Springtime Wishes

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Hi! I’m back with 6 cards to show you today.  I wanted to see what I could come up with using just one stamp set and one paper pack so here’s what happened. So much fun! :)

Triple Thanks

The paper pack I used is the new CTMH Charlotte paper pack and I paired it with the Springtime Wishes stamp set – kind of appropriate for this time of year! Groundhog day is just around the corner so maybe we’ll get lucky and Mr. Groundhog will give us some good news!Home When I'm With You

The Charlotte paper pack has three 12×12 sheets with different sized cards you can cut out and use for various things.  As you can see here, I used one as my focal point and sentiment.

Thank You Slanted

A quick and easy thank you card. You could probably whip this off in 10 minutes if you had to scramble for a card.  The sentiment could easily be swapped out for whatever you need.

Congrats

This one was fun.  The colours are so pretty.  I created my own patterned paper by stamping the flower on the coral striped paper.  I heat embossed the same flower on the sentiment card and coloured them using a blending pen and my inkpads.

Best Wishes Floral

I heat embossed the two black flowers on vellum, cut them out and stuck them on the little squares of paper using a brad.  I added the baker’s twine for interest but now that I look at this card again, I think had I turned it sideways I could have used the twine as a flower stem.  Funny what you see in a photo that you don’t necessarily see in real life.  Just gives you a different perspective, I guess!

Love to You & Yours

And last but not least, a love card that would be fitting for Valentine’s Day.  I might just send this to a friend!

BTW – all card layouts came from the CTMH Wishes book.

Hope you’re having a crafty day!

~Tracy

 

Show Some Love

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Hi there!  I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season. I can hardly believe it’s over for another year. What a whirlwind! Now it’s already mid-January and that means switching gears from Santa Claus and Christmas trees to cupids and hearts! My daughter and I have been busy cutting, colouring and gluing Valentine cards for her classmates and that inspired me to create a few of my own starting with this one…Treasured Friend

This card features the Close To My Heart January Stamp of the Month “Beloved Bouquet”. The pretty patterned paper is from the Charlotte paper pack.  Here’s another card I crafted with the same stuff…

Valentine rose

So happy to be back at it. I don’t realize how much I miss paper crafting until I sit back down at my desk and create something. Creativity is such a beautiful thing. There’s a New Year’s resolution – make more stuff this year!  What a great idea :) and on that note I have one last card to share…

 

watercolour flower jar

Looks like water colours in the paper crafting world are back in style.  I dusted off my water colour pencils and tried my hand at these flowers.  I’m a bit rusty at it but it was fun none-the-less. A great excuse to have another go at it again soon! :)

~Tracy

Christmas Joy Cards

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Hello there,

With the exception of maybe us papercrafters, it seems the act of sending Christmas cards is becoming a thing of days gone by. I don’t know about you but every year, I receive fewer Christmas cards than the year before. How sad is that? Maybe it’s the cost of postage or the simple fact that people are too busy to sit down and hand write a card to a friend or family member, but it really is nice to receive something in the mail other than a bill or junk mail don’t you think? I’m bound and determined to get mine made and sent out this year. Here is my first stab at this year’s pile of handmade Christmas cards.

Joy Cards

I was really interested in trying out the Cricut Craft Room and melding a few images together to create a focal point for my card. I decided to keep it simple and opted for the word joy with a Christmas ornament substituted in for the letter ‘o’.

Red Joy

What is better than a touch of silver or gold (or both) on a Christmas card?  I added the foil tape and heat embossed the snowflake on the ornament to make it pop.  The word joy is popped up with foam tape.

Green Joy

On this last card, I changed up the font and added pearl paint and glitter while the paint was still wet. This is not for the faint of heart.  I had glitter everywhere and was picking it off my face for two days afterwards!

Joy Sparkle

My apologies for the not-so-great photos.  I took these with my cell phone with no real light source. Gotta work on that!

Stay tuned for some easy and fun Christmas cards using the Close To My Heart October Stamp of the Month – Twinkle.

Happy card making!

~Tracy

A Season To Be Thankful

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Hello fellow crafty people!  I hope you are enjoying the fall season wherever you are. This is my favourite time of year here in Canada and to help celebrate the season I made a few thank you cards.  These are always great to have on hand when you need to send off a note of gratitude to a friend, neighbour, colleague or teacher.

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Don’t you just love the colours of fall? All those gorgeous shades of red, orange, brown and yellow with a touch of green and blue leftover from summer! Time to drink it all in and be thankful for the bounty before the cold winter weather sets in.

Speaking of bounty and being thankful, I would like to wish all my fellow Canadians a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of family and friends.  And don’t forget to wear your stretchy pants to the dinner table!

~Tracy

Has It Really Been A Whole Year?

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Hi everyone! I received a message from a lovely fellow blogger this morning who decided to check up on me because I haven’t posted to blogland in a whole year!!  I can’t believe it.  Life is busy with full-time work and family but it made me realize that I should still take some time out for the other love of my life – papercrafting!  I have done some crafty projects over the last little while.  Here is one I’d like to share…IMG_0763

This is a photo of my paternal grandparents on their wedding day – July 17, 1907.  I felt extremely lucky to get my hands on a copy of the photo and decided to make up a scrapbook page.  This will be the first page in an album of family photos.

I hope you all have been a little better at getting crafty than I have been about posting projects.  I’ll be back soon to share some interactive scrapbook pages from a trip to Arizona last March.  Stay tuned for that!

~Tracy

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