Saturday, 20 July 2013

Use Your Stash Hop - Flowers!!

Roses, carnations, peonies, sweet peas! Who doesn't love flowers? They look pretty, smell wonderful, and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The July Use Your Stash blog hop is all about flowers!

If you got here from Wendy's blog, you are on the right track. If you get lost along the way, just return to Wendy's blog for complete the list.

In deciding what to do this month, I went searching through my hoard of paper (and I DO mean HOARD!) and came across the Flirty Workshop on the Go. I love the flowers in this kit and the colours are gorgeous!


Materials used:
Flirty Workshop on the Go (discontinued)
Bitty Sparkles
Laughing Lola Assortment (available in August!)
Sweet Leaf and Topiary Pigment Inks
Exclusive Inks Slate
Silver Glitter Trim
Colonial White cardstock
Continue on the hop with Rachel's blog and her beautiful artwork!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Cross Canada Blog Hop - Retiring? Who? Me?

Not me, but Close to my Heart does have some embellishments and stamp sets that will be retiring. The July Cross Canada Blog Hop will showcase these retiring products and give you some ideas on how to use them in your own projects!

The blog hop starts in Nova Scotia with Michelle and goes right the way across Canada, with representation from most of the provinces! We have some very talented people! If you arrived at my blog from Terry Ann's blog, then you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, just go to Michelle's blog where you will find a list of all of this month's bloggers!

For my project, I chose to do a layout, since it has been awhile since I last did one and I want to challenge myself. And since I have over 1000 pictures from Disney World (where the Close to my Heart convention was held this year), what better to scrap than all the fun times at the parks! SO much fun!! This place is immense!! We thought we could walk from one park to another, but there is no way! Disney Transportation is the only way to get around unless you have your own car.

Here is my layout. I only did one page for this one as I needed a filler, but I am happy with how it turned out. In going through my stash to find retiring product to use, I discovered all I have is the Foundry Pin Clips (Z1612)! LOTS of paper but not much in the way of embellishments.

I used the new Huntington My Reflections paper (X7174B), the Bronze Shimmer Trim (Z1849), and Natural Hemp (Z280) to tie the tag from the Dimensional Elements Tags (Z1684). Anyone who was at convention will recognize the layout! I used only one ink for this - Desert Sand!
Check out the While Supplies Last section on my website at to find some great bargains!
Next on the hop is Famida at Get Scrappin', but if you get lost, just return to Michelle in Nova Scotia where you will find the entire list of hoppers!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Cricut Artbooking Mini-Album

I love my Cricut!! And I love that Close to my Heart now has THREE Cricut cartridges!! The newest, Artbooking, will be available to order August 1, and like the other cartridges, it comes with three stamp sets and three sets of chipboard elements that complement some of the 700 images! Yes, I said 700 images!! And what a selection! Michelle Bowley posted an awesome video showing the pages in the accompanying book to give an idea of what you can cut!

One of the things we made at convention this year in Disney World was a cute little mini-album. All of the pieces (except the chipboard) were cut with the new Artbooking cartridge! Even the pages of the album themselves! We can now cut overlays - background designs to complement layouts, cards or decor items. We used a few in the album and they are fantastic!

This album was so much fun to make! It has pockets for adding bits and pieces, spaces for photos and journalling, and just a whole pile of cuteness! 

Two pages use the new overlay elements from the Artbooking cartridge. The one above has a honeycomb overlay and the one below uses an arrow overlay. The overlays can be cut up to 11"X11" to cover a layout page, or as small as shown for use on cards or decor items!

If you would like to create your own mini album or as a gift for someone else, please go to my webpage and send me a message to sign up for my class on September 14. Deadline to sign up is August 27 and cost is $20 payable by cash or credit card. 

I look forward to helping you create this cute little album!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

And Another Convention is in the Books!

Back home, unpacked, laundry done, and now back at work. It was a fantastic convention, as usual, and I am really looking forward to next year already!

On Saturday, we started with our final General Session and Jeanette's Q&A. This is always one of my favourite parts! Jeanette is an amazing woman with such love and compassion for everyone. She has a drive that is second to none and this is what has made Close to my Heart what it is today! She also has a fabulous sense of humour and some of her answers to the questions were so hilarious!! I was one of the fortunate ones whose questions she answered and recieved a special little stamp set! Picture to come.

Of course the last thing to find out at the final general session is the location of next year's convention. Everyone probably already knows it is in DISNEYLAND!!!! June 26 - 28, 2014 will see us enjoying the sights and sounds of Disneyland, California! Although I loved Disney World, Disneyland is still my favourite! After all, it is the original!

Saturday afternoon was the final Creative Session and then the Closing Crop, silent auction, and dance! I managed about half of the crop and then had to go back to my room to pack for our 2:45 AM wake up call.

Sunday stared FAR too early!! Bell services came to get our bags at 3:30 and took us to the Magical Express stop for our 4:15 shuttle. When we got to the airport and I saw the lineup for security, I thought we would be there all day! It was a ZOO!! But it was really fast and we were waiting at the gate for our plane in no time! The flight was so nice! Not a bit of turbulence until we got over Lake Ontario. We landed in Toronto and then waited for a few hours until we boarded the next leg to Edmonton. By this time, I was so tired I could barely eat my lunch. I dozed a bit on the plane and managed to wake up enough to get to the car at Edmonton International. But when my husband wanted to get groceries on the way home, I told him if he stopped at a store, I would beat him! So a stop at McDonald's for some burgers and then at the kennel to pick up our pooches, and we were home. By 6:30 I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer and crawled into bed after mumbling good night to my DH. I think I was asleep before I hit the pillow! Slept until 6:00 AM!! Then we were in Wal-Mart for groceries at 7:30!!

Now I am gearing up for next year and Disneyland. Starting up a Convention box for all the things I need to take, such as my lanyard and a few other things I wanted this time and had forgotten. My swap cards are already in the works and I am REALLY going to try for the album contest this time!! We have the theme of the convention already so maybe I will be able to come up with some layouts this time!

See you next year at convention!