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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

DISCLAIMER: I DID THE FIRST PART OF THIS TUTORIAL AT HOME IN MY FREEZING COLD CRAFT ROOM WITHOUT THE SOFTWARE I HAVE AT WORK FOR CREATING NICE SCREENSHOTS. SO PLEASE FORGIVE THE NOT SO GREAT LOOKING FIRST PART.

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 Evernote.com, then download and install the FREE version of Evernote. Once you have it, you can access it from anywhere simply by going to Evernote.com 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 Evernote.com), 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!

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!