Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Summer 2010 Idea Book Blog Hop

"Welcome to our Close to my Heart New Product Blog Hop! Over 40 Fabulous Close to my Heart Consultants are celebrating the upcoming release of the Summer 2010 Idea Book by giving you a Sneak Peak of some of the great products available in the new Idea Book starting May 1st! If you have come here from Amanda DesJardins's blog, you are on the right path! This is simple do to- just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I would have never thought a cherry themed paper packet would have what I would need to create a layout for my sister's baby shower but with the great color combinations Close To My Heart uses they always have exactly what I need. Cherry-O hit the nail the on the head with the Tulip & Blush color combinations.

Imagine Template: Shadow
Paper: X7123 B Cherry-O Level 2 Paper Packet
Stamps: B1226- Solos "B", D1266-Baby Steps, D1286-Today's Date, C1346-Family Ties Adult, D1358-Childhood
Inks:Z2166 Tulip Exclusive Inks, Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks, Z2106 Blush Exclusive Inks, Z2167 Creme BruleeExclusive Inks, Z2169 Vanilla Cream Exclusive Inks
Embellishments: Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents Tulip Collection, Z1048 Dimentional Elements Simple Alphabet, Z1140 Dimentional Elements Framed Fun, Z1210 HeartFelt Die-Cuts Wonder, Z1145 HeartFelt Die-Cuts Whimsy, Z1300 Just Blooms White Daisy Variety Pack, Z1284 Craft Buttons-Winter, Z1081 Waxy Flax Colonial White, Z1127 Ribbon Rounds Chocolate Collection
Tools: Z697 Sponge, Z1114 Piercing Tool Kit, 3174 Blending Pen

Now "Hop" on over to Melinda's Blog
to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get
some great crafting ideas and see the great new Paper Packs and My Acrylix Stamp

Remember, the Summer 2010 Idea Book goes LIVE on May 1st! You can come to my Open House on May 16th to see all the new product in person and see a Studio J. demonstration. Just email me for informaion.

**Link not working? Missed a Blog? Here is a list of all the participants in
the New Product Sneak Peak Blog Hop!
Erin Herring
Carla Ironside
Dawn Ross
Amy Edwards
Tresa Black
Dawn Heuft
Kimberly Smith
Jessica Moore
Leisa Hubley
Helen Onulak
Brae Montgomery
Wendy Kessler
Adeline Brill
Sherrie Thornton
Sheila Bennett
Terrie Dodd
Lisa Stenz
Jody Gustafson
Kathleen Rensel
Lori Scott
Beth Naumann
Teri Baxter
Wendy Fording
Laurie Newton
Meredith Burgess
Clerissa Lewis
Jennifer Kojder
Georgia Hauglid
Antoinette Herrin
Haley Dyer
Tanya Mae
Jean McNulty
Carrie Haines
Janelle Janish
Maranda Dickerson
Cheryl Even
Karen Johnson
Cindy Leek
Nancy Walters
LaJeania Hicks
Emma Hubert
Kristine Fowler
Amanda DesJardins
Tamra Meservey

Monday, April 26, 2010

Studio J is avaliable for you!

Available starting April 27! FREE online design software that allows you to take your photos and create detailed layouts with ease. You can create and immediately purchase your layouts or you can save them for later completion and purchase.




  • You only need internet ready computer. No software to purchase and load on your computer.


  • You can make multiples of the same layouts for gift-giving.
  • You can add as many embellishments as you want at no additional cost.
  • Pictures get enlarged automatically so you don't have to pay extra to get your pictures enlarged at a photo department.


  • You don’t have to worry about your children getting into your scissors, papers, or glues and making a mess.

Easy to follow steps

  1. Upload Photos
  2. Choose the desired My Reflection paper kit
  3. Select an exclusive Close To My Heart layout pattern
  4. Drag select photos into layout
  5. Add embellishments, title, & journaling
  6. Purchase custom-printed layouts ready for a cherished album

Any project started but not purchased will be stored 90 days from the date the project was started. Every time a Studio J. purchase is made it resets the 90 day clock giving more time to complete your project. Just go to my website and set up a Studio J account today so you can get started.

Here are some of the layouts that I designed using Studio J. You can't even tell that the embellishments are not 3-dimensional.

We went on this trip to Savannah and I had the layouts in my hand only a weeks after. I've never had a layout completed so quickly.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Miracle Kit means Happy Mother's Day

I posted yesterday the CTMH National Scrapbooking Month promotion-Miracle. Today I want to show you that after you create the beautiful layouts they offer there are still more goodies to enjoy. So I pulled out my WISHES (9033) book and made the "Gallery" card out of my scraps. I added the card sentiment using "A Little Everything (March-SOTM D1408), White Daisy Variety Pack (z1300), Sweet Leaf button (Z1284), Colonial White Waxy Flax (Z1081). Inks: Chocolate (z2111), Twilight (z2160), and Sweet Leaf (Z2153). I added Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint (z1039) to the flower to give it a little pearly finish, an extra special something just for my mom.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

National Scrapbook Month Special-Miricle Kit

I love the new Miracle Kit being offered by CTMH for National Scrapbook Month. I would recommend this kit for someone who was new to scrapbooking because it comes with everything you need to create a fabulous layout. The only thing I added to the layout that didn't come in the kit was the ink for the chipboard and I used the Hodge Podge Color-Ready Alphabet (x1406) to make the word "Easter." Included is also an easy to follow color brochure which tells you everything, from how to cut the paper to where to place it at. I love how I could use the chipboard to bring out the colors in the pictures and the Flip Flaps to add additional pictures to my layouts. Don't miss out on this great deal.

*Quantities are while supplies last.

For Customers:
Dates: April 15–May 31, 2010
Customers can get the Miracle kit beginning April 15 at 9 am (MT) in the following ways:
1) Purchase the kit outright for $19.95 US / $23.50 CAN (CC1009).
2) Place a minimum order of $40/$47 (excluding Studio J layouts) and purchase the kit for
only $10/$10 (CC1009A).
3) Place a minimum order of $60/$70 (excluding Studio J layouts) and purchase the kit for
only $5/$5 (CC1009B).

The Miracle offer is good on Gathering, Individual, and EZ Invite® orders. Customers may also order the kit on your MyCTMH website and through EZ Invite online shopping.

For Hostesses:
Dates: April 15–May 31, 2010
Hostesses who hold a qualifying Home Gathering with minimum sales of $300 US / $350 CAN will receive a Miracle scrapbooking kit FREE (CC1009C).

For New Consultants:
Dates: May 1–May 31, 2010
New Consultants who enroll during the month of May will receive the Miracle scrapbooking kit FREE as part of their New Consultant Kit. No additional tax or shipping/handling will be charged.

Miracle Kit Contents
Colors: Sweet Leaf, Olive, Crystal Blue, Bamboo
5 – Colonial White Cardstock
1 – Bamboo Cardstock
1 – Floral B&T Duos
® Paper
1 – Stripe B&T Duos
® Paper
1 – Crystal Blue Circle B&T Duos
® Die-Cut
1 – Sweet Leaf Bracket B&T Duos
® Die-Cut
1 – 6" x 12" My Stickease
® Assortment
1 – 6" x 9" Irresistibles™ Chipboard Die-Cuts
1 – Mini-Medley Accents Colonial White Collection
12" Colonial White Waxy Flax
3 – 4" x 6" Memory Protectors
® Flip Flaps™
2 – Sponges
1 –Brochure

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Blog Candy

Here's a little blog candy for those of you who are new to my blog. Anyone who becomes a follower will be entered in a drawing for Close to My Heart's Liquid Glass (z679). You can earn additional entries by Signing Up for my newsletter. And another entry for referring someone to my blog (your friend must put you name down in the "Referred by Field" in order for you to get an entry. Drawing for the winner will be May 1st so stay tuned to see who is the winner!

Liquid Glass is on the top of my list or products to own by Close To My Heart. I know your thinking that it isn't much to ask for, but I tell you, this stuff has so many uses:
-Permanent Adhesive
-Adding a little sparkle with glitter
-It dries with a glass look so you can add it to make rain drops
-A "little dab will do ya" so it last a really long time
-I actually use it instead of super glue to fix plastic toys around our house

So even if you don't win the contest I don't see how you can live without owning a bottle of Liquid Glass.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Maybe Glitzy is Better

I only thought I was adding more than the ordinary when adding all the pizzaz on the layout I shared with you last time. But today, I received my box of goodies to start preparing for my Summer Idea Book Open House and inside was the new Glitz "Stardust" (z1313-available May 1). I love it! To show how great it is I took my Parade layout and added it to my already stamped title "SpectroMagic" and it makes it POP! Glitz has a small nozzle top you can place the glitter only where you want it, without all the mess of shakeable glitter. My scrap room is still covered in glitter from the other parts of this layout. Please compare the before and after and tell me what you think.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Parades with Extra Magic

It's not too often that I get to add a little pizazza to my layouts. Having boys, I have to stay away from glitter, pink, know girlie things. So whenever I have a chance to girl it up I go all out. In this layout I added prisma glitter to the liquid glass dots to play up all the amazing lights we saw while attending the SpectroMagic Parade at the Magic Kingdom. All products are CTMH unless otherwise noted:
Crystal Blue cardstock (1292), Key Lime cardstock (1235), Black cardstock (1386), Jingle level 2 (x7115B), Winter Cheer glitter rub-ons (z1222), Twinkle Brads Jolly Assort. (z1220), Giggle Caps (D1136), Key Lime ink (z2131), Crystal Blue marker (z2317), Prisma Glitter (z134), Crystalescetn Glitter-Blue, Liquid Glass (z679), Supporting Cast-Imagine (9030)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Why Croppin on Cloud 9?

Well, I've decided to start a blog. I felt like the most important thing about the blog was the name. I wanted it to communicate how I felt about my business, and after a lot of brain storming one of my good friends came up of the name Croppin on Cloud 9. It was perfect! The name brought me back to when I first was introduced to Close To My Heart. That day I was so excited to finally be able to scrapbook all of my family's memories and it look beautiful when I was finished.

You see, I am far from crafty or creative but with Close to My Heart's philosophy of Faster, Simpler, Easier I was able to create something I was proud of just by following the instructions they laid out.

So I truly am on Cloud 9 every time I get scrapbook. I get to archive the memories I have made with my family. I get to laugh with all of my friends and look at their memories as the scrapbook with me. Being a stay at home mom I have very little time that isn't spent with my young ones and scrapbooking gives me the opportunity to have a little mommy time. All of these things leave me feeling rejuvenated. I hope you enjoy my blog and that it will inspire you to take a little mommy time and leave you feeling like you're on Cloud 9.