Saturday, 23 September 2017

Good Cheer

Here is a card I made today using both sides of the fabulous Charcoal colour from Close To My Heart. With the new CTMH cardstock you get the colour on the one side and then a lightened version on the flip side! The darker grey of the card outline and the teacup is the actual colour of charcoal. I was excited to see another sketch from Viva la Verve and took out some of my stash to play along. I finally was able to cut into my favourite Lawn Fawn plaids and popped up my tag and teacup to play along with the "pop it up" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I am also linking up with the Merry Monday challenge to add a tag to your card.
Paper - Charcoal, White Daisy cardstock; White glitter paper (CTMH); Perfectly Plaid for Fall (Lawn Fawn);
Ink - Charcoal; Stamps - Holiday Treats, Coffee Helps, Sweet Scallop Tag (Verve);
Dies - Sweet Scallop Tag Die, Cup of Cheer (Verve); Snowflake Confetti (Taylored Expressions).

Snowman Blueprint Tags

Charcoal just may be my new favourite colour from the new Close To My Heart release this year! I set out to make more tags from the awesome Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprint set and this is what I came up with! You can see my snowflake tags here.
Paper - Charcoal cardstock; Silver foil paper (CTMH);
Stamps - Christmas Blueprint (Tim Holtz);
Dies - Snowflakes (CTMH);
Ribbon - White Burlap (CTMH). 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Christmas Cheer

No matter how many times I see it, the movie Elf is a must see for me every holiday season.
I love the quote from Will Ferrell, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear," and hope to get that as a stamp one day. For now, I thought I would create this card to play along with the Merry Monday challenge of creating a card based on your favourite Christmas movie and made it "clean and simple" to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. To achieve this I used the layout over at Freshly Made Sketches.
Paper - Silver & Gold paper collection; White, Gold glitter paper (CTMH);
Dies - Snowflakes (CTMH); Wet Paint Holiday die (PTI);
Stamps - Wet Paint Holiday Stamp set (PTI);
Embossing Powder - Silver (CTMH).

Friday, 15 September 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2017

Hooray it's the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I've been planning this card this week and came across the perfect sentiment to add to it just released from Verve! This is my first blended background with my distress inks and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.
Paper - White Daisy, Chocolate cardstock (CTMH); Perfectly Plaid for Fall (Lawn Fawn);
Stamps - Coffee Please Digital Stamp (Verve);
Dies - Coffee Love (SSS); Noted: Scalloped A1 Die Collection (Papertrey Ink);
Ink - Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peacock Feathers, Walnut Stain (Tim Holtz Distress Ink).

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Joy Tags

I had the perfect stamp to play along with this week's Merry Monday challenge and hope to be playing along frequently this fall now that they are back!
Paper - Poppy, Kraft cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - Holiday Jingle (CTMH);
Ink - Desert Sand ink; White, Silver embossing powder (CTMH);
Dies - Stitched Dress Up Tags (SSS); Flourished Tag (Verve).

Friday, 8 September 2017

Sidewalks Dressed in Holiday Style

Do you ever have a vision of what you want a card to look like but you just can't make it happen on paper? Well that definitely happened to me this week! I played and played with this idea and am finally happy with the result! I wanted to play along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge for the first time and was excited to pull out this set I've had for a few years to play along with the "small images on repeat" challenge this week. I am also linking up with the "stamp it" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - Kraft, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH); 
Stamps - City Scene, City Scene Christmas Sentiments (PTI);
Ink - Charcoal, Cranberry, Sweet Leaf, Cocoa (CTMH); Hybrid Key Lime (SSS);
Dies - City Scene Die Collection (PTI); 3 Sided Scallop (SSS);
Embellishments - Black Metallic Twine, Gold Glitter pen (CTMH).

Monday, 4 September 2017

Fall Flowers

I really quite liked both the sketch and the inspiration photo colours over at Fusion and decided to use them to make our niece's birthday card.
Paper - Kraft, Colonial White, Black, Sea Glass cardstock (CTMH); 
Stamps - Card Word Puzzle (CTMH); 
Embossing Folder - Wood Slats (CTMH);
Embellishments - Just Blooms Floret Paper Flowers, Liquid Glass (CTMH); Clear gumdrops (YNS); twine.

Friday, 1 September 2017

French Toast Ooh La La

It is my goal this fall to really work on making sure I have an actual breakfast every single day - something I have struggled with for years! I decided on this name for my french toast dish because it reminds me of being in France and having SO many delectable choices for breakfast. It was inspired by a beautiful recipe from the Whitewater Cooks with Passion cookbook. Here is my version for one person. You can substitute basically any berries you want for this yummy breakfast.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Snowflake Blueprint Tags

Here are some more tags to add to my Christmas collection! I used some of my new Hero Arts supplies, along with these awesome Tim Holtz sketches, to play along with the "anything goes" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - Slate, Kraft cardstock (CTMH); Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black (CTMH);
Stamps - Christmas Blueprint (Tim Holtz); Open Me Clearly (Hero Arts);
Dies - Open Me Clearly (Hero Arts); Stitched Dress Up Tags (SSS).

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Merry Tags

Every year I seem to get to December with hardly any Christmas tags made and then the panic is on as I'm wrapping gifts to figure something out quickly! I'm hoping I can aim to be a bit more organized this year by having a count on my blog for tags, too. Here's my assembly line :)
Paper - Sea Glass, White Daisy cardstock; Silver foil paper (CTMH);
Dies - Merry Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts); Snowflakes (CTMH); Stitched Dress Up Tags (SSS);
Embellishments - Slate twine (CTMH).

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Happy Holidays

I've been wanting to link up to the Merry Monday summer link-up this summer and finally sat down to make a few cards to add to my stash. This card features a sneak peak at a new Close To My Heart Christmas stamp set that will be coming out September 1st!
All supplies are Close To My Heart:
Paper - Sea Glass, White Daisy cardstock;
Stamps - Frosted Christmas *new*, Frosted Cardmaking Workshop, Holiday Jingle;
Embossing Powder - Silver; Embellishments - Sparkles

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Summer Tree

I love this watercolour tree set from Art Impressions and it has been my goal to create a card with this tree for each season this year! Here is my winter tree and my spring tree from earlier this year. I thought I would challenge myself to incorporate the Art Impressions challenge of creating an orange and purple card - not two colours I use very frequently! I am also linking up with The Paper Players challenge of CAS colouring. I made two versions of this card - one with a purple background and the other using an orangey-red background.
Paper - Adventure Fundamental paper packet (CTMH); Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz);
Stamps - WC Tree Set (Ai); Say It In Style (CTMH);
Markers - 126, 177, 676, 905, 992 (Tombow); NO. 15 Olive Green (Marvy);
Dies - Stitched Ovals (Memory Box); Stitched Circles (SSS);
Embellishments - Gumdrops (YNS). 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

thinking of you

I wanted to find a way to show off this gorgeous new paper from Close To My Heart and thought I would incorporate some of our new vellum, too. I was inspired by this card that I came across and thought I would link up with the "stylish and classy" challenge over at Heart2Heart.
Paper - Adventure Fundamental paper packet; White Daisy, Lagoon cardstock; vellum (CTMH);
Stamps - Say It In Style (CTMH); Dies - Basic Tags, Hearts (CTMH); Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box);
Embellishments - Twine (CTMH); Clear gumdrops (YNS).

I created another card using pink, too.


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Merry Little Christmas

Today I felt like it was time to work on my Christmas stash! I got this cute merry die from Hero Arts and wanted to use it somehow. I decided to use the sketch only from Fusion after I was inspired by the design team gallery (but I missed the linkup) and add a sentiment to go along with my die to link up with the "add a sentiment" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I was excited to add these sweet little snowflakes from Taylored Expressions to my card. It's fun to have new Christmas stuff to play with!
Paper - Jack paper collection; Black cardstock; White glitter paper (CTMH); 
Stamps & Dies - Merry Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts); Snowflake Confetti (Taylored Expressions).

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Celebrate 300

Today I created a wedding card to celebrate the 300th sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!
Paper - Wedding Bliss (Echo Park); Black, Cotton Candy, Ivory cardstock (SSS); Vellum paper (CTMH);
Stamps - Floral Bliss (SSS); Embossing Powder - Princess Gold (CTMH);
Dies - Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Ovals (Memory Box);
Embellishments - Antiqued Gold mini-medley (CTMH); Matte Black Gumdrops (YNS).


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

*New* Catalogue Live

Today is the day our newest catalogue at Close To My Heart goes live!

Visit my site to see all of the amazing new products.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Mason Jar Pin Cushions

As soon as I saw this post about Mason Jar Pin Cushions from my talented Auntie Karen earlier this year I knew I wanted to try them out! I am not a very confident sewer, but I thought this was something I could handle :). I found the cutest fabric from our local quilting store, Sugar Town Quilt Company, and knew just the special person I wanted to make this project for!
I couldn't resist getting a bit extra of this fabric, so I decided to make up some little cocktail napkins as well. Inside of the jars I had lots of fun picking out some funky buttons for one, and then some thread, sewing machine themed kleenex, and clips for the other - so many fun options!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Huckleberry Jam

Do you have special things that you get or are given and you save them to use for just that right special occasion; however, you're so busy measuring whether the occasion truly is special enough to bring out the special thing that you never end up using it? Well, that is me with huckleberries. This unique, rare berry is my absolute favourite! I savour them so much I often leave them in my freezer when I can finally get them because I can't bear the thought of "wasting" them. This summer I'm on a mission to change that. This year I got the berries fresh and am determined to use them up BEFORE I even have the chance to put them in the freezer - it's hard to part with them (even though I'm the one eating a lot of them :) ).

One way to do this was to make jam. I decided to put the jam in small jars this year so that I also wouldn't get in the habit of opening a larger one and thinking ok well I shouldn't eat the jam again today because I want it to last and then months go by and it is still sitting there unused. I also cringe at the amounts of sugar we need to dump into jam that is already sweetened naturally by fruit, so I used a berry jam recipe that I tried last year that uses honey.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Seeing Stars Birthday

Here is a card I made for our nephew's birthday using the Jack paper collection (his name happens to be Jack, too!) from Close To My Heart. I also included another little new product sneak peak in there as well (available August 1)! I used the sketch over at Fusion and incorporated some gold script. I added as much stitching as my dies could handle to play along with the "in stitches" challenge over at Heart2Heart. Finally, I used some star dies to cut out some cute plaid stars to add to my card to link up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge of "seeing stars".
Paper - Jack; Juniper cardstock; Gold Foil *new* (CTMH);
Stamps - Belated Birthday (CTMH); Ink - Black (CTMH);
Dies - Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box); Happy, Basic Stars (CTMH).

I decided to make a little bag to go along with the card out of the same paper collection.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Let The Bliss Begin

Today is our 5th wedding anniversary :). The word 'bliss' has become a special sign to me throughout the past few months as it combines two very special names dear to my heart and I took it as a sign to get this stamp set when it popped up at Simon Says Stamp.
Paper - Kraft (CTMH); Stamps - Floral Bliss (SSS);
Ink - White Shimmer (Delicata) *embossed; 
Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide; Mowed Lawn, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

I look forward to this next year of ours and hope that our storms have finally passed.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Floral Bliss

I've been meaning to make this congratulations card for awhile to send out to someone I worked with online through my Masters program to congratulate her on finishing the program last semester. I decided to take out the June kit from Simon Says Stamp and play around with the beautiful distress oxide ink pad I got in it. The oxide ink definitely gives a unique effect - especially on kraft paper! There is also a little Close To My Heart new product sneak peak on this card...be sure to watch for our new catalogue going live on August 1!

I chose to use a My Favorite Things die on this image and added some bling with glitter paper and a gem to play along with the "seeing stars" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I decided to use the fun Freshly Made Sketches layout for my design, too.

Paper - Kraft, Silver glitter paper (CTMH); 
Ink - White Shimmer (Delicata) *embossed; 
Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Tim Holtz);
Stamps - Floral Bliss (SSS); Dies - Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT); Basic Tags (CTMH) *new*

Monday, 17 July 2017

Hawaiian Hibiscus with Distress Inks

I am super excited to FINALLY bust into my distress inks! I was blown away by the colour and didn't get into too much blending this time, but I am so stoked to play around with them this summer. I really liked the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and knew I just had to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to use plaid! I decided to incorporate a stitched die into my design and am linking up with the "in stitches" challenge over at Heart2Heart.
Paper - Rainbow Plaid (Lawn Fawn); Black, Watercolor cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - Hawaiian Hibiscus, Just To Say... (CTMH);
Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holtz);
Dies - Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT); 
Embellishments - Black and White Matte gumdrops (YNS).

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Lighthouse Inspiration

I was at one of my favourite all time spots on the weekend - Kootenay Lake! While out in the boat with my aunt and uncle we came across this cute little lighthouse:
Photo Credit: Diane Matlock
I decided to create my own watercolour scene with these Art Impressions products. I am linking up with the "Oh the Places You'll Go" challenge over at Heart2Heart. I wasn't sure that the sketch over at Fusion would work for me so I was just going with the beach inspiration, but once I paired the right papers I found the sketch came together for me as well. The sky doesn't really come through in this picture but I did keep it a light blue (a shade lighter than the water) so that it looked like a sunny summer sky to link up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - No Worries paper collection; Glacier cardstock (CTMH); Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz);
Stamps - WC Cliff, WC Lg Lighthouse (Art Impressions);
Markers - N65, N95, 126, 177, 451, 856, 969, 992 (Tombow).

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Christmas in July

It is the second day of my summer holidays and I felt like creating some Christmas cards to start off my stash! I love this snowy door from Art Impressions! I created my own subtle background (so that I did not take away from the image) by stamping in VersaMark ink and then embossing in clear powder to link up with the current Art Impressions challenge. I used the layout over at Freshly Made Sketches and am linking up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge of "anything goes" which is also featuring Art Impressions products this week.
Paper - Slate, White Glitter cardstock (CTMH); Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz);
Stamps - Wooden Door (Art Impressions); Holiday Magic (CTMH); Ink - VersaMark (CTMH); Marvy & Tombow markers;
Dies - Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT); Embellishments - Blue Burlap ribbon (CTMH).