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). 😉

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

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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 ðŸŽ

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 ðŸŒ³

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 👈); 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!

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!

It’s Done!

Friends, I got it done! I’m so happy to introduce- in its entirety- October’s card blitz! Have a look!

Aren’t they so cute?! The deadline to register is coming up on October 1! Don’t miss out! If you can’t physically come to the blitz, that’s ok. Reserve a kit for yourself, instead! If I can drive it to you, I will. If not, shipping charges will be added to the total.

Here’s the fine details:

If you’re in the area, join us on October 20 at the Days Inn Whitecourt from 1 pm to 1:45 pm. All the materials are supplied, but you should bring a pencil, straight edge ruler, scissors, adhesive and a journaling pen. You may need them. Extra adhesive will be available to purchase if you run out. Cash, cheque or etransfer works. (See the email below).

If you’re not in the area, but would still like this kit, please send your payment via etransfer to theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com. Cash or cheque is also acceptable. Expect to do a bit of fussy cutting when your kit arrives; everything else will be stamped, measured and cut for you. You’ll receive enough materials to create one each of 12 different cards. Envelopes are also included!

If you’re ordering a kit, instructions will be provided upon your registration. (The easiest way to get it is by joining this group on Facebook. I’m the admin there, too, by the way. Just so you don’t think I’m sending you to some random Facebook group!) If you’re not on Facebook, I can send the instructions to you via email in PDF format. (Includes pictures and directions to assemble!)

The registration fee ($30) covers the materials we’re using to create all 12 cards; no other purchase is necessary. The fee is the same whether you’re coming on the 20th or you require a kit instead. When you register, just let me know what works best for you!

October Card Blitz Sneak Peek

Hello friends! I know it’s been awhile since I posted, but I’m excited to tel you that I’ve got some new cards to share with you!

I have to admit that since my craft room was torn apart to deal with a leaky pipe, I’ve been struggling in the inspiration and motivation department. I miss being in the space that’s devoted to my craft, even though I’m loving sitting in my bright and sunshiny dining room. If I could transplant it into my craft room, I’d be so happy!

But, it isn’t, so I’ll continue enjoying sitting at my sunshiny (only when it’s sunshiny, though) kitchen table, and hate putting it all in one corner of the dining room until the next play date.

So, I have a new card blitz coming up on October 20 in Whitecourt. As always, if you’re too far away, or already have plans for the 20th, kits are available as well. The cost is $30 + shipping (if it’s required). This blitz is still in the works, but see below what’s already done.

If you like them, come out and make them! Or order a kit to go! Registration/kit fee is $30 and it includes all the materials you’ll need to create these sweet and simple cards. If you come to the blitz, some stamping and fussy cutting needs to be done in addition to assembling them. If you order the kit, just a bit of fussy cut needs to be done.

If you’d like to come, please rsvp by October 1, 2018, so I have time to prep!

CTMH Holiday Sparkle

People have begun telling me they’re looking for Christmas cards. Apparently Christmas is on everyone’s minds!

Well, I’ve got good news! Why not get an early start on your Christmas cards?! And, not just ordinary Christmas cards- make interactive shaker cards to boot!

They are super cute, and my customers are going wild over them! I must admit- so am I. I’ve got to have them. You’ll think so, too.

Keep in mind, these cards are available in October, only. I will put together a bulk order for these beauts, but in October. Mark your calendars- October 1-31, 2018- order Holiday Sparkle card kit. Do it!!

More details to follow closer to the date! Stay tuned!