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!

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CTMH You Are Here

Good day! How is everyone?

I’m dropping in today to share with you a layout I created the other day. I used HS spray Ink in Tea and some CTMH scrap retired patterned paper.

I took out some new CTMH product, as well! The card stock base is CTMH Bluebird and coordinated well with my photo. I included some stamping using the You Are Here stamp sets (which coordinate with the Cricut cartridge) and cut the title using my Cricut. (Which also happens to be from You Are Here).

Have you heard? Over on Facebook, I’ll be showing you how I created this simple layout- and I’ll have a couple others that are similar, to hopefully inspire you to try using spray inks!

I’ll be doing a Facebook live, walking you through the process of creating this layout, then you’ll have the opportunity to create it yourself. The other layouts are meant to inspire you, and you can use them to jumpstart your creating too.

Anyone is welcome to join the group this will be happening in. Find it here. The fun starts January 27! Hope to see you there!

CTMH You Are Here

Well no road trip here today. My poor girl woke up with the flu. It’s pretty smelly and nasty over here today.

On the bright side, I have a layout to share with you that I made yesterday. It’s another Dino Layout, but instead of the inside of the museum, I took a couple pictures of the outside.

I pulled out some Sweet Leaf card stock- which I’ve never created with before. I’ve had a love affair with the coordinating ink for as long as I’ve been a CTMH rep (almost 5 years! It’ll be 5 years in April, I believe). It wasn’t until I placed my bulk order in December that I finally ordered the card stock. Whyyy did I wait so long? It’s bright and spring- like, and it makes me happy! I paired it with Almond and Espresso card stock and placed it all on a crisp, clean sheet of White Daisy. I wanted to use the You Are Here Stamp sets that coordinate with the CTMH cartridge, instead of going with more Dino themes. I think I’m over it and ready to move on to something else.

Thanks for joining me today. See you again 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!

January is Coming!

Are you ready for a new month and a new year?! It’s coming at us so quickly, isn’t it? Wowza, where has the year gone?

I’ve began reflecting on the new year, and making a business plan. I’ve missed blogging as much as I used to. It fell behind because I was focused on my CTMH workshops and adding more of them to my calendar. Things on that front has slowed way down- not sure why- but rather than beating a dead horse, I chose to continue moving forward by doing other things until the tides turn again. Such as blogging. Hopefully I can strike a happy balance when it does turn again.

So, having said that, I’m once again renewing my efforts to inspire you, share CTMH with you, and maybe forge a friendship with you. That would be ideal! If you’d like to join me, please follow along! You’re about to see me much more than you used to 😊

In January, a new catalog is coming out, and with said catalog, new products. Yay!!! All kinds of new is happening in January! I’ve had the privilege of playing with some of the new product ahead of time, and I’m excited to share it all with you, even if you already have seen some of it (check out previous posts to see more Something Fierce artwork).

First up is Something Fierce. It’s the featured paper collection in January. Did you know that every month at CTMH a new paper collection is highlighted? It makes workshop planning easy, and purchasing (if you adore what you made at your workshop). It also gives us a way to focus on one thing at a time so we don’t get overwhelmed by all the pretty new items at once! (Especially now, since each new catalog will have all new product- very little, if anything at all, will carry over).

You’ve already seen some of my artwork in previous posts, but I’ve got two more layouts to share with you. One layout used up some of the scraps I had leftover from the paper packet I was given at the launch event I went to on December 2. Paper can sure go a long ways if you use it the right way!

Cut your paper into 2×3 and 3×4 squares, and you’re set! Until now, I hadn’t used any of the images from the cut away paper that’s included in the paper packet. They worked well to embellish this double page spread. It’s so cute! I’ll probably never know the gender of this particular dinosaur, but since the papers are mostly pink and yellow, I’d like to think it’s a female lol!

The other layout I created used up a couple sheets of retired patterned paper and White daisy card stock. I also utilized journaling cards, which rarely happens!

My shadow obstructs the paper tearing that’s also featured in this layout. If you enlarge the image, and look really closely, you’ll see a tone on tone effect where I added strips of paper torn white daisy card stock. I think it adds to the wild nature of my theme. I focused on keeping the color palette neutral, so you’ll find lots of Nutmeg, Fern and touches of Glacier throughout- not to mention white daisy. Can never have too much of that 😊

I also utilized my cricut to cut the dinosaur and title. Happily, I have some images that fits this theme, which always makes crafting easier. Unlike the first spread, I added stamping to the far right journaling card for added dimension.

Next up, which I’ll share in the next day or so (we’re joining Whitecourt’s protest convoy tomorrow. We fully support our oil and gas industry! It’s our way of life 💕), is the gorgeous Magnolia frame kit, which is January’s national paper crafting Month sales promotion. I put mine together last week, and it’s stunning! I want more! You’re going to fall in love with it too. Promise!

Thanks for joining me. I hope to see you again soon!

CTMH You Are Here

While most people are thinking of Christmas- both in their everyday and crafting lives, my attention has turned back to sunnier and much warmer days.

I love Christmas, and the warm fuzzies I get from spending time with my family, but I want to wear my flip flops again. I’ve had enough darkness and short days. Long live hot weather and longer daytimes!

But really. Christmas needs to happen before flip flop weather is allowed to return. (Anyone else feel like winter set in back in August??)

I sat down to Create today because the week ahead is full of extra curriculars that aren’t going to allow for much creating (or any). While I’m waiting ever so patiently (bahaha- patience is not my strong suit) for my next CTMH order to arrive, I’ve been enjoying doing my own scrapbooking. I’m at the point in our lives where we took summer vacation one year ago.

I never ever thought I’d catch up.

By catching up, I mean scrapbooking events that are so recent. I’m a bit dumbfounded. Last year, this moment seemed so far away. I was completely fine with that. The whole point of scrapbooking is to never “catch up”. Maybe I should back- track now, and start over from when our journey began (as in the dating days). Hmm. That always was my plan, if I ever came to this place known as catching up.

Anyways. I ordered the You Are Here cricut cartridge during one of our recent flash sales. You can’t go wrong with 50% off, amirite?! I decided to purchase the cart I thought I’d get the most use out of, and this one was it.

You have a choice of purchasing the standard Cricut cartridge for $115 CAD, or the new digital collection for $85 CAD. Either cartridge comes with the Stamp sets you see above.

They’ve come in so handy! This definitely was a good choice for me! I’ve made a couple layouts recently that use images off the cartridge, but I hadn’t made anything utilizing both the stamps and cartridge. Until today.

I’m not done yet, either. I still have the rest of our day trip to Drumheller to scrapbook! Many more layouts using these tools are still coming! But, not until Friday, at least. Stay tuned for those!

And, stay tuned for fresh new product! That’ll be coming very soon too!

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!

CTMH Fern & Lemon

I pulled out a retired stamp set during my craft sesh today. I don’t use it often enough, but it’s because I don’t have near enough pictures to use it in! Look below to see what I mean.

My kids have a love affair with water- so much so they want to join the swim team this spring. Can we say 😳 I’m not sure how it’s going to go. I sure hope they enjoy it!

I used this stamp set to create this layout:

I had wanted to create a layout using Fern and Lemon. Today was the day! But, I hadn’t thought of pairing Bashful with it until I looked at my daughters’ bathing suits. That was my “ahhh” moment- it was the perfect complimentary color!

As I sat at my computer searching unsuccessfully for Cricut images to cut to compliment the story, I thought of the Play Hard stamp set. It’s been in my stash for quite some time, and like I mentioned above, it’s not used often enough. This was the perfect opportunity to add some stamping. Oh yeah!!

Pearfect Layouts

Good afternoon!

I wanted to share with you what I’ve been doing in my haven recently.

I’ve been using my crafty time to clean up my scraps (some of it, not all) and it’s so self satisfying shrinking that stash rather than adding to it.

I also had the opportunity to play with Bunches of Love again. Scrapbooking pictures of my Hosta’s were the perfect reason to incorporate it into my layout. Imma never get rid of this stamp set! Pure love!

By the way, how delicious is Fern and Sugarplum together?! Yum! Can we just talk about color pairings for a second? Using tools like our Love of Color is super handy for taking the guesswork out of matching colors together. I often refer to it because it makes this aspect of crafting really easy. Using it is a no- brainer. But, don’t you love it when colors accidentally come together, and you hadn’t planned it? Take the layout above. I was looking at my photos for color inspo, and I quickly realized Sugarplum and Fern were meant for each other. When I had that layout and the layout below stacked together, I realized Fern and Canary would look amazing together. 😍 Also (I’m waiting for the opportunity to use this color combo), Mint and Pixie are dynamite together! Wowza! So many great color combinations! Have you ever accidentally discovered that two seemingly mismatched colors actually work beautifully together? Do share!

A really simple design technique and stash buster is to create a grid design. I raided my stash boxes and pulled out coordinating papers and trimmed them into 2 inch squares. (Make sure you’ve got enough paper to do this if you want to keep the colors and patterns to a minimum!) I find I’ll regularly revert back to this design style because it’s so easy and quick to put together. I don’t do it too often, because I don’t want each layout looking the same! I rarely use this design in my cardmaking- the smaller the square, the harder they are to work with.

One other side note- do you ever use both the positive and negative portions of your die cuts? If not, why? (I’m not judging…I don’t always, either). Actually, more often than not, I’m not interested in both portions. I only want the positive cut, and ignore the negative cuts. They typically wind up in the recycling. Sometimes, though, they can really enhance your project, however minuscule it is. I decided to use the negative portion of the umbrella die cut (layout above) because they were so darn cute! And tiny. Oy, tweezers would’ve been really handy attaching them to the layout!

In this last layout, I gave the November SOTM another shot. It worked perfectly for the birdhouse theme! I used a journaling card from Oh What Fun, as well! I’m always so excited when bits and pieces that I typically don’t use wind up in a layout. Like it was meant to be 😊

The icing on the cake was using my newest cricut cartridge, You Are Here. I bought it based on the fact I’ve always got lots of holiday pictures to scrapbook, and it would likely be used a lot. The way it appears now, it will get a lot of use! I’m just about to scrapbook last summers’ vacation to my husbands’ hometown. Instead of going to the lake, we stayed with my mother and father in law for a week. Good times. (Stay tuned for the day trips we took while we were there!)

Thanks for joining me today. I hope something inspired you!

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!