Saturday, 31 January 2015

Brushed 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 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 Idea Book, hand picked by Nancy Klein.
If you came from Chelsey'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 decided to make a few sets of cards this month and am so happy with how they turned out.
I love this paper! The colours are gorgeous and are great for a Valentine's Day theme. I used Hollyhock and Cocoa Exclusive Inks for the stamping, and Gold Shimmer Trim and our bulk Sparkle Gems for some bling. Besides the Brushed B&T, I also used Juniper and Canary cardstock and the Heartstrings Cardmaking Workshop stamp set.
I made two versions of this one and can't decide with I like better. I think they both look good!

The sentiment on this card was stamped in first generation over the images that were stamped in second generation. i love how it appears to be multi-dimensional! 

The Gold Shimmer Trim really made this card sparkle! I love all of our shimmer trims, but the gold is my favourite!

Here is the list of hoppers for this month:
1. Nancy Klein -
2. Chantal Pearson -
3. Linda Pekrul -
4. Kerry Hammel -
5. Heather Myers -
6. Justine Hovey -
7. Donna Thomson-Digby -
8. Terry Ann Diack -
9. Holly Young-Bowers -
10. Chelsey Vorosmarty -
11. Janet McCormick - (That's me!)
12. Kim Loewen -

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 Kim's blog. Happy hopping!!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Memories To Come

January Use Your Stash Blog Hop

Welcome the January Use Your Stash Blog Hop and our theme, Memory Jar/Box. We all have so many memories throughout the year, whether good or bad, but at the end of the year, how many do we actually remember? I love the idea of a Memory Box for this month and will do my best to add at least one memory each week. 

As this is a circular hop, you can start anywhere, so if you got here from Pricilla Gotham's blog, you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, just return here where I will have the complete list of hoppers. As you are hopping, please leave your comments as we love to hear what you have to say about our projects!

When we were told the theme this month would be a memory jar/box, I thought "Okay. I can do this". But then I had a brain dump and couldn't think what to do! After chatting with a co-worker, I made a trip to the dollar store and found the PERFECT container!! And here it is...

It's a little wooden treasure chest! Of course, Sticky Boy had to be part of it! He is so cute and one of my first wonderful memories of 2015!

I removed all of the hardware then covered the box with Seaside paper and smoothed the edges with my finishing files and sandpaper. When they were all done, I distressed the edges with Chocolate ink, making sure to smudge it around here and there. I love how this paper made the box looked aged, and the ink adds a bit more age. I coloured Sticky Boy's balloon with Marine Blue and Turquoise Blue Touch Twin markers and used the blending pen to add the bit of highlight. His hat is coloured with Marine Blue and two of my coloured pencils (can't remember the colours I used), then added a Sparkle Gem for the pom pom.
I wanted to add a cluster of flowers on the top, but since my Cricut mats are still MIA after our flood, I made a rosette instead using some paper from the Frosted WOTG from the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book, an Irresistibles flower from a few idea books ago coloured with Glacier ink, a silver sequin and a sparkle gem. The Frosted paper works great with Seaside!
I had the Flourishes in my stash so added them for a little extra bling, as well as the three silver sequins with sparkle gems in the center. All in all, I love how this turned out! Now to add more memories!

Thanks for hopping along with us this month! Now hop on over to Tabitha's blog for some more beautiful artwork! And remember that if you get lost, just return here for the list of hoppers. Here are the hoppers this month:

Janet McCormick - (That's me!)

If you see anything while you are hopping that you would like more information about, please contact your local Close to my Heart Independent Consultant!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

January Cross Canada Blog Hop Valentines Day

Love is in the Air!

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring Valentine’s Inspiration. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local Close to my Heart consultant for more information or 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, 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 on to 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 Julie at 12X12 Travels. If you came from Terry Ann's blog, then you are in the right place!

Remember the Whoo's Your Valentine? kit from last year? When I was organizing my craft room before Christmas, I found an entire Whoo's Your Valentine workshop! The colours complement the Heartstrings and Brushed paper so well, I decided to combine the three as well as using some of the gold stickers from the Year >> Noted set! I made these for three customers at work and will add some candy later. (If I add it now, it will be FAR too much of a temptation!!)

I punched the tops for two of the tubes with my 1" circle punch (from WalMart) - just the right size - and the silver hearts with a little heart punch that is part of an awesome set I purchased at Costco a few years ago. The materials I used in this project include:

  • Heartstrings B&T  (X7193B)
  • Brushed B&T (X7190B)
  • Year >> Noted  (CC1032)
  • Whoo's Your Valentine? workshop (retired)
  • Gold Shimmer Trim (Z1985)
  • Teal Shimmer Trim (Z1918)
  • Hollyhock Exclusive Ink  (Z2128)
  • Slate Exclusive Ink  (Z2173)
  • Stuck on You Puffies  (Z3037)

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Chantal's blog at It's  Hoot Papercrafts. If you get lost along the way, you can head to Julie's blog, as she has the complete list of hoppers.

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 Card Creations using our How To Books. So mark February 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.