Friday, July 29, 2011

Going Going GONE!!!

There is only 2 days left to get your hands on the items listed below! I will be putting one last order in Saturday night from the Spring/Summer 2011 catalog.  If there is anything you would like email or call me and I will add it to the order. Or you can order online anytime from my website.  There are also 2 promotions going on this month.

1. Get more Bang for your Buck: With a $50 order you can get one of the following items for only $1!
  • Creative Basics Mistletoe Collection
  • Creative Basics Animal Cookies Collection
  • My Originals Bits and Pieces Card Kit
  • My Originals It's Your Day Card Kit
  • My Originals Around the Holidays Card Kit
2. July Stamp of the Month: D1458 - American Celebration: This festive stamp set is great for all your summer layouts. Get it at regular price or at a discount or even for FREE!!!
  • earn it FREE when you spend $100 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • earn it for 75% off ($5.74) when you spend $75 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • earn it for 50% off ($11.74) when you spend $50 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • earn it for 25% off ($17.21) when you spend $25 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • purchase it for full retail price ($22.95)
Let me know if you have any questions and don't forget to email me your order before the end of day Saturday!

Here is the list of retiring items:

Scrapbooking Paper Packs and Kits Retiring:

Bliss Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Bliss Level 2 Paper Pack
Bliss MyStickease
Miracle Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Miracle Level 2 Paper Pack
Miracle MyStickease
Sweetheart Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Sweetheart Level 2 Paper Pack
Sweetheart MyStickease
Wings Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Wings Level 2 Paper Pack
Wings MyStickease
Magnifique Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Magnifique Level 2 Paper Pack
Magnifique MyStickease
Olivia Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Olivia Level 2 Paper Pack
Olivia MyStickease
Hooligans Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Hooligans Level 2 Paper Pack
Hooligans MyStickease
Mistletoe Level 1 Scrapbook Kit
Mistletoe Level 2 Paper Pack
Mistletoe MyStickease

Cardstock: Close To My Heart will not be discontinuing any colors of cardstock, but they will be selling only select colors in individual color packs. All colors will still be available in combo packs.

The colors that will continue to be sold in 24 sheet packs of one individual color are:
Black, White Daisy, Colonial White, Vanilla Cream, Chocolate, Cocoa, Desert Sand, Bamboo, Sweet Leaf, Pacifica, Smoothie, Creme Brulee, Olive, Cranberry, and Outdoor Denim. All other colors will now only be sold in combo packs. Cardstock prices are also going up.

MyAcrylix Blocks:
1" x 1 1/2"
1" x 6 1/2"
2" x 11"
2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
4 1/2" x 6 1/2"
MyAcrylix Block Starter Kit

Envelope Flats:
2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
3" x 3"
3" x 4 3/4"
4" x 4"
4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
5" x 5"
5" x 7"
5 1/2" x 4 3/4"
6" x 6"
8" x 3 1/2"
Designer Ribbon:
Sweet Leaf
Mini-Medley Accents:
Outdoor Denim
Sophia Level 2 Journaling Spots
Top Coats Framed In
Rubons - Across The Board
Rubons - Primavera
Kraft Color-Ready Borders
Red Eye Pen
Embossing Powders: Clear, Heavenly Blue, Pansy Purple, Silver Pearl
Block Buddy Set
Pivot Point Stapler
Fun Flock
My Creations 3-Ring Binder
Dimensional Elements (chipboard):
Framed Fun
Stars (will be in new Idea Book, but slightly different)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Brock - last but not least

  Actually he should be first. He is my favorite son! Brock is probably the easiest to photograph. He has spent enough time with me to know that the least painful way to get through a photo session is to just get in there, cooperate and be done. His only challenge is getting the smile.  He prefers the "I am cool and don't smile but look like I run this place" expression.

Well now the pictures are taken and it is time to get these pictures into a layout in albums so everyone can enjoy. I just have to decide, do I scrapbook them classic style or Studio J style? Hum. . . You will have to wait and see!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mikele's Turn

  This is my very photogenic daughter.  I do think she is gorgeous but she does present certain challenges when be photographed.  She will have her head looking at you but her cute little eye balls are always looking off in another direction. It totally cracks me up.  Never fear I still was able to snap a few shots with her eyes looking where they were suppose to.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Kassie's Turn

   You know how I said in my last post (with the pictures of Allie) that I was worried that I didn't have any good shots of my kids.  Well this first picture should be evidence enough to justify my concerns.  This is my Kassie in all her glory!!! She even asked me how she was suppose to smile. Why smile when you can pull that adorable crazy face?
  Below are a few of my favorites of Kassie from my photo session earlier this week that are a little less scary..

Why yes she is chewing on a blade a grass.  I did ask her if she wanted that in the picture and apparently the answer was yes please.

Monday, July 25, 2011

CTMH Convention 2011 Happy Face Video

This is what your missing out on!

Call or email me about joining my team and lets plan to attend convention 2012 in Dallas, Texas together!!!

Allie - 2 year Photo Session

  Can you believe my baby is already 2!  Oh and is she taking the terrible two's by storm. Even her older siblings think she is definitely in her terrible 2 stage.  Sunday evening I took all my kids up for a photo shoot.  I am getting ready for a back-to-school photo session campaign that I will be offering locally. (stay tuned for more details) I wanted to add some more samples of my work for potential clients and I really needed to take Allie's 2 year pictures. I came home frustrated and worried that I hadn't got any good shots and would have to retake the pictures but to my pleasant surprise and the relief of everyone else in my household, I had some keepers. Here are few more of my favorites of Allie.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

N_Rutledge Photo Session

I mentioned in my last post that I had 2 photo sessions last week.  The second was of this adorable little guy that is about a week and a half old. Newborn sessions are definitely a lot more time intensive but oh so worth it! Here are a few more of my favorite pictures. 

E_Floyd Photo Session

I have been very busy this last week with workshop classes, studio j classes and two photo sessions. On Thursday I had the opportunity to take head shots of my friend Emily.  She is an amazingly gifted opera singer and need the shots for when she tries out for the Utah Opera Festival next month. I wish her the best of luck!!!  Here are a few more of my favorite.

You look gorgeous my friend and when you are famous don't forget the little people!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Studio J - July Online Class

  Last night was the online Studio J class.  We made this layout using the Sophia kit.  I love that I can pick a paper kit based on the pattern of paper and then change the color to to work with my pictures. Below I have posted my friend Lynette's version of the same layout.
  The other technique we focused on was grouping and layering the My Stickease to create an embellishment on the page. Thank you for those who participated I hope you found it enjoyable and educational.  The live Studio J classes are held monthly and it is free to participate.  If you would like more information on joining the class, when the next class is or about Studio J please contact me.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July Workshop - Fanfare

  What a month! July has been packed full of trips, family, convention and classes.  Needless to say I felt a little sleep deprived by the time my workshop class rolled around last night. Nothing a little Mountain Dew can't help. ;)  But with only hours to spare I did finish up the layout for this month's class.  As promised here they are. The complete shopping list is below the 3rd layout.  I love this paper packet for summer pictures, birthdays, 4th of July, barbecues, and the list goes on and on. You can order any of the supplies any time online or by calling or emailing me. (435.787.0125  If you would like to join my workshop group and create beautiful layouts every month call me for complete details. We sure have a good time!!!

Layouts inspired by Karen Pedersen

Monday, July 18, 2011

Art Philosophy Cricut® Collection

Close To My Heart has teamed up with Cricut and produced a jam packed cartridge with over 700 images that coordinate with our stamps and dimensional elements. Exclusively through Close To My Heart you can get your hands on this amazing bundle starting August 1st. Can't wait until August 1st? Consider becoming a consultant and then you can order it NOW!

Check out the youtube video for a sneak peak.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Close To My Heart - Convention 2011

I am off to Sunny California with my favorite Sister from another mister, Lynette, for the Close To My Heart Convention. We are soaking up the sun and the great new exciting products that are being debuted by Close To My Heart. I can't wait to share it all with you!
  For up to the date information check out my Facebook wall.  You can like the page so you see every update as they are happening.
  I will be back next week with new blog posts featuring great artwork and pictures. (Tuesday hopefully)  Also be watching for the Fall open house date and time. You won't want to miss it!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Blog Candy WINNER!

With the holiday weekend I have been slow at posting the winner of my Studio J blog candy give-away from last month. So without further delay. . .

Congrats TRACY!!! You won a Studio J 5 pack valued at $55.00.  I have your 5 pack card at my house and will get it to you as soon as I get home from Convention. Thanks for all who participated.
  If you would like to know more about Studio J please call or email me. I would love to share with you this amazing product from Close To My Heart.
  This will be my only post this week. I am leaving in the morning for sunny California for the Close To My Heart convention.  I am so excited to go and then return with all the new products that I am sure we will LOVE! I will be having an open house in August so be watching for more information.  Have a great week and I will be back here next week.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Creativity with Trees & Things Stamp Set

I hope you all enjoyed your 4th of July weekend. We had a great time in Island Park with my grandparents.  We also were able to see some of Jason's family including the newest member, Claire. I had the opportunity to take pictures of her and will post them soon.

Also, I posted the promotions for July so be sure to check it out here. I will be posting the winner of the Studio J 5 pack later this week as well!  Until then I have another great video tutorial for you. It is using a fun new stamp set from the current Spring/Summer 2011 catalog. This is a must have!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Lets Celebrate July with 2 AMAZING Promotions from Close To My Heart!

Cards Created by Karen Pedersen

Happy July! I love July...full of celebrations, fireworks, food and fun! I'm excited to tell you how Close To My Heart has decided to celebrate.
You can get this set, during July only, in one of the following ways:
  • earn it FREE when you spend $100 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • earn it for 75% off ($5.74) when you spend $75 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • earn it for 50% off ($11.74) when you spend $50 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • earn it for 25% off ($17.21) when you spend $25 or more (before shipping and tax)
  • purchase it for full retail price ($22.95)

2. With a great "Bang For Your Buck" special: 
  "Bang For Your Buck" is sure to send your heart soaring! Simply put, when you make a minimum purchase of $50 (before shipping and tax) from the Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book, you can add a bonus item for $1. You can choose from 5 items, each valued at $8.95. Those items are:

  • Creative Basics Mistletoe Collection
  • Creative Basics Animal Cookies Collection
  • My Originals Bits and Pieces Card Kit
  • My Originals It's Your Day Card Kit
  • My Originals Around the Holidays Card Kit
You can take advantage of both of these wonderful deals on my website (24/7...even during holidays) during the month of July, or by contacting me directly (435.787.012,