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Have Questions? We have the Answers!

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Screen shot 2012-06-16 at 10.27.28 PMWe get feedback from people all the time asking for details on how to contact us or where we are located, so I wanted to give you some very important details on the best methods for contacting the Jewels of Kingwood.

Hope this clears us any of the mystery behind communicating with The Jewels of Kingwood.  If you would prefer to use a contact form today, enter your details and we will get in touch with you ASAP.

Have a terrific Tuesday from The Jewels of Kingwood

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Love Scrapbooking & Card Making?

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Whew… sooooo excited!

We have been super busy with our new partnership as independent consultants for Close to My Heart! We met some wonderful people at the event we did this past Saturday and showcased a new product line for hobbyists and small business owners who love to do scrapbooking, card making, and learn how to do some new techniques.

April 2014 Stamp of The Month

April 2014 Stamp of The Month

Do YOU love to make cards and scrapbook pages that really pop with cute sayings and using stamps and embellishments?

Want to combine your stamping with your Cricut Die-Cuts?

With a minimum qualifying purchase, you can buy a unique, one-of-a-kind a D-size Stamp of the Month set for a discounted price!  Offer expires at end of day on April 30th. Place orders on our website or PM me for more info. Just click on the Close to My Heart animated link to the right to see more.

Do YOU own a Cricut Die-Cut machine and want to extend your creativity? Many of the stamps and embellishments we carry coordinate with the Cricut Collections. In fact, this month we are giving away a FREE Cricut Collections cartridge valued at $99 just for joining our team. But you gotta hurry because this great offer expires end of day on April 30th.

Okay paper crafters…

Sample greeting cards from our exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy Collection cartridge

Sample greeting cards from our exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy Collection cartridge

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Sample gift boxes you can make with CTMH papers, stamps and the exclusive Cricut Artiste Collection cartridge

Do YOU own a Cricut Die-Cut machine and want to extend your creativity? Many of the stamps and embellishments we carry coordinate with exclusive Cricut Collections ONLY available from Close to My Heart. In fact, this month we are giving away a FREE Cricut Collections cartridge valued at $99 just for joining our team. But you gotta hurry because this great offer expires end of day on April 30th.

…if you are looking for a way to learn new ideas, receive free training- either online or in person, or attend a workshop we have it all with Close to My Heart. 

…if you are wanting to advance your skills as a paper crafting hobbyist or

…if you want to take your love for paper crafting to a new level by becoming an independent small business, Close To My Heart offers it all in one nice, neat package.

Then GO – GO – GO to my website and join me today on a wonderfully creative journey where you will be able to be part of this great offer. http://jewelsofkingwood.ctmh.com/

Sample greeting cards Exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy Collection cartridge only available at CTMH

Sample greeting cards Exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy Collection cartridge only available at CTMH

Cricut Artiste Collection only available from CTMH

Cricut Artiste Collection only available from CTMH

Cricut Artbooking Collection only available from CTMH

Cricut Artbooking Collection only available from CTMH

Tag it Tuesday

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ZAMM Designs

Hey fans- time for some fun taggin’ on Tag it Tuesday. Today I want to feature some great new businesses I found on Facebook. Check them out, visit their pages and give them a like. Don’t forget to share the love so others can also help these businesses grow!

Vintage Love Postcard Twirly SkirtMy first featured business link is for ZAMM Designs. A busy mom and mother of 4, this seamstress and crafty lady makes awesome clothes and other fabric accessories, fashions, and fun goodies. Be sure to tell her we sent you! Thanks in advance for supporting local artisans!

https://www.facebook.com/ZAMMDesigns

Ready to Tear it Up?

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That’s right everyone… are YOU ready to tear up some papers… and tapes… and ribbons… and whatever else you can think of, and have some creative fun? We are soooo ready to turn our studio into a papercrafting meca, and though we have been out of the communication loop for the past few months, we are so excited to be back and ready to make some art happen!

Love scrapbooking? Join Us!Your resident storyteller here at The Jewels of Kingwood, and the grande dame diva herself from The 3 Funky Divas trio, has been teaching web design full time this semester, AND preparing for a huge Memorial Day event… the marriage of her son to his sweetheart! Yep- I even got to design and create their wedding invitations… I feel so blessed and the personalized job was extra rewarding!

The most exciting addition to our creative endeavors is the independent consultations we will be providing for our followers, friends, family, and customers! We have joined a team working with the fabulous company, “Close to My Heart”®, and can’t wait to showcase some unique, high quality papercrafting supplies, training, kits, and online tutorials. This will include the ability to access “Studio J”® to show off how you can incorporate digital scrapbooking into your creative lives.

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April 2014 Rubber Stamp Kit You will find supplies, instructions, and ideas when you choose a CTMH Rubber Stamp of the Month

April 2014 Rubber Stamp Kit

You will find supplies, instructions, and ideas when you choose a CTMH Rubber Stamp of the Month

CTMH 3-Dimension boxes and baskets are a snap to make!
Kits & Supplies Making 3-dimensional boxes and baskets is a snap with supplies from Close to My Heart

Follow our blog closely for the next week so you don’t miss anything! There is a huge special for the month of April, and you won’t want to miss it if you love paper crafting of any kind. You’ll find rubber stamps, inks, papers, embellishments, die-cut machine cartridges, kits, and lots of great training opportunities that you can have fun with. This addition will allow us to offer so many options for hobbyists, stay-at-home Moms, and anyone wanting to start their own papercrafting independent business when you join our team.

So hang on tight and get ready to jump in and join the fun!

~The Jewels of Kingwood

Simply Affordable Organizing

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organizedivaWhile checking my email today, I stumbled across some great organizational storage options that I thought were worthy of sharing. One of my all time favorite sites is Consumer Crafts and they featured some excellent ideas to start you thinking about how to organize your workspace. Currently, they are having a great sale and if you got some money for Christmas, now is the time to look for ways to save some money and de-clutter your life with their storage containers. [Disclaimer: we do not receive any money or recognition for sharing the information from this supplier.]

Check out these great ideas and get more details by visiting their website at: http://www.consumercrafts.com/store/browse/catalog/storage?utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Storage&utm_campaign=2014January

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I have a rolling cart that I use all the time. Could not do without this great organizer when I am teaching or holding a workshop. This makes for easier transporting of all my supplies and tools.   

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The next site I found when doing our daily Pinterest search and update on our own boards. I could spend hours looking at all the neat ideas on Pinterest. To make it easier for our followers, we have our own business Pinterest account with boards loaded with pins to give you plenty of options for organizing and crafting. Visit and follow us on Pinterest at: http://www.pinterest.com/kingwoodjewels/

A unique site we think you will find worth your time is Buzz Feed DIY. The posts we found particular helpful focused on methods for organizing your kitchen. I was amazed at all the terrific ideas and know I will be trying out several in my own space.

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We would love to see what ideas you have found for organizing your life. Please feel free to leave your comments below and send us your photos of how you are organizing your life during the month of January. Send your photo images to: jewelsofkingwood@gmail.com

At the end of the month we hope to have enough photos from our followers to create a gallery page with all of your great organizational tips and methods.

Until tomorrow…

~ The Organizing Diva

The Pack Rat Reorganized…

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pack rat2Many years ago, one of my most favorite teachers, who also happened to be my art teacher, insisted on nick-naming me a “Pack Rat” because I never threw anything away. I would bring boxes and bags full of little bits and pieces of this and that to use for an art project and it wasn’t long until my cubicle area was full and overflowing with all the junk. Unfortunately, that trait has spilled over into my adult life and I find myself still collecting and saving all kinds of “trash” that I think I might use some day.

pack rat1Ever find yourself in a similar situation? …where to put everything while holding on to all those treasured tools and materials you use for all your creative endeavors. Since we decided to focus on organization for our January posts, this first installment will show off some of the finds that we have found and now use in our workspace. It took several years to come up with some of these solutions not to mention all the “going out of business” and yard sales we went to. And who doesn’t like to save money when it comes to organizing your life.

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There are so many options that can be used to get organized in any room. This solution for a craft workspace features a large pattern file cabinet, a large wooden workbench, storage cubicles, plastic shoe boxes, and plastic tool boxes and storage solutions with lots of drawers.

We found the pattern file cabinet at a fabric store that was going out of business, and removed some of the metal dividers inside drawers to make larger compartments for storing supplies and tools. Each drawer was labeled so we could easily locate supplies we were looking for. On top is a cardboard paper storage solution that we found at a school sale. This is great for keeping various weights of paper and cardstock separated, and each compartment can be labeled.

Next, we attended a huge college inventory auction sale where the school decided what they no longer needed. All items were so cheap that it was hard not to buy everything in sight so be careful when you go to these types of sales and choose wisely. We located 2- very large and VERY heavy wooden workbenches that had been used in the electronics workshop. Each workbench weighed well over 100 lbs.- probably closer to 200lbs even when disassembled. The units had carpeted tops, powerstrips that went from one end to the other, and shelves above the main work area to store tools and supplies. Each had a center console of locking drawers perfect for supplies or small equipment and tools. Thought I was in heaven when we ended up paying only $30 each for this wonderful finds! Remember however, in many cases, at an auction you are buying one lot of many items. And, if you are the winning bidder, the item is yours- you have to pay for it with cash and you must have some pre-arranged method for taking it with you.

Our great $30 wooden workbench is the perfect work surface for projects, metal smithing, soldering, sanding, or a variety of other tasks. This workbench was easily disassembled to move each part into place.It is perfect for a workspace in an office, a craft room, or out in the garage. The height of top is perfect for stacking large storage bins underneath.

Our great $30 wooden workbench is the perfect work surface for projects, metal smithing, soldering, sanding, or a variety of other tasks. This workbench was easily disassembled to move each part into place.It is perfect for a workspace in an office, a craft room, or out in the garage. The height of top is perfect for stacking large storage bins underneath.

Small Parts Storage Cabinet

Small parts storage units, sold at hardware or home stores, and of course- the big box stores, and sometimes even at a garage or rummage sale, are perfect for organizing beads, buttons, sewing supplies, art supplies, or whatever you need to have handy when busy working on a project. Don’t forget to label each drawer to make it easier to find something.

 

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Our great $30 wooden workbench is the perfect work surface for projects, metal smithing, soldering, sanding, or a variety of other tasks. This workbench was easily disassembled to move each part into place.It is perfect for a workspace in an office, a craft room, or out in the garage. The height of top is perfect for stacking large storage bins underneath.

Whatever organizing tasks you have decided to work on this month, we hope you are able to find innovative ways and recycling or repurposing items to help you on this journey. Enjoy the ride and have fun. Be creative and think outside the box- you never know what you might find that will be the perfect solution for your special space.

We would love to hear from you… please leave a comment or ask questions about your organizing needs. We will be glad to help you research a solution!

~ The Pack Rat Diva 🙂

Just 2 more days and counting…

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I can’t believe we only have 2 days and 35 minutes left until December 25th. So much to do and so little time left. Getting our new community up and running before the holiday hits was my main goal this past week and it looks like that is nearly done! YAY! I ❤ this time of year… even though we don’t have snow it has been chilly and the leaves have finally all fallen off the trees. Wonder if I will get a notice that my yard needs raking from the good ole’ HOA. Last week it was grass growing up in one crack in the driveway-lol

Well our nuggets and jewels have been few this week but I promise, after the new year, we will have plenty to share. If you are a blogger or creative person of just about anything, and would like to share in our community please leave us a comment or fill in the form on our contact page. We want to give others the opportunity to spread their nuggets of knowledge to our followers.

Feel free to like our pages and share us with others. We welcome your participation and look forward to your comments!     

~The Jewels of Kingwood

Running out of time…

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Hmmm… Saturday afternoon, December 21st… 3:11pm and here I sit trying to finish up gifts and cards for Christmas. The Wise Owl Storyteller managed to get the last of the Holiday Cards completed and sent off to everyone who ordered but now, we find ourselves in a pickle. NO more Christmas and Holiday papers to complete our own cards for family.

Have you found yourself in a similar situation? Well… time to improvise. Yep! Get out those embossing folders and rubber stamps, inks and colored pencils, ribbons, glitter, sequins and buttons, and get creative! Who says you have to have special papers in reds and greens to get this done?

Need some inspiration? Here are a few examples for those times when you have to get extra creative. Enjoy and hope we helped you complete those last minute card making sessions.

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Plain green or red copy paper works great with a few punched circles and a strip of embossed card stock. Leave the inside blank and write your own message.

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Use heavy cardstock or scrapbook paper- any color will do. Use a paper edge punch and create a decorative edge on one side. Cut a piece of white or a neutral color for the message area. Hand ink a branch and some ties, and your lettering. Add some colorful buttons for the ornaments and VOILA! Leave blank inside for your message.

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This card takes very little time but you will need die cuts or your own machine to cut your own. Use a simple background design embossed paper- use your embossing machine to make your background. Emboss or cut a scalloped edge, fold over the top of the embossed background and adhere it to the front of your 4″ x 8″ white card stock. Add hand lettering or a die cut set of words. Be creative and use what you have on hand for this quickie.

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This one is so easy and quick. Just cut a piece of white cardstock and fold in half to give you a 5″ X 7″ card. Use a winter or snow related emboss folder and create a simple background image. Add color if wanted by using fine line markers. Attach the embossed background to your card front using glue dots and you’re done. Stress free activity that even the kids can complete.

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Don’t have a color printer? No problems! Find some music clip art or scan and print a piece of holiday music. Make a 4″ x 8″ white card and cut your music images to fit. Find an angel image that looks old and vintage; there are plenty of FREE downloads on Pinterest for these types of images. Print in black and white. Cut out angel image, adhere to a colored piece of paper or cardstock. Use a pale colored ink pad and a small piece of felt to apply a light amount of inked color around the edges. Adhere all parts and complete with a bit of ribbon and a bow using whatever glue adhesive you use for card making or scrapbooking. Write your message inside.

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Cute as button is this adorable Snowman card. We used old buttons and a piece of ribbon for the scarf. Use a piece of cardstock for the card and fold in half. Use a white paint marker to hand letter the simple holiday greeting on the front. We used a black and white snowflake background image that you can find as a FREE printable on the Internet for the background. Attach all card elements using glue dots and then add your message inside.

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If all you have is white cardstock, try using a snowflake punch or a die-cutting machine to cut some snowflakes on the left and right flaps. Using light blue stamping ink, we gently added some color over the cut-outs so that some of the blue stenciled through to the inside of the card. Inside we added a bit of glitter glue in silver to the snowflakes, and finished it up with a rubber stamped message. Soooo easy!

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Finally, we wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from Texas! We used a simple 5″ x 7″ white cardstock card, made a die-cut using red for our Christmas Tree and in the middle used another cut for the shape of our state. Glued this tree in place, added a yellow die-cut star on top and finished the design using fine line markers for all the stitch lines and strand of lights. The Merry Christmas lettering was also done using die cuts but if you don’t have a machine to do this, just make a pattern and cut the tree from construction paper or cardstock. Hand letter the words using colorful markers. We left the inside blank so we could add our own personal message.