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!
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!
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.
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!
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!)
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!
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).
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!