Monday, 27 March 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #280

Good morning, crafty friends.

I've been working on spring birthday cards and was inspired by a YouTube video from Jennifer McGuire this week, as well as the current Freshly Made Sketch:
Jennifer was doing some ink-swiping with balloons. They certainly say "celebration," perfect for my 15-year-old niece's birthday (not too cutesy). The only balloon stamps I had were not big enough in scale for this sketch, so I decided to use patterned paper instead. I free-hand drew the balloons onto the paper with a coloured pencil and cut them out.
Then I popped the one in front up with a spring, for dimension and playfulness.
I used a well-loved Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background, which also serves as the sentiment. Some twine tied to the balloons completes this simple card.

Stop by the Freshly Made Sketches blog for some more inspiration!

Have a crafty week,


Card stock: Close to My Heart white daisy; patterned paper from retired Magical paper pack
Embossing folder: Happy Birthday from Provocraft/Cuttlebug
Twine: Michael's
Ink:  Derwent Inktense watercolor pencil
Spring: Close to My Heart

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Cross Canada Hop: Bonjour/ Hola/ Hello!

Bonjour / Hola / Hello
Welcome to our March Blog Hop featuring Close To My Heart stamp sets that are available in FRENCH, SPANISH and ENGLISH. When you flip through the catalogue these stamps are identified with a world-globe icon. You can also use THIS LINK to see images of the multi-lingual stamp sets. I find these stamps very useful for the card-making workshops I host. People really appreciate being able to create cards in the language of their choice.

We have an amazing group of talented ladies all across Canada participating in this hop, and they would love to hear from you, so before moving onto the next person, please take a moment to leave a comment telling us about what you loved about their work.

If you've arrived from Sue Mallory at Sue's Sparkly Stampin then you are in the right place!  If you'd like to start at the beginning of the hop and continue from East to West Coast, make sure to visit Michelle Stewart at My Creations with Michelle. If you get lost along the way, head to Michelle's blog; she'll have the full hop-list posted.

I created three cards using different stamp sets.

A1192F: I loved this font as well as the message: You make my heart happy!
I used CTMH Thin-cuts dies (on sale this month at 25% off) to cut a heart-shaped opening into a water-coloured panel, and mounted it above the sentiment, using foam-tape for some added dimension and shading. The Thin-cut features a skinny border, which helps to frame the message.

C1660F: This next card features mix-and-match sentiments for any celebration. I created an embossed background this time, inking the embossing folder to transfer colour to the de-bossed area and swiping a darker ink-pad over the embossed confetti to make it stand out. The balloons were cut from CTMH glitter paper and I coloured the balloon and sequin with a turquoise Shin-han Twin-touch alcohol marker, to match the rest of the design.

C1605F: This last card features the very versatile "Happy to be Friends" stamp set. It also includes multiple sentiments which can be combined to wish a happy birthday or anniversary, express sympathy, or "just because." I combined the sentiment "Bonne Fête des Mères" with the March Stamp of the Month "Tea-riffic!" to create a cozy little card. The patterned floral paper is from the "Dreamin' Big" paper pack. I stamped the flower image onto the tea-cup  and I coloured it to match the paper with alcohol markers.

Complete supplies are listed at the end of this post.
To purchase any of the items seen in today's blog hop, contact your local CTMH consultant to place an order.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Dominique Groulx at of Fun2Cre8 with Dominique.

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 creations using the ShinHan Touch Twin Markers. So mark April 15th on your calendars for more creative inspiration.

Happy crafting,

A1192F:  "Happy Heart" stamp set in French; White Daisy and Cranberry card stock; watercolour paper; water-colour paints Z3132 & brushes Z3188 from CTMH; Thin-cut hearts Z3260; Black ink-pad; gold sequins
C1660F: "Happy for You" stamp set in French; White Daisy and black card stock; Sea Glass, Lagoon and Black ink-pads; Glitter paper in White Z3237 and Silver Z3239; Confetti embossing folder Z3118; ShinHan Touch Twin Turquoise Blue alcohol marker Z2465; Balloon die-cuts from Lil'Inker Designs.
C1605F: "Happy to Be Friends" stamp set in French; "Tea-riffic" stamp of the month S1703; White Daisy, Saffron, Poppy card stock; Dreamin' Big paper pack X7218B; Archival Black and Slate ink-pads; Slate ribbon (discontinued); gold sequins; ShinHan alcohol markers; quilted die cover-plate, Lil'Inker Designs.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Fluttering by for FMS #275

Hello there! 
Another snowy day, and a great excuse to stay inside and play with inks. That is, after 90 minutes of shoveling the 20cm of new snow we received overnight...

I'm playing along with the newest design from Freshly Made Sketches.
I've been seeing a lot of stenciling done on the various blogs I follow, which inspired this attempt.
I just received my "Late to the Party" Collection of inks from Catherine Pooler designs this week. I love all the shades of yellow and orange in the collection, and I was already in love with Fiesta Blue. Must be because they are such bright summery shades...

I used a 6-inch stencil from KITE Artistic Stencils and Templates, called "funky squares," and sponged some Fiesta Blue ink to create a background in the circular area of the sketch. Earlier in the day, I had tried different ways to water-colour some butterflies from the "Butterfly Notes" stamp set, also from Catherine Pooler Designs. I ended up used Distress Ink minis to ink the periphery of the stamp, then spritzed it with water, mixing the colours a little more with a wet brush, before stamping on water-colour paper.
The sentiment was heat-embossed in white on Lagoon card stock, for the longer of the two horizontal elements. I applied Tutti Frutti ink direct-to-paper before cutting the "thanks" die. Both butterfly and sentiment are adhered with foam tape, for some dimension and shadow.
Check out the other terrific entries at Freshly Made Sketches this week.
You have until noon next Monday, Feb. 20th to link up.

Happy crafting,


Cardstock: White Daisy, Lagoon (CTMH)
Inks: Versamark, Fiesta Blue, Tutti Frutti (Catherine Pooler Designs); Barn Door, Wild Honey (Distress Inks); Superfine white embossing powder (Ranger)
Stamps: Butterfly Notes (CPD)
Die: Thanks, Taylored Expressions
Stencil: Kite

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Cross Canada Hop

Good morning, crafty friends!
Its been a few busy months, but I'm back in the blog-o-sphere, happy to be participating in the 
Cross Canada blog hop featuring Succulents and Flowers using Close to My Heart products.

We hope that you will take some time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or a new technique that you would like to see telling use what you like, we can provide what you want to see. 
Thank you… now on to our hop!
If you have just just come across 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 Michelle S at My Creations with Michelle. The full list of participants and links will be featured on her blog.

For my project, I'm showcasing the beautiful Poppies from the new "Flower Market" Cricut cartridge.  Each key on this cartridge features a different flower with coordinating items. On this key, shown on page 45, there is a dimensional poppy, a wreath and vase, as well as a ribbon and title. But I've chosen the layered poppy. I used it to accent a pocket-page on my scrap-booking layout of November activities, which included Remembrance Day.  Perfect! It would also make a lovely focal image for a sympathy card.

There are four layers to the poppy, and I marked my Cricut booklet to help me remember the cutting details the next time I use this key. Choose the size for the finished item, in this case 5.0" lengthwise to fit the PML card, and all layers will be cut proportionately. 
 To save time, I placed all four colours of card-stock on the cutting mat at once.

Four layers, with cut-key indicated
  • You will want to cut the base layer (marked Background/SHIFT) from green card-stock, as this includes the stems and the centre of the flowers. 
  • The next layer, the more solid images (non-shift) from Flower-1 and Flower-2, is cut from black card-stock. 
  • You will want to cut the SHIFT image for Flower-1 and Flower-2 from a lighter colour of red card-stock--Poppy, naturally! After cutting, I chose to add some shading to the layers with alcohol markers, for even more dimension (illustrated in later photo). 
  • The final layer, Icon, both with and without SHIFT, is cut from a coordinating darker shade of card-stock, in this case, Ruby. 
All pieces cut out

Dimension added by shading stems and flower edges with alcohol markers.
Black flower centres glued to green base.
  •  All layers were adhered with a broad-tip glue pen.
Lighter coloured flower layer on top of black.
Love how the spaces reveal the centre of the flowers!

Final darker card-stock layer added.

For the pocket-page layout, I placed the completed image on a red background (4"x6" piece of Cranberry cardstock) to compliment my photos, and added a torn base of black card-stock for the soil. The corners of the card were rounded to match the other PML cards in the lay-out.
I used the sample pieces created here to make a "thinking of you" card.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Diana, at Farmer Di Stamps.
If you get lost along the way, you can head back to Michelle S'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. And join us next month; we'll be featuring projects using the French and Spanish language stamps now available from Close to My Heart.
 Mark March 15th on your calendars!
 To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local CTMH consultant.

Happy crafting!

Supplies used:

All supplies Close to My Heart, except Copic alcohol markers.
Card stock: Fern, Black, Poppy, Ruby, Cranberry, Whisper, White Daisy
Ink: Archival Black
Embossing folder: wood slats Z3248
Ribbon: slate
Stamp: Happy to be Friends C1605
Cricut: Flower Market cartridge Z3290
Corner-rounder punch Z1912

Monday, 3 October 2016

Tagging along with FMS #256

Good morning, crafty friends!
Another week, another challenge from Freshly Made Sketches.

This sketch features a large fish-tail tag.  
I made two cards following the sketch and am leaning towards the second, pink one. What do you think?
Both cards feature new stamps and dies from  Stamp of Approval collections, Candy Cane Lane and Lovely Notes (wreath).
I heat-embossed the Lovely wreath in white on vellum, as I didn't want to lose the detail on the patterned tag. The pine cones and greeting are embossed on copper powder from WOW.
For this card, I reversed the plain and patterned paper and created a swag using the stamps from the Candy Cane Collection Beautiful Boughs. The JOY die is from the same collection. Less busy and better balance, I think.

How is your Christmas card stash coming along?  Make sure to check out the details on the Caring Hearts Card Drive HERE or HERE, and get crafty!


Saturday, 1 October 2016

The DAY we've all been waiting for!

Good morning, crafty peeps!
How awesome is today?  
World Card-making Day, celebrating the kindness and creativity reflected in our hobby.
As I scan through my blog feed, I'm seeing several blog hops commemorating the occasion with very worthy causes. Check out HERE and HERE.
Today also appropriately marks the kick-off for The Caring Hearts Drive 2016.
I'm attaching details from Vera Yates' post. There's lots to read, so grab a beverage, sit back and read on...

2016 marks the 7th year for our annual Caring Hearts Card Drive. Its purpose is to collect hand-made holiday greeting cards for the elderly living in nursing homes. The card drive was begun in 2010, to honor Vera's mom's request. That first year,  750 cards were collected; each year since, the drive has grown. Last year, over 22,000 cards were received and distributed to 96 nursing homes in the States, 15 in Australia, 16 in Canada. The drive creators, Vera Yates and Jennifer McGuire, are excited to continue bringing holiday cheer. This year, the drive is branching out to the United Kingdom. 
The holidays are about family, kindness, and joy. During this time of year, many elderly nursing-home residents can feel lonely, missing their families. What better way to bring a smile to their faces & brighten their holiday season, than by sharing our love of card making? A simple gesture letting them know that they are not forgotten, that someone still thinks of them. We all love making cards and what’s better than knowing that our creations have brought a smile? 
 Here's how to participate: 
  • The card drive runs from October 1 to November 25, 2016.  Your cards need to be received by November 25, 2015, so plan accordingly when sending them in.
  •  Please make the cards for Christmas or Holiday Wishes. (For those sending cards within Canada, French sentiments are appreciated, too.) Anyone can send a card, your children, church groups, scout troops, etc. 
  • All cards must have a message inside (it can be stamped or hand written) from the sender. Please sign your name and include where you are from. Part of the fun for the recipients is receiving cards from different part of the country and the world!
  • Please include an envelope for each card and please don't seal the envelope.  
  • Cards should be standard size (A2 or 4-1/4" x 5-1/2") as this helps in packing them more efficiently.
  • Please don't use any pins (for safety reason). Glitter and glitz on the other hand, most welcome!
  • This next is totally optional, but if you'd like to include $1 or $2 to help with shipping, it is much appreciated. We cover the shipping costs ourselves, without sponsorship, so any donation toward shipping helps tremendously. Some card-makers send stamps vs dollars through the mail. 
  • Please send cards to the collection address nearest you.

  • For the USA, you can mail the cards to: 
  • Vera Yates, 1314 Roy St., Houston, TX 77007 
  •  Tina Schrof , 185 W. Pugh Drive, Springboro, OH 45066 
  • Lynn Reloza, 3353 Cimmarron Road, Cameron Park, CA 95682  

  • For Australia: 
  • Linda Langes, c/o Gilston State School, 588 Worongary Road, GILSTON QLD 4211, Australia 
  • Deb McCleary, PO Box 213, Heidelberg, VIC 3084, Australia  

  • For Canada: 
  • Caroline Bredeson, 7 Brown Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 1L9, Canada 
  • Rita Andrews, 28 West Gissing Rd, Cochrane, Alberta T4C 1L6, Canada  

  • For UK/Europe: 
  • Taheerah Atchia, 36 Pinewood Crescent,Orrell, Wigan, Lancashire, WN5 8NF, United Kingdom 

  • In each package, PLEASE include THIS SUBMISSION FORM. This helps us in keeping track for prizes! That's right, to thank you for your generosity in sending in cards, various paper-crafting companies have donated prizes. Each card you send, enters you into a draw for a chance to win a gift. And there are many to be won :) So the more cards you send, the better your chances.  
  •  To help us promote the card drive, whenever you're sharing your projects for Caring Hearts on social media, please use the hashtag #caringheartscarddrive. This drive represents part of the creators' wider goal to spread kindness and make it a trend.
  • The nursing homes that we support are based on those people suggest to us. If you would like your local nursing home to receive cards from the card drive, please email Vera or Jennifer, providing the names of the nursing homes and the number of residents, so we can make sure that we send enough cards. Each year, the number of nursing homes we can support is based on the number of cards received.  
  •  The prize list will be updated as more prizes come in. And huge thank you to all the fabulous, generous companies who support this card drive by donating awesome prizes.  See the complete list on Vera's blog.
  • A new feature this year is a Caring Hearts Card Drive stamp set! The generous people at Sugar Pea Designs have created a whole line of goodies to help spread kindness.  20% of all sales from this collection will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association. There is a blog hop to introduce the set, with yet more prizes up for grabs. Check it out on Vera's blog HERE.
I conclude this LONG post with a few Christmas cards to get the ideas flowing. I hope to share some cards made with the Caring Hearts collection in the next few days.
 More Dazzle stickers and Simon Says greeting die, in French.
 Stamps and paper from Close to My Heart; dies from Penny Black and Paper Wishes; greeting die, Ellen Hutson.
 More Paper Wishes products.
Decorating the inside of the card adds to the fun!

Have a blast crafting today!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Merry...Wednesday :)

Happy hump-day, crafty peeps!
Just three more sleeps until World Card-Making Day!
Which is also the launch of this year's Caring Hearts Card Drive.  More details on that on Saturday.
In the meantime, I'm adding to the Christmas card stash, playing along with this week's Merry Monday challenge:
using the non-traditional colours of dark & light pink and grey or silver.
I used a cut-away card design I say on Stamp Nation's latest blog hop, by  Ingrid Blackburn.
A portion of the card is cut-away, and the top and bottom parts are connected by some silvery snowflakes.  The pink watercolour dot paper is from the new Close to My Heart Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack. I thought it looked like softly falling pink snow! The card base is Raspberry cardstock. Snow flake dies by My Favorite Things.
Inside message appropriately sparkly, from Winter Greetings stamp set by Lil'Inker Designs.

Still lots of time to link up with the Merry Monday Challenge #215
See you there,