Monday, January 31, 2011

14 Days of Valentines--Day #1: Milk Carton Treat Box

Today begins The Fourteen Days of Valentine CTMH Blog Hop.  Every day, from now until Valentine's Day, I'll be featuring a new Valentine idea for you.
Today--A milk carton ready to fill with yummy treats and gift to a lucky recipient.  There are a lot of tutorials on making milk cartons out in internetland.  I particularly like the free template from Mirkwood Designs found HERE.  I start out w/ an 11" x 7" piece of paper and score at 2", 5", and 6 1/2" along the short edge, and 2 1/2", 5", 7 1/2", and 10" along the long edge.   Cut as indicated in template, and fold and crease with a bone folder for best results!

Colors are Blush, Pear, Hollyhock, and Colonial White

All supplies are from Close to My Heart
  •  Blush Cardstock
  •  Flowered paper from Sophia Level II paper packet.
  • Lace ribbon is from the pink ribbon collection
  • Heart stamp and Be Mine are from the December Sotm--Amore
  • Inks are Blush and Hollyhock
  • Sparkles are from the red, pink, purple collection

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Scrapless Saturday...

I'm super sad!  While the midwest, east coast, and south have all been bushwhacked with snow and cold, we've been in Pineapple Express mode---50's and raining.  Which means, rain in the mountains too!  Nothing worse than skiing in 36 degree RAIN.  So we haven't gone.  I realize there are at least three more potential months of skiing...but ack.  Daughter Sarah's boyfriend Jacob is a new skier with new skis just torturing him with their newness.  Looks like a window of opportunity may be Sunday, with the weather cooling just a bit....THINK SNOW!  I'm waxing everyone's skis today optimistically...

I'm also VERY EXCITED to announce that I've linked up with Thirty One Gifts....Are you familiar with them??  If not, check out my site:  Suz's Thirty One I'll also be working on a blog so I can share all the great monthly specials and highlight the great products:  Suz's Thirty One Blog The blog will go live 2/1 since that is Thirty-One's new catalog kick-off, too!

Don't worry--I'm NOT leaving CTMH!  I absolutely adore this company!  In fact, I've collected up so much scrapstuff that I needed an organizational system, and Thirty One Gifts has a TON of great they are perfect together!  And now that my kidlets are grown...I have time for more of my own thing...Isn't it exciting???

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Little Valentine

I've really been feeling the minimalism lately.  The latest issue of Cards magazine was full of really elegant and really minimal cards.  I so love shabby chic, but I'm just not seeing it as much, and I've definitely had a hard time producing it!  Recently, I tried my hand at a shabby chic valentine, and my family mournfully told me that the stamped element on it looked a little like lady's underthings!!  oops.  NOT the look I was going for ; )

However, I am pleased with my almost-all-white Valentine.  Mostly white cardstock--flower made w/ layered hearts on the Cricut.  Button from Papertrey Ink, and the I love you stamp is from CTMH Amore stamp set w/ CTMH cranberry ink.  The embossing is a sizzix folder. 

Coming up in February, we'll be rocking the CTMH Valentine's!  I already have some fun things lined up for it--starting next Tuesday....Boxes, cards, gifts, candy's going to be fun!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Miracle Workshop on the Go

On Tuesday, the new CTMH Idea Book will "go live."  There is so much on my own personal wish list--let's just say it exceeds my current hobby allowance ; )  I'm going to have to pace myself, and fortunately, it will be here for six months, so I'll have plenty of time to grant myself some wishes ; )

Today I did play around with one of the new paper packs called "Miracle."  This paper has so many potential uses.  Although there are quite a few florals, many of the papers would be wonderful for boys.  Today, I made three cards from the set that demonstrate some of the style possibilities.  I also love the Kraft borders, and there are soooo many in a pack!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Linking Paypal to Your Blog--PART TWO

1. Once you've done your due diligence and researched the costs and your best paypal option, you're ready to begin creating and adding buttons.

To start this part of the tutorial, go back in to your Paypal account, click on the Merchant Services tab, and then on the left side of the page, click on Website Payments Standard, then click on the Setting Up Tab as shown above.  Review Part One of the tutorial if none of this sounds familiar.
2. You should arrive at a screen similar to this:
Let's click a buy now button.
3. On this screen you can enter in the info about the item you'll be selling.  Fill it out. The simplest thing to do is fill out a price (you can even add a product code!) and a shipping price.

4.  Scroll down to the bottom and click "create button"
    You should get something like this:

5.  Now all you need to do is select and copy that code and then run over to your blog and paste it where you want it.   Here's how I do that on my blog.  I selected and copied the code, and then went to blogspot dashboard.  You should be in design mode.  Click on an Add a Gadget button in the column or area you want to add the button.  Mine will be in my right column:
6.Scroll down to the HTML/Java button and click on it:

7.  Paste in the code, click save, and voila!

8.  Look!  A new button on my blog!  When the user clicks it, it will take them to a paypal landing page, with all the purchase info you've typed in.
9.  But now you have some decision making to do...of course, you'll want to add a picture gadget above your paypal button, and maybe a description.  Maybe you want to create a whole new page on your blog for your paypal items.  In a future tutorial, I'll address how to add pages to your blog step by step, but if you're impatient and want to mess around on your own a little, explore pagemaking on your own:  under your posting tab in the design mode is a pages tab where you can add and manages pages!  Blogger lets you have 10 additional pages other than your home page and it is a lot of fun to add and remove them as the spirit moves you.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blogger Tutorial--Linking Paypal with Your Blog PART ONE

Have you been wanting to add items to your blog or website to sell? Want to use paypal to process payments? This tutorial will take you through the steps.    
Note: Please take the time to explore Merchant Services as shown on steps 1 and 2; Paypal has costs associated with it, and there are several options to choose from. You will need to choose the best option for yourself!  Disclaimer:  This tutorial only shows how to get in and access the options.  This tutorial is not a recommendation for any particular service, nor do I necessarily advocate for any paypal services of any type.   Please use your own best discretion when choosing business services for your business ; )

Moving ahead:
1.The first step in adding paypal "Buy Now" buttons to your blog or website is to log in to your paypal account and then click on the Merchant Services tab:
2.  The next step is to explore merchant services.  The choices at the left of the following screen require some exploration, particularly the first two options next to the arrow shown below.  Start with the top option and we'll see what that looks like.
3.  Click on Website Payments Standard shown next to the arrow in the step 2 picture.  There are several areas to explore here--one is the tutorial shown next to the black arrow in the next picture.  Also take a look at each of the tabs show next to the red arrows.
  • What You Get--Explains Basics of What is Offered in the Service
  • How it Works--Be sure to check this out; it takes you through a quick 30-second visual explanation
  • Setting Up--This is the area where you choose what kind of payment button you want to add
  • Pricing--The cheapest option for a casual business paypal user is a 2.9% of sale + .30 per transaction fee, so be sure to check that out under the Pricing Tab. 
The WHAT YOU GET screen
How it Works Screen

Setting Up Screen
Pricing Screen

TO BE CONTINUED....I'll be posting part two of this tutorial on Saturday....

Monday, January 17, 2011

Brave Girls

Happy MLK, Jr. Day!  Hope you had a restful, joyful weekend.

I haven't been as scrappy lately because I've been working on some very specific projects.  The first is for a wonderful online class I'm taking called Soul Restoration, and it is developed by the ladies who run the Brave Girls Club.  I really debated with myself about taking the class--for several months actually--and then signed up just a handful of days before it was scheduled to start.  I had all the usual excuses as to why I couldn't take it--I'm too busy, it's too expensive, I won't get anything out of it--you know--the tricks we use to cheat ourselves out of thinking we deserve a really wonderful experience!

And it is GREAT!  The bonus is, it has assignments that are arty and scrappy and meaningful.  If I had signed up early enough, I could have bought a kit to go with the class, but I'm glad I didn't because I got to make myself a couple of journals and books to do the assignments with.  While I won't be sharing much of this, here, at least is the cover of the first book I'm working on

Polka dots!  A favorite of mine.

The other thing I've been working on is Valentines for a CTMH Valentines blog hop coming up in't share that, yet!

Fortunately, I have some Guest Designers living right in my very own home, and they have been joyfully creating, so I can share those things with you in the upcoming days.  I'm also putting the finishing touches on another Blogger tutorial, so will share that later this week, too.

Make it a great week!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Monday Madness #3 Winner and SALE SALE SALE

Lauren Mullarkey is our winner of Monday Madness me by  1/23/11 to claim your prize ; )

CTMH really is getting ready for the unveiling of the new catalog.  You would not believe the great discounts available right now on retiring products.  I expect more and more will be added over the new few weeks!...go check it out!  Suz's CTMH

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sarah's Cards

Monday Madness #3 continues through Sunday 1/16/11. You can't win if you don't play ; )   You can see the rules here.  

Middle daughter, Sarah, made these beautiful cards this past weekend.  Aren't they lovely and a colorful change from yesterday's sympathy cards?

The first card uses SEI papers.  The second card includes diecuts from the Cricut Create-a-Critter card.  Isn't that dino cute?  Sarah has a friend whose darling little guy turns one soon, so she made it for him ; )

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sympathy Cards Again

Sadly, I had occasion for another sympathy card, so I made two, one for now and one for any future needs.  Papers are SEI, black ribbon was from the Michael's dollar bin, white ricrac from a local scrapbook store,and gems are CTMH opaques.  The black paper ribbon in the first card was cut using Make the Cut and my Cricut Expression; the cut file is a set of borders from

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's Time to Party and You're Invited!

                                   You Are Invited!
Close To My Heart has an exciting new BIGGER Idea Book for you and to celebrate we are throwing a PARTY where you'll be the guest of honor!

When: Friday, January 28th @ 6:30pm 
Where: Church of All Nations
             Room #D209
             111 112 Street East
             Tacoma, WA 98444
RSVP: Required - Space is LIMITED
Come check out inspiring artwork using all of the newest products, get creative with a FREE make – n – take, enjoy show only specials, and take home your favorite prizes from our auction. Whether you are into scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting or even if you haven’t discovered your creative talents yet – there is something for everyone!

FREE Make – n – Take
Starting right at 6:30 pm, the make – n – takes will begin. You'll create an adorable card using our sweet new paper packet, Sophia and try out our new spray pen - just a few of the many items we are sure you'll add to your wishlist!

Bid on great prizes including paper packets, stamp sets, hand made art, accessories and so much more using earned Stamp Bucks.

How to Earn Stamp Bucks
$15 - RSVP
$15 – Bring a Friend (x # of friends)*
$10 - Arrive on Time
$20 - Come Prepared with your Shopping List
$5 - Complete the Make-n-Take
$30 - Submit an Order (x each $25 ordered)
$50 – Schedule a Workshop or Party
$100 – Become a Consultant

Can't wait to see you there! Remember to RSVP (and early) - space is limited.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday Madness #3--Valentine Stamps and an Idea Book

Today is Monday Madness #3
What is your favorite CTMH product?

Did you say--acrylic stamps?

One of the best products (in my opinion) that CTMH sells is their clear MyAcrylix Stamp sets.  What do I love about these stamps?
  • clear, precise stamping, even in the tiniest of details
  • "clingability"--these stamps cling to the stamp blocks, so no slippage when you're stamping
  • variety of stamp sets available--wow!  From cute child sets to sophisticated wedding themes, CTMH has something for everyone in the stamping world.
  • Clean up easily
This week I'm giving away a set of stamps to one lucky reader, so you can see for yourself.  This cute little set, called "Affectionate" comes just in time for Valentine's Day.  It is not available for purchase, but only available through a CTMH consultant!  ...As a bonus, I'm throwing in a copy of CTMH's brand new 2011 Spring/Summer Idea'll be all set to order when the book goes "live" February 1st.  Not only is it a shopping bonanza, it has so many ideas to set your creative brain buzzing!

How do you enter??  Entry rules are below.  There are a couple of small changes this week:

1.  All followers will automatically receive one entry.
2.  Leave a comment on one or all blog entries this week, and receive one entry per comment.
3.   TWO bonus entries if you link to my Monday Madness post and announce on your blog.  Please leave   me the link to your post in the comments section or use the linkback option.
4.  TWO bonus entries if you are a new subscriber to my newsletter this week or new subscriber to my newsletter, but please leave me a comment letting me know!
 5.  FIVE bonus entries for placing an order with me, either from my Close to My Heart Website, or by emailing or calling me with your order

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Wings Card Workshop--Cards #3 and #4

Today I played w/ the Wings Level I and Level II Stickease--just to show that a fun card can be quick and easy, too. 

I've also noticed in recent card magazines that simplicity and minimalism seem to be in--I like both the grunge/vintage/highly embellished things and minimalist things, so I'm glad to have a little bit of both.  Today, I went more on the side of minimalism.

First--several examples of card #3:

And card #4: