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 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  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,, 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!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello All,

It is a wet and windy day here in NS, and I have been busy packing to go away, trying to feel better and to get lots of crafty things ready for the crazy busy holiday season. Last year I sent out about 65 cards, gave out another 20 and taught 2 classes. Odds are it will be about the same this year, so time to stock up, but that doesn't mean I can't make some blog worthy!

Today I thought I would share a clean and simple card I made at my National Stamping Day Crop as a make and take. It features the September Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart, as well as some of our the amazing new ribbon that matches our "Fundamentals". Isn't it amazing what you can do with just some stamps?!? I am thankful for that and my wonderful hubby very often.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Kraftin Kimmie Release Blog Hop

Today is Day THREE of the June Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! I'm thrilled to be a Krafty Guest and join in the release fun! We are previewing a fabulous new stamp set by artist Annie Rodrigue called FLOATIN' FIONA! It's such a fun image and the set also comes with five sassy sentiments!! This set plus all the other new sets being previewed this week will be released on Saturday night!!

I am super excited to be part of the release day, and the sneak peak package that Kimmie put together had all sorts of adorable things in it. Super cute paper pack, enamel dots, sequins, flowers, twine and some cute buttons! I tried to use it all between my two cards. One can be seen over the Kraftin Kimmie Blog  and here is the other one. My Copic skills are improving for skin, but still iffy for hair as you can see!

Be sure to check out all the other wonderful creations along this hop

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Well I know it is February, but it was 7 degrees Celsius here today... it is supposed to get really cold again, but we have almost NO snow left which is an amazing improvement from last year. I have been really lazy in terms of crafting lately and have gotten a total of ZERO layouts done, I did host a fundraising card class in support of Operation Smile on the weekend and was showing off some of the fantastic new papers, stamps and their matching Thinlets and was asked to put together a class. So I did! These cards all use the Penelope Paper pack, matching washi, Spring Critters Stamp set and matching Thin Cuts. I am really impressed that the thin cuts come not only in their own little envelope but are also on a magnetic backing!

I stamped in Archival Black on watercolour paper, and then used the watercolour paints, blend-able watercolour pencils and some ink to colour them up. Once coloured I cut them out and started to play. Since Easter is coming I thought that there should be a hint of it in the set, so I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. We are going to make 8 cards (2 of each) for $16.

The only thing I wish was that I could have captioned the chick with "Getting Chicky With It" but not everyone has my weird sense of humour...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

OMG Dartmouth Ferry Stamps!!!

Well I am a Dartmouth, NS girl born and raised. I may have gone off to NB for a few years, but the Halifax Harbour is in my heart! That is why I was so unreasonably excited when I saw this Ferry Stamp set from Briana Corr Scott at one of the Etsy Shows in the summer. I regretted not buying it on the spot for MONTHS and then went to hunt one down, but I was told in no uncertain terms by one of the besties (and my partner in craft shows) that I was NOT allowed to buy anything for myself until after Christmas. Well Hubby done good and the stamp set was in my stocking!! I finally got it all inky and made a card for my brother in law's birthday. It uses Close to My Heart Paper and inks, a few touches from the My Anchor Stamp set and I have no idea the maker of the amazing octopus die (sorry). Hopefully next year Briana will have a Tufts Cove stamp to go in the background!