Thursday, June 21, 2012

New skills and retiring stamps

The time is flying by until the CTMH convention and in the process I've learned a ton.  One of the newest things I've experienced is Studio J. 

What is Studio J you ask?  Studio J is the online scrapbooking program by CTMH. When I started I swore (up and down) I would not start online scrapbooking but as part of our business classes for convention CTMH sent us directions for 5 layouts.  I started the project with the intention of completing the assignment, submitting my pages and walking away to never use Studio J again-  little did I know I would walk away addicted to it.  So addicted I'm pretty sure I won't really pick up a paper cutter and pictures to do a traditional scrapbook page this doesn't mean I'm going to abandon paper crafting all together but the biggest thing I learned while doing these Studio J layouts was I could have a scrapbook page done in 45 mins (or less), something I could never do with traditional scrapbooking.  Corporate sent us directions for 5 layouts, which were beautiful, but didn't fit with the pictures I had on hand so I worked thru the directions to learn the techniques they wanted us to know and then took that knowledge and made 5 more of my very own layouts.  Here's just a sampling of what you can do in Studio J.

This month is Stampaganza with Close To My Heart-you'll find the flyer below with details...just in time for the retirement of stamps at the end of July.  The new Idea Book comes out the begining of August and with that the stamps on the retirement list will no longer be available so it's a great time to stock up on the ones you want and take advanage of the buy 2 get one free special this month.

Now (thanks to one of my Uplines-Jen) here's the list of all of the stamp sets due to retire.  You can check out pictures of them and/or purchase them on my website at  Don't forget to join the "June Mystery Hostess" gathering to be entered into a drawing for all of the hostess rewards for this month.  With no further ado here's the retirement list:

These are the stamp sets that will be retiring at the end of July 2012! The ones with an * coordinate with Art Philosophy.

Here we go:
Instant Memories
Harvest Happiness*
Sweet Moments*

All Hallows Eve*
Christmas Cheer*
Winter Joy
Harvest Home
So Grateful
Captured Moments
Fright Night
Party Animal
A Sip
Nature's Gift
Snow Days
Bundled Buddies
Snow Flurries
All Decked Out
A Holiday*
Holiday Cheer*
A Twinkle
Fill in the Blank - Holiday*
I Believe
Father Christmas
A Timber
St. Nick
Glory to God
Angel Sent
John 3:16
The Present
A Flitter
Treasure Life
Party Pennants
Always Remember
Tag The Occasion
Happy Clusters
Joyful Jar
Month by Month
Gnome Garden
A Game
School Rocks
Live Inspired
Childhood Portrait
Christmas Love
December 25*
Card Chatter-Christmas
Everlasting Life
Holiday Commentary
Holiday Commentary-Spanish
Holiday Commentary - French
Say it in Style
A Little Thanks
Made With Love
Live Your Style
Save the Date
Save the Date - French
Save the Date - Spanish
Baroque Alphabet
Friendship Alphabet Small
Friendship Alphabet Large

Giggle Caps
Giggle Lowercase
Rustic Numbers
Rustic Alphabet

Friday, June 1, 2012

Once again time has gotten away from me and it's now June 1st-a mere 40 days until CTMH convention and those of us who are attending can't wait.  I've been working my little fingers to the bone on roommate gifts and making sure I've worked enough at my "real" job to be able to afford the bundles and all the goodies at convention. 

This will be my first CTMH convention and I am giddy with excitement.  I've heard only good things from my fellow consultants about all the great opportunities at convention and I'm looking forward to the new Idea Book roll out coming in August. There's rumor there will be lots of new and exciting products for all of us paper and stamp addicts to play with!!!

This month's special with CTMH is

One important piece to know is if you purchase multiple stamp sets you will get the lowest priced set/sets for free (for example you buy 3 sets at $17.95 and 3 sets at $13.95, you will get 2 of the $13.95 sets for free)

The stamp of the month this month is cute too and you won't want to miss out on it.

I do have another "Mystery Hostess" gathering going for this month.  EZ Invites to go out soon or you can "join" the gathering on my website found at

I'm hoping (in the next week or so) to have new project pics posted but several of my completed projects are gifts and they have to find their way to those friends before posting pics and ruining the surprise!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Just want to send a big (a little bit early) Happy Birthday wish to my sister Jacqueline who has a birthday coming up on the 5th...if you know Jac don't forget to send birthday greeting her way...she certainly deserves them! One couldn't ask for a better little sister!!