Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday's Tips--nothing lasts forever.

I love Close to my Heart, the products, the company, their sense of style, the list is endless.
However, nothing lasts forever, and that is true for many items in our Seasonal Expressions 1.

Here are a few of the items that are only available until March 31, 2015.  So contact myself or your local consultant to order your favorite items before it is too late.

Stuck on You Puffies  Z3037        and     Junebug Puffies   Z3038

As well as one of my favorite paper packs            and Card Kts


Hopscotch Paper Packet                  WOTG Heartstrings Cardmaking Kit

    Item Number: X7194B                                               Item Number: G1090

Remember any item in the Seasonal Expressions that has a little clock symbol by it,
is only available for six more days

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday's Tip--tackle the mess, one foot at a time.

Okay, maybe those of you who are "young" Canadians, or British or Australian might tackle the mess one meter at a time.  But I still think in inches, feet, and miles, and even though Canada has officially adopted the metric system, (for quite a few years now) and I understand the difference, my mind refuses to change.

So what do I mean, tackle the mess, one foot at a time?
Exactly, what I said.
I start at one end of a room and slowly,
foot by foot, clean and organize. (And in this case, paint)
Pushing all my mess ahead of me.  ( I am not showing you this picture)

And leaving a clean organized room behind me.

When I get to the last few feet, I have a pile of mismatched items,
 that I either find a place for or pitch.

The main point is,
regardless of how you choose to tackle your mess, don't get overwhelmed.
Tackle it bit by bit and it will be easy to manage. 
 My studio space is 770 sq. ft.
minus a few "storage" bits, so it would have been easy to get lost in the mess. 
To avoid drowning in all that mess, I tackled it foot by foot.
and am slowly working my way to the door, 
When I get to the door...
 what does fit in the room will be tossed out.
And, as you can see from the picture.  I am making progress.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

CCBH Easter Craftiness

Welcome to our March Blog Hop featuring Easter Fun creations.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact myself or  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 with  Michelle  If you came from Jessica's Blog--Create by the Lake  then you are in the right place! 

Because, I am in the midst of mess in my studio right now, I only created this simple, quick and easy card.  Literally, took me 10 minutes to make.

I used this fun stamp set...Hopping By

Even though the sentiment for this set are Easterish, the images are just pure FUN.
I could see using them on baby cards, kid's birthday's etc.

D1633     Hopping By stamp set
Z2033     Paper Fundamentals
3505       Water color Pencils
Z2105    Black Ink Pad
1385      White Daisy Cardstock
and a bit of adhesive, some 3-D foam tape and the little yellow strip is washi tape (part of a NEW fun collection available April 1st)

Here's a close up of the card, 
not sure if you can tell that the sorbet is the "glossy" side of the paper.

Now let me tell you how I made this card.
3 3/4/ x 5   white daisy cardstock (run through embossing folder)
mat on to
4 x 5 1/4    sorbet cardstock--glossy side up (from the fundamental pack)
then mat onto the white cardbase
1 1/2 x 3 3/4 soft green patterned paper (from the fundamental pack)
adhere as shown in image above
add a strip of yellow washi tap

Stamp the image on white daisy cardstock (2 x 3 1/2)
and then mat onto
2 1/4 x 3 3/4 sorbet cardstock--glossy side up (from the fundamental pack)
adhere to card

Stamp your prefered sentiment onto white daisy cardstock
3/4 wide, trim to fit your sentiment
add a 1/8 mat in blue.
and use a bit of foam tape to adhere to card.

voila! You're done.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is 
 If you get lost along the way, you can head to
 Michelle's Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca,  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 our theme is April Showers bring May Flowers.  So mark April 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

What do you look for in a Scrapbook Retreat?

I have not had much success with hosting a Retreat.
And so I have created a short survey to help me identify some of the key issues.
Please take the time to fill it out.
 Scrapbook Retreat

One more question.
Would you come to my house for an all day crop?
Please leave your answer to this question in the comment box, thank you.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

2015 garage/studio makeover

Spring fever, affects people in different ways.
For me, it's cleaning, I have this all encompassing need to clean every little nook and cranny, unfortunately, this usually transforms into a complete re-arranging/organizing/painting marathon.
Hence, when I decided to Spring Clean my garage/studio, my 2 day clean is now on week two.
Which also means I'm not scrapbooking.
So here's a look at what I started with

So those are the before pictures.  
My studio is 22' x 34' and has 10' ceiling, a sleeping loft and a washroom, plus a wee bit of actual garage/storage stuff.
So this is quite a huge project.
As I am continuing to find out

Now here a peak at my progress (?)

My Goal is to have this finished this weekend, so I can get back to crafting.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring Scrapbook Retreat

New options for my Women's Scrapbook Retreat in Beautiful Sundre AB.

Most Retreats are for two nites and three days, and this Retreat offers that.
As well you can chose a 1nite/2day option ($140-$195)
Or just come for the day on Saturday (10am-10pm, $65)

email me today with your info or use the contact box on the side
What I need to know:

if you have any food allergies or dislikes
Payment options:  Visa, Mastercard, E-transfer

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Tuesday's Tip--Studio J for those times when your favorite paper is discontinued.

I love traditional scrapbooking,  being able to cut and stamp and color and glue.
But sometimes, the paper I want has been discontinued.
Actually, this happens quite a lot.  Close to my Heart is always coming up with Fresh and Exciting Paper packs, that I love.  But as in most things in life, they are only available for a limited time.
So what to do when the pack you want is gone?
Head to Studio J and check out the number of kits still available

Here are a few of the kits available on Studio J

I am heading to Disneyland in July and will for sure be using the Giggles & Grins collection.
I used that collection when my daughter and I took a Disney Cruise
and it had the perfect "Disney" flair.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hopscotch layout-HWBH

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,  hand picked by Nancy Klein, is to use the Hopscotch paper pack, found in CTMH's  Annual Inspirations.
If you came from Chelsey's Blog then you're in the right place, this is a circle blog hop so you can start anywhere!  So grab your coffee, tea, water, relax, and hop around the team with us.

For those of you who have followed my blog you know that I love mini  albums, 
so this month might come as a surprize to you....12x12 layouts.      

below are a few tips on how I created these layouts.
I used grid paper to make aliening every thing easier
then I adhered the finished banner to layout
See below
One last note
This paper pack is only available until March 31
(click here to order)

Now off to   Heather's  blog to see her creation.

Thanks for joining
come back next month to see what creative projects we can bring to you!