Accordion to Me CTMH Card

Good morning! It’s a wet and dreary morning here in northwestern Canada, which is great because I’m going to scrap today! I’m going through crafty withdrawals. I figure it’s high time I get back to it. 

As you know, I held a kid friendly scrapbook workshop on Saturday. If you missed my post about it, you can find it right here.

I thought it would be nice to make cards for each of my guests thanking them for participating and sharing info about my next planned workshop. Today, I thought I’d share it with you. 

To create this card, I used one of the patterns from my CTMH Originals Card pattern books (Lucky Three, pg. 59) and used up some more Little Dreamer and Jack patterned papers. I also threw in some CTMH glitter paper that I’d trimmed down for my Christmas cards and a bit of Sea Glass cardstock for the matted image. The stamped image and sentiment cane from an upcoming stamp of the month. Stay tuned for that!

PRODUCTS USED

– X772B Jack

– X7219B Little Dreamer

– 1385 White Daisy cardstock 

– Sea Glass cardstock (retired)

– Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper

– Z2818 Desert Sand Exckusive Inks

– Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks

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CTMH School Year Layout

Good morning, friends.

I mixed products in the layout I’m sharing with you today. I wanted to use papers that were academic in nature, so broke out some of my Recollections patterned paper and went to town. The stamp set I used is CTMH and also school themed.

Products used:

-S1708 School Year Stamp of the month (retired)

-D1706 School Kids My Acrylix Stamp set

-Z2805 Black Exclusives Ink

– Sea Glass Exclusives Ink (retired)

-Z2854 Pomegranate Exclusives Ink

-Z2811 Chocolate Exclusives Ink

CTMH Feel So Blessed

Hello friends! Happy hump day! It was a rainy day here in my neck of the woods, which made the day perfect for more scrapbooking! As promised, I would share projects featuring this months stamp of the month, Feel So Blessed, and I’m happy to report that I have a couple to share with you! I have three to share with you, as a matter of fact!


This last layout features an eclectic mixture of products from CTMH- I used the stamp of the month, journaling cards that I had left over from the Charlotte collection, and some of the paper accents came from the Adventure Cut Above layout kit. I absolutely love how this layout came together!

The middle layout features left over complements from Some Kinda Wonderful and the stamp of the month. I also layered my White Daisy card stock in front of the Smoothie card stock for a pretty (and simple) border statement.

Lastly, I used Recollections patterned paper (of which were scraps) along with CTMH card stock and Urban patterned paper to create this layout about my doofus Freddie. I coloured the feather image in using my Shin Han Touch Twin markers.

Which is your  favourite? I think there’s something special about all three layouts, but my favourite two needs to be the last two I shared. Its all the white space…it just speaks to me. This months’ stamp of the month speaks to me, too. Its wonderful to use for all those Thanksgiving layouts that will soon be gracing craft galleries and Facebook pages all over the internet. I’m also seeing it being used to decorate fall themed layouts and projects. I took a less festive approach to my use of this stamp set, but it just goes to show how versatile it really is!

Have you thought of any other ways you’d use it? Let me know in the comments below!

CTMH Canada 150 Stamp 

This wasn’t something we saw on a regular day- parachutes floating above us in the sky. We were visiting some of our closest friends, and snapped pictures of them before they disappeared behind the trees. They were practicing for the Fallen Four marathon- 2015 marked the ten year anniversary that 4 Canadian Mounties lost their lives in the line of duty during a stand off in the next town over. Any of my Canadian friends- especially the Alberta ones- remember this?


I’m grouping these layouts together because 2/3 of them use the same products- the third has different products in it, but most importantly, they’re all from the same event (the Fallen Four parade). 

In the second Layout (immediately above), I wanted to replicate the Fallen Four image, but couldn’t find the FF (with the first ‘f’ facing backwards) image online. I thought I was crazy, but my husband confirmed that there is an FF image associated with it. (I think it’s a vehicle decal, honestly). Instead, I used the marathon logo for my title. 

I also used the Canada 150 stamp set, even though it’s technically not valid until this year (2017). I wanted to showcase it, so used it anyways. It’s available to purchase on my website until December 31, 2017, so you still have time to make this bad boy yours! Find it here: http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.ca

Both these layouts also sport my beloved Jack papers!


As I mentioned above, this layout is different. I mixed non CTMH products with CTMH products. One of the best things about this layout is the delicious rose patterned embossing folder I used to create interest in the navy cardstock. It’s also new at CTMH and is currently available to purchase! You’ll also notice snippets of Septembers’ SOTM on it, too. (The tiny hearts you see). Find both on my website at http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.ca

How cool was it that the military stopped what they were doing and spent time with the kids after jumping? You see, they were conducting drills in the first Layout I shared in preparation of the Fallen Four parade. They put on a spectacular show on the day of the marathon! My children were star struck!

Feel So Blessed CTMH September SOTM

In a rush of inspiration late yesterday afternoon, I decided to break out my fall decorations. They’re sparse, but I love them. All I need is a beautiful wreath to grace my front door, and I’ll be set!



One of the pages I follow on Facebook had posted something particularly festive, and as a result I couldn’t resist breaking out my festive decor. 

CTMH’s September stamp of the month is equally autumnally festive. I’ve had it for some time already; you’ve seen it on the odd layout and card in the past. This month it is available for customer purchase. (One of the perks of being a consultant is an early preview period for upcoming products!) Since it’s available for purchase this month, I ought to start creating with it more! 

And, to quell your burning desire to know what this stamp of the month looks like, here’s a picture:


That feather! It has to be favourite element in this stamp set. Who doesn’t love feathers?! You’ll also notice some artwork in the graphic above- they’re made using this stamp set too. It’s in the new Holiday Expressions catalog, and is just $6 when a qualifying order is placed. Just remember, it’s available only until September 30, 2017, upon which another (equally festive!) stamp of the month replaces it. 

Watch for more artwork this month using this wonderful stamp set! In the mean time, I’ll leave you with this:

CTMH Back To School August SOTM

Third times the charm, right? I’ve tried writing 3 times already, and it just won’t work. 

I am dropping in really quick this morning to share augusts stamp of the month with you. I know, I know, the month is nearly over. Please forgive me! It’s been busy. Still is. Swimming wrecks the whole day. It’s at such an awkward time. 


This stamp set is fitting with school just around the corner for us. T- minus one week. Thank the lord! I know school has been in session for some of you for a bit now. The peanut gallery is jealous. Just saying 😉

How perfect would this be for first and last day of school layouts? My favourite part of it is the pencil, hearts and ‘first day of school’ and ‘last day of school’. I haven’t used it yet because I’m trying to get back to school pictures! It’s coming, eventually.  It would work for so many school related activities! I’ve seen lots of cards on Pinterest made with this stamp set too. How would you use it?

It’s just $6 CAD when you place a qualifying order if $50. Order it directly from my website, or contact me if you need help. It will be discontinued at the end of August, so make sure you add it to your stash before it’s too late. 

CTMH Live, Laugh, Love Double Page Layout

I have this thing; ever since I was pregnant with the twins, it seems we wind up in Las Vegas for one reason or another. I’m not totally sure why, but its starting to become a thing for me. It began when I was pregnant with the twins, then we went a second time in 2014 to help a dear friend marry her soulmate. (There was five couples there that time. What a rush!) And, I’m hoping to attend CTMH convention next June, which happens to be in…you guessed it- Las Vegas! I’ve been saying for the past little bit that I’d like to spend my 40th birthday there…but, maybe if I make it to convention, I’ll change that to my 45th (wink, wink). Need time to save up, you know!

I mention Las Vegas because the next bunch of layouts I’ll be sharing with you are about my dear friends’ wedding in Las Vegas. Once again, because I’m trying to scrapbook events that happened during my ‘missing year’, pictures are scarce, but I’m satisfied with the amount of pictures I do have. (Also, I noticed that they are totally in the wrong months and year in my photo album on the computer. Not sure how that happened, but I’m still grateful I have at least some pictures from such a wonderful trip!)

Since A’s wedding happened in the middle of the desert, I tried keeping a consistent theme running throughout all the layouts of her wedding- sponging using orange, brown and some green and purple hues. She loves how each of the layouts turned out, and I do, too. I hope you enjoy, as well!

I tried staying away from bright whites in this series because you don’t find white in the desert! And, since A’s dress was also creamy in nature, I used layout bases with that color in mind. I used CTMH Colonial White pre-dominantly throughout these layouts. (One of my new favourites, by the way. I’m sad that its been retired!) I should point out that the title was created by stamping ‘Love’ with Staz-On ink and watercoloring with Glacier and Goldrush inks. Then, I fussy cut the letters out and adhered with pop dots.

Orange is a color that I rarely use in my scrapbooking. I’m not sure what my aversion to it is, but I think I had an easy time creating with it this time because of the ‘desert’ theme I had in the back of my mind. Its a good theory, anyways!

A rented a studio-loft to stay in while we visited Vegas, and this is where she prepared for her wedding. It made for some stunning pictures with the city skyline behind her! I must say, B did a great job of doing her hair, too. She looked so pretty!

Products Used:

-CTMH Urban paper packet (retired)

*-CTMH Colonial White cardstock (retired)

*-CTMH Autumn Terracotta cardstock (retired)

-CTMH My Acrylix Live, Laugh, Love Stamp (retired)

-CTMH Glacier Exclusive Ink Z2841

-CTMH Goldrush Exclusive Ink Z2823

-CTMH Sweet Leaf Exclusive Ink Z2853

*-CTMH Desert Sand Exclusive Ink (retired)

*Note: There is an all new neutrals palette at CTMH! That’s right- the reason why you won’t find Colonial White, Autumn Terracotta or Desert Sand inks and paper is because they’ve been replaced with new basics- greys and browns. Here’s a peek:

Yummy! The featured colors include linen, mink, heather, almond, toffee, espresso, nutmeg, charcoal, pewter and pebble. They feature the combo light/dark style, too. Don’t they look great!? These are available on my website right now!

 

CTMH Feel So Blessed Card Using Wax Paper

I wanted to craft using vellum, but I don’t have any. I’m not even sure where to find any, unless its included in your kits if you subscribe to a kit club. (Which I don’t, by the way. Hosting my own card club is as close as I’ve gotten to this avenue of creating.) So, what’s a girl to do?

While I was mulling over my creative options, I began to wonder if your regular old wax paper- the roll you’d find in your kitchen for your various baking endeavors- would create the same effect as vellum.

Happily, it does! Did you know that? Even better, its probably even cheaper than purchasing a sheet, or pack, of vellum! Score! The only downside to using wax paper, is that it’s more fragile than vellum is. But, as long as you treat it with love, your project will turn out beautiful!

Here’s an example:

Much like vellum, the wax paper softens whatever it is placed over- in this instance, it would be an ink sponged background. The next technique I’d honestly like to try is stamping directly on the wax paper or even trying to dry emboss it. Think it’ll work? I used Staz- On ink to stamp the ‘for you’ part of this card, but its faint. I think the next time, I’ll stamp directly in the background and then cover it with the wax paper. I suspect that my ink might just wipe off if I try stamping on it, but maybe I’ll be surprised. I won’t know until I try it. Experimenting is strangely gratifying and lots of fun!

This card is one that we will be making at my card club this September. You won’t just get to make one of these- we’ll be making three of them! I like this so much, I’m tempted to make five, just for myself. Additionally, the stamp set I used to create this card will be available for purchase in September, so you’re getting a sneak peek right now! How lucky! If your order reaches $50, this stamp set could be yours for $6. Its regularly $23. I will have it on hand at our card club, but you’re more than welcome to purchase it yourself, too. If you decide after card club that you’d really like this stamp set (or more of the supplies we used), just make another order! At the end of September, this stamp set will no longer be available for purchase.

Unfortunately,  I’ll share the rest of the cards we’re making in tomorrow’s post because the pictures didn’t want to load! So, please come back tomorrow to see more. I hope this inspires you to come check out my card clubs happening in September- one on the 16th in Whitecourt, and another on the 30th in Edmonton.

How does card club work? There is a fee involved- this club is $26.50. It covers the supplies you’ll need to make all of our cards. If you don’t use up all the supplies that you purchase, that’s fine. They’re yours to keep! We’ll be making 16 cards in total! Not a bad deal for $26, if you ask me. For this particular event, I’ll also be supplying the paper you need. Regularly, I would just cover the ink, stamps, stamping blocks and any other miscellaneous tools we’ll need to use.

Every month, each person in our club gets to play hostess, which enables her to receive products for free based on everyone’s orders. I would need 4 individuals to commit in order for this to work. The more participants we have, the more free products the hostess will get! Its initially going to run until November, upon which we’ll take a break for Christmas, and resume again in the new year. Our last card club will be held in June, before summer holidays begin. The fee will never be more than $30 CAD. A cutting guide will be included (free of charge if you’re part of my card club) so that you’ll be able to complete your cards after you get home. If that happens. If not, you’ve still got a cutting guide to use in the future!

The cutting guide is available to everyone to purchase, whether you live in Canada or not- even if you’re not part of card club! I still need to explore a price on that, but ballpark figure I think it’ll be $10. (But, I’m still working on smoothing out the kinks. Stay tuned!)

Reserve your spot early. Supplies should be ordered by the first of September if you’re coming to the September 16th event, and no later than the 15th if you’re coming to the September 30 event. Ideally, I’d like all attendees confirmed by RSVP’ing to one of the events I’ve posted to Facebook. I’ll share them below so you’re not scouring the net looking for them!

Whitecourt Event

Edmonton Event

Lastly, don’t forget about the Mid-Summer Fiesta CTMH Online Crop I’m hosting in a couple of weeks! I’d love to see you there! I have a few challenges and prizes lined up. Its going to be fun and relaxing!

August with Close to My Heart

There is a lot going on over at Close to My Heart this month! Boy, its going to be an exciting month! There’s a few things I can’t wait to get my hands on- such as the new Annual Inspirations catalog that was unveiled today- its available for purchase over on my website. You can also browse through it before you decide to purchase it. Check it out! I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve heard its filled to the brim with fabulous new products. (Which I wouldn’t doubt, because they always carry fabulous products!) I can’t wait to see what’s in it! (That will be next on my days’ to do list…)

Not only is there a new catalog to whet your appetite with, there’s also a new stamp of the month. I’ve been dying to order this stamp, because I’m working on improving my school themed scrapbook stash. This stamp set fits the bill, and I seriously can’t wait to play with it! When you place a qualifying order of $50 on my website (or with me), you’ll receive this stamp set for just $6. Its regularly $27 CAD. You can purchase it on its own, too.

School is definitely cool with this fantastic stamp set. How would you use it? I’m already envisioning it on my layouts and maybe some teacher appreciation cards, too. They’ll look so durn cute!

Lastly, if you noticed the image at the top of this post, you’ll know that Close to My Heart is also hosting a warehouse sale through the month of August. Every week the sale is different, so make sure to stop in every Tuesday to see what’s up for grabs. This week, you’ll find an ultimate embellishment bundle, Swan Lake paper packet and paper bundle, Thin Cuts bundles and more! All retired and all 50% off! I’ve got my eye on the Swan Lake paper bundle. But, don’t wait! These items are limited and will sell out fast! Message me to add to my monthly order, or head right now to my website to place your order. (You can find the link a bit further up in this blog post).

Also, I just want to remind you that I’ve got my own events coming up later this month and in September. I’ll share more details about them tomorrow, because I think this is enough info to absorb at the moment. But, seriously- don’t miss out! There’s a lot of fun stuff going on, and you should get yourself in on some of it. Some of it will stick around for the entire year, and some of it will only last for the week (possibly less). Get ‘er done!

CTMH ThankFul Heart Layout

Remember the post I shared a bit ago where I shared the sponging technique? I mentioned in that post that I’d created another layout using this particular technique, but I felt it was a bit over the top. Some time has passed, and I still feel the same. But, I’ll share it here and see how the inter-webs feels about it! Maybe you’ll like it better than I do!

I began this layout by sponging the background using Juniper, Pacifica and Flaxen inks. Then, I stamped over top of it in Peacock and Smokey Plum inks. I absolutely loved the way it looked, but I felt that the background was too plain. That’s where the ‘over the top’ comes in. I began by pulling colors directly from my picture, matting the photo with Flaxen and Peacock card stock. Then I matted the original sponged piece of card stock to another piece of Peacock card stock. I drew a larger box around that, and left it white. I drew two more boxes, slightly larger than the next, and sponged those. I should have left the largest box (on the outside of the page) white instead of filling it in, too. I feel like its too much sponge.

On the bright side, I absolutely love the inside box, with all the sponging and stamping, and how it showcases the photo. Its just beautiful. I stamped directly on the photo using Jet Black Staz On ink. The title was cut from Flaxen card stock using my Cricut, and I stamped and fussy cut a few more leaves and attached them to the upper right corner of the picture. One leaf was attached with foam dots for depth. (This is Pyramid Lake in Jasper, by the way). It makes me feel like we’re due back for another trip there one of these days. I love the mountains. Don’t you?

Just a question- how do you feel about sponge daubers with a larger, broader base? Or just sponges in particular? Do you find they blend ink more evenly, making it look less mottled? Its almost stained-glass reminiscent, isn’t it? I have never used anything other than the small sponge daubers, and I’m curious to know the difference between all the products out there. I did have a round sponge from CTMH at one time, but I think I’ve sold it. I no longer have it here, that I know of. Maybe I should attempt to answer my own question and try it myself. After I purchase another sponge or dauber. What is your favourite sponge/dauber product to use?

Products Used:

-CTMH Juniper Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2865

-CTMH Flaxen Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2842

-CTMH Pacifica Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2892

-CTMH Peacock Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2849

-CTMH Smoky Plum Exclusive Inks Ink pad (retired)

-CTMH Saffron Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2851

-CTMH White Daisy Card stock 1385

-CTMH Flaxen Card stock X5771

-CTMH Peacock Card stock X5776

-CTMH Sponge Daubers Value Pack Z1938

* Just a note- the CTMH sponge is just $1.75 (item number Z697) if you’d like to purchase it. I may add it to my next order!

-CTMH Thankful Heart My Acrylix Stamp Set B1463 (retired)

-CTMH Blessed Beyond Measure My Acrylix Stamp of the Month S1609 (retired)