Monday, 1 February 2016

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop 2016


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring February's Stamp of the month, which is  named "Balloon Animals", a set of 13 stamps.

If you have come here from Katy Taylor's blog then you are on the right path.



This Stamp of the Month blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog

This month we have 40 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Wow!!!  
This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go.

Balloon Animals—February 2016 Stamp of the Month

Item Number: S1602



This month's stamp is so darn cute. I think of balloons and hence that's how I designed the card.
I used : Zoe Paper, White daisy Cardstock, Glacier cardstock, Art Philosophy and Artistry Cricut cuts,Sapphire Ink,Gold Embossing Powder for the animal balloons,,Glacier Thick Twine for the balloon rope and two black Rhinestones for the eyes.








Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment if you can. We love feedback and it keeps us motivated !Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the February SOTM is only available until February 29th!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to  see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Your next stop is Gina Brandsetter's Blog



Friday, 15 January 2016

January Cross Canada blog hop

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring Watercolor Creations.

To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order or me !

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, 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 and join Michelle at Mycreationswithmichelle .

If you came from "Arlene" of " Arlene's Creative Space" then you are in the right place!

I am really loving these watercolours. So many wonderful techniques. I used the January Stamp of the Month on a few cards. This stamp set is requires two steps. One is the background image and the second stamp is the detailed stamp. I stamped the rose detailed image with memento ink on watercolour paper,then I used our watercolours to paint the image. It gives an "organic look" and and some texture. When you use one of our paint brushes, it helps with filling in the colour. You can add more water to give a paler version of the colour you are using.

















Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is "Donna " of "datsmystyledj.blogspot.ca/"
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list.


Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be feature Cardstock Creations . So mark February 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Friday, 1 January 2016

January 2016 Stamp of The Month Blog Hop


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring January's Stamp of the month, which is  named "Beloved Bouquet", a set of 14 stamps.





If you have come here from Michelle Loncar's blog then you are on the right path.



This Stamp of the Month blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog

This month we have 33 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Wow!!!  This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go.

 I am a flower addict ! Just when I think I have every flower in stamps, along comes this beauty. This stamp set has a two step process whereby one could stamp in a base colour and then a darker shade of that colour. I decided to experiment a little and used the larger detailed Rose stamp and stamped it on white cardstock to make my own background paper. It was so easy to do and no matter which way I stamped, it all worked out so there's no making an error! I got so carried away I did the back of the card and some on the envelope. I used leftover Thistle cardstock to mat the background.
I also then stamped a smaller Rose with Thistle as the background and then in Archival black with the detailed smaller rose stamp.  I love the effect. Used Sweet Leaf ink for background of leaf and then archival black for the detailed leaf stamp. I used our Close To My Heart Line Embossing folder on white cardstock  and our purple shimmer trim around the edges of the embossed white strip. the sentiment is one of many found on the January Stamp of the month. I chose Valentine's as my daughter is going to use them for her customers for her Valentine floral arrangements she is putting together in February. I also used 3 of our new purple adhesive backed enamel hearts.



Products used:




Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment if you can. We love feedback and it keeps us motivated !Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the December SOTM is only available until December 31st !  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to  see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!
 Your next stop is Catherine Nowak's blog

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

December Cross Canada Blog Hop Our Creative Spaces

Welcome to our December blog hop featuring “Where We Create”. If you need ideas about how to organize your supplies and your work space, or if you just want to see our crafty spaces, this hop is for you.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers.... by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!
If you have just hopped onto my blog, 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 and join Michelle's blog . 

 If you came from "Arlene " of " Arlene's creative space "  then you are in the right place! 
 I have lived in my home for 25 years and had the good fortune to have a craft
 room  in two different rooms of the house. When I first started scrapbooking, my craftroom was one of the "spare" bedrooms. About 5 years ago, I decided to move my craft room downstairs. We moved the dining room furniture into our rather large living room and I took over the dining room which is right next to my kitchen. This is so much better as I can cook, do the laundry and "wander" into my craft room for small periods of time. I teach classes at my kitchen table which seats 10.
 My daughters are adults and so our home suddenly seems too large a space. We know we will move in the near future and "downsize" but I love my craft room and kitchen and that is a definite "must have" in our next home.
 My first picture is of my desk which is rather messy but then I cleaned it up for this blog post. I have a rail above my desk (from Ikea) that I hang some containers on. I keep adhesive, small tools,markers and punches here. I also have two Ott lights on my desk as I often craft late into the wee hours of the night and my eyes are weak.
                                                        My Messy desk before Clean Up !



                                                              After Clean Up
                                               More Pictures of the rest of My Room





                                                           
                                             I keep all of my finished Cards on my Clip It Up
                                           I use storage units from Michael's but am slowly
                                             replacing them with Ikea Storage units.


 Alex Drawers From Ikea
                                               
                                  I try to label everything so I am not spending time looking for supplies
 Love my ribbon holder
 I have another desk banked up against my my main desk

                                          Yes I have hide some things under this desk. I keep a scrap folder ,
                                          bulk paper holder and my Close to My Heart Tote bag here.
 
                                       I scored this small gray expedite at a Varage sale and
                                this holds extra Stamps or current projects I am working on.

                                         
                 I have my garbage can under here,( as stash other things here too!)
                             my power bar and my "Thing a ma bob here "( so I put my coffee cup or                    beverage out of harm's way here)




                                   My Kitchen Table where I hold workshops and small crops


Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative in whatever space you have available to you! We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Creating With Watercolours. Mark January 15th, 2016 on your calendars and hop along with us.


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is "Kirsten " of "Scrapping with kirstenjade ". 
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle Stewart's Blog, MyCreations with Michelle, as she has the complete blog list.








Tuesday, 1 December 2015

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop






Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring December's Stamp of the month, which is  named "Candlelight Garden", a set of 10 stamps.



If you have come here from Jennifer Dyktra's blog then you are on the right path.



This Stamp of the Month blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog

This month we have 33 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. Wow!!!  This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go.


Here in Newmarket, Ontario (Canada), I find the days dark and gray. We have had a few snow showers and the weather has been unusually warmer than most Novembers'. When I saw this stamp set, it inspired me to create some cards for some seniors who are confined to palliative care or long term care homes. My father has dementia and when I visit I like to bring flowers. I made up some cards (with this stamp set )for  some of the other residents who don't get many visitors. I also made some for the nurses and care workers. I hope it brings some much needed"light" to what may seem like a dark and gray day!





Products Used:
Enchantment Fundamental card stock
White Daisy Card bases
 Shin Han Markers
CTMH Watercolours and brushes
Silver Glitter tape
Pink Glitter paper
Pixie Extra Thick twine
memento Ink
Archival Black Ink





 Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment if you can. We love feedback and it keeps us motivated !Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the December SOTM is only available until December 31st !  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!
 Your next stop is Terrie Shortsleeve's blog.



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