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Friday, January 29, 2010

teaser today...

I am getting excited for my upcoming 8 Card workshop that will be held on February 13th. I promised to tease you with photos of each card that we will make. Here is the 2nd card- simple and elegant. I think those are the words you can use to describe this upcoming Card workshop. I am going to show you how you can go from basic to wow! with just a few steps. And the great thing is even if you don't think you can do it....I promise you....YOU CAN! If you can follow a recipe then you can create!

Close to My Heart Product Used: Veranda Level 2 Paper Pack, Colonial White Bulk Cards, Cocoa Ink, and Friendship Blessing Stamp Set.

So easy to shop- email me or shop online!

I have a busy weekend ahead of me. The kids are home for 4 days as they have teacher inservice day today and Monday. So we will have loads of fun playing and hanging out together over the 4 day weekend and I am sure when Tuesday morning comes I will be so happy to open the door and send them on their way to school! :)

~Jennifer :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

from Spain...

I got happy Mail the other day and it blew me away!!!! I had no idea that my friend and downline Kara had popped something in the mail for me- so sweet!!!!! When I opened the box to discover what was inside I was just blown away that she took the time to send a belated Christmas and Birthday gift- seriously her life is so crazy, busy over in Spain and I just was overwhelmed with her thoughtfulness! We met through another friend a few months after I moved here and we instantly hit it off- she is like a long lost sister!! We share a love for all things crafty, family oriented and of course we bleed Air Force Blue together! It was so hard to learn that her husband was given orders to Rota, Spain; but she was the type of friend I knew that would keep in touch and our connection would continue! Gotta LOVE technology- magic jack and skype!!!!


I love the the Spanish pottery tiles that spell our name- cannot wait to have a forever house to hang it in! And the bracelet and scarf are SUPER cute! LOVE THEM!!!! And my stylish Ireland had so much fun trying them on last night and telling me, "Mom, you know scarves are in right now- they are very stylish!"
Um okay when did I become unstylish??? Help! I am being reminded by my 9 1/2 year old daughter! YIKES!!!!

I am so thankful for my fabulous team and dear friends that I have with my business- puts a happy face on me everyday!!! I cannot wait to see so many of them in July at Convention!!! And I am just so tickled that Kara is flying back to the States to attend Convention- she is going to LOVE IT!!!!!! Look out the Divas are going to ROCK DC for SURE!

~Jennifer :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Studio Layouts....

Are you like me? Do you have photos you need to print and everytime you think about ordering you are not sure which photos you want and if you want them in a bigger size??? I have been having so much fun playing and creating Studio designed layouts that I had to share!

(and just a reminder to my team members if you have a Tier II website...go explore the FUN! and let me know what you think!)

So here is the deal- I LOVE IT! I cannot wait to get my layouts back from the Studio Printers! I have seen some printed examples and the professional quality is fabulous! I was not sure if I would be converted but I love the way CTMH has put their Studio Scrapbooking together because it uses their Faster, Simpler, Easier system that I love. And I am excited too that when my layouts come in if I want to add some dimension to them I can and the colors will match 100% because of CTMH's stedfast commitment to our 60 color palette and everything dye lot to match! No guess work. No wondering if that is the right shade of red or if it has too much orange in it!
feel free to click on a picture to see it bigger...

And here is another fun trick...you can use this awesome site to design your Scrapbook layouts. So you know exactly what pictures you need to print and what size and what paper packs you would like to use. AHHH.....life made easier!

Want more info...visit my website and www.studioj.com

Studio J will be released some time in the Spring but if you want to be a part of the fun and use it now while it is in Beta Testing- I would love to have you join my team and I will get you hooked!

~Jennifer :)

feeling winter blues....

So here is the deal, I am a Colorado girl at heart- think open spaces and BLUE Skies! Colorado is the state I lived in the longest in my life, 8th grade through college-9 years. Crazy to think that is the LONGEST I have lived anywhere! YIKES. The state of Florida comes in 2nd- with 5 years. We lived in Clearwater, FL for a year and then Navarre, FL for 4 years. What do these two states have in common I ask you??? SUNSHINE!!!!!

I am thankful that as I sit here writing this little blurb that the sun is shining but I have not seen much of it this winter and that has seriously made me a little nutty! The sun gives me my pep and helps to keep my drive going....grey skies make me want to curl up, snuggle and read(oh eat too!). I know I am not alone in this crazy seasonal depression thing but seriously it BITES!

I am hoping that Spring is on its way soon! The white fluffy stuff is pretty and fun but I think I am over it already! :)

So yesterday I dived into my craft room to work on an upcoming little project...pick up on a tease here...and I made 8 cards to teach in February. After taking the pictures this morning, I can tell how much I am longing for April Showers to Bring May flowers! I love the colors and ease that they work together- hope you do too!

Used the Wishes Card Making Book- inside you will find some great card workshops- take some sheets of paper, cut and you have a bunch of cards ready to go in no time flat!
Papers: Veranda Paper Pack
Ink: Creme Brulee and Cocoa
Stamp Sets: Friendship Blessings and For Every Occasion
Embelishments: Copper Brads, Just Blooms Spring Blossoms
All are Close To My Heart Products and you can shop right from your seat by clicking here.

Here is hoping that this touch of Spring brought a smile to your face like it did mine....and stay tuned for the 7 other cards that go along with this class!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy Mail Day!!!!

Oh what a Happy, Happy Day!!! I received another unexpected goodie in the mail the other day! I received this beautiful card from one of my downline- Marie- thank you Marie!!!! I just love the simple beauty and elegance- don't you??? Then I was blown away when I discovered a small clear envelope inside holding some cut out pieces. I had no idea what they were until I spread them out and realized that it makes a word or words....

SCRAP N PLAY!!! It hit me and I was instantly touched as Marie read one of my team emails and fixed a problem for me! I had shared my big display board photos with my team and just raved about how much I LOVE this big size and it works perfectly for us. I admitted to them and now I will to you- hold onto your seats- I do not own a Cricut. I have often thought about it but just have yet to make that investment yet. So I said I was wishing I had a Cricut so I could print out the letters for Scrap N Play and put them on my board. Little did I know I had an Angel working away with her machine for me and

SO CUTE!!!! and it will look Perfect on my Scrap N Play Board!!!! A million thank yous!!!!! I am so touched!

Here is hoping you find something special in your mailbox and it puts a spring in your step!

~Jennifer :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

loving Veranda...

Club was so fun on friday and I was so happy that everyone loved the layouts! There was quite a bit of stamping and cutting out but the look is incredible and so worth it! Here are the photos of the layouts we did and I did create a fun extra layout with some leftover papers and a piece of Juniper and Vanilla Cream CS.


My Extra Layout inspired from our great layout book- Imagine!

Okay now I need to get pictures on all these fabulous layouts!!!

~Jennifer :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Reminder to RSVP for Creative Time...

This month we will be meeting on Tuesday January 26, 2010 at 9:30am or 7:30pm and then on Friday January 29, 2010 at 7:30pm. The project for January is an Event Calendar. The cost for the class is $12.00 per calendar- you decide how many you would like to make. Please RSVP to craftingdivas@cox.net no later than January 17, 2010 to hold your spot(payment is due at time of registration).

I hope you will join us! These calendars make great gifts and are so easy to learn! I will have all the supplies precut. All you need to do is glue and stamp!


Thursday, January 14, 2010

ready for some CLUB FUN!!!!

I am bubbling with excitement and anticipation for my Scrap n Play Date with my customers! Plus they are getting some added extra fun. In the spirit of my new motto for this year- Work Smarter Not Harder- I thought it would be fun to combine my Scrap n Play Date with my Idea Book Launch!!!

So my Scrappin friends can come work on their layouts for club, get their hands on the fabulous new book, make some fun Make N Takes and shop in my store. And my regular customers get to drop bye to say hi, grab their books, make some super CUTE make n takes and see how much FUN we have in CLUB! Sounds like a win-win to me! And here is a sneak peak at a cute happy they will each get from me- they are filled with some yummy homemade treats! :)

I will be posting more pics on the Scrap N Play layouts for this month and the cards- OH MY GOODNESS THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!! LOVE IT! I also made an extra layout tonight to share with my club members. So stay tuned for that artwork but in the mean time here is a picture to wet your whistle on how fabulous the Veranda Kit is for this Month!!!

You are welcome to join us if you are local to Northern Virginia Area or you can join my Club To Go and get the fabulous kit delivered right to your door each month. Would you like more information....simply email me at craftingdivas@cox.net and I would LOVE to fill you in!


Thought I would share with you these magnets I made for a customer. She need 30 of these for a class she is teaching on Saturday. I love this quote and made one for us to put on our fridge to remind all of us....

My friend's father would say this to her every morning growing up- what an amazing message to receive. I love it!

Maybe we all need a little reminding???

I am a child of God.
I have the right to be treated like one.

I have the responsibility to act like one.

And I thought you might enjoy seeing what my "sweat shop" was looking like this week. I have been cranking out so many projects and ideas!

Now it is time to clean it all and get ready for tomorrow! I love Scrap n Play day!!!!
Would you like to join us? Simply email me at craftingdivas@cox.net!

~Jennifer :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

come on over for some FUN!!!!

I am so excited for this Friday- it is Scrap N Play day AND I will be sharing the New Spring Idea Book with my local customers! I have been busy today working on a some fun make n takes for everyone to do when they come over to grab their copy of the latest and greatest! I have been trying to use what I have and think my customers enjoy me sharing with them how our paper and stamps are timeless even if they are sadly retired!

So here is a few sneak peaks into 2 of the Make n Takes for Friday....

Close To My Heart Products use: More to Adore Level 2 Paper(retired)
D1194 All my Love- Stamp Set
Chocolate Ink
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CTMH Products Used: More to Adore Level 2 Paper(retired)
D1406 True Friends- January Stamp of the Month
Chocolate Ink
Z1263 Sparkles

I LOVE the January Stamp of the Month- I am having so much fun playing with it and it is definitely one stamp set I find myself trying to use more! You can earn this for FREE with just $100 order or discounted. I just love getting FREEBIES!

Well I have been busy in the "sweat shop" as my sister likes to call it! I am looking forward to seeing my local customers Friday and I cannot wait to see Bridget- waving HI to Bridget! (more on that story later- you are going to love it! It sure brings a smile to my face every time I think about it!)

~Jennifer :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Happy Mail!!!

I got Happy Mail today!!!! I love getting fun surprises in the mail- nothing like a huge pick-me-up!!! And I was totally blown away by this unexpected little "happy" as my friend that sent it just left on a trip to New Zealand! I love my dear friend and director upline, Tina Sutton and her sweet thoughtfulness is unbelievable!

Tina and I have fun nicknames for each other. I call her Hollywood because she is just so amazing and everything she does turns to GOLD! She is an amazing leader in our business and I have learned so much from her and can tell you honestly I would not be where I am today without her guidance and support! LOVE YOU Hollywood!!!

and dare you ask what my nickname is...ahh...that would be Rockstar! :) hee-hee! Even the kids know that Ms. Tina calls me Rockstar and a lot of my other CTMH sisters. Ireland looked at the luggage tag and instantly wanted it for herself!! It is so cute and I cannot wait to put it to good use!

A MILLION THANK YOUS and it is KILLING ME that I cannot pick up the phone and say thank you! Guess I better pop a special card in the mail for you!!!! :)

~Jennifer :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Creative Team Meeting!

Yesterday was a fun filled afternoon with 2 of my local team members (Elissa and Christine) and a sister sideline

I thought it would be fun to start the new year off with a fun creative team meeting and something to get us organized too! I stumbled on the idea of these "dry erase" boards from another CTMH consultant- Kelly Rizzo, hers was so adorable!! I just felt the urge I needed to make one too and it is always fun to create something fun with friends- don't you think???

My daughter, Ireland, had to get in on the fun too! She loved picking out paper and the patterns she wanted for her board. She has already put hers to work and I just love seeing her excitement using it.

One of my favorite things beside scrapbooking is making fun altered projects where you take something that is very basic and dress it up and make it super FUN! I am so excited to start sharing this with my customers once a month during my Creative Time Class! This month we will be meeting on January 25, 2010 at 9:30am or 7:30pm and then on January 28, 2010 at 7:30pm. The project for January is an Event Calendar. The cost for the class is $12.00 per calendar- you decide how many you would like to make. Please RSVP to craftingdivas@cox.net no later than January 17, 2010 to hold your spot(payment is due at time of registration).

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Scrap N Play!!!!

I am a little behind posting my layouts from December's Scrap N Play Club. I love the jingle layouts and had fun twisting the 2nd layout up a bit. I used the pattern in the guide but I changed the papers up a bit to have a little more holiday feel. I plan on making a 3rd layout with this paper packet and when I do I will share the layout I created. I always challenge my club members to take the extra papers in our kits and keep creating and when they come to club we have fun sharing our extra creations(plus they get a little "happy" from me for sharing!).

I love Club days and I know my customers look forward to their one day a month they get to come over and get their pages completed. It is so fun to have a day set aside once a month for scrapping fun! We would love to have you join us! If you are not local- no problem I do Club to Go! OR you may even think about creating your own club and being the teacher- I would love to have you on my team and train you to run your own fun group! Imagine getting paid sharing your love of crafting!!!

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Second Layout- this is the one I tweaked up the colors compared to the instructions. In the instructions I provided to my Scrap N Play and Club to Go customers I included my twist in the instructions. You can click on any of these pictures to see it bigger. :)
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It feels good to be getting caught up! I am looking forward to our upcoming Scrap N Play date on January 15, 2010- we will be using the new paper collection, Veranda! Plus I will have fun make n takes and the New Spring Idea Book all ready for my local customers. It is going to be a fun double feature day!! And stay tuned as my Newsletter readers know already I have added another fun workshop day each month called...Creative Time.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

oh I am in LOVE with Felicity!!!!!

I had so much fun diving into this special collection of Paper tonight! The colors are so soothing, the stamp set so versatile and it works great with the January Stamp of the Month beautifully! I am just in love with Felicity and cannot wait to play more tomorrow!!! I used our awesome Wishes book tonight too to help me design the cards- love our how to programs!

I love that the colors are from masculine blues to soothing sorbets- so smart! You are just going to love to have this kit for yourself and you won't want to miss out!

from Wishes- Gallery

From Wishes- Collage

From Wishes- Lucky Layers

If you are dying to know how you can earn this special collection of papers and stamp sets for Free just read over on the side of my blog, view my website or shoot me an email- I will be more than happy to get you your exclusive set!

~Jennifer :)