Hello April!

Good morning my patient and amazing friends! April is flying by, wouldn’t you agree?! I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping the weather decides to warm up in the near future. The cool temperatures is getting old. On a brighter note, welcome to the newly elected United Conservative party here in Alberta. The winds of change are blowing! Hopefully they will get us back on track.

You’ve heard about the stamp of the month, right? Have you seen April’s stamp of the month- S1904 Love So Sweet? Check it out:

S1904 Love So Sweet

I am offering something new to my customers- or anyone that purchases the stamp of the month. Whoever purchases it will receive a set of three pre-cut greeting cards to create using the SOTM absolutely free. Yes, FREE! They’re not just any cards. These ones! There’s something else you gotta know about these particular cards. Its important, so listen close. When you attend my Crafturday day crop (the next one is May 4- May the 4th Be with You), you’ll have the opportunity to participate (its optional) in my Toonie card buffet. Its a Toonie bar meets an all you can eat buffet. Each card you create (meaning as many as you’d like) is $2. Make as many as you want. You’ll find these cards (and others!!) at this Day Crop and every other one from here on out. One day, I may offer card buffets again. In the mean time, get your feet wet with this little teaser 😉

They may look familiar to you if you’ve spent any time browsing through the current catalog. If you’ve done that, then you’ll understand why they look familiar! I lifted them from inside the SE1 catty. (Head to the very back of the catalog, and you’ll see all the stamps of the month for the catalog cycle). I’ll be doing this with every subsequent Stamp of the Month, so watch the blog and my Facebook Page for new artwork in May! This is an even better incentive to purchase the stamp of the month, even though getting it at 75% off with a $50 order is fantabulous enough! (By the way, its regularly $25 for the stamp set itself). Whoa. Great deal, right?! There’s still time to get it before the month runs out, and there’s amazing specials and deals happening right now, too! It’ll be so easy to reach that $50 order- you’ll have it in no time!

Mothers Day is quickly approaching, and I’m certain you’ve begun thinking about what you’re going to do for the special women (or Mr. moms!!) in your lives. Made with Love is the answer! Create a special and meaningful mini album (its got a wood cover, y’all!!) using bright and vibrant, cheerful papers. Everything you need to assemble the album is included in the workshop kit (including a link to download the instructions once its purchased- free of charge) and its only $58. Because you’re so awesome, we’re giving it to you at a very special discount. These albums are going to sell out quickly, so don’t wait too long to order yours. You’re going to love it, I promise.

Everyone needs a brag book in their lives, am I right? They can be for anything, and they’re a quick and easy way to put a mini album together to remember a special moment in your life. Well, we’ve brought that to you with the Wild About You mini album kit. The album and all the materials you need to assemble your little brag book is all included- and once again, you’ll find the instructions to create it are FREE to download when the kit is purchased. Its a phenomenal price, just $38. Who loves to save? Me, I do! I’m sure you do, too! Deals don’t come around often enough, but they’re common with Close to My Heart. What a fantastic company.

But wait, there’s more! Zoe came back, can you believe it?! Available only for a limited time, this retired collection has been revamped and is available to purchase once again. There’s new embellishments, card stock and artwork to lift with this cheerful and playful kit. Zoe is available a variety of different ways, and each option has a different price point. Obviously, your biggest bang for your buck is to purchase the workshop bundle. You’ll get everything, including the stamp set and free instructions to download all for $58. Bingo! Here’s another simple way to get your stamp of the month for just $6- with just one item! But, if you’re not interested in purchasing the coordinating stamp set, you can opt out of it. You’ll find the workshop kit is just $33 instead. But, hold on! Order just the coordinating card stock or paper packet for just $13 a piece. Skip all the frou-frou and just order the bones of the collection. That’s fine, too! So, as you can see, we make it easy to fit this collection (and any of our workshops, really) into your budget, no matter what bracket it falls in.

That’s quite a bit to share, isn’t it? Feeling overwhelmed yet? Don’t. The purpose of showing you everything that’s going on this month was purely to show you what products you could purchase to easily reach the $50 threshold enabling you to purchase the stamp of the month for $6. Obviously, you can purchase it at the full retail price and just be done with it, or you can order more items for less money to achieve the same goal. Variety is the spice of life, isn’t it? If we didn’t have choices, life would be pretty dull. If any of the products I share above resonate with you, get in touch with me and I’ll help you get what you want ordered. You can also do it yourself, any time you’re able, from the comfort of your home. Just visit teds.closetomyheart.ca. You’ll be brought directly to my online shop.

Just a note: you must reside in Canada in order to shop from my website. If you’re located outside of Canada- in either the USA or Australia/New Zealand, I can help you find the consultant that’s nearest you.

I’ve got just one more goody to share with you. This product will not be available to purchase until May- its National Scrapbooking Months’ promotion at Close to My Heart- but I wanted to share a sneak peek of it with you. See it here:

Doesn’t it look divine?! Oh my, those soft, subtle colors make me go 😍. There’s vellum. And Kraft paper. Need I say more?! More about this coming in the next couple weeks, including artwork. See you again soon!

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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?

CTMH January SOTM

Welcome to a brand new year! Can you believe its 2019 already?! How has the new year treated you so far? I rang in the new year with a wicked cold. I’m still not sure I’m over it yet, but I feel way better than I did two days ago. The year can only go up from here!

There’s a lot to look forward to this year. There’s even a lot to look forward to this month! Starting with the new stamp of the month. I’m currently waiting on my SOTM to arrive. I should have it sometime next week, and shortly afterwards, I’ll have artwork to share using it! I’m also waiting on Heart Happy, an exclusive paper packet that came out this month. You’ll have to wait on artwork using that, too! In the mean time, I can show you the artwork Corp created using both these products. I will be away tomorrow, and unavailable again on Saturday, so I’m taking advantage of the time I currently have to share with you!

How cute is this card?! First, I’m loving the color combination- pink, grey and black looks so smart together! Secondly, the watercolored background is a lot of fun, and lastly, the squares and stitching look great, too. I love it all! I think I’ll be lifting this- or, at least, turning it into a layout. I can’t wait!

This card showcases a lot of stamping from the stamp set, and I think its absolutely adorable. Did you know the thread is new to CTMH? Its pretty popular, too! Lots of people love working with it. Find it at the back of the catalog, along with all the ribbons we currently have in stock. The squares and rectangle you see in both cards are from one of our Thin Cut sets. They’re a hot ticket item, and I think will sell fast!

I suppose you’re wondering what the actual stamp set looks like, and I suppose I should show it to you! That sounds like a great idea.

Look at all those beautiful fonts, all the wonderful sentiments, and all the ways you could use it to customize the perfect card for your friends and family! Everything you need in just one stamp set! The little heart and Just a Note are speaking to me. I can’t wait to get them onto a project! Sending you sunshine and rainbows, too. The number of ways to use this stamp set is endless. How would you use it?

This stamp set is $24.75 CAD if you buy it on its own, with nothing else in your shopping cart. When you add a few more items to your cart, when you shop online, it drops to $6 when your order total reaches $50. The same discount applies when you order through me, as well. Isn’t that an amazing deal?! That’s like a 75% discount! Its our way of saying thank you for supporting us, and we hope to see you again!

There’s only a limited time to purchase this stamp set, before another one takes its place. From now until January 31, you can take this stamp set home for just $6 (unless you just want the stamp set. That’s ok, too!) If you try to order it after that, a new one will be in its place! You’ll be too late! I can guarantee you won’t want to miss out on this stamp set. There’s so much you could create with it, for a wide variety of reasons! Why wouldn’t you want such versatile stamp set in your stash?!

Also available this month is Heart Happy. This exclusive paper collection has me all googly eyed because of the colors and patterns in it. Its perfect for your galentines, valentines and more! I’m really digging the artwork, too.

The card with the pie chart in it???? I’m all 😍 over it and the tags in this kit. Yes, tags are included in this kit! They’re all super duper cute! So, in addition to layouts, and cards, you’ll also get to create a bunch of adorbs tags, too! That’s thinking outside the box- I’m not aware of any other kit CTMH has produced thats ever included something like this. You know how else they take it a step further? You’ve got two options for purchasing Heart Happy. Choose either the kit above, or the kit below!

Heart Happy is available in Everyday Life mini album form! How great is that! Just like the Days of December album was specifically designed to memorialize your Christmas season, the Heart Happy one follows closely in its footsteps! Now you just need to decide whether you want the coordinating stamp set to come with your kit, or separately! (I personally suggest ordering it with it. Its a better deal).

What’s the price point for something like this? Well, lets take a look at it.

There’s your options, with the stamp set and without, including a closer look at what the actual stamp set looks like. Just keep in mind that this exclusive offer is only available until the end of January (the 31st). I ordered the workshop kit, but all the options are fantastic!

There’s lots to look forward to this month!

CTMH Seasonal Trees 🌳

If you’re familiar with CTMH, you’ll know that every month a new stamp set is featured called the stamp of the month. When a $50 order is placed, you qualify to purchase it for $6. It’s a really great deal, actually.

November’s stamp of the month is really fun, especially if you love trees. There’s not just one style of tree, there’s multiple ones- something for every season. That’s why it’s called Seasonal Trees!

I always order the stamp of the month, because it’s exclusive. If I don’t order it during the month it’s available, I won’t be able to get it afterwards, and it isn’t available anywhere else. One month is all you get. It makes it quite a hot commodity!

Even though I usually order them, I rarely create with them during the month they’re “on”. Oops. I am going to try to remedy that! Here’s what I created with this stamp set this month:

I absolutely love these cards. I incorporated a couple other current CTMH stamps into the designs since there’s no sentiments in the SOTM set. I also sponged ink into the backgrounds in both cards. In the second card, I sponged some ink into the pile of leaves 🍁 around the base of the tree. Love! This card inspired a layout:

We adopted kitty last July, and because this event took place over the summer, fall leaves just wouldn’t fit the setting in my layout. So, I created evergreens, instead. (Truth be told, I’m smitten with the little birdhouse. So cute!!) And, like I mentioned above, I needed to rely on other stamps to complete my layout.

Join me again in a few weeks for another fun stamp of the month (and super cute projects made with it!!)

CTMH Holiday Sparkle

People have begun telling me they’re looking for Christmas cards. Apparently Christmas is on everyone’s minds!

Well, I’ve got good news! Why not get an early start on your Christmas cards?! And, not just ordinary Christmas cards- make interactive shaker cards to boot!

They are super cute, and my customers are going wild over them! I must admit- so am I. I’ve got to have them. You’ll think so, too.

Keep in mind, these cards are available in October, only. I will put together a bulk order for these beauts, but in October. Mark your calendars- October 1-31, 2018- order Holiday Sparkle card kit. Do it!!

More details to follow closer to the date! Stay tuned!

CTMH STAMPAGANZA!!

July at Close to My Heart is reserved for the biggest stamp sale of the year. Stampaganza is a great time to stock up on all your favourite stamps. For every two stamps you purchase, you’ll get the third (of equal or lesser value) absolutely free! Which ones have you been eyeing? Now’s the time to get them!

Can we just take a moment to soak in the fact that it’s July already?! We’re three days into the month, and it didn’t make sense to me until I saw the flyer for this month’s stamp sale. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock the last couple days! They all ran into each other. (Lying around, not doing anything, must be why.)

Kick off your month with an epic stamp sale. Choose any size stamps you’d like- they’re all up for grabs. Great deal, right?! Buy E size stamp sets and get one for free (they’re our largest), or swap out the third E size stamp set for your fave D or A stamp set (our smallest stamp sets).

Host a Home Gathering, and rake in the free goodies! In addition to your hostess rewards, you’ll save on stamp sets with this sale.

Get your shop on with me! This offer expires July 31, 2018. I’d love to help enable your crafting obsession 😉 Message me to start your shopping experience!

Of Leopards and Apples 🍎

I took a bit of time to create a personal layout, and I’d like to share it with you.

Central Park is a perfect match for the photo in my layout. The Blue, yellow and red are already found in those papers, so it was only natural to pair them together.

If you noticed, I didn’t use strictly Central Park papers here. I used whatever scraps I had that coordinated- and happily, that was lots of scraps! I trimmed them into 2×2 squares, and arranged them in a grid above and below my photo. I used a zip strip from the Central Park range as a border, and stamped the cute leopard print next to that.

I also thought immediately of B1568 Wild Backgrounds for the leopard print in Miss M’s pyjamas. It only made sense to utilize that stamp somehow, too. And lastly, I figured I had better use June’s SOTM before the month ran out!

I watercolored the apples and apple basket from the A Bushel and a Peck SOTM. I also used one of the sweet sentiments in it, as well as the small graphic stamps to add some flourish. Another one made up my title. How sweet is you are awesome to the core?

Leopard print and apples seems like an unlikely pair, but it works here! I wonder if leopards eat apples when they’re feeling peckish? 😉

June CTMH Card Blitz

How is everyone doing? I’m just over here, prepping for my last card blitz of the year, and a last minute crop. If you’re in the area this Saturday (the 2nd) or June 23, join me!

Here’s what’s up for my card blitz, so far.

I finally used our stamp of the month! I should have used it weeks ago, but there were other things on the go. I’m glad there’s still today and tomorrow left to snag it. So, if you like what you see, order it up! It’s just $6 when you make a $50 order. Saving rocks! This offer ends at 11:59 pm tomorrow evening (MST). (The SOTM cards are the two yellow ones near the end, FYI). There’s just a few cards there 😉 I don’t want to confuse anyone, that wouldn’t be good!

I still have a few more cards to make for this blitz, including some Fathers’ Day cards! And, you know what the greatest news ever is?!

I’ve been invited to share my upcoming card blitz with the community facilitator in Fox Creek! If you’re in the area, stay tuned for the dates. I’d love to have you join us! I’ll need 5 people committed to coming otherwise it won’t happen! Dates will be announced shortly, so stay tuned! (Facebook might be best, just in case I don’t make it back here to share with you).

Where am I on Facebook? Here!

FYI- I have another one in Fox Creek scheduled for this Fall, too. You’ll definitely want to watch for more info on that! It’ll be a lot of fun! And, as always, kits are available to long distance customers. Can’t make it? No sweat! Order a kit to complete on your own, instead!

On a side note, if you’d like to experience your own incredible opportunities, give me a shout. I’d love to help you reach that goal! It’s really easy to do, I promise!

April SOTM- Colour Your Life

I didn’t share everything that’s happening at CTMH this month. I thought spreading it out might be a good idea, too!

There is a new stamp of the month for April, too! I love that CTMH highlights one stamp set every month, and attacheS such fantastic savings to it, too!

Savings, you say?

Yes, this stamp set- on its own- is $23 CAD. It’s a D-size stamp set, meaning it’s one of the larger stamp sets we carry. When you purchase this size stamp set with other items equaling $50, the price drops to just $6. That’s where the savings comes in. Pretty great deal, right?

I can’t help but see opportunity with this stamp set. Opportunity to colour, heat emboss, and watercolour. Life, Courage and Kind are great for colouring in using pencil crayons, markers, pens and watercolours. Some of the icons would look great coloured in or water coloured, too. All the italicized words and some of the icons would look so pretty embossed. I guess that’s why it’s named Colour Your Life! What kind of potential do you see in it?

If you’d like to purchase this stamp set, visit my Close to My Heart website. Look for the Fabulous April! party on my homepage. Click ‘join’ and start shopping away!

April at CTMH

Welcome to April! I just wanted to give you a run down of what’s to come- this month, and beyond!

April is an awesome month to join my team. Get all the tools and materials you need to start your business and hit the ground running. It comes in a bright and happy pink box of goodness. There’s over $200 in product in that bright little nugget, and it’s yours for just $95. But wait. In April only, you’ll also get May, June, July and August’s stamp of the month’s- a $92 added value- as part of your consultant kit. 100% free! No one else is eligible, only new consultants! The rest of us have to wait until the month they’re available to purchase them.

In the graphic above, you’ll see all the items that’s included in your consultant kit. Underneath our micro tip scissors is a pink envelope. Inside it, you’ll find an additional bonus- and extra $60 to spend on whatever you’d like! That’s your CTMH cash- something you can earn and collect with the orders placed on your website. Shopping is made so easy with all this free product and extra spending money!

Are you a former consultant? We haven’t forgotten about you. We’d love for you to join the CTMH family again, so this deal extends to you, as well. If you’d rather not order the entire consultant kit again, that’s ok. You don’t need to! You can sign up again kit free for $65 CAD. You’ll still get all four stamps of the month AND the $60 CTMH cash shopping spree. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with $60.

What else is happening in April?

Well, maybe you’re not ready to sign up as a consultant. That’s totally fine. Maybe hosting your own Home Gathering is more your speed.

When you reach the third level of hostess rewards, you’ll be able to choose one of the stunning Cut Above kits for yourself. You’ll still qualify for your 50% off items, as well as all the other free product you qualify for.

Not ready to host your own party? Ok, how about Flash Sales every weekend through the month? Yes, that’s right. There will be a new flash sale starting each Friday and ending 24 hours later. Save big on current and retired items each and every weekend!

April is the last month to take advantage of the current Seasonal Expressions catalog. May 1 heralds a new Seasonal Expressions catalog, and lots of fabulous new products. How about a sneak peek?!

Keep your eyes peeled for the rich colours and deliciousness known as Beautiful Friendship. I’ve always loved wood veneer accents, and this kit has it!

The seasonal expressions 2 catalog goes live May 1. Contact me to reserve yours!