Sunday, January 20, 2013

No boy?

Today I needed a "male" card and after pawing thru my stash of pre-mades I came to the (horrifying) conclusion that I didn't have any, not even one that could be quickly altered to be a little more manly! I don't know why but I seem to have a hard time making cards that are a little more neutral or just plain male.  Perhaps it is because girly stuff is just so much more... more buttons, more frill, more ribbon, more glitter!

So I think my challenge to myself over the next few weeks is to make "boy" cards because I have several birthdays coming up and they are all male!

A quick card I made today with this challenge in mind...

For this card I used the Victory Paper Packet which includes the Outdoor Denim and Barn Red card stock and a colour ready canvas button.  I did think about inking the button but the natural canvas colour really popped and added that finishing touch I was looking for.  I heavily sanded all the papers to give it a more rugged worn look and I put foam tape under the outside corners of all the pattered paper to add a bit of dimension.

If you have been thinking about getting Victory don't delay as it retires on January 31st!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My very first Blog Hop!

Welcome to the first Cross Canada Blog Hop of 2013, it is also my very first time participating in a blog hop and I am very excited to be joining in on the fun. Our January Hop is featuring a “Consultants Choice”, so each consultant has a unique project to share with you. I 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, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle at If you came from Nancy's blog at then you are in the right place!

For my project I decided to showcase a 2-page layout that we did last September at Close To My Heart's Regional Convention in Edmonton.  I am known (ahem) for being a bit of a slow poke when it comes to putting those finishing touches (like pictures) onto layouts and getting them done! 

But the real reason I wanted to show this layout is the paper! It is from the Clementine Paper Packet and like most people at first glance I thought "pretty, girl paper" but like many of the "girly papers" it actually can be very "boy" as well. As you can see by using Champagne and Cashmere cardstock with Saddle and Sorbet inks on top of the Twilight B&T, it really did become a great boy layout.   I love how my son's inside out and backwards green shirt really pops off the pages!


Close To My Hearts Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book and Catalog is just a few weeks away and in addition to the seven! new paper packets for us to play with I am very happy that Clementine along with Avonlea, Dakota and Scholastic are going to continue to be available!  

I am the very last "stop" on this hop across Canada but if you are still completing the circle your next stop is back at the beginning in Nova Scotia with "Michelle" of " My Creations with Michelle ".

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again in February when we will be featuring new products from the 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book.

Friday, January 11, 2013

a quiet Friday evening

So I am finally feeling mostly better today...(had a tummy bug since Wednesday) and found myself with a quiet Friday evening in my crafty space!  What to do? What to do??  A Mojo Monday of course with a little bit of CAS-ual Fridays thrown in...

This weeks Mojo Monday #275 sketch is

and this weeks CAS-ual Friday challenge is  CFC85: Round of Applause- CAS cards that celebrates an accomplishment, and feature at least one circle.

I decided that I didn't want to use any patterned paper but make my own, so using the stamp set from the January's special "Whooo's Your Valentine?"  I stamped the chevron and cute heart patterns onto the pink cardstocks using "cotton candy" ink.  I also stamped the "you're Sweet" in cotton candy onto the chipboard piece.  After mounting everything onto cotton candy cardstock adding a little chocolate ribbon and some strawberry twine from the Twinery and viola...

 (I really am unhappy with the picture!  The colours are not nearly as vibrant as they should be and I have all sorts of weird shadows.... I need a proper light box set up and I think my next project will be to build one!)

Monday, January 7, 2013

most used stamp set of 2012 is...

I think if not my very favorite at least my most used stamp set of 2012 was October's Stamp of the Month: Very Merry Christmas.

I honestly stamped some of the images especially the "a holiday treat" and "the Christmas tree ornament" a few hundred (or more times) each!  One of the many projects I made using this stamp was my families Christmas card

I truly hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and wish you all the best for 2013!


Saturday, January 5, 2013

A pretty present

My Mum-in-Law loves the Eiffel Tower and one day I will go to Paris with her to stare at it for hours and hours.  She is currently redoing her "dressing room" in a white furniture, shabby chic kind of way and I wanted to make her something special for Christmas.  I have been having tons of fun with CTMH's My Creations Bracket Frames and this is what I came up with for her.

The pretty paper is from my stash (aka no idea where I got it!), I used the "French Manor" Cricut Cartridge that I got with my new Expression 2 machine (yes I am spoiled rotten!) for the Eiffel Tower and little bird and my very favorite CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge for the flower and flourish.  Finished off with some green glitter glitz in the centers of all the flowers and the pretty clear green brad buttons (also from my stash). 

To really make the Eiffel Tower "pop" in the frame, I cut it out three times and layered it using foam tape.  I also mounted the inside striped paper in the frame with foam tape to reduce the depth increasing that "pop"!

I think it turned out rather pretty!

Cleaning Up!

As many of you know we moved back to Port Alberni last June and this was our third move in two years...

Since our last move I have been very busy not only with family but with growing this little business of mine.  The last six months have been a blast, I went to a Close To My Heart regional convention in Edmonton in early September, did a HUGE Christmas Card and Tag workshop in late September, then my Mom and I decided to do a craft fair (ended up doing 2) which we had to still make everything, and had the Avonlea Frame Workshop. And other projects keep popping up like making 200 cupcake liners for a wedding in December and my Mum-in-law opened an antique store with a friend and needed signage, and of course I needed to make our Christmas cards and a few gifts...

A few of the cupcake liners using Dakota Paper and Cricut Artiste
The Wedding Theme was "Outdoors" so lots of wood grain making the Dakota Paper a perfect fit
Our Paper Crafted filled table at the Silver Sleigh Craft Fair.  My Cricut was busy and my fingers were inky in the weeks leading up to this event!

Sidewalk sandwich reader board using Chocolate Vinyl.  That "m" would not co-operate!
Needless to say my craft space which never did get fully unpacked and organized was in a shambles when I finally got some "me" time in here the other day.  Several half finished projects sat laying around, paper everywhere, etc. etc. etc.  So I set about finishing up some of those projects and getting organized.  I am far from finished but I do see some order in the ciaos or at the very least I can find all my chipboard now...

So looking forward to the next six months!  Happy 2013 everyone.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Coming Soon....

The 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book and Catalog is going to be available February 1! 

A few sneak peeks... 
 As always the new Idea Book if FULL of wonderful new papers, embellishments, stamps and Ideas!

Contact me today to find our how you can get your free copy...