Monday, 13 October 2014

Thank you to Chris from Chris' Creative Life for nominating me for this slightly different Blog Hop.
This Creative Blog Hop is a way to have an ongoing, never-ending hop that introduces you to other creative crafters and broaden our list of blog artists.What a fun way to expand your eye candy!So the way this works is a answer a few questions about myself and pass you along to the next talented creative person at the end. On with the questions.... 

What am I working on now?
Right now I am mainly working on keeping my scrap-booking supplies organized while in the process of moving. I have started to work on some home-made Christmas cards to sell . I also have an ongoing scrapbook for each of my kids. 
As Chris mentioned my many hats I also have started a photography business. I have been overwhelmed with interest in the small town we have moved to Kenora Ontario. 

How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I don't think what I create in the end is different from others. I like my photos to shine that is what I focus on when I create my pages,  I like to recreate ideas I have seen, always giving credit back to the original creator. 

Why do I create?
I love crafts, I have my whole life. My Mom can tell you about the dream houses I use to draw on stacks of white paper. She was always trying to get me to purge my craft stuff.   I scrapbook to preserve my family memories, and let my kids know what I was thinking when they were little.

How does my creative process work?
I like to pick my photos first before I pick my paper and crop them before I choose a layout to do.  My main focus is to make the photos shine. The paper or embellishment are there to help tell the story but not be the focus.  That must be from the photographer in me.  

I hope that you have enjoyed reading a little bit more about me. Now I am going to pass you along to a super talented person. She is a mother of two, a Close to my Heart director and an amazing inspiration to how to balance a full-time job, being a parent and a crafter all at the same time.  Check out Brae Montgomery of The Brae-er

Sunday, 31 August 2014

September Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring Septembers  SOTM, which is Family is Forever, a set of 7 stamps. If you have come here from  Paige Dolecki's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog: 

This month we have 80 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! 
Here we go!


 I used the Stamp of the Month to create a memory page about our first family home.
When I saw the tree it reminded me of the great Elm trees that line our street.
My favourite part of this layout is the tone on tone stamping I did with the little heart, what do you think?

 I used the paper fundamentals packs in basic and whimsy, the new seaside paper, colonial while, Daisy White, Lagoon, & Hollyhock card-stock. I used Whisper, Chocolate, Lagoon, Sorbet, & Hollyhock exclusive  Inks, and gold Shimmer trim I also used the micro-tip scissors, EZ dots adhesive and Bonding memories Glue.

I hope you enjoyed my post please leave comments bellow!
Now "Hop" on over to Regina Kettering's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their 
Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the September's SOTM is 
only available until September 30th! 
Contact your CTMH Consultant to 
see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Cross Canada Picture My Life Blog Hop

Welcome to our August Blog Hop featuring alternative ways to use your Picture My Life cards.  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 Julie at If you came from Christine of then you are in the right place!

Thanks for stopping by I wanted to show you what I created using the For Always Picture My Life cards.  I used a Hip Pic album for this purpose and gave the album as a gift to my Best Friend for her wedding photos. I love making mini albums they are fast and easy and don't take a lot of supplies.  See my supply list after the photos to see the additional supplies I used please contact your local consult to place an order. 
the Cell Phone embellishment was cut from one of the 4x6 cards and the envelope stamp is from the LOL stamp set.  I will be adding the text message my best friend got from her husband on the morning of the wedding. I also cut up this weather card to create the embellishment cluster you see above

I love the new Flaxen and Glacier inks I feel the work well with the gold ascents 

Here I cut out one of the Picture My Life cards for as an embellishment it almost has a stamped feel. Picture My Life Cards are a great addition to your stash as they are very versatile.

Here I used Glacier Slate and whisper ink with Happy Hexagons Hostess Stamp
The XOXOX is a preview of January"s Stamp of the month as a second generation stamping
I added a few squares of the Chalk it up star B&T as a fun print to mix it up
I hope you liked what I came up with.  

Here are the products I used. 
A Typeface
Chalk it Up Paper
Gold Washi
Gold Sequins
All the Details
True to Life

Glacier Ink 
Flaxen Ink 
Whisper Ink 
Black Ink 
Slate Ink 

I also used the Happy Hexagon Hostess Stamp you can get this when you host a qualifying party. 

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Terry Ann 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. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring   So mark September 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

August Team Brae-er's Blog Hop

Welcome to our August Team Brae-er Blog Hop that focuses on our Favourite New items form our Annual inspirations idea book.   You will see creations from our team that may include stamp sets, patterned paper, inks, embellishments and more from the Close To My Heart New Annual Inspirations idea book. To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, kindly contact your local consultant to place an order.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we really love feedback from our blog 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 our team's blogs, then please start at the beginning and join Brae at If you came from Heathers's blog of  then you are in the right place! 

I have been a Close to My heart Consultant for one month and this is my first Blog Hop.  I am very excited to share my artwork with you.  I have fell in Love with the new Cut Above Card Kits, it gives you all the paper supplies to make 10 beautiful cards for $10.95 cnd. 
Cut Above Happy Birthday Card Kit Item Number: Z2061
 I recently hosted a Card Night with some girlfriends and we loved how easy these cards were to put together and that looked so amazing in the end.  I took several of the New stamp sets out to be used on the cards so that they could have cards that suited the occasions that they needed them for. This inspired me to reinvent the pre-designed cards ever so slightly to give the kit some uniqueness. Here is what I came up with. 

Here is how the card is shown on the kit packaging I used Juniper Exclusive Ink and the "You mean the world to Me " B1467 Stamp Set. 

Next I turned the card on its side and stamped with the "Your Own Kind Of Wonderful" D1627 stamp set.
I also added some colour with the the blue ShinHan twin touch marker. These new markers are one of my absolute favourite new products.  We have 24 great different colours. 
With this card I layered the strips and used the  "Your Own Kind Of Wonderful" D1627 stamp set again and added some stamping in the card as well. I just love the butterflies these were stamped with the 1x1 block.

 With this last card I completely mixed it up I trimmed the frame in half and then trimmed the blue striped piece so it appeared to be running the full length of the card. Finally I trimmed the yellow piece so it looked like a flag.  I used the November stamp of the Month in Cocoa & Juniper, a little perk of being a consultant.
I hope that you are enjoying the Blog Hop and that you will try the new Cut Above kits. 
Your next stop on the Team Braer Hop is Michelle of

If you get lost along the way, you can head to Brae's blog at, as she has the complete blog list.
Enjoy! Jess

Bellow are the products that I used and can be found on mine or your local consultants website. 

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Picture my life customer promotion.

You have probably seen the new scrapbooking trend that is pocket scrapbooking on Pinterest or at your local craft store. Close to my heart has there own version that they call "Picture My Life". This is a fast and easy way to preserve your memories, great for moms & thouse just starting on scrapbooking. This is also a great way to catch up when you are falling behind on your scrap booking like me. Or a way to add in so diversity to your albums, by mixing traditional pages with pocket pages. 

This month when you purchase one of the 13 Picture My Life scrapbooking programs for $27.50 CAD, 
You can get your choice of 1 of 8 Memory Protector 10 packs for only $3 CAD.  This is a great value and will allow you to complete a beautiful album with Picture My Life. If your interested see my online store at to get your before August 31, 2014.

There are also many other ways to use the Picture My Life cards, here is a sneak peak at a project I will be showcasing in this months cross Canada Blog Hop. Highlighting the Picture My Life For Always cards in the Hip Pic mini Album.
Come back August 15th to see the complete mini album and the rest of the great ideas that the consultants are showcasing in the cross Canada Blog Hop.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

What A Hoot stamp of the month.

It is that time finally, I have just loved looking over the new catalogue and dreaming of what new things I could make.  Today August 1st the new catalogue is released to live to customers.  Go to my site to check out the catalogue or order your own copy.
The new catalogue is 91 pages and will be the core product line until next August with two additional seasonal catalogues coming out in December and April.  My favorite part of the new catalogue was seeing the 12 months of stamps of the Month.  I love them all!
This months is What a Hoot pardon the pun but is is owl-dorable.
Although at first glance it looks like this stamp is all about Halloween it is a great stamp to use for a Birthday celebration card. Here is what I came up with.

I used Lagoon cardstock and the new Confetti Bulk B&T paper it is so fun stripes on one side and a confetti dot on the other featuring our new Thistle purple
I have just fallen in love with the ShinHan Alcohol markers. I used them to color in the mask and the wing. I used Golden Yellow and Turquoise Blue.


I embellished with the new purple shimmer trim and gold sequins

If you want to get your own stamp of the month this August head over to and place a qualifying order of $50 to get the Owl-dorable stamp for $5.
Thanks for stopping by, check back next week for more new product reveal.