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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜. Thereโ€™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 March Promotions

Good morning, friends! There’s some fantastic promotions happening this month, and I’m really excited to share them with you! Of course, you already know about So Much Happy and the Stamp of the Month. But, there’s also a fantastic chipboard workshop that’s available to purchase, as well as an amazing sale on CTMH Picture My Life cards.

What are Picture My Life cards? They are the same as your Project Life cards, only they’re Close to My Hearts’ version of them. They are double sided, come in 3×4 and 4×6 sizes (in both vertical and horizontal orientations), and coordinate with all our current paper collections, as well. Each of the cards inside the package is different, which is great for taking your crafting to the next level. This sale is available while supplies last, so hurry and order yours before its too late!

Picture My Life card Sale

The chipboard workshop looks amazing, too. Use the So Much Happy collection to dress up the chipboard word home and put it on display where everyone can see it. It comes as a kit, and includes 6 sheets of patterned paper from the So Much Happy collection, 5 sheets of coordinating card stock, three chipboard monograms (H, M, E), and the coordinating puffy stickers- all for just $37!

Just a note, though: you must have a Cricut and the Cricut Artistry collection (unique to CTMH) in order to complete the workshop. If you don’t have the Artistry collection, I can help you order it, as well! The chipboard Home workshop is available until the end of April, but don’t wait too long to order yours! They’re selling like hot cakes!

Home Chipboard workshop

Did I tell you about the BOGO event thats happing this month? I better share that with you, too!ย This is the perfect month for stocking up on your patterned papers and card stock at Close to My Heart. When you purchase one current paper packet or coordinating card stock, you’ll get the second one at 50% off! What a great deal! That includes Something Fierce, I Heart Us, So Much Happy, and Feels Like Home.

Save on paper during the month of March! Buy one card stock or coordinating card stock packet, and get the second half off!

Thanks for joining me today. I’m hoping to have some more artwork to share with you when I pop in here next. I hope you had a terrific weekend!

March CTMH Stamp of the Month

Good morning! I wanted to share with you the artwork I’ve made thus far with CTMH So Much Happy. Some of the layouts also sport March’s stamp of the month, S1903 This Happened. Here’s a peek at it:

The picture above says the stamp set retails for $25 CAD. There is a way to save HUGE on it. Did you know that? When you shop my website, and your total reaches $50 before shipping charges is added, you’ll qualify to add this gem to your cart for only $6! It’s another way we say thank you for shopping with CTMH. (You’ll find that this company is uber generous with sales, giveaways, incentives and more!) Hang out with me awhile, and you’ll see ๐Ÿ˜Š There’s another blog post coming with the rest of the sales and perks that’s going on this month. Stay tuned- you’ll find it all right here!

Now- for some artwork!

Don’t forget, S1903 This Happened is only available until the end of the month, before it’s replaced with a whole new stamp set in April! So Much Happy is also available until the end of April, then its being retired, too. Don’t miss out! If you’d like either of these (or anything else), let me know. I’m placing a bulk order tomorrow morning at 10 am. If you add to it, you’ll save on shipping. Score! Who doesn’t love to save?! Comment on this post or message me to add to it! (Must be a Canadian resident, sorry).

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!

Bye Bye January

February is right around the corner! Do you know what that means? New collections to play with, and new campaigns!

But first, have you seen what I created this month using Something Fierce? You may see some Heart Happy mixed in, too. See below:

I know, I know. I can hear you saying Something Fierce doesn’t expire until the Seasonal Expressions catalog expires. You’d be correct, but in the month of February, I’ll be focusing on I Heart Us instead. See the paper packet here. I’m placing my bulk order tomorrow, by noon MST. Get your orders to me before then if you’d like to add to it, and save on shipping!

The wait until my order is in my hands is going to literally kill me. I was already debating whether I should scrap the pictures that are next in my queue, or wait the week (Lord help me) until it arrives. #firstworldproblems #confessionsofamemorykeeper What are your thoughts?

Month in Review: January

I created a lot this month, but I just wanted to highlight hat I created with Heart Happy. Some layouts will have other CTMH papers mixed in, but I just wanted to give you a general idea of how it looks completed. FYI- I still have half the paper packet left! Being frugal in your crafting goes a long, long ways!

Stay tuned for more of that adorable polar bear…more about him coming soon!

Heart Happy is available until January 31, 2019. I am placing a bulk buy order on the 31, so if you’d like this kit for yourself, let me know! You can also order it online yourself at teds.closetomyheart.ca. If you’re in Canada, I can help you with your order. If not, there’s a consultant locator on my website. It’ll help you find the CTMH consultant nearest you- and she can help you order it!

More CTMH Heart Happy

Hello friends!

I have a couple more layouts to share with you today- both were created using CTMH Heart Happy.

First, a little crafting tip. To stretch your papers, making them last forever, trim them into strips of varying widths and lengths to create a visually rich design that’s full of texture! See this design principle in action below:

In the layout above, I paired stamping from D1815 Bunches of Love to create the splatter effect along the bottom and top right of the layout in Sapphire, Raspberry and Mint ink. I also added cricut die cut hearts in coordinating colors for a tone on tone look.

Don’t forget, the Heart Happy paper packet is available this month only, meaning it expires January 31! If you love this collection as much as I do, may I suggest ordering it before it’s too late?! You can order it online from my CTMH website. Follow this link to get there!

CTMH Heart Happy

Hi everyone!

My order has finally arrived! It came yesterday, and I’ve already played with my new goodies. I’m on the ball this time. It feels so good!

I could not wait to play with Heart Happy, which was the most important item in my order. December and January’s stamp of the months, too. That’ll be coming soon.

Today, I want to introduce you to Heart Happy. There are a variety of options to purchase this workshop. You choose what jives with you the most! Visit my website to see all the ways this kit is available!

I chose the workshop kit. For $54, you get a lot of goodness for the price it is. Shimmer trim, silver glitter dots, card stock, patterned paper, 10 card bases and envelopes, stickers and the stamp set is all included with this option. It’s regularly over $70! Yep, so you’re getting it at 25% off. Lucky you! The creativity and inspiration- it has no limit.

Here’s the first layout I made using it:

What a fantastic way to show off all the colors, patterns and texture in the kit! I’m all ๐Ÿ˜ over this layout. My original inspiration came from Pinterest (go Pinterest!!)

All I did to create this layout, is trim zip strips and strips from all the patterned paper to 0.5×5 inches, and adhered them in an irregular pattern along the top of the layout base. So simple!

Next, using the coordinating stamp set, I used some of the words in the set, to create word boxes around my photo. It’s not easy to see in the photo, but I stamped the words in the same color ink as the card stock, for a tone on tone look. To embellish, I added Bashful pearls, mint enamel dots and black enamel dots.

Lastly, I created the title using the coordinating stamp set, and created the border along the bottom of the layout base with mint and Ballerina ink.

I hope you enjoyed today’s layout! Stay tuned for more, coming soon!

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!