Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Picts of the 4 Layouts from 1 Paperpack Class

   Here they are!  I've used Wanderful- love the pop of purple and bright blue.  And I love the 'tube' paper!! But of course you can purchase any of the current CTMH paperpacks to make these layouts.  The pictures show only the bare bones of the layouts, remember that you also have the Complements to add to your layouts, and I've not done any stamping either, so they look a little bare.  I've intentionally left the photos off (almost 30!!), so as to not bias you.  That's what all those little pink pieces of paper are- the sizes and placement of the photos/ journaling/ title, etc.  And I still had enough left for a bunch of cards or maybe another layout! 

   So come on out and play!  Registration for my class is open until Feb 15, just $30, in Metcalfe, Ont.  Email or pm me.  Sorry, I won't be able to do kits- postage is prohibitive.  But you can buy just the cutting guide for $7 (That gets you a hard copy or a digital file) and you can purchase the paperpack and Complements thru my site (link at right).  See you soon, Cheers!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Class Announcement- Four 2 Page Layouts From One CTMH Paperpack

What we're doing- making 4- 2page layouts from 1 Paperpack and its Complements
Where- probably here at my house, Metcalfe
When- You're choice of:  Feb 27,   6.30-9.30pm  OR
                                        Feb 28,   9.30- 12.30  OR 1.30- 4.30  OR
                                        Mar 1,    9.30- 12.30  OR 1.30- 4.30.
Cost $30- this includes your choice of current CTMH paperpack and Complements, additional base    papers, cutting guide, and ME!
               * if you wish to bring your own paperpack, then cost is $15, for cutting guide (and me) but you are responsible for having the correct number of papers on hand.  I will have cs to purchase if needed.

Details:   Registration opens immediately and closes Feb 13th.  Full payment is due upon registration, so I can order the supplies.  If you've paid and can't make it, we'll make arrangements to either deliver the kit to you or make the kit together.

** Current CTMH paperpacks include:  Chalk it up!, Wanderful, Brushed, Seaside, Pathfinding, Scaredy Cat, Yuletide Carol, Snowhaven, Confetti Wishes, Heartstrings and Hopscotch.

Stay tuned for pictures of the layouts.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Don't Forget The Really Great Specials This Month!

1.   You're time to purchase the National Papercrafting Month's special paperpack Year>> Noted is almost up!!  It's such a great deal!  Pretty papers, coordinating cardstock, stamp set, gold foil Complements- all designed Exclusively for this month's special, with a very special price of just $5 (Suggested Retail Price of $27) with a qualifying purchase of $50.  Or, you can make it Extra special by adding the Kraft mini book- all for just $10 (SRP $37).  Contact me to place your order today!

2.   This month, CTMH has a promotion just for Hostesses:  Extra Extra Hostess credits!  With a minimum Gathering (parties of 1, EZ Invites/ online parties all qualify) of $350, you can get 50% More Hostess Credits!!  Instead of the sweet $60 Hostess creds you get for a $350 party, you'll get the Delicious $90 in Creds!! How sweet is that?!

3.   If you place an order to qualify for the Year>> Noted paperpack, then you'll also qualify for the super sweet Stamp of the Month-  This Moment, all great images to create something for your Sweetie.  But it's not just a 'Valentine's ' stamp set, there are many images that can be used for other things too.  Just take a look at my post for the Make It Crafty blog hop earlier this month.  A great little stamp set for just $5 (you can purchase it at it's full retail price of $19.75, +S/H, Tx)!

4.   It's hard to believe we're already halfway thru the run of the first Seasonal Expressions!  This cattie expires March 31st, along with many of the items seen inside.  Now's a good time to get those must- have items, before they're gone (they could sell out before the end of the cattie and won't be restocked).

5.   Find a link to the List of Retiring Stamp sets here.  They will be gone at the end of THIS month!

6.   My Own Special- I am a vendor at a local school fundraiser this month.  Place a qualifying order of $25 or more and your name will go into a draw to win $25 in Hostess Credits.  If I have the minimum to qualify for the Constant Campaign (see #2) then I will pick 2 names (or more, depending on the total!)  so it is possible to win credits equal to your purchase.  Can't make it but still want your name in the draw?  Contact me with your order and payment info or place an order online before Jan 26, 11.59pm;  be sure to 'join' the gathering listed at the bottom right of the page.

Stay tuned for more news on upcoming specials and classes.  Cheers!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Make It Crafty Seasonal Blog Hop- Cards and Valentines

    Welcome to the *Make it Crafty* Seasonal Blog Hop!  This time we're getting crafty with a Valentine's/ All Cards theme.  So,  I'll be showing off some of the cards I've made with the Heartstrings Cardmaking Workshop from the current Seasonal Expressions cattie.  If you've arrived from Julie's -  you are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost, you'll find the complete list here, with Julie, in The Scrap Zone.

   This month a number of us Close To My Heart Consultants are sharing our creations using various CTMH products to inspire you into a  (romantic???) card-making mood!

   This time I've taken the Heartstrings Card WOTG (G1090) and changed things up a bit, using the designs and pieces cut for the WOTG to make cards for other events.  In some cases, I've moved a piece from 1 design to another or altered slightly the pieces given (mostly trimming and ribbon- cutting the ends).

Here's what the original Workshop cards look like:  (you make 5 of each design in the original kit)

 And here's what I've done with them:

Fr card Left
Fr card middle
Fr card right, Pict 1
Fr card right, Pict 2

Details:  Inside of Bullseye card reads "My aim is true", and the end of the You are So Totally Simply card reads  "Awesome ".  The pink rose on the Thank you card with the bow ties (2nd pict) is popped with 3D tape.

   So, as you can see, just by changing things up a little- arrangement and sentiment, you can turn a Valentine's card into a Birthday card or a Thank you card, or anything else you'd like.

Here's a list of the stamps and other products used:
Stamps- M1047, B- 1419, 1432, 1438, 1442, 1471, D1584.  Also used B1458 (Hostess stamp), S1501(Jan Stamp of the Month), C1617 (Current Operation Smile fundraiser)- available to the end of March) and M1038 (retires at the end of Jan).
Also used:
Silver Sequins, Red Glitter Gems, Slate Twist ties (Retired), Arrow Washi (ret), Grey dot Washi (ret)
Shinhan Twin Touch Markers- WG4, BG61, RP198
3D tape, Journaling pen
And, my new Christmas toy... The Brother Scan N Cut (CM550)!!!  I cut the pink roses, the arrows and the Thank You banner with the SNC as these are not Cricut- able images.

                                                         (No more fussy cutting!!)

   I hope you've gotten some inspiration from my cards.  Now, 'Hop' along to Wendy's blog to see more!
Don't forget to come back March 15th, when we'll be showing off Easter and Spring goodies!

Monday, 5 January 2015

NEWS FLASH!!- some Retiring stamps

Here's the latest news!  The following is a list of stamps that will be Retired FOREVER as of the end of January.  If you want ANYTHING on this list email me ASAP or place an order thru my website.  They do not appear in the current Annual Inspirations but can be found on the website.  Once these are sold out, they are GONE!!!!  (and don't forget- extra Hostess creds!)

A1124 A Tree
A1139 Congrats Graduate
A1141 Be Still
A1154 Friendly Thoughts
A1156 Flower Confetti
B1418 Love Doily
B1423 Hoppy Easter
B1439 Dreamer
B1440 Fancy Fair
B1441 Buggy Love
B1444 Greatest Love
B1445 Happy Hive
B1450 Owls
C1571 You're the Best
C1573 Do Your Best
C1574 Believe in Yourself
C1577 Mother's Day
C1579 Coming Up Roses
C1583 Robot Family
D1547 Paper Doll
D1579 Windy Day
M1035 Newlyweds
M1036 Perfect Polka-Dot Day
M1037 Balloons
M1038 Shooting Star
M1039 Good Job Stencil
M1040 Parasol
M1041 Hi
M1042 Colored Egg

Sunday, 4 January 2015

New from Close to My Heart!

There is sooo much going on right now!

We have a new Stamp of the Month- This Moment- great for getting that special Valentine's card made, or that special layout done afterwards!

There's a new Constant Campaign for National Papercrafting Month - Year >> Noted :
During the month of January, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of $27 CAD!)  for only $5—that’s over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book. The paper kit for both options includes a C-size stamp set, stickers, cardstocks, and B&T Duos™ papers, all specially designed to coordinate with the My Creations™ kraft mini book. This means you will receive over $37 CAD worth of product for only $10 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book! Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year! 

And a SUPER Extra Extra Special for Hostesses this month - for Gatherings reaching $350 or more in sales, the Hostess will receive 50% MORE in HOSTESS Credits!!  So, a Gathering of $350 that would usually get the Hostess $60 in Credits will now be $90 and a Gathering of $450 that would usually be $80 in Credits will be a Whopping $120, etc- so you could earn up to 
***!!! $230 in Hostess Credits!!!***
 Please contact me to place your order or set up your own Gathering.  It can be an 'in house' Gathering /presentation, or an 'in house' class- scrapbooking or cardmaking- your choice.  And don't worry, we can include your friends from away with an online option.  Please note tho, that the number of 1/2 price items will not change.

Also, several new items are starting to come available- the Rolling Tote, the matching Shoulder Tote, the new D-ring and post- bound Albums in Lagoon chevron and Ruby rose.  Let me know if you're interested- start a Gathering, order a couple of items and get EXTRA Hostess credits!

And don't forget the current Seasonal Expressions!  Many of these items- like the Hopscotch and Heartstrings paperpacks and their Workshops- are time-sensitive, available only until the end of March.  Order soon, before they're gone!!

More to come soon, so stay tuned!

Happy New Year!!

I'm still here; just getting over the Holiday craziness.  The kiddies go back to school tomorrow and then it's back to the grindstone for me!

What's coming up?
- there's a blog hop coming out on the 15th so keep an eye out for that. 
-then there's the classes I have to prep for and a couple that have been requested,
--  Guys and Geeks- cards for guys and nerds!  (3-4hrs)
--  Layouts- make several layouts from 1 paperpack, using Complements too  (3-4hrs)
--  Layouts- make 2- 2 pg layouts (2-3hrs)
-- Picture My Life-  learn to use up all those cards by making a 'pocket' layout, by using the cards on a conventional 2 pg layout, by making a few greeting cards and a gift-able mini album.
-and there's a 12 hour fundraising crop here in Metcalfe, at St Catherine's school on the 31st (contact   the school Parent Council @ stcatscouncil@gmail.com for info pls).  I am a vendor here and will probably have a mini class.  A percentage of all orders received for the crop and ttil the day after the crop count towards the fundraising. 

Stay tuned for more!!