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!!!

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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.

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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.



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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.