Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Miss Ally Auction

Recently one of our provinces fishing villages lost 5 young men.  There is currently an Auction taking place on Facebook and I've donated a registration for an event I am co-hosting in September. 

To place a bid on my donation, you can follow this link: Operation ART Registration

Here is the link to the event:
Operation Autumn ReTreat (ART)

The Auction has 2 albums containing items for which you will be able to bid on...which could grow to much more, as the support for the families who have lost there loved ones grows.

Here is the link: Miss Ally Auction

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Card Class Creations

So just this past Friday evening I had my monthly card class where we created some awesome cards used Chantilly and Claire, 2 of our newest paper patterns.

Here is a small sampling of what we made.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of our creations over the past few months.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

For Always

Welcome to our February Art Philosophy/Artiste Blog Hop!   As you know, these 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!

Our theme this month features not only one of these amazing cartridges but also a brand NEW paper pack from Close to My Heart - "For Always".   In this hop, you will see projects featuring one (or both!) of our versatile Cricut cartridges with this paper pack from many talented crafty ladies!  Enjoy our blog hop!  

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create.   If you came from Thedora of  Celebrate Crafts then you are in the right place!

For my project I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge for cut a pillow box.  All my cuts came from this awesome cartridge.  The frame for the sentiment is layered cardstock, I wanted it to look as though it were chipboard.  I used Smoothie Cardstock for the rolled 3D flowers, as well as the outside of the frame.  The sentiment is stamped with Versamark, and then I used Black Embossing Powder  and my heat gun to set the embossing.  I just love the shine.  I also added some Almond Glitz Glitter Gel to the Pearl Adhesives and the edges of the flowers.  

Your next stop on our "For Always Priscilla of Priscilla's Paperie
Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
  2. Darla ~ Caution: Stamping is Contagious
  3. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
  4. Michelle ~ My Creations With Michelle You Are Here
  5. Priscilla~  Priscilla's Paperie
  6. Wendy ~ My Scrapbooking Blog
  7. Stephanie-The Quilted Scrapper 
  8. Michelle ~ My Flights of Fancy
  9. Ellen ~ CardMonkey's Paper Jungle 
  10. Melissa Lind~ MyWatermelonMoon
  11. Jennifer ~ 4 Hearts Scrapbooking
  12. Traci ~ Paper Crafting 101
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Found a new Challenge Blog......take a look

Hello I've stumbled across this blog posting, and checked it out and was excited to find a challenge.....hmm, it intrigues me.  So I'm letting you all know too.....

Scrap Your Story Challenges is starting up on March 1st and of course they are hoping to get some followers and participation!

Check out their news, rules and prizes up for grabs HERE if your keen to see what's in store! Maybe you'd like to apply for their Design Team...they are looking for some creative people to kick off their new site as well!!!

I know I'm looking forward to seeing what challenges they throw our way and of course I will be sharing it all with you too!

Friday, 15 February 2013

February Blog Hop - 2 page layout

Welcome to our February Blog Hop featuring a 2 page layout. This is the first Blog Hop for us where we have featured just scrapbook layouts. 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! 
One of our Crafty Canadian Consultants is running a contest, so hop on through and don't forget to leave comments.....
I am the first stop on this Blog Hop, but if you have come from Michelle M's blog Twirl N Time then you are in the right spot as this is a circular hop.

Treasured Tags layout from Cherish How to Book

For this layout I used the New Claire Paper. I really love the colors. This layout is featuring pictures of my youngest at her first birthday party....she really loved her cake.

I used Blush Cardstock as the base for my layout, and used Cotton Candy, Outdoor Denim and Ruby Cardstock for my accents aswell as the first sheet of paper in the Claire paper packet.

The embellishments are mainly the shapes cut from the bold pattern of Claire and I added Liquid Glass to them to make them shine. I layered the flower by cutting out each different section of this flower.

This next photo I used the Rosette Ribbon as some added detail to soften the layout.

This next photo I've wrapped some Baker's Twine from the Paradise collection, and tied a knot to add a little dimension.

Here I've journaled using the Chalk Board Marker. The Cardstock is distressed using the sanding block.

Using the Chalk Board Marker I've added stitching and doodling to the edges just to finish off the look.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Stephanie of Stephanie's Creations.

Below you will find the entire blog lineup, just in case you get lost along the way.
  1. Michelle ~ My Creations With Michelle You Are Here 
  2. Stephanie ~ Stephanie's Creations
  3. Nicola ~ Timeless Cottage
  4. Arlene ~ Arlene's Creative Space
  5. Joanne ~ Jag's Scrappin Corner
  6. Carrie ~ Scrappin With Carrie
  7. Krista ~ Simply Creating
  8. Sheri ~ Sheri says-just scrap it
  9. Brae ~ The Brae-er
  10. Carol ~ Welcome to CraftyCarol's Place
  11. Heather ~ Creative Coconut
  12. Teresa ~ Country Crafting Mama
  13. Cheryl ~ Scrapbooking with CTMH
  14. Terry Ann ~ It's my Garage--I Can Craft In It!
  15. Janet ~ Jan's Works of Heart
  16. Kathy ~ IT'S A GIRL THING!
  17. Famida ~ Get Scrappin With Fami
  18. Chantal ~ It's a Hoot Papercrafts
  19. Nancy ~ Nancy Klein
  20. Candra ~ Paper Dragonfleur
  21. Michelle M ~ Twirl N Time

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own scrapbook layouts using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again in March when we will be featuring our new 5x7 Hinged Display Tray.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy Valentine's Day - Treat Tubes, and Card for Hubby

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Wow, so glad I'm done making those treat tubes, it was very time consuming, I made a total of 26 of them.  I made 24 for my daughter to take to school to give to her class, teacher and principal, and then 2 for my husband to take in for the ladies in the office.  This is a shot of some of the tubes. (sorry for the bad quality)
Then I had to make my amazing husband a Valentine's Day card, just because he is so fabulous and does some many wonderful things.......he is my creation using For Always paper, January's SOTM, Whooo's Your Valentine Stamp Set, and the Art Philosophy cartridge.

The card is 5x7, and I used Gypsy Cardstock and Gypsy and Black Ink to finish off this design.

I hope you all have a fabulous Valentine's Day!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Home Sweet Home (SOTM Blog Hop)

Welcome to our February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  This month's stamp set from Close to My Heart is "Home Sweet Home" and is available exclusively through your Close to My Heart consultant from February 1 - 28, 2013.  You can purchase this stamp set for only $5 with a qualifying purchase.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Lucy's blog – Love 2 Create .  

If you came from Ryan of Piece and Paper then you are in the right place!

 My project today is this cute wooden frame I had lying around the house(a purchase I made months ago, and never did anything with it).  My favorite paper packet is For Always, I just love how you can pair any color with it, and it will look amazing.  I used the Home Sweet Home stamp from the SOTM stamp set. 

 I stamped the sentiment on our new Glitter Paper using Versamark Ink, and added Black Embossing powder.  Then I heat set it!  I must admit, wasn't sure if it would work, so I did a test piece first......happy to say it works, you can heat emboss on the Glitter paper.
My pinwheel flower is actually scraps that I cut into strips and then scored at every 1/2 inch.  Then folded and then using my Liquid Glass pasted together, before adhering to the frame I cut points on the pinwheel to give it a little more flare.  Next I added 2-1 1/4" circles that I stamped on using our Black Ink and the Love Blooms stamp set.  Took a piece of the Black Tulle and a decorative brad to finish it off.  The 2 smaller flowers were cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge. 

This flower is just a flower shape found on the Art Philosophy Cartridge, on page 41.  I scored at every petal, and creased, each layer is cut 1/4 smaller then the layer beneath. I added a circle cut of Black Tulle between the middle and top layer, and added 2 circle cuts of Tulle on top, connecting everything with a pewter brad. I then crunched the one layer of tulle to add dimension.

Here is another view

This is a close up of the heat embossing of the sentiment.  I think you can see a little of the shine that is created when you heat emboss.  I hope you liked my For Always Home Sweet Home Frame.  I know I love it!

Your next stop on our "Home Sweet Home" hop is Donna of Diary of a Scrapbook Addict.

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

  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. Ryan ~ Piece and Paper  
  9. Michelle ~ My Creations with Michelle   You are here
  10. Donna ~ Diary of a Scrapbook Addict
  11. Stephanie ~ The Quilted Scrapper 
  12. Jane ~ Jane's Scrap Shack

If you would like to create you own version of this frame, and need to purchase some of the supplies I used, you can make those purchases here, but if you are unsure what supplies you will need please contact me via email.

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

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Mini Album-Project Inspiration

Here is a little project inspiration for you to get your creative juices flowing; and with the upcoming storm coming to Nova Scotia this weekend, it will give you a project you can create with the kids.

Check out this video with Kristine as she walks you through a mini album:

Not sure where to start, or don't have the supplies and you would like to make your own family mini album, contact me via email, or shop online.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Are you a Hobbyist or a Business Woman in the making?

Are you already an avid scrapbooker or crafter?  Maybe you are looking at starting your own business or you just want to get your supplies at a discount.  Whether you choose business or hobbyist, our Consultant Essentials Kit is the place to start, at just $49 it gives you approximately $155 worth of product  to meet your crafting and career needs.

Now if you want to take that step and turn your love for crafting into a business, you'll want to purchase the Master Consultant Kit, it has everything from the Essentials Kit plus so much more, for only $99 you get approximately $355 worth of business and crafting tools to start you off on the right foot. 


Everything to meet your crafting and career needs. Approximately $155 in retail value!

  • 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)


The Master kit includes everything in the Essentials kit plus more supplies and 5 Studio J® layouts. Approximately $335 in retail value!

  • 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)
Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.

To learn more you can visit my website or click on the page tab above labelled Join My Team.  For me this was the best decision I could of made for me.  It is tons of fun, I've met some incredible ladies, and it relaxes me after a long day with the kids.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Feature Blog - Kathy It's a girl thing Easel Card

Today we are celebrating my baby girls 2nd Birthday.  So I don't have a project of my own to share, and I really hadn't put together a post of my own.

However, I was checking out my fellow consultant, and new friend, Kathy from It's a girl thing.  You can see her video tutorial on her blog, and more photos, but this was a card I must share.

She has made a beautiful Wedding card, and has made a tutorial to explain how to make your own.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

CTMH is having a giveaway......

What better way to launch a new Idea Book than with a giveaway.

Check out this video that explains the contest, and click on the links listed below to submit your entries.

1.   Visit Jeanette's Blog
2.   Visit CTMH Facebook page

Friday, 1 February 2013

Brand New Idea Book is live today, and a new product video

I'm so happy to be able to share that you can now shop our New 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book.

There are so many great new products, but today I'm going to share with you a video on one of those new items...the Muslim Bag.

These bags are a super cute gift idea and I can't wait to make my own.  What is your favorite new product?