Thursday, February 15, 2018

February Cross Canada Blog Hop- Love and Friendships

Welcome to our February Blog Hop featuring artwork inspired by Love and Friendships. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.
We hope that you will 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 do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle at Creations with Michelle. If you came from there then you are in the right place!

I am not super into Valentines Day, but I am in to puns, so when I saw the "We Belong Together" Stamp set I was inspired. I will be totally honest, this was a 10 card set with 2 of each design. As you can see there are only 4 cards pictured. My desk ate 1 of the designs, and I only had time for a cursory clean. All of the card patterns are out of the new "Make it From Your Heart Volume 4" Card map idea book and use Enchantment Fundamentals and cardstock. Images were stamped in Memento Black in, then coloured with our Shin-Han Alcohol Markers. I added a little water colouring around the bees because I found the marker very harsh. The hearts are the "Basic Heart" dies, with a little bit of shimmer trim.



Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Nicky  of  Simply Artistic.
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list.

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring What we love about Spring. So mark March 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Cross Canada Blog Hop January 2018

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring artwork that welcomes in 2018, featuring new products from the Seasonal Inspirations 2018 catalog. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will 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 do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle . If you came from Michelle's blog of Creations with Michelle  then you are in the right place! 


We have been having pretty mild weather here in Atlantic Canada so far... I am ready for spring and summer. I am definitely a water girl, so I had to show everyone some cards I made with the new "Making Waves" Collection. There will definitely be a TON of layouts done with this very soon, but the flu has been kicking my butt for like 2 weeks so this is all I have done with it so far. The highlight of the collection is the stunning mermaids, but I wanted to showcase the punny cardmaking set with thin cuts. Where I haven't really felt up to scrapping, I wanted to create some backgrounds to start, so I cut up some water colour paper, and used the wide water colour brush to make some waves on 2 of them. For the whale card, I wanted a little more blending, so I dripped the water colour paints from the water brush onto the all purpose mat and then smooshed the paper into it. Then I hit them with a heat gun to dry them up. Since this tends to make the paper bend, I stuck them under my cutting mat while I did the next few steps.

 I cut out some of the adorable die cuts out of white daisy cardstock, and stamped them up. With the octopus I first inked up with Pansy, then ran the outside through Eggplant (Rock n Roll technique). The whale is black, and the crabs are Sorbet. Each water colour background is backed with Peacock Cardstock (remember that cardstock is now 2-toned, so you get different looks).


The whale card simply uses a zip strip and some of the new Make Waves shimmer trim, with the adorable new Make Waves bling. This has these cute little shaped sequins on it. I then added some shimmer brush on the blowhole spray, and it did go on a little heavy, but mistakes happen.


Here I added the backside of some Lemon Cardstock (leftover from the December Calendar special), more shimmer trim, and another zip strip.




I bent the sentiment on the block to give it some shape, and coloured the heart under the octopus with my Shin Han Markers.

I hope that I have made you want to look at this line, these cards would be great to make with your leftovers!

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Nicky of Simply Artistic

If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list. 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring projects that are inspired by love and friendships. So mark February 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cross Canada Blog Hop August- New Idea Book Products

Welcome to our August Blog Hop featuring artwork created from products found in the 2017-2018 Annual Inspirations Catalog. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will 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 do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning which this month is Michelle. If you came from Michelle's "Creations With Michelle, you are in the right spot!


Well gang, here we are with a brand spankin' new Idea Book!!! IT'S SO PRETTY!!!! If you haven't checked it out yet, get at it !!

Are you back and ready for some inspiration? Ok let's go!! There are so many wonderful new items, I was a little overwhelmed as to where to start, but I thought about where I would tell people to start, how many pictures am I working with? From there I went to the brand new "Make it From Your Heart Vol3" to find a pattern that would work with that number (36 new patterns!!). 


 I chose pattern 35, and the new Whimsy fundamentals and 2 toned cardstock since they matched the pictures best. For accents I used blush ribbon, whisper twine, and then the phenomenal triple layer stamp "Beautiful You"








I did cheat a little, if we are being honest, my title is the SOTM from last Seasonal Expression.. But doesn't it look awesome with the gold embossing over watercoloured background?? I used watercolour paper and a water brush, and pushed the inkpads to get ink on the lids where I could pick it up.






Your next stop on the hop is Dominique at "Fun2cre8" If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list. 

Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Projects inspired from the New Products from the New Holiday Expressions Catalog. So mark September 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Cross Canada Blog Hop - Masculine Projects



Welcome to our July Blog Hop featuring Masculine themed artwork. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.
We hope that you will 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 do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.com/...  If you came from there then you are in the right place!

I used a few different papers with this project, which is cards this time. The first one uses our "No Worries" Paper, stamps and thin cuts. I also used our circle thin cuts to create my "port" that you are looking at the beach through and then to make it look a little brassy, I used the gold shimmer brush


 For my 2nd group I created a set of cards using the "Jack" paper pack, stamps, and thin cuts. I love these little bears





Your next stop is going to be Nicky over at Simply Artistic
http://simplyartistic.ca/cross-canada-blog-hop-masculine-themed
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca, as she has the complete blog list.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cross Canada Blog Hop: Use Your Stash!!

Welcome to our June Blog Hop featuring artwork where we've used our stash mixed with new products. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will 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 do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.com/...  If you came from there then you are in the right place!

I have made MANY posts about using your stash because I have such a hard time getting rid of patterned paper scraps! I mean how does one decide what is too small to bother keeping? I sound like I am just a sale away from being a hoarder I know, so I have been trying really hard to minimize keeping things around.. like I don't need it if it is less than a business card. One of the challenges with scraps is how do I use them outside of what is pictured in the catalogue? How do I combine things and no one other than me will know they are from different times? The easiest way to get over this is to make smaller things like cards to push your comfort zone, then work up to other things like layouts (I am the QUEEN of the Frankenpage when I have a small amount of paper I love, or really have to stretch a kit. I mean who looks at the back of a scrapbook page anyway? No one will know if there are huge holes in the back if it is covered). The other trick is to use cardstock and smaller pieces as accents. You can do even do this with paper from different lines if the colours match and you are feeling brave.

For this post I thought I would do an example with some cards that use the value pack cards, the SE1 Dreamin Big scraps I had after making the Workshop Your Way, whisper thick twine, and poppy, glacier and goldrush bits. I wanted to use one a stamp set from SE2 so I chose the Prickly Pear Cardmaking stamp set with thin cuts. Then I used watercolour paints with our watercolour paintbrush (which I love for not making a mess). I didn't get the paint colours matched perfectly, but the picture makes it look worse!! I then added the poppy and goldrush sequins from the Prickly Pear Line


I thought after throwing around the word "Frankenpage" I should probably make sure I gave an example. So I created a layout using the leftovers from the "Hello Lovely" line from SE1.  I paired this up with some pieces from Rustic Home, Rustic Home ribbon, All Together Compliments, and some of the ever growing pile of sea glass scraps. Don't lie, you have been using the heck out of sea glass too. Oh, and this is pattern 7 from Make it From Your Heart Volume 2.



Partially because I am cheap, and partially because I love scraps I didn't use full sheets as my base, here is what the back looks like, but who looks at the back of a page anyway?





Thanks so much for stopping by! Please don't by any means think that any of these projects helped shrink the pile of scraps on my desk... send help.


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Nicky of " Simply Artistic".
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, http://mycreationswithmichelle.blogspot.ca/..., as she has the complete blog list.
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring the Masculine projects. So mark July 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Seasonal Expressions 2 Favorite Paper Cross Canada Blog Hop

If you are on track, you should be coming from  fabulous creation
Welcome to our May Blog Hop featuring our favorite New Paper Collections. We have 4 new amazing and fun paper collections in the Current Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.
We have an amazing group of talented ladies all across Canada, and they sure would love to hear from you, so before hopping onto the next person, take a moment and leave a comment about what you loved.
If you've arrived from Michelle of My Creations With Michelle then you are in the right place! If you would like to start at the beginning of the hop, that is the place to do it!

For those who don't know me, my name is Colleen, and my CTMH is "Colleen's Crafty Constructions".  I live and breath glitter, would be either Batman or a Unicorn in a heartbeat and LOVE bright colours. So obviously my favorite paper pack is "Little Dreamer". I wanted to stay fairly simple for this layout (honestly I had a much more complicated one barely started, then life happened) so I didn't use any stamping. I stuck with the paper pack, coordinating compliments, and obviously glitter gems. There aren't any pictures on my layout as I have 5 school pictures of friends kids and so not appropriate. I love the idea of reminding kids that they should just be themselves, so I when I put pictures on I will send a picture to their parents. 














Left Side 



Right side


















Thanks for stopping by. Your next stop on the road is going to be Nicky at Simply Artistic

To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, as she has the complete blog list.
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring creations using up our stash while using new products. So mark June 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Kraftin Kimmie Holiday Stamp Release

Well I love Kraftin Kimmie, so when she offered us another chance to guest design I totally signed up. Unfortunately life got bananas, so I didn't get time to participate in the actual blog hop. Here are the 2 fun cards I made with the kids, and the fantastic new Christmas stamp sets!


This first one is using the stamp set "Shake It Up" by Becky Pearce. I really wanted to highlight the snow globe aspect, so I used Liquid Glass over top to make it look 3d. I made the mistake of trying to push it around a little though, so it did run a bit.

The 2nd set is "Santa Paws" by Emilie Goulet. I played with some glitter ritz and some Cricut cuts on this one. Sookwang Tape is such a versatile tool to have!