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!!

And our hoppers are:
8. Janet McCormick - You are here!

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!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

What a Deal!!

Close to my Heart decided to have 30 deals this month instead of just one! Every day, you have the chance to purchase a Grab Bag at ridiculously reduced prices! Each day is a different price though, from $55 to $160! Of course, the higher the price, the more great stuff you get! The Grab Bag changes each day at 3:00 PM and is available for 24 hours. All you need to do is purchase one regularly priced item and you can add a Grab Bag to your order! Please check out my website for more information and to place your order before the end of April!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

All that Glitters

Is Not Always Gold!

I love glitter! I love pretty much anything that sparkles! So the April Use Your Stash theme of All that Glitters was right up my alley!

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

For this theme, I tossed up making a set of cards, then thought about doing a layout, and had a really hard time deciding and getting started. I finally decided on a set of cards. I used several different papers from my stash - Close to my Heart Dream Pop (remember that one from a year or so ago?), Pear and Partridge, and Brushed, as well as Pink Glitter Paper and Green Glitter Paper. On the Thanks cards I used Silver Glimmer Trim. The sentiments come from various stamp sets and are all stamped on White Daisy cardstock (except the Thank You) using Smoothie, Ruby and Black Exclusive Inks. The images are cut using the Artiste and Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges.

The Thanks and Holly Jolly images are cut using the Artiste cartridge but off the top of my head I am not which keys. 

This card is my favourite! I love how the flower turned out! The glitter paper flower is cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge using Shift+Tag (Flower8) and the pink overlay is Layer+Shift+Tag. This is the last key in the third row.

I distressed the Christmas tags because it kind of got lost on the page without it. 

Well, that's it for me this month. Thanks for stopping by! Please leave a comment as you go as I always look forward to your feedback, good or not so good.

Your next stop is the NJ Stamping Queen, Marie Flayer. Happy hopping!!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Spring has Arrived!

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Welcome to our April Blog Hop featuring our Spring theme, April Showers bring May Flowers. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, please contact your local Close to my Heart Independent 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. 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 Jessica's blog then you are in the right place! 

I decided to make a box card for this month, and will taking it to work so it can sit on my desk and remind me that warmer weather is on the way. The box itself is made with the green striped paper from the Adventure cardstock pack (Z2032) with squares of Brushed on the flaps. The flowers are cut from Canary, Pixie and Colonial White cardstock. The butterfly base is cut from an really old paper, Lucy, and the overlay is cut in Canary. The leaves are Sweet Leaf.

The Colonial White flowers are stamped from the Hooray Bouquet stamp set (D1491) with Hollyhock, Honey, and Thistle Exclusive Inks. 

The flowers and leaves are all cut with the Art Philosophy and Artbooking cartridges. The little swirl was an accident but I decided to add it for a little whimsy. I also added the Sparkle Gems Brown and Tan for some bling. The little yellow flower is from the assortment for a paper pack a few Idea Books ago but since mine are not in the little bag anymore, I have no idea what their name is.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Heather's blogIf you get lost along the way, just head back to Michelle's blog, where you will find 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 Scrapbook layouts from the CTMH How-To Books. So mark May 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.