CTMH Magnolia Frame Kit

Good day, friends! If you haven’t seen the Magnolia Frame kit from CTMH, are you in for a treat! This kit is incredibly stunning!

It’s way bigger than I expected! Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. The shiplap sheet that fits inside the frame is 12×12 inches. The frame itself measures probably 16×16. I didn’t measure it, but it is quite large, which made my heart really happy. The frame itself is sturdy- it’s made from chipboard- but, it’s still light enough to hang on your wall with finishing nails. No need to anchor this puppy. The frame comes in two pieces. First is the chipboard portion of the frame, and secondly is the paper overlay of the frame. It’s double sided! Choose from a warm varnished wood look, or vintage whitewash look. (View the image above). You choose which side you like better!

There’s also a backing, which is chipboard, and it gives what you put inside a sturdy support. It’s also chipboard. It has two perforated holes on the back side to hang on your finishing nails. They pop out easily when you’re ready to hang your magnificent wall art.

Included in the kit is easy to follow instructions, along with tons of visual inspo! Wow, there are a variety of impressive ways to decorate your frame- there’s no limit to what you could do!

I used that inspo as a starting point, then gave the frame my own unique twist.

Before I go on, I should point out that the flowers, leaves and rose gold floral sprigs are all included in the kit. I’ve even got some left over! “Home” and “Love” are included, as well. You choose what your frame says! (You’ll be instructed to curl the flowers for dimension, and the leaves, for the same reason).

I chose to go with “Home”, and before I adhered it to the included shiplap base, I turned to my cricut, and cut the letter K (it’s about 8.5×8.5 inches). It’s hard to see, but I cut it from White Daisy card stock. Next, using American Typewriter font in bold, I cut est. 2009 for the year we got married. That’s cut from Black card stock. Using 3D pop dots, home got some dimension when I glued it to the backing. Everything else was attached with regular adhesive. (Note that the chipboard pieces are adhered together with Liquid Glass. I also attached the “wooden frame” with liquid Glass.

Are you in love with it yet?!

There’s a couple ways to snag your own kit. First, the traditional way- purchasing it! $39 gets you the whole kit. I should mention that this kit would make an incredible gift. Know someone getting married? Just moved into a new home? Had your first child or grand child? These are all fantastic reasons to get it! If more than one of these ideas applies to you, why not order a couple? If you do, the price drops from $39 each to $32.50 each.

Want three or more kits? Well, it’s a good thing you asked. The price drops even further when you want a bundle of Magnolia Frames. Yep, it drops to $26.50 each. What a great deal!

Still a little rich for your liking? No problem. There’s two ways you could earn the kit (just one, mind you) absolutely free. Consider hosting a Home Gathering with me. When your party total order $150 or more in sales, boom! You’ve just earned the frame free! Another option is joining my team. To make your start up kit completely your own, CTMH will throw the kit in, absolutely free; they’ll also give you $60 CTMH cash as a thank you for signing up, to use any way you wish. What a great way to customize your kit- and what a stunning start up kit it’ll be! The Magnolia Kit is the silver lining! You’re essentially getting roughly $80 in free product! Whoop!

Which way would you run with this? There’s so many great options to choose from! Here’s the fine details: this kit is available January 1-31, 2019 only. Beyond that, and you’ll be out of luck. Purchase as many kits as you like for $39 each- two or more drops to $32.50 each, three or more drops to $26.50 each. You could also earn it for free if you host a Home Gathering only in January, or join my team only in the month of January. Noticing a theme? January is key. In February, there’ll be all new promotions!

So, that’s a lot to absorb already, isn’t it? Between the Magnolia Kit and Something Fierce, could there be any more to tickle your fancy? Believe it or not, there is! I’ll be back again soon with January’s stamp of the month and another special promotion that solely belongs to January. Stay tuned!

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January is Coming!

Are you ready for a new month and a new year?! It’s coming at us so quickly, isn’t it? Wowza, where has the year gone?

I’ve began reflecting on the new year, and making a business plan. I’ve missed blogging as much as I used to. It fell behind because I was focused on my CTMH workshops and adding more of them to my calendar. Things on that front has slowed way down- not sure why- but rather than beating a dead horse, I chose to continue moving forward by doing other things until the tides turn again. Such as blogging. Hopefully I can strike a happy balance when it does turn again.

So, having said that, I’m once again renewing my efforts to inspire you, share CTMH with you, and maybe forge a friendship with you. That would be ideal! If you’d like to join me, please follow along! You’re about to see me much more than you used to 😊

In January, a new catalog is coming out, and with said catalog, new products. Yay!!! All kinds of new is happening in January! I’ve had the privilege of playing with some of the new product ahead of time, and I’m excited to share it all with you, even if you already have seen some of it (check out previous posts to see more Something Fierce artwork).

First up is Something Fierce. It’s the featured paper collection in January. Did you know that every month at CTMH a new paper collection is highlighted? It makes workshop planning easy, and purchasing (if you adore what you made at your workshop). It also gives us a way to focus on one thing at a time so we don’t get overwhelmed by all the pretty new items at once! (Especially now, since each new catalog will have all new product- very little, if anything at all, will carry over).

You’ve already seen some of my artwork in previous posts, but I’ve got two more layouts to share with you. One layout used up some of the scraps I had leftover from the paper packet I was given at the launch event I went to on December 2. Paper can sure go a long ways if you use it the right way!

Cut your paper into 2×3 and 3×4 squares, and you’re set! Until now, I hadn’t used any of the images from the cut away paper that’s included in the paper packet. They worked well to embellish this double page spread. It’s so cute! I’ll probably never know the gender of this particular dinosaur, but since the papers are mostly pink and yellow, I’d like to think it’s a female lol!

The other layout I created used up a couple sheets of retired patterned paper and White daisy card stock. I also utilized journaling cards, which rarely happens!

My shadow obstructs the paper tearing that’s also featured in this layout. If you enlarge the image, and look really closely, you’ll see a tone on tone effect where I added strips of paper torn white daisy card stock. I think it adds to the wild nature of my theme. I focused on keeping the color palette neutral, so you’ll find lots of Nutmeg, Fern and touches of Glacier throughout- not to mention white daisy. Can never have too much of that 😊

I also utilized my cricut to cut the dinosaur and title. Happily, I have some images that fits this theme, which always makes crafting easier. Unlike the first spread, I added stamping to the far right journaling card for added dimension.

Next up, which I’ll share in the next day or so (we’re joining Whitecourt’s protest convoy tomorrow. We fully support our oil and gas industry! It’s our way of life 💕), is the gorgeous Magnolia frame kit, which is January’s national paper crafting Month sales promotion. I put mine together last week, and it’s stunning! I want more! You’re going to fall in love with it too. Promise!

Thanks for joining me. I hope to see you again soon!

CTMH Something Fierce

There’s a fierce new collection from Close to my Heart that’s coming your way very, very soon! Its perfect for your dinosaur lovers, your paleontological road trips and vacations, or your sweet, frilly girls that are sweet and pink. There is something for everyone in this collection, and there’s some new surprises coming with it! Watch for it in January!

Lucky for you, I’ve got some fresh new layouts to share with you using this FUN and whimsical collection! I had the perfect pictures to use with it. Don’t you love when that happens? I personally feel that this collection was meant to be paired with these pictures, and the stars aligned at just the right time to bring them together! Way to go CTMH!! The only problem is, most of the paper (I got this paper packet early due to a CTMH launch event I was privileged to go to at the beginning of the month) was used to create a couple layouts from that event. I have to wait until my next order arrives so I can keep creating with it! Argh! That won’t be until early January (my next order goes in on the 31. Do you have anything to add? Comment below, and I’ll be sure to add you!)

Explore Something Fierce layout
Oh Snap dinosaur layout

There are a lot of patterns in this paper packet that are perfect for everyday girl or boy layouts (or cards!!), but there are a few that are saturated in the dinosaur theme. I wish I had more of that paper! I have a lot of pictures to get through, and I’ll need as much of it as possible to get them done! Typically, I’m more into the pinks, but this time around, it was refreshing to work with something totally different and out of my norm. Ever feel that way?

So, I mentioned that there’s some surprises in this paper packet. Actually, the surprises also apply to the entire collection. Are you interested in seeing what they are? I bet you are! They’re fun, I promise! But, first, how cute is this paper packet? Its some of the most adorable paper I’ve seen in a while! I just love that it works for both boys, girls, and vacations!! Woot!

The first change, or surprise, if you will, is in the paper in the paper packet. No longer are the days of journaling cards. The new thing is cut away paper! Personally, I will get more use out of the cut away paper, but I know that some people really liked the journaling cards. The good news is that there’s a pack of journaling cards that coordinates with this collection, and its available to purchase. Great news, right?!

So, the paper in the bottom right corner of the image above showcases the cut away paper. Isn’t it great?! If you’re not crazy about the cut away paper, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. The flip side of the cut away paper, which you see behind it in the image above, is that cute scallop paper, which you can use in your crafting instead. You still get two sheets of every pattern in the paper packets, so you can use one of each side, if you prefer! How great are all the patterns and colors here? As you can see, there’s really only two papers that have bold patterns in them, and only one that’s dinosaur saturated, and the rest are soft spoken, and great for everyday layouts of your loved ones if that’s what you prefer.

The next change that CTMH made to their collections comes in the form of their Complements. We’ve gotten used to seeing them in cute 6×6 inch sheets, and once again, I personally preferred them. But now, they are back to 6×12 inch sheets!

What do you think? Super adorable and totally cute, right? Well, I think so, and I hope that you do, too! Seriously, pictures on the computer don’t do these products any justice. Neither do my layouts. You need to see this stuff in person. Its bright, its happy, its whimsical and give me more. You’re going to find with all the collections coming out with the next catalog are going to blow your ever loving mind. Really. Close to my Heart blew it out of the park! Both the collections, and the artwork are phenomenal! You’re going to fall in love with errything. Imma buy it all in bulk (perk of being a consultant. Want to join? Lets talk!)

Speaking of the new catalog, you’ve got something like 11 days to stock up on our current product before 99.9999% of it retires along with the current catalog. There’s only one or two items that are coming to the new catalog, and the rest are new; so, no pressure, but get on it! 11 days only! No more waiting, the time is quickly running out. CTMH posted to their blog today 10 of their most popular items (that are retiring, mind you), and they’re freaking awesome! Check it out here. (I’ve got to get the Cricut cart. Oh. Emm. Gee.) If you’re like me, you’ll be sitting on pins and needles waiting on being able to get your new product ordered…my next order date can’t get here soon enough!

Join me again soon so I can share with you January’s card blitz cards! They’re cute and super simple to make! I’ll also have a list of the dates of other events I’m hosting through January. Hope to see you at one of them!

CTMH You Are Here

While most people are thinking of Christmas- both in their everyday and crafting lives, my attention has turned back to sunnier and much warmer days.

I love Christmas, and the warm fuzzies I get from spending time with my family, but I want to wear my flip flops again. I’ve had enough darkness and short days. Long live hot weather and longer daytimes!

But really. Christmas needs to happen before flip flop weather is allowed to return. (Anyone else feel like winter set in back in August??)

I sat down to Create today because the week ahead is full of extra curriculars that aren’t going to allow for much creating (or any). While I’m waiting ever so patiently (bahaha- patience is not my strong suit) for my next CTMH order to arrive, I’ve been enjoying doing my own scrapbooking. I’m at the point in our lives where we took summer vacation one year ago.

I never ever thought I’d catch up.

By catching up, I mean scrapbooking events that are so recent. I’m a bit dumbfounded. Last year, this moment seemed so far away. I was completely fine with that. The whole point of scrapbooking is to never “catch up”. Maybe I should back- track now, and start over from when our journey began (as in the dating days). Hmm. That always was my plan, if I ever came to this place known as catching up.

Anyways. I ordered the You Are Here cricut cartridge during one of our recent flash sales. You can’t go wrong with 50% off, amirite?! I decided to purchase the cart I thought I’d get the most use out of, and this one was it.

You have a choice of purchasing the standard Cricut cartridge for $115 CAD, or the new digital collection for $85 CAD. Either cartridge comes with the Stamp sets you see above.

They’ve come in so handy! This definitely was a good choice for me! I’ve made a couple layouts recently that use images off the cartridge, but I hadn’t made anything utilizing both the stamps and cartridge. Until today.

I’m not done yet, either. I still have the rest of our day trip to Drumheller to scrapbook! Many more layouts using these tools are still coming! But, not until Friday, at least. Stay tuned for those!

And, stay tuned for fresh new product! That’ll be coming very soon too!

CTMH Great Outdoors & True North

Good evening!

I sat down today to create (what else is new?) and I pulled out CTMH True North and Great Outdoors. Why did I wait so long to play with these kits?!

Both kits are mainly card stock (True North has some Grateful Heart patterned paper mixed in), which gives you free reign to mix and match whichever papers- from whichever collections- you’d like! Or, stretch your creative muscle, and make your own custom patterns!

I used up my very last sheet of the Hello Pumpkin paper packet (that amazing Buffalo Plaid), and paired it with some of the Seasonal Mix-Ins paper (which I hadn’t used as of yet, either) and card stock from the kit.

To complete this layout, I used stamps from both True North and Great Outdoors. As you can see, Great Outdoors would suit your hunter lovers perfectly. There’s Moose, a bear, Canadian Goose, Trout and more in the set! But, I really love the Buffalo Plaid here! 😍

In my True North Layout, I actually lifted the single layout that’s part of the instruction guide and expanded on it. I replicated our flag (vertically, not horizontally), and stamped the maple leaf in the white daisy portions on either side of the photo (in the original its red card stock). I also added a touch of Kraft because I think red and Kraft looks dynamite together!

Some of the stamping is different, also. I made this layout my own, and that’s totally ok! You can do the same. You’ll rock it, when you do. What’s inspired you lately? Don’t be afraid to create it and make it your own, too!

I’ve got another True North Layout on my desk, so stay tuned for that one, as well. It’ll be coming soon.

Both these collections are available right now to purchase from my website. To start shopping, visit my website here. After December 31, they’ll no longer be here! Don’t miss out!

CTMH Oh What Fun!

Hello friends!

After finishing up my Christmas cards today, I was inspired to create a layout with some of the leftover scraps on my desk. I used Oh What Fun- paper from the collection and the scrapbooking stamp set. This is what I came up with:

This layout is based on a card I made (awhile ago). Here it is:

This paper and stamp set are available for a short time before they go bye- bye! An all new catalog is coming, and it’s available to you on January 1, 2019. Are you excited?? I am! Lots of great stuff is coming your way!

I’ll be back soon with a catalog “unveil”. Stay tuned!

CTMH Days of December

Get into the holiday spirit with this fun photo prompt challenge! Related to CTMH’s Days of December collection (which I’m bringing to you as a workshop in January), the photo prompt challenge helps you memorialize the holidays by promoting you to take one photo per day using the suggestions in the graphic above. I’ve already started! Would you like to join? It’s free, simple to do (like, it literally takes less than 2 minutes out of your day) and will be a lot of fun! When you’re done, you’ll have 31 AMAZING pictures ready to be put into your albums! It’s a no-brainer.

Here’s day 1:

Where do you go to participate? Find my photo challenge group on Facebook, or participate with me on Instagram! (@theeverydayscrapbooker) I hope to see you there!