Thursday, 29 December 2016

For Your Eyes Only!!!

Just kidding....  I can't show you yet.

The new Seasonal Expressions 1 will not disappoint.  Great new paper collections, embellishments, stamps, and more.  You're going to love everything.

OK, I can't resist - here's a little sneak peak.

The new consultant kit has been released.  You'll love everything home office has chosen for you in your kit, plus you can customize with a $60.00 select product credit to choose what you want from either the Annual Inspirations or the Seasonal Expressions.

I'd love to have you join the CTMH family and be part of the Paper Traditions team.  Contact me today and get your business started your way.



Saturday, 24 December 2016

Enjoy the Ride

It's always fun to try new techniques or designs and today's favourite was a fun one!!!

My brother's retirement gift from his staff was a new mountain bike.  It had been years since he had ridden and it showed on his first attempt.

I, of course, had to follow up on the theme and created this floating bike tunnel card.

The card is full of fun elements and was a hit!!

The scene in the background of the tunnel is inked with a sun and cloud popped up to create the perfect bike back drop!!

For the record, he is much better on his bike and is truly enjoying the ride.



Friday, 23 December 2016


One of the best things about scrapbooking is looking back at your layouts/photos and smiling, reminiscing in memories.

That's what today's layout does for me - it makes me smile.

This just captures what a beautiful time we had.  The kids were being goofy (as even grown up kids do) and their smiles were infectious.  They warned us they were going to have a good time and they did!!  I can still hear their giggles from across the room as they shared stories with their cousins.  



Thursday, 22 December 2016

Tulips are my Fave!

Tip toe through the tulips....  Today's card is from March and was for my mother-in-law's 85th birthday!!  She is Dutch so the tulips were perfect.
The two layers of sky blue create a shadow box for the tulips to bloom from.  The grass is only attached at the very bottom so it looks like it's floating.  All edges are inked to create more dimension and the sentiment is popped up at each end with a floating middle.

I'm thinking this would be a cute Christmas card using Poinsettias.  hmmmm....



Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Flower Favourite

It is so much fun walking down memory lane choosing a favourite project from each month of the past year.  Today's favourite comes from February.

 This was a card I made for my mom's birthday using the Springtime Flowers stamp and coordinating thin cut.  I'm in love with it as much today as I was then.

The flowers are individually cut from three colours of red cardstock and then stamped with the coordinating stamp in black.  Leaves are cut from fern cardstock.

The card was fiddly to make sure flowers overlap but don't interfere with the movement of the card.

This is the card flipped open.  The black strip of cardstock fold allows the movement of the card.

I think I've inspired myself to create another of these cards.



Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A few of my favourite things

Raindrops on roses.... now you're singing a few of your favourite things.  I decided for the final few days of December to post a few of my favourite things from 2016.

In Canada, we look forward to Boxing Day (or December 26th) almost as much as Christmas Day.  Why you ask - it's the start of the World Junior Hockey Championship!!!!  So, it's no wonder what my first pick is.

Oh how many times I have yelled, "keep your stick on the ice".  It's a hockey parents calling card.  This little guy just brings back so many memories of many early mornings at the rink with my guys for hockey practices and games.

The smell of sweat filled hockey gear is still in my nose!!!!

We would have car conversations on the way home of;  "did you see my move", "wow I skated fast",  or the ever present "the ref was dumb"!!

To all my hockey lovin' friends, here's to a great Worlds and to hockey parents everywhere - stay warm!!!



Monday, 19 December 2016

Holiday Birthday with Atlantic Hearts Sketch

My sister has a birthday right in the middle of the holiday season - December 29th.  So, she was often the youngest in the classroom at school, shared birthday and Christmas gifts, and a lack of birthday parties!!!  Not to mention, her birthday cards get hung up in the Christmas mail, either too early or too late!!!

So, this year, I have her birthday card ready - thanks to a great sketch by Michelle at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

I used new Rasperberry cardstock, combined with patterned paper and vellum from Uptown Fundamentals.

From my stash I added cute snowflakes topped with sparkly pink glitter gems.

The sentiment is heat embossed in silver for more glittery fun.

To everyone that has a birthday over the holidays, wishing you a very Happy Birthday!!!

Join us with your project at



Monday, 12 December 2016

Last One!!!

Ok, this is the last project with Oh Deer!   The challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is to use Oh Deer! which has not been at all a challenge for me.  This paper package, complements and embellishments has been one of my all time favourites.

This layout was created by a dear (pardon the pun) friend of mine, Sheri Ballantyne as part of a workshop of several layouts.  I tweaked it for a club group who had rave reviews.  This layout also uses two of my favourite stamp sets, Woodland Wishes and Snow Shadows.

Hopefully, I'll get a walk in the woods photo shoot over the holidays!!!

This is the final challenge for 2016 for Heart 2 Heart Challenges. I'm excited to see what 2017 brings us and look forward to sharing projects with you in the new year.  Don't forget to follow the link to show us your Oh Deer! projects



Tuesday, 6 December 2016

I did it again!!!

Yep, I did it again!!!  Oh Deer! is still on my desk.

 I again used Picture My Life cards from Oh Deer! collection to start my card.

The deer is stamped with Woodland Wishes stamp set and matching thin cuts.  I love the sentiment "Winter Wishes" which made a cute Christmas card.

I  used some twine from my stash and added some brown glitter gems to finish off the card.

Come and play along with us and link up your project at

We'd love to see what you come up with from Michelle's sketch.



Monday, 5 December 2016

Sketch Time with Heart 2 Heart

Heart 2 Heart Challenges has a sketch for you this week.

Shirley has designed the sketch which has lots of elements to interpret.

I always love seeing how different projects can be!!

I just can't seem to move Oh Deer! collection from my desk top.  This paper is just so cute!!

For the sketch, I rotated 90 degrees and used a Picture My Life card for my jumping off point.

I inked the edges with desert sand and matted on seaglass cardstock.

A few swipes of the shimmer brush to the pine cones added some visual interest.

I topped them off with a twine bow and a sparkle topped "i".

I took some artistic liberty with the sketch and omitted the centre strip.

Join us and link up your project - we'd love to see what you come up with.



Tuesday, 22 November 2016

White Pines with AHSC

Time for this weeks sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Michelle has created a cute layered sketch with lots of room for interpretation.

I decided to pull out some retired paper and embellishments from my stash, and get to creating.

For my card I used the White Pines paper and complements.  I am in love with the whimsical tree and berries paper.  The red is the reverse side of this paper.  I layered my patterned paper onto cashmere cardstock.

A few red enamel gems and clear sparkles completed my card.

So, pull out your retired paper, complements and embellishments - - mix and match and get your create on.

I hope you'll join us at AHSC and add your project simply by following this link



Monday, 21 November 2016

ABC with Heart 2 Heart

The challenge for this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is ABC - - that's "Anything but a Card".

I have been working with the Oh Deer! collection with one of my monthly groups, and wanted to share with you the layout.

The group wanted a winter layout, but not necessarily Christmas themed, so Oh Deer! was perfect.  I kept the colours very neutral complementing the Desert Sand and Whisper colours in the patterned paper.    The sentiment and snowflakes are from the Flower Market cricut cartridge.  I can't get enough of the beautiful images available on this cartridge!!!

Woodland Wishes thin cuts and coordinating my acrylix stamps are so much fun.  The trees are stamped in fern and desert sand and popped up with foam tape.

Mr. Reindeer is also stamped in desert sand and a red gem highlights his nose.  He just might be the all important reindeer!!

Join us at Heart 2 Heart and add your ABC project by following this link



Monday, 14 November 2016

Why do you scrapbook?

Why do you scrapbook?

For me, it's knowing the story behind the photo.  Who is that, what were they doing, why are they looking to the side?  I've recently been looking through some old photographs of my mother-in-law.  She immigrated to Canada following WWII, travelling from Holland by boat - no transatlantic flights then.

When I'm looking at the photos I'm able to marvel at the images and see history, but I don't know the history - thank goodness I can ask her and chat with her about the pictures.

This is a picture of my father-in-law sitting at a desk writing a letter - that's what I can see from the picture.  What's the rest of the story?

My mother-in-law, Johanna, and my father-in-law Theodorus wrote to each other while he was in Canada and she in Holland.   I would love to see those letters!!!  He is writing to his future wife to tell her about his new life in Canada.

It's important to share your story - print your photos - preserve them!!!  Otherwise, it's just a black and white photo of a man sitting at a desk writing a letter.



Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Oh Deer with AHSC

It's a fabulous sketch this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and can be interpreted in so many ways.

Let's see what you can create with Michelle's sketch!!!

Link up at - I'd love to see your project.

I am in love with the Oh Deer paper package from CTMH and have been using up every piece!!!

In this card, I again paired with Woodland Wishes stamp set.

The scene, stars, and sentiment are all embossed in gold.  I popped up the circle image on a gold glitter paper scallop circle.

The patterned paper is backed with seaglass cardstock on a colonial white card base.



Monday, 7 November 2016

Christmas Cards with H2H

We have a great challenge for you this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  Create a Christmas card or layout with non-traditional colours - no red & green!!!  For my project I decided to use the Oh Deer paper package and create a twist and pop card.

This is a fun card that looks complicated but it's all about the score folds and adhesive.

I used the cute Woodland Wishes stamp set and coordinating thin cuts for the sentiment, snowflakes and cute deer.

Flipping the card open NOEL is cut with Flower Market cricut cartridge in gold glitter paper.

I couldn't resist another little deer on the inside.

I wanted to try to capture how the card flips when it opens - it is quite a thick card and may involve additional postage but will fit in a standard A2 envelope.

As you open up the card, the sentiment pops up and twists out with the flip to reveal your sentiment.

I also used a red gem and white/gold twine to add a bow to the cute deer.

Give a twist and pop card a try, and join us with your project at simply by following the link.



Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Christmas with Atlantic Hearts Sketch

It's time for another sketch challenge from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and I am again in love with this sketch,  I don't know how Michelle does it - she continues to amaze week to week.

The October SOTM - Yuletide Joy is so pretty,  The intricate designs of the star, bell, stocking and present are perfect for embossing.

I decided to emboss in silver the star and the sentiment and popped onto silver glitter paper for even more shimmer.

The little gems are from my stash and also glitter!!!

I continued the embossing on the inside of the card and added a smaller glitter star.

A card set may be coming in the future using all four of the images from this stamp set!!!  All the images are so pretty and are begging for some ink.

Join us this week at AHSC and add your project by following the link.  I can't wait to see your creations.



Monday, 24 October 2016

Jeepers Creepers

It's Jeepers Creepers at Heart 2 Heart Challenges this week.  Create your project using the cute Jeepers Creepers paper package from CTMH.

I don't have little ones at home so I had to think a bit outside the box for this challenge.  This is what I came up with.

The Picture My Life cards provide a great jumping off point, and this little monster just seemed perfect to wish someone a Happy Birthday.

I backed the PML card with another zig zag card pattern and finally with slate cardstock.

Complements and embellishments in black glitter and googly eyes finish off the card.

I hope you'll join us at Heart 2 Heart this week, simply follow the link.



Friday, 21 October 2016

Nurse Charlotte

I took my mom to her first scrapbook store during one of our outings.  She said she'd wait in the car, and then changed her mind and said she'd look to see what the store might have.  First, she was surprised to see her "quilting" tools in the scrapbook store.   She wandered around and came across a stamp that she said I simply must buy.  So, not one to argue with mom, I did.
This was the image she insisted I purchase, who I called Nurse Charlotte.  This cute nurse came with a sentiment that said "this won't hurt a bit".  My sister, Judy is a nurse and has taken care of my mom post surgeries, so mom has a love of nurses!!!

I've coloured the image with copic markers, cutting out and popping up with foam tape.  I used retired Charlotte papers (CTMH)  and organza ribbon (CTMH)  from my stash.  The edges of the paper are distressed with whisper ink. (CTMH)

By the way, I'm not taking mom into any more scrapbook stores - she's expensive to get out the store!!!



Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Watercolour with Atlantic Heart

The sketch for this week at Atlantic Hearts Challenge is right up my alley.  I've said before how I like clean & simple and Michelle has perfected that style with this sketch.

I was asked to create several sympathy cards and found inspiration in a retired stamp set called Beautiful Things.

This set just makes me feel calm and balanced in its' simplicity.

I used the watercolour glacier  paper from Whimsy fundamental paper package, with banners of glacier cardstock, Rustic Home and bronze shimmer trim.

The image is centred on chocolate carstock and popped up with foam tape to give some dimension.

Two brown glitter gems finish off the card.

I stamped the image onto watercolour paper with Memento Grey ink, using watercolour pencil crayons to colour.

I wanted to keep the quiet, calm feeling in this image with the softness of watercolour.

The sentiment So Sorry is also from a retired stamp set called Sincere Expressions.

I hope you'll play along with us at AHSC and add your project by following the link.



Monday, 10 October 2016

Perfect 10 with H2H

Happy Thanksgiving Monday!!  Wow - time has ticked on and fall is upon us.  We have a great fall fair that we make an annual tradition.   No fair visit is complete without a visit to the goats, chickens, and sheep.  I love checking out everyone's entries in the home craft division - the colours and textures are amazing!!!

This week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges we are focusing on "Perfect 10" - the possibilities are endless.

I decided to show you Month 10 from a workshop completed by Brenda Rose which uses the beautiful Whimsy paper fundamentals along with Baby Girl or Baby Boy complements.  Pink or Blue the choice is up to you!!  (like my rhyme?)

This girl layout has a cute giraffe, and gold accents with thistle cardstock complementing the whimsy thistle polka dots.

I love the clean & simple lines of this layout.

The polka dot background is cut with the Artristy cartridge, but if you don't have the cartridge the layout is great with just the mat.

On the boy layout, the polka dots are continued with the border stamped in whisper.  This time the complements are silver glitter, with seaglass glitter highlights.

I am in love with the cuddly lion and funky monkey!!!

Canary is the cute complementary colour on this layout.

Show us your Perfect 10 and link up your projects by following this link.



Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Get Better Soon with AHSC

Michelle has another great sketch for us this week at Atlantic Hearts Challenge.

This sketch fits my design style to a "T" - simple, clean lines, with a rule of three.

I soon discovered, however, that sometimes the sketches which don't "challenge" are the most difficult.

So, I went to my favourites from this season - - Rustic Home and Seaglass.

I turned the sketch sideways and used the Get Better stamp set for my sentiment.

The Rustic Home crocheted ribbon worked perfectly with the Seaglass glitter paper and barnboard patterned paper.

I pulled out some slate brads from my stash to weigh down the lighter colour and texture.

On the inside of my card I stamped "and until then keep a safe distance!" with the coffee mug stamped on the same geometric patterned paper.

I'm sure whoever I send this paper cup of goodness to will feel better right away!!!

I hope you'll play with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch this week.  

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Monday, 26 September 2016

Adventure with Heart2Heart

Let's go on an adventure with Heart2Heart Challenges this week!!!  So, instead of using paper from the new Adventure fundamental paper package, I decided to go on a different adventure.

I'm in love with this stamp set - Nature's Wish.  It is one of my new favourites for sure!!!

This was so fun to create and combines the old with the new. The frame is a die-cut I've had for some time but really haven't used.

My husband sighted a moose in our front yard and hence the inspiration for my "window".  It's cut from champagne cardstock, sponged with cocoa ink.  I've popped up from the background with foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment "Enjoy the Adventure" using cocoa ink from a retired stamp set.

The background scene was created with first,second and third generation fern ink using the evergreen tree image, sponging the water colour with crystal blue and pacifica inks.

The deer I stamped and coloured with my shin han markers, and then stamped again overtop with Memento dark brown ink, fussy cutting it out and placing next to the water.

I used some retired patterned paper centered on cocoa cardstock.  For a final touch I added some burlap ribbon from the Rustic Home ribbon pack.

I hope you'll join in the adventure this week.   Share your project by click on the link



Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Pumpkin Time with AHSC

The September Stamp of the Month has so many cute images and sentiments I knew I wanted to ink that baby up.  Michelle's sketch for this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge gave me the perfect opportunity.

The leaves, and pumpkin have coordinating images from the Artbooking cricut cartridge.

I turned the sketch to horizontal for my card, and used goldrush grid paper from the enchantment paper fundamentals on cocoa cardstock base.

The pumpkin was cut with colonial white and stamped with goldrush ink.  I cut another pumpkin in fern and inked with new england ivy ink.  I wanted to add some dimension to my pumpkin so I added some cocoa and new england ivy inks and embossed the lines of pumpkin before adhering to the base with foam tape.   The leaves were cut from fern cardstock, inked with new england ivy, pomegranate and goldrush inks   The sentiment is stamped with cocoa ink.

I hope you'll play along with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.  Link up your project by following this link 



Monday, 12 September 2016

Create Kindness with CTMH

This challenge for this week is to feature artwork using the Create Kindness kit.  This kit is only available for the month of September - you'll want to get yours right away,

I started my project with the cute patterned 3 x 3 card & promptly cut it in half to have two pieces.

I used one of the great stamp sets included in the kit & stamped on the white circle piece provided.

I added the scalloped circle and aqua dots and glacier thick twine to layers of cardstock to finish up with a 5 x 5 square card.

 So because I had 2 pieces of the 3 x 3 after cutting it, I made two cards.  I always like seeing how a card looks completely different simply by, switching up colours.

The cute flowers and sentiment were coloured with Shin Han markers keeping the same colour palette.

This kit is perfect in that it comes with almost everything you need to create cute 3 x 3 cards.  You just have to add the adhesive!!  Add the completed card to your little one's lunch box for a great surprise, or pop onto a bottle of wine for a quick hostess gift.    The possibilities are endless.

 Let's see your project -  click on the link Heart 2 Heart Challenges and show us what you've done.  I'd love to see your artwork.



Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Flower Power with AHSC

As soon as I saw Michelle's sketch for this week at my eye was drawn to the flower.

I think this element caught my attention since CTMH has just released an exclusive Cricut cartridge collection, Flower Market.  If you haven't played with this cartridge yet, you don't know what you're missing!!!!

I'm still using paper from my favourite collection, Rustic Home, this time the kraft polka dots and embossed designs.

I love the big tub and thought it would be perfect to hold a big bunch of Sunflowers!!!  The flowers are cut with honey and saffron cardstock with the centres from cocoa.  I also inked the edges to add some dimension.  The leaves are cut with New England Ivy cardstock.

The sentiment "It's your Day" is from a new stamp set - Hooked on You, stamped in chocolate ink.   Inside the card it says "Happy Birthday" also from that set.

I used some retired bling in antique metal to add some heavy weight to the base of the card.

So, let's see your project.  Click on the link above to play along with us.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Rustic Home with AHSC

Michelle has a great sketch for us this week at with lots of elements and shapes.
I am in love with the Rustic Home fundamental paper, one of the basic collections from CTMH.  The paper is double sided with browns on one side and grays on the other.  When it is paired with the colour of the year, Seaglass, it is a winning combination.

I also reversed the copper vellum piece to match up with the grey barn board.  The card is matted on slate background and paper distressed with slate ink.  All Together Complements were so pretty to add to the card for the circle, and flowers to which I added the grey enamel gems.  The sentiment is from an exclusive stamp set provided to all convention attendees.  I think the message is very important.

I hope you'll join us at AHSC and link up your project this week, simply by clicking on the link above.



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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.