Friends Make the Best Accessory

I’ve got a couple personal layouts to share with you today. I’ve also started working (like a mad woman!!) on cards for my upcoming card buffet (September), and a special class I’m teaching on August 9 at the Chateau Lac St. Anne lodge. (Sorry, it’s for the residents there, only).

It’s been so hot, the best place to be the last couple days is in my haven! Can’t complain about that! My poor albums have a hard time keeping up with me!

Both these layouts were created using the same collection. Yes, you guessed it- Documented! I love it’s versatility- any theme goes with it. The top layout is about my daughter and the bottom layout is about our pup. And, they both work incredibly well with the photos (which I’m leaving out for privacy reasons. And because I have photo mats and I may as well use them πŸ˜‰)

What do you love most about this collection? For me, it’s the colors. They bring comfort and warmth, intensity and richness. I love it! Honestly, some of them I wouldn’t think to pair together, either- like Saffron and Bashful. Yet, they coordinate beautifully! Others are just no brainers, like Saffron and Eggplant. Yummy.

There’s still time to purchase this collection, and the gorgeous complements and wood veneer that coordinates with it. August 31, 2018 is the deadline!

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September Hostess Club Unveil!

I’m so excited to introduce September’s Hostess Rewards Club projects- in its entirety! I may have shared one of the layouts, already. I’m also including some close ups! Ready?!

Aren’t they just so pretty?! I used select products from the CTMH Documented range to complete all six (three double page) layouts. There are some extras that guests will need to bring (your own white daisy + bashful card stock). Anything that’s needed (ink and tools, for example) I’ll provide.

So, set aside an afternoon and spend it with me crafting your heart out. Bring your friends and take turns being the hostess- and earn free CTMH products! While you’re at it, maybe learn a new technique or two, as well! This workshop also incorporates some fussy cutting and paper inking. Know what those are? No? That’s your incentive to join me! I’ll show you what they are and how to do them!

The fun starts on September 8 at the Whitecourt Days Inn. If you’re local to the area, come on out!

July CTMH SOTM

This layout makes my heart go pitter- patter.

Bright colors make me so happy. When it jives it makes me even happier. I paired Raspberry card stock with some retired Whimsy patterned papers for this sweet layout about a homework assignment the twins brought home. It included Flat Stanley. I have space for journaling, but I’m leaving it blank right now because I need a few important details from the twins. (Mainly, what the homework assignment was, lol). It’s so important to record the details- big or little- and this is why! My memory sucks!

I used two different stamp sets in this layout too, but you’ll have to look hard to see the second one. Central Park is easy to spot- it’s the houses and title; July’s stamp of the month is harder to spot because it’s in one small area of the layout. The arrow in the upper left of page 1, with home stamped in it is from the SOTM. Check out this layout:

The SOTM is all over the place in this one. It’s perfect for a ton of different layout themes- from work to birthdays to concerts to even your pets. What’s not to love about this stamp set?!

The SOTM is only available until the end of July, so it’s for a limited time. It’s yours for $23 CAD when you order from my website. If that order reaches $50 total (or more), our gift to you is dropping the SOTM price to just $6 CAD. This is such a great deal. A lot of people love getting it at a discounted price; I know you will too. (I think I’ll be hanging onto this stamp set for awhile. It’s so versatile, I can see it being useful for lots of things). If you agree (even if you don’t), you’ll find it very useful. You should buy it. Don’t miss out!

CTMH Playtime

My kids are at a day camp this week, which means I get some glorious downtime to myself! I played, of course. Here’s what I made:

Have you noticed? No stamping! I realized it only after I started my third layout of the day. That one will have stamping in it, but this one, and the next one I’ll show you, is strictly paper and stickers. How refreshing! By the way, how delicious is the burlap paper? It almost looks real. I love the texture it adds!

There’s two journaling cards in this layout, but one is all cut up. I wanted to use the balloon, but didn’t want the 3×4 it was printed on. Solution? Fussy cut it out!

The next layout is two pages. There are kids in it (and the one above, actually), so I’m leaving them out and just sharing the sneak peeks. There’s no stamping here, either, but there is lots of cricut die cuts, Fresh Air complements and some stickers. The rose gold really pops off the page. I also found Chelsea Gardens pairs really nicely with Documented. This colour scheme is to die for!

CTMH Documented

So, I’ve started playing with CTMH Documented in the last couple days, and I figured I should properly introduce it! Especially since you might want it for your own after I’m done.

This paper is so elegant and rich, it’ll work for both guy and gal layouts. Cards too, of course. (I have a welcome home card to make. I may pair this paper with the Central Park card stamp set to create something warm and inviting). Watch for it!

Here’s what I’ve made with the bulk paper pack:

You saw this one yesterday. I’m so proud of it, I’m sharing it again πŸ˜ƒ

A couple close ups.

I placed an order last night for the Documented paper packet (I was going to wait until August, but since I’ve turned the first layout, above, into a workshop, I needed it sooner rather than later!) Since I don’t have any of the other papers from the collection yet, I used up some of the scraps I’ve got lying around to complete this layout. (That yellow patterned paper is from Beautiful Friendship, the moon and star are from Stargazer, and the tiny floral sequins and glitter dot are both from the Make Waves Complements). And, you’ll notice that I inked some elements in this project, too.

Simple, but oh so elegant!

More projects are coming, so stay tuned!

Curious to know what the paper packet and complements look like? See them below:

The prices are listed there for your convenience, too. This collection is available only until August 31, then a new catalog- with beautiful, vibrant, and new products- will take its place! I don’t have my copy of it yet, but I will soon! Join me for a Facebook live catalog walk through when I do get it. I’ll make sure to keep you posted here so you don’t miss out 😊

To order, you can visit my website here.

Hostess Rewards Group Workshop

Introducing the all new Hostess Rewards group I’ve created for my scrapbooking friends. Place an order each month, join me for an afternoon of scrapbooking (we’re making 2-3 double page layouts), and earn free product in your very own hostess month! Sounds like fun, right?! My customers think so πŸ˜ƒ I hope you do, too!

Here’s one of the projects we’re making. I’m still putting together the other projects. Enjoy!

We’ll be playing with select products from the Documented range at September’s Hostess Group workshop. $40 will cover the products you need to make all our projects. Walk away with four to six layouts to add to your album or to give family members as gifts. Earn free products when it’s your turn to play Hostess!

I’ll be back again soon with the rest of our layouts!

Try It Out Tuesday Virtual Classroom

Ever experimented with inking? Do you know what it is, or how to do it? If you answered no to any of those questions, consider joining me on August 8 at 1 pm mst on Facebook. I’m hosting my first ever virtual class, and we’re tackling this very simple and stunning technique. We’ll create a couple projects together, then I’ll turn you loose to try it out on your own!

A small order is required, but ONLY if you do not own the tools needed for this particular technique. What would those tools be? Easy!

Sponge daubers. They come in packs of three from CTMH and cost $7.75 for the pack. They also come in a handy value pack of 12, and cost $24.25. View each below.

Regular pack

Value pack

Ink. For the two projects, in particular, that we’re creating, you’ll need CTMH Pewter ink if you don’t currently own it. All ink pads at CTMH are $10.25, and come in a wide range of hues. See this particular ink below.

Pewter Exclusive Ink

What are we creating? Two simple projects: one 4.25×5.5 inch card, and one double page layout. Each project features inking, though the layout will be more inking- intensive. (Meaning there’s much more inked elements in it.)

The theme for each of your projects is up to you, as is the papers you use. However, if you add the Fresh Air paper packet and Documented cardmaking stamp to your order, I’ll give you $5 CTMH cash as a thank you gift!

Fresh Air Paper Packet

Documented Card Stamp Set

Of course, you’ll use your own basic tools and embellishments to complete the projects.

Are you in? I hope so! Facebook is where all the fun will be taking place! Follow this link to find the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725464440894815/?ti=icl

If you’d like to be added to my Facebook group (its a closed group so you’ll need to request to be added), search Try It Out Tuesday With TEDS. Click Join if you’d like to learn more! I hope to see you there!

CTMH STAMPAGANZA!!

July at Close to My Heart is reserved for the biggest stamp sale of the year. Stampaganza is a great time to stock up on all your favourite stamps. For every two stamps you purchase, you’ll get the third (of equal or lesser value) absolutely free! Which ones have you been eyeing? Now’s the time to get them!

Can we just take a moment to soak in the fact that it’s July already?! We’re three days into the month, and it didn’t make sense to me until I saw the flyer for this month’s stamp sale. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock the last couple days! They all ran into each other. (Lying around, not doing anything, must be why.)

Kick off your month with an epic stamp sale. Choose any size stamps you’d like- they’re all up for grabs. Great deal, right?! Buy E size stamp sets and get one for free (they’re our largest), or swap out the third E size stamp set for your fave D or A stamp set (our smallest stamp sets).

Host a Home Gathering, and rake in the free goodies! In addition to your hostess rewards, you’ll save on stamp sets with this sale.

Get your shop on with me! This offer expires July 31, 2018. I’d love to help enable your crafting obsession πŸ˜‰ Message me to start your shopping experience!