Sunday, 31 July 2016

Florence Lovlies

One of the first paper packages from the Seasonal Expressions 2 that I worked with was Florence. The colours and patterns featured are so pretty.  Heart 2 Heart Challenges is featuring Florence for this weeks challenge.

I started my card with the gold watercolour picture my life card matted on lagoon cardstock.  I mixed and mingled the Ornate Blossoms and A Bunch of Love thin cuts and stamped images to make my focal point.   I coloured all the images with various colours of Shin Han markers.

I cut out the centre flower from the ornate blossom image and popped it over the mirror image for added dimension.

Gold sequins from the Florence set finished off the card.

For these two cards I again used the same stamp sets and thin cuts, this time cutting the sentiment from the image and tucking additional smaller images with the large centre piece.  

Again from the Florence sequins I used the turquoise and red pieces.

I hope you'll join us at and link up your Florence project.



Tuesday, 26 July 2016

VIP Card Class

Summer time and the livin' is easy.  I'm enjoying my first summer of retirement and the opportunities it allows me.  What better time to invite some special ladies to join me for the first VIP Card Class and share a morning of fun.

I wanted to challenge them to do some new techniques, and templates, and boy did they come through.  These are the cards we completed.

 First up we completed the "starburst" card using Calypso papers and Tickled Pink stamp set and thincuts.

The thincuts allow for easy stamping and no fussy cutting!!!

Next, the gorgeous "picket fence" card.    The ladies learned blending and shading using Shin Han markers.

I invited them to change up the colours on the flower and was amazed with a beautiful pink selection (wish I had taken a picture)

After they had their mojo going, we tackled the tunnel card.  I had seen a video and wanted to give this one a try.

We used the Anchor thin cuts and stamp set and Tommy papers (all retired) to create a fun scene.
The ladies learned to paper piece, and how to create a background with ink.

Not only did the ladies create beautiful artwork, they also connected with each other, finding it is a small world after all.


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Beach Life

One of the many things that I love about CTMH is the ability to mix the old with the new.  I had been working with a retired paper package, Surf's Up and a pretty polka dot piece was sitting on my desk staring at me.  This was the jumping off point for my project this week for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

The polka dot paper was perfect for the background of my card.  The fence is from the zip strip from the same paper package.

I had a new stamp set, Beach Life, that hadn't seen ink yet so stamped up the sentiment, umbrella, sun, and clouds.

The wee flip flops and shovel are from one of the first stamp sets I was given a long time ago from my consultant at the time. I added a few flamingo dots to finish it off.

Check out Michelle's sketch.

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Sightseeing with H2H

The challenge for this week at Heart 2 Heart is "sightseeing".  I decided to take this theme literally - - so let's go sightseeing in Aruba!!!

My husband, Ed and I visited the island of Aruba in March 2015.    We decided to take a day tour driving our own Jeep travelling and exploring the island.  Imagine my surprise when the length of the island in kilometers was shorter than my drive to work - our guide was shocked I went more than 40 km to work.  I was shocked when one of the "roads" we traveled was the beach!!!!

I had a map of the island, and cut around it as my focus of the page.  The lighthouse that you see at the top of the map was our first destination on our tour.

The "fatal accident" sign was pretty ironic as we began our journey!! The "happy island" and "licence plate" are actually photos that I cut down for embellishments on my page.

I kept the itinerary from the tour to show where we ventured that day, and matted on crystal blue cardstock to help it stand out.

The sentiment is from a retired stamp set - A road trip to Remember - that's for sure.

It was truly a whirlwind sightseeing tour of the island in one day in an open air Jeep.



Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Sketchy with Atlantic Hearts

This was truly a long holiday weekend on both sides of the border.   For Canadians we celebrated Canada Day on July 1st and pulled out our red and white and gathered for fireworks and BBQ's.  For my American friends Happy July 4th!!  I hope you all have a great day celebrating with family and friends.

It's Monday and that means Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge time!!!

This weeks' sketch from Michelle is full of ribbon, pleats and bows... at least that's how I saw it.

Pleats, bows, ribbon - check!!!

I wanted to also challenge myself to use at least 10 things in my project.  Did I succeed?

Gold glitter paper, gold foil ribbon, gold fundamental assortment, gold bling gems, sorbet ribbon, princess gold embossing powder, heat gun, Happy Times paper, sorbet ink, foam tape, mini glue dots, white daisy card base and ...adhesive..... phew...

Challenge yourself with a project today and check out all the talented design project at

Happy Canada Day and Happy 4th of July!!!



Monday, 4 July 2016

Disneyfied with Magical

Happy July 4th to all my American friends.  I hope you'll have a fun-filled day - enjoy!!!

The challenge for this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is "magical".  I chose to use the Magical paper and catch up on my 2014 Disneyland Convention photos.
One of the things I love most about Disney is the ability to be a kid - no adulting allowed!!!  We started our day early in the park with a character breakfast  meeting Minnie, Pooh, Tigger, Eyore and many more Disney characters, complete with photos with them all.  We then headed into the parks and continued our Disney adventure seeking out more characters.

I don't know how we landed in Pluto's doghouse, but Pluto rescued us and posed for a picture.  Gotta love me a doggie hug.
With so many pictures I added two 4 x 6 flip flaps to my layout.

Aren't the lego creations amazing.... I think I probably vacuumed up that many pieces when the kids were little!!

I'll add my journalling to the reverse of the flip flap.



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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.