The Stamps I Use

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Happy Happy Birthday with CTMH Grateful Heart

Hi folks,

Just stopping in to share another recent make - another late birthday card. That seems to be my routine of late.




I used papers from the CTMH Grateful Heart Collection. The stamp is from the "Epic Birthday" card making kit.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Love you more than you will ever know

Hi folks,

Just thought I would share the Christmas card I made for dearly beloved this year.


I'm still trying to find my card-making mojo - it's buried somewhere in the mess that is my craft room.

But I hope to find it in the next few days as I try to put the room back into some semblance of order. There may even be a relocation in the works - we're contemplating swapping the craft room with the exercise room to give me more space. Considering I've already annexed the exercise room for some stamp and fabric storage that might make sense. I was holding off on it because we ultimately want to get rid of the carpet on the 2nd floor. But, that hasn't happened yet so -- it might be time. We shall see.

Anyways - Merry Christmas all!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October Cross Canada Blog Hop

Hi folks!

Welcome to our October Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring the Hello Pumpkin and Grateful Heart collections from Close To My Heart. Whether you are a scrap-booker or card-maker, both of these collections have something for you.

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  then you are in the right place!

I'm featuring a birthday card using the Hello Pumpkin collection. If you are familiar with the kits in the new idea book, you will see that I took inspiration for this card from the "Epic Birthday" card kit. I quite liked the way the sentiment panel was created on one of the cards in the kit so I somewhat replicated it on my card.




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

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 November 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!


Monday, September 10, 2018

September Cross Canada Blog Hop

Hi folks!

Welcome to our September Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring the "Boutique" 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  then you are in the right place!

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







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

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 October 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!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The new CTMH Idea Book launches today!

Hi folks,

Just wanted to share that the new idea book for Close To My Heart launches today.


With the upcoming holiday season fast approaching (Thanksgiving, Hallowe'en, Christmas, New Year - and for my family birthdays!!!), I always look forward to THIS edition of our idea book the most.

Check out the online browsable or downloadable version here! You can also order your own copy here. If you are local, drop me a line and I'll connect you with a FREE copy!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Making Waves for a couple of birthdays

Hi folks,

Just thought I would pop in and share a couple more cards made recently for two more of our nieces who celebrated birthdays this summer.

For the first one, I wanted some happy, fun papers. So I turned to the CTMH "Make Waves" paper pack.



And since I had them out anyway, I used them on this card as well. Along with the "Block Numbers" Thin Cuts to mark the special year.





As always, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 10, 2018

August Cross Canada Blog Hop

Hi Folks!

Welcome to our August Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring the "Documented" 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  then you are in the right place!

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

Since I am a card-maker, I'm sharing a few recent cards I have made with this collection.

For this first card, I took my inspiration from the suggested cards from the "Sweet Friends" card making kit.



This second card uses the same stamp set but has a more masculine feel (I think).



The next two cards were inspired by one of the bonus cards from the Documented Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way. I just changed up the papers resulting in one feminine card and one more masculine.





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

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 September 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!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Three little piggies

Hi folks,

Just popping in to share a card I made for the 3rd birthday celebration of one of our nieces. Her birthday party theme was all about Peppa Pig (she's a fan) so I thought this card would fit the bill.



card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, white card stock base
  • patterned paper: CTMH Beautiful Friendship and Gimme Some Sugar
  • sentiment: CTMH (a birthday mini)
  • The piggy is from a very old stamp set from The Greeting Farm, among some of the first I bought probably.
  • layout is inspired by card sketch 707 on Splitcoaststampers
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

100 Days 100 Blocks Quilt Along 2018 - Blocks 8 through 14

Hi folks,

I'm back to share my blocks for the second week of the 100 Days 100 Blocks Quilt Along for 2018.

Block 8


Block 9


Block 10


Block 11


Block 12

Block 13


Block 14


I promise, in the coming weeks I'm going to try to bring in some other colours. But I seem to be gravitating towards the oranges and yellows.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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!