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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hearts of the West Blog Hop - Brushed

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 Heart Consultants from all over Canada showing you their projects. The Hearts of the West team was founded by Nancy Klein.

This months challenge is our Brushed paper pack, brought to you by the new Annual Inspirations, hand picked from Nancy Klein.

Brushed Frame

My Creations Journaling Cards Box with cards below

2 of the sample cards

To create my fun projects, including the frame (sorry this frame is now retired as well as the My Creations Journaling Cards box and an assortment of cards (not all shown above), I used the following products that you can purchase by visiting my website at or contacting me.

Brushed Paper Packet - X7190B - $10.95
Brushed Complements - X7190C - $5.50
Brushed Assortment - Z3013 - $7.75
Capture the Day Stamp Set - Z1165 - $7.75 (This is one of my most favorite, versatile stamp sets and it's a great price too!)
Bitty Sparkles - Z1263 - $3.25
Pink Shimmer Trim - Z1986 - $5.50
Assortment of Shin Han Touch Twin Marker - $6.50 each
3DFoam Tape - Z1151 - $6.50
Bonding Memories Glue - 1512 - $8.75
White Value Pack Cards and Envelopes - X254 - $16.50

Some of my most favorite Close to My Heart products are the Shin Han Touch Twin Markers and the Colorless Blender Marker as well as our 3D Foam Tape and Shimmer Trim!

If you came from Kim Loewen'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.

Your next stop is Chantal Pearson'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.

I am planning a 2 day crop in Cochrane in March! If you are interested in attending, please send me an email or phone call to get more details!

Nancy K.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cross-Canada Blog Hop - Valentine's Theme

Welcome to our January Blog Hop featuring Valentine’s Inspiration.  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 Chantal of It's a Hoot Papercrafts then you are in the right place! 

 I created this page by using our gorgeous Heartstrings Paper Packet, Heartstrings Complements and Heartstrings Assortment. I stamped using Lagoon and Flaxen ink and our versatile Amour stamp set. I also added some bling by adding teal shimmer trim (one of my favorite products!).
I used a card from the Picture My Life Heartstrings Scrapbooking Program to create the card above. To create some dimension and added texture, I used Liquid Glass on the quote and I created the card base using a White Daisy card but sprayed it using our Spray Pen that had Hollyhock ink and water. 

 I created this fun, easy card using Cranberry cardstock and embossing it using our new Heart Embossing Folder. Next I used the border sticker from Heartstrings Complements as well as White Shimmer Trim. To embellish, I used stickers from the Heartstrings Complements with our 3D Foam Tape as well as a badge button from Heartstrings Assortment.

To create this card, I used our Cricut Artfully Sent Cartridge! I LOVE this cartridge - the versatility is limitless! It creates cards that look difficult so easily! You'll look like a pro! I also stamped hearts for the front of the card from the Forever in My Heart stamp set using Cranberry and Slate Ink. I used a card from the Picture My Life Heartstrings Scrapbooking Program. I also used our spray pen with Cranberry ink and water to create a piece for the front of the card as well as the inside of the card. In addition to that, I used the zip-strip from the Heartstrings Paper Packet as part of the front of the card. 

This simple Picture My Life card can be used in your scrapbook or to give to someone you love. I used our Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge as well as paper from the Heartstrings Paper Packet, Lagoon Ink, Slate Ink, stamp set from the Heartstrings Workshop on the Go kit, Heart sticker from the Stuck on You Puffies, and Red Shimmer Trim on the back of the card.

I used the following Close to My Heart products to create my layout, cards, and Picture My Life card:

Heartstrings Paper Packet - X7193B - $10.95
Heartstrings Complements - X7193C - $5.50
Heartstrings Assortment - Z3015 - $6.50

Heart Embossing Folder - Z3018 - $9.75

Forever in My Heart stamp set - C1604 - $15.25

Amour stamp set - D1632 - $19.75

Picture My Life Heartstrings Scrapbooking Program - Z3046 - $9.75

Lagoon Ink Pad - Z2195 - $6.50
Flaxen Ink Pad - Z2642 - $6.50
Slate Ink Pad - Z2173 - $6.50
Cranberry Reinker - Z2216 - $5.50
Hollyhock Reinker - Z2228 - $5.50
Spray Pen - Z1380 - $4.25 (I LOVE these to create really custom artwork!)
Bonding Memories Glue - 1512 - $8.75
3D Foam Tape - Z1151 - $6.50
Teal Shimmer Trim - Z1918 - $5.50
Red Shimmer Trim - Z1848 - $5.50
Pink Shimmer Trim - Z1986 - $5.50
White Shimmer Trim - Z3024 - $5.50
Liquid Glass - Z679 - $7.75
Stuck on You Puffies - Z3037 - $5.50
Cricut Artfully Sent Collection - Z3017 - $109 (This is an AMAZING value! You will create beautiful, versatile cards, scrapbook pages and more with this one cartridge! The cartridge includes 700 Images: Cards and Fonts! Order Yours Today!)

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Kristine of Home With Studio K.
 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 Card Creations using our How To Books.  So mark February 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Check out our Fantastic January Specials to Celebrate National Papercrafting Month!

Visit my website to learn more and take advantage of these great deals!

Please follow me on my blog to be inspired by more artwork, learn new tips and techniques and be the first to hear about events and specials!

Nancy K.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New TV Seasons - What Do You Watch?

Hi all!

I spent my day cleaning up our basement (hoping to develop our walkout basement this year!) and while I was doing that I enraptured with watching "Leave it to Bryan" and then later "House of Bryan - In the Sticks". What TV show/series do you love to watch? On the note about developing our basement this year, I wish I could get Bryan's help - lol! I was telling Aaron that he could be Western Canada's Byran Baeumler!

Please leave your comments! I will randomly pick a winner from those who leave a comment! You will win a Close to My Heart acrylic stamp set!

Nancy K.