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

Saturday, 20 May 2017

SE2 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our SE2 New Product Blog Hop!  



We will be featuring products found in the New Seasonal Expressions 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 18 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using 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 finally had time to sit down and finish the artwork from the Spring Up event,  We got to make 6 super cute cards using the Little Dreamer collection along with the Little Dreamer Cardmaking Bundle.

We used Seaglass, Black, Blossom and Thistle Ink, Little Dreamer gems, and White Shimmer Trim.


Now "Hop" on over to Jennifer's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Introducing Jack 1 Sheet Wonder 20 Card Workshop



With my first 2 workshops being so successful with my customers I had to jump right in and start designing another workshop. My customers were asking for a masculine collection, and Jack fits that perfectly.

My workshop is based on being able to teach my customers how to create the maximum amount of cards from a single sheet of 12 x 12 pattern paper.




My workshop will create 20 cards with 5 different designs. For my this workshop I used the first pattern from the Jack collection. These cards are very versatile and I see multiple uses for these cards.

Now lets take a look at each one of the cards.


Card 1

Card 2

Card 3

Card 4

Card 5 


Members of my Atlantic Scrappers Team will have full access to my files, you can join my team here!

To purchase these files for consultant use for teaching purposes, you can complete purchase here.



Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Team Brae-er Blog Hop - Little Dreamer

Have you seen how stinking cute the Little Dreamer Paper is?



Welcome to the Brae-er's Team Blog Hop.  This month the featured paper collection is Little Dreamer, and it is so very cute.  The patterns are so versatile, bright and so much fun.  I just love how vibrant they are. 

We have 7 team members who are participating in this months hop, and all you have to do to follow along is click on the linked name of the person who is following me.



So, I really had lots of fun creating this card using the cloud print pattern and decided I was going to use that as my main theme.  I added the rainbow and cloud from the Scrapbooking Thin Cut & Stamp Bundle, I didn't stamp the cloud, but did stamp the Rainbow using Lagoon, Thistle, Blossom and Lemon.

I also used the Cardmaking Thin Cut & Stamp Bundle for the unicorn.  I stamped the unicorn using Blossom, Lagoon, Thistle and Glacier.  The sentiment also from this collection and I stamped the banner in Lagoon, and the sentiment in Black.  I thought it needed a little bling, so I added some Little Dreamer Gems.

Now you can continue hopping along, being inspired by visiting Heather.  Now don't forget to leave us all comments as we love hearing from you.

To purchase any of the supplies used in any of our creations you can contact your local consultant or you can shop with me!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Cross Canada Blog Hop - Favorite New Paper Collection



Welcome to our May Blog Hop featuring our favorite New Paper Collections. We have 4 new amazing and fun paper collections in the Current Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.


We have an amazing group of talented ladies all across Canada, and they sure would love to hear from you, so before hopping onto the next person, take a moment and leave a comment about what you loved.


If you've arrived from Nancy Klein's Blog then you are in the right place! If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, and continue from East Coast to West Coast, then you are in the right spot, as I'm the first stop on the East Coast.

I have 4 cards to share with you today using Prickly Pear. Now we are suppose to share our favorite paper, but really I don't have a favorite, I love all 4 paper collections....but my oldest daughter loves Llama's and needed a birthday card over the weekend, so that it what I used to create with. The first card I'm showing is my daughter Jaymee's card. She decided she needed to color the Llama pink.



I think she did a wonder job coloring her pink Llama, and her friend enjoyed the fun card.

Now for my first card I decided to use this Month's SOTM along with the Prickly Pear Paper. I pulled colors from the pallet for this paper to stamp the flowers, Lemon, Tangerine, Blossom and Poppy and for the sentiment I stamped it in Sapphire. To fill in the center of the flowers, I actually flipped the stamp over and stamped the backside of the flower in 2nd generation. The leaves are stamped in Emerald ink using the same technique as the flowers.




My second card I decided to use the cute Llama, and I used the Watercolor paints to color this cute little guy. I used multiple patterns for this card, and I used the circle Thin Cut to cut the sun, and used the watercolor paints to color it in. The sentiment is stamped using Sapphire ink and then I doodled a border.



For my final card, I used the cute Cactus from and also used watercolor paints to add some fun, vibrant color. I used the a the Golden Yellow Shinhan Marker to color some cardstock before stamping the "on you" and "ouch". They were fussy cut and added to the card. My inspiration came from the artwork in the catalog for this card, but I made some changes to make it my own.



To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order, if you do not have a consultant(Canadian) you can shop here with me.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Colleen.

If you get lost along the way, you can come back here, I've provided the full list of h

oppers.

1. Michelle You Are Here

2. Colleen

3. Nicky

4. Caroline

5. Sheena

6. Diana

7. Brae

8. Brandy

9. Jessica

10. Corinna

11. Nancy

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 creations using up our stash while using new products. So mark June 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Coming Soon............Jack 1 Sheet Wonder

I am so excited to be able to announce that my Jack 1 Sheet Wonder 20 Card Workshop will soon be ready!

I love this masculine paper collection, and the stamps that are paired with this collection are so awesome.

With this workshop you will be creating a total of 20 cards, there are 5 designs, so you'll get 4 of each card design.

I know that I am in need of some fun masculine cards, and this workshop won't disappoint.

Here is a sneak peak of what is coming up:



             

             Always craft with  <3 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop



Live Beautifully Blog Hop

  
May 6th was National Scrapbooking Day, but we are celebrating all month with our Live Beautifully Collection.  Close to My Heart has created a stunning paper collection, a stamp set and a cut above kit. 

If you have come here from Melissa'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 18 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's promotional collection 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 really love this month's promotional paper, and have created quite a few layout using only 1 package of paper and I still have lots of paper yet to plan with. I only used 3 of the patterns here, the gold foil dots are 1 of 2 gold foil designs and it pairs well with all the remaining patterns.

I decided I wanted to use the flowers from the coordinating stamp set, and decided to try stamping them in black ink.  The leaves are stamped in New England Ivy ink.  I fussy cut all the flowers and leaves and then decided to go with a uniform layout, using 2 4x6 photo mats and 2 4x4 photo mats.

To see more of my artwork featuring the Live Beautifully collection you can visit these posts:
Heritage Layout , 2 2-page layouts , 2 page layout

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 collection is only available until May 31st or while supplies last!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get the Cut Above Kit for FREE!

             Always craft with  <3