Monday, January 30, 2012

Love, Actually . . .

I showed you the card from Jeanette Lynton's blog that inspired my new addiction . . .well, I've had to make a few more cards since then.

First, it was a card for a donation to the Make a Wish Foundation in the name of a local young boy who lost his battle with brain cancer just before christmas.  His relaspe was fast (just 12 days after completing front line therapy) and agressive.  The Make a Wish Foundation jumped through hoops to make an early Christmas possible for this young guy, as it was clear he wouldn't make it to his initial wish request, or Christmas.  This brave young boy had two final requests: a puppy for his big brother, so he wouldn't be too lonely and for his friends and family to raise funds in his name to grant another childs wish. 
The Make a Wish Foundation is very near and dear to my heart, my own 12 y/o son is a Cancer survivor and recieved a Wish in 2008.  So we are happy to be able to donate.  This childs favorite colour was red, and the Make a Wish logo is a blue shooting star, so I came up with this card:

But I guess that wasn't enough . . . so today my most recent order arrived and I like to give my customers something small as a thank you.  So I made them each a Valentine's card, I write my message on a Post-it note so that they can re-use the card for a loved one.  This was super quick and easy, thanks to the AP cricut:

Oh, what will I come up with next . . . . hope there's a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow addiction!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 27, 2012

It must be Love

Did any of you read Jeanette's blog this week?  The clean and simple rainbow cards blew me away.  I love that simplicity.  I love the crisp and clean lines. 

I've been busy working on ideas for the 2012 BC Crop for Kids class I'll be doing next fall all week, none of it can encorporate these ideas (I tried - my partner in crime and upline Nadene Jung axed it).   I may share my ideas later if BCCFK agrees . . . they kinda like to keep their classes a secret right up until registration time and that does make it so much fun!    Anyway . . . I couldn't get the rainbow cards out of my mind and was thrilled when my Husband asked me if I'd make a card for the wedding gift for one of his employees getting married tomorrow.

My Reply?

Oh Even Yesser! (phrase stollen from the Mommy's over at Rants from Mommyland)

So this is the card that our creative Close to My Heart designers came up with:

And this is the version I came up with for the wedding gift:

You might notice that I'm still on a bit of a glitter kick . . . sorry.  The inside has the heart cut-out with the Bride and Grooms initials stamped on it and our personal sentiment.

Thanks for looking and please share how Jeanette's blog has inspired you!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I still Believe . . .

Tomorrow night is Hostess Club!  Yay, it feels like forever since my ladies came over for an evening of creating.  Tomorrow I hope not to dissapoint as this months layout will leave a sparkling impression!

It was very hard to NOT use paper from the new idea book for tomorrow's hostess Club.  however, new Idea Book doesn't go live until Feb 1 . . . so I sucked it up ("put on my big girl panties" as I heard at a crop last weekend) and we are doing a Christmas layout.  Lord may I not be the only person who hasn't even started scrapping Christmas . . . 2010 . . . yet.

My first point of inspiration, as often, was the CTMH bulletin board for consultants to share their artwork, idea and thoughts.  I found two layouts I loved: one by Twyla Norris worked well within the parametres that I wanted (single page, santa photo 5x7).  But then I searched a little more and found a layout by Brenda Rose that had a technique I have never done  - mixing embossing powder with glitter and then heat embossing. 

Well combine the genius of Twyla and Brenda (seriously these are two talented ladies, google them!) and I got this:

I love how crisp the white & prisma glitter embossing turned out right on the red.  Then I used the AP Cricut to cut out snowflakes in white and sky blue.  I covered in bonding memories glue and dipped them in prisma glitter.  You probably can't tell from the photo but I also glued glitter to the brads using liquid glass. 

Finally . . because I just couldn't help myself . . I did use one new item from the new idea book.  I used the adhesive springs!  The large snowflake is attached with an adhesive spring so it bounces and sproings about in a glittery way.

Hope my ladies enjoy it, I have so much fun creating for them!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year - Newsletter

It's Here, it's here . . HOORAY!!!

I know I say this EVERY time . . . But I love this new idea book.  Really, it’s got something for everyone, boys, girls, cards, scrapbooks, vacations, birthdays, etc. etc.  But did I mention the prices?  CTMH is finally matching the U.S. and Canadian prices!  So everything has gone down in price!  While the new Idea Book doesn’t go live until Feb. 1, the reduced prices went live Jan 1, 2012.  so anything you want this month (and there is a great Campaign for January) you’ll get at the new, lower prices.
So, if you want your copy of the newest Idea book they are just $5, or free with a $25 order.  E-mail me your Idea Book request and I’ll drop it off or pop it in the mail.

Upcoming Events:
Jan 13/14: Crop at Shepherd of the Valley Church Langley
           $25/per person Friday 5pm-11pm, Sat 9am-10pm,
            Or $5 for Friday only , $20 for Saturday only
Jan 20: Hostess Club - 7pm—my house 12x12 Layout
           Drop-ins welcome, please give me 48 hrs notice to prep your kit.  $5 drop – in fee, or free with order over $25

Interested in joining a Hostess Club or Starting your own?  It’s lots of fun, we keep your $ commitment as low as possible, by meeting every second month.  Plus you get to earn the free Product when it’s your month to be Hostess.  We can do Cards, Page layouts, custom paper crafting or a variety—you set up a group of 6-8 people and I’ll customize the Club to fit your wishes.  Meetings can be held at my home or yours.   Email or call me for more information.

I know I haven't posted much since Christmas . . . we had a very relaxed, low key Christmas.  For the first time - ever - Our Master Bedroom did not become the Christmas gift hiding & wrapping centre.  My Scrapbooking room did!  I had to close up my Scrapping Shop around mid-december and start wrapping like a mad woman.  We actually had wrapped gifts under the tree BEFORE midnight Christmas Eve.
I just placed an order for lots of goodies from the new CTMH Spring Idea Book.  (Okay LOTS! $326!!!! - I used up a bunch of Product Credits I've earned as a Consultant so I'll get it all for free!!! Seriously, being a Consultant has it's perks!).  So, once all those goodies arrive, you can bet I'll be busy with some new artwork.  in the meantime I have a few pictures left to post from

Christmas and my Hostess Club in a few weeks using paper from the Fall Idea Book . . . so I'll be around.

Looking forward to what 2012 has to bring us, 2011 was a great CTMH year!