Add the Perfect Little Touches with the March Stamp of the Month

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This month’s stamp of the month is just perfect for those who scrapbook. Check out all the fun details you can add in whatever colour you need!

Can you picture what you can make with this set? Can you see where it will just step up your layouts and make them even better than they already are? Or maybe you’re inspired for a whole layout from one of these images. That’s what happened to me. When I sat down to create with this set, I saw that journaling box and knew immediately what I had to create.

I used a variety of products on this page, pulling the colours from the photo, but also from the Love of Colour book, which helped me choose the Linen for my base page and the Kraft. I was inspired by the title in the journaling box: “These are the moments I want to remember.” Then I stamped the date using the number stamps as well as a couple asterisks. In fact I pretty much copied the layout on the page in Love of Colour for the colour Sapphire. 🙂 I love it when so much of the thinking is done for me!

Here’s what I used:

Here’s a look at what the CTMH Art Department created.

So pop on over to my website and get your own set of stamps. Remember that you can get this stamp set (as $24.75 value) for just $6 when you order $50 of other products for that perfect layout.

Happy Creating!

February is here!

It’s already February 1 and I haven’t posted a thing since November! Life just got really in the way. If you follow me on Facebook you know that some HUGE things have changed for our family. In November we got word that our son in Haiti was now officially part of our family and we should get ready to travel to Haiti to get him and bring him home. We stepped it up into high gear, getting the boys’ room ready, buying toddler “stuff” and our church even had a shower for us! We had more delays due to the Canada Post strikes and some issues in Haiti, but we finally flew out January 2 to spend about 5 days at the orphanage in Haiti and bring our new son home for good.

We have now been spending the time adjusting to having a 2-almost-3-year-old in the house again. (Our other kids are 13 and 11!) Jonathan also needs lots of love and attention and snuggles and play time and more, and so he and our family have been my priority lately.

On top of that, the host for my website switched servers and my website was negatively affected. I couldn’t upload anything! That meant I couldn’t update one thing, so I apologize if you popped in and saw images and specials for November and December. Well, everything is fixed and I’m back!

I wanted to start by sharing the February stamp of the month with you.

February Stamp of the Month

Now, I haven’t had time to create with this set, but I think it would make some beautiful cards or even a piece of home decor. You could stamp that main image, colour it in, and frame it to give to someone who really does make your heart happy.

Here’s a layout the CTMH home office Art Department created with this set.

Layout created with the February Stamp of the Month.
This layout uses the new Feels Like Home paper and Complements.

If you want to get your hands on your own set, just pop over to my shopping site by clicking here. Remember, you can get this set for just $6 (plus shipping and tax) when you place a $50 order.

Happy Creating!

What a Whirlwind!

Our family is in the middle of a whirlwind right now!  We got word recently that our little boy will be ready to come to his new home soon and we have been scurrying around to get our house and things ready for him.    

And I now get to share this super fun information:

We are happy to introduce Jonathan Robert Ritskes.  This photo was taken a few weeks ago when my husband Chris was able to visit him very briefly while on a mission trip to Haiti with Speroway.  We hope that this little guy will be home with us before Christmas!  We would so appreciate your prayers for Jonathan’s visa to be processed quickly so Chris and I can go down and get him.

Now, on to other things.  Obviously my focus has been elsewhere lately as we prepare to have Jonathan join our family.  I apologize for not getting on my blog lately to update you on what’s happening with Close To My Heart!  This will be a long post, but I hope you’ll read through and just click the links if you would like more info about anything you see here.

When you join the CTMH family this month, you’ll not only get all the business materials you need to start your new business, but you’ll get your entire kit fee back in CTMH cash!  That means you can purchase $95 in product at no additional cost.  If you would like to get in on this opportunity, you can click on over to my website to learn more.  Or, email me at and we can set up a time to chat more about this exciting opportunity.
Host a gathering and for November only once your party sales reach level 3 you will get to jump to the next level of rewards!  It doesn’t have to be an actual gathering where you clean your house, invite all your friends and prep some yummy snacks.  You can even just gather some orders from your crafty friends or do an event on Facebook.  Contact me if you would like to try to Jump for Joy!


And we’ve got lots more going on.  Check out these 4 promotions:

The top two photos are our special Canadian promotions!  We’re celebrating 15 years with CTMH and you can purchase product bundles with stamp sets and paper and embellishments to create cards and layouts.  Check them out here and here

The bottom two photos show our Days of December kit, which allows you to create a December Daily album, and our beautiful Christmas card kit.  Take note that the silver glitter paper in the photo will now be replaced with silver foil paper (which I think will look even better!)  Check out the Days of December kit here and the Christmas blessings kit here.

And we have a beautiful stamp of the month.  Here is what the set looks like:

And here is what the CTMH Art Department created:

I have also seen numerous beautiful cards and layouts created by other consultants with this set.  There is a ton of potential with this stamp set.   Remember that when you place an order of at least $50, you can get this set for just $6.

If you loved the Hello Pumpkin paper suite, but maybe not the Halloween aspect of it, we’ve got just the thing for you.  A special workshop where you can create 3 two-page layouts that aren’t Halloween at all.  Take a look:

Click here to get all the details for this kit.

One last kit to tell you about.  The Important Things album bundle:

Learn all about it right here.

Phew!  If you made it to the bottom of this post, thank you for hanging in there.  

Questions?  Just let me know!  Happy Crafting!


Cross Canada Hop: Boutique!

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It’s our first Cross Canada Hop with our brand new Holiday Expressions catalogue and I’m so excited to be able to share things I’ve been sitting on for a month or more.  🙂  If you arrived here from Arlene’s Creative Space, you are in the right place.  If you’re starting here, just keep clicking the links at the bottom of each person’s post until you get back to my blog.

Our first focus pack is Boutique and it. is. Gorgeous!  Such a pretty, versatile paper suite.  Here’s a look at what’s included in the Workshop Your Way kit:

Kit contents:
1 – Boutique Paper Packet (X7235B)
1 – Boutique Complements (X7235C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Peach, 1 Peacock, 2 White Daisy)
1 – Boutique Puffy Stickers (Z4234)
1 – Mink Twine (Z4221)
photo placeholders
printed instructions

With this new catalogue, we are introducing a new version of our Workshop Your Way program, the Deluxe kit.  The kit contents are the same, but we’re stepping up the artwork with three different layouts using some additional products.

This particular kit uses our brand new texture paste.  I’m so excited about this new product and I’m having a blast playing with it.

I have been so busy getting the kids ready for school and preparing for my Launch Party that happened last Wednesday that I didn’t have time to get photos on these layouts.  I think I’m going to use photos of my kids, probably in black and white.

Now, on to the layouts!

This layout uses the new Sugarplum Shimmer Brush.  Look at that shimmer!

Here we see the fun texture paste.  I’ve used the Matte Opaque paste through a stencil and I just love how it adds so much to the layout!

This last layout uses the same texture paste, but it’s been mixed with some of the Shimmer Brush solution on my All-Purpose Mat before I spread it on a piece of White Daisy cardstock.  In the close up you can see a more subtle shimmer than on the first layout.  It’s just so pretty!

Now, you can head on over to Lucy’s Creative Expressions to see what lovely things she’s created for you to enjoy.

As always, if you would love to get your hands on the Boutique paper suite, just contact your consultant.  If you don’t have a consultant, just drop me an email.  I’ll be happy to help.

Happy Creating!