Tuesday, 15 December 2015

My Creative Space

Welcome to the December Cross Canada Blog Hop, with our theme Where We Create. If you need ideas about how to organize your creative space and supplies, or if you just want to see our crafty spaces, this hop is for you.

If you just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to work your way across Canada, please start on the East coast with Michelle's blog. If you got here from Kirsten's blog, you are in the right spot! Now on to our hop!

My creative space is in the basement of our house, which is nice in the summer because I can stay nice and cool, but it can be a bit cool in the winter. I keep a poncho down there to wear if I get too cold. I would like to move it upstairs but right now there is no place I can use. I do work in the dining room sometimes and keep a bit of a stash upstairs. The Flood of 2014 (our fridge ice maker sprang a leak - but that is another story) destroyed my craft room and it is slowly being rebuilt and reorganized, so please bear with me... 

My craft room is long and narrow but gives me a lot of room for all of my goodies! As you come in the door, you see my Welcome sign on my wall. I made it with the chipboard banner Close to my Heart used to sell several years ago. I covered it with Claire B&T (retired) and cut the banner and Welcome using my Cricut and Cricut Craft Room.

To the left is my desk and my Cricut Explore Air. My paper racks are also at this end of the room, and as you can see there are a lot of empty spaces! That can only mean one thing - I don't have enough paper!! 

 I have a bookcase with most of my stamp sets, but I have a pile on my desk that still have to be added to my inventory spreadsheet. I am in the process of categorizing them to make it easier to find the one I want for a project. Right now, I have to go through them one by one to find what I am looking for and it is really time consuming. The red toolbox belongs to my husband and will be removed to the garage pretty darned quick!

I also have a big workspace that has a temporary countertop (will be replaced soon) where I do most of my creating. Under-counter lights give me tons of light to work, and my little Rasog cart from Ikea is awesome! I can pull it to where I need it and keep pretty much all of the "use most often" stuff on it - blocks, stamp cleaner and scrubber, scissors and tools, etc. The cupboards above my desk are a nightmare right now with all sorts of projects, tools, and bits and pieces. I REALLY need to tackle that one of these days...

I have my inks in the CTMH tower but took it apart so the sections sit flat against the wall. This makes it so much easier to find the one I want and takes up a lot less room on my workspace.

And I can't forget my Scrap n' Easel! I love this thing! Instead of my layout or card pieces lying flat on my desk, I can put them on the easel with magnets. It is also great for holding the instructions and cutting guides for workshops!

One last thing, and the BIGGEST thorn in my side and biggest time consumer - paper scraps. I have mountains of them! There is so much in my room that needs to be organized but every time I start, I see the boxes and containers of paper scraps and can't think of anything else! I am planning on hauling them all upstairs and then organize by cardstock and B&T, then separate those into colours and patterns. I am also planning on cutting some of it into squares and rectangles that can be used to quickly put together a layout or card when needed. I just need to find a container to keep them in. I think I have one, but need to see if it will work. Oh, ignore the bag of bows in the black and white striped box. That box is nearly full to the top with paper scraps. The bows just ended up in there for some reason and I didn't notice until I put the picture here. 

That is my creative space. It is a work in progress, but it is coming along. I have lots of cupboards (oh, that is going to be fun to tackle...) and drawers for storage, and I know they will be FULL once I get it all organized!

Thanks for hopping along with us this month, and I hope you have gained some inspiration for organizing your own space. Again, please leave any comments as we all love to hear from you!

Next up is Candra's blog and more great craft space ideas.

Now mark your calendars for January 15, 2016 when we will be showing you our love of watercolours! Until then, Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Getting Ready for Christmas

Welcome to the November Cross Canada Blog Hop and our theme, Getting Ready for Christmas! We hope 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 more about. By 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 Michelle in Nova Scotia. If you came from Kirsten's blog, then you are in the right place! If you get lost along the way, just return to Michelle's blog for the full list of bloggers.

Christmas is my favourite holiday. The colours, the smells, the music - I love it all! I used to do a lot of decorating when the kids were at home but now I just put up the Christmas tree and a few other ornaments. I do some baking to enjoy when company comes to visit or on Christmas day after dinner, usually my Shortie Bars, shortbread, and Skor bars. My husband loves slice and bake cookies so I make a batch with candied fruit just for him. This year, I am also making ALL of my Christmas cards! If you see one (or more) that you particularly like and would like to recreate, leave me a comment and I will send you the instructions.)

The first is a Windmill card. I LOVE these! They are a bit fiddly to put together, but so well worth the effort! I used Close to my Heart White Pines paper, Cranberry cardstock, silver Shimmer Trim, and a Silver Sequin and Bitty Sparkle in the center.

This next one is a Sunburst card made with the Close to my Heart Pear & Partridge (no longer available) and White Pines papers. Easy peasy! I made several more and no two are alike!

The next one I made for a friend at work who loves cats. I am so happy with how this turned out and I hope she loves it as much as I do! The cat is a pennant that I just turned upside down! The whiskers are a piece of Whisper twine that I divided in half and then threaded through the paper, trimmed and frayed. The nose is a piece of pink Washi tape! I also used some of our new Silver Foil Tape for some added bling!

I have a ton more that I made and will share in another post. Again, if you are interested in making any of these cards, just leave me a comment and I will share the details. Thanks!

That's it for this month! Next on the hop is Kirstin's blog with some more great Christmas ideas and artwork. Next month, please join us again when we show you Where We Create! Some of us have amazing craft rooms and some, like me, have a work in progress. So hop on by and get some ideas for your own creative space or leave some ideas that you would like to share.

See you next month!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

White Pines Hearts of the West Blog Hop

White Pines Christmas Cards

Welcome to the Hearts of the West blog hop for November! This month, we are focusing on the White Pines paper and how we can use it for our projects. Halloween is over and everyone is starting to gear up for Christmas, and this paper is perfect for the cards you send to family and friends!

If you got here from Kerry's blog, you are in the right place, but if you get lost along the way, just return to Nancy's blog for the complete list of hoppers!

As you hop through our blogs, please leave your comments as we love to hear your thoughts on our work, whether it is something you would like information about or a technique you would love to try, or something else.

My project this month is a series of Christmas cards from the White Pines Card Making Workshop on the Go, and two that are my version of a birthday card I found on Pinterest. 

The two cards below are my version of the birthday card I saw on Pinterest (sorry. I don't have the name of the original pinner...) and I converted to a Christmas card. The Cranberry banners are cut at 3" X 1" and the White Pines overlays are 2.75" X .75". The first set I cut by hand, but then I had the brainstorm to see if I could cut them with my Cricut! They are on the Art Philosophy cartridge! Yay!! So much easier getting them the correct size. The ornament mat is cut at 2" and the White Daisy overlay is cut just slightly smaller. The sparkles are from a WOTG last Fall and are no longer available. 

Not sure I like this one - still thinking about it. The circles were cut with the Close to my Heart 2" scalloped circle punch. The Peace and Joy stamp is from the Frosted card making workshop of last Christmas so is no longer available.

That's it for this month! I am the last stop on this hop so you can return to Nancy's blog and start over if you like! Please join us next month when we will be focusing on the beautiful Kaleidoscope paper pack. 

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Try Your Hand at Artistry

Welcome to our October Blog Hop featuring the new Cricut Artistry bundle. 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 do. By 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 Michelle in Nova Scotia. If you came from Brandy's blog then you are in the right place!

I really love our Cricut cartridges, and this newest one will certainly add new dimension to your paper crafting! Each of our cartridges has 700 images (imagine! 700!!) from basic shapes to fonts to overlays and everything in between! Each image can be cut larger for a scrapbook layout or smaller for a card by using Real Dial Size. Also, by using Contour in Design Space or Hide Contour in Cricut Craft Room, you can delete any spaces inside the image to make a solid image to place behind the original image as shown in this card.

I selected the image (Background, <q>) in Design Space and then copied it. I selected the copied image and clicked Contour so that I could delete all of the spaces inside the image. Then I cut them both out and adhered the top one onto the solid one to give an interesting background. The sentiment is from Wavy Blooms (D1651) stamped in Cocoa, and I added the three clear gems just because! 

I also cut out a few other images I am going to use in a mini-album for my pooches! They are all found on the Artistry cartridge as well (Icon 1, <9>; Icon 1, <shift>, <9>; Icon 2, <9>; Icon 2, <Shift>, <Brace>). I still have to make the mini and will post photos once it is done, and I need to cut out some more images...

For more information on the fantastic Cricut Artistry cartridge, here's Karly from Close to my Heart to tell you more!

That's it for this month! Thanks for hopping along with us! I hope you leave your comments as you go through our hop as we love to hear what you think, whether it is a technique you like or something you would like more information about. Your next stop is Heather's blog for some more beautiful artwork! See you next month when our theme will be Preparing for Christmas.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Sangria Happy Birthday!

Welcome to the October Hearts of the West blog hop and our selected paper pack this month - Sangria! As you make your way through the hop, please leave your comments as we love to get your feedback. If you got here from Anna`s blog, then you are in the right place, but since this is a circular hop, you can start anywhere!

When I saw this paper at Convention in July (2015), I was in love!! The colours are absolutely gorgeous!! Pomegranate, Poppy, Eggplant and Champagne - looking at these colours separately, you would think there is no way they would go together, but once you see them together, there is an "Ah ha" moment when you realize yes, they DO work!

To show how pretty they are together, I made a birthday card using a form of Gate Fold. I used Pomegranate and White Daisy cardstock and the leaves B&T from the Sangria paper pack (X7199B). 

The card base is cut at 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" and then scored at 4 1/4". Flip it over and score again at 2 1/8". Fold so the bump from the score is on the inside of the fold. This helps prevent your paper from cracking. Your card will look like a backward Z with one long arm! :-) 

The Happy Birthday are from two of the Hello Life stamp sets that we promoted in September and stamped in Desert Sand. All of the papers were distressed with Desert Sand as well. I added the three little Pomegranate glitter hearts to add a bit of bling. 

I took this card to work as I often do with my projects and have an order for two more for a co-worker! 

That is it for me this month. Since I am the last stop along the way, you can continue on to Nancy`s blog for some more beautiful artwork!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Cross Canada Blog Hop Kaleidoscope

Welcome to our September Blog Hop featuring our favourite paper packs. 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 do. By 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 Michelle in Nova Scotia. If you came from Brandy's blog then you are in the right place!

We have six new paper packs in the 2015/2016 Annual Inspirations Idea Book and two more in the 2015 Holiday Expressions Idea Book, and it was so hard to pick a favourite. I finally decided on Kaleidoscope. For this hop I made a one page layout and then played with our Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge. There are so many great images on this cartridge that can be used for both cards and layouts. I picked two of the little pocket cards and cut them in Pixie and Sunset paper then backed them with the Kaleidoscope jelly beans paper.

On the layout, I used Sunset paper as well a piece of Canary paper from the Adventure Paper Fundamentals pack. I also used the Kaleidoscope Complements. 

 This is one of the flowers from the Kaleidoscope Complements that I stuck onto a piece of White Daisy and then cut out and popped up with some 3-D Foam Tape. 

 These little pocket cards are just the right size for a gift card. 

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

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring our newest Cricut Cartridge, Artistry. So mark October 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Crazy for Crops - Julie Berg

I LOVE going to crops!! It is about the only time I get to spend all day doing what I love without worrying about grocery shopping, mowing the lawn or getting laundry done. Julie's presentation explained how to HOLD a crop, which is something I would like to do.

The top four things a crop can do for you are:

  1. expand your customer base
  2. improve your sales
  3. add to your team
  4. strengthen relationships
When you are expanding your customer base, you first need to go find the customers. Once you get your name out, THEY will find YOU! To make that easier, brand your crops. Give them a name that is easy to remember and find: "Scrapping for Soldiers", "Crop for Heart", etc. 

I love Julie's idea of a themed crop, and CTMH has some awesome stamp sets that would be perfect for making the invitations. Have you seen them yet?? Luau, Fiesta and Chocolate are three of my favourites, but if you prefer to have just a general party, there is a set for that too! I want to give you the item numbers for them, but after searching the Close to my Heart website for 30 minutes, I can't find them (and I KNOW I was looking at them yesterday...). Anyway, to continue with the theme idea, create a plan and work with it. Have draws and games, and make sure everything is personalized so your name goes home with the croppers!

Promote your crop EVERYWHERE! (Okay. Everywhere that will allow it. I know some places will only post if you are holding the crop for a charity.) The laundromat, the grocery store, and even the local coffee shop. Create a Facebook group for your crop, not just an event page. Event pages are gone once the crop is finished, but a Facebook group is there until an admin removes it, so people can always go back to see posted artwork and get ideas from other attendees. 

When someone signs up for your crop, ask them to pass the information on to others. Ask them to add a crop poster to their bulletin board at work, or in the common room of their condo or apartment. Also, invite sidelines, upline, downline and friends!

Provide attendees with a treat or goodie bag containing CTMH items (old stamp sets are great for this!), baby wipes (Dollar Store), chapstick, and what ever else you feel like adding. Also add a small project such as a few cards they can make during the crop or later at home. Teach classes that use Close to my Heart product. Take pre-orders for crop projects and collect the money at the time of the order. This not only ensures you are paid, but it also gives people more incentive to attend. Have a make-and-take for all of the attendees to work on and pre-cut everything in advance. This gets people up and doing something different. Make some extras for anyone who would like to buy an extra to take home and make later.

Crops also help you add to your team when you tell attendees how they can get the product at a reduced cost! 

Also, during the crop, make sure to visit!! Go from table to table empathizing, complimenting, and making our attendees feel special! Get to know your croppers. They are customers and potential downline!

Finally, add your crop to your blog! At least weekly, make sure to add to the blog to keep it in front of your audience. I know in Blogger, there are all sorts of gadgets you can add to the side bars. Give it a try! It just might lead to your next customer or downline!

So that is it for Julie's excellent presentation on crops! I hope to hold a crop of my own at some point and will make sure to keep her ideas in mind! Thanks, Julie!!

Let's Go Fishing with Sundi Hendricks

Sundi Hendricks was a hoot! With her fishing hat, rod and reel, and spunky attitude, she had all of us hooked!

Sundi defined fishing as making connections, creating friendships, developing relationships, and creating memories. Sometimes our customers become our friends and to my way of thinking, that is definitely a good thing!

She also pointed out that when we go out, we should always have something CTMH with us, whether  it is cards we make, some Base and Bling jewelry, an Idea Book, or just business cards. Anything CTMH that will start a conversation! Talk to people EVERYWHERE! In line at the grocery store? Talk to the person behind or in front of you. Or both! Have an event planned? Tell them about it! Invite them and ask them to invite one or two others! Sometimes you have to invite people over and over before they will commit, and that's okay!

Make sure you have handmade cards handy and hand them out to people who decline an invitation to a party. Make sure to include your business card too. When they say they are not interested, say "That's okay. Please take this card and share it." When you are chatting with someone, keep your eye on the time. Instead of keeping them for a long time, get their email address so you can send them information about Close to my Heart and your team that they can then look at when they get home. Then call them in a few days to ask what they think.

That is it for Sundi's presentation. I loved her analogy of fishing and would enjoy future presentations from her!! Well done, Sundi!!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Convention 2015 - Fun, Friendship and TONS of Learning!

Convention 2015 is over and most of us are home, or at least on the way home. It was a wonderful time, with business classes, creative sessions, extravaganza and the product premier. So much to learn! We have six gorgeous new paper packs and seven new ink colours which replace existing colours in the Enchantment collection. These new colours are so vibrant, they are excellent replacements! 

Would you like to get a preview of the paper packs and new inks? You will need to wait until September 1 to order, or come to my Sneak Peek Party! Details to come...

We had some great business classes presented by some amazing consultants! Brae Montgomery gave us some great tips on Long Distance Leadership. Brae told us to make use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media to communicate with our teams that are not close by. Make sure the name you use on social media is included on your business cards too! Hold monthly challenges or games with your team. Create a Get Connected My Crush album and challenge your team members to add photos and a note about themselves to the album. Also create a team PML album. Each month, send three PML cards (CTMH or handmade) to team members to add something that happened that month, and then return to be added to the album. Have a team meeting at least once a month. These can be in person, by phone or even online! Your meeting can also be recorded using applications such as, which is similar to YouTube, but unlike YouTube which deletes the video after a certain time, Spreecast keeps it so your team members can go back and look at it months later. Brae also pointed out that a yearly survey is an excellent tool for getting feedback from your team. is simple to use and lets you tailor the survey to your needs. 

Brae pointed out a book that helped her and recommends to everyone to read - Lean In by Cheryl Sandberg. Something else to add to my reading wish list! 

That's it for this blog. Stay tuned for more blogs as I get them completed. With two dogs bugging me for attention (they were "on vacation" themselves at the kennel for the week we were in California) and a husband wanting my help with laundry, it is hard to get anything fun done! :-) But stay tuned and I hope to get at least one more done today. 

ADDENDUM: Hi again! Thank you to Kathy Marentette for letting me know I spelled Brae's name wrong! Sorry Brae!! It is now fixed...

Also, I found a whole page of info from Brae that I missed! 

Secret Sister Month - Pick a month to select secret sisters. I had never heard of this so had to go do some Googling. Besides being a Country music duo, secret sisters provide support to other consultants in the way of birthday cards, small gifts, or just an ear when we need someone to listen. 

Use your team members when you need help. Connect with your team members on a regular basis. If your team members are quite a distance from you and need some help or inspiration, see if a there is a team leader closer to them that can connect with.

Create small inspirational videos about what you are doing or are going to do, including clips from convention, Connecting events, etc. These can be used not only for team members, but also as aids when showing opportunities to potential downline. 

Now I have everything (or at least most) from Brae and will have another blog soon! 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Water, Water Everywhere!

Water Colour, that is!

Welcome to the June Use Your Stash blog hop! This month our theme is water colours, whether it is pencils or markers! As you make your way through this hop, please leave your comments as we all love to hear from you. All product used in this project is from Close to my Heart.

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

I love my watercolour pencils and the blending pen. I love my markers as well but find the pencils give so much more control over the blending. 

I made two cards this month - one using my ShinHan Touch Twin alcohol markers, and the same card using my watercolour pencils. The alcohol markers result in brighter colours, but I like the soft, muted look of the watercolour pencils too.

For the first card, I embossed the flowers from the Wavy Blooms stamp set (D1651) with silver embossing powder on White Daisy cardstock and then coloured them using the Marigold (YR24) and Golden Yellow (Y222) pens for the yellow flowers and the Tender Pink (RP198) and Cherry Pink (R5) for the pink flower. The leaves are coloured with the Sap Green (GY235) and Leaf Green (GY234) pens. The card base in both cases is New England Ivy cardstock.

Now here is the same idea stamped with Hollyhock and Honey Exclusive Inks and then coloured with Holiday Red, Sunflower, Honey, Citrus Leaf, and Clover Meadow watercolour pencils. I used my blending pen to blend the colours and then used 3D Foam Tape to pop two of the flowers up and give some added dimension.

Which look do you prefer?? Personally, I can't decide. I love them both!

The two sentiments are from the Operation Smile stamp set, Happy Everything (D1653). They are both stamped in Cocoa Exclusive Ink. I cut the paper longer so I could make them into banners, which i think adds just a little interest. The Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799) adds just a bit of glitz too.

That's it for this month. If you have seen anything you would like to know more about, please let me know in the comments and I will get back to you! 

Thanks for taking in our hop this month! Next on the hop list is Nicole with some more beautiful artwork!. 

Monday, 15 June 2015

Mini Albums Across Canada

Welcome to our June bloghop featuring Mini Albums! If you see anything you would like to purchase, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant!

We hope you will leave comments on our posts as we love to get your feedback, whether it is something you like or a technique you would like to learn more about. Now on to our hop!

I you have just come from Donna's blog, you are in the right place! But since this is a circular hop, you can start anywhere! If you get lost along the way, just return to Michelle's blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers.

I really love our Picture my Life cards and although I have used them previously IN a mini album, I have never used to actually MAKE an album! I saw this on Pinterest (I can't remember who posted it and now can't find it. If I do, I will post the person's name.) and really liked it. It is a quick easy way to make a little album! For this album, I used the Seaside PML cards, Assortment and Complements.

Each page is a 4X6 PML card and the pockets and tags inside are the smaller 3X4 PML cards. I attached the "pages" to each other with our Gold Dot washi tape leaving about a 1/8" gap between pages to allow for some embellishment. NOTE: If you want to round the washi tape corners on the pages, do it as you go. I thought I would do it when the album was finished and it was not an easy task!

Here, I layered several of the Seaside Assortment to cover the ship's wheel that is actually on this card. 

I used another sticker from the Seaside Assortment to cover the ice cream cones on this card and popped it up with some thin foam tape for a little added dimension.

On the last page, I added a piece of Lagoon cardstock that I had distressed, then layed a few of the stickers from the Assortment as well as the starfish from the Complements.

The next few pictures just show the smaller cards that were used as tags. I want to add some sort of embellishment to them but not sure what to add since there is really not a lot of room.

That's it for me for this month. I am the last stop on this hop, so from here you can return to Michelle's blog! And remember, if there is anything here you would like to add to your own stash, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant! When you place an order of $50 or more, you can purchase the Stamp of the Month for only $5! 

Also, during the month of June, when you purchase any My Crush™ book and its accompanying assortment pictured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE! That is a savings of at least $9.95 USD / $10.95 CAD! Choose from five lovely My Crush book offerings that will provide a swoon-worthy background for your favorite memories. From family reunions to camping adventures to holiday countdowns—and much more—you will be crushing on all these books and the possibilities they provide. Every My Crush book features a hard cover with wire binding and cardstock-weight pages that are printed with eye-catching designs to form the perfect bases for your memory keeping. Additionally, each My Crush book also features unique details—from glossy print, to vellum pages, to gold foil, to ink-resistant patterns—that make displaying your personality easier than ever. Plus, once you add the artistry of the coordinating assortments featuring sticker sheets, envelopes, alphabets, cards, and journaling spots, along with your free stamp set, you will be well on your way to your own gorgeous mini book creation! This offer is only available while supplies last and once they’re gone, these books are gone for good, so put your orders in early to get your summer romance rolling today!

Friday, 15 May 2015

How To Across Canada

Close to my Heart How-To Books

Welcome to our May Blog Hop featuring Jeanette’s How –To Books for scrapbooking and cardmaking. I love these books and use them any time I want to create a layout or a card and the creative Mojo has taken a break. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local Close to my Heart 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 do. 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 with Deanne's blog. If you came from Christine's blog then you are in the right place! 

For my layout, I used the Photo Waterfall on pages 44 to 47 of the Magic How-To book. This was a challenge and I love the outcome!

I used photos I had taken of plants around the Coronado Springs Resort in Disney's Animal Kingdom when we were at Walt Disney World in Florida for the Close to my Heart Convention in 2013. 
The paper is from the Buzz & Bumble paper pack and the brads came from my stash. I also used a piece of our jute ribbon for some added texture. 

Monica Wihongi from Close to my Heart explains how you can use the How To books to get started with scrapbooking and card making, or to take your paper crafting to the next level. 

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

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when our theme is Mini albums.  So mark June 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Wanderful Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hearts of the West team blog hop!
If this is your first time joining us you will love it. It features Close to my Heart Consultants from all over Canada showing you their projects. The Hearts of the West team was founded by Nancy Klein.
This month's challenge is based on the Brushed paper pack, brought to you by the new Annual Inspirations, hand picked by Nancy Klein.
If you came from Terry Ann's blog then you're in the right place, but since this is a circular blog hop, you can start anywhere! Just in case, the full list will be at the bottom. So, as always, grab your coffee, tea, or water, relax, and hop around the team with us.
I love the Wanderful paper pack! It is perfect for our trip to Mexico this past Christmas. My layout is the Additional Artwork from the Wanderful WOTG, I wasn't sure at first, but the colours are perfect! I made a few of my own changes to the layout (added banners and didn't stamp the airplanes on the Gypsy strips) and am really happy with it.

Instead of setting the banners side by side and slightly overlapping, I decided to layer them all! I love the way it looks. 

The main WOTG layout uses a LOT of Cricut cuts, one of them being the circles overlay which is cut twice using two different papers and two sizes. The overlay cut from B&T is smaller and the centers of the circles are used in the larger overlay. I had the two circle overlays cut with the B&T left and was just going to put them in my ever-growing scrap bin, but decided instead to cut one in half and use it on a card! I stamped the flowers and butterflies from Your Own Kind of Wonderful (D1627) and A Flowering Bunch (S1306) on Colonial White cardstock using Gypsy, Honey, and Pear Exclusive Inks and punched them out with my 1" circle punch (Martha Stewart, not CTMH...). The sentiment is from my favourite stamp set, For Every Occasion (D1187) and is stamped in Black and the banner is distressed with Honey. 

I was going to leave the flowers plain but they really needed some bling. Thank you, CTMH, for our bulk Sparkle Gems! This is something else I use a lot of!

That's it for me! Thanks for joining us this month and come back next month to see what creative projects we can bring to you! Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment. Your next stop is Kerry's blog. Happy hopping!!

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

What an Awesome Day!

Sunshine, sunshine and more sunshine!! Love it! Unfortunately, I get to see it for the most part through a window because I am at work. Oh well. Only 68 more days until the hubby and I head to Disneyland for the 2015 Close to my Heart Convention! Woohoo!!

I LOVE Disneyland!! Disney World is great too, but the original is my fave! There is so much to do in Disneyland, but you can see both parks and ride a lot of the rides in one day. Disney World - not so much. It is a one-park-per-day kind of place and there are five parks! Disneyland you can do in a weekend, whereas Disney World needs at least a week! 

I have blogged previously about what to take with you when you visit the parks, but I have never really mentioned the rides. There are so many to choose from so I picked ten and listed them here. Don't get me wrong - there are so many that I love to go on, but there is just no room for all of them. 

Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - A kiddy ride but still a lot of fun for adults. A great way to get off your feet for a few minutes! Take a ride through the Thousand Aker Woods and visit Winnie the Pooh and his friends!

Disneyland Railroad - A relaxing ride around Disneyland Park and you can stay on as long as you want. Some of the trains also have a place for scooters so if you have a mobility aid, you can ride without leaving it behind and then trying to remember which station you left it at!

Pinocchio - Another kiddy ride that is great for adults. Take a ride with Pinocchio, Gepeto, and the rest of the gang.

Peter Pan - What's better than soaring over the rooftops of London with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy, and the boys! Captain Hook, the Lost Boys, the Indians - they are all there!

The Matterhorn Bobsleds - This fast roller-coaster style ride is a lot of fun! The Abominable Snowman is there to try and stop you as you travel through his land!

Grizzly River - Yes, this is actually in California Adventure, but it is a great ride for cooling off on a hot day! Ride on a huge rubber raft that takes eight people through rapids and over waterfalls! Yes, you WILL get very wet!!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - An old gold mining town is the set of this fun, fast roller-coaster style ride. Tunnels, hills, and everything else you can expect from a coaster!

Radiator Springs Racers - A newer ride (only about a year or so) that takes you through Radiator Springs with Mater, Lightning McQueen, and all their friends. Get shined and tuned up, then out to the track to race another car to the finish line! Who will win this time??

Splash Mountain - Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, and Brer Fox all sing you songs of the South as your log boat meanders through the Briar Patch. A few waterfalls and some rapids add to the fun, and at the end... well, why should I spoil it? Just remember that you could get wet on this ride, depending on where you sit in the boat. And smile! Your picture will be waiting for you at the end of the ride!
California Screamin' - My favourite ride!! This fast and furious coaster is THE BEST!! THREE! TWO! ONE! And you are catapulted up the first hill! From there, the track twists and turns, rises and falls, and then there is the loop-the-loop around Mickey's head! WOW!!! What a RUSH!! Can we go again?? Remember to smile! Your picture will be waiting for you!

The Haunted Mansion - What is a trip to Disneyland without visiting the Haunted Mansion!! Enter, if you dare, and find yourself in a room where, once the door closes, the walls suddenly seem to get taller! When the door opens again, get ready for a trip through this spooky realm! You might even find a ghostly visitor joining you on the ride!

Pirates of the Caribbean - Another must-do!  Ride through the pirate lair with Jack Sparrow and his motley crew! Keep an eye on the Jack Sparrows in the ride. There are a few and once in a while, Johnny Depp himself has been known to make an appearance in costume!

There are so many more that I always have to ride - Prince Charming Carousel, Dumbo, one of the streetcars on Main Street, Small World (although I end up with the song stuck in my head for hours after!), and Storybook Land to name a few - but this list gives a few to choose from. Just remember that some of them get you REALLY wet, but they are all great ways to get off you feet for a while and cool off.

Hidden Mickeys

While you are wandering around the parks, whether in Disneyland or WDW, keep an eye out for hidden Mickeys. They are found in places you would never think to look! Here is a sample found in the Christmas store in Downtown Disney in WDW:

Whether you are visiting Disneyland or Disney World, the main thing is to have fun! It doesn't matter if you are 5 or 95, this really is the Happiest Place on Earth! Enjoy!