Friday, 28 April 2017

Live Beautifully Heritage Layout, with painted flowers






I am totally loving the versatility of the Live Beautifully collection, and anytime I get to head into my craftroom to create I am pulling out this paper.  Our company has challenged us to create heritage style layouts.  So I decided to use a photo of my grandmother and the women in her family.

Here is my layout.

I distressed the mat and the papers used for this layout to give them that aged look.  I had some alphabet stickers left over from the Welcome Home Wreath kit, so decided to use those for my title.  My grandmother's maiden name was Young, and so I thought that was fitting for my title.  My grandmother is on the bottom, along side her twin sister.  My Great Grandmother is directly above her.

I've been asked how I created my flowers since they have a water color appearance.  I've shared a video that my daughter helped me with(it's my first technique shared video, so I'm sorry for the quality).



Thanks for stopping by and I hope I was able to teach you a new technique.

                                       Always craft with  <3

Monday, 24 April 2017

Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Blog - Guest Designer

Hey all!  I'm so excited to be sharing this with you, today I'm the featured guest designer over at Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Blog.


Make sure you head over and check things out!




Always craft with  <3



If you are interested in receiving a new Seasonal Expressions catalog, which is live May 1st, contact your local consultant, or if you don't have a consultant, contact me! I'd be happy to be your CTMH consultant.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Cardmaking WYW Blog Hop

Welcome to our Blog Hop

  


We will be featuring different variations to the Cardmaking Workshops Your Way.  If you have come here from Cat'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

We have approximately 14 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using these workshops along with 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!

So I couldn't decide between which 2 workshops I would create with, so then it struck me, why not use 2 workshops and switch the papers to show just how easy it is to create our workshops utilizing other paper collections.

Here is the original 2 workshops I choose to create with.

Here For You Cardmaking Kit

Mother's Day Cardmaking Kit


Now here is what I've created using these workshops. First is the Here For You kit, but using the papers from the Mother's Day Kit.



I used Blossom ink for the sentiments and ,Blossom, Smoothie and Willow ink for the flowers and leaves.  The embellishments used are also from the Here for You Kit. White Shimmer Trim and Black & White Dots.



For the above 4 cards, I used Blossom and Slate Ink for the stamping, and utilized the Sugar Rush Fots and White Twine.  

Now "Hop" on over to Melissa'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, these workshops are only available until April 30 or while supplies last, but stay tuned because on May 1st there will be more fabulous workshops coming your way. Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) for information on how to purchase any of the products featured on these blogs.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

April Cross Canada Blog Hop - ShinHan Markers

Welcome to our April Blog Hop featuring the ShinHan Alcohol Markers. We have 24 colours available, plus a blending marker. 

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's Blog then you are in the right place! However, if I am your first stop on this Blog Hop across Canada, then you are in luck, because I am the first consultant when hopping East to West.



For my first card, I used Pixie cardstock along with Sugar Rush pattern paper.  The stamp set I used for this card is Sweet Birthday and it's one of my favorite go to stamp sets when creating kids birthday cards.  For the sprinkles I stamped those using Lagoon and Blossom Ink.  I used Golden Yellow, Turquoise Blue,Cherry Pink and Tender Pink.  Now I prefer to use Memento Black Ink when colouring with the ShinHan Touch Twin Markers.  I let the image dry for about 20 minutes before colouring to make sure I don't get any bleeding.  

Now for my next card, I used all the same products, then added the sentiment from Birthday Sparkles and did some doodling to finish off the card.  Love how this one turned out.




The next 2 cards were so much fun to create.  I used the stamp Safari Ballet, as I was inspired by the birth of April's baby( April the giraffe had her baby today, it was a boy).  I used Some Kind Wonderful paper layered ontop of Pacifica cardstock. I added some White Shimmer Trim(love this stuff). Again I used the Birthday Sparkles stamp set for the sentiment, and also used the sparkles to create a background for the cute giraffe in the tutu.  I used Clay and Light Orange ShinHan Markers blending with the Colourless Blender Marker. The Blue is Peacock Blue as my other blue has missing.....opps!


My last card, is also using Some Kinda Wonderful paper, and I used Willow cardstock and Black Shimmer Trim.  For this super cute hippo I used the Warm Grey and the Colourless Blending Marker to create the lighter shades. The sentiment is stamped directly onto the Willow cardstock in Black. The bow, tutu and ballet slippers are Tender Pink and Colourless Blending Pen to create that lighter shade.




To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Pam from Newfie-Scrapper.

If you get lost along the way, you can head right back here, as I have the whole list provided for you.

1. Michelle YOU ARE HERE!
2. Pam
6. Sheena
7. Sue
8. Diana
9. Carol
10. Brandy
11. Janet
12. 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 our favorite NEW paper collection, yes that is right, we have new paper collections coming. So mark May 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Live Beautifully Creations





I just can't get enough of this gorgeous paper collection.  The colors and patterns are very on trend, and there is just so much you can create with them.  There are 16 beautifully designed papers in this collection.

For my second layout I used the word Dream and stamped it in 2nd generation all over my base pages.  I used the gold embossed dots, pink shimmer trim, the pink watercolor paper to create the bottom portion of the page.  The bold flower print is the mats for the photos, and then I added the black and white striped paper for some pop!  The flowers were created the using the same technique as my previous layout, but added some shimmer with the Shimmer Brush. To finish off the layout I added gold sequins and the zipstrips with the gold embossed stripes.


For my third layout, I started with black base pages. I added the scripted pattern paper as my background.  I choose to pull the purple from the flower pattern as my accent color, and my closest color choice was Eggplant. My flowers are also stamped in the stamp color.  I added some compliments from You & Me and Good Life.  I colored in some sequins using purple and black markers to coordinate with the layout.




I still have 9 full sheets of pattern paper to create with out of my package, and lots of partial pieces. Make sure you come back to see what I create next using these stunning patterns.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Live Beautifully 2 Page Layout - May Promotion

National Scrapbooking Month is just around the corner, and we have a Beautiful Promotion for you.

Available May 1st


This year’s National Scrapbooking Month campaign will feature the Live Beautifully paper packet and stamp set, designed to celebrate your beautiful life. This exclusive paper packet and stamp set will be available for purchase outright, with no qualifying purchase required.


Celebrate your beautiful life with this limited time collection!

Your life is full of everyday beauty that deserves to be remembered. This National Scrapbooking Month, celebrate the beauty of your life with our exclusive, Live Beautifully paper packet and stamp set. Featuring rich floral patterns, gold foil designs, and more, this paper collection is only available for a limited time. Order yours, starting May 1st and start preserving your memories today.

I've been busy creating using this paper and stamp set, and today I'm going to share with you the 1st layout I've created using this stunning paper and coordinating stamp.



I stamped the flowers in Pixie Ink, and using both Pixie and Pomegranate Inks and my waterbrush I painted more ink onto the stamped flowers blending the 2 colors to create the beautifully flowers.  Usint the stamp technique I've also painted the leaves using New England Ivy Ink. Staying in the same color, the mats for the photos are Pixie cardstock.  The sentiment is stamped in Black Ink, and then I colored the silver sequins using pink and purple markers to coordinate with the colors in the paper.


We have used these paper and stamp designs to design an exclusive set of Cut Above™ layouts that are designed to make preserving memories faster, simpler, and easier than ever.



A new, easy way to preserve your memories!

This National Scrapbooking Month, we’re offering you a new, easy way to make coordinating layouts to preserve your memories. The Live Beautifully Cut Above™ layout kit comes with everything you need to create five two-page layouts. With pre-printed base pages, die-cut paper pieces, stickers, and gold foil accents, this kit will help you preserve the moments that matter most in practically no time at all. This kit is only available during May, while supplies last. Buy the layout kit alone or get a discount by buying it as part of an album bundle. 




Friday, 24 March 2017

Say Hello to Hello Lovely 1 Sheet Wonder 20 Card Workshop



Hello Lovely 1 Sheet Wonder 20 Card Workshop






With my first workshop being so successful with my customers I had to jump right in and start designing another workshop. My choice Hello Lovely!

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 Hello Lovely collection.  These cards are very versatile and the sentiments can be interchangeable among the cards.



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















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.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Sneak Peak of Hello Lovely 1 Sheet Wonder 20 Card Workshop

Hello everyone, with my first 1 Sheet Wonder workshop being successful, I got right to work designing a 2nd workshop using Hello Lovely.  So once again, I only used 1 sheet of pattern paper to create this workshop.

This workshop is almost complete, just working on the files.  Stay tuned towards the end of week.






Like the previous workshop, you will get to create 20 cards total, there are 5 designs, with 4 of each design. I am offering 3 class dates for this workshop, April 7th from 6pm-10pm, April 8th from 1pm-5pm, and April 9th from 1pm-5pm.

If you are a consultant, there will be an option to buy the files to offer to your own customers, or you can join my team and have FREE access to my files 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Thin Cuts Blog Hop

Welcome to our Thin Cuts Blog Hop!  


Did you know that not only do we have stand alone Thin Cuts, but we have Thin Cuts that are coordinated and bundled with matching Stamp Sets? There are 4 bundles that are geared to coordinate with our paper collections, as well as for bundles that are matched up with Stamps from the annual catalog.  The stand alone Thin Cuts are great for layouts and cards alike.

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 these Thin Cuts 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 card I used the stand alone Thin Cut "Happy Birthday" Z3340 as well as the small inner piece from the "Hearts" Thin Cut Z3260.  I pulled the colors Seaglass and Sorbet from the Hello Lovely for the cuts. Added the Zip Strip from the pattern paper and added so Gold Gems to finish.


I have 3 children, and 2 of them have birthdays in April, actually on the same day....they will be 13 and 8.  OMG, I will officially have a teenager.  Anyway, I thought I would get a head start on making some treat bags.  So I pulled out the Sweetest Birthday Stamp Set and matching Thin Cuts, CC1220, to decorate the treat bag.

Now "Hop" on over to Cat'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, these Thin Cuts are only available for 25% off this month!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this any of these Thin Cuts at a discount!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

March Cross Canada Blog Hop - Language Stamps


Bonjour / Hola / Hello
Welcome to our March Blog Hop featuring our stamp sets that are available in French, Spanish and English. When you flip through the catalog those stamps are identified with a World globe.
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 Janet's Blog then you are in the right place! I'm the first stop on this Blog Hop when HOPPING from East to West across Canada, so I hope you enjoy our projects.
My card was really easy to make and I will be using this card in a card class that I have coming up. I used Hello Lovely Paper collection, including the zip strip pattern. I choose to use A1192 Happy Heart(French) for my card. I stamped the sentiment in Black, and the hearts are in Seaglass and Sorbet, both colors appear in the paper collection. To dress the card up I used 3 Gold Gems.
To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order, or visit my website here.
Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Jocelyne
If you get lost along the way, you can come back here, below is the full hop list:
1. Michelle YOU ARE HERE

4. Sue
7. Diana
8. Krista
10. Brae
11. Donna
13. Janet
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 the Shinhan Touch Twin Markers. So mark April 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March SOTM Blog Hop - Tea-rrific

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  




We will be featuring March's SOTM, which is Tea-rrific, a set of 12 stamps.  If you have come here from Sheila'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 28 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!



This first card is made using the zipstrip from Sugar Rush and a 3x4 pocket card, I added some of the glitter gems from the collection to finish it off.  The teacups were coloured with the ShinHan Markers.


This second card was created by my 12 year old daughter.  She used a 4x6 pocket card which we trimmed down to 4x5.25 and she added some silver glitter gems from the Sugar Rush collection and finished her card by doodling around the exterior edge of the pocket card. The teacup is coloured with the watercolor pencils using multiple layers.

Now "Hop" on over to Melissa'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 Tea-rrific SOTM is only available until end of March!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Debuting my Sugar Rush 1 Sheet Wonder Workshop

So I've been contemplating this for quite some time now, and finally sat down and decided to bite the bullet and jump to it.

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 first workshop I used the first pattern from the Sugar Rush collection.  These cards are all a birthday theme and the reason I did a theme here is the paper just screams birthday, and with 3 kids, there is always a birthday party for them to attend.



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

Card 1

Card 2

Card 3


Card 4

Card 4 was inspired by a creation I seen by Vicki Wizniuk, with a twist and my own added touches, it is a completely new design.

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.


Thank you for choosing my workshop files.

Michelle Stewart