Thursday, 31 July 2014

August Heart's of the West Blog Hop!

   Welcome to the Hearts of the West team blog hop! August Edition. If this is your first time joining us you will love it. It features Close to my hearts Consultants from all over Canada It is founded by Nancy Klein.
This months challenge is a color challenge brought to you by Design seed and hand picked from Nancy Klein.

   A fun few facts about August: It is National Picnic Month, Also this month's birth flowers are the beautiful gladiolus and the poppy!

   If you came from  Linda Pekrul's   then your in the right place, this is a go a round blog so you can start anywhere! Just in case the full list will be at the bottom. SO as always grab your coffee, tea, water, relax and hop around the team with us.
Here is the details of our late summer projects!

   For his month blog hop I decided to do a scrapbook page. I'm not much of a scrapbooker but I have lots of photo's that I want to us so here is my second layout this year.

   For this layout I used Outdoor Denim cardstock for the base. I decided to use 1"  strips of Sky, Pear, Buttercup, Sorbet, Whisper and a retired printed paper ( sorry can't remember the name) for the background. I then used Pear, Sky and Buttercup to mat each picture.


    I made the rosette using the Artiste Cartridge. I used an retired stamp to the Love This and the June SOTM Kaboom for the Fun and What a Blast flags. I put the flags on tooth picks and used 3D foam tape to pop them up.

    I used the Artbooking cartridge to cut the friends forever in Buttercup and Sorbet. I also added some Btitty Sparkles to some of the strips for that little bit of sparkle. I still have to add the journaling to the layout. I'm thinking of writing right on the picture of the kids with the seal but still undecided. I'm very happy with how this turned out.

Your next stop is Chelsey Vorosmarty's

Thanks for
joining us this month and come back to see the start of the new
Annual inspirations! Exciting!!

Here is the complete list of all the blog's :
.1. Nancy Klein's
2. Chantal Pearson's
3. Donna Thomson-Digby's
4. Freya Hall Dunbar's
5. Young-Bowers's
6. Linda Pekrul's
7. Jackie Vandaele's
8. Chelsey Vorosmarty's
9. Sonia Parent St Jean's
10. Terry Ann Diack's

11. Julie Kerr's

Happy 1st Birthday!

   I was asked to make a card for my cousin's 1st Birthday and she just happens to love trucks and cars. I knew exactly what I wanted to to make as I have had this idea every since I bought the Fast and Furious stamp set. I'm always looking to use my stamps in different ways and using a more boyish stamp for a girl is what I wanted to try.

   I used CTMH white cardstock for the base which I cut using the Art Philosophy cart at 4 3/4". I then cut a circle the same size from Dessert Sand cardstock which I cut to look like rolling hills. I used one of the stamps from  Distressed Backgrounds stamp set to stamp the dirt. First I stamped in Desert Sand, than Chocolate and then Coca ink. I inked the edges of the hills with Coca ink for a distressed look. 
   To make the sky I used a scalloped punch to make a strip with scalloped edges like clouds. The picture below is what mine looks like. 


   To make the clouds, just keep moving the strip around on the card and ink the edges.  I used Sky, Crystal Twilight ink. Once you have the clouds and dirt hill done you can go ahead and finish the card. I decided to stamp the dump truck stamp 4 times. Once in each - Sky, Outdoor Denim, Gypsy and Cotton Candy ink.   Than I just cut each piece out and glued them to the truck that I stamped in Cotton Candy. I than used the stamp set called Piece of Cake ( retired) for the cake. I water coloured it and placed it in the back of the truck.  I than cut out a stop sign shape and and stamped happy birthday on it which is also from the Piece of Cake set. I glued it to a tooth pick and used 3D foam tape to pop it up. I decided in the end to add some brown buttons at the bottom of the sign as the card was a little off  balance and it just needed something there.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture with the buttons.
  Everyone loved this card and thought it was such a neat idea that I think I will make a few more to have on hand. You never know when you might need another one!
   Well that's all for now and if you are interested in buying any of the supplies to make these or any other card you can go and visit my OBA. Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Wedding Banners

   Today I'm going to show you the banners that I was asked to make for an upcoming wedding. These are the first wedding banners that I have been asked to make. I was kinda of worried about making these as this is different than making baby or kids ones as lots of people will see them and they need to be perfect!                                                                                                                                                                              

   My friend wanted Gerber daisies and wheat for the flowers. So I  made the Gerber daisies using the Art Philosophy cricut  cartridge in white, orange and yellow to match the colours in the bouquets Once I cut the flower layers in different sizes, I sprayed each flower lightly with water to help with the shaping of the petals. Be careful not to get the paper to wet as it will tare. I also cut stiff felt into circles on the ciruct to make the centers of the flowers.  To cut the centers I used a deep cutting blade and used  the multi cut function to cut the felt.  I was able to buy stiff felt at Micheal's as regular felt doesn't work.  I also used that cart to cut the leaves in different sizes which I also spray lightly with water to help with shaping.

   I did try to make the wheat with paper but it didn't really work that well. So I used real wheat that I sprayed with a spray varnish to help it from falling apart. 

   I used colonial white cardstock for each panel (front and back)  and I embossed each one with the CTMH Damask folder. Unfortunately you really can't tell in these pictures. I also used my favourite product Foam core board to make each panel. 
    I used  the CTMH Artbooking cart to cut the letters in brown to match the bride maid's dresses. I glue  used hot glue to attach the wheat, flowers ad leaves as I didn't want them to fall off. I used a brown ribbon to attach each panel as the bride's maid dresses are root beer in colour. 


   These banners where a lot of work but I'm so very happy that the bride loved them!!! 
Well that;s all for today thanks for stopping by to what I have have been up too! Tomorrow I plan on sharing a birthday card that I was asked to make for a girl's 1st Birthday. 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cars and more Cars!

   Well its Monday morning and I had a wonderful weekend at the trailer visiting with a long time friend who I need to see way more often. LOL. Her youngest daughter and grandson are moving and I wanted to make sure Evan got his Cars banner before they left. This is my first banner for an older child and I'm so happy with how this turned out.

   For this banner I decided to use the shape of street signs for the banner. I wanted everything to fit into the Cars theme and this was perfect. I embossed each panel, some to look like tire marks, chevrons and some to look like the pattern that you would see on running boards. Sorry not sure what to call the pattern. I covered both sides of the banner. I kept this somewhat simple as it is for a boy and I wanted the characters to be the focal point of this banner.

   I inked the edges of each panel in dessert ink to give them a distressed and dirty look. As you can tell I used the Cars Cricut cart to cut all the Ligthing McQueen characters. I used red ribbon to tie each piece together.
 This banner was so much fun to make and Evan and his family loved it! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Another Banner!

   Good morning everyone! I hope everyone  has been enjoying the cooler weather this past week. I know I have! Great weather for yard work and crafting. This week I managed to get lots of both done and just in time to get a last minute order for some banners for a friends wedding. Which I will share  with you when I get them done. Today I plan on sharing a banner I was asked to make for a baby girl who spend the first 3 months or so in the hospital. I was asked to make it girly and I hope this is girly enough for them.

   I used the foamcore board yet again to make this banner. I love this stuff as its light weight and very easy to use. No nails required! I used my trusty hot knife to cut the foamcore board and sanded the edges for  nice smooth edges. I cut each banner piece at 5 1/2" and embossed  each piece with the big shot. I also   backed each piece  in an coordinating colour and embossed them as well. I decided to to a light sanding after I embossed each piece to give it that distressed look. 

   I used my CTMH cricut carts to cut the letters, flowers, leaves, swirls and butterflies. The paper and ribbon are not CTMH products. In the next few pictures you can see the embossing and detail a little better. 

      I you may have noticed I make lots of banners and I LOVE to make them. I get asked to make these all them time and I seem to give them as baby shower gifts. Banners are very easy to coordinate  with theme's, colours baby's name that you may not be able to get in stores. 
   Thanks for stopping today and I will be sharing another banner next but for a boy who is a little older. Have a great weekend!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Recessed Window card

   Hi there everyone. Sorry for not having posted earlier this week. After a week of holidays I came home to lots of gardening work. I love to garden but I think weeds grow faster when your not home. LOL. I finally could all caught up and can get back crafting!
   Today I'm going to share another recessed window that I made while on my holiday to the trailer. I bought this stamp set because I just had to have it and then didn't know what I wanted to make with it. Once I made my first recessed card I knew just what I wanted to do.

   I used white cardstock for the base and I used Crystal Blue for the overlay. I stamp the girl flying the kite and water coloured her and the kite. I stamped and did some light colouring on the clouds. Some of the clouds I popped up and some I didn't. I was wanting a 3D look and feel to the clouds and I think I accomplished that.

   I used Creme Brulee twine for the kite string and I added some small bows to the string. I used 3D pop up tape on he girl and the kite. I also stamp some clouds with Crystal Blue ink and than I stamped over the clouds with my sentiment.  I then glued the banner piece to a piece of Sky paper. I also used 3D pop up tape on the banner. 
   This card was a lot of fun to make. I still have to finish the inside but will leave that until I decide who is going to get this card. 
   That's all for today. Thanks for dropping by and I hope everyone has a great weekend either crafting or just doing whatever pleases you!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Radiate Beauty

   If you would like to get this stamp or any other stamps I will be placing my last order from this catalogue on July 21. I also plan on having a new catalogue launch party On July 31 at my house. Come over check out the new book see some new stock and visit with friends.

Sunday, 6 July 2014


  Hi everyone! I just wanted to say thanks to for the comments about my cards and to say that all the ladies who participated in the blog hop did such an amazing job! I'm on last day of holidays and will be have a few really cool things I made this week to share with you this week on I'm home.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

July's Hearts of the West Blog Hop!

   Welcome back to the Hearts of the West team blog hop July edition. If this is your first time joining us you will love it. It features Close to my heart consultants from the hearts of the west and team members from all over Canada and is founded by Nancy Klein. This month's challenge is a celebration of our beloved Country's Birthday!
A fun little fact...Canada is turning 147 years old. This month our challenge is using red and white.
   This month is a challenge for sure, we are able to use the basic color pallet for accent colors. Grab your coffee, sit down and join us on a journey of creative paper crafts from the Heart!

    If you came from  Freya Dunbar -  You're in the right place, this is a go around blog so you can start anywhere you'd like. The full list is at the end in case.

   I decided to make a simple Thank You card for this blog hop. I ended up making 3 different styles of this card and I couldn't make up my mind which to use, so I'm sharing all 3.

   As you can tell from this picture the cards are all somewhat the same just. I just played around with the matting of each one.

   For this card I used a black card base of 9" x 6" . I than took white cardstock and used the CTHM Damask embossing folder to give the cardstock some texture. I used the remarkable wreath stamp set to make the wreath ( retiring).   I first stamped the wreath using desert sand ink and than I used coca ink for wreath. I than used cranberry ink to stamp the flowers and the Thanks banner. I cut out the banner and used 3D foam tape to pop up the banner and I made little bows with white twine for each end of he banner. The ribbon is cranberry grosgrain (retired) that is tied to the side of the card.

   This card above is  the same just used the cranberry cardstock instead of the white.  I sand the cardstock after I embossed it for a distressed look. The card below I used the cranberry cardstock but just left it plain. I like how all the cards turned out and each just a little different from the other.

Your next creative stop is Justine Hovey -

1. Nancy Klein -
2. Chantal Pearson -
3. Corinna Murphy -
4. Donna Digby -
5. Sonia St Jean -
6. Freya Dunbar -
 7. Jackie Vandaele -
8. Justine Hovey -
9. Julie Kerr -
10. Anna Miller -
11. Linda Pekrul -

Thank you for joining us this month and we all look forward to next month's challenge. We all enjoy your comments and questions, show your love and leave one for us....Contact your local consultant for any of the products shown, or to join us. Your welcome here!