Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Why I became a Close to my Heart Consultant Blog Hop!!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our Blog Hop!
Along the way, you will see artwork that
highlights all of the many reasons my fellow
CTMH consultant friends and I joined the
Close to my Heart family!

If you've just arrived here from
GINA's BLOG then your are on the right path.


My FIRST reason "why" was simply this:
I fell in LOVE with the inspiration I found
in our beautiful Idea Books (catalogs)!

I signed up to be a Close to Heart consultant on October 9th, 2003. Having been a customer for several years, I already LOVED the Idea Book and I obsessed over each page of that beautiful Catalog and deciding which items I would purchase and use next. When I realized that as a consultant, I could enjoy a discount on all of the stamps, inks, papers, and embellishments that I just had to have...I took that leap of faith and signed up!! That was almost 13 years ago!! Since then and over the years, there have been MANY NEW reasons "why" I stay and continue my LOVE for being a Close to my Heart Consultant! There are so many reasons to list that I'll have to share those with you in another post coming soon.

I have LOVED and obsessed over every single
Idea Book and seasonal Catalog CTMH
has produced since I joined!!
I LOVE having it all and creating more
and more artwork to share with and
bless my family and friends/customers.

Here's an example of how the current
Annual Inspirations Idea Book
has inspired me this week:
 Notice how similar the card I made is to the one shown in the Idea Book. The Idea Book inspired me, gave me a great starting point for the card I wanted to make, and yet, I changed/added a few things that I wanted to and made the card completely my own!

Rain or Shine (D1634) on page 72 is just one of the stamp sets
I had to have and couldn't wait to create with!

I hope you've been inspired by
my "why" as well as my creativity.
Please ENJOY the rest of this blog hop
by going to CHRIS's BLOG next!!
 

Friday, April 1, 2016

April SOTM Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy 
our April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop 
featuring this month's SOTM:
Life in Pictures S1604

I am the 28th of 28 fellow consultant artists
participating in this month's hop!
If you have just joined us, you can start here and continue on
to the first blog participant (as this is a circular hop), and so on.

If you've just arrived here from KRISTA's BLOG then you are on the correct path.
 
This month I created two standard-size cards featuring the Penelope paper packet (X7207B). All of my stamping is done with a Black Memento ink pad (Z899) and the coloring is done using my watercolor paints on watercolor paper (and adding some splashes and splatters), as well as, a Golden Yellow marker to shade in the smaller details on the cameras.
 



Lastly, here's a view of all of the images included in this stamp set:

Now you can end the hop here,
OR continue on with the hop...
(starting from the very beginning!)
and be inspired by more creativity
using this stamp set by visiting
CATHERINE's BLOG next!
Enjoy the hop!!


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

So many great things in March!!

I have so many GREAT things
to offer you this month!

FIRST, there's...STAMPAGANZA!!!
This special is only offered once every couple of years,
so it's one that many of my customers really look forward to!
The wait is over! Who is ready for Stampaganza 2016? Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets (M-, A-, B-, C-, D-, or E-size) at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! That is a savings of up to $29.95! This offer is only available during March, so start submitting your stamp orders as soon as possible, and let the Stampaganza begin! Dates: Offer valid March 1, 2016 (9:00 am MST)–March 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT).
Order in-person at any of my events, or
ORDER ONLINE HERE: www.StampwithJen.ctmh.com


NEXT...
My Card-making Classes will be held
Friday, March 11th (6-9pm) and
Saturday, March 12th (2-5pm).

Here are the FIVE new card designs 
I'll have available for you to choose from:
Full details about this class are shown on the 
right (top) side of this blog page.

THEN...

I am very excited about an all-new class that I'm calling my
"Photos First!" Pocket Scrapbooking Class
to be held on Friday, March 18th (7-9pm).
For just $10 per person
I will help you create up to 6-12x12 pocket-style pages! 
The class fee includes 4 pocket-style page protectors 
and your choice of up to 24 (3x4 and 4x6)
"Picture My Life" cards from my huge assortment).
This class requires that you
BRING YOUR PHOTOS!!
and you will go home with completed pages
like the ones shown above!
Bring 20-40 4x6 photos that you have taken recently from one event/occasion. OR you can bring approximately 20-4x6 photos from one event and another 20-4x6 photos from another event/occasion. (Please NO vintage, cropped, or stacks of random photos that are unrelated to each other).

LASTLY...

We will use the Penelope 
"Workshops Your Way" Kit (G1106)
during my monthly Scrapbooking Workshops
that will be held Friday, March 25th (6-10pm)
and/or Saturday, March 26th (2-6pm).



 The featured kit (above) allows you to create a minimum of:
3-12x12 embellished layouts (6 pages)
1-12x12 pocket-style page layout (2 pages)
plus, 8 card designs (2 each of 4 designs)
All for just $32!
($26.95 plus tax and s/h)
or $35 (to add the card bases/envelopes).
PLEASE RSVP by March 19th!!

Please remember you'll need to bring/purchase 
your own adhesive to use when you attend any/all of my events and when you RSVP, I need to know which date (Friday and/or Saturday) that you plan to join us
so I can be sure to have enough room, as space is 
very limited (and I may have to open additional dates if
they continue to fill up like they have been)! :)

March is going to be a very busy month.
Let the Springtime Creativity begin!!


March SOTM (Sunshine Birdies) Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM: 
Sunshine Birdies S1603


If you have just joined us you can start here and continue on (as this is a circular hop)
or you can start at the beginning with Melinda's Blog if you get lost at any point along the way. 
If you've just arrived here from JEANIE's BLOG then you are on the correct path.

 Today I'm sharing two standard-size cards featuring 
some of my favorite bright colors of Spring (above).

 This card features the La Vie En Rose paper packet (X7201B) stamped with a Black Memento ink pad (Z889) and watercolor paints on a 1x1 block (keep reading below to see how I did this)! The sentiment was stamped in Black and then traced with a ShinHan Touch Twin Marker (Marigold). After stamping the sun, I then traced/doodled around and alongside it with my black journaling pen (adding additional curved/scribbled lines).

 This card features the Kaleidoscope paper packet (X7202B) and Black Memento ink pad (Z889), colored with our ShinHan Touch Twin Markers (Clay, Golden Yellow, Lavender, and Leaf Green). The hearts that are stamped with Honey ink (and traced/doodled with my black journaling pen) is an image from the Stuck on You stamp set (C1643). Who can resist those fun googley eyes?! 
(adhered with mini glue dots).

Here is my inspiration for the 
watercoloring technique I used on my first card (above).
THANK YOU to my fellow consultant friend 
Tresa Black of www.FabulouslyArtsy.com
for sharing this incredible idea on Facebook recently:

  Lastly, here's a view of all of the images included in this fun and whimsical stamp set: 

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting 
KIRSTEN's BLOG next!
Enjoy the hop!!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

February Scrapbooking Workshop!!

I'm especially excited about the 
workshop kit I'm offering this month 
because I designed it ALL myself!!
(and they are simple/basic pages
that look great and go together fast!)

February's kit contents include:
1-La Vie En Rose Paper Packet ($9.95)
1-roll of White Shimmer Trim ($4.95)
1-Childhood Picture My Life Assortment ($8.95)
1-Silver Sequins Assortment ($2.95)
2-sheets bulk Clear Sparkles ($2.00)
Additional 4x6 and 3x4 pieces of white daisy
cardstock to use for photo-matting,
and step-by-step assembly Instructions!
(actual retail value totals 
more than the $32 price!)

For $26.95 (plus tax and s/h)
each of my monthly workshop kits 
will allow you to create:
3-12x12 layouts (6 pages)
1-Picture My Life layout (2 pocket pages)
and 8-9 standard-size cards!!

 Layout #1 - You are my Sunshine!
Add 2-4x6 wide photos and 3-4x4 photos.

 Layout #2 - Love you to the moon and back!
Add 3-4x6 wide photos and 2-3x4 wide photos.

 Layout #3 - Life is a daring adventure.
Add 2-4x6 tall photos, 2-4x6 wide photos, 
1-4x4 photo, and (optional) 1-2x2 photo OR journaling.

FIVE standard-size embellished greeting cards (no stamping involved!!)

THREE standard-size cards using left-over PML cards 
with a little bit of stamping (quick and easy)!

The value of what you get when you join in is so simple
(yet genius)! All of the new monthly kits we have to offer
are designed to help you "use it all up" and consume
(not just collect!) your scrapbooking products.

In February, I am offering TWO
different workshop dates/times
for you to choose from including:

Friday 2/19 (6pm-9pm)
and Saturday 2/20 (1pm-5pm)
Join me either date (or both!)

To attend, please reserve your kit now:
Get $32 cash/check (per kit) to me asap
(and NO LATER THAN 2/13!!)
so I can get your supplies ordered for you.
You can also pay easily and securely online
using PayPal (contact me if you would like
me to send you an online "money request").

Non-local customers who reside in the U.S.
can order this kit from me also for 
$40 (price includes shipping!)
When pre-ordered by 2/13, I will mail your kit
to you on Monday 2/22, complete with
your papers pre-cut, pre-stamped, and 
including the step-by-step assembly instructions.
(PayPal payments can be sent to 
stampwithjen@ymail.com
and/or email me with your questions).

**Please note that card bases and envelopes
as well as the 12x12 memory protectors are NOT
included in the price of the kit. Since some may
already have these items on hand that they've
already purchased, you are encouraged to
bring/provide your own to use at the workshop OR...
If you wish to add those items on to your kit,
you can add the 8 card bases/envelopes for $3,
and/or the 6-12x12 memory protectors for $7.50,
for your use on the day of the workshop.
You will also have PML cards left-over that can be
used to create additional pocket-page layouts if
you want to ($1.25 per each pocket-style protector).

Bring/purchase your own adhesive to use
and please RSVP asap, as space is limited!
When you RSVP I need to know which date(s)
you plan to attend also please!!

All are also welcome to participate in my 
New CONSISTENCY CLUB!!
Those who purchase a scrapbooking kit
from me every month for 6 months in a row
(online or in-person)
will received their 7th kit FREE!
(a savings of $32!)

Feel free to tell and invite your friends!!
I'm really looking forward to helping you
complete more pages with this fun and colorful kit! :)

Share the Love stamp set Blog Hop!!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Share the Love
Promotional Blog Hop!

Today, 26 consultant artists are sharing

artwork they've created using this stamp set
available during February 2016 only
from Close to my Heart!

When you purchase this stamp set 
this month for $17.95,
a $7.00 donation will be given to
Operation Smile, our affiliated charity!
(Learn more at OperationSmile.org).

If you've just arrived here from

MICHELLE's BLOG
then you are on the correct path
.


Here are three standard-size cards I created using this stamp set along with a little bit of the "La Vie En Rose" paper packet (X7201B) and a few "Childhood" Picture My Life cards (Z3178). The telephone is paper pieced together using Black and Lagoon ink, and the camera was stamped with Lagoon ink and then fine lines were drawn in to add some details using my favorite fine-point black permanent ink pen (Marvy Uchida LePen Z1979). Embellished with Sequins Silver Assortment (Z2013), White Shimmer Trim (Z3024), and Clear Sparkles (Z1752).

Lastly, here's an image (below) that shows all of the stamps included in this stamp set
that is available for purchase this month only (February 2016):

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting
HELEN's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

February SOTM (Balloon Animals) Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM: 
Balloon Animals S1602

 
If you've just arrived here from
KATHY's BLOG then you are on the correct path.


Today I'm sharing this fun Easter Card I created using the Balloon Animals stamp set and the NEW Penelope paper packet (X7207B). I stamped the bunny/rabbit balloon using Saddle (brown) ink and the background dots were stamped with 1st and 2nd generation Crystal Blue ink). The grass was cut from Pear cardstock using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (p. 73, accent 3 + shift) at 3/4" tall. The "Happy Easter" sentiment that is stamped with Black ink comes from another stamp set that is shown on p. 19 of Seasonal Expressions 1 (C1638 Spring Critters).

Lastly, here's an image (below) that shows all of the stamps included in this stamp set 
that is available for purchase this month only (February 2016):

Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting
MARIE's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!
  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Seasonal Expressions 1 New Product Blog Hop!!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
Seasonal Expressions 1
New Product Blog Hop!

Today, 24 consultant artists are sharing artwork
they've created using NEW products
featured in the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog
from Close to my Heart!

If you've just arrived here from JEANIE's BLOG
then you are on the correct path.

 
 The first stamp set I fell in love with when I opened my 
Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog was this set (above):
Stuck on You (C1643) with it's coordinating Thin Cuts (Z3200).
Because I live in the "High Desert" of California and we see a lot more cactus here than other kinds of plant-life, I immediately knew that I had to have these adorable stamps!

 Here is the standard-size card I created with this stamp set and the thin cuts,
also featuring our NEW Penelope Paper Packet (X7207B).
I felt like the colors/patterns included in this paper packet
were the perfect combination (Crystal Blue, Honey, Pear, and
Thistle, PLUS I added Saddle cardstock and ink) to make my
cactus scene colorful and somewhat realistic looking.


 If you'd like to learn more about exactly how to use this
stamp set with our NEW thin cuts dies, you will want to
watch this how-to video:


Now you can continue on with the hop and be

inspired by more creative artwork and ideas 
by visiting MARIE's BLOG next. 
Enjoy the hop!!
  

Friday, January 1, 2016

January SOTM (Beloved Bouquet) Blog Hop!

THANK YOU for stopping by to enjoy our
January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop
featuring this month's SOTM: 
Beloved Bouquet S1601

You should have just arrived here from 
LORI's BLOG.
 
Today I'm sharing two standard-size cards I created using this stamp set. The card on the Left features paper from the "La Vie En Rose" packet (X7201B) and the card on the Right features paper from our brand-new "Charlotte" paper packet (X7205B). The fun of a "Base and Shade" stamp set like this one, is how easy it is to stamp (in two steps) with two different ink colors to add depth, detail, and create a more realistic look with each stamped image. To achieve the look of my flowers, I stamped the "shade" or "outline" stamp first with Black memento ink (Z899). Then I stamped the "base" or "solid" stamp image on top of the first with Sorbet ink using the second generation "stamp-rolling" technique. To do this I inked the stamp with Sorbet ink and stamped it once on scratch paper. Then, by rolling the stamp so that only the outside edges of the image touch the Sorbet ink pad a second time, I get the extra dark Sorbet color on the outside edges of the solid image. I also used the same technique to stamp the leaves (with Slate ink) on the card on the Left (and below).
 


Here's a closer look (below) at what all of the images included in this stamp set look like:

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the cards I made!
Now you can continue on with the hop
and be inspired by more creative ideas
using this stamp set by visiting 
LELA's BLOG next.
Enjoy the hop!!
 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My January Workshops (featuring Charlotte!!)

Happy New Year!!
I am over-the-moon excited about the all-NEW 
Workshop Program I have to offer you in 2016!

The value of what you get when you join in is so simple 
(yet genius)! All of the new monthly kits we have to offer
are designed to help you "use it all up" and consume
(not just collect!) your scrapbooking products.

For $26.95 (plus tax and s/h)
each monthly kit will allow you to create:
3 - 12x12 layouts (6 pages)
1 - Picture My Life layout (2 pocket pages)
and 8-9 standard-size Cards!

Workshops Your Way™ Charlotte Scrapbooking Kit Contents:
1 – Charlotte Paper Packet (X7205B)
1 – Charlotte Complements (X7205C)
3 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Black, 2 Whisper)
1 – Black & Gold Ribbon (Z3197)
1 – Treasured Puffies (Z3203)
Featured Colors: Black, Champagne, 
Slate, Sorbet, Whisper, White Daisy
G1104 $26.95

12x12 layout #1

12x12 layout #2

12x12 layout #3

Picture My Life (pocket pages) layout #4

PLUS, 9 cards (3 each of 3 designs)!

The scrapbook pages go together so quickly and easily since they now include stickers and chipboard die-cuts to embellish your pages with (instead of stamping). You will find that you can complete all of these items in just a few hours 
(approximately 2-3 hours for the 8 pages
and 1 hour for the 9 cards that 
do involve a little bit of stamping).

Starting January 1st, you can begin ordering this kit
to use at my upcoming workshop dates in January!!

1). Simply visit my website at

2). Click on the "JOIN" button in the 
bottom right corner to begin shopping
from my "January Workshop Orders!" gathering.

3). Add the "Workshops Your Way" Charlotte Scrapbooking
Kit (item #G1104) to your shopping cart to place the order at
least one week before the workshop date you plan to attend!

 Your kit will ship directly to you (or any address you enter) via FedEx and/or the U.S. Postal Service (please note that it has been my experience that orders placed using the "SmartPost" option can take a little longer to arrive, so the extra three dollars in shipping cost really isn't much IF you need to be sure it arrives faster using the $7.95 FedEx shipping option). You can purchase any additional items you want to, but I will have "on hand" all of the adhesive, stamps, inks, tools, card bases, and memory protectors you might need, available for you to use and/or purchase during all of my upcoming workshop dates.

If you would prefer to not shop online,
then simply get $32 cash/check (per kit)
to me at least a week before you plan to
attend so I can get your kit ordered for you!
(This price is "rounded up" and includes a few cents more than
the actual cost with the tax and s/h added. I will donate the 
extra 27 cents to Operation Smile, our affiliated charity).

Tell and invite your friends!!
because you also have the option to 
split/share a kit with a friend (just $16 each!)
if you can agree on how to divide it up, lol.

4). Then JOIN US at any of my upcoming workshop dates/times to complete your pages with my assistance. I will "show you how" to follow the "easy" cutting guide and share all of the latest tips, tricks, and techniques with you, to help you get your pages and cards created quickly and beautifully!

In January, I am offering 4 different workshop
dates/times for you to choose from including:
Friday 1/8 (6pm-9pm)
Saturday 1/9 (1pm-5pm)
Friday 1/29 (6pm-9pm)
Saturday 1/30 (1pm-5pm)
*If something comes up that prevents you
from being able to attend in January, you are always
welcome to come and use your workshop kit with me in
February when I will be offering 4 more workshop dates
(and a new kit option also).
**The WYW (Workshops Your Way) kits do come complete
with an assembly guide you can download and print once purchased, 
so you will easily be able to create all of the page layouts 
at home on your own if you would prefer to do that also!

Are you a card-maker only?
I haven't forgotten you!!

You are also invited to any/all of 
these workshop dates to participate
in my monthly "Card Buffet!"

Come when you want, 
stay as long as you want, 
and make as many as you want 
(a little or a lot) for
just $1.50 per card!
(bring/purchase your own adhesive to use
and please RSVP, as space is limited).

These are the new cards I will have for you to 
choose from the "buffet" in January 2016:

Lastly, I am very excited to announce my
NEW Consistency Club!!

It's simple...join me every month for 6 months
and I will reward you for your loyalty to me
with free goodies!

Those who purchase the WYW scrapbooking kit 
from me every month for 6 months in a row
(online or in-person) 
will receive their 7th kit FREE!
(a savings of $32!)

Card-makers who purchase $25 or more
every month for 6 months in a row
(online or in-person)
will receive a shopping spree
($25 worth of their choice of FREE products!)
during their 7th month.