Thursday, 31 December 2015

Top Pics of 2015

It's been a quieter crafty year for me and I look forward to putting this year behind me for so many reasons! I am proud of some of my creations though both with crafting and cooking, so instead of going month by month I think I will show some of my top picks from this year:
January
Chris Turns 30
I made this Roulette board as a sign-in
for guests at the surprise party I threw Chris!
March
Time for Tea with the Bride-to-Be
I made these invites for my
sister-in-law-to-be's wedding shower
April
Bolognese Ravioli in a Spicy Tomato Sauce
This yummy sauce went perfectly with the ravioli I made!
June
Retirement
After a visit to my aunt's in May, I got hooked on watercolours!
This card was made for my mom to celebrate her retirement.
June
carpe diem
This card is one of my absolute favourites of the year. It won me a guest designer spot on
The Challenge, as well as gift certificates to Verve and Simon Says Stamp - YAY!
July
Paris
I love how this meaningful card turned out.
I quite enjoyed experimenting with the Bokéh technique this year.
July
Life is Good at the Lake
This summer I got a paddle board and loved being
at my favourite spot - Kootenay Lake. I made these green
beans during my time at the cabin with my aunt.
July
Iced London Fog
London Fogs are definitely my favourite and I just had
to find out how to make an iced version after having one in Nelson.
August
Blueberry Mojito Jam
A good friend invited me to join her in making this delicious treat.
October
A Whole Latte Love
Gotta love the coffee & tea stamps, and this digi release from
Verve was no exception! I also love the coffee cup cut from the new CTMH cartridge.

Wishing everyone a happy new year and all the best in 2016!

Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas

This year for my Christmas gifts I had a goal and I am pleased to say I accomplished it! This season I aimed to go paperless with all my presents. Instead of wrapping paper I used crates, baskets, and material bags that I had sewn. I hope to reuse them for years to come :) 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Gifts from the Heart

It is bittersweet for me to say this will be my final post on the Heart2Heart Design Team. I have served 3 terms from July 2014 - December 2015! During my time I have felt so much inspiration, tried out new techniques and stretched my crafting repertoire. With the craziness of December and finishing up my first two Master's courses, I am a little late with this post. This holiday season is a tough one for me, but I feel so fortunate to be able to be around supportive family and friends. For my Christmas cards this year, I really focused on the theme of my heart and created all of my cards with the same design this year. 
Supplies are Close To My Heart unless otherwise indicated:
Paper - Kraft, Pear, Black, Watercolour; 
Ink - Lagoon, Pomegranate, Glacier, Sweet Leaf, New England Ivy, Whisper, White Daisy;
Stamps - City Scene Christmas Sentiments (Papertrey Ink); Die - City Scene Die Collection (Papertrey Ink).

To celebrate my time at Heart2Heart I thought I would take a look back at some of my favourite projects while I was on the team. Here are a few of my highlights:
CTMH Pride
My first challenge on the Design Team!
July 2014
Some Like It Hot
July 2014
Scrapbook Your Favourite Colour Combo
September 2014
Favourite Technique
September 2014 
Anything Goes
April 2015
A big thank you to Haley and the rest of the Heart2Heart design team for a great experience!

Monday, 30 November 2015

'Tis the Season at H2H

To start the month off at Heart2Heart we are promoting items from our Holiday Expressions catalogue! Get your supplies while you can as everything in this mini-catalogue will expire at the end of this month. Stay tuned for a new Seasonal Expressions in January :).

I couldn't help but make another coffee cup card from the Artistry cartridge with our beautiful White Pines paper collection. I also used some white glitter paper from our Gold Glitter Pack.


Monday, 16 November 2015

Heart2Heart Watercolours

Today over at Heart2Heart we are featuring watercolour! Whether you like to use watercolour paints or watercolour pencils, we want to see your beautiful creations. I have been playing around with my watercolour paints this fall and have been working on this effect. Here is a fall card I created.

All supplies are Close To My Heart
(except Stitched Rectangles)
Watercolour paints, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Gold foil tape, Princess Gold Embossing Powder

Monday, 2 November 2015

Through the Window at H2H

This month at Heart2Heart our first challenge for you is with the theme of "through the window". I decided to make a tag for a gift bag. I made my gift bag using a gift bag punch board from One Crazy Stamper.
All supplies are Close To My Heart:
Paper - Black, White Daisy, Paper Fundamentals cardstock; Ink - New England Ivy, Ruby, Whisper;
Stamps - Frosted Workshop on the Go; Ribbon - Black Medley; Cricut cartridge - Artfully Sent.


Monday, 19 October 2015

Cricut Crafts at H2H

Today over at Heart2Heart we are showcasing our amazing Cricut cartridges from Close To My Heart. I chose to use our newest, Artistry, to make a coffee cup card. I am super stoked on this cut. Years ago, my aunt created a template for us to use to hand cut our own coffee cup cards - now I can just make a few cuts on my Cricut machine and have the same thing!
All supplies are Close To My Heart:
Paper - Sangria paper collection; Kraft, Gold sparkle cardstock; 
Ink - Pomegranate;
Stamps - Thank You, Keyboard Uppercase.

Come and join us over at Heart2Heart and showcase your Cricut craft!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

A Whole Latte Love

I'm sneaking in a card for the Mojo Monday contest using the October Diva Inspiration from Verve with their fun new digi-stamps! I was inspired by this card from the Mojo DT. I loved making my cute coffee cup sparkle :).
Paper - La Vie En Rose, White sparkle paper, Kraft, Pomegranate (CTMH); 
Digi Stamps - Latte Love (Verve);
Embellishments - Gold Foil Tape, Black Hemp (CTMH);
Cricut cartridge - Artistry (CTMH).

Monday, 5 October 2015

Sketch Challenge at Heart2Heart

It is my turn to post on the Heart2Heart blog this week and we have a sketch challenge to show off to you! This sketch was created by one of our talented Design Team members, Brandi!
I finally got the chance to bust open the new Cricut Artistry cartridge - and I love it! I also wanted to play around more with our Sangria paper collection and added some Paper Fundamentals papers. Here is my fall thank you card:

Come join us for some fun new challenges over at Heart2Heart!

Monday, 28 September 2015

Autumn Blessings - 2015 Fall Coffee Lovers

It is the 2015 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I am very happy to be playing along! It is always great to see some fabulous new inspiration...and to top it off, Verve released a fun new digi-stamp to celebrate! Here is my creation using a Viva la Verve sketch and drawing on some fall inspiration from the Autumn Lovelies Inspiration Challenge. I am also linking up to one of our September Heart2Heart challenges - "Splat".
Paper - Sangria paper collection; Black, Desert Sand, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH);
Ink - Cocoa, Watercolour Pencils (CTMH); Dies - Stitched Circles (Simon Says Stamp);
Stamps - Latte Love digi-stamp, Coffee, Better With You (Verve); Ink Blot (CTMH);
Embellishments - Burlap, Mini-medley Black (CTMH).

Monday, 21 September 2015

Doodling Challenge at Heart2Heart

This week at Heart2Heart we challenge you to doodle or create something inspired by doodling! I got an exciting package in the mail from Close To My Heart the other day, so I set to work with some of my new supplies.

I thought one of the patterned papers from the La Vie En Rose paper collection looked like doodling! I used a pocket card cut out from the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge and set to work using some of our new colours from the Paper Fundamentals Enchantment (Eggplant, Sapphire, Saffron, Pomegranate) pack. To top it off I used a PML gold overlay.

Hope to see you in the gallery over at Heart2Heart!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Heartfelt Sympathy

To make this sympathy card I used one of the September sketches from Viva la Verve. I incorporated some of the colours from the Diva Inspirations Challenge to create a fall inspired card. I used the All Aflutter die from Verve for my butterfly so that I could play along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "die crazy".
Paper - Paper Fundamentals - Basics, Lagoon, Desert Sand, Colonial White, Black cardstock; 
Seaside patterned papers (CTMH); Ink - Lagoon, Cocoa (CTMH); 
Stamps - Blue Skies, Blessings (Verve); Dies - All Aflutter (Verve).

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Salsa vs. Picante Sauce

For years I have been making this "salsa" recipe with my mother-in-law and sister-in-laws. At the end of every summer, we divide up all the ingredients in this recipe, do the chopping the night before at each of our homes and then bring it all together the next day to make and can. It wasn't until recently that I realized this recipe is actually "Picante Sauce" rather than salsa. Upon further investigation, I learned that:
  • Salsa = Chunky
  • Picante = Less Chunky
  • Pico de gallo = Chunky with heat
Here is the recipe that we start from:

9 jalapeno peppers - seeded and finely chopped (save some seeds for hotness)
15 medium tomatoes (we like Roma tomatoes the best)
1 large chopped onion
1 large green pepper chopped
1 medium red pepper chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 5.5oz can tomato paste
3/4 cup vinegar
3 tbsp. white sugar
1 tbsp. pickling salt
2 tsp. paprika
3 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Blanch tomatoes - rinse in cold water, peel and chop. Add all chopped ingredients to a saucepan (except cilantro). Add jalapeño seeds according to desired hotness. 

Simmer uncovered for 1 hour. Add cilantro and stir to combine, cooking another 15-30 minutes until desired consistency. 

Process for 20 minutes in a water bath.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Guest Designer for The Challenge

A few months ago I won the opportunity to be a guest designer at The Challenge by creating this card. As luck would have it, the inspiration photo I was asked to use for today's card is near and dear to my heart. I wanted to go off of the Paris theme and found this French stamp set from a few years ago that also had roses. I played and played around with watercolours for this card and finally settled on this design. Here it is :)
 Paper - Lagoon, Glacier, Black cardstock (CTMH); distress watercolour cardstock (Tim Holtz);
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento), Lagoon, Blush (CTMH); 
Stamp set - Jardin (CTMH); Die - Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box).

Monday, 7 September 2015

Colouring Challenge at H2H

I am in LOVE with my new watercolour pencils from Close To My Heart and this week at Heart2Heart we are showcasing colouring! I needed some Thank You cards heading back to school this week, so I set to work with some of my new supplies and tried out a few different styles.
Most Suplies are Close To My Heart:
Paper - White Daisy cardstock;
Stamp sets - Charming Cascades, Card Word Puzzle;
Embossing Powder - Princess Gold; 
Embellishments - Gold Foil Tape;
Colouring - Watercolour Pencils.

Come and show off your colouring skills for us at Heart2Heart!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Annual Inspirations 2015-16

It's finally here! And as an added bonus, so is Holiday Expressions!
You can view the new catalogue online!

To show you a quick look at some of my favourite new products here is what I have created for my customers:
Shapes cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.
Paper - La Vie En Rose, Sangria paper collections; Pomegranate, White Daisy, Champagne cardstock;
Ink - Pomegranate; Stamp set - Charming Cascades; Embellishments - Gold Foil Tape.
September is also National Stamping Month! To celebrate, Close To My Heart is offering 3 special stamp sets for a special price.


Stay tuned to see more of the awesome new products in our newest catalogues. Contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to place an order!