Friday, December 26, 2014

Get 'em while they're on sale! 

Now is the time to build your inks and markers stash.  Take advantage of this great deal, only for a limited time!

Don't forget to save on stamps with the Deal of the Decade.  And say YES to the Stamp of the Month "Cutie Pie".

Simply email me at with your selections.

Or shop online -- just click the Boxing Week Deals in the bottom righthand corner of my website. (If you're shopping online, do not order your free items -- I will contact you by email to get those for you.)

This deal ends at 3pm on December 31.  Don't miss out!

Friday, December 19, 2014
Once again, I'm faced with the dilemma of what to get a male teacher for a gift.  Charlie's teacher has had a huge impact on my boy, engaging him and supporting him like few teachers he's had before.  So while I don't usually make a huge deal at Christmas, I wanted to recognize this special person.

So I gave him something crafty ... but useful too, and something that can be appreciated for years to come.  I used my Cricut Art Philosophy and Artbooking cartridges to cut a whole selection of gift tags in different colours, then I stamped a message or an image on the back.

Lastly, I decorated up one of our Designer Creations cupcake boxes to hold all the tags.

Thanks, Mr. Gill, for all you do to make learning fun for Charlie.  Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2014
Welcome to our December Cross Canada Blog Hop.  It's a time of year when we're all getting our homes ready for the holidays, and thinking of unique gifts we can give too.  So this month we're featuring some amazing creativity and ideas for decorating!

So join us as my fellow Canadian CTMH consultants show you some fantastic creations that you can make too!

  • This is a circular hop so you can start here and go all the way around.
  • If you came from Krista's "Simply Creating" blog, then you are going in the right direction.
  • Visit Michelle's My Creations blog, for the complete blog list if you get lost along the way. 

HERE'S MY PROJECT: Curled Paper Wreath with spinner centre

I love how this wreath turned out. I used the Yuletide Carol paper pack -- actually scraps left over from putting together the Workshop on the Go kit layouts, plus some kraft paper.  I also cut my centre spinner shapes from our new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.  And added gold sequins for sparkle and shine.

Here's how I did it:

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Brae's "The Brae-er" 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.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
My family has a number of traditions for the holiday season.  From the food we eat, the music we listen to, the movies we MUST watch and watch together ... it's all part of enjoying quality family time.

So this year, I've created a mini album, using the Pear and Partridge Picture My Life cards to document the traditions for years to come.

These mini albums would make great hostess gifts for friends or special memory gifts for grandparents, aunts and uncles.  Simply choose the PML cards that match your theme and get creative.  And now that the PML card come a la carte, you can just get the cards and have some fun!

I've kept mine pretty simple as the cards really speak for themselves.  I bound the book in sections using Topiary washi tape and then bound the sections together into one big book.

You can use both sizes of cards to make your album a little different.  I will likely add cardstock mats for photos and embellish with a few sparkles, stars or Stickles.  I can't wait to add photos to this album.

Don't like the bound book look?  Try an accordian album.  You can use fewer cards but still have big impact!

The most important thing with these albums is to have fun!  Make use of the sentiments and images on the cards, add what you need with photos and stamps.  And let your creativity flow!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
I love making new ornaments for my tree.  Now that my husband has downsized us from a 10' tree (that he hates assembling) to a 6' tree that is prelit and folds open like an umbrella, I have much less room for them.  But I will find a way to deck the halls of our home with my creations.  And I'll give some as gifts too.

Here are some cute ornaments I made using metal cookie cutter and some Paper Fundamentals papers.

These are so easy to make.  Simple cut strips of paper to the same width as your cookie cutter.  You can use any shape of cutter -- but I liked the stars because they weren't too intricate with lots of small spaces.

For these stars, I cut the main strips 1" wide and the accent strips 0.25" wide.  I ran them through my Xyron machine to add the stickiness, then started wrapping the star cookie cutters.

Make sure you use a bone folder or your finger nails to make sharp creases at the indents and on the points -- this will help the paper stay in place.

I embellished with our new white shimmer trim.  Gorgeous!

Instead of paper, you can also use washi tape!  This one turned out great, and washi tape is so forgiving, you can unpeel and restick multiple times to get it straight.

These cookie cutters I purchased came in a little circle tin. So I decorated it too -- it will make the perfect gift!

Friday, December 5, 2014
A few years ago, I found this idea somewhere on the Internet.  It's so super cute and a great way to give a little gift with big impact.

Let me "bake" you up some sock cupcakes.  It's so easy and can work with any kind of socks -- fuzzy, festive, expensive or affordable.

Start with a pair of socks and a cupcake wrapper.  I love that with the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge, I can cut a cupcake wrapper out of any paper I want, any size I want.

Roll up the socks and tie them with some ribbon or twine.  I prefer to put the twine close to the bottom, so I can play with the "rolls", fluff them up, layer them and give them more of a cupcake shape.

Then simply insert them in the cupcake wrapper and embellish.  I like to use red pompoms to create a "cherry" on top.  The "Cutie Pie" Stamp of the Month is perfect for creating the SWEETEST tags to go with these cupcakes.

I find that fuzzy socks work the best.  They're nice and plump and you can even get them from the dollar store.  For this one, I used Snowhaven paper and added some candy striped buttons.

But the work socks turned out well too!  Great for the men in your life, like your sons, hubby or even a male teacher!  With this one, I used the cupcake stamp to stamp on the wrapper too, doodled with a gold metallic pen and added shine to the cherries with Liquid Glass.

If you want, place the sock cupcake into a clear plastic treat bag and tie with a ribbon to keep it all together.  What a sweet gift!

Want to make these for yourself?  Email me at to get your CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge ... and you'll get the "Cutie Pie" stamp of the month for just $5 more!

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Snowhaven is one of most favourite CTMH paper packs, probably ever.  I love the sweater-look paper, the glacier-and-black-and-cranberry colour combination, the snowflakes, the dots ... everything.  So needless to say, I was a little disappointed when the only Snowhaven Workshop on the Go kit was a card kit.  Don't get me wrong -- I love the cards too -- but that left me thinking and creating in my mind.

CTMH has given us some great templates and patterns to follow.  And I really loved the layout they created for Scaredy Cat (see it here) so I thought, "Why not "snow-ify" Scaredy Cat?

Here it is:

I also used the "Polar Bear Holiday" stamp set to jazz up this cool layout.  My Shin Han Touch Twin markers were perfect for colouring the adorable bears and cute presents.  And I just love the white enamel stars -- they go with just about anything!


  • Snowhaven paper pack
  • Polar Bear Holiday stamp set
  • Artbooking CTMH Cricut Cartridge
  • Alpha stamp set from Artfully Sent CTMH Cricut Cartridge
  • White Enamel Stars
  • Shin Han Touch Twin markers
  • Black and Glacier inks

Now, normally you would never hear me say "I can't wait for snow", but I'm looking forward to snapping some fun pics to put on this layout this winter.

Monday, November 24, 2014
While it's frosty outside and holiday music is playing everywhere you go, you might want to escape, even if just in your mind and your craftroom.

The November Stamp of the Month has some great floral images and designs to make some fun cards and get away from the cold.

Here are just some of the things I created using this fabulous stamp set:

To get this fantastically floral stamp set, simply place an order in November.  And if your order is $50 or more (before shipping and taxes), you'll be able to get it for just $5!  Email me today at or shop online!

Friday, November 21, 2014
What better way to tell someone you love them than by sharing memories from the past year all throughout the coming year?

That's where a Scrapbook Calendar is the perfect gift!  Close to my Heart offers a blank calendar that you can jazz up and personalize with your own photos and creativity.

This year, I'm giving two scrapbook calendars as gifts.  So I started by creating my layouts in Studio J.  In November, you can get Studio J layouts for just $5, so it's really affordable and easy!

I created each month in one spread, so I could change the paper for each month.  I also like how Studio J layouts LOOK layered but are really flat and without bulk -- which is ideal for calendars.  You don't want them too heavy.

Then I started prepping the blank calendar itself.

I stamped the title and some extra accents to match the layout above.  And I hand-printed the date numerals using a Sharpie marker.  If you're using a Sharpie, be careful!  The ink may bleed.  So make sure you use your All-Purpose mat underneath when you're printing.

Don't forget to add embellishments!!  I used some red Stickles on both the Studio J layout and the calendar to add some sparkle.

You can also further personalize each month with birthdays, anniversaries and special dates!

And here is the finished project!

It's still only November, which means it's not too late to get started on a project like this!  Gather your photos and start creating your monthly layouts.  And you can order your blank calendars from me -- order before December 5 to make sure you get it in time for Christmas!

To order, simply email me at or SHOP ONLINE!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Santa knows who has been naughty and who has been nice.  And all the crafty ladies on the NICE list are wishing for some fun, bright, sparkly, useful bits and bobs in their stockings Christmas morning.  Here are 10 ideas to make their wishes come true:

  1. WASHI TAPE:  Bright, colourful, repositionable, fun.

  2. SHIMMER TRIM:  Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle!
  3. SHIN HAN TOUCH TWIN MARKERS: Vibrant colours that blend easily.
  4. NON-STICK SCISSORS:  Perfect for cutting 3D foam, tape and more.  Stays clean easily!
  5. SPARKLE FLOURISHES:  Bling-tastic for layouts and cards.
  6. MINI MEDLEYS:  Coordinate your colours with a variety of embellishments.

  7. SPONGE DAUBERS:  For distressing, stamping, colouring.  You can never have enough.
  8. MINI STAMPS:  Good for cards, scrapbooking, any-time fun!
  9. ADHESIVE:  Bonding Memories glue, tape runners, glue dots and more.  Always needed, always appreciated.
  10. SPRITZ CLEANER AND SCRUBBER:  Good for cleaning your stamps after getting inky.
So how do you get these and other stocking stuffers for your special crafters?  Just email me at and let's get started. Simply order by December 5 to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas morning.

Or shop online.  It's easy and it get delivered right to your door.

Monday, November 17, 2014
Studio J is so fun!  This online scrapbooking program helps you to create scrapbooking layouts fast and easy, while keeping lots of dimension and colour.  Each page comes together quickily.

But you can do so much more ... and they make for great gift ideas and great accents.

Here are some adorable gift tags that I made in Studio J.

2x3 Gift tags

4x4 gift tags that can double as adorable mini gift cards

These are so easy to make.  Here's the step-by-step:

  1. Login to Studio J and choose to create a project.
  2. Choose your paper pack.
  3. Choose the "No Limits" layout template.
  4. Delete the pre-set photo wells created in this template.
  5. Create a Title box and set the size in your tool box (it pops up automatically when you select the title box).
  6. Position the box in the top left corner of the left page.
  7. Drag and drop your chosen paper into the Title box.
  8. Copy and paste.  Drag a new paper into the second Title box.  Position it beside the first box.
  9. Repeat again and again to cover your pages in tag backgrounds.
  10. Use journaling boxes, My StickEase, embellishments and more to decorate your tags.  Copy and paste them as needed onto other tags.

When you checkout, you can print as many copies as you want to build your collection of gift tags.

Need help?  Please email me at with your questions or if you want to set up a Studio J 1-on-1.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Tis the season to be jolly.  But sometimes, the idea of crowded malls, tight budgets and hard-to-shop-for loved ones can take the spirit out of the season.  Let me help!

Close to my Heart has great gift ideas for crafters of every type -- even non-crafters.  Here are some suggestions on what you can get for the creative person in your life.

Scrapbookers love Close to my Heart and the quality products we offer.


Choose from:

  • 9 fabulous themes, including paper packs ($10.95), coordinating complements ($5.50) and embellishment assortments (up to $7.75)
  • Gorgeous faux leather albums ($32.95) and top quality page protectors (up to $21.95) to protect and display your layouts
  • Inspiring how-to books with hundreds of page sketches and ideas for layouts (up to $16.95)
  • 3 sizes of organizers ($16.50 - $27.50) -- to keep your embellishments, stamps and tools tidy and in one spot.
  • Amazing Cricut cartridge bundles, including Artbooking, a scrapbookers dream with overlays, pre-designed layouts, icons and great font and more!  ($109)
  • A fabulous array of tools, like paper trimmers, our handy Versa Mat, non-stick scissors


Here are some suggestions for beginner crafters or those who dabble in all things creative:

  • Workshop on the Go kits, for scrapbooking and cardmaking (up to $32.95).  They come with just about everything you need -- paper, stamps, embellishments and instructions.
  • Base & Bling Jewellery pieces, to create stunning necklaces and cuff bracelets.
  • Picture My Life Pocket Scrapbooking kits ($27.50) -- all the creativity, easy to put together.  Over a dozen different patterns and themes.  Each kit includes pocket pages and over 100 cards.
  • Designed Decor frames for creating fabulous artwork for your home.


Even non-crafters like to get creative once in a while, and make things look good.  They will love:

  • My Crush Books ($14.25) are part journal, part scrapbook, all fun.  Great for teens who want to take note of their thoughts and ideas, travellers who want a keepsake of their vacation, and more.
  • A Cut Above card kits (up to $14.25) -- make beautiful cards, for all occasions or for the holidays, easy as 1-2-3.  All pieces are pre-cut and ready to go.  All you need is glue.
  • A Cut Above treat bags ($16.50) make creating gorgeous treats for family and friends a snap!  The kit comes with everything you need -- you just have to take the credit!

Gift certificates are one-size-fits-all and you don't have to worry about it being returned or regifted.  Choose any amount, and they can be used for workshops or CTMH products.

So how do you do your holiday shopping with CTMH?  Just email me at and let's get started.  I can help you put together great gifts, and I'll even gift wrap it for you.  Simply order by December 5 to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas morning.

Or shop online.  It's easy and it get delivered right to your door.

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