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Close To My Heart Blog Hop


Hi again folks!  If you’re here for the My Time Made Easy blog hop please scroll down to the next post.  Since today is the day the new Close To My Heart 2013 Fall/Winter Idea Book goes live, a few local consultants, including yours truly, decided to put on a blog hop showcasing the gorgeous, new paper packs that are being offered this season.  This first project shows off the whimsical Laughing Lola Paper Pack.Dream Big BagThis lovely, little bag was cut out using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge, and embellished with some Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements, and a few Laughing Lola Assortment pieces.  Oh ya, and the paisley cut out was stamped using the classy, sassy Paisley Perfect stamp set!

A touch of class cardThis card was crafted using some B&T papers from both the Laughing Lola and Sarita paper packs.  Again, I used the Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements along with a few die cuts to embellish the card.  Those Elements really made assembling this card quick, and easy.  And speaking of die cuts, you absolutely must check out the new CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  WOW!  If you like making mini albums or scrapbook layouts, this cartridge is a must have.

So, hop on over and visit the other girls for more CTMH paper pack peaks, and great creative ideas.  Have a great day everyone, and happy crafting!



Close To My Heart New Products


Hi everyone!  Happy 4th of July to all my American friends.  I hope you’re whooping it up wherever you are.  I will be celebrating at Disney’s Magic Kingdom along with my family.  We’re very excited!

You may or may not know I just attended a Close To My Heart Consultant Convention at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida last weekend, and witnessed first hand the unveiling of the new Fall/Winter 2013 Idea Book.  Woohoo – always a much anticipated event!  With that unveiling, I was privy to the new products that will be available starting August 1st, so I thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peek too.Autumn/Winter Idea Book 2013

Here is the cover of the new Fall/Winter 2013 Idea Book.  I know you are anxiously awaiting the chance to run your fingers over the glossy pages.  I should have my shipment within the next week or so 🙂WOTG Collage 1

Six new paper packs and Workshops On The Go.  Here are samples of Babycakes, Frosted, Huntington…WOTG Collage 2…Laughing Lola, Pro Player and Sarita!Card WOTG

CTMH will also be offering two new Card Workshops On The Go based on the Frosted and Laughing Lola paper packs.Frames Collage

Here we see two new frames that can be decorated and used as home décor.  One of these photos features the August Stamp of the Month.  Can you guess which one?  It’s sure to hit a sweet spot!My Crush Collage

An exciting new product that is sure to be a hit for all you busy people is the My Crush Book.  Available in two designs, it’s small enough to fit in your purse (7″x10″) so you can scrapbook on the go.  Just stick in your memorabilia, photos and add a bit of journaling, then stick it back in your purse until the next memory opportunity strikes.  No paper trimmer required!Base and Bling Collage

Another new product for the jewelry lover is the base and bling assortment.  Create your own necklaces, headbands, rings and bracelets with our new fabrics and accessories.  If jewelry is not your thing, I saw some fabulous makes at convention using the bases as napkin rings, gift clips and other home décor items.

And now for the icing on the cake…..Artbooking Collage

A brand, spanking new Cricut Cartridge called Artbooking.  Let me tell you this is fabulous.  It offers 700 images including designs and cutouts for 10 mini albums and 15 themed layouts.  The best part is you can set your dial size to one number and it will cut everything in proportion.  No more guessing what size to cut something!  Is that  terrific or what?  I can’t wait to get mine!

I hope you enjoyed the CTMH Fall/Winter 2013 Idea Book sneak peek.  There are still a few surprises I didn’t share with you so be sure to get your copy.  Have a lovely day and happy crafting!


Easter Bonnets


Hello folks!  It feels like ages since I’ve posted anything.  But not to worry – I have two cards I made for the Out of a Hat Challenge this week.  They are asking for Easter bonnets and after searching the internet for ideas, I decided to opt for a couple of vintage Easter pictures with bonnets in them.

Easter ChicksThese little Easter chicks are so adorable and a sure sign of spring.  I wish we were seeing spring here.  We’ve had nothing but snow, snow, snow!

Another Easter ChickMy second card showcases a different sort of Easter chick!  She’s just hatched too but hasn’t quite come out of her shell yet ;0)  The strip of patterned paper down the right side was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch and then inked with Desert Sand ink.  The focal image was framed using kraft card stock, cut on the Cricut, and then mounted onto a piece of aqua blue card stock.  Lastly, the paper flowers were glued down the left side and adorned with pearls.

That’s it from me today.  I will just make it under the wire for the challenge so I must be off to add my post!  Have a lovely week and happy crafting!


Sweet As Honey


Happy Friday to you!  I have a really cool card to share with you today for the Heart2Heart Challenge happening this week.  They are looking for projects/cards with folds.  After searching different styles of cards on the web, I found one called a book box card.  LOVE IT!Book Box CardThis card looks like a shadow box, but the front cover opens like a card.  The tutorial I found online used an embossed acetate window on the front cover, so I did the same (you know I love acetate!).  But you could just as easily make a regular card front so the inside is a surprise for the recipient.Book Box CardPaper from the new CTMH Buzz & Bumble paper pack was used on this card.  The branches and beehive were cut using the Art Philosophy and Artiste Cricut Cartridges.  To get the rounded lines on the beehive, Cocoa ink was sponged on using a piece of circular cardstock as a mask.  I then used a dotty hexagon stamp from the new Honeycomb stamp set to add a subtle dotted pattern in Crème Brulée ink.  My bumblebee is from the Jardin stamp set.Beehive CloseupI think the flowers on this card were the only non-CTMH products.  I had the little orange premade blossoms in my stash, so I used those on the tree branches.Sweet As HoneyFor a complete set of instructions on how to make a book box card click here.  The instructions are really clear and there are lots of photos.  Have a great weekend everyone and hopefully you’ll have some time to try a book box card of your own.

Happy crafting!


CTMH Supplies:
Cardstock:  Colonial White, Crème Brulée, Cocoa, Olive
Buzz and Bumble B&T Duos Paper
Cocoa Ink, Crème Brulée Ink
Sponge dauber
Artiste Cricut Cartridge
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Accessories: Burlap Ribbon, Color-Ready Kraft Borders, Hook & Loop Dots, 3D Tape
Stamps: Honeycomb, Jardin


Hats Off To You


Hi all!  I have an Out of a Hat Challenge card to share with you today.  This week is a Bingo challenge, which is always fun.  I chose hat, button, heart, swirl.Hats off to you!I downloaded a picture of a tophat off the internet and imported it into Sure Cuts A Lot software.  I then used the image to create a cutting template for my Cricut.  The swirls were stamped on with Versamark and embossed in silver.Sentiment stripA strip of the new Close To My Heart Washi Tape was put down as a hat band, and a flag on top of that with the stamped sentiment.  I used Grey Wool ink to match the colour of the Washi tape.Hearts and buttonsA little heart and button vignette was created to adorn the hat band.  The netting underneath the button is from an orange bag, and adds a bit of texture and interest to the card.  I have started keeping these netting bags for just this sort of occasion.  Why not recycle and reuse when you can?Hats off to youThe silver ribbon on the button is wired, so I curled it around a paintbrush handle to create the curlicues.  I think I’ve covered all my bases for the Bingo challenge.  Head on over the Out of a Hat Challenge blog to see the other entries, if you have a few moments to browse.

Thanks for stopping by!


All That Glitters


Hi friends!  A quick post to share my Out of a Hat Creations challenge make this week.  The task was to make a Christmas decoration of some kind.  I made this lovely tree ornament…This was a Stampin Up ornament I saw and loved.  I just had to try it.  Wouldn’t this be pretty in blue and silver too?  If you would like to see the original video of how to make one of these you can click here.I used the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut out my ornaments and then stamped them with Tulip and Garden Green ink.  The whole thing was put together using a glue gun.  The tulle was something I bought from the dollar store last year but was perfect for this project.

Like I said this post is short and sweet.  Another busy, busy week and it’s not even Christmas yet!  Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon.  Happy crafting!

39 & Holding!


Good Monday morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!  I’m continuing my guest designer spot today with the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog, so a big welcome if you are visiting from there.  If you’re a regular here, but you’d like to see what the other H2H DT members have created, click on the link above.

This week’s challenge is to make a birthday card with at least one number on it.  Well, I had a bit of fun with this one.  Since I have been 39 for a few years now, I decided to make that number the star of this card.I chose pinks and kraft for my colour palette because I thought this would be a fun card for a female friend or relative.  I cut the number background, along with the pink 39, using the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.After cutting out the 3 & 9, I added Versamark to them and heat embossed them with clear powder.  While they were still hot, I sprinkled Prisma Glitter over them and put the heat tool to them again.  It really helps the numbers stand out and adds a bit of girlie sparkle to the card.I created a flag banner for the middle of the card, which covers the gap between the top and bottom panels, but also hosts the rest of the sentiment and the rose.  The kraft panel at the bottom was embossed using the Cuttlebug.

Hope you will join the fun over at Heart 2 Heart.  I’d love to see your birthday card creation using Close To My Heart products.  Until next time happy crafting!

CTMH Supplies:
Paper – Flirty Raspberry, Kraft, Lucy Paper Packet
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Stamp Sets – Just For You, Card Word Puzzle, Classmate Alphabet
Prisma Glitter

Falling For You


Happy Monday, and welcome to my first post as a guest design team member for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog!  I’m super excited!  Can you believe it’s October already?  Where did the summer go?  Before we know it we’ll be putting up Christmas decorations!  But before we go there, I want to celebrate fall a bit more by using the rolling technique on a fall card, which is the theme of this week’s challenge.I started this card by cutting it out with the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge.  I love the scalloped edge and the little holes down the side, which I threaded with chocolate baker’s twine.  I used this gorgeous B&T paper from the Flirty paper packet for the background, and matted it with the Flirty Raspberry paper that comes with the pack.  When I first saw this paper pack, I was not too keen on the colour combination, but I have to say it has really grown on me and is now one of my favourites.For the focal image, I stamped a tree base onto a piece of Colonial white card stock, using Chocolate ink and the swiping technique to get a bit of woody texture.  I then added the leaves to the tree using the rolling technique.  For those of you not familiar with the rolling technique, you can achieve it by inking up your stamp with one colour and then rolling the outside edges of it in another colour.  This is perfect for getting that multi-coloured look on fall leaves.  I also used it on the little circles I stamped down the side of the card.I cut the focal image into 3 even pieces and matted it onto a piece of Cocoa card stock.  I stamped the sentiment in the bottom right corner with Cocoa ink and added the pink gems to the middle of each circle down the side of the card.  I think my favourite thing about this card is the unexpected use of pink.  I would not generally think of it as a fall colour, but it somehow works, and gives this card a little bit of pizazz!

So hop on over to the Heart 2 Heart blog and check out some of the other amazing inspiration pieces over there.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day everyone!

CTMH Supplies:
Artiste Cricut Cartridge 
Flirty Paper Packet
Inks – Cocoa, Chocolate, Garden Green, Sunset, Sorbet
Chocolate Baker’s Twine
Stamps – Trees & Things, Dreamin Workshops On The Go C-size stamp set

Halloween Diorama


Hi crafty friends.  Well, I worked hard all weekend to finish my Out of a Hat creation and I gotta say I’m pretty pleased with the way this turned out.  But before I get ahead of myself, the challenge this week is to create a Halloween project of your choosing.  For some fantastic inspiration, check out what the ladies have done over there by clicking the link above.

Okay, so I was looking around Pinterest for some ideas, because I’ve already made a few Halloween cards and a Jack O’Lantern lamp, and I wanted to do something else.  I found this spectacular diorama made by the Crafty Gentleman and decided to try my hand at one.  You can see the inspiration piece by clicking here.

For my diorama, I started out with an empty cocoa can…The first thing I did was peel the label off the can and cut a big hole in the front of it.  I then dug out a bunch of Halloween papers, stamps and ribbon and got busy.  Eventually I came up with this…Oh, what fun!  Most of the papers are from a We R Memory Keepers Halloween paper pack, but I embellished them with a few CTMH papers.The stamps are mostly Close To My Heart with a few We R Memory Keepers thrown in (pumpkin & witch).  I cut two hills from patterened card stock and stuck them in the can, slightly apart from each other, then started layering images to create my spoooooky scene.  I made sure to leave room behind the taller hill so I could fit a couple of battery operated tea lights behind it.I also used my CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge quite a bit.  There are some fabulous Halloween images, such as the skeleton, cat, tombstones, and Eek! sign.Here is a picture of the diorama with the lid off.  As you can see, I used a lot of ribbon to decorate it and hide the ugly, red plastic.  A removeable lid is really handy for getting the tea lights in and out.  So that is my latest Halloween creation.  I hope you like it and are inspired to try one yourself.  I bet a Christmas one would be lovely.

Before I go, I also wanted to share a picture of our newest family member…Isn’t he cute?  We went to the pet store to get a couple of fish and came home with Owlet instead (so named because of his big owl-like eyes)!  LOL!  He will be well loved.

Have a great week everyone.  See you back here real soon.  Happy crafting!