Saturday, June 18, 2011

Heart 2 Heart Challenge Entry

Below is the card I made for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week.  This is my first time participating.  Let me know what you think.  The challenge was to create your own patterned paper using stamps and inks for a Father's Day card.  I used all CTMH products: Retired Free Spirit Paper Pack, You & Me Stamp set and mocha opaques.
Nickie Hoffer
Your CTMH Consultant

Mojo195 Card

Here is card I made using the Mojo Monday 195 sketch.  I used the retired Free Spirit paper pack and the You & Me stamp set.  I am going to use this card for Father's Day.  Remember if you like the stamp set, it is still available through July 31st in the You & Me Kit. Purchase the You & Me scrapbooking kit for only $15 (a retail value of $34.95), and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Spring 2011 Floods and Tornadoes relief operations.  You'll win by getting the kit at a phenomenal price, and those in the weather-devastated regions will benefit from your charitable contribution.Visit my website for this great deal.
Nickie Hoffer
Your CTMH Consultant

Friday, June 17, 2011

Stamp A Stack of Birthday Cards!

You can always use a few more birthday cards lying around the house.  I have just the solution to get 12 birthday cards done in a flash.  Check out the cards below completed with only the Fanfare Level 1 Paper Pack (X7138A), Fanfare Stamp set from the Fanfare Workshop on the Go (G1021), and Card Chatter Birthday Stamp Set (D1475).

If you are interested, get a few friends together and give me a call and we'll have a class.  Or purchase these items yourself and get to work creating.  The Fanfare Workshop on the Go will only be available through July 31st, so if you love this stamp set as much as I do, get it while you still can.  Also all Level 1 paper packs will be phased out by July 31st and replaced with something amazing I am sure, so stock up on Level 1s before they are gone.
Nickie Hoffer
Your CTMH Consultant

Monday, June 13, 2011

Studio J Free For All

DURING OUR STUDIO J® FREE-FOR-ALL IN JUNE, WE’RE GIVING EVERYONE a FREE Studio J® JPG file—no purchase required! Simply log on to my CTMH website, create a layout, then order one JPG file of your layout. It’s as easy as that! Download and save your file so you can post your layout online, email it to family and friends, or print them.
Discover how quick and simple scrapbooking can be with Studio J—and get your FREE JPG layout in Free-for-All June!  Check out the awesome layout I got for free this month (picitured above).

Nickie Hoffer
Your CTMH Consultant

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sale!!! Upto 80% off at my CTMH Wedsite

     Check out the items pictured below for a SAMPLING of items that are NOW in the Clearance section on my website!!!! These items pictured are only $2-3 each (a 62% savings).

     There are MANY more items listed on my website at these WONDERFUL reduced prices!!!

     Go check these GREAT prices on my website by CLICKING HERE!
These items are “While Supplies Last” so make sure you check out these EXCITING prices TODAY!!!!

      If you would like a few items & would like to split shipping costs, feel free to let me know and we can put multiple orders together.  Please contact me by Monday, June 13th at 12 noon, if you’d like to be a part of this “group ordering”.  If you do send your order through me, please know that there is a chance that some of those items may be already gone when I place the order on Monday.  If you would like to be SURE you will receive the items, call a couple friends and put a website order in together!

     Just a quick reminder, I have a Free Studio J (CTMH digital scrapbooking) class this Monday the 13th at 7:00.  If you are interested please RSVP and don’t forget your laptop.  I can share mine if you like.  Hope to see you there.  Check out older posts for some awesome layouts I created using Studio J. 
Have a WONDERFUL day and do your best to keep cool!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

"I just want time to do my one life well"

I have been reading AnnVoskamp's "One Thousand Gifts" where she challenges herself to live a life of eucharisteo (thanksgiving) by writing down 1,000 little gifts from God in every day life.  The premise behind it is the way to true joy is to give thanks.  I have not finished it yet, but it is challenging me.  Perhaps it could challenge you too.

  Here is an excerpt from one of the chapters:
    Because this is the way I have lived.  From the time the alarm first rings and I stir on our pillows touching, stretch over his bare back and check those relentless hands keeping time on that clock.  The time, always the time, I'm an amateur trying to beat time.  The six kids rouse.  We race.  The barn... and hurry.  The breakfast... and hurry!  The books, the binders... and hurry!  In a world addicted to speed, I blur the moments into one unholy smear.  I have done it.  I do it still.  Hands of the clock whip hard.  So I push hard and I bark hard and I fall hard and when their wide eyes brim sadness and their chins tremble weak, I am weary and I am thin clear skin, reflecting their fatigue, about to burst, my eyes glistening their same sheer pain.
     The hurry makes me hurt.
     And maybe it is the hurt that drives us on?  For all our frenzied running seemingly towards something, could it be that we are in fact fleeing- desperate to escape pain that pursues?
     Whatever the pace, time will keep it and there's no outrunning it, only speeding it up and pounding the feet harder; the minutes pound faster too.  Race for more and you'll snag on time and leak empty.  The longer I keep running, the longer the gash, and I drain, bleed away.
     Hurry always empties a soul.
     And it's those six souls there that I love, those six under spruce trees, there out my window.  Twelve arms gathering fallen cones.  Twelve legs bent.  The Boy-Man's arms rake a pile of dead grass, winter's refuse.  The Tall-Girl tucks Little-One's blowing wisps of blonde under spring hat.  Two little boys bent, tossing cones into pail, their heads touching in joke and I see their faces laughter light, their shoulders shaking in fun.  And oh, I know the sound and I smile.
     I speak it to God: I don't really want more time; I just want enough time.  Time to breathe deep and time to see real and time to laugh long, time to give You glory and rest deep and sing joy and just enough time in a day not to feel hounded, driven, or wild to get it all done- yesterday.
     I just want time to do my life well.
Can anyone relate?  Or is it just me?  Take time to breathe in all of God's blessings today!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

You and Me: Stronger Together

Do you remember the lovely You & Me kit from last month? 
Close To My Heart has put together an amazing opportunity to help the people that were affected by the tornadoes and floods in the midwest and southern states called You and Me: Stronger Together.  During the month of June, you can purchase the You & Me kit for $15 (more than 50% off!), and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the American Red Cross 2011 Floods and Tornadoes relief operations.  There aren't many times we can get our scrapbooking supplies at such amazing discount AND help a very worthy cause at the same time.  Please e-mail me at if you would like to purchase this kit or go directly HERE to my website and order it.  While you are there, don't forget to click on the "While Supplies Last" tab to pick up some amazing deals!
 Nickie Hoffer
Your CTMH Consultant

Friday, June 3, 2011

Handmade Decorative Candle

Need a great teacher's gift or a new decoration for around the house.  Try making your own decorative candle, complete with your favorite scripture verse.  Check out this great tutorial for details!  The only thing I added was the text.  I simply taped a piece of tissue paper to a piece of printer paper and printed my text right on it.  If you would like to try this technique, but don't have the tools (ie heat gun, stamps, candle), get your friends together and we'll have a class.  Contact me to set it up!
Nickie Hoffer
Your CTMH Consultant

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Here is my first attempt at a Tri Shutter Card.  Hope you enjoy.  I am using this for a CTMH gathering project this month!!!
Instructions for completing a tri shutter card are included below.

  • One 5 1/2" x 12" piece of Cardstock
  • scoring tool
  • Paper Cutter
  • Patterned Paper
  • Bone Folder
  • Craft Knife
  • Ruler
  • Adhesive
1.     Step 1
Place 5 ½” x 12" piece of cardstock horizontally on fiskars 12 inch cutter.

Score at 2”, 4”, 8” and 10”.

2.     Step 2
Turn cardstock a ¼ turn.

Along the long edge, measure in 1 ½” .

Make a slit with a craft knife between the score marks at 2” and 10”. Repeat on the other long side.

3.     Step 3
Fold card into hills and valleys as shown above.

If you need further instruction, there is a great tutorial with pictures at

June 2011 Constant Campaign During our Studio J® Free-for-All in June, we're giving everyone a FREE Studio J® JPG file—no purchase required! Simply log on to Studio J, through my website,create a layout, then order one JPG file of your layout during the checkout process. It's as easy as that! We're offering one free JPG file per customer account during June, so customers who already have a Studio J or a MyCTMH® account are ready to log on and start creating. If a customer doesn't have an account, no worries—they can log on and create an account and then order their free JPG file with no strings attached.
Nickie Hoffer
Your CTMH Consultant