The Stamps I Use

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Team Brae-ers May Blog Hop - Little Dreamers

Hi folks,

Welcome to our Team Brae-er May Blog Hop featuring the Little Dreamers collection from Close To My Heart.

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 leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

With unicorns all the rage at the moment, it was very timely for CTMH to release a unicorn themed paper collection, don't you think?

Even if you aren't thrilled about using unicorns in your layouts or cards, this paper pack has lots of other fun, vibrant patterns and colours for spring and celebrating all year round.

For close ups of each of the papers in the collection, just click through to this link and click on the thumbnails of each paper and it's reverse side.

For this month's hop, I made these four cards.

For this card, I just had to use this sentiment from the Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts Bundle. I LOVE IT!!! The star die cuts from the same set were a perfect accent on this quick make card.

For this second card, that cute unicorn paper makes another appearance - along with the banner die cut and another sentiment from the Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts Bundle.

This third card continues with the unicorn theme with the unicorn die cut from the Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts Bundle. I added a bit of sparkle to the star and the unicorn's horn, snout, mane, and tail with my gold and clear shimmer brushes. And did you notice that Sparkle & Shine paper? That's actually from one of the PML cards in the paper pack.

So ... are you tired of my unicorns yet? Okay, here's a card that DOESN'T have a single unicorn in sight. What it does have is lots and lots of colour! Yes, colour. With a "U". Yay! CTMH released two versions of the Little Dreamer Scrapbooking Stamp Set (& Thin Cuts Bundle). One with the American spelling and one with the British spelling! Being Canadian, I, of course, had to have the British spelling. Oh, and those fish-tail banners across the bottom of the card? Those are actually using papers from the Adventure Fundamentals. I thought they were perfect accents on this card. Don't forget your fundamentals! All of the themed papers that are featured in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Books also pair wonderfully with the fundamentals in the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.

And now off you go to the next stop on the hop at The Brae-er!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Live Beautifully - Black Flowers

Hi folks,

Just sharing a few more cards featuring the "Live Beautifully" collection from CTMH.

For this trio of cards, I went dramatic. Black hearts popped up against the thistle coloured paper in the collection. Again, these cards are inspired by cards in a workshop designed by Jacquie Paech - another CTMH consultant.

For this first card, I kept the portrait orientation for the layout.

For this second one, I switched it to a landscape orientation.

For this third card, I went with the same papers from the Mother's Day cards here but switched the layout to a portrait orientation and added the trio of black flowers.

card details:

Monday, May 15, 2017

May Cross Canada Blog Hop

Hi folks!

Welcome to our May Blog Hop featuring our favourite new paper collections. We have four new amazing and fun paper collections in the current Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book.

We have an amazing group of talented ladies all across Canada and they would sure love to hear from you. So, before you hopping along to the next stop in the hop, be sure to leave a comment about what you loved.

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

As I may a LOT of masculine cards, I immediately fell in love with the Jack collection. Here's a peek at the paper pack.

I love, love, love those plaids!

With Father's Day coming next month, I put my Jack collection to good use making Father's Day cards. Note that all four of these cards are 6 x 6 cards.

For this first card, I was inspired by the layout on page 37 of the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. I think it translated very well from a scrapbook layout into a card sketch. I just replaced the photo image with the lumberjack die cut from the Jack scrapbooking stamp + Thin Cuts bundle and used the sentiments from the Jack cardmaking stamp + Thin Cuts bundle.

For the second card, I used the layout for one of the cards from the WYW Father's Day Cardmaking Kit with a black 6x6 card base.

For the third card, I once again took inspiration from a scrapbook page layout. This time from page 34 of the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. I switched up the papers but stuck with the colour blocking technique. And I just HAD to use that cute, cuddly bear from the Jack cardmaking stamp + Thin Cuts bundle.

And for my final card, I was inspired by one of the cards from the optional cardmaking project from the Jack WYW Scrapbooking kit. You can see those cards on page 39 of the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. For this card though, you can see that I used a different mix of papers from the one in the idea book. I REALLY wanted to use those trees, plaid and axe print papers.

Now, don't let my focus on Father's Day cards dissuade you from thinking that once Father's Day is done, that you won't be able to use the Jack collection. I'm already planning to re-make these cards as birthday cards. AND -- there's something about those plaids and the trees that have me thinking Christmas. Stay tuned! There might be Christmas cards coming from these papers!

To purchase any of the items you see along the hop today, be sure to get in touch with your local consultant.

Your next stop in the hop is Diana! I'm sure you will have a fantastic time over at her blog as well!

If you get lost along the way, you can head on over to Michelle S blog as she has the full list of hop participants.

Thanks for hopping along with us today. We hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products, and techniques you saw along the way. We hope you will be able to join us again next month when we will be featuring creations using up our stash with some new products.  So mark June 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Live Beautifully - Sea Glass Flowers

Hi folks,

Here's another duo of cards I created using the CTMH "Live Beautifully" collection. Once again, these cards are inspired by a workshop designed by Jacquie Paech - another CTMH consultant.

The first is a Mother's Day card using the original portrait orientation.

And for the second I flipped the card into a landscape position.

card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Live Beautifully - Double Hearts for Mother's Day

Hi folks,

Just thought I would share a few more cards I have made with the "Live Beautifully" collection from CTMH.

These cards went in the mail to mine and dearly beloved's Moms for Mother's Day. You can see the card I made for dearly beloved's step-mom here (she likes tea). They are inspired by cards in a Live Beautifully workshop designed by Jacquie Paech - another CTMH consultant.

This first card follows the original design fairly closely, I just changed up the sentiment for a mother's Day one.

The second card is my favourite 6 x 6 size with a black base instead of white. I think the black really makes the papers pop. I also added the gold dots card from the pack and switched out the zip strip for the bolder black and white. I also added another layer to the hearts.

card details:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Live Beautifully - Anniversary Wishes

Hi folks,

Here's another creation featuring the "Live Beautifully" papers from Close To My Heart. It's an anniversary card for my dearly beloved - we celebrated seventeen years together earlier this month.

This card was inspired by a workshop from Jacquie Paech - another CTMH consultant.

card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Live Beautifully - Graduation

Hi folks,

As promised, today I am sharing a recent creation featuring the "Live Beautifully" collection from CTMH - available only during May.

One of our nieces had her high school graduation prom recently and this is the card I made for her.

Here's the front of the card:

And here's the inside.

card details:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Live Beautifully - National Scrapbooking Month

Hi folks,

Just popping in to share the details of the "Live Beautifully" campaign this month from Close To My Heart.

The collection includes the Live Beautifully paper pack:

The Live Beautifully stamp set:

And the Cut Above Layout Kit:

There's also some fantastic bundles available, which include the kit, an album, adhesive and a journalling pen. As the bundles sell out, CTMH home office will be offering different bundles with other coordinating albums.

Be sure to pop back over the next few days as I share my creations using this lovely collection!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart

Hi folks!

It's a new month and that means it is time for a whole new round of promotions from Close To My Heart.

As always, there is a special stamp set, available only during the month of May, which, with a qualifying order, can be yours for just $6 CDN.

With the latest craze in adult colouring books, don't you think this "Live, Love, Laugh" D-size stamp set just lends itself wonderfully to happily losing yourself in some playful me time with your favourite pencils, markers or watercolour paints?

Here's a stunning two-page layout from CTMH Home Office featuring this lovely stamp set.

And check out this single page layout, cards and treat package.

So many delightful project ideas - I hope they have given you some inspiration!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book Launch

Hi folks,

Just wanted to share that today marks the launch of the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book from Close To My Heart.

If you don't have a physical copy yet, you can check out all of the fantastic new products and project ideas here! Happy page flipping!

The highlight, of course, is always the new paper collections. Here's a sneak peek at what is in store in this idea book (I'll have features on each one in upcoming posts).

Little Dreamer


 No Worries

 Prickly Pear

As always, thanks for stopping by!