Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Perfect 10

I know many of you take the majority of your yearly pictures during the Holidays so let this great campaign from Close to My Heart solve the problem of what to do with all of the pictures.  From   January 1-31, 2012 you can purchase 9 Studio J layouts and get the 10th for FREE!!  This is a member only campaign. 

If you aren't a Studio J member yet let me tell you some of the awesome benefits of becoming a member.

  • 50% off layouts
  • Free memory protectors
  • No software to purchase and update
  • Free jpeg file of your layouts (easy to share on blog, email, or facebook)
  • Members only layout designs
  • Access retired paper packs
  • Free shipping!
  • Did I mention it is quick and easy to customize your pictures into beautiful layouts with just a drag and drop
So if you want to start a membership or may take advantage of a membership you have already purchased please hurry to my website(purchase membership) and get started(Studio J).

If you would like a few tutorials on Studio J. Check out previous post entitled "Love Your Layout" or the December issue below.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sneak Peek CTMH Spring Catalog and Great Savings

 When you place a minimum order of $25 from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book, you can get two valuable new products for just $15: the My Creations® Collage Cubes (a Spring/Summer 2012 sneak-peek product!) and the exclusive My Acrylix® Rock the Block E-size stamp set (available only during this promotion). This Rock the Block promotion represents a retail savings of almost $30! You're going to love the collage cubes and the Rock the Block stamp set, which work together for interactive, fashionable fun! Offered vaild December 19, 2011 - January 31, 2012.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Facebook Giveaway!

I wanted to add a little Christmas Cheer by giving away some great prizes on my Facebook page. It will also give you a chance to see lots of amazing Christmas layouts, cards, and other paper crafts. Pleae feel free to share with the Croppin On Cloud 9 community what you have created. Contest ends December 23, 2011!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

More Christmas Tags

I'm telling you I really don't think there is a craft that I need to do that I don't find myself reaching for my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.  If you are like me, and in the middle of the Christmas season and attempting to add a personal touch to your gifts by making your own tags, please see what I have created and tell me what you think. I apologize for using retired stamps. Christmas stamps never go out of style and I just keep adding to my collection but also picking up some of my favorites year after year. Merry Christmas!
Christmas Melodies  D1324 (retired)
No Peeking  D1177 (retired)

Holiday Warmth  D1376 (retired)
No Peeking D1177 (retired)

No Peeking  D1376 (retired)

Mistletoe B&T (retired)
Share the Magic  D1443 (limited edition stamp of the month)

I entered this tag in a contest Hobby Lobby is having. Everyone entered such elaborate tags so I don't expect to win but it was fun to put my little creation out there for others to see. Happy Stamping.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Studio J 5-pack

The best gift you can give this season is the Studio J 5-pack. It is great for a new scrapbooker or someone who just needs to catch up on all of their scrapbooking.  I have made these adorable gift card holders to go along with your gift and are included in the purchase of your Studio J 5-pack. Please contact me if you are interested.

  • 5 two page layouts
  • 5 Memory Protectors
  • Free shipping and handling
Finish off your gift with a 12 x 12 Quick Pic Album for only $9.95

If ordering the album make sure to place order by December 12 to insure delivery by Christmas.

Christmas Tags

I hope the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge is on your Christmas List.  If not here is one more reason why it should be because the Art Philosophy Cartridge makes everything a snap.

Add your own personal touch to your gifts with handmade gift tags. Order no later than December 12 to ensure delivery by Christmas.

December 25th     C1469     $13.95

Cricut Art Philosophy     Z1686     $99.00 (comes with 3 coordinating stamps sets and 3 DE)


Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Love Your Layout November 2011

Please click HERE to start your Studio J layouts today.  Don't forget to give a Studio J 5-pack to as a Christmas present to the scrapper in your family. Not only will it save her time, with this quick and easy solution to scrapbooking, but money. For $55 she will get 5 two-page layouts, 5 Memory Protectors, and free shipping and handling. For more informaion or to purchase a 5-pack please click HERE.

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Monster Mash

If you thought you didn't need the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge because you don't scrapbook, you are so missing out. This cartridge has it all! And I mean everything from cards to tags, labels to mats, alphabets and boxes. You will enjoy finding all kinds of crafts to make with your catridge and at a fraction of the cost to buying them at a craft store. These designs were inspired by the October issue of Cricut Magazine.

I am going to miss these little guys. But I know they are going to bring big smiles to a classroom full of 3rd graders.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Workshop Sign Ups are starting today!

Starting in January! 
We meet once a month at my house for 5 months.   The cost is $29.95 (plus shipping & tax). 
You will receive:
Level 2 paper pack
Exclusive C-sized stamp set
2 Coordinating Embellishments
Color How-to guide that will show you step-by-step instructions
Additional benefits:
You will get to be the hostess 1 of the 5 months and will receive a minimum of $25 in FREE product
You set aside time to actually get scrapbooking done.
Great ladies night out!

Please contact me if you are interested. We will pick either the 1st Monday or Tuesday of the month to meet based on everyones availability.  We will order for the first workshop in December. I must have 10 participants to have a club. 5 spots are left so contact me as soon as possible if you are interested.

Love Your Layout October 2011

I am always learning how to make Studio J be as personal as I want them to be with these great videos. This video focuses on how to crop Stickease. If you are interested in using Studio J for free where you can upload and create wonderful digital layouts please go HERE.  If you want to create a Studio J membership where you can purchase your layouts for 50% off and get FREE shipping and FREE memory protectors or FREE .jpg files go to my website.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Christmas will be here before we know it. If you are wanting to send something special to your friends this Christmas think about making your own Christmas Cards. I promise you these will not go in the garbage at the end of the season. Each card will have your own personal twist.

Date: Friday, November 11

Time: Choose from Morning 9:00am - 1:00pm or 
Night 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Cost: $37 by October 19

  • 25 cards (5 of each design)
  • 25 envelopes
  • Cut paper
  • Christmas Love stamp set
  • Topiary Marker
  • Clear Sparkles (2 sheets)
  • Glitz Gel
  • Use of inks
You just need to bring scissors and adhesive

Monday, September 26, 2011

Love Your Layout: August 2011 b

I don't know how I have been missing this great videos, but I have. I wanted to picked an episode that I thought had the most useful information. If you like this episode, I encourage you to go to YouTube and watch the previous episodes. If you are new to Studio J click HERE and you can create all the layouts you want for FREE! You do have to register for an account, but are not charge anything until you add items to your shopping cart. I <3 Studio J!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Card

I know that it is sometime overwhelming when you pick up a new hobby. I love stamping and there are just so many techniques that can make your cards stand out and it isn't even hard to do. Close to My Heart is great at producing clear aryclix stamps that take all the guess work out of base and shade stamping. Watch this short video and it will show you just how easy it can be. Click HERE to purchase the So Grateful stamp set for only $9.95.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Remarkable Wreath

Grey Wool-Z2125
Hollyhock Stitched Ribbon (retired)

Linen Ribbon (retired)

Natural Hemp-Z280

Inspired by the CTMH Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book I wanted to show you that a stamp set can really take you a long way. All I did was chang the color pallate and you can get a totally different look. All the cards are using the new Remarkable Wreath (C1473). If you wanted to purchase any of the products to create your own cards please click HERE.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Loving all that Roxie is...

I'm not really that much of a girlie girl. I hardly ever know what is in style and I definitely don't consider myself a trendsetter.  That being said when my customers saw the Roxie collection they went on and on about how they loved the zebra print! I had no idea it was popular again. But I decided to put together a little gift bag for anyone who wanted to host a party and I loved working with the paper. I tried to make it as flashy and girlie as I was capable of doing using inspiration from the Wishes card layout book, and this is how it turned out...

I am working on another gift bag so if you are interested in Hosting a Gathering let me know.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Typeset Workshops on the Go

We will have our first Workshop Club meeting for this semester this coming up Tuesday night. I wanted to share with you the Typeset Workshops on the Go that we will be assembling. I added a few extras with an additional picture and the Canvas Shapes.
If you would like to purchase this kit to assemble on your own click here and purchase the following supplies:
X7139C-Typeset Complements Canvas Shapes $5.95
G1024- Typeset Workshops on the Go $29.95
  • Typset Level 2 paper packet
  • My Acrylix Typeset Workshop Stamp Set
  • Milepost Shapes
  • Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint
  • Full Color Instructional Guide
E1020-Token Alphabet $29.95
Z2105-Black Ink $5.25
Z2114-Cocoa Ink $5.25
Z2165-Juniper Ink $5.25
Z1686-Cricut Art Philosophy Collection $99.00

Monday, July 18, 2011

Close to My Heart and Cricut

I told everyone via Facebook about the exciting announcement made during convention, and can I just say mine is already ordered and on its way! Beginning Aug 1st you can order the CTMH exclusive Cricut cartridge "Art Philosophy". It has 700 images and comes with 3-coordinating D-sized stamp sets, and 3-pages of Dimensional Elements (all different shapes). If you would like to purchase this collection at 50% off host a party and use it as your Hostess Rewards plus item! In the mean time check out this video that shows you how it works.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sophia Layout

If you sign up to do the Sophia Workshop at the Cloud 9 Crop Event this is one of the layouts you will be assembling. I love stamping with the flourish which give this layout a very feminine feel.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Cloud 9 Crop Event July 15-16 Registration Form

For a PDF version of this form you can email me

Cloud 9 Crop Event July 15-16 Prices

Cloud 9 Crop Event

If this is the first time you have visited my blog I would like to say thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to email me ( with any additional questions you might have for the upcoming Crop Event. Bring all your supplies and friends with you for a great 2-days you will never forget.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Scrap in a Flash May 2011

Go over to the Creating Keepsakes Blog and read a great article written by Close to My Heart's VP of Marketing Kristine Widtfeldt. She explains how you can take a Studio J layout and either have the benefit of doing it in 10-15 mins or add a little extra pizzazz. At the end of the article she is giving away a FREE Studio J 5-pack. Good Luck to all. Just make sure you create those Studio J layouts using my website ;)

Friday, May 13, 2011

1 Stamp Set = Multiple Uses + Blog Candy

Who knew a stamp set could get you so much! Watch this video and see just a few of the stamping techniques you can use.

I then challenge you to pull out your favorite CTMH stamp set and put your own creative twist on one of the techniques shown in the video. Post a picture to Croppin On Cloud 9's facebook page and earn a chance to win some fabulous blog candy.

Blog candy entries due by May 16 @ 11:00pm EST. Winner will be chosen at random.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Scrap in a Flash-Personalize with Studio J

I am loving this video series put out by Close to My Heart that essentially gives you a detailed tutorial of Studio J. This video shows you how to take a preformatted layout in Studio J and make it your own. Even I have picked up on a few capabilities that I was unaware Studio J can do. If you have the Fanfare paper and like to scrapbook traditionally scrapbook you might still want to check out the video to give some great ideas.

If you have not signed up to for Studio J please go HERE!

The Workshop Club is papercrafting with the Fanfare paper packet in May if you are interested in ordering the Workshop which inludes:
My Reflections Fanfare Level 2 Paper Packet
My Acrylix Fanfare Workshop Stamp Set
Buttons Blue Assortment
Neutral Embroidery Floss
Workshop Guide (Instructions for 2-page scrapbook layout or 12 cards)
Only $29.95-click HERE!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 2011 Blog Contest Entry

This month the Workshop Club created using the Mayberry paper kit. As a challenge to progress in their projects the members are encouraged to compete in a contest using that month's paper pack. Well it seems that life is really busy but I'm glad to say that Lorelei had time to put a layout together. Please encourage her with kind comments.

If you like what you see, Close To My Heart is giving away a great bundle on their Facebook Page that includes the Mayberry papers!
All you need to do is post an image of artwork you’ve created using the My Reflections® Sophia paper packet to our Close To My Heart Facebook wall. Then, the person with the most “Likes” on their image by Friday (April 29, 2011) at noon (MST) will win this fabulous collection! Start posting!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Simply Spring

I love spring. The new blooms on the flowers, green grass, and birds chirpping seem to make life a little more vibrant after months of dull hues and cold air. It seems that all of my friends are pregnant many of them delivering in a matter of weeks. Instead of doing the typical baby items on the card I wanted to use "Peter" Rabbit from Sensational Season (D1454). I was really drawn to keep the lines crisp and the card simple. The blues and greens just make me want to breathe in the fresh air. Thanks for looking.

Heart 2 Heart-Bunny Hop
I decided to add this card to the Bunny Hop that Heart 2 Heart is doing. This is my first hop. I am always so inspired by all of the ladies that participate in this blog. I encourage you to go to the blog and click through all the links they have available so you can be inspired too. Happy Spring!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Studio J step-by-step

I promised a wonderful step-by-step video to help you get started with Studio J and here it is. If you decide to start scrapbooking digitally don't forget to go over to my website to create your account.

While you are there don't forget April's Studio J special which allows you to receive Free embellishments when purchasing 10 Studio J layouts.

Here is one of my recent Studio J creations. One of my favorite things to do with Studio J is to use the layouts with enlarged photos that way I get the most bang for the buck. If I was creating a traditional layout I would have to pay $8 to enlarge to an 8 x 10, additional photo cost, paper, and embellishments; but with a Studio J membership I am paying $6.50 for a 2-page layout, Free JEPG, and Free shipping.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Miracle Workshop

This month the Workshop Club is purchasing the Miracle Workshop. Do you want to see what it is all about? Click on the video below. If you like what you see and would like to purchase the Miracle Workshop Kit for yourself. Contact me or head over to my website and purchase the kit to be sent right to your house.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lucky Blog Contest

It just so happens that many of my CTMH friends have boys instead of girls. There is always the debate as to whether Close To My Heart makes available enough papers that will accommodate us with males to scrapbook. Well I think Lucky hits it out of the park! I love it because it has Outdoor Denim (blue) and Sunset (orange) as the feature colors. A wonderful color palette for older boys, outdoor trips, boy scouts, and for those Auburn fans in my life.

Once again my only entry is from Denise. I met Denise recently and she continually inspires me with her use of embellishments. She tackled the sewing technique on this layout, one that I am too chicken to try myself, and I think it just looks wonderful. Great job Denise!! Please feel free to leave positive comments for Denise.

Lucky level 2 (x7137B)
Connections (D1330)
Hodgepodge Alphabet (D1301)
Dimensional Elements
Fresh Shapes (Z1019) retired
Outdoor Denim (Z2140)
Sunset (Z2191)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hope for Japan

Give a little hope to Japan by purchaseing an exlusive stamp set for just $5.

OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE AND tsunami in Japan, and like so many of you, we’re eager to help. And helping has never been easier!

During April, purchase the exclusive “Hope for Japan” A-size stamp set for the special price of only $5 (retail value $7.95) and Close To My Heart will donate 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross efforts in Japan. I make no commission on this stamp set. This beautifully designed stamp set reminds us of how our hearts are hopeful for those who are in need.

Contact me today to get involved in this heart-worthy cause.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Scrap in a Flash #2

This layout was so fun to make with Studio J because I didn't have the embellishments on hand that would have allowed me to color coordinate. But with Studio J all I had to do was click on the buttons and I could choose to have them match the clothes we were wearing. I made all the other pictures black & white to allow the colors to really pop.

As a side note this was such a fabulous trip. When you have a family of your own it is hard to find the time to get extended family together. It was so worth what ever sacrifices had to be made to spend time with just the women that I love and admire the most.

True sisters...My sister and I live in different towns. When we went to get dressed the first day in Mobile we realized we packed identical clothes. Used to happen a lot when we lived together in the same house so it just warmed my heart to see that sometimes we are two of the same even after all these years.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Love that Wings Stamp

Here are a few Thank You cards that I made using the stamp set that comes only in the Wings Workshop on the Go. Love the pretty B&T that I was able to make with it. I was inspired by the skirt worn by one of the ladies at our church last Sunday.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mayberry March Workshop

This month I am ordering the Mayberry Workshop. It has beautiful spring colors and the layout actually has a wonderful fruit theme. You can create either the layout, the cards, or both. And the Workshop Guide steps you through each step, so no need to worry. Once you have completed the layouts/cards there are plenty of extra paper, badges, and stamps (of course with stamps you can never use them too much) to keep on creating. All for $29.95! Click HERE to order or call by March 14th to get a discount on shipping.


My Acrylix Mayberry Workshop Stamp Set (B-sized)
Mayberry Level 2 Paper Packet
Canvas Badge Buttons
Workshop Guide

If you think you would like to regularly attend a Workshop Club with the ability to earn FREE Close to My Heart product please contact me.