Hello April!

Good morning my patient and amazing friends! April is flying by, wouldn’t you agree?! I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping the weather decides to warm up in the near future. The cool temperatures is getting old. On a brighter note, welcome to the newly elected United Conservative party here in Alberta. The winds of change are blowing! Hopefully they will get us back on track.

You’ve heard about the stamp of the month, right? Have you seen April’s stamp of the month- S1904 Love So Sweet? Check it out:

S1904 Love So Sweet

I am offering something new to my customers- or anyone that purchases the stamp of the month. Whoever purchases it will receive a set of three pre-cut greeting cards to create using the SOTM absolutely free. Yes, FREE! They’re not just any cards. These ones! There’s something else you gotta know about these particular cards. Its important, so listen close. When you attend my Crafturday day crop (the next one is May 4- May the 4th Be with You), you’ll have the opportunity to participate (its optional) in my Toonie card buffet. Its a Toonie bar meets an all you can eat buffet. Each card you create (meaning as many as you’d like) is $2. Make as many as you want. You’ll find these cards (and others!!) at this Day Crop and every other one from here on out. One day, I may offer card buffets again. In the mean time, get your feet wet with this little teaser πŸ˜‰

They may look familiar to you if you’ve spent any time browsing through the current catalog. If you’ve done that, then you’ll understand why they look familiar! I lifted them from inside the SE1 catty. (Head to the very back of the catalog, and you’ll see all the stamps of the month for the catalog cycle). I’ll be doing this with every subsequent Stamp of the Month, so watch the blog and my Facebook Page for new artwork in May! This is an even better incentive to purchase the stamp of the month, even though getting it at 75% off with a $50 order is fantabulous enough! (By the way, its regularly $25 for the stamp set itself). Whoa. Great deal, right?! There’s still time to get it before the month runs out, and there’s amazing specials and deals happening right now, too! It’ll be so easy to reach that $50 order- you’ll have it in no time!

Mothers Day is quickly approaching, and I’m certain you’ve begun thinking about what you’re going to do for the special women (or Mr. moms!!) in your lives. Made with Love is the answer! Create a special and meaningful mini album (its got a wood cover, y’all!!) using bright and vibrant, cheerful papers. Everything you need to assemble the album is included in the workshop kit (including a link to download the instructions once its purchased- free of charge) and its only $58. Because you’re so awesome, we’re giving it to you at a very special discount. These albums are going to sell out quickly, so don’t wait too long to order yours. You’re going to love it, I promise.

Everyone needs a brag book in their lives, am I right? They can be for anything, and they’re a quick and easy way to put a mini album together to remember a special moment in your life. Well, we’ve brought that to you with the Wild About You mini album kit. The album and all the materials you need to assemble your little brag book is all included- and once again, you’ll find the instructions to create it are FREE to download when the kit is purchased. Its a phenomenal price, just $38. Who loves to save? Me, I do! I’m sure you do, too! Deals don’t come around often enough, but they’re common with Close to My Heart. What a fantastic company.

But wait, there’s more! Zoe came back, can you believe it?! Available only for a limited time, this retired collection has been revamped and is available to purchase once again. There’s new embellishments, card stock and artwork to lift with this cheerful and playful kit. Zoe is available a variety of different ways, and each option has a different price point. Obviously, your biggest bang for your buck is to purchase the workshop bundle. You’ll get everything, including the stamp set and free instructions to download all for $58. Bingo! Here’s another simple way to get your stamp of the month for just $6- with just one item! But, if you’re not interested in purchasing the coordinating stamp set, you can opt out of it. You’ll find the workshop kit is just $33 instead. But, hold on! Order just the coordinating card stock or paper packet for just $13 a piece. Skip all the frou-frou and just order the bones of the collection. That’s fine, too! So, as you can see, we make it easy to fit this collection (and any of our workshops, really) into your budget, no matter what bracket it falls in.

That’s quite a bit to share, isn’t it? Feeling overwhelmed yet? Don’t. The purpose of showing you everything that’s going on this month was purely to show you what products you could purchase to easily reach the $50 threshold enabling you to purchase the stamp of the month for $6. Obviously, you can purchase it at the full retail price and just be done with it, or you can order more items for less money to achieve the same goal. Variety is the spice of life, isn’t it? If we didn’t have choices, life would be pretty dull. If any of the products I share above resonate with you, get in touch with me and I’ll help you get what you want ordered. You can also do it yourself, any time you’re able, from the comfort of your home. Just visit teds.closetomyheart.ca. You’ll be brought directly to my online shop.

Just a note: you must reside in Canada in order to shop from my website. If you’re located outside of Canada- in either the USA or Australia/New Zealand, I can help you find the consultant that’s nearest you.

I’ve got just one more goody to share with you. This product will not be available to purchase until May- its National Scrapbooking Months’ promotion at Close to My Heart- but I wanted to share a sneak peek of it with you. See it here:

Doesn’t it look divine?! Oh my, those soft, subtle colors make me go 😍. There’s vellum. And Kraft paper. Need I say more?! More about this coming in the next couple weeks, including artwork. See you again soon!

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CTMH So Much Happy

Good morning, fellow crafters! Its a new month, therefore there’s new projects to share with you! This month, I’m focusing on CTMH So Much Happy. Its full of fun geometric patterns, great colors, cut away paper, puffy stickers and more! Have a peek at the collection below. Everything in the picture below is what you’ll find in the workshop- except for a stamp set. (I’ve also included the price for reference).

So Much Happy Workshop Your Way

Doesn’t it look great?! If you noticed the little message in red that says download guide, that will be available to you absolutely FREE when you purchase the workshop! I think that’s so awesome. Think of it as a little thank you for making an order from my website. You may have noticed there’s no stamp set pictured. You would be right. The stamp set is available to purchase separately, if thats your thing. If not, then you’re all set!

If cards are more your speed, then we’ve got you covered, as well. Here’s a peek at the card making workshop. In this workshop, you’ll also be able to download the guide for free; unlike the scrapbooking workshop, an exclusive stamp set is included with your workshop. Yay! Included in it is all the materials you’ll need to create 9 cards following three different patterns. They’re all stunning and easy to create!

Choose to Shine Cardmaking Workshop

There is a coordinating stamp set (another one!!) that can be purchased along with the card making workshop. I also mentioned above that the scrapbooking workshop has one, too. Here they are:

So Much Happy Cardmaking Stamp Set
So Much Happy Scrapbooking Stamp Set

Don’t get hung up on the ‘scrapbooking’ and ‘card making’ phrases that are associated with these stamp sets. They are flexible enough to be used in whatever project you’re working on, whether its home decor, a gift, scrapbook layout or card (or otherwise!) They are there as suggestions, and they’re definitely not set in stone. When I make my order every month, I always ask myself which stamp set I would be more likely to use, and which I would likely get the most use out of. Then, I purchase that one, only. There is the odd time that I can’t choose between the two, so I get them both! Purchasing the workshops are great because they take the guesswork out of your creating- they’ve got guides all ready for you to use, so there’s no Pinterest- surfing before you create. They’re also great because they include everything within the collection in one tidy bundle. That way you’re not surfing my website looking for the puffy stickers, washi tape, or coordinating card stock. Its all right there. The best part is you’ll always have left over paper and embellishments, so you can use them elsewhere, too!

How long is this collection available for? Even though I am focusing on this collection only during the month of March, that doesn’t mean its only available this month. You actually have until the end of April to purchase this paper- and any other current collection! May 1 there will be a new catalog and new goodies to drool over and purchase. Are you ready for it?! We’re barrelling towards April. It’ll be here before we even know it, so don’t waste time. Get it while its hot!

I’ll be back again soon with some samples of So Much Happy in action. I hope you’ll join me again!

CTMH I Heart Us

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!

So Blessed

I’m so excited to share with you something that I’ve been sitting on for a couple months. I’m honoured and tumult blessed to have had this opportunity, and I encourage all of you to get out there and share your artwork! You never know where it’ll take you!

I am the proud creator of this darling layout on the cover of Creative Scrapbooker magazine. The other three takes in the first few pages of the magazine are equally as darling. I’m certain it was a difficult decision to make. Wow!

I’m also blessed to have three other projects inside the magazine. The artwork in this issue is incredible! So much inspiration! Creative Scrapbooker knocked it out of the park. If you haven’t picked up your issue or received it in the mail yet, you’re in for a real treat. Go pick one up if you don’t have a subscription.

Have you ever been published? If not, I strongly encourage you to check out the publication call and submit one or two projects. If you feel as though your work isn’t good enough, I’d (kindly) tell you you’re wrong. Your artwork is good enough, and you never know who you’ll inspire. Before I started submitting my artwork, I felt the same too. Then, I figured I had nothing to lose, so I went for it. A few years later, I was given the opportunity to “try out” for the cover. You could one day have the same opportunity! Want to try? Head over to Creative Scrapbooker, and see what they’re looking for. (Just a hint- they love double page projects). πŸ˜‰

I’m headed over there now…I hope to see your name in the magazines pages one day.

Here’s the Goods

I just wanted to share some of the cards (some of my favourites, actually) that’ll be at the market and Amazing Gifts. I won’t share them all, because there’s too many. I don’t want to bore you!

I try to keep the kits to 5 cards each, but they vary, just spending on how much product I had left from a particular collection or card stock pack. For the most part, they range from 4 to 6 cards per kit 😊

Oh, and by the way- the flamingo one is a super cute 3×3 inch card kit! It’s the only one of its kind! There’s no envelopes in that kit.

I’m so happy I can share this with you!

Studio 83 & Amazing Gifts πŸŽ

I’ve been busy in my haven prepping for a market at Studio 83 that’s coming up next weekend, and something extra special. Are you coming?! See who’s going to be there below.

The opportunity to sell layout and card kits in a store has come my way, and I think I’m going to test it out! A new store to Whitecourt- Amazing Gifts- has opened. Will you come shopping there? After next weekends market, I’ll be bringing my goods there. Come out and have a look. There will be a lot of great things to browse, by the looks of it too.

I have just a few (like 6) layout kits right now, but I’ll be adding more as I go! There’s a mix of single page ($12) and double page ($25) layouts. Everything is pre-stamped and cut. You just need to do a bit of fussy cutting and adhering! Instructions are included- in color!

Card kits are simple, too. There’s one completed card included with each kit, for your convenience. Use that as your guide to assemble the rest of the cards in the kit. All the materials are pre-stamped and cut for you. Just like the layout kits, you’ll have some fussy cutting to do, then you get to assemble. The size of each kit varies, so the prices are listed on the outside of the package. (They’re $2 each). There’s a lot to choose from- I need to thin them out! Help me, please! 😁 The picture above is just half of what I’ve got! There’s a variety of themes too, so you’re bound to find something you need.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. I hope you come to both the market next Saturday- it’ll be a great evening to get out with your girlfriends- and visit my display at Amazing Gifts. The date I’m moving in is yet to be determined. I’ll keep you posted!

What craftiness have you been up to lately?

CTMH Seasonal Trees πŸŒ³

If you’re familiar with CTMH, you’ll know that every month a new stamp set is featured called the stamp of the month. When a $50 order is placed, you qualify to purchase it for $6. It’s a really great deal, actually.

November’s stamp of the month is really fun, especially if you love trees. There’s not just one style of tree, there’s multiple ones- something for every season. That’s why it’s called Seasonal Trees!

I always order the stamp of the month, because it’s exclusive. If I don’t order it during the month it’s available, I won’t be able to get it afterwards, and it isn’t available anywhere else. One month is all you get. It makes it quite a hot commodity!

Even though I usually order them, I rarely create with them during the month they’re “on”. Oops. I am going to try to remedy that! Here’s what I created with this stamp set this month:

I absolutely love these cards. I incorporated a couple other current CTMH stamps into the designs since there’s no sentiments in the SOTM set. I also sponged ink into the backgrounds in both cards. In the second card, I sponged some ink into the pile of leaves 🍁 around the base of the tree. Love! This card inspired a layout:

We adopted kitty last July, and because this event took place over the summer, fall leaves just wouldn’t fit the setting in my layout. So, I created evergreens, instead. (Truth be told, I’m smitten with the little birdhouse. So cute!!) And, like I mentioned above, I needed to rely on other stamps to complete my layout.

Join me again in a few weeks for another fun stamp of the month (and super cute projects made with it!!)

Coming Soon!

I’ve been thinking a lot about the new year, and have been concentrating on getting an events schedule figured out, planned (it’s a work in progress), and adding a couple new ones in there too!

I’m excited to introduce the Bunches of Love card workshop, starting at the end of January!

This particular workshop will focus on a different technique or paper collection every month, starting with D1815 Bunches of Love. Unlike my card blitz, which is just a free for all creating random cards just for the love of it.

It is possible to create a water color scene with your ink and certain stamps. Did you know that?! We’re also testing out the newest Shimmer Brush to come to Close to My Heart- Sugarplum! If you like glittery things, you’ll want to be at this workshop! It adds a beautiful, subtle effect to whatever you apply it to!

I had an oopsie using the shimmer brush (first time user over here πŸ‘ˆ); please pardon the glaring sparkly dot in the last picture. All your cards will look like these when you’re done! (Except for the one with my little oopsie).

So, here’s the fine details. With your $30 registration fee, you’ll create three each of these three cards with the provided ink and materials. You are free to bring your own paper trimmer, adhesive, inks and stamp cleaning supplies to customize them (if you so desire).

The fun starts January 25 at the Days Inn Whitecourt, from 5-8:30 pm. The deadline to register is January 18, 2019. For more info, please contact me at theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com

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!