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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Time to Use That Stash

Hi and welcome to the June Cross Canada Blog Hop where our theme this month is Use Your Stash! We all have a stash of paper and embellishments, and this is a great time to use some of it!
As you proceed through the hop, please leave comments as we love to hear what you have to say about our projects. If you would like information about a product or technique, please contact your local Close to my Heart Consultant for details. 
If you got here from Jessica's blog, you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, just head back to Michelle in Nova Scotia where you will find the complete list of hoppers. 
My paper stash is huge and I keep all of my scraps in a file cabinet in hanging folders, one for each colour group. I am trying to find an easy way to store my patterned paper the same way, but that one is not happening yet. I also have a mountain of embellishments which I keep in the CTMH medium organizer which works great! I cut little divider cards using Photo Mat 1 on the Artbooking cartridge (3" X 4" I think) and wrote on the tabs. I sure have a lot of sequins!
This month I made cards for my project. These are cards that I will be swapping at Convention in a few weeks so if you see one you like and will be in SLC, look for me before General Session!
I know that Jack and Live Beautifully are new paper packs, but I wanted to use some of my embellishments since I have so many in my stash. For this project I used my Gold and Red Shimmer Trims as well as the Gold Foil Tape and Sparkles.  
The flower is stamped using Pomegranate ink and rolled in Ruby to darken the edges. I stamped the leaves in Pear and rolled them in New England Ivy. I really love the Live Beautifully paper and have been hoarding it! This is a great time to use it up! 

This is a 4" X 4" card made with a Pomegranate base. The design for the two cards above are from the Wishes book, which I LOVE when I just can't think of a design. This is a simple design that goes together quickly. I tried the card without the Gold Foil Tape but it was kind of blah. The tape makes all the difference!

Yes, this is a Christmas card! I used Jack and Rustic Home for the patterned paper and Ruby for the base and the circle which I used as a mat for the White Daisy. I distressed the edges of the patterned papers with New England Ivy ink and then added the Red Glitter Trim pennants under the circle for a bit of glitz. It still seemed rather dull so I added the sparkle gems for a bit of bling.
As I mentioned above, I made these cards for swapping at Convention, so if there is one (or more!) that you would like to swap with me, I will see you in SLC!
Next in the hop is Corinna with another great project. I hope you leave comments as you go through, and if you want more information about Close to my Heart, our products, or classes and workshops, please contact your local consultant who will be glad to help you!
Next month our theme is Masculine Projects because after all, the men in our lives need some lovin' too!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

CCBH ShinHan Markers Blog Hop

Welcome to our April Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring the Close to my Heart ShinHan Touch Twin Alcohol Markers. These markers are available in 24 beautiful colours plus a blending marker.
We have an amazing group of talented ladies from all across Canada and they sure would love to hear from you. Before hopping on to the next person's blog, please take a moment to leave a comment about our projects.
If you have arrived from Brandy's blog, you are in the right place. If you would like to start on the east coast and travel across the country to the west coast, then start with Michelle in Nova Scotia.
I really like colouring with our ShinHan markers. The colours blend so well so you can add dimension and highlights to your image. I created a set of four cards using the Hello Lovely paper pack and the design Collage on page 97 of the Wishes Card Making Confidence How-To book from Close to my Heart. I embossed the Bamboo cardstock for the background with the Woodgrain embossing folder and the New England Ivy square with the Dots folder and my Cuttlebug. The White and Gold Ribbon (Z8139) gives direction to the cards, since two are portrait and two are landscape.

I stamped the image from the Adore You January Stamp of the Month (S1701) with New England Ivy Pigment Ink and then heat embossed it with Silver Pearl Embossing Powder (discontinued). This gave the outline a greenish-grey appearance which I really like. I coloured the image and fussy cut it to leave a very thin outline of white around the image itself. I then used the Gold and Clear Glimmer Pens to add some shimmer to the center of the flowers and the petals.


I stamped the sentiment from the Adore You stamp set inside the cards with Dessert Sand ink and the small heart is in New England Ivy. 
Thanks for hopping along with us this month! We hope we were able to inspire to get creative using some of the designs, products, or techniques you have seen along the way. We hope you will join us next month when we will be featuring creations using our favourite NEW paper collection. Yes! We have new paper collections coming soon! So mark May 15 on your calendar and hop along with us again!
Your next stop on this hop is Nancy in Southern Alberta! If you get lost along the way, just return to Michelle where you will find the complete list of hoppers.
If you would like to purchase any of the items you see while hopping through, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant for more information.





Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Hola! Bonjour! Hello! March CCBH

Welcome to the March Cross Canada Blog Hop and our theme - languages. Close to my Heart has several stamps that are available in English, French, and Spanish, so we have decided to highlight them this month.

If you are joining the hop from Kirsten's blog, you are in the right place, but if you want to start at the beginning, head to Michelle's blog where you will find the complete list of hoppers. As you hop through, please leave your comments as we love to hear what you think. 

I only have the English versions of the multi-language stamp sets, but I have included a pictures of the one I used so you can see what they look like. I decided to create a few 3" X 3" gift cards this month. One set is made using the Hello Lovely paper and New England Ivy as the base, and the other set uses the Sugar Rush paper with Pomegranate as the base. The stamp set is C1660 - Happy for You. 



I coloured the dovetailed banner with the Shimmer Brush Gold and layered it over a strip of our gold Glitter Trim using some Thin 3-D Foam Tape for a little dimension. 



On the card withe the Hello Lovely paper, the banner is coloured with the Shimmer Brush Clear. 

That's it for me this month. I am the last one on this month's hop, so if you would like to start over, please head back to Michelle's blog. If you have seen anything here that you would like more information about, please contact your local Close to my Heart consultant for more information. 


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Succulents and Flowers CCBH

Hi and welcome to the February Cross Canada Blog Hop and our theme - Succulents and Flowers! Several of the Close to my Heart Cricut cartridges have images of flowers and succulents, but the new Flower Market cartridge has the most choices. If you have any questions about any of the projects you see on this hop or would like to place an order, please contact your local Close to my Heart Consultant for more information. 

WE hope you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers, whether it is about something you really liked, or a technique you would like to know more about. By leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like and what you would like to see more of. 

If you arrived at my blog from Brandy's blog, you are on the right track, but if you get lost along the way, simply return to Michelle's blog where you will find the list of all the bloggers.

Now on to the hop!

The new Close to my Heart Flower Market Cricut cartridge offers a variety of succulents and flowers as well as containers to hold them. In January, Close to my Heart presented a beautiful Welcome Home Wreath Kit available for free with a qualifying order. I was fortunate enough to get two of the wreaths and this is what I made with them.


When I received the first wreath lit, I didn't want to make the wreath and it sat on my dining room table for a week or two before I had the idea to make the Designed Decor Frame shown here. (The frame is still available in the Clearance section of the Close to Heart website, by the way.) I love how it turned out and it is now hanging in my cube at work.

My second wreath did end up as a wreath and is hanging above the stairs to the family room. There are no lower case letters on the sheets that come with the wreath so I made a lowercase C from half of an S. It worked perfectly! I also coloured the rolled roses with Tangerine ink before I rolled them. 

That's it for me this month. You can continue on the hop by heading to Corinna's blog for some more beautiful artwork.

Next month's theme is all about the Close to my Heart stamps in other languages, so come on by April 15 and hop along with us again!