Cross Canada Blog Hop...July!

Welcome to our July Blog Hop featuring the current Operation Smile Stamp Set, Happy Everything.  When you purchase this stamp set, Close To My Heart donates $3 to Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that performs life-altering surgeries that will give children confidence for a lifetime.  They have performed over 220,000 surgeries since being founded in 1982. 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 do... by 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 Heather of Inky Hugs then you are in the right place.

For this blog hop I decided to make a few cards...

Card #1 - Products I used to make this card are the Jackson Paper Packet, Gold Polka-dot Washi, Bronze Shimmer Trim and Barn Red Cardstock and Ink.

I was flipping thru some old flyers and directions for design inspiration and picked this design from the "Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit" from 2013.

Card #2 - I started by laying down several layers of Smoothie Striped Washi Tape and yes, I lined up the pattern. I then stamped the balloons using Sorbet, Smoothie, Glacier, Honey, Pear and Gypsy ink and fussy cut out the bunch to make my embellishment.  I tied a pretty bow around it using Glacier Extra Thick Twine. I stamped the sentiment in Gypsy and added to a few Purple Glitter Gems to finish off my card. I also stamped "Because you're a one-of-a-kind, fabulous person" inside the card.

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. Thank 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 the projects full of Summer Fun.  So mark August 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Happy Crafting!


  1. OMG - your idea of lining up the pattern of the Washi Tape is genius ! it looks like pattern paper.

  2. Fabulous cards. I like the first card, it has a masculine feel, the second would work for a the washi tape. Great work.

  3. Love these cards!

  4. Very creative use of washi! Great cards!


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