What a fun day full of fun traditions – my little one was VERY excited about this day (she was really hoping she would see a Leprechaun!) I captured this picture of her this morning and printed it off right away- the day inspired my creativity and I was anxious to get out some green and gold and get crafting!
I used our heart thin cuts to create my shamrocks and a mixture of gold shimmer brush and green re-inker to create my fun splatter effect! Check out the video to learn more about these techniques!
Welcome to the March Cross Canada Blog hop or should I say Bonjour! We are excited to offer you a special blog hop this month featuring our French language stamps!
If you have ever attempted to purchase stamps in french you know just how difficult it is to find any. CTMH offers a selection of our stamps in both French and Spanish- a great solution and a wonderful way to share you love of paper crafting in multiple languages! As a bilingual family, I find these the perfect fit for projects for my in-laws or thank you’s for the school. Check out my ‘petite’ card set created with the school in mind!
Here is the image of the stamp set that I used to create these cards- you can also see a full variety of our stamps on my website HERE.
I have heard you mention how you need just a few more dollars every month in order to make ends meet at home.
I have seen your face when you get the new idea book (you are so excited!!) and then again when you realize you cannot get everything you want (my heart just breaks).
I have seen you and heard you and I WAS YOU!
Then… I signed up!!! Now I have been given one opportunity that has answered all of my needs. I continue to help others at workshops, I continue to share my passion, I make LOTS more money than I originally needed, I can get all that I want (and often do for free or at a discount) and my heart now sings!!!!
I love Close to my Heart and would love to show you how you can too!
During February you can become a consultant on my team and for only $95 recieve over $244 in product (some that comes in the kit and some that you get to pick out yourself!) PLUS you will receive an additional $60 in stamps (those pictured above!).
Welcome to 2017 and a new year of fun new products and new blog hops to feature them! My team has prepared some projects using Sugar Rush, one of our new seasonal paper packs. I hope you enjoy seeing all the projects we have designed for you. Be sure to follow the link on my blog (below) to visit the next blog and project. If you get lost along the way then you will find the full list of participants at the bottom of this post.
For my Sugar Rush project I created a Z Fold Card. I have been seeing this ALL over pinterest and I had it on my list to tackle one. It was super easy and so much fun! I paired the paper with Seaglass cardstock and used the coordinating Sugar Rush stamp set with Thin Cuts to create my donut (so cute!). I also added some Sugar dots and white shimmer trim.
With a new year comes new products and I am just in love with everything in our new seasonal book! Even the cover is gorgeous- just look!
Now that our new product is out I want to share it all with you- I am doing this a few different ways.
You can view the online version of the new seasonal book here . This is not the most fun and will not involve prizes or a fun time with me on facebook (just in case you were wondering).
You can join me on my VIP page- I will be posting artwork and workshops there (and on my Facebook business page). The VIP group is much more fun though- you get access to early sneak peeks, exclusive giveaways and so much more! You can request to join at this link.
The BEST way to join in and see all the new product is my joining into my online party!! This will include having a fun time with me on Facebook and prizes!!! It all happens on my VIP page (link above) and will be Jan 7th at 7pm EST. I sure hope you can make it- we will be having lots of fun!!!
Stay tuned though- more to come from our new book and new tips, techniques and videos. This year is going to be AWESOME!
YouTube is a great place for inspiration, tutorials and just plain fun! If you don’t subscribe to my channel yet then be sure to get over there and check it out! I am working hard at loading new videos every month-card tutorials, product how-to’s, the latest in crafting, workshops, customer special information and more!
Feel free to send some love or even suggest a video!
For some the prospect of a single page layout can be scary. A bit of the unknown. Tonight (saturday) I want to help you embrace the single page layout and show it some love!
My first single page layout features my Grandma Kay and part of her family (she has not had all of her children at this point). I love the happy looks and comparing the kids in the picture to my Aunts now. To compliment the heritage photo I used the Memo fundamentals and pieces of the Rustic fundamentals. I then added some complements and ribbon with just a hint of colour. I have a bunch of family photos to finish scrapbooking and will continue this look for all of them.
Here is my other single page layout. My owl-dorable daughter in an owl hat my sister gave her. She was being so silly this day. Our Swan Lake paper paired perfectly with out Rustic Fundamentals (the barn board chevron) to create this layout. I added some Swan Lake complements and some of the Blue gems to finish this off.
Now I know when I place these in my album they will not likely match the layout they sit beside BUT sometimes the little moments or the older moments are just not something that can be shared in a two-page spread. Often in these smaller moments though you will find the most precious smile and the most precious memories. Be sure to capture and include those in your albums!
You know how sometimes life just wants to get in the way of all the good stuff?
I am glad to share that not only did I finally get some time for some new creations but life is starting to calm down a tad (being a Mom and full time Special Education teacher can really lead to some crazy times LOL). I had my weekend retreat a few weekends ago and got some of my scrapbooking done AND some workshop planning done! GO ME!
Here are two of those creations:
Christmas Cards 2010.
I love all the great photos I receive with my Christmas cards every year. I hold onto them so that I can work them into my albums and see how my friends and family grow and change year to year. As you can see from the year- I was a wee bit behind on this task! I love how this turned out though! My tree is made from zip strips and paper scraps from the City Sidewalks Paper pack. I added in some Kraft paper and Gold Shimmer trim with some circuit cuts and thin cuts (the Christmas word is from our seasonal thin cuts). I LOVE how it all came together!
This one page layout is simple but mixes up some of our Fundamental paper patterns to highlight my silly kid (this should have been her first day of school photo but she would not give me a proper smile). I added some gold embellishments and another thin cut word- ‘hello’. This layout came together very quickly!
I have more to share so be sure to come back soon!
There is nothing more precious and magical then your babies first year. They are so cute and squishy at the beginning and by the end of that year they are walking and say a few words and have developed into little… humans! It is crazy AND it all goes by in a blink of an eye! Seriously- a blink! That is why you need to document those memories- preserve them or you will regret it – and those cute, squishy babies will make you regret it! I promise you. Don’t believe me. Then ask my youngest sister who STILL TO THIS DAY brings up her lack of a baby album to my poor mother.
So, to prevent this future calamity you have to sign up for my ‘Babies First Year’ album workshop. This is the only thing that will save you. No joke!
In this workshop you will create 12 single layouts. Each page will document a month in your sweet babies first year. Add a few photos, write a cute story about that time they peed in Daddy’s mouth…. you know the drill.
(And if you are wondering, yes, my son did that.)
Here are some photos that show the BLUE Version of this workshop. There is also a PINK version and I encourage you to pick the one that best works for you.
My nephew will luck out and get this for Christmas. He is the youngest and I never did a full album for his older brother’s SO I am actually setting him up to have the BETTER book – ha!
This workshop will be available online and in my home.
In home workshop is October 23 from 1-4 in the afternoon. Bring you adhesive, order your product (at least two weeks ahead of time) and feel free to bring your baby too!
Online workshop is FREE to those who purchase the materials though my SHOP .
Whimsy Fundamental Paper Pack
Whimsy Fundamental Complements (either Baby Boy or Baby Girl)
Seaglass glitter paper
White Daisy Cardstock
Capture This Stamp Set
Canary and Whisper Cardstock
PS. If you are a GREAT friend or grandparent or anyone who has a baby in their life- this makes a WONDERFUL gift for a new parent.