Saturday, January 17, 2015 little word

Hi all, my Close to my Heart team leader has challenged us to do a project that is monochrome to post and share on our group/team facebook page.  I had been thinking this over for a few days and decided this morning to just do it!  I also love following different sketch challenges and am using the atlantic hearts challenge

I think the hardest part of this overthinking was deciding on which colour family to use.  I had a aha moment and choose my latest school photo from this past fall and decided to scrap it. This is what I came up with:

 My one little word for this year is joy, hoping to remind myself to take joy or see the joy in life.  I used 'Indian corn blue and pacifica cardstock as well as crystal blue and outdoor denim for a few of the butterflies.  The pacifica strip is embossed through my cuttlebug with the Provocraft geometric rings folder.  Most of the butterflies are stamped in their colour using the different patterns in the Assorted edges D1635 stamp set. The alphabets used are B1416 Keyboard uppercase and E1024 Keepsake alphabet.  It was fun to play with inks and paper today.  I embossed the joy with Zing embossing powder from American crafts and Rosewood iridescent embossing powder for some shimmer.

A few closeups...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A new card for the color my heart color dare, where we are challenged to use the following colours:

Glacier, cranberry, white daisy, black and whisper, or the colours from the snowhaven paper pack. This is what I created :
I was busy designing/deciding on which cards to do for a card workshop last weekend and came up with this one using random stamping.  I used all the ink colours and the C1603 'A Bunch of Thanks" stamp set as well as the M1033 Heartfelt Birthday Wish.  Such a quick and simple but heartfelt card to make and send.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Noted blog hop...

Welcome to my part in our CTMH team blog 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 our team's blogs, then please start at the beginning and join  Brae Montgomery. If you came from Krista of you are in the right place.

For the past few years, I have had one word keep popping into my head each year and then I think I should take notice.  The first year was 'PLAY' to remind me to play with my grandchildren, last year was 'HOPE' to keep my Hope in the Lord and rely on HIM.  This year I keep seeing 'JOY'!  Not sure what it will mean to me this year, but hopefully to focus on the joy in life.


I covered and decorated the My Creations Journaling Cards Box (Z1953) with the paper pack and some lagoon washi tape. Random stamping the arrows and sentiments as well as the banners in lagoon ink on lagoon card stock.  I used sorbet as another complimentary colour of cardstock to go with the patterned paper.

I am using the rest of the paper in the kit to make journaling cards to use in my scrapbooking, or Picture My Life or just as a reminder of what brings me joy.

Your next stop on the Team Braer Hop is Michelle of my creations with michelle.

If you get lost along the way, you can head to  Brae's blog at, as she has 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. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

new year, more challenges ;)

HI again, spotted this sketch at atlantic hearts challenge
I keep looking each week and depending on time available to play/create I try to use it.  I also like to use this colour challenge at color my heart color dare.  This weeks colours are kraft, glacier and white daisy, I first thought what???

I had other colours that I was hoping for I guess.

Put my thinking cap on and came up with this:

There is still time for you to play/create and make your own interpretation of either the sketch or colour combination or both. I used the new hostess rewards stamp set "A thing well done" C1606 from the seasonal expressions idea book that is active from December 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015.  Lots of great new stamp sets and two new sets of paper.  Check out my shopping cart to see about ordering your own....
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!

Thought I would spend part of the first day of the new year doing something creative, so printed off my favourite pics from this Christmas on my Canon printer and scrapped them!
Also, thought why not submit it for a challenge so the color my heart color dare fit the need.  The colours are definitely Christmas so Christmas photos, this is what I created:

The patterned paper from this Close to my Heart Yuletide Carol paper pack was perfect for a quick layout.  I cut out a stocking in two papers for my journalling and the 2014 to note the year.  This will go into my album of Christmas layouts over the years.  If you are interested in seeing more of this paper pack and perhaps getting one for yourself to play with check the shopping cart in the top right corner of this blog.  A great way to start the year with some creativity.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

One of my Christmas cards this year....

Hi again, I thought I would share one of the Christmas cards I am creating to give out this year.  For inspiration I used the sketch from the atlantic hearts challenge sketch 85 and the colours from color my heart color dare color-dare-122-cranberry-sorbet-olive.  This is what I came up with: 
I used my cuttlebug and one of my dies to cut the shaped paper and handcut the flag with Rejoice.  I love this angel stamp it looks so pretty, it is one of our hostess stamps available only to hostesses with qualifying orders.  All supplies are Close to my Heart and available for you to purchase with the shopping cart on the right.  Interested in a fun evening out, join me for one of my card workshops, we make four or more different designs and have  a great social night out.  Watch my calendar for my upcoming workshop in mid January 2015.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Did you know we have jewellry???

Did you know that Close to my Heart sells jewelry that you can create and personalize for yourself?  I recently saw the cuff bracelet and the new oval necklace and decided to pick some up to make for myself.  The thing that took the longest was to choose which of the stickers I wanted to use in each piece.  
The sayings and backgrounds are all so grand daughters all wanted me to use the just keep swimming.... label, but that was for their memories of swimming this past summer.  It only takes a very few minutes to create your jewelry, use the cover from the pieces to trace around the label and trim to fit, place on jewelry piece.  Then cover it with a layer of liquid glass, put the glass cover, press firmly, wipe off excess glue and enjoy.

As you can see beautiful jewelry to enjoy.
Supplies used: 
Base & Bling oval pendant in faux antiqued silver Z2008 (you get three in the pack)
Base & Bling chain in faux antiqued silver Z1940
Base & Bling glass covers oval Z2011 (again 3 in the pack)
Base & Bling oval cuff in faux antiqued silver Z2035
Liquid Glass Z679 (a very useful product)
All of these can be purchased via my web site or emailing me.  If you would like quick Christmas gifts make sure to order by December 12th.