First Day of School

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Hello there!  Is it really the end of summer?  The nights are cooler, the afternoon sun is casting longer shadows and we just finished our first week of school!  Sure signs that fall is coming fast.  I haven’t been posting much in the last year but I have been trying to fit in some crafting time.  This morning I finished a double scrapbook layout of my kids’ first day of school.  It feels good to get it down on paper for future enjoyment.  Here is page 1….

page 1The Close To My Heart Chalk It Up paper pack and matching Compliments chipboard embellishments made throwing these pages together a snap.  Here is page 2…

Page 2The sketch layout is from an old Close To My Heart Idea Book.

2 page layout

We actually went apple picking today – another sure sign of fall – so hopefully I’ll be back with some kind of project with pictures from the orchard.  Have a lovely day and thanks for looking!

~Tracy

 

 

Happy Easter!

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Hi everyone!  Happy Easter to you all.  I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend wherever you are.  Here in Ottawa, we’ve been experiencing colder than normal temps, but today the sun is shining, and the first flowers of spring are popping their green, sleepy heads up through the soil – a welcome sight!

After spending some time spring cleaning, I decided to venture into my poor, neglected craft room, and create something with a few new Close To My Heart products I accrued last month. LaughHere I’ve used one of the new CTMH embossing folders, papers from the Lollydoodle and Ariana paper packs, the Love This stamp set and the gorgeous Lagoon Zipper Lace.  The butterfly was heat embossed and coloured with Copic markers.

Well, this just got my juices flowing, so I decided to make some Easter treat bags.  Friends of ours invited us over for a turkey dinner tomorrow, and I thought it would be fun to create these little bags for the kids.Easter SweetsEach bag has a tag with the child’s initial on it.  I used CTMH Dream Pop paper because the colours are so vibrant and fun – just like the candy inside the bag.  My daughter and I had a blast creating these and filling them up!  I’m sure they will have a blast diving into them too!!

Until next time, happy crafting and Happy Easter!

~Tracy

Triple the Fun

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Hello friends!  For this week’s challenge over at Heart2Heart, they want entries using 3 of something on your project – three stamps, three embellishments, or whatever you can come up with.  Here is a card utilizing the same focal image 3 times.Thanks a BunchThe flower image was stamped using the CTMH Hurray Bouquet stamp set.  For the centre of each flower, I used a tiny floral punch and some Teal Shimmer Trim to help jazz these flowers up a bit, and create dimension!  The paper is from the Balloon Ride paper pack.

Here are a couple of other cards that I intended to enter into some February challenges, but wasn’t able to post in time.Hello TweetyThis one was created for the ‘Shabby Chic’ challenge last week.  It showcases the Hello Tweety stamp set and some of the beautiful Frosted B&T papers.

And a Valentine card that didn’t quite make the ‘Hearts Galore’ challenge.

With All My Heart

Hope you’re having a great week.  Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

~Tracy

Card Smorgasbord

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Hello and welcome!  I had a really low key, crafty weekend, and it was terrific!  Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow, and if the flow is taking you on a wave of creativity, don’t fight it!  I have four cards to share and they are all very different.  First up is a card that uses the new CTMH Ariana paper pack, and the February Stamp of the Month – Wild About Love.Hey FoxyThis paper pack has a good mix of feminine and masculine patterns.  Perfect for a Valentine card!

The next card was made in the wee hours of the morning, when I was having trouble sleeping.  I kept it simple and used the CTMH Cloud Nine card making kit.  LOVE that teal shimmer tape!Just BecauseMy third card was inspired by a scrapbooking sketch  I found on Pinterest.  I liked the layout and decided to turn it into a card.Good TimesThe CTMH Jubilee papers work perfectly to give this card a summery, country feel.  I paired it with the Take Note stamp set, which comes in the Artbooking Cricut Bundle.  Makes me long for a summer picnic or a trip to the fairgrounds!

And for my last card, I give you the Unicorn….UnicornI bought this stamp set for my daughter.  She loves animals and mythological creatures, and when she saw this stamp set, she immediately fell in love.  This one’s for you Lauryn!

I hope you have a terrific week and find some crafty inspiration along the way.  See you soon!

~Tracy

You Lift Me Up

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Hi there.  Thanks for checking in.  I have 3 cards to share today, and the first one will be entered into the Heart2Heart challenge for their Two Faced challenge.  The requirement is to use both sides of a patterned paper.You Lift Me UpThe hot air balloon, from the new CTMH Give a Lift stamp set, was paper pieced using patterned paper from the Balloon Ride paper pack.  The flowers were coloured with Copics.  Those took me a few delicate moments to cut out, but it was well worth the effort!  I added a scalloped border to the blue background, and the shimmer tape to finish it off.

The next card was made with a stamp set that I really like, but have never found occasion to use.  It’s such a shame when that happens!Sweet LifeThe chicken wire background was stamped directly onto the card surface.  I then stamped, coloured and cut out the apple tree branches and fiddled with them until I liked the placement.

And last but not least…Horses

I saw this style of card in an old paper crafting magazine and thought I’d give it a go.  I played up the country theme of the Jubilee patterned paper with the horse image from the Country Born stamp set.  The lovely little gift tag sentiment is from the Made From Scratch stamp set.

So that’s it from my little basement studio this week.  I will be back soon with more paper crafting fun.  Have a great week!

~Tracy

 

Give Me A C-T-M-H!

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Hello everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and finding some time to craft.  I have made it my mission to get up Saturday mornings and do nothing but drink tea and make stuff.  What a lovely, relaxing way to start a weekend!

Today I made a card for the Heart2Heart Challenge blog.  The theme is to create a project using the letters “C“, “T“, “M“, and “H” in some way. The letters themselves can be used, or a product or technique using the letters.  So here we go…

Miss YouThis fairly simple card was created using the CTMH Huntington paper pack.  The sentiment ‘miss you’ was stamped down the side in Whisper ink, and one time in Barn Red to make it stand out.  The main focal image was stamped on kraft card stock, and embellished with a rose and leaves cut out using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  A scalloped border and some Harvest Bakers Twine add the finishing touches.

Earlier this week, I was also able to sit down and make a card, which I will share with you here.  This one uses the CTMH ‘A Tree’ stamped image.  I coloured it in using Copic markers, and stamped the sentiment in black ink.  I added some stitching and a framed button embellishment.with LoveThe inspiration came from a card by Betsy Veldman, I came across in an old Paper Crafters magazine.  She is definitely one of my favourite paper crafters, and if I can come close to making something as amazing as her stuff, then I consider it to be a good day!!  So I guess it helps to use one of her creations as inspiration!

Well that’s it for today.  Please leave a comment if you care to.  I enjoy hearing from you.  Have a great weekend everyone!

~Tracy

 

 

His & Hers

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Hello there!  It’s been so long I can hardly believe it.  I made a New Year’s resolution to get back into my crafting, so here I am.  I’ve missed it immensely.  It really felt good to sit down at the old crafting table and make something.  But it’s been so long, I didn’t even know where to start.

After sifting through some of my stash, I decided to limit myself to one stamp set and ONLY paper scraps.  No full sheets of paper – just bits and pieces.  And let me tell you, I could probably make cards for a year or more without running out of paper scraps!  That really helped to keep me on track.  I decided to make two cards – one feminine and one masculine – and this is what I ended up with.You Are The Best CardThe stamp set is the Close To My Heart January Stamp of the Month:  Cross-stitch Wishes.  It is embellished with a little skirt bottom, some polka dot washi tape, and a bit of ribbon.  A little stitching around the edge ties in nicely with the whole theme.

My attempt at a masculine card turned out like this…Sew Special Card

I really love the stitched arrows that are stamped on the base of the card.  A few wood and metal accents were added to help out with the masculine look, but I still managed to sneak in a gem (at least it’s navy blue!).

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peak.  Hopefully I’ll be back soon with something new.  Until then, happy crafting!

~Tracy

Autumn Splendour

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Hello all my long lost blog friends!  Welcome, and thanks for stopping in.  Can you believe we are at the end of September?  This is my favourite time of year.  I love everything about it – the colours of the changing landscape, the bounty of the harvest, the still warm, sunny days and crisp, cool nights – a feast for the senses, and so much to be grateful for.  So, in honour of this delightful season I have some autumn cards to share with you.Autumn PosterThis was my first attempt at the ever so popular chalk board technique.  The Poster Tidings stamp set from Close To My Heart is perfect for this.  I also used the Count Your Blessings stamp set to embellish the card with a few tokens of autumn.Apple ThanksThis thank you card was inspired by someone who helped me out at work.  When I jokingly offered to send them some chocolate for doing such a great job, they responded that they were trying to eat healthy, and would prefer a bag of apples!Remarkable WreathNext up is a simple card using CTMH’s Remarkable Wreath, Swirls Around, and Always Grateful stamp sets.  The patterned papers are from the CTMH Huntington paper pack.Happiness Is HomemadeI finally broke down this summer, and bought a pack of vellum.  I know, I know… what have I been waiting for?  I have seen so many beautiful projects using vellum, but I’ve just never gotten around to buying any.  Here, I kept it simple with a strip down the middle of this country style card (don’t worry, I do plan to get fancier with it down the road!).BlessingsThis card is a mash up of all sorts of things – scraps of paper, die cuts, feathers, buttons, stitching – but it reminds me how lucky I am to have all these things at my disposal when I feel the urge to create.Bountiful SeasonAnd finally, a card I created for a card party I ran last weekend.  This was really fun, because we used Perfect Pearls to help create a background.  If you look at the top of the card, you can just make out some shimmery writing.  This was stamped on with Versamark ink, and the Perfect Pearls were spread over it with a paint brush.  The PPs stick to the Versamark and create a gorgeous shimmery background.  I learned this technique from the uber-talented Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink.  It’s my new favourite technique, and I think it will make some beautiful Christmas cards this year.

So, as you can see, I have been busy in the craft cave.  I’ve got a few other creations to share, but I’ll save those for another day.  Have a great week, and happy crafting!

~Tracy

 

Summertime Fun

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Hi Everyone!

It’s been a while since I posted last.  The biggest reason being, I started a full-time job about a month and a half ago. Needless to say, that along with two kids keeps me busy, busy, busy!  But we went away to a nice, little cottage on a lake in Quebec this weekend, for one last bit of summertime fun, and I managed to squeeze in some crafting time – yeah!

This is the last of four cards I made, but I will share it first, as it is the one I want to enter into the Out of a Hat Creations Challenge this week.  LanternsThe challenge theme is bunting/pennants.  I guess the lanterns aren’t really pennants but I thought it was a fun twist on the theme, and it reminds me of summertime and camping.  The stamp set is the Close To My Heart November Stamp of the Month – Illuminate.

The second card is one I made for the owners of the cottage.  A little thank you note to let them know we had a great time swimming, roasting marshmallows over a campfire, and just hanging out.  You can just see the lake in the background.  A lovely view to craft by!Thank You CardNext up is a beach inspired card, made with the CTMH Bright Sunshiny Day stamp set.  What is more summery than a beach, children building sandcastles, and frolicking in the water?

Beach

And finally, the cherry on top…. an ice cream sundae card!SundaeSo, as you can see, it was a fun afternoon yesterday, crafting from my shady spot while watching the kids play in the water.  Moments to cherish!  I hope you all had a fabulous Labour Day weekend, and took some time to relax, and enjoy family and friends.  Have a great week!

~Tracy

A Few Cards

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Hi there!  I have a few cards to show you today, which use some new and old Close To My Heart products.  The first card is for my neighbour, who is moving next week.  She’s been in the neighbourhood for about 7 years, but is getting remarried, so has to move to a bigger house to accomodate a blended family.  You’ll be missed Angie!Goodbye & Good LuckI will enter this one into the Out of a Hat Challenge this week.  The theme is the letter B.  Since I have buildings on my card, I thought it would fit right in!  The stamp set I used is called Cityscape and is in the new CTMH 2013 Autumn/Winter Idea Book.

My next card is a birthday card I made for my daughter’s friend, who is turning the ripe old age of 5!  I suppose since the next two cards are birthday cards, they qualify for the OOAH theme as well:)Treat Birthday CardThis card uses paper from the Dream Pop paper pack and a stamp from the December Stamp of the Month.  Perfect for a child’s birthday card!  The rest of the embellishments are rub ons, which I’ve had in my stash for quite some time.

And last but not least, here is a boy birthday card, which makes use of the new White Daisy Circle Spin Card Set.  One side of the circle says Happy Birthday and the other side of the circle has the number 5 for the age of the birthday boy.Super Hero Card

Super Hero CardI hope you have a terrific week.  See you back here real soon.  Until then happy crafting!

~Tracy