Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Annual Inspirations Blog Hop 2017-2018 - New Product

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop!  


We will be featuring new product from the Annual Inspirations catalog.  If you have come here from Wendy's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog



This month we have approximately 25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using great New CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!


For my project today, I started with pulling paper from the Whimsy Fundamentals, added a strip of Silver Shimmer Trim.  I used the Sweet Baby Stamp set and Thin Cut Bundle(Z3376) for this card, as well as the sentiment from For You Darling(C1690).  The elephant is stamped with Petwer ink on Heather CS.  I used my waterbrush and Smoothie ink add some color to him.  The balloons are stamped with Crystal Blue Ink.



Now "Hop" on over to Melissa's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get any of the products featured during this hop!


Always craft with  <3

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

August Cross Canada Blog Hop - Annual Inspirations New Product



Welcome to our August Blog Hop featuring artwork created from products found in the 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations Catalog. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order. We have 13 Canadian consultants participating in this month's blog hop.


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,plus I'm the first stop when hopping from East to West Coast. If you came from Corinna's blog then you are in the right place!


For this card I used the new Stamp and Thin Cut Bundle, For You Darling(Z3375), Gold Shimmer Trim, and Eggplant pattern paper from the fundamentals along with Eggplant and Pansy Ink for the stamping.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Colleen.


If you get lost along the way, you can come back here:


Michelle You Are Here


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 Projects inspired from the New Products from the New Holiday Expressions Catalog. So mark September 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.



Always craft with

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - School Year

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 



We will be featuring August SOTM, which is School Year, a set of 9 stamps.  If you have come here from Cat's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog



This month we have approximately 21 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!


For my project I decided to scrapbook my kids First Day of School photos from 2016.  It was a big day, as my oldest Jaymee was starting Junior High School, and my youngest was starting Primary.

I started with a Colonial White base, and added Cranberry Cardstock, and I stamped a border in Cranberry ink around the edge of the cardstock, given it that tone on tone look.  The photos are matted with the secondary color of Lemon Cardstock, our Cardstock is now Two-toned.  For the title, First Day of School, I stamped using White Daisy pigment ink on Black cardstock. The frame is stamped in Toffee ink, and I used the secondary color Toffee Cardstock.  

Now "Hop" on over to Carol's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, School Year SOTM is only available until the end of August!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop



Welcome to our Hard to Say Goodbye Blog Hop!  


We will be featuring products that will be retiring on July 31st.  If you have come here from Wendy's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog



This month we have approximately 19 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using great CTMH products that are reetiring on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!




I have to apologize as this artwork is not using all current product that will be retiring, the paper has been retired long ago.  But I wanted to showcase the stamp set as it is one of my favorites, since it is so totally cute.  It is very versatile, and works well with lots of patterns, which is why I'm showing it off here.  This stamp set is called Safari Ballet (A1180) and is only $9.00CAD.



Now "Hop" on over to Melissa's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember products being features will be retiring on July 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Cross Canada Blog Hop - July featuring Masculine projects



Welcome to our July Blog Hop featuring Masculine themed artwork. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local 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,plus for this hop, we are starting on the with me in Nova Scotia. If you came from Candra's blog then you are in the right place!



For this 1st card, I used up some scraps of the Jack paper, along with the stamp from the Father's Day Card Kit.  I used corresponding ink colours, Jupiner and Ruby ink along with the embellishments that come in the kit.




For my 2nd card, I used the Jack Scrapbooking stamp set for the image, he is coloured using the Shinhan Markers.  This stamp set has matching Thin Cuts. To make the hat appear to be actually on hit head, I used my craft knife and made a slit.  The sentiment is also from the Father's Day Card Kit.


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Colleen.


If you get lost along the way, you can come right back here, I've provided the full hope list:

1. Michelle S YOU ARE HERE
2. Colleen
3. Nicky
4. Diana
6. Candra

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 Projects inspired from the New Products from the New Annual Inspirations Catalog. So mark August 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Always craft with  <3

Monday, 10 July 2017

Stampaganza Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stampaganza Blog Hop!  



We will be featuring some of the exclusive returning stamps that Close to My Heart has brought back for our July Stampaganza promotion.  If you have come here from Cat's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog




This month we have approximately 11 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using these amazing stamps and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!








Now "Hop" on over to Wendy's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, this special is only available until the 31st of July!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3

Saturday, 1 July 2017

July SOTM Blog Hop - Storybook Alphabet

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  



We will be featuring July's SOTM, which is Storybook Alphabet, a set of 26 stamps.  If you have come here from Melinda's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog



This month we have approximately 16 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!


 I was asked to make name badges for the my daughter's class as they were helpers during an elementary field day.  I used StoryBook Alphabet to create all the badges since I thought the size would be good for the younger children to read.  I used White Daisy and Black cardstock for the base.  The letters were stamped in various colours, and I thought it was funny that my daughters name ended up being all Glacier and Lagoon.


Now "Hop" on over to Wendy's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the July SOTM is only available until the 31st of July!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

June Cross Canada Blog Hop - Use Up Your Stash



Welcome to our June Blog Hop featuring artwork where we've used our stash mixed with new products. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local 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, I'm also the first stop when you are hopping across Canada.  

At first I was really unsure about what I would use to create my project for this blog hop....but then an email was sent home from my oldest daughter's school saying that the guidance counselor was retiring, and there are a few teachers moving to other schools.  Jaymee asked if I could make a retirement card for her to take in.  So now I have a theme. 



So I pulled the No Worries Cardmaking stamp set which is the New product I used, it also has a coordinating Thin Cut.  I pulled my scrap box out to set what I had for older retired product, and found some Seaside paper(which I loved and wished I had more of).  I pulled a few colors from the collection.  I used a piece of Lagoon for the mat for the images and sentiment. The umbrella is stamped in Crystal Blue and Smoothie, I used Saffron ink for the lounge chair.  The sentiment is just stamped in Black ink.  The umbrella and chair were cut out using the thin cuts, and then I paper pieced the Crystal Blue onto the Smoothie cut.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Colleen, who is also in Nova Scotia, actually just on the other side of the Halifax Harbour.


If you get lost along the way, you can come back here, below is the full blog hop list:


1. Michelle You are Here!
2. Colleen
3. Nicky
5. Sheena
6. Diana
8. Carol
9. Jessica
10. Janet
11. Corinna
12. Kirstin
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 the Masculine projects. So mark July 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Always craft with  <3

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Team Brae-er's Blog Hop - No Worries


Welcome to the Brae-er's Team Blog Hop, this month we are creating artwork using the No Worries paper collection.


If you have just come from the fabulous Emily's blog then you are in the right place.

I started with a Sapphire mat for the woodgrain, which I also used at a mat for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set.  I added doodling along the sentiment, and the banners are pieces of scrap from one of the pocket cards in this collection.  The enamel gems are actually white that I coloured with 2 blue shades of alcohol markers to create a marbled effect.  Just a simple masculine birthday card.




Now you can continue hopping along by visiting Sheena's blog.



Always craft with  <3

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Celebrating a milestone, 100th Birthday Cards

So recently my friend asked me to create some unique birthday cards. Her Great Aunt is turning 100 years old and she wanted 5 cards that would wow.  So she turned to me.  So for the past week I've been busy creating 5 cards using the Flower Market cartridge.

Card A

Card B

Card C

Card D

Card E

So these are the creations I came up with and each one is completely different from the others.  My friend was so impressed and happy with them.  I'm now just waiting to hear if the recipient loved them.  Which card is your favorite?



Always craft with  <3

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Hello Foxy - June SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the 
Month Blog Hop!  




We will be featuring June's SOTM, which is Hello Foxy, a set of 11 stamps.  If you have come here from Melinda's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog



This month we have approximately 23 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!



I was inspired by the artwork featured in the catalog for this Stamp Set.  For this card I started with the watercolor paper found in the Whimsy Fundamentals Collection and used the Circle Thin Cuts to cut the center out.  I stamped the sentiment directly onto the cardbase in the center of the circle.  Then using Black Memento Ink I stamped the wreath and used watercolor paints to paint the flowers and leaves.  Now I enjoy fussy cutting, but it's not for everyone, so if you don't have the patience to do it, don't. I fussy cut the entire wreath out, and then using the Bonding Memories Glue I adhered it to the card.  I haven't decided if I need to add any embellishments, but I do like it as is......what is your opinion?


Now "Hop" on over to Brenda's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the June SOTM is only available until 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3

Monday, 29 May 2017

Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way with a twist plus more....

I really love how easy Close to My Heart has made the workshops.  I was able to create all 3 layouts with a change to one layout, plus I was able to create an additional layout with the addition of a bulk piece of B&T and some extra cardstock.  I still have oodles of pattern paper left to create the additional cards and possibly more.

The cutting and assembly instructions are easy to follow, and make the layouts come together with ease.  What makes it even better is that the coordinating embellishments are included in the workshop.
So here are the first 2 layouts for this workshop, and I assembled them as per the instructions.



The 3 layout I changed to work for my what I needed. So instead of using the cloud print, I flipped the paper and used the pink flower print.  I also flipped the unicorn print and used the multi-coloured polka dots.


Finally, I decided to put together another a forth 2 page layout, and added some stamping using both of the Little Dreamer stamp sets.


I really love this paper, and can't wait to assemble the cards.  So come on back and visit again.


Always craft with  <3