Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Whooo's Your Valentine?

New CTMH Campaign for December and January!

What are the campaign details?
Dates: December 13, 2012 at 11am  – January 31 , 2013. One per qualifying order.

Featured Products: Whooo’s Your Valentine kit
12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby, White Daisy)
3 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (Blush, Hollyhock, White Daisy)
1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
12 – Treat Tubes with Lids – new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
1 – My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)

When you place an order of $35 or more in Close To My Heart products, you’ll receive the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit for only $10. Qualifying purchases must come from Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book product (or products live on any OBA site through January).

Friday, 2 November 2012

Snowflake Christmas Market Today!

I will be at the Snowflake Christmas Market today with GertsGoods (my jewellery). The show is at Pickering Village United Church- 300 Church Street in Ajax (between Hwy 2 and Rossland)

It is a FREE show with lots of vendors!
2-8 p.m.

Come and see me!


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Scrapfest This Weekend

I attended Scrapfest in Oshawa this past weekend and ended up winning the Grand Prize!! It was a wonderful rolling tote filled with tons of stuff!

Thanks Scrapfest, I had a great time!


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

I WON!!!

I just found out that I won the September Card Challenge with the card below from OneCrazy Stamper!
Woo Hoo! my lucky day!

Thanks, OneCrazyStamper!


Friday, 28 September 2012

Happy Friday!

Here's a new card I created that will make you smile!

Supplies Used: Your Next Stamp- Happy Dancing Butterfly, Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Memento Ink and  Whimsy Stamps. (Stamps bought at onecrazystamper.com)

Thursday, 27 September 2012

New Craft Organizer is awesome!

I just got my own organizer and you should see all the stuff I could fit in it! This will be perfect for keeping things in one place and when we go away to crops.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Another Project!

I got it in my head that I was going to decorate...yet again! (Much to the chagrin of my husband!) This time was my Diningroom. As some of you may know I also paint- and in 2002 I painted a border around my diningroom- It was time for this to go!
The border is no longer there, the furniture is now a different colour, with new material for the seat cushions and new drapes!

From this:


I am finally happy! ( Until I find the next project.....maybe the master ensuite....hum.......)


Friday, 21 September 2012

Project Inspiration 2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book: Patterns From The Heart

Make it From Your Heart

Introducing "Make it From Your Heart" a great "how to" publication from Close To My Heart!
This book features 16 two-page layouts, 2 single page patterns as well as 12 card patterns!
This is all-new artwork, technique ideas and colour palettes all in one easy reference.

Volume 1 is just $7.95

You can't beat it!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

12 Hour Crop this Saturday!

I still have room for Croppers on Saturday for my 12 Hour Crop!

You will get a 6' table to yourself, lunch, dinner, coffee/tea, and a gift!
Just $40.00

Contact me for more details or to reserve your spot!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Great First Club!

Tonight started the newest season if my Clubs!

I have ONE spot only for a Club Membership on Thursday nights and Wednesdays are FULL.

Starting next month, Card Club will be cancelled due to membership. If you are interested in coming out to Club please let me know! If you are looking for a new way to spend time with friends I am open to new ideas and we can certainly form a new Club with a minimum of 6 members. Even during the day is fine!

Thank you to all who have joined this season because I am looking forward to spending time with you and having some creative fun!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

New Kitty Card!

This is what I work on when I can't sleep! Like tonight!
 I used a great stamp from High Hopes and another by Whimsy Stamps with the matching die! I coloured the image using Copics and Prismacolors and my Spellbinders for the circle.
Hope you enjoy!


I am having another 12 Hour Crop! September 22nd from 9-9.
You get a 6' table all to yourself, lunch, dinner and a gift and uninterrupted time!
Just $40.00.
Space is already filling so let me know if you are interested!



Club sign up is going on now!

Tuesday- Card Club
Wednesday- Scrap Club- FULL
Thursday- Scrap Club

If you would like to learn scrapbooking, have some fun and meet new people, this is the night for you! We meet once a month and I teach you a double page layout or cards (depending on the night). You get the class and supplies FREE with a $25 order from the current Idea Book. Once in the Club rotation YOU are the Hostess and you get all the Hostess benefits! (We are talking FREE stuff and half priced items!)

I also have OPEN nights where you can come and try out the Club for $15 or a purchase of $25 frome the Idea Book.

Please let me know if you are interested, space is very limited!


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

YEAH! The new Book is HERE and GREAT NEWS!

Our New Fall/Winter Idea Book is finally here! If you haven't looked at it yet, just hit the link on the righthand side of my blog!

Some other exciting news!!!!.......

Starting August 15th CTMH is kicking off.....National Stamping Month!
To celebrate National Stamping Month in September, we are bringing back our popular double stamp set promotion! You can get the exclusive, new My Acrylix® It’s Your Day double stamp set for just $5 when you place a minimum order of $35 in full retail products from August 15 through September 30, 2012. You’ll love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—which includes nearly 50 trendy images that makes it easy to capture the everyday moments in your life. The double set has a retail value of $35.90, which drastically increases the value of your qualifying purchase! Have twice the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our new, exclusive It’s Your Day double stamp set!

SO, that means that I will be placing an order for all the new items on August 15th so we all can take advantage of this great deal!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Guest Designer...

I was very happy to be chosen to be a Guest Designer for the month of August for "One Crazy Stamper"! They are an online and actual store in Bolton and carry a HUGE amount of stamps, dies and everything you need for papercrafting!
Here is what I submitted:

This is for the August Challenge and I used a stamp from High Hopes Rubber Stamps, Prismacolor pencils, Copics, Whimsy Stamps and Dies.

This second card is one I made and is for my parents for their anniversary this year! They are huge golfers and hopefully they wont take offense! (And hopefully they don't read my blog until after their Anniversary!) I used a stamp from Art Impressions, Prismcolor pencils, Copics.

Hope you enjoy!

Friday, 20 July 2012

NEW Cricut Artiste Collection!

Introducing our NEW Cricut Artiste Collection!

Cartridge includes over 700 images, themed projects, cards, font and 3-D items!
Included : Exclusive Cartridge, 3 matching D-sized My Acrylix Stamp sets, 
and 3 Dimensional Elements in coordinating shapes!
Available August 1st.
PreOrder Now.....Just $99!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

NEW Cricut Cartridge

We got a NEW Cricut Cartridge called Artiste!

700 more images!
Including cupcake wrappers, 3D Images, pinwheels......layers, boxes and projects!
With matching stamp sets!

Get the cartridge, 3 coordinating stamp sets and 3 Dimensional elements- For just $99!

Upcoming Idea Book Launch

On August 8th at 7 pm I will be having an Idea Book Launch and Open House. There you will be able to sign up for Club, do a make n'take, win prizes and get gifts with orders!
As well as the Wednesday and Thursday night Clubs, I will also be having a CARD CLUB! It will be on a Tuesday- either DAY or EVENING depending on what people want!

The new Idea Book will go online at 11 am on August 1st so you can see all the new stuff!

If you are unable to attend the Open House but would like to sign up for a Club or place an order, please let me know!


Retiring Stuff

Hi Guys,
I have so much information coming regarding the updates to CTMH but here are a few important things....

We are going to a 40 colour pallette and some of these are the 6 news colours! That means that there is a whole bunch retiring!!!!!
I know this is shocking but this means that after Aug 31st you will NO LONGER be able to order products in those colours.

SO, I suggest looking at your stuff and determine if you need anything (IE- reinker, cardstock) and place your order with me by Monday.

Here is a list of retiring colours:

Grey Wool
Grey Flannel
Vanilla Cream
Brown Bag
Baby Pink
Sunkiss Yellow
Key Lime
Heavenly Blue
Lilac Mist
Holiday RED!!!
Sunny Yellow
Dutch Blue
Vineyard Berry!!
Garden Green!!
Spring Iris
Pansy Purple

Have a look at my Blog for more information and up to date news.

Thanks and have a great day!


Update #3

New markers...alcohol-based!!!! Come in sets of 2 complimentary colors!, Double tipped

New Colours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Champagne, Cashmere, Saddle, Slate, Ruby, Whisper

Pigment Ink Pads!!! Mini's in a tower

Bulk Cardstock is BACK!!!!!!

New Stamp SCRUBBER!!! Small and Compact

Update #2

13 NEW Kits including 2 Home Decor and 2 Card Workshops on the Go!

(Card WOTG makes 15 cards!!)

Holiday Countdown Calendar !!!!! (Home Decor) with drawers!!! Can you say Workshop?!


Update #1

Here Goes!

53 new Accessories!
5  My Creations things including a Shadow Box!

CTMH Convention today!

WooHoo! It is Convention time for us Close To My Heart Consultants!
I will be updating you with all the new stuff as it is unveiled today and tomorrow. We are 3 hours ahead in time zones so I am waiting for everything to start.
So far......
- New Colours!!!!!!!
- Paper called Scholastic
- Changes to Studio J- No more memberships, Way cheaper price per layout!

Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

"Toad"ally Isla!

Fun Layout of my crazy dog- Isla!

I created this layout of my yellow Labrador Retreiver who started jumping around on our beach at the cottage........I finally realized that she was playing with a huge Toad! 
 What a character!

I used my favourite "CoOrdinations" dotted cardstock, Copics, and a great stamp by Kraftin Kimmie.

Thursday, 5 July 2012


Throughout the month of July, we’ll have several different product pairings consisting of a favorite My Reflections® paper pack with a corresponding Complement or accessory kit that you’ll be able to get for free! Each pair will be available for only a limited time, and only while supplies last, so when you see one that you want, act quickly! All you need to do is place an ONLINE order of $75 or more in full-priced retail products on my shopping website, and you’ll be able to receive that day’s “perfect pair” for free!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Pretty Flower Card

This is a new stamp I got from Stamping Bella- Flower Garden. I had fun embossing it and rubbing the image with inks. It creates a watercolour effect.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Father's Day Cards

Here are the Father's Day Cards I made for this year!

 This one is for my Dad. I used a stamp by Tim Holtz, a Sizzix embossing folder and Making Memories punch.
This one is for Kirk's Dad. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder.


Thursday, 7 June 2012

Sympathy Card

Its seems like I have been making a lot of these lately........but here is a nice design I adapted from a fellow CTMH person. I loved how she offset the image so I did the same!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Preserving Memories Thoughts

The older I get the more I think that preserving our memories for future generations is really important. I am one of the lucky ones..... between my husband and I we still have four Grandparents alive!
My Grandfather recently went into a home and and it is really hard to think that in the upcoming years....it is inevitable that we wont have them anymore. That means that all the stories and information goes with them.....
SO, its important to journal and take the pictures.Someone said that by scrapbooking you really are preserving the memories for one, maybe two generations - but to me those generations are the most important! My children and their children will maybe get enjoyment out of my work and that's all that matters!
Who knows...maybe I'm the "first" in a LONG line of scrapbookers who will preserve memories for multiple generations!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Exciting news....

I am going to be a guest Designer for the "One Crazy Stamper" store/blog!!
I am very excited and can't wait to see what they throw at me!


Papers Being carried over to the new Idea Book

If you where wondering which papers will be carried over to the new Idea Book in August...here you are!

The only ones going are:


This means that is you want one of the paper packs not on the list you WILL NOT be able to order is after July. Just sayin......


Thursday, 24 May 2012

New! Teacher's Gifts by Gertsgoods

As maybe some of you already know, I also make jewellery.
 My website is www.gertsgoods.com - see the link on the left of my blog page.

I have been working on a new design for teacher's gifts and this is my newest creation!
               Its an "Apple for your Teacher" A glass crystal apple on an 18" silver-plated chain. $10.00
I am taking orders now so you will have it in time for the end of school!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Watercolour Sunflower

I had fun last night playing with this new stamp set from CTMH. I used my watercolour pencils and Blending pen. The cut out I did on my Spellbinders Grand Calibur- Blossom Four.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Card Creations on the Weekend!

We had great weather on the weekend at the cottage but when the sun went down (and the black flys came out!) I retreated to my space to create.
Here are some of the cards I had fun doing!

This card was fun to make! The stamp set is by Art Impressions and is meant for a gift card! What a great idea and fun and paper piecing makes it look great!

I was trying out my new Spellbinders Grand Calibur and this is what I came up with! I embossed the card portion and stamped on the cut out piece.

This last card is stamped using a  Impression Obsession stamp. Then I used my Copics and Prismacolor pencils to colour!


Monday, 30 April 2012

Great Crop!

On Saturday I held another Crop! I had a great time meeting some new people and hanging out with friends. Thank you all for coming!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Scrapfest was Great!

On the weekend I attended Scrapfest with some wonderful friends! I did a class with Vicki Boutin on Friday and one with Cathie Allan on Saturday....Shopped, Shopped and Shopped again....finished 2 3/4 layouts (yes, I am embarrassed at the amount thank you!) .....and two cards!
All in all I had a load of fun especially dressing up in tropical wear and being silly!
Can't wait until next time!

A Proud Mom!

I just had to share with you my Easter card from my daughter who is 10. She asked to borrow some stamps and disappeared to her studio in the basement.....and on Easter morning she presented us with this!

I am a proud Mom indeed!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

This Weekend...

I am very excited about going away this weekend with some great friends! A Scrapbooking weekend of course! We are off to Scrapfest Kitchener and it is my first time attending this weekend event. I hear it is well worth the drive and there is bound to be some great scrapping deals!
I just went and printed my pictures of our vacation, Easter etc.......$75.00 later! But, who can put a price on happiness?!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Pictures "Outside the Box"

Have you ever seen someone's pictures and thought "Wow, I need to do that!" ?
At my last Crop I was inspired by a Cropper who wrote in the sand and took a picture of it! What a great idea and I actually did this on my most recent vacation!
While taking a picture of the sand I saw a lot of really neat things through the eyes of my lense. Here is a picture of the sea shells on Indian Rocks Beach. I think I will blow it up to 12 x 12 and use it as a background page.
So, next time you are taking pictures think of something fun and different!

New Easter Cards

Here are my newest creations!
 This one I used the cutest stamp set from Close to My Heart! Its called My Peeps ( B1402)   My sister always calls my two Girls her "Peeps"! So of course I HAD to get it!

This one I created with inspirations from a sample I saw in a local scrapbooking store. I used my Cricut, a Martha Stewart punch and an older CTMH stamp set called Celebrate Life ( C1287).

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Easter Time!

I have been busy today (in between shopping and cleaning!) because I need to work on my Easter cards. I am hosting a big Easter dinner next weekend and am having fun creating for it!

Here is an example of an Easter card I did:

Stay tuned for the one I worked on today!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Exciting April News!

I am back from vacation and found out that CTMH is having an exciting campaign starting April 17th!
Its called Dotty for You!
You can get this paper pack by:
1. Placing an order of $35 between April 17 and May 31 and buy the paper pack for just $5.
2. Have a gathering of $400 or more (before taxes) and get it FREE!

It includes: 24 co0ordinating B&T Duos (2 of 12 patterns), and a artwork insert.

Monday, 27 February 2012

February 25th Crop!

Thank you to all the people who came out to the Crop! We had fun, and got a lot done (well, some of us where talking! hahah!) from what I saw!
My next Crop is April 28th, same time, same place.
I only have 4 spots remaining at this time!

Next time I'll be sure to take pictures!

I can't believe it.......

I typically go no where without my camera and yesterday we had my daughter's 6th Birthday party at the movies...and I forgot the camera. TODAY, I went to post the pictures of the Crop I had taken only to find out that.......the memory card was not in the camera! Man, not a good picture taking weekend!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Excited- February Crop 2012

Now that I have gotten that off my chest...Today is Crop! I am very excited to have some great people coming to scrapbook and have a great time!
Pictures to follow!

Not Sleeping

You know, Life is funny sometimes...you never know what direction it will take you. Its important to have great friends and people in your life who will support you no matter what. Its very sad when you think people are there but they are really out for their own self interests.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported me and continue to be there for me. Your friendships mean a lot.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

What I did today!

It was so grey today that I decided to stay in my room and create! I used the new Stella papers from CTMH as well as the "Just for You" stamp set. I picked up some teeny tiny punches for only 45 cents so I thought I would try them out....I think they add a cute dimension to the card!

What I did yesterday!

I attended a course at Stampin Bella and made the following! WOW what a lot of work but the end result is beautiful! We used Prismacolor pencils, punches, and LOTS of glue and patience.

Fun Birthday Card!

I made this birthday card for a friend. The stamps are hilarious and are made by Art Impressions.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Birthday Card

I made this card for a special friend and I thought I would share it with you!
I coloured it using Prismacolour pencils and Odourless Mineral Spirits. The stamp is from Stampin Bella and I used CTMH Kraft and Vineyard Berry Papers.

Happy Sunday!

Wednesdays Idea Book Launch went well! We had 3 prize winners and the 12 Hour Crop filled up! Yeah!
My next Crop will be in April so stay tuned!

Friday, 20 January 2012

Happy Friday!

We FINALLY have snow! Yeah for the farmers...not so Yeah for having to shovel! (I don't know why I say that because frankly I never shovel...my hubby does it...I know, I'm spoiled!)
Anyways, I have been creating! I attended the Crop and Create in Markham this past weekend and had a wonderful time with some wonderful friends. Thanks Guys!
Here is the card I submitted for the Card Challenge...it didn't win but I am proud of it anyways and I got to play with my new Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol.

This other card is one I whipped up using supplies from our Gift bag. Sometimes its nice to just "get out of your Box" and try new things and ideas. You get stagnated doing the same thing all the time. Challenge yourself!
Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Pics of My Crafting Space!

Here is where I scrapbook, make my jewellery and overall create. 
Its my own special space and is my sanctuary!
For all my stuff!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Valentines Card

Its not too early to start your cards!......I thought I would share with you my latest creation for Valentines Day! I used this great stamp set from CTMH called Joyful Jar B1393 (only 9.95!), Vineyard Berry cardstock, Desert Sand and Watermelon (nla) stamp pads, and Colonial white ribbon.