Monday, September 15, 2014

Creative Blogger Nomination

I am honored to be nominated as a Creative Blogger by fellow CTMH Consultant, Kelly Janes
Check out her blog, it is full of great ideas and some seriously cute stuff!

We are joining up as a chain of fun blog hop tours, where we will get to meet new bloggers, get new inspiration and connect with blogs that will open up our creativity. 

This blog hop is sure to be a great inspiration. 

I hope you hop along with us.

Here are my 4 questions I need to answer before I pass along my nominations…

1)      What am I currently working on?

I have nothing in the works right now to be honest, and everything on the go.  I am a “create by the seat of my pants of whatever I’m in the mood to work on until I get interrupted” kind of papercrafter. 

I just finished creating a Christmas cards workshop, and I have since just created a few cards for challenges and for my own personal need of being creative.  I always seem to have other projects of mid-creation on one of my tables in my studio though.  Like the Picture My Life project I began in July (from my week-long visit with my sister), which I then set aside to work on other stuff.  I know I will get back to it when the mood strikes.  That’s just how I roll.  Haha.

2)      How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Um, hopefully I’m not the only one who doesn’t really understand this question.  Lol
But seriously, I mostly just wing-it and try to create something that I find appeasing to my eye, that has some sense of balance of shape and color, and that in the end it just makes me happy to look at. 

I am always open to anything new (whether it be products, styles or whatever), and I hope that I never seem like I am stuck in a creative rut.  I want to creatively inspire people, in the same way that I love to be inspired. 

3)      Why do I create what I do?

Mostly, I create out of the desperate need to be creative.  I get cranky when I can’t be creative.  Just ask my hubby.  Hehe.  I have always been the type of person who needed quiet time to do my own thing, and this whole world of papercrafting has become my outlet.  I am at my happiest when I get to play!  I don’t create often for a real purpose, to be honest.  Only when I join group blog hops, ect. 

4)      How does my creative process work?

My creative process works in many, many ways.  Lots of time I see something that catches my eye and I have to re-create it whether almost completely lifting it, or taking a color scheme or design or something from it and making it my own.  Love Pinterest for that.  I have found that the more techniques and ideas I try, the better my crafting seems to get.  I don't know about you, but I get so excited when I learn something new…

Other times, I may wake from a dream and have something in mind that I want to make.  Ya, that happens. 

More often though, when I am feeling like I want to create something like a card, I will grab a stamp set I want to use and build a card or project around a specific theme or image from the set.  

But if it is a layout I feel like creating, I usually prefer to have photos to take color ques from and then I build the layout around my photos.  And there definitely are times when I just want to make a layout and don’t have photos.  Although I find I don’t actually use those layouts often enough.  Oops.  But I sure had fun making them! 

Seriously, when it comes to my papercrafting,  I work on a whim.  It's just my "thing"!  ♥

So… now I get to nominate some inspiring bloggers.

I nominate Brenda Rose, and Karen Pedersen.  

Not only do they pump out the most inspiring, awesome artwork, but they both exude a deep loveliness that carries through their words and touch you on a personal level.  I luv these ladies! 

Check out their blogs, you will not be disappointed.  ;)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Chalk It Up... a Sweet Cherry Inkers' Team Challenge!

Before I share my cards with you today, I just want to take a moment to thank you for the kind words on my previous post.  Brought tears to my eyes.  ;)


As a Close To My Heart Consultant, I am part of a team and our group has a private Facebook page.

Angela Fehr, one of our team members from Sweet Cherry Inkers, began a new monthly challenge for the members of our group.

This month, the theme is Chalk It Up, where she asks us to create anything we want that is inspired by chalk art.  (We can earn extra points by using Chalk It Up papers and the September stamp of the month - which I don't have yet.)

So this is what I created, taking the chalk art idea even further...

It may not be very noticeable in the picture, but the little pumpkin is opaque in the above card.  I achieved that effect by using my blender pen and painting White Daisy pigment ink onto the pumpkin.  It gives it a ghosting type of look.

After the images were stamped with White Daisy pigment ink, I sprinkled clear embossing powder over top and heat set them.  Then I took a sponge and lightly rubbed White Daisy pigment ink randomly over top (for both cards) to give them both the look of a used chalkboard.

Super cute, hey?

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):

Happy Halloween card:
Paper:  Chalk It Up; Black, White Daisy CS
Stamps:  What A Hoot! - Aug SOTM, Stitch Wonder, Card Word Puzzle - retired, Save the Date - retired
Inks:  Black, White Daisy pigment
Embellishment:  Chalk It Up Assortment
Other:  Micro-tip scissors, Blender pen, 3D foam tape, Clear detail embossing powder, Corner Chomper (WRMK), Sponge

Life Is Wonderful card:
Paper:  Chalk It Up; Black, White Daisy CS
Stamps:  Life Is Wonderful - upcoming July SOTM, Stitch Wonder
Inks:  Black, White Daisy pigment
Embellishment:  Chalk It Up Assortment
Other:  Micro-tip scissors, 3D foam tape, Clear detail embossing powder, Sponge

Friday, September 5, 2014

We Support Teachers

So a lot of you who follow my blog may not live around here, so you may not have heard about the Teacher's Strike going on in BC.

It began back in May (or was it April? or earlier?) with rotating strikes, until the Government locked them out in June, which caused our summer vacay for the kids to begin about a week or two early this year.

Well, school was scheduled to begin on Sept. 2nd, but there is still no agreement in place so no school for our kids.

A lot of people are frustrated with the teachers.  A lot of people are frustrated with the Government.

As a parent, I personally side with the teachers.  I want what is best for our kids.  And seriously, the teachers are not getting paid enough, the class sizes are too big, and the class composition is difficult and tricky.  I believe that.

I couldn't do what these people do everyday.  We are losing good teachers over this.  They are taking jobs elsewhere (most out of necessity for the need to work, and some by choice) and some are talking about not returning.  

Earliest I can see this being resolved is not until at least mid-Oct, whether the teachers are forced back to work or the Government is forced to uphold their original agreement that they backed out on (shame on them), and I hope I am wrong on that far-away date, but I am not holding my breath.  

Anyways, I could go on and on and on... BUT...

I made a card.  To honor the teachers.  Just so you know that you are appreciated.  ♥

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  Chalk It Up; White Daisy, Sorbet, Whisper CS; Flaxen Paper Fundamentals
Stamps:  What A Hoot! - Aug SOTM, You Are My Happy - past special, Keyboard Uppercase, Wild About Love - past SOTM
Inks:  Black, Lagoon, Flaxen, Sorbet
Embellishments:  Chalk It Up Assortment, Keyboard Kraft Alpha - retired
Other:  Black journal pen, Blender pen, 3D foam tape, Scissors, 1/2" and 2 1/4" and 2 1/2" circle punches (EK)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Party! Card... Celebrating National Stamping Month

Let's celebrate National Stamping Month!

I made this fun card using just 4 of the images from the #30YearsofHappy stamp set.
Cute, huh?

Close To My Heart is celebrating its 30 year anniversary and is offering this super fun stamp set only during the month of September, called #30YearsofHappy.

You can get this set for FREE with an order of $30 in stamp sets.

Oh, the possibilities!!!  

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Upcoming Snowhaven 12 Christmas Cards Workshop!

This is my favorite time of year... when I get to offer my Christmas cards workshop!

Honestly, this is always my fave workshop.  ;)

I absolutely adore the new CTMH Snowhaven papers, so I created a wonderful set of Snowhaven Christmas cards just for you!  ♥

Please join me at my Wizard's Hangout studio to create 12 Christmas cards... here's the details:

When:  Saturday, October 18th at 1-4 PM ***
Cost:  $22 (includes envelopes)
Supplies to bring:  Scissors, 3D foam tape, Adhesive
Where:  13413 Sunnyside Cove, Charlie Lake
RSVP:  Contact me to reserve your spot & I will send you a Paypal invoice 
Email me: 

*** If I have enough interest I may offer this on another date too, so if you can't make this date, please let me know.  


Kit Option:

If you do not live in the area, please contact me if you wish to purchase a pre-stamped, pre-cut kit that you can assemble at home.  I can mail to anywhere within Canada or the USA (shipping is extra) so please include your mailing address with your request.  And payment would be done through Paypal after I get the shipping quote, please.


CTMH Consultant Option:

If you are a fellow Consultant and would like to offer this workshop to your customers, please contact me directly ( to purchase my Snowhaven 12 Christmas Cards Workshop Instructions for just $2 (via Paypal).

These include:
  • supply list
  • cutting guides
  • assembly instructions
  • photos (of all 12 cards)


Happy creating!  :)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Thanks So Much

For this card, I used a Heidi Swapp Chevron Mask to create the background by sponging Glacier and Flaxen inks over top of a White Daisy cardstock base.  I kept the most outer parts darker with ink while lightening as I worked towards the center.

I stamped the sentiment from You Mean the World to Me set, first inking it in Whisper, then rolling the bottom part in Slate, and then the very bottom in Black ink before stamping it onto a scrap piece of White Daisy cardstock.  Then punched it out with a 2 1/4" circle punch.

I turned the circle over and used a pencil to lightly outline where I wanted it to sit on my base, then I used a leafy image from the It's the Little Things (upcoming November SOTM) set and inked it in Black ink, stamping it around the circle.  I repeated the stamping with secondary stamping (by inking in Black ink and stamping it once onto scrap paper and then onto the card).

I cut a piece of new Slate Diagonal Striped ribbon and adhered it to the back of my circle piece, then used 3D foam tape to pop the sentiment up.

Lastly, I added some more leafy images and tiny Thistle flowers, and some Bitty Sparkles.

So pretty.  And soft.  Love it.  

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Paper:  White Daisy CS
Stamps:  You Mean the World To Me, It's the Little Things - Nov SOTM
Inks:  Glacier, Flaxen, Thistle, Black, Slate, Whisper
Embellishments:  Slate Diagonal Striped ribbon, Bitty Sparkles
Other:  Chevron Mask (Heidi Swapp), 2 1/4" circle punch (EK), 3D foam tape, Micro-tip Scissors

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Working on Christmas...

Yes, it may seem early, but life gets so busy not just for me but for everyone I know.  

So I started working on a Christmas card workshop yesterday and now just need to type up the instructions (totally the boring part).

Anyways, this card is not part of the workshop, but I do like how it turned out.

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper:  Snowhaven; White Daisy CS
Stamps:  Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet, Life Is Wonderful - July SOTM, Be Jolly - Hostess set, Tiny Typewriter Alphabet - heart -retired
Inks:  Cranberry, Glacier, Black
Embellishments:  Ruby Chevron ribbon - retired, Bitty Sparkle

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Typed Note Card

This card uses the upcoming April Stamp of the Month set, Typed Note.

I paired it with some of the new Christmas themed Yuletide Carol papers, and added a little Canary yellow.

I stamped the typewriter paper a second time and trimmed it out with my scissors.

Then I rolled the edges a little to give it a slight curve, and adhered it with 3D foam tape at the top and glued it at the bottom, just to give it a little dimension.


We just got home last night from another summer trip.

This time my main reason was to go see this little peanut... my Great Nephew. 

What a sweet baby!  ♥

And then we headed further south to visit friends we haven't seen in 5 years.

Good trip.

Good to be home in my own bed, too.  ;)

Happy creating!  :)

Supplies used (all CTMH):
Paper:  Yuletide Carol; Colonial White, Canary CS
Stamp:  Typed Note - April SOTM
Inks:  Black, Slate
Embellishments:  Clear Sparkles, Black Shimmer Trim
Other:  3D foam tape, Micro-tip scissors


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