HAPPY TIMES: celebrating kid birthdays (+ win FREE product)

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This is a scrapbook layout idea for documenting anyone’s birthday — child, grownup, male, female.  And actually it could work for any photo subject that includes CAKE! 

This layout features papers from the Happy Times paper pack (that you can earn for FREE with a $60 order this month)!

It also features the stamp set of the month called Celebrate with Cake (that you can earn for $5 with that same $60 order)!!

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Brief Supplies Info

  • Stamps – Celebrate with Cake
  • Ink – Fern, New England Ivy, Juniper, and Black; Watercolor Paints
  • Paper – Fern Cardstock (base pages), Happy Times background & texture papers AND some strips for Juniper CS and a little White Daisy CS for stamping
  • Accessories – White/Gold Ribbon, Gold Shimmer Trim (z1985), self-adhesive Gold Sequins (z2012), and AquaDots (z1853)
  • Tools – Scallop Border Punch (z1851), Small Round Waterbrush (z3224)

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Happy Times – spread the HAPPY around

Happy Times Graphic

There’s just one week left of this very special promotion from Close to my Heart in honor of National Scrapbooking Month.

  • The paper pack that you can get for FREE is gorgeous!!!  You can see thumbnails of the double sided Background & Texture papers above and you’ll get two sheets of each pattern.  The collection includes two different B&Ts with an ombre or dip dye look AND two different B&Ts with gold foil effect.  So fun and so luxe!
  • And to go with it PERFECTLY, you can buy the Happy Times stamp set for $17.95.  The stamp set icnludes a few styles & sizes of flowers and several sentiments that work for cards, gifts, and scrapbook pages.  AND the flowers in the stamp sets match the flowers in some of the patterned papers exactly!

And it gets even better!!!

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RELAX and craft on… with Calypso

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The Calypso collection of papers and embellishments just makes me so happy!

This layout features most, if not all, of the fun patterns of Background and Texture paper in the Calypso collection.   This is the 2nd layout from the Margot’s Mix Crop for Calypso and it’s all about lazy but fun days of summer!

Make it from Your Heart Book CoverINSPIRATION — The design of this layout comes from the same Jeanette Lynton idea book (Make it from your Heart, Volume 1) that inspired yesterday’s flamingo layout.  I used the Black B&T with little white triangles sketched all over for my “base” pages and then I used strips of the other patterned papers and some of the zip strips around all of my photos.


Calypso - PML CardsTECHNIQUE TIP — The rainbow striped paper all the way to the right of the layout is reserved for journaling.  This isn’t from one of the B&T papers in the collection but it’s from the sheet of “cut apart” graphic cards.  They’re designed for use in pocket scrapbooking systems but they also make great accents for any paper crafting project.  Each sheet as three 4″x6″ cards and six 3″x4″ cards and you get two double sided sheets in each paper pack.  The other great feature about CTMH pocket cards is that you get both orientations (portrait/tall and landscape/wide) of each design so it’s easier to fit into the pockets of the pocket scrapbook page protectors and more flexible when you’re using them on other projects.  And of course they match to everything else in the Calypso collection because Close to my Heart is so awesome that way!


FUN FACT — Used your basic, ol’, run-of-the-mill toothpicks to be the “flag poles” for my little accents on this page made from zip strips and washi tape strips.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Here are a couple extra close-up pictures of this layout.  

Check back tomorrow to see the 3rd Mix Crop Layout I made.

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Bling on the Flamingos

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Calypso is such a fun colorful new collection in the Close to my Heart Seasonal Expressions #2 Catalog 

This collection is being featured at my Mix Crop scrapbook workshop this week AND for the first sample layout I wanted to focus on the adorable flamingos on one of the Patterned Papers, one of the coordinating Washi Tapes, AND in one of the coordinating stamp sets called Tickled Pink + the matching Tickled Pink Thin Cut Dies so I kept my layouts color palette really simple — White Daisy, Pixie Pink, and Black.  In the other crop layouts I’ll post later this week you’ll be able to see many more of the great patterned papers in Calypso.

INSPIRATION – I tapped into the Make it from Your Heart Volume #1 Idea Book from Close to my Heart for the composition of this layout.  Jeanette Lynton’s page designs are so terrific for adapting to any paper collection and photo subject!  Here’s a quick link to see all of the “How To” pattern books from Close to my Heart.  They offer a lot of patterns for scrapbook pages and cards BUT they also often include layout variations and stamping technique info too!

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TECHNIQUE TIP – The Complements assortment for Calypso includes 2 sheets of adhesive die cut elements.  This makes scrapbooking faster, simpler but if you want to elevate an adhesive die cut element to create some dimension on your layout, use some 3D foam tape on the back and before removing the adhesive film on the side of the foam tape you’ll adhere to the your project, dust the sticky back side of the die cut element with a little baby powder.  Remove the film from the 3D foam tape and adhere your element to your project.  Voila!

0516 - Calypso 1bFUN FACT –  When I was working on this I felt like the layout was a little ho hum but I wasn’t sure what to do to make it better.  One of the best things about being a Close to my Heart consultant as part of a great group like the Rose Blossoms is that we’re always sharing creative ideas with each other.  We have a facebook group and I posted a picture of the layout I had done so far in a post on that group.  Within moments a few of my fellow consultants suggested adding a custom page title in bold black using the font from the Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  And then Debra on my team (who has a gift for embellishing her projects “just so”)  gave me the great tips to add bitty sparkles to the flamingos’ eyes AND little black bows around the necks of a few of them.  Now I LOVE this layout and I’m so excited to have it in our family’s photo albums!

E1031 - DATED is the stamp set used here

E1031 – DATED is the stamp set used here


Registration for this Mix Crop is closed but you can still make the layouts that I’m showing this week.  Here’s how:

  1. You can go to my online store to place an order for the supplies used in May-July 2016.  A list for this sample layout is shown below.
  2. You can get a few friends together and I can bring the mix crop to you this spring or early summer.  We’ll combine the supplies needed into an order in your name and then you’ll get hostess benefits from Close to my Heart too!  Contact Me so we can pick a date for you and your friends and get started!
  3. Or you can email me to order the “kit to go” for yourself.  If you order your kit “to go” it will include the Calypso Workshop Your Way collection and my layout notes printed in color which will include pictures of my layout samples.  For a small extra charge I can do the die cutting and stamping of most page elements for you.  Contact Me if you want to go with this option.

 Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

Please check back later this week to see more fun colorful layouts using Calypso!!!

SUPPLIES LIST for the above sample layout

  • G1109 – Workshops You Way Calypso Scrapbooking Kit
  • C1651 – Tickled Pink Stamp Set
  • Z3228 – Tickled Pink Thin Cuts
  • E1031 – Dated Stamp Set
  • 9035 – Make it from your Heart – Volume 1
  • Ink Pads in Whisper, Pixie, Hollyhock and Black
  • Shin Han Markers in Y49 Pastel Green and YR26 Pastel Peach
  • X5773 or X5940 – Pixie Pink Cardstock
  • X5929 or X5933 – Whisper Cardstock
  • 1386 or X5933 – Black Cardstock
  • Z1263 – Bitty Sparkles
  • Z3171 – Cricut Art Philosophy
  • Z3169 – Cricut Artbooking
  • Z3022 – 3-L EZ Dots Adhesive
  • Z1151 – 3D Foam Tape
  • Z1471 – Clear 14″ Ruler
  • Z697 – Sponge

A-MAY-zing News from CTMH… all in one place (here)

I have so much exciting news to share with you!!!  Let’s get started right away…

Seasonal Expressions 2 - Catalog CoverWe have a new Seasonal Expressions Catalog

There are 3 new Workshop Your Way collections (Florence, Magical, and Calypso.   My favorite is Calypso and this month I’m hosting a scrapbook workshop featuring this pack with it’s fun colors, flamingos, pineapples, sequins, washi tape and more.

Each collection has a set of coordinating embellishments and stamp sets. I love all 3 color assortments of self-adhesive sequins and super excited about the Rose Gold Foil Tape.  Some of the new stamp sets have coordinating thin-cut die sets too!

One of my favorite new products is the Watercolor Picture My Life cards with clear or gold foil designs.  So fun!!!

And of course there are great new stamp sets too!  Sunshine on a Cloudy Day is a sweet must-have set for just $9.95 for when you want to make cards & gifts to support and encourage the people you care about.  One of the sentiments that jumps out at me is “life is tough, but so are you.”  I can think of so many people to whom I want to say that!  There’s also a great graduation stamp set!

You’ll also find super fun Cut Above Card Kits and in this catalog you can see the Stamp of the Month sets featured in May through August.

Click here to see the catalog online right now.

Celebrate with Cake SOTM set imagesCake, anyone?

So May isn’t just about flowers.  Between Weddings, Anniversaries and Graduations, it’s also about cake!!!  And May’s Stamp Set of the Month is called Celebrate with Cake and it will let you build a calorie-free confection as tall as you’d like and there are lots of ways to decorate your cake with banners, flowers, candles and more.  There are 17 stamp images in this yummy set!

1605-sotm-02As always:  The Stamp of the Month set is only available this month (May 2016), You can purchase it here for $17.95 or with a $50 order, you can get it for just $5!

I can give you a sneak peek of a scrapbook page created in the CTMH Home Office.   But if you want to see more…. The Rose Blossoms had a blog hop featuring this stamp of the month set and you can click right here to browse the hop and the amazing, inspiring art they created!


1605-cc-all-the-albumsConstant Campaign – #Allthe Albums

Now through the end of May (or while supplies last) you can buy Close to my Heart photo albums for 25% off and that represents a savings of $8.50 per album!  There’s a variety of the cover designs and they’re available in a post-bound or 3 ring style.  They’re gorgeous and of exceptional quality!

And don’t forget album accessories.  CTMH offers a great assortment of super quality page protectors, and spine label holders to help you identify your album subject from the outside of the album along the sign.  To see the whole collection of album accessories, click here.

To save money this month on our albums, click right here.

FINALLY — Happy Times are here

1605-cc-happy-times-artworkIt’s National Scrapbooking Month so Close to my Heart is offering a special paper Pack and coordinating exclusive stamp set.

The paper pack includes 14 sheets of double sided background & texture paper (2 sheets each of 7 designs) with floral designs, gold foil details and more.  They are so luxe!!!  And with a qualifying $60 purchase, you can add this paper collection to your order this month for FREE!  Or if you just want to buy the paper pack on it’s own it’s $14.95.  Close to my Heart has also designed a coordinating D-size stamp sets to go with that paper packet that you can purchase for $17.95.  Click here to see the paper pack and cute stamp set for yourself.

If you shop online placing a qualifying order through my online store, I will sweeten the deal by providing you with a full workshop guide to make a set of 4 scrapbook layouts or a workshop guide to make 24 cards (12 designs, 2 of each)!  You choose which workshop guide you’d like to have.

And the best news is that you can double dip on all the specials!  You can purchase album(s) at the discounted price, some fun new items from the new Seasonal Expressions catalog, the Happy Times set and when your order totals $60 or more, you’ll get the Happy Times Paper Pack for FREE and you’ll be eligible to buy the Celebrate with Cake set for just $5.  Happy Times are here indeed!

just a little fine print…

  • discounted items from the “Clearance” or “While Supplies Last” section of the online store do not count towards a qualified order
  • tax is not charged on FREE items
  • but S&H is based on the full retail price of any discounted items.