Studio J: Changing Colors

Friday, June 29, 2012

Another page from Studio J, and a little tutorial too!
Below is a darling page, designed by CTMH for my pre-convention “homework.” Capture

I followed the assignment and created the page, but when it came time to add my photos, I just didn’t have enough pictures that worked with the theme and color.

I do have three girls, and they are often very sweet. But I have a lot more photos that look like this:


instead of this:


So I changed up my layout by changing the colors and the accents. It’s so easy with Studio J (much easier than getting my kids to quit goofing around and let me take a pretty picture).

Check out my altered layout below, and scroll down for the paper-changing tutorial.


First, this kit begins with the Mischief papers. Very Halloween-ey.


Did you know? Studio J has tons of paper packs that aren’t in the current idea books? So if you’re looking for Halloween papers or Christmas in July, try Studio J!

After selecting my kit and my pattern, the page starts out like this.


For easier viewing, I’m just showing the left side of the layout.

To change the background paper to another color and pattern, first open the “paper” tab.

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Drag the paper of your choice, from the sidebar, and drop it right onto your page. I changed the patterned paper in the top left box to a small grid paper. But it’s black, so let’s fix that.

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By clicking on the paper you want to change, it will open a window with lots of options. Click on the paper icon.

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Select the color you want.

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The color will change as soon as you click on a square. You can change your mind over and over, until you find just the color you want. Crème Brulee it is.

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I also changed the damask patterned B&T paper from black to Sweet Leaf.

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You can also rotate the pattern on any of the B&T papers. This pattern is running sideways, so I want to fix that.

Just click on the paper and open that handy little toolbox. Click on the arrow that looks like a circle, this will rotate your paper 1/4 turn at a time.


After changing the remaining colors, here’s my basic page, ready for photos and embellishments.

And one more look at the finished page:


Creating this blog post took about one hour. Creating the Studio J page, not even half that time. Gotta love Studio J for making things faster, simpler, easier!

Studio J layout, Who’s got the button?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Just a few more weeks until Close to My Heart’s national convention in Dallas, Texas! This year all of the attendees received a “homework” assignment. Five lesson plans to complete five Studio J layouts, start to finish.

Here’s my layout #1:


I’ll be sharing the remainder of the layouts throughout this week.

The lessons were a great learning opportunity, and I learned quite a few new techniques that I’ll be sharing after convention. I’ve been using Studio J since they released it, but not as consistently as I should. It’s a great way to quickly scrap a lot of photos, and it’s a huge timesaver.

Studio J is always free to try, nothing to pay until you decide to purchase your layout. There are hundreds of options in paper, designs and embellishments, and it’s set up to be simple enough for a total newbie to use, but it’s also customizable for those advanced users.

Want to try it out yourself? Click here!

Natural leaf masking technique

Saturday, June 23, 2012

This is a repost of my Fantastic Designer Friday feature on Lindy’s Stamp Gang blog. LSG blog card

Here in my corner of the USA, we’ve had a late start to our summer. After a few weeks of rain, the sunshine is out and the plants are growing like crazy. We’ve got these monster bushes in our yard that refuse to be tamed.


They’re in a need of a trim, but I think I’ll let my husband take care of that. I did my part… I snipped a leaf cluster for my LSG designer project.


The leaves are relatively flat, and the branch is very flexible, so I knew they’d be perfect to use as a mask for Lindy’s sprays.


I placed the leaves on white cardstock and sprayed over them with Magical Mai Tai Flat Fabio. I made sure to apply the spray from the same angle, almost directly overhead. This will give the clearest impression and prevent under-spray.


You can see from the photo above how the leaves are acting as a mask, but since the edges of the leaf are not flat against the cardstock, the line will be softer, not hard edged. This is perfect for a nature themed accent.


If your cardstock begins to curl while spraying, you may want to use something to hold it flat. This will prevent the leaf from shifting. I’m using the end of a paintbrush. Keeps my fingers out of the spray. Don’t want a hand-shaped mask!


Be patient and build your color slowly. The leaves will resist the spray and you’ll see the liquid begin to pool. You can let them air dry or blot gently with a tissue, being careful not to dislodge a flood of color onto your cardstock. Wait until the leaves are dry before lifting them from the cardstock.

Once your custom made creation is dry, it’s ready to use!

LSG blog card

Lindy’s Stamp Gang products (click on the links to shop):
Magical Mai Tai Flat Fabio spray
T-Bird Turquoise Flat Fabio spray

Close to My Heart products (click on the links to shop):
Eclectic Edges stamp set
Live out Loud, July Stamp of the Month (available July 1-31, 2012)
Cardstock colors: Grey Flannel, White Daisy, Buttercup
Grey Wool Ink
White Embossing powder
Versamark Inkpad

Birthday Giveaway winner!

Friday, June 22, 2012

What a wonderful birthday gift I received for my birthday! The comments left on my blog for the last two days have brought me such joy, I never expected to receive such heartfelt messages. Thank you to all who left comments, I am deeply touched.

I used to choose the winner of the three stamp sets for my birthday giveaway. Congratulations to Helen, commenter #62!

Helen said:
Ok, I will specifically say I learned to laugh at myself a little more when I flub up, instead of berating myself.
I love the cupcakes you taught me to do,
and I love the Josephs coat technique you explain so clearly, although I haven't used it recently. Thanks for all you do and share!!

It’s my birthday, but the gifts are for you!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


I’m another year older today, and I hope you’ll help me celebrate!

It’s only a few short weeks until Close to My Heart’s national convention in Dallas, Texas and I’m so excited to share the news that I’ll be showing off my artwork using the brand new accessories for the Fall/Winter idea book. I’ve been hard at work with my top-secret projects, so I can’t share any of it just yet. Don’t worry, once convention is over, you’ll get to see all the artwork right here on my blog. It’s probably my most creative time of year,  and I love the chance to pull out all the stops and create over-the-top fabulously artsy projects.

Probably the number one reason I love being a Close to My Heart consultant is that it allows me to share my knowledge and passion for stamping & papercrafting. I love to teach, and whether I’m sharing at my home classes, or through video, or right here on my blog, I hope to make a difference by encouraging someone else’s creativity.

I’m giving away three stamp sets for my birthday, and it’s simple to win. Just like me, these stamp sets are a little older, and that just makes them more special. All three sets are past Stamp of the Months, and you can’t buy them any longer, but you can win all three from me!

To enter: Leave me a comment and answer this question…

What have you learned from me?
Maybe it was a new technique, or a crafting tip, or a blog-building idea. It doesn’t matter where you learned it, it could be from CTMH convention, youtube, my blog, or my home classes. As long as you learned something, let me know!

Be specific and list just one thing, so I know you really got something out of it. No fair saying “I learned so much, I can’t pick one.” You gotta tell me something, or you won’t qualify!

If you don’t have a profile with contact info, make sure you leave your email address in the comment. I will choose a winner on Friday, June  22. Contest is open to everyone, so enter by clicking on the “leave a comment” link below my signature. While you’re at it, make my day and click the facebook “like” button!

Heartfelt Wishes

Friday, June 8, 2012

heartfelt wishes

A pretty card, for someone special.




Materials used:
(Click the links to shop)
Florentine level 2 paper pack, Close to My Heart
A Tweet Stamp Set, Close to My Heart
Card Chatter – Sympathy, Close to My Heart
Flat Fabio South Shore Sand Spray, Lindy’s Stamp Gang

Life is Tweet, only in June

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

little birdie

A little birdie told me you can only get this stamp set in the month of June 2012. And you can get “Life is Tweet” for just $5, so grab it while you can!

Oh Close to My Heart, you had me at the bird, but then you threw in the party hat. Sweet!

Life is Tweet is a great set for birthday, anniversary and thank-you cards and the birds and flowers would be adorable on a scrapbook page.

Available only until June 30, 2012, you can purchase this set for just $5 with a $50 minimum purchase on my CTMH website.

Don’t forget that June is Stampaganza! Purchase 2 stamp sets at regular price and get the third one free. For details and restrictions, click here.

Ready to shop? Click here!

It’s Stampaganza Time!

Friday, June 1, 2012


Time to stock up on your stamps! 
Shop my close to My Heart website

Fabulous stamp images for your cards, scrapbook pages, banners, and more can be yours FREE in June. For every two My Acrylix® stamp sets* (sizes A, B, C, D, or E) you purchase at full retail price, you'll receive a third stamp set of your choice FREE* (of equal or lesser value)—a savings of up to $29.95 per set!

* Stamp sets that count toward the qualifying purchase and available for FREE include full-priced A, B, C, D, and E sets only. Customizable (K-size) stamps, Workshops on the Go™, Cricut® collections, and Stamp of the Month sets do not count as qualifying purchases and are not available as free sets. Offer valid June 1–30, 2012. Tax and shipping/handling may apply. The lowest priced set(s) in the entire order will be the free set(s).

Ready to shop? Click here and get your free stamps!