What I’ve been up to, in pictures. Enjoy!
What I’ve been up to, in pictures. Enjoy!
Have you been wondering what products I played with in yesterday’s post? Here I’ll give you the run down.
To start, I’m focusing on CTMH I Heart Us this month. Most, if not all, my artwork will primarily focus on that collection, or have guest appearances in the rest.
I generally stick to ordering the paper packet, which costs about $14 CAD, and the coordinating Complements (sticker sheets). They cost approximately $10 CAD. Then, depending what speaks to me, I’ll order either the card making stamp, the scrapbooking stamp, or both. See them all below.
It isn’t often I order both stamp sets, and when I do, it’s because I can see a use for them both. The scrapbook stamp set is $25 CAD, and the card stamp set is $20 CAD.
I’ve also been experimenting with Ranger Texture Paste. Did you know CTMH carries it now?! It’s new, and we love it! There’s three types to choose from- opaque matte, transparent matte and translucent gloss. In my recent artwork, I used the opaque matte paste.
The three different types of texture pastes are available in a three- pack, running you about $19 CAD; you can also purchase a slightly larger tub of the opaque matte paste- it’s $13 CAD. So, how do you apply it? You can purchase our Palette Knives (they come in a set of 4 different knives) for $9! That’s a fantastic price!
Lastly- and I do not have this yet- but, it is on my wish list, is our stencil sheets. Make your very own stencils using them! Think of all the options you’ve got with just one pack!
Soooo fabulous! I hope you try these items out. They’re easy to use, and there’s so many different ways to use them! To see some of them, join me over on Facebook- I’ll be sharing some tutorials in the near future over in my techniques group. You don’t want to miss out! Click this link to go there. See you soon!
Good cold, blustery day! Are you staying warm? We’re trying. You should see the ice build up in my back door. It’s insane!
These last couple days, I’ve been playing. In my haven. As much as time will allow. My kids are home- they took two snow days- both of which were a godsend. One of the twins developed pink eye. Ugh. These last two days, they’ve been enjoying Teachers Convention. Is it Monday yet? I love my kids, but mama needs some peace and quiet!
I’ve been playing with February’s spotlighted paper collection: I Heart Us. I’ve also been playing with texture paste. Guys. This chick, who stays inside her comfort zone, was brave enough to venture outside it for once. And, since that fateful day, I’ve brought it out every time I sat to play since then. Want to see?
Look at all the colors! That’s my favourite thing about this collection. Next, is the mix of patterns! I’ve just barely touched the tip of the iceberg in terms of this collection, so stay tuned. More is coming!
See what I made using texture paste:
I used a mixture of new stamp sets, too! You’ll find C1752 Know That I Care, S1902 Heartfelt Sentiments and Z4264 Budding Peony Stamp & Thin Cuts set.
Texture Paste is so fun! There is no reason to be afraid of it. It’s easy to use and there’s lots of ways to use it. Stay tuned for that, too! I’ll be back with images of each of the products I used tomorrow.
Well, that’s all for me today. I’ve got cinnamon buns in the oven, and I’d still like to play a bit today. Thanks for joining me!
February is right around the corner! Do you know what that means? New collections to play with, and new campaigns!
But first, have you seen what I created this month using Something Fierce? You may see some Heart Happy mixed in, too. See below:
I know, I know. I can hear you saying Something Fierce doesn’t expire until the Seasonal Expressions catalog expires. You’d be correct, but in the month of February, I’ll be focusing on I Heart Us instead. See the paper packet here. I’m placing my bulk order tomorrow, by noon MST. Get your orders to me before then if you’d like to add to it, and save on shipping!
The wait until my order is in my hands is going to literally kill me. I was already debating whether I should scrap the pictures that are next in my queue, or wait the week (Lord help me) until it arrives. #firstworldproblems #confessionsofamemorykeeper What are your thoughts?
In a few days (closer to a week, honestly) I’ll be moving on from playing with Something Fierce. The next collection I’ll be working on is I Heart Us. Here’s a peek:
But in the meantime, I have a couple more layouts to show you that’s made from the Something Fierce collection:
I also have another layout that mixed papers from Heart Happy and past, retired collections:
That’s all I’ve been up to lately! Scrap Your Stash was a huge hit. It was so fun, and a lot of prizes were handed out! We’re doing it again in February! Consider joining us- it’s open to everyone, CTMH consultant or not. Keep February 17-24 in mind. That’s when we’re diving into our stashes again 😊
I created a lot this month, but I just wanted to highlight hat I created with Heart Happy. Some layouts will have other CTMH papers mixed in, but I just wanted to give you a general idea of how it looks completed. FYI- I still have half the paper packet left! Being frugal in your crafting goes a long, long ways!
Stay tuned for more of that adorable polar bear…more about him coming soon!
Heart Happy is available until January 31, 2019. I am placing a bulk buy order on the 31, so if you’d like this kit for yourself, let me know! You can also order it online yourself at teds.closetomyheart.ca. If you’re in Canada, I can help you with your order. If not, there’s a consultant locator on my website. It’ll help you find the CTMH consultant nearest you- and she can help you order it!
Good afternoon, friends!
Scrap Your Stash is in full swing, and prizes are flying out the door. We’re having a lot of fun! You should think about joining in- there’s three days left. Join us again in February (17-24) for more creative fun. It’s official- there’s an event! And a group!
Here’s some of what’s been created. (All artwork is mine; you’ll have to join the group to see everyone else’s incredible artwork).
Some great prizes have been won, as well, with more being given away tomorrow and the rest of the week. Want to win some fab swag? Visit the links above!
Anyway, I hope I succeeded in enticing you to join the fun. It’s open to everyone. This event is completely online, and we’re not picky about who joins or where you’re from. Just come out and work through your craft stash. Use up those scraps! It all ends at 11:59 pm MST on the 28th. Be there or be square 😊
I took a break from playing with Heart Happy to create a double page layout using some retired papers and a totally new- to- me product. This particular product will be featured in a FB live sometime soon, so stay tuned! (If you’re not already a member there, visit my techniques group on Facebook here.)
Here’s a peek of the new product I used:
More on that later. 😊
Here’s the rest of the story:
I cut Fresh Air and Documented patterned papers into strips, then arranged them horizontally on my Almond base. (I only used side B of Documented, because side A didn’t coordinate very well!)
I ventured way out of my comfort zone, and created two embellishment clusters with brads.
Remember those?! When was the last time you used one? Think hard! I don’t remember when I used them last. It’s been ages since I even attempted them! I broke out really old CTMH embellishments, and brads that I’m sure I’ve had since I started scrapbooking. (Some were gifted to me from my sister and a very dear friend, too).
Using brads and the tools you need to create with them will be featured in another Facebook live in the near future, too. Join me in my techniques group to learn more, especially if you’ve never used them before! (I’m not even sure they’re available in scrapbook stores, anymore either).
Speaking of my techniques group, there’s a challenge happening over there that you should participate in. All you need to do is create a layout using spray ink, share it in the group (it’s an announcement at the top of the wall), and you’ll be entered to win a CTMH prize! How fun! If you’d like to participate, head over there now. The challenge ends on Saturday- two days away! (Scroll up a bit to find the link).
Thanks for visiting! See you again soon!
I have a couple more layouts to share with you today- both were created using CTMH Heart Happy.
First, a little crafting tip. To stretch your papers, making them last forever, trim them into strips of varying widths and lengths to create a visually rich design that’s full of texture! See this design principle in action below:
In the layout above, I paired stamping from D1815 Bunches of Love to create the splatter effect along the bottom and top right of the layout in Sapphire, Raspberry and Mint ink. I also added cricut die cut hearts in coordinating colors for a tone on tone look.
Don’t forget, the Heart Happy paper packet is available this month only, meaning it expires January 31! If you love this collection as much as I do, may I suggest ordering it before it’s too late?! You can order it online from my CTMH website. Follow this link to get there!
My order has finally arrived! It came yesterday, and I’ve already played with my new goodies. I’m on the ball this time. It feels so good!
I could not wait to play with Heart Happy, which was the most important item in my order. December and January’s stamp of the months, too. That’ll be coming soon.
Today, I want to introduce you to Heart Happy. There are a variety of options to purchase this workshop. You choose what jives with you the most! Visit my website to see all the ways this kit is available!
I chose the workshop kit. For $54, you get a lot of goodness for the price it is. Shimmer trim, silver glitter dots, card stock, patterned paper, 10 card bases and envelopes, stickers and the stamp set is all included with this option. It’s regularly over $70! Yep, so you’re getting it at 25% off. Lucky you! The creativity and inspiration- it has no limit.
Here’s the first layout I made using it:
What a fantastic way to show off all the colors, patterns and texture in the kit! I’m all 😍 over this layout. My original inspiration came from Pinterest (go Pinterest!!)
All I did to create this layout, is trim zip strips and strips from all the patterned paper to 0.5×5 inches, and adhered them in an irregular pattern along the top of the layout base. So simple!
Next, using the coordinating stamp set, I used some of the words in the set, to create word boxes around my photo. It’s not easy to see in the photo, but I stamped the words in the same color ink as the card stock, for a tone on tone look. To embellish, I added Bashful pearls, mint enamel dots and black enamel dots.
Lastly, I created the title using the coordinating stamp set, and created the border along the bottom of the layout base with mint and Ballerina ink.
I hope you enjoyed today’s layout! Stay tuned for more, coming soon!