Monday, January 31, 2011


Supplies Used (CTMH unless noted):
Paper: Fanfare (available February 1)
Stamps: Jubilation (June 2011 SOTM)
Accessories and Embellishments: Red Sparkles
Tools: Cricut (A Child’s Year)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Baby Love

Supplies Used (CTMH unless noted):
Paper: Fanfare (available February 1)
Stamps: Baby Love (available February 1)
Accessories and Embellishments: Bitty Sparkles, White Grosgrain
Tools: Cricut (A Child’s Year)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Money Holder Gift Tag

Supplies Used (CTMH unless noted):
Paper: Bliss (available February 1)
Stamps: Baby Love (available February 1)
Accessories and Embellishments: Opaques Pearls, Black satin ribbon (Wal-Mart)
Tools: Cricut (A Child’s Year)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Coaster Magnet

Supplies Used (CTMH unless noted):
Paper: Wings
Stamps: Find Your Style (January SOTM)
Accessories and Embellishments: Licorice Opaques, Vineyard Berry ribbon, Paper hydrangeas (Oriental Trading Company)
Tools: Corner Rounder

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another Wings Gift Tag

Supplies Used (CTMH unless noted):
Paper: Wings
Accessories and Embellishments: Vineyard Berry Grosgrain, Liquid Glass, Lime Stickles (Ranger), Sparkles (Forever In Time)
Tools: Cricut (A Child’s Year)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Campers

Supplies Used (CTMH unless noted):
Paper: Fanfare (available February 1)
Stamps: Happy Camper (available February 1)
Accessories and Embellishments: Glitz Glitter Glue
Tools: Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch (available February 1), Cuttlebug (Mickey Celebrates)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Krafty, Kool & Kolorful

These are some new must-have accessories coming out in the new Idea Book. I can’t wait to try them out! Watch this video and then tell me that you don’t absolutely NEED these…(I know where you can get them…tee hee hee).

Aren’t they great? I am sure you will be seeing them on my artwork really soon!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fanfare Tag

I am playing with some of the new products and papers that will be available on February 1. It is all so gorgeous and I am having so much fun. I have been making a lot of gift tags, as they are a quick way to show off some of the new papers and stamp sets. I give these out as gifts to my hostesses. If you are interested in seeing the new catalog or hosting your own gathering, please contact me.CIMG3445

Supplies Used (all CTMH unless noted):

Paper: Fanfare (available Feb. 1)

Stamps: Canadian Celebration (July 2011 SOTM)

Accessories and Embellishments: Cranberry Grosgrain, Cranberry embossing powder

Tools: Cricut (A Child’s Year)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mini Calendar

I attend a monthly Stampin’ Up! splurge club with some of my friends in Saskatoon. This is the project we made on Sunday and I think it is super cute. I chose to use CTMH paper on mine and I love how it turned out.CIMG3448

Side view:CIMG3449

Supplies Used (all CTMH unless noted):

Paper: Cherry-O Creative Basics (retired)

Embellishments and Accessories: SU! ribbon, mini calendar, chipboard coasters (non-CTMH)

Tools: Crop-a-dile

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wings Gift Tag


Supplies Used (CTMH unless noted):

Paper: Wings

Stamps: Find Your Style (January SOTM)

Embellishments and Accessories: Black embossing powder, Opaques Pearls, Vineyard Berry Grosgrain, black satin ribbon (Wal-Mart)

Tools: Cricut (A Child’s Year)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Funny Baby!

We have all been sick at our house this week and have not been in very good moods. When I saw this, though, I had to laugh. This is the baby that my five year old was pushing around the house. It is the funniest looking (and perhaps saddest?) baby I have ever seen.


I can’t wait to scrapbook these pictures.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I recently met a fellow CTMH sister, Cary Brunett, and I am so happy to have a new scrapping friend. I love all of my scrapping friends from the city, but Cary may be the only one who understands my Close To My Heart addiction. She is super sweet and invited me to come to her monthly crop. i jumped at the opportunity. She is so talented and I have so much hat I can learn from her. I am very excited about getting to know her better. I met with her group on Friday and we made this excellent layout. The word I picked was “courage”. It is a big one for me this year, as I want to both have a voice and take more risks. The journaling will include me being able to say no more often and for me to be able to take risks, like opening a scrapbooking/book store in Outlook.


Supplies Used (all CTMH unless noted):

Paper: Moon Doggie (retired), Twitterpated (retired), Unforgettable (retired), Sorbet cardstock, Chocolate cardstock

Stamps: Bohemian Alphabet, Find Your Style (January SOTM)

Embellishments and Accessories: Oraganza ribbon (non-CTMH brand)

Tools: Cricut (unsure of the cartridge name), Spray Pen

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Who Doesn’t LOVE a Good Sale???

Don’t you jut love this ribbon?


It is 70% off right now. Or how about this card kit?


Yeah? 69% off right now.

Check out my website here for great clearance specials. There is up to 91% off on several items.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lovely New Papers!

I was sitting here drooling over the paper in the new Idea Book. Close to My Heart has really outdone themselves this time.There are not 4 or 5 new paper packs….wait for it…THERE ARE 8!!!

I can’t sit here and drool all by myself, so I am going to let you have a sneak peek. Shhh…it’s a secret!

You can order from the new book on February 1. You can shop on my website or contact me if you need a catalog. It would be a great time to book a home gathering and earn some of the products for free! Here is your sneak peek:









Aren’t they lovely??? It is so bittersweet for me. I love the new papers, but I am really going to miss some of the retired ones.

What was your favorite paper pack? I have a complete Level 2 paper pack that I am going to give away to the first person who lists it as their favorite. Please leave me a comment with your favorite. you can only enter once and only list one pack. Good luck to all of you.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Another Gift Bag/Box!

I liked the gift bag I made so much,that I decided to do another one. The H2H challenge this week is a color challenge, so I thought I would try to incorporate the colors into my bag. The rules were to use pear, sky blue and colonial white. We could also add a touch of sorbet, if we wanted to. I chose a sorbet ribbon. It turned out pretty cute. I am going to put some homemade candy into it and give it to a friend who has been having a bit of a rough time lately. Hopefully, it will brighten her day.




Supplies Used (all CTMH):

Paper: Pear Cardstock, Colonial White Cardstock, Magnifique Level 2

Stamps: Happy Holidays

Embellishments and Accessories: Sorbet Ribbon, Colonial White Waxy Flax

Tools: Circle Punch, Scallop Punch

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Gift Bag for Someone Special!

I had a small gift for a friend that I needed to wrap and I could not locate any wrap that was not for Christmas. I decided to make a gift bag for it and I found this really cute tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers. It turned out to be just what I needed and I am pleased at how the presentation turned out. I also made a miniature version of the bows I was working on yesterday.


Supplies Used (all CTMH):

Magnifique Level 2 Paper

Creme Brulee Ribbon

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Many Marvelous Bows!

I found a tutorial for making paper gift bows and I thought they were so cute. I tweaked the instructions a bit and made some for myself. They turned out great and they are very simple to make. I did not use brads in mine…it was all adhesive. If you are interested in trying some, check out the tutorial on Split Coast Stampers here.






The bows were all made with retired CTMH paper, except the bottom one, which was made with the Miracle Kit. It was a special last May. The paper was really beautiful and I was hoping they would come out with a whole pack of it. They may or may not have obliged me in the new catalog that starts on February 1. (I’m not telling ;)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Fun!

We had a snow storm this weekend and we really got dumped on. By Sunday afternoon, the sky had cleared and the kids wanted to go out and play. I snapped a few shots of them,but not many, as I was wanting to stay in the warm comfort of the house.




I will be posting something crafty tomorrow.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Why Me???

This title sounds a bit like a whiny post and that is because it is. My daughter came home with head lice for the third time and oddly enough, she was playing with the same kids every time. If you have ever experienced this, you know I have a right to whine about it and if you haven’t experienced it, let me tell you that it is anything but fun. You have to vacuum everything…mattresses, carpets, couches, chairs. As if normal, everyday laundry with three kids is not enough, when head lice moves in, every single article of clothing that is may have come in contact with your child has to be washed…all of the bedding, towels, etc…EVERYTHING! All stuffed animals and fabrics that cannot be washed (dress-up clothes) have to be placed in an airtight bag for three weeks. Then the worst is that it breaks your heart knowing that you are intentionally pouring pesticides over your child’s head. The smell alone is enough to gag you. As I rinsed the crap from my child’s head, I secretly cursed the parents of the kids who gave it to her. Hw could they leave it go untreated? It is not fair to their children or the people around them. I would not want to see my child constantly scratching. I decided to take matters into my own hands…Courtney is no longer allowed to go to their house, nor are they allowed in ours until I know they have been treated and are lice free. I think hey probably use the lice shampoo on their kids, but getting rid of lice is so much more than just shampooing…it is the thorough cleaning and the careful combing for the next ten days. The second thing we have done to get id of it once and for all is give her a haircut. Yes, it was drastic, but hopefully it is the last we will see of lice in this house….EVER!



Good thing she has a really pretty head!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

…And I’m Back!!!

Happy 2011, everyone! I am glad to be getting back into a routine and it is time I stat blogging again. I don’t really have any artwork to show, as the things I am working on right now are a bit of a secret. I do, however,need to get used to posting every day again. And as I sat wondering what to post, CTMH came up with a great YouTube tutorial on our brand new spray pen. I think you will enjoy it and if you would like to get some spray pens for yourself, let me know or visit my website.

Don’t forget that February 1 is the launch of our brand new 6-month Idea Book. I have had a sneak peek and I know you are going to absolutely fall in love with the new products, just like I have. If you want to earn some great new products for free and you live in Canada, contact me and I will tell you how!