Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas is Coming

November Use Your Stash Blog Hop - Decor Items

This month, our hop theme is Home Decor and Close to my Heart has a number of beautiful items to use as a base. I chose the Magnetic Chalkboard (Z2006) for my project. So how did I choose to use this frame? I made a Countdown Calendar! So far it only for Christmas, but I will also make countdown themes for Valentine's Day, Easter, Summer Vacation, and Halloween. Maybe birthdays too. I already have plans for other calendars and will be working on them soon.

If you got here from Shirley's blog, where you will find the complete list of hoppers, you are on the right track. If you get lost along the way, just head back to Shirley and get going again.

It is only five more weeks until Christmas and all of the little ones will be looking forward to Santa's visit! It is so difficult for them to wait once December arrives and a countdown calendar really helps them to be patient.

I used the Yuletide Carol paper pack (X7187B) for this Christmas themed calendar. I cut a 4" piece from the bottom of the fireplace paper and then cut the swirl from the top portion. 

I added a few Clear Sparkles (Bulk232) to the holly because it just looked to plain.

The sentiment if from the Frosted Card Workshop (D1562) and stamped in Cocoa, then again in Ruby and New England Ivy Exclusive Inks. I then cut out the DAYS and MERRY and popped them up with foam tape.

I added a strip of Gold Glitter Trim (Z1985) to the top of the Yuletide Carol paper and then some Red Glitz Glitter Gel (Z1484) to the toes of the red striped socks.

The numbers were all stamped with the Handwritten Print Alphabet stamp set (E1030) using Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder (Z668 - this is the old CTMH embossing powder). The words on the black cardstock are stamped with White Daisy Pigment Ink (Z2163). 

That's it for this month. Next on the list is Katy's blog and some more beautiful artwork.

If you see anything along the way you would like to add to your own stash, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant! And please don't forget to leave comments as you go! We love to get your feedback.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

What's Christmas without Treats!!

November Cross Canada Blog Hop - Designer Creations

Hard to believe it is nearly Christmas! Only 6 weeks! Wow! This month, we are focusing on the Close to my Heart Designer Creations line of goodies. I chose the Treat Bags for my project as I will be putting candies or cookies (or both) in them as a small Thank You for my customers.

If you got here from Terry Ann'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 complete list of hoppers. 

When I first saw the Designer Creation Treat Bags, I could NOT figure out what to do with them. I saw a paper bag with no possible future. Then I went digging through my Christmas paper and stamps sets and this is what resulted. 

The image is stamped with Exclusive Inks Cocoa (Z2114), and coloured with a variety of our Shin Han Touch Twin markers (I will list them at the end). I used Ruby cardstock cut at 2" wide and the Yuletide Carol paper sheet with the music on one side cut at 1 1/2". I cut this so the music was horizontal (second cut. The first was vertical. DUH!) and then layered it on the Ruby. I cut the image close and then popped it up with 3D Foam Tape. The Glitter Gel Red on the berries adds just the right amount of bling.

Here is a list of the Shin Han colours I used:
Leaf Green Z2454
Sap Green Z2463
Marigold Z2457
Golden Yellow Z2452
Cherry Pink Z2450
Carmine Z2448

So that is my contribution for this month. Thanks for hopping along with us! Now hop on over to Kathy's blog for some more beautiful artwork!

Remember, if you get lost along the way, just return to Michelle's blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers!

If you see something in any of our blogs that you would like to make or use for your own Christmas crafting, please contact your local Close to my Heart Independent Consultant for more information.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Yuletide Carol HW Blog Hop

Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Here it is, the end of October already! Where has the year gone? Thanksgiving and Halloween are done and now we are gearing up for Christmas. To get us started, we are using the Yuletide Carol paper this month. This is a beautiful paper pack and was so much fun to work with. So let's get on with the hop!

If you got here from Anna's blog, you are on the right track! But because this is a circular hop, you can start anywhere! If you get lost along the way, just head on back to Nancy's blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers.

For the hop this month, I decided to do the Yuletide Carol Workshop on the Go layout. It is so pretty and I love the colours, except the black base pages. To me, black is a Halloween colour, not a Christmas colour so I changed the base pages to Ponderosa Pine! This did require a few other changes but I really like how it turned out!

The pages in the picture are the wrong way around, not that it matters. There is an ugly mark on the Kraft paper that is a defect in the paper itself and since I didn't have any more of it, I made do. It will be covered by a photo anyway. :-)

Because I used the Ponderosa Pine cardstock as the base, I had to turn the Green Damask over and use the side with the music. The piece beside the Kraft had to be moved up as it sort of blended in. I forgot to ink the edges of the papers and if I had, it might have shown up better. 

I did ink the edges of the journalling strips with New England Ivy so they would show up better. I used the direct ink-to-paper method so it would be really dark on the edge only. 

So that is it for this month! Stay tuned for December 1 when the hop will focus on the Snowhaven paper pack! Now, on to Holly's blog for some more beautiful Yuletide Carol artwork! 

If you would like more information about any of the products you see on the hop, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant! 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Chipboard, Chipboard Everywhere!

October Use Your Stash Bloghop

Chipboard, chipboard and more chipboard! If you are anything like me, you have tons of it in many different shapes and sizes. Letters, numbers, frames... you name it! So this month, our theme is - you guessed it - CHIPBOARD!

I am the starting point for this hop and all of the hoppers are listed at the end, but you can actually start anywhere because this is a circular hop. So if you got here from Shirley's blog, no problem! If you do get lost along the way, just return here for the next blog! As you go, please leave your comments as we love to get your feedback.

Now, here is my project for this month. I attended a crop to raise funds for breast cancer research yesterday and spent the day working on this little mini album. It isn't quite finished yet, but after working for 12 hours, I couldn't do any more. I will get it finished before my hubby and I head to Mexico in December as I intend to put our vacations pictures in it.

First of all, I would like to say thank you to all the very talented people out there who created some gorgeous albums that helped me create mine!  I watched quite a few videos, making notes along the way. I made the cover of this album with chipboard I have had laying around for years (backing from CM paper packs), a piece of Kraft-Tek I "borrowed" off of a fellow cropper (I couldn't get my hands on a piece of Tyvek anywhere!), two Seaside paper packs and a TON of Desert Sand cardstock. Oh, and the Close to my Heart Seaside Picture My Life cards! They saved me oodles of time! There are a lot of pictures here, so have a peek and let me know what you think.

I wasn't sure how to keep the album closed but I had this really old ribbon from CTMH in my stash and thought it would look okay. Instead, it looks great!

Inside the cover, I have a chipboard photo frame with a PML card under it. The card was actually too long so I sliced a chunk off the top, cut out the sentiment and added it with some foam tape. The photo frame is on the first page of a three page fold out that is held closed with magnets. The facing page is also a fold out, but only has two pages. Below are pictures of them opened.

The next page has a chipboard piece from another photo frame. I distressed the edges with Desert Sand ink and added a sticker from the Seaside Complements. The sequins are actually silver that I coloured blue with one of my Shinhan Touch Twin markers.

I noticed I skipped a page but you can see part of it above. I used a chipboard arrow that I distressed with Sorbet ink and added a small sticker (Beach) from the Seaside Complements. 
You can see on the next page that I used three of the PML cards - one to make a pocket and two smaller ones as tags.

Missed a page again... 

The PML card I used here has a banner theme so I tried to copy it on the next page. The three triangles are chipboard again. I covered two with Washi tape (Blue houndstooth and Brown Woodgrain) and stamped the center one with a stamp from the Seaside Workshop on the Go. They are strung together with some Hemp cord.

Below is another chipboard shape, this time a speech bubble. I lightly distressed it with Desert Sand ink and added another Seaside Complement then added foam tape to pop it up. The little fish on the other page is from the Seaside Assortment. I added three Sparkle Gems as bubbles. The border was cut with the new CTMH Diamond Border Punch, and the beads are contraband that were in the goody bag I received at the crop yesterday.

The next page has another chipboard arrow that I added a small piece of a zipstrip from one of the Seaside papers to give a little contrast. I love the sentiment from the Seaside WOTG stamp set! The flipflop card is another PML card and for this sentiment, I think it works great! The three sequins are the darkest ones from the CTMH Sequins Silver. 

So that is my project for this month. Still some work to do but it will be done by December! Now, on to Wendy Kessler and her beautiful artwork!

Here is the list of all of the hoppers for this month:

2. Wendy Kessler -

Happy hopping!!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Trick or Treat!

October Cross Canada Blog Hop

Welcome to our October Blog Hop featuring Tricks and Treats. To purchase any of the items seen
in our blog hop today, contact your local 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 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 Julie at her blog. If you came from Terry Ann's blog then you are in the right place!

I made this cute card using the Stamp of the Month from September 2012 - Fall Favourites, and our new Shinhan Touch Twin Markers to colour the scarecrow and pumpkins. I love how it turned out!

I stamped the scarecrow, pumpkins and sentiment with Cocoa Exclusive Ink and then popped up the pumpkin and sentiment with 3D foam Tape. the Bakers Twine adds just a little hint of sparkle!

Here a few other cards I made last weekend at our Hearts so Wilde team meeting. Aren't they great? Both cards were made using the new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. 
The ghosts, mummy and bat were stamped in Black Exclusive Ink and then the mummy and bat were coloured with our new markers. the ghosts and the mummy were then coated in one layer of liquid glass to give them a bit of gloss.

This is one of my favourites! I love the inside and will be making more like this! The Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge has so many options for stand up cards!

That's it for my blog. thanks for stopping by! 

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Nancy Klein. If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle's blog, as she has the complete blog list. 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Are you a Scaredy Cat?

October Hearts of the West Blog Hop

October brings to mind Halloween, Thanksgiving, cooler temperatures and leaves changing colour. In keeping with this, the theme of the October Hearts of the West blog hop is our Scaredy Cat paper pack. The colours in the paper could be used for so many things but I decided to focus on Halloween. I also love waterfall cards and the images on the Frightfully Fun stamp set (B1453) are perfect for this style of card.

Because my craft room is still unusable, as is my dining room, I am using my macrame board as a table while sitting on my comfy La-Z-Boy with my pooches beside me. The carpet guy is here putting in the carpet and the flooring guy is here working on the kitchen so it will all be done and back to normal soon! Yay!!

Since this is a circular hop, it really doesn't matter where you start. If you get lost along the way, just return to Nancy's blog where you will find the entire list. If you got here from Chantal's blog, you are on the right track. So let's get hopping!

I decided to look in Pinterest for instructions on the sizes for the waterfall card since mine are buried downstairs in my mess. There are DOZENS!! I picked two and this is one of them.

I love the images on the Frightfully Fun set! they are all stamped with Close to my Heart Black Exclusives Ink (Z2105) on the Thistle paper from the Scaredy Cat paper pack (X7185B). 

I coloured all of the images using our new Shinhan Twin Touch markers and they worked fantastic!! Even when I used the Marigold and Golden Yellow, the colours are super! Other colours I used are Lavender, Black, Warm Grey (Did you realize we have two Warm Grey? WG4 and WG7 - I used both), Bronze, Mahogany, and Clay.
The little skeleton brads are from the Haunted Assortment which is now retired. They are perfect for this!

Thanks for hopping by! If you would like to try your own waterfall card using the Scaredy Cat paper, go to my website to order everything here (except for the Haunted Assortment), and leave me a comment if you would like the instructions.
Next on the hop is Donna with another beautiful and scary project!

Happy hopping!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! August Use Your Stash Bloghop

We are all about recycling in our house. We recycle paper, plastic, tin cans, milk name it! So this project was not so difficult. I hope you like this month's project!
If you got here from Shirley's blog, then you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, just return to Joy's blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers!

For my part in this hop, I used the box one of my new border punches arrived in and made it into a small box for Christmas gift tags (yet to be made).

I used the Pear and Partridge B&T, as well as Ruby and New England Ivy cardstock. Gold Shimmer Trim on the edges hides the box not covered by the paper. I used the new Merry, Merry Holiday stamp set (C1591) for the wreath and sentiment, which are both popped up with foam tape. 

The bow on the top is just a leftover piece of Ruby cardstock that I folded and made into a small bow. 

The cute presents are from a long retired Dimensional Elements called In Colour - Holiday that I found in my stash.  

I felt the wreath needed a bit of bling so I added some red gems from the Red and Purple Sparkles (retired). The lid is held closed with two Hook & Loop Dots (Z1805).

That's it for me this month! Next is Sheila so hop on over to see what beautiful artwork she has in store!

If you are interested of the amazing products you see in this hop, please talk to your local Close to my Heart consultant!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Scardey Cat Scrapbooking Workshop - Time to Change it Up!

I love the new Scaredy Cat paper and decided to try the Scrapbooking Workshop. It was after I had the two sheets of B&T paper cut that I found out the workshop required three pieces of the same pattern! That is when I realized it calls for out bulk paper (available to consultants only...sorry...) and not the paper pack as shown in the instructions. But I love the layout anyway. I changed it up a bit by using two sheets of Champagne cardstock as the base pages, a sheet of Black and a sheet of Thistle as called for in the instructions, and two sheets of the same pattern B&T for the rest. I followed the instructions and this is what I ended up with.

Then I thought, "Well, heck! I want to do a Christmas layout as well!" So I did! I cut the paper exactly the same way, but changed it up a bit when I placed the pieces on the paper. I LOVE it!! 

What do you think? As you can see, I used our new triangle border punch on the journalling piece. I used two sheets of Champagne cardstock for the bases, two sheets of the Yuletide Carol B&T, a sheet of Ruby and a sheet of New England Ivy cardstock The stamp set is Noel (C1598) and the embellishments are from the Yuletide Carol Assortment (Z3007). I also used the new Bling Gems Gold Assortment to add a little pizzazz. The ribbon is the retired Ruby Chevron Ribbon (Z1846). I did a little colouring with our new ShinHan Twin Touch markers too! 

Please leave a comment. I always like to get your feedback!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Zippidee-Do-Da! - June Use Your Stash Blog Hop

Zippidee-do-da, zippidee-ay! My oh my, what a wonderful day! Plenty of sunshine heading my way. Zippidee-do-da, zippidee-ay!

I love the zip strips that come on our gorgeous B&T papers! They are perfect for adding a little extra something to a layout or card, but I hate to use them up! So I have a ton of zip strips stashed away so it is time to bite the bullet and use them.

If you arrived here from Adeline's blog, then you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, just return to Adeline's page where you will find the complete list of hoppers! As you go, please leave comments as we love to get your feedback! So on with the artwork!

I needed a card for a wedding shower in May and this is what I came up with. The zip strips are from the Sonoma B&T paper - one of my favourites! I love the combination of the Smokey Plum, Olive and Cocoa, and the sentiments on the strips are so appropriate for a wedding or a bridal shower. The strips are all adhered to another piece of cardstock which is then adhered to the card base.

I added the strip of Silver Glimmer Trim because it really needed a bit of bling. The hearts are from the Dimensional Elements Hearts which is retired. I stamped the large heart with the square doily from one of the Artbooking stamp set in second generation , then stamped Love by masking the "ly" on the Lovely.

The two small hearts were distressed with Smokey Plum ink and the top one is popped up with some foam tape. Last, I wanted to add a couple of the Sparkles Gems on the small hearts.

The image on the inside is from the Banner Wishes (B1438) stamp set and stamped in Cocoa.

That's my contribution for this month. Next on the hop is Wendy's blog, so please hop on over for some more beautiful artwork!

If you would like more information about any of the items used in the projects on this hop, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Fancy Folds - June Cross Canada Blog Hop

It's June already! Where is the year going? 10 days from now, we will be whooping it up at convention and having a fantastic time at Disneyland! The Cross Canada Blog Hop this month focuses on fancy folds - cards, layouts, whatever!

If you got here from Terry's blog, you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, just head on back to Michelle's blog in Nova Scotia where you will find the list of hoppers for this month.

There are so many fancy fold cards on Pinterest and You Tube, and I selected to make a easel card as well as a waterfall card.
For the easel card, I used Colonial White cardstock for the base and the easel, then added a a piece of Balloon Ride B&T. The Complements are from the Clementine and Balloon Ride sets!

Hard to believe there is no stamping on this card! Both sentiments are from the Clementine and Balloon Ride Complements. Cool, huh? I popped up the chipboard Compliment with some foam tape.

To add some bling, I added a few Bitty Sparkles and some 8mm Sparkles.The Complement on the inside of the card holds the card open.
The waterfall card starts with a 5.5" X 4.25" White Daisy card base. The rest of the paper is from the Balloon Ride paper pack. The June SOTM worked great for this card! I stamped a few of the smaller images in Sorbet, Sky, Juniper and Sunflower on the White Daisy squares. 

Thank You was stamped in Cocoa. Not sure if I should colour it or leave it as is. I added the copper brads to hold it all together and a small piece of bakers twine for the puller. Some Silver Glitter Gel and Bitty Sparkles and it is done!

If you would like more information about anything shown in the blog, please consult your local Close to my Heart consultant.

I am the last stop on the Cross Canada hop, but you can keep going, or start again, with Michelle in Nova Scotia!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Flowers in May - Use Your Stash Blog Hop

April showers bring May flowers!

It's May and our thoughts are turning to the warmer days of summer. In central Alberta, there aren't too many flowers blooming yet, but by the end of the month, there should be quite a few! Since it will be a while before we see any of the real thing outside, we are adding flowers to our artwork this month!

If you got here from Wendy's blog, you are on the right path, but if you get lost along the way, just return to Katy's blog for the complete list of hoppers. As you go, please take a minute to leave comments as we all love to get your feedback. So let's get hopping!

I love flowers! The colours, the fragrance, the butterflies and bees that flit and flutter over them. Here in central Alberta, it is too cool yet for flowers so this is the next best thing! I have seen the beautiful box cards that others have made and wanted to make one as well. Here is my first attempt. 
I used Jubilee B&T paper as well as some Colonial White cardstock for the base and sentiment, and Sorbet, Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue, and Olive for the rest. The centers of some of the flowers are from a very old set of compliments for the paper pack Boom-Di-Ada! I added some sparkle with our Glitter Glue in Silver, Red and Stardust. The "birthday" was coloured with our Exclusive Inks markers. 

That's it from me this month. If you are interested in any of the items in our artwork, please contact your nearest Close to my Heart Independent Consultant for more information. In the meantime, please hop on over to Casandra's blog for some more beautiful artwork!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Convention 2014, here I come!!

Every year since I started with Close to my Heart, I look forward to Convention. I start counting down the days as soon as I am home and start checking the airline sites to see when they have flights listed for the dates that I want. When we receive notice that the hotel can be booked, I am on it! Hubby has gone with me to the last two conventions (Dallas in 2012 and Disney World in 2013) but this year I am going by myself and rooming with some of my team. Then on the last day of convention, my sister and niece are coming down so we can spend some time at the parks together! Woohoo!!

It seemed every time I turned around, I thought of something else that had to be booked! It really helped to have lists. A Booking List, a Packing List, a Roomie Gift List. 

Booking List

I started out trying to figure out what had to be booked and found myself getting a bit overwhelmed, so I started writing it all down. Then I got a bit confused because I couldn't remember what I had and had not booked already. Time to make a list! I went step by step, from when I left my house to when I left the hotel to come home - what did I need at each step along the way. This made it so easy! I had forgotten to book my airport parking before I had my list, but once I started the step-by-step method, I had it all down and in order. 
Here is my booking list:

Airport Parking - JetSet
Flight return YEG to LAX
Hotel - Disneyland Hotel
Shuttle - Disney Express
Disney Park-hopper Pass
Disney Photo Pass +
Universal Studios Shuttle
Universal Studios Pass

Next, I created an Excel spreadsheet to track the expenses - everything that is paid in advance and everything I will need to pay for in Anaheim. This really helps with setting a budget.

Set Your Budget

Some of the Convention expenses are paid in advance (Convention fees, flight, Disney Shuttle and park passes, etc) and others are paid while there (hotel, meals, spending money, etc) and I always set a budget for what I need while at Convention. The hotel cost is set already so we know what that will be. Meals, though, tend to fluctuate. I found the site is awesome for figuring out the average cost of meals. Click Disneyland then Dining then Menus. This is one of those fiddly things where if your mouse wanders off the drop down menu, you have to start again, so go slow and make sure when you click Dining, you move the mouse right onto Menus. 

EVERY menu for EVERY restaurant, whether it is a sit down meal or counter service, is listed! With prices!! Now you can figure out how much (on average) you will need to put aside just for meals.

I am figuring $50 per day for meals (per adult when the hubby comes with me). I set aside $10 for breakfast, $15 for lunch and $25 for supper. I will take my own snacks with me. If I only spend $40 one day, I have $10 more for another day! But if I spend $60 one day, I have $10 less for another day. :-( 

Something else to consider is that the portion sizes tend to be really large in some places and you can easily share an appy and a main with another person. Have a look at the meals of other diners as you are going in to get an idea. 

Time to Get Packing!

Time to get out the suitcase and decide what you need to take with you. CTMH Corp will have sent an email with the list of supplies required for Convention, and although you can definitely bring them all, see if there is someone you can share with so you can save space in your suitcase for all the goodies you will be getting at Convention. Plus all the souvenirs and roomie gifts! 

Since I am going for a week, I will need to pack clothes for 7 nights plus a spare. So here is my list:






Runners/walking shoes



1 or 2

Clothes for banquet

Dress shoes/sandals










Alcohol wipes (watch the show The Dirt on Hotels on CBC’s Marketplace. Gross!!)

For in the parks:

Wipes for in the park


Lip balm with SPF 30

Hat (wide brim to keep the sun off)

Nail file or emery board

Spritzer fan



Pen and paper

Tote to carry tools to creative sessions
Tool list from Corp

Small table-top trash can


Extra batteries or charger

Cell phone & charger

Extra SD card

Or just use the business center

Laptop charger


Small purse


Something waterproof
For camera

Yes, it is long. Notice I didn't take capris and tops for 7 nights plus a spare. There are laundry facilities at the Disneyland Hotel and I plan to do a load of laundry one evening when I want to take a rest. That will save a lot of space in my suitcase! As you look through my list, you may want to change it to your own needs. This is mine that I have refined over the past few years of not only attending Convention, but also travelling occasionally for work. And you are saying "Why the flashlight?" Have you ever tried to find your way to the bathroom in a dark hotel room at 1:00 in the morning? If you don't have a flashlight, keep your cell phone handy and download a free flashlight app.  I like to take a backpack too with something waterproof to put my camera in when I go on the wet rides. A big garbage bag works great because then you can put your whole backpack in it to keep dry! Splash Mountain, here we go!!
I also added a small purse, preferably one with a cross body strap, to take to the park. It makes it easier to get money out for souvenirs or meals so you are not digging through your backpack trying to find your wallet and making those hungry people waiting behind you a bit peeved.

Have I missed anything? Oh! One more...

Roomie Gifts

Some roomies like to go all out and get extravagant, but then there are those like me that are on a budget and have to be careful what we spend. I have bought my roomies water bottles and added packages of flavoured drink mixes, Kleenex, wipes, lip balm, band-aids, pens, and candy. I have also received gifts of a hand towel to get wet and take to the park in a baggy for wiping a sweaty face or cleaning sticky fingers, water bottle, fan, candy, pen and notebook, and a mini album for character autographs!

Well, I think that is it. I can't think of any other lists for now, but if there is anything you think I should include, please leave a comment so I can make sure to update my lists!

Thanks for stopping by!