Friday, 18 December 2009

Teacher's Gift


I was in a panick last night when I realized that today is the last day of school and I had NOTHING for Emalyn's teacher. I scoured my favourite blogs and found this idea over on Nichole Heady's blog. Her blog is one of my absolute favourites...especially if I am looking for a project idea. I was VERY pleased with how this all came together and for hardly no money at all! It didn't take very long to make, I loved the colours and the ribbon made the whole thing come together so nicely. And the hand dipped chocolate covered marshmallows were a breeze to make but added such a gourmet feel to this gift.

You can check out Nichole's entire project post here. You'll have to scroll down a ways to find it.

All wrapped up and ready to give...complete with a tag signed by Emalyn.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Off Road Birthday Card

This is a card I made for my brother's birthday. I struggle with masculine cards as I LOVE bling and flowers and all things shiny! My brother is definitely NOT a blingy guy so I had to come up with something that suited him and this stamp from CTMH's Off Road set was perfect. I am happy with how it turned out. I think I am getting the hang of the watercolouring technique...it looks really great with these type of stamps.

Hopefully I have some more posted for you soon! Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

HUGE sale on CTMH...50-80% off!!!



Are you ready to do some Christmas Shopping? Because the best deals start in December! You can buy everyone on your list a gift and stock up on much-needed supplies for yourself, leaving you time to enjoy the festivities!


Beginning December 2 (today) at 11am, you can start shopping the amazing deals from Close to My Heart like My Acrylix® stamp sets from only $2.50 and My Reflections® paper packets from only $6.25. But that’s not all—there are “grab bags” for $37.50, each filled with over $100 in retail products! These products are only available while supplies last, so be the first to fill your shopping cart!


So go check it out...you won't be disappointed!
Click HERE to start shopping!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Copics, Spellbinders and Blog Candy...oh my!!


Over on Debbie's blog Passion for Crafts she has some AMAZING blog candy!! Oh my! I'd be in my 7th heaven if I won that package. Head on over for your chance to win!!


Tuesday, 10 November 2009

New Art & Soul Webisode: The Sparkle of the Season

Artwork & Image courtesy of Close to My Heart.

If you like to bling up your artwork than the latest Art & Soul Webisode is a must see. Click below to watch now!

The Sparkle of the Season

It’s dress-up time! Take artistic credit for a hand-drawn image that is actually a stamp, glam up your layouts with glitter rub-ons, and create custom envelopes that are just as pretty as the cards they hold! It’s all here on this episode of Art & Soul®!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Grace Happy Birthday

I made this card for my mother's birthday and I was really happy with how it turned out. The picture is not the best as it looks very golden and it doesn' t show the dimension of the card but the flower layers are all individual and popped off of one another along with the other layers of cardstock underneath. Originally I wasn't crazy about the background floral from the Grace paper pack but it was perfect for this card and now I really like it! It just goes to show you that you shouldn't judge something until you try working with it first.





Supplies are all CTMH unless otherwised noted.
Stamp Sets: Tickled Pink; For Every Occassion
Patterned Paper: Grace Level 2 Paper Pack
Cardstock: Colonial White; Desert Sand
Ink: Cocoa Exclusives Ink
Ribbon: Creme Brulee Ribbon Rounds
Other: Button and Natural Hemp

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Stampaganza is Back!!!



Stampaganza is BACK!! Yippee! What does that mean to you? Well my stampy friends, that means that during the month of November for every 2 stamps sets you purchase you will receive a stamp set FREE!! So if you buy 4 you get 2 free...you buy 6 you get 3 free...you get the idea! And the free stamp sets are you choice as long as they are of equal or lesser value. What a great promo! It was a huge success in 2008 and we're so happy to offer to you again!

So go get your list made so that come November 3rd you are ready to place your order.

Remember you can do this through me directly or over at my website.


If you are thinking about signing up as a consultant, now is the perfect time to do it. With a promotion like this you will have no trouble making sales during November. Check out Your Opportunities page on my website to read more about becoming a consultant or if you know that this is something you want to do then click on the linked picture below to get signed up right away.

Consultant Kit Contents

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Jolly Jingle 25 Card Workshop

In November I will be offering up a new workshop and I want you all to be a part of it! It's called the Jolly Jingle 25 card workshop. You will receive all the supplies needs to complete five each of the five cards shown above including envelopes for only $15.00!! It's hard to tell from the picture (so click on it for more detail) each card has some bling and glitter and they are absolutely adorable! All 25 cards will be completed in 2-3 hours depending on your experience level. How awesome will it be to give handmade cards to family and friends this year AND save a lot of money at the same time!!

If you are interested in this workshop check out my calendar for scheduled dates or contact me directly to schedule your own Jolly Jingle Gathering and earn free product too!

Speedy Halloween Goodie Bags


We've been really sick around here since the middle of last week so nothing too productive has occured...that is until I realized that I needed goodie bags for my daughter for her Sparks Halloween meeting. When did I realize this you ask...oh about 45 minutes before she needed them!


I threw these together really quickly and was actually amazed that they turned out as well as they did considering my mind was in a complete flu induced fog. :) You can't tell by this picture (I took that in a hurry too and it shows!) but the bat is on a pop dot.


Supplies (all CTMH unless otherwise noted)
Cardstock: White Daisy
Exclusives Inks: Autumn Terracotta, Black
Stamp Sets: Dream Wishes, Happy Haunting

Monday, 19 October 2009

Great News!

You can now order from me ONLINE!
I finally made the leap and got myself a Close to My Heart website. I haven't updated all of the featured areas yet but you can now go to my website and order product and have it delivered directly to your door!

Click on the icon below to go directly to my website.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Childhood Portrait card



I have to say that I am completely in love with this new stamp set from CTMH! It is so pretty and it was the first thing I ordered from the new catalogue. I had a chance to sit down and play a little today and this is the card I came up with. I love the colours.




Thanks for stopping by! :)

Everything is from CTMH unless otherwise noted...
Childhood Portrait stamp set, TLC stamp set, Desert Sand ink, Baby Pink pearl button, Chocolate polka dot organdy ribbon, hemp, Colonial White cardstock, DCWV pre-printed card base.






Tuesday, 1 September 2009

New CMTH fall catty is LIVE!

If you haven't been lucky enough to get a look at the new Close to My Heart Fall catty in person, now you can check it out online. There are so many new beautiful things...I can't say I dislike any of the new paper packs...or stamps for that matter! They are all fantastic! They've changed up the catalogue layout a bit to make it a little more user friendly so things may not be exactly where you expect if you are used to the old cattys. It didn't take me long to get used it and I love the clean, simple design of it.
I know, I know...enough babble from me. Click the image below to go take a look for yourself!

*** This is a link to the Canadian catty. If you want the US version click HERE.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Creamy Tex Mex Noodle Bake

I love finding new recipes...especially kid friendly ones that mine will actually eat!! So I thought I would share this one with you just incase you have picky children at home. If your kids (or husband like spaghetti or lasagna than this is a nice variation on those traditional italian dishes. If you aren't crazy about Tex Mex you can substitute 1 tsp of Italian seasoning (I find you need a lot less of the italian seasoning) in this recipe and it works just as well. I just find this is a nice change from the regular pasta dishes we usually have.

This is super yummy! If you decide to make it for your family, leave me a comment and let me know how it went! :)


Creamy Tex Mex Noodle Bake
Serves 4-6
537 calories per serving
18.1 g of fat per serving

Ingredients:

1 lb of extra lean ground beef
1 can tomato soup
1 tbsp tex mex seasoning (or vary to taste) **
1/3 cup of water
170 g broad egg noodles
1 can low sodium cream of mushroom soup
1/2 soup can filled with 1% milk
1/2 cup of light cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of part-skim mozzarella cheese

** you could substitute 1 package of low sodium taco seasoning in place of the Tex Mex seasoning if you prefer more of a taco flavor instead of a chili type flavour.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F

  2. Fill a large stove top pot with water and bring to a boil for the pasta.

  3. Meanwhile brown ground beef in a large non-stick fying pan over med-high heat. When meat is no longer pink drain fat from pan. Stir in tomato sup, spice and water.

  4. Add noodles to boiling water. Set timer for 3 minutes.

  5. Whisk mushroom soup and milk together in a large 2 cup measuring cup or medium bowl.

  6. When timer rings for noodles, drain in a colander and rinse with water to prevent noodles from sticking together.

  7. In a lasagna or casserole dish, layer in this order... 1/2 of the meat mixture, 1/2 of the cooked noodles, 1/2 of the soup mixture, then the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers again ending with the mozzarella cheese.

  8. Bake in preheated oven, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Broil for a few minutes to brown up the cheese a little if desired.

Serve with your favourite salad and this makes a perfect family friendly meal.


Monday, 17 August 2009

Colour Me Monday - CTMH colour combo

Each monday Jeanette Lynton, CEO and founder of Close to My Heart, posts a combination of CTMH colours. I am always impressed and inspired by her choices.

***One thing I'd like to note is that the image to the right doesn't show Creme Brulee in it's true colour...it's more yellow than shown in the example. The other colours look pretty good though.

I thought I would share them here to inspire you and to challenge you to use them today in any of your creative projects. I highly suggest you visit Jeanette's blog ( if you don't regularily visit it already!) and check out her amazing examples...she is truly one of the most inspiring scrapbookers/cardmakers I know. Her blog is full of amazing inspiration & artwork that she updates regularily and she posts new colour combinations each and every Monday. So go...check out her blog! You won't be disappointed!

Jeanette Lynton - Make it from your heart.

If I find the time to create something today I will do my best to post the results of this colour inspiration.



Sunday, 16 August 2009

Christmas Joy card



I was playing around with some old product...this is all CM stuff. I haven't used anything from them in years. I have a bunch of stuff laying around from when I was a CM consultant and I decided it is time to use it up. So I slapped this card together real quick and was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. I used some an old vellum diecut pieces (the blocks and the tree) from a Done With One kit (can't remember the name of it) and some of their black lined cardstock. Since the lines on the cs where silver I decided to emboss the word Joy in silver e.p. and I think it turned out nicely. I had some silver cording laying around too and that just jazzed it up a bit.



It really is amazing what you can come up with when you don't put a lot of planning into a project. I get things done quicker and I always seem to surprise myself with the results!




:)

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Emporium Keepsake Cube



I held two different workshops at my SWON retreat a couple of weekends ago and this one the one project that we completed. I was so happy with how it turned out. It uses all CTMH product and one of my favourite paper packs of all time...Emporium. I love the colours and they are so easy to work with. I also used the Foundry Bookplate and Designer Brads which I also love. I used some photos from one of my photography class photo shoots...the subjects of course were my beautiful family! I was really please with how they turned out. I especially love the photo of Matt with the girls...and the one of Gracie looking at the dandelion is too cute...well and of course Emalyn is so beautiful and grown up. *sigh*
I hope you like it!










Tuesday, 11 August 2009

New CTMH!!

Finally! A new post from me. I know...where have I been? I've been busy planning for all of the crazy changes coming to our family this fall. I am going to try to keep in touch more over the next few weeks. I have some things fom the workshops I did at my scrapbook retreat last weekend so I'll do my best to get those posted soon.

For today, I thought I would stop by and let you know that I have the new CTMH catty in hand and it is wonderful! I love so many of the new things...who am I kidding...I love it ALL!! If you are local to me, drop me a line and I'll get a catalogue to you. The catalogue goes live online September 1st so mark your calendar!


But for now, to get your CTMH fix go check out the new Art & Soul webisode.


Card Cache


Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Bad Blogger...

I am so sorry for not posting anything in the past month. My life has been CRAZY! My husband has been laid off since November and has decided to go back to college in the fall. He'll be attending the University of Guelph at Ridgetown and will be taking the Environmental Management program. Since we have decided to go through the Second Career program there is a lot of "homework" and research to complete in order to qualify. Then because he is going to have to live on campus through the week and we won't have any income coming in, I've decided to run a daycare out of my home so that I am still able to stay home with our girls and make the necessary money to pay the bills. This has also been quite a process. I have had to move my large studio into a small corner of our storage area. It's not exactly a "dream" space but it will do for now so that I have the space to run my daycare. It's been a lot of work setting all of this up and I'm still not quite finished. So all of this along with soccer games, Sparks meeting, homework, photography class twice a week and helping out on the farm we haven't found a lot of extra time for our hobbies. Oh and trying to prepare for my annual summer scrapbook retreat at Elm Hurst Inn...I feel like I haven't put as much of my heart into it this year. It just seems we have SOOO much on our plates right now. I do hope to get things back to normal soon so please bear with me and I promise I will be posting more again soon.

Friday, 15 May 2009

Creative Level 1 Workshop

MY UPCOMING CLASSES & EVENTS

Create with Level 1 Workshop


This month we are going to change it up a bit and you get to choose! Pick out your favourite Level 1 Kit from the new Summer 2009 Idea Book...any kit you like and I'm going to teach you how to get creative with it! Decide whether you want to stick with the Basic workshop kit or upgrade to Beter or Best with the option of buying the BONUS. If you choose to upgrade, all of the product is found within the same "theme" of your Level 1 choice. For example if you choose Animal Cookies as your Level 1 choice shown on page 24 and you decide to go with the Best kit you would receive the Level 2 Paper Packet and Level 2 My Stickease shown on page 25 along with your choice of either "It's a Zoo" or "Sweet Baby" stamp sets shown on page 26. If it's any older kit the items will be all on the same page. You will receive coordinating embellishments in your kit and we will learn what you can do with this things to take your basic Level 1 kit to new heights!



Saturday May 30, 2009 10am - 4pm



Basic Kit

Level 1 Paper Pack of your choice $12.50
25 Coordinating buttons $2.50
5 yds of Coordinating Ribbon $1.50
25 Coordinating Brads $1.25
_______________________________
Workshop Supply Fee (per guest)
*$20.00




Better Kit = Basic Package + Your Choice
Coordinating Stamp Set ($23.50 value)
OR Coordinating Level 2 Paper Pack & Level 2 My Stickease $22.00
________________________________
Workshop Supply Fee (per guest)
*$42.00


Best Kit = Both Better Kit Options
Stamp Set ($23.50 value) AND Level 2 Paper Pack & Level 2 My Stickease $42.00
_________________________________
Workshop Supply Fee (per Guest)
*$75.30

BONUS add-on

If you order the Best Kit option you are eligible to purchase the REFLECTIONS book at the consultant price!!! You will pay only $22.00**! We will be using this book for this workshop so it is a great time to purchase this valuable tool. This is a one time only offer.

*plus shipping and applicable taxes
** shipping and taxes will be charged on the full retail value of $27.50



So pick out your favourite Level I kit and sign up now! If you don't have a catalogue to make your decision, click here to view the online catalogue.

Email me to register no later than May 18, 2009.


Space is limited so don't wait!!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Art & Soul:Mementos for the Man in Your Life

The newest webisode of Art & Soul is up on CTMH TV. It's called Mementos for the Man in Your Life. Follow the CTMH TV or Art & Soul links to view this webisode or view any from the archives. As usual there is lots of inspiration and ideas...this time with a masculine feel.




Artwork courtesy of CTMH.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Under Construction!

Please excuse the mess as I am playing around with my blog...AGAIN! What can I say...I like change! Hopefully I will have everything sorted out in the next few days but in the meantime I'd love to hear what you think of the changes so far! :)

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Tickled Pink stamp set


This is a card I made for my mother inlaw for her birthday this past weekend. I used the stamp set from the Tinkled Pink kit. I am really happy with the flowers from this set...really pretty! I used a DCWV premade card base and CTMH cardstock along with some ribbon from Walmart. The ink I used was all CTMH and the colours were Hollyhock, Blush, Sweet Leaf and Crystal Blue.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Beautifully Imperfect...

This is a video I stumbled on and it touched me in a very profound way.

Watch it and you will understand completely.




This video is from a Singapore website based on building a resilient family structure...Think Family.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

More amazing BLOG candy!!

WOW!! I am impressed at this blog candy! I what I would do to get my hands on this prize package!! Great blog too...lots of inspiration. It amazes me everyday just how many wonderfully talented people are out there...and how many of them blog!!

Anyway...go check out Debbie's blog and all of the wonderful blog candy!! And don't forget to wish her a Happy Blogoversary!!

Passion for Crafts

Amazing blog candy!!

If you love fantastic inspiration and amazing blog candy than check out this blog...YUMMY!!

All the Things I Love

Friday, 17 April 2009

Scrapbook & Share

Okay...so I went to the Scrapbook & Share blog to see what was new expecting one or two new layouts at the most. Oh my gosh the blog is LOADED with inspiration. WOW! There are 14 more layouts there and they are all beautiful!! I can't wait to check this out everyday...I'll have to so that I can keep up with it all! ;)


So if you haven't checked it out yet...what are you waiting for? GO! :)


Wednesday, 15 April 2009

CTMH National Scrapbook Month Website

I blogged about the Tickled Pink Promotion the other day and now CTMH has started a blog targeted at celebrating National Scrapbook Month (NSM). The blog is called Scrapbook and Share and it is going to be full of inspiration and a contest to be won by a lucky customer! You could win $150.00 US to spend on any CTMH product you want!! Woo Hoo! Now that's a nice prize!! Jeanette Lynton has already posted a fabulous layout and there will be more to come as the NSM progresses. So go check it out now by clicking the link above or the CTMH Flower widget at the top of my sidebar.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Expressions of Love for Mom: Art & Soul

Close to My Heart's newest Art & Soul webisode is online today! It's all about Mom and has some fun new techniques to try. As usual it's fantastic...so go check it out! Click on the picture below to take you to the CTMH TV page.


Image & Artwork from Close to My Heart

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Tickled Pink!



Tickled Pink!
This is the National Scrapbook Day Kit for this year. It's a great new set that you can earn for FREE!!!
I know, I know...HOW DO I GET IT right?
Anytime between April 15–May 31, 2009
Purchase the kit outright for the price of $43.50
(The kit has a retail value of $49.95)
Earn the Tickled Pink kit for FREE with a purchase that includes a minimum of $75 in stamp sets (excluding K-size/customized and Stamp of the Month) or purchase it outright for $43.50

What's in the kit?
The Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit includes:
1 – My Acrylix® I Am Stamp Set (D-size)
2 – 12” x 12” Floral B&T Duos™ Paper (1 with glitter)
2 – 12” x 12” Stripe B&T Duos™ Paper (1 with glitter)
1 – 12” x 12” Blush Textured Cardstock
1 – 12” x 12” Crystal Blue Textured Cardstock
5 – 12” x 12” White Daisy Textured Cardstock (1 sheet with die-cut shapes)
1 –Mini-Medley Accents White Daisy Collection
1– Foam Texture Tool
1– Brochure (instructions for 2 two-page layouts from brand-new patterns)
Featured Colors: Blush, Crystal Blue, Twilight, Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf.
This kit is available while supplies last!!
Contact me today if you want to get yourself one of these beautiful kits!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Happy Birthday card


This is a card I made for my friends birthday and I wasn't going to post it until I gave it to her but it seems that we can't find a time to get together. So I decided to go ahead and post it anyway. I don't THINK she visits my blog but if you do Becky...this card isn't for you. ;)

I was really happy with the way it turned out. The inspiration came from another card I had seen somewhere but I can't remember where I seen it. I actually think it was a SU design but if it was your card I seen...please notify me so I can give you credit!



Supplies - All CTMH unless noted
Stamp Sets: Birthday Script, With Love
Ink: Garden Green
Cardstock: White Daisy
Accessories: New Enland Ivy Ribbon, Liquid Applique, pink chalk, Just Blooms paper flowers, Hollyhock Corduroy Brad, piercing tool, Pop Dots, edge distresser

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

My Farm birthday card



I have used this stamp set for most of the men in my family. Being a farm family, CTMHs "My Farm" stamp set has been very useful! I made this card for my father in law's birthday and I was very pleased with how it turned out. It's my favourite card with this SS yet.

Supplies are all from Close To My Heart

Stamp Set: My Farm, Happy Birthday
Paper: stripe from "It's A Guy Thing", Colonial White cardstock, Barn Red cardstock
Ribbon: Cocoa Designer Ribbon Rounds
Ink Colours: Cocoa, Indian Corn Blue
Other: chalks, blending pen

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

iGoogle


Have you seen this new homepage option from Google? A friend of mine introduced me to iGoogle and it's really neat because it's totally customizable. You can add whatever things you want on your page like weather, clock, address book, to do list, news, currency converter, Facebook, your favourite blogs and all kinds of things. You can even pick a skin to jazz it up to suit your personality...as you can see from above mine is a country road...how fitting!

Just thought I would pass along this fun little tidbit since I don't have any scrap related projects to share today. I am uploading some pictures for developing so there are some things in the works. I'll keep you posted when I get them finished!

Have a happy scrappy day!

Friday, 20 March 2009

She Is...

My baby girl is turning 2 tomorrow...where did the time go!? So I thought it was appropriate to post a project featuring my birthday girl.Below is an acrylic album from Close To My Heart that I created for my daughter Gracie. For some reason everytime I tried to put text in the post with the slideshow it wouldn't work properly so I am putting them in separate posts.

I am really happy with the finished product and it was so much fun to make. All product is from CTMH. The paper pack I used was "Key to My Heart" and it is a beautiful pack. I used various other products throughout (I won't list them all but if you have a question about something just ask and I'll be sure to let you know!)

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Running in Circles Webisode



Circles, rings, scalloped edges, arched stamps—the papercrafting world turns topsy-curvy in this episode of Art & Soul. Discover how easy it is to create darling circular accents and images using My Acrylix® stamps, the Coluzzle® circle template, and a little ingenuity. Your head will be spinning with fresh ideas after watching this enjoyable and informative episode! It's all about circles and as usual has some fantastic techniques and lots of inspiration!

So go check it out... Running in Circles and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

So Sweet Layout

I made this layout using the Boom Di Ada paper pack and I love these colours together. Barn Red, Terracotta, Garden Green and Hollyhock....what an awesome combination. Although this collection is actually from last years new releases it still remains one of my favourites.
I appologize for the bad colour in this photo...still learning how to use my new camera. It's really dark down in my scrap studio and I haven't quite mastered low light photography yet!

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Butterfly Card

Hi all!

I took some pictures of a few of my recent projects today so hopefully over the course of the next week or so I will be able to get them all posted. For today here is a card I made that I thought turned out really cute. The butterfly was stamped twice with the wings of the second image raised off of the first image. I added glitter to it as well to make it sparkle!

The sun is shining and my family is finally getting healthy...could spring be getting closer???
Have a great weekend everyone! I am off to scrap!! :)






All Supplies are Close To My Heart.

Garden Green & Barn Red Cardstock
Boom Di Ada paper pack (Hollyhock starburst design)
Celebrate Life and Simply Flourishes Stamp Sets
Barn Red, Autumn Terracotta and Garden Green Ink
Autumn Terracotta Organdy Ribbon
Prisma Glitter

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Baby Card

Okay so I haven't blogged much but I have a good reason. I got a new camera and have been playing around with it. I bought a Canon DSLR Rebel Xsi and I am in love!! I am taking a photography course and my intention is to start a small photography business on the side. My husband has been laid off from work since November 1st so we are trying to come up with new ways to bring in some income. This is something family and friends have been telling me to pursue for years and I just never got around to doing anything about it. So I finally decided now was the perfect time!

While playing around today, I took a picture of this card I made a while back for one of my open house displays. I really love how this card turned out. I used the blending pen with CTMH ink to watercolour the image and I really like it. I also found I really liked stamping the image in brown ink instead of black. It's a really nice effect. Anyways...here it is. I hope you like it!



All supplies are CTMH.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Crafting with Kids

CTMH's newest webisode aired this past Tuesday titled "Crafting with Kids". It showcases a few of our kid friendly products and shows how fun it is to include them in what we do. Kids love to scrapbook! One of the stamp sets that they use in this webisode is one that is on it's way to me as we speak! CTMH's Family Ties - Children stamp set is so cute and I can't wait to get my hands on it. I was so happy to seem them use this set and give me some added inspiration.

So go check it out...and tell me what you think!

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

NEW!! My video debut!



Okay...so be gentle! I have decided to jump into the world of video tutorials. This is my first attempt and it wasn't as hard as I thought...once I got a few things figured out. I know where I need to improve but I think it's pretty good for my first try!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!



video

Monday, 2 February 2009

Let the Good Times Roll!



It’s Our Anniversary!
Celebrate our birthday and get a free* stamp set.
So…let’s celebrate! Here’s to the next 25 years of happy stamping and Good Times!
YOU’VE PROBABLY NEVER SEEN AN ANNIVERSARY LIKE THIS ONE! To kick off our 25th anniversary as a leader and
innovator in the stamping business, Close To My Heart is giving all of our stamp purchasers a fabulous gift! When you spend
$31.25 in stamps (Customized Name and Stamp of the Month excluded), you’ll receive a custom-designed B-size My Acrylix®
Good Times stamp set (retail value $17.50), packed with fun and versatile party-inspired images, for FREE!* This beautifully
crafted set will be a perfect addition to your stamp collection.

So…let’s celebrate! Here’s to the next 25 years of happy stamping and Good Times!

*Offer good February 3–28, 2009. Tax and shipping/handling may apply.

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Jeanette's blog

I have been missing in action again and for that I am sorry. I have been crazy busy with workshops and a few gift projects on the go. The girls have been sick and that has been taking up some time as well.

I promise to post some new artwork soon but in the meantime have you checked out CTMH's founder, Jeanette Lynton's blog?? She really is a super talented, intelligent and inspirational women. Go check out her blog for some wonderful inspiration and everything CTMH!

Also I didn't post a link to the most recent episode of Art & Soul. It's called Love, Simply...go check it out!

I'll be back as soon as I can to post some new artwork!

Monday, 12 January 2009

Happy Birthday Tag Card




I made this card tonight for a friend. Her birthday is tomorrow and we are having a girls luncheon to celebrate her birthday. I found the inspiration on Nichole Heady's blog and I think this turned out really nicely. As usual the photography does little for the card but I am really happy with it.
Supplies:
CM cardstock (unsure of colours); CTMH Colonial White Cardstock; CM Vellum; ribbon was a clearout from Michaels - manufacturer unknown; CTMH Adorable Backgrounds, Agyle Backgrounds & Birthday Script Stamp Sets; CTMH Pansy Purple ink (second generation); CTMH Daisy White Pigment Ink; Cuttlebug scalloped squares dies.




I haven't forgotten you!

I am wrapping up some loose ends around here today and I hope to be able to sit and post some of the projects I have been working on recently. I promise...I haven't forgotten my little blog corner of cyberspace!

In the meantime...are you participating in Project 365?? It's a great idea and I plan to give it my best shot! You can read about it here....Ikea Goddess or here Becky Higgins or google it and check out the amazing amount of blogs and websites dedicated to this year long project.

Oh...and today is National De-Lurking Day! Come on out of the shadows and leave me a comment! I'd love to hear what you have to say about my blog, what you would like to see or leave me a link to your blog! I can never have too many to check out everyday!! So go ahead and introduce yourself...I'd love to get to know YOU!

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Go check it out!!

A quick post to remind you that the Spring 2009 Idea Book went live today!!
Yeah! I'd make you a list of all of the great new products but honestly, you'd be bored reading the list...it's way too long! CTMH has really outdone themselves!

Now go...check it out! ;)

Here's the cover...isn't this just the sweetest layout!