Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Close To My Heart contest

Win a free My Crush Book!

Check out the following link to Jeanette Lynton's blog post for details on how you can win a fantastic My Crush Book.  I LOVE these books.  They are so much fun.
 

 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

September Team Blog Hop

 
Welcome to our monthly team Blog Hop featuring projects made with Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges.  If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you get lost you can find your way by going to Brae's blog at http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com for a full list of participants. If you came from Tamara Lisowski's blog then you are in the right place! 
 
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! 
 
I am so happy that CTMH now has a third Cricut cartridge!  It is called Artbooking and is focused on scrapbooking layouts and mini albums.  It has some amazing images that can be used for all kinds of projects and I'm sure that they will appear on most of my projects from now on.
 
At first I wasn't sure what to make until I discovered these photos that were sent home at the end of school this June.  I love this monster that Mitchell made and only just got rid of it this past month (it was falling apart).

 

I used images from multiple keys instead of just copying one of the premade layouts.  Mainly because I had no control over the size of my photos and I really loved the photo mats. 
 

 
For the title cluster I cut out the words twice and just offset them for a shadow look.  I added an Irresistibles chipboard, pin clip and black hemp for embellishments and also some stamps images from the Artbooking coordinating stamps.

 
For the cluster on the right I again used stamps from the Artbooking coordinating stamps and more pin clips.  I attached the pin clips using the slate washi tapeIf you have any questions about anything on my layout just let me know.  I'm always happy to help with tips and tricks.  The next stop on the Hop is Kim's Cherry Street CreationsThanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects from those that you have seen along the way.  Join us again next month when we will feature items that give thanks.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

August New Product Blog Hop

 August Team Blog Hop
Welcome to our monthly team Blog Hop featuring projects from the new IDEA BOOK.  If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you get lost you can find your way by going to Brae's blog at http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com for a full list of participants. If you came from Alyson Mayo's Create with Alyson blog then you are in the right place!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! 

I have been dying to use my new Cinch machine.  Up until this week I hadn't had time to take it out of the box.  I decided that this would be a great way to show off lots of items from the new Fall/Winter Idea Book and get a chance to test out the new Cinch.  Hence this fun little book.  It is 8x8 as that's the size of the chipboard I had for the covers.  I love how easy it was to punch through this heavy chipboard with the machine.  Super easy and fast.  I use the new ProPlayer paper pack for all of my pages. I love the colours in this pack and it really is versatile enough to use for almost any project. 
 
 
I covered the front of my book with one of the B & T papers and embellished it with the stamp set from the Huntington Workshop on the Go kit.  The WOTG kits now come with a D size stamp set and they all have titles with them so you no longer have to worry about having the right letter stamps!  If any of you were lucky enough to get the free My Creations Mini Banner in June then here is what I like to do with mine.  I covered it with some cardstock and added it as a page!  I love to add these to layouts to give them some fun dimension.
 
My first page is a combination of a few things.  Maybe you've heard that there's a new Cricut cartridge!  Unfortunately I don't have mine yet but I use the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut my blue page.  Again you can see another mini banner piece attached to the left side.  I added some of the retired Top Coats 4x6 overlays.  The one on the left is affixed but the one on the right is just another page. 
 
Did you notice the little bow clip?  That from the Laughing Lola Assortment.  Isn't it cute? 

 
I got my inspiration for this next page from Pinterest.  I've had a layout with a photo like this pinned for quite some time now.  Here is the pin.
 
 
Here is a close up of yet another mini banner piece.  For this one I added a little decoration above it.  Can you guess what it is?  It's from the new Idea Book and it goes with the ProPlayer kit. 
 
 
All of the stamps on these pages are from the Family Photo stamp set.  It's a new exclusive set only available for Hostesses.  What a great new idea.  There are 7 new hostess only stamps sets that vary in size from A to D.  They are greatly discounted but can only be purchased using hostess rewards.  Another great reason to host your very own home gathering. 
 
 
This next page is done mostly with the Laughing Lola papers and embellishments.  I had some items left over from convention and decided that it would be a great addition to the book.
 
 
Here is a close up of the Dimensional Elements that coordinate with Laughing Lola.
 
 
I think this next page is my favourite.  I love these two pictures of my boys.  I cut out the red page with my cricut again and used the Craft Room to size it the way I wanted.  I used some tips that I got from fellow consultants Senior Executive Directors Sheri Rottler and Diana Veenendaal.

 
I added some keyboard kraft alpha stickers for the tab title and then the arrows from the ProPlayer Assortment.  This time I used the new All the Details stamp set.  Don't you just love the name tag?

 
If you have any questions about anything in the book just let me know.  I'm always happy to help with tips and tricks.  The next stop on the Hop is Crafty Carol's Place Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects from those that you have seen along the way. Join us again next month.
 
 


Wednesday, 3 July 2013

July Special

Work the Workshop

 
50% off the Workshops on the Go Canvas Art Kit!
 
 
 
 
Get the discounted Workshops on the Go canvas art kit (G1062) in July—no qualifying purchase required! From July 1 to July 31 you can get this trendy kit to create your own canvas art to hang in your home, regularly priced at $39.95, now discounted to $19.95—more than 50% off! Take papercrafting to the next level with this adorable home décor piece that you can display for all to see.

*Offer valid July 1–31, 2013, while supplies last. No qualifying purchase needed. No limit per order. No refunds or adjustments on product already sold.

Contact me right away to be sure you don't miss out on this great special!  paperplayroom@hotmail.com

 

Friday, 21 June 2013

June Team Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly team Blog Hop featuring projects with a SUMMER THEME.  If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you get lost you can find your way by going to Brae's blog at http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com for a full list of participants. If you came from Michelle Hughes' The Right Hughes blog then you are in the right place!

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! 

This layout features the Chantilly paper pack.  It's funny because when I first got this paper I didn't think that I would use it much as it is a little more feminine that what I usually use.  I've used almost all of it though and really like it.


This is a simple layout and I wasn't sure if I should add more embellishments but I think I like it nice and simple like this.

 
Here are a couple of close ups.
 
 
The next stop on the Hop is Brae Montgomery of The Brae-erThanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects from those that you have seen along the way. Join us again next month when we will be featuring projects Inspired by another Team Member.
 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

May Team Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly team Blog Hop featuring projects Inspired by Pinterest.  If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you get lost you can find your way by going to Brae's blog at http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com for a full list of participants. If you came from Brae Montgomery's The Brae-er blog then you are in the right place!

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! 
 
 
It's been a very busy month and I wish I had found time to post more but it just didn't happen.  I'm happy to be back with another team blog hop.  This month our hop is "Inspired by Pinterest".  I really enjoyed this and hope that you like my project.  The original post can be found on Scrapbooking.com on the Art on a String project by Kay Williamson.  I didn't even look at her instructions but since I was using a Kraft Container I didn't need to make the box as she did. 
 
I started out with the My Creations Kraft Container and added some Dream Pop paper.  I used a sentiment from the Family Love stamp set and cut it out using the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  I also added some Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape along the lid.  It's the first time I've used the washi tape and I really like how it worked out on this project.  I had a hard time finding a handle for the lid but finally picked up a pair at Canadian Tire. 
 
 
I used the Mini-Medley Accents Slate Collection to embellish the container.  I also added a second pin with a bling button on it.  I used a zip strip from one of the Dream Pop papers instead of a ribbon to hold the sentiment on the container. 
 
 
 
There were a lot of firsts for me with this project.  Another first was heat embossing.  I finally purchased a Versamark ink pad and some Clear Embossing Powder.  I stamped more sentiments on some of the Dream Pop cardstock with the Versamark and then added the embossing powder.  Unfortunately I thought that a hair dryer would melt the powder.  Just in case you think the same thing, IT DOESN'T WORK.  LOL, I resorted to a lighter and have now ordered a Craft Heater so that I can do it right next time.
 
 
I used some fishing line that I had my husband dig out for me (he doesn't fish anymore) and strung some pictures, the sentiments and some Colour Ready Garden Wooden Shapes.  I coloured the wooden shapes with some ink, added washi tape to one of them and covered a few with embossing powder.  I had fun playing around with the little wooden shapes and seeing what I could do with them.
 
 
Each item is double sided so that no matter how you look at it you don't see the back of anything.  I am also surprised at how well this goes in and out of the container.  You would think that it would be tangled up but as long as you are gentle it comes out every time.  I'm sure if I tossed it around a bit it would tangle up but why would I do that?  Below is the close up of the butterfly with the washi tape and then the smaller one has embossing powder on it.

 
The next stop on the Hop is Lucy Imrie of Lucy's Creative Expressions.
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects from those that you have seen along the way. Join us again in next month when we will be featuring projects with a Summer Theme.

 
 
 
 
 

Monday, 20 May 2013

It’s a Papercrafting Pajama Party!

 
Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this Happy Thoughts kraft container.
 
 
Tune in for the FREE webcast on Thursday, May 30 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (MDT) at BigPictureClasses.com. During the presentation, you’ll learn to make several projects from a variety of sponsors, including Close To My Heart’s Happy Thoughts kraft container.
If you’d like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts, or enter any contests, you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a FREE account on the Big Picture Classes website.
To make our Happy Thoughts kraft container, you will want to have the following items—or similar products—on hand:

My Acrylix® Frame Flair Stamp Set (D1546)
My Acrylix® Happy Thoughts Stamp Set (C1536)
Chantilly Paper Packet (need 1 sheet of B&T, X7163B)
Crème Brulee Cardstock (need 1 sheet, X5754)
Lagoon Cardstock (need 1 sheet, X5762)
White Daisy Cardstock (need 1 sheet, 1385)
Whisper Cardstock (need 1 sheet, X5929)
Whisper Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2172)
Lagoon Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2195)
My Creations® Kraft Container (Z1833)
Baker’s Twine Neutral Assortment (need 3 yards, Z1701)
Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes (Z1844)
Sparkles Black & Grey Assortment (Z1754)
3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
Micro-Tip Scissors (Z534)
Corner Rounder (Z578)
Paper Trimmer (Z1783)
My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778)
My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
2" x 3K" My Acrylix® Block (Y1009)
4" x 5" My Acrylix® Block (Y1012)
Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection (Z1686)
 
As always you can purchase directly from my website and have your order delivered right to your door.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

April Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly team Blog Hop featuring creative techniques.  If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you get lost you can find your way by going to Brae's blog at http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com for a full list of participants. If you came from Rosalynd Kelly's of In My Scrappin' Room then you are in the right place!
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! 




I decided to focus this month on CTMH True Fit Folios to show you how to create a very unique interactive layout.  These folders are designed to be fully inserted into your memory protector and allow you to store memorabilia.  I decided to change it up and use it to allow more pictures and a fun openable page.  The over all layout is based on the Top Hat pattern from the Magic book.  The paper pack is Fanfare which is now retired.



I added this little piece of White Daisy cardstock to make sure that viewers would know to lift the page.  I used the Approved stamp set with second and third generation stamping to create the background for the tab.  The "open me" is stamped with the A Typeface alphabet.



Here is the inside of the True Fit Folio.  I love the idea of using it this way to make your layout larger and incorporate more pictures.  I have been doing this type of thing more an more and it is the same idea as a memory file.  




I used the Polka Dot Alphabet stamp set to create the words for the title, cut them out and then popped them up with foam tape.  Then I added some of the discontinued Sweetheart Level 2 epoxy elements.  Most the of epoxy shapes are filled inside with coordinating paper to add a little bit extra contrast.



I placed some Black & Grey Sparkles throughout the layout to add a little bit of bling! 

The next stop on the Hop is Tamara Lisowski of Mara's Journey.
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects using some of the techniques seen along the way. Join us again in next month when we will be featuring special techniques.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Home Decor

I completed this project a little while ago but it took me about a year to get all of the pieces together.  I had this idea for my entry way and I love how it all came together.   
 
 
It basically started with the mirror and then I decided I wanted family portraits but rather than just putting them in a frame I wanted to frame a scrapbooking layout. 
 
 
I wasn't sure what I was going to do in the space above the scrapbook frames initially but thought about plaque mounting our hand prints.   Then I found out you couldn't plaque mount more than one piece of paper so that wasn't going to work.  I ended up finding these frames on clearance at Michael's and they filled the space nicely.  There was quite a bit of trial and error to decide how to make the hand prints and Mitchell ended up with a purple hand for a couple of days.  I finally found that just inking our hands with CTMH ink worked perfectly

 
I found the saying and was planning on cutting it with my Cricut but chickened out because it was so big.  I have a friend who owns a sign company and he cut it for me.  I'm very happy with the final result and would love to hear your comments.
 

Monday, 1 April 2013

Workshops

Workshop Page


Please check out my new workshop page.  I have my next workshop posted and hoping to have another one added shortly.  The tab is at the top of the page or you can click here.
 
 
 

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Later Sk8r

Here are the rest of my Later Sk8r pages as requested from the blog hop.  I appreciate all the kind words I received and the interest in more of my work.  I am happy to share.  These are the pages that we did at our last club meeting.  If anyone else is interested in joining our monthly club then just let me know and I will send you the details.  It's great fun and we accomplished a lot this past month. 

 
This first layout if the workshop kit layout.  I changed up the title a little and used some dimensional elements and the tiny epoxy letters.  I love these little letters.


 
Here is a close up of the title.


 
These two layouts are both from the stickease pack.  I love that these layouts can be done so fast.  It only takes about 40 minutes to complete each of these layouts.  Super fast and super easy.  The hardest part is selecting your pictures. 
 
Thanks for looking and as always I love to get comments and I'm happy to answer questions.  Stay tuned for some workshop posts, hopefully before the end of the weekend.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Welcome to our first team Blog Hop featuring product from the current CTMH Idea Book.  If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you get lost you can find your way by going to Brae's blog at http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com for a full list of participants. If you came from Rosalynd Kelly's of In My Scrappin' Room then you are in the right place!
 
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! 
 

 
I had a hard time deciding what product to feature so I finally decide to show off two of them.  My first is the Canvas Art Kit.  I just love how this turned out and how fast and easy it was.  It comes with everything you need except the ink, acrylic block and adhesive.  I am planning an upcoming workshop so stay tuned for dates and details about it.
 
 
 
My second product is the Later Sk8r paper.  I just love, love, love this paper pack.  I have completed four double page layouts and still have paper left over for some more.
 
 
I copied this layout from page 45 of the CTMH Idea Book.  It is a studio J layout but I figured out the sizes and changed up the papers a little.  I think it really suits the boys suits!  I also added some of the Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles which came in my Workshop on the Go kit, some Outdoor Denim bakers twine from the Harvest Assortment, and a few items that are now retired.  I used the Pure Adventure stamp, Kudos from theCricut Artiste Cartridge collection and a couple of other retired stamps. 



The next stop on the Hop is Cheryl Peyton of Peyton's Paper Place
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again in next month when we will be featuring special techniques.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Upcoming Workshop



I'm still working out the details for this upcoming workshop and will provide them when they are available.  This is a little matchbook mini album with lots of room to add pictures and journalling.  It's a great gift for Father's Day.  I am thinking that I might pair it with a gift for Mother's Day and have both workshops at the same time.  I'd love to know if you might be interested.  The cost for this will be under $10.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Another inspired project

 
 
Here is another project that I completed just last weekend. It was inspired mostly from Heidi Swapp and most of the product is hers.  I'm so happy that some of her product is now available at Michael's stores.
 
 

This is my first official Memory File project.  I decided that it was time I scrapbooked some of myself.  I went through my boxes of old pictures and this project includes some of my favourite ones.  The cover has a little bit of all my favourite lines.  The black mat is from Teresa Collins' Vintage Finds.  The banner is from the CTMH You & Me kit.  The letters and ribbon are from (Mist)-a-bles and the rest is Heidi Swapp.

 
So, I love Mustard Colorshine.  If you don't know what Colorshine is then you really need to see it in person.  It has a wonderful iridescence.  I used a ton of it on this project but the mister broke somehow and I didn't manage to exchange it until I was almost all done.
 
 
The inside of the memory file is packed full of pictures and journalling.  It is very interactive with flaps and pull outs.  I love how that works. 

 
For this page I cut a mini chipboard memory file and layered it to create a little photo stack. I added a CTMH Journalling Spot, some rub-ons and paper from the Sweetheart paper pack.
 

I also added a Heidi Swapp Jumbo Tag folded to hide some journalling. 

 
 
The centre of the memory file holds a ton of photos.  It's all about my college experience and a trip to New York City in my final year. 
 
 
 
 
I added a Heidi Swapp Foto stack to hold all of the photos from the trip. I couldn't believe how many spaces there are for photos and journalling. I had to go back to my photo box and find a few more to add.  

 
I added another Jumbo tag folding it in half and tucked it behind the banner Jumbo tag that I misted with CTMH Cranberry ink. 

 
The last page has more interactive areas and some random pictures from various times. 
 

 
The little zebra striped pocket is a bag that I got when I purchased some jewellery somewhere. I've been saving it for quite a while and finally found a use for it. I tucked a little tag inside that show's what I used to look like a long time ago in a bikini.
 

I added a CTMH 4x6 Flip Flap so that I could fit a couple of larger photos on the page and additional journalling.  I also used a piece of patterned cardstock from the CTMH You & Me kit to create another spot for more hidden pictures.  The back isn't decorated but I may still decide to put something on it. 
 
Now that I've started creating Memory Files and captured some of my childhood memories I want to do more and more.  I have a few more ideas on what I'm going to do and I'll share those with you once they are complete.
Thanks for looking at my work and I appreciate any feedback you might have.