Saturday, September 27, 2014

I've moved!

I'm very excited to share some big news with you!  I've now officially moved to a new website!!!

I can now be found at  This website will be a one-stop shop for all things Simply Creating, CTMH promos and announcements, my workshops, my crops, special things I have going on, as well as my new online shop for all kinds of kit, used and discounted stamp sets, and project instructions!  Check it out.
I will also be hosting my blog there as well.  You can find that at

I hope to see you there!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cross Canada Hop: Another of My Favourite Things

Welcome to our September Blog Hop.  Last month I participated in a team Blog Hop where we shared our favourite new products.  (I shared two projects made with the new colours.)  Today I get to join the Cross Canada Blog Hop, showcasing more favourite new products!  I'm sure you're going to see lots of great new products used in lots of creative ways.  If you see something you like contact your consultant to get it in your hot little paws.

If you arrived here from Nicky at Timeless Cottage, you're in the right spot.  If you're starting here, just keep hopping until you get back.  If you'd like to literally hop across Canada, start at Julie at 12x12 Travels.  Get lost along the way?  Michelle will have a full list of all 17 hoppers if you need it.

On with my project!

One of my favourite paper packs in the new Annual Inspirations is Pathfinding.  I love fall.  It's my favourite time of year, so I find myself gravitating to any fall products.  But this pack is also cute.  The Complements have an adorable owl and fox, along with some great sentiments and titles.  I'm excited to use this set for one of my new kit options I'll be releasing soon.

Here is one of the layouts I've created to be included:

Here are close ups of each page: 

Isn't that fox so cute?  I love the acorns and flowers; and the zip strips are such a perfect fit.  I also added in some Bling Gems for some, well, bling.  I don't have photos yet, as you can see, but I think I might go back through my past years' photos and see if I can find some that work.  I do have some catching up to do.  :)

Did you notice that there is NO stamping?  These pages came together in a snap.  Sometimes you just need that.

Time to keep on hopping.  Your next stop is Brae at The Brae-er.  Enjoy and Happy Creating!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Artfully Sent: Pop Up Cards!

Welcome Back!  I'm here with my third and final (for now) card created with the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge.  This one is my favourite.  I've loved seeing the pop up cards that talented crafters have created.  I'm all about the simple, hence the name Simply Creating, and so pop ups seemed like too much work for me.  This Cricut Collection has changed all that and I'm excited!!!

Here's the front.  

Isn't that fun?  But wait till you see the inside!

Super cute and super fun and fairly easy to put together.  There are score lines where you fold the balloon in the  middle to help.  It took some figuring out that I had to cut the top and bottom so the balloon would pop.  Then I used my fingers to pull the sides forward where the balloon is still attached.  You'll want to be careful where you put your adhesive so that the sentiment on the front doesn't show any.  

The entire card is cut from two pieces of cardstock, Glacier and Thistle.  The banner cuts are also linked to it, which make it easy to cut the cards.  Perfect!  And so fun to put together.  Here's another shot of the balloon from the top so you see how it pops.

Here's a tip.  Don't put adhesive on the middle of the banner, just on the ends.  I figured that out the hard way.

I hope to have some more photos of artwork created by our corporate art department to post soon.

I can't wait to get my hands on this cartridge and create some more of these!  Order yours today on my website or you can email me directly.  I've got an order going in later this week so I can add your collection to it.  Don't forget that when you do, you'll be entered into a draw for a Workshop on the Go of your choice. 

Happy Creating!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Artfully Sent: Sentiment Cards

I'm back with another card created with the newly released Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge.

There are lots of different types of cards available on the cartridge, with one being these neat sentiment cards.  The card base is cut with a sentiment in the front.  You can leave them as is or cover the back like this card I created at convention.

We backed the hello with Glacier cardstock and the sunshine with Colonial White, then added a Canary insert that covered the whole inside of the card.  Here's a close up of what's all cut out of the front:

There's some Gold Shimmer Trim and Gold Sequins added along with some stamped flowers.  Love this one!  But my favourite card is still to come.  Stay tuned to tomorrow's post.

Hop on over to my website to purchase your own Artfully Sent Cricut Collection.  Remember, anyone who orders a collection from me by Sept. 30, will be entered into a draw for a FREE WOTG kit, of your choice.

Happy Creating!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Artfully Sent is Here!

As I'm sure you're already aware, our newest, much anticipated Cricut collection is now available to order!  And we're all VERY happy!  I'm hoping mine will be on the way later today.

Maybe I should explain why we had a delay of over a month (Consultants have been waiting since convention in June!).  Our Cricut cartridges are made by Provocraft, like all Cricut cartridges.  With their release of the Explore machine they have had some things to deal with and just didn't get our cartridges done in time.  They just arrived in the CTMH warehouse yesterday, and were made available to order immediately.

I've had some people ask me about projects made with this cartridge.  I don't have too many, just the three I created at convention, but I'll share them here today, and the next two days.  Here's the first one:

This is one of the swing cards.  Everything cuts out for you.  And there are really tiny ticks where you need to score your card, even smaller than our previous cartridges.  Here's another view:

Want to see more?  Just pop over to my website here.  Scroll down where you'll see links to sample cards and the shape index.  Then place an order and it will be on the way super quick.  Everyone who orders a collection, either on my website or through me directly will be entered in a draw for your choice of Workshop-on-the-Go kit*.  Just my way of saying thank you for being so patient.  

Come back tomorrow for another Artfully Sent card.  Happy Creating!

*This WOTG offer is only available through me, Krista Ritskes.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Celebrating 30 Years of Happy!

This month we have a wonderful new promotion.  It's all about the Happy!

For the month of September we are celebrating Jeanette Lynton's (our founder) 30 years in the crafting industry.  And you get to join in on the fun.  Just order $30 in stamp sets, and you'll get this sweet stamp set, called #30yearsofhappy, for FREE!  Yup, free.  That's a savings of $15.25! 

Here's a close up of the images included:

I had hoped to create some artwork with this set for you, but my sweet daughter is home sick today, so you'll just have to wait.  :)

Contact me to place your order and take advantage of this deal. Or you can go directly to my website to place your order.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

CTMH Stamp-of-the-Month Blog Hop: Family is Forever

Hello and welcome to another Close To My Heart Stamp-of-the-Month (SOTM) blog hop!  If you arrived from {Carla's blog}, you're on the right track.  If you're starting here, just keep hopping until you get back to my blog.  You'll have feasted your eyes on ALL the yummy projects.

This month we are creating with a lovely stamp set called Family is Forever.

I don't know about you, but this stamp set makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  I am so grateful for the relationship I have with my family (my husband and kids) but also the extended family we enjoy. 

Thanksgiving is in October for those of us in Canada and so I decided to create a card for my mother-in-law.  She's the type of person who always mails a card to everyone for every occasion and I often neglect to return the favour.  Not this year!  She also makes THE MOST DELICIOUS apple pies and since I had a few chipboard pieces left from creating some layouts for kits, I made this 5x7 card:

Here's a close up of the tree.

I love the tree image in this set!  It was just begging for some fun treatments.  I inked the entire image with Chocolate ink, but then pulled the ink pad along the trunk section to give it (what I hope is) some bark-like texture.  Then I took a bunch of colours and, using sponge daubers, sponged them on the leaves in different areas.  I used Olive, Barn Red, Autumn Terracotta and even some Goldrush.  All this took some time, so I had to breathe on the entire image to moisten up the ink again.  (I love that you can do that with our dye inks!)

The papers are all from the Pathfinding paper pack and sponged with Chocolate ink.  Chipboard pieces are from the Pathfinding Complements and parts are popped with our new Thin 3-D Foam Tape. Then I just added a few Gold Bling Gems and I was done.

Make sure to contact your consultant to get your hands on this stamp set, because it's only available until September 30.

Now, hop on over to {Dana's blog} and check out the beautiful card she has created.  (Her stuff is always jaw-dropping gorgeous!  I love it.)

Happy Creating!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Another Oldie But a Goodie

I'm sure if you follow lots of CTMH blogs, you've been drooling over all the gorgeous new product.  I'm drooling, too!  But I also know that you probably have lots of older product you haven't used yet.  We all hoard our paper and embellishments, saving them for just the right project.  I want to encourage you to use them up!

Here's a layout I created with a very old paper packet, Pemberly.  Anyone remember that one?

I love these photos of my daughter.  And I had fun creating this layout, full of sponging, some dry embossing with my trimmer, just a bit of stamping for the title and popping up photos and the title.  I know this is a pattern from one of our books, but I have no idea which one now.  Here are close ups of each page:

And here are some close ups of the embellishment clusters, made up mostly of Stickese.  I love the simplicity of those!

Now, I challenge you to dive into your stash of retired or old products and use them up. :)

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Moxie Fab and Atlantic Hearts, A Just For Fun Card

Browsing through Bloglovin' a photo on the Moxie Fab blog caught my eye.  The inspiration photo for the Fabulous Friday Challenge: Trendy Triangles was one I had seen before.

It was from the Close To My Heart corporate Instagram Feed!  Those are colours I know well and I had the exact tool they used to create those sweet triangles.  I knew I had to play along.

I also loved the sketch at Atlantic Hearts this week.

So I used it as a starting point.  

Here is my card:

I punched the bottom edge with the new Triangle Border Punch.  I also punched some triangles from the six colours in the inspiration photo: Pear, Thistle, Lagoon, Flaxen, Pixie, and Smoothie.  I sort of dropped them on the card base and then arranged them a bit until I was happy.  Each triangle is glued down with a Bonding Memories Glue Pen.  The sentiment, stamped in Black, is from Have a Happy Day.  And then because I thought it needed some bling, I added some Stardust Glitz Gel (retired) on each little triangle.  Here's a close up of that sparkle.  :)

Thank you, Moxie Fab and Atlantic Hearts for the inspiration to create something just for the fun of it.

Happy Creating!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

More fun with PML (Picture My Life)

I promised in my last post that I would share some cards made with PML today.  They are also from the Chantilly kit.  Here they are:

I added a piece of paper from the Chantilly paper pack, retired now, as well as a zip strip on the first card.  I did some sponging with Slate ink on the second card.  I chose one PML card to highlight and then added some pieces I cut out of other ones.  Popped a few elements and add some Flamingo Dots to finish off the cards.  So quick and easy.  It probably took me longer to pick the cards I would use than it did to put them together.

Remember, now is the time to get your Picture My Life kits.  Take a look at all of them here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cross Canada Blog Hop: Picture My Life

Welcome to another Cross Canada Blog Hop!  If you've arrived here from Nicky at Timeless Cottage, you are on the right track.  If you'd like to literally hop across Canada, you can start at Julie's blog.  The entire list of hoppers can be found here.

This month we're focusing on Picture My Life, the pocket scrapbooking program Close To My Heart introduced in our last catalogue.  But, we're not doing scrapbooking with it, at least not how it was designed. We're going to show you new and different ways to use this program.

I chose to use only the Chantilly PML collections.  Check it out here.  My project sort of came to me while I was looking through all the cards.  They have some wonderfully uplifting sentiments on them, so this little encouragement album came about.

I chose some cards and the order I would put them in, adhering some together if the back of the card didn't work.  I added just two photos and some special messages for my daughter.  I punched a hole in one corner and used some really old Hollyhock and Blush ribbon to a jump ring.  Here are a few more of the pages.

Hop on over to Lucy's blog to see more fun ways you can use PML cards.  Check out the Chantilly PML kit here.  And tune in tomorrow for two more projects with this kit.

Don't forget that this month you can get a pack of page protectors for just $3 when you purchase a PML kit.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Workshop: Be Thankful Box with Journaling Cards

I'm looking forward to my next workshop, even though we haven't had my August one yet!  On Friday, September 19, at either 9:30am or 7pm, you can join me to create this Be Thankful Box with Journaling Cards.

This little box will help you and your family focus on being thankful this holiday season.  (Personally, I can't wait to see what my kids write down!)  I plan to use this for years to come, since there is lots of room in the box for more than the 12 cards we will make.

You'll get to play with a new embossing folder as well as our new ShinHan markers.  (They are SO great!)

Here are your kit options:

Basic Kit   $15:
Journaling Box
Sequins, Gold Assortment

Basic plus Stamp Set    $28:
Basic Kit
Thankful Heart

Basic plus 2 Markers   $31:
Basic Kit
Golden Yellow marker
Marigold marker

Basic plus Stamp Set and Markers   $44:
Basic Kit
Thankful Heart
Golden Yellow Marker
Marigold Marker

All papers needed will be pre-cut for you, like all my other workshops.

Email or call me to claim your spot, or if you'd like to create at home, just add $5 to your total.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Brae-er's Blog Hop: Some of My Favourite Things

I am joining another Brae-er Team Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Carol's blog.  If you're starting here, just keep hopping until you get back.

This month's hop is all about our new favourite products.  I've been really enjoying the five new colours Close To My Heart introduced with the Annual Inpsirations catalogue.  They're beautifully soft, but not just pastel soft.  They're modern and a lot of fun to work with.  I also love the new Designer Creation collection of party favour items and such.  These paper bags are so cute!  I stamped some images with Have a Happy Day stamp set, trimmed them out and popped them with our two different heights.  Then I added some Gold Bling Gems.

Here's a close up.  You can see the two different heights here. (Full recipe below.)

I also made a card, one that came out of my own head (no, that doesn't happen often!) and I absolutely love it!

The background is from the Basic Paper Fundamentals (we now have them in ALL our colours).  I added new Thistle and Slate ribbon and sponged with Whisper ink.  Those stars are also new, but they only come in white, so I used our new ShinHan markers to colour them!

Now, hop on over to Heather's blog to see what her favourite new products are.

Items used:

Friday, August 8, 2014

PML: Picture Perfection!

Check out this month's fabulous promotion:

During the month of August, when you purchase any of the 13 available Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs featured in the 2014–2015 Annual Inspirations idea book at their full retail price of $27.50, you are eligible to add your choice of 1 of 8 qualifying Memory Protectors™ 10-packs for just $3.00! Each Picture My Life scrapbooking program already includes a coordinating 10-pack of Memory Protectors, so when you add your additional 10-pack for only $3.00 you will be well on your way to your own picture-perfect pocket scrapbooking adventure!

Only available until August 31.  Check out all the PML collections here.

Stay tuned next Friday for a blog hop about other ways to use these fun cards.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Introducing the Simply Scrapbooks Club!

I'm so excited about a new program I have starting this month!  It's the brand new Simply Scrapbooks Club, and it's exactly what the name says ... all about simple scrapbook pages.

This club works the same as my Creative Card Club.  It will run for 5 months and here's the low down. Each month:

  • You will purchase a paper pack, complements, accessories, and some sort of bling like sparkles, shimmer trim or sequins, totalling around $30 before shipping and tax.
  • You will receive an exclusive set of full-colour instructions to create two 2-page layouts.
  • One person will get to choose $25 in hostess rewards, think FREE product!

That's it!  You're wondering what makes this simple.  Take a look at the first two layouts using the Seaside Collection:

There is absolutely no stamping and no Cricut cuts involved in any of the layouts we'll be creating in this club!  That means that these pages will come together pretty quickly.  And, the fun part, I get to teach you a technique, too!  For the first month, you will also purchase a pack of Colonial White cardstock and later there will be a purchase of White Daisy cardstock, unless you already have some in your stash.

If club members want to get together to create these layouts, we'll work out a time.  But the beauty of this club is that these layouts can be created on your own time in your own home.

Interested in joining up?  Email me at right now so we can get started.  Want to give it a try before committing? Order this month's product and you'll receive the instructions free, for one month.

Don't wait.  Contact me today.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Seaside Mini Album Details

Remember this post about my next workshop?

Technically today is the last day to sign up, but I'll extend the deadline by a day.  If you'd like to join me, let me know by Tuesday at midnight.  Click on over to this post to get all the details about kit options.

I thought you'd like to see some of the pages from inside this album.

Don't miss out.  Again, check it out here.

Happy Creating!