CTMH Monday

Welcome to another edition of CTMH Monday! Here are my latest projects made using CTMH; I hope you enjoy! This post is relatively picture heavy, so without further adieu, here they are!

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These last two pictures are one of the twins’ teachers’ thank you gifts. She is having a baby in October, and I thought this would be a nice way to thank her and congratulate her. (I shared the second photo to show what’s sealed inside the jar.) Everything to create this was bought from the Dollarama (yay!)- including the jar- and cost less than $10. (I had the kleenex on hand, as well as the clothes pins.)

I made the tag on my computer, and used some CTMH stamps to decorate it. I also tied the tag on with Lagoon twine. The white mesh ribbon came from the dollarama.

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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.

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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:

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There’s much more than just this that’s available this weekend. Visit http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.com 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!

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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 http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.com; you’ll be able to order directly from there. You can email me at theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com 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).

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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!

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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!

Memo

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Did you get the memo?

Once May is over, you’ll no longer be able to purchase the beautiful Happy Times Paper packet and coordinating stamp set.

To view both these lovely products- and to purchase them- visit my website here.

In the meantime, here’s another project I made using this paper:

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The flowers were stamped with Beloved Bouquet in CTMH Blush and Cotton Candy inks. The leaves were stamped with Sweet Leaf and Juniper inks.

CTMH Celebrate With Cake

Good morning! Welcome to Monday AND to National Scrapbooking week! Are you participating in any crops or NSD events and activities?

Scrapbook Generation is hosting a week long online crop- starting today! Find them online and on Facebook under the name SG Scrap Squad. There’s something that’ll appeal to everyone!

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Sometimes, you can find scrapbooking supplies in the most unexpected places. The papers that I used in today’s layout cane from a liquidation store, years ago. I just now decided to use it. Aren’t they pretty?! I love the contrast of the floral paper from the gingham.

I combined those papers with Aprils’ CTMH Stamp of the Month- Life in Pictures. It’s full of vintage and fun camera stamps, as well as theme-fitting quotes and phrases. That adorable Polaroid is also part of it! (I used a pop-dot behind the camera to create a bit of depth).

Since we’re embarking on a new month, there is a new stamp of the month. This one is delicious- it’s full of cakes and cake slices. Perfect for every birthday and special occasion that requires cake!

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This D size set retails for $21 CAD, but it can be yours when you make an order of $50. It can be anything- there’s no purchasing requirements to receive this beautiful stamp set. To sweeten the deal, combine your order with some friends and save on shipping costs!

The easiest way to place an order is on my website. You can do it anywhere- while you’re on the go, or from the comfort of your own home. Visit my website here.

Thanks for dropping by! I’ll be back again real soon with more layouts!

HarMOMica

Happy Monday!

As it turned out, I made a flying trip into Edmonton on Thursday afternoon. My grandmother had taken a turn for the worst, and we weren’t expecting her to live through the weekend.  Happily, she’s still here, but I’m expecting that dreaded phone call any time.

I spent the night Thursday and a good portion of Friday with my extended family and Oma (Dutch for grandma), but had to come back home home to look after my other obligations. I’m sad I had to leave, but I’m glad I had the chance to say So Long before it was too late.

If I disappear unexpectedly for a few days in the near future, that’ll be why.

On a brighter note, I have another layout to share! Once again, I began with a sketch for Scrap Much? by Laura Whitaker. 

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My younger twin used to call this harmonica (which belonged to one of her grandfathers) harmomica.  Of course, it was a moment that needed to be recorded in my scrapbook album 😃

I began this layout by spritzing blue and yellow mists on the layout base, then layered random patterned papers and a large cricut die cut over top.  The circles and title were also cut with my cricut.

Also, CTMH has a new stamp that’s currently available. It’s only available until March 31, and is eligible for purchase as part of stampaganza!

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This fun stamp set is $21.25 CAD and perfect for all your exotic vacation photos. Find it- and many more stamps- on my website. View it any time, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Thanks for dropping in and spending time with me! See you again real soon!

One Layer Stamped Card Tutorial

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Happy Pi Day, fellow nerds!

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post that I’d share the directions for creating the one layer stamped card I made recently. I thought today would be a good time to do that!

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(In case you needed a reminder, here’s the card I’m referring to. It’ll also save you the hassle of scrolling down to find it in the next post). 😀

To begin, you’ll need to gather your supplies. That would be: cardstock, ink (4 varying shades, three of which should be light, medium and medium dark)- the last one should be darkest; stamping blocks, stamp and some washi tape.

I’ll explain what that’s for in just a moment.

1. Trim your cardstock to 4.25×5.5 inches. (8.5×11 works perfectly- just trim it in half). Score and fold in half length-wise.

Here’s where the washi tape comes in.

2. Mask off the top and bottom portion of your greeting card with the washi tape. Make sure it’s long enough on either side of the card to stick to your work surface; it’ll hold your card in place while stamping.

The washi tape works well for this project because it won’t damage your cardstock like traditional tape can do. It’s repositionable and does not attach permanently.

3. Once your stamp is mounted to your stamping block, ensure your buffer is placed underneath the area you’ll be stamping, then cover the stamp with the lightest ink you chose first. Firmly press onto your cardstock and lift straight up. Repeat, placing the stamp at varying heights until your card is filled.

4. Thoroughly clean your stamp using stamp cleaner.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 using the medium and medium dark inks you’ve chosen, cleaning thoroughly between each layer. Remember to alternate the height each time you stamp so you don’t cover up too much of the previous layer.

6. Using your last (and darkest) ink, stamp your message onto the card.

7. Gently and carefully remove the washi tape, then admire your handiwork.

Presto, you’re done!

If you’re interested in creating this card, and you liked the colors I used to create it, head on over to my website. All the products you need to create this project are available to purchase there, including stamp spray, cleaning pad and stamping blocks.

Shop in your jammies, naked or anytime you want! The shop is always open! Convenience is always the best option!

Visit me here 24/7: http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.com

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and I hope it inspired you to give it a try!

See you again real soon!

Now Available!

Hello crafty friends!

Did you know that I make greeting cards as well as layouts?

If you didn’t, you may be new to my blog. If you’re a keener and return frequently/occasionally, you may be interested to know that my greeting cards are available to purchase.

Yep, that’s right. They’re just $2 a piece,  or $7.50 CAD if you buy 5. That works out to $1.50 per card.

Sound reasonable?

Would you like to see them?  To keep you in suspense, I’ll share only a couple, but I do have a card for every occasion.

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To see all the cards I have on hand, please visit my Facebook page. Some of the cards are stamped inside, as well.

Like any of the cards you see but want to make them yourself? Let’s talk- I’m open to creating kits and organizing workshops too!

Now, the items I have for sale doesn’t end with handmade cards. I also offer scrapbook albums- by commission. If you don’t have a scrapbook album, don’t worry! I can order you one through CTMH (your choice of cover), which will be included in the overall price of your completed album.

I can also order your favorite papers from CTMH, too, so that the theme, colors and embellishments remain consistent throughout.

Most, if not all of the products used to create your special album will be Close to My Heart, though my other favorite products and manufacturers may find a place in it too.

You’ve already seen a lot of my scrapbook layouts, so you’ll have a good basic idea what your scrapbook album will look like once it’s completed. All I need are your pictures.

(My printer does not print high quality photos, so I suggest printing them via your favorite store and I’ll take it from there.)

I’ll hand deliver or mail your cards or album when it’s completed. It’ll be done in a timely and efficient manner. The size of album is negotiable, too!

So, if this interests you, let’s talk! I’d love to help you out!

CTMH Stampaganza

Hello, fellow paper crafters!

I have another layout to share with you today.

Kelly Klapstein, over at Creative Scrapbooker, creates a sketch for the Double the Fun challenge, and I decided to play along with last months’ sketch.

I’ve tried but had no luck finding it again on the Creative Scrapbooker website to show you. Sorry about that!

Here’s how the sketch inspired me:

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I am loving teal paired with lime green and yellow…such yummy colors!

I used a lot of cricut die cuts to tie this spread together; you’ll also see some CTMH Urban and Seaside in spots around the pages, too. The rest of the papers are DCWV, I believe.

In other news, welcome to March! Hopefully the weather treats us well this month. Don’t you agree? February left us like a lion, maybe March will go quietly like a lamb?

At Close to My Heart during the month of February, when you purchase any TWO stamp sets, you’ll receive the third stamp set FREE (of equal or lesser value).

We’re calling it STAMPAGANZA!

Fitting, I think! Spread the word, it’s a great deal!

I’ll share more about stampaganza again throughout the month, so don’t forget to stop in again and learn more about it. You can also learn more by visiting my CTMH website.

Thanks for dropping by and visiting with me for a few minutes! See you again soon!

CTMH Selfie

I worked hard on special valentines my kids’ teachers asked us to make last week.

They were due today.

I feel so bad that I forgot to send them to school this morning. I remembered everything else, except those.

I tried texting their teachers about it but got no response. I hope tomorrow isn’t too late.

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You can’t tell from the photo, but I doodled some dotted lines over the little pennants to look like stitching. It’s pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself.

The pictures were left over from last year. Thankfully, there isn’t a drastic change in the twins’ appearances from this year to last, so I figured they would work. (I have no 4×3 school photos from this year left). I improvised!

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I’m crushing big time on Thistle (CTMH cardstock) and teal together. Isn’t it yummy?!

I used my Cricut to cut the hearts in both images. In the bottom picture, I layered the SU DSP underneath the heart, traced then freehand cut it out, trimming any excess paper after it was adhered to the purple heart. Both the girls’ names were also cut with my Cricut. 

I can’t wait to do this exercise over again next year! I had a lot of fun making them!

As you know, this month is the month of love. February is synonymous with love and valentines. And, you may also know that CTMH provides an opportunity for every customer to donate to Operation Smile.

This month, CTMH stepped up their game, and is donating $7 USD from the purchase of every Share The Love stamp set to this wonderful organization. Learn more about it here.

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As you can see, I used the Share the Love stamp set on this layout, as well as Charlotte patterned papers.

Which I love, by the way! Such sweet and soft, romantic colors! The hint of pink just takes it over the top!

Using the stamp set, I stamped various images and fussy cut them out, arranging them around the page to create a triangle.

(The stamped deer image came from Woodland Romance, which coordinates flawlessly with the Charlotte paper).

Once again, I cut the title using my Cricut.

I’ll be back again soon with more projects showcasing the Share the Love stamp set! I hope to see you then!