Monday, December 31, 2012


Happy New Year... almost!!!  
I can't believe it is almost 2013! Where does the year go!

It has been a busy one for the Stephens' family.  But with such great products available I wanted to give you an extra special bonus if you wanted to place an order.  ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY 8PM TONIGHT, DEC 31ST.  AND MUST BE EMAILED TO ME.  WE CAN COLLECT PAYMENT AT A DIFFERENT DATE..JUST SEND THE ORDER IN ASAP.

You can see the Idea Book online at although currently I've been trying to get on and it isn't working!!  Hopefully they fix that soon!!  I know a lot of you have a book already.  If not you can view it on the corporate site at 

Get shopping, save some money, and get ready for some great Scrappin'!!

All the best to each and everyone one of you for 2013!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Sale on CTMH products!

Christmas is my favourite time of year! I love everything about it. Mostly I love the giving and seeing smiles on people's faces.

So with giving in mind I am offering a sale!

Any order placed with me by Dec 21st receive 15% off!! Place an order over $70 and receive 20% off!

Note some rules apply. Orders must be emailed to me. They cannot be placed through other consultants or online.

Sale does not apply to Gift Certificates but if someone you are buying for has a wish list, I can help you with that!

All normal promotions such as the Stamp of the Month ARE still valid.

Get your order in right away so you don't miss out on this great sale!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Happy Scrappin'

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Card Workshop Cancelled

Unfortunately due to lack of interest I have had to cancel my Christmas Card workshop. Please watch for details in the New Year for a workshop for birthday cards or generic cards.

Hope you can find some scrappin' time during this busy season!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Check out this video from CTMH

Hi there
Here is another video from Close to my Heart showing you how our stamps work along with our dimensional elements to make great embellishments for your projects!  Click here to see the video!

Also remember to have your order in by Tuesday night if you want to participate in the Christmas Card workshop on Dec 1st.

Happy Scrappin'!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Card Workshop

Hi there! So many exciting things have been happening in the Stephens' home and life over the past few months. Connor has been busy with rep hockey- meaning all of us have been! Kaylee has started playing hockey as well. And Ben has even started preschool. Currently we are helping my grandparents move down from Winnipeg which is SO amazing! I've always wanted them closer. The down side of all this is not much is getting done!

For anyone who wants to participate in the Christmas Card workshop, I need to place the order for the kits by Monday November 19 in order for them to arrive by the Dec 1st date.

You can email me to order a kit. You can view it on my website here Please do not order online unless you live far away- in which case you will need to ensure you have all the supplies you need.

Sorry normally I would do that as a link but I'm doing this on my phone as I lay in bed with Ben who hasn't napped and Kaylee who is sick LOL. Blogger is restricted on the phone.

I will have the inks and anything else you will need that isn't included in the kit at the workshop on Dec 1st. You just need to bring adhesive and then come. The kits are $29.99 plus shipping and taxes.

I hope you can join us! Any questions let me know!
Happy Scrappin'

Monday, November 5, 2012

A different take on Christmas Cards

Hey there
Some creative Canadian consultants with CTMH have been busy making Christmas Cards WITHOUT Christmas paper!  They have used just ordinary CTMH paper, or cardstock to make their cards and there is a big blog hop you can follow to check out their creations!

If you haven't experienced a Blog Hop before, they are wonderful.  Basically it is all on a specific theme and you start at one blog and they are all linked together so you can go from one to the other and see lots of examples on how different people craft within that theme.

So let me direct you to my "Grandma's" Blog, Sheri.  You can find her post here.

Before you go, grab a tea or coffee and enjoy the hop!

Remember Dec 1st for my Christmas Card workshop.  More details to come very soon.  Sorry I've been busy with hockey tournaments!!

Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Video on masking

Hi there!
Ever look at your stamp and think I really only want part of that?  Maybe it's the image you like but you don't need the sentiment or vice versa?

Check out the newest video from CTMH showing you about masking.  That is the technique where you cover part of the stamp so you only get part of the image.

Go here to see the video!

Then don't forget to try it out for yourself!  As always feel free to send me pictures and I'll post them here on my blog!
Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Become part of my team...FOR FREE!


With our new Idea Book, you can now become a consultant for only $49!  This is a great option for people who have already been customers and now want to start making money doing what they love!  I belong to part of an awesome group of ladies who all work together to help make your business all YOU want it to be!  You will get discounts from 10-25%+ depending on your quarterly sales.  There are so many great reasons to join!

But that isn't free you say...well there is a promo this month that you can get one of the exclusive convention bags while they last just for signing up!
This bag is a $50 value!  I can't wait to get my hands one of these.  They were only given to those who went to convention.  They won't last long so you need to act on this NOW!

Not crazy about the bag?  There are tons of consultants on the website who would love to buy this from you!  The going rate is around $25-$30.  So you will get your kit for only $19 if you want to sell it!

Contact me today to ask any question you may have!  I'd love to have you join my team!  Whether you just want to make a hobby out of this or really focus on your business, CTMH is the place to do it!

ENTER NOW! It's now easier to win!

CONTEST- ENDING AUG 31ST- I'm now making it easier to enter! You can still go through my Giveaway tab. Here are other ways you can win:
1) LIKE this page- not the post- go to the top and LIKE the page. Once done, put a comment on this post to say you have done it. If you already like it, just leave the comment
2) go to my blog at and become a follower. Once done, come to this post and leave a comment or leave a comment on my blog.
3) sprea
d the word- through facebook, twitter or your blog. Once you do, leave me a comment on this post or on my blog and you will get another entry! This can be done each day for additional entries.
4) follow me on Twitter. @scrappinsimply. Post a tweet to me to let me know you have done it for another entry.

So- you can have 4 ballots right there and up to one additional each day! What will you get?

1) you will be entered to WIN $15 in Giggle Bucks for the Picks and Giggle show in Oshawa September 16th
2) once I have 100 facebook likes OR 50 blog followers, I will donate an additional $15 in Close to my Heart Gift Certificates so you can place an order through me. YOU DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND THE SHOW TO WIN THIS! And you don't have to be local. Anyone can win but it can only be used through me! So there is a possibility of $30 in gift certificates to be won if you spread the word about my Facebook page and blog.

Any questions let me know! Get those entries in! I want to give some stuff away! The new Idea Book is live so there is great new product to get!! Picks And Giggles

Friday, July 27, 2012

Scrappin' Simply Giveaway for Picks & Giggles Show!

Hi there!
I'm SO excited!  September 16th from 10-4 I will be at the Picks & Giggles show in Oshawa!  I'll be posting more info but be sure to go to their facebook page now for more details and post if you are coming! You can get to their page here.

I'm having a fun give away for the show!  There are many ways to win.  See the neat thing below from Rafflecopter for details.  The more you share this info, the more chances you can win!

There is 1 prize of $15 in Giggle Bucks for this contest.  That means you will have $15 to spend at the show!

What's better- for each 100 Facebook Likes and 50 Blog Followers I get, I will add in an additional $15 Gift Certificate for Close to my Heart!  This is only able to be redeemed through me.  So be sure to spread the word so there will be more chances to WIN!

This is my first contest so I am SO excited!  There will be more to come if this goes well!

This is also my first time using Rafflecopter so if you are doing this after it first posts, it make take me a day to iron out the kinks.  It was pretty user friendly but you never know once you get it all up and running!

So.... check it out and start to enter!  Note there are some things you can do daily to have more chances to win!!  The contest runs from July 28th- Aug 31st 2012.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, July 26, 2012

LOVING the new Make it From the Heart Volume 1

I'm so excited about many of the new products. I just opened our replacement to our How To Books. It's a soft cover magazine sort of publications. Just like our how to books, it has examples of layouts and step by step directions. And all sorts of tips and techniques. And totally reasonable at $7.95!

Here is a little glimpse of one of the pages. What a cute idea to incorporate brads into your journalling

You can order one for yourself as of Aug 1st. I'll be placing an order early so if anything in my blog catches your eye let me know!

Happy Scrappin'

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Oops- proper link for my website

Hi there
Just in case you happened to use the link in my newsletter to get to my CTMH website, just an FYI that the link isn't working as there was a period at the end.

You can get there by going to

Thanks all! I hope some of the tips and info was helpful. Be sure to let me know if there is anything you would like to see in future versions.

Happy Scrappin'!

Friday, July 20, 2012

See this video for Home Decor items with CTMH

I am SO excited about the new Home Decor items we have with Close to my Heart.  Although you can't get the new Idea Book until Aug 1st unless you are a consultant, CTMH just released a video on YouTube showing you a couple of the new items.  I love how you get everything you need with your kit including an instructional brochure!

Contact me if you would like to place an order or do a workshop for either item.  I will be running one for the Advent Calendar if there is enough interest so please send me an email or post a comment if you are interested.  I'd be willing to do another for the Scroll Album if you wanted one too!

You can view the video here.  

Enjoy!  Happy Scrappin'!

The cartridge is coming!

It's official! The newest Cricut Cartridge with Close to my Heart has been announced by Cricut! Go to the link below and click on the digital handbook if you want to check out all the different cuts you can make! It looks AMAZING!! Mine is on it's way to me and I can't wait! Remember you get not only the cartridge but 3 stamp sets and 3 pages of Chipboard elements which all coordinate with the cartridge. So great!

Go check it out! Ensure you pre-order with me NOW so you get yours! Last year at the release of our first one they were on backorder almost immediately because there was such a huge request for them!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Handy Cricut Tips- Mat Tips

Hi there!
I have a couple Cricut tips for you!  The first is one that was passed to me from CTMH consultants.  Not quite sure who in particular but I know my upline Krista mentioned it.

When you buy a new mat it is crazy sticky and can actually wreck your paper.  So use your arm and pat it all over the mat for a bit to ease the adhesive.  If like me you are allergic to adhesive use a long sleeved shirt LOL.  I had a rash on my arms for a week!

This is a no brainer, you buy a new mat, right?  WRONG!  I just was on Pinterest and then clicked on this great site!

Lots of great ideas!  Check out for some PINS on my Pinterest site for a neat Chore Chart which includes printables.  There is also a link to a printable chart to stick to your Cricut Machine on what to set your blade at for different papers.

Anyway- you can actually make your mat sticky again! What a great money saving idea!  Here is the post below.  Keep in mind you would still obviously need to replace your mat when it is getting too cut up.

Incidentally, you CAN turn your mat around.  Some people think you must always put the arrow first.  YOU DON'T!    Since most often do not use the entire 12x12 paper when cutting, the mat will tend to be used more in one corner.  So be sure to turn it around to get some use out of the other corner of your mat.

Check out the post below regarding how to make the mat sticky again and then pull out your machine and get Scrappin!

  • trakaszcie:
    To restick your Cricut Mat, first I use a baby wipe to clean off all the extra debris or tiny pieces of paper already stuck to the mat. Then you need to mask off the edges of the mat [where the rollers touch it inside the machine, this way it does not gum up]. I use masking tape or paper for that. Once taped off, use REPOSITIONABLE spray adhesive [make sure it is repositionable!!] You can get this at Jo-Ann’s/Michael’s/Hobby Lobby. It can be expensive, but use a 40% off coupon that is usually available weekly. Spray the repositionable adhesive in an even coat over the entire mat. Once dry [after a few minutes] peel off the edging, and you’re ready to go! BE CAREFUL THOUGH, it is usually really, really sticky the first time, so use caution when removing the first few items so you do not rip them! I’ve done this over the last year and I have only just bought a new mat about a month ago!
    Good luck!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What do you think?!

So I tried to be creative with my blog and made my own header.  What do you think?  Although I liked the scrapbook theme before I wanted to personalize it more and make it more simple.

Thoughts?  Better before?  Would love some feedback!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Perfect Pair!

Have you been to my website this month?  If not you want to check it out!  There is a promotion going on right now until JULY 31st where when you make a purchase on my site of $75 for more, you will get a paper package and embellishment for FREE!!

See the chart below which lists the dates and what you will get.  Any questions let me know!

You can get to my site by clicking here!
Get Scrappin'!

Order DatesPerfect PairOriginal Retail Value
July 1–5Mischief Paper Packet (X7144B) and Midnight Felt Shapes (Z1462)$15.90
July 6–10Dreamin’ Paper Packet (X7142B) and Harvest Charms (Z1633)$14.90
July 11–15Fanfare Paper Packet (X7138B) and Fanfare Level 2 Assortment (Z1400)$17.90
July 16–20Lucky Paper Packet (X7137B) and Lucky My Stickease® Assortment (X7137C)$17.90
July 21–25Mayberry Paper Packet (X7136B) and Mayberry My Stickease® Assortment (X7136C)$17.90
July 26–29Sophia Paper Packet (X7131B) and Sophia My Stickease® Assortment (X7131C)$17.90
July 30–31Believe Paper Packet (X7145B) and Holiday Pockets (Z1486) OR Wonderland Paper Packet (X7146B) and Wonderland My Stickease® Assortment (X7146C)$14.90

Come to Disney World June 2013

Just found out the next convention is in Disney World! I would love to go so am working to save. I would love for you to join my team and join me!

Right now is the best time to join! For only $49 you can become a consultant and receive discounts on all your favorite products! I know you have heard me say it before but I have worked with other direct sales companies and CTMH really is the best! The resources for consultants are amazing!

Also right now when you join you can get one of the exclusive bags from convention which I LOVE but sadly is only available to those who attend convention and who are new consultants. You can see a pic below.

Ask me today for more details on what it means to be a consultant. I'd love for you to join my team and with a new idea book starting Aug 1st now is the perfect time!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

New Cricut cartridge and much more!

I could post all day with all the convention news. Eventually my kids will be returned to me and I'll have to be a mom again though lol.

Here are some pics and updates from my team and other awesome consultants who are tweeting and posting on Facebook from convention

1) new Cricut cartridge! This will be a hot item! Consultants can start to see and order from new idea book now but customers it goes live Aug 1st. Preorder with me today! I know when the last one was released there was a back order as demand was HUGE!

2) 13 WOTG kits ( workshop on the go). These are the kits that have everything you need included for only $29.95 including instructional brochure! There will be a bunch with layouts, some with home decor items and some with card kits. The Halloween themed one which uses the new Cricut cartridge is pictured below.

3) new colours/ new palatte/ new markers! So there will only be 40 colours. We are not yet sure which are retiring. Some of the new colours are pictured below. Also we now have alcohol markers! Yes like copics! They will come in packs of 2 and each pack will have 2 coordinating colours! Can't wait as you already know about my copic addiction! Also there will be pigment inks which will be great for home decor projects. And all 40 colours will come in mini pads for doing projects! How fun!

Many more updates but those were the ones I had to send right away!

Great time to join! Changes to Studio J!

The first news I got was this... Consultant kits for only $49! Amazing! There are add ins as well to give you even more products and help your business grow as you want! And as always the resources for all consultants are AMAZING! I have done a few different direct sales companies and this is by far the best. If you have thought about it be sure to ask me for details!

Now... Changes to Studio J. If you haven't checked it out yet you really must! You can connect from my site and do online scrapbook layouts! Great for those who don't have a lot of time or maybe who are not able to easily manipulate paper. The quality is just crazy! I often have to touch the paper to ensure its not a traditional page. Now one thing that stopped me was the price. It was better to be abet but I didn't want to do a lot of layouts that way. Now... NO MoRE MEMBERSHIPS! Great price of less than $7 for your layout plus a free jpg of your layout with your order! If you have questions about getting started just let me know.

So... More updates to come!

Convention is here!

This is my favorite week with CTMH. Although I can't be in Texas, social media allows me to feel like I'm there! Which means I can pass along photos and updates to you right away as well! Gotta love Facebook and Twitter!

If you are not following my Facebook page ensure you do as I'm doing updates there as I hear info. I will update my blog at least once a day with them as well. Gotta love mobile blogger!

So... More posts coming with the news!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Artwork! Copic colouring and card making

Hey there
So I did some colouring this evening with my 2 older kiddies while we made cards. The post tonight is what I did. The stamp is one I got from One Crazy Stamper to colour with my copics. The first picture is the final result of the colouring. The second is my card.

The paper used is an older one I have but a fav. CTMH Lazy Days. I lost track of what copic colors I used which is odd since I only have 12 LOL. I used Menento Ink in Tuxedo Black to stamp the image as this is one that won't bleed when using copics.

I have some paper coming which is made for copics. I found the markers to bleed a bit. Not sure if it is me or the paper so I'll let you know how that goes.

I hope you have found some time for some relaxation with June winding down and the crazy schedules!

I'll post tomorrow with what Connor and Kaylee made.

Happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Here are my next items to play with!

So I got my order in from One Crazy Stamper. First off a call out to her! Lora is awesome! I am not a fan of online shopping. I usually find if you get good prices the customer services is horrible. And on Canadian sites ( which saves us the duty and such) the prices are usually high. But this company is in Canada (just in Bolton ON if you want to go to the physical store), has great prices and super customer service. For Copics there is a deal for buying a bakers dozen. And she has a stamp club. Don't get me wrong...still shop with me and CTMH lol. But if there is something I can't provide you I highly recommend her! Her site is

Anyway... Placed my order Sun night, it was shipped on Monday and arrived on Tues! Along with my new copics I also got a few stamps. Can't wait to get coloring. Again posting from my phone so the picture will be at the bottom but these are the cuties I got. I figured I can mask out the sentiments and use the characters for so many things.

My next challenge was... How do I get them on a block?! Any stamps I have bought were CTMH or ones like that where they are acrylic and just cling to a block. So I had to contact my CTMH "grandma" and ask for help. One of the many things I love about CTMH. There is such an awesome community of support! I'm going over there tomorrow so we can mount my new stamps. I'll post the instructions after we are done. So stay tuned for that. I still of course prefer the clear stamps like we sell but it seems it's not easy to find those for the cute images.

Here are the ones I got! Hope you can find some scrappin' time today!

Monday, June 18, 2012

I'm mobile!

Hi there! Wow 2 days in a row! Found a Blogger app for my iPhone so giving it a run. Hoping this works well so I can post more often!

Let's try a photo. What do you say? ...

Here's a pic (hopefully!) of my neighbor and one of Kaylee's best buds on the left , my daughter Kaylee in the middle. This was after their recital for dance. And our youngest Ben couldn't miss a photo op.

So... If this works you will hear from me a lot more! My hubby teases me about the fact my phone is never far from my hands unless the kids are playing games!

Btw... Did you read yesterday's post? If so... Shhh... Come closer I have to whisper... I bought some copics. I'll tell you all about it as I ordered last night and they were shipped today! Can't wait for tomorrow! I'll take a pic and post when my goodies arrive!

Until then... Happy scrappin'!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I'm here.... I promise! Now see what I did!

Hi All!
I'm sorry I disappeared for awhile there.  We have sadly had 2 members of our family who have been very ill and we have spent a lot of time with family and back and forth to Toronto along with all our normal chaos.  I'm hoping now that things are slowing down a little and with summer coming...which means TRAILER TIME... I will have some more time to post regularly.

On Sat I was at my CTMH grandmother's house for an all day crop (LOVE THOSE!) and had a super good time.  I've gotten most of an album done for an uncle who is one of those who has been very ill.  Don't worry... it's ok... he will never be on here to read this!  I'll post pictures of that when I'm done.

This was the other thing I was having fun with...
I used one of Sheri's stamps and coloured this little guy.  I just LOVE this!!  This was my rough copy. She suggested when using markers like this to do one first where you mark down what you used.  Then you keep that in a journal so that if you like a colour combination you can go back to it!  The skin tone was done with her copics.  The rest were with my BIC Mark Its which I bought a set as I read on sites they were a great cheap alternative to copics.  Can I tell you something?  I'm buying some copics.  They really do blend a lot better and the colour options are SO much better!  I had one red...hard to blend with one!  But I was still pleased with how it turned out.  And having that set already means I can slowly build my stash of copics but still have some options for colouring as I find this so nice and relaxing.  I also stamped a bunch of these and just did the skin tones (since I borrowed those) so I can colour them and use them on future cards and layouts.  A great thing to do at crops if you really like a stamp set or cartridge or something someone has!

Anyway...way past my bedtime but since I meant to post on Friday and that didn't happen I figured I would go on now quickly!  I would love to be able to do this on my iphone... anyone know of an app for that?!

I hope all the Daddy's in your life had a wonderful Father's Day today!  Al and I took our 2 older kids to see a 3D movie...they are really amazing aren't they?!  I love watching my daughter jump back from things on the screen LOL. We had a nice dinner here as well with my parents.  And are SO hoping that by next Father's Day (and hopefully sooner) maybe Al's parents will be closer!  We sure do miss them around here.

Have a great night all!  Remember to find some time for your scrappin'.  I always love to see pictures of what you are working on!
Happy Scrappin'!
PS...did you get my newsletter this month?.... do you remember our great stamp sale ends soon... be sure to contact me over the next couple of days for your order...I'll post more details this week in case you missed it!

Friday, May 4, 2012


I AM SOOOOO EXCITED!!!.  Finally- tomorrow is May 5th!  It's time for the All Day Scrapbooking Event at the Oshawa Curling Club!  We have a great group of ladies registered and I know we will all have a blast!  Even if you have not registered, feel free to stop in and see what it is all about!  I will also be taking orders during the day, as will our Scentsy representative who will be there.  Both of us will be giving a portion of our sales back to the club to help fund their great programs!  I hope you will come check out the fun!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

So excited by what I received in the mail today...

TADA!!  I got this beauty in the mail today!  I've been promoted! So excited to have Leigh Ann join my downline!  I know she will love being a consultant with CTMH!  After all, how can you not with all the great products, resources and what a great group of people we get to work with and throw ideas off of!  AND Leigh Ann has already hit her first accomplishment with Straight to the Top!  So bonus stuff for her! WAHOO!  Way to go girl!

Just wanted to share my proud moment!  Hope you are all finding time to do some great scrappin!  Can't wait until this weekend for my All Day crop!  Doing prep this week for that great day!  I know I'll be seeing some of you there and CAN'T WAIT!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Don't you want $388 in products for $99?!?

You are almost out of time!  Have you been thinking about this great deal with CTMH which ends March 31st?  Let me spell out the details for you in case you have been thinking about it:
So... our kit includes over $288 worth of stuff for only $99!!  A dream for any scrapbooker or card maker!  Then for only $40 each you can choose add ons if you like of different collections worth $93 retail!

AND to make it even sweeter... if you sign up before March 31st you will get the Art Philosophy cartridge for FREE!!  Already have it... no problem... you will get $99 in product instead!!  MAN I WANT TO SHOP!

Now...what does being a consultant mean?  I'll tell you:
1) You need your sales to be $300 every quarter in order to maintain your full Consultant status and receive MIN of 22% discount and commission.
2) Having a busy few months at work?  If you can't make that sales quota, you will drop down to Junior Consultant.  You will get 10% discount instead and need to sell $100 in a quarter to remain there.  BUT.. suddenly your sales pick up... well they AUTOMATICALLY bump you back up once you hit that $300 level in the quarter!  Isn't that great!  With CTMH they understand we all have busy lives and things get in the way!

I have done a few different direct sales companies over the years and by far I can say I have enjoyed CTMH the most!  Whether you want to make this a full time business, make some extra money, or just as a hobby, CTMH has a place for you!!  The resources online are AMAZING!  There are online courses both on creative subjects and business so you can learn more... and they are always being updated.  The bulletin boards and group of people are fantastic!  Plus, join my team and you will also have access to our Facebook group which is only for consultants in our team!

If you live in Durham Region you can also join our live meetings!  If you don't, no worries...I can still work with you over the Internet!

I would love to work with you!  Go to my website at today, click on "Opportunities" then "Be a Consultant" and click on Lets get Started!  Fill out the form and you are done!

No matter if you live near or far, join today for a great opportunity!  But remember, you need to sign up before MARCH 31st in order to get the bonus $99 in product or the Cricut cartridge!

Be sure to contact me if you have any questions!  That's what I'm here for!  I'd love to start working with you today!
Until next time... Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Time is running out to get tickets for extra prizes...

Have you registered yet for the All Day Scrapbooking Fundraiser on May 5th?  Be sure to do so before March 31st.  I have lots of great prizes to give away and you will be getting bonus tickets if you register before then!

Be sure to invite a friend or place an order and you will get MORE tickets! 

For details, click on the button in the menu on the right.
Can't wait to get Scrappin'!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Website will be down for some exciting changes

Hi there!
I just wanted to give you a heads up that I just heard my website will be down tonight.  Here are the details...
systems will be offline Thursday, March 15 from 12:01 am to 9:00 am (MDT)

Why....because there are some exciting things happening for consultants!  We are all getting FREE websites and there will now be automatic newsletters to go out to our customers!  Even more reasons that it is SO awesome to be a consultant with CTMH.  If you have been thinking about becoming one, be sure to contact me before the end of the month as the amazing promo going right now where you will get an Art Philosophy Cartridge for Cricut or $99 in ADDITIONAL free product ends March 31st!  And remember, no matter where you live, you can sign up under me! I would love to work with you to help you make your business what you want it to be!  I've been a consultant since 2008 and never have regretted it for a second!  I know you won't either!

If you are not already on my email list, be sure to contact me so I can add you so you don't miss any of the exciting newsletters which will be going out!

Looking forward to being able to share even more Scrappin' fun with you!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The NEW Scrappin' Simply Club

Have you seen the new tab at the top of my blog?  That's right- there is a new Club in Town.  The Scrappin' Simply Club!  Click on the tab for more details! I hope you'll join me so we can get Scrappin'!  Be sure to tell your friends and family about it as well and enjoy a great time out together. 

Contact me now to reserve you place!

You can find inspiration everywhere!

Hi there!

I just wanted to share with you some pictures and a post from Amy's blog who I follow.  Today's post shows how you really can find ideas and inspiration everywhere! 

For her layout, she used the inspiration from this photo create this layout...

On this picture you can see how she did a hidden pocket for her journalling.  So cute!

When looking for things to inspire you, it could be a colour combination.  It could be how it is layed out (like the pockets in the photo).  If you're not sure where to go once the inspiration hits, the CTMH How To books which you can check out and buy online on my site here are amazing for getting you started.  For someone like me who doesn't have a lot time, these are my lifesaver!  I just flip through for a layout I like the look of, then go to that page.  It tells you what sizes to cut your paper and how to lay it out!  I am HORRIBLE at printing my pictures so when I do, they often are all 4x6.  Although the book shows pictures in the layouts of different sizes, if I don't have one of the right size, I just work with what I have.  Maybe I'll put 2 pictures on the page. Or maybe I'll use a picture and  journalling square.  But those decisions are all the fussing I need to do!  LOVE THEM!!  And if you want to try them out before you buy, be sure to come to the All Day Fundraising crop I'm hosting on May 5th at the Oshawa Curling Club.  I will have all my books there for you to browse and use that day along with the rest of my tools.  Go to my calendar for more details here and check out the event on May 5th. 

Be sure to check out Amy's blog here. And if you don't already follow her, you should! I promise you will get lots of great ideas from her!

Happy Scrappin'!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

New look and tags

Hi there!
Welcome to my blog... same as before but since I recently ordered some new business cards...

...I thought I needed a new look to go with them.  It wasn't easy but I like the colour choices with this one. I hope you enjoy the new look.

My friend, Jacque, has been working on some tags and sent me a picture so I thought I would show you her work in progress.  These are going to be attached to suckers and given to some adults her mom wants to thank.  The Thank you Stamp was from the February Stamp of the Month.  The tag shape she made with her Creative Memories punch but can easily be made with the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.  You could also use the cartridge to cut out your shapes to stamp on.  The font used was her Cindy Lou cartridge for her Cricut.  That little metal guy is one of our new Durable Round Studs.  These also are available in square.  You will notice she used her VersaMat... my best friend and yours!  If you don't have one this is a MUST have item for any scrapbooker and stamper!

Been wanting to try a cricut or maybe have one and it's still intimidating you?  Be sure to come out to the all day crop on May 5th and I'll be running a free demo for you.  My cricut and cartridges will also be there and available for you to use all day as well.  For more details, click on the Calendar tab at the top of the blog and go to to May 5th.  Or contact me for more info.

Be sure to send me pictures of things you are working on so I can post them as well!  I'll include a picture of Jacque's finished product once it is complete.
Until next time... happy scrappin'!

Thursday, March 1, 2012


I'M SO EXCITEDDDDDD!!!  I follow many blogs and one of my favourite is Lawn Fawn.  Their stuff is so darn cute and their team is so creative! 

Well they had some draws on their blog and I WON!!!!  I'll be getting one of their new very cute paper packs!

You can see my name in print and check out all their great stuff here

Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Looking for CTMH TV

Hi there
Yesterday I mentioned I have a new website. I'll be pointing out some of the great things you can find there over the next few posts.

The one I want to highlight today is CTMH TV.  You will see that as one of the menu options when you go to my site at (or click on the shop now button on the right hand side of the blog). 

When you go there you will see lots of different videos you can watch.  Some are about products, others about techniques.  I guarantee you cannot watch them without learning something and getting great ideas!  I just watched one about the new Spring buttons we have.  To go to that video directly, click here.

Once you watch some videos you won't be able to stop yourself from crafting! I'm very sad that after I finish this I need to get back to work!  If you make something, be sure to send me a picture of your creation! I'd love to post it on my blog!

Have fun and happy scrappin'!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Shop Online with Me!

I now have a website! If you would like to view the recent Idea Book, do some shopping, or get some great deals, check out my website!

To access the site, click here.  My address is

Be sure to go to "Shop" and "While supplies last " regularly as the great deals will change as product availability changes.

Happy Shoppin'!

Come Scrapbook ALL DAY!

Join me Saturday May 5th from 9am-9pm at the Oshawa Curling Club for a GREAT day of Scrappin'!

Your registration fee of $50 will include coffee and tea all day, snacks and dinner. Plus we will have some raffle draws for prizes. It's a great chance to get some layouts done and enjoy a day out with some other crafty people. All my inks, stamp sets, Cricut and cartridges will be available for use. There will also be a Cricut demo if there is enough interest.

RSVP by contacting me at Be sure to let family and friends know about the event as well.

This is a fundraiser for the Oshawa Curling Club so all proceeds will be going to the club and their programs.  So come out and support the club!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

GREAT deal for new consultants!

Have you been considering joining to become a consultant with Close to my Heart? If so, March is the month you want to join!  New Consultants who sign up in March will receive a Cricut® Art Philosophy collection FREE! Already have the cartridge?  Maybe you do not have a cricut (GASP).  No worries, you can choose to receive $100 in select product credit instead.

The consultant kits in the new Idea Book are just amazing as well!  If you would like to find out more about this, let me know and I'll tell you why I enjoy being a consultant with this great company!  Those who know me know I've done a few Direct Sales and I am VERY pleased with CTMH.

Contact me today! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Making Paper with Stamps

If you have done a workshop with me at any point, one of the things I talk a lot about is doing more for less.  Vicki has a great example on her blog of some amazing things you can do with 3 colour of paper and 1 stamp set!  Check out her blog here to see the products she used and details on the amazing card she has created.  There are so many ways you could do the same- use black, white and red for Valentines Day, use black, red and the favourite colour of someone who you are making a card for.  The combinations are endless, all with very minimal supplies for those are you just starting out and are not yet paper collectors like I am!

Here is Vicki's card:

I love how the "flags" at the bottom look like ribbon.  She has done a really great job- as always!

Be sure to let me know how you use this technique in your own cards or layouts!  And if you do not already follow Vicki's blog, ensure you start!
Happy Scrappin'!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Faux Stitching

Hi there!
I know it's been awhile!  While this is my hobby, I also run a bookkeeping business and this is (unfortunately for me and my crafting time) my busy time of year!  Which means less times for posts!  I hope you have been able to find lots of time to relax and craft!

If you are like me, you love the look of stitching on a card or layout but frankly, don't want to take the time to do it!  Visit Teresa's blog here to learn a new technique on how to do a faux stitching with some tools and white core cardstock like Close to my Heart sells.

You can also do the same by using a pen or marker to connect the dots.  The must have tool though is the CTMH ruler- it makes this SO much easier!

The new Spring/Summer Idea Book is here!  It will be released to customers February 1st.  If you would like a copy, be sure to contact me to let me know!  I LOVE all the new paper!  I can't wait to share it with you!

If you have the chance to try this technique, I'd love to see pictures!  Tomorrow I will be at Krista's all day crop with a couple friends and CAN'T WAIT for some girl and Scrappin' time!!  I hope you have a great weekend!
Happy Scrappin'!