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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Time to Use That Stash

Hi and welcome to the June Cross Canada Blog Hop where our theme this month is Use Your Stash! We all have a stash of paper and embellishments, and this is a great time to use some of it!
As you proceed through the hop, please leave comments as we love to hear what you have to say about our projects. If you would like information about a product or technique, please contact your local Close to my Heart Consultant for details. 
If you got here from Jessica's blog, you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, just head back to Michelle in Nova Scotia where you will find the complete list of hoppers. 
My paper stash is huge and I keep all of my scraps in a file cabinet in hanging folders, one for each colour group. I am trying to find an easy way to store my patterned paper the same way, but that one is not happening yet. I also have a mountain of embellishments which I keep in the CTMH medium organizer which works great! I cut little divider cards using Photo Mat 1 on the Artbooking cartridge (3" X 4" I think) and wrote on the tabs. I sure have a lot of sequins!
This month I made cards for my project. These are cards that I will be swapping at Convention in a few weeks so if you see one you like and will be in SLC, look for me before General Session!
I know that Jack and Live Beautifully are new paper packs, but I wanted to use some of my embellishments since I have so many in my stash. For this project I used my Gold and Red Shimmer Trims as well as the Gold Foil Tape and Sparkles.  
The flower is stamped using Pomegranate ink and rolled in Ruby to darken the edges. I stamped the leaves in Pear and rolled them in New England Ivy. I really love the Live Beautifully paper and have been hoarding it! This is a great time to use it up! 

This is a 4" X 4" card made with a Pomegranate base. The design for the two cards above are from the Wishes book, which I LOVE when I just can't think of a design. This is a simple design that goes together quickly. I tried the card without the Gold Foil Tape but it was kind of blah. The tape makes all the difference!

Yes, this is a Christmas card! I used Jack and Rustic Home for the patterned paper and Ruby for the base and the circle which I used as a mat for the White Daisy. I distressed the edges of the patterned papers with New England Ivy ink and then added the Red Glitter Trim pennants under the circle for a bit of glitz. It still seemed rather dull so I added the sparkle gems for a bit of bling.
As I mentioned above, I made these cards for swapping at Convention, so if there is one (or more!) that you would like to swap with me, I will see you in SLC!
Next in the hop is Corinna with another great project. I hope you leave comments as you go through, and if you want more information about Close to my Heart, our products, or classes and workshops, please contact your local consultant who will be glad to help you!
Next month our theme is Masculine Projects because after all, the men in our lives need some lovin' too!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

CCBH ShinHan Markers Blog Hop

Welcome to our April Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring the Close to my Heart ShinHan Touch Twin Alcohol Markers. These markers are available in 24 beautiful colours plus a blending marker.
We have an amazing group of talented ladies from all across Canada and they sure would love to hear from you. Before hopping on to the next person's blog, please take a moment to leave a comment about our projects.
If you have arrived from Brandy's blog, you are in the right place. If you would like to start on the east coast and travel across the country to the west coast, then start with Michelle in Nova Scotia.
I really like colouring with our ShinHan markers. The colours blend so well so you can add dimension and highlights to your image. I created a set of four cards using the Hello Lovely paper pack and the design Collage on page 97 of the Wishes Card Making Confidence How-To book from Close to my Heart. I embossed the Bamboo cardstock for the background with the Woodgrain embossing folder and the New England Ivy square with the Dots folder and my Cuttlebug. The White and Gold Ribbon (Z8139) gives direction to the cards, since two are portrait and two are landscape.

I stamped the image from the Adore You January Stamp of the Month (S1701) with New England Ivy Pigment Ink and then heat embossed it with Silver Pearl Embossing Powder (discontinued). This gave the outline a greenish-grey appearance which I really like. I coloured the image and fussy cut it to leave a very thin outline of white around the image itself. I then used the Gold and Clear Glimmer Pens to add some shimmer to the center of the flowers and the petals.


I stamped the sentiment from the Adore You stamp set inside the cards with Dessert Sand ink and the small heart is in New England Ivy. 
Thanks for hopping along with us this month! We hope we were able to inspire to get creative using some of the designs, products, or techniques you have seen along the way. We hope you will join us next month when we will be featuring creations using our favourite NEW paper collection. Yes! We have new paper collections coming soon! So mark May 15 on your calendar and hop along with us again!
Your next stop on this hop is Nancy in Southern Alberta! If you get lost along the way, just return to Michelle where you will find the complete list of hoppers.
If you would like to purchase any of the items you see while hopping through, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant for more information.





Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Hola! Bonjour! Hello! March CCBH

Welcome to the March Cross Canada Blog Hop and our theme - languages. Close to my Heart has several stamps that are available in English, French, and Spanish, so we have decided to highlight them this month.

If you are joining the hop from Kirsten's blog, you are in the right place, but if you want to start at the beginning, head to Michelle's blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers. As you hop through, please leave your comments as we love to hear what you think. 

I only have the English versions of the multi-language stamp sets, but I have included a pictures of the one I used so you can see what they look like. I decided to create a few 3" X 3" gift cards this month. One set is made using the Hello Lovely paper and New England Ivy as the base, and the other set uses the Sugar Rush paper with Pomegranate as the base. The stamp set is C1660 - Happy for You. 



I coloured the dovetailed banner with the Shimmer Brush Gold and layered it over a strip of our gold Glitter Trim using some Thin 3-D Foam Tape for a little dimension. 



On the card withe the Hello Lovely paper, the banner is coloured with the Shimmer Brush Clear. 

That's it for me this month. I am the last one on this month's hop, so if you would like to start over, please head back to Michelle's blog. If you have seen anything here that you would like more information about, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant for more information. 


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Succulents and Flowers CCBH

Hi and welcome to the February Cross Canada Blog Hop and our theme - Succulents and Flowers! Several of the Close to my Heart Cricut cartridges have images of flowers and succulents, but the new Flower Market cartridge has the most choices. If you have any questions about any of the projects you see on this hop or would like to place an order, please contact your local Close to my Heart Consultant for more information. 

WE hope you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers, whether it is about something you really liked, or a technique you would like to know more about. By leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like and what you would like to see more of. 

If you arrived at my blog from Brandy's blog, you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, simply return to Michelle's blog where you will find the list of all the bloggers.

Now on to the hop!

The new Close to my Heart Flower Market Cricut cartridge offers a variety of succulents and flowers as well as containers to hold them. In January, Close to my Heart presented a beautiful Welcome Home Wreath Kit available for free with a qualifying order. I was fortunate enough to get two of the wreaths and this is what I made with them.


When I received the first wreath lit, I didn't want to make the wreath and it sat on my dining room table for a week or two before I had the idea to make the Designed Decor Frame shown here. (The frame is still available in the Clearance section of the Close to Heart website, by the way.) I love how it turned out and it is now hanging in my cube at work.

My second wreath did end up as a wreath and is hanging above the stairs to the family room. There are no lower case letters on the sheets that come with the wreath so I made a lowercase C from half of an S. It worked perfectly! I also coloured the rolled roses with Tangerine ink before I rolled them. 

That's it for me this month. You can continue on the hop by heading to Corinna's blog for some more beautiful artwork.

Next month's theme is all about the Close to my Heart stamps in other languages, so come on by April 15 and hop along with us again!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Traditional Christmas Cards

This month, the Cross Canada Blog Hop asks "Do you like traditional or non-traditional Christmas colours, or do you like a combination?" So join us on this hop to see what we all prefer.

If you got here from Donna's blog, you are in the right spot, but if you get lost along the way, just head back to Michelle's blog  where you will find the complete list of hoppers. As you go hopping through our blogs, please leave comments. We love to see what you think of our artwork, whether it is a comment about the project itself or you would like more information about a product or technique we shared.

I guess I am a traditionalist. I love the red, green, gold and silver of traditional Christmas decorations and it shows in my cards and scrapbook layouts. I am sharing some of my Christmas cards with you on this hop and I welcome your comments.

These are the cards I made for my Christmas card workshop and I liked them so much I decided to share them here. I used Cranberry, Topiary and White Daisy cardstock and the City Sidewalks paper pack. I also used some red Sparkle Gems and red Enamel Gems, and City Sidewalks Washi Tape, as well as a variety of Christmas stamps. I also used my Shin Han Touch Twin markers to colour the candle on one of the cards.







That's it for me this month. I hope you like my cards. Please leave comments - whether it is something you like or a technique you would like to know more about, we love to hear from you!

I am the last hopper this month, but you can return to Michelle's blog to hop through again if you like. Come and join us next month when our theme will be Catalogue Recreations. In the meantime, I wish you a very 
Merry Christmas 
and a safe and happy New Year! See you in 2017!





Thursday, 15 September 2016

It's Back to School Time!

Welcome to the September Cross Canada Blog Hop and our theme this month - Back to School. If you see anything that you would like to know more about or would like to purchase, please contact your local Close to my Heart Consultant.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers, whether it is something that you like or some new technique you would like to learn more about. By leaving a comment, we get to hear what you like and what you would like to see. Thank you! Now, on with the hop!

If you just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to hop across Canada, then start with Michelle in Nova Scotia. If you arrived here from Donna's blog, then you are in the right place, but if you get lost along the way, just return to Michelle's blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers.

I don't have kids at home anymore, but I have a lot of grands (13 of them!) who are going back to school, from grades 4 to University! This layout uses Peacock and Saffron cardstock, a sheet of the Fundamentals Enchantment paper, and vellum from the Fundamentals Uptown paper. I also used the School 7 - 12 Complements and a sliver of gold from the Fundamental Assortment Gold for the ferrule on the pencil. I just cut a tiny piece from between the dots on the gold sheet and then carefully cut it to size. I coloured the pencil with our alcohol markers first. The title also comes from the School 7 - 12 Complements. I wasn't sure about the purple lettering, but it really adds something. I also added some of the new gold ribbon from the Uptown Ribbon pack.





That's it for me this month. Next up is Corrina with another awesome Back to School project.

If you have seen anything here that you would like more information about, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant.

Come join us next month when our theme will be - what else? - Halloween! See you then!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Fundamentals Paper Mini Album

When my granddaughter spent two weeks in Iceland on her recent vacation, I decided to make a mini album for her using some of the brand new Fundamentals papers from Close to my Heart. I needed some ideas so I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. I found just what I needed in several tutorials created by nwlady1949 (wish I knew her real name!). She covered everything from putting the cover together to decorating each page. The album is called a Triple Flip album and I really love it!

I was trying to decide what paper to use for the cover when I discovered that one of the patterns in the Memo Fundamentals from CTMH is a world map! Perfect!! I positioned it so that Iceland was as close to the center as I could get it and then cut our a heart using the new CTMH Heart Thin Cuts dies and then placed the heart around the island to highlight it. I then cut out the title using my Cricut Explore Air. I can't remember which font I used but I thought it was perfect for the cover. The cardstock I used is also from Close to my Heart. I used Desert Sand for the pages and hinge as well as the backing for the cover page title, and Peacock for the title itself.


I added a pocket on the inside front cover created from a 4" X 6" Picture My Life card attached on the bottom and left side. The pennants are ribbon and Teal Shimmer Trim.

The first three pages look like just one page until you pull it out and see that it is a lot bigger than it looks! Here I used some of my stash of older Close to my Heart paper and Desert Sand cardstock to make the waterfall and as the mat on the center page, then added some of the vellum from the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper on the pocket on the left. The tags are all PML cards. Those in the pocket in the left are matted on Desert Sand cardstock. Inside the waterfall are more pockets with tags and lots of places for photos and journaling.






On the other side of the first three pages are more pockets that I cut from the Enchantment Fundamentals paper and a piece of Peacock cardstock. I used the Good Times and Zoe Complements to add some embellishments as well as some Gold Foil Tape and Rustic Home ribbon.

Lots more pockets and tags and more of the Rustic Home ribbon. The tag in the left hand pocket is more of the Enchantment Fundamentals paper matted on a piece of Desert Sand cardstock. I used a mix of Enchantment and Rustic Home Fundamentals for the pockets on the middle page and more Enchantment in the right hand pocket. The ribbon is also from the Rustic Home ribbon set. The cards attached to the pocket on the right are from one of the My Crush sets (Besties). 


 More pockets, more tags. On the right page, I made two more triple fold outs which open in opposite directions, and added the ribbon to keep them closed.

Here is one of the triple folds open showing the photo mats and journaling spot. 

The center page is three pockets cut at 5" X 3" and scored on three sides at 1/2". They are then overlapped half way to make three layered pockets. 



This is the tag in the pocket on the left page. It is four PML cards attached to a piece or Desert Sand cardstock cut at 4" X 12" and scored at 6".



And now here are the last three pages with, again, more pockets and tags. I ran out of ideas on how to embellish the pockets but will think on it.


I hope you like this little mini album and I want to send a HUGE thank you to nwlady1949 for the tutorials!

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