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!

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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!

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!

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!

February + CTMH I Heart Us

Have I really only posted twice this month? Oh, that’s no good. Luckily, I have a lot to share with you! I Heart Us has become an intense favourite of mine, and I wanted to share with you everything I’ve made with it. The best part is that I’ve only used half the paper packet. Yes, only half of it! I’m become quite the master of stretching my paper. You’ll see what I mean below.

Twelve projects, most of which are layouts. And, I’m not done yet! The month is not over- there’s still another week to go before I change gears and focus on CTMH So Much Happy. How much more can I create using it? I guess we’ll find out!

The two chipboard monograms that you saw in the photo above- those are for my daughters, who are celebrating their 9th birthday tomorrow! They’re going to love them- I hope! I’ll share another post about them in the near future. I enjoyed making them so much, that I’m looking for another excuse to order more! I want to make something for my craft haven, but I don’t know what yet. My name? My business name? A crafty phrase? (Create is out. I’ve got a beautiful sign that my BFF gave me for my birthday with that phrase on it.) Its got to be something else. FYI- they come in every letter of the alphabet, as well as all the numbers and some symbols. There’s a lot of options!

Each of the layouts above showcase different crafting techniques, such as Texture Paste, spritzing spray ink into the background, watercoloring using water color paints and ink (yes, its possible!!), colouring with shimmer pens and Shin Han markers, regular old stamping, and creating die cuts with the cricut. My projects have run the gamut this month! And, I keep returning to how much I love the vibrance and bright colors of I Heart Us. Its literally the best thing about this paper packet (especially the bold striped rainbow paper. I can’t get enough of it!)

Thanks for dropping in! See you again soon!