Friday, February 28, 2014
This week at ColorMy Heart's Color Dare, we are showcase some very springlike colours with the Skylark paper pack.  It's so bright and pretty -- though you could easily do some boyish stuff with it too!

I chose to do a 1-page layout for this challenge.  It was a great way to use up scraps from my Skylark Workshop on the Go.

The colours are so bright and fresh.  I can't wait to find just the right photos for this page.

Now it's your turn!  Use this colour combo – Lagoon, Sweet Leaf, Juniper and Skylark Yellow – to create something happy, and enter to win at ColorMy Heart's Color Dare!

Friday, February 14, 2014

This week at Color My Heart's Color Dare, we have a soft and warm colour combo to challenge you:  Blush, Sorbet and Juniper.  I love these colours together, and the Design Team has done some wonderful stuff with them!

Here is my card, a birthday card for someone very special.

This card is a combination of new and old.  I used basic cardstock, but added in some B&T from the Chantilly pack (old) and from Lollydoodle (new).  I love how I can combine past and present and know that they will coordinate perfectly!

I also used one of our brand new embossing folders to emboss a Quatrefoil pattern on the Sorbet piece.  I sanded it just a bit to give it some more pop.

The stamp set is a new one:  “Belated Birthday”, which is perfect for me, since I’m forever sending cards late – even though I DO think of you lots on your actual birthday. :)  And I accented with Aqua Dots and Flamingo Dots -- just enough bling to finish it off.

Now it's your turn!  Use this colour combo – Blush, Sorbet and Juniper – to create something special, and enter to win at Color My Heart's Color Dare!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Idea Book, new products ... it's time for a NEW blog hop!  Welcome to The Brae-er's Team February Blog Hop. As you would expect, this hop is featuring creations using NEW products from our latest and greatest Idea Book.

As you hop along to all the different blogs, you will see creations from our CTMH team showcasing stamp sets, patterned paper, inks, embellishments and more from the Close To My Heart Spring/Summer Idea book, just launched on February 1st!  Thanks in advance for taking the time to hop along.  Now, for the creative stuff you've been waiting for.

This is a circular hop.   If you came from the oh-so-talented Alyson Mayo's "Create with Alyson" blog, you're going in the right direction.  Just keep hopping along and see some amazing artwork.  Soon, you'll make it all the way around to each Brae-er's Team members blog.

Stargazing with Timberline

Timberline is a WONDERFUL paper theme, great for camping and outdoor adventures.  Very rugged, very rustic, very outdoorsy.  But I wanted to show that you can use Timberline for SO MUCH MORE!  So I created this one-page layout, using leftovers from the Timberline WOTG, and added in some Aquadots.  I just love how it turned out.  

(And in case you're wondering who that cutie pie in the photo is, it's ME!  My Dad was an amateur photographer, complete with backdrops and dark room, and for my first two years of life, I was his favourite subject)

Keep on Hopping!
Your next stop on the hop is the amazing Rosalynd Kelly's "In my Scrappin' Room" blog. 

After looking at each person's stunning creations, please take a moment to leave a comment or two at the bottom.  We really love feedback from our blog viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do.  By leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see.

Thanks for hopping along with us.  I hope you are as excited about the new Idea Book and all of its possibilities as we all are!

Sunday, February 2, 2014
I have recently been welcomed into a new Facebook group called the Crafty Canadians.  It's a great place to meet and share things with other gals from across our country.

This month, they announced a layout challenge, and I was happy to play along.

The challenge?  Create a card or layout using this sketch:

And here's what I came up with:

This layout uses papers and embellishments from the brand new Close to my Heart theme, Skylark.  It's a beautiful design that inspires thoughts of spring ... which I can NOT wait for.  And this layout was a great opportunity for me to scrapbook my best friend Barb.  She means the world to me and we have such good times together.

See the bitty bow on the title?  That's from our new Base & Bling collection!  It's great for making necklaces, but can ALSO be used on layouts and cards too.

Want to see more from the new CTMH Spring and Summer Idea Book?  Join me on my Facebook page for my online launch party on Tuesday, February 4 from 7-9 pm, or in-person at my home on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 1-3pm or 7-9pm.  Please RSVP at

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