Friday, October 31, 2014

November's HWBH

Welcome to the Hearts of the West team blog hop!



If this is your first time joining us you will love it. It features Close to my hearts Consultants from all over Canada showing you their projects. The hearts of the west team was founded by Nancy Klein.
This months challenge is Yuletide paper pack, brought to you by the new Annual Inspirations, hand picked from Nancy Klein.

If you came from Nancy Klein's Blog then you're in the right place, this is a go around blog hop so you can start anywhere! Just in case, the full list will be at the bottom. So, as always, grab your coffee, tea, water, relax, and hop around the team with us.

This year's Close to my Hearts Seasonal cardstock is outstanding. This Yuletide paper pack is a wonderful traditional Christmas with rich color and and modern enough that you could certainly use most of this paper through out the year.

I chose to make a scrapbook layout (since it is my favorite thing to make). Guess what? There is ZERO stamping on here....I am not sure if i am ok with that yet..maybe tomorrow? Maybe when i add pictures after Christmas this year? 

I use the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge at 3/4" for the title and the Artiste Cricut Cartridge for the super cute bow and i believe i cut that at 1 1/2" The layout is from the Magic program book with a twist of course ;-) 
The green strip will hold 4 2x2" pictures. 

Quick tip for ya all, use Studio J to get the odd sized photos for the awesome layouts you would like to recreate. Next Month we are having a massive Studio J sale and you will want to get them ready. 




Other then the title this paper is shown exactly how it is in the paper pack. The added title is a nice touch! 
Over the next week or so, i will be showcasing the program books, mixed with our cartridges. Many scrapbooking layouts!!
If your in YYC (Calgary) i am looking for 4 to 5 people to join my monthly scrapbooking club. Contact me for details! 

Your next stop is Donna Digby's Blog.

Thanks for joining us this month and come back next month to see what creative projects we can bring to you! Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comment.


1. Nancy Klein's - http://nancyklein.blogspot.ca/2014/10/hearts-of-west-blog-hop-yuletide.html

2. Chantal Pearson's - http://www.itsahoot.ca/2014/10/novembers-hwbh.html

3. Donna Digby's - http://datsmystyledj.blogspot.ca/2014/10/hearts-of-west-7th-blog-hop-yuletide.html

4. Freya Hall Dunbar's - http://freyassimplecreations.blogspot.ca/2014/10/november-hearts-of-west-blog-hop.html

5. Linda Pekrul's - http://blueskyscrapping.blogspot.ca/2014/10/november-hearts-of-west-blog-hop.html

6. Justine Hovey's - http://www.justinehovey.com/2014/10/hearts-of-west-yuletide-blog-hop.html

7. Julie Kerr's - http://jewelspapergems.blogspot.ca/2014/10/hearts-of-west-blog-hop-yultide-carol.html

8. Kerry Hammel's - http://scrapbookfunbykerry.blogspot.ca/2014/10/hearts-of-west-november-blog-hop.html

9. Corinna Murphy's - http://corinnacraftfun.blogspot.ca/2014/10/november-hearts-of-west-blog-hop.html

10. Sonia Parent St Jean - http://www.scrappingsonia.blogspot.ca/2014/10/hearts-of-west-november-yuletide-blog.html

11. Terry Ann Diack - http://terryanndiack.blogspot.ca/2014/10/yuletide-hwbh-mini-album.html

12. Anna Miller - http://annasscraps.blogspot.ca/2014/10/november-hotw-blog-hop.html

13. Janet McCormick's - http://worksofheart2011.blogspot.ca/2014/10/yuletide-carol-hw-blog-hop.html

14. Holly Young-Bowers - http://heartfeltmemories2.blogspot.ca/2014/10/yuletidecarol-hotw-blog-hop.html

15. Heather Myers - http://hlmyers.blogspot.ca/2014/10/hearts-of-west-november-blog-hop.html

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Im in LOVE with this Blogger's Cards.

I have always been a fan of Halloween and this year i have stepped back from it and get Christmas going super early. I came across this post back in August when all the new goodies came out. I contacted the owner to ask for permission to post this on her behalf.

This post has been already published but she has been so kind to let me share this amazing project with you.

With out further ado here is the post, You will have to check out the rest of the post on Mischelle's blog, the link is found below or on the side, just click on the card.



When I saw this card (LEFT) from Donna at DAT's My Style ... I was inspired to pull out my Frightfully Fun Stamp Set and start getting it inky.

I now have handfuls of little pieces colored and cut ... just waiting to be mounted on a card.

In the meantime ... I kept coloring.  And I thought it would be fun to incorporate my
 Sweet As Sugar Hostess Stamp Set and do something a little freaky ... which is so me!  {smiles}


I have to admit ...  this was SO.MUCH.FUN!  I LOVED coloring these images with my Twin Touch Markers!
I did use my Glacier Ink Pad and a sponge dauber to add a hint of color around my jars of skulls.
I also used my Graphite Pencil and a stump to drop some color in under the jars and ground them.








Haunted BOO!


And now we have CREEPY, EERY, haunted boo!
This was just as much FUN to color as Happy Boo!
The middle jar and single skull are also cut out and popped up.



So one of my FAVORITE new things is this Silver Washi Tape from CTMH.  I LOVE IT!
It has a GORGEOUS shimmer and shine to it ... so classy and elegant and frightfully fun!
OH!  And Liquid Glass ... it's as important as the air I breathe ... LOL!

For this card I used some of my Copic Grays ... I wanted a variety of gray tones.
I also used my W1 Gray to go over the back jars to bring down the green tone and make them
appear farther back.  I have a very heavy hand so I decided to start with light tones!



The cob webs I just sketched in randomly.
I also used my CTMH Whisper Ink Pad and sponge dauber to color all around this image.
This is an AWESOME ink pad that I will be using for many upcoming projects!

TIP:  I also relied heavily on my colorless blender to wash out my Pastel Green
and some of my Gray areas!

I highlighted areas with my Twin Touch Warm Grey 7 after I finished coloring.


I hope you enjoy my two takes on this design!
And for those visual folks, like me, the masking how to is below!


To find out how this is done, please visit the very talented Mischelle Smith's Blog for more info, pictures and instructions!!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Who is next??.....

Im back from a fun filled weekend in Canmore. A scrapbooking retreat!! I got 4 layouts finished and i will have them posted on here by the weekend. It was so much fun and i recommend going to Nancy's (contact me for her contact info) We also made a Thanksgiving mini album to use with recipes, photos and memories. I can add to it every year!

Tomorrow i have another guest poster!!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Catching up!

Hey ya all!! It has been a little while since i posted but no fear, i have been in the background creating some super fun upcoming classes. You are welcome to join anytime.


I am also still taking registration for the Gift card holder class for Christmas (they will be ready to go when you need them) Also there will be a few events in November you will not want to miss. Here is a quick run down of the fun classes.

October 21st Gift Card Holder Class



November 4th - FREE make n take featuring the November's Stamp of the month.



November 19th - Christmas card class



November 27th - Rainbow Greeting card set - Fit for all occasions!


If you would like to attend please let me know asap and i can put you on a list. The spaces are limited. you can contact me here  or click my facebook social media button at the top!

Also you can follow me on instagram @isahootpapercrafts for progress photos and fun pictures.

How did you all enjoy the guest poster? The info was amazing!! I will be having another poster here next week with a post you may have already seen....It is creative, spooky and oh so cute!!

Thanks for reading!!