Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October with Close To My Heart!

Well, we're already a week into October, so I better let you know about all of the specials we have going on this month with Close To My Heart!


October's monthly special is Share a Smile. As always, when you purchase this year's Punny Pals stamp set, Close To My Heart will donate $7 USD of the proceeds to Operation Smile. And, for this month only and while supplies last, you can get a coordinating set of Thin Cuts for cutting out the adorable animal shapes! There is also an exclusive card kit that includes the Thin Cuts along with card bases, envelopes, paper pieces, and instructions that you can use to create endearing cards that will bring a smile to anyone’s day!

For New Consultants: Anyone who becomes a Close To My Heart Consultant in October will receive a FREE Share a Smile Card Kit (CC1342) in their New Consultant Kit — that’s a $62.29 CAD value, totally free!

Round-up Matching: Every time you place an order, you can round your order up to the nearest dollar, giving the extra as a donation to Operation Smile™. During October, your round-up donation will go even further, because Close To My Heart will be matching all round-up donations, up to $10,000 USD!

Lucky Winners: When you participate in our Share a Smile promotion by purchasing any of these special items or rounding up your order in support of Operation Smile™ you will automatically qualify for a chance to win a not-yet-released stamp set from our upcoming 2018 Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book! They'll be choosing winners throughout the month of October, so anytime you place an order, you have a chance to win!

Contact me or shop my site to get this adorable stamp set and card kit today, and help support an awesome cause! :)

And for the month of October only, get the Stamp of the Month - Christmas Tunes!

Such a great stamp for your Christmas cards or tags!

Here are some cards using the set:


Just add a bit of cardstock or patterned paper and you have some really cute, but easy cards!

This set is available during October only! The regular pricing on it is $23CAD, but when you place an order of $50 or more in my shop, you can purchase the special stamp set for just $6!

You can find these great deals and more in my shop: craftwithnicole.closetomyheart.ca

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"You My Best Friend" Scrapbook Layout


Today I'm sharing one of my favourite pages I've made in a while. Because of the story, and just how the page itself turned out. 

I loved the CTMH "Adventure Fundamental" pack as soon as I saw it - major heart eyes for that giant watercolour floral paper! And that thin cut alpha set is going to become my best friend! Love the ability to make a title out of any piece of paper. (And yes, I do own an electronic die cutting machine, but am usually too lazy to bust it out for titles 😕)

And the story is one that is dear to my heart. One evening, after have one of 'those' days with Austen (not listening, doing things he knows he's not supposed to, constant battles over everything) we were in his room getting ready for bed. I was very done by this point, and just counting down the seconds until bedtime. All of a sudden, he just looked at me with the most genuine smile and said, "Mommy, you my best friend". I was blown away. I didn't even know he knew those words or what they really meant. I just thought it was a fluke, so once we were all done with the bedtime routine and I was tucking him into bed I asked, "Who's your best friend?" and he just smiled sweetly at me again and said, "You!" *heart melting* Cut to months later, and he still tells me many, many times a day that I'm his best friend. Each time so sweetly and genuinely. For the longest time Jason would try to get him to say that Jason was his best friend too, but he refused. Just in the last week or two, he will finally say, "Mommy, you my best friend.... and you too Dad" - or JJ, or all of us together. Ugh... this kid can be such a little bum... but he can also be the sweetest little soul. 💙

Here are some closer looks at the page: 

Thanks for stopping by!

CTMH Supplies Used: 
Z3351 - Adventure Fundamental Paper Pack
Z3351 - Emerald Cardstock
Z3351 - Happy Moments Complements
Z3386 - Thin Cuts Block Alphabet set
E1030 - Handwritten Print Stamp Set
Z3312 - Gold Glitter gems
Z1263 - Bitty Sparkles

Monday, October 2, 2017

Around Here | September 2017


Well, September was a whirlwind!! I can't believe it's already over and into October, yet at the same time, when I think back to things we had going on at the beginning of September, it feels like that was already months ago! Here's a peek into our month:

Around here we celebrated Austen's 3rd birthday! We bought him a BB-8 bike and an adorable matching helmet, and he's had fun ripping around the neighbourhood on it. We had the traditional Sargent Sundae birthday ice cream as well. And he loved his "Paw Patrol" birthday party. The look on his face while everyone sang 'Happy Birthday' to him was priceless.

Around here we also had a lot of other things to celebrate - my Mom's birthday, my (soon-to-be) sister-in-law's birthday, AND the engagement of my brother to said soon-to-be sister-in-law! It's been a busy month just in celebrations alone!

Around here JJ started Kindergarten and he is loving it. He gets to take the bus everyday, which is also a high point in his day - and his bus driver, Ken, is a big hit! We put him into french immersion, and he is enjoying that and seems to be taking to it pretty well.  His first day of school was so cute, and I surprised myself by not even tearing up at all! All in all, his kindergarten experience is going great!

Around here we now have two kids attending school, as Austen started preschool this month as well! He is also really enjoying it! He was really excited on the first day that he got to stay there all by himself. Last year I would have to carry him out of there kicking and screaming when we dropped JJ off, so this is much easier!

Around here JJ, Jason and my dad continued their Banjo Bowl tradition (a game in our local football league) for a 3rd year. JJ looks forward to this game literally for months, and it turned out to be, a great game and they had a blast! JJ was a little miffed and disappointed that the players didn't give him high-fives on the way out (some tried, but JJ's arms were just a tiny bit too short to reach!), but other than that, he reported that he was 'very happy with how the Bombers played' when he got home that evening.

Around here I've had some big tech issues - my laptop was on it's last legs and needed a new hard drive. Since it seemed to be a problem with my drive, the guy at the computer store suggested that I didn't just clone the drive (as I'd just be cloning over all the problems) and start with a fresh install, so that's been a bit of a pain getting everything re-installed and transferred over. I was also having some issues with my phone and ended up having to get a new one as well (thankfully just made it within days of my warranty ending!) So hopefully I'm good on the tech front for a while now!

Around here Austen has been obsessed with Transformers and the Transformer Rescue-bots. He got some for his birthday, and they have been a gigantic hit! They have really been the only toys that he has ever consistently played with, and for long periods of a time. They day he got them at his party, he literally just stayed inside and played with them for like an hour while all of his cousins were playing outside on the bouncy castle and play structure!

Around here we're excited in this household to have hockey back! Well.... I guess I should say actual NHL hockey back... because JJ still played tons in the 'off season'. (And I'm referring to mini-stick hockey in the living room... not like actual hockey.) But he's excited to have it back on TV, and I'm excited to not have to watch the same 3 games that we had on the PVR over, and over, and over and over again!

Around here I just spent an awesome day with other like-minded, scrappy ladies at our Close to my Heart Fall Event in Winnipeg. It was so nice to have a day for myself, and to spend time learning about something that I love, and being with other women who feel the same! I don't have any actual 'real life' friends that scrapbook, so it's always nice to be able to get together in person with other scrapbookers! It was a day I needed after all of the other craziness around here this past month!

Around here the boys seem to be back in an 'early morning phase' and I have been getting woken up way too early for my liking. (I know, first world problems!) I am a night owl by nature, so it doesn't help that I've been going to bed too late. It's been kind of a grumpy last week. I'm aiming for an earlier bedtime for myself this week (and so far, not off to a great start!)

That's been our September, around here. I'd love to hear how yours was!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

'You've got a Friend in me' Halloween Layout


Today I'm here to share a layout from the 'Cats & Bats' scrapbook workshop I designed! This layout is my favourite out of all the spreads, and I created it with these pictures in mind!

These pictures are from Halloween 2014.  JJ wanted to be Buzz from Toy Story, so I knew I had to find a little Woody costume for Austen. Luckily, I found the cutest little sleeper (which was fine, since he wasn't actually going out Trick-or-Treating anyways...) This was also the first year JJ went out Trick-or-Treating around the neighbourhood. He loved it! Such a fun night!




I still have a few other photos from this Halloween that I'd like to include, so I'll probably throw those in a pocket page using a Pocket Plus Memory Protector and call it done!

Last Halloween (so, 2 years after these photos), the boys wanted to be Buzz and Woody, again! Haha! So up next I'll have another layout from my workshop with some photos from last year!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
G1136 - Cats & Bats Workshops Your Way - $35.75 CAD


Monday, September 4, 2017

September Specials with Close to my Heart


Ahhh, September. I am so looking forward to getting back into a routine around here. We have had a very busy, hectic past few weeks. It's been fun, but I'm ready to slow down a bit now. The boys were just at my parent's house for a sleepover this past weekend, so I had the house to myself for 24+ glorious hours. I spent a lot of it scrapbooking (yay!), some of it cleaning, and some of it just relaxing and clearing my head. It felt like a nice little 'reset', and was exactly what I needed.

Of course, September also brings a bunch of fun stuff from Close to my Heart with it as well!

First up, this month is National Stamping Month, and Close to my Heart has created this beautiful From the Heart card kit. This kit contains materials for creating 12 interactive cards, including foil-stamped card bases, an exclusive My Acrylix® layering stamp set, envelopes and step-by-step instructions.


You can purchase the set at a 20% discount, or you can just purchase the stamp set individually. If you need extra card bases and envelopes those are also available to purchase separately. This set is available September 1-30th, 2017, while supplies last.  See my shop here for more details: craftwithnicole.closetomyheart.ca.

And during September, Hostesses that host a Gathering that reaches the 3rd Level of hostess Rewards or higher can get the From the Heart card kit as a FREE item! ($56 CAD value!)

And if you sign up as a new Consultant in September, you will receive the From the Heart card kit FREE in your New Consultant Kit—an added value of $56 CAD! (As well, if you sign up under me, you get full access to any workshops I create to use for yourself, or in your business!)

Now, onto September's Stamp of the Month - Feel so Blessed

This set is available for September only! The regular pricing on it is $23CAD, but when you place an order of $50 or more in my shop, you can purchase the special stamp set for just $6!

Here is some artwork showing it put to use:


Loving that layout! I think it's next on my 'scraplifting list'! haha!

If you want to take part in any of these great offerings, contact me or check out my shop at craftwithnicole.closetomyheart.ca.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Around Here | August 2017


Around here we have had an awesomely full and exciting August!

Around here we were able to get out and use our camper trailer a few times! Once up to Hecla Island (a favourite camping spot from when I was a kid!), and we also towed it up to my sister-in-law's cabin and stayed up there for a few days. It was so much fun! The boys absolutely love camping. Lots of great memories made!

Around here we have had a busy (but awesome!) week-and-a-half with family that were here visiting from B.C. The boys had a blast playing with their older cousins. They already miss them so much.

Around here we just had a fun day at the farm for an annual BBQ for a program that JJ is a part of. This is the 3rd year we've gone, and the boys always love it! There was a petting zoo with sheep and goats, lots of play structures for the kids to play on, tractor and 'train' rides, a mini kid-friendly zipline, and, of course, the BBQ. Good times!

Around here we went to the zoo for the second time this summer. They have a "Dinosaur's Alive" exhibit going on right now, with pretty realistic looking dinosaurs that move and make sounds. The boys were both terrified of them when we went earlier this summer. This time around neither of them wanted to go back and see them, but we were with a big group of family that all were going, so they grudgingly followed along. But this time they ended up really liking it, and not being scared at all! Other than the dinosaur part, the rest of the zoo was good too. We had a really cool 'interaction' with the pack of wolves (my absolute favourites, and what I would consider my 'spirit animal'). All in all it was a fun, (hot!) day.

Around here the Hamilton obsession continues in full force. Seriously... I've listened to the full soundtrack an uncountable amount of times in the last month. Soooo good. I just started reading the Hamilton biography by Ron Chernow that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the musical...

Around here I am looking forward to school starting and getting back into some semblance of a routine. Especially after the last 3 weeks of pretty much no routine AT ALL. Crazy bedtimes, meals all over the place, tons of last minute plans and decisions.... This routine-loving mama is ready to get back into it! JJ starts kindergarten next week, and Austen will be going into his first year of preschool the week after that! Crazy! They are both really excited and looking forward to it. So far no real hints of nervousness!

Around here I have been busting my butt for the last few days to get my 'Cats & Bats' Scrapbook Workshop ready!  All of our other fun activities going on took a big chunk out of my scrapping time, as well as made me so tired that after the boys were in bed a lot of nights I ended up just falling asleep myself! Basically unheard of for this night owl! But... I buckled down and was able to get everything finished on time for my (self-imposed) deadline. Yay! And I have to say, I'm so happy with how it turned out! If you're interested, you can check it out here: http://bit.ly/2epbniw

Around here I almost hesitate to say it...but I can't wait for the cooler days of fall.... and the cozy days of winter. 🙊  (My husband would probably divorce me on the spot if he knew I said that! hahaha! He hates winter!) Our summers are so short around here, and our winters so cold, (aaaaand, we've actually just had a pretty awesome summer), but you won't hear me complaining when the cool, crisp air starts rolling in.

And that's what we've been up to around here. How was your August?

Friday, September 1, 2017

'Cats & Bats' Scrapbook Workshop from Craft With Nicole

Well, we've just had an extremely full last few weeks with lots of fun stuff going on - camping, cottage trips, and a visit from dear family from BC (filled with lots of visits, dinners, a zoo trip, and even a night out at the bar!! 😯)

With all of that busy-ness, I've fallen behind on my scrapbooking - which is OK, you have to be making memories too, not just scrapping them! However, I've still managed to put together an awesome (if I do say so myself!) new scrapbook workshop featuring the cutest Halloween collection from the brand new Close to my Heart Holiday Expressions book!

Introducing the Cats & Bats Scrapbook Workshop!


Now, in the past I have not been the biggest fan of Halloween lines. But, as soon as I saw this collection I was smitten! I really love the geometric animal papers, and the colours are awesome. It probably helps that I have some pretty cute Halloween pictures of the boys from the last couple of years that will go perfectly on these pages.

This workshop creates SIX double-page spreads! (12, 12x12 pages!)

Supplies needed to complete the pages are:
G1136 – Cats & Bats Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kit - $34.50 CAD
1385 - (24) White Daisy Cardstock (workshop uses 12) - $12.25 CAD

Optional Supplies:
Z2806 - Emerald Ink Pad - $10.25 CAD
Z2805 - Black Ink Pad - $10.25 CAD
Z2807 - Willow Ink Pad - $10.25 CAD
Z2833 - Pebble Ink Pad - $10.25 CAD
Z697 – Round Sponge - $1.74 CAD
(sponge and ink pads only necessary if planning on distressing the edges of papers)
Z1151 – 3-D Foam tape - $7.75 CAD
Z553 – Dual Action Glue Pen - $5.75 CAD

And the best part is, when you place an order of $35 or more in my online shop, I will email you the workshop instructions for FREE! Visit my shop here: https://craftwithnicole.closetomyheart.ca (If you don't receive your instructions within 24 hours, please email me at nicolemann9@gmail.com) If you are not in Canada but would like to purchase this workshop, you can use the PayPal option at the end of this post, or email me :)

And for my fellow CTMH Consultants, you also have the option to get this workshop to use for your own business! Click below to purchase the workshop instructions for $15CAD, and I will email them to you!



Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments!

Thanks for stopping by!