Friday, 23 September 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2016


It is the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I am excited to have had some time to make a card to play along! I got some watercolour tips from my Aunt this summer and am excited to put them to use with this card. I managed to find some burlap in my stash to make these bright colours have a more fall-ish feel. Happy hopping!
Paper - Distressed Watercolour Paper (Tim Holtz); Kraft cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps & Dies - Coffee; Coffee Word die (Verve).

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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Inspired by...All The Little Things Guest Designer

Woo-hoo! I am excited to say I am a guest designer over at Inspired by...All The Little Things this week! My talented Auntie Karen is the hostess and we have been crafting together for a long time! We found some time at our family cabin this summer for crafting and she gave me a few pointers on watercolour painting!
I am so stoked about our inspiration graphic this week:
Here is my take on it :)
Paper - Slate, Black, Whisper cardstock; Lucy paper collection (CTMH);
Ink - Slate, Lagoon, Memento Tuxedo Black (CTMH); Stamps - Coffee, Chocolate (Verve); Simple Memories (CTMH); 
Dies - Coffee word die, Cuppa Joe (Verve); Embossing Folder - Wood Slats (CTMH).
I just had to use a doily for this card. I also found this cute little heart pin that I could use to hold my canvas tag in place :)

I also used the Viva la Verve sketch to create this card and am linking up with that challenge as well.
Be sure to check out the fantastic gallery over at Inspired by...All The Little Things this week!


Sunday, 11 September 2016

20 Questions

I've been working on a special project for our niece's birthday over the past while. I came across this cute idea to do a Q&A book over at Vicki Wizniuk's blog. I wanted to make a matching card, too, so I used the Retro Sketches layout and am linking up to the Heart2Heart stamp challenge to celebrate National Stamping Month. Here is the card I created:
All supplies are Close To My Heart:
Paper - Lucy paper collection; Silver Glitter paper ;
Ink - Slate, Blush; Die cut - Happy Thin Cuts; Embellishments - Sparkles.

Here is a look at the Q&A book :)



Monday, 5 September 2016

School is Here

Check out this card I made for our niece and nephew today! It will be our niece's first day of kindergarten tomorrow so we got her a cute little story about going to school and some goodies for her first day. I used the Mojo Monday sketch and used a Close To My Heart school themed stamp set and paper collection to link up to the challenge at Heart2Heart.
Paper - Chalk It Up, Rustic Home Fundamentals paper collections; Colonial White, Lagoon cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - School is Here (CTMH); Graph Paper (Verve); Die - Rounded Rectangle Die (Verve);
Ink - Lagoon, Flaxen (CTMH); Embellishments - Lagoon Twine (CTMH).


Thursday, 1 September 2016

*NEW* Holiday Expressions

It is September 1st and that means we have some fabulous new product available for you at Close To My Heart!

Here is another card to add to my Christmas card stash! I was able to crank out 4 of this design. I just love these delicate snowflake dies and the new Oh Deer! paper collection.

Paper - Oh Deer! paper collection; Juniper cardstock; White glitter paper; Watercolor paper (CTMH);
Stamp set - Merriest Christmas (CTMH); Dies - Thin Cuts Snowflakes; Ink- Juniper, Whisper.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

In The Heart

It's time to get a head start on my Christmas cards and today's rainy day was the perfect occasion. My aunt gave me the idea to track how many cards I make - hopefully I can get a stash before it gets busy again. This year I will make a variety of different Christmas cards, but I do like to make a few of the same version when I can and with this card I was able to make four.

I am in love with our new colour, Sea Glass, a minty hue, over at Close To My Heart and was excited to use it along with some other new products on this card. I was inspired by the earthy elements in the Verve Diva Inspiration and wanted to also link up with the Christmas in Summer link-up at Merry Monday.  The sentiment reads, "It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air - WT Ellis".
Paper - Kraft, Sea Glass cardstock; Rustic Home Fundamentals, Uptown Fundamentals (CTMH);
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black (CTMH); Stamp set - Christmas in the Air (Verve); Dies - Hearts Thin Cuts (CTMH).

Contact me to see how you can get ahold of this fun new colour!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

My Happiness Project - August

go home and let nature heal you
drink your tea
breathe and smile

-Thich Nhat Hanh-

My focus this month is on Nurture. Instead of measuring my goals daily, I am aiming to keep them in mind throughout the month. They include:

1. Document every day
2. Gratitude Journal
3. Spiritual Readings
4. Be Mindful
5. Fun - challenging, accommodating, relaxing

Paper - Rustic Home Fundamentals paper collection; Glacier, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH);
Embellishments - Canvas Alphabet, Wooden Shapes, Twine, Bohemian Assortment , Le Pen(CTMH).

To make this layout I was inspired by the creation on page 26 of our new Annual Inspirations. I am linking up to the "Copy That" challenge over at Heart2Heart.
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