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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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cross Canada Halloween Hop--Scary Cat Mini Album

Welcome to our October Blog Hop featuring Tricks and Treats. To purchase any of the items seen
in our blog hop today, click here or 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.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 Sandra's blog
 then you are in the right place!
I must confess I did not create this mini album.
It is the work of my 15yr. old daughter.  Hope you like it.

 She started with a retired chipboard album.   (I have been hoarding these and only have a couple left)
I cut her a random number of Halloween images from
CTMH's Artiste & Artbooking Cricut cartridges. 
She used our NEW Scary Cat Paper Pack to cover the pages

 And then she raided my stash of retired CTMH Halloween stamp sets.

Then she added some of the new Pathfinding Embellishments 

 Added a few journaling/photo boxes
and she was done.

I think she ended up with a pretty spook-tac-u-lar album.
Just in time for Halloween.

 Below is a close up of one of her pages.
I love how she placed the black spider web on the black B&T.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Jan's Works of Heart
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog,  as she has the complete blog list. 

Scary Cat Paper Pack                   Pathfinding Embellishments
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday's Tips--paper clip banners

Oh my, oh my.
 Ever see something that just sets you back to far that you're amazed you hadn't thought of it?

That was the case with these paper clip flag/banners
 that I saw on Katy's Blog 
(click on her name to visit her blog)

They were sooo....cute, and I thought, I can make some of these
And I did.
Here's my first one

I bought the largest paper clips I could find.
Cut a 1 1/2" x 2" rectangle
out of New England Ivy Cardstock
scored it at 1 1/2"
Added some washi tape
a cricut cut snowflake
a bit of bling
And I was done.
Super simple.
Now to create a project to use this on.

 And that's my tip for this week.
Buy Paper Clips
Keep your eyes open
 and Think outside the box.
Who new that a paper clip could add so much to a card or layout?

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

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday's Tip

yep that's this week's tip.  Stock up on reinforcements, you know those little white circles that you had to put on your loose-leaf pages in school, cause the pages kept tearing out of the binder.  Well, they work fabulously when you are building the cover of a mini album.

I put them on the inside sides (bit of a tongue twister there) of two pieces of cardstock
and then sandwich another piece of cardstock between the two pieces to create a fairly sturdy, stable cover.  (see pictures below)

After this you can decorate 
and come up with something like this.
and those tiny little reinforcements will ensure that your "holes" 
stay perfectly round.