Friday, September 20, 2013
This week at Color My Heart's Color Dare Challenge, we are celebrating Fall with rich colour: Autumn Terracotta, Goldrush and Olive. 

Come along and play with us, after you check out what I've made:

Simple but fun ... I love the charm that's created by having the cameras on an angle.  FUN!

OK, I DARE YOU to come and take the Color Dare at Color My Heart.  Make something with these three great colours -- it doesn't have to be a Fall project, but just something that makes you happy.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Welcome to our September Blog Hop featuring some wonderful hand-drawn stamps created by our founder and fearless leader, Jeanette Lynton.  Thirty years ago, Jeanette started drawing and creating her own stamps right in her kitchen.  Today, this amazing company has grown and this season, we are going back to our roots and celebrating by bringing back some of Jeanette's original designs.  They are cute, cuddly and great for colouring!  So join us as my fellow Canadian CTMH consultants show you what you can do with them

  • This is a circular hop so you can start here and go all the way around.
  • If you came from the amazing Arlene's "Creative Space" blog, then you are going in the right direction!
  • And if you want to follow us from coast to coast, then please start at the beginning with Michelle S.’s "My Creations with Michelle" blog.  The complete blog list is also found here if you get lost along the way. 


This month's challenge really got my juices flowing and I have a couple of different sets of cards to show you.  I'm also new on Pinterest (check out my boards here) so I found some great inspiration for layouts there.

My first cards are my favourite.  

Ever since I saw the dolly in "Stitched with Love", I could NOT picture her being used straight on.  I always thought about her peeking in from the side, or the bottom, or over top of a sentiment.  I love how they look warm and vibrant with the Laughing Lola papers, and this layout worked perfectly.

My second cards lived in my brain for quite a while.  I wanted to keep them simple and heartfelt.


Using score lines as part of the card is one of my favourite techniques.  And the little quilted squares really pop with this simple layout.  The card on the left uses Autumn Terracotta ink and Slate cardstock.  The righthand card uses Twilight and Ruby ink, with Chantilly B&T.


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is the clever Carol's "Crafty Carol's Place" blog.

Please take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, paper and techniques seen along the way. Join us again on October 15 when we will be featuring amazing talents and creativity using our new "Base & Bling" line.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I've been thinking of making a card for my friend, whose oldest son has just gone off to university.  I know it's going to be a big change for her, and I wanted to send her some love.  This week's challenge over at Art Impressions stamps provided just the right inspiration.

This week, the challenge is to make a card using Chickens!  Well, sadly, I don't have any of the adorable and funky AI chicken stamps, but the theme really played into the idea of "empty nest".  So I pulled out an Easter Chick stamp from Close to my Heart and started to play. Here's what I came up with:

This card is a real mix of supplies.  It's all Close to my Heart, but it's a mix of retired and current goodies.  I love the hexagon shape and it worked well here -- especially the hexagon Irresistables that I coloured using Sunset, Honey and Olive inks.  The chicken wire background is from the "Distressed Backgrounds" stamp set.   And the sentiment, I found in the book "The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Word" by Linda Tourelle.  I typed it out and printed it on cardstock from my computer.

But even though the supplies are a mix, the collage effect was perfect -- even better than what I had planned.  I'm so happy with the final result.  And I can't wait to send it off to my friend.  :)

Friday, September 6, 2013
Welcome to this week's Color Dare from Color my Heart.  Slate and Whisper are two of my favourite neutrals, and I love how it really makes the Cranberry (my choice) pop!  I hope you will come and play with us this week and enter for your chance to win bragging rights and warm applause!

I created this 12x12 canvas for my son Charlie, so he can showcase his soccer memories in his bedroom.  I wanted to make something sporty and fun, but also flexible, so that he can change up the photo each season, without having to remake the frame.  So I attached a regular 8.5x11 page protector to the canvas and the photo just slides in and out.

To attach the page protector, I used the adhesive strips from the Base & Bling collection for a good, strong stick!

And how could I create something sporty and fun without Artbooking??  The background overlay gives great texture, and the shapes and accents really add to the finished product.  I loved how I could layer and layer and still be flexible.

Does this Color Dare SCORE with you?  Give it a try!  Grab some Slate and Whisper and add your favourite colour to create something WOW.  Join us at Color my Heart's Color Dare this week!

Sunday, September 1, 2013
Welcome to the September Blog Hop for the Brae-ers Consultant team.  Each talented consultant on this hop has completed a project using one of CTMH's versatile and amazing Cricut cartridges.  We are so fortunate that CTMH partnered with Cricut to create these cartridges, which are so useful and help to save time while we create beautiful artwork.

If you have come from the fabulous Brae's The Brae-er blog, you are in the right place.  Read on!

Clicking with Artbooking and Huntington

I am in love with Artbooking.  It's the newest CTMH Cricut cartridge and it offers so many layers and interesting things that I can add to my scrapbooking and cardmaking.  So when creating this layout, I made sure I gave it a good workout!

The first part of Artbooking that I used is the overlays.  I chose a great layout A New Perspective from one of our how-to books "Cherish", and I used the arrow cut overlays in place of plain cardstock.  To give them a bit more exposure, I turned them on an angle, so more of the paper showed.  These pieces are cut out of our Kraft cardstock.

One thing that we heard over and over when learning about Artbooking was "keep your negative pieces"!!  So I kept all of the arrows that were cut out from the overlays, and used them throughout the layout as accents.

The second part of Artbooking that I used were the titles.  These created great verbal accents that helped to reinforce the theme of the spread.

And lastly, I used a photo mat in the shape of a speech bubble for my journaling block.  I cut it twice -- once in Colonial White and once in Kraft, to create a shadow effect.

What else did I use?  I used papers left over from y Huntington Workshop on the Go, and added a burst of colour with the Sarita blue paper.  It helped to tied the photos in and brighten the layout a bit.  And I used the Artisan Studs like screws on the overlays -- it added a real mechanical feel that goes with skateboarding.

Enjoy your trip around this blog hop and see some great work to inspire you.  The next stop on your way is the spectacular Rosalynd Kelly at her "In my Scrapping Room" blog.

Have fun!

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