Its Halloween Time Again

Hey hey! TGIF! I wanted to drop in today and share with you another layout I created using the Decorative Borders Thin Cut set. There’s so many great dies to choose from, its almost too hard to decide which one I’m going to use next!

The die I chose for the layout I’m sharing with you today was an easy one. Its a layout about Halloween, and I thought stitching was fitting- in a Tim Burton sort of way. Here, have a look!

CTMH Decorative Borders Thin Cuts

I can’t share the entire layout with you (actually a double page layout), because its got stuff in there that needs to stay under wraps for a couple more days. On April 1 I can share more with you! So, yes, in other words, its new product! Its also apparent I need to go back and erase the pencil line I made to ensure part of my title is straight. Its a good rule of thumb to use your straight edge ruler and pencil to mark out where your title will go. I use this technique simply to keep my titles straight. THere’s nothing that annoys me more in my own crafting than a crooked title. Drawing a line is so simple- but remember to erase it after you’re done! People will think you’re just that good if they don’t see a pencil line denoting it.

While playing with the dies yesterday, I came to realize that working slowly and deliberately with these particular dies is in your best interest. You’ll have the best results if you move meticulously and slowly, ensuring the cut is straight and even. Unless you’re aiming for an off-kilter cut, then by all means keep on trucking! Its inspired me to create a small tutorial walking you through how to use these particular dies. This won’t necessarily apply to our other dies because they tend to be shapes, not straight lines. Join me again next week (likely Monday) for a little Facebook Live in the techniques group to see how I keep my decorative borders looking their best! If you’re not part of my group there, you should join it! I share tutorials and tips as much as I can, and also host some workshops there, too. You are always welcome to craft along with me during the live videos! That means its interactive- I love it when people join in!

A new month is quickly barrelling towards us, so in the very near future I’ll be able to show you the new product that’s coming out, the layout I only gave you a peek of today, the specials that are coming up and what my focus will be with this next catalog. Speaking of new product, I am expecting my April order to arrive today. If its early enough, I will be doing my unboxing day live video over on my business page today (hopefully before 1- ideally before 3:30 this afternoon). If not, Monday will be the day. Are you following my business page on Facebook? Find me here. You should join- its the best place to stay up to date on my goings on with CTMH and my business 🙂

Lots of fun stuff is coming up in April. Join me again soon so I can catch you up on the good stuff!


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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!

So Much Happy Artwork

Good afternoon! I have some layouts to share with you that I created using So Much Happy. Enjoy!

So Much Happy & This Happened

So Much Happy

So Much Happy

So Much Happy

I tried using a mixture of products from within the paper packet and card stock packet, so you’ll see the puffy stickers, Complements, stamping, cut- away paper, and the oh-so-fun sticker alphas. They are my absolute favourite, and I hope CTMH brings them back in future collections. I just love using them, especially where my titles are concerned. I love the interest and variety it adds, especially when fonts are mixed. Its such a nice change from using the Cricut all the time. I use it the most to create my titles. I like to spice things up! Stamping my titles is a nice change, too.

I hope you find inspiration to craft some today. If not, enjoy the beautiful weather we’re having!

March CTMH Stamp of the Month

Good morning! I wanted to share with you the artwork I’ve made thus far with CTMH So Much Happy. Some of the layouts also sport March’s stamp of the month, S1903 This Happened. Here’s a peek at it:

The picture above says the stamp set retails for $25 CAD. There is a way to save HUGE on it. Did you know that? When you shop my website, and your total reaches $50 before shipping charges is added, you’ll qualify to add this gem to your cart for only $6! It’s another way we say thank you for shopping with CTMH. (You’ll find that this company is uber generous with sales, giveaways, incentives and more!) Hang out with me awhile, and you’ll see 😊 There’s another blog post coming with the rest of the sales and perks that’s going on this month. Stay tuned- you’ll find it all right here!

Now- for some artwork!

Don’t forget, S1903 This Happened is only available until the end of the month, before it’s replaced with a whole new stamp set in April! So Much Happy is also available until the end of April, then its being retired, too. Don’t miss out! If you’d like either of these (or anything else), let me know. I’m placing a bulk order tomorrow morning at 10 am. If you add to it, you’ll save on shipping. Score! Who doesn’t love to save?! Comment on this post or message me to add to it! (Must be a Canadian resident, sorry).

February + CTMH I Heart Us

Have I really only posted twice this month? Oh, that’s no good. Luckily, I have a lot to share with you! I Heart Us has become an intense favourite of mine, and I wanted to share with you everything I’ve made with it. The best part is that I’ve only used half the paper packet. Yes, only half of it! I’m become quite the master of stretching my paper. You’ll see what I mean below.

Twelve projects, most of which are layouts. And, I’m not done yet! The month is not over- there’s still another week to go before I change gears and focus on CTMH So Much Happy. How much more can I create using it? I guess we’ll find out!

The two chipboard monograms that you saw in the photo above- those are for my daughters, who are celebrating their 9th birthday tomorrow! They’re going to love them- I hope! I’ll share another post about them in the near future. I enjoyed making them so much, that I’m looking for another excuse to order more! I want to make something for my craft haven, but I don’t know what yet. My name? My business name? A crafty phrase? (Create is out. I’ve got a beautiful sign that my BFF gave me for my birthday with that phrase on it.) Its got to be something else. FYI- they come in every letter of the alphabet, as well as all the numbers and some symbols. There’s a lot of options!

Each of the layouts above showcase different crafting techniques, such as Texture Paste, spritzing spray ink into the background, watercoloring using water color paints and ink (yes, its possible!!), colouring with shimmer pens and Shin Han markers, regular old stamping, and creating die cuts with the cricut. My projects have run the gamut this month! And, I keep returning to how much I love the vibrance and bright colors of I Heart Us. Its literally the best thing about this paper packet (especially the bold striped rainbow paper. I can’t get enough of it!)

Thanks for dropping in! See you again soon!

Bye Bye January

February is right around the corner! Do you know what that means? New collections to play with, and new campaigns!

But first, have you seen what I created this month using Something Fierce? You may see some Heart Happy mixed in, too. See below:

I know, I know. I can hear you saying Something Fierce doesn’t expire until the Seasonal Expressions catalog expires. You’d be correct, but in the month of February, I’ll be focusing on I Heart Us instead. See the paper packet here. I’m placing my bulk order tomorrow, by noon MST. Get your orders to me before then if you’d like to add to it, and save on shipping!

The wait until my order is in my hands is going to literally kill me. I was already debating whether I should scrap the pictures that are next in my queue, or wait the week (Lord help me) until it arrives. #firstworldproblems #confessionsofamemorykeeper What are your thoughts?

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!