Mid Summer Fiesta Online Crop With CTMH

You know the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’?

Its so true. Last week was an absolute blur. I had good intentions of sharing a bit via the blog every evening before going to bed, but when I opened up the editor, my brain went blank. I didn’t have the energy or the brain power by that point in the day to get anything concrete down. So, I left it.

I did miss it, though. Just in case you wondered. I thought of it nearly every day. (Must be a labor of love.) While I did get a couple layouts made while I was away to the city, I haven’t taken pictures of any of them just yet. I do have some housekeeping to share with you today, instead. I’ll start sharing those tomorrow. Once I’m done here, I’ll get back into my regular daily scrapping. (While I wait for laundry to wash and dry).

(My kids are currently watching the Princess Bride, and seriously- I nearly have the movie memorized. Its at the part where Princess Buttercup is set to marry Prince Humperdink before Wesley swoops in and rescues her. LOL. Its a classic!) Who else gets a kick out of the priest that marries Princess Buttercup and Prince Humperdink?

OK. Back to the housekeeping.

Tomorrow kicks off my renewed effort to build my CTMH business through offering classes and events (amongst Home Gatherings and online parties, if anyone is interested). I am hosting an online/virtual crop and everyone is invited. There are no strings attached- meaning I’m not here to try and up-sell and pressure anyone into becoming a customer. Although that would be ideal (and my eventual goal), I’m using this event as an opportunity to spread the word that I’m a consultant, and should anyone need supplies at any time, I’d be more than happy to help them purchase what they need. The prizes that are involved are all CTMH in nature.

There will be no sales pitch, no fine print, no catches. Come out, have fun, and craft your heart out. I have some games planned, some challenges (and they’re all easy, because I’m not sure what skill level everyone is at. Not everyone attending is a paper crafter, either).  I’ll have a specific thread open for chit chat, and once all the fun is over (you’ll have a month to finish your projects) submit your work for the chance to win a prize. IF its a hit, I’ll offer more events like this in the future.

The event starts at 1 pm MST tomorrow afternoon, and will continue until everyone peters out. I’ll only be able to commit until about 5 pm myself, because I still have my kids and husband to cook for. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t appreciate having to fend for themselves so I can just focus on what I love to do most- especially since time is set aside already (daily) so that I can scrap. But, like I said, the event doesn’t officially end until 11:59 pm MST on September 22, 2017. You’ll have until 11:59 PM MST the 24th to submit your projects to be considered for the prize, and I’ll have the winners announced by October 1, 2017.

Sound like fun? Here’s the event info!

Mid Summer Fiesta Online Crop

There is more housekeeping to share with y’all, but I think I’ll split up what I have to share and sprinkle it throughout the next couple posts. I don’t want to overwhelm everyone with all that’s new at CTMH this month! There’s some great stuff available- a new Annual Inspirations, new goodies to earn when you host an Online Gathering or Home Gathering (if you’re interested in any of this, please message me), and there’s more new goodies coming available next month (September), as well! Stay tuned. Your mind will be blown. For reals!

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CTMH Feel So Blessed Card Using Wax Paper

I wanted to craft using vellum, but I don’t have any. I’m not even sure where to find any, unless its included in your kits if you subscribe to a kit club. (Which I don’t, by the way. Hosting my own card club is as close as I’ve gotten to this avenue of creating.) So, what’s a girl to do?

While I was mulling over my creative options, I began to wonder if your regular old wax paper- the roll you’d find in your kitchen for your various baking endeavors- would create the same effect as vellum.

Happily, it does! Did you know that? Even better, its probably even cheaper than purchasing a sheet, or pack, of vellum! Score! The only downside to using wax paper, is that it’s more fragile than vellum is. But, as long as you treat it with love, your project will turn out beautiful!

Here’s an example:

Much like vellum, the wax paper softens whatever it is placed over- in this instance, it would be an ink sponged background. The next technique I’d honestly like to try is stamping directly on the wax paper or even trying to dry emboss it. Think it’ll work? I used Staz- On ink to stamp the ‘for you’ part of this card, but its faint. I think the next time, I’ll stamp directly in the background and then cover it with the wax paper. I suspect that my ink might just wipe off if I try stamping on it, but maybe I’ll be surprised. I won’t know until I try it. Experimenting is strangely gratifying and lots of fun!

This card is one that we will be making at my card club this September. You won’t just get to make one of these- we’ll be making three of them! I like this so much, I’m tempted to make five, just for myself. Additionally, the stamp set I used to create this card will be available for purchase in September, so you’re getting a sneak peek right now! How lucky! If your order reaches $50, this stamp set could be yours for $6. Its regularly $23. I will have it on hand at our card club, but you’re more than welcome to purchase it yourself, too. If you decide after card club that you’d really like this stamp set (or more of the supplies we used), just make another order! At the end of September, this stamp set will no longer be available for purchase.

Unfortunately,  I’ll share the rest of the cards we’re making in tomorrow’s post because the pictures didn’t want to load! So, please come back tomorrow to see more. I hope this inspires you to come check out my card clubs happening in September- one on the 16th in Whitecourt, and another on the 30th in Edmonton.

How does card club work? There is a fee involved- this club is $26.50. It covers the supplies you’ll need to make all of our cards. If you don’t use up all the supplies that you purchase, that’s fine. They’re yours to keep! We’ll be making 16 cards in total! Not a bad deal for $26, if you ask me. For this particular event, I’ll also be supplying the paper you need. Regularly, I would just cover the ink, stamps, stamping blocks and any other miscellaneous tools we’ll need to use.

Every month, each person in our club gets to play hostess, which enables her to receive products for free based on everyone’s orders. I would need 4 individuals to commit in order for this to work. The more participants we have, the more free products the hostess will get! Its initially going to run until November, upon which we’ll take a break for Christmas, and resume again in the new year. Our last card club will be held in June, before summer holidays begin. The fee will never be more than $30 CAD. A cutting guide will be included (free of charge if you’re part of my card club) so that you’ll be able to complete your cards after you get home. If that happens. If not, you’ve still got a cutting guide to use in the future!

The cutting guide is available to everyone to purchase, whether you live in Canada or not- even if you’re not part of card club! I still need to explore a price on that, but ballpark figure I think it’ll be $10. (But, I’m still working on smoothing out the kinks. Stay tuned!)

Reserve your spot early. Supplies should be ordered by the first of September if you’re coming to the September 16th event, and no later than the 15th if you’re coming to the September 30 event. Ideally, I’d like all attendees confirmed by RSVP’ing to one of the events I’ve posted to Facebook. I’ll share them below so you’re not scouring the net looking for them!

Whitecourt Event

Edmonton Event

Lastly, don’t forget about the Mid-Summer Fiesta CTMH Online Crop I’m hosting in a couple of weeks! I’d love to see you there! I have a few challenges and prizes lined up. Its going to be fun and relaxing!

Shoestring Planner Tuesday

Hello, friends.

I’ve adopted somewhat of a color coding method to record various events in my planner. While it won’t be painfully obvious for some time yet, there are hints of it finding it’s way into my weekly spreads.

The items marked in felt pen (you can see that it’s brighter and thicker than my finetip pen writing) are part of my color coding scheme. 

I had no clear direction last week when I wrote in our appointments and reminders- as far as color coding goes; this week (my next planner post) a pattern will begin to emerge. I used the last page in my planner, which is reserved for notes), to make a legend. I imagine I’ll be adding to that list as time goes on.

For now, things like incoming/outgoing snail mail, appointments and coffee dates, and anything school related all have their own certain colors. 

Thanks for joining me today!

A Thousand Wishes

Good morning! It’s a quiet house today- my kids are away for the weekend, visiting with their grandparents. I can breathe! 

Happy 149th birthday, Canada!

I created this double page layout for another challenge over at Scrapbook Generation last month (or slightly longer ago, now); I’ve actually got another layout on the go that’s using this same exact sketch. It’s sitting on my desk as I type this. It’ll likely be another month (sorry!) before you get to see it, though. Oddly enough, there are some parallels between this one and the one on my desk. And, it’s not the paper. Lol! The one on my desk is about airplanes, and in this one, my kids and husband are running around just like airplanes. 

The challenge, when I created this spread, was to complete a layout using this sketch. Isn’t it lovely? I had fun with the patterned paper mats in the background. I used CTMH Happy Times almost exclusively here, with the exception of a couple different CTMH stamps and my cricut for some die cutting. I may have snuck some CTMH Taste of Summer in there, too. 

Thanks for joining me today. I hope this spread- or the sketch- inspires you to create today!

Cool Chick

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Today’s layout was created using a mixture of products, using a sketch from Scrapbook Generation’s 2014 Create magazine. It was actually part of a challenge I participated in during their last online crop.

I started by layering some retired CTMH Happy Times patterned paper and coordinating zip strip on the left hand side of the page. The blue scallop is actually CTMH Glacier cardstock. The stamping here is also CTMH, which on this layout, is just the arrow beneath the title. You’ll also notice that the chick and mushroom are also created from the same CTMH Happy Times Paper. 

Next, I trimmed additional patterned papers from Momenta to 3×4 inch squares then rounded the corners with a punch.

Lastly, I layered my title and embellishments on top, some of which came from Jillibean Soup.

Thanks for joining me today!

Blip!

Hi everyone! I’m dropping by really quick with a layout I JUST finished. I’m posting it only because I wanted to link it up to Laura Whitakers’ Stuck?! Sketches linky party. I’ll explain more about it in the next few weeks!

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Crafty Event

Good morning crafty friends! Welcome to a brand new week! Let’s make it a great one!

I just thought I’d throw this out there for my Canadian friends- especially those that might live near me (Whitecourt)- I am hosting a craft night coming up on May 7 at 7 pm. If you’ve been looking for a way to indulge in some personal time, then this might be the event for you!

If you craft- no matter what you craft- you’re welcome to join. I have space for a number of people, including a nice little electric fireplace, TV for a movie or music and comfy couches and a table to sit at. For those that scrap and like getting messy, I have a kitchen sink with your name on it!

If you’ve been a frequent flyer here at my blog, you’ll know that I am a Close to My Heart consultant. This event is purely for entertainment and social purposes- my goal isn’t to surprise you and trick you into purchasing or ordering from me.

While (realistically), workshop participants and potential clients might hopefully- eventually- become an option, I’m starting this out as a way to network, connect and, most importantly, just find a group of friends that have the same likes I do.

Crafting.

A few years back, when we were living in another province, and I was still pregnant, my peers and social group of friends, met weekly to scrapbook. They’re some of my fondest memories while living there, and I miss it.

A lot.

I want to recreate the same here.

Won’t you join me?

I have the event posted to Facebook. You can rsvp there. If you’re a blogger with Canadian connections, reposting this would be fantastic! If not, word of mouth works just as well!

Here’s the event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1594496527530025/

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a fantastic week!