Tropical Scrapbooking Ideas for YOU!

I feel like it’s really been awhile since I’ve shared some of my personal artwork.  I’ve been working on my Southern Caribbean Cruise pictures from our trip last March.  The vacation we had went on was wonderful!  Puerto Rico was stunning with such blue waters and the Ports of Call were so much fun!  I thought I would share some of the artwork I have been working on.  Once again, I love Studio J for my photo developing.

DSC_0076Rincon was a place we stayed for a few days prior to going on the ship with Close To My Heart.  The papers are from Claire and I loved using Col. White ink to make the sand dollars that are stamped, cut out and popped up.  And I love the corner title for a change of pace on a diagonal with the border floral stamped.  The burlap ribbon is one of my favorites to use for a tropical vacation.

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These are some of our best friends on this vacation.  The Candelaria’s are from Oregon; the Gilbertson’s from Minnesota; the Livingstone’s from New York.  This trip was earned through sales, recruiting and other bonus points.  It truly is a keepsake!

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St. Croix was our first Port of Call and what a great day to spend it at the beach!

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Love the cork letters.  I used some white embossing ‘sand’ to create this look on the letters.

Many of these items are no longer available to order.  But you may have them in your stash and can try your hand at having fun with them.

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St. Kitts was an awesome island to visit.  In the morning, we went Zip lining and enjoyed a fabulous day!  Then in the afternoon, it was back on the ship for refreshments, sun and sea.

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This layout above was one of my favorite in creating because I used the floral border stamp as a border around the cardstock.  I inked it up in cashmere ink and then sponged on top of the stamp around it in sunset to get this neat look.  Grenada was another perfect day!  (If you click on the artwork, you’ll get a closer view.  Note that you can JOURNAL on your photos in Studio J before you have it printed.  Love that feature!)

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Dominica was our biggest excursion of the trip.  There were about 16 of us that headed out for a day … bus ride to snorkeling (not me .. I’m a floater!).  We then had a swim in a grotto that was awesome (those photos are still being worked on).  Lunch and drinks and back to the boat.  What a really great day with friends!  (The above layout used a mixture of older retired papers as well as cardstock.)

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Even though I have other layouts to create, this is the last one I had finished for the cruise portion of the trip.  For my Kit of the Month members, do you recognize this layout?  I actually created it twice .. one for my niece and one for me!  I love it!  St. Thomas was so beautiful, sunny, warm, fun and inviting!  I would love to go back to this island .. but actually, the whole cruise was a trip of a lifetime! Perfect weather with the best people and afforded us to have the BEST TIME!

studioj-logo-black-icHope you find inspiration in these ideas and scrap til your heart’s content!  I don’t know if you noticed how much of the above layouts were cardstock .. and hardly any patterned paper?!  And YES, I did use Studio J to develop all the photos you see above in the EXACT sizes I wanted and needed.  I absolutely LOVE IT!

Costa Rica .. a beautiful place to visit!

_IGP0046A few weeks ago, Rick and I came back from our vacation in Costa Rica that I had earned (thanks to YOU!) with Close To My Heart.  We had such a great time and stayed @ the Westin Playa Conchal.  I can’t say enough nice things about the hospitality and service we received here.

Our room was fabulous!  Earning one of the Suites was a treat with concierge service, special amenities, the Royal costa rica nikon 004costa rica nikon 006Beach Club pool and delicious breakfasts and lunches.  As a special guest here, we really had our own place to spend the day and enjoy the sun in a costa rica nikon 041quiet and peaceful area. The cabanas were lovely if you wanted some shade.   Don’t you love when they make the towels into animals and things? Totally cute with real flowers on our bed too!

costa rica nikon 013The Big Pool was quite a bit of a walk away, but it was a happening place!  Everyone from CTMH was hanging out here at the pool and enjoying the festivities.  A lot of sunning, swimming, volleyball and IMGP0628drinks were had by all!  It was truly a great time spending this quality time with other consultants where we could just enjoy ourselves and catch up on ‘stuff.’  You really get to know one another quite well when you are on vacation and get a more personal view of the leaders in our company.

IMGP0575Rick and I enjoyed a fun ATV ride along a few of the beaches.  The water is stunning, so blue, tropical of course!  Lots of quiet time on the beaches as well.  However where we stayed @ the Westin, you could have an hour massage for $20!  Yeah … so good!

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Plenty of water sports, sunbathing, kayaking, horseback riding and snorkeling or fishing could be found here.  Oh, let’s not forget the adorable monkeys in the trees.

DSC_0500Our favorite day though was the rafting trip!  We had about 16 of us from CTMH take this adventure in Costa Rica.  There was a bus ride to the start of our day and then a bouncy truck ride to the river.  We geared up and paired off in fours so

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Rick & I,  Margi & Greg Gilbertson were partnered with the BEST guide, Jorge!  Jorge was a blast giving us high 5′s with our paddles and a “Pura Vida” (enjoy life) team cheer!

DSC_0190We were so glad this rafting trip was not going to be a float down the river.  We definitely had to work together as a team and navigate through the channels.  Jorge was the perfect guide for directions as well as making it a whole lot of fun!  We were told there would be 3 waterfalls to go down … well, OK .. the first two were more like a small drop, and a medium drop … easy enough to handle.  However, the last DSC_0180 DSC_0181 DSC_0182 DSC_0183one was a 12 foot drop!  If I had seen this fall before we started out, I really don’t think I would have wanted to go! So, I’m really glad I didn’t see it because it was such a blast!

Can you see how much water we took on in the raft?

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We got pretty darn wet and under the water and held on for dear life!  For those that remember my mishap (dislocated elbow in Hawaii), you must know I did NOT WANT TO have anything happen to me again! Thankfully, we made it through this part with flying

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colors and everyone in all the rafts did too!  No one fell out of their raft on this waterfall, so it was a completely FUN and adrenaline rush kind of day!

 

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Sad to say, time flies when you are having fun!  The 6 days were here and gone, with hot temps in the 90′s each day.  Nothing but sunshine, plenty of water to swim in and drink, excellent food to partake in and great times with our Close To My Heart Staff and friends! Costa Rica is a place I highly recommend for a vacation but make sure you don’t go during the rainy season.  Our timing was perfect!

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Well, until our next vacation and earned trip to Hawaii in 2015… PURA VIDA!

Free Cricut Collection can be yours!

Yesterday was April Fools Day, and you may have thought it was a joke!  Not so! You can definitely have one of these collections for free!

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Tell me more!

  • Yes!  I love the deal and want to jump in right now but no strings attached.
  • Yes!  I’ve been thinking about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant to get my own discounts and save on my purchases!
  • Yes!  This is the deal for me because I have been looking for a company that offers great product, nice discounts and perks and I have friends that LOVE CTMH too!
  • YES!  I’ve feel this is a good place for me to earn income, friendships, rewards and incredible long term financial success!
  • I’ve got some serious questions!  You’ll get excellent answers to those questions HERE!

When you go to my website and sign up as a *new* consultant, you’ll be prompted to receive your free Cricut Selection.  For only $99, you’ll be receiving over $400 worth of goodies .. see these products below:

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  • Even if you decide this is just a Steal-A-Deal for you … that’s your choice!  No hassles.
  • You may even give it a whirl and see where it takes you, this deal is for you!
  • You have a network of friends and/or have held workshops in your home for another company … you can find great success here.

Opportunity

The choice is yours and I would love to have you on MY TEAM!  Opportunity Awaits you!

You can SIGN UP HERE on my Website for only $99

and receive your free Cricut Collection and lots of fabulous products from CTMH with a value of over $400!  

Let YOUR ADVENTURE Begin!  This offer is available ONLY during the month of April.  

Two reminders …. Faux Leather Albums & Studio J Digital Scrapbooking

Good morning!

Many of you are still considering what to do about our Faux Leather albums.  Here’s a brief update:

  • They are definitely retiring and are while supplies last
  • Black is No longer Available
  • Spine Expanders and all posts (both 1/2″ and 1″) are also being retired
  • What colors are still available?  See the photo below:

Albums

You can place an order HERE on my WEBSITE.

A few weeks back, I shared information about the Faux Leather Albums and retiring products.  If you missed my original blog post about albums, click here to view. 

You can also view my You Tube Video on our beautiful albums HERE.

 

Studio J campaign

Studio J Savings is coming to an end!  You have until Monday, March 31st to make your purchase and save $1.95 per layout with Studio J.  You can order two page photos or layouts for only $5.00 and shipping is only $5.95 for 4 to 50 layouts!

I personally love it for the new PHOTO EXPRESS Templates!  If you would like to learn more, please click on this link to my Tutorial on How To Get Started.

Have a great weekend!

When Opportunity Knocks … $400 worth for only $99!

Close To My Heart Opportunity Conference Call: This Wed., March 26th

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Please join our Conference Call and learn how you can receive your $99 Cricut Collection for FREE as a NEW CONSULTANT!

During our call, we’ll go over the FAQ’s of becoming a consultant; visually walk you through the excellent training online and share this fabulous promotion when you sign up as a new consultant in April!  Questions are welcomed to Explore the Possibilities!

Please JOIN US on your Telephone and Computer below and Print this out for easy access: 

Telephone Conference Call

  • Date: Wednesday, March 26th
  • Time: 9:00 pm – 10.00 pm
  • Conference Call Dial-In Number: 559-546-1200
  • Meeting ID: 880-853-395

Free Screen Share

Once you are on the website, in the box all the way to the right that says “join a meeting”, enter your info and the meeting ID. (if you have never used the program before, you will first have to create your free account)

**It would be extremely helpful if you could try to log in to the screen share and phone conference about 5 minutes early so if you have any technical difficulties we can get them straightened out prior to the meeting starting**

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Join my Coastal Stars Team anytime from April 1-30, and not only will you get all of the incredible goodies in the New Consultant Kit (worth over $300), you will also get to choose one of our our three exclusive Cricut Collections for FREE! 

That’s over $400 worth of goodies for just $99! 

But it gets even better:  If you take advantage of CTMH’s Straight to the Top program and have $1,200 in sales (including your personal orders) within your first 90 days, Close to my Heart will REFUND YOU the $99 consultant kit cost ……. That’s approximately $400 worth of CTMH goodies for FREE!!

Cricut CollectionsThis is the BEST PROMOTION of the Year!

If you have been thinking about becoming a CTMH Consultant, NOW is the time to check out the OPPORTUNITY!

  • Close To My Heart is setting the pace and thriving in the crafting community!
  • We are a debt free company with financial rewards and incentives.
  • We have 1,000 products to share and choose from!
  • We offer a diverse line in scrapbooking, stamping, home decor and jewelry
  • The earning potential is amazing for free products, extra income and free vacations!

Please join in on our OPPORTUNITY NIGHT!  

This is the BEST PROMOTION of the Year!

Please email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Upcoming Dates for DAY CROPS @ My Creative Studio

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My Creative Studio offers a main floor entryway and 8 windows for natural light!  Each crop space affords approximately 5 ft. of space per cropper.  A Keurig machine, refrigerator stacked with a variety of soda and water bottles are always available.

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My store is completely set up and I have two cricut machines at your disposal.  With only12 cropping spaces, it is very exclusive and personal! My husband will unload/load your stash and help park your car for convenience!  A great lunch and homemade dinner has been a highlight for many.  Please join us!

  • Saturday:  $75 from 9:00a – 10:00p includes lunch/dinner
  • Add Sunday: $50 from 9:00a-5:00p includes lunch
  • $125 for Both Days

DATES: 

  • April 26th/27th 
  • May 3rd/4th 
  • June 7th/8th
  • June 14th/15th
  • July 12th/13th

HOTELS:

There are many hotels within 10 minutes of my home.  You can use your Reward programs or Priceline for really great rates.  Best Western, Holiday Inn, Anchorage, Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott and so many more!  Please ask if you need help. I use Priceline all the time & find the best deals!

TESTIMONIAL   I attended one of Lynn’s home crops in February & absolutely loved it.   The room is warm & inviting & there was more than enough cropping space. I really appreciated the fact that Lynn has anything you need on hand to create layouts, cards or other projects. If you have forgotten something you can purchase it from her and never have to leave!   And to add to the convenience she provides the most wonderful meals!!!  I only wish I lived closer so I could attend them all.  I highly recommend  Lynn’s crops.  Enjoy ~ Kathy Riebesell, New Jersey   Thank you Kathy!

I do have photos of my workshop you can VIEW HERE of this great space!

RSVP today! 

Email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com or 732-266-1287

Learn How to get your Free Cricut Collection!

THE BEST PROMOTION of the Year!  

You can have any ONE of these THREE Collections for FREE!

Cricut Collections

If you have been thinking about becoming a CTMH Consultant, NOW is the time to check out the OPPORTUNITY!

  • Close To My Heart is setting the pace and thriving in the crafting community!
  • We are a debt free company with financial rewards and incentives.
  • We have 1,000 products to share and choose from!
  • We offer a diverse line in scrapbooking, stamping, home decor and jewelry
  • The earning potential is amazing for free products, extra income and free vacations!

You are Invited to Explore the Close To My Heart Opportunity

Please join our Conference Call and learn how you can receive your $99 Cricut Collection for FREE as a NEW CONSULTANT!  During our call, we’ll go over the FAQ’s of becoming a consultant; visually walk you through the excellent training online and share this fabulous promotion when you sign up as a new consultant in April! Questions and former consultants of any company are welcomed to Explore the Possibilities!

Please JOIN US on your Telephone and Computer below and Print this out for easy access:

Telephone Conference Call
Date: Wednesday, March 26th
Time: 9:00 pm – 10.00 pm
Conference Call Dial-In Number: 559-546-1200
Meeting ID: 880-853-395

Free Screen Share
Meeting Link: http://www.FreeScreenSharing.com/

Meeting ID: 880-853-395

Once you are on the website, in the box all the way to the right that says “join a meeting”, enter your info and the meeting ID. (if you have never used the program before, you will first have to create your free account)

**It would be extremely helpful if you could try to log in to the screen share and phone conference about 5 minutes early so if you have any technical difficulties we can get them straightened out prior to the meeting starting**

Join my Coastal Stars Team anytime from April 1-30, and not only will you get all of the incredible goodies in the New Consultant Kit (worth over $300), you will also get to choose one of our our three exclusive Cricut Collections for FREE! That’s over $400 worth of goodies for just $99! 

But it gets even better:  If you take advantage of CTMH’s Straight to the Top program and have $1,200 in sales (including your personal orders) within your first 90 days, Close to my Heart will REFUND YOU the $99 consultant kit cost ……. That’s approximately $400 worth of CTMH goodies for FREE!!

This is the BEST PROMOTION of the Year!

This is the Best Promotion of the Year!

Please email me @ ilov2cr84u@gmail.com if you have any questions.

LOLLYDOODLE Kit of the Month!

Richelle, Tiffany and Karin know that I was NOT a fan of Lollydoodle.  And yet .. they asked me if I could create some artwork with this kit that ‘just was not rockin’ my boat!’ You’ve heard me say this before and I am ALWAYS amazed when I start out not liking something … and then … see all the possibilities when you OPEN up to the creative process. (Sound familiar to you?)

So, March’s Kit of the Month, LOLLYDOODLE can inspire you to create 10 Pages in all! Yep!  I just couldn’t stop myself and I used Studio J as an inspiration for some layouts which really helped me get the most out of this Kit.  

First off, ARTISTE is the Cricut Collection that was used for all the cricut cuts.  So it will definitely be a “must have” that will work wonders for you!  I absolutely loved the two pages that are in the Workshop on the GO:

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If you want Disney (here you go Joan Kelley), let’s try this one on for size.  I did add the pink glitter paper for the crown (hmmm… a green frog would be cute too!):

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“WHOOO’s” an Owl Fan?  Here’s what I did in Studio J for inspiration:

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Below is the same layout but handcrafted and I moved a few things around. I love the Flamingo Dots for the little accent pink dots in and around the owl/tree.  Adding those little ‘tails’ under the pink photo mats really helped make it pop:

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When I played in Studio J, I found this layout and loved the look of it.  You really don’t need a lot of embellishing or stickers.  Just make a great TITLE  …

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So here’s the handcrafted version of these BONUS Pages.  I love ‘em!

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Ah …now onto the last set of Bonus Pages.  Yes, I did use Studio J once again for inspiration.  See here below … you get an opportunity to use the digital stickers and I just love that I was able to EEK OUT another TWO Bonus pages with this kit.

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You’ll have to check out that slideshow because I am showing you THREE WAYS to create it.  You can do it up PLAIN JANE style; you can do it up with EMBOSSING Attitude style; or you can do it up with ARTBOOKING for a Lattice Style.  Which STYLE are you?

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I hope you enjoyed the Studio J Inspirational layouts along with the Handcrafted final copies.  It’s an extra job for me but I’m hoping it will teach you another use of Studio J.  It really can be so rewarding and worth the effort when you get stumped.

Now, let’s get to the simple links for you to use to purchase Lollydoodle.  Please click on each one below to view the complete series of artwork with closeups.  The shopping list is complete with Stamp of the Month and specials.

Remember you are basically picking out your BASICS from either Column A or Column B (like a Chinese menu) and adding on any tools, inks, or simple accessories.  I just like to list everything in case it sparks a reminder (something you have wanted for quite some time) to make a purchase.

Place Your ORDER HERE on my WEBSITE. 

Studio J Savings this month of March!

Do you know how the photos you take with your phone are not the highest of quality when you go to task to get them printed?  Even your Facebook Photos can give you pixelated issues.  Close To My Heart can offer you a solution by using STUDIO J for development!  Yeah!

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Studio J has developed TEMPLATES that you can use to get those jpegs out of the “social zone” and make them into real life memories with a click, drag and drop of a button! Just check out this video below.  I LOVE this idea of the 2×2′s and how it could be a layout all it’s own … OR … you could cut them apart and use on your scrapbook pages (those 2×2 flip flaps sure would come in handy now!).  Just sayin’!

Please give Studio J a TRY FOR FREE!  

  • You can play all you want for absolutely NO COST to you!
  • You do not have to pay for software as there is nothing to download to your computer.
  • You can use it for Photo Development
  • You can use it to create Digital 12×12 layouts that fit perfectly alongside your handcrafted layouts.
  • These layouts can fit into your 12×12 albums … there are no books to print.  Just layouts or as you may think of as “pages.”
  • YOU only PAY @ CHECKOUT!
  • During March, Studio J TWO Page layouts/pages/templates are only $5.00 each
  • Shipping is only $5.95 from FOUR to FIFTY layouts!  Woot!  Woot!
  • If you missed my post last week on how to get started, PLEASE CLICK HERE for your REVIEW.

Come on and get started and you’ll love it!

Start creating in STUDIO J today for FREE!  Get started NOW HERE!

Studio J campaign

Just a few things before I go ….

CostaRica14-Earner-BadgeTHANK YOU so much for helping me achieve this trip to Costa Rica!  We’ll be heading out at the crack of dawn tomorrow.  Yeah!  As soon as I get back, I’ll be back to work in Portsmouth, NH with Cool Crops!  Yep!  See you gals in ONE WEEK on Saturday, March 16th.  I’ll be wearing GREEN … for St. Patty’s Day!

 

Here’s a few things to share with you:

1.  Cool Crops still has openings at the end of March (27th-30th) in Warwick Rhode Island.  You can click HERE to see the registration information.

2.  Our Dark Chocolate Faux Leather album is on Back Order right now.  They will be back in stock.  The colors to order NOW because they are being retired would be:  Black, Cranberry & Hollyhock.  We will have an ample supply of Dark Chocolate and Outdoor Denim as time goes forward.

3.  The Posts/Extenders (Item #1010a -1/2″ and Item #1010 -1″) and the Item #Z4120 Spine Expanders are also being retired with the albums.  You can find those items HERE on my Website.

Since I am running out of time, I’m going to borrow some beautiful card ideas and post them here from fellow consultants.  These cards are from our March Stamp of the Month.  Did anyone watch the Olympics and see the segment on how these Russian Dolls are handcrafted?  The process of this tradition is truly amazing and what a great gift for your daughter, niece or doll collector to have this stamp set!

This idea as created by Denise Anderson Turley.  Love it!

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These ideas were created by Karen Pederson and are adorable.  She’s so creative and such a great artist.  She designed her cards using our *new* Embossing folders and Jubilee Papers.

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Here’s another completely different card idea using Balloon Ride papers and Give A Lift Stamp set.  The very talented Lisa Stenz creates simplistic beauty and I really enjoy her style.

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And check out Lisa’s Balloon Ride Layout.  Since she lives in sunny CA, she has the wonderful opportunity to take as many balloon rides she can afford. Lisa used the Balloon Ride product line found HERE.

Lisa Stenz

If any of these items have inspired you to make a purchase, please SHOP HERE on my WEBSITE and JOIN March Specials show.  

Even though I am away, stay tuned for next week’s posts:  Lollydoodle Kit of the Month and more for Studio J!  Have a great weekend!