Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop ~ Letter Y

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter Y. 
This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has
chosen as their Y element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda's blog ~ Scrappy Therapy

If you came from Jenny then you're on the right track!

 May I present to you a Santa Ornament Box that I created filled with Yummy Chocolates for the grand kids!
can you see him tucked into the braches of my new white Christmas Tree?  He is so adorable!
The design is one I found on the internet by Miss Gingerdots & another great gal Jeanie B!
I am making a dozen of these for the tree for when young visitors come by...

 (Santa is as a holding place for my Joy Yo-Yo banner that has had a technical glitch!
  It will be working on it Sunday afternoon once I am home long enough to fix it & post it!)

He is made using the Artiste Cricut cartridge triangle box, moustache, and other shapes.
  Holly leaves are from the Art Philosophy cartridge
White cardstock, green cardstock
 B&T paper I had to use an expired pattern as I have used up all my current Christmas paper, can you believe that ~ 
 Pink glitter gems for the berries
Black & Grey Sparkles for the eyes 
Cranberry Exclusive Ink
Baker's twine 
Embossing Folder (one I had in my collection)

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Dominique of Fun2cre8

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy (link: found on signup doc) for a complete list of participants!

Have Fun Creating with Paper & Ink


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas and Winter Creations Seasonal Blog Hop

Welcome to the •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop! 

 This month we will be featuring Christmas & Winter  Creations.  
If you've arrived from Pam's blog you are on the right path! 
The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. 
 If you get lost, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here 

This month we have a number of Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using various CTMH products to help you get in a Festive mood for the Christmas.

With out further delay ~

First up is a Christmas tree ornament that will be a gift for a good friend 

Using the same paper packet I have also created a Christmas Card Holder using clothes pins & some black bakers twine

Lastly, I have altered a Photo Frame creating some  Christmas Wall Art ~ 

Thank you so much for following along on our Blog Hop today! I hope you enjoyed all the lovely artwork… 

I have included step by step instructions later in this post if you want to see how they were made... 
Don't forget to comment below  ~ We love to hear what you think of our work!  

Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas!
Look for our next Blog Hop where we will feature beautiful Valentine projects, see you soon!
Now it’s time to head on over to Lisa's Blog and see her artwork! 

Continue reading if you want to see how I made these projects & the supply lists:

~ Tree Ornament ~ 

Supplies Needed:
A Clear Glass Ball Ornament (mine is from Micheal's)
Snowhaven Paper Packet 
Quilling tool or Tweezers
Black Striped Twill Ribbon 
Neutral Metallic Baker's Twine 
Tag ~ Lagoon Cardstock 
 Hostess Reward Be Jolly Stamp Set 
Glitter Gems 
Cricut Artiste Cartridge for Tag
Black Ink 

Start with Paper of your choice ~ I used a Snowhaven
~ cut paper into strips of 1/2" x 4"  then curled with the my quilling tool.  
Remove the cap carefully from the glass ornament (I place the ball in a small custard dish so it does not roll away)
Place curled paper into the ball ornament

The tag was cut from Lagoon card Stock using the Artiste Cartridge.  I then inked the edges with Lagoon ink & the sentiment is from Be Jolly Hostess Rewards Stamp set stamped with Black ink.

I used black metallic bakers twine to tie the tag onto the ornament & as a hanger and then added a piece of Black Striped Twill Ribbon. 

 I also added some bling to the tag using Glitter Gems.

~ Christmas Card Holder ~

Supplies Needed:
Wooden Spring Clothes Pin (hardware Store)
Snowhaven Paper Packet 
Broad Tip Glue Pen
Red Shimmer Trim 
Glitter Gems
Metallic Bakers Twine ~ Black

I started by cutting Stripes of paper the with of my clothes pin.  These were glued onto 5 pins.  I used red Shimmer trim for the other 5 pins.
I used sandpaper once the glue had dried to sand the edges of any overhanging paper. I added a Glitter Gem to each of the papered pins.

I then took a length of black baker's twine (approx 6 feet or length of your choice) and tied it into the spring of the clothes pin, tying a knot for each so the pins do not slide together.  

 I used my Bone folder as a spacer while tying the Twine. 

~ Christmas Wall Art ~

Supplies Used:
Shadow Box Photo Frame (dollar Store)
Colorful Ornaments (dollar Store)
Paper Packet 
Pear Card Stock
Glue Stick 
Ultra Fine shimmery Glitter (had on hand)
Cricut artiste Cartridge for Words

Take the frame apart & cut a piece of Pattern Paper for the inside to replace the Photo 
(I used a bit of tape to keep this from moving) 

Add the Glittery Ornaments & put the frame back together.

Cut from the Artiste Cartridge the sentiment of your choice from Card stock that coordinates with your background paper.  Add glue to the front of the sentiment & sprinkle with fine glitter. Let dry, then shake excess glitter back into container. I used my tape runner to apply the words to the front of the glass

See you soon ~ Keep warm & 
Keep on playing with Paper

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Everything ABC's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter X.  

This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an
Keep on Creating with Paper
 embellishment.  Whatever  the crafter has chosen as their X
element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog not to worry ~ just head on over to the beginning at Linda's Blog  ~ Scrappy Therapy

The past few months have been so hectic around here and I really wanted to participate in this Blog Hop... 
so I did the thing all busy people should do... 
I created an alternative Album layout
 " Scrapbooking in a Snap" 

Using A Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program

These pages are for my eldest Grandson's Album.

He is My Xtra Special Someone & Nana Loves you...


~ Starting to sort through the pictures ~ 

It is starting to look like something in no time at all... 

Now when I have the time, I will come back to refine, journal & add some embellishments!

Here are the finished pages:

{will put in finished pages this evening}

Supplies used are:

Picture My Life Later Sk8r Scrapbook Program (Z1945)
(includes a 12 x 12 cover page, 3 x 4 cards & 4 x 6 cards and memory protector pages)
Chalk It Up Paper Packet (X7184B)
Memory Protectors Flip Flaps (4 x 6 from the 12" assortment, Z1325)
Baker's twine (expired colors)
Shimmer Trim in  Teal (Z1918)
Chalk It Up Assortment (Z3009)

Stamp sets used are:

Handwritten Print (E1080)
Chalk it Up Scrapbooking Workshop Stamp (D1606)

Well that is it for a quick & Simple way to get those pictures into an album... especially when time is limited...

Now head on over to the next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog  to see what Catherine has created 


Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Missing in Action

Hi All

This is rather personal & not Scrap booking or card related so if you want to skip this post, please do ~ I just feel I need to share a very important part of my life ~ as my Mother shared my love of paper crafting (and other creative mediums) & we traveled to many event together...

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer back in May, she had a Mastectomy in July ~ all went really well with NO pain at all!  At her follow up appointment we found out it had spread throughout her entire body to many of her organs (liver, lungs, kidney, bones & scalp).  I have been spending much time with her & dad, driving to appointments, taking care of the house, preparing meals doing the laundry etc... and then she took a turn for the worse the middle of October.  Thinking it was a stroke, she was rushed to hospital... and was admitted.  Mom did not want to be alone so we promised her she would not be alone... dad is not able to stay with her, it is hard on him physically so I stayed with her... we all stayed with her ~ rotating over night stays with my eldest daughter & my sister,  The next couple of days were difficult for us all ~ we found out that she actually did not have a stroke that day she was brought in ~ it was a seizure caused from a previous small stroke that she did not even know she had.  She experienced 2 more seizures while in hospital under the watchful eye of the head Neurologist for the Study of medicine at Kingston General Hospital & Queens University. She got worse, not able to eat & would cough if just drinking water. she slept a lot under the medication they had given her for her lungs & another to prevent further Seizures.
She was transferred to Palliative care on her Birthday & we celebrated her 75th Birthday there with about 25 people coming in & out throughout the day... she was not awake for it as her meds made her sleep a lot but we know she knew we were there & that we all love her very much!
We were blessed with her making it through that day and the next as out of town family were coming to visit with the wee hours of October 26th, mom slipped away in her sleep to be with the Lord.

I will really miss her.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J

Here is something special for all you Digital Scrap bookers out there...

November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media! 

First, throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5! 
That is a savings of over 25% off of retail! 

2 Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November 
receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! 
The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.

3  If luck doesn’t smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box. Five “golden tickets” will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders. This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™. 

4 For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load 
Memory Protectors!

And there is one last way to win: take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

To make things even more exciting, starting November 1, five brand new kits from the Annual Inspirations idea book will be made available in Studio J, so you can create new artwork using the latest papers and embellishments from Close To My Heart. With so many ways to win, five may be new your new lucky number! Log in to Studio J and start creating today.

*Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. New kits available in Studio J® on November 1 include Confetti Wishes, Snowhaven, Seaside, Pathfinding, and Scaredy Cat. No tax or shipping will be charged on the free item(s).  Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 4 to 50 two-page layouts. 
For additional information about shipping/handling, please visit > Products 
and Pricing > Shipping Options

So Get Scrappin~ 

For more information on digital scrapbooking,  go to Farmer Di

Keep on Stamping

November Stamp of the Month

Stamp of the Month 

~ This month is a super cute stamp set ~

It’s the Little Things SET OF 15
$19.75 CAD  
Purchase this D-size stamp set—available for one 
month only—for just $5 with your qualifying purchase. 
That’s over 70% off retail! Simply place an order of $50 
or more in Close To My Heart products to qualify for 
this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Check out some of the sample projects made with it:

~ Order Today

For now...
Keep on Playing with Scraps

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

October Stamp of the Month

Here is this months Stamp of the Month ~ Isn't it Super Cute?

Watch for some upcoming projects featuring this stamp and a few other wintery & Christmas stamps

Interested in making some cards & tags for Christmas?

I will be hosting an in-house crop Fundraiser in October ~ Leave a comment below if you are interested in the details when they are ready...

Keep on playing with paper!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Playing in the Studio ~

Had some family visit today & my grandson wanted to do some crafts.

He has his own station in the studio, so out came the ink & stamps, pipe cleaners & paper... he eyeballed my punches so out they came too... needless to say he made some jewellery for my daughter with pipe cleaners & punches!

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I created 2 simple cards for the girls Birthdays ~ using old paper from before my CTMH days...

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And Sarah got creative with empty ribbon spools & a strofoam wreath I had hanging around in the studio

Here are a few Cards I have made in the past ~ I really need some studio time!

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Only a couple more days to get this amazing 30 set of stamps & the September Stamp of the Month...

Jeep on playing with Paper


Monday, September 22, 2014

Creating at a Crop

Spent Saturday with a bestie ~ and some other lovely gals!

Did some stamping, then some shopping & out for an early supper & back to creating...

Here is what I did...

 Looking forward to taking the Grands to a Pumpkin patch to get some awesome Pictures!

Love this Stamp set ~ Used it for 2 different cards ~ this one...

And this one ~ Just did some fussy cutting!

 Love making Pleated Paper to add as a border ~ Leaves Were stamped, Fussy cut & then colored using Sponges & Ink ~ and of Course I could not forget to add some Bling!

Another favorite Retired Stamp Set... LOVE!

All Paper and embellishments are from the Current 
Close to My Heart Annual Inspiration book 2014-2015
The stamp sets used are retired
 (I forgot to pack current stamps as I took the bag of goodies I had at My Mom's while making Thank you cards for Homesteader Days)

Keep watching ~ and remember, comment below ~ we love to hear what you think of our work....

Keep on playing with Paper