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Sunday, 10 February 2019

I Heart Us Cross Canada Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Cross Canada Blog Hop. It is the month of love and what better theme than our I Heart Us kits!

If you got here from Brandi's blog, you are in the right place, but if you get lost along the way, just head back to Michelle in Nova Scotia for the complete list of hoppers. As you go through our blogs, please leave your comments, whether it is to ask for more information, or to just tell us what you think. We enjoy reading what you have to say about our artwork.

I love the colours in the I Heart Us papers and decided to do my take on one of the projects in the Deluxe Scrapbooking workshop. I plan on getting a photo of my buds and me at convention and will add it to the mats in the center. "Convention" is from the You Are Here Cricut cartridge and the 2019 is our new matte texture paste that I coloured with the Mint Shimmer Brush while it was still damp. The wash under the photo mats is several drops of the Mint Shimmer Ink that I added the tiniest bit of water to so the paper didn't warp too badly.


Here is the "2019". I used my Cricut to cut the numbers out of a scrap piece of cardstock and used that as my stencil. 

Materials used:
- I Heart Us Deluxe Scrapbooking workshop kit (without stamp set and thin cuts)
- Cricut You are Here cartridge
- Ranger Texture Paste Opaque Matte
- Glue dots, Liquid Glass, and my ATG

That's it for me this month. If you have seen something here you would like more information about, please leave a comment and I will get back to you shortly! Come on by and join us again next month when our theme will be our So Much Happy papers and embellishments. 

Now head over to Valerie's blog for some more great artwork! See you next month!


Thursday, 10 January 2019

Something Fierce This Way Comes

Welcome to our January 2019 Cross Canada Blog Hop and one of our new paper packs - Something Fierce! I love the dinosaur theme and the colours chosen for this paper!

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 in Nova Scotia for the list of bloggers. As you hop through our blogs, please leave a comment. We love to get your input!

Now, on with my blog. We have been on vacation in Australia and New Zealand since mid-November (home January 9) and one of the places we visited was the Blue Mountains. Since this area has plants that are unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs, there are dino statues everywhere. When I saw the dinos, I immediately thought of our new Something Fierce paper! Perfect! And I already had the layouts ready since we made them at the SE Launch! So here are my two layouts.


I have added the journaling already so all I need to do is add my photos.


I am not a pink person so I changed the colour scheme of this layout to greens.

That's it for me this month. Please join us again next month when the theme will be I Heart Us. Now head on over to Kristin's blog for some more great artwork!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

A Grateful Heart

It's October already! That means Thanksgiving on October 8. I hope you had plenty of turkey and all the goodies that go with it! This month, we are highlighting two paper packs - Grateful Heart and Hello Pumpkin. I have used the Grateful Heart paper for my project.

If you got here from Terry Ann's blog, you are on the right track, but if you find you get lost along the way, just head back to Michelle in Nova Scotia where you will find the complete list of hoppers. As you make your way through the hop, please let us know what you think, whether it is a comment about the artwork or a request for information about the products or techniques used. Now, on to the hop.

I love the Grateful Heart paper. The golds, oranges, and greens are true Fall colours, and although they are harbingers of the cold and nastiness to come, they are pretty. I made a little mini-album this month. I saw this on Pinterest originally posted by several different people and I thank whoever was the original poster for their instructions.



I made a belly band to keep it closed and I think it looks pretty good. I wanted the front to have some decoration when the belly band was removed so added the leaves. 












Inside are two pockets on the left side where I have added tags made from the PML cards in the paper pack and other patterned paper and coordinating cardstock. 


At the bottom of the waterfall (under the last flap) is another pocket with a tag made from a PML card.







That's it for me this month. As you go through the hop, please leave a comment about our artwork. If you see something you are interested in, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant for more information.

Please join us next month when the theme will be Christmas and the new Tis the Season paper pack. In the meantime, head over to Kristine's blog for some more great artwork!



Monday, 10 September 2018

Do you like a good Boutique?

I know I do! Welcome to the September Cross Canada Blog Hop where we are highlighting one of our new paper packs - Boutique! So pretty!

If you got here from Brandi's blog, you are in the right place, but if you get lost along the way, just head back to Michelle's blog in Nova Scotia where you will find the complete list of hoppers. As you make your way through our blogs, please let us know what you think, whether it is a comment about the artwork or you want information about a technique you see. Now, on to my project.

I have had this little box from one of our idea books from several years ago in my stash and decided it was time to make use of it. It may end up as an accordian album, but right now I will just keep mementoes from our trip in November in it. I love how our Peacock cardstock works so well with the Boutique B&T papers. The top of the box uses two of the PML cards from the Boutique papers as well as several of the complements. I popped the flowers up with our thin foam dots - single layer on the large flower and then doubled them up for the small flower so it sat a bit higher. I am really happy with how this box turned out.



The strip across the front of the lid flap is one of the sticker stips from the complements sheets. It doesn't reach all the way across so I cut it and stuck it down, then added the flower to cover the gap.



That's it for me this month. Please join us again next month when we will highlight the Grateful Hearts and Hello Pumpkin paper packs. Until then, hop on over to Kristine's blog for some more great artwork!


Monday, 27 August 2018

What is an Inky Pinky Scrapper?

You know how, when you're stamping or ink-distressing your paper you get ink all over your fingers? Well, those are inky pinkies! Because we all end up with inky pinkies when stamping and we all love paper crafting, my team is called the Inky Pinky Scrappers! 

I joined the Close to my Heart family 7 1/2 years ago after I had attended a CTMH home gathering and discovered their clear acrylic stamps! I was hooked!! Then I read about our CEO, Jeanette Lynton, and how she started this company in her kitchen and built it to what it is today. Jeanette is an amazing woman with a heart as big as all outdoors! She is not only focused on her company, but also on everyone involved with it, from her awesome President, Monica Wihongi, right down to each of us, her consultants. I attended my first convention in Disneyland in 2011 and had so much fun, I have only missed one since. I won't be missing any more! The energy, friendship, information sharing, and creativity is way up there with the stars! 

Want to get in on the fun? All you have to do is go to my website and sign up to join my team! As long as you live in Canada (except for Quebec and Nunavut), you can sign up with me. 

You may be asking why. Why should you sign up to be a Close to my Heart consultant? What's in it for you? 

Well, there is the freedom to choose your own hours of work, the friendships you can build as a consultant, and the knowledge you gain as well, not only in paper crafting but also in running your own business. Close to my Heart has dozens of tutorials and podcasts created by other consultants who share their expertise with all of us! 

Then, as I have mentioned, there is Convention! The BIGGEST party of the year! At convention, you learn about all the exciting new products in the next catalogue and even try some of them out at creative sessions. Then you have a chance to purchase all of the new product at a huge discount before the catalogue is live! You learn valuable business tips and tricks at business sessions. You earn awards for sales, including incentive trips to places like Mexico, Thailand, and the Caribbean! 


You will also receive the beautiful and oh so handy New Consultant Kit. This great kit contains everything you need to start your Close to my Heart business. The kit includes:

  • Tombow® Permanent Adhesive (Z3326, qty. 1)
  • 2″ × 2″ My Acrylix® Block (Y1003, qty. 1)
  • Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2831, qty. 1)
  • Custom Cardstock Combo Pack (Z9973, qty. 1)
  • Everyday Life™ Album — Black (Z4219, qty. 1)
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836, qty. 1)
  • Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 4 (9044, qty. 1)
  • Customer Order Forms (W101C, qty. 1 pack of 25)
  • Holiday Expressions Idea Book (WCS1191C, qty. 5)
  • Cardstock Sampler (W1197, qty.1)
  • Holiday Expressions Paper Packets Sampler (W1196, qty. 1)
  • Petite Perks™ Your Kind Heart Stamp Set (W2041, qty. 3)
  • Desk Pad (W1140, qty. 1 pack of 50)
  • Let Me Show You How Stamp Set (D1785, qty. 1)
PLUS you will receive $60 in CTMH Cash right away! That is over $240 in product PLUS $60 CTMH Cash for only $95 CAD plus shipping and tax.

Have I piqued your interest? Then head on over to my website and click What We Do, then click Be A Consultant. There you will find more information as well as the Let's Get Started link so you can start your own business today! 

You are welcome here!






Friday, 10 August 2018

It's all Documented!

Welcome to the August Cross Canada Blog Hop where we are highlighting the Documented paper pack. 

If you got here from Terri's blog, you are in the right place, but if you find yourself lost at any time, just head back to Michelle's blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers. We welcome your comments on our blogs so as you hop through, please tell us what you think.

I really like the Documented papers and decided to make the three layouts in the Workshop Your Way. They are so darned awesome and, although they don't have photos yet, I know I will be able to add photos to them later! 

The Documented Workshop Your Way (G1154 - $38.25 CDN) is available to order until August 31! I added some of my own touch to these by changing out the embellishments to make them work with the upcoming photos from our trip to gorgeous Australia and New Zealand in November!





That's it for me this month and since I am the end of the line, head back to Michelle's blog to run through again or to see the list of hoppers. Join us next month when we will be highlighting the Boutique papers from the new 2018 Holiday Expressions catalogue.


Sunday, 15 July 2018

Who Wants to Visit Central Park?


Welcome to the July Cross Canada Blog Hop where we are highlighting the Central Park paper from the 2017/2018 Idea Book. If you got here from Terry's blog, then you are in the right place, but if you get lost along the way, just head back to Michelle's blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers. 

This month, I started a monthly club at work and decided to start the club with a One Sheet Wonder card class using - what else? - Central Park! This One Sheet Wonder makes 11 cards from one sheet of Central Park and three pieces of cardstock - one White Daisy, one Lemon and one Willow. I used our Nutmeg ink (LOVE that colour!) and went through my stash of stamps to find a few I liked. So here are the cards my club ladies are working on this month. 


Notice the Lemon cardstock. You will see that on some cards it is lighter than others. That is because all of our cardstock is double sided, with one side nice and bright and the other somewhat muted. Same colour, just not as vibrant.


I had a piece of B&T left over when I had finished cutting out the paper so decided to make it into a banner. I also flipped the B&T over for that card, then cut two more banners from the Willow and Lemon cardstock. I think they add a nice little pop to the card since the pink is rather pale. 



If anyone would like the cutting diagram, I will send it to you. I tried to upload it but it wouldn't work...

The exclamation mark on the You're Amazing card was drawn by hand. I wanted one that fit on the White Daisy but all that I have are either too small or way too big. 

The papers for these cards could all be distressed as well, but since this is a lunch time class I wanted them to be as simple as possible. It still ended up taking two lunch times...

That's it for me this month. Continue your journey across Canada with Kristine's blog. Remember, if you find a kink in the road, just head back to Michelle's blog for the full list of hoppers. As you hop through, please let us know what you think of our projects. We always love to read your comments! If you see something you really like, contact your local Close to my Heart consultant for more information.

Join us next month when we will highlight more beautiful Close to my Heart paper and cardstock.