Saturday, 10 November 2018

November Cross Canada Blog Hop - Tis the Season

Welcome to our November Blog Hop featuring artwork created using 'Tis The Season collection. 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 am also the first stop when hopping from East Coast to West Coast.  If you came from Kristine's Blog from then you are in the right place!



This first card I used the 'Tis the Season Cardmarking Stamp set, and the sentiment is embossed in Gold.  I used both the regular and stitches Circle  Thin Cuts.  I have some Prills that I added to the center of the poinsettia and I added some Gold Gems for a finish.


My second card is using the Wonder of the Season stamp and Thin Cut set.  The poinsettia is stamped on vellum and coloured using Shin Han Alcohol Markers.  I added doodling around the sentiment which is stamped in Candy Apple red, and to add some sparkle, I used Gold Shimmer Trim and Gold Gems.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Dominique.

If you get lost along the way, you can come back here as I have provided the full list:

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 artwork using Oh What Fun! collection. So mark December 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.


Always craft with  <3

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

October Cross Canada Blog Hop - Grateful Hearts/Hello Pumpkin

Welcome to our October Blog Hop featuring artwork created using either Grateful Hearts or Hello Pumpkin collection. 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, as it so happens I'm the first stop when you are hopping across Canada, East Coast to West. If you came from Kristine's blog then you are in the right place!


For my project I decided to use Grateful Hearts paper and the coordinating Stamp set.  I have fallen in love with Shaker Cards, and decided that I would use the heart confetti thin cut to create extra pieces for inside the shaker.  I used Pomegranate and Sapphire cardstock for this, and pulled some out to add embellishment for on the card.  I used the Gold sequins for the inside of the shaker as well.The outer ring for the shaker is also Pomegranate and the sentiment is stamped in the same color.  I also utilized the zip strip from the pattern paper.  The butterfly is colored with Golden Yellow and Marigold Shinhan Alcohol Markers. To finish off the sentiment, I dove tailed to create a banner and added some doodles.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Sheena.

If you get lost along the way, you can come back here, I have provided the full blog hop list:

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 artwork using Tis' The Season collection. So markNovember 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.


Always craft with  <3

Monday, 10 September 2018

Holiday Expressions - New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop!

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We will be featuring all new Products from the Holilday Expressions Idea Book.  If you have come here from Catherine Nowak 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 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using all 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, I decided to play with the new Cricut Collection, Season of Joy(Z3296).  There are so many super cute images to choose from including lots of 3D items to make, like this set of figures.  They stand about 9.5 inches tall, and they are hollow, so you could totally fill them with Christmas candies.  Posted below is just a sampling of other images found on this digital collection.
Now "Hop" on over to Melissa Robinson 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 purchase any of the amazing new products seen throughout this blog hop!


Always craft with  <3

September Cross Canada Blog Hop - Boutique



Welcome to our September Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the Boutique collection. 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,and I am also the first stop on this hop moving across Canada from East Coast to West Coast. If you came from Kristine's blog then you are in the right place! 

My creation is using a faux watercolor technique and Bunches of Love Stamp Set (D1815).


To create this technique I first stamped the image in Linen Ink, it is really very pale and you can go over it with the waterbrush and inks creating the watercolor image.  To achieve this I inked up the stamp in SugarPlum, our new color of the year, and then using my waterbrush added just a little water, and stamped.  I did the same with the leaves, using Glacier ink.  The sentiment is stamped in Charcoal ink.  I fussy cut the flower bunch and layered in on White Daisy CS, the reverse side of the SugarPlum CS, the Boutique Pattern is matted ontop of the Darker SugarPlum.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Sheena.

If you get lost along the way, just hop back here as I've provided the full list:

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 artwork using Hello Pumpkin or the Grateful Heart collection. So mark October 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.


Always craft with  <3

Saturday, 1 September 2018

September SOTM BLOG HOP - Just Treats

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


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We will be featuring September's SOTM, Just Treats, a set of 22 stamps.  If you have come here from Wendy Kessler'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

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This month we have approximately 19 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 this first card, I used memento ink to stamp the image.  I used the Carmine Touch Marker to color the letters, and I used the small water colorbrush to pick up New England Ivy ink to color the leaves.  I used some red stickles to create the berries.  I created the scallop piece from the zipstrip.  The pattern paper is from 'Tis the Season. I double matted, White Daisy on New England Ivy cardstock.  To finish off the design I added some doodling.


Doodling is a very popular trend right now, and I added it to this second card.  I used the Carmine Touch Marker for the letters and the mug.  The gold mat is made using Gold Embossing Powder, and I added some Gold Gems to finish off the design.


Now "Hop" on over to Catherine Nowak'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 September SOTM is only available until September 30th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3