Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone!  I am wishing everyone a Blessed year, may you enjoy your family and friends as you celebrate.  I am looking forward to sharing my love of crafting with you.  I am also happy to be sharing the New Catalog with you. Check out the calendar tab for up coming classes and events.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Dec Blog hop

Welcome to our Joyful Stars December Blog Hop!  

As we prepare for the Holiday season,

 there are so many ways we can use the gifts God has given us. We can decorate the 

tree,( see my cat loving the outdoors coming inside) make greetings for your family and

 friends. We can prepare food, make favors, write a thank you note letting the ones that 

help us throughout the year know that we appreciate them. Have fun hopping from blog to

 blog to see what we have created. 

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

 I had some pcs left over from a workshop, so I tried to use as many as I could to make some cards with our Sparkle and Shine paper packet.

Close To My Heart is offering FREE tags to print for you gift giving.  Just go to CTMH.com, under promotions and find ReDiscover and you can print these beautiful tags. These will only be available this month.

Here is a quick favor idea, just cut out snowflakes with the Cricut, I used Art Philosophy and the snowflake stamp set D1480.  Glue dot a Hershey kiss and set it at everyone's plate.  You can add a tag with the person's name if you like.

Hop from my blog to Nicki's if you get lost just come back and follow the list below.

Joyce Houck            Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com
Nickie Hoffer                nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
Krista Hershberger     Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com

Stephanie Huber         lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com

Helen Gullett               byheleng.wordpress.com

Cindy Leek                 savingmemorieswithcindy.com

Elizabeth Mindemann   ejoym.blogspot.com

Nancy Brown              creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com
Lori Meadows             CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com

Betty Locco                scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com
Jean Murphy              StampandscrapJeanie.Blogspot.com

Monday, December 2, 2013

More great cards

There are so many great cards to recreate so let's make the most of our last 3 remaining classes,  wait till you see what I have waiting in the wings for the new year.   

Friday, November 22, 2013

Go to my CTMH store and check out the RETIRED items, there are many items like pearls and embossing powders.  Heat tool, Workshops on the go, prisma glitter, liquid applique.  Please stock up before this stuff is gone.  

Image this card embossed with silver embossing powder or accented with prisma glitter.  

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanks to Gina,  this is what we made today at Cricut club.  These projects make great Christmas items.
The stamp set is the Oct Stamp of the month (S1310 Scandinavian Wishes.  The items were cut from the Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges.   

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Star candle

 If you would love to have this centerpiece for yourself or to give as a gift contact me for class info.  

Saturday, November 9, 2013

November Blog hop

Welcome to our monthly Joyful Stars blog hop. Follow along and hop to see the wonderful artwork my team and friends have created.  There is a list at the bottom of this post, so if you get lost, just come back to me for your next hop.   

 I made this tree inspired by our Holiday gift guide,

The rosettes were cut from the Artiste cricut cartridge on page 50, using the new Sparkle and Shine paper from the Holiday gift guide..  The are several patterns to choose from, I liked the one with the holes in it.  The neat thing about cutting them out with the Cricut is that they are already scored for you.  If you don't have a Cricut (yet) you can make these by just cutting strips and scoring them by hand.
The measurements are as follows:  11 layers
2 1/2"  3 pcs each bottom 2 layers
2 1/2"  2 pcs
2 1/4"  2pcs each x2
2"        2pcs each x2
1 3/4"  2pcs each x2
1 1/2"  2pcs each x2
When making them into a spiral use 1"&-2" circles top and bottom. You can make the rosettes different sizes by squeezing them together tighter or looser.  I used a dowel to hold them all together, so in the circles I punched a hole the same size as the dowel  and stacked them all together.  Leave a space between each layer.  I secured them with a glue gun.  The base was a round piece of styrofoam which I hot glued to the dowel. Top with snowflakes, stars, a Cricut shape with words, etc.and add glitter paper snowflakes all around the tree.

Now hop over to Krista's wonderful creation

Joyce Houck                Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

Krista Hershberger      Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com

Stephanie Huber          lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com

Nickie Hoffer              nickiehoffer.blogspot.com

Nancy Brown             creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com

Cindy Leek                  savingmemorieswithcindy.com                        

Elizabeth Mindemann ejoym.blogspot.com

Betty Locco                scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com

Lori Meadows            CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com

Back to Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sparkle and Shine 12 card workshop

Join  me in Nov for this 12 card workshop.  The picture doesn't do these cards justice.  Sign up today...
Watch for the Nov blog hop on Sunday.  

Make these cards with sparkle and shine paper, washi tape, sparkles, bakers twine and My Reflections Complements.  Sign up for this class on Nov 25th at 1pm or 7pm   Register by Nov 15th.  Cost is $20

Picture My Life

New for the Spring catalog.....here is a sneak preview of what coming in the new catalog

 Picture My Life- the NEW, Close To My Heart scrapbooking program!

I'm SO EXCITED to announce a NEW sign-up promotion that can INCLUDE this NEW Picture My Life™ scrapbooking product line!!!!! J

If you have ever thought about joining our CTMH family as a business builder or even a hobbyist- NOW is the PERFECT time!!!J

Consultants who join the Close To My Heart family from November 1 to December 15

you’ll receive a

stunning new product,

the Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program— 

FREE*!! (retail value $24.95)! 

* To be eligible for the free product, the new Consultant must remit $300 in commissionable personal sales by March 31, 2014. (perfect timing with Christmas in 2 months & the NEW 2014 Spring Idea book going LIVE in February!!) 

There are 8 fresh and stunning design themes to choose from, each one featuring 122 double-sided, designed cards in a mix of 3" x 4" and 4" x 6", plus a 12"x12" cover page to bring your album together beautifully. You also get 10 Memory Protectors™ with new formats designed just for this program and lots of your photos.


***Wouldn't you LOVE to get this BEAUTIFUL new product Early?  

YOU CAN!!!  
It's the PERFECT time to JOIN MY CTMH family & get this AMAZING new product!!!  

As Consultants, we get a preview period 1 month ahead of our CTMH customers!!  So, we can see these NEW items January 1st, while our customers need to wait until the release date of February 1st.  Wahoo!!  Just one perk of being a CTMH consultant! (wink) 

Consider this when you join my team prior to Dec 15, 2013... 
  • You can start earning their Picture My Life program FREE right now when you sign up
  • when you order the Essentials Kit ($49) you qualify for this offer, you will receive more than $180 in products and supplies!!!
  • You will receive commission on all sales of items you purchase, all for just $49.
  • You also can earn up to $100 with our start up program called Straight To The Top
  • PLUS - my own personal special...see below!!!

  As a consultant, YOU decide how &and what kind of consultant you want to be!!!  Wahoo!!

****My "extra" special when you join my team..   
When you JOIN my TEAM from Oct 1- Dec 31, 2013 Jand stay an active consultant ($300 in sales each quarter)  until Oct 1, 2014…
I will give you $75 in SPC credit –which means
$75 in FREE CTMH products!! J

The new Memory Protectors™ will be available separately as well! They will come in several styles:
  • Top Load (4110, 10 protectors with a 12" x 12" pocket and a gutter seam, $9.95)
  • Top Load Value Pack (Z4115, 25 protectors with a 12" x 12" pocket and a gutter seam, $19.95)
  • Side Load (Z1968, 10 protectors with a 12" x 12" pocket and a gutter seam, $9.95)
  • Side Load Value Pack (Z1984, 25 protectors with a 12" x 12" pocket and a gutter seam, $19.95)
  • Strap Side Load (Z1969, 25 protectors with a 12" x 12" pocket for strap binding, no gutter seam, $19.95)
  • Design 1 (Z1324, 10 protectors – 6 vertical 6" × 4" pockets each, $9.95)
  • Design 2 (4113, 10 protectors – 6 horizontal 4" × 6" pockets each, $9.95)
  • Design 3 (Z1950, 10 protectors – 4 vertical 6" × 4" pockets & 4 horizontal 3" x 4" pockets each, $9.95)
  • Design 4 (Z1951, 10 protectors – 4 horizontal 4" × 6" pockets & 4 vertical 4" × 3" pockets each, $9.95)
  • Design 5 (Z1952, 10 protectors – 3 vertical 6" × 4" pockets & 6 horizontal 3" × 4" pockets each, $9.95)
NOTE:  The price is changing for the value pack that we now offer, so stock up now before the end of the year. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's not to late to sign up for Friday's class.  Here is an example of four of the cards that we will be making.  10 cards for just $15.
Simply email me with workshop in the subject line.    StampN4Joy@aol.com

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Joyful Stars Blog Hop October

Welcome to the Joyful Stars Blog hop! I'm excited to see what everyone has created.  Hop from blog to blog and enjoy the hop.

I decided to make 3x3 examples of our NEW Mini stamps.  They are great for everything, scrapbooking, cards and gifts.  They only cost $2.95 These can be found on page 113 in our current catalog.

Tree Delights  M1032
New washi tape from the Holiday Gift guide
Single Snowflake M1031
Frosted paper
Santa's Greeting M1028
New paper from the Holiday gift guide
A Little Gift  M1030
Sarita paper

Baby Carriage M1027
Babycakes paper
Heartfelt Birthday Wish M1033
New washi tape on the bottom 
Dotted Love  M1026
Artbooking overlay & washi tape
A true Thank You  M1029
Laughing lola paper

Now hop to my friend BETTY'S blog 
Here is a list of all our hoppers

Joyce Houck               Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

Betty Locco                scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com

Nancy Brown            creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com

 Krista Hershberger     Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com

Lori Meadows           CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com

Stephanie Huber         lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com

Cindy Leek                 savingmemorieswithcindy.com

Helen Gullett               byheleng.wordpress.com

 Meredith Hainsworth        craftyschemings.blogspot.com

Nickie Hoffer            nickiehoffer.blogspot.com
 Back to Joyce

Sunday, September 22, 2013


It seems like everytime we have a special event, we have new recipes to share with everyone.  This time we have a Jewish Pound cake made by Sandy and a Broccoli - cauliflower salad made by Irene. Go to the recipe tab to find the great recipes.  

Gate-fold card

This card was made by Lori
 Frosted paper, snowflakes, Merry & Bright C1510 (words) sparkles clear flourishes made this card special.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Penquin ornament card

This card was made by Betty.............She used the Love Life swirl D1482 and the Wintry Wishes
C1560 a special Hostess stamp set that is at a very special price.  The ornament and the white circle was cut with Cricut.  The neat part about this card is that the ornament can be used on the tree or on a package.  Washi tape was used on the inside to secure the tag.  Contact me for the exact cutting directions.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Joy Christmas card

Joy card 
This card features September stamp of the month.  The words were stamped with Slate grey and then stamped again with cranberry red at just the word Joy.  Red shimmer tape was placed over the words  HO HO HO.  That was mounted on a piece of frosted B&T paper.  A 1"x5" strip of cranberry red paper was scalloped using our new scallop punch.  Christmas border, pondorosa pine  was cut with the new "Artbooking" Cricit cartridge.  I went into the craft room and made it 3" wide.  The card base was white daisy cardstock.  If you want the file for this or other information, just let me know.  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Card #2 and #3 made at the Christmas card Extravaganza
these are two of the quick card that we made, thanks to the Cricut we can cut out 
words, flowers and overlays and make quick cards.
Noel was cut at 1" pg 79 Artiste cartridge.  Pointsettia was cut at 1 1/2" red and green page 80.
The top layer 1 1/4" red. 

 The overlay snowflake was cut with the new Artbooking Cricut cartridge, page 73 shift real dial size.  I changed the settings to 70mm so the overlay would fit exactly on the card.  Add a sparkle and some shimmer trim and the words. Very easy.....check back tomorrow for more cards.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Extrav Christmas card #1

Card #1
I cut the deer out with Artbooking at 2 1/2", the trees and words  were from Frosted Card Workshop on the go. Prisma glitter was added to the snow that was sponged with crystal glue.  

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Christmas card making day

Check out our raffle table, half of the prizes had chocolate in them.  We love our chocolate!  

This was a small sample table of new products.  

Busy making Christmas cards, some were quick and some took alittle longer.     

Saturday, September 14, 2013

We had a great day at our Annual Christmas Card Extravaganza!
Thanks to all consultants, excellent team work and to our great guests, you made our day so special. 
Here are the raffle items that I made using the Cricut. The Happy Thanksgiving plate was made by using Artbooking and the Cricut craft room.  I welded the words together and cut them out with our glitter paper.
You can't see on the Trick or Treat plate that I used the black glitter paper for the house and fence.  The bats were cut with black vinyl.  

One of my favorite cuts with the Artbooking cartridge is the deer. This can be personalized, "The Houcks"
 I used the deer on one of the cards I made. Watch for pictures of all the cards we made today,  Now I need to get some rest and find my bag of cards that we all made.  So proud of my team!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Joyful Stars September Blog hop

Welcome to the September Joyful Stars blog hop. Just hop from blog to blog and check out the great projects everyone has made.  

I decided to show you examples of the Stitch Guide
and foam mat.  Z1852 and Z1859  15 inches long.
Notice the stitching across the top
and on either side of the give thanks 
The stamp set is Happy Autumn D1550, I will be using this set at Tuesday's class. Another item I used was the bronze shimmer trim, new to this catalog.  Z1849
Sorry, the examples don't show up to well, you can make kinds of different shapes using the piercing tool and the stitch guide.
Another cut from Artbooking Cricut cartridge is this tree.  You can make this into a 12x12 album or a card of any size.  The neat part of this you can cut the tree with the frame and cut just the tree and you will have leaves to put in the tree.  The paper I used is Sarita, using both sides. X7171B

Now hop over to Nickie's blog and see what she created.

Joyce Houck                Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com

Nickie Hoffer              nickiehoffer.blogspot.com

Krista Hershberger      Kristascraftycorner.blogspot.com

Stephanie Huber          lavendersagedesigns.blogspot.com

Helen Gullett               byheleng.wordpress.com

Cindy Leek                  savingmemorieswithcindy.com                          

Elizabeth Mindemann ejoym.blogspot.com

Meredith Hainsworth craftyschemings.blogspot.com

Lori Meadows            CraftyMeadows.blogspot.com

Betty Locco                scrapbookgirl2.blogspot.com

Nancy Brown             creativelyartsygallery.blogspot.com

Back to Joyce-joyfulcreations.blogspot.com