Saturday, 28 February 2015

SOTM Blog Hop - Choose Happy

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring March's SOTM, which is Choose Happy, a set of 14 stamps.  If you have come here from Adeline'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 54 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 is my youngest daughter, Abbigail, she is now 4 but these photos are from her first birthday.  As you can tell, she loves her cake and couldn't wait to get at it.


Blush Pattern paper
Juniper, Cranberry, White Daisy and Pear cardstock
Sanding block
Journaling Pen
Archival Black Ink, Cranberry Ink and ShinHan Touch Twin Markers
Metal Flowers from Brushed Assortment
Adhesive and 3D Foam Tape

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 March SOTM is only available until March 31!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sympathy cards

I really dislike having to make sympathy cards.  I am always second guessing my choices, but I'm really happy with how these cards turned out.

I needed to make these cards for my childhood friend and her family, after they lost her grandmother. I spent many summers with them at their lakeside cottage, and they were like a second family to me, so I really wanted them to be nice.

Both cards I used the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder, the first one I distressed by sanding to reveal the white cord.

Happy Birthday Card from AHSC

I am always in need of brithday cards, how about you?  Everytime I blink it seems I need a birthday card.  Either the children are being invited to a kids party,family or friends are having birthdays, or my husband will ask for one for a co-worker.  It just seems like when I go looking for one, I'm all out. So my mission now is to try to create lots of quick and simple birthday cards to have as my go-to cards.

Here is this week's sketch:

I went digging through my scraps and pre-cut files to see what I could use up from my extras that I have colored and cut for other creations and put everything together.  This card is what I came up with.  

I hope you will now take a few minutes and head over to Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and see what our design team has created to inspire you.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

February Cross Canada Blog Hop - Using CTMH How To Books

Welcome to our February Blog Hop featuring Card Creations made from using CTMH How To Books. 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 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, I am also the first stop while hopping across Canada. If you came from Candra's blog then you are in the right place!

The theme of this month's blog hop was creations from Close To My Hearts How To Books and we were suppose to use one paper pack to create those cards.  I broke the guidelines as I worked. I've created 4 cards, 3 of these cards came from the Originals Book, while the last creation came from Make it From Your Heart Volume 2.

 Easter Wishes 6x6 card

Stamp: Hopping By(D1633)
Paper: Hopscotch, Indian Corn Blue CS, Sorbet CS, White Daisy CS
Ink: Sorbet(tone on tone stamping), Black(sentiment), Archival Black(image) & ShinHan Touch Twin Markers
Embellishment: Smoothie Baker's Twine & 3D Foam Tape
Pattern: Tied Frame(pg 39) Originals

For Someone Special A2

Stamps: A Mother's Love (B1447 - retired hostess) Someone Special (C1607)
Paper: Kraft, Gypsy CS, White Daisy CS
Ink: Gypsy, Canary, Topiary, Black, Black Journalling Pen
Embossing Folder: Hearts
Pattern: Pretty Simple (Pg 116) Orginals

Happy Anniversary 5x7

Stamp: Happy To Be Friends (C1605)
Paper: Hopscotch, Indian Corn Blue CS, Glacier Cs, White Daisy CS
Ink: Glacier, Flaxen, Smoothie, Sunset & Black
Embellishment: Scored lines to create a frame & sanded edges for distressing
Pattern: Always Right (pg 89) Orginals

Wonderful Fabulous You A2

Stamp:Fabulous You (C1533)
Paper: Pemberley(retired but my favorite) Outdoor Denim CS, Indian Corn Blue CS & White Daisy CS
Ink: Outdoor Denim, Black and Archival Black plus ShinHan Touch Twin Markers
Embellishment: Chevron Embossing Folder
Pattern: Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 Pg 46 pattern 28

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Rosalynd.
 If you get lost along the way, you can  come back here as I've attached a complete list of our blog hop.

  1. Michelle ~ My Creations With Michelle YOU ARE HERE
  2. Rosalynd ~ In My Scrappin Room
  3. Nicky ~ Timeless Cottage
  4. Dominque ~ Fun 2 Cre8
  5. Arlene ~ Arlene's Creative Space
  6. Krista~ Simply Creating
  7. Lucy ~ Lucy's Creative Expressions
  8. Christine ~ Chris' Creative Life
  9. Terry Ann~ Just a Tad Crafty
  10. Janet ~ Jan's Works of Heart
  11. Chantal ~ It's a Hoot Papercrafts
  12. Heather ~ Heather's Creative Inky Mess
  13. Kristine ~ Home With Studio K
  14. Candra ~ PaperDragonFleur

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 Easter Fun creations.  So mark March 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Easter Wishes with AHSC

Over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge we have a fabulous sketch for you to be inspired by. If you aren't just sure in what direction to take this sketch our design team has numerous variations on it to inspire you further.

Here is this week's sketch:

Here is my creation:

I used the new paper collection Hopscotch found in the 1st Edition of Seasonal Expressions.  It just screams Springtime and Easter, don't you agree.  I used the images from the retired stamp Some Bunny and the sentiment is from the Seasonal Expressions catalog Hopping By (D1633) which I stamped in Indian Corn Blue. 

So I hope you will Hop on by the Sketch Challengea and check out all the fabulous creations from the Design Team.