Saturday, 30 March 2013


Welcome to our March Art Philosophy/Artiste Blog Hop!   As you know, both the Artiste and the Art Philosophy cartridges are available exclusively through a Close to My Heart consultant.  If you don't already have a Consultant that you are currently working with, please contact one the Consultants in our hop with any questions you have!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog Love 2 Create .  If you came from Jennifer of 4 Hearts Scrapbooking then you are in the right place!
 Our challenge this month features not only one of these amazing cartridges but also a "BINGO" card!

Here is the BINGO card that our Consultants were given:

The Consultants were told they could  make anything they wanted using the Artiste OR Art Philosophy cartridge AND you work off the BINGO card posted above. Basically, you make a "BINGO" by going across, down, or diagonally and you have to use everything in that bingo line.

My project uses the center line across: sentiment, 3D & buttons.  I used the Artiste to cut this cute little basket from the Chantilly paper.  This basket can be found on page 55 and assembly instructions can be found on page 29 of the assembly booklet.  The sentiment is from the stamp set and is stamped in Pear Ink.  The Frame is from the stamp set Frame Flair and is stamped in Cotton Candy Ink.  The stamp has a matching cut on the Art Philosophy cartridge, which I cut in White Daisy CS and then 1/4 of an inch larger in Cotton Candy CS.
The buttons are from the Clear Button collection which I inked in pigment ink, then added clear embossing powder and then heat set, so that I had buttons that matched my project.  To do this technique you will need tweezers to hold them in place to heat set them.  I used Sunset for the large, Cotton Candy for the medium and Pear for the small.  I have seen this technique done my a few consultants, but I don't remember where and who, but would like to give credit where credit is due.....
So, I also wanted to make this basket so that it could be versatile, so I stamped a second sentiment from the same stamp set, Happy Mother's Day.  The frames are adhered to a straw which I then adhered to a quarter and placed at the bottom of the basket before filling the basket with Easter Grass and Cadbury Creme Eggs.

Your next stop on our "BINGO" hop is Traci of  Paper Crafting 101.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
  2.  Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
  3. Penny ~ It Makes Total Cents
  4. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy
  5. Melissa L- MyWatermelonMoon 
  6. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking 
  7. Michelle ~ My Creations with Michelle You Are Here!
  8. Traci ~ Paper Crafting 101 
  9. Stephanie ~  The Quilted Scrapper 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Sorry for your loss

This past week my husband came home and asked if I would make a sympathy card for his boss.  He had lost his best friend, his beloved dog.

It's always sad when you loose a friend, and they had been together for 15 years.  I can relate because this past fall I had to put down my cat, who I had for 14 years.  So here is the card I made, and this isn't just for my husband's boss, this card if for all of you out there who have lost a beloved pet.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Looking forward to April.....Join my team, become a CTMH Consultant

Why am I looking forward to April, well lots of reasons.  April is a busy month for my family we have lots to in laws wedding anniversary, my birthday, my brother in laws birthday, and then at the end of the month, my oldest daughter, Jaymee, will be 9 and my son, Nicholaus, will be 4.

There is another reason I'm looking forward to April....our Constant Campaign for April is recruiting month.  So I'm able to offer you a great opportunity at starting your own business for a great deal.

Starting April  1st, when you sign up to join my team, you will receive April, May, June and July's SOTM for FREE.......that is a over $70 worth of stamps for FREE.
Aren't these stamps just fabulous?  Below I'm going to show you some artwork created by our CTMH design team.

April SOTM



So just in case you aren't sure of what the consultant kits include, below you will see photos of what is included in each kit, and a description of what is in those kits.

This is the Essentials Kit it costs you $49 and has a retail value of approx. $155; included in this kit is the following:

  • Read Me First Letter
  • Current Idea Books (qty. 3)
  • Hostess Order Forms (qty. 5)
  • Customer Order Forms (qty. 5)
  • Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W471)
  • Spring/ Summer 2013 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1123)
  • Petite Perks™ Critter Expressions Incentive Stamp Set (W2025)
  • Chantilly Complements Dimensional Elements (X7163C)
  • Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit (G1053)
  • Reflections® Scrapbook Program (9037)
  • Originals Card Confidence Program® (9036)
  • Buttercup Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2110)
  • Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2193)
  • Spinner (Z1832)
  • My Acrylix® Wheel of Life Stamp Set (D1545)
  • My Acrylix® For a Friend Stamp Set (D1542)
  • 4" × 5" My Acrylix® Block (Y1012)
This next kit, is important if you truly intend to pursue this as a business, it is the Masters Kit, it includes your order forms and more product, as well as everything from the Essentials Kit. It retails at about $355, and costs you only $99.  A great investment at a fraction of the cost.

  • Current Idea Books (qty. 10)
  • 5 Studio J® Layouts (redeem within 3 months)
  • Hostess Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Customer Order Forms (qty. 25)
  • Spring/Summer 2013 Gathering Postcard (W1122)
  • Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W471)
  • Spring/ Summer 2013 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1123)
  • Petite Perks™ Critter Expressions Incentive Stamp Set (qty. 5) (W2025)
  • My Creations™ 6" × 6" Canvas Display (Z1818)
  • Spinner (Z1832)
  • Chantilly Complements Dimensional Elements (X7163C)
  • Workshops on the Go® Chantilly Scrapbooking Kit (G1053)
  • My Creations® Star (Z1803)
  • Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon (Z1732)
  • Reflections® Scrapbook Program (9037)
  • Originals Card Confidence Program® (9036)
  • Cello Bags (qty. 25) (W1152)
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778)
  • Bonding Memories® Glue (1512)
  • Sponge (Z697)
  • Liquid Glass (Z679)
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836)
  • Buttercup Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2110)
  • Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2193)
  • My Acrylix® Glamour Uppercase Stamp Set (D1537)
  • My Acrylix® Wheel of Life Stamp Set (D1545)
  • My Acrylix® For a Friend Stamp Set (D1542)
  • 4" × 5" My Acrylix® Block (Y1012)
  • 3" × 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006)
I'm looking forward to you joining my team.  So are you looking forward to April me, and I can start your training now.  I'll explain our STTT program and show you how you can learn some great techniques from our training academy.  You can email me, or jump onto my website and check out more about the company.  My contact information can also be found on my website

Monday, 18 March 2013

2 New Card Creations

Yesterday my oldest daughter, Jaymee wanted to  make some cards with mommy.  So down to the craft room we went.....and this is what we created.

 This first one is stamped on a sheet of White Daisy Cardstock then adhered to the card base using 3D Foam Tape.  I used the large flower from the Girls Rock Stamp Set, and stamped it using Buttercup, Sweet Leaf, Sorbet and Sunset.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Crystal Blue ink, it is from the Card Chatter-Sympathy stamp set.

The second card, I had already had the base of it ready to go, but wanted to add a little dimension, so I stamped the Whale onto a separate piece of cardstock, and let my daughter color it in, she did pretty good.  I then fussy cut the whale out and adhered it to the shape of the whale already stamped onto the card.  Then I added a little liquid glass to the eye and the water spray.  The base is the back of the Chantilly bold print, and the Cardstock is Sunset.  The image and sentiment is stamped in Twilight from the New Baby stamp set.  I added a drawn boarded to the Sunset Cardstock to add a little more detail, using the legacy writers pens.

Hope you like what we created's fun to craft with my daughter.

Friday, 15 March 2013

March 15/13 Hinged Display Tray Blog Hop - Cross Canada

Welcome to our March Blog Hop featuring our Hinged Display Tray. This Display Tray is a 5"x7" fold out wooden tray with divided sections. It can be found on page 125 of the 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book for $18.95. You can purchase one from your local CTMH consultant.

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 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 are in the right place, because I'm the first person in the lineup.
For my Hinged Display Tray, I've decided to do a Wedding Display. I've used the For Always paper, as well as Ruby, Honey and Buttercup Cardstock. I've also used the For Always Textiles to create a rolled flower.
The left half of the tray is divided into 3 sections, I'll tell you what I did with the top section below. The large picture I matted onto a piece of Ruby Cardstock which is matted onto For Always Pattern Paper. I wanted to add a little bling, so I added the Licorice Opaques Adhesive Gems in various colors and sizes.
The bottom section is matted on Ruby Cardstock. Both of these pictures are then popped using 3D Foam Tape, just because they are my favorite photos....
On the right side there are 4 sections all of equal size. The top left I layered over a piece of the For Always Pattern Paper which I stamped in Ruby Pigment Ink the sentiment "Wishing you a Lifetime of Happiness" from the Happy Couple Stamp Set. Since Pigment Ink does not dry as fast, I added Clear Embossing Powder and set it. The picture is popped off the paper using 3D Foam Tape. The remaining photos are just adhered to the frame.
So this is the top section of the left side of the display tray. Here I started with a Piece of For Always Pattern Paper, which was stamped again with Ruby Pigment Ink and Embossed. The Sentiment comes from the Happy Couple Stamp Set. Then I cut a strip of For Always Textile and adhered one end to a circle scrap of Cardstock and began to twist the fabric. As I twisted the fabric, I also twirled it into a rosette. I then cut some flowers from off the Art Philosophy Cartridge. The Red is from Ruby cardstock distressed with Cranberry Ink, and the Yellow flowers are cut from Buttercup Cardstock and distressed with Honey Ink. The centers were further distressed with Chocolate Ink. The Orange rose, is actually cut from Honey Cardstock then distressed with Sunset Ink. I was trying to match the colors as closely to the flowers from the bouquet as possible. Then to add a little bling, I used the 2 largest sizes of the Licorice Opaques Adhesive Gems.

If you want to check out some of the other ways you can incooperate fabric into your projects check out the link is where I discovered how to make the rosette flower out of fabric.
Fabric Basics
Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Krista of Simply Creating.
Here is the complete lineup of our hoppers, so if you get lost just hop back here to find your way.

  1. Michelle ~ My Creations With Michelle   You are Here
  2. Krista ~ Simply Creating
  3. Michelle M ~ TwirlnTime
  4. Brae ~ The Brae-er
  5. Carol ~ Welcome to Crafty Carol's Place
  6. Cheryl ~ Scrapbooking With CTMH
  7. Terry Ann ~ Terry Ann Diack -- It's my garage --I can create in it.
  8. Janet ~ Jan's Works of Heart
  9. Chantal ~ It's a Hoot Papercrafts
  10. Nancy ~ Nancy Klein
The best thing yet is that Jeanette is running a contest on her blog.....what is she giving away? It's the Hinged Display Tray that we are using; So hop on over to her site and find out how you can enter her contest for a chance to win a Hinged Display Tray. Visit Jeanette here.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own project using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again in April when we will be featuring Home Decor Projects.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Floral Happiness

"Floral Happiness"

Welcome to our March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month's stamp from Close to My Heart is "Floral Happiness" and is available exclusively through your Close to My Heart consultant from March 1 - 31, 2013.  You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50.
If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create.   If you came from Jane of Jane's Scrap Shack then you are in the right place!
 My project is a set of 6 cards, I used Cotton Candy and Honey as my 2 colors for these cards.  I have a the mat cut at 5 1/4x4, and my stamped image is on a piece of White CS .  If you noticed with this Stamp Set, that is has a background stamp, then a detail stamp to create the petals.  I wanted a little more dimension  so I kissed the 2 stamps together first, which will remove ink from the background stamp.  Then I stamped the background stamp on my scrap paper so that I could stamp the image in second generation.  Then I stamped the detail stamp on top.  This created extra dimension with the petals.
The sentiment is popped using 3D Foam Tape, and I used the Frame Flair Stamp set along with the coordinating cut from the Art Philosophy Cartridge.(click on images to see larger)

 I'm your last stop, so unless you are starting with me, head over to Lucy at Love 2 Create.
  1.  Lucy ~ Love 2 Create 
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Crafting is Contagious   
  3. Amber ~ Scrapper's Therapy 
  4. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking 
  5. Priscilla ~ Priscilla's Paperie  
  6. Theo ~ Celebrate Crafts  
  7. Traci ~ Paper Crafting 101 
  8. Jane ~ Jane's Scrap Shack 
  9. Michelle ~ My Creations with Michelle  You Are Here
 Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.

You can shop with me by clicking here!

Friday, 8 March 2013

Girls Rock Teachers Gift

So Jaymee's teacher from last year and her teacher this year both got some great news just last week.  They both got permanent teaching positions.  Yeah!

So as I'm designing a project for both classes to make for Mother's Day which isn't all that far away, I decided to make demo's to send in and use them also as congratulation gifts. Jaymee helped make the projects, we used the Girls Rock stamp set, and some bright colors to decorate these cute little purses that I cut from the Artiste cartridge.
 In this close up, you can see that the flowers are popped using 3D Foam Tape.  Each a level up,we just added an extra layer of 3D Foam Tape to add dimension.  

I also made this little 4x3 card that fits nicely inside. Jaymee colored in the letters, and did a fabulous job!

Friday, 1 March 2013

March Promotion - Jump for Joy!

Jump for Joy!

It is March!  Spring is just around the corner!  That is a great reason to be joyful.
Close To My Heart has another great reason, check out our March special!

Have you considered having a Close To My Heart Home or Online Gathering?  March is the month for you!  During the month of March, hostesses JUMP to the next level of Hostess Rewards when a gathering reaches $250 or more!  More discounts and more Free products for hostesses - now that's a reason to JUMP FOR JOY

All of my hostesses have remarked about how generous CTMH's Hostess Rewards program is; with this promotion you get even more rewards!  You can check out the Hostess Rewards HERE, on my website.  Remember that for the month of March your rewards JUMP to the next level, once your gathering reaches $250 or more in sales.
This is a special you won't want to miss!  We can even set up an online gathering where your guests can shop from their own home and have the product delivered right to their doors.

If you would like to set up a March gathering, you can contact me HERE!

We have so many wonderful new items in the New Spring/Summer Idea Book, you can browse the Idea Book on my Website HERE!