Thursday, November 15, 2012
Welcome to our second Cross Canada Blog Hop in November. This time, you will find that each CTMH consultant has created something to help us countdown to Christmas, using different materials and our creative inspiration!  The possibilities are endless, with help from some great Close to my Heart products.

If you have just hopped onto my blog from the marvelous Michelle's blog "My Creations with Michelle", you are in the right place.  You can continue from here, as this is a circular hop.  OR, if you want to follow us from coast to coast across Canada, then please start at the beginning with Darla in Nova Scotia.

While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
My countdown calendar, using the CTMH Display Tray, was inspired by "Twas the Night Before Christmas".  My kids and I watch the animated movie (with the Mr. Trundle, the mice and the singing clock) and read the story every Christmas Eve.  It's a well-loved tradition for us.  So that made it the perfect inspiration for this calendar.



I was also inspired by the many different shapes on the new CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge.  And then I just let my imagination run.

Here are some shots of the individual squares:
Reindeer made using Carousel horse and "modifying" him.  Finished with glitter gel and a black bitty sparkle.
Personalized with a photo of my boys, and a wonderful quote from our favourite Christmas poem (from the Christmas Delights stamp set).

I put velcro dots on the back of the photo so I can switch it out each year.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

Waiting for the clock to strike midnight.  Waiting for Santa to come.

It wouldn't be Christmas without a beautiful tree.

Letter to Santa, created using a frame shape from the Cricut, rolling the edges and embellishing with stamps (Christmas Delights) and a Cricut turkey feather quill.

Presents under the tree.
The centerpiece of the display tray:  our new Chalkboard paper to help us countdown the days until Christmas.  And the stockings with Liquid Applique add the finishing touch!

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
All products used were Close to my Heart, including the Display Tray, Pear & Partridge paper and the Artiste and Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges.



Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is the other amazing Michelle of "Twirl in Time".

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own Advent Calendar using some of the designs and products seen along the way. Join us again on December 15th when we showcase a 3D Christmas themed project from the New Artiste Cartridge.

Monday, November 5, 2012
Welcome to the first of 2 CTMH Cross Canada Blog Hops happening this month.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Deanne in NewFoundland . If you came from the crafty Carrie's blog  of "Scrappin' with Carrie" then you are in the right place!


November 5th Blog Hop: Christmas Cards with Non-Holiday paper
This time, you will find that each CTMH consultant in our group has created 3 Christmas Cards using non-Christmas paper! We were each given the challenge to create these 3 cards using either cardstock or another paper packet of their choice.  I was having so much fun, I created 4 cards!  Look and see.

I chose Dakota, in honour of my trip to the Calgary Stampede this summer.  And, it's one of my favourite paper packs!





Western Christmas with Dakota!



Card #1 "Tis the Season"


PAPER: Dakota paisley paper on a Whisper cardstock background.  
ORNAMENTS:  Sky and Barn Red cardstock -- Whisper ornament paper piecing
STRIPE:  Slate polka dot ribbon on Outdoor Denim cardstock
STAMPS:  December SOTM and Dakota WOTG stamp
INK:  Slate, Pacifica and Barn Red
OTHER:  Round studs, sparkle, Artiste Cricut cartridge


Card #2 "Stockings"


PAPER: Dakota print, houndstooth print, Pacifica cardstock, Whisper cardstock
STAMPS:  Christmas Delight and Dakota WOTG stamp
INK:  Slate, Pacifica and Barn Red
OTHER:  pewter brads, 3D Foam, Artiste Cricut cartridge, Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge


Card #3 "Ho Ho Choo Choo"


PAPER: Dakota print, stripe, Colonial White, Pacifica, Whisper, Slate and Sky cardstock
STAMPS:  Christmas Delight, Christmas Love and Perfect Fit -- Holidays
INK:  Slate and Pacifica
OTHER:  pewter photo hanger, pewter brads, Artiste Cricut cartridge


Card #4 "Warm Wreath"

PAPER: Dakota paisley and stripe, Whisper cardstock
STAMPS:  Remarkable Wreath and Perfect Fit -- Holidays
INK:  Barn Red and Pacifica
OTHER:  pewter brads, burlap ribbon, licorice pearl, almond glitter gel, 3D foam


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is the fantastic Brae of "The Brae-er".


Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own Christmas cards using some of the designs and paper seen along the way. Join us again on November 15th when we showcase our versions of Advent Calendars.  I can't wait for this one!  Stay tuned.

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