Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October Workshop: Scaredy Cat

October 23, 2014
7pm to 9pm
1504 High Country Lane
Allen, Texas 75002
RSVP:  Email: jperry@myscraproom.net

Products To Pre-Order:
Scaredy Cat Paper Pack
X7185B  $9.95

Scaredy Cat Compliments
X7185C  $4.95

Other supplies that are needed:
Basic Kit (your personal supplies)
Paper Trimmer
3-D foam tape
My Acrylix Blocks (if you have them)
Piercing Tool

What a fun way to get your halloween layout pre-done. Nothing like just popping your photos on a layout and calling it a day.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Taylor Swift - Shake It Off - PINTEREST PARODY

Card Making in Little Rock

We are on the road again this weekend.  Mike is speaking at the Little Rock Tech Fest and I am along for the ride.  Mom & Kaela are home this weekend.

Since I had a feeling that I did not have any "official" wife duties this weekend I decided that I wanted to pack a little bit of scrapping supplies and bring with me.  We are driving so I have no worries about airport security this time.

At first I thought I would just think up a design and bring all supplies with me and work on them from scratch while Mike is off playing with his friends.  Then I started to compile what would be needed for such an adventure.....

Ok I changed my mind after I saw the pile.

So then I thought ok, I will do the design and all of the stamping at home.   I ended up doing the stamping and cutting at home and it worked out perfectly!  I was able to get 5 card kits packed and ready to go onto just my table caddie.

This is everything except my CTMH self healing mat.  I have that in the suitcase.  

So after breakfast I found a nice bit table by a window in the lobby.   Some of the cards designs are past favorites that I am changing up with different papers and some are small gathering idea's that I am up-sizing to my regular card size.  Can you see that three of the designs are a past Christmas Card workshop from last year?

I stayed downstairs until I noticed that they were setting up for a banquet and figured I might be in the way.  So I came back upstairs to our room, moved some lamps around and opened the window for even more light and started working on my cards again.   I am all out of "thank you" cards so those are what I am making for my business use.  For every order that I get I try to always send a personal handmade thank you note for that order.  It helps to have a stash all made up.

I have food, drink, and my trusty iPod - what more could I need?


I need chocolate!

I took the photos of the cards next to a window hoping to get the best colors but they are not the best photos.  

By the time I get home tomorrow I will have 30 thank you notes all ready to go and I am mostly using scrap papers to make the cards with.  Not only am I getting a nice stash of cards but I am using up some supply stash in the process.

How Smart Am I?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Paper Comparison

NOTE:  Photo courtesy of Sheila Wilson

Ever wonder if CTMH paper is really "that good"?  Is it really worth the price?

A fellow consultant was working on a personal project and was using retired Moonstruck.  She ran out of the Moonstruck paper before she could finish the project.  This is always a hazard of using retired products but we do what we must.

She ran out to Michaels to find a color that was as close as she could get  to Moonstruck.  Boy she found out there is a difference in the quality of paper when she went to use her Cricut Machine.

Here are her words:

I needed the old color of Moonstruck and was out. Had to go to Michaels to get similar. Cuts are horrible and the fibers that were left behind on my mat, will require me to scrub it.

And here is the photo:

The "P" of the left is the Michaels paper and the "P" on the right is CTMH.

Just one more reason I love CTMH!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Back In The Saddle

It feels good when a routine comes full circle.  I had a really hard time staying focused this summer and my art work suffered.  School is back in session and I had an amazing, re-energizing  weekend in Boise, ID.

When I came home the paper started flying!

I have already posted one of the layouts that we worked on last weekend but here is one more.

Made with the Pathfinding paper pack.

After I finished this layout it was time to get cracking on the layout for the
September workshop night.

Workshops on the Go® Confetti Wishes Scrapbooking Kit

Item Number: G1086

Workshops on the Go® Confetti Wishes Scrapbooking Kit Contents:
1 – My Reflections™ Confetti Wishes Paper Packet (X7189B)
1 – My Acrylix® Confetti Wishes Workshop Stamp Set (D-size)
4 – Cardstock Sheets (2 Kraft, 2 White Daisy)
1 – Confetti Wishes Assortment (Z2044)
1 – Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985)
1 – Instructional Brochure
Featured Colors: Canary, Pacifica, Pear, Thistle

Confetti Wishes Complements

Item Number: X7189C

With this one kit I was able to complete the following artwork.

Once this layout was done I realized that I still had enough paper left over for the Alternate layout. 
 I just added 1 sheet of Crystal Blue cardstock and 1 sheet of Canary cardstock.

For those that were at the workshop I gave 2 extra B&T sheets and the instructions to make the following coordinating Confetti Wishes cards. 
 The card instructions made 5 cards of each design. 

That is a ton of artwork out of one paper pack for the workshop.

Do you see a card that is not Confetti Wishes?  That is my practice card from the Pathfinding workshop we will be working on in November.

I can not wait to start playing with the October Workshop.
Scaredy Cat
It is going to be so much fun.

Weekend To Do List

I just thought I would share my weekend to do list:

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Friends Do Not Let Friends Scrap Alone

Throw Back Thursday

I was looking for a photo tonight -  I am looking for a baby photo of Kaela to add with her senior photo for the personal "ad" we are thinking about purchasing for the back of her yearbook.  You know the ones with a couple of photos of the child and a message from the parents.  Yep that one....

Anyhoo I was searching way back in my digi files and found a photo that will make you laugh and I just have to share.

Back Story:

I signed up to be a consultant 10-4-2005

As a very excited and new consultant who do you tell first (well beside the hubby) - your best friend!  

Amy was supportive of my new venture but not sure she wanted to jump in.  Well I finally convinced her and I think I have a photo from that first order.

The date on the photo is 12-30-2005 and that seems about right for us.  She has never let me live it down!  We joke that I pulled her in kicking and screaming. Almost 9 years later she is still one of my best customers and loves coming to crop.   

As for that baby photo of Kaela?  I am still looking for it.  I think it might be in with the "film" photos - please pray I have a digi file for my sanity. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teamwork Layout

One last post and then it is bedtime for me.  The theme of this weekend in Boise was Teamwork and the theme movie was Disney's High School Musical.  Michelle designed a very cute layout that incorporated a basketball (from the movie), a team photo, and team work.  The idea was to hand draw a border around the edges of the layout and continue on from there.

Have you ever known me to follow instructions?  I saw the sample layout and immediately thought that I needed to hand stitch the border.  There is one problem... I did not bring my stitching supplies.

On the flight to Boise my luggage was opened and checked because the stamp scrubber looked like bullets (TSA told me that) and on the flight back my carry-on was opened and check because my banana looked like a gun (again told by TSA).  Can you image me trying to get a needle and thread on an airplane? 

Anyhoo - I stopped working on the layout because I knew that I would not be happy with the final product unless I hand stitched like I wanted.

Fast Forward until right now...... All Done!

There are no major changes just a couple to make it more "Jenny" Sometimes you have to listen to the inner layout designer and do your own thing.

Monday, September 15, 2014

I Am Back!

What an amazing weekend!

I was able to join some Texas Team Members and fly to Boise for the CTMH Thriving 30 event.  It was one night hosted by the corporate office of CTMH and one full day of fun hosted by our upline's - upline Michelle Snyder.  Monica Wohongi was our corporate leader.  

The above photo is from Friday night.  Do we look just a little overwhelmed?  We were so excited to be there but also so tired from traveling all day.  Thank goodness the hotel room was ready when we arrived because I needed a shower to wake up a little before the fun began.  I can not say enough good things about the Oxford Suites in Boise ID.  They pampered us all weekend! 

Here are just a few photos from Friday night.

We received a the supplies to make a beautiful layout on Friday night but by this point my brain was toast so I saved it to work on during free time.  We did not have any free times so I brought it home.  :-)

Saturday (Play Day)

We woke up and was ready for a day of fun and laughter.   A couple of the ladies did not finish prepping their cuts so we worked on that before the "real" fun began.  

This was Sylvia's pile of paper before she understood that there really was some organization to the cutting charts.  Once she re-organized she was a happier camper.  

Michelle asked for each of us to send a selfie to her before the weekend.  Can you find me?

Let the games begin.  We were having so much fun that when Michelle told us it was time for lunch we all looked up in surprise that it was already noon.  
Where did 3 hours go?

After lunch we started cranking out the layouts.

After what I thought was about 15 minutes Michelle announced that it was time to end the party.  What!?  Another almost 5 hours went by in a flash.  Granted we did stop playing long enough for a scavenger hunt, but still - time was flying.

One of the "clues" said to have the front desk take a photo of your team.

So by the end of  a great, information packed weekend I came home with 3 (2-page) layouts and 1 partial finished layout.  Here are the results.

I am so happy I went but also so happy I am home.

Now I need to do the prep work for our workshop this week.

See you Thursday!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Off to Boise I go

One of the teams that I am a part of with Close to My Heart is the Creative Hearts out of Boise, ID.  The Creative Hearts is one of 30 teams that won a fun filled weekend with the corporate leaders.  Think of it as a super mini convention for a select few teams. 

I leave bright and early well I guess it is THIS morning now, since I can not sleep to fly to Boise to have fun with these ladies.

There are 6 of us that I know of coming in from Texas.  The above photo is just a small sample of the ladies all across the US that are part of the Creative Hearts.  

I have no idea what we will be working on but from the supply list we will be "working" all weekend.

I will be home Sunday night but will have my cell on me if you need to reach me.  Remember to place your order for the new Artfully Sent Cricut Collection. 

 Also if you have not ordered your supplies for the September workshop by now you may not have time to get them in without express shipping ($$$$). 

I will show off all of the artwork made this weekend during the September Workshop and the October Crop Night. 

Workshop:  9-18-2014
Crop Night: 10-11-2014

See you soon!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection is Now Available

Now Available

Cardmaking has never been easier or more fun! 
With our newest Cricut® collection you can make handmade masterpieces in no time at all. Choose from cards with sentiments cut directly into them, or combine several cutouts to create your own pop-up scenes. Featuring more than 25 different themes and 5 different card formats including dynamic interactive designs, this cartridge has a card for any and all occasions—even if the occasion is “just because”! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves and pocket cards.
Order your Cricut® Artfully Sent collection (Z3017) today.

Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (Z3017)
$99 USD 
(retail value of nearly $125 USD)
1 – Cartridge (700 Images: Cards and Font)
3 – My Acrylix™ D-size Stamp Sets*
3 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

Reminder - No September Crop

Just as a reminder... 

We will not have a crop night in September.  I will be leaving for Boise, ID this weekend for a CTMH event / training. 

We will have the September Workshop on September 18, 2014 as planned
 and the next Crop Night will be October 11, 2014.  

See you soon.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Reminder: September Workshop: Confetti Wishes


If you have not already placed your order for the September Workshop. 

September 18, 2014
7pm to 9pm
1504 High Country Lane
Allen, Texas 75002
RSVP:  Email: jperry@myscraproom.net

Products To Pre-Order:
Workshops on the Go: Confetti Wishes
G1086  $29.95

Confetti Wishes Compliments
X7189C  $4.95

Other supplies that are needed:
Basic Kit (your personal supplies)
Paper Trimmer
3-D foam tape
My Acrylix Blocks (if you have them)
Piercing Tool

I need to get my birthday layouts done and with as much ease as possible. Come join me! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DMC Thread

I have had a couple of emails this morning asking if I had a list of the DMC thread colors that match CTMH cardstock.

Why yes I do!

 2014 CTMH  DMC Colors 

Pixie 3716
Cotton Candy 899
Hollyhock 3731a
Smoothie 760

Gypsy 553
Thistle 316
Smokey Plum 3740

Cranberry 347
Ruby 816 (close match)
Barn Red 918

Canary 676
Honey 3821

Sorbet 3778
Sunset 722
Autumn Terracotta 3826
Gold Rush 976

Sweet Leaf 3348
Pear 703
Ponderosa Pine 890
Topiary 3347
New England Ivy 936
Olive 3052

Juniper 503
Lagoon 597
Glacier 828
Crystal Blue 519
Outdoor Denim 823
Pacifica 826
Indian Corn Blue 932

Kraft – None found  
Flaxen 612
Champagne 842
Saddle 3772
Whisper 648
Slate 535
Black 310
Bamboo 3782
Desert Sand 611
Cocoa 839
Chocolate 632
White Daisy – White
Colonial White - Ecru

I use thread about as much as I use inks and stamps so I keep this list and supplies on hand.  it might take me a little longer to get a page for card finished but I love the look of hand stitching. 

Feel free to grab this list for your own needs.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Graduation Black & White

It was so hard for me but I did a graduation card only using black and white.  I will be selling these cards at a local craft fair and wanted to keep them neutral so that they can be used for any high school or college graduation this year.

 I am so glad that I decided to make this card because it was good practice for when I make Kaela's Graduation Announcements.  I needed to get Mike's help when making the numbers because I have never used the Cricut Craft Room and we had to set up the download of software and such then get the measurements right.  

The one item I do not like in Craft Room is that you can not tell it to just cut the image say 10 times like you can with the cricut machine.  You have the place the image in each spot on the virtual mat for it to cut it on the paper.   I think I have the process all figured out but if for some reason I forget I know that Mike will come to the rescue.  

I am very happy with the way they turned out and it only took a couple of hours to make a batch once we figured out the Craft Room software.

September Stamp of the Month

Available only September 1–30, 2014 

Family Is Forever SET OF 7
$17.95 USD

Purchase this D-size stamp set—available for one 
month only—for just $5 with your qualifying purchase. 

That’s over 70% off retail! Simply place an order of $50 
or more in Close To My Heart products to qualify for 
this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

National Stamping Month - September

September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is 
ready to celebrate all month long!

 When you spend $30 on any 
current retail-priced stamps during the month of September*, you 
qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy 
for FREE (a $13.95 USD/$15.25 CAD value)! 

This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 
30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. 
The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To
My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!

*Offer valid September 1–30, 2014.
 No tax will be charged on the free item(s). 
Shipping/handling is calculated 
based on the full retail price of the free item(s) ($13.95 USD/$15.25 CAD). 

Excluded stamps include discounted 
Stamp of the Month, Hostess Rewards stamps, Workshops on the Go® stamps, and any other kit-exclusive stamps.