Sunday, November 30, 2014

Snowhaven - Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hearts of the West team blog hop!

If this is your first time joining us you will love it. It features Close To My Hearts consultants from all over Canada showing you their projects. The Hearts of the West team was founded by Nancy Klein.

This months challenge is the Snowhaven paper pack, brought to you by the new Annual Inspirations, hand picked from Nancy Klein.

If you came from Freya Hall Dunbar's blog then you're in the right place, this is a go around blog hop 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.

I apologize in advance, this post is going to be lengthy and picture intensive!

Snowhaven X7188B was definitely not my favorite when I saw it in the Annual Inspirations, but it has grown on me.  I was put to the task to design a Workshop with this paper pack and the Snowhaven Complements X7188C.  I mulled this paper for a couple weeks and had a friend pick a stamp set to include in the workshop.  That stamp set was Best Christmas Holiday D1613, and I have to say, that it wasn't one of my favorites either.  But boy am I glad that these were put together!

I was visiting with a friend and fellow consultant, Janet McCormick, and she was showing me some of her fabulous layouts from her Disney World 2013 album.  There were these INCREDIBLE layouts with a MASSIVE amount of flip flaps and I was stunned!  I couldn't believe that you could incorperate so many on a page.  So off my mind went running with idea's to include these in my workshop.  I've definitely accomplished that feat!

I joined Close To My Heart in May 2011 and included with my kit was a fantastic workshop called You & Me.  It was the first kit that I put together and I was hooked!  I have to admit that part of my reasoning for signing up was that CTMH had kits, but this one was so fun to do.  Well I dug out that guide and sat and struggled!  The one paper was throwing me completely off!  I refer to it as the "UGLY SWEATER" paper!  I'm sorry, but that is what it reminds me of!

I got past that and started working!  I used the Whisper X5929 cardstock and the snowflakes from the stamp set and I random stamped a background in Whisper ink Z2172.

I then started placing my papers and flip flaps on the cardstock.  I used three 4x6 flip flaps Z4114 on the first two page layout.

 I took what was a three picture layout and made it so you could have up to a maximum of nine 4x6 pictures.  The compliments I started placing as I saw what started to turn out to be one of my absolute favorite layouts!

 I'm so happy with the way that it turned out!  And you know what?  I'm in love with that "UGLY SWEATER" paper now!!  I finished it off with the Cranberry 1272 cardstock for photo mats.

Next I set out to accomplish a second two page layout, because remember, this is going to be my Snowhaven WOTG for my club ladies in January.

Again I wanted to showcase our flip flaps, so I knew those were going to be incorporated in this set of pages.  I used the Glacier X5770 cardstock as the base for these. I used a 6x6 flip flap Z1726 on one page and two 4x6 on the second page.

Now I meant to grab Cranberry as the photo mats again, but I accidently chose Ruby X5927.  That is ok as it still goes well with this paper pack.  I used a couple more of the Snowhaven compliments to round out the pages.

I broke out the Cricut and the Artbooking cartridge to cut out my title.

Your next stop is Kerry Hammel's blog.

Thanks for joining us this month and come back next month to see what creative projects we can bring to you! Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment.

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2. Chantal Pearson's -
3. Freya Hall Dunbar's -
4. Holly Young-Bowers's -
5. Kerry Hammel -
6. Kathy Skipper -

7. Donna Thomson-Digby -
8. Sonia Parent St Jean -
9. Terry Ann Diack -
10. Corinna Murphy -
11. Linda Pekrul -
12. Heather Myers -

Monday, November 10, 2014

Christmas Card Bazaar 2014

So the time came to create a bunch of Christmas cards!  Sunday November 9th, I set up shop and the ladies had fun creating their cards.  I gave them 13 designs to choose from and they moved from table to table creating as many as they wanted!  Of course I forgot to bring my camera to show them having fun!!

These are the cards that the ladies choose from!  If you would like to order a kit, by all means, email me with the amount and the card design and I'll give you a cost with shipping!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Lucky 5

Lucky 5
Happy Anniversary Studio J!


November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J®, and that means it’s your lucky month, with five amazing ways to win through Studio J and Close To My Heart social media!

First, throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail—an unprecedented deal!

Your second chance to win big must come by sheer luck: every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.

If luck doesn’t smile on you in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box. Five “golden tickets” will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders! This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors™.

For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

And there is one last way to win: take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Stamp of the Month

November Stamp of the Month
It's the Little Things

This is a fun little stamp set!  And it can be yours for only $5 when you place an order of $50 before taxes and shipping.  Just want the stamp set?  You can purchase it for the full retail price of $19.75.

 Want to see some projects made with this stamp set?

If you can't live without this stamp set, be sure to place your order!  This set is only available during the month of November, so you don't want to miss out on it.