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Monday, October 6, 2014

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Homemade Tomato Soup

We had frost last week, so I pulled all of my green tomatoes to ripen indoors. Today I had a bunch of beautiful red tomatoes. My husband does so much for me and for our family that I wanted to make him one of his favourites~ Tomato Soup!


I started by washing and chopping the tomatoes into chunks. Placed them on a cookie sheet in a single layer, topped with sea salt, cracked pepper and olive oil. 

Baked them at 350 Degrees for 15 minutes and they turned out beautifully!
I use lots of veggies for my soup...tomatoes, onions, garlic, celery & carrots.
 I chop them into small pieces while heating a sautee pan on medium-high. I add olive oil to the hot pan and then toss in the onions for about 5 minutes, letting them caramelize.
I then add in the garlic, carrots & celery and cook them until they become tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Then I add a few pads of butter and some chicken stock (about 4 cups) and simmer for 10 minutes over medium heat.

 I put the tomatoes through the food processor so that they are not chunky and then strain it to remove all the peelings and seeds.

You're going to want to discard the seeds & peels. This leaves you with a nice, smooth tomato puree.

Add in the veggies that have gone through the food processor to create a nice, hearty soup. Finish it off with some additional salt & pepper as well as some tomato paste to give it a deeper flavour.





MMmmmmmm Good!!!!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Atlantic Heart Sketch Challenge

I'm so grateful and honoured to have been asked to be the guest designer for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Michelle designed a beautiful sketch for this week.
Here's the card I made using some of Close To My Heart's awesome products. I started with light, patterned paper from the Yuletide Carol paper pack, sponged with Cashmere Ink and the Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags for the polka dot paper. 

I stamped the tree from the Best Wishes stamp set in Ruby, Topiary, New England Ivy & Ponderosa Pine Pigment Inks and applied them with our Sponge Daubbers

The "Winter Cheer" sentiment was stamped using New England Ivy Ink on a 1 3/4" scalloped circle that was cut from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge in White Daisy Cardstock and then again at 2" in the Desert Sand Cardstock with some 3-D Foam Tape between the layers. I finished off the card with a Gold Bling Gem and some Bronze Shimmer Trim.





I finished the card off by stamping the inside with the sentiment, "Warm Wishes to you and yours." in New England Ivy Ink, adding a strip of the patterned paper and Bronze Shimmer Trim.

I hope you stop over at Atlantic Hearts and play along.

Monday, September 15, 2014

September Blog Hop - Our Favorite Things

Welcome to our September Blog Hop featuring our Favorite New Things.  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 do....by 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 12 x 12 Travels. If you came from Chris' Creative Life then you are in the right place!

There are so many new products in this new Annual Inspirations Idea Book that I LOVE... some of them are featured below to get you inspired. There are so many new Picture My Life pocket scrapbook programs in additions to the ones previously available. This first card features the Chantilly Picture My Life (PML) along with Autumn Teracotta Cardstock, Slate Diagonal Ribbon, Teal Shimmer Tape and the AWESOME NEW mini staples!!


This next card also uses the same PML kit with Thistle cardstock and accented with Thistle Diagonal Ribbon.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Sandra at Paper Sage .
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, My Creations with Michelle, 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 Trick or Treats,for Halloween.  So mark October 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Friday, August 1, 2014

NEW CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book!!

The new Annual Inspirations Idea Book is now ready for your viewing pleasure!



Hop on over to http://brandy.ctmh.com/ to see the new book including 9 fabulous, new paper packs, brand new Picture My Life~ Pocket Scrapbooking programs, the awesome new Shin Han Touch Twin Markers and much, much more.

Close To My Heart has given us an awesome special for August!!  PICTURE PERFECTION


In addition to this great deal, when you have an order of $50 or more, you qualify to purchase the Stamp of the Month for just $5!!

Here's the fun August Stamp of the Month, What A Hoot!

If you want a little, place an order.
If you want a lot, host a party.
If you want it all, join my team.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

CTMH Retiring Products..Just a few days left!!

There are just 5 days left where you can order from the current Close To My Heart Idea Book...

As of August 1st we'll have some amazing NEW products but NOW is the time to be sure to get those items from your wish list before they're GONE.

All items are available while supplies last so be sure to place your order soon.

Simply go to http://brandy.ctmh.com/ to shop and be sure to click on JULY ORDERS to get your name entered into a draw to win a FREE ink pad!

Here are a sampling of some retiring items...












Remember that with each $50 in orders, you qualify to purchase the Stamp Of The Month for just $5!

Don't miss this month's SOTM, Circus Alphabet ONLY available in July!!


Here's some fabulous artwork to show you some ideas to use this amazing set!



Happy Sunday to you all and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Close To My Heart Convention~ Meet Mickey Mouse and Freinds!

At the CTMH Convention, held this year in beautiful California, when you held the title Director or above, you were invited to a special supper... and this year we got to have a photo session with none other than Mickey Mouse!  Isn't he just the cutest?!


 
Highlights from Close To My Heart's Convention 2014 in Anaheim, California at the Disneyland® Hotel and Convention Center.



Here are two fabulous ladies from my, Canadian Scrappers Team who joined me at this years Convention.  Rose and Judy are sisters and I know they enjoyed the event so very much and learned so much to bring back to their teams too.


I have the best friends and the greatest room mates a gal could ask for.  This another of the many reasons why Convention means so much....the relationships you build across the world will live with you forever.







Who would have thought that almost 8 years ago when I decided to join CTMH here in Canada, simply for a discount on my scrapbooking supplies, that I would also end up earning a full time income and add to my family.  I'm so very blessed!

So who want to join me at the Close To My Heart Convention 2015 at Disneyland California?


 






Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fancy Folds

Welcome to our June Blog Hop featuring Fancy Fold creations.  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 do....by 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 My Creatiosn with Michelle. If you came from Lyn's blog, C1 Make 1 then you're in the right place.

I have a wedding coming up so I made this card with a bit of a Pop Up Fancy Fold for the message to the bride & groom.  The paper pack I used is retired, For Always which I made sure to stock up on for occasions such as this.  Isn't it perfect?!

Here's a shot a little closer up so you can see the detail of the ink sponging and pearls.

The photo below shows the fancy fold popping up and the mini Velcro closures I used to keep it secured.
The stamp set I used is D1536 The Happy Couple, stamped in Lagoon and complimented with coordinating Lagoon cardstock.  The Silver & Teal Shimmer Trim adds a bit of pizzazz.
The inside sentiment is also from The Happy Couple, D1539 stamp set.  I like to add patterned paper on the inside to pull it all together.

I hope you're inspired to create one of your own.   Here is a YouTube link to see how I made this.  Pop Up Fancy Fold Card

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Terry Ann's, It's My Garage--- I Can Craft In It!
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog, My Creations with Michelle, 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 Summer Albums.   So mark July 15th on your calendars and hop along with us.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Close To My Heart Retiring List is out....

Here's a list of what is to be retired on July 31st or while supplies last.  Make sure to order all those fabulous items that are on the list before they sell out.  Join my "June Order" on my WEBSITE
 
 
Item #
Description
 
Z1789
Chalkboard 12" x 12" Sheet, Adhesive-­‐backed
Z1832
Spinner
Z1843
Irresistibles™ Frames
Z1844
Color-­‐Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes
Z1858
Irresistibles
™ Hexagons
Z1863
Color-­‐Ready Midtown Cork Shapes
X7170C
Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements
X7171C
Sarita My Stickease® Assortment
X7172C
ProPlayer My Stickease® Assortment
X7173C
Babycakes Complements Canvas Shapes
X7177C
Skylark Dimensional Elements Complements
X7178C
Ivy Lane My Stickease® Assortment
X7179C
Ariana Dimensional Elements Complements
X7180C
Balloon Ride Dimensional Elements Complements
X7181C
Jubilee Dimensional Elements Complements
X7182C
Timberline My Stickease® Assortment
X7183C
Lollydoodle My Stickease® Assortment
Z1039
Create A Shade Pearl Paint
Z1825
Keyboard Kraft Alphabet
Z1835
Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet
Z1961
Marquee Enamel Shapes–White
Z1891
Base & Bling Teal Jewels
Z1892
Base & Bling Black Jewels
Z1893
Base & Bling Red Jewels
Z1894
Base & Bling Pink Jewels
Z1895
Base & Bling Purple Jewels
Z1854
Laughing Lola Assortment
Z1869
Babycakes Assortment
Z1873
Sarita Assortment
Z1879
ProPlayer Assortment
Z3000
Skylark Assortment
Z3001
Ivy Lane Assortment
Z3002
Ariana Assortment
Z3003
Balloon Ride Assortment
Z3004
Jubilee Assortment
Z3005
Timberline Assortment
Z3006
Lollydoodle Assortment
Z1837
Mini-­‐Medley Accents Wooden Collection
Z1702
Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment
Z1751
Harvest Baker's Twine
Z1760
Burlap Ribbon
Z1808
Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon
Z1817
Slate Polka-­‐Dot Washi Tape
Z1826
Hollyhock Zipper Lace
Z1846
Ruby Chevron Ribbon
Z1850
Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
Z1867
Jute Ribbon
Z1917
Lagoon Zipper Lace
Z1930
Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z1343
12 x 12 Post Bound Album-­‐ Cranberry
Z1344
12 x 12 Post Bound Album-­‐ Hollyhock
Z1345
12 x 12 Post Bound Album-­‐ Black
Z1348
WIP 12x12 Album-­‐ Chocolate
Z1911
Designed Décor Frame Kit
Z1874
Base & Bling Necklace
Z1875
Base & Bling Cuff
Z1876
Base & Bling Hair Clips
Z1877
Base & Bling Rings
Z1878
Base & Bling Headband
Z1195
My Creations Memory Showcase 6x6
Z1647
My Creations® Card Box
Z1797
My Creations® Bracket Frame
Z1868
My Creations® Kraft Ring Box
Z1870
My Creations® Kraft Pocket Album
X1404
TrueFitFolios(5)
Z1820
For Always Textiles
Z1885
Sarita Textiles
Z1970
Skylark Textiles
Z1971
Jubilee Textiles
Z1801
Alcohol Blending Marker
Z2400
Marker Set: Twilight
Z2401
Marker Set: Crystal Blue
Z2402
Marker Set: Sky
Z2403
Marker Set: Juniper
Z2404
Marker Set: Sweet Leaf
Z2405
Marker Set: Buttercup
Z2406
Marker Set: Creme Brulee
Z2407
Marker Set: Sorbet
Z2408
Marker Set: Blush
Z2409
Marker Set: Smoothie
Z2410
Marker Set: Gypsy
Z2411
Marker Set: Pacifica
Z2412
Marker Set: Lagoon
Z2413
Marker Set: Topiary
Z2414
Marker Set: Pear
Z2415
Marker Set: Honey
Z2416
Marker Set: Sunset
Z2417
Marker Set: Cotton Candy
Z2418
Marker Set: Hollyhock
Z2419
Marker Set: Cranberry
Z2420
Marker Set: Smokey Plum
Z2421
Marker Set: Outdoor Denim
Z2422
Marker Set: Indian Corn Blue
Z2423
Marker Set: Ponderosa Pine
Z2424
Marker Set: New England Ivy
Z2425
Marker Set: Olive
Z2426
Marker Set: Goldrush
Z2427
Marker Set: Autumn Terracotta
Z2428
Marker Set: Barn Red
Z2429
Marker Set: Ruby
Z2430
Marker Set: Black
Z2431
Marker Set: Slate
Z2432
Marker Set: Whisper
Z2206
Reinker Blush
Z2210
Reinker Buttercup
Z2260
Reinker Twilight
Z2267
Reinker Crème Brulee
Z2294
Reinker Sky
Z2106
Stamp Pad Blush
Z2110
Stamp Pad .Buttercup
Z2160
Stamp Pad Twilight
Z2167
Stamp Pad Crème Brulee
Z2194
Stamp Pad Sky
Z2500
Whimsy Mini Pigment Set
Z4133
Marker Tower
1271
Cardstock12x12Buttercup
X5640
Cardstock12x12Blush
X5666
Cardstock12x12Twilight
X5754
Cardstock12x12CremeBrulee
X5761
Cardstock 12x12 Sky
X5936
Whimsy Cardstock Combo
X7170B
Laughing Lola Paper Packet
X7171B
Sarita Paper Packet
X7172B
ProPlayer Paper Packet
X7173B
Babycakes Paper Packet
X7177B
Skylark Paper Packet
X7178B
Ivy Lane Paper Packet
X7179B
Ariana Paper Packet
X7180B
Balloon Ride Paper Packet
X7181B
Jubilee Paper Packet
X7182B
Timberline Paper Packet
X7183B
Lollydoodle Paper Packet
1514
Tombow Adhesive
1515
Tombow Adhesive Refill
Z1311
Circle Punch 1 1/4
Z338
Euro Personal Paper Trimmer
Z1114
Piercing Tool Kit
A1130
Quick Cards-­‐Bountiful Season
A1143
Teddy Bear Birthday
A1144
Birthday Cheer
A1145
Flowering Thanks
A1158
Doodle Signs
A1160
This Is Good
B1407
School Is Here
B1411
Greek Alphabet
B1425
Stitched with Love
B1426
Pick a Posy
B1446
Some Bunny
B1447
A Mother's Love
B1448
My Hero
B1451
Enjoy the Little Things
C1473
Remarkable Wreath
C1510
Merry & Bright
C1524
Words of Comfort
C1555
Count Your Blessings
C1563
Cityscape
C1572
On Holiday (Australia Only)
D1483
Glory To God
D1514
Just a Number
D1551
Swirls Around
D1557
Candyland
D1564
Maximum Power
D1583
Unicorn Dreams
HB1059
Hostess Collection 1
HB1060
Hostess Collection 2
HB1061
Hostess Collection 3
G1072
Workshops on the Go® Skylark Kit
G1073
Workshops on the Go® Ivy Lane Kit
G1074
Workshops on the Go® Ariana Kit
G1075
Workshops on the Go® Balloon Ride Kit
G1076
Workshops on the Go® Jubilee Kit
G1077
Workshops on the Go® Timberline Kit
G1078
Workshops on the Go® Lollydoodle Kit
G1079
Workshops on the Go® Ivy Lane Cardmaking Kit
G1080
Workshops on the Go® Lollydoodle Cardmaking Kit

Make sure to join my June orders link when shopping.  At the end of June, anyone who has placed an order on my website with the June Orders link and once we have hit $150 in total sales for June, I will then randomly select one person to receive $25 in FREE hostess rewards!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Celebrate 30!

In honor of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the stamping and scrapbooking industry, we’re offering you a special deal! When you place an order totaling $50 during the month of June, you can add your choice of one of six great gift collections to your order for just $30! Each collection has an original retail value of at least $50—some even as high as $65. Plus, each collection is perfectly tailored to fit a variety of interests and styles. They feature everything from gift bags to ribbons to washi tape to alphabets—and much more! Take advantage of these savings and snag your own collection for just $30. It may be Jeanette’s anniversary—but you get the gift!
Watch the video and contact me for more details.
*Offer valid June 1–30, 2014. Shipping/handling is calculated based on the qualifying order total plus the price of the promotional item ($30).
Hop on over to my website where you can see all the fabulous collections that are available for just $30!  Make sure to join my June orders link when shopping.  At the end of June, anyone who has placed an order on my website with the June Orders link and once we have hit $150 in total sales for June, I will then randomly select one person to receive $25 in FREE hostess rewards!!