Saturday, 24 March 2012


It's not very often, having two boys, that I get the chance to make layouts using girly, feminine, soft, pretty paper like those designs from LUCY paper package.  As soon as I saw the beautiful flower and, soft argyle background & texture paper, cardstock complimenting colours of Blush, Creme Brulee and Sweet Leaf, and then the co-ordinating Complements Glittery Rub-Ons, I knew I had the pictures that would suit  this paper package perfectly.

These layouts feature the story of my beautiful great-nieces, Audrey & Peyton on the occasion of their baptism at our family church.  The church holds a lot of history for my family, including the baptisms of 4 generations including Peyton & Audrey, their siblings, parents, grandparents, and great-grandmother.        

Left side of two page layout, which opens to reveal additional layout  
This is the right side of the layout which also flips open to show another layout
Opened flip flap - centre 12 X 12 layout and
left side 8 X 12 and right side 4 X 12 layouts.  The photos were
highlighted with the beautiful soft flower paper of the Lucy paper. 

Opened flaps with centre 12 X 12 layout and
6 X 12 layouts each size.  The argyle zip strrip is
used on the outside sides of each 6 X 12 layout and
highlighted with bitty sparkles.    

Now of course with little girls you have to add ribbon, more flowers, and more sparkles.  I loved using the Lucy Complements Glittery Rub-Ons. They were a snap to use and added instant embellishments to the layouts.  On each of the flower rub-ons I added more bling with even more bitty sparkles, and added ribbon bows to the flower stems.  Bohemium Alphabet letters finished up the flower theme in the title.  The title was stamped with Grey Wool ink. 

My beautiful great-nieces were very blessed babies on their baptism.  They were gorgeous in their handmade gowns and were truly angels welcomed into God's house with rousing applause.  

Love you Audrey & Peyton



Monday, 19 March 2012

Project Inspirations 2012 Spring/Summer Idea Book: My Originals® Sweet S...

This is a great project that comes complete with everything you need.  My ideas - put easter eggs inside the cup for your Easter card.  How about "life saver" candy inside a Thank you card.  The possibilities are endless. 

Sunday, 18 March 2012

A BIG Thanks

Wow - I'm shocked and grateful at the same time to receive a Liebster Blog award. My blog is relatively new and I'm really learning the ropes. There are some very talented ladies who are my "sisters" at Close to My Heart. One of the great benefits of being a consultant is the close friendships with fellow consultants, who are always willing to help out.

So, thank you so much to my fellow consultant, Alyson Mayo for nominating me. Please visit her blog at

Here are the rules to accept this award:
1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award and rules on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have fun!

Now the fun part, my favourite five blogs:

1. Jackie Lupien
2. Nancy Ball  
3. Jan Moxey  
4. Sheri Ballantyne
5. Carolyn Crowe

Please visit all these ladies' blogs and enjoy their artwork.


Thursday, 15 March 2012


Yep, it was Pemberley paper package that was my "slow burn to love." It wasn't the first to go on my "must have order". Honestly, it wasn't until I saw a number of beautiful cards, layouts and 3-D projects made by my fellow consultants that tempted me to put Pemberley on my next order.

This is my take on the beautiful PEMBERLEY Workshop on the Go. I tweaked it for my photos, and added white photo mats. Simply beautiful - or is it the appearance of simplicity that make this layout really pop?

This layout really has a lot of details. Notice the scalloped border, the pennants, the paisley topper, the rope trim, all stamped with the exclusive stamp set from the Pemberley WOTG. The small yellow flower was stamped with the flower image from Card Word Puzzle. The flower centres are honey resin buds from the Bouquet Assortment.

Details are carried through on the companion page, pennants, flowers, rope detail. But what I really like is the envelope. Yes, an envelope, made with the Art Philosphy cricut cartridge. This is a great way to tuck away journalling, a lock of hair, tiny keepsakes that you may want to keep all to yourself!!

And, if you look at the cards featured in the Interactive Cards they also feature paper from the PEMBERLEY paper package.

So whether you love a paper packet at first sight or love after a slow burn, the result is always the same - memories preserved on paper!!


Saturday, 10 March 2012

Footloose WOTG

As a Close to My Heart consultant I am offered a one month preview of the Idea Book before it goes live to customers. There are always products and paper packages which are "love at first sight" and others which are a "slow burn to love".

My "love at first sight" paper package was FOOTLOOSE. I fell fast and hard for the beachy theme of this paper, the colours, the design of the paper, the co-ordinating FOOTLOOSE COMPLEMENTS, SEASIDE WOODEN SHAPES, I was smitten.

FOOTLOOSE was perfect for the beachy pictures of my hubby and I on our recent trip to Cuba. Yep I'm holding a gator with a sombrero. What you find on the beach!!!

I used the FOOTLOOSE WOTG as a start point for my pictures. I changed up the location of the photos, and I haven't decided on my title or done my journalling yet, but I like the direction this layout took.

This workshop has tons of little details, like the banner flags using the zip strip, the sanding and distressing used and the great wooden buttons. It also incorporates great stamping techniques to show off the colours of the star and turtle.

For my additional two page layout, I wanted to use the Dimensional Elements FOOTLOOSE COMPLEMENTS. These are great chipboard weight images that just make the layout pop.

FOOTLOOSE travels well from the beautiful beaches of Varadero to the city streets of Havana. This was a beautiful restaurant located in the back courtyard of a private home. We experienced the delights of Cuban hospitality and yummy authentic Cuban food. Our guide and taxi driver accompanied us at lunch as our treat.

A simply fabulous stop on our Havana tour. You might have noticed we are wearing coats and the guide has long pants on - yes it was chilly - a cold front had blown in and boy it was cold. We were trying to be brave tourists wearing shorts but wishing for our long pants and warmer jackets. The vendors in the market were wearing heavy parkas.

Next up I'll show you my "slow burn to love" paper packet. Can you guess which one it might be?

Stay tuned.

Have a great crafty day.


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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.