DRMTLGY Anti-Aging Kit Giveaway

Visible signs of aging are not set in Stone.  Even if you’ve passed that magic age, you can still turn back the clock on your skin and actually undo signs of damage.  Check this out!   One lucky winner is going to receive $227 worth of skin care products!  DRMTLGY Anti-Aging Kit Giveaway is open to US 04/02.

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CTMH – Layouts

When I am not working on the computer or painting in the studio, I love to scrapbook.  I have made cards for years, but the 12×12 layouts are fairly new for me.  That is what I love about Close To My Heart, the instructions are clear and easy to follow.  They are great for beginners to get started or for the more experienced to use as a platform to expand with their own creativity.

This double layout is from the Hello Lovely kit; using the instructions to create with other CTMH papers.

With the amazing contest I won last month, included was a subscription to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  In there I found a CTMH page with this sweet layout.  There was no instructions but I figured I could make it work.  I have been wanting to do some pages for our sweet unicorn and now was the time.  Using some papers and embellishments from the contest and maybe a few things from my stash, this is how it turned out!  Not exact, but then where would creativity be?  Are you looking for inspiration for your scrapbooking or card making, drop by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine and give them a thumbs up and a comment on one of their post.  I know they will appreciate it.

Happy Scrapping!

 

Decorating on a Budget

Decorating on a Budget

 

With over 40 years of experience in interior design, I have found many of my clients to be working on a restricted budget.  For these projects I have suggested that the majority of the budget be spent on the permanent items in the home, such as flooring, cabinets and light fixtures.

Lighting

Using neutral tones in furniture, you can add colour in your less expensive accessories such as colourful ready made drapery panels,(approximately 0 each).  For a custom look, buy an extra panel and make toss cushions.  Can’t sew?  Use iron-on seaming tape.  Simply fold the fabric like an envelope, use a costume jewelry broach to pin it together and add bling.

One of the least expensive ways of changing and updating your decor is with colour, specifically paint.  Change your wall colour to a nice warm tone to chase away the winter blues.  Almost anything can be painted – cabinets, hardware, furniture and even counter tops.  I am quite passionate about reusing and re-purposing items, as it is so much better for the environment.  As a culture we tend to waste a great deal that can be recycled.

Before and After

A change in wall colour will alter the whole feel of a room; whether you want a warm and cozy feel or a cool and serene, this can be achieved with colour at a minimal expense.  The following are some colour schemes, although there are many variations.  One colour should always dominate in any scheme.

Monochromatic:  Shade and hues of one colour, light to dark.  Use a neutral to balance the palette.

Contrasting: using opposites on the colour wheel, such as blue and red or green and yellow, always a warm with a cool colour.  One olour should always dominate.

Analogous: uses colours next to each other on the colour wheel, such as blue and green or yellow and orange.  This creates a serene and comfortable design.

The psychology of colour and how it affects our lives is quite fascinating.  A simple change in your deor can affect your mood and outlook.  There are a lot of ways of achieving this on a budget.

by Wendy Reeves Siefert

 

Wendy Reeves Siefert is a local decorator and interior designer in the Creston Valley and East Shore region of British Columbia.   You can find her web site at :  Over The Valley

 

The RockAbye “Cutest Rockers In The World” Giveaway

Be sure to get your entries in because one lucky winner will receive a Rocker of their choice.  I can think of a couple of sweetlings I would love to give one of these amazing rockers to.  Which one is your favorite?  Giveaway US 03/29

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CTMH – March Stamp of the Month

Tea-rrific Mother’s Day Card

You’re My Cup of Tea Card

March 2017 Stamp of the Month – Tea-rrific SET OF 11 $23 S1703.  Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for that month only, for just $6! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

 

STAMP OF THE MONTH March 2017: Tea-rrific Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $6.

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Win Beth Brykman’s New Book-The Best of Both Worlds

Three Winners with this great giveaway.  Beth Brykman’s new book, The Best of Both Worlds!  US 3/10

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Saying Thank You

Some of you may know that I recently won an amazing contest.  Creative Scrapbook Magazine and forty five different sponsors, (that’s right 45!) held a nine day contest called Taste of CHA.  A creative wonderland of treasures.

The delivery company arrived with a giant box today.

It was crammed to the brim, can you have a brim on a box, very full!

As I stared to pull treasures out I laid them on my ironing board;

then around my sewing machine; then on top of my printer; 

then moved over to my desk and finally piled the last on my chair and sewing stool.

It is overwhelming.  The generosity of the sponsors and the hard work that it took for Creative Scrapbook Magazine  to pull together and organize the giveaway.  If you choose, it would be wonderful to have you all to drop by Creative Scrapbook Magazine  and give their page a thumbs up.  Tell them you are looking forward to entering TASTE of CHA next year.

I know I can’t wait to get playing with all the goodies!

“Happy BIrthday To… Who?” How To Never Forget Another Special Occasion

Birthdays. We all have them, every year, and yet when they come around we have the tendency to still be surprised by them. Bizarre though it is, every year we find ourselves, on the eve of a loved one’s birthday thinking “Aaagh! What am I going to get them?”.

Although it’s not really that bizarre. You see, birthdays happen every year and they stay exactly where they are, so it’s not like they scream for our attention in the way everyday life does. If you forget birthdays and special occasions, it may just be because you have a busy life.

When you’re constantly having to deal with one thing or another, it can be tricky to keep an eye on the things that don’t move. And then, if your partner’s birthday is on the 27th of August, you find yourself catapulted into a panic on the 25th. You’d promised yourself you’d be on top of those things this year! What happened?

What happened is that with every new year, the slate gets wiped clean. If you are going to keep up with things that happen during the coming year, you need to be in planning mode by the last gasps of December. Set out a schedule for the coming year, and make it watertight.

Make The Most Of The Digital Age

We are living in a time when almost everyone has a cellphone that performs more roles than most of us ever use. About twenty years ago, would you have had a day-to-day planner in the house? A surprising number of us wouldn’t have.

Now, it’s an app that comes as standard on your phone. Use it! Before the year even gets started, fill out every important birthday and set reminders. Your phone should allow you to do this for weeks in advance. So on the 20th of August, your phone will send you a text: “X’s Birthday! Send Flowers!”. The day before, you can have a reminder that says “Party Tomorrow. Bake cake“, and so on.

Don’t Automate Everything…

Of course, there is a downside to allowing your phone and your computer to take over jobs that your brain used to do. Part of what makes gifting special is the aspect of surprise. The personal element makes a difference. So for example, you may have a standing order with your local bakery to bake and deliver a birthday cake every year.

But planning for everything to be done automatically does have its drawbacks. If you’re not acting on impulse from time to time, then gifts end up just happening. In other words, don’t just wait for reminders. Have them there as a security blanket, but check a month ahead to make sure you aren’t about to miss a birthday. Then kick into gear with some novel, personal ideas.

The More Prompts You Have, The Better

As well as using your phone and laptop to ensure you are ahead of the curve, an actual wall planner is an invaluable part of your planning. Let’s face it, when you’re looking at your phone it is easy to be distracted by news, games, and Tweets.

A physical reminder of your schedule, right there on a prominent wall, is impossible to ignore and clearly has just one purpose. You can never be too covered when it comes to reminders!

CTMH One-day Sweet Sale!

In celebration of the sweetest holiday of the year, we’re holding a one-day flash sale, 30% discount on selected products from Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1.  

One Day Sale

This Sweet Sale starts February 14 at 3:00 pm MST (2:00 pm PST; 4:00 pm CST; 5:00 pm EST) and will end at that same time on February 15 . Sale prices are only available on orders placed online – CTMH  To see which items will be discounted during this sale, visit the shopping cart online at any time during the sale times—the Sweet Sale items will be listed on that page.

As usual with discounted items, shipping and handling will be based on the full retail value of sale items. Additionally, the sale price does not apply to Select Product Credit (SPC) purchases, so if you choose to order any of the sale items using SPC, you will be charged the full retail value.  

All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies last, and there is no grace period for placing orders, so be sure to get your orders in before the sale ends!

 

 

Want To Bake? With A Little Effort You Could Be Queen Of Cake

 

Under the Sea

Have you always wanted to perfect baking? Do you want to create baked treats for your family, special birthday cakes?  Maybe you want to move beyond, cake in a cup, and make a work of art just for yourself.  Either way, baking skills are useful.  It’s one of those things many of us don’t get around to in a busy life.  Who has time to bake?  You do! We can all make time for the things we love. Stop putting your baking quest off. It’s time to perfect your cake prowess. Instead of sitting in front of the television, take to the kitchen. It may seem like an effort, but it’ll be worth it! Soon, baking will be your favorite way to relax. Here’s how to get started.

 

GET STUCK IN **

**get stuck in (or into) phrase of stick 
  1. 1.
    BRITISHinformal
    start doing (something) enthusiastically or with determination.
    “we got stuck into the decorating”

The best way to improve at baking is to get started. That’s why it’s important to get stuck in. Don’t put your task off by waiting for the perfect cookbook, or the right equipment. All you need is a few basic things and your ingredients. If you don’t have a recipe to follow, take to the internet. Basic baking recipes aren’t hard to find.

Construction

There’s no denying that you’re going to fail along the way. Some of your recipes will come out perfect, but some won’t. You might have to throw whole cakes away. It’s important you’re not afraid of that. If you let the fear of failure overtake, you might stop trying. Instead, use it as a learning experience. Once you’ve seen what doesn’t work, you’ll be able to change your method for the better. Failure is the best teacher when it comes to learning how to bake! Realize, too, that some recipes aren’t going to work for you. Read a recipe through before you start. If the method sounds strange, it may be best to find a different recipe! Being aware of elevation is important too.  Cakes for the coast aren’t necessarily cakes for the mountains.

…BUT BE AWARE OF THE COST

One thing you do need to consider with your failures is the cost. Baking can be expensive.  Here is the truth: store bought cakes are sometimes cheaper. Even so, baking is worthwhile.  If you’re trying a recipe for the first time, you may want to buy the less expensive ingredients to start with, or be prepared to “eat” the cost instead of the cake.  If you intend to do a lot of baking, stock up in bulk to save money.

Spring Garden

LEARN TO IMPROVISE

Any good baker knows how to improvise. Once you know the basics, start straying from the recipes. This is when your baking will come into its own. It’ll also mean that you can replace ingredients with what you have in your cupboard. Another excellent way to cut costs! You’ll develop a palate for flavor combinations that work. That will allow you to develop some wonderful ideas. The more you express your creativity with your baking, the more fun you’ll have. As soon as you think you’re ready, start creating your own ideas. And remember; failure is okay!  I’m not a professional baker, like Terry of Terry’s Baking, but we had fun!

Monster Truck

Digger

Race Track

Rocket Ship

Here is a quick recipe to get you started, it is a basic yellow cake and very easy to experiment with.

Easy Basic Cake

Ingredients

  • - 2 Cups flour
  • - 1 1/2 Cups white sugar
  • - 3 1/2 teaspoons Baking Power
  • - 1 teaspoon salt
  • - 1/2 cup butter (or half butter and half coconut oil)
  • - 1 cup of milk (or coconut milk)
  • - 1 teaspoon of flavouring, I like almond
  • 3 eggs

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Grease and flour a 13x9 pan
  3. Put everything into large bowl and blend
  4. Pour into pan
  5. Bake 40-45 minutes
  6. Cool and add icing.
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