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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Sunday, July 15, 2018

July Cross Canada Hop

Hello and Welcome to our Cross Canada Hop featuring Central Park!

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.

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

Every month I create a workshop with the featured paper collection and this is one of the layouts the ladies will be working on!



I have been trying to incorporate a Cricut cut with each month's Page Club...the cityscape from 'You Are Here' 'worked quite well for this Central Park paper collection.



This is a little of Beautiful British Columbia. Vancouver City, Stanley Park and Gas Town was where we decided to spend an afternoon...enjoying being a tourist in our own town :)



Our cloud cuts (Cricut) are fun but I wanted to add some additional dimension so I ran a few of them through the Cuttlebug using our retired dots embossing folder.



I'll add some journaling later on my PML card space...'a walk in the park' coudn't have been more perfect a title for this afternoon downtown.



The package of coordinating Central Park Complements has some cardstock weight stickers (love those) and some blue foil vellum embellishments which were fun to try to incorporate on this layout.



The green PML card was also the perfect photo mat...I try to remember to use those for mats when I can as having two sheets of PML cards in each paper pack means I'll have extra cards to use another way...



I've used this sketch from Let's Scrap Sketches as my starting point for this layout as well!

That's it for me...now off to Diana's Blog!

Products Used:

Central Park Workshop Your Way Kit
dots embossing folder
You Are Here - Cricut Bundle

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Days to you...today is Canada Day for us and I'm in super sunny Las Vegas! So no Canadian celebrations in my home town but I can share a great new sketch from Let's Scrap Sketches!

If you follow the link you can see what the Design Team created with it and hopefully you'll have time to create this month as well!



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Friday, June 15, 2018

June Blog Hop - Colours of the Rainbow!



Welcome to our June Blog Hop featuring artwork inspired by
 'Colours of the Rainbow'.


 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.

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

This month's we are featuring an Exclusive Stamp set 'Be a Rainbow' as well as discounted cardstock bundles and embellishments!


I made some Cricut cuts from our Artiste & Artistry CTMH cartridges for the clouds.

I also used up some gems from my stash...


Our stamp set Happy Heart is one of my favourites and the expression 'You Make My Heart Happy' is perfect for almost anything :)


I've simply cut (2) 4" lengths of 1" cardstock from our Rainbow Bundle CC61810 in each colour...seeing as our awesome cardstock is two-toned (lighter shade of the true colour on the opposite side)it made graduating the colours super easy!!!


Products Used:

Rainbow Bundle CC61810
A1192  Happy Heart stamp set
D1813 Be a Rainbow stamp set
Artistie Cricut Bundle
Artistry Cricut Bundle


Hope you give this super easy technique a try yourself!
Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Michelle.
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 our Central Park Collection! 
So mark July 10th on your calendars and hop along with us.

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Sketch 6-15-18

June sketches! I'm not exactly sure where the days go but I'm sure y'all can relate...I always have great intentions to get creative...but sometimes that crazy thing called 'LIFE' interrupts my best intentions!


I am happy to report that a busy life is a happy life for me and I'm grateful to be able to be busy and have a household of people and projects, right?!!!



Let's Scrap Sketches has another fantastic sketch up for June...we have two a month for your inspirational pleasure and this month we've been playing with some fun ones.




I've created this page for the monthly Page Club at my local Scrapbook store...big day in my household as my eldest has finish her Phase1 of studies from University!!




This paper collection from one Canoe two, called Twilight, was lovely to highlight this big day. You might be able to make out the fun gold rub-ons there too. The die-cut embellishments made it super easy to get scrapped plus the great sketch design!



Head on over to our Let's Scrap Sketches Blog to see what the other Design Team created with this sketch and if you have time to play, we'd love to see you're creation through the InLinkz link to the right of the Let's Scrap Sketches blog :)







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Friday, June 1, 2018

Sketch 6-1-18

June 1st sketch from Let's Scrap Sketches is ready for you!




I totally LOVE this design from Michelle! The possibilities for rotating one page or both plus the way you can use up those scraps from your paper collections...I'm off to get creative!


Hopefully you play along with us on the Blog and link up your creations!


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sketch 5-1-18 and 5-15-18

May Sketches from Let's Scrap!

I don't always have a chance to play along when these sketches go 'live' to y'all but I totally LOVE what Michelle creates every month for our inspiration!



This sketch inspired me to create for a bonus layout at the LSS I contribute to...



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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.