The Stamps I Use

Sunday, July 15, 2018

July Cross Canada Blog Hop

Hi Folks!

Welcome to our July Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring the "Central Park" collection from Close To My Heart.

If you've just hopped onto my blog, then you CAN start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada, then please start at the beginning at Michelle's blog. If you came from Michelle's blog then you are in the right place!

This month we are featuring the "Central Park" collection. Whether you are a scrap-booker or card-maker, this collection has something for you.

Since I am a card-maker, my project this month is this birthday card.



I modelled this card after one of the scrapbook layouts in the "Central Park" section of the Seasonal Expressions Idea book. If you flip to page 41 you will see the layout that was my inspiration.

That's it for me! Up next is Krista.

Remember - if you get lost you can always head back to Michelle's blog as she has the full list of participants.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we are able to inspire you in some way. If so, please leave us a comment as we love to hear back from the hoppers! We hope you are able to join us again next month. So be sure to mark August 10th on your calendar. And don't forget, you can reach out to your local consultant to purchase any of the items you see on the hop today!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Day 7 - 100 Days 100 Blocks 2018

Hi folks,

Just popping in to share my block for Day 7 of the #100Days100Blocks2019 quilt along.



Oh my goodness the pieces in this one!!

As always thanks for stopping by.

I think going forward that I will do a weekly post of the blocks completed for that week. Much easier than remembering to do a daily blog post on top of the official post to instagram.


Day 6 - 100 Days 100 Blocks 2018

Hi folks,

Oops! Looks like I forgot to post yesterday's block for the #100Days100Blocks2018 challenge.




This was an easier one - not too many pieces!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Day 5 - 100 Days 100 Blocks 2018 quilt along

Hi folks,

I'm back to share my fifth block for the #100Days100Blocks2018 quilt along. Yay!



Still going with the oranges!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Day 4 - 100 Days 100 Blocks 2018

Hi folks,

I'm impressed - it's day 4 and I am still sharing my blocks for the #100Days100Blocks2018 quilt along.

I finally cut into two of the fat quarters I got in a mystery Free Spirit fat quarters box from Craftsy a few years back (the four corners and the central, fussy cut block).


And yes, I'm back to the orange dominated blocks again - but now there's also some purple and green!

But I did find a few more packages of fat quarters hiding in my fabric "annex" - with OTHER colours in them. So, they may eventually show up.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Day 3 - 100 Days 100 Blocks 2018

Hi folks,

We're up to day 3 of the #100Days100Blocks2018 quilt along and I'm still keeping up - though I had to patiently wait for someone to wake up from a catnap so I could audition and cut the fabric for this block.



He's pretty darn cute - how could I say no to a cuddle?

Anyways, here's the block!



Once again, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Day 2 - 100 Days 100 Blocks 2018

Hi folks,

I'm back again today to share my second block for the #100Days100Blocks2018 quilt along.



Thanks again for stopping by!


Saturday, July 7, 2018

So I've started another quilting project ...

Hi folks,

In case you didn't already know - papercrafting is only one of my hobbies. Lately, I've been spending more time with one of my other hobbies - quilting.

Like many quilters, I'm not content to have just one project in progress at any given time. I have several. In fact, while I've been on summer vacay the last three weeks I've actually been working on four of my currently in progress quilts (there's actually nine in progress - don't tell the other five that I've been spending time with the others).

I've actually finished two of those tops and they are now awaiting quilting. So, that means I just had to start on another one.

I decided last minute to play along with the #100Days100Blocks2018 challenge.

Here's my take on the first block.



I'm hitting up my stash of fabric for this project - aiming to get a varied assortment of colours for my blocks.  I have a bad history with quiltalongs - I never finish them on time and usually fall behind at some point. But I'll give this one a try and see how it goes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Best Wishes for the Mr and Mrs

Hi folks!

Just popping in on this scorcher of a Canada Day to share a card I made for friends of ours who recently got married.

The arrival of my (sob) last order from Verve (they are shuttering their operations) coincided with the happy occasion so I was able to use these lovely freebie papers with a stamp from one of the sets I purchased.



It's fairly clean and simple so I jazzed it up a bit with a gold heart clip from CTMH.

Friday, June 29, 2018

A Birthday filled with Good Things

Hi folks,

Just popping in to share another recent make - this one was a birthday card for my Mom.





I went mono-chromatic with this one. The lovely plaid papers were a freebie with a recent order from Verve. Sadly, they are shuttering their stamp business so that was my last order from them. The heart patterned paper, white shimmer trim, sequins (from the Making Waves collection I believe) and stamp (from the Festive Birthday cardmaking kit) are all CTMH - raiding my stash!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Happy 1st birthday

Hi folks,

Just thought I would pop in and share a couple of cards I made for nieces of ours that just celebrated their first birthdays - one from each side of our respective families.

I kind of cheated and made two cards that were pretty much identical - except for the arrangement of the balloons. But my card-making mojo has been in short supply lately so.....it is what it is.








In case you are wondering, the balloons are cut with the balloon die cut from the CTMH "Sweet Baby" set - I snapped it up during a recent flash sale and have NOT regretted it.

Of course, the "1" was die cut using the CTMH Block Numbers Thin Cuts - another versatile set and I do NOT regret having in my collection. It comes in handy for those milestone birthdays and anniversaries AND graduations.

The papers on the cards are a mix of different CTMH collections - mostly from the Whimsy palette I do believe. I wanted something fun and summer-y for those two little nieces.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Relax and Enjoy Your Day - CTMH Fresh Air

Hi folks,

I was a little late out of the gate getting some of my June cards made this year, but they have finally been gifted and can now be shared.

These are the cards I made for Father's Day - the actual "Happy Father's Day" sentiment is actually inside the card (of course, I forgot to take a photo of the inside).







card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

May Cross Canada Blog Hop

Hi Folks!

Welcome to our May Cross Canada "Celebrating Relationships" Blog Hop.

If you've just hopped onto my blog, then you CAN start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada, then please start at the beginning at Michelle's blog. If you came from Colleen's blog then you are in the right place!

This month we're all about celebrating the relationships in our lives - friends, family, loved ones - those who make an impact in our every day!

Today I'm sharing some cards that celebrate one of the first relationships we all have - the one with our Mom's. Mother's day was just a week ago so I thought I would share the cards I made for some of the special Moms in my life - there are quite a few.







Five cards in total - all using the following products from the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book:


That's it for me! Up next is I'm sending you back to Michelle (we're a small crew this month).

Remember - if you get lost you can always head back to Michelle's blog as she has the full list of participants.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we are able to inspire you in some way. If so, please leave us a comment as we love to hear back from the hoppers! We hope you are able to join us again next month. So be sure to mark June 15th on your calendar as we create with the "Colours of the Rainbow" in mind. And don't forget, you can reach out to your local consultant to purchase any of the items you see on the hop today!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Beautiful Friendship - Bad Influence

Hi folks

Just popping in today to share another card using the "Beautiful Friendship" collection from CTMH.




Since this card was for one of my dearest friends for her birthday, I just had to use this sentiment from the Documented cardmaking stamps and Thin Cuts set.

I hope it made her chuckle.

The layout for this card was inspired by this month's Viva La Verve sketch.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CTMH Beautiful Friendship - Most of My Heart

Hi folks,

This month at CTMH we're showcasing the "Beautiful Friendship" collection. As it happens, I used those gorgeous papers (my favourite from the new idea book) for this card to celebrate 18 years with my dearly beloved.




I quite like how this one turned out.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

CTMH Beautiful Friendship Reasons to be Happy

Hi folks,

Today I'm sharing my favourite of the make and takes from the consultant launch party for the new CTMH Seasonal Expressions Idea Book.




This card features the "Beautiful Friendship" paper collection - quite possibly my favourite from this idea book. I liked it so much that I used it on all the Mother's day cards I made this year.  I'll share those sometime soon.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

CTMH Central Park - Walking on Sunshine

Hi folks,

I'm back again today to share another card featuring a new collection from the CTMH Seasonal Expressions Idea book that was launched on May 1st.



This one features the "Central Park" collection and was another of our make 'n takes from the consultant launch party. Looking at the photo of it now, I think it needs a little something below the sentiment. Maybe some bling or a zip strip. I might have to mod this one a little before gifting.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

CTMH Fresh Air - a reason to be happy

Hi folks,

I'm back again today to share a card featuring the new "Fresh Air" collection from the CTMH Seasonal Expressions Idea book launched on May 1st.



I think this is going to be a very popular collection with anyone who will be scrapbooking their camping adventures. For me, a card-maker at heart, it's going to be GREAT for masculine cards - and Father's day IS coming up in just a few short weeks!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 4, 2018

CTMH Documented Scrapbook Layout

Hi folks,


Well here is something you don't see from me very often - a scrapbook layout!




On May 1st, CTMH launched the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. Back in March. I attended a consultant launch event where we had the opportunity to play with the new collections.

One of the things we created (I'll be sharing the rest over the next few days), was this two page layout featuring the "Documented" collection. On these pages we used the papers, complements, and titles.

If you would like to recreate these pages, just let me know and I can send you the full list of products you will need to recreate this look.

As always, thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, April 15, 2018

April Cross Canada Blog Hop

Hi Folks!

Welcome to our April Cross Canada "Celebrations" Blog Hop.

If you've just hopped onto my blog, then you CAN start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada, then please start at the beginning at Michelle's blog. If you came from Caroline's blog then you are in the right place!

This month we're all about the celebrations in our lives - birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, new babies, new homes. Any reason you have to celebrate!

Today I'm sharing two cards celebrating the birthdays of two of my nieces.

Up first is this "Super Girl" Birthday Card - which was totally inspired by a card in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book (pg 58)




And up next is this card for one of our teen nieces.



As you might have guessed, I had a lot of fun with a bunch of my Thin Cuts dies making both of these cards. Supplies for both are listed below.

Super Girl Card Details

14th Birthday Card Details
  • finished size: 6 x 6 inches, white daisy card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH Make Waves
  • dies: Happy Birthday, Block Numbers, Sweet Baby Stamp & Thin Cuts
  • embellishments: twine
  • retired Fundamentals papers for the mat, die cut letters, and one of the balloons.

That's it for me! Up next is Arlene!

Remember - if you get lost you can always head back to Michelle's blog as she has the full list of participants.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we are able to inspire you in some way. If so, please leave us a comment as we love to hear back from the hoppers! We hope you are able to join us again next month when we will be celebrating relationships. So be sure to mark May 15th on your calendar. And don't forget, you can reach out to your local consultant to purchase any of the items you see on the hop today!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Chelsea Gardens Butterflies for you.

Hi folks,

Just popping in to share a recent card creation - for one of my birthday twinsies!

We share the same birthday (though not the same year).




card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter

Hi folks,

Just popping in to wish everyone a Happy Easter and to share the card I made for my dearly beloved (to accompany his special selection of Easter chocolates from a local, award-winning chocolate shop - Hummingbird Chocolate).





card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH Chelsea Gardens + Juniper card stock
  • stamps: Image: Easter Basket coloured with Shinhan Markers; Sentiment: Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking
  • embellishments: CTMH Whimsy Ribbon Pack (psst. from a recent corporate update, it would appear that the Whimsy line will be revamped with the release of the new Annual Expressions later this year. So, if there are certain colours you absolutely adore in this colour family, you might want to stock up to avoid disappointment if those colours are discontinued).
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Love You Tons

Hi folks,

I'm still back on the paper-crafting wagon so today I'm sharing only the THIRD card I have managed to make in 2018 - a birthday card for my dearly beloved.



At the last crop I attended back in November, one of my favourite local craft shops (The Embellished Connection) had a vendor presence. I'm always happy to see them there as they always have fun stamps for me to add to my collection. I bought quite a few stamp and die combos from Lawn Fawn at the event. This cute little elephant set was just one of them.

Should I confess that I think this paper is a collection from 2013 and it is my first time using it??? Methinks I have been ignoring a LOT of my craft supplies.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Is and Always Will Be Yours

Hi folks

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post so I figure it's time to share the second card I have made so far this year. That's right - still no card-making! Quilting instead!




This is a card I made for my dearly beloved for Valentine's day. The image and sentiment are from Unity Stamp Co, the papers are from Close To My Heart.

As always, thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, February 25, 2018

A Vintage Masculine Birthday

Hi folks,

Well, I've been having a hard time getting in to the mood to make cards this year. One of my other hobbies (quilting) has been using the bulk of my crafting mojo instead. I'm not going to fret about it - just go with the flow. Maybe I'll start updating this blog with my quilting adventures - there seems to be a LOT more of them lately. Stay tuned!

I figure though that it is about time I share one of the two cards I have so far this year. This is one that I made for my Dad's birthday back in January.




I used a bunch of supplies from my stash for this one.

  • kraft cardstock base
  • Authentique papers
  • the vintage masculine image is from Unity Stamp Co
  • the Happy Birthday sentiment is from CTMH
  • I *think* the Dad sentiment is from Verve
  • the twine is from my stash
  • the shipping tag was no doubt a freebie from one of my Unity KOM orders. I must say - I REALLY like using shipping tags for my stamped images these days - especially if I am not colouring them.
  • layout: Viva La Verve January Sketch
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Mermaids Making Waves

Hi folks,

Just thought I would pop in and share another card using the Make Waves papers from CTMH.

And yes, it has the mermaids!



I was surprised when I went to load this paper. This was the last card I made in 2017. And, if I'm not mistaken, I've only made one card so far in 2018.  It's probably safe to say that one of my other hobbies has been keeping me busy. I'll probably share some of THOSE projects soon as well.


Friday, February 2, 2018

CTMH Make Waves Magical Birthday Card

Hi folks,

I've been quite negligent in posting my card makes of late. Anyways, here's one I made some time ago featuring the Make Waves paper collection from CTMH.



And not a single mermaid in sight!!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

CTMH Stargazer Teen Birthday Card

Hi everyone!

As I mentioned back at the beginning of January, CTMH launched their new seasonal idea book at the beginning of the year. "Stargazer" is one of the new collections - it has an "outer space" theme as you might guess from the name.


Now, at first glance, you might struggle with how to use some of the papers in that collection, but I'm showing you today that there are plenty of papers you can work with that aren't so "younger child cutesy".

This is the card I made for our 16 year old nephew using those papers. I think it works!




As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year - Happy New Idea Book!

Hi folks,

With the start of the New Year, Close to My Heart welcomes a new idea book to spark your creativity.


You can check it out online right here.

Have fun browsing!!!