Back in the Groove

I’m finally home! It’s been awhile since I last posted, and I couldn’t wait for Wednesday to roll around to post again.

Convention was amazing. It was packed full of things to see, do and learn. I came home with a lot to think about and put into action. Actually, I need to review my notes first, but once that’s done, I can then implement my plan.

I was stretched, too. I was invited to contribute to and participate in convention as an Extravaganza Presenter. I was a combination of honoured, floored (I mean, my crafting is nothing special, in my opinion), and absolutely terrified. It meant creating numerous projects using brand new, not- yet- seen products, and making a presentation in front of a crowd 700+ persons large. Yep. No pressure.

Someone out there thinks my crafting is pretty great. I wouldn’t have been invited to present if that wasn’t true. I had to add that disclaimer, because I can hear you saying that you love my crafting. #sorrynotsorry. I’m my number one critic, don’t forget. But, something dawned on me while I was preparing for convention, and I’ve clung to that realization since then.

Being stretched isn’t a bad thing, and it’s preparing me for more great things. Consider it a great opportunity (which it really is) and allow yourself to grow from it. By nature, I’m quiet and reserved. I would not normally jump at the opportunity to stand in the spotlight in front of 700 people. But if I don’t, I absolutely know I would regret missing that chance. Whatever else I learn at convention is going to grow and stretch me too.

I started with the projects I made for my presentation. I made things I’d never tried. It’s amazing how an invitation to do something will inspire you to think outside your normal. And by the way, I’m still operating outside my normal. Trying new things isn’t as scary as I let myself believe.

Boy, this post is turning out to be way mushier than I intended! I can’t share those projects yet, but when I do, I’ll also have instructions and process videos to go along with them. Watch for that at the beginning of September!

Process videos are totally new to me, but I’ll be sharing one with you later on this week. Be kind- this is all new territory to me! In the mean time, head over to my Insiders Group and view the most recent Facebook Live I did, explaining the process to make this card:

I hope to see you there!

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CTMH Bear Hugs

Happy July!

There’s lots going on this month, starting with an auction!

Join me in my Insiders Group and bid on your favourite stamps. I’ve got a lot to get rid of, and I hope you’ll find something that you really like! All stamps must go!

Here’s the details: it’s already started! You have until 9 am on Monday morning (MST) to bid. I’ll finalize everything then and announce the winners shortly afterwards. Help me de-stash! Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/514677782012602/?ref=share

I’ve also got a new stamp of the month to share with you- and it’s coordinating pre-cut card kit!

Give a bear hug with this beary cute stamp set, Bear Hugs. It’s available only through this month. It’s $25 if you purchase it on its own, or $6 when you add it to a $50+ order. That’s savings of over 75%! Everything is bear themed lately. Have you noticed that? CTMH does an amazing job of keeping up with the trends- way better than I ever would! Lol

The card kit I cut for you contains three cards (including envelopes), and instructions (usually just a picture) thats sent to you via Facebook messenger (best quality). There’s no charge. It’s absolutely free! Consider it my gift for placing an order with me.

Join me here again in a couple weeks. I’ve got lots more to share with you!

June’s The Best Moments Are Free

Hi guys!

Where has the day gone? I spent the day working on a new scrapbook workshop (in an attempt to catch up from the last two days. The next couple months will be this way. I better get used to it!) When I came up for air, I realized I hadn’t blogged today. Whoops!

So, here I am. Welcome to June! It’s going to be an epic month. Wanna know why? June’s campaign is super amazing!

The promotion is called The Best Moments Are Free. It’s aptly names because it’s basically free. Yes, for reals.

There are four scrapbook and card workshop kits to choose between. They include patterned paper, card stock and embellishments. They will look familiar to you because they coordinate with select products currently available in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. They also include a stamp set.

Speaking of the stamp sets, there’s two things you should know. First, the Here & Now stamp set is exclusive to this campaign! It’s brand new and is available only in the month of June. It’s perfect for any of those heritage scrapbookers out there! We’re trying hard to fill a gap- it’s not often there’s heritage products available to scrapbookers (unless you’re an avid Graphic 45 customer). This is what we designed for you!

The second thing you should know about all the stamp sets is that when you purchase any of these 4 stamp sets- they’re $25 each- you’ll get the coordinating scrapbook/card workshop absolutely free. Great deal, right?

What if I told you all four workshop kits can be purchased together (if you can’t decide which one you like better) at a whopping 65% off? If you purchase any of the kits above individually, you’ll get them at 40% off. When all the kits are purchased in a bundle, we’ll add another 25% off, to make the final sale price just $70. Again, all you’re paying for is the stamp sets! The regular retail price on a bundle like this would be $153!!!

Shut the front door. Say what?! No way. You trippin’. GTFO. STFU. However you describe a deal that’s completely out of this world, this campaign is it. It’s really that good. It isn’t a typo, and I promise I haven’t taken anything to alter my perception of things. It’s legit, and I’m so happy to share it with you!

I know you want it- because it’s a phenomenal deal, and I really want it too! Want to order it with me? My order goes in on Friday at 10 am MST. Comment below to reserve yours. I highly recommend you do this because this campaign is not going to stick around long. It’s available only while supplies last. This is a hot deal, and I’m certain it’s going to sell out! Do. Not. Wait!!!

In other news, there’s a new Stamp of the Month, too! It’s called It’s Your Day to Sparkle, and is ideal for any and all celebratory projects. Think weddings, promotions, birthdays, graduations and more! Have a look:

Isn’t that cake divine?! I’m also loving the options for numerous types of joyous occasions, not just weddings!

I also have three new cards available this month too. Just a re-cap: when your purchase reaches $50 or more, you qualify to purchase the stamp of the month for $6. That’s mega savings! (Just a hint- when you purchase the bundle I mentioned above, you instantly qualify for the SOTM!) Woot!

The cards are pre-cut and ready for you to assemble. You get to test out your new stamp set and decorate it to suit your preferences. See them below:

Well, I think it’s time to catch our breath. I’ll save my fall schedule for another post, but in the meantime, just be aware that card buffets are returning this September, and the next day crop is slated for the first Saturday of September too. All the details are coming soon! (You could also visit the events tab on my business page if you’d like a sneak peek at everything!)

Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you stay inspired!

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!

CTMH Mini Cards!

Hey guys! Here’s what I’ve been up to in my haven the last couple days:

This stamp set is available to purchase from my website. BUT, it’s almost sold out! Make cards as adorable as these, but order them soon, before supplies run out! Visit my website here.

This stamp set is retired, but it’s still fun! I hadn’t used it up until this point, and really needed to try this bad boy out! Look how adorable! My favorite is the little sailboat. What I love most about this set? It’s a thin Cut and Stamp combo- meaning you can stamp your image and cut it out in two simple steps!

The item in these cards that IS available is the shimmer brush! In particular, I used the red shimmer brush in each of the cards, but CTMH has clear, mint, black, gold and red shimmer brushes in stock. Quickly and easily add sparkle to your projects with the stroke of a brush. It’s so simple!

Are you noticing a trend here? I’m absolutely loving mini cards these days! They’re 3×3 inches, and the perfect size for sweet and simple thinking- of- you’s. In these particular cards, I used Baby Animals Doodles, which is another stamp and thin cut set. It’s also retired. BUT, I paired it with Sweet Girl papers, which isn’t retired, as well as Something Fierce. The black shimmer brush made a cameo appearance in these cards too. The scallop square? I used my cricut for that. It came from one of CTMH’s cricut cartridges- CTMH artbooking. If you don’t have it, you’ll need it! All our CTMH carts are amazing! And exclusive to CTMH, meaning they are nowhere else besides my online shop. How cool is that?!

Last set of cards is also retired. Boo 😒 Seriously, this stamp set is a keeper. I love it so much. The stamping is a two step process. Start with the outline of the flowers, and follow up with the ‘filler’. Instead of colouring the inside, you stamp it. Smart, right?! I fussy cut the flowers out and attached them to the card front with 3D foam tape.

How dreamy is that sage card stock?! It pairs beautifully with CTMH colors like Sapphire, Almond, Ballerina, and my personal favorite- Glacier. It’s soft, which makes sympathy cards so inviting, but baby cards also scream for Sage. It’s my new must have card stock.

That’s all for today, but I have much more to share with you! I’ll be back on Wednesday. See you then!

CTMH Cruisin’ to Adventure

New workshop alert!

This ones for the kids! If you know any kids aged 6 and up that want to learn a new hobby or want to scrapbook like you or another family member does, then you’ll want to check this out!

Join us June 28 at 11 am for a quick and easy craft session making one 12×12 scrapbook layout and five 3×3 coordinating cards. Everything will be pre-cut, ready for little fingers to assemble. They’ll get to color some, too! Parents are welcome to stay and help their child out. The cost is $35 per child and covers cost of venue, materials needed for the craft and a small snack. Must have 10 children confirmed with payment in order for the class to run. Also must pre-pay to hold your spot. Find more info in the pinned post at the top of my Facebook Business page here.

Hope to see you there!

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!

CTMH True Love

Good morning, friends! Happy Wednesday! What a wonderful day its going to be- I got my walk in, got some chores done and opened my kitchen windows wide while I did it- the sun is shining, the robins have been singing, and the temperature is finally climbing! I don’t really think I needed my down vest this morning, but I wore it anyways. Maybe later this week I’ll be able to venture out with just a sweater and no vest! I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve got some new artwork to share with you- I’ve created a new workshop that you’re welcome to purchase and create on your own. I’ll make it easy for you and pre-cut everything first. Simple is always the best! This workshop was created using CTMH G1177 True Love. I used the included cutting guide to assemble 3 double page layouts, but then went out and lifted one that I saw in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog that I loved- but I gave it my own twist. Did you know that our Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog is full of tips and inspiration? When you’re stuck, give the catalog a whirl. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can find! View the workshop layouts below:

True Love Layout 1
True Love Layout 2
True Love Layout 3
True Love Layout 4

The pictures don’t do it any justice. They really need to be seen in person. The colors pair so beautifully together- they’re so soft and rich. You won’t see it in the pictures, but some elements have been coloured in with the Sugarplum shimmer brush to give it some sparkle; there’s also pearls scattered throughout, giving each of the layouts a dainty and romantic flair. Since wedding season is upon us, this collection will be a hot-ticket item!

The kit is $55 and includes the shipping and GST in that total; all the papers will be pre-cut for you, but you will get to assemble the layouts and embellish the way you like. Instructions will also be included in the cost of the kit, but in case you’re wondering, that cost is free. You can order this workshop any time while Seasonal Expressions 2 is live, meaning you’ve got until the end of August to purchase yours.

And, look at that! Your order total is over $50, meaning you get May’s stamp of the month for just $6 with your purchase! How awesome is that?! Have you seen it yet? In case you haven’t, here it is:

S1905 To My Bestie

You’ll see the stamp set on the right side of the image above; on the left is the stamps I’m offering as a token of gratitude for purchasing it from me. It’s the same deal as last month- when the stamp of the month is purchased, I’ll pre- cut the materials you’ll need to create these three adorable cards and you can put them together. There’s no extra fee for the cards. Isn’t that great!? Its so easy to help me reach my Sellers Club goal with all these fabulous add ons that are available for you to purchase! What’s Sellers Club?

I have a personal goal this month to earn $600 in sales by May 31. Ok, so I may have been challenged to reach that amount in sales, but I’ve made it my goal for this month. Goals are good, right? When I reach that goal, I’ll be able to share September’s National Stamping month promotion with you before everyone else even gets to see it! You will be part of an elite group that gets dibs on it because you were kind enough to help me. If you like anything at all that I’ve shared, consider purchasing it! But, let me tell you, there’s way more than what I’ve just shared in this blog post. You’ll have to visit my website to see it all!

I have so much more to share with you, but I think I’ll save it for next week. I’d like to share what I’m doing with my techniques group- I think you’d find it interesting, so its worth checking it out. Also, I came across a sweet and simple YouTube video tutorial of how to fasten the new Liquid Glass attachment (its way easier than you think!!) so you should watch for that, too. I’ll have pictures of it, too. Since I mentioned video tutorials, I’ll also share a quick tutorial I did with my techniques ladies recently, too! Stay tuned!

Introducing CTMH SE 2

Good morning, happy snowy/rainy Wednesday! Its a dreary and blah morning here in the forests of Whitecourt. Where’s the sunshine?! Its May- time for flowers, not showers 🙂

Welcome to May! Wow, April just flew by. There’s lots of fun things happening this month at CTMH. Everyone can now order from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. It went live today! Isn’t that exciting?! There’s a lot of great stuff in it, and I can’t wait to share it with you. If you haven’t done it before, join me for unboxing day. It will be sometime next week- I’m expecting my order to be here by next Monday, so early next week will be unboxing day! I usually post a heads up on my business page, so if you’re not a member there, you should join so you don’t miss out! The link to my Facebook business page is here.

This month, The World is Yours is available for purchase. Its available only during the month of May- in celebration of National Scrapbooking month. Did you know there was such a thing? Yep, it’s true. Saturday (May 4) is also known as NSD, or National Scrapbooking Day. Its a big thing in paper crafting circles. Lots of day crops, online crops, retreats and other papery events happening on this day all over the world, and throughout the weekend. And for my Star Wars friends out there- May the 4th be with you. And, isn’t the 5th the revenge of the fifth or something along those lines? It may be fitting, depending on how wild your national scrapbook day gets 😉

I promised last week that I’d share the details of the World is Yours, so here it is. As I’ve mentioned before, options are very important to CTMH, since we know that everyone has a certain budgets, and we wanted to create ways that you would get the most bang for your buck. This workshop and kit is no different. It is a little bit more money, but that’s because its only available for a short time and you’re getting a kit chalk full of fabulous things- like vellum paper, a 12×12 sticker sheet, pretty crochet thread, patterned papers, card stock, a Cut Above kit and more! Those options I talked about- this is where they come in to play. If you choose the scrapbook workshop option, the stamp set will be included. Its $78 CAD but includes all the materials you need to complete a lot of layouts. I made 7 layouts using the kit, and I still have quite a bit of patterned paper left over. Stickers, too. Look at this beauty!

CC5197 The World Is Yours Scrapbook Workshop

I’m offering something new starting this month, as well. I’ve made a workshop using The World is Yours, and its available to order! Its 7 pages- three 2 page layouts, and 1 single page layout. Anyone local to Whitecourt may purchase it, but you must pre-pay for the kit before the materials are ordered. Instructions will be included, free of charge, and all the papers will be pre-cut for you. This applies to the purchase of the scrapbook kit, only. It is $84 and includes the cost of shipping and GST. If you want simple and quick scrapbooking, then this is the option for you! (I’ve also got a workshop made up for Sweet Girl. I’ll share that in a moment). Here’s the layouts in the kit that I made up:

The World Is Yours pre-cut Layout kit
The World Is Yours pre- cut scrapbook layout kit

If card making is more your pace, then there’s a card making kit, as well. Its identical to the scrapbook workshop, but the only difference is that card bases and envelopes are included in the kit. Its slightly less than the cost of the workshop kit, at $76.50.

If you prefer to work with a smaller canvas than 12×12, we’ve got you covered. This stunning paper suite also comes in mini album form! Once again, find all the same materials inside the workshop, but swap out the sequins and floss for some flip flaps that’ll take your album pages to the next level. (The album is separate). The price point of this workshop is $69.50 Canadian. What a great deal! And, by the way, the mini album (it measures 6×8 inches) is truly stunning.

Next, is the Cut Above scrapbook kit. This option is by far the easiest to assemble of all the kits I’ve just shown you. It costs $26, and includes Complements and stickers to help you embellish the pre-printed pages with ease. Finish up these gorgeous layouts in 15 minutes flat. Seriously. They are so quick to put together! Here’s a peek at the kit:

CC5194 The World Is Yours Cut Above Scrapbook kit

As you see the pages in this picture, that’s how they’ll arrive on your doorstep inside your cute little CTMH shipping box. Instructions are included to guide your way through assembling them, and all the coordinating pieces are already pre-cut for you. This particular kit enables you to create two 2 page layouts, so four layouts in total. Don’t those hexagons and little moped look cute?! I’m really drawn to the soft and inviting hues of Peach, Mint, and Mink. They’re so pretty together!

Lastly, you have the option to purchase the coordinating card stock (CC5192, $13.00), paper packet (CC5193, $26.00), and stamp set (CC5196, $24.75) separately, so you don’t need to purchase all of these items in a bundle, like I mentioned above. Just note that the embellishments are not included, though the stickers will likely be included with the paper packet.

Sweet Girl is available this month, too, and is it ever sweet! This suite definitely lives up to its name. All the same options are available as above (scrapbook bundle, card making bundle, or individual coordinating pieces, like card stock, paper packet, etc). I’ve also created a pre-cut workshop using this paper suite, as well! I can’t wait to share it with you, so here it goes:

Sweet Girl 6 page pre-cut Scrapbook layout kit

This layout was assembled using the Sweet Girl Scrapbook workshop that Close to My Heart offers, but I’ve made it simple for you by pre-cutting all the materials and including free instructions to assemble these layouts. You’ll get the most bang for your buck by purchasing the scrapbook workshop and the stamp set together. When you do that, you’ll also qualify for the stamp of the month, which I’ll share with you in next weeks’ post. Since you reached your $50 goal, that stamp set is just $6. That’s a steal! Same applies to The World is Yours above.

Do you see the Memory Protector behind the patterned paper in the picture above? Those are included in your kit! They’ve been swapped out with the coordinating stamp set, because not everyone likes to stamp but everyone could use Memory Protectors, right?! So, while the stamp set is not included, it is available to purchase for $24.75 (scrapbooking stamp set); there’s a coordinating card making stamp set, which is what I used in my layouts, for $19.50. So there’s two options for stamps with this workshop- isn’t that awesome?!

More workshops (using other featured paper suites from Seasonal Expressions 2, and specials, as they come up) will be available to purchase soon, so stay tuned for those. The Sweet Girl workshop that I’ve put together will be available through the life of Seasonal Expressions 2, so there’s lots of time to order yourself one. They are great to work on any time. You’ll be done them quickly because most of the work will already be done for you! The World is Yours is only available until the end of May, so if you want it don’t wait too long to order it for yourself! Extra supplies will not be on hand to purchase at a later time.

Thanks for joining me today, and I’ll be back again next week with May’s stamp of the month and its coordinating greeting cards (that you’ll get absolutely free when you order it from me)! See you then!