Calendar Gifts with Studio J Part 2

Are you ready for two more months from my 2016 Calendars?  If you missed my post from Wednesday you can check it out HERE. Every year for Christmas I design four calendars, three are gifts and one to keep.  I was so excited to see how Amy Ulen designed her calendar using Studio J at Convention this year.  I really like our new My Creations Calendar Z3184 and it works perfectly with a new In Review C1622 stamp set.

2016 Calendar July ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comAmy Ulen shared her JPGs that had the months of the year and then I designed all the 12 x 12 layouts using the Zoe Papers.  However if you notice there are two Sorbet pattern papers but in the Zoe paper pack there is only one.  2016 Calendar July top ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comIf you notice the one I used as the base is actually Slate in the true Zoe paper pack.  So you may be asking how did I get it to be Sorbet?  Take a look at this:

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 9.17.51 AMYou can actually change the color of the pattern papers from full color to one of the colors in the paper pack.  Pretty nifty right???

2016 Calendar Dec ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comI really love the idea of using photos for Holidays and special occasions.

2016 Calender December ~ Studio J ~ Zoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comI used mostly the No Limits pattern in Studio J to create my layouts but you can certainly use any of the pattern.  I am so pleased the way these turned out and look forward to designing next years.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #167 ~ Goldrush, Chocolate, & Kraft

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #165 we are featuring GOLDRUSH, CHOCOLATE,  & KRAFT.

11110513_1666635783623213_986618879333279547_oI was flipping through my Artistry handbook and saw on page 44 the pumpkin and sentiment and thought PERFECT!

Color Dare #167 ~ Pumpkins ~ Artistry ~ CatScrapbookingI created a little shadowing using my Clay ShinHan Marker.  I then embossed the pumpkins to create some interest.

Now it is your turn to create! Just create a project (card, layout or other craft project) using this weeks colors.  Then link them to the Color My Heart Blog ~ Color Dare #167.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday November 12, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Do You Love Organization?

I know organization is one of my obsessions, so I am so excited to share with you the August Special… Not only are you getting a sneak peek at Close to My Hearts new organization product but you will get something for FREE!!!

1508-cc-get-organized-combined-us_caHere is how it works….During the month of August, get your hands on the latest and greatest in organization products from Close To My Heart—with a few perks thrown in! Simply place an order for the new marker roll-up at full retail price and receive the new D-size stamp set My Acrylix® Balloon Wishes FREE (a $17.95 value)! Or place an order for the new accessory roll-up at full retail price and receive two new Base & Bling style sheets, Affirmations and Lovely Blooms, FREE (a $7.90 value)! All of the items offered as part of this campaign are featured in the Annual Inspirations 2015–2016 idea book, but are available for early purchase during August only as part of this campaign. The marker roll-up will be your new best friend, providing storage space for up to 25 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers. The My Acrylix® Balloon Wishes stamp set is perfect for coloring, making them a practical pairing. The accessory roll-up is ideal for sorting and storing accessories, Base & Bling items, and embellishments, while the new Base & Bling style sheets are full of gorgeous floral designs and hip icons and sentiments perfectly suited for creating stunning jewelry pieces. Place your order for one—or both—deals and get an exciting sneak peek at just a few of the many new products found within Annual Inspirations’ pages!

Happy Crafting!

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NEWS FLASH ~ Studio J Sale!!!!

Oh my  ~ this is such good news!  Close to My Heart totally rocks!!!!  They just announced on their blog Make it from Your Heart, there will be a flash Studio J sale!!!!   This sale will go from July 15th to July 31st.  This is the perfect time to get caught up on scrapbooking, or print up some of those photos using the photo wells.  What you have never tried Studio J ….. Now is the perfect time!  studio-j-flash-sale2

Christmas Cards using Picture My Life

I mentioned in a prior post that I decided to make all my Christmas cards.  Yes, I realize this is a large undertaking particularly since it means about 100 cards (this includes my husbands work cards too).   I had great intentions to start these earlier but you know how that goes with a three year old who gave up naps.  I wanted to make a variety of cards and I did use the wonderful Cut Above to help make a dent in the number of cards, but I still had quite a few more to make.  So I decided I would use the Picture My Life card particularly the Pear and Partridge and turn them into cards.   Now with the new option of ordering the PML cards A La Carte it make it even easier; you get 44 – 4″ × 6″ Cards (2 each of 22 designs) and 78 – 3″ × 4″ Cards (3 each of 26 designs) so you could make a ton of cards for only $14.95.

What makes using the PML cards so fabulous is most of the work is done for you, all I did was add some bling for the most part.  Check out the 18 cards I created (there are two of each design).

PML Holiday Cards ~ Pear & Partridge ~ catscrapbooking


Don’t you just love them and they were seriously so simple!  Cardstock, sequins, clear sparkles, pink glitter gems, bakers twine, shimmer trim, glitter paper and Bling Gems is all it took.  I highly recommend giving these a try as you will be amazed on how easily they come together.  You can check out all the PML kits right HERE.

Happy Crafting!


Moving is in Full Swing

I cannot believe we are already to move week.  The movers arrived wasted no time packing everything up.  One of the guys started in my craft room and 29 boxes later I am left with only a shell.  I don’t think he was paying me a complement when he was stating how many boxes there were 🙂 .  All that remains is my printer, phone and furniture 🙁 .    It is so sad to see it in this condition….
My craft room

We will be leaving Spokane this week and head to Colorado.  I am very excited and sad at the same time.  I am really going to miss having my girls come to the house for workshops.   I am still planning to offer workshops for those who are still interested; however, they will be ones you can do at home with detailed directions, cutting guides and photos.  Once I get settled I will start workshops up again for anyone in the Golden/Arvada CO area who is interested.

I will say one good thing that comes from a major move like this, is it gives me the opportunity to reorganize my craft room.  Every time I am able to reorganize my craft room I get inspired and find some hidden treasures 🙂  I will post some photos of my new digs and explain how I organize things.  I will warn you then new room may get more natural light than this one, it is an unfinished basement.  There is a concrete slab and insulation on the walls but I will not get to decorate the walls yet…  Hopefully we will get to finish off the basement in a year or two.

So until we get settled I will not have as many posts as I would like.  I do have some thing I have already completed and will be sharing over the next two weeks. So stay tuned.

Happy Crafting!


Big News!!!

My family and I are Colorado bound!!!


This has all come about rather quickly and I was really hoping to have time to let all my local customers know in person.  I was able to let many of my local people know this past weekend at my Open House and Crop.  But in case you were not able to make it here is the scoop.

This move all came about rather quickly.  My husband was offered a promotion and a great opportunity in Golden Colorado.  He was offered the position on July 18th and unofficially started on July 21st.   We decided we need to get the house on the market right away as we would be going on vacation Aug 1-7 and this would be a great time to have the house on the market and all the showings.  I knew it was going to next to impossible keeping the house neat with a toddler running around :-).  So we had the realtor come out on July 23rd to take photographs and we completed the paperwork.   About two hours after she left we had our first terrible windstorm!!! It was like there was a 20 minute hurricane.  We had some minor damage, almost took out a tree and lost power.  Needless to say the first two days the house was on the market we had no power.  The first call for a showing came in on Friday the 25th.  We luckily got power back on before they came.  We had three groups come through the house between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon.   On Friday night we already had an offer!! SO one week after the job offer we had our house under contract and set to close the end of August!  Wow that could not be working out any better.

My husband came home Friday night and we realized with the house under contract and our vacation in one week when would we have time to go look for a house????  So we decided we would leave on Monday for CO.  I would go house hunting while he worked.  We would then head from CO to Florida for my Family get together.  We were able to find a house on the first day!  We did manage to have a great time in Florida despite learning of a second major wind and lightning storm blowing thru which resulted in fires just up the road and more severe winds.  We returned on Aug 7th  to find the house in good shape but the tree that was damaged from the first storm was likely going to have to come out.

I had one week to finish preparing for the Open House and Crop which was Aug 16th.  Everything went well and I was so pleased to see everyone before we have to go.  Now I am down to the final week and a half roughly.  This week I will be running so errands and trying to see some more friend.   Then it is crunch time.  The movers will be arriving on Aug 25th and we are gone on Aug 28th…. Yikes!  No mind you my husband is having to leave every Monday and fly to Denver every week so I am left holding the fort.  I will say my crafting is what is keeping me sane with the continued storms, power outages and move preparations.

I want everyone to know I am planning to continue to offer my workshops but will need to figure out when and who would like to come now that I will be in the Arvada/Golden CO area.  Now have no fear for those of you who do not live in the CO area,  I am going to be offering my workshops as kits, so you can do them at home.  In the past I have included a color photo and some directions but these will be much more involved.  You will be able to find my kits by going to the workshops and kits page then clicking on the link listed by the particular paper pack.  I will be putting them up as they are ready.  In the past I have offered the kits for that particular month, but now they will be available for several months.  This way you can save on shipping by combining the kits. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions ~

Sorry for the long post – Happy Crafting!





I am almost finished with my updates to my blog appearance ~ thank you for your patience.  I should be back to regular blogs this week,


Please pardon my appearance

Please pardon my blog appearance, I am in the process of trying to make some changes and upgrades.   It should not take long but if you see notice things don’t look right don’t worry it wont be long until I can get things fixed up.  Thank you for your patience and check back soon!

Happy Crafting!

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November Stamp of the Month

This months stamp of the month is this adorable Illuminate.  You can purchase this stamp for only $5 with any qualifying $50 order.



Happy Crafting!
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