CTMH Pretty in Pink

February is going to be a busy month. Not like January wasn’t, just in a different way. Last month was full of family drama (for lack of a better word); this month will be full of CTMH business action! I’m excited and overwhelmed and nervous. So, even though I haven’t been checking in here, I have been busy. Wanna see?

First, I should mention that February is Pretty in Pink month at Close to My Heart. Select pink and gold product bundles are 30% off their regular price, while select individual items are 25% off. There are great products in this campaign! Go have a look- it’s on my website now! (Link will be provided at the bottom of this post.

With February’s constant campaign in mind, I created these projects:

I do have another motive for creating these projects, one of which is a home gathering that’s coming up in a couple weeks. (That’s the cards). The layouts are for another event that’s coming up, and it’s got me overwhelmed. And honoured. This is a huge opportunity for me. (And the cards actually. They’re pulling double duty). I won’t share more than that about my huge opportunity until I get the official word.

That’s all for now. I’ll have more to share again soon! Thanks for joining me today!

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January SOTM Bloom & Grow

Hello friends. Today, I’m sharing a layout I made using the all new Chelsea Gardens paper. This layout actually lay on my desk for a couple days…what I had originally planned to use didn’t jive. I swapped out the Pebble background with White Daisy cardstock, and replaced the light blue (recollections) cardstock with Chelsea Gardens.

Then I realized that January’s SOTM, Bloom & Grow, would look awesome layered next to the picture of my mom and sister. I used Sweet Leaf, Glacier and Whisper inks to create the journaling spot.

Remember, this collection and the SOTM are available beginning January 1, 2018.

Beary Christmas Tunes Card

I have more Christmas card kits available. These ones were made using extra Beary Christmas paper. I paired this paper with October’s SOTM, Christmas Tunes and the holly came from another (retired) CTMH stamp set.

For an extra touch, I used my MS glitter glue to colour in the holly berries and my Shin Han markers to colour in the holly inside the wreath. I couldn’t help but think of my watercolored paints while I coloured it in…I may do that the next time I use Christmas Tunes!

I have a set of 5 cards available for purchase. It comes in an unassembled kit; everything you need to create them is included, and everything has been stamped, coloured and cut for you. Just put them together!

I’ll ship everywhere. I accept PayPal and cash/cheque from my local peeps.

$10 + the cost of shipping (CAD)

CTMH Through the Year 2018 Calendar

Calendars is a thing with my family. They don’t do them every year, but it has been done in the past. Making calendars. I’ve always thought it was a unique and creative gift at Christmas time.

As far as I know, my family isn’t doing one this year. But, Close to my Heart is! And I’m uber excited about it!

Sold as a kit, you’ll get everything you need to create a 12 month calendar. That means you’ll get paper, embellishments and stickers along with the calendar itself and photo cards so yourself or the recipient can add pictures later.

But, that’s not all. Our Christmas present to you is taking 20% off the total when you purchase this kit. If that’s not incentive enough, when you add the stamp of the month to your kit (which coincidentally coordinates with the items found in the kit), it’s just $6. Regularly, it’s $23.

So, how much is the calendar kit? Without the additional stamp, the Through the Year 2018 calendar kit is $50 CAD. When an order reaches $50 the shopper qualifies for the stamp of the month. Its $6.

Sooo…purchase the kit (there’s your qualifying order), and add the stamp of the month (the stamp add on to the kit, and the current SOTM) for $6. Purchase the stamp set on its own for $23.

I can’t help but think what a great gift this would make. Don’t you agree?! I’m positive aunts, grandparents and parents would just love a handmade gift such as this.

This fantastic deal is available all month long. It’s expires December 31, 2017. Message me to reserve yours.

3×3 CTMH Christmas Tunes Card

How do you say thank you?

I start with a card, always. It’s thoughtful, puts my creative muscles to use, and is always cherished, even if they don’t mention it right away (or at all). I like to think people appreciate something you took the time to create more than store bought cards. Handmade comes from the heart.

This card was created as a small thank you to include with the bundle of cards I shared on my IG (a couple days ago) that are for sale. I’m elated they sold so quickly, so I threw up another small bundle of cards. I created this card using October’s stamp of the month, S1710 Christmas Tunes. It’s 3×3, a size which I don’t often make, but thoroughly enjoy.

When you purchase from me- either from my CTMH website or buying my handmade cards, expect one of these with your order! If I can’t mail you one, I’ll email instead!

Curious to know what the bundle of cards looks like?

There are 4 cards to be created from the materials in this kit. Purchase the whole bundle for $8 CAD and I’ll throw the sample card in for free. Individually, they’re $2 each. No sample card for individual sales. FREE instructions can be found on my CTMH website if you would like to create the three cards from the original kit. It’s available for a limited time.

Comment below to reserve your very own DIY Card kit!

CTMH A Little Bit of Pun Layout

Brr what a chilly afternoon it is! I just walked to the school to pick the kids up, and I nearly froze to death! My ears and cheeks feel wind burned, and my legs are like frozen drumsticks. A storm is blowing in, and of course it would need to start making its way into our area just when I needed to leave the house. My husband told me it was beautiful earlier today. Just my luck. Oh well, when I leave the house next, it’ll be in my car. Luckily I won’t have to walk very far.

My kids tell me every so often that other kids make fun of them because they’re nerds. They’re nerds because they dress fairly eccentrically. I tell them to be proud of who they are- they are experimenting with their idea of fashion, and no one should make them feel silly for exploring what makes them feel good. Other than clothes, jewelry makes my girls feel good, too. They take after their mom- I love sparkly and pretty things just as much as they do. An outfit isn’t complete without some sort of jewelry around your neck, wrist or on your ears.

This picture of Miss A makes me smile. She loaded on the jewelry and she looks perfect. Even with her messy bed head hair. Most of it came from her grandparents- a few things even came from her great grandmother. That alone makes it extra special.

The stamp set I used to create the title came from a CTMH stamp set that hasn’t been released to the public yet. Its an upcoming stamp of the month (December’s, so stay tuned), but I thought it would work perfectly here! Wouldn’t you agree?!

Products Used

S1712 A Little Bit of Pun My Acrylix Stamp Set

-X5954 Pewter cardstock

-Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Ink

-X5958 Peacock cardstock

-1385 White Daisy cardstock

-Z1375 Kraft cardstock

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

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!