November Card Workshop

Have I shared with you November’s card workshop yet? No?

This workshop is all about Christmas, and I enjoyed creating cards for it so much that I decided to carry it over to December’s workshop too!

Have a look at what we’ll be creating:

The last two cards, as well as the card with the die cut stocking tag, were all created using the super cute and happy Oh What Fun! papers from CTMH. I liked this collection so much that my personal Christmas cards are going to be replicas of those last two cards. Combined with that super sweet Ugly Christmas Sweater stamp set, and my heart is smiling.

What do you think?! Aren’t they so fun?! Here’s the workshop details:

Whitecourt Days Inn

November 18 @ 1-1:45 pm

Please remember to bring scissors, adhesive, pencil, journaling pen, and straight edge ruler. You may need them for your cards. Everything else is provided, should you need them. As always, please do not bring extra supplies home with you to create at a later time.

I hope to see you there! The registration deadline is November 1!


CTMH Grateful Heart Workshop

Hello, friends!

I’m so excited to announce December’s Grateful Heart Scrapbook Workshop! I enjoyed creating with this paper so much, there’s 7 layouts to create using it!

One of the layouts I created (the single page one, specifically) was inspired by one of the images CTMH shared. Since I’d already used the patterned paper the original showcased, I went in my own direction!

The rest are from sketches I found online. See the full layouts below.

Instructions are available for a small fee. If you’d like to create these on your own, you can! Purchase the materials needed to create these layouts (below) and you’ll get it free. If you want to thin out your own stash, that’s cool too! If you’d still like my workshop instructions to use as inspiration, they can be emailed to you in PDF format for $15 CAD.

What CTMH products did I use? All the products came from the Grateful Heart collection. Specifically, you’ll need:

X7237B Grateful Heart Paper packet

X7237C Grateful Heart Complements

X7237D Grateful Heart coordinating card stock

If you order CTMH Grateful Heart before October is out, you can also get the Stamp of the Month, S1810 Thanks & Giving, for $6 when a $50 order is placed. (These items add up to $40, so you’re nearly there if you want the sotm)! If you don’t want this particular sotm, don’t fret. Grateful Heart is available until the end of December! There’s still time to purchase it 😊 Definitely check out November’s Stamp of the Month, you may like that one, instead! Every month, there’s a new one!

October is nearly over, so you’ll want to get on this if you want to participate!

Are you a regular customer of mine? (Regular means you’ve attended more than three of my events or placed three or more orders on my website). If you fill either of these criteria, you’re eligible to download my instructions absolutely FREE! You will then be part of my VIP group on Facebook. They’re all listed there! Not a member yet? Private message me to be added!

Lightbulb 💡 Moment

I have a new workshop idea that I wanted to run past you. I think it’s smart, and I hope you think so, too! Let me know, either via the poll I created on my Facebook business page, or the comments at the bottom 👇🏻 of this blog post.

I hear from a lot of people that they’re not keen to buy new products (in this case CTMH) because they have such a large craft stash. We can all relate, right? If you’re not a consultant that’s geared to selling and purging product on a regular basis, all those stamps, papers and embellishments is going to pile up rather quickly. Got a favourite paper? You’re going to hoard it because it’s hard to let it go. Been there, done that.

Funds are tight, as well, so why would we shell out more money if we already own a lot of the same thing? Most companies produce similar products around the same time, generally. Those ideas eventually get recycled, too, and if you haven’t used up that product by the time it’s popular again, you’re less prone to buy it a second time. Unless it’s a new, cutting edge item that’s never been seen before, we’re likely to hold off purchasing.

I get it.

My goal, in addition to selling products from CTMH, is to also inspire. I’m not just selling a product, I’m also selling an idea, technique, inspiration. If I’m a good business woman, I’ll listen to my customers and meet their needs where they’re at, and inspire them with more than just pretty, new products.

Another consultant is experiencing the same thing, and we’ve been discussing this in one of the CTMH Facebook forums I’m in. It inspired me, because a customer of mine commented on this very topic just the other day. I hadn’t thought much about it until I saw that Facebook post. It got me thinking and inspired me.

I’d like to offer a “Use Up Your Stash” recurring monthly event. The main requirement to participate in this event (aside from an entrance fee to hold your seat) is bringing your own stash to create with. I’ll provide ink, stamps, tools, card/layout bases (cardstock) and patterns for everyone to use (if wanted/needed). Want to use your own ink, stamps, tools, embellishments, etc? Bring it all! You will not be expected or required to purchase anything from my website (of course, you’re always welcome to), but this type of event is a no frills, relaxed, let loose and have fun kind of event. We all have a stash, of some sort, and we all think it would be nice to make a dent in it. Me included. #amiright

So, lets meet in the middle- I’ll help you succeed in using up your stash and you help me succeed in “selling” inspiration to you.

On board? Comment below, or visit my poll on Facebook!

Happy Anniversary, CTMH!

Calling ALL Canadians! Check it out!!

***Just announced***

Shut the front door, folks! For the next 11 days only- from today until October 31, 2018- receive one of the new Canadian celebration bundles ABSOLUTELY FREE when you join my team! This is SUCH great incentive- it’s above and beyond what you’ll already get for signing up! What is that, you ask? Here’s just a couple things:

– Holiday Sparkle kit

– 22% base commission

– $60 shopping spree

And, I’ll throw in a paper packet OF YOUR CHOICE absolutely FREE!

Remember, this particular deal is available ONLY for the next 11 days, and ONLY to Canadian residents! Message me now if you’ve been thinking about joining my creative team!

Today makes 15 years that Close to My Heart cane to Canada, and we want to celebrate with you! I want to celebrate with you! Please consider joining my team and sharing this wonderful thing called memory keeping with those around you. Help us continue to grow this amazing company here in the Great White North by joining my team, or a consultants’ nearest you. There is no better time, honestly!!

CTMH Grateful Heart

Have you seen the featured paper collection for the month of October yet?

Oh my gosh, it’s perfect for all your Pumpkin Spice everything, sweater and boot wearing weather, fall Thanksgiving pictures!

Have a look:

The colors and patterns are perfect for your fall themed photos and the layouts you create with it will look amazing in your scrapbook album!

This is what I’ve created with it (so far):

And this layout inspires me:

(This Layout is property of CTMH; it is not my own artwork).

It’s so pretty, though, that I want to scraplift it.

If you’d like to create layouts like this, all you have to do is visit my website and search for Grateful Heart. Purchase the paper and embellishments separately (as seen above), or in a workshop (it’s all in one neat bundle, including a cutting guide and instructions for putting the layouts together!!) CTMH has got you totally covered!

There is one more option that may appeal to you. In December’s Layout Workshop, we’ll be using this collection to create 5 scrapbook layouts. We’ll use select products from within this range to complete them. There’ll be an event in Edmonton (December 10, 2018) and another here in Whitecourt (December 16, 2018). Mark the date on your calendar if you’re in either of those areas. The fee is $40 (to order the necessary items from my website that we’ll need) and that price INCLUDES the registration fee! Woot! Contact me by commenting below if you’d like to register! (There’s still time; the deadline is later in November). Come on out and have some fun!

Are you into stamping? Well, you’re in luck. There’s two stamp sets that coordinates with this collection. There’s a card making set for those avid card makers, and a scrapbooking stamp set. See them below.

(Scrapbooking set)

(Card making set)

I bet you’ll want the set now!

To order your very own set, you can visit my website here.

Stay tuned for more artwork using this warm and beautiful collection. I can’t wait to play some more with it!

How to Emboss Paper With a Cuttlebug

Yes, I admit it’s been awhile since I posted. I’m feeling off because of this:

This was my craft room, and soon will be again, but not soon enough! I’ve been without my room for 1.5 months, and I’m itching to get back into it and my regular routine! I genuinely miss it! All that’s left is baseboards and a final clean/inspection by the restoration company. My husband tells me before the week is out. My fingers are crossed! 🤞

Doesn’t it look good, though?! Eep!

The last step is adding my dream desk, but I’ve got to wait until after Christmas (it’s a custom build). I wish it could’ve been done with the rest of my room, but oh well. Good things come to those that wait.


Have you ever dry embossed on your projects? Do you even know what it is? (See below).

Isn’t it so pretty?!

Its really easy to achieve, too. All you need is a Cuttlebug, BigShot or your favourite embossing machine. I use the Cuttlebug (it’s ancient, by the way). They are much nicer looking nowadays.

A Cuttlebug runs in price about $100 CAD, and you can find it on Amazon, Provo-craft (Cricut), Michael’s, Walmart, your LSS and even Close to My Heart! The BigShot is slightly more expensive at $115+ CAD. They both work the same, though.

Embossing plates (B, C, D and the self healing plate) should be included with your Cuttlebug. I can’t say the same for the BigShot, since I don’t own one.

Where can you find embossing folders? You’ll find them in all the places mentioned above, and they come in differing sizes and patterns, too. The ones CTMH carries are generally 5×7 inches, while the others are standard A2, or 4×6 inches. They come in different brands, too- Tim holtz, Anna Griffin, Cricut and more! (CTMH is strictly CTMH).

The process is very, very simple. I’ll take you through it step by step below, but if you want quick and easy, follow this link to my Try it Out Facebook group. A Facebook live video is posted there for your viewing pleasure 😊 You’ll need to request permission to join, first. Just a friendly heads up! If you’d rather not watch it, read on!

How to Dry Emboss using (CTMH) embossing folders

You will need:

card stock, paper trimmer (if you need to cut your card stock down, first), both B plates, self healing plate (the white one), Cuttlebug, embossing folder

1. Trim card stock to any size you want (so it fits neatly inside the embossing folder)

2. Place card stock inside the embossing folder (it opens like a book)

3. Sandwich the embossing folder (closed) between both B plates; place those on top of the white self-healing plate

4. Place the entire bundle on the Cuttlebug tray and feed the plates through using the handle. You only need to run it through once

5. Remove from the Cuttlebug, then remove card stock from the folder

6. Admire your perfectly, beautifully embossed card stock

Essentially, the Cuttlebug uses pressure to create a raised image in the paper when it’s passed through the machine. Flip the card stock over, and you’ll notice the reverse side will have a depressed image. Use either side in your projects!

The feet on the Cuttlebug has rubber soles, so when the machine is opened and ready for embossing, it stays firmly in place so it doesn’t slide around while you’re working. Make sure your work surface is clean and clutter free to avoid any accidents from occurring.

How would you use embossed paper? Would you try this tool out? Leave a comment below!