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November Stamp of the Month Cards Are Here!

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November Stamp of the Month Cards!

CTMH Nov 18 SOTM Card KitI am loving November’s SOTM (stamp of the month) “Seasonal Trees”! Here are the three cards I created for the November SOTM Kit.

 

Get this D-size Stamp of the Month for $24.75 OR purchase a minimum of $50 in CTMH product from my shopping site (or me if you attend one of my events) any time during the month of November, and add this stamp set to your order for $6.00!

November SOTM – S1811               Seasonal Trees

Only Available November 1 – 30, 2018

CTMH SOTM Seasonal Trees S1811
Set of 23 stamps. Recommended My Acrylix® blocks: 1″ × 1″ (Y1000), 2″ × 2″ (Y1003), 1″ × 6½” (Y1005), 2″ × 3½” (Y1009)

You will receive your FREE kit to create these three cards with the rest of the items in your order.

*Every month, I create a one-page layout OR 3 cards/envelopes to compliment the images in the SOTM. With every purchase of a Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month, you will receive one of these FREE kits, which will include everything you need to create the projects.*

Until next time

Valerie

 

Paste-fully Creative – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

“Paste-fully Creative”

Each month we share with you a different technique, featuring Close To My Heart products. This month 18 of us are showcasing “Paste-fully Creative” projects.

This blog hop is one big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. Just keep clicking the link in each post to go to the next page. The page just before me is Catherine Nowak so if you are coming from there, you are on the right track! From here you’ll visit Katy Taylor’s page. In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.

This month we’re all talking about how to incorporate our new pastes and coordinating products to texturize your artwork. I’ve chosen to feature the Opaque Matte texture paste in my Christmas card. Before you take a look, bear in mind that I am a newbie (with a capital N) to the texture paste scene!

Christmas Card

Before beginning to use the texture paste, I mixed 8 drops from our Gold Shimmer Brush into the water in one of our misting pens. After applying the texture paste to the stencil, but before removing the stencil from the card stock, I lightly sprayed over all of the stars. It’s really hard to get it to show up in the picture, but it’s quite lovely!

I discovered a few things:

  1. The card stock will warp a bit after applying the texture paste (even without spraying). Leaving it taped to the work surface until it dries, helps a bit. Once it was completely dry I adhered it to an extra piece of cardstock, using LOTS of adhesive.
  2. If you are using a stencil that has large open spaces, it’s better to use a longer palette knife. You can see on many of the stars that I did not get it even all the way across.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Before heading to the next page, I’d love to hear from you! You can leave a comment at the bottom of this post. After that, keep following the links in each post and check out what we have to share with you. I hope you enjoy your time with us, see some cool projects and get some terrific tips and ideas!

Now…go see what  Katy Taylor has to share with you and happy crafting!

Close To My Heart products used for this project:
  • Opaque Matte Texture Paste (Z4245)
  • Palette Knives (Z4247)
  • Gold Shimmer Brush (Z3316)
  • Gold Glitter Paper (Z3238)
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254)
  • Sapphire Card Stock (X6021)
  • Linen Card Stock (X6009)
  • Wonder of the Season stamp set (B1632)
  • Sapphire Exclusive Inks stamp pad (Z2848)

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS:

  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Haley Dyer
  3. Michelle Johns
  4. Michelle Loncar
  5. Wanda Rogers
  6. Darlys Recker
  7. Kimberly Bower
  8. Catherine Nowak
  9. Valerie Kapsha
  10. Katy Taylor
  11. Shirley Ross
  12. Maz Wood
  13. Tamara Sandwisch
  14. Vandra Stenton
  15. Jayma Malme
Until next time
Valerie
at Sure Scraps a Lot

 

Sew What?! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

“Sew What?!”

Each month we share with you a different technique, featuring Close To My Heart products. This month 13 of us are showcasing “Sewing”.

This blog hop is one big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. Just keep clicking the link in each post to go to the next page. The page just before me is Annemarie Julian so if you are coming from there, you are on the right track! From here you’ll visit Vandra Stenton‘s page. In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.

This month we’re all talking about how to make use of sewing, stitching or faux-stitching in your paper crafting. I’ve chosen to make cards which feature two of the new CTMH Thin Cut collections: Thin Cuts-Shaker Window & Confetti and Decorative Borders. Here is the first project, which uses the large, stitched & scalloped border Thin Cut out of the Decorative Borders collection. I have a shaky hand when it comes to drawing stitching, and often I smudge it while I’m working! Using these faux-stitching Thin Cuts solves both of those problems.

CTMH Hello Pumpkin Sew What

 

I haven’t had a chance yet to work with the Hello Pumpkin collection, so I couldn’t resist using these fun little smiling pumpkins. They were cut out from a half sheet of B & T Duos paper, using the pumpkin-shaped Thin Cut from the Hello Pumpkin Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts. After cutting them out, I stacked them on a hill made from a different sheet of B & T Duos paper in the collection. The sentiment “Let the Witching hour begin.” is cut from one of the Picture My Life cards included in the collection, with just a hint of Nectarine polka dots peeking out from behind. To complete the card, I used a Lagoon-coloured banner from the Hello Pumpkin Complements and one of the stars from the Hello Pumpkin Shapes.

In my second card I made use of the new Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts. The versatility of this collection really shines through here! As you can see, there are no shaker windows in this card, however, the large size of the outside, stitched circle Thin Cut can be useful for adding layers and dimension to any project. And so speedy. I cut both of the stitched circles at the same time!

For inspiration here, I reached for two of CTMH’s “How To” books. In the Make It From Your Heart Vol. 4 I chose Pattern 17 as the base for my design. I knew that I wanted to use the little pumpkin you see at the front of the card (cut from a PML card) which is in one of our new colours, Nectarine. Next I went to our brand new “Love of Colour” to choose which colours to combine. As you can see the Nectarine, Fern & Sapphire are definitely a winning combination! I finished off my card with a few pieces from the Hello Pumpkin Complements.

CTMH Hello Pumpkin Sew What?!
 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Before heading to the next page, please consider saying hello or leaving me a comment to let me know what you think of the technique or the cards. I always love hearing from you. After that, keep following the links in each post and check out what we have to share with you. I hope you enjoy your time with us, see some cool projects and get some terrific tips and ideas!

Now…go see what Vandra Stenton has to share with you, and happy crafting!

Close To My Heart products used for this project:
  • Love of Colour #9045 Pg. 13
  • Make It From Your Heart Vol. 4 #9044Pg. 15
  • Hello Pumpkin paper #X7236B Pg. 37
  • Hello Pumpkin Complements #X7236C Pg. 37
  • Hello Pumpkin Shapes #Z4222 Pg. 37
  • Hello Pumpkin – Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts #Z4239 Pg. 40
  • Decorative Borders Thin Cuts #Z4241 Pg. 125
  • Shaker Window & Confetti Thin Cuts #Z4309 Pg. 135
  • Sapphire cardstock #X6021 Pg. 131
  • Fern cardstock #X6003 Pg. 131
  • White Daisy cardstock #X6027 Pg. 131
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack #X254 Pg.133

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Haley Dyer
  3. Debi McBain
  4. Wendy Kessler
  5. Michelle Johns
  6. Michelle Loncar
  7. Marciava Warrell
  8. Darlys Recker
  9. Kimberly Bower
  10. Catherine Nowak
  11. Annemarie Julian
  12. Valerie Kapsha  *You are here*
  13. Vandra Stenton

Purposeful Plastic – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

“Purposeful Plastic”

Each month we share with you a different technique, featuring Close To My Heart products. This month 11 of us are showcasing “Purposeful Plastic”.

This blog hop is one big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. Just keep clicking the link in each post to go to the next page. The page just before me is Marciava Warrell so if you are coming from there, you are on the right track! From here you’ll visit Kimberly Bower‘s page. In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.

This month we’re all talking about how to make use of plastic in your paper crafting. I’ve chosen to feature three “flip flaps” in my one-page layout about birds and ducks in our neighbourhood. Flip flaps come in many different sizes and are perfect for adding photos to your layouts without having to create another layout. To use them you just slide photos or other artwork into the pocket and use the adhesive strip to attach. Here’s a close up look:

 

And here is the project that I completed to show you flip flaps in action. I always like to include some sort of cue that lets you know to look for something different. This time I used gold gems as my cue for the flip flaps. See if you can spot them!

If you found all three of the 3 x 3″ flip flaps down the centre of the layout, you’re absolutely right! I have had the honour of discovering many, many birds and ducks in our neighbourhood and I wanted to be able to use as many different types as possible. This layout design allowed me to do that. Look more closely at how I made use of the flip flaps:


I wanted to be able to tell a story about a few of these birds, so I picked three interesting ones and adhered them down the centre of the layout directly onto the layout/photo mat. I attached the flip flap right to the back of the photo matting, so it was completely hidden. Then I wrote the story above each picture so it would be hidden from sight unless you purposefully went looking.


I saw a card created using these three colours and knew that I had to try using them together too. I think they work so well together!


If you did not want to do any hidden journaling, you could use those spaces for even more photos.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Before heading to the next page, please consider leaving me a comment to let me know what you think of the technique or the layout. I always love hearing from you. After that, keep following the links in each post and check out what we have to share with you. I hope you enjoy your time with us, see some cool projects and get some terrific tips and ideas!

Now…go see what  Kimberly Bower has to share with you and happy crafting!

Close To My Heart products used for this project:
  • Stamp Set: Fresh Air Scrapbooking (D1783)
  • Exclusive Inks: Archival Black (Z3271)
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Willow, Raspberry and Black
  • Paper pack: Fresh Air (X7232B), Documented (X7234B)
  • Embellishments: Gold Glitter Gems (Z3312), Gold Arrows (Z3379), White Twine (Z3216), Fresh Air Shapes (Z4185), Fresh Air Complements (X7232C)
  • 3 x 3″ Flip Flaps (Z3234)
  • Tools: Paper Trimmer (Z3396), Photo Trimmer (Z4211), Tombow liquid glue, 3-D Foam Dots (Z3342), Adhesive Runner (Z3326)

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS:

  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Michelle Loncar
  3. Debi McBain
  4. Catherine Farnsworth Nowak
  5. Haley Dyer
  6. Darlys Recker
  7. Michelle Johns
  8. Marciava Warrell
  9. Valerie Kapsha *you are here*
  10. Kimberly Bower
  11. Vandra Stenton
Until next time
Valerie
at Sure Scraps a Lot

CTMH Special: Here’s To You!

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Close To My Heart Special: Here’s To You!

July 15 – August 31, 2018

CTMH 0818 Here's To You

The Here’s to You special features a workshop kit inspired by life’s special occasions! To celebrate these moments, the Here’s to You workshop kits features four exclusive stamp sets designed for making elegant cards and layouts. The products in this workshop include four stamp sets and other items to create one 12″ × 12″ page and seven cards that can be used for weddings and many other occasions!

 

I had a chance to complete this kit. Here is how mine came out. Notice that I changed up the layout. I left out the stamped sentiment and then used the layout for a picture taken a few years ago of my husband, while we were bird watching. It works perfectly!

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask: [email protected]

To order: Here’s To You Workshop

Until next time

Valerie

The Here’s to You workshop kit (CC7190) and the Here’s to You workshop kit without embossing folder (CC7191) are only available while supplies last. The Wishing You Joy (B1596), To You (B1597), Flourishing Friendship (B1599), and Sending Sunshine (B1600) stamp sets will be available for purchase during the entire special.
Normal shipping and handling rates will apply and will be based on the full retail value of all special items.
Tax is assessed on the actual amount the customer pays for special items.

Souper Saturday is Just Around the Corner!!

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March Souper Saturday

I know this is a bit last minute, but if you’ve been wanting to get caught up on some of your unfinished projects, or you need some inspiration to get started on some new ones – take a look at the workshop coming up on Saturday! $25.00 for the day gets you lunch, access to all of my tools and supplies, and a space for you to work. For more details, check out the event on my March calendar here:  https://surescrapsalot.com/event/souper-saturday-full-day-workshop/

 

Step Right Up It’s Showtime!

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Step Right Up!

February – March 2018 Product Special

Step Right Up and take advantage of an exclusive, limited-time offer that is sure to delight crafters of all ages! Introducing the limited-time My Acrylix® “Showtime” stamp set, featuring fun, playful, circus-themed icons and sentiments that will be the perfect fit for birthday celebrations, theme park visits, or any fun-filled adventure.

 

The Details

Below is the “Step Right Up” stamp set Showtime – D1789 $23.00

This Showtime stamp set is available on its own or as part of the Step Right Up bundle that pairs the stamp with 12 paper sheets—including 10 cardstock sheets in 5 colours and gold foil paper — gold pearls, and red shimmer trim. Best of all, this bundle is available at a sensational discount! Order your bundle today before this deal leaves town on March 31, 2018!

CTMH D1789 Step Right Up

Here’s the “Step Right Up” bundle CC2184 $51.50 $37.95 (regular shipping rates apply)

And … what you get in the bundle:

1 – My Acrylix® Showtime stamp set
2 – White Daisy cardstock sheets
2 – Black cardstock sheets
2 – Cranberry cardstock sheets
2 – Saffron cardstock sheets
2 – gold foil paper sheets
1 – gold pearls
1 – red shimmer trim

To order your bundle, head over to my online shopping site: surescrapsalot.closetomyheart.ca where you can have your bundle shipped right to your door! Or you can email me at [email protected]. I will be putting in another order at some point before the end of the month.

As always these items are available while supplies last.

Until next time

Valerie

New Events Calendar is Finally Here!

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Yes, you read correctly – the new, and vastly improved “Upcoming Events” page is up and running, and officially open for business.

Now, when you click on the “Upcoming Events” in the menu, you will be taken to a calendar page. There you will see a calendar of the current month, and all of the activities that I have planned (so far) are there! All you have to do is click on an event in the calendar, and you will be rushed to the scene for all the details. The calendar provides for three months, and I’m working to get March and April filled up with a bunch of cool stuff for you all to do! I will also be including significant times when I will be away, so you’ll know that I’m out of reach.

Here is a link to the “Upcoming Events” calendar, so you can CHECK. IT. OUT.  Upcoming Events

In the not-so-distant future, I will be integrating a payment system so that you can pay right on the event page. Easy peasy! Right?

Not too hard to tell how excited I am about this. No more scrolling through endless lines of text, looking for what you want.  It was exactly the same for me every time I wanted to change or add something. But that is all behind us now!

Until next time

Valerie

 

GIFT GIVING HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER!!

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Let me help you take the stress out of shopping for that paper crafting someone on your Christmas list!

Below you’ll find some gift guides custom made with paper crafters in mind. Take a look and I know you’ll find just the right thing, NO MATTER YOUR BUDGET. Questions? You can always leave a comment here, email to [email protected] or call 403-998-0526. To receive your items before Christmas, orders must be placed with me NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 13, 2017 AT 8:00 PM. Gift wrapping is included with all purchases.

CTMH Gifts Under $10

CTMH Gifts from $10 to $25

 

CTMH Gifts for Card Makers CTMH Gifts for Scrapbookers CTMH Gifts for Stampers