Sunday, 20 July 2014

Because I'm Happy....

Do you have a bucket list?  Whether it is written down or not, we all have things we want to do before we "kick the bucket".  One of the fabulous consultants for CTMH, Tressa Black (Fabulously Artsy) wanted to do a flash mob.  So... she made her dream happen by enlisting the entire consultant team of CTMH to dance a choreographed routine to "Happy" from Despicable Me 2.  She put a tremendous amount of work into this, video taping herself doing the steps for us to practice for months ahead of time, grouped the participants, and had us ready to go on the day.

Oh my what fun this was - I was a participant in this surprise flash mob for the founder and CEO of Close to My Heart, Jeanette Lynton and the VP's, Monica, Brian and Kristine.  I actually am on the video at 1:24 - briefly but I'm dancin'.

Of course we will have to scrapbook the highlights of this and what better way than to create some fun little dudes called "minions".  Many thanks to Crafting with Christina and her great you tube video for the directions for the cards.

 Ha ha ha - they just make me giggle - and sing "Happy" and watch vidoes of minions dancing to "Happy".

I don't have little ones at home any more, but I sure know who theses little dudes are.  A co-workers grand-daughter has trouble saying Despicable Me 2 so she says "Pickle Me 2".

I can use these as cards - I lined the inside with the yellow and can use for a get well, feel better or birthday cards.

I'm sure you're all now singing "Happy" and your feet are tapping.



Saturday, 12 July 2014

Masculine Birthday Cards

July is a crazy busy time in my family.  I think everyone I am related to or know has a birthday or anniversary in July.  So first up in July are my two brothers - both born on July 4th - 5 years apart (my poor mother) - who also share an April wedding anniversary - 5 years apart.  I posted earlier the anniversary cards that I sent to them.

Masculine cards are difficult for me and I'm always searching for ideas. These two cards are not my original ideas but I loved them, and thank other artists for sharing their creativity.

Isn't this cute!!  This features the Catch You Later stamp set from CTMH which co-ordinates with Cricut cuts found on Artiste cartridge.  I used Autumn Terracotta and Indian Corn Blue inks and paper and popped up the sentiment with foam tape.

Voila - one birthday card done.

This card is a modified side step card to resemble a tool box.  I had some of the aluminum type paper in my stash and it worked great for the drawer pulls.

The stamp set is You're the Best from CTMH - The peg board I hole punched using the CTMH stitch guide.  Cardstock is cranberry and bamboo from CTMH.

The drawers are popped up with foam tape to give them some depth and the happy birthday sentiment is tucked in one of the drawers.

Voila - second birthday card done.

Stay tuned - more July birthdays coming up!!!



Saturday, 5 July 2014


This is a question consultants ask of themselves often.  Why?  Why did I start to scrapbook?  Why did I become a consultant?  Why did I go to Convention?  The answers are often the same if you ask any of us, but the answer may also change over the years.

What's my why?

Memory Keeping - I love creating beautiful scrapbook layouts for myself, family and friends to preserve their memories.  CTMH has wonderful products to work with and 4 exclusive Cricut cartridges.

I'm working on our family vacation album for 2014 - Mexico-  to celebrate the marriage of my niece Amy to Brent.  It was a wonderful week with family & friends -  tons of fun in the sun - much needed in January!

 I love to create hand made cards.
 Discount - You know me - I love a discount and as a consultant I do receive a discount on my supplies.  I also am able to enjoy special consultant only deals.  Hostesses are always special and are treated with rewards and special gifts just for them.  I love watching my hostesses shop and fill their wish list with FREE products.

Choose your kit - whether you're a card maker or a scrapbooker the choice is yours.  Consultant kits are full of everything you'll need to get started on your journey.  Value packed with products and business supplies.

Trips - Yep, CTMH offers incentive trips for its' consultants - from Hawaii, to Costa Rica to cruises - all are available to everyone at every level to earn.  One of the wonderful trips I attend annually is to Convention - I've been to Washington, D.C., Dallas, TX, California (twice) all with discounted hotel rates and park tickets.

 My roomies & I sharing the Canuck love!!!
We have become lifelong friends and look forward to meeting up each year at Convention.

 My fellow Canucks and CTMH VP's in Dallax, TX, 2012

Fabulous Disneyland 2014 with my roomies for 2014.

People - Absolutely - I love the fellow consultants I have met over the years and treasure the time I get to spend with them.  My customers are my friends and it is very special to share something you love with others.

 Wow!!  One of the highlights of convention was being able to meet and chat with some of the CTMH gurus of crafting.  Pamela O'Connor, Lisa Stenz and Brenda Rose.

These ladies are such talented artists who shared their creativity with us this year.
The beautiful and talented Alyson Mayo.  Always amazed at what she creates.

So that's some of my why - but what always remains a constant why is the people I have met along this journey, from the hobby crafter to the guru of CTMH to the VP's of CTMH - all share the passion of scrapbooking and paper crafting.  We are a unique bunch and you are always welcome at CTMH.


About Me

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I am a wife, proud mom of 2, mother-in-law, Close to My Heart Consultant, and amateur photographer. I love paper crafting whether it is scrapbooking, cards, or 3-D items, and enjoy enabling - uh I mean teaching, others.