Monday, 17 July 2017

Canada 150

I'm excited to be back into the routine of crafting and excited to be a part of Atlantic Hearts Design Team!!

Michelle challenged us with the sketch this week, but I was ready for her.  I pulled out the new Canada 150 stamp set (official design sanctioned by Canadian government) and inked that baby up!!


Woot, woot - proud Canadian here!!

I kept the design simple, highlighting the image only.  The card uses only white daisy, cranberry and black.  The ribbon fringe is created with small bits of various ribbon and white shimmer trim, and topped with red & white ribbon.

I'll use this on my Canada Day in Utah photos.  I may have to use a flip flap or two I have so many pictures.



Join us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and link up your project here

Stay tuned for my convention layouts!!!

Enjoy

Jennifer

Friday, 14 July 2017

Canada Eh!!!

Wowzers - this summer is flying by!  Our weather hasn't been the best here in Southern Ontario (Canada), cooler and rain - such a change from last year.  Fortunately, I experienced a Salt Lake City, Utah week in summer and made up with some wonderful heat!!!  Salt Lake City didn't disappoint; it was truly a great week full of adventure.

What was I up to in Salt Lake City???

 1.  Zip Line Utah - 3800' over open water, reaching speeds up to 65 mph!!!

Yikes - yep I did that - it was a blast and the view was spectacular!!  I had to, of course, make the decision to take that first step which I admit took a few minutes!!!  (OK more than a few!)


 2.  Visit to Park City Utah to see the Olympic site.  This was awesome & hard to believe you could pack so many people into what appeared to be a small area.

We watched the acrobatic ski jumpers practice double jumps into the swimming pool!

3.  Utah Bees - AAA affiliate of the Anaheim Angels.  This was a super last minute, turn here kind of decision.  We lucked into driving past the stadium and decided to see if we could get tickets to a game that night.  I wore my Blue Jays shirt and may have gotten a few looks!!  We had a terrific night enjoying the beautiful weather, fun atmosphere and 2 for $2.00 Taco Tuesday.

 4.  Close to My Heart - the highlight of the trip may have been the opportunity to visit and tour home office.

This is a beautiful building and we were fortunate to have an inside glimpse of what goes on within the walls.

I'm not sure how the employees can get any work done with the gorgeous scenery.
5.  We wandered around temple square and had the opportunity to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir practice.  Amazing acoustics inside a quaint intimate 21,000 seat facility.



6.  Canada Day!!!  I cannot express how this picture makes me feel.

The Canadian consultants gathered on the stairs for a group photo, proudly wearing our red & white.  Someone began to sing our national anthem. It quickly spread up the stairs and increased in volume.

There were a number of consultants milling around who stopped to take photos and listen, consultants came out of the ballroom to the sounds of Oh Canada and many on the 2nd level mezzanine stopped and watched!!

When the anthem finished many of us sheepishly turned to each other with tears in our eyes, rubbing our arms raised with goosebumps, sharing our joy in being Canadian!!!



Last but certainly not least are the wonderful women I get to spend a week with once a year.  We are spread across Canada (well BC to Ontario) and do not have the opportunity to visit in person.  These ladies are not only fellow consultants, but friends - no they are family!!!

Enjoy,

Jennifer



Monday, 19 June 2017

No worries with AHSC

One of the newest paper collections from Close to My Heart is No Worries.  I quickly fell in love with it and can't wait to get all my vacation pictures onto these cute papers.

Michelle has given us a fun block sketch this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I pulled out my No Worries paper and off I went.


For my card I used the word collage, barnboard, lagoon and basket weave patterned papers cutting them into the blocks.

Each square is inked in whisper ink and applied to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 lagoon cardstock base.   For the embellishment cluster I pulled the chair, starfish and "unplugged", using foam tape to pop some up.

To finish off I added new white twine and antique gold brads from my stash.  It's great to put the old with the new.



I haven't added a sentiment yet thinking it might be a great retirement card.  Or maybe a birthday card...

Join us over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and link up your project by clicking here.

Enjoy,

Jennifer

Monday, 12 June 2017

Pretty Pockets with H2H

Happy Monday!!!  We are finally getting some summer weather and I'm loving it.

The challenge for this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is "pretty pockets".   Isn't this a great challenge?  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.    One of the many things I love about Close to My Heart is that all the products go together - so go ahead and mix it up.  I decided to combine some treasured favourites from my stash with some new favourites!!


The cute heart pattern from Little Dreamer paper collection formed the basis for my card design.  I then pulled the pocket from retired stash, along with the sorbet flowers, and white butterflies.

I added the new white burlap ribbon (which I love) to add some texture to the card.

Gold glitter gems top the flowers to finish off the card.


So go ahead, mix up your collections, and join us with your pretty pocket at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  Simply click on the link and add your project.

Enjoy,

Jennifer

Monday, 5 June 2017

Sketchy with Thistle

Wow - we're into the first full week of June.  I wish the weather would start to act like it's June.  We couldn't get rain last year and this year we've had enough......

Michelle has another great sketch for us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I decided to do a monochromatic card in thistle.

I used the cross hatch and striped thistle patterned paper from the Whimsy Fundamentals paper collection.  The sublet patterns are perfect to use together in projects.

I also backed the pattern paper in thistle cardstock - popping the layers to add dimension.

The centre oval is cut with the new oval thin cuts and make a perfect window for the sentiment.

The sentiment is from Heartfelt Thoughts and the sprig is from Good Thymes (retired) stamped in whisper ink.

The butterflies are from my stash of retired CTMH project. White twine finishes off the card.

Come & join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and link up your project by clicking here.

Enjoy,

Jennifer


Monday, 29 May 2017

Colour Challenge with H2H

This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges it's a colour challenge - blossom, lemon and emerald.  These were three of the new colours introduced in the 2017 Annual Inspirations.

I decided to create a garden using the flower  & leaf stamps from the May Stamp of the Month - Live, Love, Laugh.

The flowers and leaves were coloured in using the blending pen and blossom, lemon and emerald ink pads.

I used the Artbooking cricut cartridge to cut the fence from cocoa and the grass from emerald cardstock.  

To finish up, I added large and bitty sparkles to the centre of the flower  and a touch of shimmer pen.

The card is backed on the barnboard patterned paper found in the No Worries paper collection, and then onto cocoa cardstock.

I hope you'll play along with us at Heart 2 Heart Challenges and link up your project here.

Enjoy,

Jennifer


Monday, 22 May 2017

Camping Life with AHSC

Happy Monday!!!  It's sketchy time with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.



Michelle has given a very clean and simple sketch for this week.

If you've played along, you know that clean and simple doesn't always mean easy!!

What will you come up with?




I decided to flip the sketch 180 degrees and used the cloud cuts from Flower Market cricut cartridge for the shape.

The patterned paper is from the new paper collection, Jack which is one of my new favourites!!!  It has great patterns of lumberjack plaid, axes, trees, lumberjacks, and more.

The sentiment is from a great new stamp set, Camping LIfe.  This set has a cute VW camper, mountains, tents, smores, and compass to name a few.

I stamped first in cocoa and then again in fern, cutting out the trees and popping up with foam tape.


I hope you'll play along with the sketch and link up your project here.

Enjoy,

Jennifer




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I am a wife, proud mom of 2, mother-in-law, Close to My Heart Consultant, and amateur photographer. I love paper crafting whether it is scrapbooking, cards, or 3-D items, and enjoy enabling - uh I mean teaching, others.