Monday, March 28, 2011

Before & After?

Do you ever take before & After pictures of your kids or grandkids when they get hair cuts.  Well we do sometimes.  My oldest Grandson Jordan has wanted to grow his hair out for some time now and we keep asking "can we cut your hair?"

This picture was taken in January 2011.  Look at those abs.

Today Charlie (my SIL) said he needed to get his haircut for work tomorrow and Jordan decided to go with his dad and get his hair cut too

This is after his haircut today.  Doesn't look quite as mean, does he?

It is so different to see him with short hair.  He has such a baby face, isn't he cute?

Happy Scrapin',


Share the Love - Studio J

Here is a video that my friend Tresa Black created for the Share the Love - Studio J - Video contest  

Contest Prizes
Awards will be given to winners in two categories: “Judges Choice” and “Most Views.”
Judges Choice
The Consultant whose video is chosen as “Judges Choice” will win $500 US / $550 CAN cash based on message, creativity, and adherence to contest rules.
Most Views
The three Consultants whose videos garner the most YouTube views will win select product credit (SPC) as follows:
  • 1st Place = $300/$330 SPC
  • 2nd Place = $150/$165 SPC
  • 3rd Place = $75/$80 SPC
Number of views determined by YouTube stats as of April 27 at 3:59 pm (MDT).

So please watch the video and tell all your friends to

watch it too.  

In case you didn't already know,  Studio J is Close To My Heart's Digital Scrapbooking program.  Below is 10 of the most frequently asked questions about Studio J.  

Studio J™ Is a Great Value! – Click Here to start playing!

Buy now to take advantage of our limited-time introductory offer! The price per printed two-page 12″ x 12″ layout is $12.95 US / $14.95 CAN. We also offer some fantastic rewards for larger orders. For purchases of:
  • 5–9 layouts in a single order: You’ll receive a pack of 5 Memory Protectors® free!
  • 10+ layouts in a single order: You’ll receive free shipping/handling plus a free pack of 5 Memory Protectors for every 5 layouts in your single order.
Whether you create one layout or 20, you’ll find that scrapbooking in Studio J saves you time and money!
When you spend
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$25.00                                                  $17.21                       25% off
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$75.00 $5.7475% off
$100.00 FREE!100% off

Frequently Asked Questions about Studio J™

  1. What is Studio J™ design software?
    Studio J™ is free online scrapbooking design software brought to you by Close To My Heart. Studio J helps you easily create two-page layouts using our foundational scrapbook patterns, exclusive color palette, and themed designs all delivered in 12″ × 12″ custom prints ready for your albums. It’s a snap!
  2. What makes scrapbooking with Studio J unique?
    Studio scrapbooking is a whole new experience not offered by anyone else, because it follows the Close To My Heart philosophy: Faster. Simpler. Easier.® Studio J uses the same great papers, patterns, colors, and embellishments as classic Close To My Heart scrapbooking, making studio scrapbooking extremely intuitive and super fun! Timeless patterns and artistically placed default accents allow you to finish a page in minutes, while customization options give you the flexibility to make your layouts unique. All the layout patterns are created by Jeanette Lynton, founder and CEO of Close To My Heart—you may recognize some of them from her classic how-to books. These patterns make scrapbooking faster, simpler, and easier than ever before. You’ll be amazed how effortlessly and beautifully you preserve your memories with Studio J!
  3. Do I need to download any software to my computer to use Studio J?
    Not at all! You only need a web browser that supports Adobe Flash and an Internet connection, and then you simply log in to this MyCTMH® website to get started. Feel free to design to your heart’s content—you are not required to buy anything or provide any personal information to get started!
  4. Can I save what I am working on and come back to it later?
    You bet! You can create a customer account that allows you to save and return to a project in progress at a later time. Your active projects will be saved for up to 90 days, giving you plenty of time to work on them. You extend that timeline for your active projects by 90 days each time you make a purchase, and your purchased projects will remain archived for one full year after purchase. We’ll email you when your active projects are set to expire so you can be sure to purchase them before they are deleted.
  5. If I already have a profile with my Consultant’s MyCTMH site, can I use the same account?
    Yes. Your account works for both MyCTMH and Studio J shopping. To enter Studio J, log in to your MyCTMH page and click on the Studio J Online Scrapbooking link on the left.
  6. Do I need a printer that can print 12″ × 12″ pages to use Studio J?
    No. Your Studio J layouts are not available for you to print from a home computer. In fact, we take care of the printing for you. When you purchase your designed layouts, we print and ship them quickly and directly to you using only top-quality silver-halide processing and archival-quality papers.
  7. What are the shipping policies for Studio J?
    Basic Shipping
    Close To My Heart products are shipped to the continental United States by United Parcel Service (UPS), to the non-continental US by United States Postal Service Priority Mail, and to Canada by Landmark. Note that UPS does not deliver orders to post office boxes. Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 1 to 20 two-page layouts. Standard shipping/handling per box is priced as follows:
    DestinationShipping MethodPrice
    Continental USUPS Ground$7.95 US
    Non-continental USUSPS Priority Mail$9.95 US
    APO/FPOUSPS Priority Mail$11.95 US
    CanadaLandmark$13.95 CAN
    Special Shipping Options
    Studio J customers have two special shipping options through UPS for faster delivery time in the continental United States. These options are not available for destinations outside the continental United States. Selecting a special UPS shipping option will not affect the in-house turnaround time of your order (typically 2 to 4 business days).
    UPS or Landmark will notify you by email when an order is shipped to the continental United States or Canada so that you may track the delivery of the order. Studio J orders shipped by USPS do not have tracking numbers.
    Please keep in mind that our special shipping options are guaranteed by the carrier, and Close To My Heart is not responsible for shipping delays after the order has left the warehouse. The special shipping options are:
    • UPS Next-Day Air Saver: This option guarantees delivery the next business day after your order leaves the corporate office. The shipping and handling fee for next-day air is $21.95.
    • UPS Second-Day Air: This option guarantees delivery 2 business days after your order leaves the corporate office. The shipping and handling fee for second-day air is $12.95.
    Note: UPS has fees for any changes of address that are made to a package after they have already picked up the package. Customers requesting this change will be charged $10.
  8. What kind of receipt do I receive when I place my order?
    When you place your order, your web browser will direct you to a printable receipt page. You will not receive an email receipt at this time; however, if you are shipping to the continental United States or Canada, you will receive an email notification sent from UPS or Landmark when the order is shipped.
  9. Can I combine classic and Studio J orders?
    Studio J orders cannot be combined with any other type of order. Studio J layouts are processed and shipped separately from all other Close To My Heart products, with the exception of Memory Protectors® included with certain qualifying orders.
  10. What if I don’t like my layouts when I receive them?
    All Studio J products are backed by the Close To My Heart guarantee, but user error is not covered by this guarantee. When you are ready to purchase your layouts, you will be asked to look at them again and give final approval. Projects that print as shown on the approval screen will not be eligible for returns. When there is a manufacturer’s defect, however, we will be happy to replace your layout. See the MyCTMH and Studio J terms and conditions for more information on our return policy.

Still have questions about Studio J, give me a call or send me an email and I will be happy to help you.  
I can even help you set up your account if that is what you need.
Happy Scrapin',

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Little Chicks?

Ok so we decided to get some little chicks and raise our own Organic chickens since Dawn and I both have to eat Organic as much as possible.  Wilco Farm Stores have a special going today that if you buy a bag of chick starter you can get 5 Cornish Cross chicks for FREE so Steve, Dawn and I went to Wilco at 8:00 am and bought 5 Cochin laying chicks and 10 FREE Cornish Cross chicks.  We had a large tote to put them in for a little while and so We needed to buy the Feeder, waterer and the heat lamp along with the food and the pellets for the floor of the tote.  Got home before 9:00 am and started setting up.  Here are some pictures.

 My Son James and Granddaughter Mary

 My Son James trying to get them to drink from the waterer.

 James Still trying to get some of them to drink.

 The white/yellow ones are the Cornish Cross and the Black/Brown ones are the Cochin.

We chose the Cornish Cross for the ones we are planning on eating because they mature in 6-8 weeks.  So I will try to keep you up to date on how our new adventure is going.  

Charlie is getting ideas on how to build our Coop and will start on it soon.  I will try to post pictures of that process as we go too.

The Grandchildren we all so excited when we came home with the chicks this morning.  They named the laying chicks already.  Midnight, Stripes, Heart Night, Mouse and Beauty.

Hope you enjoy reading about our new adventure as much as we do.

Happy Scrapin',


Monday, March 21, 2011

Card Class in The Dalles.

I had my second card class in The Dalles on Saturday and had a lot more people so I decided to do 2 classes.  The activities director is very sweet and let me offer a simple card class and an intermediate card class.  I had about 15 people in the morning and about 10 in the afternoon class.  I think everyone had fun even the little ones who came.  Here are the simple cards we made.

This card I random stamped the little flower from the Bunny Love Set B1324 and colored just the centers with the Creme Brulee marker.

This card I used the Beloved Set B1343and cut out the Dove and cross and popped them up on foam dots.  Random stamped the leafy branch on the Colonial white CS and on the Sweet Leaf CS

This Card is using the March Stamp of the Month Sensational D1454.  You can get this stamp set FREE by purchasing $100.00 in Close To My Heart products before March 31st 2011.  The border punch is from Stampin' Up.

This card is using the Wings Creative Basic paper pack and ribbon.  I added the Cocoa and Juniper Cardstock and the Happy easter stamp I barrowed form my friend Teri.  The stamp set I used is Delight C1452.

I took the same cards and just added ribbon, dry embossed parts and added some brads or Liquid glass and some foam dots for dimension to make them into the intermediate cards.  Here they are.

On this card I dry embossed the Creme Brulee CS and Put foam dots under the Happy Easter tag and backed the bunny in Pear CS and popped it up on foam dots also.

This card I dry embossed the Creme Brulee and the Sweet Leaf CS.

On this card I used Liquid Glass on the Carrots and Cut out the sign and popped it up on foam dots.  I also added little bits of a cotton ball to the tails of the bunnies.  Not shown in this picture.

This card I replaced the Juniper strip between the squares and added a Cocoa strip and Juniper ribbon, I also added brads to the flower centers.

Some of the ladies had trouble seeing how to color the Bunny's in so next month we are going to make cards using my Flower stamps so we don't have to color.  Hopefully I can get those posted before my next class.

I hope you like the cards we made, so maybe you can send some Easter cards out this year.

Happy Scrapin',


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Autism Speaks Fundraiser: Bazaar & Bingo

Please take a few moments out of your life to contribute to a wonderful cause with your presence, your smile and your energy!  We will  be at the Jantzen Beach Mall from 9am to 7pm (to 9pm for some) to offer you a wide assortment of gift shopping opportunities.  Its NOT too early to shop for Easter or Mother's Day.  Not to mention all those special thank yous still owed to your holiday hosts!  We will be in the Party Event Room opposite the food court.  We are open to the general public with FREE admittance.

You will enjoy shopping with quality vendors like:   Elmie's, Grammamma's, Memories To Go, Merlin's Magical Electronics, Mary Kay, Cookie Lee, Scentsy, Menefee Jewelry, Close To My Heart, Tupperware, White Light Arts, Dozier Designs, Sunnies Stamp N Scrapheaven, and more.

Get your face painted!  Join in our bingo for prizes!  Bingo games will start at:  10am  11am  1pm  3pm 5pm and 7pm.  Bingo is $1.00 per game or buy the whole 6 games of each session for just $5.00! 

Face Painter will be there for a fee.

For more information on Autism Speaks:

Can't come?  Want to make a donation?  Email: and put in the heading:  Autism Speaks

Thank you!!!



I don't know if all of you are familiar with Egyptian Gods or not but we have become more familiar this last couple weeks.  Jordan chose to study Horus and so we made a costume complete with the Falcon head.  Here are some pictures.

Making the mask.

First you start by covering the face with petroleum jelly.

Then you layer plaster strips over the area you want the mask to be.

Here Dawn added the beak of the Falcon.

Charlie cut the eye holes so that Jordan could see out of the mask.

Jordan was working on his poster.

I sewed the skirt and arm & leg bands for the costume.  I dyed the t-shirt and made the crown.

Jordan's Ancient Civilization Celebration was yesterday and Mom, Grandpa, Hailey and I went to help and watch.  Here are some pictures of the celebration.

Here you can see some of the parent helpers.

Cypress one of the local Greek Restaurants in Oregon City donated most of the food and everyone loved it.  The Calamari was the first to go.  

Miss Hailey had to get into the Chariot with Jordan.

Mr Salisbury & Mr Bartch both dresses up for the occasion. 

We watched the kids play a game like Jeopardy where they chose a category and put the answer in question form.  You can see the board behind Mr. Salisbury.  They also played Pictionary and Hangman.

This was a lot of fun.  There were a lot of really good costumes.

Happy Scrapin',