Friday, November 15, 2013

Cross Canada Blog Hop - November 2013

Welcome to our November Blog Hop featuring creations made with products from the Mini Holiday With Heart Gift Guide.   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 Michelle at If you came from Nancy of  then you are in the right place!

We waited on pins and needles to finally see the gorgeous Close to my Heart Mini Holiday With Heart Gift Guide. Then we Consultants had to wait a few weeks to share the goodness with our customers . . . well, the wait was more that worth it.  This Guide is full of Goodies.

My Favorite is the Sparkle and Shine Paper Pack!  I love it, I'm a sucker for the traditional Christmas colours . . but this has a great modern twist.

Just one disappointment . . . I've been loving the variety of Christmas Papers with a hint of black that I've been seeing everywhere.  But, no matter . . .I just added black to a few of my cards to get that old fashioned Christmas look that I've been loving.

So these are a few of the cards I've come up with for various crops and classes this season, incorporating a few great ideas I've come across over the last few months "researching" (read wasting time on Pinterest).

This First Card is created using the "Dryer sheet" technique.  If you Google "dryer sheet card" you will find several youtube videos on how to create this look.   Basically, you pre-stamp your background (the trees) and then cover with an ironed, used dryer sheet.  I used spray adhesive - seemed to work best.  Then sprinkle Prisma glitter over the image and rub it in.  The effect you get is a sparkly, deep falling snow look. A little weird . .but I rather like the effect.  The sentiment is an old CTMH stamp . . .but one I just love.

Close to My Heart Products:  Sparkle and Shine Paper Pack, Christmas Village Stamp Set, Always Grateful stamp set, Alcohol Pens, Prisma Glitter

This next card is very simple, yet I really like it for it's simplicity. And, I totally scraplifted the design from:

This is a surprisingly fast card to make: First Stamp the front tree, then second generation stamp the other two in the background.  I cut a piece of our red Glitter tape to (sort of) look like a bird and stuck it down.

Then I tore a piece of cardstock for the bottom.  Used our bonding memories glue along the edge and sprinkled with prisma glitter.  Once I tapped the excess glitter off, I stamped my sentiment.

Close to My Heart Products: Always Grateful Stamp Set, Holiday Commentary Stamp Set, Prisma Glitter, Red Glitter Tape and Sparkle and Shine paper pack.

 Close to My Heart Product: Sparkle & Shine Paper Pack, 
Santa Claus Stamp Set & Cranberry Bakers Twine
Close to My Heart Products: Sparkle & Shine Paper Pack, October SOTM
 Scandinavian Wishes, Chevron Ribbon and Red Glitter Glue

So these are the two cards that I added a bit of black to.  Using the Sparkle and Shine paper pack.  Again - I lifted these designs from:  I just did the first two . . . you can see with different Stamp Sets and Paper the look is quite different.  However, I simplified mine a bit to keep a crisp, clean look.

 I hope you enjoyed viewing my samples along with the rest of the art work on this Cross Canada Blog Hop.  But I really hope you get a chance to play with some of the great products in our Mini Holiday Gift Guide soon!


Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Candra of
 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. Join us again in December when we will be featuring projects that would make great gifts.  We hope you will join us again on December 15th.


  1. All these cards are fabulous. Great designs. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great job on all of the cards, they make me want to get crafting this weekend.

  3. So cute! My fave is the one with the little house in the woods! Great job!

  4. Wow your first card is amazing. I love the dryer sheet effect - I will need to try it

  5. Gorgeous cards - love the glitter!

  6. Beautiful cards. I really like the dryer sheet card you created. Awesome effect.

  7. Beautiful cards and I too love the simplicity of the second one...gorgeous.

  8. Wonderful cards and thanks for the technique tip, I will have to give it a try.

  9. Beautiful cards, Karen. My favourite is the first with the dryer sheet technique. It just makes me feel like there's snow falling all around. SO PRETTY!