Monday, 20 May 2019

Seasonal Expressions 2 - New Product 2019

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop!


We will be featuring products that we love from the NEW Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.  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

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This month we have approximately 19 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using fabulous 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 create this 2 page layout.  I used the Sweet Girl collection including the Navy embellishing thread, and the scrapbooking stamp set.  The Ink colours used are Heather, Peach and Fern.  I used Ballerina cardstock for the journalling space, and Fern cardstock for the strip between the 2 patterns.  I'll be using this layout for my upcoming class for beginner scrapbookers.


Now "Hop" on over to Wendy'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!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can purchase any of the products used throughout the blog hop!


Always craft with  <3

Friday, 10 May 2019

May Cross Canada Blog Hop - Sweet Girl



Welcome to our May Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the Sweet Girl 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 when hopping from East Coast to West Coast I am the first stop along the way. If you came from Kristine's blog then you are in the right place!


For my project I decided to pair Sweet Girl with May's Stamp of the month.  I needed a few birthday cards, and this stamp set is just perfect the right fit.  I used the Happy Birthday sentiment along with the flower from this set.I used the shimmer brushed to color in the flowers to give them a soft and shimmery look.  Also used is the White Ribbon.  The sentiment is stamped in Heather Ink.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Colleen.

If you get lost along the way, you can come back here, 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 True Love collection. So mark June 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.


Always craft with  <3

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

May SOTM Blog Hop - To My Bestie

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


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We will be featuring May's SOTM, To My Bestie, a set of 19 stamps.  If you have come here from Melissa'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 20 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!




I decided I wanted a soft looking card to give to my best friend, just because, and May's SOTM fit the bill.  I used the sentiment "I could not ask for a better friend" because she has seen me at my best and at my worst and still loves me just the way I am.  The Sweet Girl paper collection fit the soft look I was going for.  I used Ballerina and Sapphire ink for my stamping, and I used Mink and Peach cardstock along with the Sweet Girl paper.  I also used a piece of vellum to soften the bottom layer.  For some detail I used the new Lace Border Thin Cut on the Peach cardstock.

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Now "Hop" on over to Miss Carrie's Creations 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 May SOTM is only available until May 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Zoe Blog Hop

Welcome to the Zoe Blog Hop!


We will be featuring this month's Promotional Special, Zoe - Bring Back My Pack. If you have come here from Melissa'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 13 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the Zoe collection which includes, paper, stickers, cardstock and stamp set as well as 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!


I used Glacier cardstock for my base, adding strips of pattern cut at 1", 2" and 3".  I layered the title over the bottom of the sun.  I love the patterns on the pinwheel, and added a flower sticker to the center.  The photo is a 4x6, and is layered on a Heather Mat. 

Now "Hop" on over to Melinda'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 Zoe - Bring Back My Pack special is available while supplies last or will be around until May 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this paper collection for FREE!


Always craft with  <3

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

April Cross Canada Blog Hop - Feels Like Home

Welcome to our April Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the Feels Like Home 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. Since we hop from East Coast to West Coast, I'm also the first stop for this hop. If you came from Kristine's Blog then you are in the right place! 


I had a crazy week but was able to put together this 2 page layout that I will use to also teach at my scrapbooking for beginners class.  I used the Budding Peony stamp set and thin cut as well as the Feels like Home scrapbooking stamp set.  I used the flower print pattern from Feels Like Home, Sugarplum CS, Mink CS and Fern CS.  White Daisy cardstock are the bases for this layout.  Inks were Sugarplum, Fern and Charcoal.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Colleen.

If you get lost along the way, come back here to the full hop list:

Michelle YOU ARE HERE



Diana  








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 the Sweet Girl collection from the New Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog. So mark May 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.


Always craft with  <3

Monday, 1 April 2019

April SOTM Blog Hop - Love So Sweet

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

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We will be featuring April's SOTM, which is Love So Sweet, a set of 26 stamps.  If you have come here from Krista Hershberger'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 18 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 my project I didn't want to use any of the paper collections.  I chose to show how well this stamp set works for creating your own background pattern.  I used SugarPlum, Heather and White Daisy cardstock. the ink color are Heather, SugarPlum and Black.  I also coloured the butterflies in using the Sugarplum Shimmer Brush. This set of 6 cards came together so quickly, and the stamp set has such diversity.  What will you create?



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


Always craft with  <3

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Love Blossoms Blog Hop

Welcome to our Love Blossoms Blog Hop!


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We will be featuring the Special Love Blossoms for this blog hop,  so I'm sure you will love the creations shared on the hop.  If you have come here from Catherine'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


For this blog hop we have approximately 15 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using Love Blossoms stamp set 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 my creation I chose to play with the watercolor pencils, and went with a purple and green color theme.  I stamped the images on our vellum paper, and colored the reverse side and went over the colors with our medium watercolor brush.  I added the vellum to a Lilac cardbase, and finished it off with a White Daisy Frame.  I stamped Love You as my sentiment in Black Ink.

Now "Hop" on over to Wendy'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!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set or  other promotional products!


Always craft with  <3Love 

Cross Canada Blog Hop - So Much Happy

Welcome to our March Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the So Much Happy 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'm the first stop when hopping from the East Coast to the West Coast. If you came from Kristine's Blog then you are in the right place!



For my project I was inspired by a layout from the Idea Book on page 47.  I used the puffy stickers, washi tape and compliments as well as many cut apart images from the paper collection.  No stamping required.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Colleen.
If you get lost along the way, you can come back here, I've provided the entire 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 April's collection, Feels Like Home. So mark April 10th on your calendar, you won't want to miss more fabulous artwork.


Always craft with  <3

Friday, 1 March 2019

March SOTM Blog Hop - This Happened

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


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We will be featuring March SOTM, which is title This Happened, a set of 26 stamps.  If you have come here from Catherine'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 20 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 my project I decided to do a page for my daughter's scrapbook.  This layout is using So Much Happy paper, mainly scraps left over from creating the workshops.  I used the Stitched Squares to create a quilt like pattern.  The photos show some fun times at the Discovery Center where my daughter's class went on their class trip.

I used Sapphire and Willow cardstock for my mats.  I used Sapphire Ink for my stamping.

Now "Hop" on over to Wendy'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 March SOTM is only available until March 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Butterfly Friendship Inside Spinner Card

Yesterday I participated in the Thin Cuts Blog Hop with fellow CTMH consultants. I created an inside spinner card for my project. Once I had it complete I knew that I would be asked how to recreate it, and that I should of made a video to show the process.






















So I set to work getting everything together so that I could create a video to share the process with you all. 



Thanks for coming back to watch!

Always craft with  <3Love 

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Thin Cuts Blog Hop

Welcome to our Thin Cut Blog Hop!


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We will be featuring Thin Cuts from the current Seasonal Expressions catalogs, and there are lots of variety, so I'm sure you will love the creations shared on the hop.  If you have come here from Melinda'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


For this blog hop we have approximately 19 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using 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 Blog Hop I decided to have some fun and try my hand at an inside spinner card.  I will do a process video to share with you on how to create this fun card.

I used Bluebird cardstock for the base, and the inside of the card is White Daisy Cardstock.  The stamps used on this card is January SOTM, I Heart Us Cardmaking stamp set, and Butterfly Friend ship stamp and thin cut set.  The other Thin cut used was the large circle Thin cut.  I used Bluebird, Carolina, Sweetleaf, Mint, Sage, Raspberry, Canary, Pixie, Charcoal and Black ink to create this card.

Here is a quick video to show how this card works.





Now "Hop" on over to Wendy'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!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get these thin cuts and stamps!


Always craft with  <3Love 

Sunday, 10 February 2019

February Cross Canada Blog Hop - I Heart Us

Welcome to our February Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the I Heart Us 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 moving across Canada from East Coast to West Coast.  The great thing is, if you are starting here you are officially on the East Coast and our first stop. If you came from the amazing artwork of Candra then you are in the right place!




I'm sharing with you the pages for the Deluxe I Heart Us Workshop.  This workshop is designed to teach you new techniques using stamping and your paper.  This was a fun workshop to create, a little more time consuming, but well worth the time.

Included in the workshop is the following items: 

1 – My Acrylix® Wordfetti Stamp Set (B1652)
1 – My Acrylix® I Heart Us—Cardmaking Stamp Set (C1760)
1 – I Heart Us Paper Packet (X7242B)
10 – cardstock sheets (1 Ballerina, 1 Bluebird, 1 Lagoon, 1 Mint, 6 White Daisy)
1 – Loose Sequins—Gold (Z4235)
1 – Shimmer Brush—Mint (Z4225)
2 – Memory Protectors™ Top Load
6 – Everyday Life™ Memory Protectors™ 6" × 8"
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Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Nicky and she is sure to impress
If you get lost along the way,

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 So Much Happy collection. So mark March 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.


Always craft with  <3

Friday, 1 February 2019

February SOTM Blog Hop - Heartfelt Sentiments

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


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We will be featuring February's SOTM, which is Heartfelt Sentiments, a set of 9 stamps.  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

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This month we have approximately 22 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using thisFebruary'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 my project I wanted to keep it simple, so I used the new watercolor pencils, and I really love how smoothly they color images, and the blend together seamlessly.  To blend the colors I used the clear Shimmer Brush because I wanted that shimmer on the card.  The image is a bit larger than an A2 card, so I decided to create a frame for the image using the new Rectangle Thin Cuts.  The final touches were adding some clear gems.  The frame is cut from the pink stripe paper in the Something Fierce collection.


Here is a close up to see the shimmer on the banner and the flowers.  You can also see the tones of color in the banner and on the large pink flowers.



Now "Hop" on over to Jean'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 February SOTM is only available until February 28th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Always craft with  <3

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Happy Heart Blog Hop

Welcome to our Happy Heart Happy Blog Hop!


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We will be featuring artwork featuring the Heart Happy promotion which is available until February 28th(*while supplies last).  If you have come here from Laurel Seabrook, 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 17 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using these amazing promotional product 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!



I created 2 cards using some leftovers from the Heart Happy Workshop.  I really like that there is so much left for us to create with after the layouts, cards and tags.  I decided that I wanted to keep it simple.  For the card on the left I used the sentiment from the cut apart paper. I cut the words apart and added them to a mat that I had cut using the new Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.  What is great about these dies is that it cuts the frame and the mat with stitching for both pieces all at the same time.  I used the frame piece in Sapphire for both the frame for the card and the mat.  To add some more detail I stamped the Hearts from the coordinating stamp set in Ballerina and Raspberry.

The second card is using the sapphire mat from the card on the left. I then layered the grid paper ontop of the stitched mat, stamped the sentiment in Sapphire, and the arrow is stamped in Raspberry. 


Now "Hop" on over to Lauren Moore 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, this promotion is only available until February 28th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can purchase these products.


Always craft with  <3

Saturday, 12 January 2019

SE1 New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop!

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We will be featuring New Product from the Seasonal Expressions 1 Catalog.  If you have come here from Catherine, 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 16 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using 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 choose to recreate the card found on page 34 using the Something Fierce paper collection and the cardmaking stamp set.  I used Bluebird and Raspberry Ink. The swirls are in 2nd generation and I used the coordinating complements(heart and stars).  Love how quick this came together and now I can showcase the card from the catalog at my viewing parties.

Now "Hop" on over to Melinda'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! Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can purchase any of these new products.


Always craft with  <3