It’s A Circus

Friends! Happy Saturday!

I have a new layout to share with you today. I made it for myself. NOT for a workshop. How great is that?! 😃

My life is a circus these days. I’m sure some of you can relate. 😳

At least this circus is one that everyone would look forward to. It came to town a few years back. We watched as they set up their tents- it was a great way to build anticipation and excitement. When the day finally came for us to go see it, we were nearly bursting at the seams. It was a lot of fun. One day we’ll make it back 😊

I used some Stargazer to create this spread, and paired some Beary Christmas and poppy cardstock with it. It looks great together! The ticket and title located inside it, and the sweet little elephant, were all cut with my Cricut. It’s saved to my Cricut, but is not set to public. It could be…if anyone wants to create this layout, too! Comment below 😉

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CTMH Pretty in Pink

February is going to be a busy month. Not like January wasn’t, just in a different way. Last month was full of family drama (for lack of a better word); this month will be full of CTMH business action! I’m excited and overwhelmed and nervous. So, even though I haven’t been checking in here, I have been busy. Wanna see?

First, I should mention that February is Pretty in Pink month at Close to My Heart. Select pink and gold product bundles are 30% off their regular price, while select individual items are 25% off. There are great products in this campaign! Go have a look- it’s on my website now! (Link will be provided at the bottom of this post.

With February’s constant campaign in mind, I created these projects:

I do have another motive for creating these projects, one of which is a home gathering that’s coming up in a couple weeks. (That’s the cards). The layouts are for another event that’s coming up, and it’s got me overwhelmed. And honoured. This is a huge opportunity for me. (And the cards actually. They’re pulling double duty). I won’t share more than that about my huge opportunity until I get the official word.

That’s all for now. I’ll have more to share again soon! Thanks for joining me today!

Friends Always

Hello friends! I’m dropping in to share another two page layout with you!

I’m crushing hard on Gimme Some Sugar. I love the colour pairings, the pattern (the flowers are great for fussy cutting and using as embellishments. Did you know that?!); it’s bright, fresh and summery. I can almost smell summer with this paper. (The pictures enable me to hear the sounds from the event- rodeo- we were at, too. I love it).

This layout is the third instalment in my layout Buffet. It’s coming up on March 24, from 5-8 pm. Kids are welcome- childcare is free at Bugz & Beanerz on Wednesday evenings! If you’re in the area, treat yourself to an evening out!

Join me again tomorrow so I can share the last project we’ll be making. You won’t want to miss it!

Out of This World

Happy Wednesday. How did we get here so quickly? A minute ago it was Monday! I’m currently working on another project, but wanted to take a quick break to show you my latest layout.

How cute is this paper?! It’s called Stargazer, and it’s perfect for all your astronomy lovers, boys and science geeks! (My daughter is one of them). I tried tying horses and space together…how did I do? 😂

This was their first experience riding a horse, and I’m sure they’d tell you it was out of this world. Their minds were blown, and frequently ask when they can go again.

This is project two in my layout buffet. Stay tuned to see more. More is coming!

XOXO Layout

I have a new layout to share with you today. I scraplifted myself when I created it, using the new Gimme Some Sugar paper to put it together.

I haven’t filled in the journaling yet, and I’m not really sure why. I came upstairs from my haven to snap this picture before I got that done, I guess. I’ll fill it in at some point- before it’s put into an album, likely.

This layout is available as a bonus kit for those that are attending the layout buffet on March 14. If you’d like to make this yourself, all that’s required is to purchase the supplies I used and I’ll email you the instructions for free. (There’s only four items on this supply list). Embellish as you see fit!

Supplies Used:

All these products are available on my website. Visit it here. Message me if you need help ordering!

Seasonal Expressions 1 Layout Buffet

Hi friends, I have a bit more to share today about a new workshop I’m organizing.

Coming up in March- the 14th from 5-8 pm, to be exact- I will be hosting my very first layout buffet! From my (limited) experience, this type of workshop is fairly new and considered “uncharted territory” by a lot of consultants. I’m excited to try it out, and I’m excited my customers are willing to experiment with me!

There are 4 double page layouts we will tackle, challenging ourselves to complete them in the 3 hour time limit. There will also be two bonus single page layout kits available for purchase, for $5 each. The fee for the buffet itself is $40. All the materials will be pre-stamped and pre-cut; everything will be supplied. Bring along your tape runner, if you have one, and just assemble!

Here’s how I envision it’ll work: to simplify the process for everyone, printed and illustrated instructions will be found for each layout spread at each of their respective stations. The sample I made will be displayed as well, with my pictures attached for a good visual. The samples are also posted right to the event page on Facebook- with and without my photos.

The bonus layouts will also have instructions included- for free. They will be displayed along with my sample double page layouts.

I’m currently still working on the projects we’ll create in this workshop, and I’ll share the rest here as I complete them. Here’s what I’ve created up to this point:

Project #1 with and without pictures

Bonus single page layout #1

I’m so excited about sharing these projects, I can’t remember what else I needed to share with you! Well, if I think of it, I guess you’ll be hearing from me again rather soon!

You’re the Sweetest CTMH card

It’s a beautiful day, so I took the pups for a walk to school this afternoon.

We are puppy sitting right now, so that’s why you’re seeing a second dog. Introducing Cutie Pie!

After a busy morning, I sat down to put together thank you cards for all the families and businesses that have donated to our upcoming gymnastics silent auction.

I created this card using a mixture of Make Waves, Gimme Some Sugar and Sea Glass cardstock. I coloured the stamp (A Little Bit of Pun) with my shin Han markers and stamped the sentiment using Pansy ink. (I stamped the cupcake in basic black ink).

You’re Invited Make Waves Invitations

The twins’ birthday is coming up, so I’m between planning workshops and a few other miscellaneous projects, I made time to create their birthday invitations.

Simple and straight forward is best when you’re creating cards in bulk. They’ve also got to be cute, too, though. Can’t forget that.

They’re birthday invitations are perfect for them, because the paper I used is in their favorite colours. Have a look:

I used side B of the Make Waves Paper; it isn’t often I find patterned paper in purple, so this is perfect! Anyone else find this, too?

I also used the Make Waves Stamp scrapbooking set. Instead of using the gorgeous mermaid stamp (she’s really popular, I’ve noticed), I used the scallop and little starfish stamps.

On the reverse side, I included all the important information. I’ll mail these and send them to school with the twins the first week of February. I personally dislike getting invitations the week of or days before a birthday. Last minute does not work for me! I understand it happens, but I try to stay organized.

Card Overload

Hello friends, I’m dropping in early because I’ve got to catch up on household chores and errands before I can play again. I’m letting my car warm up before heading out for groceries, so I’ll take that time to visit with you 😊

I have the last of the cards we’ll be making at March’s card buffet to share today. Enjoy!

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last three cards are scrap lifts of myself! Lol

The top card is a replica of a batch of birthday cards I just made (they'll be in tomorrow's post); the middle Card is a lift of the Make and take from my upcoming open house (two days and counting! Are you coming?); and lastly, the cats Meow Card is a lift of the children's valentines we'll be making in February's workshop.

Thanks for joining me today 😊