Friday, 10 March 2017

Team Brae-er Dreamin' Big Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's blog hop, featuring the gorgeous Dreamin' Big collection.  If you have come from Lucy Imrie's  blog, you are headed in the right direction.

This paper pack features a combination of whimsical florals, bugs and dragonflies - making it perfect for everyday adventures. 




My favourite way to scrap these days, is to start by creating the Workshop Your Way layouts - they are so fast and easy!  Then I use the leftovers from the kit to make my own layouts and stretch my creativity even further.  Pairing the themed papers in the Workshop Your Way kits in the Seasonal Catalogues with paper Fundamentals from the Annual catalogue is a great way to stretch the fun themes even further. 

Since I had such success pairing the Hello Lovely papers with woodgrain patterns from the Rustic Home fundamentals last month, I decided to try again this month and created this fun layout. 



Then, I just had to replicate the 'Hello' page from the Seasonal Expressions catalogue and paired it with a second page based on a design from Make it From Your Heart Volume 2.


I hope you have fun creating your own Dreamin' Big layouts!  Now hop on along for more inspiration from Darcel Kirvan:) 

Until we scrap again:)

Emily


Monday, 6 March 2017

More home decor projects with Cricut Flower Market

So - I have a new (to me) Cricut Explore - and it sure is helping me to keep my New Year's resolution to use my Cricut more in my scrapbooking - but it has also led me to make a few fun home d├ęcor projects as well. 

I was fortunate to have some gorgeous family photos taken recently.  I usually scrap my kids and family photos - but don't often take time to scrap photos of just myself and/or my husband. I've been trying to do more of that lately too.  So - when I had this pretty photo available, I wanted to do something special with it.  I think my favourite new part of my Cricut Explore is my ability to use Design Space for creating - I couldn't get over how easy it was to use that software to put this project together.  A few cuts... a little liquid glass to hold it all together... some ink sponged on the paper for dimension... and some glitz from the gold shimmer pen and gold gems.... and viola!


I also had a little bit of fun personalizing my planner:)



Until we scrap again!

Emily

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Team Brae-er Hello Lovely Blog Hop

Welcome to our Team Brae-er Hello Lovely blog hop!  If you came here from Sheena Brooks' blog, then you are on the right track.  This really is such a 'lovely' paper collection, and I can't wait to hop along with you and see what my fellow papercrafters have done with it:)  I will link you to the products that I used to make my projects, or go and visit your consultant's site to check them out.

First up - here is a quick picture of the Hello Lovely paper collection:

and.... my favourite way to experience CTMH collections - with the Workshop Your Way kits:
My first project is a scrapbooking layout.  I couldn't wait to pair these soft florals with the rustic woodgrain paper from the Rustic Home Fundamentals paper collection.  I used leftover supplies from making my three Workshop Your Way layouts, and voila!





I loved using the soft and shimmery blush ribbon on this layout. 

My second project is a card that I made, using the new Flower Market Cricut cartridge to create the beautiful succulent on the front. Of course, I add more shimmer with the Gold Shimmer Brush



That's it for me for this month! Hop on over to see what Michelle Hughes has made for you.

Until we scrap again,
Emily








Saturday, 11 February 2017

This was a special one!

So I have a special page to share with you today!  This past summer, we had the amazing opportunity to spend a month road tripping to Alberta and back.  I had hoped that I might be able to show my kids the northern lights for the first time - and I wasn't disappointed!  My son wouldn't let me take his picture sitting there watching them, but I SO wanted to record that moment!  Then, later, as I was doing one of my usual Pinterest binges, I found a beautiful card with a northern lights image, created with ink.  So - an idea was born... I started with a 12x12 sheet of White Daisy cardstock and various black, blue, green and yellow inks in front of me. Eventually, after a lot of sponging and getting ink everywhere... my special scrap page emerged...


I have to admit that minutes after I first started this page, I nearly gave up!! It just didn't look right. But I have a stubborn streak that decided to kick in at that moment, and I just kept layering ink, and eventually I realized that it was going to work out just the way I wanted!  I used my waterbrush to pick up some black ink and 'paint' in the trees.  After adding my photo, I added the stars, doodles and journaling with a Signo white gel pen.

I could watch the northern lights every night... they are just so beautiful!  I'm happy I was able to recreate their beauty with my paper and ink.

Until we scrap again,

Emily

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

January Team Brae-er Blog Hop

Well hello and welcome to your next stop on the January Team Brae-er Blog Hop, featuring the NEW Sugar Rush paper from the Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions 1 catalogue.  If you have come from Sheena at Time Well Wasted, then you are headed the right way!

This paper quickly captured my daughter's heart, and subsequently captured my own:)  I can't wait to fill my albums up with these sugary sweet pages.  I often start by ordering the Workshop Your Way Kit, because I love how easy it is to make pretty pages in a jiffy. I don't often create the card projects, and so I have extra leftovers to create my own scrap pages.  Here is a layout made from my WYW scraps... and I still have more to create with!  For your reference, here is the contents of the Sugar Rush Workshop Your Way:

And here is my layout:




I absolutely love the pretty Complements that come with this pack with their embossed gold designs, and the glittery Sugar Rush Dots.  I like using the PML cards in my layouts for titles and journaling.  They make my pages come together so effortlessly:)

This left page of this layout includes a Cricut cutout from the Artistry cartridge. This background design is on page 5 of the cartridge guide, and was cut at 9 inches. After flipping through the guide, I realized that I am going to have to start using that cartridge more often! It is so full of fun designs.

OK - so that is my contribution to our blog hop for today.  If you would like to know more about the products shown, visit your consultant's website - or if I am your consultant, or you don't currently have one - feel free to learn more at emilys.closetomyheart.ca.

Now hop on over to Heather's Paper Playroom for even more inspiration!

Until we scrap again,

Emily

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

It's not a card... it's not a layout...it's a cake?!?

Today I have something a little different for you lol... Sometimes I make cakes... and sometimes it is really fun to combine cake making with paper crafting.  I've really had fun playing with this adorable Woodland Critter stamp set from CTMH. So, when I offered to make a cake for a baby shower, it didn't take long to think of what to do:)


Until we scrap (or eat cake?) again:)|
Emily

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Some special cards

I recently had some special birthdays to celebrate, and I had a lot of fun creating some very different cards.  

I wanted this card to have a touch of elegance and sophistication... so I pulled out one of the oldest stamp sets in my collection from the CTMH Just Because Card Kit  Layers of gold dot vellum from Stampin' Up!, gold and white twine, and gold embossing, with a little shimmer from the CTMH Shimmer Brush polished it off.  The lovely ladies were coloured with my Shinhan  Touch Twin markers. 





Until we scrap again:)
Emily