Thursday, 17 August 2017

Anything but basic!!

I am in love with the new Basic Fundamental paper collection released August 1st, 2017 from Close to My Heart.

As an attendee at annual Convention, we were able to create with several layouts using the basic collection, along with the Better Together Complements.  When paired with the new 2017/2018 colour of the year, Bashful, the neutrals come alive.  Add in some bling (bashful pearls) and you have a stunning layout.
 The basic colour palette has changed to 10 new amazing neutrals.  In the grey tone, charcoal, pewter, pebble, linen, mink and heather and in the brown tone, espresso, nutmeg, toffee and almond.
The basic collection is anything but basic and will come alive with any colour you choose to pair it with.  With the new two toned cardstock, you've got double the options for your choosing.


Get your basic on and have fun with neutrals.

Enjoy,

Jennifer

Monday, 14 August 2017

Spit Happens

Welcome to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge design.  Michelle & the design team have great projects for you, and we'd like to see what you come up with.


I came across one of my favourite (I say that about all of them) stamps  - Spit Happens by Mo Manning.  This is such a sweet stamp with a perfect wee face on the little guy.

I coloured the image using Copics keeping the shading pretty basic.  The image is fussy cut and then popped on the background with foam tape.



As I've done in the past, I used some of the Picture My Life cards from a retired cut above kit to make the background - they are great to use for cardmaking!!!  A few white embellishments and done.

I do hope you'll join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.  You can click on this link and add your project.

Jennifer

Monday, 31 July 2017

Teddy Bear Picnic

Happy Monday!!!  Wow - last day of July, and time for another sketch for Atlantic Hearts Design.


 As always, we have a great sketch to work with.

I don't know how she does it but Michelle always seems to come up with great designs.

I was cleaning up some in my scrap closet and came across an old stamp set that was calling for some ink!



When I was deciding what to do with this cute teddy bear image, I pulled out the whimsy fundamental paper package and tah dah - finished product.

The bear is stamped with London Fog memento ink, coloured in with Shin Han markers.   The image is popped up with foam tape.     

The sentiment is also from this retired set, and stamped in slate.   (I actually think this stamp set was a bring back set from a few years ago from the original wood block set.)

I added some glitter to the bow with the clear shimmer brush, a touch of silver glitter tape and clear shimmer gems to finish off the card.  


I hope you'll play along with us this week and link up your project here.

Enjoy,

Jennifer



Monday, 17 July 2017

Canada 150

I'm excited to be back into the routine of crafting and excited to be a part of Atlantic Hearts Design Team!!

Michelle challenged us with the sketch this week, but I was ready for her.  I pulled out the new Canada 150 stamp set (official design sanctioned by Canadian government) and inked that baby up!!


Woot, woot - proud Canadian here!!

I kept the design simple, highlighting the image only.  The card uses only white daisy, cranberry and black.  The ribbon fringe is created with small bits of various ribbon and white shimmer trim, and topped with red & white ribbon.

I'll use this on my Canada Day in Utah photos.  I may have to use a flip flap or two I have so many pictures.



Join us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and link up your project here

Stay tuned for my convention layouts!!!

Enjoy

Jennifer

Friday, 14 July 2017

Canada Eh!!!

Wowzers - this summer is flying by!  Our weather hasn't been the best here in Southern Ontario (Canada), cooler and rain - such a change from last year.  Fortunately, I experienced a Salt Lake City, Utah week in summer and made up with some wonderful heat!!!  Salt Lake City didn't disappoint; it was truly a great week full of adventure.

What was I up to in Salt Lake City???

 1.  Zip Line Utah - 3800' over open water, reaching speeds up to 65 mph!!!

Yikes - yep I did that - it was a blast and the view was spectacular!!  I had to, of course, make the decision to take that first step which I admit took a few minutes!!!  (OK more than a few!)


 2.  Visit to Park City Utah to see the Olympic site.  This was awesome & hard to believe you could pack so many people into what appeared to be a small area.

We watched the acrobatic ski jumpers practice double jumps into the swimming pool!

3.  Utah Bees - AAA affiliate of the Anaheim Angels.  This was a super last minute, turn here kind of decision.  We lucked into driving past the stadium and decided to see if we could get tickets to a game that night.  I wore my Blue Jays shirt and may have gotten a few looks!!  We had a terrific night enjoying the beautiful weather, fun atmosphere and 2 for $2.00 Taco Tuesday.

 4.  Close to My Heart - the highlight of the trip may have been the opportunity to visit and tour home office.

This is a beautiful building and we were fortunate to have an inside glimpse of what goes on within the walls.

I'm not sure how the employees can get any work done with the gorgeous scenery.
5.  We wandered around temple square and had the opportunity to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir practice.  Amazing acoustics inside a quaint intimate 21,000 seat facility.



6.  Canada Day!!!  I cannot express how this picture makes me feel.

The Canadian consultants gathered on the stairs for a group photo, proudly wearing our red & white.  Someone began to sing our national anthem. It quickly spread up the stairs and increased in volume.

There were a number of consultants milling around who stopped to take photos and listen, consultants came out of the ballroom to the sounds of Oh Canada and many on the 2nd level mezzanine stopped and watched!!

When the anthem finished many of us sheepishly turned to each other with tears in our eyes, rubbing our arms raised with goosebumps, sharing our joy in being Canadian!!!



Last but certainly not least are the wonderful women I get to spend a week with once a year.  We are spread across Canada (well BC to Ontario) and do not have the opportunity to visit in person.  These ladies are not only fellow consultants, but friends - no they are family!!!

Enjoy,

Jennifer



Monday, 19 June 2017

No worries with AHSC

One of the newest paper collections from Close to My Heart is No Worries.  I quickly fell in love with it and can't wait to get all my vacation pictures onto these cute papers.

Michelle has given us a fun block sketch this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I pulled out my No Worries paper and off I went.


For my card I used the word collage, barnboard, lagoon and basket weave patterned papers cutting them into the blocks.

Each square is inked in whisper ink and applied to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 lagoon cardstock base.   For the embellishment cluster I pulled the chair, starfish and "unplugged", using foam tape to pop some up.

To finish off I added new white twine and antique gold brads from my stash.  It's great to put the old with the new.



I haven't added a sentiment yet thinking it might be a great retirement card.  Or maybe a birthday card...

Join us over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge and link up your project by clicking here.

Enjoy,

Jennifer

Monday, 12 June 2017

Pretty Pockets with H2H

Happy Monday!!!  We are finally getting some summer weather and I'm loving it.

The challenge for this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is "pretty pockets".   Isn't this a great challenge?  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.    One of the many things I love about Close to My Heart is that all the products go together - so go ahead and mix it up.  I decided to combine some treasured favourites from my stash with some new favourites!!


The cute heart pattern from Little Dreamer paper collection formed the basis for my card design.  I then pulled the pocket from retired stash, along with the sorbet flowers, and white butterflies.

I added the new white burlap ribbon (which I love) to add some texture to the card.

Gold glitter gems top the flowers to finish off the card.


So go ahead, mix up your collections, and join us with your pretty pocket at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.  Simply click on the link and add your project.

Enjoy,

Jennifer

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I am a wife, proud mom of 2, mother-in-law, Close to My Heart Consultant, and amateur photographer. I love paper crafting whether it is scrapbooking, cards, or 3-D items, and enjoy enabling - uh I mean teaching, others.