Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Retiring Close to my Heart Product

It is always hard to say goodbye to good friends and that is no different when you have a favourite embellishment that is retiring. This month, our Cross Canada Blog Hop is dedicated to all of our retiring products, some of which are "go-to" pieces, and others we have never used.

If you have come here from Carol's blog, you are on the right track, but if you get lost, just return to Michelle's blog in Nova Scotia where you will find the entire list of hoppers. Also, please leave your comments! We all love to get your feedback.

This month, I hemmed and hawed about what I was going to make and finally decided on a set of Thank You cards. The base is Bamboo cardstock cut to 3" X 6" and folded in half to make 8 little 3" X 3" cards. The Colonial White cardstock was cut at 2 7/8" to make a tiny border all around. The retiring items I used are the Thanks stamp (A 1125), the Just Blooms Flutter Paper Shapes (Z1463), the Opaques Pearl Adhesive Gems (Z1336), and the Opaques Licorice Adhesive Gems (Z1335).

This is a set of 8 cards, but I am only showing three cards here because the photo with all of them just didn't appeal to me. There are three in Cocoa dye ink, three in Ponderosa Pine dye ink and two in Outdoor Denim pigment ink (I didn't like the way it looked with the dye ink). I did distress the edges of the Colonial White and the butterfly with the dye ink though.

I distressed the edges of the Colonial White and the butterflies with the same colour the Thanks was stamped in, and then lightly sanded the edges of the card base.

No, that is not Olive. That is Cocoa dye ink. It has a green base so unless it is stamped or sponged on heavily, it appears green. 

This one is stamped with Ponderosa Pine dye ink. I only have a few small white pearl gems so I only put two on these butterflies. Still looks good.

That's it for this month! I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop, and remember that if you get lost along the way, just head on back to Nova Scotia and Michele for the list. And please leave a comment. It is always great to hear what you have to say about our work.

So now head on over to Famida's blog to see her beautiful artwork!

If you would like to purchase any of the retiring items in this month's hop, please visit my website at where you can shop from the comfort of your couch, or contact your local Close to my Heart Independent Consultant!