Thursday, October 29, 2015

Great Deals at Cricut Expiring Soon!



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Now is the time to treat yourself to something special at Cricut! 

From Cricut's Explore One™ machine in navy, or the Cricut Explore Air™ machine and ultimate set, to any digital item, just about everything is on sale now at Cricut.com

These great deals expire this weekend, so be sure to check them out today!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CTMH Workshops On The Go White Pines Cardmaking Kit

This year's Cardmaking Workshops On The Go Kit from Close To My Heart features White Pines Patterned Cardstock (2 sheets), a full sized stamp set exclusive to the kit ($21.25 value), 5 sheets of regular cardstock, 15 cards with envelopes, a package of Bitty Sparkles & Fern Thick Twine for $29.75

I followed the cutting guide included in the Workshop and was able to do all my patterned cuts on one of the sheets of White Pines cardstock instead of the two included in the package.


The kit includes a cutting guide for 15 cards - 5 each of 3 designs.



I used my CTMH Woodgrain embossing folder on the Cranberry cardstock to give the background of this card a little more texture.  My CTMH mini stapler came in handy when attaching the Fern Thick Twine to my cardstock.  


I substituted Champagne Exclusive Ink for the Cashmere Exclusive Ink that is suggested in the guide. I had planned on ordering it last summer when I stocked up but apparently I missed that colour.   I did a comparison with my Cashmere Pigment Ink and there wasn't a huge difference so I used the Champagne Ink which is a dye-based ink and dries faster.  





I love these Christmas Tree Stamps - you stamp the outline of the tree first then fill it in with the matching solid tree stamp.  
This card also called for CTMH Cashmere Ink for the tree trunk but I used CTMH Desert Sand instead.  


Close To My Heart Products Used:

Workshops On The Go White Pines Cardmaking Kit


CTMH Mini Stapler 


**instruction booklet lists CTMH Cashmere Exclusive Ink in supply list

Local White Pines Cardmaking Worshop will be held on November 22.
Kits must be ordered by November 6th.  Full details on my Gatherings and Workshops Page


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Monday, October 26, 2015

Cricut Materials Mystery Box & Flash Sale Ends Tomorrow!


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Cricut Flash Sale!   Amazing Deals - Ends October 27th!




Try out our newest released materials at the best price! Hurry before we run out of stock, you won't want to miss this deal! *All Mystery Box sales are final*




Cartridges Start at $9.99


50% Off all Cuttlebug Supplies

Fall Clearance Event: 60% Off all Clearance Items






Saturday, October 24, 2015

Happy Planner Layout with Stampin' Up Haute Couture

Started my layout for the last week of October.  I've had this Stampin' Up Haute Couture stamp set sitting on my shelf since 2005 but have never used it even though I absolutely love it.   I found some great Paris/Vintage washi tape at Dollar Tree and knew that it would go perfectly with this stamp set.




I grabbed some Recollections scrapbook paper out of my stash, I thought the Damask and 
Pink Distressed would go well with my Washi and the Haute Couture stamp set. 
I grabbed my roll of CTMH Black Shimmer Trim to add some shine.




When stamping the images from Haute Couture I first stamped the image on a scrap paper and then stamped again onto my planner page.  
I didn't want the ink bleeding through to the page behind it and I really wanted the images to be in the background.  
I will still be adding my dailies and to-do lists on that page and may stamp over top or around those images. 


Products Used:

Recollections Pink Damask scrapbook paper
Recollections Pink Distressed scrapbook paper
Stampin' Up Haute Couture Stamp Set (retired)
Dollar Tree Paris/Vintage Washi Tape


Planner Stamps Used (not affiliate links)

StudioL2E List It Stamp Set 
Sweet Stamp Shop Plan Pet
Sweet Stamp Shop Plan To Go
Sweet Stamp Shop Plan To Clean


Close To My Heart Products Used:




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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Simple Scrapbook Page with CTMH Paper Fundamentals and Artistry Cricut Cartridge

I'm currently working on a few different albums and one of them is from when my kids were little.  I came across a few random shots that didn't really have a theme to them so I decided to just do a simple layout with them.  I took a picture of the layout before adding the photos,  my daughter definitely wouldn't want me to share one of the pictures of her.

I grabbed a sheet of the CTMH Paper Fundamentals from the old patterns that were retired in August, added a bit of black for contrast and a few cuts with the latest CTMH Cricut cartridge - Artistry and had it done in no time at all.



I used a layout from CTMH Reflections How-To Book & added a bit of CTMH White Shimmer Trim for embellishment.  
I used both sides of the Fundamentals paper, one side is printed and the other side has a slight texture in the same pattern.

The background of hearts is from the Artistry cartridge and I modified one of the cuts on the same cartridge to create my journaling box.  The original image had an Easter egg - using the Slice feature in Design Space I removed it and welded a Balloon image instead.   
I cut out the top layer of the Balloon in the Fundamentals and popped it up with some Foam Tape and added some Shimmer Trim behind the Heart cut out.  I love Shimmer Trim, especially the White. I use it in almost all my projects.  

My title is cut out from the Artistry cartridge and backed in co-ordinating Pixie cardstock and the journaling was printed in the same font using the writing feature & pen holder on my Cricut Explore. 


Close To My Heart Products Used:



CTMH Whimsy Paper Fundamentals (all new patterns available)



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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Happy Planner Layout and Sweet Stamp Shop Haul

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Week 3 Happy Planner Layout -  I kept it really simple just added a little bit of patterned paper from Pink Paislee: Hello, Sunshine 12x12 Paper Pad with a couple of pieces of CTMH Lagoon cardstock and some CTMH White Shimmer Trim.

 I love the colours in this paper pad and since the forecast was calling for a bit of rain and mostly cloudy days I wanted to do a bit of a Weather theme but with nice bright colours.


I used StudioL2E List It stamp set and just stamped the first part of the week.
  I was waiting for my Sweet Stamp Shop order to arrive and wanted to leave lots of room to use my new stamps this week. 



My order arrived on Monday and I added some of the cute cleaning icons from Plan To Clean, a couple from the Plan Pet and used the weather icons from Plan To Go.  These stamps are adorable and I just couldn't resist that Dog & Cat stamp set. 


Close To My Heart Products Used:



CTMH Whisper Exclusive Ink


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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Planner Haul and First Happy Planner Layouts

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I ordered my Happy Planner during last months Blitsy sale.  While I was waiting for it to ship I did manage to find some goodies at my local Dollar Tree, Michaels & Staples.

Our Michaels didn't start carrying the Happy Planner until a couple weeks after I placed my order but I'm happy to say they now have a great selection off add-ons and I can use coupons for them.



I love the arc punch from Staples.  I bought some 6x8 pocket pages and I can add them to the Happy Planner by covering the holes with Washi Tape and then use the Arc punch.

I tested it out with one of the Heidi Swapp Project Life cards and it worked great.  
I added it into my weekly spread as a book mark.

There are tons of great printables out there, many of them free.  
I found the Mason Jar printable in one of the Facebook Groups that I joined.  



I also ordered these great planner stamps from StudioL2E.  





Here's my first layout in my Happy Planner.  I'm using it mostly as a planner and will add in some pictures and journaling as I go.  I've seen a lot of cute planner layouts that are more memory keeping/journaling but I needed a place where I could keep track of appointments and thought this would work well - no more loose pieces of paper or random notes in my phone. 

  I used some retired Stampin' Up cardstock and a co-ordinating stamp for my meal planning area.  I used the StudioL2E stamps for my dailies and then added in some CTMH Coral Shimmer Trim




My second week and it was Canadian Thanksgiving this week, so I used up some scraps of 
CTMH Pathfinding (retired) cardstock. 

I used some free Thanksgiving Cricut cuts that were featured in 
Design Space this week and added some CTMH Bronze Shimmer Trim 
for sparkle, and a couple of shiny stickers from my stash. 



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Me & My Big Ideas Good Things Are Going To Happen Planner

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My Happy Planner arrived from Blitsy last week,  I ordered it and a couple extra items while they were on sale.    

Blitsy has sales fairly frequently or you can use the 40% off coupon codes for Michaels, Joann, Hobby Lobby or A.C. Moore - the codes are listed right on the Blitsy site, too.

And new members can get $10 off their first order.  How awesome is that!


I ordered the Good Things Are Going To Happen Planner.

I really liked the way the weekly pages were laid out in this one.  You can see a video for all the different planners and some of the accessories so you know exactly what you are getting before you place your Blitsy order.



The Good Things planner is full of great quotes and watercolour artwork.





I like this page that is at the beginning of every month.  Not all the planners have this particular layout - this one is great for memory keeping.  



Monthly Calendar


Weekly spread - I like that the boxes are a bit larger with this planner, and the morning, afternoon, evening is just in the one spot.  Easy to cover up if you don't set up your planner that way.  
The bottom has different quotes and artwork.  So far I left it with the first layout I did since it went well with my paper and inks.  On my 2nd layout I covered it up with a Zip Strip and some Shimmer Trim that co-ordinated with my CTMH Pathfinding (retired) paper pack.



  All the tabs are laminated in this planner as are the front and back cover.  They do make larger discs for the planner if you want to add more to it.   I did grab an extra set as I will be adding in a monthly 6x8 pocket page layout each month.  I also took out the July-September months out to give me a bit more room since I didn't start this until the beginning of October.  


They are on sale now for 4 days (while quantities last) for $19.99 or use the 40% off coupon at Blitsy.
They did sell out fast last month when they were on sale.  
It's a great option if you aren't close to a Michael's.



Thursday, October 8, 2015

See What's Inside Cricut's October Mystery Box!

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What's inside Cricut's October Mystery Box? We're not tellin'. But we will give you a few hints ...



  • It's valued at a whopping $208, but you'll be able to purchase it for only $39.99!
  • It includes 4 cartridges

And that's all we're sharing because we don't want to spoil the other surprises contained in this October Mystery Box! Purchase it for yourself and solve the mystery of what's inside! With Cricut, we know you won't be disappointed. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

CTMH Balloon Wishes Card with Watercolour Background

Feels good to be able to do a little bit of crafting - it's been almost 3 weeks since I hurt my shoulder but I finally was able to spend some time in the craftroom and finish up one of the watercolour cards I started last month.



The balloon and banner are from the CTMH Balloon Wishes Stamp Set.
I coloured them using my ShinHan markers then fussy cut the balloon out. 
I used my Cricut to cut out the banner with CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge, 
stamped then coloured to match.  

The background was painted using the new CTMH Watercolour Paints & Brushes.
I used CTMH Buttercup cardstock as a base and ran
the CTMH Edge Distresser along all the sides before mounting it on a 4.25 x 5.5 card base.

I added some glitter enamel gems that I had in my stash for embellishment.


Close To My Heart Products Used:



CTMH Buttercup Cardstock (retired)




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October Mystery Box Is Now Available

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October Mystery Box!
The contents are a mystery, but the value is not - a $208 value!   $39.99 while supplies last!

Our most valuable Mystery Box yet! 
(Supplies are limited)  


Free Shipping on orders over $30 - Enter FALLSHIP at checkout


Monday, October 5, 2015

Last Day To Get 101 Free Prints at Shutterfly

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All customers enjoy 101 free 4x6 prints with promo code TAKEAPEEK at checkout

Offer expires October 5, 2015 (11:59 P.M. PT). 

Offer is good for 101 free 4x6 prints through shutterfly.com our mobile-friendly site or Shutterfly apps. 

Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. 

Not valid on other sizes, other products, prepaid plans, prior purchases and orders placed for in-store pick up. 

Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers or credits. Not valid for resale.

Friday, October 2, 2015

New October Deals at Cricut!

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If you've been waiting for a deal on Cricut's Explore One™ machine in navy, or the Cricut Explore Air™ machine and ultimate set, or really just anything Cricut, then your patience has paid off! 

This month, Cricut has some incredible deals in store for you. Now through October 31st, you'll be able to get:

Take advantage of these savings today — just in time for all those pre-Halloween projects!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Starting A New Business Never Looked So Good!

Sign up as an Independent Consultant during October, and receive the 2015 Convention bag FREE in your New Consultant Kit! Travel in style with this trendy and eye-catching cross body bag, perfectly sized for carrying layouts, paper packets, and projects that are in-progress. 



Along with the items found in the newly revamped New Consultant Kit, this bag will help start your business with confidence and flair!

Contact me for more details.

*Offer valid while supplies last October 1–31, 2015. No tax will be charged on the free item. The Convention bag will be included in the New Consultant Kit. For more information on shipping/handling options for the New Consultant Kit, please contact your Independent Consultant. 

Four Day Sale for World Cardmaking Day at Scrapbook.com

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Happy World Cardmaking Day! Shop the 4 Day Sale Event!

This 4-day event, which includes over 10,000 products and jaw-dropping prices, is the largest cardmaking sale of the the year. 
Get 15% to 55% off ALL Cardmaking Supplies at Scrapbook.com! Shop now for the best selection because this promotion ends on October 4th at midnight PST.
*This deal excludes individual cardstock by the sheet. 

Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine FREE when added to cart!

While supplies last, get a FREE copy of the beautiful Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. 
Simply add the magazine to your cart. During checkout your magazine will be FREE with any shippable order. (Shipping charges still apply).