Saturday, 15 November 2014

November Cross Canada Blog Hop - Designer Creations

Welcome to our November Blog Hop featuring Designer Creations and Decor. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.  For my customers, or if you do not have a consultant and see something you would like, you may order from my website or contact 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 hop goes from east to west and I am the geographic start.  If you started elsewhere, then you came from Nancy's blog and you are in the right place!

I love the Designer Creations line as they provide great inexpensive packaging that coordinate perfectly with our other products.  As Christmas is coming up next month, I choose the Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby paper bags.  I wanted to create a card on the outside of the bag, with space inside to hold a gift made from our Base and Bling line.



I made the card from our new Cricut Artfully Sent collection .  I used the scene card on page 49 using Glacier and White Daisy cardstock, both cut at 5".  I also used the larger snowflake leftover from cutting the scene card on page 47 (also at 5").  I heat embossed the large snowflake with the versamark ink, Princess Gold embossing powder and the Craft Heater.  The top of the bag was embellished with the Gold Polka-Dot washi tape.



Inside is a pendant necklace made from our base and bling line.  To hold the necklace I used a 5"X4" of black cardstock and a 4"X3" piece a B&T paper from the Yuletide Carol Paper Packet.  I used the corner rounder on the black cardstock and placed slits to hold the necklace.  The remainder of the chain was contained with extra washi tape on the back.

The pendant necklace was made with Z1954 Faux Antiqued Gold Chain, Z1963 Faux Antiqued Gold Square Pendant, Z1967 Square Glass Cover, Z1959 Storyteller Charms and and Z1973 Storyteller Style sheet.  The glass cover was attached with Z679 Liquid Glass.


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Michelle of My Creations with Michelle.  If you get lost along the way, Michelle also 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 featuring Décor for Christmas. So mark December 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.



Monday, 10 November 2014

Team Brae-er November Blog Hop - Workshop Wonders

Welcome to our November Team Brae-er Blog Hop. Each stop on our hop will show artwork featuring Workshop Ideas.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, kindly contact your local consultant to place an order.  For my customers, or if you do not have a consultant and see something you would like, you may order from my website or contact me. 
If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow our team's blogs, then please start at the beginning and join Sheri at the Sheri Says Just Scrap It.  If you came from Tamara at Mara's Journey then you are in the right place!
Gift cards and gift certificates have become very popular for Christmas. birthday and teacher gifts.  But they tend to look boring and not very personal.  I have been creating different and unique ways to package gifts certificates and to offer them as a fun workshop for my customers.  I've seen the coffee cup gift card holders on pinterest and YouTube. These are  perfect for a gift card from your recipients favourite coffee house.  This one was inspired by my CTMH sisters Dawn Montagano and Chantal Pearson.


Some of my customers would prefer to give a gift card to their children's teachers for their favourite smoothie bar.  So I created this alternative:
And finally, I also sell premium loose leaf tea and designed this to hold a gift certificate for the recipients choice of tea.  This could be given with an infuser or other small items.


Stamp Sets:

B1404 Cup of Cheer
B1467 You Mean the World To Me
Supplies:
  • B1404 Cup of Cheer
  • B1467 You Mean the World To Me
  • S1307 Sweet Life (retired)
  • Z1995 Honeycomb Embossing Folder
  • Z1994 Floral Embossing Folder
  • Z1998 Chevron Border Punch
  • Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
  • 1272 Cranberry Cardstock
  • X5763 Smoothie Cardstock
  • 1246 Hollyhock Cardstock
  • X5762 Lagoon Cardstock
  • X5642 Cocoa Cardstock
  • 1301 Bamboo Cardstock
  • 1386 Black Cardstock
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • 1388 Colonial White Cardstock
  • Desert Sand Textured Cardstock (retired)
  • Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2114 Cocoa Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2440 Shin Touch Twin Marker - Carmine
  • Z2450 Shin Touch Twin Marker - Cherry Pink 
  • Z2454 Shin Touch Twin Marker - Leaf Green
  • Z2456 Shin Touch Twin Marker - Mahogany
  • Z2459 Shin Touch Twin Marker - Pastel Green
  • Z2461 Shin Touch Twin Marker - Peacock Green
  • Z2463 Shin Touch Twin Marker - Sap Green
Your next stop on the Team Brae-er Hop is Heather from Heather's Paper Playroom. If you get lost along the way, you can head to Sheri's blog at Sheri Says Just Scrap It, as she has a complete blog list.
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope you enjoyed seeing our workshop ideas and that we inspired fellow consultants with new ideas for their workshops.  For our customers, we hope this encourages you to create on your own or join a workshop with your local consultant.

 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

October Cross Canada Blog Hop - Tricks and Treats

Welcome to our October Blog Hop featuring Tricks and Treats. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.  For my customers, or if you do not have a consultant and see something you would like, you may order from my website or contact 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, and I am at the beginning.  If you started elsewhere, then you came from Kristine of Home With Studio K and you are in the right place! 


I've had a lot of fun creating Halloween goodies this year.  I chose the Frightfully Fun stamp set, the Cricut Artiste Collection and Shin Han Touch Twin Markers to create my projects.  My first creation was the coffin.  

These used the 4.5" 3D Object on page 76.  The design on the coffin top was done using random stamping.  The accent is the zip strip from the Scaredy Cat paper packet.  The boxes were held together with bonding memories and liquid glass.  I also used liquid glass to make the skeleton face shiny.





My next project was pencil toppers.  For these I used 2" and 2.25" Accent 2<x>  (p. 62).  I inked the edges of the colonial white with Thistle or Sunset ink and attached the topper to the pencils with glue dots.




My third project was candy bag toppers.  They were cut with 4" Shift_Accent 4 <Give Thanks> (p.78).  The black shape was  cut from 2" Card <Halloween> (p. 77).  The white daisy is just a 1.25" circle punch.





I enjoyed making these goodies.  If you have any question please comment or contact me.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Deanne of My Little Piece of the Puzzle.  If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle's Blog My Creations With Michelle 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 featuring Designer Creations.  So mark November 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.





Saturday, 11 October 2014

Team Brae-er October Blog Hop - So Happy With CTMH

Welcome to our October Team Brae-er Blog Hop. This year marks our CEO Jeanette Lynton's 30th year in the scrapbook industry.  It also marks my 10th year as a Close To My Heart Consultant.  For our blog hop this month our theme is So Happy With CTMH.  Each stop on our hop will show artwork featuring new products that share what we love about Close To My Heart.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, kindly contact your local consultant to place an order.  For my customers, or if you do not have a consultant and see something you would like, you may order from my website or contact me. 
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog 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 our team's blogs, then please start at the beginning and join Brae at the Brae-er.  If you came from Carol-Anne's blog then you are in the right place! 

For my layout this month, I decided to scrapbook my first Convention with Close To My Heart in Washington DC, 2010.  One thing I love about Close To My Heart is sharing all kinds of creativity and ideas with other consultants.  This started on our consultant bulletin board 10 years ago and now I see everyone's beautiful artwork in my newsfeed on facebook.  I decided it would be fitting to create a layout based on this daily inspiration, this one inspired by Susan William's Balloon Ride workshop from last spring.  



I used a combination of different new paper packs: Chalk It Up, Confetti Wishes and Wanderful.  I also used the silver glitter paper from the Black and Grey Glitter Paper along with Whisper, White Daisy and Black cardstock.


I really love the sun burst technique used in this layout.  Many other consultants have created artwork using this technique and I was inspired to make some cards this past summer.  I used vintage Close To My Heart paper, flowers and brads for these cards.  



Your next stop on the Team Brae-er Hop is Rosalynd from In My Scrapping Room. If you get lost along the way, you can head to Brae's blog at the Brae-er, as she has a complete blog list.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope you enjoyed seeing what we love about Close To My Heart and that we inspired you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way.

 

Monday, 15 September 2014

September Studio J Blog Hop - These Are a Few of My Favourite Things

Welcome to our first Studio J Blog Hop. To learn more about Studio J Online Scrapbooking contact your local consultant. My customers (and Canadians without a consultant) can create and purchase from my website or by contacting me



We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our blog 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.  If you came from Marianne of The Scrapbook Chick, then you are in the right place!

Close To My Heart recently launched it's new Annual Inspirations Idea Book, so several of my blog posts have referred to my favourite things. This often reminds me the song "My Favourite Things" from The Sound of Music.  I saw a local production as a child and I'm sure I've seen the movie over 30 times. 


As mentioned previously, I spent a year in Ireland with my husband and two children in 2008-2009. We took advantage of the cheap air fare and explored other parts of Europe during school breaks.  In May 2009, I planned a trip and tried to incorporate something for everyone. I really wanted to visit Salzburg and I just had to take my family on Fräulein Maria's Bicycle Tour.  It was a great tour and we were able to see a lot of the sights from the movie.  

Created in: Studio J
Kit: Lucky
Pattern: Glimpses 
Kit Mix: 5

I love watching the Love Your Layout videos From Close To My Heart.  When I saw one using the Lucky paper and My Stickese, I knew it would be perfect for my layout.  One great thing about creating in Studio J is that you can change the size of your stickese and you can also use multiples.  This is particularly great for my title, where I used them for "BICYCLE".  I also had the choice of colour for each letter.  I did make changes from the video to suit my pictures and theme.  



Your next stop on our Studio J blog hop is Heather's blog.  If you get lost along the way, you can head to Adeline's blog, as she has the complete blog list.

Thanks for hopping along with us.  We hope that you've learned some new things to try in Studio J.  If you're new to Studio J, I hope we've inspired you to try it out. 



September Cross Canada Blog Hop - Our Favourite Things

Welcome to our September Blog Hop featuring our Favourite New Things.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.  For my customers, or if you do not have a consultant and see something you would like, you may order from my website or contact 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, and I am at the beginning.  If you started elsewhere, then you came from Candra of Paper DragonFleur and you are in the right place! 

This post continues the tutorial shown in my previous post.  This time I am using the sponge and the blending pen with the Exclusive Ink Pads to colour my image.  I will be using some of my favourite new products to complete my card.  
I used the chocolate mini pigment ink that comes with the Z2503 Basics set to stamp the image from A1157 Quick Cards - Island Greetings.  I used our sponge to apply ink in two of my favourite new colours Glacier and Thistle.  You can use the sponge whole or cut it into wedges.  


Next used the blending pen with the Topiary stamp pad to colour in the stems and buds.  I continued to sponge over the image with Desert Sand stamp pad.




I assembled my card using the  Make It From Your Heart Volume 2, Pattern 30.  Other favourite new products I used were the Paper Fundaments Whimsey Assortment and the Silver Sequins Assortment.  Cardstocks used were White Daisy, Kraft and  Topiary.


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Michelle of My Creations With Michelle. Michelle also has the complete blog list posted in case you get lost along the way. 

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 featuring Trick or Treats, for Halloween.  So mark October 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.


Friday, 12 September 2014

Team Brae-er September Blog Hop - Back to School

Welcome to our September Team Brae-er Blog Hop. Since the children go back to school in September, we decided it was a good month for us to teach and learn some new techniques. Each stop on our hop will feature a tutorial using various Close To My Heart Products.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, kindly contact your local consultant to place an order.  For my customers, or if you do not have a consultant and see something you would like, you may order from my website or contact me.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog 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 our team's blogs, then please start at the beginning and join Brae at the Brae-er.  If you came from Tamara at Mara's Journey then you are in the right place! 
To meet the needs of my customers, I offer workshop kits by mail.  This idea was inspired by Dawn Montagano.  These kits include the stamp set supplies and instructions (not ink) to complete a minimum of 4 projects and cost $25 including postage to you.  This month's kit features 6 all occasion quick cards and also includes my cutting guide.  Participants can choose any of our Quick Card sets, but I have chosen A1157 Quick Cards - Island Greetings

When working with alcohol markers, the best choice of ink for stamping the image is Archival Black, however the regular Exclusive Ink stamp pads and Exclusive Ink Mini Pigment stamp also work well and provide more colour choice.  You just want to give the ink time to dry or use the craft heater.   I have chosen to use the saddle mini pigment ink that comes with the Z2503 Basics set.  

For this workshop, there are various options to colour in the image.  But I have chosen to focus on using the ShinHan Touch Twin markers for this tutorial.  I want to show some basic shading options that do not require you to use many marker colours.  Each of these options use just two colours for the flower and two for the stem.

I started by by making some flicking strokes with the Z2457 Marigold for the flower and 2463 Sap Green on the buds.


Next I went over the petals with the Z2452 Golden Yellow and finished the stem with with Z2454 Leaf Green.  You can also lighten areas with the Z2469 Colourless Blender Marker.


Here is another two marker combination for the flower, Z2464 Tender Pink with Z2455 Light Orange.  


I tried other combinations including 2458 Marine Blue and 2461 Peacock Green.  Here are my finished cards.  Some are coloured using sponging and the blending pen with the exclusive ink pads.  This will be shown in another tutorial.


Your next stop on the Team Brae-er Hop is Carol's blog . If you get lost along the way, you can head to Brae's blog at the Brae-er, as she has a complete blog list.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope you enjoyed some of our favourite new products and that we inspired you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany - Tips and Money Savers in Bavaria

I decided to focus most of this post on travel tips.  Information on creating this layout in Studio J can be found at the end.  During my trip planning, I had to navigate a lot of information in German.  Luckily since then, many websites are now in English and if not Google chrome will do an automatic translation.

School in Ireland ran until the end of June, but the kids had no school the 1st week of June.  We decided after much discussion to explore Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  This required flying out of Dublin to Salzburg, Austria and back through Basel, Switzerland.  This was booked on Ryanair, but after scheduling our whole trip, including non-refundable hotel in Salzburg, we were notified that Ryanair would not be flying to Salzburg.  I booked an Aer Lingus flight to Munich, Germany for the day before.

We decided that we would spend that night in Hohenschwangau, Germany and see the amazing Neuschwanstein castle.  Germany offers money saving regional day tickets which work on all regional train, bus and subway travel after 9am on weekdays, midnight on weekends/holidays.  The one for Bavaria was €28 for 2-5 people, the price now varies depending on how many are travelling.  This was great as the pass covered the S-bahn from the airport to the train station, the trains from Munich to Füssen and the bus from Füssen and the Hohenschwangau.  Even those travelling on expensive Eurail passes had to pay extra for the bus.  I also bought a pass for the following day as the Salzburg train station is part of the Bavaria train network.

We arrived in Hohenschwangau shortly before 2:30pm, grabbed a some quick bratwurst and beer and checked into our hotel.  Tours for the Neuschwanstein castle can fill up fast.  I had decided to purchase the 14 day palace pass  (included Neuschwanstein and many other places in Bavaria, but not Hohenschwangau) for €36 (currently €40).  This also allowed us to take the next tour.  We walked up the castle, though you can also go up by bus and horse drawn carriage.  I purchased the palace pass and we were put on the next English tour.  

The tour was great and it is the only way to see the castle.  Our guide was American.  After the tour, we walked to Marie's bridge (Marienbrücke) where you can take the best pictures.  Unfortunately, as you can see from the picture, that side had scaffolding due to a multi-year renovation project.  We started to hear thunder and on our way down the hill, the skies opened up and we were drenched.  Near the bottom of the hill we found the Hotel Müller and decided to eat in their restaurant.     

The next morning we headed up to Hohenschwangau Castle.  We didn't take a tour; we just explored the courtyards and exterior.  We then took the bus to the Tegelbergbahn to ride the summer luge.  The Bavaria regional day ticket that we would be using to get to Salzburg, could also be used on this bus.  For the luge, we bought 6 adult tickets (€10.50) and 6 kids tickets (€9.50) so we had 3 rides each for a total of €20. Current prices and other information can be found here.  There was also a playground here with some free and coin operated rides as well as a canteen.  The luge was great fun. We were only there a little longer than an hour before taking the bus back. 

We grabbed a quick lunch, gathered our stuff from the hotel and took the bus to Füssen for our train. I had a bit of time at the station and managed to find a grocery store to pick up a few things for our trip.  During the half hour stop in the massive Munich Hbf train station, we picked up dinner to eat on the train to Salzburg. The train from Munich to Salzburg was direct but the whole train doesn’t go that far.  Everyone on our set of cars had to get up and move to the other half.  In Salzburg, we stayed at the Best Western Hotel Imlauer which was an easy walk from the train station.  

Created in: Studio J

Kit: Mischief
Pattern: Reflections: Front and Center—In the Middle/Sidebar—Main Frame™
Kit Mix: 1
Photos: 1 horizontal, 4 horizontal
Colours: Topiary, Cranberry, Grey Wool, Outdoor Denim, Buttercup, Colonial White
Technique:
• Creating your own argyle B&T paper
• Customizing kit by adding different colours
Notes: This layout was based instructions provided for a Close To My Heart Regional Celebration for consultants.  However, I made change to colours and photo orientation to suite my photos.  Buttercup and Grey Wool are not current colours, so if you choose my colours, you will have to substitute canary and slate.  The argyle pattern was created with a lot of journaling boxes and dashes.  Studio J now has an easy stitching option under embellishments.

Let me know if you have any travel or creative questions.







Friday, 15 August 2014

August Cross Canada Blog Hop - Picture My Life Cards

Welcome to our August Blog Hop featuring alternative ways to use your Picture My Life cards.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.  My customers (or if you don't have a consultant) can purchase from my website or by contacting 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, and I am the beginning.  If you started elsewhere, then you came from Kristine of @ home with Studio K and you are in the right place! 

Close To My Heart now carries thirteen different Picture My Life Scrapbooking Kits.   One of the new kits is Z2018 Chalk It Up




Like all Picture My Life Kits, it includes: 



  • 44 – 4" × 6" Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
  • 78 – 3" × 4" Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
  • 1 – 12" × 12" Designed Cover Sheet
  • 10 – 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™(various designs) 

This kit is great for scrapbooking school memories.  I usually use the cards with the various pocket pages as well as on traditional pages as design elements and as journaling cards.    They can also be used outside of scrapbooking in many other uses.  The 4X3 work perfectly for gift tags.  

One gift I like to make is the layered cookie mix in a jar.  Some of the cards in this kit make great tags for the jar.



  

The card on the left would be perfect for a gift for a special teacher.  The one on the right would be great for a cookie making date with your child after a good report card.  Both of these cards have been mounted on Desert Sand cardstock.  The recipe to complete the cookies is attached to the back of the tag and the tag is attached with hemp.



Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Deanne of My Little Piece of the Puzzle.  If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle's Blog, My Creations with Michelle, 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 featuring our favourite new products. So mark September 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.



Sunday, 10 August 2014

Team Brae-er August Blog Hop - New Products

Welcome to our August Team Brae-er Blog Hop featuring new products.  Since August is the first month of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book, we decided to feature some of our favourite new products.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, kindly contact your local consultant to place an order.  For my customers or if you do not have a consultant, and see something you would like, you may order from my website or contact me.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog 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 our team's blogs, then please start at the beginning and join Brae at the Brae-er.  If you came from Michelle at The Right Hugh then you are in the right place! 

One of my favourite products in the new Annual Inspirations if the G1089 Seaside Workshops on the Go Scrapbooking Kit.  I love these kits because they are great value, this one contains over $45 in products for $32.95.  It has all the cardstock, paper, stamps and embellishments to create two 2-page layouts with a lot left over. I'm still scrapbooking our family cruise and this workshop kit was great for our stop in Grand Turk.  I've only made the first layout so far and I still have a little journalling and finishing touches to complete. 







The layout shown uses Z1906 Cricut Artbooking Collection. However if you don't want to use cricut cuts, there are instructions for an alternative layout.



Your next stop on the Team Brae-er Hop is Jan at More Than a Little Ink.   If you get lost along the way, you can head to Brae's blog at the Brae-er, as she has the complete blog list.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope you enjoyed some of our favourite new products and that we inspired you to get creative with some of designs, products and techniques seen along the way.