Farewell to May!

Hi guys! Wow, its Wednesday already! Where does time go?!

Before I dive in to sharing with you what I’ve been up to recently, I’ve got some news to share with you. We’re having a Flash Sale today! We’re celebrating Close to My Heart’s 35th anniversary in the paper crafting industry, and we want to celebrate with you! Starting at 3 pm MST, receive up to 35% off select product, and as always, its while supplies last. During these sales, items fly literally off the shelves (people find that items they had in their shopping cart disappear when they’re ready to finalize their orders), so do not wait. Don’t be one of the casualties that has items mysteriously disappear out of their shopping carts before they’re done shopping. Its frustrating, and I would hate for it to happen to you!

Where do you find the sale? There’s two ways: visit my facebook page, and hit ‘Shop Now’ at the top of the page there (it’ll bring you straight to my Close to My Heart website), or go directly to my Close to My Heart website by following this link. Looking forward to seeing you there!

I should note that anyone that places an order during the flash sale will receive a set of 3 mini (3×3) pre-cut greeting cards they can assemble themselves! That offer ends at midnight tonight!

I’ve been very busy in my haven, and I’m excited to share what I’ve created. Have a look!

Pocket page scrapbookers- Here’s looking at you! I wanted to offer something that may inspire you, so I’m creating Project Life/PML- style layouts the traditional way. I don’t currently have PML Memory Protectors, so I’m doing my best to make lemonade from lemons! Stay tuned for more artwork in this area in the coming day!

Next week, I’d like to share the fall workshop schedule, as well as what’s on tap for the month of June. I hope you’ll join me! Till then, stay inspired!

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Introducing CTMH SE 2

Good morning, happy snowy/rainy Wednesday! Its a dreary and blah morning here in the forests of Whitecourt. Where’s the sunshine?! Its May- time for flowers, not showers 🙂

Welcome to May! Wow, April just flew by. There’s lots of fun things happening this month at CTMH. Everyone can now order from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. It went live today! Isn’t that exciting?! There’s a lot of great stuff in it, and I can’t wait to share it with you. If you haven’t done it before, join me for unboxing day. It will be sometime next week- I’m expecting my order to be here by next Monday, so early next week will be unboxing day! I usually post a heads up on my business page, so if you’re not a member there, you should join so you don’t miss out! The link to my Facebook business page is here.

This month, The World is Yours is available for purchase. Its available only during the month of May- in celebration of National Scrapbooking month. Did you know there was such a thing? Yep, it’s true. Saturday (May 4) is also known as NSD, or National Scrapbooking Day. Its a big thing in paper crafting circles. Lots of day crops, online crops, retreats and other papery events happening on this day all over the world, and throughout the weekend. And for my Star Wars friends out there- May the 4th be with you. And, isn’t the 5th the revenge of the fifth or something along those lines? It may be fitting, depending on how wild your national scrapbook day gets 😉

I promised last week that I’d share the details of the World is Yours, so here it is. As I’ve mentioned before, options are very important to CTMH, since we know that everyone has a certain budgets, and we wanted to create ways that you would get the most bang for your buck. This workshop and kit is no different. It is a little bit more money, but that’s because its only available for a short time and you’re getting a kit chalk full of fabulous things- like vellum paper, a 12×12 sticker sheet, pretty crochet thread, patterned papers, card stock, a Cut Above kit and more! Those options I talked about- this is where they come in to play. If you choose the scrapbook workshop option, the stamp set will be included. Its $78 CAD but includes all the materials you need to complete a lot of layouts. I made 7 layouts using the kit, and I still have quite a bit of patterned paper left over. Stickers, too. Look at this beauty!

CC5197 The World Is Yours Scrapbook Workshop

I’m offering something new starting this month, as well. I’ve made a workshop using The World is Yours, and its available to order! Its 7 pages- three 2 page layouts, and 1 single page layout. Anyone local to Whitecourt may purchase it, but you must pre-pay for the kit before the materials are ordered. Instructions will be included, free of charge, and all the papers will be pre-cut for you. This applies to the purchase of the scrapbook kit, only. It is $84 and includes the cost of shipping and GST. If you want simple and quick scrapbooking, then this is the option for you! (I’ve also got a workshop made up for Sweet Girl. I’ll share that in a moment). Here’s the layouts in the kit that I made up:

The World Is Yours pre-cut Layout kit
The World Is Yours pre- cut scrapbook layout kit

If card making is more your pace, then there’s a card making kit, as well. Its identical to the scrapbook workshop, but the only difference is that card bases and envelopes are included in the kit. Its slightly less than the cost of the workshop kit, at $76.50.

If you prefer to work with a smaller canvas than 12×12, we’ve got you covered. This stunning paper suite also comes in mini album form! Once again, find all the same materials inside the workshop, but swap out the sequins and floss for some flip flaps that’ll take your album pages to the next level. (The album is separate). The price point of this workshop is $69.50 Canadian. What a great deal! And, by the way, the mini album (it measures 6×8 inches) is truly stunning.

Next, is the Cut Above scrapbook kit. This option is by far the easiest to assemble of all the kits I’ve just shown you. It costs $26, and includes Complements and stickers to help you embellish the pre-printed pages with ease. Finish up these gorgeous layouts in 15 minutes flat. Seriously. They are so quick to put together! Here’s a peek at the kit:

CC5194 The World Is Yours Cut Above Scrapbook kit

As you see the pages in this picture, that’s how they’ll arrive on your doorstep inside your cute little CTMH shipping box. Instructions are included to guide your way through assembling them, and all the coordinating pieces are already pre-cut for you. This particular kit enables you to create two 2 page layouts, so four layouts in total. Don’t those hexagons and little moped look cute?! I’m really drawn to the soft and inviting hues of Peach, Mint, and Mink. They’re so pretty together!

Lastly, you have the option to purchase the coordinating card stock (CC5192, $13.00), paper packet (CC5193, $26.00), and stamp set (CC5196, $24.75) separately, so you don’t need to purchase all of these items in a bundle, like I mentioned above. Just note that the embellishments are not included, though the stickers will likely be included with the paper packet.

Sweet Girl is available this month, too, and is it ever sweet! This suite definitely lives up to its name. All the same options are available as above (scrapbook bundle, card making bundle, or individual coordinating pieces, like card stock, paper packet, etc). I’ve also created a pre-cut workshop using this paper suite, as well! I can’t wait to share it with you, so here it goes:

Sweet Girl 6 page pre-cut Scrapbook layout kit

This layout was assembled using the Sweet Girl Scrapbook workshop that Close to My Heart offers, but I’ve made it simple for you by pre-cutting all the materials and including free instructions to assemble these layouts. You’ll get the most bang for your buck by purchasing the scrapbook workshop and the stamp set together. When you do that, you’ll also qualify for the stamp of the month, which I’ll share with you in next weeks’ post. Since you reached your $50 goal, that stamp set is just $6. That’s a steal! Same applies to The World is Yours above.

Do you see the Memory Protector behind the patterned paper in the picture above? Those are included in your kit! They’ve been swapped out with the coordinating stamp set, because not everyone likes to stamp but everyone could use Memory Protectors, right?! So, while the stamp set is not included, it is available to purchase for $24.75 (scrapbooking stamp set); there’s a coordinating card making stamp set, which is what I used in my layouts, for $19.50. So there’s two options for stamps with this workshop- isn’t that awesome?!

More workshops (using other featured paper suites from Seasonal Expressions 2, and specials, as they come up) will be available to purchase soon, so stay tuned for those. The Sweet Girl workshop that I’ve put together will be available through the life of Seasonal Expressions 2, so there’s lots of time to order yourself one. They are great to work on any time. You’ll be done them quickly because most of the work will already be done for you! The World is Yours is only available until the end of May, so if you want it don’t wait too long to order it for yourself! Extra supplies will not be on hand to purchase at a later time.

Thanks for joining me today, and I’ll be back again next week with May’s stamp of the month and its coordinating greeting cards (that you’ll get absolutely free when you order it from me)! See you then!

Its May! (Soon, anyways)

Good morning crafty friends! What a busy week we had! I hosted another successful Scrap Your Stash event- the next one is coming up in a couple of weeks, and then we celebrated my husbands’ birthday and Easter. We spent a day at home, a day with my father in law, and a day with my parents. What did you do for Easter? I even found some time to create an Easter layout amidst the planning and creating I’m doing to prepare for Crafturday- which is just two short weeks away. Are you coming?!

If you do plan to attend Crafturday, registration is here! The last day to reserve your spot is Friday, April 26. Its just $25, so if you’re not doing anything on May 4, consider coming out and get your craft on! Join the dark side- we’ve got food, fun and more! There will be artwork samples on display with new product, so come on out and check it out! As well, I’ll have my own supplies on hand for you to use, a small selection of product and handmade goodness to purchase, refreshments and loads of inspiration! Its going to be a relaxing, fantastic day.

Since you’re reading this, you’re in for a surprise. You get a sneak peek of the artwork I’ll have on display at Crafturday. Aren’t you lucky? 😉

Everyone that arrives at Crafturday will receive their own thank you gift, complete with a sweet 3×3 inch greeting card, a layout (with a technique demo) they are free to complete at the day crop, and other goodies. Those will be a surprise. (I actually need to figure out what those are going to be. Lets be honest, I need to get my poop in a group!)

Sweet Girl and Bunny Trail C1761
Sweet Girl
Sweet Girl
Feels Like Home
The World is Yours
The World is Yours

With the exception of Feels Like Home, everything seen here is absolutely new product, and will be showcased at Crafturday on May 4. I created all these layouts using inspiration from the Seasonal 1 catalog, workshop instructions, and Pinterest. Inspiration can come from anywhere! Did you know there’s only one week left to order from SE1? Everything from it retires on April 31. May 1 Seasonal Expressions 2 goes live, and all the product in it. Not much (read everything is expiring, except 1 or 2 items). If there’s anything you missed, or don’t want to miss out on, get your orders in now. Once the new catalog goes live, the Feels Like Home artwork will be available for purchase. Comment below or message me for more details.

Did you notice the card hidden amongst the layouts above? That card, and others like it, will be part of a small card buffet that’ll be available to participate in at my Crafturday day crop. Make as many cards as you like for $2 a piece. Its totally optional; have fun with the day!

So, since May is right around the corner, here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming up next month. I’ll share more details next week (that includes The World is Yours, too).

Story Starter- Story by Stacy
May Stamp of the Month

Are you part of my Try it Out Techniques group? If not, you may want to consider joining. We explore new crafting techniques together, and starting in May we’re going to explore the Story by Stacy range. I have not ordered my workshop kit yet, so the date we’ll commence the workshop is yet to be determined. Here’s how its going to work: once a week, we’ll meet via Facebook Live to assemble the mini album together. Each person that participates will need to purchase the album kit (its $19.50) and the coordinating stamp set (which is $24.75); they’ll also need ten to fifteen 4×4 pictures of a special woman in their life- their mom, grandmother, aunt, or a male figure that filled the role of mom in their lives). Save on shipping, and add your workshop kit to my order! If you’re local to Whitecourt, I’ll deliver! Bulk order goes in April 30.

Mother’s day is quickly approaching. This would be a sweet memento to give to that special lady in your life, or a special way to pay homage to her. If you’re new to scrapbooking, this would especially be a workshop you should look in to. The Story by Stacy workshops were designed with you in mind, teaching you step by step, in its most simplified form, the art of scrapbooking. Each instalment in her collection of workshops broadens the scope just a little bit more, so eventually you’ll confidently and easily be able to create stunning and interactive scrapbooks that you can be proud of. If this sounds interesting to you, join me here.

Lastly is the new stamp of the month! (See above). The two girls and the balloons are the most popular icons in that stamp set; did you know that? All the artwork I’ve been privy to seeing all showcase the two girls. Its perfect for any pick-me-upper your gal pals need. The scallop border stamp is super adorbs, too. I can’t wait to play with it! Don’t forget, if you purchase this stamp set from me, I’ll mail three handmade cards as a thank you, absolutely free! When you place an order of $50 or more, the stamp set drops to $6. That’s a savings of over 70%! Its regularly $24.75. Place an order any time, but this stamp of the month is not available until May 1. Until then, the current stamp of the month is available (with the same fantastic deal, as well!)

Thanks for sticking with me for this long. I know this post is another novel, but I hope you found something inspirational in it! See you again soon.

CTMH Fresh Air Meets Documented

Good afternoon!

I took a break from playing with Heart Happy to create a double page layout using some retired papers and a totally new- to- me product. This particular product will be featured in a FB live sometime soon, so stay tuned! (If you’re not already a member there, visit my techniques group on Facebook here.)

Here’s a peek of the new product I used:

More on that later. 😊

Here’s the rest of the story:

I cut Fresh Air and Documented patterned papers into strips, then arranged them horizontally on my Almond base. (I only used side B of Documented, because side A didn’t coordinate very well!)

I ventured way out of my comfort zone, and created two embellishment clusters with brads.

Remember those?! When was the last time you used one? Think hard! I don’t remember when I used them last. It’s been ages since I even attempted them! I broke out really old CTMH embellishments, and brads that I’m sure I’ve had since I started scrapbooking. (Some were gifted to me from my sister and a very dear friend, too).

Using brads and the tools you need to create with them will be featured in another Facebook live in the near future, too. Join me in my techniques group to learn more, especially if you’ve never used them before! (I’m not even sure they’re available in scrapbook stores, anymore either).

Speaking of my techniques group, there’s a challenge happening over there that you should participate in. All you need to do is create a layout using spray ink, share it in the group (it’s an announcement at the top of the wall), and you’ll be entered to win a CTMH prize! How fun! If you’d like to participate, head over there now. The challenge ends on Saturday- two days away! (Scroll up a bit to find the link).

Thanks for visiting! See you again soon!

January is Coming!

Are you ready for a new month and a new year?! It’s coming at us so quickly, isn’t it? Wowza, where has the year gone?

I’ve began reflecting on the new year, and making a business plan. I’ve missed blogging as much as I used to. It fell behind because I was focused on my CTMH workshops and adding more of them to my calendar. Things on that front has slowed way down- not sure why- but rather than beating a dead horse, I chose to continue moving forward by doing other things until the tides turn again. Such as blogging. Hopefully I can strike a happy balance when it does turn again.

So, having said that, I’m once again renewing my efforts to inspire you, share CTMH with you, and maybe forge a friendship with you. That would be ideal! If you’d like to join me, please follow along! You’re about to see me much more than you used to 😊

In January, a new catalog is coming out, and with said catalog, new products. Yay!!! All kinds of new is happening in January! I’ve had the privilege of playing with some of the new product ahead of time, and I’m excited to share it all with you, even if you already have seen some of it (check out previous posts to see more Something Fierce artwork).

First up is Something Fierce. It’s the featured paper collection in January. Did you know that every month at CTMH a new paper collection is highlighted? It makes workshop planning easy, and purchasing (if you adore what you made at your workshop). It also gives us a way to focus on one thing at a time so we don’t get overwhelmed by all the pretty new items at once! (Especially now, since each new catalog will have all new product- very little, if anything at all, will carry over).

You’ve already seen some of my artwork in previous posts, but I’ve got two more layouts to share with you. One layout used up some of the scraps I had leftover from the paper packet I was given at the launch event I went to on December 2. Paper can sure go a long ways if you use it the right way!

Cut your paper into 2×3 and 3×4 squares, and you’re set! Until now, I hadn’t used any of the images from the cut away paper that’s included in the paper packet. They worked well to embellish this double page spread. It’s so cute! I’ll probably never know the gender of this particular dinosaur, but since the papers are mostly pink and yellow, I’d like to think it’s a female lol!

The other layout I created used up a couple sheets of retired patterned paper and White daisy card stock. I also utilized journaling cards, which rarely happens!

My shadow obstructs the paper tearing that’s also featured in this layout. If you enlarge the image, and look really closely, you’ll see a tone on tone effect where I added strips of paper torn white daisy card stock. I think it adds to the wild nature of my theme. I focused on keeping the color palette neutral, so you’ll find lots of Nutmeg, Fern and touches of Glacier throughout- not to mention white daisy. Can never have too much of that 😊

I also utilized my cricut to cut the dinosaur and title. Happily, I have some images that fits this theme, which always makes crafting easier. Unlike the first spread, I added stamping to the far right journaling card for added dimension.

Next up, which I’ll share in the next day or so (we’re joining Whitecourt’s protest convoy tomorrow. We fully support our oil and gas industry! It’s our way of life 💕), is the gorgeous Magnolia frame kit, which is January’s national paper crafting Month sales promotion. I put mine together last week, and it’s stunning! I want more! You’re going to fall in love with it too. Promise!

Thanks for joining me. I hope to see you again soon!

CTMH You Are Here

While most people are thinking of Christmas- both in their everyday and crafting lives, my attention has turned back to sunnier and much warmer days.

I love Christmas, and the warm fuzzies I get from spending time with my family, but I want to wear my flip flops again. I’ve had enough darkness and short days. Long live hot weather and longer daytimes!

But really. Christmas needs to happen before flip flop weather is allowed to return. (Anyone else feel like winter set in back in August??)

I sat down to Create today because the week ahead is full of extra curriculars that aren’t going to allow for much creating (or any). While I’m waiting ever so patiently (bahaha- patience is not my strong suit) for my next CTMH order to arrive, I’ve been enjoying doing my own scrapbooking. I’m at the point in our lives where we took summer vacation one year ago.

I never ever thought I’d catch up.

By catching up, I mean scrapbooking events that are so recent. I’m a bit dumbfounded. Last year, this moment seemed so far away. I was completely fine with that. The whole point of scrapbooking is to never “catch up”. Maybe I should back- track now, and start over from when our journey began (as in the dating days). Hmm. That always was my plan, if I ever came to this place known as catching up.

Anyways. I ordered the You Are Here cricut cartridge during one of our recent flash sales. You can’t go wrong with 50% off, amirite?! I decided to purchase the cart I thought I’d get the most use out of, and this one was it.

You have a choice of purchasing the standard Cricut cartridge for $115 CAD, or the new digital collection for $85 CAD. Either cartridge comes with the Stamp sets you see above.

They’ve come in so handy! This definitely was a good choice for me! I’ve made a couple layouts recently that use images off the cartridge, but I hadn’t made anything utilizing both the stamps and cartridge. Until today.

I’m not done yet, either. I still have the rest of our day trip to Drumheller to scrapbook! Many more layouts using these tools are still coming! But, not until Friday, at least. Stay tuned for those!

And, stay tuned for fresh new product! That’ll be coming very soon too!

Studio 83 & Amazing Gifts 🎁

I’ve been busy in my haven prepping for a market at Studio 83 that’s coming up next weekend, and something extra special. Are you coming?! See who’s going to be there below.

The opportunity to sell layout and card kits in a store has come my way, and I think I’m going to test it out! A new store to Whitecourt- Amazing Gifts- has opened. Will you come shopping there? After next weekends market, I’ll be bringing my goods there. Come out and have a look. There will be a lot of great things to browse, by the looks of it too.

I have just a few (like 6) layout kits right now, but I’ll be adding more as I go! There’s a mix of single page ($12) and double page ($25) layouts. Everything is pre-stamped and cut. You just need to do a bit of fussy cutting and adhering! Instructions are included- in color!

Card kits are simple, too. There’s one completed card included with each kit, for your convenience. Use that as your guide to assemble the rest of the cards in the kit. All the materials are pre-stamped and cut for you. Just like the layout kits, you’ll have some fussy cutting to do, then you get to assemble. The size of each kit varies, so the prices are listed on the outside of the package. (They’re $2 each). There’s a lot to choose from- I need to thin them out! Help me, please! 😁 The picture above is just half of what I’ve got! There’s a variety of themes too, so you’re bound to find something you need.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. I hope you come to both the market next Saturday- it’ll be a great evening to get out with your girlfriends- and visit my display at Amazing Gifts. The date I’m moving in is yet to be determined. I’ll keep you posted!

What craftiness have you been up to lately?

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 Grateful Heart Workshop

Hello, friends!

I’m so excited to announce December’s Grateful Heart Scrapbook Workshop! I enjoyed creating with this paper so much, there’s 7 layouts to create using it!

One of the layouts I created (the single page one, specifically) was inspired by one of the images CTMH shared. Since I’d already used the patterned paper the original showcased, I went in my own direction!

The rest are from sketches I found online. See the full layouts below.

Instructions are available for a small fee. If you’d like to create these on your own, you can! Purchase the materials needed to create these layouts (below) and you’ll get it free. If you want to thin out your own stash, that’s cool too! If you’d still like my workshop instructions to use as inspiration, they can be emailed to you in PDF format for $15 CAD.

What CTMH products did I use? All the products came from the Grateful Heart collection. Specifically, you’ll need:

X7237B Grateful Heart Paper packet

X7237C Grateful Heart Complements

X7237D Grateful Heart coordinating card stock

If you order CTMH Grateful Heart before October is out, you can also get the Stamp of the Month, S1810 Thanks & Giving, for $6 when a $50 order is placed. (These items add up to $40, so you’re nearly there if you want the sotm)! If you don’t want this particular sotm, don’t fret. Grateful Heart is available until the end of December! There’s still time to purchase it 😊 Definitely check out November’s Stamp of the Month, you may like that one, instead! Every month, there’s a new one!

October is nearly over, so you’ll want to get on this if you want to participate!

Are you a regular customer of mine? (Regular means you’ve attended more than three of my events or placed three or more orders on my website). If you fill either of these criteria, you’re eligible to download my instructions absolutely FREE! You will then be part of my VIP group on Facebook. They’re all listed there! Not a member yet? Private message me to be added!

CTMH Grateful Heart

Have you seen the featured paper collection for the month of October yet?

Oh my gosh, it’s perfect for all your Pumpkin Spice everything, sweater and boot wearing weather, fall Thanksgiving pictures!

Have a look:

The colors and patterns are perfect for your fall themed photos and the layouts you create with it will look amazing in your scrapbook album!

This is what I’ve created with it (so far):

And this layout inspires me:

(This Layout is property of CTMH; it is not my own artwork).

It’s so pretty, though, that I want to scraplift it.

If you’d like to create layouts like this, all you have to do is visit my website and search for Grateful Heart. Purchase the paper and embellishments separately (as seen above), or in a workshop (it’s all in one neat bundle, including a cutting guide and instructions for putting the layouts together!!) CTMH has got you totally covered!

There is one more option that may appeal to you. In December’s Layout Workshop, we’ll be using this collection to create 5 scrapbook layouts. We’ll use select products from within this range to complete them. There’ll be an event in Edmonton (December 10, 2018) and another here in Whitecourt (December 16, 2018). Mark the date on your calendar if you’re in either of those areas. The fee is $40 (to order the necessary items from my website that we’ll need) and that price INCLUDES the registration fee! Woot! Contact me by commenting below if you’d like to register! (There’s still time; the deadline is later in November). Come on out and have some fun!

Are you into stamping? Well, you’re in luck. There’s two stamp sets that coordinates with this collection. There’s a card making set for those avid card makers, and a scrapbooking stamp set. See them below.

(Scrapbooking set)

(Card making set)

I bet you’ll want the set now!

To order your very own set, you can visit my website here.

Stay tuned for more artwork using this warm and beautiful collection. I can’t wait to play some more with it!