August with Close to My Heart

There is a lot going on over at Close to My Heart this month! Boy, its going to be an exciting month! There’s a few things I can’t wait to get my hands on- such as the new Annual Inspirations catalog that was unveiled today- its available for purchase over on my website. You can also browse through it before you decide to purchase it. Check it out! I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve heard its filled to the brim with fabulous new products. (Which I wouldn’t doubt, because they always carry fabulous products!) I can’t wait to see what’s in it! (That will be next on my days’ to do list…)

Not only is there a new catalog to whet your appetite with, there’s also a new stamp of the month. I’ve been dying to order this stamp, because I’m working on improving my school themed scrapbook stash. This stamp set fits the bill, and I seriously can’t wait to play with it! When you place a qualifying order of $50 on my website (or with me), you’ll receive this stamp set for just $6. Its regularly $27 CAD. You can purchase it on its own, too.

School is definitely cool with this fantastic stamp set. How would you use it? I’m already envisioning it on my layouts and maybe some teacher appreciation cards, too. They’ll look so durn cute!

Lastly, if you noticed the image at the top of this post, you’ll know that Close to My Heart is also hosting a warehouse sale through the month of August. Every week the sale is different, so make sure to stop in every Tuesday to see what’s up for grabs. This week, you’ll find an ultimate embellishment bundle, Swan Lake paper packet and paper bundle, Thin Cuts bundles and more! All retired and all 50% off! I’ve got my eye on the Swan Lake paper bundle. But, don’t wait! These items are limited and will sell out fast! Message me to add to my monthly order, or head right now to my website to place your order. (You can find the link a bit further up in this blog post).

Also, I just want to remind you that I’ve got my own events coming up later this month and in September. I’ll share more details about them tomorrow, because I think this is enough info to absorb at the moment. But, seriously- don’t miss out! There’s a lot of fun stuff going on, and you should get yourself in on some of it. Some of it will stick around for the entire year, and some of it will only last for the week (possibly less). Get ‘er done!

CTMH July Stampaganza + Oh Canada Bundle

Good morning! Welcome to July! To my Canadian friends, happy belated Canada Day! To my American friends, happy early 4th of July! I hope you enjoy your holiday tomorrow.

My country reached a milestone birthday this year- we celebrated our 150th birthday. There were big parties all over our country, including my small town. Don’t get me wrong, Canada Day is always a good time, but this one was extra special. We hit up the local Canada Day parade- something I’d never done. That was pretty special for me- I’ve never been to any kind of parade before. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Next, we found a free BBQ happening downtown, so we took the kids for lunch, and later in the day we took them to our local Rotary Park to take in the fun that was down there. We filled up on Canada Day tattoos, sparkle tattoos, henna tattoos and somehow managed to score some Wolverines tickets. They’re our local hockey team. Lastly, to finish the day off, we took in the stellar fireworks display our town hosted down at Rotary Park. Ah-mazing! It was a great show.

CTMH decided to keep the party going with an incredible patriotic bundle offer just for us Canadians. It is incredibly thoughtful of them to offer us something like this, and I can assure you a lot of people are going nuts over it! I know I am! If you follow my Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook page, you’ll have already seen the flyer for this special offer from CTMH. If you don’t, why not?! I don’t bite 😉 Here’s the post with all the links in it. You’ll be the first to see all the news and insider info if you follow these pages…you can also shop directly from my Facebook page, making it easier on you.

This Canadiana bundle they created for us includes 12 sheets of a variety of card stock (including some new ones that will be coming out in August!), a digital Cricut cartridge and the Canada logo stamp for the low price of $42.80 ($43 with shipping). If this is available in the new catalog- which I think it might be (in August)- it’ll be over $50. You’ll save 20% on your order if you do it in the month of July.

I will be placing my July order at the end of the week this week, so if you’d like to add to it, please let me know. I can ship to anyone here in Canada. If you live in the United States or Australia, you’ll need to find a consultant nearest you. Sorry! If you add to my order, you’ll save on your shipping, and orders of $50 or more qualify you for this month’s stamp of the month. I’ll share it in another post. If you prefer to order it yourself, you’ll find my website in the graphic above (my watermark). It will take you directly to my CTMH website. I’m seriously so excited about this bundle. All those Canada Day layouts will really come to life with this bundle! All the images on the digital Cricut cartridge I can hardly wait to browse through. It’s got you covered! (By the way, how cute is that Oh Canada frame?!)

July is also Stampaganza month, meaning when you buy two stamps at regular price, you will get your third one absolutely free. Retired stamps are also making a comeback for this special offer. It would be in your best interest to go and see what’s available to you! I wouldn’t delay on this offer, either. Those stamps will fly off the shelves faster than lightning.

There’s some great stamps in this deal! The majority of them are monthly word puzzles, but you’ll find them useful for every holiday and occasion happening throughout the year, such as Christmas, Easter, school, summer, halloween…the list goes on. Go ahead and check it out. You’ll definitely find something useful! I’ve already made my list for my order- it keeps growing longer! The stamps in the graphic above are just a snippet of what’s available. The washi tape stamp set looks really cool, and the penguins are super duper cute. Some of the stamp sets available are smaller, but that’s alright. We don’t always need to make standard size cards, right? 3×3 is nice, too! I made that size of card for my daughters last Easter, and they love it. Addison still has hers, actually. She still has a birthday card I made for them, too. She’s so sentimental that way! I love it!

So, this is just some of the special deals happening at Close to My Heart this month. Please keep in mind that when July passes, so will these deals. August will host new specials! In the near future, I’ll share a bit more about the stamp of the month. For now, I think you’ve got all your brains can handle with the Stampaganza and Oh Canada bundle. Visit me at to place your order, or comment on this post to start your order. For privacy, you could also email me at

I’ll be back tomorrow with more crafty goodness!

CTMH June Sales End TODAY!!!

Good morning! TGIF! Summer vacation has started, and I wanted so badly to sleep in. But, my body is too accustomed to waking up at 6:30. I was wide awake at my regular time, and tossed and turned until 7, upon which I pulled out the old (new, actually) cell phone and putzed around on it until just before 8. One day I’ll actually be able to sleep in.

I’m actually stopping in this morning to remind you of the sales and specials we have going on this month. Unfortunately, these sales end today. What sales are those? Well, we have the stamp of the month, called Hello Foxy, which is just $6 when you make a qualifying order of $50. Its regularly $27 CAD. Its a seriously great deal! We also have the 12×12 album and card stock carnival sales. During the month of June, when you buy one 12×12 album at regular price, you could get a second one half price. That includes both post bound and d-ring styles. There’s a number of shades to choose from, as well. They’re all pretty, durable and the perfect house for all those precious memories you’re storing.

The card stock carnival is a unique sale. All bundles are 25% off, including solid and variety packs. I stocked up on Colonial White, because I heard through the grapevine that it may have been retired with the new catalog. Boo. I was just really getting into using it! Stocking up on card stock now is a really, really good thing to do, because as of the new catalog, you’ll see some significant changes to our card  stock. The neutral color palette has gone through a re-vamp, so you’ll see some new colors, and other colors moved to other palettes. Black and White Daisy are stand alone colors, so don’t have a palette, per se. Secondly, and more importantly, the card stock has also transformed. You’ll see its wonderful (and highly anticipated) change with the new catalog release in August! You’ll like it, I promise! If you thought you got a lot of mileage with our current card stock, you’ll be blown away by the mileage you’ll get from the new card stock!

I kind of want to keep the change a surprise, so I don’t want to divulge too much information, but I will say that I’ve never seen this combination anywhere. Its a bold, new step for CTMH, and I think its a smart one. I’m betting they’ll set a new trend with this one, if its already not a trend somewhere. I don’t think so, though.

So, there you have it. I strongly urge you to check out the sales for this month, which will expire today. If you haven’t made an order already, and you’ve been thinking about doing it, please don’t delay. Visit my CTMH website to start shopping, comment on this post or send me a message via email:

Enjoy your weekend, and I’ll see everyone again soon! Its a long weekend here in Canada, so I may not be around again until Monday! Peace out, peeps!

CTMH June BOGO Album Sale

One of the housekeeping items I mentioned yesterday that I’d like to share with you is this months’ promotional sales we have happening. Now is a great time to stock up on items that paper crafters tend to run out of fairly quickly, depending on how quickly you get your crafting done- scrapbook albums! The other is card stock- but I’ll share more about that in a moment.

Yes, we definitely have you covered this month. When you buy one album of any style- post pound or d-ring, get a second one 50% off! All our albums are 12×12, and are sturdy and durable. This year’s albums have a lovely leather cover and come in an assortment of colors. The hot one is Sea Glass, which is this year’s CTMH color of the year. You’ll definitely want to snatch that one up- its sold out once already! They are the perfect way to store your layouts- and the best part is that the page protectors don’t stick out the side of the album, like some tend to do. They stay neatly inside, where they belong.

Why stop at stocking up on albums, when you could stock up on the other item paper crafters run out of quickly- card stock!

Yes, card stock. The basis for nearly every layout there is. All card stock, including paper packs and variety packs, are 25% off at check out when you shop my online store. Go mixed, stay solid, stock up on card stock! You won’t regret it! Our card stock is made from quality paper, and has a white core, just like you saw in yesterday’s post. They all come in a wide variety of colors and coordinate beautifully with all our patterned papers.

This deal just seems to naturally fit together, doesn’t it? As if the deal couldn’t get any better, it does. But, you’ll have to wait until next month (July) to find out what the next promotional sale is! You’ll want to stock on up on this, too! More details to follow in the next week.

(June passed quickly, didn’t it?!) I feel like I’m just going to have enough time to catch my breath for school to end before the chaos of summer begins! Honestly, I don’t think I’ll even have the time for that! If your kids are already done school (even if they aren’t), take some time to inventory what you’ve got on hand, and if you find it lacking, give me a shout! I’d love to help you stock up on some of the essentials!

CTMH Cut Above Scrapbook Kits

Long time no see! My world turned upside down a few months back, and I’m just beginning to resurface. I’m still hurting deeply, but I’m taking the good days along with the bad. I know what needs to be done to weather this storm, and so far, it’s been working. #fitnessforlife, amirite? And, of course, using my me-time to create is also in my plan to rebound. 

In April, Close to My Heart is sharing a wonderful way to scrapbook using the Cut Above line. It makes your crafting a breeze because everything is done for you. That means there’s no measuring or cutting, or playing around with placement. It has already been done for you! Find all the stickers and die cuts you need to decorate your layouts, and assemble it easily using the included instructions. 

Set aside 15 minutes in your day to create. That’s doable, isn’t it? The best part of this deal is that it’s just $9.50- half price! Talk about time saving and affordable! Whether you’ve got babies in your life, or a special someone, creating with these kits will be a pleasure. 
I’m collecting orders for these kits right now. Message me to reserve yours. This deal expires on April 30, 2017.

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!

Shoestring Planner Tuesday


This week, I chose a red, white and black theme, with a few touches here and there of CTMH Thistle ink, as well.

A really great stamp set- that I’m finding I turn to regularly for my planner spreads- is CTMH From the Notebook. It’s a Stamp of the Month that hasn’t been released yet. How exciting is that?! Stay tuned for it, it’ll be available in the near future.

I love using this stamp set because many of the stamps within it are small, making them perfect for use in daily planners, snail mail, bullet journals, scrapbooking and card making. So, all those little stars, arrows, envelopes, thumbs ups, tabs, etc are all from this particular stamp set. (And then some. I haven’t used all the stamps in this set, yet! You will see sneaks of more of it in the near future- on layouts and in my personal mail art. Keep your eyes peeled for it!)

Yes for versatility!

As a side note, the For the Notebook stamp set is not currently available to purchase. I will let you know when it is available, though!

CTMH Scrapbook albums

Close to My Heart carries a wide variety of crafting and papercrafting products, including scrapbook albums.

Their albums come in post bound and D- ring styles, are durable and sturdy and are pretty to look at. There are a variety of patterns to choose from, too!

The best part is that they’re currently on sale at CTMH! Receive 25% off your album order through the remainder of June! That means they’re only $31 CAD!



To order yours, please visit my website at You can also comment on this post to reserve one for yourself too!

June CTMH Specials

Are you familiar with CTMH? Do you know what this acronym stands for and what it even is? I have been asked in the past, which is why I mention it.


Close to My Heart, or CTMH for short, is a direct sales papercrafting business specializing in stamping and crafting products for over 30 years! That’s a long time! They offer a variety of products, from photo polymer stamps, to paper products, and jewelry products to to party supplies and home decor. There’s lots to choose from!

I am an CTMH independent consultant and have had my business for two years. I love scrapbooking (as you well know based on my blog), and I love sharing my passion with others.

Now that you’re caught up, I have some CTMH news to share with you! For the month of June ONLY, every weekend (Friday to Monday), there will be a flash sale. New product, retired product, you’ll get a little bit of everything out of each sale- at great prices, too!

You still have time to check out this weekends’ sale. It doesn’t end until 5 pm MST today! Get on it before things sell out! Here are a few of my favorites:



There’s much more than just this that’s available this weekend. Visit to check out all the sale items!

One of the new products that’s available at CTMH is Tickled Pink (stamp set), and the coordinating paper packet called Calypso. It can be purchased as a packet (just the patterned paper), or as a scrapbook workshop. The workshop includes stickers, ephemera, all the coordinating paper from the collection, and printable instructions for creating your layouts  (there’s 6 layouts in total!)

The coordinating stamp set (and die) is extra. They are super duper cute! I’m dying to order the die set, which will work in most die cutting machines (cuttlebug, big shot, etc).

*Just a note- these products are not necessarily part of the grab bags (flash sale) I mentioned above. These are products found in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.*

Here’s the first few layouts I made using both these products. I hope they inspire you!





All of these layouts were inspired by a variety of sketches, which can be found here. (Search for the board called Fave sketches.)

If any of these products interests you, there are a few ways to start an order. Visit my website at; you’ll be able to order directly from there. You can email me at or leave me a comment below! They’re all very easy, just choose whichever method is most convenient for you.

If you’re not Canadian (sorry), you can search for the consultant nearest you from my website. Once you get in touch with them, they’ll take great care of you!

CTMH Happy Times

I want to share the last layouts and cards I made using the beautiful Happy Times Paper packet from Close to My Heart. You’ve got very little time left to claim them for yourself, and they’re way too pretty to pass up! The paper is just $17.75 CAD (there’s 12 sheets of 12×12 patterned paper in the packet). What a great deal! The stamp set could be yours for $21.25 (there’s 18 pieces in the stamp set).


But, hold on. I have one more surprise for you. Did you know you can earn the paper packet for FREE? You absolutely can!

Hop on over to my website, and browse around. While you’re making your order (online or by contacting me), you’ll receive the paper packet free when you spend $70 CAD. You won’t be disappointed, I promise. There’s ombre paper, wood grain paper (think like old barn board), gold foil…the list goes on. Pretty!

Here’s what I made using it, and I’ve still got paper left over!







So, that’s 5- FIVE- layouts, and ten cards using this bright, warm summery paper. How many projects could you make with it?

Which is your favorite? Let me know below in the comments. If you’re Canadian and want this set, please contact me! If you are located elsewhere, all you need to do is head to the CTMH website and search for a consultant near you!