Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Sometimes, when you lose someone you love, it's hard to scrapbook the memories you have.  I still only have 1 layout about my dad, who passed away 18 years ago (miss you Dad!), though I've done that layout 3 times -- just can't get it quite right.

But when our precious kitty cat, Briscoe, was put to sleep on April 12, I felt the need to scrapbook pictures of him right away.  I wanted to remember him and remember all the ways I loved him. 

So here it is:

This is using the new CTMH Dotty For You paper -- the colours felt right -- and the "Winning Layout" layout from Cherish (pg 114), one of our how-to books.  I added some paw print brads and stamps too.  And I turned one of the photos into a folder for hidden journaling -- a list of all the wonderful things I remember about my special furry friend.

Briscoe was part of our lives for 17 years.  He was our "first born", our friend, a big part of our family.  Liver cancer and old age made the decision to let him go to sleep an easy one. Living with that decision (and the empty house he leaves behind) is harder.  But remembering helps.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Welcome to our very special Blog Hop, featuring papers from the "Dotty For You" promotional paper pack.  I am IN LOVE with this paper, and the only thing limiting my creativity was the time I had to get the projects done before posting.

If you have come here from the talented Karen Fullam's blog "Enriching Memories", you are on the right path! Actually, the blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here.

For this hop, we have 38 fabulous Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the "Dotty For You" papers and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! 

Now it's time for my creations!!  I couldn't stop at just one -- here are 5 fun cards that I created:

All 5 of my "Dotty For You" Creations

Inspired by a layout idea provided in the "Dotty For You" kit.
This card also showcases the April Stamp of the Month "You Are"
A wonderful birthday wish for a special girly girl.
Fun for boys too!

Turned sideways for something a little different.
All of these cards are made with 100% CTMH products, including:
  • Dotty For You papers
  • Colonial White, White Daisy and Sweet Leaf cardstock
  • Inks:  Pacifica, Lagoon, Pear, Sunset, Smoothie, Chocolate, Grey Wool, Sky
  • CTMH Watercolour pencils
  • Stamp sets: (starting from the 1st card) Love Life, Say It In Style, You Are, Card Word Puzzle, Magic Adventures, Party Pennants, Paper Lanterns
  • Liquid Glass and Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel
I am on a team that creates cards for seriously sick children at The Hospital for Sick Children here in Toronto.  Birthday cards can really make a sick child's day, especially after undergoing chemotherapy or brain surgery or other such treatment.  So these cards will all be donated for that cause.  The creative challenge for making Kards for Kids?  No embellishments -- they are a choking hazard.  I'm proud to say these creations are great, even without extra bling.

Sadly, it's time to say good-bye.  Please leave a comment below and then "Hop" on over to Michelle Johns' blog "My Flights of Fancy" to see her amazing work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas using "Dotty For You" and some great CTMH goodies! Remember, this gorgeous paper pack is available from April 17 until May 31 -- for only $5 with qualifying purchase.  Email me at to find out how to get yours.

Happy Hopping!

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