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 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!

CTMH I Heart Us

Good cold, blustery day! Are you staying warm? We’re trying. You should see the ice build up in my back door. It’s insane!

These last couple days, I’ve been playing. In my haven. As much as time will allow. My kids are home- they took two snow days- both of which were a godsend. One of the twins developed pink eye. Ugh. These last two days, they’ve been enjoying Teachers Convention. Is it Monday yet? I love my kids, but mama needs some peace and quiet!

I’ve been playing with February’s spotlighted paper collection: I Heart Us. I’ve also been playing with texture paste. Guys. This chick, who stays inside her comfort zone, was brave enough to venture outside it for once. And, since that fateful day, I’ve brought it out every time I sat to play since then. Want to see?

Look at all the colors! That’s my favourite thing about this collection. Next, is the mix of patterns! I’ve just barely touched the tip of the iceberg in terms of this collection, so stay tuned. More is coming!

See what I made using texture paste:

I used a mixture of new stamp sets, too! You’ll find C1752 Know That I Care, S1902 Heartfelt Sentiments and Z4264 Budding Peony Stamp & Thin Cuts set.

Texture Paste is so fun! There is no reason to be afraid of it. It’s easy to use and there’s lots of ways to use it. Stay tuned for that, too! I’ll be back with images of each of the products I used tomorrow.

Well, that’s all for me today. I’ve got cinnamon buns in the oven, and I’d still like to play a bit today. Thanks for joining me!

Month in Review: January

I created a lot this month, but I just wanted to highlight hat I created with Heart Happy. Some layouts will have other CTMH papers mixed in, but I just wanted to give you a general idea of how it looks completed. FYI- I still have half the paper packet left! Being frugal in your crafting goes a long, long ways!

Stay tuned for more of that adorable polar bear…more about him coming soon!

Heart Happy is available until January 31, 2019. I am placing a bulk buy order on the 31, so if you’d like this kit for yourself, let me know! You can also order it online yourself at teds.closetomyheart.ca. If you’re in Canada, I can help you with your order. If not, there’s a consultant locator on my website. It’ll help you find the CTMH consultant nearest you- and she can help you order it!

More CTMH Heart Happy

Hello friends!

I have a couple more layouts to share with you today- both were created using CTMH Heart Happy.

First, a little crafting tip. To stretch your papers, making them last forever, trim them into strips of varying widths and lengths to create a visually rich design that’s full of texture! See this design principle in action below:

In the layout above, I paired stamping from D1815 Bunches of Love to create the splatter effect along the bottom and top right of the layout in Sapphire, Raspberry and Mint ink. I also added cricut die cut hearts in coordinating colors for a tone on tone look.

Don’t forget, the Heart Happy paper packet is available this month only, meaning it expires January 31! If you love this collection as much as I do, may I suggest ordering it before it’s too late?! You can order it online from my CTMH website. Follow this link to get there!

CTMH You Are Here

Good day! How is everyone?

I’m dropping in today to share with you a layout I created the other day. I used HS spray Ink in Tea and some CTMH scrap retired patterned paper.

I took out some new CTMH product, as well! The card stock base is CTMH Bluebird and coordinated well with my photo. I included some stamping using the You Are Here stamp sets (which coordinate with the Cricut cartridge) and cut the title using my Cricut. (Which also happens to be from You Are Here).

Have you heard? Over on Facebook, I’ll be showing you how I created this simple layout- and I’ll have a couple others that are similar, to hopefully inspire you to try using spray inks!

I’ll be doing a Facebook live, walking you through the process of creating this layout, then you’ll have the opportunity to create it yourself. The other layouts are meant to inspire you, and you can use them to jumpstart your creating too.

Anyone is welcome to join the group this will be happening in. Find it here. The fun starts January 27! Hope to see you there!

CTMH You Are Here

Well no road trip here today. My poor girl woke up with the flu. It’s pretty smelly and nasty over here today.

On the bright side, I have a layout to share with you that I made yesterday. It’s another Dino Layout, but instead of the inside of the museum, I took a couple pictures of the outside.

I pulled out some Sweet Leaf card stock- which I’ve never created with before. I’ve had a love affair with the coordinating ink for as long as I’ve been a CTMH rep (almost 5 years! It’ll be 5 years in April, I believe). It wasn’t until I placed my bulk order in December that I finally ordered the card stock. Whyyy did I wait so long? It’s bright and spring- like, and it makes me happy! I paired it with Almond and Espresso card stock and placed it all on a crisp, clean sheet of White Daisy. I wanted to use the You Are Here Stamp sets that coordinate with the CTMH cartridge, instead of going with more Dino themes. I think I’m over it and ready to move on to something else.

Thanks for joining me today. 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 Fern & Lemon

I pulled out a retired stamp set during my craft sesh today. I don’t use it often enough, but it’s because I don’t have near enough pictures to use it in! Look below to see what I mean.

My kids have a love affair with water- so much so they want to join the swim team this spring. Can we say 😳 I’m not sure how it’s going to go. I sure hope they enjoy it!

I used this stamp set to create this layout:

I had wanted to create a layout using Fern and Lemon. Today was the day! But, I hadn’t thought of pairing Bashful with it until I looked at my daughters’ bathing suits. That was my “ahhh” moment- it was the perfect complimentary color!

As I sat at my computer searching unsuccessfully for Cricut images to cut to compliment the story, I thought of the Play Hard stamp set. It’s been in my stash for quite some time, and like I mentioned above, it’s not used often enough. This was the perfect opportunity to add some stamping. Oh yeah!!

Pearfect Layouts

Good afternoon!

I wanted to share with you what I’ve been doing in my haven recently.

I’ve been using my crafty time to clean up my scraps (some of it, not all) and it’s so self satisfying shrinking that stash rather than adding to it.

I also had the opportunity to play with Bunches of Love again. Scrapbooking pictures of my Hosta’s were the perfect reason to incorporate it into my layout. Imma never get rid of this stamp set! Pure love!

By the way, how delicious is Fern and Sugarplum together?! Yum! Can we just talk about color pairings for a second? Using tools like our Love of Color is super handy for taking the guesswork out of matching colors together. I often refer to it because it makes this aspect of crafting really easy. Using it is a no- brainer. But, don’t you love it when colors accidentally come together, and you hadn’t planned it? Take the layout above. I was looking at my photos for color inspo, and I quickly realized Sugarplum and Fern were meant for each other. When I had that layout and the layout below stacked together, I realized Fern and Canary would look amazing together. 😍 Also (I’m waiting for the opportunity to use this color combo), Mint and Pixie are dynamite together! Wowza! So many great color combinations! Have you ever accidentally discovered that two seemingly mismatched colors actually work beautifully together? Do share!

A really simple design technique and stash buster is to create a grid design. I raided my stash boxes and pulled out coordinating papers and trimmed them into 2 inch squares. (Make sure you’ve got enough paper to do this if you want to keep the colors and patterns to a minimum!) I find I’ll regularly revert back to this design style because it’s so easy and quick to put together. I don’t do it too often, because I don’t want each layout looking the same! I rarely use this design in my cardmaking- the smaller the square, the harder they are to work with.

One other side note- do you ever use both the positive and negative portions of your die cuts? If not, why? (I’m not judging…I don’t always, either). Actually, more often than not, I’m not interested in both portions. I only want the positive cut, and ignore the negative cuts. They typically wind up in the recycling. Sometimes, though, they can really enhance your project, however minuscule it is. I decided to use the negative portion of the umbrella die cut (layout above) because they were so darn cute! And tiny. Oy, tweezers would’ve been really handy attaching them to the layout!

In this last layout, I gave the November SOTM another shot. It worked perfectly for the birdhouse theme! I used a journaling card from Oh What Fun, as well! I’m always so excited when bits and pieces that I typically don’t use wind up in a layout. Like it was meant to be 😊

The icing on the cake was using my newest cricut cartridge, You Are Here. I bought it based on the fact I’ve always got lots of holiday pictures to scrapbook, and it would likely be used a lot. The way it appears now, it will get a lot of use! I’m just about to scrapbook last summers’ vacation to my husbands’ hometown. Instead of going to the lake, we stayed with my mother and father in law for a week. Good times. (Stay tuned for the day trips we took while we were there!)

Thanks for joining me today. I hope something inspired you!