Friday, 21 March 2014

Marvelous Metals - Use Your Stash!

Brads and buckles and hinges, oh my! 

I love adding metals to my cards and layouts! Brads, buckles, hinges - you name it! This month the blog hop theme is Marvelous Metals and Close to my Heart has a lot of metals! I decided to make a few card sets for swapping at Convention in June and here they are.

If you arrived here from Wendy's blog, you are on the right path, but if you get lost along the way, just head back to Joy's blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers.

My first card is based on one shared by another consultant (Sorry! I forgot who it was! If you did this card first, please let me know!). The base is made with Kraft cardstock at 5.5" X 4.25". I cut a piece of Colonial White at 5" X 3.75" and adhered three strips of Dream Pop cut at 5" X 1.25" which I sanded first. The sentiment is from the stamp set It's Just a Number (I love the sayings!) and was stamped in Slate ink. The strip is 4" X .75" and attached with two Sunset brads. I added a 5" X 3.75" piece of Colonial White inside and stamped the second half of the sentiment.

For the second card, I adhered strips of Washi Tape to a piece of White Daisy cardstock cut at 4.25" X 3" then used the Scallop Border Punch to add the scalloped edge. I adhered this to the White Daisy base afterI stamped Happy Birthday with Cocoa in first and second generation on the bottom half of the base. I then stamped Happy Birthday again in first generation on a piece of White Daisy which I cut out and popped up with a couple pieces of foam tape. Then I added three Durables Square Studs to the Washi Tape.

So happy with how these turned out! I hope you like them too! Please leave a message before you hop on over to Terry's blog, the next stop on your journey! I love to "hear" what you have to say.

If you would like more information about the products used to make these cards, please contact your local Close to my Heart Independent Consultant.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Waiting for Convention 2014

The Happiest Place on Earth

Everyone knows where this is. Right? Of course! Disneyland!! My all-time favourite vacation spot! If you are planning on going, with or without kids, here are some things to maybe help you plan your trip.

Plan your meals ahead of time.

Yes, they may change and that is okay. But if you have an idea of what things cost, you will be prepared. Most meals are quite large and it is possible for an adult and a child to share. This is a lot less expensive than buying an adult meal and a kid's meal and finding you leave half of it behind. A great place to check menus and get an idea of cost is They provide news about everything Disney, including Disneyland, Disney World and Disney Cruises.

This really is my "go-to" place for Disney information! 

Another great site is is a guide to hotel discounts, park discounts, and other discounts to numerous to mention! I love this site! Lots of great information on how to save money on your trip.

Photo Pass and Photo Pass+ Cards

If you are going to be taking photos at Disney (and who wouldn't be?) then spend a few dollars on one of these passes. When my hubby and I spent 12 days in Disney World last June, we purchased the Photo Pass+ card before we left and I am so glad we did! It is a bit more expensive than the Photo Pass card but so well worth the extra! It cost $70 and we ended up with about 1000 photos! Including the ride photos! (A friend of mine ended up with over 5000!) If you have the Photo Pass Card, the ride photos are extra, but with the Photo Pass+ card they are free!! And I DO like FREE! Every time you see one of the Disney Photographers, stop and ask them to take your picture. They have the big professional cameras but will also take photos with your camera! And ALWAYS ask if they do the magic pictures! You never know who will be in the photo with you when you get them! I have had Tinkerbell, Stitch, Simba, the frog from The Princess and the Frog, as well as bunch of balloons in my photos! Once you are back home, you can access your gorgeous photos and add borders, sayings, etc, before sending them to your favourite photo shop for printing. Photo Pass+ is now available for Disneyland too!

Comfort is Key

When you are in the parks, expect to do a LOT of walking! Especially at Disney World. That place is humongous!! Here is a list of a few things to remember to take to make your day more enjoyable:

- Wear comfortable walking shoes! Runners with a good arch support are perfect! You will find if you wear flip-flops that your feet will tire a lot faster than if you wear runners. Even sandals with a good arch support would be okay. I wore flip-flops last year in Disney World and my feet still bother me 6 months later!

- Anaheim and Orlando get a lot of sun, so make sure to take sunscreen. At least an SPF35, especially if you have a fair complexion and for kids. Even an SPF50 for kids would be excellent.

- Wear a hat with a brim! Baseball caps don't cut it! Ears and the back of your neck burn really quick and can be incredibly painful!

- Some rides, such as Splash Mountain and Grizzly River, are wet, so it is a good idea to bring along a rain poncho if you want to stay dry. If you don't care about getting wet, then bring along a towel to dry off with after the ride. On Splash Mountain, sit in the back if you want to stay relatively dry, but sit in the front if you want to get drenched! On hot days, this is my favourite ride for cooling off!

- Disney characters can be found everywhere in the park so you can have your photo taken with them. Some lines are really long, especially for the more well-known characters, and it is a good idea to have a snack and some sort of activity for the kids so they don't get bored. Quite often, if a different character will be coming along shortly, the staff will tell you so you can go and hop back in line to wait for the next one! And don't forget to look for them in out of the way places. In Epcot, we found Mickey standing in an alley between exhibits! No line up! Woohoo!!

- Make sure to take along water! Stay hydrated! I always find Anaheim to be drier than Orlando, but I find I need just as much extra water in both places! Orlando is VERY humid but with the heat and humidity combined, it is really draining. Drink lots of cold water to keep your body temperature down! And get on those wet rides!

Speaking of Rides...

In Disneyland, my favourite rides are Splash Mountain, Big Thunder, and The Matterhorn, and in California Adventure, I love Grizzly River Run and Soarin'. I have yet to try the Sun Wheel and California Screamin' (this summer...), and Tower of Terror is WAY off my list! I am not a big fan of elevators to begin with and there is no way I am willingly getting into one that free-falls! 

I am really looking forward to trying the new Cars Land rides! Mater's Junkyard, Flo's V8 Cafe, and other familiar places from the Cars movies greet you as you walk down Route 66. I plan on spending my Magic Morning on the Radiator Springs Racers! 

But if you are not taking the kids with you, don't stay away from the kid's rides! They are a lot of fun! I have ridden pretty much all of them over and over and never tire of them.

Disneyland and Disney World are two places where kids come in any size and all ages! You are never too old for the Happiest Place on Earth!

Worked up an Appetite?

I have a few favourite places to eat at both Disneyland and Disney World. In Disneyland, I love Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney for their oh, so tasty Pasta Jambalaya (big enough to share). Their New Orleans Bread Pudding is filling and sweet and wonderful, and their appetizer Louisiana Crab Cake is out of this world! And you can't go away without trying the Beignets! 

If you are staying at one of the Disney Resorts, the Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel is awesome! They have a great breakfast at a decent price.

In Disney World, my hubby and I decided to try Tony's Town Square Restaurant in Downtown Disney. Based on Lady and the Tramp, the décor is old world Italy. Rustic, homey, and comfortable. And the food! OMG! I would eat there every day if I could! The service was what you would expect in the best restaurants anywhere - absolutely superb! I wish this restaurant was in Disneyland too! 

In both Disneyland and Disney World, I love the Rainforest Cafe! The décor is wonderful and the food is great! The portions tend to be on the big side, especially the burgers, so good to share.

There is so much more I could tell you! But go and have a look at the links I gave you above and check out all the good stuff! 

Enjoy your trip!

As an update, I have now ridden on Michey's Sun Wheel and California Screamin'! The Sun Wheel - not my cup of tea. California Screamin' - LOVE IT!!!!! Looking forward to convention in July 2015 so I can ride it again, And again, and again...

Tower of Terror - still a big fat NOT ON YOUR LIFE!!

I also tried out the Radiator Springs Racers! AWESOME!! Make sure to take advantage of the Fast Pass for this one or you will be in line for a LLOONNGG time!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Recipes everywhere and no place to keep them

Welcome to the Cross Canada Blog Hop for March 2014! I was actually thinking of not joining this month because I didn't have a card box and not enough time to order one. Then I attended Nancy Klein's team meeting in Cochrane, Alberta last weekend and each of us received a card box to decorate!! Woohoo!! Thanks Nancy!

So let's get on with the hop! If you got here from Terry Ann's blog, you are on the right path, but if you get lost along the way, just return to Michelle in Nova Scotia where you will find the list of hoppers.

Here is my recipe box set. The pieces were are distressed with Chocolate ink except for the recipe cards. I added three Durables Triangle Studs to the zip strip on the lid. They work so well with the Skylark paper. I made 8 recipe cards using White Daisy cardstock that I stamped with Honey, Pear and Lagoon inks and a variety of stamps. I just went to my stash and found several stamps with images that worked with recipe cards (or at least I think they do).
 One thing to note - when covering the sides of the box, adhere the bottom part of the paper to the box, then cut the diagonal and adhere the rest of the paper to the top. This ensures you don't do what I did and cut two pieces exactly the same so one side of the box would have the backside of the paper showing instead of the side you want. :-)

I added a butterfly stamped with Pear ink to the front. I had one that I coloured but because there are no Pear or Lagoon markers, the closest colours looked really awful! I decided to leave it plain and just added Stardust Glitter Glue to the wings to give them a little glint. The Resistibles Houndstooth letters are inked with Lagoon.

Thanks for hopping along with us this month! I hope you like my little recipe card box and will leave your comments. Next on the hop is Famida so hop on over and have a look at her contribution!

If you would like information about any of our beautiful products, please contact your local Close to my Heart Independent Consultant.