CTMH Dad is Rad

Introducing CTMH Dad is Rad! This kit features card stock in varying shades, a sheet of gold glitter paper, card bases and envelopes, ribbon, those super duper cute bows AND a stamp set! All for $38 CAD. It’s ideal for all the men in your life, whoever fills the role of dad to you. The best part is that when you purchase the kit, you’ll get the coordinating cutting guide free! Free is good. I like free. Don’t you?!

Create all this- and more- using the items from the kit above. Did you notice the papers’ torn edges in the layouts above? Doesn’t it look great? I have to admit, that’s a technique I don’t use often enough, but it packs quite the punch! All our cardstock has a white core, so it adds to the effect. I think it’s the perfect touch for a masculine layout. How would you use the papers in this kit? Tell me, in the comments below! I’d love to know!

This kit is available right now! It went ‘live’ a couple days ago, but you have until June 30, 2018 to snatch it up! It’ll be on my next order. Would you like to add to it? Give me a raised 🀚 if you would!! You can visit my website to order yourself, too. My website is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Order In your pj’s or otherwise, whatever floats your boat πŸš£β€β™€οΈ. I’m pretty good at answering comments and private messages, too. Just saying πŸ˜‰

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CTMH Heat Embossing YouTube Vid

Hello friends!

I thought I’d share a quick heat embossing tutorial care of Close to My Heart if you’ve never encountered it before. It’s quite simple, and adds glossy accent to any piece you’re working on.

Why bring this up, you ask? Well, I created a layout yesterday that has some heat embossing in it. I shared it to a group on Facebook I’m in, and I was asked how it’s done! If you’re wondering, too, watch the video below.

Here’s the part of the layout that inspired this post:

You’ll also find this sneak peek, and others, in yesterday’s blog post.

If you’d like to try this technique yourself, you can find all the tools you’ll need right on my Close to My Heart website. That includes embossing powders, heat tool, and versamark ink. If you need help ordering them, comment below, otherwise head to my website here.

Do You Heat Emboss?

What’s something in your crafting that you haven’t done in a long time? For me, that’s heat embossing. I rarely do it, and I discovered that it’s long past time I ordered a new versa mark pad. The one I currently have is drying out. It’s got to be at least 8 or 10 years old. Possibly more.

Close to My Heart to the rescue! They have it, and carry a variety of Ranger embossing powders! (The versa mark ink is on my wish list for April).

I mention this because I heat embossed some elements on a layout I made today. I was thinking of ways to fill a space that felt too empty, and heat embossing popped into my brain. It was worth a shot, right? Here’s what I came up with:

The stamp I used is Showtime, the stamp set that comes with the Step Right Up paper packet. It’s still available- just a couple days left to get it, in fact. Want it? Head to my website. I’ll share the link at the bottom of this post.

Here’s a couple more close ups of this birthday themed layout:

Check out the heat embossing products we carry at Close to My Heart, or grab some Thin Cuts and the Step Right Up paper packet and stamp while you’re at it. These items are available for only a few more days; they’re all on my Close to My Heart website: theeverydayscrapbooker.closetomyheart.ca

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 Art Philosophy

I have one more Halloween layout to share. I try to get into the festive spirit and dress up along with my kids. Sometimes what I envision doesn’t work out (like this year), and other times, my costume remains undecided until the last minute.

I came up with the smartie pants idea as kids were walking up to my door. I inhaled a party size box of smarties and pinned them to my pants. If I’d had my glasses as this point, I’d have taped the bridge too. I didn’t get them until later, though.

This is another layout that parted ways with CTMH. Slightly. The cardstocks are both CTMH, but the patterned paper came from another company. SU, I think? I’m not certain anymore.

I typically always cut my layout titles using CTMH art philosophy (Cricut). The glasses are another Cricut cut.

CTMH Fuzzy Puppy Layout

Happy hump day! Its a beautiful day in my neck of the woods today. There aren’t many days left with temperatures like this. I’m definitely enjoying it! So is my Freddie- monster. He’s been heading outside lately to just lay in the sun and soak up the rays. He loves the comfortable autumn weather, too! Poor Ava, she’s just jealous that everyone gets to go outside and she doesn’t. We did let her out on Sunday, and she happily toured the backyard until it was time to go back inside. Although, she didn’t want to. She hid under the deck until my husband scared her out, LOL. She sure let us know how displeased with us she was after we were all inside. She didn’t like it one bit- she wasn’t done touring! Once she got over her anger, she cuddled up on my chest like she usually does, for our regular cuddle sesh. Love her to bits!


At the moment, Freddie is a lot tidier looking than this. When his fur grows out, he gets to be fairly shaggy. And, when its shaggy, he gets hot. His hair has grown some, but we got him trimmed up and ready for summer this past June, and he’s still (happily) rocking his short locks. I’m finding that in the mornings and evenings, now, he’s cold. His hair isn’t long enough! He shivers like crazy first thing in the morning, and insists on sleeping under our duvet when we go to bed. He smokes us out, but he’s snug as a bug in a rug. Before long, it’ll be time to break out his vest and sweaters to keep him warm. I might even do it tomorrow. Fall is in the air, after all.

I know I promised layouts and projects using our current stamp of the month. I have just barely started making layouts using it, and I do plan on sharing them, but I need to zoom through my stock pile of layouts, first. There’s only a handful, so it shouldn’t take too long. I would have been done sharing these a long time ago had it not been for all the news and goings on with CTMH that I wanted to share, as well! There’s times where I see their blog post, and I decide on the spot that will be my post for the day, as well! (Such as yesterdays’ post). A little unorganized, yes, but it keeps things interesting and prevents it from going stale. Stale is not good. Fresh is good. I like fresh.

Still in the Little Dreamer/Jack vein, I created this layout using scraps from Little Dreamer. The polka dot paper is actually from another manufacturer (Echo Park, methinks??) I’m not sure anymore. Its ancient. I haven’t ordered from EP since before the twins were born, at least 8 years ago. Are they even still in existence? I thought the polka dot paper worked well to compliment the Little Dreamer patterned papers, and the blocking technique really showcases each of the patterns- both bold and subtle- flawlessly!

The title, puppy dog and bones were all cut from CTMH papers using my Cricut Explore. The puppy’s little “tags” were created using a Glitter Dot, also from CTMH.

Thanks for joining me today! I’ll be back again tomorrow with another layout to share with you!

CTMH From the Heart NSM Card Kit

I mentioned a couple posts ago, that September is National Stamping month, and CTMH would be celebrating it all month with ideas, freebies and goodies for sale. That was no lie.

To kick off National Stamping month, CTMH is offering the stunning From the Heart card kit, and along with it free step by step instructions for creating the sliding card.

Folks, for reals, this card kit isΒ stunning. The stamping on the card face doesn’t even look like stamping- it looks printed! To me, its perfection!

Aren’t they elegant and just plain breathtaking?! Who wouldn’t love to open their mailbox to find this gem hiding inside?! I know I would! (Its funny, I’m seeing a lot of embroidery this season- mostly in clothes. Its neat to see this trend flowing over to the paper crafting world. These cards remind me of the embroidered images I’ve seen on coats and shirts when I’m shopping. Have you?)

For a limited time only, save 20% when you purchase this kit. Regularly, it would be $56, but for National Stamping month, is just $44.50 CAD. It includes the cardstock, stamps, envelopes, gold foil frames and more. And, like I mentioned above, CTMH just made the deal sweeter by including free instructions to create the beautiful cards you see above!

How do they get such a stunning effect on those cards without printing them? The secret is in the stamping- they’re layering stamps, which gives you depth and shading within the images. Its just gorgeous. Scoop this deal up before its gone!

Look at all the possibilities with those divine stamps! They’re endless! You can find the step by step instructions on CTMH’s blog today! Make sure to save it to your desktop, so that you can come back to it again and again in the future!

There’s a couple ways to earn this lovely kit. First, order it online by visiting my website at http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.ca. That’s the quickest and easiest way to make it yours. (And, when you order, it’ll ship directly to you, usually within a week!)

The second way to earn this kit is by joining my team and making CTMH your very own adventure! We are a supportive family, full of carers, encouragers and givers! Help support your family’s income, or support your very own (wonderful) paper crafting habit. Earn incentives when you reach your sales goals and extra spending money, as well! But, most importantly, share with the world your love and passion for card making and paper crafting. The potential keeps growing when you join my team. When you join my team, this kit is yours FREE. Its our little way of saying thank you for joining the family!

Sound good? Message me and we’ll get you started today on your journey towards success, fun and freedom!

Creating a Layout Title Using CTMH Complements

Planning for a crop is serious business, especially when it takes you away from home. Knowing just what to bring, and what to leave behind is tricky. Often, you’ll come across something you should have brought, and there’ll always be things you brought that you definitely shouldn’t have. How do you know, though? (That’s the beauty of virtual crops- the worry of forgetting something is avoided because you’re scrapbooking in your own home, using your computer as the tool to communicate with other crop- goers).

The same happens if you plan a trip away from home, and scrap supplies are brought along. Much like my trip to Edmonton last week. A friend and I have joked in the past that we’d plan a camping trip together- we would chill in the trailer scrapbooking, while our husbands took the kids and did things. We haven’t acted on that (yet), but I do like the general idea!

Scrapbooking without my cricut is hard for me. I rely entirely too much on it for cutting titles and images to decorate my layouts with. The odd crop I do attend, and trip away from home along with my scrapbooking supplies gets me outside of my comfort zone and forces me to use some brain power to create titles. What do you use to create titles?

One way, and probably the most obvious option, is using alpha stickers for making a title. Here’s an example:

Sometimes, you’ll find ready made titles on a sticker sheet, along with sticker accents and embellishments. The sticker alphas I used here came from CTMH Complements Good Life.

Other times, you’ll find sticker sheets filled with the entire alphabet and some punctuation marks. You’ll find them in a wide variety of patterns, sizes, colors and fonts. Typically I am not a fan of them, but I do like how they come from CTMH. (I waste too many letters when there’s left overs. I don’t often like to mix and match fonts when it comes to alpha stickers. I like everything to coordinate, and I don’t want to put the energy into making sure the alphas I use coordinate with other alphas. I also like a uniform title, so it needs to be the same size and general shape.

There are other ways to create unique titles, such as watercoloring, stamping, and masking, but I’ll share those another day. The one I wanted to highlight this time was using CTMH Complements.

Products Used:

-CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet (retired)

-CTMH Fundamentals Paper Packet (retired)

-CTMH Ivy Lane Paper Packet (retired)

-CTMH Good Life Complements (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy Cardstock 1385

-CTMH Canary Cardstock X5982

-CTMH Calypso Complements (retired)

-CTMH Regatta Complements (retired)

CTMH In Las Vegas

Ever draw a blank as to what to write or say when you sit down in front of your computer to pound out a blog post? I’m there today. So, I’ll make today’s post a ‘wordless’ post, and I’ll just share the rest of my dear friends’ wedding layouts. I really enjoy sharing the products I used to create each layout, but for the sake of space and time, I’ll skip that step today.

Happy hump day dear friends!

I should just mention here, the layout above was created using a sketch created by a fellow CTMH consultant, Chris Lothian. I found some of her sketches on Pinterest. Find more of her work and sketches on her blog www.christinescreativecapers.blogspot.com.au. I used another one of her sketches on an upcoming layout. Stay tuned for that!



This concludes all the wedding layouts, but I have a few more from our trip to Vegas, outside of the wedding! I wish there was more, because was saw soooo much while we were there, but what I’ve got will have to do!

Stay tuned, and thanks for joining me today!

Using CTMH Cardstock to Create a Silhouette Border

How often do you create sports themed layouts? I haven’t up until this point- because any sports my children were involved in (mostly swimming), required me to be with them, and I wasn’t able to snap pictures. That’s only because they were so young. Now that they’re school age, a whole new world will open up to them- and I’m so excited to explore their interests with them!

Skating and soccer werethe first sports we began with. I’ll have to look for pictures of skating…I know one lives on my Facebook. I’ll have to print it the next time I need more pictures. None of us enjoyed soccer. It was more than likely that they were young, but I think my children thrive more in sports that challenge them selves individually, not in a team. They love their gymnastics and swimming. Miss A keeps asking if she can try Tae Kwon Do. I’ve sort of been putting it off, but I think we should explore it. They have a keen interest in music, too. This year (grade 2) enables them to join choir, if they want (Miss M does!), and we’re contemplating piano lessons in the fall for both twins. There is lots going on!

Back when my kids started playing sports, an idea dawned on me that I’ve been sitting on for quite some time. It was to create a mini album of all the sports they are involved in. Or at least, every year of sports they’re involved in. I did begin it, but only have like 1 picture in it. I do believe I’ve run out of the paper I’d originally started to use in it, so when I get back to it, I’ll have to complete it using something else! Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the mini album at the moment. Sorry!

At some point during their sports (usually their first lesson, if I remember), I take pictures of them. Swimming is the easiest to get pictures of. Gymnastics is the hardest. (Parents generally aren’t allowed in the gym while the kids have class. They have a showcase at the end of their session where they show off everything they’ve learned. I love it, but it makes picture taking interesting!) There’s also more changes coming to our gymnastics program for this upcoming season…I can’t wait to see what we all decide to offer! (I’m on the board, so I’m privy to the deets, LOL). There’s more to look forward to.

I picked up the purple hues in the twins’ soccer jersey’s and pulled it into the rest of my layout. I didn’t have a shade of purple that deep, so instead settled for CTMH Thistle. The Fundamentals in the background matches it perfectly. And, if you notice, for a pop of additional color, I used a strip of sponged card stock I had hanging around on my desk. I also matted the soccer ball onto a piece of it and adhered it to the layout with a pop dot.

*Tip: instead of using paper to create a flat border with a punch, why not create a border using words or shapes? In Cricut Design Space, I added the word ‘soccer’ twice- one in a large font, and the other in a smaller font. I hid the larger soccer word from cutting so that I would only cut the smaller one first. Once I got to the cutting stage, I changed the amount of times I cut the smaller word (in this case two times) and then adhered it evenly on the background. To give the border a ‘there, but not quite’ look, keep it the same color tone as the background. I love the white on white effect! After deleting the smaller soccer word, I cut the larger one from Navy Blue Recollections cardstock, which picks up the color of the soccer net in the background of the pictures.

Products Used:

*-CTMH Whimsy Fundamentals paper packet (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy Cardstock 1385

*-CTMH Thistle Cardstock X5976

-CTMH My Acrylix C1547 For Always Stamp set (retired)

-CTMH Black Exclusive Ink Z2805

*Have I told you about the new card stock at CTMH? Its now double-sided! One side is a shade slightly lighter than the original color! Here’s a peek:

This is the new Whimsy Cardstock Paper Packet. Look at all that deliciousness! This is available to purchase on my website right now! Visit my website here. The new Whimsy Fundamentals Paper packet coordinates with it, as well!

There’s more where that came from. Head on over to my website and check it all out. There’s sure to be something you’ll love.