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Friday, August 1, 2014

Hearts of the West August Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hearts of the West team blog hop! August Edition. If this is your first time joining us you will love it. It features Close to my hearts Consultants from all over Canada It is founded by Nancy Klein.
This months challenge is a color challenge brought to you by Design seed and hand picked from Nancy Klein.
A fun few facts about August: It is National Picnic Month, Also this month's birth flowers are the beautiful gladiolus and the poppy!
If you came from Sonia then your in the right place, this is a go around blog 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.
Here is the details of our late summer projects!
color scheme--buttercup, sorbet, pear, outdoor denim, sky & whisper
my creation....
 The flower in front is one of our NEW Metal Flower Embellishment.
(technically it's not buttercup, but it's close)
side view

Cardstock--outdoor denim, sorbet, daisy white, &  whisper 
ink in buttercup, sorbet, pear, outdoor denim, sky

In my second card, I random stamped tiny stars in buttercup, sorbet, pear, outdoor denim, sky to create my own B&T paper.  I used the whisper cardstock as my card base and a bit of washi tape for "ribbon:

Your next stop is Julie  

 Thanks for joining us this month
 and come back to see the start of the new Annual inspirations! Exciting!!
2. Chantal Pearson's

3. Donna Thomson-Digby's

4. Freya Hall Dunbar's

5. Holly Young-Bowers's

6. Linda Pekrul's

7. Jackie Vandaele's

8. Chelsey Vorosmarty's

9. Sonia Parent St Jean's

10. Terry Ann Diack's

11. Julie Kerr's

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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CTMH August SOTM Blog Hop

Yep, it's that time of the month again.  

Time to see what creations me and my fellow Close to my Heart consultants have dreamed  up using the August SOTM (available only for the month of August and only through myself or your local CTMH Consultant)
Just before me,  was the talented Tina 

I must be honest the "owls" in this stamp set did nothing for me.  However, I loved the rest of the set.  So I put on my thinking cap and this is what I came up with
This was okay, but not really what I wanted.

So, here's my second attempt
Now, for me, this is more like it.
The first technique that made this candy box work.....stamp the pumpkins on colored cardstock. first choice is to always stamp my image on daisy white or colonial white cardstock.
But this doesn't have to be the case.

I cut the container from our new paper fundamentals collection (Z2033)
then sponged the edges with cocoa ink to add some dimension,

I cut the base of the owl from cashmere cardstock and the "wings" from cocoa.

All in all, I think it turned out quite nicely.

Now, hop over to
to see her creations

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

7 days left to order Ariana paper

Only 7 more days to shop from the current idea book. And then, just like Disney, these favorites will be gone.

Luckily Ariana is still available.
This is the awesome paper pack that I used to create this album

Give me a call to order your while you still can, or Click here to order yours, 24/7
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cross Canada Hop featuring Circus Alphabet & CTMH's Cricut Artbooking

Welcome to our July Blog Hop featuring creations.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

If you have just hopped onto my blog,welcome.  If you came from Deanne's Blog you're in the right place.

I showcased the cover of this mini on the  July SOTM Blog Hop, since then I have tweaked it a bit to make it easier to put together.  So some of my sneak peaks might not be exactly as shown below.

Basic supplies for this project
Skyark paper, Kraft Cardstock & CTMH's Artbooking Cricut Cartridge
and June Stamp of the Month and one stamp soon to be released.

Before I begin with page by page details, here is an overview of the base pages
 before I started adding stuff to them.

All of the pages were
cut at 5 1/2"  from the artbooking cartridge
except for
"A" is matted on 5 x 5  kraft cardstock ( I did this to give it a bit more stability as a cover and to make the covers a bit bigger than the pages of the album.)

"F"  (4 1/4"  x 5" sweet leaf cardstock with
      corners trimmed off)

"I" (6x6 kraft cardstock)

Note:I used the holes in the other pages as a guide

The beauty of the Artbooking cartridge is that you can
 pick an album,
 pick a size I chose 5 12"
 (the suggested cutting size for this was 7", I wanted something a bit smaller)
pick some paper and start cutting.
Then, when you have all the pieces cut out
 you can put them together anyway you like.
AND they will fit.
Below is a picture of the pages from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge that I used to make this album

Pages & accents  cut @ 5 1/2" unless otherwise noted

Now on with the album
cover (A)

Inside cover (A)

Page 1 (B)

Page 2 (B)

Page 3 (G) 
I know, it's not in order

Page 4 (G)

Page 5 (D) 

Page 6 (D) 
I know it's a mirror image of page 5, 
that's the only way I could make the umbrella work

Page 7 (C)

Page 8 (C)

Please forgive the lack of dimensions on some of the pictures.
I had to go to work and didn't have time to finish editing.
Will update them in the next day or so.

Page 9 (F)

Page 10 (F)

Page 11 (E)

Page 12 (E)

 Page 13 (H)

Page 14 (H)
"my sun shine" (p. 67 artbooking) 7"

Page 15 (H)
"endless summer"(p. 67 artbooking) 7"
Back Cover (H)
striped 1 x 3 1/2      lagoon 1/2 x 3 1/2
flower # 7    @ 1 3/4" sweet leaf (AP p. 39)
flower # 7    @ 1 1/2 patterned (AP p. 39)
leaves 1 1/4 sweet leaf (p. 62 AP)

one last look at the completed album

Hope you enjoyed this little summer album.  Actually one of the first projects I have made using the Artbooking Cartridge that I made using ONLY two pages (well except for a couple extra's I threw in)

Now, on to Deanne Blog to see what she has created.

This album available as a kit,  pre-cut and ready to assemble $20 (S&H extra)
 Send me a message via my contact box on the side.

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


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Just a TAD Crafty

You may have noticed, the NEW name at the top of my blog.  I have decided to put myself out there, take a few risks and see if my creativity is marketable.  Over the course of the next few weeks I will be working on designing & scheduling
-- classes & workshops & kits to be offered online and in-house.

You have already had a sneak peek at my first kit
You will have two options.
1. use the July 15th blog post as a guide to re-create your own.
2. order the album pre-cut and ready to assemble
                                                        Pre-order yours today for only $20 (S&H extra)

And before I go
one more look at some of the pages

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 Please leave a comment.
 I love to hear what you think.

Monday, June 30, 2014

July CTMH SOTM --Circus!!

 this month is a bit of a circus, as the SOTM is the Circus Alphabet.
Just before me on this hop was Kathy Burrows
and if you just hopped on, don't worry, the hop is circular so you will end up at Kathy's

You can never have tooo many alphabets, and this is such a fun set.
And since it's summer, I decided to make a mini album (I know, that's kinda unusual for me)
So here is the cover

I might color the word "fun"
haven't decided yet

And now for some of the Details:
I wanted to make this mini perfect for little hands so
All the pages were cut at 5 1/2" (p. 52 & 53 Artbooking Cricut Cartridge)
The "sun" on cover was cut at 2 1/2" (real dial size)

X7177B Skylark Paper Pack      Z1906    Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

and of course the SOTM ---Circut Alphabet (reg $17.95 or $5 with qualifying order)
Z1930   Woodgrain Washi Tape (this item retires July 31st, 2014 or while supplies last)

I also used Durables Triangle Studs which were on the retiring list and sadly are already gone
however, you could cut tiny tringles out of kraft cardstock to get a similar look.

Now hop over to Keeley's Kreations to see her fabulous artwork.

Okay, I finished the album so here is a quick peek at a couple of pages

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment. I love to hear what you think.
To see more of the ablum, check back on the 15th of July.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Going, going, gone...sort of

You may have noticed the post at the top of the page  Retiring!! July 31
which lists some of my most favorite CTMH products that are being let go,
to make way for NEW items in August.

However, All the paper packs from the past few years are in Studio J
so even when they're gone,
they're not really gone.

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