Sunday, 27 April 2014

Getting Ready for Convention at Disneyland!

Convention is fast approaching and as I go through my checklist, I realize that there are some new consultants out there, or just those who want to go to Disney for a vacation, and have no idea what to do once they arrive at the airport. I put this together hoping it will answer some of your questions.

How long does it take to get through Customs?

The good thing here is that we Canadians go through Customs at our end at both ends of the trip. We go through US Customs on the way down and Canada Customs on the way back, both at our home airports (for me, that is YEG). Nothing to it. When you get to LAX, just go pick up your luggage at the carousel and away you go!

How do I get to Disneyland?

There are several ways to get to the Happiest Place on Earth - taxi, public transit, several different shuttles or the Disneyland shuttle. I like the Disneyland shuttle because, well, it's Disneyland! For Close to my Heart consultants heading to convention, follow the link under Destination on the Convention page in Online Office. Fill in the information and they will email you your tickets. (I assume you need round trip transportation.) The email will have both the airport to hotel and hotel to airport tickets as well as a receipt. Make sure to bring both of your tickets with you. If you are booking for more than one person, you will all be on one ticket unless you create separate accounts! What's that? You are arriving at different times? No problem! Just make a photocopy for the others and tell the driver the others are coming on a different flight. They say the same thing and all is right with the world! At least on the Disney bus...

I'm starving! That was a long flight!

There are so many places to eat at Disneyland. If you are staying in one of the resort hotels, you will have Downtown Disney at your doorstep, as well as hotel restaurants and many food vendors in the parks. Be warned, though - food in the parks is a bit pricey. Check out for the menus at the various restaurants so you have an idea of what is available and how much you can expect to spend. Pre-planning is always a good thing.

How do I get into the parks?

Before you leave for Disneyland, make sure to order your park passes. You need to do this about two months in advance to make sure they get to you in time. You can order anywhere from a 1 day basic pass which allows you to visit only one park, to a 5-day Park Hopper pass that is good for 5 days and you can visit both parks as many times as you want each day. I think you get longer passes too but you would have to call and arrange these I believe. I had two 8-Day Park Hopper passes at Disney World in Florida last summer.

I don't want to spend all my time at Disneyland. What else is there to do?

What isn't there to do? Universal Studios is a good bet. Book your passes online before you leave so you have them handy. Also go to AllAnaheimTours to book a shuttle. They have the best rates and offer round-trip transportation from your hotel.
There is also Knotts Berry Farm which is another amusement park. I have never been but I hear it is a lot of fun.
The Queen Mary is docked at Long Beach and is really worth a day! My family emigrated from England in 1957 (yes, I was one of them) and came over on this beautiful ship. Take the haunted tour for a spooky hour, and the regular tour which takes about an hour and a half to two hours.
An hour and a half south is San Diego with Sea World and the San Diego Zoo, each of which requires a full day. There are also all sorts of beaches you can visit, as well as Legoland, and loads of shopping. Check out the Destination page again for the locations and other useful information.

That's it for this time. I hope the information here has helped you with your trip plans. Hope to see you in Disneyland!

Monday, 21 April 2014

April Bling! - UYSBH

Bling! Love it!

And what's not to love? It sparkles! It shines! So pretty!

I am the first blogger on this hop, but since this is a circular hop, you can start anywhere! If you get lost along the way, just return here for the complete list of hoppers. Please leave your comments as you go as we always like to get your feedback.

The theme for this month is BLING! Studs, sparkle gems, pearls... If it's shiny, it's bling! So let's get on with the hop!

My sister and I were cleaning out mom's condo after she passed away and I found a TON of photos from when mom was growing up. We had started an album when mom turned 80 and I thought to do a layout that showed her as she grew and make it the last two pages in the album. It is something we will always cherish. 

I used the layout Asymmetric on page 18 of the Cherish How-To book from a few years ago using the Jubilee paper pack. The base is Colonial White and I added Honey cardstock as well as the yellow lace doily B&T. The red strips are from the B&T with the white doily in the corner and the ticket stubs. It really goes well with the Honey.
I used most of a clear large Flourishes set as well as the Square Durables Studs and Foundry Pins for some bling.

The doily is cut from one of the yellow lacy B&Ts and popped up with some Foam Tape. I also added a flower from a really old pack of Compliments - Zippidee. Remember that one? It was so vibrant and cheery! I also punched a circle from the back side of the yellow lacey B&T using my 1 1/4" circle punch as well as a star. I adhered the Zippidee flower and the Jubilee circle with my ATG and then popped up the star with Foam Tape. I then added the two Foundry Pins for some extra texture.
I was really introduced to Flip Flaps at a weekend crop last November and fell in LOVE! They are awesome! Now I keep running out of them. I added them here to provide space for more photos, but also so I could get my family to add their own memories of mom to the page. They are all coming over for Easter dinner so I will get their input then.

I also wanted to include the song that was sung by a friend of mine at mom's funeral - When I Get Where I'm Going by Brad Paisley. I love this song and I know mom would have loved it too. I printed it on regular paper and cut it to size for the space, then adhered it to a piece of Colonial White, matted it with Honey, and popped it up with Foam Tape. We also had bookmarks made for people to take as keepsakes at the funeral and I wanted to incorporate that too, so I made a long pocket behind the photo of mom with her puppy and added a piece of ribbon to the top so it could be pulled out.

I originally wanted to put mom's name at the top, but thought it was too impersonal, so I found my Dimensional Elements letters and popped out the two Ms and an O. I sponged them all with Honey ink and then distressed the edges with Cranberry, but it looked too much like ketchup on eggs (YUCK!) so I sponged over the Honey with the Cranberry. It is a lot closer to the colour used in the red B&T strips this way too!

That's it for this month. I hope you like my little tribute to my wonderful mom. We all miss her terribly and this is our first big holiday without her at the helm. It will be bitter sweet. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Our hoppers this month are:
2.Joy McHargue-
3. Judy Faye Garner -
5. Shirley Ross -
6. Wendy Kessler -

Now, hop on over to Joy's blog for some more gorgeous artwork. 

If you are interested in any of the beautiful items in this month's blog hop, please contact your local Close to my Heart Independent Consultant. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Artbooking in April - Cross Canada Blog Hop

Artbooking Makes it Easy!

I really love our Cricut cartridges! Each cartridge has 700 images, so there is bound to be something for everyone. The Close to my Heart Cricut Artbooking cartridge is amazing since it takes all the guess-work out of cutting images! Just set the size shown on the page and away you go! Of course, you can set your own size if you necessary.

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

My project this month is a cute little mini-album. I used the Free to be Me paper pack that will be available in May for the remarkably low price of $5 with a $50 order! The paper is really beautiful, and I LOVE the vellum!

All pages and the overlay on the front cover in the album were cut with the Cricut Artbooking cartridge from Close to my Heart. Some of the embellishments were also cut with Artbooking. Everything was cut using the Cricut Craft Room.

 The front cover is from page 45 - Photo Mat 1, cut at 8". The overlay is from page 44 - Overlay, also cut at 8". The vellum piece is cut at 6" X 6" and adhered only under the blue banners. The My Favorite Photos banner set is found on page 40 in the Artbooking manual and was cut at 5.5".

On the next page, I added a pocket and two tags. The larger one is a piece of White Daisy cardstock that I cut to 4.5" X 6" and rounded the corners. It is meant to be a photo mat and will have a photo after Convention in June! The corners were stamped with the corner stamp on the Balloon Ride set (D1590) in Sunset ink. The smaller tag is stamped with Juniper on White Daisy as well and I added a small piece of the Natural Hemp. I love the Oh Snap sentiment at the top! It is found on page 41 in the Artbooking manual and is cut at 1.5" from the greenish cardstock in the Free to be Me pack. I copied the image and then using the Hide feature in CCR, deleted all but the outline so I would have a solid image for the background. I added a piece of Bronze Shimmer Trip as well to finish off the pocket.

Don't you just love Flip flaps?? I sure do! I made a waterfall here using three Flip Flaps, White Daisy cardstock to fit and then added the red diamond and vellum as mats for photos. I tucked a little piece of the gold dot vellum under the bottom mat which is stamped in Crystal Blue using the Feathers stamp set (C1584). Capture the Details is from page 44 and is cut at 4". It is adhered to the top mat in the first Flip Flap.

The next page uses a tag that is found on page 44 (Photo Mat 2) cut at 3". I added the Bronze Shimmer Trim for some added pop. The little arrows under the large tag are also from page 44 and are cut at .75".   The stamp is from the True to Life stamp set (C1575) and is stamped in Sunset. I decided to add another pocket page with two photo mats which are each cut at 4" X 6" and stamped in the corners with the image from the Balloon Ride stamp set again, this time in Sorbet ink. I also added the little border with Our Own Little World from the Balloon Ride stamp set stamped in Crystal Blue ink.

The next page is left quite plain and only has a journaling spot which is mounted on a piece of the feather vellum cut at 8" X 4". The image is from the True to Life stamp set again and is stamped in Sunset ink.
The final page is another pocket page with one big insert. the little paper clip is form page 45 and is cut at 1.5". I added the three Triangle Durables Studs just because.

That's it for this month! Please leave your comments as I do like to get your feedback. If you would like more information about any of the items in today's hop, please contact your local Close to my Heart Independent Consultant.

Next on the hop is Kathy. Hop on over for some more beautiful artwork!

How would you like a job where you can set your own hours, do something you love and make money doing it? Sign up during April and you can choose any of the CTMH Cricut cartridge sets valued at $99 absolutely FREE with your new consultant kit!! What a deal! Contact your local Close to my Heart Independent Consultant for information on how you can join today!