Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CM May Advisor Join Special

Creative Memories is back and better than ever!  

Just $59 to get started and you get a $15 product credit added to your account to help you get started. Plus a free personalized website.   No minimums - EVER - this was a game-changer for me.  

Join during May and you will receive a free Creative Memories Bag ($59 value) 



I started scrapbooking over 20 years ago with the old Creative Memories and would have loved to have been a Consultant but I had two young children and was already involved with Watkins at the time.  One of the things I really loved with Watkins was that there were no minimums involved - I could work as much or as little as I needed depending on our circumstances and didn't have to worry about getting kicked out if I didn't make a quota.

I didn't scrapbook for a long time, and when I started up again in 2014 the old CM wasn't around.  I've done a lot of scrapbooking these last three years but was really missing my strap-hinge albums.  I heard CM was back and under new ownership with the same high-quality product line.  I made my first purchase a year ago and was hooked!  I looked into the new compensation plan earlier this year and decided that this was the direction that I wanted to go with my paper crafting business.   

I love that the new plan is cumulative.  No more having the plan roll over at the beginning of each month. And based on my past sales & purchases with the other companies that I've been with that have had quarterly minimums, I know that I will have no problem reaching the next level or higher.  

If this sounds like it is for you I'd love to have you join my team.  Full details are available on my CM website.    
















Thursday, May 18, 2017

Cricut Disney Princess Digital Mystery Box

This mystery box is full of Disney princess-themed fonts, phrases, and sentiments.



Only available to use in Design Space with Explore Machines. 
Sales are final.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Layout for CM NSD Virtual Crop: Challenge One

It's Day Two of the CM Virtual Crop for National Scrapbook Day 2017.

I haven't been able to get out to my craft room but managed to play along using the CM Fur Buddies Digital Kit with My Memories Suite digital scrapbook software (use code STMMM3762 for $10 off the MMS software). 

Creative Memories provided a sketch and asked us to add doodling to the page.



Here's my layout for Challenge One:






Be sure to check out the Events page and the CM Blog for more great ideas.  I won't be able to do all the challenges while the crop is on but plan to go back and use the sketches for future layouts.   There is also a coupon code for $10 off of a $25 or more order (use code CMNSD10 for US and Canada -ends 6pm CST Saturday May 6th)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Creative Memories Virtual Crop for NSD 2017 - May 5th & 6th



Join CM on Facebook for a 2 Day Virtual Crop.  Several Challenges will be posted on the Blog, and if you are able to follow along you can post your completed project over on the FB event page.

Not sure how it works?  Go to the Event Page and read the Details section for the Q&A.  Make sure you RSVP while there so you receive notifications when new challenges are posted.

All the challenges will also be posted on the Creative Memories Blog, so if you aren't online at the time of the crop you can still go back and save the different sketches to use later.  Subscribe to the blog to receive email notifications when new posts are added.

Not just for paper crafters!  Digi-scrappers welcome to follow along and create with your preferred digital scrapbooking program.

Don't have a digital program? Check out My Memories Suite software and use code STMMM3762 to receive $10 off your software purchase.

Creative Memories Digital Kits are available on my website - be sure to grab your favorite kit and crop along with us.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cricut's MARVEL Digital Mystery Box Now Available

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This box is Marvel-themed and although the exact contents may be a mystery, the savings sure aren't! This box is only $39.99! Contains digital images for use in Design Space.

April Supplies Mystery Box is still available - This box has a retail value of $100 and is full of different supplies.  Get free shipping to Canada and US with code CRICUTANNIVERSARY

Other offers currently available:

Sign up for Cricut Access™ Standard and get 10% off all orders on Cricut.com and in Cricut Design Space™**

Sign up for Cricut Access™ Premium and get 50% off digital orders on Cricut.com and in Cricut Design Space™**

**Sign up for Access before (as a separate purchase) to apply the discount to your digital mystery box purchase. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bash My Stash: Love This Layout

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Another layout using up my CTMH Happy Times scraps.  This will go beside the 50th Birthday page that I posted the other day.




I used a stamp from CTMH This & That stamp set and heat embossed it in Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder.

The chipboard title and hearts are from a Heidi Swapp Project Life kit.  I used up the other half of the shimmer trim that I cut for the Birthday layout.  I'm still loving this paper and am happy with all the different cards and layouts that I've been able to get out of this one pack.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Bash My Stash: 50th Birthday Layout

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Here is one of the last layouts that I needed to do to finish my 2001 Album.

I've been using a lot of scraps on my layouts, so everything except for the floral strip had already been cut and stored in a bag with my CTMH Happy Times paper pack.


I cut a 12" strip of Gold Shimmer Trim in half then adhered the zip strip that went with the wood-grain print underneath it.

The title was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder.  I did all the stamping after I had adhered my patterned pieces to the background page.  The We R Memory Keepers Precision Press allowed me to line my stamps up right where I wanted them on the 12x12 page.

The flowers are from the CTMH Happy Times stamp set,  I stamped them with Blossom and Pomegranate ink and the leaves are stamped with Fern ink.  I used my Silhouette Portrait with the PixScan mat to cut all the stamped images out.  No more fussy cutting!   And no tendinitis flare up from overusing my hands.   I added some CTMH Gold Bling Gems to the centre of my flowers and added a chipboard piece from a Heidi Swap Project Life kit.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bash My Stash: Title page for 2001 Album

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I've been doing a lot of scrapbooking lately and so I haven't been posting much.  I've managed to almost complete my album for 2001 that I started mid-February.

I've done over 30 pages so far, just a few more to go.  I have been doing the layouts and then going back and adding my journaling and cutting all my titles with the Cricut all at once.  It seems to work best for me that way, I've been getting way more done since changing to that system.

I joined the Bash Your Scrapbook Stash Facebook Group and that has also really motivated me. Since going through my craft room and doing some reorganizing for better flow I've been able to go to my older papers and embellishments and have been using up quite a bit of my stash.

I've been saving this Stampin' Up Razzleberry Lemonade paper for years, I love the colors but for some reason never cut into it except to make one card.






I found this photo of a sunrise that I had taken after we had moved and the Razzleberry Lemonade paper seemed a perfect match. I paired it with another photo that I had taken of the view off of our back deck from the townhouse that we had been renting before we bought.   I decided that this would be the title page for my 2001 album and since we moved in February of that year I figured that the "out with the old" title was a fitting theme for the book.

My journaling came out crooked but my hands have been really sore lately and so I was having a bit of trouble with the writing.  I could use the printer but I really do prefer to have the journaling done in my own writing, good or bad.

All the Cricut cuts were done using the iPad app and my Cricut Explore.   The title is cut using the Augenblick font. The doily is from the Edge to Edge cartridge and the tab is from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge (retired).


Here is the sketch that I used for inspiration:



Cricut April Mystery Box Now Available

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April Supplies Mystery Box

Spring is upon us. And so is another mystery box! This box has a retail value of $100 and is full of different supplies. Get it before it's gone!



*All sales are final and quantities are limited

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Celebrate Cricut's Anniversary with Explore Air Gold, Free Shipping and Sale on Supplies

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Go for the GOLD!

The Cricut Explore Air Gold is now available at Cricut.com!



This new machine has all of the amazing features of the Explore Air machines, in a striking new color.

Available solo or in a variety of bundles with tools and supplies. Check out this new color today!

Free shipping to US and Canada with code CRICUTANNIVERSARY

Celebrate Cricut's Anniversary with 25% off Supplies

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Changing It Up In 2017

I'll be making a few changes here over the next week or so - I have decided not to continue on as a CTMH Consultant and instead will be focusing on different product lines and techniques.  I will be sharing links to my Consultants site for anyone looking for a Canadian Consultant.

As far as scrapbooking goes, I have just signed up with Creative Memories - I started scrapbooking with them back in the mid 90's and was happy to see them back last year.

I am also an affiliate with a few other paper crafting companies and will continue on with that.  I love paper crafting and will continue posting as I have in the past but won't be so focused on one product line.   I'm looking forward to this change - stay tuned for my adventures with Distress Oxide Inks - my latest must-haves addition to the craft room.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Card for CAS(E) this Sketch 213

It's been a while since I've done a card for a sketch challenge, I started one last week but then I got sick so I didn't get it completed before the deadline for sketch 212.

I was able to get into the craft room today and do one using this weeks sketch:





Supplies Used:

SU Watercolor Wings stamp set
SU Crumb Cake Ink Pad

CTMH White Daisy Cardstock
CTMH All About the Gold Fundamental Cardstock
CTMH Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
CTMH Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
CTMH Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
CTMH Shimmer Brush—Gold
CTMH Shimmer Brush—Clear

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Flash Sale on We R Memory Keepers Precision Press at Scrapbook.com

One of my favorite new tools is on sale right now for the super low price of $14.99 (regular price $35) at Scrapbook.com

I bought the Precision Press last fall when it first came out and love it.  I have tendinitis in my left thumb which makes holding acrylic blocks difficult (and painful) when stamping.  Since the Precision Press doesn't use magnets that I also have a hard time with, I decided to order it and see how it worked for me.

Here's the video I made on Facebook Live when I first tested it out (don't mind the first few seconds where it flips around - I almost lost my wifi connection as I started):



I've also bought a Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect since making the video. It is similar to the Misti but was around $20 at my local Michael's with a coupon.   It does have the small magnets and while I like the style of it, I do find the magnets a bit of a pain to pick up and have had to cover them with Washi tape to make them easier to handle.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CTMH Dreamin' Big Featured Artwork: Cardmaking with Thin Cuts Bundle

Each month CTMH highlights a paper pack from the current Idea Book, you can find today's project on page 30 of the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.

The featured paper pack for March 2017 is Dreamin’ Big.  Today's Artwork uses the coordinating Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle on sale this month for 25% off the regular price.  The bundle includes the Dreamin' Big - Cardmaking stamp set along with the Thin Cuts metal dies used to cut out the adorable butterflies in this card project.


Supplies:

Thinking of You Card:


Butterfly Card

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

CTMH March Specials and Stamp of the Month

Purchase any current Thin Cuts or Thin Cuts bundles at 25% off in March.



Thin cuts give you a fast and easy way to cut all kinds of shapes for your crafting, and this month they are all available at 25% off! 

Choose from titles, sentiments, and a wide variety of shapes to stamp on so you can get precise, dimensional shapes in no time!

New Consultants: Anyone who signs up in March will receive a set of Thin Cuts in their New Consultant Kit at no additional cost to them!



March Stamp of the Month - Tea-rrific

Isn't this just adorable - a set of 11 Tea Themed images and sentiments!  Available this month only!



Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for that month only, for just $6! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing. Also available at the regular price of $23.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cricut's March Mystery Box Madness is Here!

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Cricut March Mystery Box #1 is now available.

The exact contents in this digital box may be a mystery, but the savings sure aren't - this first box is only $29.99 and features all brand new, unreleased Digital content.


Quantities are limited and available while supplies last.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

CTMH Hello Lovely Featured Project with February SOTM

Each month CTMH highlights a paper pack from the current Idea Book.

The featured paper pack for February 2017 is Hello Lovely.


Today's Artwork can be found on page 58 of the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book - these projects are both made using the Hello Lovely Paper Pack along with the February Stamp of the Month.



The February Stamp of the Month is Easter Bunny, a very pretty set featuring an adorable rabbit family, perfect for your Spring projects and layouts.

Available this month only, for just $6, when you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products or purchase it for the regular price of $23.

Supplies used:


12x12 Bunny Layout


Happy Easter Card

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pick Your Promo this Week at Cricut

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Choose from 5 Deals - this week only - at Cricut


  • 30% Off Supplies with code STOCKUP30
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  • $5 Off Physical Cartridges with code CART5
  • Extra $10 Off Cuttlebug Machines with code CUTTLEBUG10
  • Extra 30% Off Cuttlebug Accessories with code CUTTLEBUG30



Monday, February 20, 2017

President's Day Flash Sale at Cricut

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Check out the Flash Sale at Cricut:

  • $20 off Explore Air 2
  • up to 40% off Supplies
  • up to 50% off Cuttlebug Accessories and 
  • 10% off + free standard shipping with code LOVECRICUT (EXCLUDES AIR 2 and CRICUT ACCESS) 
Flash Sale on  02/20 - 02/21

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Title Page for 2000 Scrapbook using Bella Blvd Molly Collection

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I realized that I haven't added any recent projects to the blog in the past couple of weeks.

I've been spending a lot of time in my craftroom lately and finally finished my albums for 2000.
I ended up splitting the year into 2 books because one was just too thick with all the extra Flip Flaps™ that I included.

I was able to get a matching album in the CTMH clearance section, so I have both in the Slate Circle post bound album and I changed out the posts that are included with the album to smaller 1" posts so all the pages are laying nice and flat.

I've also started on my 2001 album, which won't be as thick since we didn't have as many pictures printed for that year.  

Here is the title page for my 2000 album:


I chose a couple of leftover photos that didn't have a theme but were taken at the beginning of the year.  My son is a clown and I have lots of pictures of him making faces for the camera.


For this layout, I used a free sketch that I downloaded from Scrapbook Generation and the Bella Blvd Molly Collection.

I created the two titles in the Cricut Design Space App using the Augenblick Font.  

I love how intricate the cut is using my Cricut Explore.   The title was cut out of plain Black cardstock and I added some shine with my CTMH Clear Shimmer Brush.  I also applied it to the Thin Cuts Hearts at the top of the page.


Products Used:


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CTMH Hello Lovely Featured Artwork: You're Invited Card

Each month CTMH highlights a paper pack from the current Idea Book.

The featured paper pack for February 2017 is Hello Lovely:




Today's Artwork can be found on page 5 of the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.



Supplies:




Sunday, January 29, 2017

Card for CAS(E) this Sketch 206

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I had been working on some fall layouts earlier this month and had a bunch of scraps from the Jen Hadfield Warm and Cozy line sitting beside my craft mat when I saw the latest sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!   

Perfect excuse to take a break from doing layouts and finally use the Lawn Fawn Jump for Joy Stamp Set and matching Dies that I bought a few months ago.








Stamping is so easy with my new Hampton Art Stamp Perfect Tool.  
I was able to stamp the sentiment after adhering my patterned cardstock to the base and get it lined up just the way I wanted it.  No more dropping acrylic blocks or misaligning my stamped images because my hands are sore. 


Supplies Used:

Friday, January 20, 2017

Card for Mojo Monday 480

My latest card for Mojo Monday had a little extra help from a 6x6 OSW pattern.   I had cut the pattern pieces from my Swan Lake cardstock sampler before Christmas but hadn't made any of the cards.  


  I ended up combining the cuts that were meant for a couple of different cards from the template to come up with my MOJO 480 card.






I used CTMH Canary & Poppy Ink with the rock n roll stamping technique to create my Chrysanthemum.  I added some shimmer to the petals with my CTMH Gold Shimmer Pen. 


Supplies Used:

CTMH Sugar Rush Featured Project: Sprinkled with Love Page

Each month Close To My Heart highlights a paper pack from one of the current Idea Books.

Today's Artwork uses the Sugar Rush paper pack and coordinating embellishments and can be found on page 17 of the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.


Supplies:

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fall Memories Scrapbook Layout with Simple Stories Hello Fall

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I love this pattern from the CTMH Cherish How-to Book (page 41) so much that I have used it twice in my album from 2000. 

Just by changing up the cardstock and adding some large Flip Flaps on my other layout I get a completely different look to my pages.






I found the SVG for my page title on the Miss Kate Cuttables website and cut it with my Cricut Explore.  



I've used an assortment of solid cardstock on this layout, mostly trying to use up what I have in my stash and coordinating as well as I could with the Simple Stories - Hello Fall patterned papers.

I used hemp twine for embellishment on each page and added in some mini staples.  I really wanted just to keep it simple and masculine.


CTMH Sugar Rush Featured Project: Pocket Scrapbooking Layout

Each month CTMH highlights a paper pack from the current Idea Book.
This month's featured pack is Sugar Rush.



Today's Artwork can be found on page 15  of the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. 


Scrap your favourite summer treat memories with CTMH Pocket Page Protectors and CTMH Sugar Rush. The Sugar Rush Paper Packet includes pocket cards ready to cut apart and add your personal touches with Complements and journaling.  Or create your own cards using the double-sided cardstock.

Page Protectors are available in assorted 12x12 sizes and we now have Pocket Plus Protectors available to add a few extra cards or photos to your traditional layouts or pocket pages.

To see an example of how to use the Pocket Plus Protectors download the free Project Guide from the Workshops Your Way® Sugar Rush Scrapbooking Kit page.

Project Supplies:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Card for CAS(E) this Sketch 204

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Another card this week using a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!



I just bought a Hampton Art Stamp Perfect and when I saw this sketch I knew it would be perfect for the Jan 2016 Stamp of the Month - Beloved Bouquet.  




I bought this set last year but hadn't used it because I have dropped my acrylic blocks a few times when trying to line layering stamps up.   Acrylic blocks and tendinitis just don't go well together. It was so much easier with the Stamp Perfect.





No embellishments on this one, instead I tried out my new CTMH Gold Shimmer Brush.
I had just primed it for the first time and the spots with a lot of gold glitter are covering up a couple of spots where I wasn't quite lined up.  Then I just highlighted different areas of the rose petals and leaf veins without re-priming to get a little less shimmer. 


Supplies Used:



Here's my new stamp positioner, the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect.  

Similar in design to a Misti,  it is a size in between the Mini and the original Misti but the price is way lower.  I really like the way you can centre your card along the bottom.  And the foam mat comes out so you can use thicker stamps, too.   

A great tip I got from a YouTube user - cover the magnets with Washi Tape.  It keeps them from getting damaged if they snap together and if you have any arthritis or tendinitis problems like I do, it is easier to pick them up to reposition them.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

CTMH Sugar Rush Featured Project: You're the Sweetest Treat Box

Each month CTMH highlights a paper pack from the current Idea Book.
This month's featured pack is Sugar Rush.




Today's Artwork can be found on page 15 of the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.



 Project Supplies:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Card for CAS(E) this Sketch 203

When I saw sketch 203 over at CAS(E) this Sketch it reminded me right away of the Adorning Accents edgelit die and embossing folder set that I bought years ago from SU.





I made my card using the new CTMH Sugar Rush cardstock.  The stamped images are from the new Sugar Rush - Cardmaking stamp set and the Thanks sentiment is from the Thin Cuts—Hello & Thanks set that came out in the latest Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  

I added a touch of glitter to the Thanks sentiment with my CTMH Clear Shimmer Brush and the You're the Sweetest was heat embossed with Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder on Pomegranate cardstock.  The donut is stamped with Champagne, Sea Glass and Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ and popped up with foam tape.



I'm sure I'll be making more cards with this sketch - great way to get more use out of those tools that have been sitting on the shelf.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CTMH January Featured Paper Pack: Sprinkled with Love Page

Each month CTMH highlights a paper pack from the current Idea Book.

The featured paper pack for January 2017 is Sugar Rush.


You'll find the Artwork for today's Sprinkled with Love Layout on page 15 of the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.




Supplies:





Scrap My Stash: School Picture Layout

I was inspired by all the layouts posted last weekend in the Bash Your Scrapbook Stash Facebook Group and created this layout using up some Recollections patterned cardstock and these cute grade school cut-out titles.  

I had forgotten all about these products, I'm not sure when I bought them but I had used one of the titles in a CM album that I finished years ago.




The photos are mounted on SU Pumpkin Pie and Real Red (my last sheet of 8.5x11) cardstock &  I added a border using CTMH Red Shimmer Trim.  I used CTMH Colonial White cardstock for my base pages.  

This is the last layout that I needed to do for my 2000 Album,  I just need to go through and finish up some journaling and a few titles. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sprinkled with Love Card using CTMH Sugar Rush

I made this card using products from the new CTMH Workshops Your Way® Sugar Rush Scrapbooking Kit and the coordinating Sugar Rush—Cardmaking Stamp Set and Thin Cuts.

This kit comes with a great selection of cardstock featuring tasty treats along with 3 rolls of Washi Tape, a package of Complements and the Sugar Rush Dots.  

The Workshop Guide with Scrapbook and Card Layouts and Cutting Guides is available for free download on my website.

I love the layered stamps for the icing, there is also another one with sprinkles so you can mix and match them.  
I went for a more realistic looking donut using Champagne Ink but the Workshop Guide uses different colours like Blossom or Sea Glass and they look great.   

It was so easy to stamp with my new We R Memory Keepers Precision Press,  no problem stamping the two icing layers along with the added bonus of not hurting my hands holding the acrylic blocks.  



Close To My Heart Products Used: