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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CTMH Mini Cards!

Hey guys! Here’s what I’ve been up to in my haven the last couple days:

This stamp set is available to purchase from my website. BUT, it’s almost sold out! Make cards as adorable as these, but order them soon, before supplies run out! Visit my website here.

This stamp set is retired, but it’s still fun! I hadn’t used it up until this point, and really needed to try this bad boy out! Look how adorable! My favorite is the little sailboat. What I love most about this set? It’s a thin Cut and Stamp combo- meaning you can stamp your image and cut it out in two simple steps!

The item in these cards that IS available is the shimmer brush! In particular, I used the red shimmer brush in each of the cards, but CTMH has clear, mint, black, gold and red shimmer brushes in stock. Quickly and easily add sparkle to your projects with the stroke of a brush. It’s so simple!

Are you noticing a trend here? I’m absolutely loving mini cards these days! They’re 3×3 inches, and the perfect size for sweet and simple thinking- of- you’s. In these particular cards, I used Baby Animals Doodles, which is another stamp and thin cut set. It’s also retired. BUT, I paired it with Sweet Girl papers, which isn’t retired, as well as Something Fierce. The black shimmer brush made a cameo appearance in these cards too. The scallop square? I used my cricut for that. It came from one of CTMH’s cricut cartridges- CTMH artbooking. If you don’t have it, you’ll need it! All our CTMH carts are amazing! And exclusive to CTMH, meaning they are nowhere else besides my online shop. How cool is that?!

Last set of cards is also retired. Boo 😒 Seriously, this stamp set is a keeper. I love it so much. The stamping is a two step process. Start with the outline of the flowers, and follow up with the ‘filler’. Instead of colouring the inside, you stamp it. Smart, right?! I fussy cut the flowers out and attached them to the card front with 3D foam tape.

How dreamy is that sage card stock?! It pairs beautifully with CTMH colors like Sapphire, Almond, Ballerina, and my personal favorite- Glacier. It’s soft, which makes sympathy cards so inviting, but baby cards also scream for Sage. It’s my new must have card stock.

That’s all for today, but I have much more to share with you! I’ll be back on Wednesday. See you then!

CTMH Cruisin’ to Adventure

New workshop alert!

This ones for the kids! If you know any kids aged 6 and up that want to learn a new hobby or want to scrapbook like you or another family member does, then you’ll want to check this out!

Join us June 28 at 11 am for a quick and easy craft session making one 12×12 scrapbook layout and five 3×3 coordinating cards. Everything will be pre-cut, ready for little fingers to assemble. They’ll get to color some, too! Parents are welcome to stay and help their child out. The cost is $35 per child and covers cost of venue, materials needed for the craft and a small snack. Must have 10 children confirmed with payment in order for the class to run. Also must pre-pay to hold your spot. Find more info in the pinned post at the top of my Facebook Business page here.

Hope to see you there!

Decorative Borders using CTMH Thin Cuts

Hey everyone! I’m switching gears and focusing on something different from Close to My Heart while I wait for my next order to arrive.

This particular item came with last months’ order, but I haven’t set aside time to play with it until now. This is an item I’ve wanted for some time. It carried over to this catalog (Seasonal Expressions 1)- which blew me away. I thought I’d missed ordering it, but I didn’t! Phew! You still have time to order it, too. One month to go!

Introducing CTMH Thin Cuts Decorative Borders. Look at all that border-y goodness! The third one from the bottom- it’s a fringe. Hello! I’m super excited about it! The cross-stitch border is super cute, too. I used it in a layout that I made today. Have a look!

So, I’m incredibly thankful I hung on to my Sorbet card stock rather than selling it when it retired. This paper was made for layouts of my daughters’ bedroom. It coordinates so well!

Can you see the sweet little X pattern in the border just below the photos? That’s how the cross-stitch die looks after you’ve ran it through your die cutting machine. I’m looking forward to trying out the other ones! I’m loving the notebook border, fringed border, the scallops…really, all of them!

CTMH thin cuts works with a variety of die cutting and embossing machines. Try it with your Sizzix, Big Shotz, and Cuttlebug. They all work! Also, make sure you use the B and C plates, as well as the base plate if you’re using a Cuttlebug. Join me tomorrow and I’ll walk you through the steps to die cutting with our Thin Cuts using the Cuttlebug. There is a secret to it!

Watch for more projects using this tool, as well!

Dash of Inspo Tuesday

In a few days (closer to a week, honestly) I’ll be moving on from playing with Something Fierce. The next collection I’ll be working on is I Heart Us. Here’s a peek:

But in the meantime, I have a couple more layouts to show you that’s made from the Something Fierce collection:

I also have another layout that mixed papers from Heart Happy and past, retired collections:

That’s all I’ve been up to lately! Scrap Your Stash was a huge hit. It was so fun, and a lot of prizes were handed out! We’re doing it again in February! Consider joining us- it’s open to everyone, CTMH consultant or not. Keep February 17-24 in mind. That’s when we’re diving into our stashes again 😊

TEDS Scrap Your Stash

Good afternoon, friends!

Scrap Your Stash is in full swing, and prizes are flying out the door. We’re having a lot of fun! You should think about joining in- there’s three days left. Join us again in February (17-24) for more creative fun. It’s official- there’s an event! And a group!

Here’s some of what’s been created. (All artwork is mine; you’ll have to join the group to see everyone else’s incredible artwork).

Some great prizes have been won, as well, with more being given away tomorrow and the rest of the week. Want to win some fab swag? Visit the links above!

Anyway, I hope I succeeded in enticing you to join the fun. It’s open to everyone. This event is completely online, and we’re not picky about who joins or where you’re from. Just come out and work through your craft stash. Use up those scraps! It all ends at 11:59 pm MST on the 28th. Be there or be square 😊

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!

TEDS January Events

Hello friends!

As you know, I have a Scrap Your Stash event coming up that you are more than welcome to join and participate in. Coincidentally, it also coincides with another event I have happening over in my Try it Out group on Facebook (which, now that I think about it, I might have missed doing a FB Live this morning. Oops! There’s always some bumps getting back into routine after a holiday, right??)

Were you unaware that I’m hosting a Scrap Your Stash event later this month? Its scheduled to take place between January 21-28. Its a week long because a lot of my customers are having a hard time working around their sports and work schedules and I want this to be as inclusive (and successful) as possible! The goal of this event is to get you working with the items you already have on hand, and using up your ever expanding pile of scrap papers (and embellishments, ribbons, journaling cards, etc.) Play along with us! There is still room, because this event is happening online! You choose the day and time that works for you, and get some crafting done. When you’re done, take a picture of your completed project, and upload it to my business page for your chance to win some Close to My Heart swag from yours truly. I want to share, and I think this is a wonderful way to do it! To join, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2266068393718707/

What’s the Try It Out event that I mentioned? I’m focusing on using spray inks in my artwork (I’m still waiting on new product to arrive, so to kill time I’m using up my stash, and playing with things that I don’t often play with) and I’m challenging my groupies to play with it, too. Or, try it out, if they’ve never tried it before. The Facebook Live that I was (still am) going to do was to walk participants through how to put together the layout I shared with you the other day (find the blog post here). Then, try it out yourself! I’m posting additional artwork to the group event to further inspire the participants. The layout I’m going to share with you today is one of them!

In this layout, I used HS spray ink in Tea, which covers the criteria for the Try it Out event that I have planned (I’ll share the fine details soon), and it covers the criteria for my Scrap Your Stash event! Its pulling double duty, which is awesome. Its saving me more work- keep it simple, silly. Thats the best policy ever! (All the paper that’s used, except for the White Daisy card stock, is all scraps. The dark blue base is actually retired CTMH paper that I have a ton of!)

Oh, phew! I didn’t miss the Facebook Live that’s I’ve got planned! (Great memory, just short). That will be happening next Saturday, if you’d like to check it out. (That’s the 12th). If you’d like to participate in it, find the event here. Are you a member of my Try it Out group? Head to Facebook, and join here. I’d love to see you at both events, that would be so great!