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!!

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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!

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!!)

Lightbulb 💡 Moment

I have a new workshop idea that I wanted to run past you. I think it’s smart, and I hope you think so, too! Let me know, either via the poll I created on my Facebook business page, or the comments at the bottom 👇🏻 of this blog post.

I hear from a lot of people that they’re not keen to buy new products (in this case CTMH) because they have such a large craft stash. We can all relate, right? If you’re not a consultant that’s geared to selling and purging product on a regular basis, all those stamps, papers and embellishments is going to pile up rather quickly. Got a favourite paper? You’re going to hoard it because it’s hard to let it go. Been there, done that.

Funds are tight, as well, so why would we shell out more money if we already own a lot of the same thing? Most companies produce similar products around the same time, generally. Those ideas eventually get recycled, too, and if you haven’t used up that product by the time it’s popular again, you’re less prone to buy it a second time. Unless it’s a new, cutting edge item that’s never been seen before, we’re likely to hold off purchasing.

I get it.

My goal, in addition to selling products from CTMH, is to also inspire. I’m not just selling a product, I’m also selling an idea, technique, inspiration. If I’m a good business woman, I’ll listen to my customers and meet their needs where they’re at, and inspire them with more than just pretty, new products.

Another consultant is experiencing the same thing, and we’ve been discussing this in one of the CTMH Facebook forums I’m in. It inspired me, because a customer of mine commented on this very topic just the other day. I hadn’t thought much about it until I saw that Facebook post. It got me thinking and inspired me.

I’d like to offer a “Use Up Your Stash” recurring monthly event. The main requirement to participate in this event (aside from an entrance fee to hold your seat) is bringing your own stash to create with. I’ll provide ink, stamps, tools, card/layout bases (cardstock) and patterns for everyone to use (if wanted/needed). Want to use your own ink, stamps, tools, embellishments, etc? Bring it all! You will not be expected or required to purchase anything from my website (of course, you’re always welcome to), but this type of event is a no frills, relaxed, let loose and have fun kind of event. We all have a stash, of some sort, and we all think it would be nice to make a dent in it. Me included. #amiright

So, lets meet in the middle- I’ll help you succeed in using up your stash and you help me succeed in “selling” inspiration to you.

On board? Comment below, or visit my poll on Facebook!

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!

October Scrapbook Classes

October’s Hostess Rewards Workshop is completed, and I’m so excited to share it with you!

I used the new (upcoming) Boutique range to complete this workshop. The colors are beautiful, rustic, romantic, and charming! There’s watercolour patterns, florals, soft pinks and modern whimsical patterns too (which might be my favourite of all!)

We’ll make 5 layouts in this workshop- two 2 page layouts and a single page layout. To attend this workshop, some supplies are needed! You need:

X7235B Boutique paper packet $14.25

X7235C Complements pack $9.75

X7235D card stock pack $13.00

*Taxes and shipping will be added to the total.* These can be found on my website here. In order to attend the workshop, the orders must be made by October 1, 2018. We will be using them at our workshop! If you don’t have them, you can’t participate! Sad face! 😔

If you’re coming to my Edmonton event, your order must be placed by October 5, 2018. I hope to see you at one of these events!

Want to see what we’re making?

There’s some close ups too.

We’ll be trying out inking and using CTMH thin cuts with this workshop. If you’ve never tried either technique or tool, come on out and learn something new. This was my first time using the Thin Cuts, and I love how clean the cuts are. They are very nice to work with and I want more! You’ll love it, too, when you try them!

So, where is the fun happening? There’s two separate events planned- one here in Whitecourt, and another in Edmonton.

Whitecourt- October 13 from 1-5 pm @ Whitecourt Days Inn. Deadline to register is October 1, 2018.

Edmonton- October 15 from 11:30-2:30 @ Strathcona County Library. Deadline to register is October 5, 2018.

I hope to see you there!

New CTMH Event Coming Soon!

I know I said it somewhere. I don’t know if it was here or in one of my groups, but this year is going to be even better than last year. And, last year was phenomenal (for my CTMH business).

I’m so excited to announce that I’m bringing my scrapbook workshop to Edmonton! How awesome is that?! If you live in the area, you should absolutely join!

Each event will be held monthly on Mondays from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, starting on September 10. That’s right, September 10th!!! The 2019 calendar is not yet available for our venue, so for the time being, there’s only 3 dates confirmed. Those are: September 10, October 15, and November 12.

Here’s how it’ll work: prior to the event date, a supply list will be posted to the group page and event (also found in the group); each guest needs to order those supplies in order to participate. Consider it your registration fee. It’ll be $30-$50 each month. If you have a paper trimmer and glue, please bring it along with you, as well as pictures. All other supplies (Cricut die cuts, ribbon, embellishments, ink, stamps, etc) will be provided. The order should be placed at least one week before the event date, to ensure they arrive on time. Bring those items with you, as well.

At the workshop, I’ll walk you through cutting and assembling your layouts; we’ll explore simple techniques, tips and tricks, as well. By the end of the year, you’ll have a completed scrapbook album!

This event is only open to Edmonton and area residents. Join my Facebook group and let’s make this happen! Find it here. I hope to see you there!

A Friendly Little Reminder

Hello, dear friends!

I’m dropping in with a friendly reminder that September’s Hostess Rewards Club starts on September 8, and the deadline to register and order your club supplies is August 27! That’s coming up super fast!

If you’d like more information about this event, follow the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/437036340098563/?ti=icl

This event is only open to residents local to Whitecourt, Alberta. Sorry!

CTMH Sugarplum and Boutique

Both layouts have something in common. I bet you don’t know what it is!

If you guessed Boutique, you’d be 100% correct! It isn’t as noticeable in the top layout as it is in the bottom layout, but it’s still there. Beautiful Friendship appears in both layouts, as well.

Here’s the differences. In the top layout, I kept the color palette to sapphire, mink and bashful; the bottom layout features Sugarplum, our new color of the month (available soon!!), pansy, sapphire, and black. There’s also much more Boutique in the lower layout than the upper one.

The biggest difference is that I used some Heidi Swapp spray in the background. It’s been a lonnnng time since I used it, and I think I like the finished result. Maybe there’ll be more of it in the future? We’ll see.

I’ll be away on vacation for a week, starting tomorrow, so you won’t hear from me until I return! The beach is calling…

Fresh Air Surprise

Good afternoon, friends!

I’m dropping in with a little layout I created today. The deal was if my husband napped- I scrapped. And, I did. (He napped, too). Lol!

Here’s what I made:

I mixed Gimme Some Sugar with Fresh Air for a layout of a chance encounter we had with a wren building a nest and raising her family in our backyard. Unfortunately, that adventure was short lived. The birds got to her eggs and chased her away.

What have you made recently?