CTMH Heat Embossing YouTube Vid

Hello friends!

I thought I’d share a quick heat embossing tutorial care of Close to My Heart if you’ve never encountered it before. It’s quite simple, and adds glossy accent to any piece you’re working on.

Why bring this up, you ask? Well, I created a layout yesterday that has some heat embossing in it. I shared it to a group on Facebook I’m in, and I was asked how it’s done! If you’re wondering, too, watch the video below.

Here’s the part of the layout that inspired this post:

You’ll also find this sneak peek, and others, in yesterday’s blog post.

If you’d like to try this technique yourself, you can find all the tools you’ll need right on my Close to My Heart website. That includes embossing powders, heat tool, and versamark ink. If you need help ordering them, comment below, otherwise head to my website here.

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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!

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.

CTMH StarGazer Gift Tags

I had the pleasure of giving this gift to a dear friend for her birthday. It was a bit late, but its better than never. I used the “B” side of the Stargazer paper- which is coming out in January, along with Make Waves and Chelsea Gardens. I hadn’t intended to use this paper quite yet, but the occasion called for it. And, for something different, it isn’t a card or scrapbook layout!

The original idea came from Pinterest (thank goodness for Pinterest!!); the glass jars, double bubbles, hershey kisses and lollipops all came from the Dollarama (sorry my secret is out), but I made the tags. The zip strips are from the Cats & Bats collection. I haven’t shared it here until recently because I was waiting to use it for my kid-friendly valentines workshop in February. I discovered after making the sample that I won’t have near enough zip strips for the border, so I’m swapping it for scraps of the patterned paper. (This collection is being retired at the end of this month. If you wanted it.)

I cut the tags with my Cricut, as well as the number 40. I wrote blows, can kiss it, and sucks beside the number. Lastly, I secured the tag with black twine after the jars were filled  with candy. Another little secret- there may or may not be exactly forty of each candy in the jar…there may be a little less because they wouldn’t all fit!

Stargazer. This paper obviously works for more than just little boy layouts, and layouts about the night sky. It can work for gift tags, too! Here’s a peek of the entire collection:

When I saw this collection, I couldn’t help but think of A. She loves science, and told me recently she wants a telescope so she can star gaze. Uh, hello! Match made in heaven! Also, she loves the whole collection so much, I promised I’d order it for her birthday in February. She needs to chill with her Papa for a bit…he has a telescope and likes to star gaze, too. I think he’d really enjoy that.

Look at that! Stargazer isn’t just for boys or gift tags, its also for little girls that want to look at the stars and loves science! Do you know any little girls like that? The only problem is, we all have to wait until January 1 to order it! Can you wait until then? If you can (even if you can’t), you can visit my website (at the bottom of each of the pictures above). Shop and make a wish list. Maybe have a peek at the Going Soon list, as well. Maybe tell your husband what “he” ordered for your Christmas present. (Wink, wink).

Stay tuned for more inspiration! Thanks for visiting.

Cats Meow Kids Valentine Workshop

Happy Sunday! Ready to start your week? I’m ready to ship one of the twins off to school tomorrow. I think she’s ready, for the most part. One week left until Christmas! Are you ready? I still need to wrap presents, otherwise we’re ready in our house.

Speaking of ready, I got a sample card prepared for my upcoming kids valentines workshop in February. It came together really quickly and I think it’s pretty darn cute. I’m biased though. You be the judge:

A card using the emojis stamp set on page 70 in the Annual Inspirations catalog was my inspiration. I felt the stamp Cats Meow was more valentine appropriate, though. All the kids told me they liked the Emoji’s stamp better. I agree, but there’s nothing ‘valentine’ in the quotes that are included. Cats Meow fit the bill.

Do you live in the Whitecourt area, and do you have children ages 5-11? This workshop is for you! I will cut and stamp everything for the kids. They can glue the pieces together and colour their cats in. There may be some pieces they will need help gluing, but I’ll be there to help them. I’ll supply pencil crayons and glue.

There will be enough supplies for the children to make 30 postcard- style valentines that measure 6×4 inches and the fee is just $25 (includes the cost of shipping). Here’s the items you’ll need:

Payment can be sent via cash or cheque. A lot of people prefer to send e-transfers, as well. I will place your order on your behalf. Placing bulk orders saves everyone moolah. The deadline to pay for the workshop is January 28, 2018. All your supplies will ship directly to me, so just worry about bringing yourself to the library, where our workshop is tasking place. Once your child is done, the leftover bitty sparkles and twine is all theirs.

Want to come? Let me know!

Beary Christmas Tunes Card

I have more Christmas card kits available. These ones were made using extra Beary Christmas paper. I paired this paper with October’s SOTM, Christmas Tunes and the holly came from another (retired) CTMH stamp set.

For an extra touch, I used my MS glitter glue to colour in the holly berries and my Shin Han markers to colour in the holly inside the wreath. I couldn’t help but think of my watercolored paints while I coloured it in…I may do that the next time I use Christmas Tunes!

I have a set of 5 cards available for purchase. It comes in an unassembled kit; everything you need to create them is included, and everything has been stamped, coloured and cut for you. Just put them together!

I’ll ship everywhere. I accept PayPal and cash/cheque from my local peeps.

$10 + the cost of shipping (CAD)

Extra City Sidewalks Card Bundles

Hey y’all! Just dropping in quickly with two more DIY Card bundles!

Same as my other bundles, there’s 5 cards in each kit. All the materials to make them have already been cut and stamped for you and are packaged in a ziploc bag for safe keeping. The demo cards are included with each bundle.

This offer is available to everyone!

$10 Canadian, plus the cost of shipping. Message me to reserve yours.

CTMH City Sidewalks Christmas Card Kits

I have more Christmas card kits for sale! They are available to anyone that wants them. The only requirement is that you own some glue!

The kits are as follows:

All the materials in each kit are pre-stamped and pre-cut. There’s enough in each bag to create 5 cards. It also includes a completed sample card.

I accept cash, cheque and PayPal! Shipping charges will apply. No kit is mailed until payment has been received 😊

You likey? I do! There will be more coming in the next few days, so hang onto your seats! Comment below if you’d like to own either of these sets of cards. They’ll go fast!

3×3 CTMH Christmas Tunes Card

How do you say thank you?

I start with a card, always. It’s thoughtful, puts my creative muscles to use, and is always cherished, even if they don’t mention it right away (or at all). I like to think people appreciate something you took the time to create more than store bought cards. Handmade comes from the heart.

This card was created as a small thank you to include with the bundle of cards I shared on my IG (a couple days ago) that are for sale. I’m elated they sold so quickly, so I threw up another small bundle of cards. I created this card using October’s stamp of the month, S1710 Christmas Tunes. It’s 3×3, a size which I don’t often make, but thoroughly enjoy.

When you purchase from me- either from my CTMH website or buying my handmade cards, expect one of these with your order! If I can’t mail you one, I’ll email instead!

Curious to know what the bundle of cards looks like?

There are 4 cards to be created from the materials in this kit. Purchase the whole bundle for $8 CAD and I’ll throw the sample card in for free. Individually, they’re $2 each. No sample card for individual sales. FREE instructions can be found on my CTMH website if you would like to create the three cards from the original kit. It’s available for a limited time.

Comment below to reserve your very own DIY Card kit!

CTMH Beary Christmas Album Workshop

Happy Tuesday! I’m working in high gear this week trying to get caught up and this weeks’ chores done before we head to the city again on Thursday (actually tomorrow night) for more appointments. Life is good, but so crazy these days! We have a wind warning for this afternoon, as well- I’m not looking forward to my hair being blown to smithereens. All that work this morning for nothing! Hopefully it doesn’t hit us until we’re done gymnastics tonight- at 7:30. Then it can blow all it wants. Has the wind hit your area yet?

So, my workshop last weekend was a success. All of the girls enjoyed scrapbooking and are looking forward to the next event. The wheels in the attic were turning while the girls were over, and I asked them how they felt about possibly adding to their current albums (if their parents were ok with it, of course). They thought it sounded like a good idea. I ran it past all of the parents involved, and they are game for an add-on, too.

So, introducing my newest workshop, scheduled for January 2018- Beary Christmas (Everyday Life) Album Workshop. Its for kids only, from ages 5 to 11, and its just $26 + the cost of shipping unless you invite a friend that confirms his or her attendance. Then shipping is free! (You’ll get $10 off your order). Great deal and good incentive, right?! I think so! I created this workshop with the girls that attended my last workshop in mind, but that doesn’t mean newcomers can’t participate, either! Newcomers just need to add the cost of their Everyday Life Mini Album to the total ($26). There’s three beautiful albums to choose from! Everything else is supplied. (Think tape, paper trimmer, Beary Christmas dots, coordinating cardstock and patterned paper, etc.) We’ll set aside a couple hours to get our craft on, a snack will be provided (there’s no extra cost for that!!), and I promise your kids will not want to leave. They didn’t want to leave this past weekend- in fact, one of the girls is coming over again this Saturday for an impromptu crop with the twins. Fun, right?! I might even join in the fun this time!

Want to see the materials we’ll be using to create our Christmas pages with? See below:


Next up- the extra supplies I’ll have on hand for the kids to use (no extra cost):


And, if I have newcomers to the workshop, here’s the album choices:

Choose your favourite album- you only need one! I love both the Sea Glass and Bashful albums (mint and baby pink), but the kids all seemed to love the Black and White stripes. Go figure! The Bashful album will only be available for a limited time (as is the Sea Glass, I believe), so I vote for either of them!

Thanks for joining me today! If you’re interested in signing your child up for this event, please comment below. The deadline to register is December 28, 2017. (To register, please send the workshop fee + $10 CAD for shipping to theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com via email transfer. The supplies will be ordered on your behalf on December 29, 2017, allowing enough time for it to ship and still get here on time!) Only available to residents of Whitecourt and/or Edmonton, Alberta.

See you again soon!