Sunday, June 15, 2014
Welcome to our June Cross Canada Blog Hop, featuring some amazing creativity and fabulous FUN FOLDS!  You’ll be amazed with the many different ways you can fold paper and turn it into a stunning finished product.

So join us as my fellow Canadian CTMH consultants show you some fantastic creations that you can make too!

ABOUT THE HOP
·         This is a circular hop so you can start here and go all the way around.
·         If you came from the kreative Krista's "Simply Creating" blog, then you are going in the right direction.
·         Visit Michelle's My Creations blog, for the complete blog list if you get lost along the way. 

HERE'S MY PROJECT: Baby Scrapbook in a box



This fun little project is so easy and can be done in less than half an hour, start to finish.  And all you need is 5 sheets of paper (cardstock or double sided patterned paper).

The lid is folded using a 12x12 sheet of Babycakes B&T paper.  This is probably the trickiest part of the project.  Make sure you make your edges crisp using your fingernail or a bone folder.  I added some shimmer with Teal shimmer trim and blinged it up with triangle gold studs.



Open it up and WOW!  The pages unfold and delight!



I like to add goodies to the center panel, to really start off the story and create some pizzazz.  You can use the extra pieces for photo mats, and add whatever embellishments go with your papers.


Don’t forget to stamp!



Or add stickers.  Each panel can feature a photo, journaling or artwork.




Now all you have to do is add your photos.  These boxes make a great keepsake as well as a special gift for someone you love.

Email me at justscrapit.ctmh@gmail.com for full instructions.




KEEP HOPPING & LEAVE COMMENTS, PLEASE!
Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is the amazing Crafty Carol's blog.


Please 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.



Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, paper and techniques seen along the way.


Thursday, May 15, 2014
Welcome to our May Cross Canada Blog Hop, which takes us off the page, and onto our walls and bookshelves and nightstands:  HOME DECOR.  Close to my Heart offers a full range of products ... and shares a TON of inspiring ideas ... on how to use your papercrafting skills to decorate your home.

So join us as my fellow Canadian CTMH consultants show you some fantastic creations that beautify your home ... that you can make too!

ABOUT THE HOP
  • This is a circular hop so you can start here and go all the way around.
  • If you came from the spectacular "Stephanie's Creations" blog, then you are going in the right direction.
  • Visit Michelle's My Creations blog, for the complete blog list if you get lost along the way. 

HERE'S MY PROJECT: Bold and simple pennant frames


I've had this idea for a while and it was so much fun to put it together.  I wanted to have some fun and funky sayings in my craft room, but I also wanted to showcase some of our products -- not just get a decal or something sticky to put up.  These pennant frames are IDEAL for that.

And your creations don't have to be frilly or frou-frou.  I'm a straight-forward, simple crafter, so I kept my colours bold and simple, and used clean white lettering to make it pop.  A simple accent for each pennant just adds that touch of visual interest and helps the messages read even faster.  I thought about adding sparkles or some other kind of embellishment, but it always seemed to take away from what I'd created.  Sometimes, the art of what we do is simply knowing when to stop.

To finish the pennants off, I inked the edges (as my cardstock cutting came up just a teeny bit short) with our ink pads and a sponge.  I love, love, love how the inks and papers coordinate -- and helps to hide any small blemishes that might have occurred.

Now, to find the perfect place in my craft room to hang these.

SUPPLIES:

  • My Creations Pennant Frames
  • Ruby, Gypsy, Topiary and Pacifica cardstock and inks
  • White Daisy cardstock
  • Art Philosophy and Artiste Cricut Cartridges





KEEP HOPPING & LEAVE COMMENTS, PLEASE!
Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is the artsy Angelina's "Creative Craftastic Corner" blog.


Please 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.



Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, paper and techniques seen along the way. Join us again on June 15 when we will be featuring fancy folds and other fun stuff!

Friday, April 25, 2014
Welcome to another Color Dare challenge at Color My Heart.  When I first laid eyes on this week's colors in the Ariana paper pack, it wasn't for me.


But after seeing it in person (instead of on a computer screen) and playing with it for a variety of projects, I have become more and more fond of Ariana.  There's so much you can do -- just see what our DT has come up with.

And see what I came up with.  I had another challenge I was working on -- to create something using CTMH's Stamp of the Month for April, "Bubble Talk".  So I combined those two inspirations into this week's card.


This card looks complex, but it wasn't hard.  Yes, there are lots of pieces and it took time to choose the right papers and put them in the right place.  But it came together so nicely and easily -- and looks even better now than it's finished than it did in my head.  :)


Now it's your turn!  Pull out your Ariana and play!  Then post your creation on Color My Heart's Color Dare blog and share what you've done!  Please have fun and feel free to enter more than once!

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Yes, I can say with great confidence that Close to my Heart has changed my life.  It has, in so many wonderful and amazing ways.  But the biggest way it has changed things is with the people who have come into ... and stayed ... in my life.  People who support me.  People who challenge me.  People who come to me for help.  People who inspire me with their talent and generosity.  People who love me, no matter what.

When I look back at my Close to my Heart experience, it's the PEOPLE that I think about and remember ... and will always remember.

So thank you, to each and every one of you who have left a footprint (or an inky handprint) on my heart.  I am so grateful for having you in my life.

These are just a very few of my special friends ...











Tuesday, April 22, 2014
I'm back.  It was a busy week and I haven't had as many chances to post, but that's a perfect example of my Reason #6 for loving my CTMH business -- FLEXIBILITY!!

For me, flexibility means 2 things.  First, the flexibility of time.  Over the years, I have been able to work my CTMH business around the other things in my life: my family, my corporate job, my commute, vacations, illness, seasons.  I set my own schedule and plan my workshops, crops, customer care, admin time and more around the other events and milestones.  It fits into my life ... I don't have to fit my life around it.

So flexible, there's even time to relax with my hubby (above)
and friends at their cottage!
The other meaning of Flexibility is my ability to build my business any way I want.  I have built my business through workshops, crops and retreats instead of the traditional home gathering (party).  That's what works for me.  Others love doing the parties and find it's a great way to meet new people.  And others still like to keep it small, just enjoying the discount on amazing products.

And your business can CHANGE!  Maybe you want to start small.  That's ok.  I started big, but then had to pull back because the demands of my life became too much.  And I've slowly built it up again, managing my time and doing my best to keep a better balance.

As recently as a year ago, I never would have even THOUGHT about making a try for the CTMH Incentive Trip -- never thought that I would even come close to achieving it.  Yet, here I am, just over half way through the earning period and I am RIGHT ON TRACK for getting there.  It will mean that I have to continue to work hard, but I'm okay with that.  That's how much my business has changed in just the last year.

Aloha Donald!  This year's incentive trip is to
the Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii!
I so want to be there!
Want to learn more about what being a Consultant can mean for you?  Want to see how it can fit into your life?  Give me a shout at justscrapit.ctmh@gmail.com.  Let's talk and get you started.

Plus, when you sign up in April, you get even more!  For just $99, you get over $400 in great products, INCLUDING your choice of 1 of our 3 Cricut Collections.  April is almost over so you want to sign up NOW!








Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Welcome to our April Brae-ers Team Blog Hop, showing off our favourite things!  Inspired by the Sound of Music song (Raindrops on roses, andwhiskers on kittens...  I can hear all of you singing it now!) and our love of CTMH's amazing products, this hop will share with you some of our "must have" items.  And because each of us have a different favourite thing, you're going to see a wide range of crafty things and creations that are sure to inspire you.

Let's get hopping!  (Are you still singing too?  GREAT!)

ABOUT THE HOP
  • This is a circular hop so you can start here and go all the way around.
  • If you came from the talented Tamara's "Mara's Journey" blog, then you are going in the right direction.
  • Visit Brae's "The Brae-er" blog, for the complete blog list if you get lost along the way. 

HERE'S MY PROJECT: Hot Dog Layout using RIBBON


If you've ever met and scrapped with me, you know that my #1 obsession is ribbon.  I collect it, I use it, I can't stay away from it.  So when I started to create this layout, I wanted to make the ribbon a big part of it.



I love the new Topiary chevron ribbon!  It's a great width with a different pattern.  And it worked wonderfully with the Jubilee paper pack.  I punched holes through all the layers and laced the ribbon through like shoelaces.  I finished the ends like shoelaces too, using Washi tape.



I also love Liquid Glass.  Sometimes I use a lot, and sometimes, I use just a little to add some emphasis.  The ketchup on this hot dog is just the right touch for this layout.



My all-time favourite stamp is called "Journaling Jots".  It was different stamps with lines on it, ideal for creating neat, straight journaling on any layout.  This stamp set is retired, but it will always live in my stamp collection ... and my heart.

And one of my favourite techniques, is using a border stamp along the edges of a layout.  It adds a nice finish, just like these stars from the "Fancy Fair" stamp set.

Lastly, the subject is one of my most favourite people, eating his (and my) most favourite foods: BBQ'd hot dogs.  Love you, Charlie Beans.  

Your next stop on the Brae-ers Team Blog Hop is the 'mazing Michelle's "The Right Hugh" blog.

Please 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.



Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you, and help you to think about your favourite scrapbooking supplies ... or find a new favourite!  Come back next month on May 8th to see what we're doing to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month.

Welcome to our April Cross Canada Blog Hop, featuring a revolutionary product from the CTMH-Cricut partnership:  the amazing and exclusive Artbooking cartridge!  When it was introduced at Convention last year, I knew it was different and it was awesome.  And then I got my hands on it!  It has really changed the way I scrapbook and create. 

So join us as my fellow Canadian CTMH consultants show you some fantastic creations using Artbooking that you can make too!

ABOUT THE HOP
  • This is a circular hop so you can start here and go all the way around.
  • If you came from the kreative Krista's Simply Creating blog, then you are going in the right direction.
  • Visit Michelle's My Creations blog, for the complete blog list if you get lost along the way. 

HERE'S MY PROJECT: Artbooking Bracket Frame


This year, we got an amazing shot of all of the Ballantyne cousins, from oldest to youngest.  It's a very special memory and I wanted to create something very special to showcase it.  This bracket frame was the perfect solution.

I used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the striped paper (from the Ariana paper pack) and the Outdoor Denim frame.  

Then I got out my Artbooking cartridge and started to play.  The hearts overlay cut from Ariana paper, was the perfect accent for the picture.  And I embellished with some Ariana Coral hearts.  The sentiment is from the Ariana Workshop on the Go stamp set.


Then I added an XOXO cut out in Ariana Coral cardstock using Artbooking.  I love how you get all of the elements you need that work so well together, all from one cartridge!  The triangle studs help to draw attention where I want it to go, and add some shine.


Lastly, I matted my photo with more B&T paper from Ariana to add some depth.  And I stamped the date and title using the Sans Serif alphabet -- love those alpha stamps!!

So, what do you think?  I think I'm going to send this to Grandma and Grandpa Ballantyne, so they can enjoy, celebrate and show off ALL of their wonderful grandchildren.
  

KEEP HOPPING & LEAVE COMMENTS, PLEASE!

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is

Please 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.



Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, paper and techniques seen along the way. Join us again on May 15 when we will be featuring creations that decorate your home. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014
As you may remember, I'm using a My Crush album to create a memory book for my son Sam's Grade 8 (or Gr.8) year.  I really love how it's coming together.  I can focus on a few key photos for each moment and somehow, I'm feeling a little more FREE when I'm creating, as I'm not as focused on creating a traditional 2 page layout.

And it's really super fun!  With My Crush, anything goes.  I've used stamps and washi tape, Cricut diecuts and stickers.  Fun, fast and easy!  And looks FANTASTIC.

Here are three of my favourite My Crush layouts so far:




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