Friday, 20 September 2013

Cricut Art Philosophy and A Chocolate Affair - what a team!

This month, the hop is all about Cricut and die cuts. I don't have anything made myself, but I wanted to share the awesome work done by a group of consultants for Xocai (pronounced show sigh) chocolate and skin care. These folks were wonderful, and their creations were so darned cute!

If you got here from Shirley Ross's blog, you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, just go back to Tabbi's blog where you can find the list.

Several weeks ago, I met a friend I hadn't seen in some time while grocery shopping and we got talking about our respective "after work" jobs. I told her about Close to my Heart and how much I love it. She then told me she sells Xocai as a side line. I got all excited about this and told her about the August Stamp of the Month - A Chocolate Affair. We then decided our two businesses could really use each other! I gave her my card and pointed her to the online Idea Book. A few days later she called me and wanted to do a workshop centered around the little fry boxes cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge!

After spending about an hour looking at paper colours and possible layouts for the fry box decorations, we came up with a plan! Some of her downline came to a workshop at her house where they assembled the fry boxes and embellished them to use as samples and thank you gifts for customers! And of course the SOTM was PERFECT!

Isn't this cute!? I cut the fry boxes and labels in advance from Pear, Smokey Plum, Lagoon, and Honey cardstock and then everyone put them together in their own combinations. They were fantastic! I also provided a number of embellishments including the Glitter Gems Pink assortment and Bitty Sparkles. They used our Exclusive inks as well in the same colours as the cardstock as well as black. 

Yes, there were two guys there and they did an awesome job! In fact, Ben (pictured above) made two special sets that he delivered to a local radio station! The DJ's thought they were super!

Ben's fry boxes all stacked together for travel home so he could pack them with his samples. I was kicking myself after for not adding my card to them! Doh!! 

If you are interested in holding a Close to my Heart gathering, or would like to check out the online Idea Book, please check out my website at

Now hop on over to Joy's blog for some more Cricut and Diecuts! Thanks for hopping with us!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Jeanette Lynton's Vault - a Cross Canada Blog Hop

Many years ago, Jeanette Lynton started this amazing company called D.O.T.S. (Dozens of Terrific Stamps). She deigned her own stamps, and even sat at her kitchen table hand carving the images into pieces of rubber to be mounted onto wooden blocks. Over the years, D.O.T.S. became Close to my Heart, the rubber stamps evolved to become clear acrylic stamps in the My Acrylix line, and those original images were put away.

In June 2013, we found out that 5 of these oh so cute images have been brought out of Jeanette's "vault" and are available for anyone to order as My Acrylix stamp sets! They are found on pages 114 and 115 of the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book and are only available until January 2014.

This month, our blog hop centers around these stamp sets. If you came here from Ashley's blog, then you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, hop on back to Michelle in Nova Scotia for the list of hoppers.

For my part in this hop, I decided to go with the adorable little rag doll stamp set, Stitched with Love (B1425). First, I stamped the image and the sentiment with Black Exclusive Inks Mini Pigment Ink on a 3 1/2" square piece of White Daisy cardstock. When it was dry, I coloured it with various colours of the Close to my Heart Exclusive Inks Alcohol Markers and ink distressed the edges with Desert Sand Exclusive Ink, and then adhered the cardstock square to the 4" square Kraft card base. This card was kept quite simple so I didn't overshadow the simplicity and innocence of the image itself.

I am working on a set of five of this card and will post more pictures if I get them all done in time. If they are not here, then I just ran out of time! Sorry...
Now head on over to Nancy's blog for some more wonderful artwork using Jeanette's beautiful stamps! Remember, if you get lost along the way, head on over to Michelle in Nova Scotia for the complete list of hoppers.
If you are interested in purchasing these or any other stamp sets from Close to my Heart, please go to my website at and browse through the online Idea Book, or leave a comment and I will work with you to place your order.