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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January Hearts of the West Blog Hop

Welcome to the January Hearts of the West team blog hop!  If this is your first time joining us, I know you are going to love it. 
This hop features Close to my Heart consultants from all over Canada.  The Hearts of the West team was founded by Nancy Klein.

If you came from Anna's blog then you're in the right place!  

This is a circular blog hop so you can start anywhere! Just in case you should get lost - the full list can be found at the bottom of this post. 

SO, as always ... grab your coffee, tea, or water ... relax ... and hop around with us! 

This month's paperpack that we are showcasing is the BEAUTIFUL "Heartstrings"!

Sooooo, if you thought I was going to use this paper for a Valentine's card ..... you were mistaken!  ;)  I do monthly classes with a fun group of ladies and this year we were struggling to get our Christmas cards done between bouts of flu, etc, etc.  So I decided that starting immediately, I am going to design one of the cards that we make each month, to be a Christmas card.  This way, by December, 2015 they will already have several cards made and ready to go! 

Coming up with a Christmas card from "Heartstrings" wasn't really that hard, as I love the rich red of one of its papers, so I used that as my beginning point.  For inspiration I turned to one of my favorite Challenge blogs - Die-Namites - and started with their sketch.

The Die-Namites die that I chose to use is "Nativity Scene".  It went beautifully with the sentiment from the retired CTMH stamp set "Snowflurries".  Those of you who have been using the "Snowhaven" paper pack over Christmas, will recognize the black paper I cut the nativity scene from!

The dare for the challenge was to add something metallic.  I used a Delicata ink pad in a beautiful silver to give a metallic sheen behind the nativity scene, and then used a light molding paste through a stencil over top of it.  Hope you can see its lovely glimmer in this photo.  

If you'd like to enter the Die-Namites challenge, you have until tomorrow evening to get your entry in and then there will be a new challenge in January.

Final embellishments were a snowflake cut from white glitter paper, CTMH Sparkles Assortment, and a piece of CTMH Cranberry Striped Twill Ribbon.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Now it's time to hop on over to Sonia's blog for a project that is sure to tug on your "Heartstrings"!  :)


1. Nancy Klein
2. Chantal Pearson
3. Heather Myers
4. Donna Thomson-Digby
5. Anna Miller
6. Linda Pekrul 
7. Sonia Parent St Jean
8. Chelsey Vorosmarty
9. Kerry Hammel


  1. oh I love your card. I have wanted this die since it came out, but it has been sold out every time I try to order it. I just love what you have done with it! Great submission. Thanks for participating in the Die-namites Dies Sketch & Dare Challenge for December 2014. Good luck!

  2. I love the card. Thanks for sharing the sketch. The shine of the ink really adds to the card.

  3. What a great card! Love the technique you did with the glow from the nativity scene.

  4. Gorgeous card - I just love it! Great take on the sketch. Thanks for playing along with the Die-Namites Sketch & Dare Challenge!

  5. what a great card, o like how you have shown that you don't have to use a "valentines" kit to make valentines!

  6. I love this scene :) Thanks for playing along with the Die-Namites Sketch-n-Dare challenge!

  7. Linda.....your card is STUNNING!! The background is WAY COOL and accents the Die~Namites Die WONDERFULLY!!! Thanks Bunches for playing along with Die~Namites Dies December Challenge!

  8. Wowee! Amazing, gorgeous card Linda! Thank you for sharing!