Chelsea Gardens Card Workshop and a Little Update

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Hello everyone!

Wow, life has been crazy lately.  Some of you know that our family is in the process of adopting from Haiti.  Soon after my last blog post we found out we had been matched with a little boy and that we could go right away to meet him!  Our fall months were full of making arrangements for a 2-week visit and for our regular mission trip, as well as the regular business of doing life and well, business.  🙂  I can’t share photos of our little guy and he’s not home yet because there are still many steps in our process and he isn’t officially our son yet.  But I will share when I’m able to.  Life is now back into a rhythm we recognize.

So, now I’m back to doing card workshops!  Like I used to do, I’m offering Create@Home kits for anyone who isn’t able to attend the class.  Here are the details:

Chelseal Gardens cards by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

Three of these cards were designed by the Close To My Heart Art Department and we created them at our Seasonal Expressions Launch in December.  I thought they would make a great workshop.  You’ll get to create all 5 of these cards.  We will play with watercolour pencils, the Clear Shimmer Brush and vellum.

Just look at that shimmer!

Chelsea Gardens card by Krista Ritskes

Date: Friday, February 23 at 7pm
Cost: $20
Create@Home kits: $25
Sign up deadline: Friday, February 9

If you’d like to join us for the class or would like to order the kit, just let me know.  🙂


Happy Creating!

Back to the Cross Canada Hop!

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I am thrilled to be back on the Cross Canada Blog Hop!  Life has been so crazy lately, for so many different reasons, and I’ve had to let my blog go, and to be honest, I’m not sure how much blogging I can do in the near future … but I’m here today!  If you’ve arrived from Arlene’s Creative Space, you are in the right spot.

We are super excited to be sharing projects from the new Annual Inspirations catalogue and let me tell you, it is gorgeous.  I love all the new paper packs and stamps and embellishments and storage solutions and Cricut collections (yes, there’s more than 1!).  But, I wanted to focus on how easy it is to create a beautiful layout, quickly, with our new Whimsy paper and Complements and a few extra touches.  Here’s the page I made:

Whimsy Fundamentals layout by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

I created this layout during my fundraising crop on Saturday, and since I was running the event, it did take me all day.  But I do know anyone else could put this together in a snap.

The base page is a sheet of our new Toffee cardstock and the other papers are from the Whimsy Fundamentals pack, other than a bit of Canary and White Daisy cardstock for the photo mat and the strip in the top right.  I sponged Toffee ink on all the papers before I assembled the page. (Haven’t done that technique in a while!)  Then I added a sticker in the top left, some gorgeous white sparkly die cuts in different spots around the page along with a small stamped image from a stamp set I received at convention.  I made sure to add some journaling and I finished things off with some Gold Pearls and a gold Heart Clip.  And done.  Here are a couple of close ups.  The white sparkle is so much more sparkly in real life.  

Whimsy Fundamentals embellishments by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating Whimsy Fundamentals Title by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

This page is inspired by one that Brenda Rose showed us at convention using the Enchantment Fundamentals.  I love how this turned out and how the more muted colours allow the photograph to shine.  It doesn’t take much to record your memories and now I have this great group shot of my team scrapbooked and ready for an album.

It’s now time to move on to Brae’s blog and see what stunning project she has created for you.  Happy hopping!  And don’t forget that if you love something you see here on the hop, be sure to contact your consultant.

May Stamp of the Month: Celebrating Friendship

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May’s stamp of the month is a beautiful set with gorgeous big words and lovely flowers, perfect for colouring.  I used it to make a one-page layout celebrating a special friendship with my Close To My Heart upline (the person I signed up under).

This photo was taken at convention last year and it is definitely one of my favourites of the two of us.  I didn’t want the journaling out for everyone to see so I tucked it behind my photo, creating a pocket by popping the photo with Foam Tape.

Here are a few close ups of the stamped images.

The flowers were all coloured with ShinHan markers.  I also added circles from the Doodled Designs stamp set and some watercolour splashes to add interest to my white base.  The words above the photo are from the This & That stamp set.  The other embellishments are from the Some Kinda Wonderful complements and Black and White Dots.

Want to see what the stamp set looks like?  Click here to pop over to my website.  Remember, you can get this set for just $6 with an order of $50.  And while you’re there, check out the amazing Live Beautifully products only available for the month of May.

What relationship will you celebrate this month?

9 Bright & Fun Cards You Can Make In a Snap

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I know you’re pressed for creative time.  You’re probably thinking “Creative time??? I’m pressed for any kind of time!”  Life is busy, so before I get into all the new products that were just released I wanted to share my latest workshop kit with you.  You love cute cards and you love giving them away but you just don’t have time to create them.  This kit will take you no time at all to put together and you can still claim that you made them.  (heehee)  There is minimal stamping and it’s all been done for you anyway!  All you need to do is glue, pop if you want, and add the sparkles.  Here’s what you can create:

The kit includes all papers pre-cut, card bases and envelopes, a full pack of Some Kinda Wonderful Complements (glitter chipboard and stickers) white twine, and lots of 2 sizes of sparkles.  I have only a few kits left over from my workshop last week and you can snag one!  They’re $35 if you come pick them up.  I can pop one in the mail for you for an additional $8.

Send an etransfer to or contact me to claim one.