Sunday, May 20, 2018

May Cross Canada Blog Hop- Celebrating Relationships



Hello and Thanks for joining us on the Cross Canada Blog Hop

Welcome to our May Blog Hop featuring artwork inspired by Celebrating Relationships. 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 there, you are in the right spot!


I am loving the new SE2 papers, and the Documented line really seemed fit well with these pictures of my family checking out the "Gospel Brunch" at the Trailside Cafe in PEI. I liked the doors, bricks and muted flower colours really complemented the decor, and highlighted some of the colours in the artwork. All the bling and the wooden "smile" are from the Documented Workshop on the Go, although the New England Ivy Cardstock is from the Cardstock Compliments for the line. The layout itself is from Make it From Your Heart Volume 2.


Left Page



Right Page



Slightly crooked pages together. Notice how I took pictures of the outside sign and chalkboard to remind me where we were.



Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Sheena at KanataNewf - Time Well Wasted



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 artwork . So mark June 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Stamp of the Month "Colour Your Life" Blog Hop


Hi everyone. This is my first time joining the stamp of the month blog hop, and I managed to somehow delete the post I had ready to go up. This will be the abridged version! You should be joining me from Gina Brandstetter's blog so hopefully you are in the right place.




I am working on an album for an old friend who is getting ready to have her first baby. I thought the "Celebrate Life" stamp would make a lovely title page for that. I have combined it with the Whimsy Fundamentals and Cardstock, with some cricut cuts from both the Artbooking (border) and Flower Market (Wreath) cartridges. I thought that the triple stamping look of the flowers from "Beautiful You" would really add to that wreath, and to add an extra bit, some use 3d Dots, and have some of the shimmer brushed glitter on them.


From here you are heading over to check out what Michelle Johns has created for us. Enjoy the hop, and thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March Cross Canada Blog Hop

Welcome to our March Blog Hop featuring artwork inspired by What we Love about Spring. 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 My Creations By Michelle. If you came from there, then you are in the right place!


I am not mentally ready for spring yet, even though for the most part the weather here in Halifax has been lovely. I thought today I would show you a card I made for a baby shower, since spring= new beginnings to me. This hop has also reminded my I REALLY need to get my seeds for the garden started or we will have another summer of sad tiny peppers. 

As you may have realized from previous hops, I am a little weird and not super traditional. I had this idea in my head that we had a stamp set that doesn't totally exist, so I sort of made something close to it instead of risking something crazy like hand lettering, or trying to do the whole thing in letter stamps. (That is a terrible sentence, apologies grammar nerds). I used some of the paper bits I had left over on my desk from the "Make Waves" paper packet, the heart dies that I showed last month, and the stamp out of the "Something Magical" Card kit. I then cut the word "creating" out of  "Creating To Create" and sort of jammed it in. Probably not my best work, but it will make my friend laugh at least. I cut the sentiment out with our old scallop circle punch (I thought it was still a thing... sorry). I then coloured a few words to highlight them with the alcohol markers and I used the clear shimmer brush on 'magical'. I added the shimmer trims that match Make waves, and stamped the pretty filigree border in between. It is also from the Something Magical card kit set. 



Thank you for hopping by, I hope my card at least makes you giggle a little. Up next for the Cross Canada Hop you are going to head over to Ontario to check out Brae's Creation and I am sure she has something lovely and sensible for you to look at.


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 Celebrations. So mark April 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

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.