Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cross Canada Hop: Focus on Artbooking

Welcome to another Cross Canada Blog Hop!  We're featuring Close To My Heart's newest Cricut Collection, Artbooking this month.  I absolutely love this collection.  There are so many possibilities with it and even if you don't want to "outside the booklet" you can create some stunning artwork.

If you hopped onto my blog to start, just keep clicking until you get back here but if you'd like to literally "hop across Canada" you can start at Michelle's blog.  If you came here from Arlene's blog you're on the right track.

Here is my project:

Does that look familiar?  It should.  I shared this 3-ring album during another Cross Canada Blog Hop.  I finally finished the inside!!!  I'm so excited about it because it turned out way better than what I pictured in my mind.  (Normally that ends up the other way!)  And, my kids love it.  (*Side note: If you watched the TV segment that my kids were on with me, you'll have seen some of this already!  Haven't seen it?  Just click on the photo titled "March Break TV Segment" on the sidebar.)

Take a look through the pages and then I'll explain what I did.

I cut my pages from various 8" mini album pages and then basically cut shapes from lots of different 8" pages as well as a few things from the sports themed pages.  I cut items in multiple colours and then went to work, placing them where I liked them.  I went searching for black embellishments and added them in as well.  It took longer than I thought, but I just left things laid out and came back to it when I could.  I used almost every single piece I cut out. 

Now, hop on over to Sheri's blog and check out what she's created!

Happy Creating!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Cricut Crafts for Kids

How's that for alliteration?  :)

I had so much fun planning this project with Nathaniel.  Arianna already has a canvas in her room, made during her birthday party last year, so it was Nathaniel's turn to create a fun picture to hang on his wall.  This is the canvas the kids were working on during our March Break TV segment on Rogers.  Check it out here.

All the images were cut with the Create-a-Critter cartridge.  In this next photo you can see how it was attached to an 8x10 canvas.

All the papers we used were Nathaniel's choices.  He asked for particular colours and I gave him options.  In fact, I had a different idea for the colours, but I love how it turned out.  The patterned grey is from the Babycakes paper packet.  Then we used some Chocolate, Sweet Leaf, Topiary, Cranberry, Slate and Desert Sand cardstock.  He and Arianna put it all together and I used Liquid Glass to put it on the canvas.  It totally suits my dino-loving boy and it was so very easy!

Canvas multi-packs are on sale at Michaels this week, at least here in Canada, so it's the perfect time to stock up!

Happy Creating.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Joining the Simply Creating CTMH team: Why would you want to?

I'm excited today!  It's supposed to get up to 16 degrees here and the ice on our sand box is almost melted.  Spring is definitely here!  And look what's finally popping up in our garden!  :)

April is an exciting month around here, but not just for those wonderful signs of spring.  Right now, as I'm sure you've already heard, we have a fan-ta-bulous deal going on with Close To My Heart!

That's right.  You can choose one of our Cricut Collections (a $99 value) for FREE when you sign up as a CTMH Consultant in the month of April.  Now, I think this is an incredible deal, even if you don't do another thing with it.  There really is no obligation to do anything beyond signing and then picking your free collection.  

There are some really great benefits to being a part of the Simply Creating Team.  Just take a quick gander at the video I made to learn about some of them.  If you can't see the video, click here to watch.

What else do you get?
  • Free Resources: a website, newsletter service, credit card processing on all orders, hostess rewards
  • A fabulous community, like hanging out with my amazing team (I know, I said that in the video, but I just love them all!)
  • Training from me and from corporate (Yup, I mentioned that in the video too, but it really is awesome!)
  • the opportunity to get your investment back, so you could get $400+ in product for FREE
  • 22% discount on all your favourite products, for at least 6 months
  • an opportunity to go beyond what you are picturing right now

So  ...  what are you waiting for?  Hop on over to my website and sign up, even if it is just to cash in on this great deal.  I can't wait to see you at my next team event.  :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

CTMH Stamp-of-the-Month Blog Hop: Balloon Talk

Hello and welcome to another SOTM Blog Hop!  I'm doing a happy dance today because Spring has FINALLY arrived here in Ontario.  The robins are hopping around, the Canadian geese are honking, the sun is warm and I put my kids in their rubber boots today!  :)  Knowing that some of my readers are still digging out of a big snow storm makes me feel that much more grateful for our weather.  I am blessed to live where I do.

On to our hop.  If you arrived from Lalia's blog, you're on the right track.  If you're starting here, just keep hopping through until you get back here.

We are highlighting the super fun Balloon Talk stamp set.

Isn't it fun?  Here's what I created:

I went really introspective with this layout.  I loved some of the wonderfully encouraging sentiments in this set, so I started there.  I also used a Sketch 'n' Scrap sketch again this month, but changed it to a 2-page layout.  

I started with some Instagram photos I had and had fun creating a layout that will encourage me.  (The text photos are excerpts from a blog I follow called Women Living Well.)  I used Balloon Ride paper and Complements because it has muted shades of the colours in my photos, and I loved the wording on the complements, too.  Here are a few close ups.

And here are photos of the balloons I used.  I sponged them with Saddle ink, like I did on every other piece, including the complements.

And I couldn't finish without showing you a couple close ups of those fabulous chipboard Complements.  They're just "lovely".

Those are grey epoxy bubbles in between my banner pieces.

Now, it's time to hop on over to Dawn's blog and check out what she's created.  Can I challenge you to scrapbook yourself?  Get thinking about how to give yourself a boost in your artwork.

Remember that this stamp set is only available for the month of April.  Talk to your consultant about how you can get your hands on one.

Happy Creating!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lollydoodle Card Workshop Kits For Sale

I'm starting a new endeavor!  I've had a lot of interest in my past workshops, lots of people are interested in purchasing the kits to be completed at home and I'm happy to say that I'm making things even easier for you, especially if you don't live close to me.  And we're starting with my recent Lollydoodle Card Workshop.

What will you receive with this workshop kit?
  • Pre-cut and pre-stamped papers from the Lollydoodle paper pack
  • 1 full set of Lollydoodle Complements
  • 40 Bulk Flamingo Dots
  • 10 White Daisy card bases and envelopes
  • 1 5 x 7 White Daisy card base
  • 1 3 1/2 x 8 White Daisy card base
  • Full colour instructions with photos
There are only a very limited number of kits available, so don't wait too long to purchase.  This is the first time I've used a Paypal button, so please bear with me as I get used to it.  :)  Sorry, kits are only available for purchase in Canada at this time.


I apologize if this is the third time you're seeing this post in your email inbox.  Like I said, I'm still learning how to use the Paypal button!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What's so great about Studio J?

So, I'm home with a sick little girl today.  Our family was sick-free this winter ... until last night.  It means I'm not getting crafting time in my studio today, but since I have a nice new laptop, I figured I would do a blog post while I keep an eye on my sweetie.  (Don't you hate it when your kids are sick???)

Close To My Heart has a wonderful promotion this month.  It's all about Studio J!

It's no secret that I love Studio J.  I love the simplicity of working with the program and that you can play to your heart's content before spending a penny.  I love that I can work with papers and kits that I haven't purchased, or that were sold before I heard of CTMH.  I also love that I can change the colours of the papers, something that can't be done with classic supplies.  Let me show you what I mean.  Here is a layout I created with the You Rock paper kit:

The dotted paper is actually a purple colour in the classic paper, but I was able to change it to match my photos better.  I loved this layout so much I decided to use it a second time, for photos of my daughter taken on the same day.

The only things I changed were the title and journaling, one Stickese on the bottom right, the colour of the dotted paper and of course the photos.  I did this even quicker by just copying the first layout and then making the changes.

So simple.  So quick.  And I have two layouts of some of my favourite photos of my kids!

Hop on over to my website and try out Studio J by clicking the badge below. 

Remember, the $5 layout sale is only available for the month of March and that means you need to actually purchase your layouts by March 31, at midnight MT.  I don't suggest waiting until then, though, because lots of people will be waiting until the last minutes.  I would hate to have you get caught with slow servers!

Another fun perk:  I'm celebrating 7 years with CTMH this month, so if you order Studio J layouts this month, you'll get a free gift from me as well as be entered in my draws!