#CreateKindness

Create – to cause to come into being

Kind(ness)of a good or benevolent nature or disposition

I don’t know about you, but one of my goals with crafting is to bring joy to others.  This month’s CTMH Constant Campaign rolls right into that goal with the #CreateKindness cardmaking kit.  This kit comes with everything you need to make cute 3X3 cards to  #createkindess in your world.

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With 4 colored card bases, 8 different M-sized stamp sets, 1.75 inch precut circles (for stamping), a 2X2 acrylic block and a special sized Archival Black ink – you’ll be set to say hello to a friend, send some encouragement, or just let someone know you love them.

 

If you want to bump things up a bit – add some cardstock or a punched or die-cut flower –

The card on the right was colored with colored pencils.  The one on the left with ShinHan Touch alcohol markers & watercolors – since the set comes with Archival Black ink – you can play with adding color without worrying about blurred lines.

This next card was made with a few Thin Cuts, an embossing folder & an embossing/diecutting machine (I use a Cuttlebug).

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Here’s another quick & easy upgrade – use a 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 in card base, and some coordinating cardstock (I used Pansy) – for a Card-in-a Card – (his idea was from Gail Gross –greetingsfromgail.blogspot.com)

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Worried about those bits & pieces not staying organized – don’t worry – this kit comes with a small organizer that holds everything nicely!

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Since this is a Constant Campaign, the #CreateKindness card kit is only available through 30 September 2016 – or while supplies last.  The card kit is $46.95 (a 15% savings) or you can purchase this pieces individually at regular price.  I made sure I’ve purchased extra card bases because these are such cute & easy cards to make – I don’t want to run out!

If you’re looking for more great ideas for these cards and stamps – just Google #CreateKindness & see how other consultants and crafters are creating kindness.  I’ve seen amazing cards & scrapbook layouts.

How can you share some kindness?  A card for your neighbor?  A lunchbox note for your hubby or kids?  Post pictures of what you do with the #CreateKindness card kit – I’ll draw a winner from anyone who submits a picture here or on my FB page.

~Enjoy!

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National Stamping Month

Did you know September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? (Arggh)

And… September 24th is Punctuation Day;…

How about National Stamping Month? – it’s all September long!!  In honor of National Stamping Month, Close to My Heart has not just one, but THREE exclusive stamp sets.  So – whether you’re a Cardmaker, Traditional Scrapbooker or Pocket Scrapbooker – or some hybrid in between  – we’ve got a stamp set for you!  The Hello, Life! Stamp sets can be purchased individually, or combine all three for even more crafty options and savings!g

1509-cc-nsm-hello-life-02Cardmaker?  – this set is great for sending birthday wishes, thank yous, or just saying Hello!  The set includes both sentiments and images for sending love & well wishes.

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Scrapbooker? – show how happy life is with these fun titles and images on your layouts no matter what size scrapbooks you create.

Pocket Scrapbooker? – these stamps are just the right size for pockets & cute mini albums –1509-cc-nsm-hello-life-01 pair these with the Picture My Life card sets for even more options!

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Don’t feel pigeon-holed – you don’t have to choose!  Are you a PocketCardScrapper?  That’s great!  Although these sets were designed for a niche, they all cross over!  As a matter of fact, the card I made only used one little stamp from the Cardmaking set – the majority of the images came from the Pocket Scrapbooking set (and I’m not even a Pocket Scrapbooker (gasp!).  *this card was inspired by Jessica Kaiser.

And … to add even more versatility, all three of these sets coordinate with the Artistry Cricut Cartridge.  Cut out the shapes with your Cricut – use some 3D foam tape and add dimension to any of your artwork.

So remember, National Stamping Month ends September 30th (eww – that’s also fiscal year end for some) – so get yours before they’re gone.  Individual sets are $11.95 – Scrapbooking (CC1040), Cardmaking (CC1041),  Pocket Scrapbooking (CC1042) –  but you can get all three for just $34.95.  Jump on over to my site or give me a call (801-920-4681).

Watch social media for #CTMHHelloLife – for lots of fun ideas.

Enjoy! ~Gerri

CTMH June My Crush Special

What a great offer CTMH has for us this month!  Have you ever wanted to keep up with memory keeping in the midst of a vacation or outing?  The My Crush series is just the thing for you.  Each wire-bound book has 60 10” X 7” cardstock weight pages.  The pages are designed, so you can easily add your own journaling, stamping and pictures of your awesome summer.  Add the complementing assortment of journaling cards, 2” X 2” envelopes, alphabet stickers & My Stickease sheets to dress up your pages. These are the perfect size to bring along on your adventures this summer – journal as you go, add your ticket stubs in the envelopes, bring your summer to life.

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This month, when you purchase any My Crush book and it’s accompanying assortment from the Annual Inspirations 2014-2015, you can get the coordinating stamp set for FREE – a $9.95 value!  Choose one of the 5 fun books as the background for your favorite memories.

Some fun ways to use the My Crush albums – gifts for new graduates, Girl Scouts, keep a summer or travel journal.  You can also disassemble your book (that was hard for me – to take apart a perfectly good book!) and reuse the pages in your traditional scrapbook layouts.

This offer is only available during June (while supplies last) so get yours today.  I just got mine, I haven’t totally decided what’s going into it, I might journal 2015 and see how it works.  I’ll have to break out of my chronological mindset and jump from 2003 (yes I’m that far behind – or as I like to see it – reliving those fun infant years of my boys!) to current – I’ll let you know how it goes!  I’d love to see what you create!

Do something you love today!

Gerri

Finding Time

Do you have a list of things you’ll do when you ‘find time’? Does your list ever shrink or is it always getting longer? I’d bet those things on your list rarely if ever get done – why? Because how do you find time? Our days are packed full of things that need to be done. Once we finish the things that need to be done, we all want to spend time with our families. So, the things we plan to do when we find time just sit there because we have to ‘find time’.

Well forget it. It’s really not possible. There’s no way to find time. There are only 24 hours in a day (unless you’ve figured out a way to time travel – then by all means, PLEASE contact me immediately!).  We all have that same 24 hours – there’s no way to find more. Instead of finding time – we have to make things a priority. Yes, family and household responsibilities are at the top of the list. We all need to sleep & eat. But we also need to take time for a hobby or something that helps us unwind from the daily grind. There are ways to do this, get up earlier, go to bed later, play while the kids are napping… this is totally a personal choice.

When my kids were younger, I tried to pursue hobbies when they were napping on the weekend or after they went to bed (their 7 PM bedtime was very helpful for this).  As they got a little older, my hobbies mostly went on hold because I didn’t make them a priority. I did decide to put away my quilting supplies & focus on scrapbooking. That at least helped me focus on just one thing.  I would still get to scrapbook occasionally, but it was a struggle because I was unorganized. I’d try to work on a layout & wouldn’t have the pictures, couldn’t find the paper I wanted to use, or my tape runner ran out. It was really frustrating.

It was during one of these days (when my tape runner ran out) that I came up with a plan. Since I didn’t have any adhesive, I planned out a bunch of pages (pictures, papers, die cuts) and took pictures of each layout. I put all the elements in a paper keeper with a divider between each page. That way once I had another free afternoon (and refilled my tape runner), I could pull up the pictures on my computer and recreate the page – this time with adhesive, stickers & other embellishments.

This worked well for me. I had a plan and could work from it. This helped for those days when I only had a short amount of time. I didn’t have to use my brain to be creative – I had already done that when I had a larger block of time available. I could just put everything in place quickly & move on. Then on days when I was able to set aside more time, I could focus on the creative side – pull things together and plan a few more pages.

My planning & scrapbooking have evolved a bit over the last few years, but I think the key for me has been to have a plan. I’ll share my current plan in another post, but wanted to get started with how I came from being haphazard and unproductive to making a plan to create.

I hope that you are able to make yourself a priority. You are important, you need a moment away from the daily grind. Don’t wait until you find time to do something fun – plan for it. Even if it’s just once a month – plan it – schedule an appointment for yourself – and then make a plan so you can feel like that time was well spent – because YOU are worth it!

Enjoy!

Gerri