What I’ve been up to, in pictures. Enjoy!
What I’ve been up to, in pictures. Enjoy!
I’ve been thinking a lot about the new year, and have been concentrating on getting an events schedule figured out, planned (it’s a work in progress), and adding a couple new ones in there too!
I’m excited to introduce the Bunches of Love card workshop, starting at the end of January!
This particular workshop will focus on a different technique or paper collection every month, starting with D1815 Bunches of Love. Unlike my card blitz, which is just a free for all creating random cards just for the love of it.
It is possible to create a water color scene with your ink and certain stamps. Did you know that?! We’re also testing out the newest Shimmer Brush to come to Close to My Heart- Sugarplum! If you like glittery things, you’ll want to be at this workshop! It adds a beautiful, subtle effect to whatever you apply it to!
I had an oopsie using the shimmer brush (first time user over here 👈); please pardon the glaring sparkly dot in the last picture. All your cards will look like these when you’re done! (Except for the one with my little oopsie).
So, here’s the fine details. With your $30 registration fee, you’ll create three each of these three cards with the provided ink and materials. You are free to bring your own paper trimmer, adhesive, inks and stamp cleaning supplies to customize them (if you so desire).
The fun starts January 25 at the Days Inn Whitecourt, from 5-8:30 pm. The deadline to register is January 18, 2019. For more info, please contact me at email@example.com
Have I shared with you November’s card workshop yet? No?
This workshop is all about Christmas, and I enjoyed creating cards for it so much that I decided to carry it over to December’s workshop too!
Have a look at what we’ll be creating:
The last two cards, as well as the card with the die cut stocking tag, were all created using the super cute and happy Oh What Fun! papers from CTMH. I liked this collection so much that my personal Christmas cards are going to be replicas of those last two cards. Combined with that super sweet Ugly Christmas Sweater stamp set, and my heart is smiling.
What do you think?! Aren’t they so fun?! Here’s the workshop details:
Whitecourt Days Inn
November 18 @ 1-1:45 pm
Please remember to bring scissors, adhesive, pencil, journaling pen, and straight edge ruler. You may need them for your cards. Everything else is provided, should you need them. As always, please do not bring extra supplies home with you to create at a later time.
I hope to see you there! The registration deadline is November 1!
I’m so excited to share September’s card blitz with you! I got them completed this morning- just in enough time for my husband to arrive home with my new dishwasher. Hooking it up has taken the afternoon, so far! Good times!
Did you see the little furry paw in the bottom right corner of my photo? Miss Ava wanted to help me snap a photo of my cards. She’s so helpful 😃
Some of the cards came from my CTMH website (inspo can come from anywhere), so if they look familiar to you, that would be why!
There’s a mix of techniques amongst these cards. There’s some inking, colouring and water colouring, and even some doodling. (The simplest version of doodling- drawing straight lines). So, if you’ve got them, bring your journaling pens and straight edge rulers to my card blitz. The fun starts on September 22, from 1-1:45 pm at the Days Inn. Make as many cards as you can in that period of time.
I’d love for you to join us! This year is going to be amazing- even better than last year (and last year was fantastic!!) Comment on this post if you plan to come; if not, no sweat! I also make card kits for my long distance customers! Everything will be stamped, coloured and water coloured for you. Your job will be to fussy cut images out, glue pieces to the card bases and doodle! Easy peasy. If you’d like one of my kits, all you have to do is comment! PayPal and E-transfer are acceptable methods of payment. I’ll ship anywhere, as long as you’re comfortable paying postage! So, what do you say? Jump on board. We’re missing you!
This layout makes my heart go pitter- patter.
Bright colors make me so happy. When it jives it makes me even happier. I paired Raspberry card stock with some retired Whimsy patterned papers for this sweet layout about a homework assignment the twins brought home. It included Flat Stanley. I have space for journaling, but I’m leaving it blank right now because I need a few important details from the twins. (Mainly, what the homework assignment was, lol). It’s so important to record the details- big or little- and this is why! My memory sucks!
I used two different stamp sets in this layout too, but you’ll have to look hard to see the second one. Central Park is easy to spot- it’s the houses and title; July’s stamp of the month is harder to spot because it’s in one small area of the layout. The arrow in the upper left of page 1, with home stamped in it is from the SOTM. Check out this layout:
The SOTM is all over the place in this one. It’s perfect for a ton of different layout themes- from work to birthdays to concerts to even your pets. What’s not to love about this stamp set?!
The SOTM is only available until the end of July, so it’s for a limited time. It’s yours for $23 CAD when you order from my website. If that order reaches $50 total (or more), our gift to you is dropping the SOTM price to just $6 CAD. This is such a great deal. A lot of people love getting it at a discounted price; I know you will too. (I think I’ll be hanging onto this stamp set for awhile. It’s so versatile, I can see it being useful for lots of things). If you agree (even if you don’t), you’ll find it very useful. You should buy it. Don’t miss out!
I took a bit of time to create a personal layout, and I’d like to share it with you.
Central Park is a perfect match for the photo in my layout. The Blue, yellow and red are already found in those papers, so it was only natural to pair them together.
If you noticed, I didn’t use strictly Central Park papers here. I used whatever scraps I had that coordinated- and happily, that was lots of scraps! I trimmed them into 2×2 squares, and arranged them in a grid above and below my photo. I used a zip strip from the Central Park range as a border, and stamped the cute leopard print next to that.
I also thought immediately of B1568 Wild Backgrounds for the leopard print in Miss M’s pyjamas. It only made sense to utilize that stamp somehow, too. And lastly, I figured I had better use June’s SOTM before the month ran out!
I watercolored the apples and apple basket from the A Bushel and a Peck SOTM. I also used one of the sweet sentiments in it, as well as the small graphic stamps to add some flourish. Another one made up my title. How sweet is you are awesome to the core?
Leopard print and apples seems like an unlikely pair, but it works here! I wonder if leopards eat apples when they’re feeling peckish? 😉
How is everyone doing? I’m just over here, prepping for my last card blitz of the year, and a last minute crop. If you’re in the area this Saturday (the 2nd) or June 23, join me!
Here’s what’s up for my card blitz, so far.
I finally used our stamp of the month! I should have used it weeks ago, but there were other things on the go. I’m glad there’s still today and tomorrow left to snag it. So, if you like what you see, order it up! It’s just $6 when you make a $50 order. Saving rocks! This offer ends at 11:59 pm tomorrow evening (MST). (The SOTM cards are the two yellow ones near the end, FYI). There’s just a few cards there 😉 I don’t want to confuse anyone, that wouldn’t be good!
I still have a few more cards to make for this blitz, including some Fathers’ Day cards! And, you know what the greatest news ever is?!
I’ve been invited to share my upcoming card blitz with the community facilitator in Fox Creek! If you’re in the area, stay tuned for the dates. I’d love to have you join us! I’ll need 5 people committed to coming otherwise it won’t happen! Dates will be announced shortly, so stay tuned! (Facebook might be best, just in case I don’t make it back here to share with you).
Where am I on Facebook? Here!
FYI- I have another one in Fox Creek scheduled for this Fall, too. You’ll definitely want to watch for more info on that! It’ll be a lot of fun! And, as always, kits are available to long distance customers. Can’t make it? No sweat! Order a kit to complete on your own, instead!
On a side note, if you’d like to experience your own incredible opportunities, give me a shout. I’d love to help you reach that goal! It’s really easy to do, I promise!
I didn’t share everything that’s happening at CTMH this month. I thought spreading it out might be a good idea, too!
There is a new stamp of the month for April, too! I love that CTMH highlights one stamp set every month, and attacheS such fantastic savings to it, too!
Savings, you say?
Yes, this stamp set- on its own- is $23 CAD. It’s a D-size stamp set, meaning it’s one of the larger stamp sets we carry. When you purchase this size stamp set with other items equaling $50, the price drops to just $6. That’s where the savings comes in. Pretty great deal, right?
I can’t help but see opportunity with this stamp set. Opportunity to colour, heat emboss, and watercolour. Life, Courage and Kind are great for colouring in using pencil crayons, markers, pens and watercolours. Some of the icons would look great coloured in or water coloured, too. All the italicized words and some of the icons would look so pretty embossed. I guess that’s why it’s named Colour Your Life! What kind of potential do you see in it?
If you’d like to purchase this stamp set, visit my Close to My Heart website. Look for the Fabulous April! party on my homepage. Click ‘join’ and start shopping away!
I finished April’s card blitz today, and I’m so excited to share it with you!
I realized towards the end that I should throw a couple Mothers Day cards into the mix, since it’s in May! There’s also a mix of birthday, anniversary, wedding, thank you and get well cards.
I’m open for orders right now. If you’d like any one of these cards, or all of them, let me know. They’ll be shipped to you as a kit, along with easy to follow instructions. $25 CAD.
You’re invited to my card blitz on April 29 if you live in the Whitecourt area. It’ll be held at the Days Inn at 2 pm. Bring a friend and get your geek on! In 1.5 hours, make as many cards as you want. There will be a minimal amount of fussy cutting, the rest is already done for you! Scissors are provided, though you should bring your own adhesive. The cost of the blitz is $25.
Will I see you there? I hope so!
The layouts for my blitz in April are complete!
One of them is Christmas themed! If you’re feeling festive, then this event is for you! The deadline for registering is April 7; the fun happens on April 14. $40 gets you these four 2-page layouts, plus I’ll throw in the two bonus single page layouts for $5 each, making your total $50 CAD.
If you can’t make it, no sweat. Just let me know. I’ll make up a kit for you, as long as you’re able to supply the base pages and can purchase the Stargazer stamp set. It’s available only until March 31, so get your orders in soon! I’ll cut and stamp most everything else for you. It costs the same as above, plus the cost of the stamp set if you need it. Find it on my website here.
I hope to see you or hear from you- I’d love to share this workshop and kit with you!