Friday, May 10, 2019

May Cross Canada Hop

Welcome to our May Cross Canada Blog Hop where we are featuring our newest paper collection Sweet Girl!!!! 

To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order or CLICK HERE.

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!

You should have arrived from Valerie's Blog


I had so much fun playing with layers and our new thin cuts! The Doily thin cut is fantastic, cuts like butter...and of course the Stitched Rectangle Frames are becoming a favourite of mine!



I decided to add vellum over the floral patterned paper to mute it a bit as the peach patterned paper needed less busy behind it...'celebrate' is stamped in New England Ivy and 'it's your day' was stamped in Sapphire with the May Stamp of the Month - To My Bestie

I've stamped the leaves in New England Ivy ink using the Exclusive stamp set from The World Is Yours National Scrapbooking Month Special.

Colouring Tip: Using my multi-purpose mat, I smudged the ink pad directly to it, then with my water brush I dipped it into the ink on the mat to pick up a diluted amount to colour.  

The trick is to not add too much water or you end up with slight bleeding to the original stamped outline of the leaves. This technique is fantastic for duplicating the shade of the ink colour you're using...fast, easy and great colour match too!

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.

Join us again next month when we will be featuring more artwork from our NEW Seasonal Expression Idea Book! 


So mark June 10th on your calendars and hop along with us!

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Michelle's Blog...



Products Used:

Sweet Girl paper pack
May SOTM
The World Is Yours stamp set
Doily Thin Cut
Stitched Rectangle Thin Cut
Rose Gold Sequins
mini stapler
New England Ivy ink
Sapphire ink



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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May SOTM Blog Hop - To My Bestie


Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  

We will be featuring May's SOTM, which is called 'To My Bestie', a set of 19 stamps.  

If you have come here from Valerie's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  

If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog   


This month we have 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. 


I really am loving all our newest thin cuts and I had fun making this card with all the layers PLUS the added embossed vellum with our new Flower Garden embossing folder!

I'm still playing and learning with the watercolour pencils, but adding the waterbrush to blend the colour helps!


I used our Carolina and Intense Black inks plus the Carolina cardstock for a fun pop of colour.

Products Used: 

May SOTM - To My Bestie
Thin Cuts - Stitched Rectangle Frames
Thin Cuts - Stitched Square Frames
Thin Cuts - Doily
Thin Cuts - Fancy Tags
Party Balloons Stamp & Thin Cuts
Vellum
Sweet Girl paper pack
Fern Cardstock
white ribbon

Now "Hop" on over to Stefani's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! 

Remember, the May SOTM is only available until the 31st of May!  


Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Love So Sweet

Welcome Makers!

I wanted to share some artwork with you using the April Stamp of the Month...I really do love this set and have been creating several items this  month for my Crops and Retreats to showcase it!

This card will be the make & take at my day-crop...I hope they have fun creating it!




Here's all the images included in this stamp set...


...add some sequins, watercolour pencils and water...helped to have some of the Twinery twine on hand too!


 I've also used our Rectangle Stitched Thin Cuts (which are so popular, they're on backorder!) I'm a huge fan of this I Heart Us paper collection and the bright cheerful colours as well !



Our watercolour pencils are fantastic to use on their own or add water using our waterbrush to give you a true watercolour effect.
Products Used: 

I Heart Us paper pack
Watercolour Pencils
Intense Black Ink
waterbrush-medium tip
Silver Sequins
Stitched Rectangular Frames Thin Cuts
Tiny Attacher stapler
misc Twine






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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

April Cross Canada Hop

Welcome to our April Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the Feels Like Home collection. 

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!

You should have arrived from Valerie's Blog...

I have been hanging onto the Picture My Life (PML) cards and I do love the tags thin cuts we have...so this was a super fast and easy card...



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.

Join us again next month when we will be featuring artwork from our Seasonal Expression Idea Book! So mark May10th on your calendars and hop along with us!

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Michelle's Blog...



Products Used:

Feels Like Home Picture My Life cards
Feels Like Home paper pack
Bitty Sparkles
Mink Twine
Mink cardstock
April SOTM



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Sunday, March 10, 2019

March Cross Canada Hop

Welcome to our March Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the So Much Happy collection. 

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!

You should have arrived from Valerie's Blog...

Here's a couple layouts I created for my Page Club peeps...it is always exciting when I actually get photos into the Page Club designs...sometimes they sit for a while without, so I'm glad I was able to dig into the stack of Chicago photos from my recent trip last October :)


So much to see in Chicago...visiting the 'bean' was really cool...there were so many people there but it was beautiful to see with the backdrop of the city.



I was so happy to see the coordinating So Much Happy Complements stickers and chipboard pieces with this paper suite...the small word phrases and alphabet tiny type is my favourite! 



I wanted to add a title with our alphabet thin cuts and found I needed to also create a shadow with some white cardstock to help the Candy Apple red stand out against the patterned paper. Isn't the wall art 'graffiti' amazing?!!


Super simple layout design and these fall photos complement this paper suite even though it isn't traditional 'fall' paper :)


Perfect summary of my life...getting to explore...and loving my life!

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.

Join us again next month when we will be featuring artwork using the Feels Like Home collection. So mark April 10th on your calendars and hop along with us!

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Michelle's Blog...



Products Used:

So Much Happy Paper Pack
So Much Happy Cardstock
So Much Happy Complements
So Much Happy Puffy Stickers
Alphabet Thin Cuts


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Sunday, February 10, 2019

February Cross Canada Hop

Welcome to our February Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the I Heart Us collection. 



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!

You should have arrived from Valerie's Blog....


This is absolutely my favourite paper collection this Idea Book...so many bright colours is my happy place!


We went for lunch and window shopping in our favourite place, Fort Langley...


These coordinating sequins are awesome! A must add to your shopping cart :) 




The Picture My Life cards are a great addition to your scrapbooking, card making and Pocket Scrapbooking...we've hit the trifecta!

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.

Join us again next month when we will be featuring artwork using the So Much Happy collection. So mark March 10th on your calendars and hop along with us!

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Candra's Blog...



Products Used:

I Heart Us - paper pack
I Heart Us - Complements
I Heart Us - Coordinating Cardstock
I Heart Us - Picture My Life Cards
I Heart Us - Sequins
white twine

Thursday, January 10, 2019

January Cross Canada Hop


Happy 2019!

Welcome to our January Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the Something Fierce collection. 

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!

You should have arrived from Kirsten's Blog...



This card was a quick put together and I thought it was super cheeky for some of my friends or family that are getting a little older!


I grabbed this sketch too...which was a life saver seeing as I was super busy this week and this sketch made me just cut my paper and GO!


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.

Join us again next month when we will be featuring artwork using the I Heart Us collection. So mark February 10th on your calendars and hop along with us!

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Candra's Blog...



Products Used:

Something Fierce paper pack
Something Fierce Complements
White & Black Dots

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

January Stamp of the Month!

HAPPY NEW YEAR my Creative Friends!

The start of the year usually means setting new goals and intentions...so let's see how this goes shall we?!!

Close to my Heart has some great SOTM's (stamp of the month's) coming and this one is definitely a MUST HAVE :)

January's Stamp of the Month is called 'Card Captions' and it's only available during the month of January or until supplies last...y'all know the drill! 




I have a 14hour Crop every month and I love to create a 'make & take' for my peeps as a thank you for supporting my events! This is what I've created for this Saturday...

low light warning...yucky rainy day...head to my website for great colour sample


'Feels Like Home' is one of our new paper collections from our BRAND NEW Idea Book, the Seasonal Expressions, 
which runs January 1st through till the end of April 2019.


I am madly in love with our tags and borders thin cuts...
so I tend to use them whenever I can! 




Supplies Used:


Feels Like Home Bulk paper
S1901 Card Captions-January 2019 SOTM
Z4305 Fancy Tags thin cuts
Z4241 Decorative Borders thin cuts
Z4181 Stitched Circles thin cuts
Z3318 Basic Circles thin cuts
Z4231 Playful Scallops Embossing Folder
Z4221 Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Z3274 Clear Sparkles
misc doily thread



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Monday, December 10, 2018

December Cross Canada Hop


Welcome to our December Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the Oh What Fun! collection. 

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!

You should have arrived from Brandi's Blog...

I've been playing with this collection for my Page Club...here's one of the layouts :)


I have a little thing for 'trees' and when it comes to decorating I tend to use several of them throughout the house! I alos wanted to print these out in Black & White as the colours were a little too much with this layout.



Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Michelle's Blog.

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 artwork using the Something Fierce collection. So mark January 10th on your calendars and hop along with us. 

Products Used:

Oh What Fun Workshop Your Way kit
Silver Gems
Modern Typewriter Alphabet - B1638







Saturday, November 10, 2018

November Cross Canada Hop

Welcome to our November Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the 'Tis The Season collection. 
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's Blog.

If you've arrived from Terry-Ann's Blog you're on the right track!

I've created this single page layout from the leftover bits from my Workshop Your Way kit plus I added in a sheet of woodgrain from the Mix & Mingle Paper Pack.

Still sorting through the past couple years of photos from Christmas' past...


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Michelle's Blog.
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 artwork using the Oh What Fun! collection. So mark December 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.
Products Used:

'Tis the Season Workshop Your Way kit
Mix & Mingle Paper Pack



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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

October Cross Canada Hop

Welcome to our October Cross Canada Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the Grateful Heart collection.

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's Blog.


You're in the loop if you've arrived from Janet's Blog.

For this Hop, I've created a quick and simple single page of my girlfriends and me!



My journalling says: friendships that feed my soul...these ladies
fill my heart with love and gratitude.



I've added some of our mink twine and misc. gems and bling from my stash...love our ZipStrips!



You'll notice that I kinda messed up the journalling (doesn't look 'perfect')...but I'm over making everything perfect...life's too short for perfect my friends!



Pull out your paper piercer...it's so much fun and a super fast way to add texture and visual interest too :)

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is
Michelle's Blog.

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 artwork using 'Tis The Season collection. So mark November 10th on your calendars and hop along with us. 


Products Used:

-Grateful Heart Workshop Your Way kit
-misc gems/bling
-Mink Twine



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Monday, September 10, 2018

September Cross Canada Blog Hop

Welcome to our September Blog Hop featuring artwork created using the Boutique collection in our newest Holiday Expressions Idea Book!!!! 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 in at Michelle's Blog.

If you came from Janet's Blog then you are in the right place! 

The colours in this paper collection work well with so many events but in the end, I found this photo of my girl and I when we went to New Orleans for her 21st Birthday last year! 



I stamped the ink blots using the 'Bunches Of Love' Stamp set in Charcoal Ink but then I wanted more splatters so I grabbed the Black Shimmer Brush and gave it a tap to splatter it onto my page...I did that by accident a week ago and discovered it works quite well that way!


I've clustered some heavy sewing machine thread under the chipboard roses...and frayed the Mink Twine on the tags.


I created the tags using our new and FABULOUS 'Fancy Tags' Thin Cuts (LOVE LOVE LOVE them) on the PML cards in the paper pack. 

I could've just hand journaled but then I found our Alpha Stickers from the Story By Stacy Workshop kit...and then I was done!

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. 

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Michelle!

We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring artwork using the Grateful Heart collection. 

So mark October 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Products Used:


X7235B - Boutique Paper Packet
X7235C - Boutique Complements
Z4234 - Boutique Puffy Stickers
Z4221 - Mink Twine
Z4224 - Black Shimmer Brush
D1815 - Bunches of Love Stamp Set
Z4305 - Fancy Tags Thin Cuts
Z2831 - Charcoal Ink
Z4217 - Story By Stacy Short Story Workshop Kit (black and white alpha stickers only)
White Daisy and Charcoal Cardstock
Misc. Date Stamps (Staples)

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

July Stamp of the Month

Still time to get this fantastic July Stamp of the Month, Highlight Reel!



I love seeing artwork using this set in cardmaking and scrapbooking projects!



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Monday, July 16, 2018

It's Stampaganza!

Hello my Creative Friends!

July is Stampaganza! What does that mean? 

During July, buy ANY two My Acrylix® stamp sets at the full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value free! 
Choose from ANY stamp sets in the current Annual Inspirations or Seasonal Expressions 2, plus the popular Solos number and letter stamp sets that we've brought back just for July! 
Solos stamp sets can also be purchased in two different bundles, one for letters and one for numbers, for even more savings!





Who doesn't like free?!!!!
Head on over to kristineponte.closetomyheart.com to shop or message me to place an order :)

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COPYRIGHT INFO

Hey all! I just need to make mention that all content is by me, unless otherwise noted
and I ask that you don't copy or re-create any of the artwork posted on here for submissions to contests, publication or profit. But feel free to "lift" for your own personal use, all I ask is that you give credit where credit is due! Thanks.