The Stamps I Use

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No bunny like you

Hi folks,

Just thought I would pop in and share another card I made using the February SOTM - Easter Bunny. But this one wasn't an Easter card - it's a birthday card for a friend who likes  -- bunnies! and the colour purple!



card details:

  • finished size: 6 x 6 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH Whimsy Fundamentals
  • stamps: CTMH "Easter Bunny" (S1702), coloured with copic markers
  • embellishments: CTMH Purple glitter gems and thistle twine.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Team Brae-ers April Blog Hop - Some Kinda Wonderful

Hi folks

Welcome to our April Team Brae-er Blog Hop focusing on the Some Kinda Wonderful collection from Close To My Heart.


Here's a peek at the papers in the collection.




You will see creations from our team that may include stamp sets, patterned paper, inks, embellishments and more from the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions and Annual Inspirations Idea books. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, kindly contact your local consultant to place an order. HINT: to find your local consultant go to the CTMH Home office website, click on "What We Do", and then click on "Find a Consultant". Easy Peasy!

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

I decided to make a few little notes of encouragement for my weight loss group this month. When folks weigh-in and record no change in their weight, we call it a "turtle". So, the Some Kinda Wonderful Card-making stamp set and Thin Cut dies were perfect for this little project!



I simply die cut the turtles from the green patterned paper and green PML card from the paper pack and I was already half way there! With just one sheet of coordinating card stock and half a sheet of patterned paper, I whipped up seven of these little note cards.

And now off you go to the next stop on the hop at Emily's Scrap Room.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!

Just thought I would pop in this morning to share the card I made for dearly beloved for Easter.



card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH Hello Lovely
  • stamped image: CTMH "Easter Bunny" (S1702), coloured with Copic Markers
  • layout: Mojo Monday 492
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April Cross Canada Blog Hop

Hi folks.

Welcome to the April Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring creations from across Canada using the Shinhan Touch Twin Markers from Close To My Heart. There are 24 colours available in addition to a colorless blender.

If you've arrived from Caroline's post, then you are in the right place. If you would like to start at the beginning and travel from the East Coast to the West Coast, then you can start here

Today, I'm sharing a collection of cards featuring these birds from the "Some Kinda Wonderful" Thin Cuts Cardmaking bundle. As you can see, I coloured them with an assortment of  the Shinhan markers to match the colours in the paper collection.



And created this bunch of encouragement note cards.



And did you notice that complementary swoosh of colour on the sentiment? Yep - the markers aren't just for colouring. One of my favourite ways to use them is to add a pop of colour to an otherwise plain black stamped sentiment!

To purchase any of the items you see along the hop today, be sure to contact your local consultant!

Now, off you go to your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop - Sue's Sparkly Stampin.

If you get lost along the way, you can stop by Michelle's Blog as she has the entire list of this month's participants.

Thanks for hopping with us this month. Be sure to stop by again next month on the 15th when we will be featuring creations with our NEW favourite paper collections!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dreamin' Big - Just Because

Hi folks,

It has taken me a week to get back to posting these Dreamin' Big cards but here are a couple more!

As a quilter, this layout really appeals to me.



card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH Dreamin' Big
  • stamps and die cuts: CTMH Dreamin' Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle, Some Kinda Wonderful Thin Cuts Bundle
The layout is another one from Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 -- pattern #21 on page 43

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Have a Tea-rrific Mother's Day!

Hi folks,

As promised I'm back with a couple more cards I made using the Dreamin' Big paper pack from CTMH.

With Mother's Day coming soon, the floral paper in the pack just begs to be paired with the March SOTM "Tea-rrific" to make a card for that special Mom in your life, don't you think?





And, I'm not sure why, but I'm in love with the gold and orange hued papers in this pack. I seem to be drawn to them whenever I make a card.

For this one, I went graphic in the style again and made great use of the Happy Birthday Thin Cuts (all Thin Cuts are on sale this month for 25% off!!!).



Can you tell that these two very different cards use the same layout? The layout is from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2  Inspiration Book - pattern 19 on page 42.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dreamin' Big - Just for You

Hi folks,

I've decided to keep going with making cards from the Dreamin' Big paper pack from CTMH so I'll have a few more to share over the next few days - building up the stash!!!

Both of these cards use the same layout, I just mixed up the papers, embellishments and sentiments.






card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Team Brae-ers March Blog Hop - Dreamin' Big

Hi folks

Welcome to our March Team Brae-er Blog Hop focusing on the Dreamin' Big collection from Close To My Heart.


Here's a peek at the papers in the collection.




You will see creations from our team that may include stamp sets, patterned paper, inks, embellishments and more from the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions and Annual Inspirations Idea books. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, kindly contact your local consultant to place an order. HINT: to find your local consultant go to the CTMH Home office website, click on "What We Do", and then click on "Find a Consultant". Easy Peasy!

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… 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 our team's blogs, then please start at the beginning and join Michelle Hughes at "The Right Hughes".

Today I have for you a couple of cards I made using this paper pack.

Up first is this masculine birthday card (for my younger brother). An quick an easy make. For the sentiment panel, I simply stamped the sentiment (from Birthday Sparkles) in black ink and then added a splash of colour with my Shinhan Touch Twin Marker in a coordinating colour.




And next I have a get well card using one of the mini stamps from CTMH.



And yes - that flower is NOT from the Dreamin' Big collection. It's actually from the retired Skylark line but I thought it coordinated so well with these papers that I just had to use it on the card. See - you CAN combine different collections!

And now off you go to the next stop on the hop with Lucy Imrie at "Lucy's Creative Expressions"

As always - thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Hello Lovely - It's Your Day

Hi folks,

Just popping by this morning to share another of my recent makes using the CTMH "Hello Lovely" collection. With Easter and Mother's day on the way, I think this collection is perfect for celebrating those spring occasions.



card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Happy Everything - Mojo 485

Hi folks,

Just popping in to share a card I made for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch challenge. I decided to pull out my boxes of 6 x 6 papers to find some appropriate papers for this one.



card details:

  • finished size: 5 x 5, white card stock base
  • patterned papers: Teresa Collins Everyday Moments
  • stamped image: The Greeting Farm (one of the last SSSC images they produced "Joy"), coloured with Copic Markers
  • sentiment: CTMH "Sending Smiles" (D1708) from one of the Cricut Bundles
  • embellishments: bakers twine, flower from CTMH 

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

You Are Tea-Riffic

Hi folks,

Just popping in to share another card I created as a potential card for an upcoming card workshop. This one has a sneak peek at the SOTM for March.




card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Little Hello

Hi folks,

Just popping in again today to share another card  I'm considering offering in an upcoming card workshop.



If you are familiar with the current CTMH Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book, you will recognize this card as it is featured within the pages.

card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hello Lovely - Sending Smiles and Thanks

Hi folks!

I'm back today to share a couple more cards that I'm considering offering for an upcoming card workshop.

Once again, the cards feature the CTMH Hello Lovely collection.

Both cards are quick and easy to make - and post friendly! They both would be easily changed up for different occasions by switching out the sentiments.










card details:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hello Baby!

Hi folks,

Just thought I would share with you, over the next few days, the cards that I am considering as cards to offer in a card-making workshop for a few friends of mine.

Up first are the two cards from the CTMH Hello Baby Card Making Workshop your Way featuring the Hello Lovely collection.

This first card is a Congrats on your baby card but I think it can easily be reworked into a Get Well card with a sentiment switch out or even a birthday card or sympathy card with a switch out of the images on the main panel.


This second card would make for a good all-occasion card, just to say hi. I can see switching out the large sentiment for a big happy birthday as well.



I love the soft colour palette with these papers.

card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

2017 Christmas Cards - Number Five

Hi folks,

Time for another Christmas card share! Using up the last of the card bases I had left over from last year's cards and another pre-coloured image.



card details:

  • finished size: 6 x 6 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH City Sidewalks (retired)
  • stamped image: Pink Cat Studio
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 17, 2017

2017 Christmas Cards - Number Four

Hi folks,

I'm back again today to share my fourth Christmas card for 2017.




card details:

  • finished size: 6 x 6 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH City Sidewalks (retired)
  • stamped image: Pink Cat Studio
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

2017 Christmas Cards - Number Three

Hi folks,

I'm back today to share another of my 2017 Christmas cards.



card details:

  • finished size: 6 x 6 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH City Sidewalks (retired)
  • stamped image: Pink Cat Studio
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sewing Fun for a Birthday Girl

Hi folks,

Just thought I would pop in and share another Hello Lovely card.

One of our nieces just celebrated her 7th birthday and one of the other aunties thought it would be a great idea if we pooled our resources and got a sewing machine for the budding sewist. So, we all chipped in and got her a machine of her own so she wouldn't be borrowing her Mom's as she learned the ropes. I've already seen photos and a video of her sewing up a storm on her new machine so I think it was a definitely a well-received prezzie.

To go with her prezzie, I made this card. The quilters among you will recognize the background as a log cabin layout.



card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

XOXO

Happy Valentine's Day folks!

Whether you are single or attached - hugs and kisses to everyone today! But extra hugs and kisses to my dearly beloved.


card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 Christmas Cards - Number Two

Hi folks,

I know, I know. Tomorrow is Valentine's day and I'm sharing a Christmas card. What can I say? I'm excited to have started on my 2017 Christmas cards.


This was an extra card base I had made for my 2016 cards and an image I had coloured up a few years ago (in pencil) - decided to use up a few of the images I have lying around.

card details:

  • finished size: 6x6 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH City Sidewalks
  • stamped image: Pink Cat Studio (they've since rebranded to a teacher's resource site and no longer sell their rubber stamps. Too bad. They were pretty cute!)
  • sentiment: one of the many minis from CTMH

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Team Brae-er's February Blog Hop - Hello Lovely

Hi folks

Welcome to our February Team Brae-er Blog Hop focusing on the all new Hello Lovely collection from Close To My Heart.

Here's a quick peek at the papers in the collection.


You will see creations from our team that may include stamp sets, patterned paper, inks, embellishments and more from the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions and Annual Inspirations Idea books. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, kindly contact your local consultant to place an order. HINT: to find your local consultant go to the CTMH Home office website, click on "What We Do", and then click on "Find a Consultant". Easy Peasy!

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

Since this is a circular hop, it doesn't matter where you pop in, so if you came here from Michelle's blog, that's great!

Today I'm sharing a couple of card duos.

This first pair uses the same layout - just in a different orientation.




And this second pair is the same layout, just a different sentiment on each of the cards to make them different.



Can I just say how much I LOVE the Thin Cuts Bundle for the Hello Lovely Card Making Stamp set? No fussy cutting that gorgeous floral stamp set. Yippee! Just die cut the image first, stamp away and off you go.

Did you notice the wee bit of shimmer on the cards? I know it's kind of hard to see but the grey roses and sprigs have actually been coated with the clear shimmer brush. I think they needed that little bit of shine to make them pop.



And now off you go to the next stop on the hop at Emily's Scrap Room! Enjoy!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

2017 Christmas Cards - The first of Many

Hi Folks!!!

I know, I know. Christmas? Already? Yes! Actually, I'm overdue. Every year I sign up for the Christmas Card Challenge on Splitcoaststampers in an effort to get my Christmas cards done sooner rather than later. I invariably fall of the wagon early in the year. Well this year, I fell off REALLY early. I didn't get any cards made in January. The "cards" were against me so to speak. Ba ha ha ha!

Anyways, I found this little 3 x 3 inch scrap of CTMH Snowhaven patterned paper on my craft table today. Made a couple of creative cuts with it, grabbed this already coloured image from my stash of leftover images (I think from my 2015 Christmas cards) et voila! One card down, dozens more to go.




card details:

  • finished size: 5 x 5 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH Snowhaven (retired)
  • stamped image: Penny Black "A Cool Christmas", coloured with Copic Markers (YR16, YR15, B12, Y18, E35, E37, N5, R27, R29, YG61, YG63, YG67)
  • embellishments: CTMH Red Enamel Gems

As always, thanks for stopping by!


Welcome Home Wreath Kit

Hi folks,

Wow. I hadn't realized it had been so long since I last posted. I was busy working on some quilting projects and then I got sick so....no papercrafting in quite some time.

I did manage to finally get around to putting together my Welcome Home Wreath Kit last weekend. I must say, I was pleased with the results considering it was my first time working with the 3-D flowers.



I have a few extra of these and when a couple of my friends saw my photo of this they asked if they could make one as well. So we will be planning a crafty day in the near future.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Team Brae-er's January Blog Hop - Sugar Rush

Hi folks

Welcome to our January Team Brae-er Blog Hop focusing on the all new Sugar Rush collection from Close To My Heart.


Here's a quick peek at the Paper Pack for this collection. I'm particularly in love with the doughnut and sprinkles papers.


You will see creations from our team that may include stamp sets, patterned paper, inks, embellishments and more from the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions and Annual Inspirations Idea books. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, kindly contact your local consultant to place an order. HINT: to find your local consultant go to the CTMH Home office website, click on "What We Do", and then click on "Find a Consultant". Easy Peasy!


We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… 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 our team's blogs, then please start at the beginning and join Brae over at her page!

Today I'm sharing a few cards I have already made with this brand new collection.

This first card is very much inspired by one of the cards you see on page 19 of the new Seasonal Expressions.


This is a 6 x 6 card and I used the Sugar Rush Paper Pack and the coordinating cardmaking Thin Cuts bundle and stamp set. The card came together so quickly!

My next card also uses the Sugar Rush Paper Pack AND the all new Happy Birthday Thin Cuts.



Again, another easy peasy card. I get the feeling that the Happy Birthday Thin Cuts are going to get a lot of use!

And now off you go to the next stop on the hop at Emily's Scrap Room.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Nature's Wish Birthdays

Hi folks,

I'm back again to share a couple of cards for some January birthdays. 

This year I am going to try to commit to my usual "if I'm making one card, I may as well make multiples". I find it's a good way to keep to card stash supplied for those times when you might run out of time to make a card for an occasion.

I made the first of these two cards for my Dad for his birthday (today!!!)



And this second was sent to a friend. So I guess I didn't really add to my stash on this one after all. But that's okay - I needed the card!!



card details:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful Birthday

Hi folks,

Today I'm sharing a card I made with one of the new paper collections from Close To My Heart - "Some Kinda Wonderful"



This collection features some fun, bold, graphic papers - which I thought were perfect for a birthday card for one of our teenage nephews.
And did you notice the sentiment? It's the new "Happy Birthday" Thin Cuts die. Yippee! I'm expecting to use this one A LOT!

challenges for this card:

As always, thanks for stopping by!


Monday, January 2, 2017

CTMH January Promotions

Hi folks,

Just popping in to share this month's feature promotions from Close To My Heart.

The January Stamp of the Month is "Adore You". As always, with a qualifying purchase, you can pick this D size stamp set up for just $6.


Here's some artwork from CTMH Home office featuring this lovely stamp set (and new paper collections!!!)







And, since January is National Papercrafting Month, while supplies last, the Welcome Home wreath kit will also be available.




You can purchase it outright for $24.25 or you get it free in one of three ways! Place a $60 order, host a party that reaches the second level of hostess rewards or sign up to be a consultant!!!

I already have my kit and look forward to putting it together. Actually, I already have two so I will likely gift one to someone!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

CTMH Seasonal Expressions Launch Day

Happy New Year Folks!


It's January 1st so that means CTMH is launching the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book today. You can find it online here.






Along with the new paper collections "Hello Lovely", "Sugar Rush", "Dreamin' Big", and "Some Kind of Wonderful", there are all sorts of other new products. New Thin Cuts Bundles to coordinate with each collections, new stamp sets, new standalone Thin Cuts (I love the xoxo and happy birthday  thin cuts). And, hold on to your hats, a new gold shimmer brush!! So many lovely things, I'll be sure to update you in the days to come.