Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas week four at H2H

Hi again, this week and for the rest of the month at H2H they are looking for our Christmas projects.  I am sharing one of the cards that I have been sending out this year.

I used the Close to my Heart 'Glory to God' stamp set in outdoor denim, with dazzling diamonds glitter from Stampin'Up on the halo.  The sentiment, from Verve stamps - Peace on Earth; is stamped on outdoor denim cardstock with versamark and Close to my Heart silver embossing powder, which I also used on the stars.  I keep returning to the 'Glory to God' stamp set from Close to my Heart for my card creations for special people.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Time for another sketch challenge at H2H

Hi all, after a month of technical and health issues I think I am back, learning a new operating system on top of it all:)  This weeks challenge at the heart 2 heart challenges blog was to use this sketch: 

Needing a few birthday cards in the midst of all the Christmas cards it is nice to have some inspiration, this is what I created tonight.

I used some of our new colours of cardstock and ink colours to create this card.  Cashmere and ruby are my main colours, I like diamond better than squares.  

This card gave me the opportunity to play with a number of different stamp sets.  The images on the diamonds are from a retired set 'Jubilation' D1457, stamped in ruby and highlighted with our metallic markers 'For Every Occasion' D1187.  I stamped the ruby cardstock pieces with the floral from the 'Diverse BackgroundsD1508 set in cashmere, to give it some depth.  Added a strip of our silver shimmer trim Z1799 and three red bling.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas in November

Welcome to our Christmas in November blog hop where we are showcasing the exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge whic can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.
It is hard to believe that it's already November and that Thanksgiving (for our American friends) is less than a week away.  And well, that means, it's almost Christmas!  We have created Christmas themed projects for you and hope to inspire you to get started on YOUR Christmas creations.
if you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Luci's post.  If you came from Tammy's blog, then you are in the right place!
My project is a window Christmas card!

The cut outs for this card are all on page 47 of the booklet for this cartridge.  I was inspired by cards a good friend made last year with dangly bits and spinning in openings.  I used retired garden green and petal cardstockl  The card is cut out at the 4 inch size, then I measured the opening and made the ornament at 1 3/4 inch a bit smaller than the opening.  Cut the decorative layer twice for both sides of the ornament and sprinkled dazzling diamonds glitter (Stampin up) to make it shine.  Hung the ornament from some string with part of the cut out part glued to hold it in place.  Decorated the front with small snowflakes from the retired D1366 Holiday trinkets in white daisy ink, Happy Holidays is stamped in Gypsy ink from the Pear & Partridge Cardmaking workshop kit.

Now hop onto Traci's blog to see what she has created.

If you get lost on the way here is the entire blog hop list so you can find your way again:

  1. Lucy ~  
  2. Diana ~  
  3. Carolyn
  4. Kindred Hearts
  5. Priscilla~
  6. Tammy 
  7. Arlene ~
  8. Traci ~

Monday, November 5, 2012

Canadian Christmas card hop

Welcome to our first of 2 Blog Hops happening this month. In this Hop you will find that each consultant has created 3 Christmas Cards using non-Christmas paper! They were given the challenge to create these 3 cards using either card stock or another paper packet of their choice.

I used the Clementine paper pack
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 Deanne in NewFoundland. If you came from Suzette of then you are in the right place!
 I choose to use the Clementine paper pack to make my three happy snowmen Christmas cards, the above shot is of the three together.

This first card was inspired by a card in the latest "PaperCraft" magazine. I used the Clementine paper pack, The Perfect fit Holidays stamp set B1412 and the Flakey Friends stamp set C1506. The Twilight ink seems to give a nice match and softness to the card, I used our retired markers in Sorbet and Autumn terracotta and Cocoa to give him some life and colour. A bit of bling in the blue/green sparkles and he is finished.
This second card used different paper from the same paper pack. I used our new cricut cartridge Artiste to cut out the shape for the snowman and the doily in the back. I sponged ink on the doily in champagne and cashmere to give it some colour. The snowman is stamped in sorbet, which I popped up to give the card some dimension, wrapped it in Autumn terracotta bakers twine and three crystals for his buttons.
This last card, I made the base out of our kraft paper to give it a different look and used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch to cut the corners. I covered 2/3 of the base with the patterned paper and popped up the snowmen for some dimension. The snowmen are stamped in Champagne ink and coloured in Indian Corn blue and Autumn Terracotta, some bling for the buttons and card is finished.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is  Joanne of jagsscrapincorner.
Here is a complete list of the blog hop in case you get lost along the way:
Deanne ~
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own version of Christmas cards. Join us again on November 15th when we showcase our versions of Advent Calendars.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Autumn with Art Philosophy

Welcome to our Autumn Art Philosophy Blog Hop!  Each month we are showcasing our amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge which can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.

It's the time of year where leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping, the days are shorter, and the holidays are quickly approaching. This month we will be featuring projects with an Autumn theme made using the Art  Philosophy Cricut cartridge!  

If you just happened to come to this blog, you should start at the beginning at Lucy's blog - Love 2 Create
My project is a scrapbook page I made for a workshop that I did. Since I work in a school, I get yearly photos of myself, which can be a good thing, when you are always behind the camera.

I used numerous stamps the banner is stamped with one of the sets that comes with this cartridge, they are on pages 49, heart on page 69, long banner on page 68. The tag is on page 50 and the butterfly is on page 55 in the booklet that comes with the cartridge. the patterned paper is from the retired footloose paper pack and the rope border is from Pemberly workshop kit (retired). The cardstock used is kraft for the background, with lagoon and blush for the banner and butterflies. I also used bakers twine to accent the banner and tag. I just noticed a little bling on the one butterfly body and a few staples to attach the smaller butterflies. My name is stamped with the bohemian alphabet and the fieldtrip alphabet (retired) in pear ink. Hope you are enjoying hopping along on our autumn path.

Here's the entire blog hop lineup in case you "fall" off the path:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
  1. Diana ~ Dianas Free Moments 
  1. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper 
  1. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  1. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy
  1. Kindred Hearts ~ It Makes Total Cents
  2. Arlene ~ You are here :)
  3. Amanda  ~ Scraps of Love

Monday, October 15, 2012

H2H - Christmas part 2

How convenient that the blog would have another Christmas card challenge, just when I had to create one or two for a Workshop I am doing with some of my fellow consultants.  So without further ado, here is a Christmas card, two versions, can you tell the difference?

OLW 109

This weeks challenge for the One Layer Wednesdays is to make a halloween card.  Now I do not normally even think of making a halloween card, it is hard enough for me to make my halloween layouts.  I like the simplicity of one layer cards, now it does not help me to get using my stash, but that is for another day.
Here is my halloween card:
I used only two colours - Autumn terracotta and black.  The stamp sets used are the Perfectly fit frames and the Perfect fit Halloween stamp set.
It  is nice to make clean and simple projects sometimes.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Video inspiration

A few weeks back a video that I watched from My Craft Channel inspired me to create.  Here is the link to the video in which Monica and Kristine show us how to do terrific two tones.  The first card that Monica shared after showing us the technique was my inspiration.

I used our beautiful satin ribbon under the roses and pleated it with tape to hold it place.  The flowers and leaves are fussy cut, the sentiment shape is from the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  The green background paper is from our Dotty for you special a few months back.  It felt so good to create this card.  Thanks for looking and commenting.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

H2H by the numbers

Over on the H2H blog this weeks challenge is by the numbers, you can find the details here at heart2 heart challenges.  My youngest grand daughter has a birthday in a week or so, so I actually got her card finished before her birthday.
 I spotted the sketch for this card on the scrapbook and cards today magazine blog for World Card Making day last weekend.  Tonight I took a few minutes to be creative and made this card using the CTMH sophia paper pack (retired), the Cricut artiste cartridge with the coordinating stamp set and the bohemian alphabet.  I am really happy with how this card turned out.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

H2H X 2

Hi all, this week one of my creations fulfilled two challenges on the Heart 2 heart blog this month.  The link is to the sketch that I used, the previous week they had its time to go big challenge, to make a card larger than our usual quarter fold of a card.
I was inspired by one of the cards that were already created for the challenge  by Tracy.  She used the spider's web from the CTMH cricut Artiste cartridge and I thought, and thought some more and came up with this one.  The puzzle, also on the Close to my Heart cricut Artiste cartridge as well as the puzzle heart.  The paper is old paper from CTMH called enchanted with pansy purple and garden green cardstock.  The I love you is from the Pemberly paper pack Workshop stamp set.  The size of this card is a half fold card.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

It's time for a Mini Card Challenge at H2H

I know, I know, I have been absent for a bit, trying to get better at posting more regularly.  Now that fall is here, my schedule should get more regular and I hope to post more regularly.  Now to today's challenge, this is a challenge from early September on the H2H blog for Close to my Heart.  It is great to follow this blog and take the challenges to force myself to spend time creating.  We all need to do that on a regular basis to keep our lives fulfilled.
This early Sept. challenge was to create a mini card, smaller than the regular card we usually create.
Since today is my wedding anniversary I thought I would share a card I made to let my hubby know that I will OWLways love him :)

I used our new Cricut Artiste cartridge to make the owl and the pop up in the center of the card.  I just love those little owls.  Papers used are three of our new colours cashmere, saddle and ruby with black sparkles for the eyes.  The alphabet I used was the Trinity alphabet with ruby ink.  All the sponging was done with cashmere to give texture to the background and slate for the owl.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Clearly the Best: Bend It, Curve It, Stamp It (S01E01)

What a great video to spend a few minutes watching.  Very impressed with how they altered our clear acrylic stamps to create totally different impressions.  Now to try some of them myself ;)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

H2H colour me crafty

The challenge this week on the heart2heart challenges blog is to use the colours lagoon, pear and sunset in a project.  I thought about this for a few days and had lots of different ideas for two of the colours but not the third.  Today is my older son and his wife's ninth wedding anniversary (where has the time gone) so I cruised pinterest and came up with a new idea....
I spotted a card with a butterfly as the focal point, but it did not work for this anniversary card, especially after playing with the new 'artiste' cartridge and spotting the heart.;)  So I cut out the butterflies and heart on with the cricut, sponged them in lagoon, sunset and pear.   The heart is sponged in pear, the pattern is 'pieced together' from the Wishes book.  I used the 'Trinity' alphabet for the nine and years and congrats is with the 'Artiste' cartridge.  The heart is popped up for a focus, all the butterflies have a sparkle in them, one for each of their children and the brads are the antique copper.  My youngest grand daughter had an enjoyable afternoon stamping.

Friday, August 10, 2012

H2H challenge sympathy

Hi all the H2H challenge this week was to make a sympathy card.  I have made two, the same, using the two different inks, pigment and water-based dye ink.  I wanted to see if the image would look different with the different inks.
Trying to remember which is which, I think the one on the left is the new pigment ink in Ruby and the right is the water-based ink also in Ruby.  I used the new 'To you and yours' and 'Words of comfort' stamp sets.  Cardinals have a very special and personal meaning for me, five years ago one of our grand-daughters died from SIDS, we had not had cardinals near our property ever.  A month or so after this tragedy we had a pair of cardinals come to our feeders and stay in our neighbourhood, it was to me a messaged from God that it would be all right and He was still there.
I used the above mentioned stamp sets and cardstock in the following colours: ruby, whisper and slate, the wording ink is in slate.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Convention cards

Hi all thought I would post some of the cards that I have made using the new My Acrylics Pun Fun stamp set from Close to my Heart.  This is one of the stamps sets that we received from convention.

I just love the new sparkle ribbon we have, it is self adhesive and you can do so much with it.  Great addition to our accessories line!  Check my web site to view the new idea book and see what is all new for you!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Fall/Winter 2012 Idea book

The new idea book is available today!!! ;) I am currently working hard at finishing all the projects that I received at convention last month. We all received the new SCROLL ALBUM KIT, when I first looked at it I thought, I am not sure that I want to do this. BUT I finished it yesterday and love it!!! What a great, easy, creative way to display family photos! Can't wait to get it home an display it on my hutch. Here is a photo of my finished project:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer time fun!

Hi all, enjoying a busy summer with camping and attending the Close to my Heart convention in Dallas this month!  Lots of new products coming new colours, new stamps,  new products!  August 1 is when the new idea book is available to view online at my website.  For now I am busy creating with the new products from convention, had a blast!

Out with the old and in with the new, here is a list of what is being discontinued as of July 31 and are only available while supplies last:

Colours being discontinued including ink, paper, reinker and ALL current markers in all colours:
Grey wool
Grey flannel
Vanilla cream
Brown bag
Baby pink
Sunkiss yellow
Key lime
Heavenly blue
Lilac mist
Holiday red
Sunny yellow
Dutch blue
Vineyard berry
Garden green
Spring iris
Pansy purple

Last chance for card stock shade packs, three harmonious colours in one convenient pack.

Paper packs and coordinating compliments in th following patterns:

All workshops on the go in Spring/Summer 2012 idea book

The following accessories are also not available after July 31, 2012
12 x 12 Quick pic albums
12 x 12 snapease album system
Clear cards in both styles
Designer ribbon the pink collection
Bulk ribbon in Sweet leaf stitched grosgrain
Canvas badge buttons
The bity brad assortments all colours
Clear sparkles in clear (no more square sparkles)
Mini medley accents collection in the following colours:

Metal accessories both photo hangers and hinges

Bitty buds assortment
Bottle caps
Seaside wooden shapes
Comic badge buttons
Heirloom assortment

Cardstock packs of both whites in packs of six

Irresistibles alphabet lots of dots

Dimentional elements current ornament shapes

If you would like to order any of the above items while supplies last and before July 31, simply go to my web site to place your order.  A $10 shipping fee does apply but this will be shipped directly to your home, think of the time and money you will save by not having to go look for these items in the stores or on other web sites:)

The new Close to my Heart idea book will be available on  August first.

Friday, June 15, 2012

In Honour of Father's Day

Since this weekend is Father's Day I thought I would share a layout I just finished for the Close to my Heart convention in Dallas next month.  Each consultant that is attending was given a free five pack of Studio J layouts to use, along with very detailed instructions that covered a lot of different techniques.  It was a bit of a struggle at times to get it to work, but when it all clicked together it was amazing what all you could do with this software.  Trying to think of which photos to use for the layouts was interesting too, challenged the thinking cap of different themes etc.

I remembered having these old photos scanned and that I had not used them yet, so what better way to scrap and remember them than by Studio J.  This way if any of my siblings would like their own copy of the layout, I can just order it, instead of having to recreate it.  Another great reason to use Studio J, especially when you are doing heritage photos that other family members may like too.
For this layout we were instructed to use the Lucky paper pack with the Portrait Collection layout.  I choose to rotate the right hand page and made up photo collections with two photos in each photo spot.  This works well for older photos that may not have the resolution you would like for larger prints.
I really enjoyed this mini course in using Studio J, it helped me  to learn and understand the different and varied options you can use the program for.  If you are just starting out digital scrapbooking you can try it for free, go to and click on start creating,then upload some photos, pick your paper, layout and it will step you through the finished layout.  If you want more of a creative challenge you can play with changing the paper, accents, colours, embellishments, stitching... lots of fun things to learn and do.  Of course if you purchase a membership you get access to even more paper packs and layouts, plus a cheaper price for printing your finished layouts.  The layouts are printed in beautiful colour on heavy weight photo paper and shipped with page protectors, so all you have to do is slip  then into your albums.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Studio J

Hi all, I have not shared lately my love with Studio J, Close to my Hearts digital scrapbooking.  I just finished another 6 layouts that will be printed for me and shipped to my home with page protectors included for free.  The layout I will share is the last one for my Cuba album.

I used the online scrapbooking, you upload your photos, choose your paper and layout then finish.  You can add as much as you want or as little as you would like.   The embellishments of all kinds are available for you to choose and re-size if needed.  For this kit I used the new Cruisin' paper pack to focus on the many vehicles still on the road in Cuba.

Cards for the men in your lives

Last week I hosted a Cards for the Men in you life, card workshop.  This is the last card that we made that day:
I used the Cruisin paperpack from CTMH and the Enjoy life stamp set, this set is so versatile.  Stamping is done in Black and Twilight, the grey cardstock was embossed in my cuttlebug.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dotty for you round two

Hi, here is another card with the dots and stripes of the exclusive CTMH Dotty for you paper pack, from my cards for the men in your life workshop.

I have been really liking the colour combination of yellow and grey and thought I would try this for this card.  As mentioned I used the paper pack from CTMH Dotty for you and the A perfect Day stamp set in Grey wool, then wrapped in the bakers twine.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

H2H Polka dots and strips challenge

Another great challenge from H2H polka-dots-and-stripes-challenge, what a great way to use the exclusive paper pack that is available for National Scrapbooking month 'Dotty for you'.  A very fun bright paperpack that I am enjoying playing with.

This card could be used as a encouragement card or any other way you may decide.  I used the CTMH Perfect Day stamp set in Grey wool ink and Lagoon ink.  The edges are sponged in either lagoon or grey wool, the center image is popped up with pop dots and the upper image is wrapped with the grey and white bakers twine.
Thank you for looking.

Monday, May 28, 2012

H2H distressing challenge

Hi all, I am back with another challenge card, I finished a number of challenge cards this weekend and plan to have more posts this week.  Today's card is for the distressing challenge at H2H last week.  H2H stands for Heart 2 Heart a challenge posted on Mondays each week to make something using Close to My Heart products.  Here is the link to this challenge where you can check out many others creative ideas, distressing-challenge.

This is one of the cards that we made at my 'Cards for the men in our lives' workshop that I held this past weekend.  We used only cardstock, no patterned paper for this card, but we did make our own patterned paper with stamps and ink!  Using my favourite background stamp the splatters from the Diverse backgrounds D1508 stamp set and Chocolate and Desert Sand inks to make the background.  We stamped the boots from the A Journey A1127 stamp set in chocolate ink and then clear heat embossed the prints, stamping a splatter in Desert Sand.  The background chocolate card stock was embossed and then sanded in the Traffic Jam Cuttlebug folder, Life is a Journey using the 'A Journey stamps set in chocolate.  All edges of paper were distressed with our edge distresser.  The background cardstock behind the boot prints is desert sand.  Thank you for stopping by and having a look, I do value your comments.  Thanks again.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mothers day card challenge at H1H

Hi all, another challenge to share, Heart 2 heart mothers day card.

This is a interlocking card that I spotted on a blog a long time ago and wanted to try to make.   First I had to get the circle spellbinders to cut the plain circles, I had the scalloped circle set already.    I made a paper flower for the center by cutting with the spellbinders a number of layers of a few sizes of scalloped circles.  Wet the circles, crumple them up into little balls and carefully open again.  Stack and pierce a hole in the center then layer together with a brad.  You can shape the different layers to get the effect you would like, then let dry.  It dries to a solid flower.
Here you can see the interlock.
And this is what I put in the center.  As you can tell I need to give my card yet, but thought I would share it here.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

April showers bring May flowers

This weeks challenge on the heart2heart challenges we have to make something with flowers.  

I used all Close to my Heart products featuring the Stella paper pack and the A Blossom (A1121) stamp set.

H2H photo inspiration challenge

A few weeks back the heart2heart blog held a photo inspiration challenge with this photo:  

After looking at a lot of the other inspiration that came from this photo,  this is what I came up with:
I had to really resist using the beautiful flowers in the shower curtain, since that seemed to be what most were using as the inspiration and thought I would use the flowers on the wall instead.
All items used to create this card are Close  to my Heart:
Stamp sets used:
Love Life D1482
Pemberly WOTG
A Garden A1119
A little thanks D1444
Cardstock colours: sorbet, hollyhock and white daisy
Ribbon from green collection Z1616

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

magazine style card holder

I spotted a few of these on pinterest and thought I want some of those.  The thought was easier than the want :)  I tracked down the blogs they were posted from, a stampin up consultants blog post from March 25, 2009.  Attempted her directions but could not follow them, found a sketch on a italian blog, (sorry can't find it again) and copied it down.  It was in metric, so I thought that could not be so hard, since we are Canadian and use metric, wrong. This is the sketch that I made from this blog:

 All my measuring tools are in imperial inches.  So I managed to make one fairly well, but the next two, when I was trying to record the directions have a few more score lines :).
Cut a 12 x 12 inch piece of cardstock to 8 1/2 by 12,

 tape the cut off piece to the 8 1/2 inch side to make a piece of paper 8 1/2 by 15 1/2.

Score at the 2" mark on the 15 1/2" side on the short side score at 1/2" then again at 3 1/2" again at 8" again at 11".

 Fold up the 2" score and cut the lines to that fold on the shorter part.  This will be the bottom of your holder.

 Cut from the top along the first two score lines to 3 3/4 inches from fold on bottom, fold this section down inside your box.  Angle cut the two 4 1/2" sides from the top to the front of your holder.

  I used my guillotine cutter to do this.  Using double sided tape, tape the 1/2 in. flap to the other end, tape up the bottom of your box and voila you have a card holder.