October Card Blitz Sneak Peek

Hello friends! I know it’s been awhile since I posted, but I’m excited to tel you that I’ve got some new cards to share with you!

I have to admit that since my craft room was torn apart to deal with a leaky pipe, I’ve been struggling in the inspiration and motivation department. I miss being in the space that’s devoted to my craft, even though I’m loving sitting in my bright and sunshiny dining room. If I could transplant it into my craft room, I’d be so happy!

But, it isn’t, so I’ll continue enjoying sitting at my sunshiny (only when it’s sunshiny, though) kitchen table, and hate putting it all in one corner of the dining room until the next play date.

So, I have a new card blitz coming up on October 20 in Whitecourt. As always, if you’re too far away, or already have plans for the 20th, kits are available as well. The cost is $30 + shipping (if it’s required). This blitz is still in the works, but see below what’s already done.

If you like them, come out and make them! Or order a kit to go! Registration/kit fee is $30 and it includes all the materials you’ll need to create these sweet and simple cards. If you come to the blitz, some stamping and fussy cutting needs to be done in addition to assembling them. If you order the kit, just a bit of fussy cut needs to be done.

If you’d like to come, please rsvp by October 1, 2018, so I have time to prep!

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Just Treats CTMH SOTM

New month equals new stamp of the month!

I’ve been seeing a lot of artwork popping up on Facebook lately with images from the current SOTM and it’s got me chomping at the bit. I can hardly wait to get mine! Also, I can’t wait to put my haven back together. Crafting without it bites. Cue sad face 😩

What is the stamp of the month, and what makes it so special? Well, as the name implies, it’s a new stamp set that’s featured every month at Close to My Heart, and it’s only available during that particular month. Once the month comes to a close, the stamp set is retired, and a new one takes its place at the start of the next month. Every month, it’s something different. One month, it could be pretty, frilly and floral, and the next it could be Christmas or Halloween themed. Much like September’s Just Treats SOTM. See it below.

That’s part of what makes the SOTM special! It constantly changes, it’s available only for a limited time, and it’s an incredible deal.

When a customer places an order on their consultants’ website- either online or by the consultant herself- when that order reaches $50 CAD, the shopper automatically becomes eligible to purchase the SOTM at a huge discount. Yes, that’s right. You’ll receive a steep discount when your order reaches $50 or more. This stamp set retails for $24, but you can get it for $6.

Isn’t that amazing?! CTMH is all about giving back, so in addition to such a fantastic incentive for placing an order, they take it a step further, and give each shopper a break on shipping charges. Shipping is always $10 or 10% of the order total, whichever is greater. CTMH is honestly so generous!

I’ve sent parcels myself, and shipping starts at $15 and goes up from there. To date, the most for shipping I’ve charged was nearly $30. We are getting a great deal on shipping from CTMH. There’s so much to love about this company; the two points I shared with you barely scrapes the surface of the iceberg.

September’s SOTM is available for the remainder of the month. You can purchase it now from my website. Click here to visit my website and get your hands on this festive stamp set! Don’t forget, it’s just $6 when your order total reaches $50 or more!

Happy shopping, friends!

CTMH Art Philosophy

I have one more Halloween layout to share. I try to get into the festive spirit and dress up along with my kids. Sometimes what I envision doesn’t work out (like this year), and other times, my costume remains undecided until the last minute.

I came up with the smartie pants idea as kids were walking up to my door. I inhaled a party size box of smarties and pinned them to my pants. If I’d had my glasses as this point, I’d have taped the bridge too. I didn’t get them until later, though.

This is another layout that parted ways with CTMH. Slightly. The cardstocks are both CTMH, but the patterned paper came from another company. SU, I think? I’m not certain anymore.

I typically always cut my layout titles using CTMH art philosophy (Cricut). The glasses are another Cricut cut.

Pumpkin Carving

I moved away from strictly CTMH in this layout, and included some SU patterned paper I had in my stash. CTMH skylark complimented the paper well, and it was perfect for more Halloween pictures!

Each of the kids had a go at unpacking the pumpkin, but they’re their fathers daughters, and both wound up gagging over the look and feel of it’s innards, so Mom had to finish. 😏

CTMH Scaredy Cat Halloween Layouts

Good morning! This is my second attempt. I don’t know why I’m having so much trouble with blogging this time around! This platform just doesn’t want to cooperate with me! GRR! Maybe the universe is telling me now is not the time for blogging. Well, universe, I’m going to anyways….cause I like it.

I’m super excited about today’s post because I can finally share the good stuff- the stuff I’ve wanted to share for a long time. Layouts! Housekeeping posts are boring; project-filled eye candy posts is where its at. They’re my favourite! I’m sure they’re yours, too. You can’t share the boring stuff without sweetening it with the good stuff. So, today is our day.

Don’t panic. I know that we’ve just welcomed summer into our lives. I have moved on from the baby-toddler stage of my children’s lives to the school-age toddler-age of their lives. Previous to this layout, the twins had just started Junior Kindergarten. Just thought I should catch you up on our lives. (This is also 4 years in the past, too. The twins are now 7 years old). Gaaah- weren’t they adorable?! A lot of work (still are), but super duper cute  (and still are, LOL).

While I was creating this layout (and the next one I want to share with you), I couldn’t help but think that I need to beef up on Halloween products from CTMH. I’m not a huge fan of the creepy, scary aspect of Halloween lines, but I see (now), how important they are to documenting our kids’ halloweens. I found myself wishing that I had some halloween stamps to go along with the paper that I had on hand. Fortunately, the paper that I used (some of it) is halloween themed. I guess I know what to do when the next Annual Expressions comes out! Add that to the bucket list, alongside school themed stamps and papers! What are your must haves?

Luckily, Ballet Safari was perfect for highlighting the twins’ halloween costumes (in 2013); for the rest, I used my Cricut to cut the title and bats. Those bats are pretty cute, too. I coloured the giraffes in (Safari Ballet) with my ShinHan TouchTwin markers, then fussy cut them before matting them on black card stock and fussy cutting again. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort. I like the effect- they jump off the page better now than they did before I did this.

I’ve fallen hard for a clean, minimalist design as of late, and here’s evidence of it. I also really like doodled lines on my layouts, too. And, still true to nature, my designs are linear. That’ll never change. Which is ok, because I’m totally ok with it. I think its because I’m fairly ‘black and white’ by nature; this fits well for me. Going crazy and blurring the lines is chaos for me. I adore the look, but can’t achieve it myself .

We were lucky this year. It isn’t often my husband is home early enough from work to join us as we go trick or treating, but this year he was. We even convinced him to dress up, too. He went as ‘static cling’. I love it! LOL I can’t remember if I dressed up or not. If I did, there is no pictorial evidence of it.

Once again, the title was cut with my Cricut, which I layered overtop some scrap CTMH patterned papers cut into pennants. I stamped some stars in various shades of ink. (Its a CTMH stamp, but the set it goes with has lost it). The rest of the stamping comes from a set that is not available to purchase unless you’re a new consultant and have reached certain sales levels. (Which my wonderful downline has done! She doesn’t think she’ll use it, so she gave it to me. I love her!)

Stay tuned for more layouts (maybe cards) in tomorrow’s post!

Products Used:

Happy Halloween layout

– Cricut

-CTMH Scaredy Cat (retired)

-CTMH Urban (retired)

-CTMH Eggplant card stock X5774

-CTMH Ballet Safari A1180

-CTMH Kraft card stock Z1375

-CTMH White Daisy card stock 1385

-CTMH Black card stock 1386

-CTMH Shin Han TouchTwin markers (available to purchase!)

Trick or Treat layout

-CTMH Urban  (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy card stock 1385

-CTMH Black card stock 1386

-CTMH Scaredy Cat (retired)

-CTMH Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2805

-CTMH Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2849

-CTMH Goldrush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2823

 

 

Prima Ballerina

I have nothing too exciting to share today, other than a glimpse into our Halloween last night.
Did your ghouls and goblins have fun? Did you join in the fun?

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Tomorrow, I’ll have a sneak at a layout I’m working on!