June’s The Best Moments Are Free

Hi guys!

Where has the day gone? I spent the day working on a new scrapbook workshop (in an attempt to catch up from the last two days. The next couple months will be this way. I better get used to it!) When I came up for air, I realized I hadn’t blogged today. Whoops!

So, here I am. Welcome to June! It’s going to be an epic month. Wanna know why? June’s campaign is super amazing!

The promotion is called The Best Moments Are Free. It’s aptly names because it’s basically free. Yes, for reals.

There are four scrapbook and card workshop kits to choose between. They include patterned paper, card stock and embellishments. They will look familiar to you because they coordinate with select products currently available in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. They also include a stamp set.

Speaking of the stamp sets, there’s two things you should know. First, the Here & Now stamp set is exclusive to this campaign! It’s brand new and is available only in the month of June. It’s perfect for any of those heritage scrapbookers out there! We’re trying hard to fill a gap- it’s not often there’s heritage products available to scrapbookers (unless you’re an avid Graphic 45 customer). This is what we designed for you!

The second thing you should know about all the stamp sets is that when you purchase any of these 4 stamp sets- they’re $25 each- you’ll get the coordinating scrapbook/card workshop absolutely free. Great deal, right?

What if I told you all four workshop kits can be purchased together (if you can’t decide which one you like better) at a whopping 65% off? If you purchase any of the kits above individually, you’ll get them at 40% off. When all the kits are purchased in a bundle, we’ll add another 25% off, to make the final sale price just $70. Again, all you’re paying for is the stamp sets! The regular retail price on a bundle like this would be $153!!!

Shut the front door. Say what?! No way. You trippin’. GTFO. STFU. However you describe a deal that’s completely out of this world, this campaign is it. It’s really that good. It isn’t a typo, and I promise I haven’t taken anything to alter my perception of things. It’s legit, and I’m so happy to share it with you!

I know you want it- because it’s a phenomenal deal, and I really want it too! Want to order it with me? My order goes in on Friday at 10 am MST. Comment below to reserve yours. I highly recommend you do this because this campaign is not going to stick around long. It’s available only while supplies last. This is a hot deal, and I’m certain it’s going to sell out! Do. Not. Wait!!!

In other news, there’s a new Stamp of the Month, too! It’s called It’s Your Day to Sparkle, and is ideal for any and all celebratory projects. Think weddings, promotions, birthdays, graduations and more! Have a look:

Isn’t that cake divine?! I’m also loving the options for numerous types of joyous occasions, not just weddings!

I also have three new cards available this month too. Just a re-cap: when your purchase reaches $50 or more, you qualify to purchase the stamp of the month for $6. That’s mega savings! (Just a hint- when you purchase the bundle I mentioned above, you instantly qualify for the SOTM!) Woot!

The cards are pre-cut and ready for you to assemble. You get to test out your new stamp set and decorate it to suit your preferences. See them below:

Well, I think it’s time to catch our breath. I’ll save my fall schedule for another post, but in the meantime, just be aware that card buffets are returning this September, and the next day crop is slated for the first Saturday of September too. All the details are coming soon! (You could also visit the events tab on my business page if you’d like a sneak peek at everything!)

Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you stay inspired!

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CTMH Cruisin’ to Adventure

New workshop alert!

This ones for the kids! If you know any kids aged 6 and up that want to learn a new hobby or want to scrapbook like you or another family member does, then you’ll want to check this out!

Join us June 28 at 11 am for a quick and easy craft session making one 12×12 scrapbook layout and five 3×3 coordinating cards. Everything will be pre-cut, ready for little fingers to assemble. They’ll get to color some, too! Parents are welcome to stay and help their child out. The cost is $35 per child and covers cost of venue, materials needed for the craft and a small snack. Must have 10 children confirmed with payment in order for the class to run. Also must pre-pay to hold your spot. Find more info in the pinned post at the top of my Facebook Business page here.

Hope to see you there!

Try Something New!

Good morning, and welcome to a rainy and soggy Wednesday! I’m a little earlier than usual, because the rain has kyboshed my usual morning walk. But, that’s ok. I’ve got a lot to share with you!

First up is Scrap Your Stash. Ever heard of it? Its an online event I host for one week every month. It’s geared toward getting us using up our scrap paper pile and our hoarded stash. I know you’ve got one. If you’re a paper crafter, its part of the territory. It happens. What do you do with it all? How do you use it up? There are new creative challenges every day, meant to inspire you and ignite your creativity. You’ll find it fun and rewarding! We’re in full swing right now, but its not too late to join. Did I mention its completely online and 100% free?! Oh, yes. Come check us out! I love you all, but this challenge is open to Canadian residents only. Sorry!

New product alert!!! We all know Father’s Day is coming up, and CTMH has just released the most amazing Fathers’ Day mini album kit, called You’re the Best. Its similar to the Mothers’ Day album I shared with you earlier this month, in that its got a stylish wooden cover like the other one did. But, this kit is geared totally towards the dads in our lives. The papers in it are earthy and masculine, the album is interactive (there’s different shaped pages inside), its simple to put together, and at a fantastic price to boot!

Included in the kit is a stamp set, card stock and patterned paper pack, twine, and the square mini album cover (three O- rings included). An album kit like this would regularly cost you around $52, but we’re giving you a 25% discount that you can apply to the purchase of this awesome kit right away, making it just $39! Woot!

CC61911 You’re the Best Fathers’ Day 6×8 Mini album kit

OR purchase the CC 6199 workshop kit without the stamp set, and get it for just $27.50. Both price points are phenomenal! You’ll be spending around that much on a gift for the dad in your life anyways, so why not consider a handmade gift? If you purchase the CC6196E My Father stamp set and CC6197 wood mini album separately, you’re looking at $24.75 and $10.25 respectively. The paper would be up to you; its only available in the kit, not a stand alone item.

This amazing mini album workshop is available today through June 30, so there’s lots of time to purchase it. But, a word to the wise- don’t wait too long to purchase it. This will be a hot item, like the Mothers Day album was, and will only be available while supplies last. Head to my website and type in You’re the Best into the search bar, click on it in the header at the top of the page, or message me to reserve yours!

I mentioned last week that I wanted to share with you what we’ve been up to in some of the various groups I have on Facebook. Anyone is welcome to join them! I’ll provide the links as I go along so that you can easily find us. To start, I’d like to share with you what the Try it Out Techniques group is up to. For the month of May, we’re putting together the Story Starter- Story by Stacy mini album. We’re doing it slowly via Facebook live, and when the month is over, we’ll have a beautiful album of the special women (moms, or people that fill the mom role) in our lives. Share it with them as a gift, or proudly display it on a shelf at home. Today is our next meeting- at 1 pm MST. If you’d like to join us, visit us on Facebook here. Just be aware that you’ll need to purchase this album, and its coordinating stamp set, D1786 Quotable Words! Find both on my website, which is found in the watermark on the photo below.

Z4207 Story Starter- Story by Stacy

Next, I shared a quick video with my friends about our new Liquid Glass Applicator. Its a totally new product to Close to My Heart, and it makes using our Liquid Glass so much easier! It no longer clogs, and the flow is easier to control with the applicator top. I could hardly wait to show it off to everyone, because its that amazing. If you don’t believe me, you’ll have to try it out for yourself. Its just $6 CAD to purchase, and once again, is available on my website. Look for Z4089 (Fine Tip Applicator), and Z679 Liquid Glass (in case you need a new bottle). See the video I did here.

Last, but not least, I have one more video tutorial to share with you. This time, its using some of our product- specifically our re-inkers- to create a water-colour background for a layout and card that I made. Its a really simple technique involving dropping some re-inker onto your craft mat, spritzing it with water, and dragging your card stock through it. Water-colour paper would work. I did not have any on hand at the time, so I used regular White Daisy card stock to achieve the same look (just in a slightly different way). Check it out and maybe try it for yourself! If you do, tag me so that I can see how it inspired you! I love seeing everyone’s creativity.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post, and found something intriguing or inspiring to fill your day. See you again soon!

Introducing CTMH SE 2

Good morning, happy snowy/rainy Wednesday! Its a dreary and blah morning here in the forests of Whitecourt. Where’s the sunshine?! Its May- time for flowers, not showers 🙂

Welcome to May! Wow, April just flew by. There’s lots of fun things happening this month at CTMH. Everyone can now order from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. It went live today! Isn’t that exciting?! There’s a lot of great stuff in it, and I can’t wait to share it with you. If you haven’t done it before, join me for unboxing day. It will be sometime next week- I’m expecting my order to be here by next Monday, so early next week will be unboxing day! I usually post a heads up on my business page, so if you’re not a member there, you should join so you don’t miss out! The link to my Facebook business page is here.

This month, The World is Yours is available for purchase. Its available only during the month of May- in celebration of National Scrapbooking month. Did you know there was such a thing? Yep, it’s true. Saturday (May 4) is also known as NSD, or National Scrapbooking Day. Its a big thing in paper crafting circles. Lots of day crops, online crops, retreats and other papery events happening on this day all over the world, and throughout the weekend. And for my Star Wars friends out there- May the 4th be with you. And, isn’t the 5th the revenge of the fifth or something along those lines? It may be fitting, depending on how wild your national scrapbook day gets 😉

I promised last week that I’d share the details of the World is Yours, so here it is. As I’ve mentioned before, options are very important to CTMH, since we know that everyone has a certain budgets, and we wanted to create ways that you would get the most bang for your buck. This workshop and kit is no different. It is a little bit more money, but that’s because its only available for a short time and you’re getting a kit chalk full of fabulous things- like vellum paper, a 12×12 sticker sheet, pretty crochet thread, patterned papers, card stock, a Cut Above kit and more! Those options I talked about- this is where they come in to play. If you choose the scrapbook workshop option, the stamp set will be included. Its $78 CAD but includes all the materials you need to complete a lot of layouts. I made 7 layouts using the kit, and I still have quite a bit of patterned paper left over. Stickers, too. Look at this beauty!

CC5197 The World Is Yours Scrapbook Workshop

I’m offering something new starting this month, as well. I’ve made a workshop using The World is Yours, and its available to order! Its 7 pages- three 2 page layouts, and 1 single page layout. Anyone local to Whitecourt may purchase it, but you must pre-pay for the kit before the materials are ordered. Instructions will be included, free of charge, and all the papers will be pre-cut for you. This applies to the purchase of the scrapbook kit, only. It is $84 and includes the cost of shipping and GST. If you want simple and quick scrapbooking, then this is the option for you! (I’ve also got a workshop made up for Sweet Girl. I’ll share that in a moment). Here’s the layouts in the kit that I made up:

The World Is Yours pre-cut Layout kit
The World Is Yours pre- cut scrapbook layout kit

If card making is more your pace, then there’s a card making kit, as well. Its identical to the scrapbook workshop, but the only difference is that card bases and envelopes are included in the kit. Its slightly less than the cost of the workshop kit, at $76.50.

If you prefer to work with a smaller canvas than 12×12, we’ve got you covered. This stunning paper suite also comes in mini album form! Once again, find all the same materials inside the workshop, but swap out the sequins and floss for some flip flaps that’ll take your album pages to the next level. (The album is separate). The price point of this workshop is $69.50 Canadian. What a great deal! And, by the way, the mini album (it measures 6×8 inches) is truly stunning.

Next, is the Cut Above scrapbook kit. This option is by far the easiest to assemble of all the kits I’ve just shown you. It costs $26, and includes Complements and stickers to help you embellish the pre-printed pages with ease. Finish up these gorgeous layouts in 15 minutes flat. Seriously. They are so quick to put together! Here’s a peek at the kit:

CC5194 The World Is Yours Cut Above Scrapbook kit

As you see the pages in this picture, that’s how they’ll arrive on your doorstep inside your cute little CTMH shipping box. Instructions are included to guide your way through assembling them, and all the coordinating pieces are already pre-cut for you. This particular kit enables you to create two 2 page layouts, so four layouts in total. Don’t those hexagons and little moped look cute?! I’m really drawn to the soft and inviting hues of Peach, Mint, and Mink. They’re so pretty together!

Lastly, you have the option to purchase the coordinating card stock (CC5192, $13.00), paper packet (CC5193, $26.00), and stamp set (CC5196, $24.75) separately, so you don’t need to purchase all of these items in a bundle, like I mentioned above. Just note that the embellishments are not included, though the stickers will likely be included with the paper packet.

Sweet Girl is available this month, too, and is it ever sweet! This suite definitely lives up to its name. All the same options are available as above (scrapbook bundle, card making bundle, or individual coordinating pieces, like card stock, paper packet, etc). I’ve also created a pre-cut workshop using this paper suite, as well! I can’t wait to share it with you, so here it goes:

Sweet Girl 6 page pre-cut Scrapbook layout kit

This layout was assembled using the Sweet Girl Scrapbook workshop that Close to My Heart offers, but I’ve made it simple for you by pre-cutting all the materials and including free instructions to assemble these layouts. You’ll get the most bang for your buck by purchasing the scrapbook workshop and the stamp set together. When you do that, you’ll also qualify for the stamp of the month, which I’ll share with you in next weeks’ post. Since you reached your $50 goal, that stamp set is just $6. That’s a steal! Same applies to The World is Yours above.

Do you see the Memory Protector behind the patterned paper in the picture above? Those are included in your kit! They’ve been swapped out with the coordinating stamp set, because not everyone likes to stamp but everyone could use Memory Protectors, right?! So, while the stamp set is not included, it is available to purchase for $24.75 (scrapbooking stamp set); there’s a coordinating card making stamp set, which is what I used in my layouts, for $19.50. So there’s two options for stamps with this workshop- isn’t that awesome?!

More workshops (using other featured paper suites from Seasonal Expressions 2, and specials, as they come up) will be available to purchase soon, so stay tuned for those. The Sweet Girl workshop that I’ve put together will be available through the life of Seasonal Expressions 2, so there’s lots of time to order yourself one. They are great to work on any time. You’ll be done them quickly because most of the work will already be done for you! The World is Yours is only available until the end of May, so if you want it don’t wait too long to order it for yourself! Extra supplies will not be on hand to purchase at a later time.

Thanks for joining me today, and I’ll be back again next week with May’s stamp of the month and its coordinating greeting cards (that you’ll get absolutely free when you order it from me)! See you then!

Its May! (Soon, anyways)

Good morning crafty friends! What a busy week we had! I hosted another successful Scrap Your Stash event- the next one is coming up in a couple of weeks, and then we celebrated my husbands’ birthday and Easter. We spent a day at home, a day with my father in law, and a day with my parents. What did you do for Easter? I even found some time to create an Easter layout amidst the planning and creating I’m doing to prepare for Crafturday- which is just two short weeks away. Are you coming?!

If you do plan to attend Crafturday, registration is here! The last day to reserve your spot is Friday, April 26. Its just $25, so if you’re not doing anything on May 4, consider coming out and get your craft on! Join the dark side- we’ve got food, fun and more! There will be artwork samples on display with new product, so come on out and check it out! As well, I’ll have my own supplies on hand for you to use, a small selection of product and handmade goodness to purchase, refreshments and loads of inspiration! Its going to be a relaxing, fantastic day.

Since you’re reading this, you’re in for a surprise. You get a sneak peek of the artwork I’ll have on display at Crafturday. Aren’t you lucky? 😉

Everyone that arrives at Crafturday will receive their own thank you gift, complete with a sweet 3×3 inch greeting card, a layout (with a technique demo) they are free to complete at the day crop, and other goodies. Those will be a surprise. (I actually need to figure out what those are going to be. Lets be honest, I need to get my poop in a group!)

Sweet Girl and Bunny Trail C1761
Sweet Girl
Sweet Girl
Feels Like Home
The World is Yours
The World is Yours

With the exception of Feels Like Home, everything seen here is absolutely new product, and will be showcased at Crafturday on May 4. I created all these layouts using inspiration from the Seasonal 1 catalog, workshop instructions, and Pinterest. Inspiration can come from anywhere! Did you know there’s only one week left to order from SE1? Everything from it retires on April 31. May 1 Seasonal Expressions 2 goes live, and all the product in it. Not much (read everything is expiring, except 1 or 2 items). If there’s anything you missed, or don’t want to miss out on, get your orders in now. Once the new catalog goes live, the Feels Like Home artwork will be available for purchase. Comment below or message me for more details.

Did you notice the card hidden amongst the layouts above? That card, and others like it, will be part of a small card buffet that’ll be available to participate in at my Crafturday day crop. Make as many cards as you like for $2 a piece. Its totally optional; have fun with the day!

So, since May is right around the corner, here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming up next month. I’ll share more details next week (that includes The World is Yours, too).

Story Starter- Story by Stacy
May Stamp of the Month

Are you part of my Try it Out Techniques group? If not, you may want to consider joining. We explore new crafting techniques together, and starting in May we’re going to explore the Story by Stacy range. I have not ordered my workshop kit yet, so the date we’ll commence the workshop is yet to be determined. Here’s how its going to work: once a week, we’ll meet via Facebook Live to assemble the mini album together. Each person that participates will need to purchase the album kit (its $19.50) and the coordinating stamp set (which is $24.75); they’ll also need ten to fifteen 4×4 pictures of a special woman in their life- their mom, grandmother, aunt, or a male figure that filled the role of mom in their lives). Save on shipping, and add your workshop kit to my order! If you’re local to Whitecourt, I’ll deliver! Bulk order goes in April 30.

Mother’s day is quickly approaching. This would be a sweet memento to give to that special lady in your life, or a special way to pay homage to her. If you’re new to scrapbooking, this would especially be a workshop you should look in to. The Story by Stacy workshops were designed with you in mind, teaching you step by step, in its most simplified form, the art of scrapbooking. Each instalment in her collection of workshops broadens the scope just a little bit more, so eventually you’ll confidently and easily be able to create stunning and interactive scrapbooks that you can be proud of. If this sounds interesting to you, join me here.

Lastly is the new stamp of the month! (See above). The two girls and the balloons are the most popular icons in that stamp set; did you know that? All the artwork I’ve been privy to seeing all showcase the two girls. Its perfect for any pick-me-upper your gal pals need. The scallop border stamp is super adorbs, too. I can’t wait to play with it! Don’t forget, if you purchase this stamp set from me, I’ll mail three handmade cards as a thank you, absolutely free! When you place an order of $50 or more, the stamp set drops to $6. That’s a savings of over 70%! Its regularly $24.75. Place an order any time, but this stamp of the month is not available until May 1. Until then, the current stamp of the month is available (with the same fantastic deal, as well!)

Thanks for sticking with me for this long. I know this post is another novel, but I hope you found something inspirational in it! See you again soon.

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 😉

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!

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! 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!

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 Has Ranger Texture Paste!

Have you been wondering what products I played with in yesterday’s post? Here I’ll give you the run down.

To start, I’m focusing on CTMH I Heart Us this month. Most, if not all, my artwork will primarily focus on that collection, or have guest appearances in the rest.

I generally stick to ordering the paper packet, which costs about $14 CAD, and the coordinating Complements (sticker sheets). They cost approximately $10 CAD. Then, depending what speaks to me, I’ll order either the card making stamp, the scrapbooking stamp, or both. See them all below.

It isn’t often I order both stamp sets, and when I do, it’s because I can see a use for them both. The scrapbook stamp set is $25 CAD, and the card stamp set is $20 CAD.

I’ve also been experimenting with Ranger Texture Paste. Did you know CTMH carries it now?! It’s new, and we love it! There’s three types to choose from- opaque matte, transparent matte and translucent gloss. In my recent artwork, I used the opaque matte paste.

The three different types of texture pastes are available in a three- pack, running you about $19 CAD; you can also purchase a slightly larger tub of the opaque matte paste- it’s $13 CAD. So, how do you apply it? You can purchase our Palette Knives (they come in a set of 4 different knives) for $9! That’s a fantastic price!

Lastly- and I do not have this yet- but, it is on my wish list, is our stencil sheets. Make your very own stencils using them! Think of all the options you’ve got with just one pack!

Soooo fabulous! I hope you try these items out. They’re easy to use, and there’s so many different ways to use them! To see some of them, join me over on Facebook- I’ll be sharing some tutorials in the near future over in my techniques group. You don’t want to miss out! Click this link to go there. See you soon!

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!