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Hi, Connie Nichol here today with a layout featuring some bright sunny colours and a couple of easy techniques featuring reinkers, gesso and cling wrap. Supplies Used:  CTMH stamps, ink, reinkers, heart dies, cardstock and patterned paper, Ranger Industries gesso, stencil and glossy paper. I started by tinting some white gesso from Ranger with a few drops of Lemon reinker from Close to My Heart and smooshing it through a Dina Wakley large block stencil onto a piece of cardstock.  I just wanted to take the edge off of the white, but if you wanted a more intense colour, just add more reinker to customize the gesso colour to whatever you want.   While that was drying, I made some marbleized looking paper by spraying some ink onto a piece of crumpled cling wrap and pressing onto a piece of glossy paper.  I let that dry too, then cut out…

Hello!  Today I am sharing a single page layout I created using the new Sugar Rush Paper Packet from Close to My Heart!  The main theme of Sugar Rush is donuts and ice cream, so it is full of super sweet patterned papers.    Yummy! I added the title and embellishments to my layout using the Sugar Rush Complements, and Sugar Rush Dots. I also used a black journal pen to draw lines around the perimeter of the photo mats and on anything I wanted to have my eye drawn to on the page. If you don’t have a copy of the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations catalog or the new Seasonal Expressions (mini catalog), be sure to contact your local CTMH Independent Consultant.  Or if you don’t have a Consultant and you live in Canada, let me know and I will get one to you!  I would love to…

Hi, Connie Nichol here today with a bright and cheerful scrapbook page featuring Close to my Heart products. My kids and I travelled to Germany last summer with friends and had the best time.   And took a lot of pictures.  Ha!  You’ll be seeing a of them as I slowly get them scrapbooked. This layout started with the Happy thin cuts die from CTMH. I coloured the die cut with Chameleon alcohol ink markers and then added three coats of Ranger clear embossing powder to make the words glossy and dimensional.  You can see how to do this step by step in the Creative Scrapbooker Technique Taster’s Web Show #105 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NnLYeAYb6A&t=6s It’s easy to do and looks very cool. I used patterned paper from the Close To My Heart Adventure Fundamentals line – so bright and colourful – and coordinating die cuts from the Good Life Fundamentals packet.   …

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with  a layout inspired by the monochromatic days of a northern Alberta winter.  I used black and white because that’s pretty much the only colours I see right now when I look outside.  Sigh.  But soon the days will get longer and it won’t be long before the snow melts and the grass turns green again.  Yes, I am an eternal optimist. I made myself a triangle template out of a scrap of paper and used it to cut the patterned paper and photos into large triangles which form the basis of the layout. The paper is the Uptown Fundamentals line from  Close to My Heart.  This paper (and other matching products) are a gorgeous and versatile black, white and gold colour and is available from the Annual Inspirations Catalogue from CTMH.  I used the Framework Alphabet Acrylic Stamps to stamp the title and the paper…

Hello!  Today I am sharing a mini album I created by repurposing the Happy, Happy Christmas My Crush pages from Close to My Heart! The Happy, Happy Christmas My Crush pages come in a package of 30 double-sided, loose printed pages, and 3-ring hole punched, measuring 8 3/8” x 6 7/8”.  They are designed to be used in the Everyday Life albums so you can whip up a quick album, but I wanted to change it up a bit…. check out my 6”x6” mini album. I added embellishments to my mini album from the City Sidewalks Complements, and a few Clear Sparkles here and there, and added colour to some of the Clear Sparkles using green and red ShinHan Touch Twin markers. What a fun way to create something completely unique! Well, that is it for me for today.  If you don’t have a copy of the new Close To…

WINNER – This weeks lucky winner is Nichol Enslen! Congrats!!!! YAHOOOOO! It’s Wednesday!  and we love giving stuff away every single Wednesday! Today we are giving away a FABULOSA prize from Close To My Heart sponsored by Jennifer Smith! Prize package includes: 1 – Cricut® City Sidewalks Digital Collection Dress up your artwork in holiday style with the festive images from this mini digital Cricut® collection. We’ve designed this collection to work with our City Sidewalks paper packet (X7213B), so you can complete Christmas projects in less time. The fun and playful images are sure to have you singing your way through all your Christmas crafting! 1 – Joy to You & Me Stamp Set C1656 – Cricut Compatible 1 – Pretty Poinsettia Stamp Set B1540 – Cricut Compatible My Acrylix® stamp sets are premium-quality decorative stamps that offer crisp, precise stamping at a fraction of the cost of rubber.…

Today I am sharing some items I made using the new Jeepers Creepers paper packet from Close To My Heart! I happened to have recently purchased a pencil that came in a little test tube style container from Staples, an office supply store.  Part of the proceeds from these pencils go towards “Me To We” (formerly known as Free The Children), which was a program my son got involved in a couple of years ago through the middle school he was attending at the time. Anyways, back to a closer look at my little project… Cute, right?  The test tube could be filled with little candies, too.  And don’t you just love the little bats?  I cut them out using Black Glitter Paper and the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge, both from Close To My Heart.  For the test tube holder, I found instructions to make it here at Splitcoaststampers:  http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/testtubeholder/ The…

Today we are glad to welcome guest blogger Vicki Wizniuk from British Columbia, Canada to share some Close to my Heart goodness! I am so excited to share with all of you some fabulous quick cards I created using just some of new products just released this month from Close To My Heart! I got to play with their new Thin Cuts dies, as well as papers from their new Rustic Home Fundamentals. And I can’t forget to mention that they have a new Color of the Year, this year it is Sea Glass! All of these items truly make my heart happy. ♥ Here’s a better look at the cards individually… I seriously love those cards.  But I can’t let you go that quickly… I have one more beauty of a project using basically the same supplies, but I added a few additional items.  I made this lovely…

WINNER UPDATE – Congratulations to Nadine Elder – this weeks lucky winner! YAHOOOOO! It’s Wednesday!  and we love giving stuff away every single Wednesday! Today we are giving away a FABULOSA prize from Close To My Heart sponsored by Jennifer Smith! With Workshops Your Way™, you create three beautiful scrapbooking layouts with no stamping, a fourth layout featuring Picture My Life™ cards, and the option to create an additional cardmaking project featuring stamping and other techniques—all with one workshop kit! I will include a color copy of the directions or you can find them on my website at createbyjennifer.ctmh.com to download them FREE! Workshops Your Way™ Magical Scrapbooking Kit Contents: 1 – Magical Paper Packet (X7209B) 1 – Magical Complements (X7209C) 4 – Cardstock Sheets (3 White Daisy, 1 Sapphire) 1 – White Twine (Z3216) 1 – Magical Sequins (Z3214) YOU NEED THIS prize package for all your card making and…

Hi there, Connie Nichol here with a scrapbook page featuring the CTMH Stuck on You stamps and matching thin cuts metal dies. The Stuck on You sets are available in the CTMH seasonal catalogue, but only until April 30, so grab them now before they are gone forever.  The stamps are so darn cute and the matching dies make it so easy to create a whole forest of cacti.  Use them to make a lovely card, or embellish a scrapbook layout.  The cacti are perfect for accenting any photos from a desert location, and I was lucky enough to travel to Phoenix for a few days last year.  I might have taken a few (i.e. hundreds) of photographs at the Desert Botanical Garden when I was there.  I was so happy to see this roadrunner.  Such a neat looking bird.  Unfortunately for me, the roadrunner song from Bugs Bunny and Wile E…