Pajama Party!

Tomorrow is the day!  Don't forget the Pajama Party is on!

Big Picture Scrapbooking has another great Pajama Party in the works, hosted this month by Stacy Julian and Angie Lucas, along with Wendy Smedley! Mark your calendar for Wednesday, July 31st, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm Pacific Time.

Clearly the Best: Embossed Resist Stamping

"Embossed Resist Stamping" features a stamping technique for inking the areas around an embossed image to make the image stand out. 

Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book

The new Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book is here!  Chock full of new paper packs, stamps, accessories, home decor, and more, the IB is an awesome place to find inspiration for any paper art you are looking for.  Contact me today for your copy!

You Are Welcome Here

I have always felt that Close To My Heart is a wonderful company to be a part of and the following video will show you what I mean. The scrapbooking and stamping industry is going through some changes recently. But CTMH wants to make sure that everyone knows, after 30 years, we are here to stay and will continue to provide cutting-edge and trendy crafting products and show you how to use them.  Memory Keeping Matters!

Clearly the Best: Random Stamping

"Random Stamping" features a stamping technique for creating your own background paper by randomly applying a stamped image to a plain piece of cardstock. 

Life is Good

Team Meetings are a fun way to kick off convention festivities.  Kim is a Senior Executive Director and my several-grand upline at CTMH.  Her team meetings are silly fun.  We win prizes.  We learn about her family and how the Stamper's with Attitude team is doing.  And we usually get a little art project to work on.  This year's mini-scrapbook used the Chantilly paper pack.

The mini-album is made using  3 large My Creations Paper Pouches, with two holes punched in the closed ends to thread fiber through to hold it all together.

Use the bitty sparkles to glitter up the cover image on a stamped Cricut Art Philosophy image.

 Several cute pages inside using Cotton Candy and Pear CS, along with Chantilly B&T paper.

Because the pages are pockets, three pull-out cards can be inserted into the pockets, making a nice little mini-book.  Round paper circles create tabs to help pull out the inserts.

Paper: Chantilly B&T, Ruby, Twilight, Pear, and Buttercup CS
Images: Chantilly WOTG stamp
Embellishments: coordinating ribbon or fabric, bitty sparkles, 
Chantilly Assortment, Large Paper Pouches
Art Philosophy Cricut:Square 5

Work the Workshop

Get the discounted Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit in July—no qualifying purchase required! From July 1 to July 31 you can get this trendy kit to create your own canvas art to hang in your home, regularly priced at $39.95, now discounted to $19.95—more than 50% off! Take papercrafting to the next level with this adorable home d├ęcor piece that you can display for all to see.
Dates: Offer valid July 1–July 31, 2013.


Create nautical layouts for any of life’s adventures with the Tommy Workshop on the Go.  Use the Tommy B&T to create home decor like the frame above.  Contact me today to attend this workshop!

Clearly the Best: Passion for Patterns

"A Passion for Patterns" features a stamping technique for creating your own tone-on-tone patterned paper. 

Retired List

This is the last month to order from the current Spring/Summer Idea Book.  Many things will retire at the end of this month, and many things are already gone from the While Supplies Last List.  Please check out below for anything you had your eye on.  They are going fast!

A1132 Family
A1133 Festival of Lights
B1372 Circle Together
B1395 So Grateful
B1396 School Rocks
B1405 Rugged Dude
B1406 Blessings of Peace
B1410 A Friend Like You
B1414 Bonjour
C1438 Tea Time
C1461 Salutation Seals
C1466 Instant Memories
C1505 Pun Fun
C1507 Angelic Blessings
C1508 Paisley Flair
C1511 Love Blooms
C1520 Christmas Joy
D1187 For Every Occasion
D1388 Card Chatter - Christmas
D1399 Dream Big
D1440 Everlasting Life
D1444 A Little Thanks
D1492 Christmas Love
D1517 Game On
D1519 Abundance
D1521 Powder Heaven
D1523 Sweet Music
D1528 Jardin
E1010 Chocolate Alphabet Large
E1014 Posterboard Alphabet
E1015 Cocktail Alphabet
E1017 Old World Alphabet
E1018 Pennant Alphabet
E1019 Bohemian Alphabet
E1020 Token Alphabet
E1021 Trinity Alphabet
E1022 Hero Alphabet
E1023 Varsity Alphabet
E1024 Keepsake Alphabet

G1053 Chantilly Scrapbooking
G1054 Buzz & Bumble Scrapbooking
G1055 For Always Scrapbooking
G1056 Claire Scrapbooking
G1057 Later Sk8r Scrapbooking
G1058 Tommy Scrapbooking
G1059 Surf's Up Scrapbookin
G1060 For Always Cardmaking
G1061 Chantilly Cardmaking
G1062 Canvas Art

X7155B  Avonlea Paper Packet
X7156B  Clementine Paper Packet
X7157B  Dakota Paper Packet
X7159B  Scholastic Paper Packet
X7164B  Buzz and Bumble Paper Packet
X7166B  Claire Paper Packet
X7167B  Later Sk8r Paper Packet 

Z1246 Cocoa
Z1350 Topiary
Z1351 Dutch Blue
Z655 Olive
Z656 Outdoor Denim
Z659 Cranberry
Z670 Black
Z672 Red
Z673 White
Z724 Embossing Pen

Z1366 Brads Metal Assortment
Z1410 Antiqued Copper Designer Brads
Z1358 Buttons Basic Assortment
Z1369 Buttons Red Assortment
Z1370 Buttons Pink Assortment
Z1371 Buttons Blue Assortment
Z1372 Buttons Green Assortment
Z1703 Wooden Badge Buttons
Z1704 Pewter Badge Buttons
Z1821 Buttons Black Assortment
Z1412 10-Things Pocket
Z1450 Cork Color-Ready Alphabet
Z1718 Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes
Z1719 Color-Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes
Z1773 Color-Ready Noted Canvas Shapes
X7155C Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes
X7156C Clementine Complements Canvas Shapes
X7157C Dakota Complements Silver Foil Images
X7159C Scholastic My Stickease® Assortment
X7164C Buzz and Bumble My Stickease®
X7166C Claire Complements Canvas Shapes
X7167C Later Sk8r My Stickease® Assortment
Z1326 Sparkles Red, Pink & Purple Assortment
Z1327 Sparkles Blue & Green Assortment
Z1710 Just Blooms® Paradise Paper Flowers
Z1612 Paper Clip Pins
Z1827 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Small
Z1828 My Creations™ Paper Pouch - Large
Z1734 Irresistibles™ Persnickety Journaling Spots
Z1755 Posh Journaling Spots
Z1748 Brocade Assortment
Z1766 Memo Assortment
Z1780 Wrangler Assortment
Z1794 Cottage Assortment
Z1810 Later Sk8r Assortment
Z1813 Claire Assortment
Z1831 Buzz and Bumble Assortment
Z1487 Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection
Z1489 Mini Medley Accents Olive Collection
Z1697 Mini-Medley Accents Smoothie Collection

Z1736 My Creations® Mini Banner
Z1739 My Creations® Milk Carton
Z1740 My Creations® Bookmark Album
Z1774 My Creations® Canvas Journal

Z1081 Colonial White Waxy Flax
Z1088 Chocolate Waxy Flax
Z1089 Black Waxy Flax
Z1096 Embroidery Floss Neutral Assortment
Z1798 Black Tulle Ribbon
Z906 Bamboo Waxy Flax

Z1474 6" x 6" Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes
Z1721 3” x 3” Kraft Envelopes
Z1722 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Kraft Envelopes
Z1723 5” x 7” Kraft Envelopes
Z1724 6” x 6” Kraft Envelopes

Z1267 Paper/StampOrganizer8.5x11(3)
Z4134 Handle and Swivel Base
Z4136 Exclusive Inks Organizer Carrying Case
Z4200 Accessories Organizer
Z608 Embossing Stylus Medium
Z1392 2" Scallop Circle Punch
Z578 Corner Rounder
1771 Waterbrush Medium
Z1347 Post Bound Album- New England Ivy

Paper Strawberries

Another convention gift from Kelley was a fun haul.  She wrapped it all up in a red plastic cup that she decorated with white dots and personalized it with my name and topped it with pretty black, white, and red ribbons.

All of the haul.  A pen and Post-its to mark in the new Idea Book, sweet treats for a pick-me-up, Purell to keep the germs at bay, and a cute paper strawberry.

Paper strawberry

Fun, chocolately surprise when I opened the strawberry.  Very cute treat!


Roomie Gift

Convention gifts between consultants is a tradition.  It is fun to get crafty gifts, little sweets to take us through the longer days, and other "survival" gifts.  This year, Denise, kept with the Disney theme.  

She made a cute Disney Tag with black sparkles as a mini-Mickey.  Whimsy Caps spell out DISNEY.

This cute and happy card is perfect for sending birthday wishes.  I love the layering effect and the generational stamping.

 These goodies and more came in a cute Disney Princess bag.

Paper: Animal Cookies (retired), White Daisy CS,  Sunflower CS, Tulip CS
Images:Perfect Fit - Frames 2, Perfect Fit - Birthday, Sightseer, Whimsy Caps
Embellishments: Red Glitz Glue, black sparkles
Artiste Cricut: C, 3

Winter Wonderland

Saturday was the last full day of the 2013 CTMH Convention.  We had a wonderful time and can't wait to get home and get crafting.  I thought I'd share what I made for my roommate gift this year.  

Convention this year was in Orlando, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.  I decorated a photo pencil cup holder from Staples with CTMH B&T paper and Red Sparkles in a cute Minnie pattern.

Charms are something that I've collected throughout my tenure as a consultant, some are crafty and others are reminders of the fun times I have with fellow consultants and friends at the yearly conventions around the country.  This year, I found cute vintage Walt Disney World spinner charms. 

I decorated a small wooden treasure box to house the charm.

Cards are a big part of convention.  Consultants make several sets and bring them to swap with other consultants in between sessions.  We also make fun new cards with new products during the creative sessions.  Part of my roommate gift was a card, ready for winter.

Paper: Animal Crackers (retired), For Always Paper Pack, White Daisy CS, Black CS, vellum
Images: Winter Reflection, Elegant Script
Embellishments: Red Sparkles, Outdoor Denim button, Hemp
Art Philosophy Cricut: Snowflake1

Sweet Life

Get ready for harvest time with this Stamp of the Month.  Juicy apples, plums, and cherries help you to enjoy the Sweet Life with this set of 9 stamps. 

Available only July 1-31, 2013.