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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday's Tips

This week's tip
is all about Studio J....
fantastic digital scrapbooking
And until the end of November you can create and then purchase a 2 page layout for only $5.
Just think ...
$50 = 20 pages, that's like  $2.50 a page
cheaper than a latte and it will last forever and not stick to your hips
click here to start creating

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Designer Creations-CCBH

Welcome to our November Blog Hop featuring Designer Creations and Decor.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our 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.  If you came from Brandy's Blog, then you are in the right place! 

My daughter will be off to Europe with the School in the Spring, so I am busy thinking of "travel" layouts.
Here I used the Wanderful Paper Pack, paired it with the Designer Creations Honey paper bag , a couple of Wanderful PML Cards and a couple of cricut cuts, a couple of banners, and fini!
One layout done and a zillion more to go.  Hope you like it.

Now off to Jan's Works of Heart to see what she has created
 If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog,, as she has the complete blog list. 

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 D├ęcor for Christmas.  So mark December 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday Tips--dry embossing

Dry embossing--what is it?
Simply put it is when you create a raised pattern on paper.  There are a couple of ways to do this.
1. you can use a stylus and stencil and trace the image
2. you can use an embossing machine & folder.
Since Close to my Heart carries embossing folders this is my preferred way of embossing.
Plus I think it is the easiest.  Simply put your paper in between the the front and back covers of the embossing folder and run it through your machine.  Below is a video that explains more about our folders.

   Now here is where I will contradict Jill, sort of.

I recently designed my nephew's wedding invitations.  
You can see the assembly line we had going below.  
And for the "cover" we embossed the whole top sheet.
However, I wanted the RSVP's to be a little more elegant than just the plain cardstock
So Amy, ran just the edge through ...

 And this is the result 
So, don't have to emboss the whole piece.
Note: we printed the RSVP cards before embossing
Although, I have embossed most of the page and it did "pucker" a bit.
Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment. I love to hear what you think.

Friday, October 31, 2014

It's the little things...CTMH Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH November SOTM Blog Hop.
If you just came from TweetScraps, you are on the right track,
If not, don't worry as this is a circular hop and you will be able to see Morgan's  at the end of the hop.

Below is the Stamp of the Month (SOTM) and it is available only for the Month of November.
There are two ways to get your very own set.  Purchase it outright at the full retail cost or place a qualifying order and receive it for $5.  Available through CTMH Consultants in  Canada, USA, Australia & New Zealand. To purchase through me click here (will open in a new window)

This is a darling little set.
I have seen some awesome artwork with this set,
I was stumped on how to use it.
I don't own any good markers--yet, and this set seemed to lend itself to that kind of stamping.
I tried a few designs, but trashed them.  And then thought...why don't I just flip through one of Close to my Hearts' cricut Cartridges, and  BINGO!
That's where I found the inspiration for the card below.

I cut the "card" out of black cardstock.  

Then pulled out the Scaredy Cat paper pack and in minutes I had created this card.  I stamped the sentiment on a banner and then added a few random leaves.  Quick & Simple.
Hope you like it.
Now off to Carol-Anne's Blog to see what she has created

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment. I love to hear what you think.

Yuletide HWBH--a mini album

Welcome to the Hearts of the West team blog hop!

If this is your first time joining us you will love it. It features Close to my hearts Consultants from all over Canada showing you their projects. The hearts of the west team was founded by Nancy Klein.
This months challenge involves the Yuletide Carol paper pack, brought to you by the new Annual Inspirations, hand picked from Nancy Klein.
If you came from Sonia's Blog then you're in the right place, this is a circular blog hop so you can start anywhere! Just in case, the full list will be at the bottom.
 So, as always, grab your coffee, tea, water, relax, and hop around the team with us.
I know you're surprised to hear that my project for this hop is a mini album. 
 Every year our town has a Gala Night as a Hospital Fundraiser and in addition to ticket sales there are numerous items up for auction.  My contribution is the mini album below.

Your next stop is Anna's Blog.
Thanks for joining us this month and come back next month to see what creative projects we can bring to you! Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment.
And as promised here is the full list
1. Nancy Klein's -
2. Chantal Pearson's -
3. Donna Digby's -
4. Freya Hall Dunbar's -
5. Linda Pekrul's -
6. Justine Hovey's -
7. Julie Kerr's -
8. Kerry Hammel's -
9. Corinna Murphy's -
10. Sonia Parent St Jean -
11. Terry Ann Diack -
12. Anna Miller -
13. Janet McCormick's -
14. Holly Young-Bowers -
15. Heather Myers -

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment. I love to hear what you think.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday's Tip--dual purpose mats

What the heck is a "dual purpose mat" you ask.
Here let me show you.  I am working on a Christmas Mini Album (see below)

I really liked the way the word "christmas" sat on the edge of the cover page,
However, I was a little concerned that it would get trashed,
so I created a mat to put behind it.
But not just any mat, I made it a tag, so you could pull it out
& the word "christmas" would be sitting pretty on the edge of the page,
but when it was being stored on the shelf, the "mat" would protect it.

So, that's I mean by a dual purpose mat.  It mats the word and also protects it.
Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment. I love to hear what you think.

You can see more of this on the Hearts of the West Blog Hop that goes live November 1st, 2014, as it will be my featured in post.  You can then hop through our Team's blog's to see what other creative ways you can use this paper pack.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday's Tip--How to create the perfect "Baby's 1st Year" Album

I am in the position of being a soon to be--granny to two.
And since I am a TAD Crafty,  I wanted to make each of my daughter-in-laws' a Baby's 1st Album.
My dilemma, I wanted an album that was fairly easy to duplicate, without duplicating it.
If that makes any sense to you.

This is what I came up with
I decided to create a page-a-month album
with a 2 pockets.
 I kept all the pages the same...only changing out the "month"
 To add a touch of the "special"to the tags I made for the side pockets 
I used the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge to make them "camera's"
 I used the PML cards as tags throughout the album
This way the new mom could add the items she thought was important
and could move the tags to which ever month she wanted.
 I used 2 1/2" binder rings to hold it all together 
and added a few beads & a bit of ribbon to the rings to dress it up a bit.

I made this album in neutral colors
so it would work for either a boy or a girl.

My next one is for a boy (so they tell me)
So I will just change out the colors a bit 
focus a bit more on blues & greens.
I should have the second one done by the beginning of November

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment. I love to hear what you think.