Monday, November 2, 2020


 Hey there, checking in again after a super busy autumn! I was happy to visit with some family I hadn't seen in a few years and travel around the province a bit. Now that COVID numbers are on the rise again, I am glad I visited when I did!

I have been having a blast hosting monthly online crop weekends since March.  I dole out some challenges and the attendees always hit it out of the park with their creations. I usually do a few creative tutorials with them during the weekend and thought I would share some of the cards I've made during these events.

This first one was inspired by a layout done by Gina Brandstetter (which I did duplicate for my album!) and thought I could scale it down to a card front size. Lots of stamping and a bit of embossing and fussy cutting, but love the finished result!

This card was to demonstrate an emboss resist technique along with some ink blending and using tools in ways other than they were intended. Slimline cards are making a comeback too, so I wanted to show them that size card.

And finally, this set of cards was the result of demonstrating a crayon resist technique and ink blending using the Distress Oxide inks. So pretty and so easy! 

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Hopscotch Layout - Bashing My Stash!

 We all have it, that never-ending stash of paper and embellies, right?  I am on a mission to try to use some of mine up. I figure I spent money on it, might as well try to get my money's worth.  This layout features Hopscotch which was one of my favourite collections back in the day. I only have enough left to make one more layout or a few cards perhaps, then it will be gone.  I participate in SCT Delivered Classes and this is a layout I created using their sketch provided.  The colours are a bit more vibrant in real life. :-)

Products used:  CTMH Hopscotch paper pack(ret), Flaxen (ret) and Glacier cardstocks, Tabs & Tags thin cuts, D1755 Pack Your Bags (ret), Glacier thick twine (ret) Colour-ready Borders (ret), white daisy paper flowers (inked to match the papers) CTMH brads (ret) enamel dots (ret) and a PML card that I cut the camera out of.  Non CTMH - Frames from Simple Stories, letter stickers from Basic Grey (you know they are old!!)

So pleased to have used so many of my older products!

Friday, April 10, 2020

April 2020 CTMH Cross Canada Hop

Welcome to the April 2020 CTMH Cross Canada Hop featuring the  "Seas The Day" product suite! I am sure that we are all enjoying the extra crafting time we have since we are all staying home as much as possible. Scrapbooking and card making online with friends have kept me sane. Hope you are coping well and following the directives of your local public health officials. If you have joined me from Michelle's blog, you are in the right place.

I created a layout again this time for the hop, documenting my son's birthday dinner. It's our tradition to let the person celebrating choose their birthday meal. We went to an awesome burger place in Halifax, NS called Relish. Highly recommend their burgers (after we are allowed out to play, of course!) and the poutine was quite tasty too!

I broke out the sewing machine for this one and added stitching along the edges of the White Daisy card stock, as well as along the top of the anchor patterned paper. Here is the list of everything used to create this layout:
X7255B  Seas the Day paper pack
X7255C Seas the Day coordinating card stock
1385 White Daisy card stock
X6047 Black card stock
X7255G Seas the Day Die cuts
X7255F Seas the Day Dot
X9013 Mix-In Paper pack
Black thread for sewing
Retired dies "Happy" and Decorative Borders
C1632 Say It All stamp set (retired)
Miscellaneous journal card

To purchase products, contact your CTMH consultant or shop here:

Hope we are inspiring you to create with "Seas The Day"! For even more inspiration, your next stop as you travel across Canada is Brandi . Join us again next month on May 10th for a look at new products available!! Don't forget to leave some comments along the way.

Stay safe & well,

Friday, January 10, 2020

January 2020 CTMH Cross Canada Hop

Here we are again, brand new year! I am looking forward to a year of creativity with CTMH and it starts right now with our Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring the gorgeous Spruced Up collection.  If you've hopped here from Michelle's blog, you are in the right place.

Spruced Up -  I had to have it all as soon as I laid my eyes on it!! So much for the craft budget....but it really is a very versatile collection. I have seen so many gorgeous cards and layouts created with this paper collection and was quite happy to finally have a play with it. Here is the layout I've created:

This paper was perfect for some photos I had from a Christmas Home Tour I participated in a couple of years ago.  While MY tree ended up falling, smashing ornaments everywhere and crushing the poinsettias that were around it, this home was fully decked out with several trees. The day we visited the homes had seen some heavy, wet snow fall making it very festive and beautiful.

Products used:  X7253B Spruced Up Paper Pack, cardstock (French Vanilla, Linen, New England Ivy, Mink, and Sangria) Z3637 Spruced Up Scrapbooking stamp & thin cuts, thin 3-D foam tape, piercing tool, Clear sparkles, Bitty sparkles, Silver Glitter gems, Micro Tip scissors, Scallop border thin cuts (retired) Winter Flurries thin cuts (retired) and Snowflakes thin cuts (retired), ribbon from my stash, thread for hand stitching.

To purchase products, contact your CTMH consultant or shop here:

Hope I've inspired you to create with Spruced Up! For more inspiration, your next stop as you travel across Canada with us is Sheena in Ontario. Join us again next month on Feb. 10th for the "Celebrate Today" Cross Canada Hop. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Cross Canada Hop - December 2019

Welcome to our CTMH Cross Canada Hop. This month we are featuring Cedar & Pine - a Christmas collection with more earthy, traditional colours and a pop of pink.  The Cross Canada Hop is a circular hop so if you've joined me from Colleen's blog, you are in the right place.

This time around, I decided to create a couple of layouts - one that I will be able to put some of my Christmas photos from this year on and another for something completely different.  I have been attending an online class all year and this layout is doing double duty - my homework is done for class, plus it works for this hop!  I love that our paper collections now include an optional 12 x 12 sticker sheet. It makes embellishing a layout effortless.

Materials used for this one:  black, french vanilla, mint, and kraft cardstocks, Cedar & Pine Paper pack w/sticker sheet, Mix-ins Paper pack, red shimmer trim, gold thread, mink twine, colour-ready kraft borders(retired) and Fancy Tags Thin Cuts (retired) and some gold glitter gems.

Here are couple of close ups of the sticker clusters. I did use some foam dots to give dimension to the stickers and had fun making a couple of messy nests with the gold twine.

Now, I want to show another single-page layout I've created with the same paper collection.  Although Cedar & Pine is a Christmas paper collection, I think this layout is so generic that it could be used for any occasion and I plan to add photos of my Mom's birthday (January) to it.  What do you think?

I still have a little work to do on this one, title, embellishments, etc but will wait to see what the photos "lead" me to do!  If you have a look at most of our paper collections, you will see that there is a lot of versatility in every pack.

If you love this collection and are interested in purchasing any of the products I've shown today, please visit

Your next stop on our Cross Canada hop is Sheena's blog .  If you get lost along the way, Brandi has a complete list  of all the hoppers on her post.

 I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!  See you again in 2020!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Cross Canada Blog Hop - November 2019

I am jumping back on the blogging bandwagon with our CTMH Cross Canada Blog Hop. This month we feature the Holly Jolly paper collection, perfect for all your holiday crafting.  This is a circular hop so if you've joined me from Creations with Michelle, you are in the right place.

I have been prepping for my Christmas Card events and this was one of the cards I came up with. I love the bright colours of the Holly Jolly collection and the patterns feel a little bit whimsical so I wanted to keep my cards light-hearted.

This card features the Holly Jolly papers along with our retired Green Glitter paper.  I used our Stitched Square dies to cut the white daisy cardstock used for stamping.  I stamped the super cute snowman from our exclusive stamp set featured with the Holiday Cheer Tags & Ornaments special we have right now (CC101911) using Momenta black ink.  I added the sentiment (from the same adorable stamp set) with Candy Apple ink.  Just added a bit of a watercolour wash on the bottom for the snow. I did colour in my snowman's hat with my black marker and added colour to the holly leaves as well. Three dots of Christmas Red Stickles finished off the berries. I used some of our Thin Foam Tape to pop up the stamped image on the card, then embellished with Holly Jolly Dots.  Here' a closer look at the card:
I did a second card using the same paper layout, but with a non CTMH stamp that I had purchased several years ago and had never used:
I love that crazy cat and I am so happy that I finally stamped him!

Your next stop on our Cross Canada Hop is Sheena's blog. Join us again next month when we will be showcasing artwork using our Cedar and Pine collection.

To purchase any of the products featured in my post and everything else CTMH has to offer, please visit

Sunday, February 3, 2019

So many specials!

Sooo, I've been a little slack at posting here on my blog so I am going to really try to make a better effort to post more often.  I have been creating, just not sharing!

For today, I just want to share two additional specials CTMH is offering this month. The first is our "Heart Happy" product bundles and workshops that you can use to create beautiful cards and layouts, or a 6x8 mini album.
You can find all the details here:  Heart Happy Special

The second special we have is our newest cardmaking workshop kit called "Love Blossoms".  It features an exclusive double stamp set and materials needed to create 12 gorgeous cards.

 For more info on this workshop kit, Click Here

Watch for more posts coming soon!