Tuesday, September 1, 2015

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop - September Stamp Of The Month

Hello and welcome aboard our Close To My Heart September 2015 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Jo Armstrong's Blog Jo's Close To My Heart Craftroom, then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post

The September Stamp Of The Month Paper Garden is just stunning. Here is what you get - see those red outlines around the flowers and the leaf? This means they have Cricut cuts to match, which saves a LOT of time fussy cutting if you want to use those images.

 I have used Paper Garden on two different cards.

This first one is my favourite, I just love the colours in it and it is very easy to make. I simply cut three panels of white cardstock and stamped the image using two different ink colours. I matted these panels on some old scraps of Seaside paper and then adhered them to my card base. I cut out the Happy Birthday banner on the Cricut and stamped in Navy to co-ordinate with the colours. I then raised this banner to make it stand out a little more with 3D foam tape.

It might be a little difficult to tell in this photo, but this card actually has the top half of the front cut off! So the top of the flowers are actually the top of the front flap. What an easy and effective way to make a different card.

I have been making all my cards lately on the base of the Value Pack card and envelopes. These are a fantastic way to get your cards made up quickly and cheaply. They are available in both the white and cream colours.

Remember, the September Stamp Of The Month Paper Garden is only available throughout September 2015 from your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for $27, or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more.

Thank you for visiting my Blog to check out my special project featuring the September Stamp Of The Month Paper Garden. I would love it if you could leave a comment below before you hop to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop, Jenni Gilbert's The Creative Heart to see some more Paper Garden inspiration.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Zoe Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop for the new (and gorgeous!!) "Zoe" range. If you have arrived here from Britt's blog then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you this mini album which I actually made using the Zoe Workshop On The Go pack.  Of course the WOTG has instructions included to create gorgeous layouts, but I wanted to show you that you can always do other things with it as well, as you not only get the gorgeous Zoe patterned papers, but coordinating cardstock as well as the stamp set and matching embellishments. All the hard work of selecting matching products for your album has been done for you.

Here is my album, all ready for the photos and words. Remember, if you want a closer look at any of the pages, click on the photo and it will show you a bigger picture.

I cut all the pages from the CTMH Cricut cartidge Artbooking, and used lots of other cuts from the new Artistry cartridge as well. I also gave lots of my CTMH stamps a work out, I love that you can use the cut out stamps as embellishments. I may even add more blingy bits, like shimmer trim (love!) or sequins when the photos and words are added as I go along.

Thank you so much for stopping by, you can purchase any of the Zoe range from your CTMH consultant, or click here. I would love for you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop on the hop - Wendy Hopper's Expressions of the Heart.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A traditional 12x12 layout...it has been FAR too long

I haven't done many traditional layouts in a long while, not sure why - I guess time is limited so quick things like cards and Project Life have slurped up whatever crafting time there has been.

Today, though, I really felt like doing a layout. Just for fun, no challenge except maybe to use CTMH products in an up to date style of scrapping. So I did just that!

I used the Brushed range of products, they are perfect for girly type pages. I love how the metal flowers mimic the daisies behind the girls ears in the photo.

Here are some close up details:

Monday, July 20, 2015

Shin Han & Brushed...a match made in birdie, flowery heaven

Sometimes all you need is a bird and some flowers. Coloured in, of course, with our Shin Han Touch Twin Markers. They make the stamped images so bright and funky, and practise makes perfect with the blending, I am slowly improving.

Add a little bit of Brushed patterned paper, and the card is done.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Watercolour pencils with Seaside Greetings

Ahhh, Seaside Greetings. You are one fantastic stamp set. Here is what you will get in your set:

Isn't it great? Perfect for lots more watercolouring using the CTMH watercolour pencils.

Here is another card using the same set, which I 100% scraplifted from Pinterest with the original by Denise Tarlington - you can find the original here. And while you are there take a look at the rest of her boards! Sooooo talented, I can see some more scraplifting in the near future!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Background stamping techniques for cards

My post yesterday has got me thinking about using different techniques for the backgrounds of cards (and I guess layouts, too if you want to).

On my card above, I have used stamps from the You're The Best stamp set (unfortunately no longer available, but I'm sure there are many similar alternatives) and just gone with a light coloured ink (I have used Slate which I love) and simply stamped the background to cover it.

Then it is just a matter of adding some co-ordinating paper and a sentiment on a label with some funky embellishments. Super simple and quick for an eye-catching masculine card.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cardabilities #126 - whoops missed it!

I made this card based on Sketch #16 at Cardabilities but well and truly missed the deadline! Oh well, I still love the way this one has turned out. The sketches over there are fantastic and really give the mojo that well needed boost at times.

I love the chicken wire background, to get this effect I used one of the stamps from Distressed Backgrounds and instead of putting it on a clear block to stamp, I just held it with my fingers and dabbed it onto the Autumn Terracotta ink and stamped onto my white cardstock randomly pressing down with my fingers. This gives it more of a random feel rather than square edges, and it looks fantastic.