Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cross Canada Blog Hop...Cards, Cards, Cards!

Welcome to our February Blog Hop featuring Card Creations made 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, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle at My Creations with Michelle. If you came from Kristine of @ Home with Studio K then you are in the right place! 

I love using the "How To" books from CTMH! I flip thru them often when I need some inspiration and looking at the patterns gives me ideas for the base of my projects and then they grow from there. For this hop I have made 3 cards using the beautiful Brushed papers and patterns found in the how to book "Make It from Your Heart Volume 1".  
Card #1 - Pattern 23
- Happy to Be Friends (C1605) 
- Pixie and Sweet Leaf Ink
- blue ribbon from my retired CTMH stash 
- Kraft paper

In person this card is so soft and pretty!  I cut all the pieces out following the pattern but the kraft paper around the squares is not listed. I found there was more than enough space to add the extra paper without taking away from the design.  For the ribbon I left the ends unglued so that it had some movement and showed off the ruffled edges.

Card #2 - Pattern 27

I love this bow! (I use it all the time) and it is cut out using Cricut Artiste. This bow can be found on pg 55, Accent 3. I used Pixie cardstock and it is cut at 1"

The green paper with the faint pattern (which is glossy in person) is from the Paper Fundamentals Assortment - Whimsy.  These papers all have a different pattern with one side being glossy and the other white. I find the glossy side to be a great way to add detail when you want it to be subtle. 

I deviated from the design just a bit in that it suggests a 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 box in the center to showcase a sentiment, etc. but I really didn't want to cover up the beautiful patterned papers so I made the bow instead.  I decided to use a cranberry brad in the center of the bow to draw your eye right to the center of the card making everything just pop! I also sponge distressed the bow, pattern paper and card base with cranberry ink to further pull out the reds in the pattern paper but I did not ink the green paper as I also wanted the eye to see the surprise pattern hiding there. Super simple card but so classic in my opinion.

Card #3 - Pattern 24

In person this card is not so bright!  The yellows are much softer.  I cut the layers of my flower out using Cricut Art Philosophy.  This flower can be found on page 50 and it is cut at 2.5, 2 and 1.75.  The center metal piece is from my retired CTMH stash. I sponge inked the edges of the flower using Canary ink and then went back over just the outside edge using Honey.

For Valentine's Day I got a Cuttlebug! (my Love knows me well) I have been wanting one for a very long time and it was delivered Friday morning.  The little flower pattern in the Canary Cardstock is from the embossing folder that came with the Cuttlebug and I am so looking forward to when the ones I now get to order from CTMH arrive.

The stamp is from Sincere Expressions (A1146) and I used Juniper ink to stamp the sentiment and sponge distress the edges. I do not typically stamp onto patterned paper but the example in the how to book had done it this way and I thought to give it a try. I do like the end result but would probably use a darker ink next time. In person the sentiment does show up better but in this picture the yellows are overpowering everything...  To finish off this card I added a butterfly from the Junebug Puffies and a few bitty sparkles.

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 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.

Happy Crafting!


  1. Well done. Love how your cards turned out. Very Spring feeling, wish that season was a bit closer. With the storm NS is getting hit with it sure feels far away. Great job.

  2. Love the cheery cards, especially the last one...the flower is so pretty!

  3. Beautiful, bright and happy cards. :)

  4. Lovely. I think my favorite is the one with the bow. It is sooo striking.

  5. Bright cheery cards to brighten someones day, thanks for sharing.

  6. Love the flowers and bow...very cheerful cards :)

  7. Such bold and beautiful cards, you have done an amazing job with the layering on the bow and flowers.

  8. Bright and cheerful cards! I especially like your 2nd card with the pretty.