Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Marley - Ducks Unlimited

My husband & I are dog crazy. We have two labs, an 8 year old, yellow, named Ozzy, and a 7 year old, black, named Marley. The dogs are spoiled to the max. Basically our life revolves around the dogs. They sleep on the couches, eat when we do, require our undivided attention, and in return they give us their unconditional love.

Ed & I were out shopping and passed by this picture, or should I say stopped at this picture, which was on display for auction through Ducks Unlimited.

So, yep we bid and found out last night, the picture is ours and is on the way to us to hang in our family room.


Monday, 28 November 2011

Mojo Monday #217

If it's Monday it must be time for Mojo Monday #217. Today's sketch is a choice of round or square. I decided to do the square in a 6 X 6.

This card uses the paper packet "Typeset" from Close to My Heart. The colours in the paper are juniper, desert sand, black, creme brulee and vineyard berry. I have used both sides of the numbered paper to create my card, with a creme brulee mat. The other feature of this card is that there is absolutely no stamping. I used the Typeset Complements Canvas Shapes to embellish. The ribbon affect is created using Kraft borders which are unfortunately retired. (You can still get some on the "while supplies last" online through my website)

The inside of the card complements with the vineyard berry side of the background & texture paper, with a creme brulee centre. The numbers are cut from the numbers on the background & texture paper.

The base of my card is the Kraft 6 X 6 Die Cut Cards and Envelopes.

A great birthday card anyone would love to receive.

Typeset Paper Packet $10.95
Typeset Complements Canvas Shapes $6.50
Kraft 6 X 6 Die cut cards & envelopes $7.75


Saturday, 26 November 2011

Colouring with Copics

I admit it. I like colouring. There is something about the art of colouring that brings me joy. I spent a few hours the past week watching TV and colouring with my Copics. Mo Manning is one of my favourite rubber stamp artists (next to Close to My Heart as my #1 fave). His images speak to me, and no one more than "Jack & Ginger" I hope my hubby & I are holding hands and kissing when we get to be Jack & Ginger's age!!

I have two boys who are no longer little guys, but boy does this little Mo Manning image speak to me. It's called "Who Me?" How appropriate. I found a sentiment stamp which seemed to go perfectly with this image. It says, "You make me smile all over my face."

And lastly, this stamp set from CTMH called "Gnome Garden" makes me smile all over my face. It is such a sweet stamp set. The gnome, house and grass are all separate images that created my scene.

Other than the COPIC markers which I used to colour the images and the Mo Manning images, all paper, ribbon, bling used is CTMH.

I hope these cards make you smile all over your face too.


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Mojo Monday #216

Another week has flown by. Where is the time going? It's time for another Mojo Monday sketch and card.

I love this sketch.

For my card, I used "Elemental" paper packet and the stamp set "Love Life", along with sparkly gold brads from the "Shimmer" brad pack. I really like the versatility of "Elemental" papers. The colours I used were sorbet,and desert sand set on a white card base. I distressed the edges of all paper in "Cocoa" ink and stamped the images Live. Laugh. Love. also in "Cocoa" ink.

I hope you enjoy my take on the Mojo Monday #216 card sketch.


Monday, 21 November 2011

Dreamin Workshop on the Go

As our neighbours to the south prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I wanted to share some more pictures from our family photo shoot taken on a beautiful Thanksgiving Sunday.

The Dreamin Workshop on the Go Kit fit my pictures perfectly.

The kit includes Dreamin Level 2 Paper Packet, Shimmer Designer Brads, Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel, Dreamin Workshop Stamp set and instructional brochure. All this for $33.50.

I wanted to show you a close up of the cute cluster image of flowers, leaves, shimmer brads and brong glitz glitter gel. This just adds a wonderful pop to the layout. Do you see the cute little dandelion stamps with the glitz glitter gel added to the centre? Isn't that a darling accent.

There is still enough paper left for me to complete another 2 page layout, and even a little bit more for the circle cards.

I love the ease and simplicity of the Workshop on the Go kits. If you are interested in completing this workshop, email me for available dates.

To all my American CTMH sisters and friends, I wish you an early Happy Thanksgiving.


Friday, 18 November 2011

Dry Erase Board

In July 2011 my son, David, his girlfriend, Jen and I were at the Close to My Heart Convention in beautiful Disneyland California. Of course, living with a scrapbooker they knew about CTMH, or did they? They had no idea how much fun a grown woman can have with thousands of other "like minded crazy for convention women." They were so caught up in the excitement and always wanted to know what we had done that day, what had we made, what was new. They toured the silent auction room with me (incognito) and commented on a few pieces - which made me bid on them - and the art room. It was so refreshing to hear how amazingly talented the artists are who are consultants with CTMH. This is not just scrapbooking for sure.

One of the pieces caught David's eye. It was a dry erase picture frame with a "what's for dinner" theme. He asked right then if I would make him something like that. One day was my response.

Well, David & Jen have purchased their first house, and I thought it was a perfect opportunity for "one day"

This is what I came up with.

I hope they are pleased. The fun part about this project is you can change the layout under the picture frame from season to season or just if you feel like a change.

Materials - Picture frame - 11 X 17 Michaels
Paper & Stickease - CTMH Spendor (retired)
Embellishments (ribbon/brads/pins) - CTMH

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Mojo Monday - Feel Better Soon

If it's Tuesday, it must be time for Mojo Monday.

My niece has been fighting a throat infection and cold and while on antibiotics ended up with pnemonia. Poor thing has not been feeling well at all. I made this card for her to hopefully cheer her up. I hope it brings a smile to her face and makes her feel better!!!

For the inside of the card it is a simple saying with a wee flower and bitty brad for the centre.

This is the sketch from Mojo Monday. I just turned it to the side to get my vertical look.

Supplies Used:
Inks - Close to My Heart - Black & Grey Flannel
Copic Markers
Paper - Close to My Heart
Flowers - unknown
Leaves - Close to My Heart
Embellishments - Close to My Heart - brads & pink bling
Stamp - Stamping Bella - Grumpy Bella

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Christmas Card Workshop

I had so much fun teaching this Christmas card workshop, hosted by my sister, Kathy. My great-niece Abby participated in her first card making workshop, and I had the opportunity to meet two wonderful ladies, new to Close To My Heart.

Everyone made 6 different card designs. Abby showed everyone how you could have your own style and make the card completely your own.

If you would like to host your own workshop or gathering, please email me for available dates.

Happy Creating,


Friday, 11 November 2011

Remembrance Day

Very proud of my nephew, Geoff, currently serving in the Canadian Armed

May we all pause today to remember the veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Wear your poppy proudly.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

My Morning View

This was my view from my bedroom window this morning. It made me want to play hookey from work. We have been experiencing crazy warmer than normal temperatures this November. Not being a winter fan, I'm not complaining.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Mojo Monday - The Sketch

Mojo Monday - Believe

This is my first time playing along with Mojo Monday. I think I did pretty good for a first try. What do you think?

All products used are Close to My Heart, including Wonderland paper packet, Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon, Icing Overlays, Licorice opaques and sparkle bling. The two circles were cut using the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge available only through Close to My Heart.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Happy Holiday Card Set: Project Inspiration Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book

Thanksgiving October 2011

Thanksgiving Sunday this year was an exceptionally warm day full of sunshine and semi-colourful leaves. My birthday present this year was a family photo shoot at our home.
A big thank you to my brother-in-law, Tom, who took over 100 photos that day. With 7 people and 3 dogs, we were just happy we had everyone in one place. A perfect picture taken in the easement beside our house was a fluke choice and one I absolutely love!!!

Thanksgiving October 2011

Here We Go!!

With the encouragement of my fellow Close to My Heart consultants, I've taken the plunge, or fall as it may be to start my blog.

The name of the blog - Paper Traditions - was an obvious choice.  I love to preserve family memories and traditions on paper.  I am the one at gatherings with the camera ever present.  I may not be the best photographer, but the memories of a particular picture are perfect.   

Family traditions are  wonderful memory to cherish, and to scrapbook. Is it a particular photo album that makes an appearance at a bridal shower, a goofy angel that sits atop the Christmas tree, or a particular song played at a wedding (Crystal Chandalier -crazy I know) that brings an instant smile to your face, an instant memory.   

It is these memories that are captured on a photograph, and preserved in a scrapbook that make

 "Paper Traditions"


About Me

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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.