CTMH Mini Cards!

Hey guys! Here’s what I’ve been up to in my haven the last couple days:

This stamp set is available to purchase from my website. BUT, it’s almost sold out! Make cards as adorable as these, but order them soon, before supplies run out! Visit my website here.

This stamp set is retired, but it’s still fun! I hadn’t used it up until this point, and really needed to try this bad boy out! Look how adorable! My favorite is the little sailboat. What I love most about this set? It’s a thin Cut and Stamp combo- meaning you can stamp your image and cut it out in two simple steps!

The item in these cards that IS available is the shimmer brush! In particular, I used the red shimmer brush in each of the cards, but CTMH has clear, mint, black, gold and red shimmer brushes in stock. Quickly and easily add sparkle to your projects with the stroke of a brush. It’s so simple!

Are you noticing a trend here? I’m absolutely loving mini cards these days! They’re 3×3 inches, and the perfect size for sweet and simple thinking- of- you’s. In these particular cards, I used Baby Animals Doodles, which is another stamp and thin cut set. It’s also retired. BUT, I paired it with Sweet Girl papers, which isn’t retired, as well as Something Fierce. The black shimmer brush made a cameo appearance in these cards too. The scallop square? I used my cricut for that. It came from one of CTMH’s cricut cartridges- CTMH artbooking. If you don’t have it, you’ll need it! All our CTMH carts are amazing! And exclusive to CTMH, meaning they are nowhere else besides my online shop. How cool is that?!

Last set of cards is also retired. Boo 😒 Seriously, this stamp set is a keeper. I love it so much. The stamping is a two step process. Start with the outline of the flowers, and follow up with the ‘filler’. Instead of colouring the inside, you stamp it. Smart, right?! I fussy cut the flowers out and attached them to the card front with 3D foam tape.

How dreamy is that sage card stock?! It pairs beautifully with CTMH colors like Sapphire, Almond, Ballerina, and my personal favorite- Glacier. It’s soft, which makes sympathy cards so inviting, but baby cards also scream for Sage. It’s my new must have card stock.

That’s all for today, but I have much more to share with you! I’ll be back on Wednesday. See you then!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Just wanted to drop in and share what I’ve recently made. Look!

I hope you find inspiration in your day!

Also, if you happen to be a mother or fill a mom role in someone’s life, Happy Mothers’ Day!

Its Halloween Time Again

Hey hey! TGIF! I wanted to drop in today and share with you another layout I created using the Decorative Borders Thin Cut set. There’s so many great dies to choose from, its almost too hard to decide which one I’m going to use next!

The die I chose for the layout I’m sharing with you today was an easy one. Its a layout about Halloween, and I thought stitching was fitting- in a Tim Burton sort of way. Here, have a look!

CTMH Decorative Borders Thin Cuts

I can’t share the entire layout with you (actually a double page layout), because its got stuff in there that needs to stay under wraps for a couple more days. On April 1 I can share more with you! So, yes, in other words, its new product! Its also apparent I need to go back and erase the pencil line I made to ensure part of my title is straight. Its a good rule of thumb to use your straight edge ruler and pencil to mark out where your title will go. I use this technique simply to keep my titles straight. THere’s nothing that annoys me more in my own crafting than a crooked title. Drawing a line is so simple- but remember to erase it after you’re done! People will think you’re just that good if they don’t see a pencil line denoting it.

While playing with the dies yesterday, I came to realize that working slowly and deliberately with these particular dies is in your best interest. You’ll have the best results if you move meticulously and slowly, ensuring the cut is straight and even. Unless you’re aiming for an off-kilter cut, then by all means keep on trucking! Its inspired me to create a small tutorial walking you through how to use these particular dies. This won’t necessarily apply to our other dies because they tend to be shapes, not straight lines. Join me again next week (likely Monday) for a little Facebook Live in the techniques group to see how I keep my decorative borders looking their best! If you’re not part of my group there, you should join it! I share tutorials and tips as much as I can, and also host some workshops there, too. You are always welcome to craft along with me during the live videos! That means its interactive- I love it when people join in!

A new month is quickly barrelling towards us, so in the very near future I’ll be able to show you the new product that’s coming out, the layout I only gave you a peek of today, the specials that are coming up and what my focus will be with this next catalog. Speaking of new product, I am expecting my April order to arrive today. If its early enough, I will be doing my unboxing day live video over on my business page today (hopefully before 1- ideally before 3:30 this afternoon). If not, Monday will be the day. Are you following my business page on Facebook? Find me here. You should join- its the best place to stay up to date on my goings on with CTMH and my business 🙂

Lots of fun stuff is coming up in April. Join me again soon so I can catch you up on the good stuff!


So Much Happy Artwork

Good afternoon! I have some layouts to share with you that I created using So Much Happy. Enjoy!

So Much Happy & This Happened

So Much Happy

So Much Happy

So Much Happy

I tried using a mixture of products from within the paper packet and card stock packet, so you’ll see the puffy stickers, Complements, stamping, cut- away paper, and the oh-so-fun sticker alphas. They are my absolute favourite, and I hope CTMH brings them back in future collections. I just love using them, especially where my titles are concerned. I love the interest and variety it adds, especially when fonts are mixed. Its such a nice change from using the Cricut all the time. I use it the most to create my titles. I like to spice things up! Stamping my titles is a nice change, too.

I hope you find inspiration to craft some today. If not, enjoy the beautiful weather we’re having!

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!

February + CTMH I Heart Us

Have I really only posted twice this month? Oh, that’s no good. Luckily, I have a lot to share with you! I Heart Us has become an intense favourite of mine, and I wanted to share with you everything I’ve made with it. The best part is that I’ve only used half the paper packet. Yes, only half of it! I’m become quite the master of stretching my paper. You’ll see what I mean below.

Twelve projects, most of which are layouts. And, I’m not done yet! The month is not over- there’s still another week to go before I change gears and focus on CTMH So Much Happy. How much more can I create using it? I guess we’ll find out!

The two chipboard monograms that you saw in the photo above- those are for my daughters, who are celebrating their 9th birthday tomorrow! They’re going to love them- I hope! I’ll share another post about them in the near future. I enjoyed making them so much, that I’m looking for another excuse to order more! I want to make something for my craft haven, but I don’t know what yet. My name? My business name? A crafty phrase? (Create is out. I’ve got a beautiful sign that my BFF gave me for my birthday with that phrase on it.) Its got to be something else. FYI- they come in every letter of the alphabet, as well as all the numbers and some symbols. There’s a lot of options!

Each of the layouts above showcase different crafting techniques, such as Texture Paste, spritzing spray ink into the background, watercoloring using water color paints and ink (yes, its possible!!), colouring with shimmer pens and Shin Han markers, regular old stamping, and creating die cuts with the cricut. My projects have run the gamut this month! And, I keep returning to how much I love the vibrance and bright colors of I Heart Us. Its literally the best thing about this paper packet (especially the bold striped rainbow paper. I can’t get enough of it!)

Thanks for dropping in! See you again soon!

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?

Dash of Inspo Tuesday

In a few days (closer to a week, honestly) I’ll be moving on from playing with Something Fierce. The next collection I’ll be working on is I Heart Us. Here’s a peek:

But in the meantime, I have a couple more layouts to show you that’s made from the Something Fierce collection:

I also have another layout that mixed papers from Heart Happy and past, retired collections:

That’s all I’ve been up to lately! Scrap Your Stash was a huge hit. It was so fun, and a lot of prizes were handed out! We’re doing it again in February! Consider joining us- it’s open to everyone, CTMH consultant or not. Keep February 17-24 in mind. That’s when we’re diving into our stashes again 😊

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!