Thursday, 27 September 2012

Crafting room in need of some storage and organization.....

Is your craft supplies needing some organizational help?  Are you in need of some storage?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, or maybe both, then Close To My Heart has just the thing for you.....

These are on my wish list for my next order.  They are perfect for storing all your crafting supplies, keeping them right are your fingertips.  Now you will always know where they are when you are ready to create your next project.  

If you are interested in ordering yourself a set of these fabulous storage containers visit my website, or you can contact me to host a party where you could save 50% your purchase, just ask me how.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

First Meeting of Card Club 101

Friday, September 21 was our first meeting of Card Club.  I have 9 members plus myself with room for 1 more.  Friday we made 3 cards using Avonlea B&T Duos Paper, Colonial White CS, and Smokey Plum CS. We also each decorated card boxes using the Smokey Plum CS and Avonlea paper.  Here are some of the designs made in our class.

Please leave comments for me to pass onto my class.  Most of them have never created projects before.....thank you!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

CTMH September Fall/Halloween Blog Hop

Welcome to OUR September Fall/ Halloween Blog Hop!  Each month we will showcasing a Theme of OUR amazing ARTISTE Cricut Cartridge which can be purchased Exclusive through your Close to My Heart Independent Consultant.
We're so excited to be doing this hop and we have a awesome lineup with some amazing talented CTMH Consultants ladies.  There will be lots of fun project along the hop!
If you came from Vanessa's blog then you are in the right place!

Here is my fall table setting, I am having a Family Fall Harvest meal and thought I would make place settings for everyone, I used the New Artiste Cartirdge to make most of the project items.
Here you can see the whole place setting. There is a wineglass, waterglass, napkin, name place, and on the placemat there is a decoration. Below there are some closeups and I'll explain them for you.

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The placemat is just a piece of honey cardstock cut 12"x9", then stamped with the border stamp from the Fall Favorites SOTM Stamp Set. The pumpkin and leaf are found on page 78 of the Artiste handbook, and in the instruction manual on page 60. It is cut from Goldrush and Topiary Cardstock, I then inked the leaf with Olive and New England Ivy Ink until I got this desired effect.

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This place card is stamped on Colonial White Cardstock, again using the border stamp from the Fall Favorites SOTM. Then using our new Alcohol Markers I colored it in. The name is stamped using the Urban Alphabet and Chocolate Ink using the Swipe method. Cutting some leaves from the Art Philosophy Cartridge I colored those using the Alcohol Markers. This piece is cut at 4 1/2"x9", then using my bone folder I made score marks at 1", 4 1/2" & 8". Fold and glue the bottom together.
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This wine glass cover is actually a cupcake holder. It can be found on page 78. To keep everything in sync, I used the Border Stamp once again.

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The cover for the water glass is also found on page 78, I cut this from the shift/card feature at fit to page so that it would fit around the water glass. Then using more stamps from the Fall Favorites SOTM Stamp Set, I created this fun Fall Design. Using chocolate Ink to stamp the images in, then using the Alcohol Markers to color the pumpkins.

I so hope my table setting has inspired you to create a fun Fall Harvest Theme of your own. Happy creating! Don't forget to leave me a comment, I love comments!

Your next stop on the hop is Sandra's blog!
In case you get lost here is the line up,

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Cross Canada Blog Hop September 15/12 Bracket Frame

Welcome to our September Cross Canada Blog Hop! This month our project is the My Creations Bracket Frame. This product can be found on page 132 of the Current Idea Book, purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant for only $8.95.

In this hop, you will see how our Crafty Canadian Consultants have decorated their Bracket Frames! We hope you enjoy our blog hop today!

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 at If you came from Stephanie's blog of Stephanie's Creations then you are in the right place!
For my Bracket Frame, I used this pretty blue paper from the Pemberley Paper packet, it can be found on page 68 of the current Idea Book.  I distressed the edges of the frame using Outdoor Denim Ink, by wiping the edges with a sponge.  Using the swirl stamp from the Stamp Set Best Things, I stamped in the bottom corner also using the Outdoor Denim Ink.  I then used the Pearl colored Opaques Adhesive Gems found on page 127 to add a little bling to the swirl.

For the flowers, I cut them from the Artiste Cartridge, there are 4 new 3D flowers to choose from. I cut them at 2 different sizes, 3" and 2 1/4".  Using the guilling tool from page 134 I was able to roll the flowers tight.  The colors used for the flowers are Outdoor Denim and Honey Cardstock.  I distressed the Honey Cardstock with Outdoor Denim Ink just to tone it down a little. The matting is also using the corresponding cardstock.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Suzette of Crop Paper Scissors.
Here is a complete list of the blog hop in case you get lost along the way:

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own version of My Creations Bracket Frame. Join us again on October 15th when we showcase the My Creations Canvas Journal.

If you are interested in recreating this Bracket Frame for yourself you can shop online at my website, or if you would like to learn more about any of the techniques used to create this Bracket Frame you can contact me for more information.

If you are placing an order in September don't forget about our current promotions. There is the Stamp of the month, as well as the National Stamping Month double D-Sized Stamp.

 If you place an order of $50 or more you can pick up this great Fall Favorites Stamp Set for only $5, it retails for $17.95, and is only available until September 30.
This stamp set retails for $35.90, and can be yours for only $5 when your order is $35 or greater.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Colors, colors everywhere!

For today's blog I thought I would share a new video featuring our 40 color exclusive palette, there are 4 palettes each containing 10 colors.  Christine does a fabulous job explaining just how you can mix these colors to create some fabulous projects.

These 40 colors are available in cardstock, ink pads, re-inkers, new Alcohol Marker sets, and new Pigment ink sets.  Giving you so many more options when creating.

Cross Canada Blog Hop Tomorrow and you are invited to join us as we Hop Across this great Country!

So tomorrow 11 of my fellow CTMH consultants, plus myself are having our first Cross Canada Blog Hop, please join us and view our creations.  This month's project is My Creations Bracket Frame.  We've worked very hard this past week in creating these frames so that we could inspire you.  


Are you looking for a photographer in the Halifax area for some family photos.  Well, my neighbor, and friend is a fabulous photographer and she is running a contest right now.  How would you like to win your family photo session?  I know I would.  Follow this link to learn more. Natasha's Photography - Moments For A Lifetime

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

More Birthdays in the Forecast

September is one of the main months that we have alot of celerbrations in our family.  With family birthdays and our 5th wedding anniversary all this month, it keeps me busy.  My baby sister shares her birthday with my father.  September 20, and our anniversary falling on the 29. With their birthdays just next week I had to get creating.  So having my papers out I also made cards for my grandmother who will be turning 77 on Halloween and her twin sister.  Isn't that grand!  Well nan didn't want traditional Halloween paper used to make the cards, so we went with a fall theme, I really like how they all turned out. I used Clementine paper for the feminine cards and for my fathers card I used the retired Dreamin' paper.

So these are my latest creations, I used corresponding colors with each of the cards, and if you really like the Clementine paper, I know it's one of my favorites, then you can go to my website where you can order a package for your own use.

Just a reminder that Saturday is the first of our Cross Canada Blog Hops where we will feature many great projects from our group of CTMH ladies.  These ladies have put alot of work into creating these projects.  We will have a new project to share with you every month on the 15. Some months there will be a bonus hop.  This months project is the My Creations Bracket Frame.  Stay tuned.......

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Fall Favorites SOTH Blog Hop Sept.8/12

Welcome to our September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month Close to My Heart is offering a stamp set called "Fall Favorites". This set can be purchased exclusively through a Close to My Heart Independent Consultant for only $5 with a qualifying purchase of $50.

In this hop, you will see projects featuring this fun stamp set from many talented crafty ladies! We hope you enjoy our blog hop today!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog: Love 2 Create.   If you came from Laura's Blog, Scrappinsweetie's Escape then you are in the right place!

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Autumn Terracotta Cardstock

Colonial White Cardstock
New England Ivy Ink Pad
Holiday Red Ink Pad
Honey Ink Pad
Sunset Ink Pad
Outdoor Denim Ink Pad
Chocolate Ink Pad
Indian Corn Blue Ink Pad
Chocolate Markers
Buttercup Markers
Blending Pen
Fall Favorites Stamp Set
Artiste Cartridge

To make this project I first cut the gift bag at the recommended 5" from the NEW Artiste Cartridge, found on page 79 in the booklet, and assembly instructions found on page 63. Before assembling I took the stamp and inked it with New England Ivy and stamped a random pattern all over the gift bag. After assembling I stamped the FALL tag in 2 colors, Holiday Red and New England Ivy, wiping off the color on alternate letters to achieve this affect.
The Scarecrow is stamped with Chocolate Ink, and then using a combination of makers and Ink Pads as well as the blending pen I colored in my scarecrow. When using your ink pad and Blending Pen, squeeze the ink pad while closed, it transfers color onto the inside lid, giving you color to blend with. I then cut around the scarecrow and adhered him to the tag that is cut to fit the image. I then tied a piece of ribbon through the hole to create this gift tag. I then distressed both projects by inking the edges with a combination of New England Ivy and Denim Blue Ink.

I'm the end of the line, unless you started here with me, you can click here to start at the beginning with Lucy's blog Love 2 Create.

Here is a complete list of the blog hop in case you get lost along the way:

  • Lucy ~ 
  • Darla ~ 
  • Shelly Mendenhall
  • Eva Friesen ~ 
  • Judith Ashmore~ 
  • Stephanie-
  • TinaGale - 
  • Maria Woodworth ~
  • Jennifer Kramer ~ 
  • Carolyn ~ -
  • Madeline Morcelo ~ 
  • Theodora
  • Laura W. - 
  • Michelle Stewart ~  

  • Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own "Fall Favorites" projects.

    Friday, 7 September 2012

    Party Planning made easy with Cricut Artiste & CTMH

    Do you have a party that you need help planning?  Your son/daughter's birthday, maybe it's an anniversary party, or even a baby shower....whatever your event is CTMH can help along with the New Cricut Cartridge ARTISTE.

    Watch the video below to see how simple it is to make your invitations, decorations and party favors just with this one cartridge.

    So, now that you've watched the video you can see how this one cartridge from Cricut which can only be exclusively bought from Close to My Heart is the only one you will need for your party preparations.  To order the Artiste or Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridges you can visit my website and shop online, or if you want to host a CTMH Party and earn some hostess rewards contact me.

    Thursday, 6 September 2012

    Avonlea Paper and some projects

    Yes, I know I haven't posted anything since last week.  I've been really busy this week with back to school.  Yesterday was my oldest daughter's first day of Grade 3.  She was so excited when she got home because her BFF is in her class.  This year she is in a split class, 2/3.  Jaymee is taking French Immersion and really enjoys it, but each year her class size gets smaller and smaller which is why they split her class.

    Anyway, now you know why I've been MIA.  So on with my projects.  I have 3 projects to show you today all using the Avonlea Paper.  I also used Smokey Plum Cardstock which works well with the paper.

    This first project is a cute box which can be found on page 74 from the Artiste Cartridge, and assembly instructions on page 57 in the Assembly Booklet.  The flowers can be found on page 54.  

    So now onto my next projects, I cut a little gift bag that can be found on page 79 of the Artiste Cartridge, with assembly instructions found on page 63 in the Assembly Booklet.  I thought it looked really cute without any decoration added to it, so I left it as is.  Then I took the My Creations Card Box which can be found on page 132 of our current Idea Book, and covered it using the Smokey Plum cardstock and Avonlea Paper.

     I added some Grey Sparkles to the front flap to add some fun detail, and some Clear Sparkles in the center of the flowers.  The edges are inked with Slate Ink, one of the 6 NEW colors now available.  The edges of all the paper is also inked using the Slate Ink to give it that antiqued feel.  I really love how this box turned out.

    If you would like to make any of the above projects and would like more information you can contact me or you can shop with me online.