Today is the last day to order from the 2011 Autumn/Winter Close to My Heart Idea Book.  Be sure to order by 11:59pm MST if there are any retiring items you want.    The only exceptions to this are the Workshop on the Go Kits which are while supplies last, and stamp sets are available for the current Idea Book and the one previous.  This means if there are any stamps in the 2011 Spring/Summer Idea Book that you like, today is the last day to order.

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If you love Studio J, then you are going to love the Close to My Heart February special:

Double your layouts with our FIVE for FREE promotion!  For each Studio J 5-pack (SJ4P) you purchase this February, you’ll get one free 5-pack.  That means you get 10 layouts for just $55 – that’s just $2.75 per page, with free shipping!  Even if you’re already taking advantage of Studio J’s incredibly low members-only pricing, you’ll save even more when you purchase 5-packs through this special February deal!  Studio J 5-packs include everything you need to have 5 two-page layouts (that’s 10 scrapbook pages!) shipped to your door ready for your scrapbook album. Each 5-pack can be redeemed for up to:

• 5 two-page layouts
• 5 Memory Protectors®
• Free shipping and handling

Whether you’re looking for an affordable gift or a way to save money on your own layouts, Studio J 5-packs offer you convenience and savings. Keep one for yourself and give one as a gift!

Available February 1-29, 2012.  Shop now!

Today’s stamp set of choice is D1407 Piece of Cake.  I got a the basic layout idea from this card on Pinterest and this is what I came up with:

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Supplies used: CTMH Piece of Cake stamp set, CTMH Spot-On Backgrounds stamp set (retired), papers from my scraps, Copic markers for coloring, CTMH Black and Pacifica inks, ribbon from my stash, Zig markers for doodling, CTMH Stardust Glitter Glitz, and Kaiser rhinestones.

I used the Spot On Backgrounds stamp set and Glitter Glitz to create the blue background paper so this is technically an all-cardstock card!

(Come back tomorrow for my Stamp Sunday post)

This is the Close to My Heart New Product Blog Hop.  Most of the product you will see used throughout the hop is new in the CTMH 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book and will be available for you to order beginning February 1st.

The hop is a circle so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back.  If have already started, you should be coming from Michelle’s Blog.

I made this layout:

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Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: X7148B Pemberley Paper Pack, Z1694 Bouquet Assortment, Z1707 Bitty Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems, Z1718 Color-Ready Garden Wooden Shapes, Z1336 Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems, and Indian Corn Blue and Outdoor Denim inks.  I used the Spellbound sketch from the Magic book. I just love these wooden shapes!  I really wasn’t sure about them at first, thinking they were nothing special but I love adding a bit of color to them and especially how they look when you stamp on them.  I mean, check out those beautiful butterflies!  I stamped on both of them with Outdoor Denim ink and used the Pemberley stamp set (exclusively included in the G1033 Pemberley Workshop on the Go Kit ).  I sponged the larger butterfly with Indian Corn Blue ink before stamping.  One thing to note is that you do want to be careful with the more intricate wooden shapes.  They are delicate.  Below is a closeup of the butterflies where you can see the pearls that I used on the large butterfly are the smaller ones on from the Pearl Opaques package.  Then I used the Bitty Pearl Opaques to create the tails.  Hopefully this will give you an idea of there size.  They are small.  I found it works best to use the Tweezers when working with them. 

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I haven’t purchased any of the new alphabet stamp sets yet so I used Trinity Alphabet which came out in the fall.  There are 4 new alphabets to choose from though so you are sure to find one that suits your tastes.

Shirley’s Blog is your next stop!

If you get lost along the way, you can refer to the list in the previous post.

2012 Spring/Summer New Product Blog Hop List of Participants

Helen Onulak
Kathleen Androlewicz
Michelle Loncar
Wendy Kessler<—You are here.
Shirley Ross
Melissa Laverty
Heather Schmuckal
Lalia Harris
Wendy Coffman
Casandra Bennett
Jean McNulty
Nicole Griggs
Jennifer Rubio
Georgia Hauglid
Carol Horton
Rachel Ventura
Gina Brandstetter
Vicki Price
Susan Brooks
Karen Fullam
Amy McVey
Nikka Geers
Elizabeth Mindemann
Sheila Bennett
Kristine Ponte
Haley Dyer
Mary Eisen
Judy Faye Garner
Krista Hershberger