Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Website!

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by!

If you're looking for all my recent posts, classes and events you can find me over at my new website www.chelseyvorosmarty.com.

I'm also on Facebook here and here or click the links in the sidebar to visit all my social media sites.

I hope to see you over there!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Guest Designer: Ang McCollum

Hi Everyone,Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I'm thrilled to be able to introduce you to one of my very talented, crafty friends. I hope you enjoy her creativity as much as I do!

Hi, my name is Ang McCollum and I've been scrapbooking and making papercrafts for as long as I can remember. From envelopes out of magazine ads, to smash books with receipts and journaling, I love all things papercrafting! I have three beautiful boys and a husband who supports my hobby. I scrapbook about all the adventurous activities we do together and for the most part, my boys pose well for pictures!

Today I want to share these two birthday cards I created using the adorable Close to my Heart February Stamp of the Month, some paper scraps and green Shimmer Trim. I created these for two little boys and I just love how cute the balloon animals are!

For my other project I was surfing Pinterest and found this fun tutorial on how to make file folder mini albums using the envelope punch board. I love making things for other people and I thought they would make great brag books for my sister to give out with pictures of her new baby.

I used the adorable Georgie paper collection from Close to my Heart to decorate the albums. All the patterns coordinate so beautifully and create a subtle background that will perfectly showcase pictures of the newest addition to our family!

Thank you Ang for sharing these cute projects and your wonderful talent with us! I love seeing the projects you create!

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DIY Travel Journal

Every time we go on holidays I always like to make a small travel journal to document what we do everyday. Usually by the time I get around to scrapbooking the whole trip it has been months (or years!!) and there is no way I'll remember the details of our trip. I try my best to sit down each night before bed and write what happened, or at least a brief outline of our day. 

For our latest trip we were fortunate enough to take an Eastern Caribbean cruise with Close to my Heart as a free incentive trip that I had earned with team building and sales points. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity I would be happy to share it with you!

There is a beautiful paper collection in the current Idea Book called Regatta and the vibrant colours are perfect to document a cruise!

I first made six envelopes out of kraft paper and then I nested them together following this tutorial. I like using envelopes because this creates automatic pockets where I can store even more photos and journaling!

Then I decorated the pages using the Regatta paper collection, the Regatta ComplimentsMaritime Puffies and some graph paper (which I love for journaling).

If you would like to purchase some of these products, they are only available until the end of April 2016. You can shop all the products on my website chelsey.ctmh.com.

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Guest Designer- Wanda Tensen

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I'm thrilled to be able to introduce you to one of my very talented, crafty friends. I hope you enjoy her art and make sure you stop by her blog and show her some love!

My name is Wanda Tensen, I have been crafting most of my life. My mum and grandma taught me how to sew, crochet and knit. Mum and I starting stamping together in 1999 to make thank you cards for my bridal showers and wedding. Since then I have created albums for wedding, vacations & children, canvas for home decor and cards. You can find my creations at http://wanderfulcreations.blogspot.ca. I was introduced to Chelsey almost 5 years ago and have been attending a monthly club at her house and also taking classes in mixed media and copics with her. 

My first project to share with you today is a pocket letter. This is my first pocket letter and I am hooked! I will be swapping more of these in the future.

Close up of Bella Heart of the 90's  you can purchase her here at Faery Ink.

Supplies used: Heartstring CTMH paper pack, ruby red buttons and gems, copics, express it paper, cricut explore for all of the great love sentiments.

My second project is for an annual calendar that I create for both sets of grandparents and one auntie who lives far away. Each 6x6 calendar layout will get a photo added of my children. Here's February 2017. This page was created using up the last of my Charlotte paper pack and embellishments.

My third and final project is a set of birthday cards. I wanted to show you how to create 4 completely different cards using the same sketch. I've got one for a woman, man, boy and girl.

Close up photos with supplies used are listed below.

 Stardust CTMH paper, sizzix window frame, indian corn blue ink pad, sponge, gems, Sentiment and boarder are cut from the Artistry cartridge.

Chantilly CTMH paper pack, sizzix window frame, cotton candy ink pad, sponge,  pink gems, mini chevron ribbon, sentiment and leaves are cut Artbooking and Artistry cartridges.

Timberline CTMH paper pack, sizzix window frame, sentiment and mustache boarder are cut from Artbooking and Artistry cartridges.

Fundamentals paper pack (gypsy and cotton candy), chipboard number 3 sprayed with Dylusions Ink Spray and then I sponged some gypsy ink on top. The cupcake is from cupcake sprinkles (D1336) using cocoa, honey, gypsy and hollyhock inks pads. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

My Favourite Scrapbook Albums

One of the most important parts of scrapbooking which we often forget to invest money in is the actual book that holds our memories! I've purchased a variety of albums over the years including strap bound, D-ring and post bound. The best album for you will really depend on what your preference is and what kinds of pages you're creating. 

If you like to make traditional 2 page layouts, especially those with some dimension, you will probably prefer the post bound system.

If you like to create a variety of layouts including pocket page, one page 12x12 layouts or even layouts in various sizes, a D-ring album will probably suit you better. These are also good if you tend to move pages around a lot.

The Close to my Heart albums are excellent quality and my current favourite albums...and I'm not just saying that because I sell them! They are really sturdy, durable and the improved post system really makes me happy! The covers are made of MDF board not just cardboard and the material is a coated canvas that can be wiped off. Also, the flaps inside that cover the posts are magnetic so they lay nice and flat and the posts themselves are very easy to open - no extra tools required! The little ring pops up and you can easily unscrew them.

My favourite style of album is the post bound because I still mostly create 2 page traditional layouts. I don't really like a large gap between the two pages that is created in a D-ring album by having the rings in the middle. I do have some D-ring albums and typically I use these for holidays or other events where I know I will be using more pocket pages.

In the video below I show you how to assemble a post bound album. It's super easy!

Thanks for stopping by and if you'd like to check out these albums for yourself you can visit my website at chelsey.ctmh.com.

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My New 2016 Planner

I'm pretty new to the whole planner craze, but I started using a small planner I got from Staples last year and really liked it! My typical system for keeping track of things before was just a regular lined notebook, but that's just not good enough when I'm running my own business and have so many projects and things on the go.

I decided to try out the beautiful new planner from Close to my Heart that just released this year...and it is awesome! It's really keeping me on track, plus I'm using it to do some simple memory keeping which is a really nice feature.

Some of my favourite things about this planner are: 
1) It's ring bound so I can add and remove pages easily.
2) There are some really cute coordinating products plus page protectors for memory keeping.
3) It has the right amount of space for me. I can keep track of everything but the days aren't so big that I feel the need to cram 100 tasks in each one!
4) The design is sleek and beautiful with just enough decoration for me. I can't handle it if it's too busy but I still want it to be pretty.
5) The planner is dated, which means I don't have to spend a bunch of time writing in, stamping or adding stickers for the dates!!

Here is a video showing you how I'm using this planner and a closer look at it and the coordinating accessories. 

Ending Soon!!
Right now there are some awesome deals and products for the planner! Currently the 2016 planner pages are on sale for 50% off retail!

Also, there is a beautiful set of coordinating cards that can be used in your planner or in any pocket scrapbooking. The Live Your Day set is only available until the end of January 2016, so click here for more details.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Embossing Diffuser and Inktense Pencils

Happy New Year! 
I've taken a bit of a break from blogging, but it's the new year and time to refresh a few things including my blog! If you want to see what I've been up to over the past little while, make sure you visit my Facebook page

Today I have a fun project using the gorgeous Close to my Heart stamp of the month for January called Beloved Bouquet. This set features very useful sentiments and beautiful floral images that can either be stamped with solid colour or shaded in with your choice of colouring mediums. If you would like to get this set for only $6CAD you can place a Close to My Heart order before the end of January 2016 for $50(before shipping/tax).

I used white embossing powder to create the leaves and flower on watercolour paper and then used my vivid Inktense pencils (which I LOVE) to shade them in. Inktense are watercolour pencils so you can blend them with water, but the thing that makes them so unique is because the lead is made of ink it's permanent when dry. They can even be used on fabric! 

For the background I used the Close to my Heart Quatrefoil Embossing Folder and the Circle Diffuser in my Big Shot machine to create the texture. The diffuser allows you to leave one area of the card with no embossing, which makes room for the sentiment! The thank you sentiment is stamped in black Archival ink for a nice, bold impression. If you want to see how all of this came together, check out my video below!

Thanks for stopping by,
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