Workshops, Classes, Events

Friday, Jan 16th - 6:30 - midnight: Girl's Night & Picture My Life Buffet: $5 Bring whatever you are working on and enjoy an evening of crafting with the girls. Fee covers the use of my inks, Cricut, Cuttlebug, tools and stamps. There will also be a Picture My Life buffet available.....individual cards, page protectors, etc that you can purchase "a la carte"! Only buy what you need to complete your layouts, quickly and beautifully!

Wednesday, Jan 21st - 7:00 pm Hostess Club Layout Night: There is a six-month commitment to order $25 each month. You will get a turn at being the hostess and receiving $25 minimum in free product once during the six month period. We will create a beautiful double-page layout using Chalked Up, free (a $15 savings)! All materials will be supplied except for your basic adhesives. New group starting soon, contact me if interested.

Wed, Jan 28th - 7:00 p.m. Card class - Create three lovely cards while enjoying an evening out with friends. $15

Thursday, January 15, 2015

January 2015 Cross Canada Blog Hop - Valentine's Day Inspiration

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring Valentine’s Day Inspiration. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your 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!… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Julie at 12x12 Travels. If you came from Michelle's blog,  then you are in the right place!

My project is an interactive/display type card that I learned how to make with my shoebox group (Thanks Lynn!).  I have taken step-by-step photos to show you how to create this card.  Start by cutting four 2x2 pieces of white daisy cardstock, four pieces of 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 B&T and four pieces 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 B&T.  You will also need a base piece measuring 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 - I used black.
 Round the corners of your white daisy c/s and score your 4.5 x 2.25 pieces of B&T at 2 1/4 and 3 3/8.
Attach the 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 piece of B&T to your scored piece as shown, making sure to only put adhesive where the two pieces will meet. Do this with all four pieces.
Attach the four pieces you've made to your black base, turning base a quarter turn before adding each piece and making sure the edges meet. 

When all four have been attached, it should look like this.  Notice that the pieces can be pressed flat for mailing.
This is what it will look like when sections are standing up.
Cut three hearts at 1 1/2" using page 51 of the Artiste cartridge with Blush cardstock (ret), and cut three more using white daisy c/s.  Stamp heart image from D1539 The Happy Couple on the white daisy hearts using Hollyhock ink.  Layer these on your 2x2 white daisy pieces with the rounded corners.  On the fourth, stamp the heart border from C1596 Happy Hexagons Hostess Rewards set on the top and bottom, sentiment from D1584 Big Hug, and heart from C1617 You're the Bomb Operation Smile set using Hollyhock, Lagoon, and Black ink. 
Attach your four stamped pieces to your card as shown. I skewed the hearts when I attached them, then alternated them.  See photos below.  
Place Z1853 Aqua Dots to brace your popped up pieces.

View of the card laying flat:

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Nicky'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. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Card creations using our How To Books. Mark February 15th on your calendars and hop along with us!  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January Team Brae-er Blog Hop - Year Noted

Welcome to our Team Brae-er Blog Hop that focuses on our "Year >> Noted" paper collection that is our promotion for this month.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, kindly contact your consultant.  We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog viewers.  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 The Brae-er's blog then you are in the right place!

Earlier in the week, I shared the mini album I created using our "Year >> Noted" kit.  I had a whole sheet of B&T paper left over, as well as some card stock and gold foil stickers, so this is what I did with it all:

Materials I had left over

I only added two white daisy card bases to the paper pictured above, and I still have a tiny bit of paper left over, probably enough to make one more card.  Fun, bright, and easy to put together!!

Here is the list of CTMH supplies I used, in addition to the "Year >> Noted" paper,  to create the cards:  Stamp sets: A1170 Doodled Designs, M1051 Wish, C1618 Year Noted, S1501 January SOTM This Moment, C1617 You're the Bomb - Operation Smile set, D1539 The Happy Couple, D1629 Just to Say... (Cricut collection) B1467 You Mean the World to Me; Embellishments: Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z2012 Gold sequins, Z1701 Bakers twine(ret), Bulk362 Black Enamel Stars, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape; Z1851 Scallop Border Punch Ink colours:  Z2128 Hollyhock, Z2105 Black, Z2195 Lagoon, Z2114 Cocoa, Z2164 Sorbet.Turqoise Blue Shinhan marker

Your next stop on the Team Braer Hop is  Chris' Creative Life .

If you get lost along the way, you can head to Brae's blog at, 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.

Until next time,

Monday, January 12, 2015

Year Noted Mini Album

Last week I posted about CTMH's "Year Noted" promotion, this week I am going to show you what I did with my kit, or at least part of it.  I purchased the $10 kit that included the mini album and I am in love with these cute albums. Some of the page sleeves are 4 x 6, some are split in half, giving you two slots for photos, etc.  Here is my album:

This came together really quickly and easily.  The banners on the 4x6 pages are attached to the page protector, leaving room to add the 4x6 photo on the card stock mat. I can't wait to start adding photos to this cute little album. I have enough paper left over to create at least 6 cards!  If you would like to purchase a kit of your own, you'll have to act fast -- it's only available for the month of January!  Click on the shopping link on the sidebar for more details on how to get yours.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Start the New Year off getting crafty!

In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, Close To My Heart invites you to reflect on the things that make you who you are and on what you want to accomplish in the coming months. Then, with the help of the Year >> Noted paper kit, record your experiences and goals! During the month of January, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $27) for only $5—that’s over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book. The paper kit for both options includes a C-size stamp set, stickers, cardstocks, and B&T Duos™ papers, all specially designed to coordinate with the My Creations™ kraft mini book so you can have a yearlong scrapbooking experience. This means you will receive over $37  worth of product for only $10 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book! But the fun doesn’t end there—included on the sticker sheet, you will find a large golden seal. Once the year is done and all the pages are filled, seal up your book and create a mini time capsule that you can open years from now. Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Cards

On the 12th day of cards, I bring you a lovely card that I have received this year from my super talented friend, Lindeen Graw.  Her cards are always so beautiful and this one is no exception.  I just had to share her talent with you.

Isn't that pretty?  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Cards

We're coming to the end of my cards but I have saved what I think is one of the nicest cards for today.  This was made with our newest Cricut cartidge - "Artfully Sent" (Z3017), which has 50 pop up cards, 50 scene cards, 50 sentiment cards, 50 pocket cards, 50 sleeve cards, plus all the icons and a font to go with them!!!  The bundle also comes with a pkg of 24 sheets of white daisy cardstock and three coordinating stamp sets - all you need to create stunning cards.

The stamped images come from B1259 Bethlehem, an older set from CTMH that I recently purchased from another consultant.  It was perfect for this pop-up card.   I used a Spellbinder die to cut the labels on the front of the card, one in Colonial White and the larger in black.  I used an embossing folder on the shimmer paper underneath the labels, and it's all tied up with some red twine.  I used a little bit of gold paper that I had bought years ago (for $3.50 a sheet!) in back of the cut out star to add a little shimmer.  Artfully Sent cut the popped out pieces along with the base card with the star burst and slits to make the pop outs.  LOVE this new cartridge!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Cards

Day 10 and I have a cute one for you today!
I love snowmen!  This guy is from C1506 Flakey Friends and he just makes me smile.  He was stamped with Versamark and embossed with black embossing powder to give him a little shine, as was the sentiment from our Artfully Sent Cricut collection stamps(Z3017).  I coloured him in with our Shinhan markers, then matted with black cardstock and adhered with our 3-D foam tape.  The white daisy cardstock was embossed with my snowflake folder and Cuttlebug and was layered on top of paper from the Wonderland paper collection  - yes, it's been around awhile too!  Some fun twine and a snowflake finish this card off!