Sunday, November 19, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tool Box Gift Card and Card - All in One!

Here's a fun birthday card - I found this post here and thought it would be perfect for my son’s birthday.

Here is my version:

I used our Cranberry cardstock and the Happy Birthday stamp.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, November 17, 2017


Oh my goodness, it's middle of November already!  Time is getting away from me so much these days.

A bit of news first ... the Stronger Together stamp set will no longer be available after Nov 30th so if you want it, order it today!  Proceeds from sales of this stamp set will be donated to the Red Cross to benefit disaster relief efforts.

Next month our December promotion is a fabulous Calendar kit and November's stamp of the month is part of the special.  In November, you can get the stamp set for just $6 with a qualifying $50 order (before s/t).  In December, you can also purchase it with the calendar kit but it will be for the full price and you have to buy it with the kit, it won't be available just by itself.   Here is the stamp set and info about the calender kit which will be available December 1st.

Through the Year Calendar Kit

Usher in a new year of memory-making with the Through the Year Calendar Kit! This exclusive kit contains all the materials you need to create a complete calendar for 2018, including the My Creations Calendar, papers, Complements, glitter gems, and custom gold glitter die-cuts — AND it is available at a 20% discount! Each month features a unique 12" × 12" scrapbook page that highlights different seasons or holidays. Just add photos to remind you of your favourite memories throughout the coming year!  $50 w/o stamp set/$73 w/stamp set (plus s/t)

Kit includes:  9 cardstock sheets (1 each of Bashful, Cranberry, Goldrush, Lagoon, Lemon, Pansy, Sweet Leaf, Willow, and White Daisy) 12 Basics Fundamentals sheets (1 sheet of each design) Z3355 Happy Moments Complements Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems Z3184 My Creations Calendar Gold Glitter Die Cuts

Don't forget also that the physical Cricut cartridges are on a while supplies last - if you want a particular cartridge, don't wait.  Lots are already sold out.  You can still purchase the digital cartridges (as long as they are not retired) but once the physical cartridges are gone, they're gone.  Cricut isn't making them any longer.

I think that's it for now - I was going to show a couple of cards made recently but will save that for another post since this is so long already!

Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Playing on a Sunday Morning

Playing with scraps on my craft table ... products used were the 

Sizzix 660248 Texture Fades Embossing Folder On the Go by Tim Holtz, Newton Loves Coffee from Newton's Nook Designs, coloured with ShinHan markers, the background was using various alcohol inks from Tim Holtz and some dollar store photo paper.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Happy October!


The stamp of the Month for October is Christmas Tunes!  Available only in October.  If you place a $50 order (before shipping/taxes) you can purchase for only $6 (+ shipping/taxes)!  Otherwise, purchase alone for only $23 (+ shipping/taxes).

Can't wait to start creating with it - I did do one already that was posted here if you missed it.

Also this month is the Share a Smile promotion for Operation Smile. In case you didn't already know, $7 from the purchase of the stamp set is ​donated to Operation Smile, the charity Close to My Heart proudly supports.

And I think that is it for new October news!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sept and Oct SOTM

Well this card uses both October and a bit of September's stamp of the month sets plus  the new Splash of Colour stamp set, Sweet Leaf ink, and ShinHan markers. 

Enjoy this day!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

From the Heart

Here are a couple of cards made with the From the Heart set, available only in September!  So much fun!

Enjoy today!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Playing with embossing paste!

A friend was over recently and we played with embossing paste - here are two of the cards I ended up with ...

The Yeti are from My Favorite Things, Memento Black ink, Dreamweaver Embossing Paste, Tim Holtz Holiday Knit stencil, copic C1, ShinHan markers

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Happy Birthday!

I saw a card made by Laura Beacham and loved it - here is my version.  So much fun using the cutest elephant from Sweet Baby and the new Scallop border thincuts are so easy to use and add some dimension!  The flowers are from the September promotion for National Stamping Month, From the Heart and oh my goodness, such a clever set!  Look for more posts using this set to come!  

Products Used:  Z3376 Sweet Baby Stamp & Thincuts set, CC1228 From the Heart, ShinHan Markers WG7, WG4, 120, YR26, Blossom ink, Raspberry ink, Black Memento ink, Scallop Border Thin cuts, Charcoal ink (sentiment)

Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 4, 2017


It's September already and I guess Fall is around the corner, though thankfully the weather is not thinking that - I love, love, love all this sunshine!  I feel terrible for all the folks effected by the multiple fires happening in our Province (and other places) however.  Hoping they all get some very much needed rain soon.

I do have lots of news for this month so will get on with that bit ... new Stamp of the Month, Feel So Blessed, is awesome and I look forward to creating with it soon!

The National Stamping Month promotion is awesome and I have been having some fun with it.  You're gonna love it but don't miss out as it's only here till the end of September!  

It is also the beginning of a new Holiday Expressions catalogue which is so cute! 

New art is in the works and will be posted soon!

If you are wanting a paper version of the Holiday Expressions or haven't received your Annual Inspirations catalogue yet, please contact me.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Happy Birthday!

Had some birthdays to celebrate and here are two cards ...

This one was for my hubby, done on the Cricut and CASED from Pinterest :)

This next one was for my beautiful sister-in-law!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Hello!  Here's a card using the design space file from Courtney-Lane ... I used retired products Babycakes paper, Hello & Thanks thin cuts, Diamond embossing folder, and still current products Cricut Flower Market, Mini Glue Dots, Sparkles Assorted bling.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, August 27, 2017


Hello, I've been in a bit of a crafting funk lately so have started doing some scrapbooking to keep my toe in the water and still create something purposeful!

Anyway, found this photo and thought it needed to see some air ... I lived briefly in Scarborough with my Aunt and Uncle during the summer of 1984 and my cousin and her husband were kind enough to take me around and show me some sights ... one in particular I will always remember is Canada's Wonderland.  We had a photo done where we got to dress up in old fashioned clothing.  

Here is the page I scrapped this morning - inspired from someone on Facebook and used the Heritage cartridge and the Old West cartridge.  The background paper is Timberline (retired CTMH), Chocolate and Black cardstock from CTMH for the wording, photo mat, stagecoach and camera. Chocolate ink for distressing the stagecoach cut out.

Love how this finished up.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Many Congratulations

Well I've had some fun playing with some new goodies from the Annual Inspirations catalogue which went live on August 1st!

I used Black Memento ink, Cranberry ink, M1186 Happy Birthday, C1693 Many Congratulations, Corner Rounder, Journalling pen, Clear Wink of Stella, ShinHan TouchTwin markers (Y222, RP198, R5, P286, P83, Y49, GY234, YR29, WG4)

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Having some fun on a Weekend Afternoon ... :)

Hello, just wanting to show you what I managed last weekend ... I'd been seeing the retiform technique all over and wanted to give it a try so here is my playing result ...

Products Used:  D1718 No Worries-Scrapbooking, C1679 No Worries-Cardmaking stamp sets with Bamboo ink (sold out already!) and Desert Sand ink - both of which are retiring this month, and foam tape to pop up the sentiment.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


This is such a great deal - buy two stamps and get the third of equal or lesser value FREE!

This is for all of the stamps available in the current Annual Inpirations catalogue and the Seasonal Expressions Vol 2 PLUS they have brought back some favourite oldies just for this special!  (Note, does not include Stamp of the Month or the Operation Smile set, nor any bundled with the thin cuts.)

Some of my personal favourites are but you can check them all out here:

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Canada Day and Lots of News!

First off, Happy 150th birthday Canada!  So proud to be a Canadian in this great land we call home!  Hope you are able to celebrate with friends and family and make some new memories :)

 (clipart from here)

I also have news about a current promotion CTHM is running in July, Stampaganza!  

"Let Stampaganza 2017 begin! Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! Choose from any current stamp set, plus a collection of popular sets that we have brought back just for Stampaganza!
When you add three sets to your order, we will automatically make the least expensive set FREE in your shopping cart. Check your cart at any time to see how many free sets you have!"
They are also including the Word Puzzle Stamps and other retired stamps they've brought back just for this!  These are in addition to all the stamp sets available in our current catalogues.  If you've been looking at stamp sets but haven't gotten around to getting them yet, now is the time to buy!

Our Stamp of the month is Storybook Alphabet and is adorable.  Spend $50 (before shipping and taxes) and get it for only $6.

As a Consultant, I have been able to see the new 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations catalogue early and I gotta say, they've hit it out of the park this year!  It will be available to everyone August 1st!  You're gonna love it!

The new Cricut collection, You Are Here, looks amazing and will be well utilized for sure! 700 images: shapes, titles, phrases and font!  This will be available either as a physical cartridge (comes with handbook) or digitally (does not come with handbook).  Both ways do come with 3 My Acrylix D-size stamp sets that coordinate with the cartridge and one Enchantment cardstock combo pack.

They've also created 3 Digital sets for Canada, the U.S., and Australia/New Zealand specifically that look awesome.  They are digital only however so you need to have one of the newer Cricut machines (Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Explore Air 2).  

They haven't forgotten about our awesome Thincuts though - there are new ones.  There are also new stamp sets that are layered stamping which I'm so excited about. 

They've re-done our cardstock so that it is now two toned - the base colour on one side and a light colour on the other which will make it twice as useful!  

The Basics palette has been re-done and there will be 10 new colours coming our way.  It does mean that the current Basics palette (with the exception of Black) will be retiring so if you have any ink pads without re-inkers, I would suggest you get them now (and I do mean now as they'll sell out fast!) so that you don't have to worry about an ink pad drying out and not being able to re-ink it.  (I've got to say though in my 5 yrs as a Consultant I don't think I've even had to do this once!) ... there is simply so much in this catalogue that I can't wait to see in person!

With a new catalogue coming, that means the current Annual Inspirations will be retiring.  Please don't wait to get those items you've been wanting as they will sell out fast, if they haven't already!

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Scrapbooking Family

I don't do this very often but after recently visiting with family, I feel a stronger connection to my ancestors and felt I needed to start scrapbooking that family so that my descendants might have some knowledge.

Anyway, here is one of the pages I've made recently.  The picture is of my great-grandparents 50th wedding anniversary gathering.

"Family Time" is from Prickly Pear - Scrapbooking - lots of great stamps in this set!  I also used my Cricut, Design Space and here is a generic file for you to use if you so wish, there may be some pieces you need to buy if you don't already have them.

Look for more pages to come - I think I've been bitten by the scrapbooking bug!

Enjoy this wonderful day!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Where has she been?!

I'm so sorry for the lack of posts, life has taken over lately!

A quick reminder about our wonderful cardstock special this month, 25% off until Jun 30th - don't miss out!

Stamp of the Month, Hello Foxy, is so cute - again don't miss out!

So now onto a creation ... here is a card that I made recently for my cousin who together with his beautiful wife, celebrated a 50th birthday, a 60th birthday and a 25th anniversary all that the same time!  It was wonderful being able to share their special time.  I'm pretty sure I cased this from someone but can't remember from where!

CTMH Live Beautifully paper pack - retired
CTMH 3D foam tape
CTMH Fundamentals paper - retired
SU! butterfly thinlet
Tacky Glue
Bling from Michaels
Hot Glue gun
Fun Foam from Michaels

Enjoy your day and celebrate your special times!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Happy Spring Finally!

I'm so happy winter seems to have finally let go and that the daffodils are up and the blossoms are on the trees!

I saw this post on the Close to My Heart blog and I just had to do my version of it!

The "Happy" and "Spring" are from the February Stamp of the Month (retired), stamped in Memento Black ink.  The daffodil is from Flower Market and the tag is from Artistry.  I used White Daisy, Sweet Leaf, Canary and Glacier cardstock and some miscellaneous yellow cardstock.  Propped up the flower and the sentiment with 3D Foam Tape.

I've linked the Design Space file here for the Cricut Explore.  You do need to own both of the cartridges to use the file.  (Hopefully this works for you, haven't done that before!)

Have a great day and enjoy some Spring!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Cook's Birthday

Our daughter just turned - gasp - 23!   Time is really flying by for that to happen so fast!

Anyway, our gift to her is a cooking boot-camp which will give her the proper basics of cooking - it looks pretty amazing actually!  Hope she has fun!

Here is her birthday card I made to coordinate with the gift:

Products Used:
ShinHan Markers BR116, R5, R11
Memento Black ink
SU! Perfect Mix
SU! Voila
Misc Washi tape

Have an amazing day!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Adore You Birthday

Hello, today's card is a birthday card using the Adore You set that was January's Stamp of the Month - hope you didn't miss out!

A special friend was having a special birthday recently so this is what I came up with - hope she likes it!  The covered up bit has her name personalized on the card using Etched Alphabet on a banner edged with the Gold Shimmer Brush. 'Happy Birthday' was cut out using our Thin Cuts - Happy Birthday and our Gold Glitter Paper.  I believe it was Fern cardstock I used for the background but forgot to write that down.

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Adore You Valentine

A fun card made with the January Stamp of the Month, Adore You


Products Used:

Treasured Puffies - retired
Memento Black ink
Assorted washi tape - retired

Have a fabulous day!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy Times

This is a card designed by the wonderful Courtney Lane Designs and uses the retired Happy Times paper pack and stamp set ... so happy to make it for a special birthday!  The inks used were Canary, Fern and Whisper.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Love You!

Inspired from Pinterest I think!  Clean and simple card for sure!

Products Used S1601 Beloved Bouquet (retired), Memento Black ink, White Gel Pen, 3D Foam tape, Swiss Dots Embossing folder, Corner Rounder 

Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Be My Valentine

Hi, today's card is using the cut file from the wonderful Melody Lane.  I also used our Silver Shimmer Trim underneath the cut hearts and our Red Glitter Paper with the Thin Cut Hearts set.  The white layer was distressed with both Cranberry ink and Cocoa ink and then popped up with our 3D Foam Tape.  I also used the Crayola Fine Line Markers in my Cricut Explore to do the wording and the hearts.

All in all, pretty happy with how this turned out.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Playing with Christmas Goodies

Got some fun goodies over the holidays and sat down today to play. 

First up ...

Products Used:
ShinHan YR24, YR29, R140
Copic C1
Newton Loves Coffee
Memento Black ink
Black Journalling pen
Cocoa ink for coffee beans

Next ...

Products Used:
Newton's Nook Sweater Weather
various ShinHan markers
Watercoloured background with Sapphire ink
& Water Brush
Memento Black ink
Clear Shimmer pen
M1144 Bitty Birthday
Copic C1 Cool Gray

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Welcome Home Wreath

Oh my goodness, this is such a great kit - it comes with everything you need except glue or if you want to fancy it up even more, you can use inks and a gold shimmer pen.

Here is the video from CTMH (1 min long) and below that, I will show you my wreath.

This is the wreath that I made over the holidays - in addition to the kit, I used Emerald, New England Ivy inks on the succulants, Slate ink on the wreath itself and Gold Shimmer pen on the roses.  Thank you to Sandy Zimmer for her patience with my questions!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out!

It is available only for the month of January and you have a few ways to get it. Purchase it outright for $24.25 (plus s/t) or place a $60 order and get it free! Check it out on my website 24/7.  If you'd like to get together and create your wreath in a group, let me know and I can set that up!

Have a lovely day!