Friday, 15 June 2018

Rainbows Everywhere

Welcome to the June Cross Canada Blog Hop and our theme or Rainbows! We hope you enjoy what we have created and if there is anything you would like to know more about, whether it is the materials used or a technique you would like to try, please leave a comment. We love to hear your thoughts on our artwork.

If you got here from Brandi's blog, you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, just head back to Michelle's blog where you will find the complete list of bloggers. 

I have always been fascinated by rainbows. When I was a child, I asked mom one day where rainbows came from and she said they were God's way of letting us know that we didn't need to be afraid of the storm that just blew through. And then one day a science teacher dispelled this thought with prisms and a flashlight. <Sigh> 

My project this month is a layout I have made for our up-coming trip to Australia. No pictures yet as this one will be for photos of us at the airports. Yes, airports with an "s". We fly from Edmonton to Vancouver to Melbourne to Sydney, so there will be several airport photos.
I used the Clear Shimmer Brush to add a little shine to the suitcases as ours are really shiny. And I used a Flip-Flap so I could add our packing list, which keeps getting longer and longer! We are packing for 8 weeks, after all...

Materials used:
- Enchantment Fundamentals paper
- 3" X 4" Flip-Flaps (I LOVE these things!!)
- You are Here close to my Heart Cricut cartridge
- Clear Shimmer Pen

So that is it for this month. I hope you liked what I created and if there is something you would like to know more about, please leave a comment. Now head over to Kristine's blog for more beautiful rainbow artwork.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

How do you celebrate your relationships?

Welcome to the April Cross Canada Hop where we are celebrating! What are we celebrating? Life! Love! Friendship! Whatever you want. 

As you go through our hop this month, take a moment to think about everything in your life and how you would celebrate it all. Please leave comments for us as you go, whether it is a comment about our artwork or about your own celebrations, we would love to hear it. 

If you got here from Brae's blog, you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, just go back to Michelle in Nova Scotia where you will find the complete list of hoppers.

When I started thinking about everything in my life, I had no problem figuring out what I want to celebrate. My hubby and I have been together for 29 years, not all of them great. We have had our share of not so loving times, but we worked around them and got through it all. There was a time when I would gladly have packed everything I own and moved out, never to go back. But as they say, marriage is tough. You don't throw something out if is broken but can be fixed. So we worked on fixing our relationship and today, we have a better marriage than ever. We still have our moments but all-in-all, it is good. 

I made a layout centered on my hubby and me. No other family in this one. This is a celebration of who we are and what we have become. The layout is my version of the one shown on page 36 of the 2017/2018 Idea Book.

The two B&W photos are my hubby, Dwayne, and myself at 4 years old, and then here we are at Disney World for the CTMH Convention in 2013. That was a blast! I still need to add my journalling in that space on the right but my pen has run dry so until I get a new one, that will need to wait. 

Supplies used:
Adventure Paper Pack - Z3351
Happy Moments Complements - Z3355
CTMH Cricut Flower Market cartridge
Whisper cardstock (retired)

Thanks for hopping along with us! Since I am the end of the line, you can go back to Michelle's blog and hop through again if you like. Please join us next month when our theme will be 

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Creativity and Time - The Supposed Scrapbook Killers

I am a paper crafter and I love to share my passion with others. I find when I am feeling stressed, I head to my craft room and start creating. POOF! The stress may not be gone, but whatever was causing it doesn't seem quite so bad.

Paper crafting is also my relaxation. It is my outlet. I create scrapbooks that tell my family who I am, who they are, and who their ancestors were. Scrapbooks tell the stories of our lives so that those who come after us will know where THEY came from.

When I try to get others interested in scrapbooking, there are usually two main excuses why they don't want to do it.

1 - I am not creative
2 - I don't have time

So, let's look at these.

1 - "I am not creative". Really? When people tell me they are not creative, I want to scream! If you can take clothes out of your closet and put together an outfit that doesn't look like it fell off the back of a truck, you are creative! If you can prepare a wonderful meal for your family, you are creative!

You don't have to be able to create those awesome layouts you see in magazines. As long as you can put your photographs in a photo safe album with a few embellishments and some journalling to tell what is going on in the photos, that is all you need! Sure, you can go all out and spend a couple of hours on one page, but you don't have to!

2 - "I don't have time". Really? This is another one that raises my hackles. If you take kids to swimming lessons/dance lessons/gymnastics/whatever and spend an hour waiting for them, bored out of your gourd, you have time to work on a layout. I'm not saying take a ton of stuff with you. Try a Cut Above kit from Close to my Heart. Everything is all ready for you to put together. All you need is adhesive, a ruler, and a pair of craft scissors. Voila!

So now I have shown you that you do have time and creativity, are you ready to give paper crafting a try? Get those photos off you phone or camera and get them printed! Contact your local Close to my Heart consultant for more information, or if you are in Canada, contact me!

Would you like more information about Close to my Heart? Then leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Would you like to see what Close to my Heart has to offer? Then head to my website and have a look around.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Christmas Season Cross Canada Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cross Canada Blog Hop for November 2017! Our theme this month is the holidays. 

If you got here from Emily's blog, you are in the right spot, 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.

If you have any questions as you go through our hop, please leave comments as we love to get your feedback. Now on to the hop!

This month I have decided to create some Christmas cards to add to those that I will be sending out this year. It seems I never have enough cards so making too many is just fine!

These are two from a set of six (three of each design - I might make more). I used the Christmas Tunes stamp set, Cranberry and New England Ivy cardstock, Beary Christmas paper, and strips of Silver Glitter Paper (yes, that is silver! Coloured with the Marigold Shin Han Marker to make it gold!).

I am not too keen on the banner for this wreath so I layered two of our ribbons - the gold ribbon in the Basics pack (Z3364) and the White and Gold ribbon (Z3189) - on top of each other then added a faux bow.

Yes, this really IS Silver Glitter Paper! I just used the Marigold Shin Han Marker (Z2457) to colour it gold!

I used the Gold Shimmer Brush (Z3316) to add a little glitz to the star on the top of the tree. Don't add too much though unless you heat emboss the tree first, or the ink will run a bit as mine did. Note to self - heat emboss the rest of the cards! :-)

Next on the hop is Corinna, so head on over to see some more beautiful artwork! Again, please leave your comments as we love to hear what you think. If you see a product or technique you would like to hear more about, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant who will gladly answer your questions. 

Stay tuned next month when our theme will be how we celebrate the holidays. We will share our memories and traditions of the Christmas season. Happy Hopping!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

How to Use Evernote to Organize Your Stamps


When I first started using Evernote, I was totally intimidated! I had tried using MS One Note and had a horrible time with it! But Evernote is so simple and I am going to try to explain it to you here.

First, set up an account at, then download and install the FREE version of Evernote. Once you have it, you can access it from anywhere simply by going to and logging in to your account.

Installed Version: When you have it downloaded, click File and then select New Notebook from the menu.

Give your notebook a name. I called mine Stamp Set Inventory. When you have that done, click New Note.

Now give the note a title. I give mine the stamp set number and name.

Next, add some tags. Tags are awesome when you want to find a particular stamp set later because it allows you to search using words instead of scrolling through all of your stamps you have entered. I have 426 stamp sets currently (and I think I have a few that have not been entered yet) so you can image the pain that would be! Click Add Tag... to enter those tags.

I simply used various items that are on this stamp set as the tags, such as candles, party hat, cake and birthday. 

Next, open a Google browser (or Internet Explorer or Firefox, whichever you prefer - I am a Windows gal; sorry Mac users...) and search for the stamp set you want an image of. I enter CTMH followed by the stamp number, for example CTMH C1662.

Voila! Now click the right mouse button and select Copy Image then go back to your note and click the right mouse button again then click Paste to put it into your note. Then just close the note by clicking the X in the top right corner and you are done! 

Online Version: When you access Evernote remotely (online via, it will look different than the one downloaded and installed on your computer. You add notes via the menu on the sidebar:

Select the Notebook you want to work with, or click Notebooks to start a new one. Click New Note (+ sign) to start a new note.

The new note will look quite a bit different to the installed version, but it works basically the same way. Enter the title of your stamp set as before, the click New Tag to add tags.

Start typing tags and hit Enter between each. This will start a new tag. Keep entering tags until you feel there are enough (don't go overboard!) then click in the main body of the note. For the Wise Guy Birthday stamp set, I entered words from the stamp set (Happy Birthday) as well as words evoked by the set (fun, happy, celebrate), and words to express the images as well (cake, party hat, candles...). By doing this, I have made it easier to find a stamp set that expresses the feeling I want. 

Add an image of the stamp using the same method as above. When you are finished, click Done in the top right corner and your note will be saved to your Notebook! 

Now, when I want a particular stamp set, I click Search and type in what I am looking for. 

Evernote will list all of the stamp sets with the tag Birthday.  At the top of the list, it shows it found 40 stamp sets with the tag Birthday. Now I can scroll through 40 a lot faster than 427 to find the one I want. 

So that is all there is to it. If you have any questions, I will gladly help you out! 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Come and see what's new!

My Favourite New Product

The new 2017/2018 Annual Inspirations Idea Book is now live so everyone can enjoy the beautiful papers, stamps and embellishments! So much to see and play with!

If you got to my blog from Alyson'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 bloggers.

There is so much in the new Idea Book that I love, that I had a really difficult time deciding what I wanted to make. It started as a layout then became a set of cards. Next I wanted to do a mini-album but couldn't decide which paper to use for it! UGH! In the end, I decided to highlight our AWESOME new cardstock which is now double sided! It is the same colour on both sides, but one side is a tone lighter, so now you have twice as many options when adding cardstock to your paper crafts!

So, I made three mini albums - one for each of our Adventure, Enchantment and Whimsy cardstock groups (Basics is on the way but I ran out of Flip-Flaps)! Each album uses three 3"X4" Flip Flaps, two 3"X4" pieces of cardstock for the front and back covers (I used our colour of the year - Bashful - but you could use whatever colour you like; also, I trimmed it down a wee bit so it fit easily into the flip-flap), a strip of cardstock 3/4"X6.5" to cover the spine, and the colour swatches for the new cardstock.

I used the sticky strip on each flip-flap to stick the pages all together, added a cover for each group (recognize the stamp set, all you CTMH ladies out there? It is the Convention 2016 set! Love it!), and then used all of the ribbons for each group to decorate the album!

I cut 1/2" from the bottom of each colour swatch (the end with the name) and glued it to the opposite side so it is easier to see the difference. Then I used the Idea Book paper list as a guide to put my swatches together. I left 3/4" between each darker piece and glued them all together, then cut the large swatch to 4" long and trimmed a sliver off each side to make them fit the flip-flaps better and even the sides up.

Since we have 10 of each colour group and I had three on a page, it left one colour in each group all by itself. But that was okay because I added my contact information below it on the last page!

I hope you like my little albums. I plan on keeping them in my purse to pull out anytime I hear someone talking about how to use colours in scrapbooking, the home, or where ever! I will be making one or two more to highlight the Adventure, Enchantment, Whimsy and Basic Fundamentals as well but just have to wait for my Flip-Flaps to arrive! I figured this is an easy way for my customers to see how different cardstock looks with different Fundamentals papers without having to carry around full sheets! 

Next stop on your journey across Canada is Corinna with some more great artwork! 

Come back next month when we will highlight the Close to my Heart Bracket Frame. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone does with this!  

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!