1395 - $13.95
Beloved – B1343 - $9.95
Bunny Love – B1324 - $9.95
Carefree – C1447 - $13.95
A Paisley – A1105 - $6.95
Always In My Heart – A1101 - $6.95
Charmed – C1385 - $13.95
Togetherness – D1402 - $17.95
One Of A Kind – D1410 - $17.95
Blooming Layers – C1449 - $13.95
A Posy – A1102 - $6.95
Extreme Happiness – C1356 - $13.95
Friendship Blessings – D1191 - $17.95
Flower Pot – D1409 - $17.95
Smiles – C1397 - $13.95
Happy Moments – C1437 - $13.95
His and Hers – C1460 - $13.95
Tasty Treats – D1427 - $17.95
You’re Sweet – B1351 - $9.95
Recipe Box – D1364 - $17.95
Bon Apetit – D1367 - $17.95
Daydream – D1297 - $17.95
Makin’ Waves – C1365 - $13.95
Cruisin’ – D1471 - $17.95
Down By The Sea – C1451 - $13.95
True Happiness – D1365 - $17.95
Summer Breeze – C1453 - $13.95
Treetops – C1368 - $13.95
Let’s Go Camping – C1355 - $13.95
Beautiful Things – D1298 - $17.95
Campin’ Fever – D1353 - $17.95
Beary Best – C1363 - $13.95
Beary Busy – C1409 - $13.95
Howdy – D1435 - $17.95
You’re Great – D1434 - $17.95
Hot Diggity – C1407 - $13.95
It’s A Zoo – C1360 - $13.95
Fun Times – B1309 - $9.95
Love Birds – C1396 - $13.95
Over The Rainbow – D1426 - $17.95
Post Card – Travel Series – D1357 - $17.95
Horizon – C1454 - $13.95
Ciao – D1461 - $17.95
Thrill Ride – D1425 - $17.95
Retro Tech – C1446 - $13.95
Around The Block – D1377 - $17.95
Family Ties – C1346 - $13.95
Family Ties – Children – C1345 - $13.95
Family Ties – Pet – B1350 - $9.95
Family – C1305 - $13.95
Play Day (old set) – D1360 - $17.95
Believe In Your Dreams – B1322 - $9.95
Ms. Scrapbook – B1352 - $9.95
Ms. Chillin’ – D1404 - $17.95
You Rock – D1346 - $17.95
Catching Waves – D1466 - $17.95
X-Treme – D1432 - $17.95
Hero – D1474 - $17.95
Star Power – D1403 - $17.95
Tea Time – C1438 - $13.95
Little Princess – C1414 - $13.95
Birthday Boy – C1411 - $13.95
Birthday Blast – C1436 - $13.95
Shining Star – D1320 - $17.95
Royal Birth – D1441 - $17.95
Cupcakes Sprinkles – D1336 - $17.95
Piece of Cake – D1407 - $17.95
Paisley Praise – D1414 - $17.95
Sweet Baby – C1359 - $13.95
Baby Love – B1368 - $9.95
You Did It – C1351 - $13.95
Adoption – A1098 - $6.95
Precious Love – C1444 - $13.95
Love Always – D1337 - $17.95
A Game – A1113 - $6.95
Magic Tabs – C1448 - $13.95
Circle Together – B1372 - $9.95
Just For Boys – C1338 - $13.95
Just For Girls – C1337 - $13.95
Cherished Flourishes – D1413 - $17.95
Unity – C1422 - $13.95
Two-Step Backgrounds – D1473 - $17.95
On The Edge – C1399 - $13.95
Circle Around – D1300 - $17.95
Connections – D1330 - $17.95
Adorning Corners – D1322 - $17.95
Fill In The Blank – D1465 - $17.95
Priceless Love Word Puzzle – D1348 - $17.95
Kanji Phrases – C1339 - $13.95
Boom! – B1354 - $9.95
Just The Ticket – B1323 - $9.95
Salutation Seals – C1461 - $13.95
A Little Everything – D1408 - $17.95
For Every Occasion – D1187 - $17.95
Thank You – D1361 - $17.95
TLC – C1364 - $13.95
In The Month Of February – C1403 - $13.95
In The Month Of March – C1404 - $13.95
In The Month Of April – C1405 - $13.95
In The Month Of May – C1415 - $13.95
In The Month Of June – C1416 - $13.95
In The Month Of July – C1417 - $13.95
Notice The Details – D1378 - $17.95
On This Day – D1468 - $17.95
Happy Holidays – D1431 - $17.95
Dream Big – D1399 - $17.95

From the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book
Typeset WOTG Kit – G1024 - $29.95
Roxie WOTG Kit – G1025 - $29.95
Elemental WOTG Kit – G1026 - $29.95
Dreamin’ L2 Paper – X7142B - $9.95
Dreamin’ My Stickease – X7142C - $4.95
Dreamin’ WOTG Kit – G1027 - $29.95
Sonoma WOTG Kit – G1028 - $29.95
Mischief L2 Paper – X7144B - $9.95
Mischief My Stickease – X7144C - $4.95
Mischief WOTG Kit – G1029 - $29.95
Believe L2 Paper – X7145B - $9.95
Believe My Stickease – X7145C - $4.95
Believe WOTG Kit – G1030 - $29.95
Wonderland L2 Paper – X7146B - $9.95
Wonderland My Stickease – X7146C - $4.95
Wonderland WOTG Kit – G1031 - $29.95
Sophia L2 Paper – X7131B - $12.95
Sophia My Stickease – X7131C - $4.95
Mayberry L2 Paper – X7136B - $12.95
Mayberry My Stickease – X7136C - $4.95
Lucky L2 Paper – X7137B - $12.95
Lucky My Stickease – X7137C - $4.95
Fanfare L2 Paper – X7138B - $12.95
Fanfare My Stickease – X7138C - $4.95

pg 124
Colonial White Ribbon collection - Z1126 - $7.95
Cranberry grosgrain ribbon - Z1103 - $6.95
Cocoa grosgrain ribbon - Z1100 - $6.95
Colonial White grosgrain ribbon - Z1102 - $6.95
White Daisy grosgrain ribbon - Z270 - $6.95
Wings Level 2 Assortment - Z1398 - $4.95

pg 125
Embroidery Floss - Red/Pink - Z1092 - $3.25
Embroidery Floss - Green - Z1094 - $3.25
Embroidery Floss - Blue/Purple - Z1093 - $3.25
Waxy Flax - Cranberry - Z1086 - $3.95
Waxy Flax - Sorbet - Z1249 - $3.95
Waxy Flax - Juniper - Z1248 - $3.95
Waxy Flax - Crystal Blue - Z1247 - $3.95

pg 126
Designer Brads - Colonial White - Z1274 - $3.95
Designer Brads - Pewter - Z1146 - $3.95

pg 127
Mini Medley - Antiqued Copper - Z1275 - $4.95
Mini Medley - Colonial White - Z1276 - $4.95
Foundry Metal - Bookplates - Z1147 - $3.50
Soft Set Eyelets - Black and White Daisy - Z1228 - $3.95
Soft Set Eyelets - Chocolate and Colonial White - Z1229 - $3.95

pg 128
Midnight Felt Shapes - Z1462 - $3.95
Harvest Charms - Z1633 - $4.95
Holiday Packets - Z1486 - $4.95
Top Coats Icing Overlays - Z1468 - $4.95
Lucky Level 2 Assortment - Z1356 - $4.95
Lucky Level 2 Journaling Spots - Z1359 - $3.95
Bliss Level 2 Assortment - Z1355 - $5.95
Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment - Z1386 - $4.95
Fanfare Level 2 Assortment - Z1400 - $4.95
Spring Blossom - Z1266 - $7.95
White Daisy Variety Pack - Z1300 - $5.95

pg 129
Cardstock - Black 8-1/2 x 11 - X1412 - $5.50
Cardstock - Colonial White 8-1/2 x 11 - X1411 - $6.75
Cardstock - White Daisy 8-1/2 x 11 - 1320 - $6.75
Color Ready Alphabets - Oxford - X5749 - $3.95
Color Ready Alphabets - Hodge Podge - X1406 - $3.95

pg 130
Dimensional Elements - On Target - Z1226 - $5.95
Dimensional Elements - Flurry - Z1225 - $4.95

pg 131
My Creations - Board Book - Z1310 - $6.95
My Creations - Journal - Z1268 - $7.95
My Creations - Memory Showcase 9x9 - Z1198 - $5.95

pg 132
Rubber Brayer - Z616 - $12.95

pg 133
Soft Set Eyelet Tool - Z1208 - $14.95
Eyelet Tool Replacement Punches - Z1245 - $2.95

It is quite a BIG list...don't let your favorites get away!! :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Monthly Memories Club!! (Coming in January!)

I am so excited about something new that we will start-up in January, that I just couldn't wait to share it with you all here now! Please mark your calendars early, tell your friends, 
and plan to join us if you can!!
You’re invited to join my 
Monthly Memories Club! 
Let me show you how to scrapbook your photos
easily and affordably in 2012! 
Join us every month to create two beautiful two-page 12x12 layouts for just $10! We will create one layout with traditional materials (paper, stamps, and embellishments) and another layout (faster, simpler, and easier!) with Studio J online! The $10 a month materials fee will cover the cost of the supplies needed to create the traditional layout, and the Studio J layout we will create together is optional and at no additional charge. Those who want to join us for the Studio J online scrapbooking class only are welcome to attend absolutely free! Bringing your own laptop computer is recommended, but not required, as I do have a few extra computers available for you to use when you reserve one with me. It is very, very important that you do bring your saved digital photos to use (either on a memory card or DVD if you don’t have them saved on the laptop you bring)!

January 2012 traditional layout
(featuring the “Roxie” papers shown on page 22)
(you can click on the image above to see it larger!)
Club members do have the option to choose a more masculine layout option if these papers and colors are more girly than you desire (we will substitute the pink "Roxie" with Pacifica blue “Elemental” papers).
Friday, January 27th  
and/or Saturday, January 28th

6:30pm to create the traditional layout shown above ($10)
7:30pm to create the Studio J online layout (FREE)!
I will continue to offer 2-3 dates each month (in addition to Thursday mornings from 9am-11am) so you can attend when it is most convenient for you and also make-up any previous classes you might have had to miss!
Our Monthly Memories Club will meet around the end of each month (3rd or 4th weekend) and I will also continue to offer my $5 Creative Classes (card-making and other paper-crafts) near the beginning of each month (1st or 2nd weekend). More specifics about upcoming dates and times to come!