Monday, December 15, 2014

December Decor--CTMH Cross Canada Hop

Welcome to our December Blog Hop featuring Christmas Decor.  
 If you came from Brandy's Blog you are in the right spot.  

Now on to the hop!
I have chosen to go outside my comfort box and create a 12x12 canvas.
This is not completely done (as I had a new grandbaby arrive 3 weeks early, which cut into my creative time)
 However, I hope you get a feel for my vision.
I will add the final tweaked creation in the next few days


Supplies
dessert sand ink
Pear & Partridge PML Cards
Glacier Cardstock
Sweet Leaf Cardstock
Gold Dot Washi Tape
B&T paper from the new Hopscotch Paper Pack
Artbooking & Artiste Cricut Cartridges
Basically, everything except the 12x12 canvas is from Close to my Heart.
Hope you like it.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is at Nancy's Blog
 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. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact myself or your local consultant. 
 We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Valentine’s Day creations.  So mark January 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday's Tip-Victorian Flair

I was asked to create a Victorian/Vintage Christmas Mini Album for a co-worker.
Which leads me to this week's tip
Sometimes you need to add more.
Below is my album--first attempt


My take on Victorian involved
*  Dessert Sand ink to distress all the edges
*  Images stamped off the corner of most pages
*  Paper ribbons
*  Gold polka dot washi tape
*  Dessert Sand Cardstock 
*  Retired Pear & Partridge paper
  




Now I think it turned out pretty nice, but not really
 Victorian
so I added more stuff
and more stuff and now, I think it's leaning toward Victorian.
see below



So this week's tip...to achieve a Victorian Flair, dig out bits and pieces of lace, buttons & add layers to your layout.  

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cutie Pie--CTMH Dec. SOTM Hop


Welcome to the CTMH SOTM Blog Hop.  We will be featuring November's SOTM, 
which is "Cutie Pie" a set of 11 stamps.  You should have arrived here from Angela's Blog
I love this stamp set,   LOVE, LOVE, love it.
 However, I have totally misplaced my set.  And cannot find it.
I have ransacked my craft space and it is gone.





So, please hop over to  Morgan's TweetScraps Blog to see what awesome art she has created.


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Snowhaven 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 from Nancy Klein, is the  Snowhaven paper pack available from your local CTMH Consultant.
If you came from Sonia's Blog then you're in the right place, this is a go around 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've been on the Christmas Mini kick for the last few days.
So, guess what I made?



Your next stop is over at Corinna  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.


Here's the whole line up if you get lost.

1. Nancy Klein's - http://nancyklein.blogspot.ca/2014/11/hearts-of-west-december-blog-hop.html
2. Chantal Pearson's - http://www.itsahoot.ca/2014/11/decembers-hwbh.html
3. Freya Hall Dunbar's - http://freyassimplecreations.blogspot.ca/2014/10/december-hearts-of-west-blog-hop.html
4. Holly Young-Bowers's - http://heartfeltmemories2.blogspot.ca/2014/11/snowhaven-hearts-of-west-blog-hop.html
5. Kerry Hammel - http://scrapbookfunbykerry.blogspot.ca/2014/11/december-hearts-of-west-snowhaven-blog.html
6. Kathy Skipper - http://kathy-itsagirlthing.blogspot.ca/2014/11/hearts-of-west-december-blog-hop.html
7. Donna Thomson-Digby - http://datsmystyledj.blogspot.ca/2014/11/hearts-of-west-8th-blog-hop-snowhaven.html
8. Sonia Parent St Jean - http://www.scrappingsonia.blogspot.ca/2014/11/hearts-of-west-december-snowhaven-blog.html
9. Terry Ann Diack - http://terryanndiack.blogspot.ca/2014/11/snowhaven-hwbh.html
10. Corinna Murphy - http://corinnacraftfun.blogspot.ca/2014/11/hearts-of-west-december-blog-hop.html
Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment. I love to hear what you think.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday's Tip--productive "pinning"

I love Pinterest.
As a means to promote my own artwork and to gather ideas.
Recently, I stumbled upon a bit of a road block.
About a year or so ago I had  "pinned"  one of my mini albums from a post from this blog.
Great idea, you think.  Now when I want to re-create this mini, I can just click on the pin and Volia! I'm at the post.
Wrong.....this is the stumbling block.  The pin just took me to my blog, not the post.

So How do we fix this.
Easy.
Before pinning, click on the post that has the image you want to pin.
And then pin.
Now, your pin will take to back to the post and not just the blog.
see image below


And now I will get back to the job of re-pinning my pins....
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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 posts...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.  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, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, 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
or
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.
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