April Layout Blitz Creative Projects

The layouts for my blitz in April are complete!

One of them is Christmas themed! If you’re feeling festive, then this event is for you! The deadline for registering is April 7; the fun happens on April 14. $40 gets you these four 2-page layouts, plus I’ll throw in the two bonus single page layouts for $5 each, making your total $50 CAD.

If you can’t make it, no sweat. Just let me know. I’ll make up a kit for you, as long as you’re able to supply the base pages and can purchase the Stargazer stamp set. It’s available only until March 31, so get your orders in soon! I’ll cut and stamp most everything else for you. It costs the same as above, plus the cost of the stamp set if you need it. Find it on my website here.

I hope to see you or hear from you- I’d love to share this workshop and kit with you!

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Holiday Break

Curious to know what I’ve been up to the last few days?

But first- how was your Christmas?

We had a nice Christmas, filled with family, a surprise guest and severely cold weather, making it a very cozy holiday. It was the best ever.

The surprise guest was my sister. We haven’t seen her since February. She almost didn’t come because road conditions were poor and forced her to turn around and go back home. But, she made it the next day. I didn’t know it until she was 20 minutes out.

My husband had the entire Christmas holiday off, so I didn’t actually get into my haven until Wednesday. And since then, I’ve just been prepping for workshops. It’s boring, but productive. 😊

I want to get it done now, so I can focus on my first love- my personal scrapbooking- before I start planning more events for 2018. I want to host another card buffet before the new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog expires. I’m thinking that’ll be at the end of March- then I’ll have Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to think about! I’m excited for what 2018 has in store for me (as in my business!) it’s looking bright and promising!

I’ve also started thinking about the twins’ birthday, which is coming up fast! Time to start planning that, too!

Are you a current customer of mine? Are you part of my Insiders Club? If not, you should get on over there! I have something special happening right now for anyone born in the month of January. To be a part of it, send me a comment and I’ll get you hooked up! (If you’re born later in the year, hold tight. I’m coming for you, too).

Hello December

Yes, December. The month of anticipation, gift giving, friends and family, and waayyy too much good food. I’m finishing off my Christmas baking today. The only question now: pumpkin loaves and cherry tarts or cherry cheesecake dip?

I dove into some of my Beary Christmas paper and created this layout. I cut the title using my Cricut and embellished using retired CTMH complements. I also cut the snowflakes with my Cricut.

CTMH ALittle Bit of Pun

It’s absolutely impossible to see in the first Layout, but I used one of the A Little Bit of Pun stamps as a background element in the top layout. I used Bashful as the background colour as far as the stamping is concerned, which is why it appears invisible. It’s very light in nature. By the way, I tried zooming in on the areas I stamped, but I still couldn’t see it. It is there, I promise, and it looks really cute. I used The ‘you’re one hip square’ stamp from the stamp set.

In the bottom layout, the stamp work is way easier to see. Using the bottom portion of the ‘I like you a whole watt’ stamp, I created a border by stamping repeatedly along the top portion of the photo/journal mat. I cut a scalloped oval with my Cricut, and stamped the entire image with Pewter and Crystal Blue Ink. The oval is inked with Glacier ink using a sponge dauber.

In both layouts, I paired the Fundamentals papers with the SOTM; Basics and Whimsy are showcased in both layouts.

CTMH Beary Christmas Mini Album Workshop

Have I shared anything using the festive Beary Christmas paper? I don’t think I have- and we’re so near Christmas! I can’t believe I haven’t done that yet!

I am planning a kids Christmas workshop that I’m holding in January. Christmas is such a busy time, I thought it would be wise to hold off on CTMH events until things slow down again. Unfortunately, waiting so long didn’t help me- some of the items I wanted to use in our workshop are sold out! Boo. So, I used some extra complements I’ve got kicking around. My plan is to let the kids go to town on what I have here, along with the Beary Christmas paper. Its the festive holly-adorned paper in the background of each of these mini layouts. I paired it with extra sheets of miscellaneous CTMH patterned papers I had kicking around. The kids will be able to use whatever else I didn’t use to complete their pages.

Tomorrow, I’ll share a Christmas card I made using Beary Christmas, and then in the next week, I’ll start sharing projects I made using this month’s sotm (A Little Bit of Pun).

Keep in mind, the sotm the month, Beary Christmas and some of the other suites I used to make these pages (Jack, for example) retire at the end of December. If you want to add them to your stash, make sure you order them before December 31! The sooner you do it, the better. Products are flying off the shelves!

Beary Christmas Tunes Card

I have more Christmas card kits available. These ones were made using extra Beary Christmas paper. I paired this paper with October’s SOTM, Christmas Tunes and the holly came from another (retired) CTMH stamp set.

For an extra touch, I used my MS glitter glue to colour in the holly berries and my Shin Han markers to colour in the holly inside the wreath. I couldn’t help but think of my watercolored paints while I coloured it in…I may do that the next time I use Christmas Tunes!

I have a set of 5 cards available for purchase. It comes in an unassembled kit; everything you need to create them is included, and everything has been stamped, coloured and cut for you. Just put them together!

I’ll ship everywhere. I accept PayPal and cash/cheque from my local peeps.

$10 + the cost of shipping (CAD)

CTMH Through the Year 2018 Calendar

Calendars is a thing with my family. They don’t do them every year, but it has been done in the past. Making calendars. I’ve always thought it was a unique and creative gift at Christmas time.

As far as I know, my family isn’t doing one this year. But, Close to my Heart is! And I’m uber excited about it!

Sold as a kit, you’ll get everything you need to create a 12 month calendar. That means you’ll get paper, embellishments and stickers along with the calendar itself and photo cards so yourself or the recipient can add pictures later.

But, that’s not all. Our Christmas present to you is taking 20% off the total when you purchase this kit. If that’s not incentive enough, when you add the stamp of the month to your kit (which coincidentally coordinates with the items found in the kit), it’s just $6. Regularly, it’s $23.

So, how much is the calendar kit? Without the additional stamp, the Through the Year 2018 calendar kit is $50 CAD. When an order reaches $50 the shopper qualifies for the stamp of the month. Its $6.

Sooo…purchase the kit (there’s your qualifying order), and add the stamp of the month (the stamp add on to the kit, and the current SOTM) for $6. Purchase the stamp set on its own for $23.

I can’t help but think what a great gift this would make. Don’t you agree?! I’m positive aunts, grandparents and parents would just love a handmade gift such as this.

This fantastic deal is available all month long. It’s expires December 31, 2017. Message me to reserve yours.

Extra City Sidewalks Card Bundles

Hey y’all! Just dropping in quickly with two more DIY Card bundles!

Same as my other bundles, there’s 5 cards in each kit. All the materials to make them have already been cut and stamped for you and are packaged in a ziploc bag for safe keeping. The demo cards are included with each bundle.

This offer is available to everyone!

$10 Canadian, plus the cost of shipping. Message me to reserve yours.

CTMH City Sidewalks Christmas Card Kits

I have more Christmas card kits for sale! They are available to anyone that wants them. The only requirement is that you own some glue!

The kits are as follows:

All the materials in each kit are pre-stamped and pre-cut. There’s enough in each bag to create 5 cards. It also includes a completed sample card.

I accept cash, cheque and PayPal! Shipping charges will apply. No kit is mailed until payment has been received 😊

You likey? I do! There will be more coming in the next few days, so hang onto your seats! Comment below if you’d like to own either of these sets of cards. They’ll go fast!

3×3 CTMH Christmas Tunes Card

How do you say thank you?

I start with a card, always. It’s thoughtful, puts my creative muscles to use, and is always cherished, even if they don’t mention it right away (or at all). I like to think people appreciate something you took the time to create more than store bought cards. Handmade comes from the heart.

This card was created as a small thank you to include with the bundle of cards I shared on my IG (a couple days ago) that are for sale. I’m elated they sold so quickly, so I threw up another small bundle of cards. I created this card using October’s stamp of the month, S1710 Christmas Tunes. It’s 3×3, a size which I don’t often make, but thoroughly enjoy.

When you purchase from me- either from my CTMH website or buying my handmade cards, expect one of these with your order! If I can’t mail you one, I’ll email instead!

Curious to know what the bundle of cards looks like?

There are 4 cards to be created from the materials in this kit. Purchase the whole bundle for $8 CAD and I’ll throw the sample card in for free. Individually, they’re $2 each. No sample card for individual sales. FREE instructions can be found on my CTMH website if you would like to create the three cards from the original kit. It’s available for a limited time.

Comment below to reserve your very own DIY Card kit!