“I love scrapbooks. They are one of the finest ways of dejunking life and abode... A good scrapbook is interesting and inspiring even to the stranger...Well put together scrapbooks and photo albums have warmed more hearts than any bound book... Without a good scrapbook, much that's memorable in life is forgotten or damaged or lost...."

~ Don Aslett

Friday, April 30, 2010

May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the May Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring the stamp set D1421 Cherish the Moment (ignore the oops in the photo!).  Hopefully you have seen lots of wonderful artwork to inspire you this month!

This is my very first time participating in a Blog Hop and I am very excited to show you what I have made!

If you have come here from Melinda's Blog then you are on the right track!

The card that I made uses a pattern from the Wishes How To Book called Folded Focus found on page 56.  It features a window so that you can see the stamped image that is inside the card. This is the view with the card closed.

I used the cutting knife to cut an "x" in the B&T paper and then rolled the flaps back to reveal the inside and then secured the flaps each with a pewter brad.  The image is stamped in Barn Red Ink.  This shows the inside of the card.

This stamp set offers the user many options.  This particular stamp is a birthday stamp but it leaves the giver the option to personalize the sentiment to perfectly fit the receivers age.  All they have to do is use a brad or a bitty sparkle or even just a marker to check off the appropriate box and circle the corresponding numbers for the age!  How fun!  This stamp set will help you make cards for all occasions!

Materials used:
Stamp: Cherish the Moment
Paper: Passages Level 2 paper packet, Colonial White cardstock, Cocoa cardstock
Inks: Barn Red
Embellishments: Pewter Brads
Wishes How To Book

Now it's time to head on over to Cindy's Blog to check out what she has created!

If you lose your way or just want to check out the list of participants, Helen's blog has a complete list.

If you like what you see here and would like to get your own stamp set or other supplies, email me at GrigsterN@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Summer 2010 Idea Book Open House

Life is just a bowl of Cherries!
Get yourself out of the pits and join me for a day of cherry play!

Close to my Heart Summer Idea book Open House

Sunday May 2nd from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Nicole's House in Hamilton, NJ

$5 admission gets you your own brand new Summer Idea book, 3 make and take projects including a 2 page layout as well as snacks and prize raffles!!

Invite all your crafty friends - it is sure to be a "berry" good time!!

Please RSVP by Friday April 30th so that I know how many projects to prepare.
You can email me, call me, post a comment here, or facebook me!

Hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

STUDIO J is here!!!!

The day has finally arrived!  All the world can now go play in Studio J!!  I will leave you with some more layouts that I have done but it's so much better when you try it out for yourself!   Go.....Play.....Be creative!!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

StudioJ is coming!!

StudioJ is online scrapbooking software available from Close to my Heart starting on April 27th.  Since my friend and fellow consultant is doing an amazing job outlining this great new program I am just going to direct you to check out her blog:  Rocking Paper & Scissors     No sense trying to re-invent the wheel!!  Here is a preview of one of the pages that I did in StudioJ, it only took me about a half hour to create it!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Miracle is waiting for you!

May is National Scrapbooking Month and Close to my Heart is offering a great special!  This adorable scrapbook kit is so pretty and versatile.  You don't even have to stamp anything to make great projects from this kit!  It comes with a full color brochure with step by step directions. Plan on adding this to your collection.  There are several ways to get it:
  • Purchase the kit for $19.95. 
  • Place a minimum order of $40 and purchase the kit for only $10.00
  • Place a minimum order of $60 and purchase the kit for only $5.00. 
  • Sign up as a new consultant between May 1-31 and receive the kit for FREE!
  • Host a home gathering between April 15-May 31 with minimum sales of $300 and receive a kit for FREE!
Get yours today and stay tuned for some great workshop opportunities that I will be offering for those that purchase the kit!  Just call or email me to secure your kit! Only available through May 31st while supplies last.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Posy to brighten your day!

This is short notice I know but it's something I have been working on finding a date for.  Something opened up and well, there was the day!  I am offering a card workshop for those of you that like that more than scrapbooking.  It's just in time for Mother's Day and will save you the trouble of finding just the right card!

Monday, April 19th from 7-9pm at my house in Hamilton, NJ

You will be able to make 3 cards featuring the "A Posy" stamp set. 

There are 2 options I am offering for this:
1. $5 allows you to come and make the cards using my supplies
2. $12 gets you the supplies AND your very own "A Posy" stamp set

Contact me by Friday April 16th if you are interested in attending.  Also, if you are attending, please bring with you - a paper trimmer, scissors, your preferred adhesive, and pop-dots if you have them.

Hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Let's Have a Rockin' Good Time!

This Saturday, April 10th, ScrapThat2! in the Burlington Center Mall is having one of their all day Saturday crops.  As always, I will be there with my partner offering a 2 page make and take class for $5.  This time we are featuring the paper pack You Rock with its awesome patterns and bright colors.  Check out the pictures for a sneak peak!  If you aren't signed up for the crop yet then check out the ScrapThat2! website for more info and call to reserve your spot!!

Hope to see you there!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

It's a Scrapbooking Caboodle!!

This month I have a great workshop planned.  We will be using CTMH's Caboodle paper pack to put together 2 - 2 page layouts that can be used for Easter, Spring or really any pictures that you have.  These colors are so versatile!
The top photo shows the layout that can be created by following the workshop guide.  The one below shows the second layout that can be created using papers that are left over after completing the first layout.

Date: April 18, 2010  1:00 to 3:30 pm
Hamilton, NJ
Basic Kit: $35
Best Option (basic kit plus add-ons): $50
(prices include tax and shipping)

Please comment (leave email) or email me by April 7th to secure your spot!

Basic Caboodle Kit includes:
My Acrylix® This Way Stamp Set
My Reflections® Caboodle Level 2 Paper Packet
Dimensional Elements Booksmart
Workshop Guide

Best Option   
  Tiny Tabs                        

  Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Sweet Leaf Collection    

Click on above to see more details!

Hope to see you there!


Welcome to my blog - thanks for visiting and hopefully you'll be inspired by what you find here.  I will be sharing ideas, tips, upcoming events, and even the occasional tutorial to help others become more creative.  So many people have wonderful and inspiring blogs, I wanted to get in on the fun!