Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Convention's Texas Girls Swap!

The Close To My Heart Convention is only 13 days away and I am ready for swapping!  Last week I posted some of the cards that I am going to be swapping with the general convention goers.  

Since this years convention is right here in Texas, some of the Texas consultants will be meeting on that Thursday evening and having our own little swap.  I'm so excited and although I have only made 50 cards to swap with the general conventioners, I made 20 of this card for my Texas friends.

This card is made with the Pemberley paper pack, stamp set Bee Happy, #B1374 and the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge.  

I really hope they like it!  The lavender wasn't part of the paper packs color scheme but I try to add a little purple to everything when I can. :-)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Getting Ready for Convention 2012!

The Close To My Heart Convention is only 17 days away!  Other than a few odds and ends, I am all set and ready to go - and SO excited!  This year it is being held right in my own backyard........Dallas, Texas!  No flight to make, no baggage to check....Woo Hoo!  I have friends coming in so I will be the driver for the week! :-)

While this isn't my first convention, it is the first time that I am going to participate in the swaps they have.  Consultants make anywhere from 25 to 300 or more cards to swap with other consultants.  Since this is my first time swapping, I was only going to make 50 cards.  50 turned into 70, then 95!  I just can't stop!! LOL  But I do want to see how it goes this year.  I am anxious to see all the creations and get some wonderful ideas from the talented consultants that will be swapping.  

For the 95 cards I made, I chose the 4 paper packs that will be carried over to the new Idea Book that comes out August 1st.  Here are the 4 different designs:

The first one below is made with the Victory paper pack.  
A 4.25 x 5.5 inch birthday card - "May this be your grandest year yet!"

The 2nd card, below, is made with the Stella paper pack and is also a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card for any occasion.

The 3rd card is made with the Florentine Paper Pack, another 4.25 x 5.5 inch card for any occasion

And finally, the 4th card is for a special Texas Girls Meet & Greet swap.  This is made with the Pemberley Paper Pack, another 4.25 x 5.5 inch "any occasion" card.

I'm a little nervous that my work isn't up to par with others but I'm bringing them and hope everyone likes them.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Get Your Studio J On!!

There is nothing like the hands-on feeling of "real" scrapbooking.  Cutting your paper, matting and fitting your photos, adding embellishments such as ribbons, brads, and My Stickease, journaling your thoughts.....So many of my customers know that I just don't like digital scrapbooking, even though Close To My Heart has their own version called "Studio J".  And because of this, I have not pushed Studio J to anyone.  

Now, with the Close To My Heart 2012 convention just a few weeks away, they gave all the convention registrants a Studio J assignment - Create 5 two-page layouts using Studio J for FREE.  Well, if you know me, I just pushed it aside.  Free or not, I just didn't think I would complete it and didn't really care if I missed out on some free layouts.  

Then after some thought.....heck, they are FREE afterall!  Why not try it out?  So after spending a few days looking at the assignment, I jumped in.  And I am here to tell you that I now LOVE - LOVE - LOVE Studio J!!  Yes, you heard me....I LOVE IT!!

So now I am here to urge you all to try it out.  Just try it, play with it......I am sure you will fall in love with it just like I did.  So, for no cost to you, you can try it out right now.  Just log on to my website here, create a Studio J login and play around with it.  Look at the great layouts I made below.  And since this was my very FIRST time using Studio J, I really didn't get into all that it can do.  You are going to be amazed.....Just click on any photo below for a larger look!

Lucy Paper Pack

Mischief Paper Pack

Lucky Paper Pack

Magic Moments Paper Pack

Victory Paper Pack

Remember, you can play and create something without purchasing.....just see if you don't love it like I do now.  And if you get lost, just contact me and I will be happy to assist you.  Don't blow it off like I've been doing.  I am now a Studio J lover! 

Patti Ehrhardt

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Don't Miss Out!

With the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book starting August 1st, you only have until the end of July to get some of those wonderful papers and stamps that you have been wanting to buy.  

Paper Packs

As a reminder, here are a few things you can make with the paper packs that will not be carried over and will not be available after July 31st.

Order here or contact me here

Lucy Paper Pack Projects

Footloose Paper Pack Projects

Superhero Paper Pack Projects

Crusin' Paper Pack Projects

Stamp Sets

Here is a list of some of the stamps sets that are in the current Idea Book as well as the previous Autumn/Winter 2011 book.  Since they are in two Idea Books, the chances of them being discontinued is great.  Unless Close To My Heart decides to feature any of these stamps sets in the upcoming Idea Book that starts August 1st, these will be unavailable after July 31st.  

June is Stampaganza month, "Buy 2, Get 1 FREE" 
so now is the time to stock up on stamps!
Order here or contact me here

Check out this list of stamps taken from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book and see if any of these great stamp sets are on your "Wish List".   
This list has the stamp set product number, stamp name, and page number for your reference:

C1466 Instant Memories 23 
C1463 Harvest Happiness 35 
C1465 Unscripted 36 
C1467 Sweet Moments 41 
D1490 Backdrop - Charmed 47 
C1462 All Hallows Eve 48 
D1494 Christmas Cheer 53 
B1390 Countdown 54 
D1480 Snowflakes 59 
C1468 Winter Joy 60 
C1419 Harvest Home 65 
C1426 Thanksgiving 65 
B1395 So Grateful 66 
C1423 Captured Moments 67 
B1359 Fright Night 68 
D1437 Party Animal 69 
C1424 Nature's Gift 71 
C1420 Snow Days 72 
C1472 Bundled Buddies 73 
D1384 Snow Flurries 74 
D1308 All Decked Out 75 
B1381 Holiday Cheer 76 
D1446 Adorn-able 77 
A1107 A Twinkle 78 
B1361 Tannenbaum 78 
D1493 Fill in the Blank - Holiday 79 
C1427 I Believe 80 
D1449 Father Christmas 81 
B1356 St. Nick 82 
D1483 Glory to God 83 
A1099 Angel Sent 84 
B1394 John 3:16 84 
D1436 The Present 87 
D1306 Treasure Life 89 
C1429 Party Pennants 91 
A1095 Always Remember 92 
B1362 Tag the Occasion 92 
C1471 Happy Clusters 93 
B1393 Joyful Jar 94 
C1425 Month by Month 95 
C1470 Gnome Garden 96 
B1396 School Rocks 96 
C1408 Live Inspired 98 
D1373 Childhood Portrait 99 
D1492 Christmas Love 101 
C1469 December 25th 102 
D1388 Card Chatter - Christmas 103 
D1440 Everlasting Life 104 
C1379 Holiday Commentary 105 
D1383 Holiday Commentary - French 105 
C1382 Holiday Commentary - Spanish 105 
D1283 Say it in Style 106 
D1401 Authentic 108 
D1387 Made With Love 109 
D1499 Live Your Style 110 
D1136 Save the Date 111 
D1397 Save the Date - French 111 
D1398 Save the Date - Spanish 111 
E1006 Baroque Alphabet 113 
E1016 Friendship Alphabet Large 114 
C1401 Friendship Alphabet Small 114 
D1136 Giggle Caps 115 
D1137 Giggle Lowercase 115 
E1011 Headline Alphabet Large 115 
E1002 Rustic Alphabet 117 
D1267 Rustic Numbers 117

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Did You Miss It!!

Did you miss out on getting the "Dotty For You" paper?  This campaign was awesome.  The papers, filled with lines and yes, DOTS.....polka dots, were amazing!  If you did miss out, you are in luck!  I have some extra paper packs available.  Contact me here before they are all gone!  Check out these fabulous papers below:

Here are just a few things you can make using these beautiful papers*

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Patti's PaperScraps

* Inspiration from Christine Adams

Friday, June 1, 2012

A Fabulous June Special!

It's Stampaganza Time Again!!

Do you have a Close To My Heart stamp "Wish List"?  I know a few of my customers who do and now, you can get some, if not ALL of those "wishes" off your list!  It's been a few years now since CTMH has had this awesome special and now, you can clean up on getting all those great stamp sets for your cards, scrapbook pages, and other paper crafts......some for FREE!

For every two My Acrylis stamp sets* (sizes A, B, C, D, or E) you purchase at the full retail price, you will receive a third stamp set of your choice absolutely FREE* (of equal or lesser value) - that's a savings of up to $29.95 per stamp set!

Put your order in here or email me to help you get started on shrinking that "Wish List".

*Stamp sets that count towards the qualifying purchase and available for free include full priced A, B, C, D, and E size stamp sets only.  The following do not count as a qualifying purchase and are not available as a free set:
Custom Stamps (K-size), Workshops-On-The-Go, Cricut Collection, and the Stamp of the Month sets.  

*Offer valid June 1-30, 2012.  Tax and shipping may apply.  The lowest priced set(s) in the entire order will be the free set(s).