Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Merry Little Christmas

Today I felt like it was time to work on my Christmas stash! I got this cute merry die from Hero Arts and wanted to use it somehow. I decided to use the sketch only from Fusion after I was inspired by the design team gallery (but I missed the linkup) and add a sentiment to go along with my die to link up with the "add a sentiment" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I was excited to add these sweet little snowflakes from Taylored Expressions to my card. It's fun to have new Christmas stuff to play with!
Paper - Jack paper collection; Black cardstock; White glitter paper (CTMH); 
Stamps & Dies - Merry Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts); Snowflake Confetti (Taylored Expressions).

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Celebrate 300

Today I created a wedding card to celebrate the 300th sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches!
Paper - Wedding Bliss (Echo Park); Black, Cotton Candy, Ivory cardstock (SSS); Vellum paper (CTMH);
Stamps - Floral Bliss (SSS); Embossing Powder - Princess Gold (CTMH);
Dies - Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Ovals (Memory Box);
Embellishments - Antiqued Gold mini-medley (CTMH); Matte Black Gumdrops (YNS).


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

*New* Catalogue Live

Today is the day our newest catalogue at Close To My Heart goes live!

Visit my site to see all of the amazing new products.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Mason Jar Pin Cushions

As soon as I saw this post about Mason Jar Pin Cushions from my talented Auntie Karen earlier this year I knew I wanted to try them out! I am not a very confident sewer, but I thought this was something I could handle :). I found the cutest fabric from our local quilting store, Sugar Town Quilt Company, and knew just the special person I wanted to make this project for!
I couldn't resist getting a bit extra of this fabric, so I decided to make up some little cocktail napkins as well. Inside of the jars I had lots of fun picking out some funky buttons for one, and then some thread, sewing machine themed kleenex, and clips for the other - so many fun options!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Huckleberry Jam

Do you have special things that you get or are given and you save them to use for just that right special occasion; however, you're so busy measuring whether the occasion truly is special enough to bring out the special thing that you never end up using it? Well, that is me with huckleberries. This unique, rare berry is my absolute favourite! I savour them so much I often leave them in my freezer when I can finally get them because I can't bear the thought of "wasting" them. This summer I'm on a mission to change that. This year I got the berries fresh and am determined to use them up BEFORE I even have the chance to put them in the freezer - it's hard to part with them (even though I'm the one eating a lot of them :) ).

One way to do this was to make jam. I decided to put the jam in small jars this year so that I also wouldn't get in the habit of opening a larger one and thinking ok well I shouldn't eat the jam again today because I want it to last and then months go by and it is still sitting there unused. I also cringe at the amounts of sugar we need to dump into jam that is already sweetened naturally by fruit, so I used a berry jam recipe that I tried last year that uses honey.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Seeing Stars Birthday

Here is a card I made for our nephew's birthday using the Jack paper collection (his name happens to be Jack, too!) from Close To My Heart. I also included another little new product sneak peak in there as well (available August 1)! I used the sketch over at Fusion and incorporated some gold script. I added as much stitching as my dies could handle to play along with the "in stitches" challenge over at Heart2Heart. Finally, I used some star dies to cut out some cute plaid stars to add to my card to link up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge of "seeing stars".
Paper - Jack; Juniper cardstock; Gold Foil *new* (CTMH);
Stamps - Belated Birthday (CTMH); Ink - Black (CTMH);
Dies - Stitched Rectangles (Memory Box); Happy, Basic Stars (CTMH).

I decided to make a little bag to go along with the card out of the same paper collection.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Let The Bliss Begin

Today is our 5th wedding anniversary :). The word 'bliss' has become a special sign to me throughout the past few months as it combines two very special names dear to my heart and I took it as a sign to get this stamp set when it popped up at Simon Says Stamp.
Paper - Kraft (CTMH); Stamps - Floral Bliss (SSS);
Ink - White Shimmer (Delicata) *embossed; 
Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide; Mowed Lawn, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

I look forward to this next year of ours and hope that our storms have finally passed.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Floral Bliss

I've been meaning to make this congratulations card for awhile to send out to someone I worked with online through my Masters program to congratulate her on finishing the program last semester. I decided to take out the June kit from Simon Says Stamp and play around with the beautiful distress oxide ink pad I got in it. The oxide ink definitely gives a unique effect - especially on kraft paper! There is also a little Close To My Heart new product sneak peak on this card...be sure to watch for our new catalogue going live on August 1!

I chose to use a My Favorite Things die on this image and added some bling with glitter paper and a gem to play along with the "seeing stars" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I decided to use the fun Freshly Made Sketches layout for my design, too.

Paper - Kraft, Silver glitter paper (CTMH); 
Ink - White Shimmer (Delicata) *embossed; 
Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Tim Holtz);
Stamps - Floral Bliss (SSS); Dies - Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT); Basic Tags (CTMH) *new*

Monday, 17 July 2017

Hawaiian Hibiscus with Distress Inks

I am super excited to FINALLY bust into my distress inks! I was blown away by the colour and didn't get into too much blending this time, but I am so stoked to play around with them this summer. I really liked the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches this week and knew I just had to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to use plaid! I decided to incorporate a stitched die into my design and am linking up with the "in stitches" challenge over at Heart2Heart.
Paper - Rainbow Plaid (Lawn Fawn); Black, Watercolor cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - Hawaiian Hibiscus, Just To Say... (CTMH);
Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade (Tim Holtz);
Dies - Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT); 
Embellishments - Black and White Matte gumdrops (YNS).

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Lighthouse Inspiration

I was at one of my favourite all time spots on the weekend - Kootenay Lake! While out in the boat with my aunt and uncle we came across this cute little lighthouse:
Photo Credit: Diane Matlock
I decided to create my own watercolour scene with these Art Impressions products. I am linking up with the "Oh the Places You'll Go" challenge over at Heart2Heart. I wasn't sure that the sketch over at Fusion would work for me so I was just going with the beach inspiration, but once I paired the right papers I found the sketch came together for me as well. The sky doesn't really come through in this picture but I did keep it a light blue (a shade lighter than the water) so that it looked like a sunny summer sky to link up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - No Worries paper collection; Glacier cardstock (CTMH); Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz);
Stamps - WC Cliff, WC Lg Lighthouse (Art Impressions);
Markers - N65, N95, 126, 177, 451, 856, 969, 992 (Tombow).

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Christmas in July

It is the second day of my summer holidays and I felt like creating some Christmas cards to start off my stash! I love this snowy door from Art Impressions! I created my own subtle background (so that I did not take away from the image) by stamping in VersaMark ink and then embossing in clear powder to link up with the current Art Impressions challenge. I used the layout over at Freshly Made Sketches and am linking up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge of "anything goes" which is also featuring Art Impressions products this week.
Paper - Slate, White Glitter cardstock (CTMH); Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz);
Stamps - Wooden Door (Art Impressions); Holiday Magic (CTMH); Ink - VersaMark (CTMH); Marvy & Tombow markers;
Dies - Wonky Stitched Squares (MFT); Embellishments - Blue Burlap ribbon (CTMH).



Sunday, 25 June 2017

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2017

I found some time amidst procrastinating and needing a creative break from my Masters and schoolwork to get a card done for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I decided to make a watercolour card by colouring my stamps instead of inking and then using a waterbrush afterwards. I found some sequins that I thought almost looked like coffee beans and decided to incorporate them into my design :)! I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches and am also linking up with the "patterned paper" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Paper - Rainbow Plaid (Lawn Fawn); Distressed Watercolour paper (Tim Holtz); Desert Sand cardstock (CTMH);
Ink - Tuxedo Black (Memento); Markers - 969, 992 (Tombow); Stamps - Better With You, Words of Wisdom (Verve);
Embellishments - Gold sequins, No Worries sequins (CTMH).

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Plastic Free July is Coming!

Have you heard about Plastic Free July
Two years ago when I first heard about it from my friend, Nadine, I will admit my first thought was wow that sounds crazy. How can you go without plastic?! Deep down I secretly admired what she was doing but thought that was WAY too much work. Last summer, however, I decided to give it a try. You can read about my experience here.

The challenge originated in Australia but has grown to be worldwide! This year I have signed up to avoid single-use plastic packaging and to target take-away items (the top 4: bags, bottles, straws, and coffee cups). My goals for July include cooking and canning more frequently and planned, attending the Farmer's Market around our local area and fruit stands in Creston, cooking with what is in season, being mindful of what my drinks and food are served in and taken away in when dining out, and trying my best not to buy anything wrapped in plastic at the grocery store. Can't wait to get started!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Here Comes The Sun

I jumped on the chance to get this awesome digi set from Verve when it came out this spring. One of the great sentiments was a favourite Beatles song and when I went to make a retirement card for a very special lady I knew just what to do. I love putting a sunburst card together and am very satisfied with the effect! I put the sentiment through my Minc to tie in with some of the gold foil paper as well. I am linking up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to use patterned paper.
Paper - Happy Times, Lucy, Dotty For You patterned paper; Desert Sand, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH);
Digi Stamps - Rise and Shine (Verve); Dies - Stitched Circles (SSS).

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Farewell Mojo

I am sad to see the farewell over at Mojo Monday - I will miss playing along with it! Thanks for a fun challenge, Julee! Here is my card using some of my favourite Verve sets (although there are SO many I love). I am also linking up with the "masculine" challenge over at both the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Paper - No Worries paper collection; Sapphire, White Daisy cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - Better Together, Strong Anchor (Verve);
Ink - Whisper, Desert Sand (CTMH);
Embellishments - Jute ribbon, white burlap ribbon (CTMH); Clear gumdrops (YNS).
With this post I thought I would also look back at both my first time ever playing along with Mojo Monday and my favourite card that I have made for the challenge:
One of my favourite Mojo Monday sketches - October 2015
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My First Mojo Monday card - August 2013
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Sunday, 4 June 2017

All the Fixings

I've had this stamp and die set from Taylored Expressions for awhile and wanted to take it out tonight to make a few cards. I am also going to take the set to my classroom and let my students use it for their Father's Day cards since they will be building their projects this year :). I am linking up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge of "anything goes".
Paper - No Worries paper collection; White Daisy, Sapphire, Glacier, Slate, Kraft cardstock (CTMH);
Stamps - All the Fixings (Taylored Expressions); 
Dies - Little Bits Tools; Pegboard (Taylored Expressions); Basic Ovals (CTMH);
Ink - Cashmere, Slate (CTMH).

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Coming Up Roses

Today I set out to make a few Anniversary cards that I will need in the next little bit. I decided to use the lovely layout over at Freshly Made Sketches. I specifically chose the beautiful Live Beautifullyonly available until the end of the month, and am linking up with the Color My Heart Color Dare and the "coming up roses" challenge over at Heart2Heart.
Paper - Live Beautifully (CTMH); Distressed Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz);
Stamps - Big Hug (CTMH); Embossing Powder - Princess Gold (CTMH);
Dies - Stitched Rectangles (MFT);
Embellishments - Burlap Flowers (Recollections); No Worries sequins assortment (CTMH).



Monday, 22 May 2017

Blossoms

It's that beautiful time of year when the blossoms are out and things are starting to fill in. I was inspired to get out my Art Impressions watercolour tree set while sitting out in the sunshine this weekend. I decided to colour right onto my stamp with my Tombow and Marvy markers and then use a brush pen to blend it out a bit. I am linking up with the Art Impressions "stripes and dots" challenge and used the sketch over at Mojo Monday. I am also linking up with the ribbon challenge over at Heart2Heart. I loved the inspiration photo for this week over at Inspired By All The Little Things which just screams spring to me, and although these flowers aren't tulips, I just love the pink colours :).
Paper - Live Beautifully; Uptown Fundamentals (CTMH); Distressed watercolour paper (Tim Holtz);
Stamp - WC Tree set (Ai); Dies - Stitched Rectangles (MFT); Ribbon - Burlap, White burlap (CTMH);
Markers - 761, 126 (Tombow); No. 18 dark brown (Marvy).

Here is a close-up of one of the other trees I created:


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Birthday Perscription

It was a beautiful sunny day today and what better to do than sit on the deck with some watercolour projects! I took out this Nurse set that I got from my Aunt to make some birthday cards for my two nurse sister-in-laws. One birthday is in the spring and one is in the fall but I thought I may as well make them at the same time. I just love those Lawn Fawn plaids and luckily I had both sets to fit my needs! I am linking up with the Art Impressions "dots and stripes" challenge. I added "a bit of sparkle" to my cards with some embellishments to link up with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and used the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.
Paper - Rainbow Plaid (Lawn Fawn); Island Blue cardstock (SSS);
Stamps - Proud Nurse set (Ai); Dies - Stitched Rectangles (MFT);
Colour - Tombow markers; Embellishments - Sparkle dots (CTMH).

Here is the fall version. My Marvy marker didn't seem to want to blend as well on this nurse's outfit, but it could have been because I was out in the hot sun, too!
Paper - Perfectly Plaid for Fall (Lawn Fawn); Dark Chocolate cardstock (SSS);
Stamps - Proud Nurse set (Ai); Dies - Stitched Rectangles (MFT);
Colour - Tombow and Marvy markers; Embellishments - Gold Sequins (CTMH).