Saturday, November 12, 2011

5th Annual Christmas Card Workshop 2011

This year's workshop we'll be making 25 beautiful cards ~ 5 designs using the Wonderland paper pack .  The materials for this workshop are:
• 1 workshop on the go kit G1031
• 1/2 of a value pack of cards and envelopes X1410
• 1 GLITZ Silver gel bottle
• Additional stamp set used:  Snowflakes D1480

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By adding one Twilight cardstock and two White Daisy cardstock sheets, you’ll have enough product to complete the featured layouts from the workshop kit.
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This second layout is from the Magic Book : Secret template.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

October 2011 ~ WOTG ~ Hostess Club

The following layouts are made using the Dreamin' workshop on the go from the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book..  I love the new Glitz gels, you can add effortless glamour to your layouts with this great Bronze colour.

This is my take on the featured layout, I simply added one additional  photo to complete my story.
The Hostess of the month can change it up by selecting an alternate layout, we completed the beautiful layout from page 34 in the Idea Book.   I simply love these colours, I couldn't stop at 2 layouts.  Using the additional inspiration from the "My Sitckease" I also completed the Deck of Cards layout from the Magic Book.  

Sunday, September 25, 2011

CTMH ~ Master's Degree

The first set of courses were so interesing that I decided to keep going, it's always very helpful to know as much as possible, again great courses full of wonderful information. 

Wicked Cards

Halloween is just around the corner, for those of you who took advance of the August specials here is a couple of cards you can create using the ORIGINAL card book and the “A Heartfelt Classic” layout. The following materials were used: Smokey Plum B&T paper from the NEW Sonoma paper pack, Sunset, Black and Colonial White cardstock.  Notice the clever use of the "witches hat" image as the stem for the pumpkin! To create the pumpkin cut out three 1.5" ovals from Sunset cardstock using the "Oval3" button with our NEW "Art Philosophy" Cricut Cartridge. Stamp the honey-comb image with Sunset ink for added texture. Layer the ovals together over the stem to create a pumpkin.  Using the "masking" technique stamp the word "Halloween" on a 3/4" x 2" piece of Colonial White cardstock.  Then using the “A Typeface” stamp set stamp the work “HAPPY”.  This card was inspired by:  Jen Rubio

This second card was made with the same "Wicked" stamp set and a little Cricut magic.  To create the tag cut out a tag at 3.5"  using the "Rctngle7" plus one extra using  the layer button with the NEW "Art Philosophy" Cricut Cartridge.  I used our wonderful bonding memories pen to glue both together, the pen provides great coverage and is easy to control.  This card was inspired by:  Carole Labuski


Saturday, September 17, 2011

September 2011 ~ WOTG ~ Hostess Club

We are kicking off the 2011/2012 Hostess club session with the new Sonoma workshop on the go.  Love the new heavier cardstock weight to the B&T papers; they can be used as bases and much, much more.  Love the new decorative 1/2" zip strips on the top of each B&T papers, these make great borders in a jiffy.  Love the new low pricing on the paper packets.  Love the versatility of the B&T papers with two unique designs on front and back.  Like always, I LOVE the ALL new stuff.
This is my take on the featured layout, I simply changed the photo size from 3" x 4" to 4" x 5" and re-positioned of few elements.  This September I celebrated 16 years of marriage with my wonderful hubby, it was only fitting to use some of those photo and reminisce on those amazing moments.
The second layout is from the Magic book.  Disappearing Act on page 74~75.

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Training Academy

While I've been patiently waiting for my new CTMH supplies, I decided to start working on my CTMH Bachelor's degree.  All courses were very interesting and very informative.  Knowledge goes a long way.

Monday, August 22, 2011

National Stamping Month ~ From August 15th to September 30th

Here are 10 good reasons (plus 4) to order now.  Starting August 15th through September 30th get our Pair-A-Phrase double D stamp set for FREE when you place an $82 order.  If you place our order before August 31st, when you purchase the WICKED stamp of the month, you also get the A Typeface for FREE.  That’s a total of 4 stamp sets.  This overlapping special ends August 30th, 2011.

The following card set was made using the new Fall/Winter CTMH papers. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Birthday Invitation

I love this cute stamp set, I originally got it for my daughter to play with.  Something to keep her busy, while a scrapbook.  I've since gotten all 3 sets (Family, Children and Pets)  This card was made used the Fanfare papers and the Family Ties - Children stamp set.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Monthly Hostess Club ~ June 2011

This was our last workshop of the session.  We all worked very hard and completed a total of 32 pages over the pass months.  I'm often asked:  "How many pages do you complete in a week or month"?  Some people think 8 or 10 double layouts per month.  We all know that scrapbooking is a labour of love and  we're creating memories.  I'm happy with my 4 pages per month and when I look back I'm extremely happy with the results.  So lets all take a well deserved summer break and we'll get back to your hobby in September.

Friday, May 20, 2011

You & Me kit ~ layouts and cards

We are celebrating National Scrapbooking Month in May with a fabulous promotion! During May, when you place a minimum order of $55 for any Close To My Heart products*, you can grab an exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit for just $16.50—that’s more than half off the retail value of the kit! Woo-hoo! You can also purchase the kit outright for $38.95 with or without a minimum purchase. It’s a charming kit you are sure to love. It features two fully embellished layouts, each with their own unique personality, a D-size stamp set, and an instruction guide to step you through the creation process. As part of our promotion, we’re also offering new Consultants who join Close To My Heart in May one FREE You & Me scrapbooking kit plus 50% off their New Consultant Kit! It's an incredible value just for May!
*Products or memberships purchased on a Studio J® website do not count toward a qualifying purchase.
Offer valid May 1–31, 2011.
As of May20th ~ Inventory remaining for this Campaign: 69%
I love this paper so much I couldn't leave those tiny little scraps pieces behind.  With only three addition sheets of cardstocks (Creme Brulee, Colonial White and Chocolate) I was able to create 6 beautiful cards with the featured stamp set plus the Wonderful Friend set (D1422).  The inspiration for making these cards came from:  Carol Labuski

A little Black & White Magic

I've never worked with Grey Wool & Grey Flannel.  The back side of the BLISS papers where just screaming "pick me, pick me".  So off I went to print a few photos in Black and White.  I love this picture of Jade, that flower was simply too pretty to change to black & White. With a little Photoshop magic, I kept the original colour and voilà.  I love how that photo turned out.  This is what happens when you're working on multiple projects. You'll notice that I re-used the second layout template from the You & Me kit.

Monthly Hostess Club ~ May 2011

The Bliss workshop on to go is great, it's neutral palette works with anything.  You can simple add a splash of colour and change this into anything you like.  After completing these two scrapbooking layouts I couldn't stop there.
 Here you have the featured layout
and this additional layout is from Magic:  Enchantment layout

A little Artwork from Regional Celebration ~ Toronto

This last April I got a chance to get away and part take in a CTMH Regional Celebration. Who knew work could be so much fun.  I meet new consultants and got a change to visit with great friends.  The following are a few pieces completed during the create and take sessions.  I love those sessions and even after almost 5 years they still amazing me with new techniques and wonderful ways to create beautiful layouts & cards.

Magic:  Palor Trick

Magic:  Final Act
We also completed these beautiful cards.  The first set of 5 cards was completed with one single stamp set:
Happy Moments C1437.  I love how all of these cards look so different.
The second set was a create and take session completed on our own with the company of great friends.

Here's a photo of my roomies and I with the Corporate Staff, what a great bunch of ladies.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Monthly Hostess Club ~ April 2011

These layouts were all about boys...  As you know I have girls, I always tell my clients look at the colours and make it your own.

This is the featured layout from the workshop on to go LUCKY.  We were so lucky to share a wonderful trip with our girls, this was a first great family trip.

This is the second layout from the MAGIC book again taking an example and making it your own, I love this paper.

Studio J layout ~ Happy Canada Day

I know it's a little early to start thinking Happy Canada Day but went I was asked to completed a quick layout using Studio J, these photos just jumped out.  What's cool about Studio J, is you can pick any paper pack and change the colour to match your photos.  I'm still playing around with this program but I can tell you that it can live side by side with my traditional scrapbooking layouts..

Monthly Hostess Club ~ March 2011

If you like pink this one is for you, it's all about love and girls with this paper.

Monthly Hostess Club ~ February 2011

Just catching up, here is the February layout we completed.  We used the new CTMH spray pen and all have a good time creating.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Monthly Hostess Club ~ January 2011

Well I guess you can say that we are starting the year off with a bang!  This workshop is extra special, not only will we be completing the featured MAGNIFIQUE layout but we'll also do the very special CTMH exclusive Flip Flap workshop layout.  So, if you've got LOTS of photos this one is for you.  On one double page spread you can fit 24 glorious photos.

The featured layout from the WOTG ~ MAGNIFIQUE  is from the Fall/Winter 2010 collection.  I just couldn't believe how perfect the colours matched my photos, these are 6 year old photos BTW.  I didn't dress-up my girls to match the paper but I've been known to do just that *Ü*
 This layout is from the CTMH ~MAGIC book, by repeating this layout three (3) times and strategically cutting your pages, you can turn this into a very inter-active layout.  The Flip Flaps are absolutely wonderful for this application.  Its not easy to shown how great this really is in photos.  The first photo is the base layout.  You need to re-create this twice on two other cardstock bases using the front and back.  Then by cutting the left page at the edge between the light colour B&T paper and the Pacifica cardstock you create a flap.  The right page is cut down the middle creating two flaps one top and one bottom.  Here you see the insides only.