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Into the Wild

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August is just racing by, and in a few short weeks, the current Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions will be retired!  I always feel a little sad when we retire products usually due to not having enough time to play with it all!  One of my very favourite collections from this Seasonal Expressions was "Into the Wild", and I decided to play with it for this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #329.

The other product I really wanted to play with this week is August's Stamp of the Month, it is just so FUN!  I really enjoy mixed sentiment stamps like this one, and it is perfect for creating a card for my son's lunchbox on the first full day when he goes back to school.  He is going into Grade 6 (gulp, already!) and he struggled a little last year, so I wanted to give him a bit of a boost when getting back into the school routine.

For this card, I randomly stamped the sentiments using inks in Nectarine, Sapphire, Lemon, Lagoon, Emerald, Fern, and Bluebird.

The stars an…

Sew What's New?

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During the Thin Cut Flash Sale a few weeks ago I snatched up the super cute Craft On - Cardmaking Stamp & Thin Cuts.  This set has it all... Fun sentiments! The stitching! The needle and thread! And a cross-stitched heart! (it's like they made this stamp set just for me!) And the "sew what's new?" sentiment was perfect for this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #327.

Using the Craft On Paper Packet, this card came together quickly. 

Other products used on this card are:
Emerald and Lemon Ink
Gold Shimmer Trim (centre of my flowers)
Gold Sequin
White & Gold Ribbon
Gold Shimmer Brush

I have also decided to enter this card for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge "On the Border", and the challenge is to create a unique border which I think I have accomplished with the stitch stamping next to both pieces of my patterned paper.

Thank you for stopping by, and I genuinely appreciate your comments.  I hope I have inspired you to play along with us at Atlantic Heart…

Craft On!

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Close to My Heart had their annual convention in Provo, Utah this past weekend and unfortunately, I was not able to attend but several of my crafty friends were able to go and WOW! Not only did they had a wonderful time but tons of new changes and products will soon be coming our way.  So stay tuned!

This month's featured paper collection is Craft On and I decided to use this collection to make another personalized 4x6 card for my pocket scrapbooking. The design challenge from Atlantic Hearts was the perfect inspiration for this project.

Using the Flower Market Cricut Collection I quickly cut out and assembled my flowers. The super cute mason jar can also be found in the Flower Market Collection.  I decided to cut the mason jar out in yellow gingham because Why Not!?  I used my journalling pen to draw the stitching detail around the edge of my mason jar.

The East. Sleep. Craft. Repeat. sentiment is from the Craft On cut apart sheet (found in the paper collection) and some news I h…

Happy Canada Day!

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For this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge I had every intention of creating something fun and cute to celebrate Canada Day using the very fun  Celebrate with a Bang (B1680) and Happy Canada Day (M1256) stamp sets but Close To My Heart released a new "bring back my pack", and it is SEASIDE! I loved this paper collection when it was available a few years ago and can't wait to get my mitts on the updated version that they have released for this special.
I was so excited that I pulled out the scraps from my original stash of Seaside and decided to make a quick Picture My Life card with some of the goodies. I love to scrapbook and now do a mix of traditional layouts and Picture My Life which many people know as "pocket scrapbooking" it's quick and easy but still allows you to get creative! The Picture My Life Cards that CTMH create are lovely, but I also love having the option to create my own to really compliment the traditional layouts that I have also cr…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #321

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A speedy card for this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  I bought the Party Balloons Stamp & Thins Cuts from CTMH with plans to use it in my Spring Card Workshop, and it got cut from the lineup due to "too many ideas and not enough cards!"  But it seemed like the right choice for this weeks AHSC.

Using the pretty watercolour striped paper from the True Love Paper Packet as my background I thin cut the balloons, string, bow and sentiment banner in White Daisy, Ballerina, Sage, and Mint cardstocks.  All stamping was done using Sapphire Ink.  A bitty sparkle for my bow and a few careful swipes of Clear Shimmer Brush on my balloons finished my cards.  I say careful swipes because both the Shimmer Brush and Sapphire Ink are waterbased which will make the ink run, so I only painted the cardstock and not the ink!

Close to My Heart really does make it quick and easy!  Thank you for stopping by, and I appreciate your comments, I hope I have inspired you to come to play alon…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #319

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Hello Crafty Friends!  For this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge I was all ready to create something new, but a card that I created for my Spring Card Workshop just had to be shared instead!
Products I used for this card are Pansy and Lilac cardstock, Silver Heat Embossing Powder, Pansy Ink, and a Sugarplum Glitter Gem for my flower centre.  The Thistle Extra Thick Twine is retired but a perfect addition to the "purple card!.  The stamp set is from the Seasonal Expressions 1 and is called Dandelion Wishes (B1653).  
The embossing folder is called Playful Scallops (Z4231) and can be found in the "Going Soon" section of on my CTMH website, I lightly sanded the ridges to bring out the white core of the cardstock (love this effect!).  The lilac tag was cut out using one of the Thin Cuts from the Fancy Tags collection (Z4305).  This super simple card was definitely a favourite of the workshop, and I am going to keep this design in my stash as I think a Christmas versio…

Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge #317

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My family and I went to our friends' wedding last weekend, and I decided to use this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts as the inspiration for the card.  It was a lovely outdoor wedding and the card I created really worked well with the clean and simple style of the event.  (whew!)

Using the so very pretty Feels Like Home paper collection (now retired but still available!), this card went through a few variations before I was happy with it. I did deviate from the sketch a bit, but I did use it as my starting point, and I think the main elements still shine through.

For this card, I used June's Stamp of the Month - It's Your Day to Sparkle (sneak peek!), and I stamped the image onto the patterned paper using Pewter Ink and then fussy cut it out.  I hand coloured the flowers and leaves and then went one step further and stamped the image onto Ballerina Cardstock which I then fussy cut out the base so that I could paper piece it onto my project.  It is difficult to see in…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #315

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So this weeks card for Atlantic Hearts started out with every intention of being just like the sketch, but at some point, it went a little sideways.  I find it fun when I start a project with an end result in mind, and it turns into something completely different!

For this project, I used the super cute  "Mini-human" (D1648) stamp set and the I Heart Us Paper Collection both of these products are from CTMH's Seasonal Expressions 1 and sadly now retired. I am finding myself very conflicted with CTMH now having 3 catalogs a year like everyone life can be a little crazy and hectic, and I am not getting enough time to play with products before they retire! But on the other hand, I love getting new papers, stamp sets, and other products every 4 months, so yeah, conflicted!   Anyways, this super cute card came together quickly, and the design from AHSC is a keeper (even if I didn't follow it exactly this week).


Other products used on this card are Sweet Leaf and Nectarine …

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #313

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For this week's Atlantic Hearts I decided to go a bit "Shabby Chic" using the beautiful  Feels Like Home Paper Collection and Aprils Stamp of the Month - Love So Sweet.  This card also has a sneak peek of a new thin cut that will be available May 1st in the new Seasonal Expressions 2!

To cut the triangle piece I cut a 3 7/8 square in half on the diagonal.  I used linen cardstock for this piece, and the leaves and butterflies are stamped in Sweet Leaf and Eggplant.  The lacey thin cut is in the Colour of the Year Sugarplum and I also sponge inked the edges in Sugarplum to soften the edges and add to the shabby chic.  To finish off my card, I added a few bitty sparkles.  I wrestled with adding "more" like a sentiment or some ribbon but decided that they took away rather than added to this project.

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

Happy …

A Berry Great Day

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How is it March Break already??  Seriously, it feels like my son just had Christmas break like 2 days ago, and now it is March???  I know life has been hectic lately, but this is starting to feel a bit ridiculous. 

Along with the crazy busy days has been some crazy weather and today I would like it to feel like late Spring and not early Spring... so with that in mind, I picked up the super cute Berry Best Stamp Set (C1759) and the So Much Happy Paper Collection.  For the card design, I used this week's sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and I was inspired to create this very laid back, day out in the country Spring card.

I love the white daisy "cross-stitch" pattern on the lemon yellow paper, and the flower pattern is just too cute! I mixed them with Kraft Paper, and the colours just pop out at you. The Berry Best stamp set is adorable, the stamping of the strawberries and leaves onto the bowl was way easier to line up than I thought it would be.  This stamp…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #305

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We are fast approaching the end of February, and I need some SPRING!  The mild, wet coast has been having some very cold temperatures and snow this month in amongst the freezing rain and heavy fog that I am used to. Today is clear and sunny but cold so like everywhere in Canada a warm spring cannot come soon enough.  Needing a little happy spring brightness I choose to use the pretty flower paper from the So Much Happy Paper Packet for this weeks Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.
The pretty sketch lent itself to a pretty card, and I used Peach cardstock from my half doily, and the doily is from the Cricut Artiste Collection (retired).  The laurel leaf branch (cut out in Clover) is from the Cricut Flower Market Collection.  The sentiment is from the Know I Care (C1752) stamp set, and it is stamped in Sapphire.  The pretty butterfly is from the Butterfly Friendship Stamp & Thin Cuts (Z4263) stamped in Sapphire and Lemon.  I also lightly sponged the edge of my card and the peach doily…

Cross Canada Hop, February 2019

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Welcome to our February Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the I Heart Us collection.  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 Creations With Michelle.  If you came from Kristine of life documented, then you are in the right place!

The I Heart Us collection really showcases how bright and bold Close To My Hearts colours can be and for my project I decided I wanted to recreate the beautifu…

Happy Heart

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In amongst all the other specials that came out in December, the new Seasonal Expressions launch on January 1st and  National Papercrafting month is this beautiful paper collection called "Happy Heart" was released.  It is lovely and will be available until the end of February.

I have done a few projects with it and I am planning some beautiful layouts!  Here is a quick Valentine's Day Card that I created for my make and take for my open house a few weeks ago.

I know the card isn't "perfect," but I like that the stamping is a little off and my card has a few imperfections, just like love.



Happy Crafting!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #301

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I feel like the rabbit from Alice In Wonderland running around saying, "I'm late!".  Like everyone else a ton is going on in our lives and on the one hand I know I am totally blessed to have so much, but on the other hand, I really like to nap...

As many of you know, I am a very proud member of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and hate it when I am late with my submissions (or miss them entirely), and well this one is a little late!  But super cute!

Using the Something Fierce Paper Collection and our beautiful 2-toned cardstock this card came together quickly.  I wanted this card to be bright, clean and simple, oh and more "boy"! I think I achieved it although with clean and simple cards I struggle with wanting to add distressing and extra ink and extra embellishments and...

The cupcake and sentiment are from the Years of Sweetness (D1827) stamp set, and the cupcake shape can be found on the Cricut Artbooking Collection (#M45678). I used the retired Chevron…

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #299!

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I started this weeks sketch from AHSC totally planning on following the sketch and things kinda changed a little along the way...




Using the lovely Happy Heart Paper Collection (this is a current special with CTMH and only available until the end of February), I put  together this super cute card very quickly.  Other products that made it so easy are the Stitched Heart Thin Cuts and the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts (love the stitching detail!) I added a bit of Silver Shimmer Trim and a little piece of White Twine and my card is complete.

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!

Cross Canada Hop! Hello 2019.

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Welcome to our January 2019 Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the Something Fierce collection. 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 Creations with Michelle. If you just came from Kristine of Life Documented then you are in the right place!
Last fall CTMH introduced their Craft With Heart subscription program and I love it! With the 12-month subscription, I received a pretty pink box in…

It's snowing! This is big news where I live!

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All through November and December, I had every intention of posting all the cards from my annual Christmas Card Workshop and of course, life had other plans!  But things seem to have calmed down just a smidge (don't want to jinx it!) and I am back in the craft room.  This challenge from the Colour My Heart Colour Dare Blog came across my Facebook feed and given that we are having our first snow of the season it feels like a great day to share 3 of the cards from the Christmas Card Workshop.

It is really had to see in the photo but I finally got to use the Christmas Lights embossing folder from a few years ago!  I have tried using the folder sooo many times and it just never "fit" but on this card it did!  I used the Oh What Fun paper collection and the super fun sentiment is from the Cricut Season of Joy Collection.  The skirt is from the Cricut Artist Collection.  Also hard to see in this photograph is that I sponge distressed the edges of my base with Raspberry ink and…