Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday Paper: Jackson Layouts

It's the end of May already!  At the beginning of May I challenged myself - and YOU - to create a layout a week in celebration of National Scrapbooking month.  How'd you do?  I made 7 layouts and a few cards!

When I started the challenge I had ideas of finishing up a scrapbook but my Jackson paper pack was laying out from a previous workshop so I decided to go to town with it.  Often I get busy making layouts, adding stamped images and other embellishments I forget about the coordinating complements.  Jackson Complements are cute!  There are many pieces and sentiments I really like.  My mission in creating layouts with my Jackson papers that I also use as much of the coordinating complements as possible!  In the end, I have a few left but I also have the Jackson Picture My Life cards and I can use up the rest of my complements with those. And... truth be told another Jackson paper pack is on my list to get because I like it that much!

Where do you get your inspiration for scrapbooking?  Pinterest, magazines, idea books...  Sometimes it's one element of the layout that gets me started, other times the sketch and in this case... the whole sha-bang!  I scraplifted this first layout from a layout I found on Pinterest.  This layout was designed by Dana Kessler, a fellow CTMH consultant.  She has a knack for creating beautiful pages.  The chevron on the outside of the pages grabbed my attention and it was the perfect layout to get me in the complement-embellishing mojo. 

This layout was created with Jackson papers, Jackson Complements and Brave Enamel Shapes. I went quick and easy with this layout.  There is are no stamped images and no cricut cuts.  Although, I'm sure the chevrons on the sides could easily be cut using the Artbooking cartridge!  I had different pieces cut from different projects and hand cut everything.

Jackon Paper, Jackson Complements, Brave Enamel Shapes

Clean, straight lines in my layouts really appeal to me.  They are definitely my go-to.  This next layout was created using Jackson papers and Jackson Complements.  I also added some embellishments from My Crush Wildwood Sticky Tabs and My Crush Wildwood Clips.

Jackson Papers, Jackson Complements, My Crush Wildwood Sticky Tabs and Clips

Each paper pack has 3-double-sided designed papers.  Depending on the papers that are pared together the layouts can take on a completely different look.  This layout was created using Jackson papers, Jackson Complements, CTMH Spray Pen (with Chocolate Ink and Create-A-Shade Paint), Boardwalk Washi Tape, Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape, Artisian Studs and Magic Mesh.  The sentiments on the bottom of the left pages are from the zip-strip on the Jackson papers.  I'm telling ya' every bit of this paper pack is fun!

Jackson Papers, Jackson Complements, Spray Pen, Boardwalk Washi Tape,
Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape, Artisian Studs

I wrapped up my Jackson layouts with this fun layout.  I was inspired by a layout that my upline Karina McQuistan created and scraplifted this idea.  This is the perfect layout to use up scrap papers!  This layout was created using Jackson papers, Jackson Complements and Brave Enamel shapes

That's a wrap for my Jackson layouts for now! Like I said I'm going to get another paper pack because I really enjoyed playing with the patterns in this paper.  With 3 boys and all the outdoor adventures we have I'm certain I'll be filling these layouts quickly with cute smiles and fun memories!

If you are ready to get your hands on this fun, adventurous Jackson line hop on over to my Online Site and get yours today!  The products in the layouts posted today are from Seasonal Expressions 2 that came out April 1st.  If you still need a copy in your hands let me know and I'll send one your way!  The ideas in the book are stunning and the supplies are yummy - you don't want to miss out!

Wait, just a minute! I said I completed 7 layouts didn't I?  Sure did!  All 7 layouts were CTMH papers too!!  The next 3 layouts I created this month were using Blossom papers.  I will feature the Blossom paper pack in June and share those layouts then.  

Here's a little teaser... A sneak peek at a Blossom layout that you can create at my June Layout Workshop!

If you haven't signed up for my June 9th Layout Workshop and would like to please RSVP by June 3rd to save your spot and give me time to make sure I have supplies ready for everyone!  The workshop will be at my home and will begin at 6pm.  If you can't make it but don't want to miss out let me know and I can create a kit for you with directions to assemble on your own!

Finally, the last drawing for the layout challenge this month will happen tomorrow morning!  You have the rest of the day to post a picture to my Facebook post with a layout you created this week for a chance to WIN!  Prizes so far have been: embellishment pack, sequins, Picture My Life cards, flip flaps... Week 5 will bring _____ !

See you back tomorrow announcing June's promotions!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Jackson Cards

Hello everyone! Today I'm here to share some cards I've been creating using Jackson paper pack and some of my favorite stamp sets with you.

Common theme in all the cards...
 *I'm lovin' the Jackson Paper Pack.
 *I'm lovin' CTMHs Thick Twine (it comes in 4 different colors). 
 *I love my embellishments! Sequins, staples, triangles - oh my!

The first card was a free make-n-take at my Seasonal Expressions II Preview Party!  I used Jackson paper pack and the Dizzy Circles stamp set.  This stamp set is a newly released stamp set from SEII.  Isn't it fun?! Flash back to childhood Spirographs!  For sure, my favorite flair stamp set from the new Seasonal Idea Book! I embellished this card with Oceanside Sequins and Glacier Thick Twine. The images are stamped in Juniper and Bard Red inks.

Jackson Paper Pack, Dizzy Circle Stamp Set

This next three cards were cards that were part of my card workshop.  This first one, was created using Jackson papers and Finding the Words stamp set. I embellished this card using Oceanside Sequins, Flaxen Thick Twine and used my Edge Distresser to add texture to the the edge of the glacier piece.  I used Glacier, Cocoa and Barn Red to stamp the sentiment.

Side note: If you're looking for a stamp set that has it all "Finding the Words" might just be that one for you.  It is loaded with 37 sentiments and images to create the perfect message!

Jackson Paper Pack, Finding the Words Stamp Set
Using Jackson papers and April's Stamp of the Month, Typed Note, I created a fun birthday card.  I embellished this card with Flaxen Thick Twine and Triangle Durables.  The typewriter was stamped in Cocoa and I used Flaxen for the sentiment.

Jackson Paper Pack, Typed Note Stamp Set

This next card was SO fun to make! I just went with it!  I was inspired by the layout on page __ of Seasonal Expressions II.  I love how they used that stamp set to create the stamped triangle images in the background and I had just the perfect stamp set to use. I used Jackson papers and Born To Roam to create this card.  I embellished this card with mini staples and Flaxen Thick Twine.  I grabbed a stack of inks and got inky with Cocoa, Desert Sand, Barn Red, Juniper and Glacier.

Jackson Paper Pack, Born to Roam Stamp Set

That's that on this Thursday morning - some Jackson artwork to get you inspired!

Make it a great day!
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Taste of Summer Layout

Who's ready for summer? I am! I am!!

The Taste of Summer paper pack, CTMH May promotional paper pack, is full of summery-colors to compliment all your sweet summer photos! I have used my Taste of Summer pack to create this layout that uses all these vibrant colors in one space! 

Close to My Heart Taste of Summer Paper Pack

I plan to use that white space created by the lime boarders to add some fun, summer pictures of my boys!

The stamp set that I used on this layout was new to me.  I received it in one of my April Grab Bags.  It is a retired stamp set and from last year's Jubilee Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go Kit. I was happy to get it and it paired perfectly.

Taste of Summer promotional paper pack is available until May 31st, while supplies last, for only $8.95.  The coordinating stamp set is $17.95 and can be used to compliment your scrapbook pages or create some cute cards!  

There is no qualifying purchase to get these good deals.  You can get yours today through my Online Site. There are just a few more days to grab this juicy paper.  Be sure to grab it quickly as it's available only as supplies last.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back tomorrow with more artwork to share, see you then!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Paper: Jackson Layouts

Jackson is such a fun paper pack to work with!! The patterns play well with each other and the colors put me in the mood to get outside!

The two layouts I'm sharing with you today are layouts from my Layout Workshop this last week.  This first layout is the alternate layout featured in the Jackson Workshop on the Go Kit.

Jackson Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go,
Inks: Cocoa, Juniper, Barn Red

This second layout is fun and has a lot of room for several pictures.  I didn't include photo mats but envision the center of the layout filled up with our family camping pictures!

This layout has several stamped images from three stamp sets.  "So Happy Here" comes from the Jackson WOTG stamp set.  The fun outdoor-sy images are from the Born to Roam stamp set; I think they complement Jackson well.  This hidden gem of a set can be found in the Idea Book by the Wildwood My Crush Album.   I also added a few tags from May's Stamp of the Month: Just Sayin'.

Side note:  What's in your stash?  Sometimes you might have just what you need right under your nose!  The background stamped triangles is an idea I pulled from Seasonal Expressions but because I didn't have that stamp set was able to use my larger but similar triangles from Born to Roam.

Jackson Paper Pack, Stamps: Jackson WOTG, Born to Roam, Just Sayin',
Inks: Cocoa, Barn Red, Flaxen & Juniper

Jackson is the paper pack I'm playing with the most this month!  If you'd like to get your hands on this cute paper or the awesome WOTG you can order yours on my Online Site today!

I hope you are taking time to enjoy National Scrapbooking Month!  If so, remember I have a challenge up each week to create a layout a week!  You can do it!! Post a picture of your artwork to my Facebook page for an opportunity to win each week!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday Paper: Creative Challenge Card

If you have been following CTMH's Facebook or Instagram or my Facebook page you know all about Jeanette's Creative Challenge each week.

As a reminder, Jeanette's Creative Challenges are posted each Monday morning and you have the week to post a photo of your own interpretation of the challenge to Facebook or Instagram using #jrlcreativechallenge for a chance to win a prize each week! For more information on these crafty challenges check out Jeanette's original announcement.

This week's Creative Challenge is to create some artwork using the Operation Smile, Happy Everything, stamp set!

Happy Everything Stamp Set

I used Jackson paper and Happy Everything accented with Triangle Studs to create this birthday card.  I love the color pallette of the Jackson papers! I ink distressed the edges with my favorite little daubers in Desert Sand and stamped the sentiment in Juniper.

Jackson Paper, Happy Everything Stamp Set, Triangle Studs,
Ink: Desert Sand, Juniper

Operation Smile has transformed lives of thousands of children across the world!  At Operation Smile they believe every child suffering from cleft lip or cleft palate deserves exceptional surgical care.  Operation Smile changes lives one smile at a time and this life-changing mission is made possible through donations.  

You can support the mission of Operation Smile by purchasing the Happy Everything stamp set pictured on the back of the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book. For each set sold, Close to My Heart makes a $3 donation to Operation Smile. You can also include a round-up donation each time you place an order.  You can find more information about Operation Smile and CTMH here.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are able to get crafty and play along once in awhile with Jeanette's Creative Challenges for a chance to win from CTMH!  I'm rootin' for you!! :)

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

National Scrapbooking Day!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!  A special day just for scrapbookers!!

I have TWO fun ways to celebrate scrapbooking with you today!

FREE Embellishments for YOU, my customers!
I have a treat for you, again this year, on this crafty holiday!  Any order that is placed today through my Online Shopping site at any amount will receive FREE embellishments from me!

What you need to do:
1) Visit my Online Shopping site (
2) Join my online "National Scrapbooking Month!" Party.
3) Shop for all the paper crafting supplies you'd like and check out.

I have a stash of embellishments just waiting to be delivered so once I see your order go through I'll pull some and put your name on them! Depending on how close we are to each other I'll deliver them to you in person or will mail them your way.

This sparkly, fun offer is good only TODAY, May 2, 2015!

Scrapbooking Challenge!

I challenge you all to create at least one layout per week this month.  Each Saturday morning I'll post a reminder on my Facebook page (Ellie Lundstrom: CTMH Independent Consultant).  When you complete your layout (one page, two-page spread, PML layout, cards, CTMH products or not -- the idea is to create!!) post a picture of it in the comments of that message, send me a picture text or email me to enter to WIN something each week!  Winners will be chosen from those that participate each week.  I will pick a winner each Sunday at noon Monday. - that'll get us all the way to the end of May!  Prizes, of course, will be some of your favorite CTMH products and will vary each week!

Well, whatcha think?  It is National Scrapbooking Month and if you participate each week that's 5 layouts!  We can do it!!

Ready, Set, GO!!! The first challenge starts NOW! I'll draw our first winner tomorrow at noon - let's see what you've got!

Happy Scrapbooking!

Friday, May 1, 2015

National Scrapbooking Month!

Happy National Scrapbooking Month!!

Last month, I celebrated One Year with Close to My Heart as an Independent Consultant!  This last year has been so much fun learning new things. crafting with the best of friends and  meeting new friends through workshops and parties!  Thank YOU ALL for the fun, the support and the paper play dates!  I am really having a great time with this gig of mine and am super excited to see what lies ahead!  I love scrapbooking the moments and memories of our family, I am enjoying stamping and making cards and I love the crafty-experimentation CTMH has brought to my favorite hobby.

And so begins my 2nd year with Close to My Heart...

National Scrapbooking Promotion:
Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month during the month of May with our exclusive mouthwatering Taste of Summer paper packet, available for only $8.95!  Featuring bold, vibrant colors, this exlusive paper packet is perfect to pair with your sweet summery memories, cards and more!

This paper packet is only available during May while supplies last, so get your order in early.  No matter where you are or what the weather may be, you deserve a little taste of summer in your life!

As a special bonus, during the month of May you can also purchase the exclusive Taste of Summer bonus D-size stamp set for $17.95.  Make sure to follow along with the CTMH blog, Make It from Your Heart, CTMH Instagram and Facebook page throughout the month using #ctmhtos to see this stamp set and paper pack in action!

Stamp of the Month: Just Sayin'
This D-size stamp set comes with 14 sentiments that will accent your scrapbooking pages and cards perfectly!  Simply place an order of $50 or more in Close to My Heart products to be able to purchase this stamp set for only $5 this month!

So what plans do you have for National Scrapbooking Month? I hope everyone has a chance to play with paper this month!! I'd love to have you join me on May 12th for my next Scrapbooking Layout Workshop!  The workshop will be held at my house and you will make 3 two-page layouts for just $15.  Let me know if you can make it or if you'd like purchase a kit by Tuesday, May 5th. 

Happy Crafting!