Monday, 15 August 2016

These are a Few of my Favourite Things

Welcome to our August Blog Hop featuring Our Favorite New Products from the NEW 2016/2017 Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local Close to my Heart consultant to place an order.

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 was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do. By leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you. Now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle Stewart. If you came from Brandy's blog then you are in the right place! 

There are so many new items that I absolutely LOVE - the new Fundamentals papers, the new dies, the new embossing folders, the new ribbon - that I decided to highlight a few of my favourite new items. 
One of my several grandsons graduated from high school in June so i decided to use our new Fundamentals Enchantment paper and the Star Thin Cuts dies to make a layout showcasing his achievement

The yellow and blue star at the bottom of the left page is a blue star with the bits from the large yellow one at the top. I also used some of the School 7-12 Complements as well. 

Don't you love the new word Thin Cuts too? At a team function in Red Deer a few weeks ago, I cut out the Thanks sentiment and used the positive on the card with the Enchantment Fundamentals paper and the negative on a second card that I splattered with watercolour paint first. I love how you can use the positive and the negative both! No wasted paper!

Last, I used my heart die to make this card that I really love! I cut the heart from a piece of White Daisy cardstock cut at 4" X 5.25" then cut strips of paper from various sheets of the Whimsy Fundamentals paper and adhered them underneath.

NOTE: I just want to add that I got the idea for this card from a post in Pinterest. Not exactly the same, but not totally my idea...

That's it for this month! Thank you for hopping along with us and I hope you come back next month when our theme will be Back to School. Now head over to Corrina's blog for some more great artwork!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Summer Vacation June CCBH

Hi all, and welcome to the June Cross Canada Blog Hop where our theme is Summer Vacation! As you are hopping through our projects, please leave comments! We love to get your feedback on our artwork, whether it is to compliment, complain, or ask questions about a technique you see or something you would like more information about. 

If you got here from Donna'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 entire list of hoppers. 

Summer is my FAVOURITE season! I love the warmth of the sun after so many cold winter days, and the colours of the trees and flowers after all those months of white, grey and brown. Since my summer vacation will be partly in Walt Disney World for the Close to my Heart Annual Convention, and partly at home, I have created two layouts. The first is photos of my backyard - my happy place. I love sitting outside and watching the bees in the flowers. I used Canary and Topiary cardstock for the base pages and some Pomegrante for the "happy". The words were cut with my Cricut (sorry, Can't remember the font) and I used our Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts and stamps for the flowers. I added the Bronze Shimmer Trim because it really needed a little bling. 

On this page, I used a flip flap for the 4X6 picture and added my journalling under it. There are also pull outs under the two outer 3X3 photos with little saying I found about bees.

This last picture shows the flower cluster I made using the Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts and stamp set. I had a Sparkle Flourishes strip in my stash so cut it up to mimic the flight of a bumble bee, then cut the bee from the only piece of Buzz and Bumble paper I had (it was a tiny piece that had one complete bee on it!).  

The second layout I made for my WDW and convention photos. This is also my roomie gift for my three wonderful roommates. Hope you liked them, ladies! The words and Mickey are all cut using my Cricut Explore Air, and the stamp I used was the one we received at Convention 2011, D1500 Dream. The polka dot paper (5/8" X 11") is from La Vie en Rose and the base is Black, Cranberry (11.5" X 11.5") and White Daisy (11" X 11").

At convention, we are inspired to create and the follow our dreams. Isn't that what our founder, Jeanette Lynton, did when she started D.O.T.S.? And aren't we ever so glad she did!? Thank you, Jeanette!

I love this quote from Walt Disney. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them". Sometimes I think Jeanette and Walt shared a brain! 

That's it for this month! Next on the hop list is Corinna so head on over for some more great artwork! 

If I have inspired you to create and you would like more information about Close to my Heart, please leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible. And remember that July is the PERFECT month to join the Close to my Heart family, because you not only get your beautiful New Consultant Kit for a measly $95, but you will also have your choice of a NEW Fundamentals paper pack and all of the co-ordinating Complements! This is in addition to the $60 you receive in Select Product Credit with your New Consultant Kit, so you can go shopping for even more great product! Interested? Contact your local Close to my Heart consultant for more information. To find a consultant near you, click here.

See you in August! 

Friday, 24 June 2016

It's Convention Time at Close to my Heart!

This is one of my favourite times of the year! The Close to my Heart Annual Convention! It is a time to catch up with old friends, make some new friends, learn about all the awesome new products that will be available for the next year, and generally have a great time.

We started off on Thursday with General Session in the Coronado Ballroom where we were introduced to the gorgeous new Fundamentals paper packs. Although Fundamentals is not new, the colours and patterns are. The colours are more vibrant and the patterns - well, you will have to wait to see them. Each Fundamentals paper pack also has matching Complements and ribbon! We have 21 beautiful new ribbons that complement the Fundamentals paper perfectly. I can't wait to get my hands on them!! 

Something new this year too - A Colour of the Year! This year it is Sea Glass, a beautiful muted greenish blue that goes wonderfully with the Fundamentals Basics paper and will be a great asset to all paper crafters.  

After General Session, we all picked up out brand new convention bag! It is AWESOME!! It is a rolling backpack in our colour of the year. It will easily hold an Iris case with room to spare. The telescoping handle folds into a pocket on the back that zips closed if you want to wear it as a backpack.

Once our tummies were satisfied it was back to the Coronado Ballroom for Extravaganza! In years past, Extravaganza consisted of several 10 minute presentations where we were introduced to different ways to use the new products. This is one of the favourite parts of Convention and everyone leaves with dozens (if not hundreds) of photos of the amazing artwork on display as well as copious notes covering different techniques used. This year, instead of us going to Extravaganza, it came to us! We stayed put and the presenters took to the stage to share with us. I liked it a lot better. 

Next was our first creative session which is my personal all time favourite part! In our convention bag, we received (along with the new catalogue!) a Value Pack of cards and envelopes, two packs of our new ribbons (6 rolls), silver shimmer trim, two new stamp sets, and two packs of the new complements! AWESOME! 

After Friday's General Session where we paid tribute to 10 amazing ladies who have been with Close to my Heart for 25 years and saw some great artwork and techniques. Our first business class was Marketing without the Angst presented by Kristina Livingstone. Kristina showed us how to use the tools in the Online Office to help with marketing our business. Once Kristina was finished, our second business class was Bringing the Financial Joy to Your Business presented by Tonya Sheridan. This was a super class where we were given some great ideas for boosting our sales from parties and crops. I am going to be initiating Tonya's ideas to help boost my own business!

In the afternoon Creative Session, we got to play with our watercolour paints by using different techniques to add colour to cards and layouts. We were also shown how to mix the paints to make our NEW colours (yep - 8 new colours in the CTMH palette!). That was a fun and messy time!

Now I am in bed after two full days of fun and creativity. We managed to get some pool time in too (swimming pool...).

Tomorrow we have General Session, business classes, creative session and the awards banquet. I hope Mickey Mouse shows up!

That's it all for now. It has been wonderful to meet people who I know on Facebook but have not had the opportunity to chat with in person. Now I can put faces to the names. I made a lot of new friends and can't wait until next year so we can get all caught up again. I met a group of ladies from Australia (g'day ladies!!) and had a wonderful chat with them. Hoping to meet some more tomorrow! 

I will write more once I am back home on Sunday, but until then Keep Calm and Get Scrapping!!

Monday, 16 May 2016

May means Happy Times!

It is National Scrapbooking Month and Close to my Heart has designed this fun paper packet, which is available for one month only, can be yours FREE when you submit a $70 CAD order. It features floral designs, gold foil details, and more! You can also purchase this exclusive paper packet at full retail for $17.75 CAD with no purchase requirement. Get the coordinating D-size stamp set, My Acrylix® Happy Times, for $21.25 CAD. Together with the Happy Times paper packet, this stamp set will help keep your precious memories vivid and bright in the pages of your scrapbook.
Imagine the beautiful layouts and cards you can make with this awesome paper and stamp set! To place your order of at least $70 to receive the Happy Times paper pack FREE, just go to my website at where you will find all of the details.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Welcome to the Cross Canada Blog Hop for May where our theme is Mother's Day. Although we actually celebrated last weekend, this is still the month to celebrate moms everywhere, whether here on earth or those who have left us and are looking down on us from heaven as mine is.

If you got here from Donna's blog, you are in the right place, but since this is a circular hop, you can actually start anywhere. 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. Now, on with the hop!

Since my mom passed away two years ago, I really have not felt like making Mother's Day cards at all, but this month I wanted to make some for those whose mom's are in heaven. 
I am really happy with how these cards turned out! The idea is from a card I found on Pinterest (Thank you, Denise Tarlinton!) that used Zoe paper. I replaced it with Canary paper from the Whimsy Paper Fundamentals pack. (I think this is the older pack as I can't find this pattern in the new catalogue.)

I stamped the moose and sentiment in Cocoa ink and used my watercolour pencils (Chocolate, Desert Sand. Bubble Gum and Black) to colour him in. The cocoa ribbon is from the old CTMH Ribbon Rounds Cocoa Collection (retired) that I had in my ribbon stash. I also distressed the edge of the White Daisy piece with some Cocoa ink to make it stand out more, and popped it up with 3D Foam Tape. 

That's it for this month. Please join us next month when the theme is Summer Vacation! Mine will be in Walt Disney World, Florida and I can't wait!

Since I am the last person on this hop, you can now return to Michelle in Nova Scotia and start over again or keep on going, so hop on over for some more great artwork!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Spring is in the Air

Don't you love Spring? It brings the promise of warmer weather, flowers, and a few months where our winter clothes can be put away and not thought about! This month, our hop theme is Spring is in the Air and we are bringing you layouts, cards and general paper crafts featuring Spring. 

If you arrived here from Kirsten's blog, you are on the right path, 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 hop through, please leave your comments as we love to hear what you think of our projects. If you see something you would like more information about, whether it is a particular product used or a technique, leave a comment and we will get back to you.

Now, here is my project. I already had about a dozen cards in my stash that have a spring feel to them so picked my favourites to use here. 

Easter on the first card was cut with the Artistry cartridge with Thistle cardstock. I reduced the distance between the letters in Design Space until they were overlapping. The front of the green Easter card was cut using the Artfully Sent cartridge. I LOVE that cartridge! It makes creating cards so easy! 

Don't you just love the new Close to my Heart Thin Cuts!? The flower on the cards above and below where cut using the Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts and my Cuttlebug, and then stamped with the matching stamp set. Love it!

Yes, it is contraband paper, but I didn't have any other that matched the PML card! Sorry...

Cardstock used: Thistle, Pixie, White Daisy
B & T used: Penelope, Kaleidoscope, contraband
Cricut cartridges: Artfully Sent, 
CTMH Thin Cuts: Springtime Wishes
Stamps: Springtime Wishes, Curlicue Alphabet
Inks: Pixie, Honey, Fern, Black
Other: 3D Foam Tape (Thin and Thick), Silver Glitter Trim, Pixie Thick Twine, clear sparkles, Enamel and Glitter Duos Purple Hearts

Thanks for hopping with us this month! Come and join us next month when we will be recognizing mom's! 

Since I am the last person in this hop, you can go to Michelle's blog to start all over or continue if you started in the middle of the hop. 

If you have seen anything here that you would like more information about, please leave a comment. I will get back to you as soon as I can! 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Baby, You Are Worth It!

When I signed up as a Consultant with Close to my Heart in 2011, I really didn't know what to expect. Would it work for me? Where would I find customers? Did I have enough time to devote to it? 
Well, it does work for me, and I do have enough time to devote to it. I am still working on adding to my customer base, but the few customers I do have make it worthwhile! I can set my own hours and work as much (or little) as I want and I like that.

Close to my Heart is an awesome company! Our founder, Jeanette Lynton, is the sweetest, kindest, most inspirational lady you could ever hope to know! Her Executive Team is just as awesome, and make every Close to my Heart event, from local one day workshops up to our fantastic three day convention, fun, interesting, and educational. 

Why am I telling you all this? Because I want to share my love of Close to my Heart with you and April is the PERFECT month for you to join the Close to my Heart family! When you sign up this month, you will receive the beautiful New Consultant kit for the low price of $95 CAD. And what is in the New Consultant Kit you ask? Well, have a look...

  • Medium Organizer (Z4139, qty 1) 
  • My Acrylix® Block 2" × 6½" (Y1010, qty 1) 
  • My Acrylix® Block 1” × 3½" (Y1002, qty 1) 
  • My Acrylix® Block 2" × 2" (Y1003, qty 1) 
  • Non-Stick Microtip Scissors (Z1836, qty 1) 
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782, qty 1) 
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778, qty 1) 
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512, qty 1) 
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151, qty 1) 
  • Sponge (Z697, qty 1) 
  • Customer Order Forms (W101, qty 1 pack of 25) 
  • Annual Inspirations Idea Book (WC1161, qty 5) 
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 (WCS1163, qty 5) 
  • Cardstock Sampler (W1136, qty 1) 
  • Paper Fundamentals Sampler (W1137, qty 1) 
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1138, qty 1) 
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1144, qty 1) 
  • Artful Textiles—Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set (W2034, qty 3) 
  • Gathering Invitations (W1129, qty 1 pack of 25) 
  • Desk Pad (W1140, qty 1 pack of 50)

All of those great supplies for only $95! It also includes $60 in Select Product Credit so you can buy more! 

And there is more! If you can submit $400 in personal sales in your first 30 days* as a consultant, you will also earn either a FREE Cricut collection or $118 in Select Product Credit! 

Have I got you interested? I will gladly help you sign up! Just go to my website and give me a call. I will answer your questions and help you through the sign up process. Hope we can chat soon!

*The 30 days starts 10 days after the New Consultant kit has shipped.