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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Try Something New!

Good morning, and welcome to a rainy and soggy Wednesday! I’m a little earlier than usual, because the rain has kyboshed my usual morning walk. But, that’s ok. I’ve got a lot to share with you!

First up is Scrap Your Stash. Ever heard of it? Its an online event I host for one week every month. It’s geared toward getting us using up our scrap paper pile and our hoarded stash. I know you’ve got one. If you’re a paper crafter, its part of the territory. It happens. What do you do with it all? How do you use it up? There are new creative challenges every day, meant to inspire you and ignite your creativity. You’ll find it fun and rewarding! We’re in full swing right now, but its not too late to join. Did I mention its completely online and 100% free?! Oh, yes. Come check us out! I love you all, but this challenge is open to Canadian residents only. Sorry!

New product alert!!! We all know Father’s Day is coming up, and CTMH has just released the most amazing Fathers’ Day mini album kit, called You’re the Best. Its similar to the Mothers’ Day album I shared with you earlier this month, in that its got a stylish wooden cover like the other one did. But, this kit is geared totally towards the dads in our lives. The papers in it are earthy and masculine, the album is interactive (there’s different shaped pages inside), its simple to put together, and at a fantastic price to boot!

Included in the kit is a stamp set, card stock and patterned paper pack, twine, and the square mini album cover (three O- rings included). An album kit like this would regularly cost you around $52, but we’re giving you a 25% discount that you can apply to the purchase of this awesome kit right away, making it just $39! Woot!

CC61911 You’re the Best Fathers’ Day 6×8 Mini album kit

OR purchase the CC 6199 workshop kit without the stamp set, and get it for just $27.50. Both price points are phenomenal! You’ll be spending around that much on a gift for the dad in your life anyways, so why not consider a handmade gift? If you purchase the CC6196E My Father stamp set and CC6197 wood mini album separately, you’re looking at $24.75 and $10.25 respectively. The paper would be up to you; its only available in the kit, not a stand alone item.

This amazing mini album workshop is available today through June 30, so there’s lots of time to purchase it. But, a word to the wise- don’t wait too long to purchase it. This will be a hot item, like the Mothers Day album was, and will only be available while supplies last. Head to my website and type in You’re the Best into the search bar, click on it in the header at the top of the page, or message me to reserve yours!

I mentioned last week that I wanted to share with you what we’ve been up to in some of the various groups I have on Facebook. Anyone is welcome to join them! I’ll provide the links as I go along so that you can easily find us. To start, I’d like to share with you what the Try it Out Techniques group is up to. For the month of May, we’re putting together the Story Starter- Story by Stacy mini album. We’re doing it slowly via Facebook live, and when the month is over, we’ll have a beautiful album of the special women (moms, or people that fill the mom role) in our lives. Share it with them as a gift, or proudly display it on a shelf at home. Today is our next meeting- at 1 pm MST. If you’d like to join us, visit us on Facebook here. Just be aware that you’ll need to purchase this album, and its coordinating stamp set, D1786 Quotable Words! Find both on my website, which is found in the watermark on the photo below.

Z4207 Story Starter- Story by Stacy

Next, I shared a quick video with my friends about our new Liquid Glass Applicator. Its a totally new product to Close to My Heart, and it makes using our Liquid Glass so much easier! It no longer clogs, and the flow is easier to control with the applicator top. I could hardly wait to show it off to everyone, because its that amazing. If you don’t believe me, you’ll have to try it out for yourself. Its just $6 CAD to purchase, and once again, is available on my website. Look for Z4089 (Fine Tip Applicator), and Z679 Liquid Glass (in case you need a new bottle). See the video I did here.

Last, but not least, I have one more video tutorial to share with you. This time, its using some of our product- specifically our re-inkers- to create a water-colour background for a layout and card that I made. Its a really simple technique involving dropping some re-inker onto your craft mat, spritzing it with water, and dragging your card stock through it. Water-colour paper would work. I did not have any on hand at the time, so I used regular White Daisy card stock to achieve the same look (just in a slightly different way). Check it out and maybe try it for yourself! If you do, tag me so that I can see how it inspired you! I love seeing everyone’s creativity.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post, and found something intriguing or inspiring to fill your day. See you again soon!

Its May! (Soon, anyways)

Good morning crafty friends! What a busy week we had! I hosted another successful Scrap Your Stash event- the next one is coming up in a couple of weeks, and then we celebrated my husbands’ birthday and Easter. We spent a day at home, a day with my father in law, and a day with my parents. What did you do for Easter? I even found some time to create an Easter layout amidst the planning and creating I’m doing to prepare for Crafturday- which is just two short weeks away. Are you coming?!

If you do plan to attend Crafturday, registration is here! The last day to reserve your spot is Friday, April 26. Its just $25, so if you’re not doing anything on May 4, consider coming out and get your craft on! Join the dark side- we’ve got food, fun and more! There will be artwork samples on display with new product, so come on out and check it out! As well, I’ll have my own supplies on hand for you to use, a small selection of product and handmade goodness to purchase, refreshments and loads of inspiration! Its going to be a relaxing, fantastic day.

Since you’re reading this, you’re in for a surprise. You get a sneak peek of the artwork I’ll have on display at Crafturday. Aren’t you lucky? 😉

Everyone that arrives at Crafturday will receive their own thank you gift, complete with a sweet 3×3 inch greeting card, a layout (with a technique demo) they are free to complete at the day crop, and other goodies. Those will be a surprise. (I actually need to figure out what those are going to be. Lets be honest, I need to get my poop in a group!)

Sweet Girl and Bunny Trail C1761
Sweet Girl
Sweet Girl
Feels Like Home
The World is Yours
The World is Yours

With the exception of Feels Like Home, everything seen here is absolutely new product, and will be showcased at Crafturday on May 4. I created all these layouts using inspiration from the Seasonal 1 catalog, workshop instructions, and Pinterest. Inspiration can come from anywhere! Did you know there’s only one week left to order from SE1? Everything from it retires on April 31. May 1 Seasonal Expressions 2 goes live, and all the product in it. Not much (read everything is expiring, except 1 or 2 items). If there’s anything you missed, or don’t want to miss out on, get your orders in now. Once the new catalog goes live, the Feels Like Home artwork will be available for purchase. Comment below or message me for more details.

Did you notice the card hidden amongst the layouts above? That card, and others like it, will be part of a small card buffet that’ll be available to participate in at my Crafturday day crop. Make as many cards as you like for $2 a piece. Its totally optional; have fun with the day!

So, since May is right around the corner, here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming up next month. I’ll share more details next week (that includes The World is Yours, too).

Story Starter- Story by Stacy
May Stamp of the Month

Are you part of my Try it Out Techniques group? If not, you may want to consider joining. We explore new crafting techniques together, and starting in May we’re going to explore the Story by Stacy range. I have not ordered my workshop kit yet, so the date we’ll commence the workshop is yet to be determined. Here’s how its going to work: once a week, we’ll meet via Facebook Live to assemble the mini album together. Each person that participates will need to purchase the album kit (its $19.50) and the coordinating stamp set (which is $24.75); they’ll also need ten to fifteen 4×4 pictures of a special woman in their life- their mom, grandmother, aunt, or a male figure that filled the role of mom in their lives). Save on shipping, and add your workshop kit to my order! If you’re local to Whitecourt, I’ll deliver! Bulk order goes in April 30.

Mother’s day is quickly approaching. This would be a sweet memento to give to that special lady in your life, or a special way to pay homage to her. If you’re new to scrapbooking, this would especially be a workshop you should look in to. The Story by Stacy workshops were designed with you in mind, teaching you step by step, in its most simplified form, the art of scrapbooking. Each instalment in her collection of workshops broadens the scope just a little bit more, so eventually you’ll confidently and easily be able to create stunning and interactive scrapbooks that you can be proud of. If this sounds interesting to you, join me here.

Lastly is the new stamp of the month! (See above). The two girls and the balloons are the most popular icons in that stamp set; did you know that? All the artwork I’ve been privy to seeing all showcase the two girls. Its perfect for any pick-me-upper your gal pals need. The scallop border stamp is super adorbs, too. I can’t wait to play with it! Don’t forget, if you purchase this stamp set from me, I’ll mail three handmade cards as a thank you, absolutely free! When you place an order of $50 or more, the stamp set drops to $6. That’s a savings of over 70%! Its regularly $24.75. Place an order any time, but this stamp of the month is not available until May 1. Until then, the current stamp of the month is available (with the same fantastic deal, as well!)

Thanks for sticking with me for this long. I know this post is another novel, but I hope you found something inspirational in it! See you again soon.

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!


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!

CTMH Has Ranger Texture Paste!

Have you been wondering what products I played with in yesterday’s post? Here I’ll give you the run down.

To start, I’m focusing on CTMH I Heart Us this month. Most, if not all, my artwork will primarily focus on that collection, or have guest appearances in the rest.

I generally stick to ordering the paper packet, which costs about $14 CAD, and the coordinating Complements (sticker sheets). They cost approximately $10 CAD. Then, depending what speaks to me, I’ll order either the card making stamp, the scrapbooking stamp, or both. See them all below.

It isn’t often I order both stamp sets, and when I do, it’s because I can see a use for them both. The scrapbook stamp set is $25 CAD, and the card stamp set is $20 CAD.

I’ve also been experimenting with Ranger Texture Paste. Did you know CTMH carries it now?! It’s new, and we love it! There’s three types to choose from- opaque matte, transparent matte and translucent gloss. In my recent artwork, I used the opaque matte paste.

The three different types of texture pastes are available in a three- pack, running you about $19 CAD; you can also purchase a slightly larger tub of the opaque matte paste- it’s $13 CAD. So, how do you apply it? You can purchase our Palette Knives (they come in a set of 4 different knives) for $9! That’s a fantastic price!

Lastly- and I do not have this yet- but, it is on my wish list, is our stencil sheets. Make your very own stencils using them! Think of all the options you’ve got with just one pack!

Soooo fabulous! I hope you try these items out. They’re easy to use, and there’s so many different ways to use them! To see some of them, join me over on Facebook- I’ll be sharing some tutorials in the near future over in my techniques group. You don’t want to miss out! Click this link to go there. See you soon!

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!

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 😊

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!

TEDS January Events

Hello friends!

As you know, I have a Scrap Your Stash event coming up that you are more than welcome to join and participate in. Coincidentally, it also coincides with another event I have happening over in my Try it Out group on Facebook (which, now that I think about it, I might have missed doing a FB Live this morning. Oops! There’s always some bumps getting back into routine after a holiday, right??)

Were you unaware that I’m hosting a Scrap Your Stash event later this month? Its scheduled to take place between January 21-28. Its a week long because a lot of my customers are having a hard time working around their sports and work schedules and I want this to be as inclusive (and successful) as possible! The goal of this event is to get you working with the items you already have on hand, and using up your ever expanding pile of scrap papers (and embellishments, ribbons, journaling cards, etc.) Play along with us! There is still room, because this event is happening online! You choose the day and time that works for you, and get some crafting done. When you’re done, take a picture of your completed project, and upload it to my business page for your chance to win some Close to My Heart swag from yours truly. I want to share, and I think this is a wonderful way to do it! To join, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2266068393718707/

What’s the Try It Out event that I mentioned? I’m focusing on using spray inks in my artwork (I’m still waiting on new product to arrive, so to kill time I’m using up my stash, and playing with things that I don’t often play with) and I’m challenging my groupies to play with it, too. Or, try it out, if they’ve never tried it before. The Facebook Live that I was (still am) going to do was to walk participants through how to put together the layout I shared with you the other day (find the blog post here). Then, try it out yourself! I’m posting additional artwork to the group event to further inspire the participants. The layout I’m going to share with you today is one of them!

In this layout, I used HS spray ink in Tea, which covers the criteria for the Try it Out event that I have planned (I’ll share the fine details soon), and it covers the criteria for my Scrap Your Stash event! Its pulling double duty, which is awesome. Its saving me more work- keep it simple, silly. Thats the best policy ever! (All the paper that’s used, except for the White Daisy card stock, is all scraps. The dark blue base is actually retired CTMH paper that I have a ton of!)

Oh, phew! I didn’t miss the Facebook Live that’s I’ve got planned! (Great memory, just short). That will be happening next Saturday, if you’d like to check it out. (That’s the 12th). If you’d like to participate in it, find the event here. Are you a member of my Try it Out group? Head to Facebook, and join here. I’d love to see you at both events, that would be so great!