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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #239

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Rush, rush, rush!  November is busy but mostly for workshops, home gatherings, and crafty time so I am not complaining!  This month Close To My Heart has all the Fundamentals (found in the big Annual Inspirations book) on sale and I am in love with the new Basic Fundamentals which means I ordered extra because at 30% and 40 % off, it's a win!

I have a few very special birthday's coming up in December and decided to use this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts as inspiration for one of these special cards.  I love the pewter and other grays with bashful pink and sweet leaf green.  The card is very soft and feminine.

The flowers and leaves are from Cricut Artistry and Flower Market Collections and the border is from the retired Art Philosophy.

I lightly sponge inked some of the flowers and leaves with Pewter ink to add some dimension and also added some Clear Shimmer to the flowers for added accent (although it is hard to see in the photo).  A few clear sparkles and my card i…

Lest we forget

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This time of year is super busy for me helping my crafty friends prepare for Christmas but I wanted to take the time to properly give my respects to Remembrance Day.  Like many Canadians, my grandfathers and great-grandfather's fought in the World Wars.  Their sacrifices and the sacrifices that those "left behind at home" made helped ensure the Canadian peace and lifestyle we can so easily take for granted on a regular day.  So at this time of year, we remember and we say Thank You.


Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #237

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November!  Honestly what happened to October and a good part of September?? 

When I saw this week's sketch from AHSC I knew I had to use the gold striped paper found in the Silver & Gold Paper Packet, what made it even better was the dotted zip strip!  The poinsettias are from Cricut Flower Market and I used Cranberry and Topiary (a retired colour) cardstock and the centers are cut out on Gold Glitter Paper.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is a retired M-size stamp from last year and I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  This card is all about the Gold!  The final touch is a piece of Topiary ribbon from my stash, gotta love the stash.  I love the clean simplicity of this card.
Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments!  I hope I have inspired you to come play along with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Happy Crafting!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #235

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Last Saturday I went to a CTMH event in Victoria.  We had worked for a few years to make this happen and I am really glad we did.  We had a great group of "island girls" who joined in for tons of business discussion/learning and of course we created some fabulous projects created by the Home Office. 
As I was helping lead for the day (I spoke a lot!) Pierre our Canadian General Manager with CTMH, gave me the lovely Falling For You Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way as a Thank You.  So I decided to make this weeks entry for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge with these papers. So lovely, so fall!  Instead of stamping the leaves I decided to fussy cut them out from the paper packet.  The Thank You is a Cricut cut from the Artiste Collection (retired) and I cut it out on Expresso Cardstock.  The scalloped edge is from the also now retired Scallop Border Punch from a few years ago.  I added a few mini staples and some of the sequins from the Bronze Sequins collection to finish off…

Atlantic Hearts #233

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This card and I are not the best of friends!  The vision in my head for this weeks sketch from Atlantic Hearts just did not work and then this didn't work, and that didn't work.  Some days!  But I have made myself be okay with this card and I think it kinda follows the sketch.
For this card, I used papers from both the Silver & Gold (background) and Beary Christmas (tree) paper packets.  Ruby Cardstock was used for my frame and deer which are both Cricut cuts and the star, banner and tree are all thin cuts from the Beary Christmas Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts set.  I stamped the sentiment in Ruby Ink.  The star is cut out on Gold Glitter Paper and the gold background stripe and the tree trunk is shimmer trim.

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments.  I hope I have inspired you to come play along with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

Happy Crafting!

October's Stamp of the Month

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Working hard on my annual Christmas Card Workshops and love this months Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart!  My only complaint is that none of the images have a Cricut cut soooo I made my own!  I have been playing around and learning with Cricut Design Space and love how you can take an image add layers, take pieces way, or create a hole in the middle of a fancy circle to create a wreath...

Products I used on this card are:
- Kraft Cardstock with my very favorite wood grain embossing folder (retired CTMH) - White Daisy Cardstock for my stamped wreath and the banner - Beary Christmas Paper Packet - Red Glitter paper for my Cricut Cut bow with is from the Artbooking Collection - October's Stamp of the Month stamped in New England Ivy and Cranberry - To finish off my card I used a piece of Rose Gold Foil Tape (retiring soon!) and a few rose gold sequins from the retired Florence Sequins.
Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions regard this creation, my upcoming w…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #231

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This weeks sketch from Atlantic Hearts proved to be a bit of a challenge for me and my card underwent several changes before I was somewhat satisfied.  I think it is the decorative element "all in a row" which is usually not an issue but for some reason, I was just not happy with my choices this week.

As I am working on my big annual Christmas Card workshop I wanted to stick with the Christmas theme and used some of the new Silver & Gold paper from Close To My Heart.  I paired it with Cranberry Cardstock and the holly is made from the Beary Christmas paper and Fern Cardstock, Red Glitter paper for the berries and Whisper Thick Twine for added dimension and texture.  The Cricut cut is from the City Sidewalks Digital Collection (retired).
In the end, I love the clean, simple lines of this card with just the bit of sparkle from the berries.  Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments.  I hope I have inspired you to come play along with us at Atlantic He…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #229

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Hello, my friends! My apologies for being a little MIA the past several weeks but when you have too much going on something always falls through the cracks!  BUT school is back in which means way more crafting time for me!

This weeks sketch from Atlantic Hearts is up and I decided to play with a little more of the Jack Paper Collection, it recently retired and that is a real shame because I love these papers!  I am working on my annual Christmas Card workshops and decided to have a little fun with the bearded man papers... I give you "Warm Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses".
Sometimes going a little outside the box can be so much fun and I really hope my workshop attendees love this card as much as I do. To create the card I used Slate Cardstock for my base and added the " Bearded Men in Hats".  To add a bit more whimsy the mustache border is from Cricut Artistry and the branches for my mistletoe is from Cricut Flower Market cut out in New England Ivy and Fern cardstocks

Holiday Expressions!

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The new Holiday Expressions is live and full of crafty goodness.   Contact me today for your copy or follow this link to see it online.
Stay tuned for upcoming workshops and events.
Happy Crafting!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #225

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Recently I had a Facebook conversation with a lovely lady about card making, etc. and we were discussing Christmas cards... my response was "it's never to early to start creating Christmas cards!" and in celebration of that fact I present to you my first Christmas Card for 2017.  I actually got the idea for this card way back in March when I got my first sneak peak of the Jack Paper Collection and then I saw the bear in the Jack - Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts. This weeks sketch from Atlantic Hearts seems to be the perfect time to make my idea into reality.

While I used the design for inspiration you can see that the design change slightly to accommodate my elements. I initially was going to have the Bear and tree on a background square like the sketch but it made it too heavy and distracted the eye, so instead I made my angled cross piece heavier and used White Glitter Paper to create some snow.  
I carefully ripped the glitter paper to create the uneven edge of my snow…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #223

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A heat wave has hit BC and it's hitting the little valley I live in hard!  Just came in from running an errand and the car said 36'C and it was parked in the shade!  And we have the added bonus of hazy skies from all the smoke that has drifted our way from the fires in the interior.  Hopefully, this wave only lasts a few more days and we get back to the 29'C that is so much more manageable.

Onto this weeks sketch from AHSC!  It is a classic and I decided to play with my last few pieces of Little Dreamer to make a quick, cute card for my birthday stash.

The frame is from the Circut Artbooking Collection and I cut it out in Pansy cardstock.  The birthday banner, star, and sentiment are from the Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp and Thin Cuts (so stinking cute) and I stamped them using Lemon and Lagoon Ink.  I sponge distressed the edges of my base card and the banner using Tangerine Ink.  A few bitty sparkles along with the Little Dreamer Glitter Gems and my cutesy, birthday ca…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #221

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My son has been doing a vision therapy program for the past several months and next week is his last session!  He has come a long way and I wanted to make a special card for the therapist who has been so kind and patient with him.  Granted I have a pretty great kid but still, an hour a week of one-on-one therapy with a very active 9-year-old has got to try anyone's patience!

Cue this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and I have the perfect inspiration for my Thank You card.  I decided to use the Prickly Pear Papers for their bright happy colours and paired it with Tangerine and Blossom Cardstock.

I wanted to stick with the design but also wanted to go a little outside to box and started searching through my Cricut images...  I decide on the flower overlay and ended up cutting it out slightly smaller a second time in the patterned paper so that I could do a bit of paper piecing. (Yay! for old school techniques!) Both the thank you and flower cutouts are from the Cricut Artist…

Cross Canada Blog Hop - July!

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Welcome to our July Blog Hop featuring Masculine themed artwork. 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 Michelle of The Right Hughes then you are in the right place!
I printed these photos of my son a very long time ago and finally! found the inspiration to scrap them. I can honestly say I love these photos, it was way back in 2010 when my son first …

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #219

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With all the Canada 150 celebrations, house guests, and lots of time spent outside I almost forgot about this weeks challenge from Atlantic Hearts! Thankfully it is a super cute and easy sketch.
I created my banners from the Little Dreamer Paper Packet and mounted them on Lemon Cardstock. Using the Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts I quickly cut out my unicorn and stamped him in Glacier, Lagoon, Lemon, and Tangerine Inks.  I did add a little of the Clear Shimmer Brush forgetting that it can change the ink colours slightly but it did add some shimmer!  I stamped my sentiment in Lagoon and added some retired extra thick twine in Thistle to finish off my card.

Like I said super cute and easy!  Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments.  I hope I have inspired you to come play along with us at Atlantic Hearts!

Happy Crafting.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #217

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This month is just marching on and it seems to be doing double time! End of the school year for us is next week and we have been doing tons of activities (I love our little school) BUT it makes for a very busy schedule.

For this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts, I decided to flip the design and instead of using a variety of paper's I choose just one.  This super cute cactus paper is from the Prickly Pear Paper Collection and I used Poppy cardstock for my base.  I felt in a fussy cut kind of mood and cut out the cacti that I used for my embellishment from the cactus paper.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is from a retired stamp set called Card Chatter and I stamped it in Saphire Ink.  I made the bow is from the baker's twine found in the Enchantment Ribbon Pack.  I added some sparkle using the Clear Shimmer Brush and a few of the sequins from the Prickly Pear Collection.  Quick and done!

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments.  I hope I have inspired …

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #215

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A classic sketch from AHSC this week and I felt it went perfectly with CTMH's No Worries paper packet.  At my son's request, I had a very special card to make and this sketch helped me fill the order.

The principal at his school is retiring at the end of the school year and the teachers and children are starting to say their goodbyes. This is a very loved and respected man and he will be greatly missed.

My son is having a hard time with the thought that Mr. Selva will not be at the school next year. Change can be so hard for children and so we have been having lots of talks about it being okay to feel sad and yes, it is totally normal to be worried about missing him.  Thankfully the new principal is the current vice-principal and he too is wonderful, so hopefully, a familiar face in the office next school year will help the kids like my son cope.

As mentioned, I used the No Worries paper collection for this card and paired it with Lagoon and Cashmere cardstock.  For the stampin…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #213

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I think in celebration of the sunshine finally arriving on the West Coast (we have had a very long, wet, Winter and Spring)  I instantly saw "sunshine card" when I looked at this weeks sketch from AHSC.  Using my trusty Cricut and all the great images from the CTMH Cricut Collections, I choose the sunbeam overlay from Artbooking and the Hello is from Artiste (retired) and the Sunshine is from Flower Market.

I used the wood grain paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals, the yellow stripe paper is from the Whimsy Fundamentals and the words are cut out using Emerald and Tangerine Cardstock. The cut little butterflies are from the Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Bundle (which is unfortunately now retired).  I stamped the butterflies using Emerald and Tangerine inks and lightly sponged the edges with the opposite colour for contrast.  A few bitty sparkles and my tribute to the sun is complete!

I love quick, simple cards and CTMH really does make it easy.  Thank you for stopping by an…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #211

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So I tried to follow this weeks sketch from Atlantic Hearts, I really did, but kinda veered off a little but just a little bit.

Wanting to keep this card clean and simple I decided to use the Cricut Flower Market Collection for my key elements. I debated adding more flowers and layers but decided to keep it simple as I didn't want to overwhelm the pretty heart paper.  Other products I used for this card are the new Little Dreamer Paper Packet, lagoon, thistle, saddle and sweetleaf cardstocks, the blossom polka-dot paper from the Adventure Fundamentals (pink flowers), and from my stash a piece of thistle striped ribbon and a bow made from thistle extra thick twine.  A few swipes of the Clear Shimmer Brush to my flower centers and a few Bitty Sparkles and my card is complete.

Thank you for stopping by I truly appreciate your comments and hope that I have inspired you to come play along with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Happy Crafting!






Seasonal Expressions 2!

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It is finally May 1st and I get to share!  Of course, the products featured in this catalog are fabulous and I can't wait to create with them and you.  Contact me today if you haven't received your copy yet and here is a link to the online catalog on my shopping website for those who might be a little impatient...  Enjoy!


DIY Wall Hangings Featuring Dreamin' Big Paper Collection

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 207

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For this week's sketch from AHSC,  I was trying to go "outside the box" again and I am mostly happy with the results.  The Artfully Sent Cricut Collection (retired) has lots of cards that have cutout sections and I thought to try that with this card but ended up cutting the cutout section out and mounting it on Sorbet cardstock which I heavily sanded to bring out the white core of the paper.  I then decided to mount all of that onto a Kraft Paper card base.  Following the sketch, my card than needed flowers and a sentiment...

The flowers are from the new Cricut Flower Market Collection and I used Sorbet, Canary, Glacier, Sea Glass, and New England Ivy Cardstocks cut out at 2 and 2.5 to create these clusters.  The Happy Easter sentiment is from March's SOTM and I stamped it onto one of the pattern papers from Hello Lovely.  To add a bit of sparkle and draw attention to the cutouts that are in the Hello Lovely Floral paper, I painted the leaves with the Clear Shimmer B…

Dreamin' Big

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I have been very busy creating over the past few months and haven't had enough time to blog!  Over the next few weeks, I plan to share some of the cards that I have created for my monthly creative clubs and my "Big Spring Card Workshop".
Using the Make It From Your Heart, Volume 2, Pattern 23 as my design inspiration, this card came together quickly.  Products I used are the Dreamin' Big Paper Packet, the Dreamin' Big Thin Cuts Bundle (unfortunately the Thin Cuts are now sold out but the coordinating Stamp Set (C1674) is still available until April 30th!).  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Birthday Sparkles (B1537) stamp set and I used Poppy, Saffron and Slate Inks for my stamping.  A gold sequin with a clear sparkle in the center finished off my card.
I am going to submit this card to the Between the Folds Challenge 43A - Spring Theme and the Heart 2 Heart Challenge - April Showers because this card is pretty spring to me!
Happy Crafting!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #206

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Last week I was asked to make a special Birthday card and it needed to be "masculine"! Looking through my paper options I picked out the Rustic Home Fundamentals Collection that is found in CTMH's current Annual Inspirations.  When this catalog came out last summer and I initially saw the changes from the normal "paper packets" to the "Fundamental Creative Collections" I wasn't sure about them. But, of course, I have been pleasantly surprised by how versatile these collections are and because they are created around our four exclusive colour palettes they work beautiful with all of our paper collections both past and present.  I love having the option to mix things up and add layers to my projects that I just won't have thought or been able to do in the past!
Using this weeks sketch as inspiration for AHSC, I decided to create this (hopefully) masculine 5x7 card. 
I mounted the barn wood paper onto Pacifica Cardstock and the trees are from Cri…

Stamp of the Month

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Close To My Heart has a great program called Stamp of the Month and each month they feature a special stamp set that they have created just for that month. To make it even nicer they offer this stamp set at a huge discount during it's featured month.  This program has been going strong for years and if you are with a group of "CTMH girls" when they get a new catalog you will see most (not quite all but most) of them automatically race through the book looking for the upcoming Stamps of the Month!
I was at a Close To My Heart event last Saturday where we got a sneak peak of the new Seasonal Expressions catalog that will be available May 1st!  It is full of gorgeous products that I cannot wait to show including some really great Stamps of the Month.
The current Stamp of the Month is called Tea-rrific and I love it!  I used this stamp set on one of my favorites cards that I created for my current Spring Cards Workshops.  
For this card I used paper from the Hello Lovely Pa…