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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Add a Hyperlink to Your Post

Hi everyone. Wow! Two posts in one day! Someone was asking how add a hyperlink in their blog posts and when I asked around to others, their were several who would like the information so here is it.

Hyperlinks are a great way to link your blog to other pages of information. By clicking a link in your blog, your readers are able to navigate to other blogs, websites, etc.

The first step is to type your blog as you want it to appear, then decide what you want linked to other sites. For example, I want people to be able to go to my Close to my Heart website to order product or the contact me about gatherings, so I will highlight the Close to my Heart above.

Next, click the Link button in the toolbar at the top of the screen.

The Edit Link window will be displayed. The text you highlighted will be shown in the Text to Display box. Type the address of the website to go to in the Web Address box, or on a separate tab, go to the website to link to and copy the address (highlight, click the right mouse button and select Copy), then paste it in the Web Address box. Click the check box beside "Open this link in a  new window" if you want the website to open in its own window. Then click OK.
The link will now be blue and underlined in your blog. Anyone who comes to your blog can now click the link and be taken to the site you specified.



Any questions? Please leave a comment or click the link and send me an email! Thanks!

Double Pocket Cards - One of my Faves!

I have had a few requests for instructions to make the double-pocket cards that I have posted a few of here and taught in my monthly card class here at work. So here you go:

Double pocket cards looks quite complex, but they are really easy to make.
Materials:
Paper or light cardstock – 8.5” X 11”
Paper trimmer or scissors
Bone folder
Adhesive
Inks and embellishments of your choice

1.      Fold the paper in half lengthwise, open it up and fold it widthwise.
2.      Place the paper in front of you with the widthwise fold going across the table (parallel to you). Whichever side is facing up will be inside the card. If you want the side you are looking at to be the outside, flip it over. The folds can be refolded. Cut on the widthwise fold from the left side to the center.
3.      With the paper on the table in from of you with the widthwise fold parallel to you again, fold the bottom right corner of the paper toward the center, lining the edge with the center fold.
4.      Turn the paper around and repeat the fold from step 3, but only going half way between the edge and the fold.
5.      This is what the paper will look like:
6.      Now fold the section with the smaller fold over to the section above the big fold.
7.      Now fold the section with the big fold up so it is over the part just made in step 6.
Almost there
8.      Place adhesive on the open side edges. The diagonal edges are your pockets! I tried to take a picture of me doing this but I needed two more hands and just couldn't grow them. Sorry...
9.      There is one flap left over. There are two things you can do with it:
a.      Fold it around the back so the card opens.
b.      Fold it over the bottom pocket so the bottom pocket is the same as the inside of the card (sorry, no picture)
10.   Embellish as desired!

Hope this helps!


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Use Your Stash - Waterfalls

When I think of a waterfall, my first thought is Niagara Falls. I have never seen it in person, but it is on my bucket list! The waterfalls this month are just as gorgeous, but not nearly as wet! 

If you came from Tabitha's blog, you are on the right path, but if you get lost, just return to   Joy's blog and start again! And please leave your comments! We love to get your feedback, whether it is about the technique or paper or design or something else.


Here is my contribution this month. I have never done a waterfall card before so this was a great chance to learn the technique. This is actually the card I sent Jeanette for her birthday. I hope she enjoyed it!


Materials used:
Claire Paper Pack
White Daisy cardstock
Pair a Phrase Stamp (discontinued)
Alcohol and Dye markers
Prisma Glitter
Glitter Glue - Silver and Bronze
Silver Bigger Brads and one Bitty Brad
Outdoor Denim ribbon
Sunset and Outdoor Denim Dye inks

If you would like to purchase any of these or other supplies, or to learn how to make your own waterfall card, please visit my website at http://janmccormick.ctmh.com. 

Now hop on over to Rachel's blog for another beautiful waterfall!

FUNDRAISER ALERT! Michelle Stewart, a CTMH consultant in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is holding an online auction fundraiser to help Operation Smile. Please have a look at the beautiful artwork she and other consultants are auctioning off for this great cause.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Cross Canada Blog Hop - April

Welcome to our April Blog Hop featuring a Home Decor project of our choosing. 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 at My Creations with Michelle. If you came from Terry Ann's blog then you are in the right place!


For our Home Decor project, I decided to make a welcome banner for my craft room. I have had the banner in my Projects To Do box but never got around to using it. This was the perfect opportunity! But anyone who knows me I don't like to follow directions, but rather go off in my own direction. Once I had the banner finished and it was laying on my kitchen counter, I thought "Hmmm. Suppose I made it into a medallion instead of a banner..." and this is what resulted! I love it! 
Materials:
Clair paper pack (X7166B) $9.95
Exclusive Inks Sunset (Z2191) $5.25
Exclusive Inks Outdoor Denim (Z2140) $5.25
Glitter Paper Black and Grey (Z1829) $5.95
Finishing Files (Z1091) $5.95
Dimensions Banner (discontinued)
Harvest Assortment Baker's Twine - Outdoor Denim (Z1751) $4.95
Sponges (to ink the edges of some of the paper)
Cricut cartridges - Artiste to cut the pieces for the yoyo and the banner, and Art Philosophy to cut Welcome (Artiste - Z1780, Art Philosophy - Z1686) $99 each set

If you would like to purchase the materials used for this month's project, please visit my website at http://janmccormick.ctmh.com! 

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Kathy at It's a Girl Thing.  If you get lost along the way, you can head back to Michelle's Blog, My Creations with Michelle, as she has the complete blog list. 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again in May when we will be featuring some Canvas projects.
 
FUNDRAISER ALERT! Michelle Stewart in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is holding an online auction to benefit Operation Smile. Michelle and other CTMH consultants in Nova Scotia have created some awesome artwork that they are selling by silent auction. Please check out Michelle's blog to find out the details and view the auction items.