Mini Mania at Creative U

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

splendid mini

 Mini albums are always a favorite of mine, because you can complete an entire book in a short amount of time, and they can be used for so many purposes.

I designed this 14 page 6”x6” album for Creative University, using the Buzz & Bumble paper pack by Close to My Heart. Lots of pockets, pull-outs and flap make this album interactive and fun for the reader.

Artwork 2013

The mini album class teachers, Kari & Kandi, did an amazing job at presenting their class. They were organized, informative and patient, leading two 2-hour classes of 20 women each.

Kari & Kandi

Love the album and want to make your own? I’ll be releasing a Fabulously Artsy Workshop this spring for both customers and consultants, so you can create the album yourself! You’ll be able to purchase the full kit with all materials, or a mini-kit for consultants, or those who would rather use their own consultants to purchase from. Stay tuned for the release date!

Card Café at Creative U

Friday, February 22, 2013

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One of the things I enjoyed most about this year’s Creative University was designing all of the projects myself. In the early years I offered a couple make-and-take projects, but nothing like the amount of artwork I created for this year’s event.

At the Card Café, students created two each of four designs, leaving with a total of eight cards. Each of the cards had a fun technique to make them a little more challenging and maybe learn something new.

CU wishes

The Heartfelt Wishes card (above) uses the embossed resist technique. The bird is stamped and heat embossed in white onto white cardstock, then sponged with twilight ink for a soft graduated colored background.

CU feel better

The Feel Better Soon card (above) uses pen detailing on the medallion portion of the card. I added this little detail in order to repeat the same element found in the background paper. By repeating these black dots it really pulls the whole design together.

CU thank you

The Thank You card (above) uses spot glitter to highlight the leaves and flower petals. Prisma glitter by CTMH is a translucent glitter, so it allows the undercolor of any paper or ink to show through. Used here, it appears green on the leaves and white on the petals. Pretty slick trick!

CU happy birthday

The Happy Birthday card (above) wasn’t so much about technique, but it did show off a cute way to make a handmade embellishment. The little pennants are nothing more than flat toothpicks topped with cardstock strips, hand-trimmed to size. You can even stamp a little word or design on yours, further customizing your own personal embellishment for next to nothing! Hooray!

One last mention about this card class you might not have noticed. All of the cards used the paper pack Chantilly, which is very “girly” with the pinks and yellows. I purposely designed two of the cards to be unisex colors so that they could be used for either men or women. All of the Close to My Heart paper packs have two-sided patterned paper (we call it B&T paper, for “background & texture”). So there are always plenty of choices for alternate color schemes in every pack!

I go through a lot of thank you cards, since I send one to every online customer when they place an order. I’ll be adapting some of these designs into thank you cards to use up my leftovers from Creative U.
How about you? What type of card do you use most? Leave a comment and let me know!

CTMH products used in these cards (click on the names to shop my website):
PAPER Chantilly Paper pack
STAMP SETS Happy Thoughts
Frame Flair
4 My Friend
Card Chatter – Sympathy
Say it in Style (retired)
Perfect Fit – Birthday
Stitched Together
Prisma Glitter
Baker’s Twine, Grey Wool & Cranberry

Back from Creative University!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Whew, I am going to sleep for a week now that Create U 2013 is all wrapped up! It was an amazing retreat, with the 40 fabulous women coming together for all kinds of art, fun and friendship.

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I took so many pictures.


I was so busy having a great time and helping things run smoothly, that I actually took zero pictures. Unless you count a few instagram and facebook shots I managed to snap here and there. So I have to rely on others for our candid shots of the events, like these:

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Amy and Jeanine competing in first round of “Minute to Win It.” Look at those tissues fly! Amy won a beautiful totebag from 31 gifts, filled with Cuttlebug goodies. Other contestants won a Ribbon Carousel and an Origami Owl necklace, courtesy of our fabulous sponsors!

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Plenty of crafting, with gorgeous views from every window!

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Lots of friendships, new and old!

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I always save room for a cinnamon roll.

photo credits: Rachel Robins and Amy Kupperman.

$5 Layouts!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


February only, Studio J layouts are just $5 each! 

Create two page layouts for just $5 each online, using Close to My Heart’s Studio J. Nothing to download, simple to use, you’ll be scrappin’ those piles of photos in record time.

Nothing to purchase in advance, you only pay when you complete your layouts and decide which ones you’ll buy. Projects are stored for 90 days before purchase to allow you plenty of time to work on them.

If you’ve never tried Studio J, this is your opportunity! Or if you’re a long time customer, make sure you take advantage and stock up on your layouts.

Make sure you check out the Express collections in Studio J. Ten ready-made layouts with a front and back cover, you’ll complete a 20 page scrapbook in record time! Purchase some or all of the layouts in the Express collections, you can even mix and match the different collection for the custom look that’s just your style.

Try it now!

Need another reason to try out Studio J? Watch my video:

Offer good Feb. 1-28, 2013. Shipping and handling apply. A minimum of 4 layouts required for shipping Studio J layouts. Free JPEG files included with the purchase of you layouts. You may also purchase the JPEGS alone without purchase of the physical layouts for just $2.95 each.