February + CTMH I Heart Us

Have I really only posted twice this month? Oh, that’s no good. Luckily, I have a lot to share with you! I Heart Us has become an intense favourite of mine, and I wanted to share with you everything I’ve made with it. The best part is that I’ve only used half the paper packet. Yes, only half of it! I’m become quite the master of stretching my paper. You’ll see what I mean below.

Twelve projects, most of which are layouts. And, I’m not done yet! The month is not over- there’s still another week to go before I change gears and focus on CTMH So Much Happy. How much more can I create using it? I guess we’ll find out!

The two chipboard monograms that you saw in the photo above- those are for my daughters, who are celebrating their 9th birthday tomorrow! They’re going to love them- I hope! I’ll share another post about them in the near future. I enjoyed making them so much, that I’m looking for another excuse to order more! I want to make something for my craft haven, but I don’t know what yet. My name? My business name? A crafty phrase? (Create is out. I’ve got a beautiful sign that my BFF gave me for my birthday with that phrase on it.) Its got to be something else. FYI- they come in every letter of the alphabet, as well as all the numbers and some symbols. There’s a lot of options!

Each of the layouts above showcase different crafting techniques, such as Texture Paste, spritzing spray ink into the background, watercoloring using water color paints and ink (yes, its possible!!), colouring with shimmer pens and Shin Han markers, regular old stamping, and creating die cuts with the cricut. My projects have run the gamut this month! And, I keep returning to how much I love the vibrance and bright colors of I Heart Us. Its literally the best thing about this paper packet (especially the bold striped rainbow paper. I can’t get enough of it!)

Thanks for dropping in! See you again soon!


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!!

You’re Invited Make Waves Invitations

The twins’ birthday is coming up, so I’m between planning workshops and a few other miscellaneous projects, I made time to create their birthday invitations.

Simple and straight forward is best when you’re creating cards in bulk. They’ve also got to be cute, too, though. Can’t forget that.

They’re birthday invitations are perfect for them, because the paper I used is in their favorite colours. Have a look:

I used side B of the Make Waves Paper; it isn’t often I find patterned paper in purple, so this is perfect! Anyone else find this, too?

I also used the Make Waves Stamp scrapbooking set. Instead of using the gorgeous mermaid stamp (she’s really popular, I’ve noticed), I used the scallop and little starfish stamps.

On the reverse side, I included all the important information. I’ll mail these and send them to school with the twins the first week of February. I personally dislike getting invitations the week of or days before a birthday. Last minute does not work for me! I understand it happens, but I try to stay organized.

CTMH StarGazer Gift Tags

I had the pleasure of giving this gift to a dear friend for her birthday. It was a bit late, but its better than never. I used the “B” side of the Stargazer paper- which is coming out in January, along with Make Waves and Chelsea Gardens. I hadn’t intended to use this paper quite yet, but the occasion called for it. And, for something different, it isn’t a card or scrapbook layout!

The original idea came from Pinterest (thank goodness for Pinterest!!); the glass jars, double bubbles, hershey kisses and lollipops all came from the Dollarama (sorry my secret is out), but I made the tags. The zip strips are from the Cats & Bats collection. I haven’t shared it here until recently because I was waiting to use it for my kid-friendly valentines workshop in February. I discovered after making the sample that I won’t have near enough zip strips for the border, so I’m swapping it for scraps of the patterned paper. (This collection is being retired at the end of this month. If you wanted it.)

I cut the tags with my Cricut, as well as the number 40. I wrote blows, can kiss it, and sucks beside the number. Lastly, I secured the tag with black twine after the jars were filled  with candy. Another little secret- there may or may not be exactly forty of each candy in the jar…there may be a little less because they wouldn’t all fit!

Stargazer. This paper obviously works for more than just little boy layouts, and layouts about the night sky. It can work for gift tags, too! Here’s a peek of the entire collection:

When I saw this collection, I couldn’t help but think of A. She loves science, and told me recently she wants a telescope so she can star gaze. Uh, hello! Match made in heaven! Also, she loves the whole collection so much, I promised I’d order it for her birthday in February. She needs to chill with her Papa for a bit…he has a telescope and likes to star gaze, too. I think he’d really enjoy that.

Look at that! Stargazer isn’t just for boys or gift tags, its also for little girls that want to look at the stars and loves science! Do you know any little girls like that? The only problem is, we all have to wait until January 1 to order it! Can you wait until then? If you can (even if you can’t), you can visit my website (at the bottom of each of the pictures above). Shop and make a wish list. Maybe have a peek at the Going Soon list, as well. Maybe tell your husband what “he” ordered for your Christmas present. (Wink, wink).

Stay tuned for more inspiration! Thanks for visiting.

Hurray For You Card

Hello! What a miserable afternoon it is! There are weather advisories for my area…hubs is headed outside of town at 2 am tomorrow morning, and I worry it’s going to be slick with all the snow and freezing rain there is around me. If any of you’s have to go out, be extra careful!

For a change, here’s a card I made awhile back to beef up my birthday card stash. I was running low and needed more. This card is super simple to make and is a fantabulous way to use up scrap papers. 

Begin by trimming your papers to 0.5 inches wide. Arrange them how you like, then glue them down. Stamp yoyr message on scrap cardstock, trim to size and punch the corners. Add stars (die cut or ephemera), and you’re done! Quick, easy and super cute, to boot!

This birthday card I found on Pinterest inspired my set of cards. (I made a total of 5).

Happy Birthday


Today’s layout is also from the twins’ cousins’ first birthday party. I created my layout using a Basic Grey sketch that I found on Pinterest.

I used a mixture of CTMH Urban and Scaredy Cat papers. Scrap papers out of my scrap pile also made sneak appearances here.

To embellish, I cut the lion and monkey- as well as the title- with my cricut. If you look closely, you’ll see lions, monkeys and other safari animals in their highchairs and other pieces of furniture!

Pool Party

This week is just whizzing by, isn’t it?

I have another layout to share today- a double page birthday themed layout. It wasn’t my twins’ birthday, but their cousins’. Two of their cousins are twins, just like mine are! The only difference is they’re a year younger!


Some of the games at the party included this kiddie pool full of rubber ducks and little fishing rods.  It was one of the twins’ most favorite activities at their cousins’ birthday party! The bouncy house was the next favorite.

I used a mixture of products from a variety of manufacturers; most of my embellishments were cut with my cricut. The little journaling card on the right page is Echo Park. CTMH also made a sneak appearance with a bit of stamping.

Thanks for dropping by! See you again soon!

CTMH Celebrate With Cake

Good morning! Welcome to Monday AND to National Scrapbooking week! Are you participating in any crops or NSD events and activities?

Scrapbook Generation is hosting a week long online crop- starting today! Find them online and on Facebook under the name SG Scrap Squad. There’s something that’ll appeal to everyone!


Sometimes, you can find scrapbooking supplies in the most unexpected places. The papers that I used in today’s layout cane from a liquidation store, years ago. I just now decided to use it. Aren’t they pretty?! I love the contrast of the floral paper from the gingham.

I combined those papers with Aprils’ CTMH Stamp of the Month- Life in Pictures. It’s full of vintage and fun camera stamps, as well as theme-fitting quotes and phrases. That adorable Polaroid is also part of it! (I used a pop-dot behind the camera to create a bit of depth).

Since we’re embarking on a new month, there is a new stamp of the month. This one is delicious- it’s full of cakes and cake slices. Perfect for every birthday and special occasion that requires cake!


This D size set retails for $21 CAD, but it can be yours when you make an order of $50. It can be anything- there’s no purchasing requirements to receive this beautiful stamp set. To sweeten the deal, combine your order with some friends and save on shipping costs!

The easiest way to place an order is on my website. You can do it anywhere- while you’re on the go, or from the comfort of your own home. Visit my website here.

Thanks for dropping by! I’ll be back again real soon with more layouts!

@36 Using CTMH Urban

Hey there! I’m sneaking in quickly while hubs catches some zees.

Want to see another layout?

Sure you do!

This layout was made almost exclusively with Close to My Heart’s Urban patterned paper. This paper is perfect for more masculine projects- it’s got a subtle blueprint graphic printed on the dark Teal portion of the paper (side A), while side B sports a Diamond Plate pattern. The colors are quite masculine, too. I love the rich hues on both sides of the paper.

I don’t have it pinned,  but I’m fairly certain I used Kelly Klapsteins’ last double the fun sketch to create my layout- a double page spread.


Yep. It isn’t often I scrapbook double page layouts. When I do, the occasion usually calls for it.

To begin, I layered large alpha die cuts on top of CTMH Peacock cardstock, which coordinates beautifully with Urban. From there, I layered Whisper cardstock and strips of varying widths of Urban patterned paper. I punched the one strip using the arrow border punch (also CTMH).

The journaling card came from a Jillibean Soup collection, while the rest of the embellies were cut from my cricut. Lastly, the adorable cupcakes were leftover from Valentines I made for the twins’ friends at school.

If you’re unaware, Urban is still available for purchase from Close to My Heart. Purchase the paper in a pack, to use any which way your heart desires, or as part of a WYW (workshop your way); instructions and the cutting guide are also available when your purchase is made. When your order reaches  $50 CAD, you’ll receive April’s Stamp of the Month for just $6! (You’ll be prompted to add it to your order before confirming your final purchase).


I’m so pleased you dropped in! I’ll be back again with more inspuration real soon!

Now Available!

Hello crafty friends!

Did you know that I make greeting cards as well as layouts?

If you didn’t, you may be new to my blog. If you’re a keener and return frequently/occasionally, you may be interested to know that my greeting cards are available to purchase.

Yep, that’s right. They’re just $2 a piece,  or $7.50 CAD if you buy 5. That works out to $1.50 per card.

Sound reasonable?

Would you like to see them?  To keep you in suspense, I’ll share only a couple, but I do have a card for every occasion.




To see all the cards I have on hand, please visit my Facebook page. Some of the cards are stamped inside, as well.

Like any of the cards you see but want to make them yourself? Let’s talk- I’m open to creating kits and organizing workshops too!

Now, the items I have for sale doesn’t end with handmade cards. I also offer scrapbook albums- by commission. If you don’t have a scrapbook album, don’t worry! I can order you one through CTMH (your choice of cover), which will be included in the overall price of your completed album.

I can also order your favorite papers from CTMH, too, so that the theme, colors and embellishments remain consistent throughout.

Most, if not all of the products used to create your special album will be Close to My Heart, though my other favorite products and manufacturers may find a place in it too.

You’ve already seen a lot of my scrapbook layouts, so you’ll have a good basic idea what your scrapbook album will look like once it’s completed. All I need are your pictures.

(My printer does not print high quality photos, so I suggest printing them via your favorite store and I’ll take it from there.)

I’ll hand deliver or mail your cards or album when it’s completed. It’ll be done in a timely and efficient manner. The size of album is negotiable, too!

So, if this interests you, let’s talk! I’d love to help you out!