Saturday, 20 October 2018

Grateful Heart Blog Hop

Welcome to our Grateful Heart blog hop, if you arrived here from Lara Moss' Scrappy Kea blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance have a look around and hopefully you will see something you like. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.


The Grateful Heart collection features the most beautiful autumn colours and the decorative elements are lovely. This workshop kit will have you creating stunning projects. I forgot to order this collection  but was able to get my hands on a paper pack and the use of the Grateful Heart Cardmaking stamp to make my projects.






For this card I stamped the butterfly in black ink then coloured it with the Shin Han markers, I also used two of the other images from the set and the hello friend sentiment. A pop of colour from the papers, a ribbon and some bling finishes off the card.



I used strips of papers and also fussy cut a bunch of flowers from the paper to created this card.  The Thank You sentiment was stamped on one of the stitched oval thin cuts. The flowers and the sentiment were adhered with the 3D Foam Tape, the red burlap ribbon looks great with these papers.


My layout came together really quickly and easily, one of the fabulous things about Close To My Heart products is the colours are compatible with other collections. I had to use embellishment from various older compliment packs to decorate this page. I am very grateful for my wonderful brother who was able to make a functioning swing set from this pile of old bits that were given to me. I only had to buy a few bolts, the swing and a piece of wood for bracing and "voila" we had a swing set! Lucy does not mind that it is a second hand swing, she just loves playing on it.

 
Thanks again for stopping by, to continue the hop and go to Wendy's Expressions of the Heart  blog  
she will have something wonderful to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, we are very thankful for them.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Butterflies

Butterflies are just one of the many magnificent creatures in our world, because of their transformation from caterpillar to butterfly they are a symbol of new birth. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. I especially like the joy they bring me when I see them fluttering around. I love these two butterfly embossing folders, they allow me to make beautiful cards with just a few supplies.





Thanks for stopping by have a great weekend and make sure you get a little time for yourself. I am fortunate to be spending time this weekend with other crafters scrapbooking and card making.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Hello Pumpkin Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Hello Pumpkin" blog hop, if you arrived here from Doreen's  blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance you can continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post.



The Hello Pumpkin paper pack is mostly designed for celebrating Halloween but as always the papers are so lovely and can be used for other different projects.  The dominant black and orange colours can be quite beautiful when paired together. Lagoon can also be used with these colours as you can see it was featured in the PML cards.


I have made three different cards, this first one uses the Bunches of Love stamp D1815 but I only used the outline stamp with black ink then coloured the image with the Shin Han markers to match the papers. I stamped the image directly onto the black dot paper, then mounted it on black carstock and then the orange gingham paper. A little bling and ribbon never goes astray.



I don't celebrate Halloween but still wanted to show that you can use this collection with a Halloween theme but it still not be Halloween. I found a pattern for a coffin shape on the net to make this card. You can find the pattern here   once I printed the shape on regular copy paper I then cut it out with the left side on the fold of black cardstock. The skeleton, the "no bones about it" and "it's your birthday"sentiment are from old stamp sets which are now discontinued, but I am sure you can find something similar.  After stamping the skeleton and fussy cutting it I place on the star paper but it seemed to blend in the with the white background of the paper. So I adhered it to black cardstock and again fussy cut around it which then grounded the image. I am quite happy with how this one turned out, I have the perfect young man to send this to as his birthday is coming up soon. Who wouldn't want to receive a birthday card with a dancing skeleton on it? The finished card is 5 1/2" x 3 1/4" and fits easily in our standard envelopes.




This third card is a simple and easy one, the butterfly was cut sing the Artistry Cricut cartridge, you can find the image on page 42. Once I adhered the butterfly to a different orange pattern paper I cut around it with my scissors. The black and white stripe paper and the same orange pattern paper was also used. Some bitty sparkles, black gems and a sentiment and the card is finished.
 


To continue the hop click here to go to  Megan's Crop Craft Create blog, I am sure she will have something wonderful to share. Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you found some inspiration. Please take a moment and leave a comment, they are very much appreciated.

Monday, 1 October 2018

October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop "Thanks and Giving"

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop, if you arrived here from Doreen's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance it's always nice to see you, you can continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post.



In America they celebrate Thanksgiving Day in November and this stamp set is perfect for this but that doesn't mean we are limited in how we can use these great images. There are 15 brilliant images that can be used for lots of different projects.

 

We take photos so we can remember the special times that we spend with family and friends and that is why I scrapbook my photos. This layout is of a short holiday with my sister and two of her grandkids. I used one of the PML cards and stamped the "Remember This" image then coloured it with the red Shin Han marker.



I think this card would be great as a congratulations of your new home. I have used four of the images when making this card, a little colouring, a couple of butterfly punches and a few gems and the card is finished.



I used soft colours and lovely pearls for this pretty girlie card with the Thanks sentiment. I used one of the Splotches stamps for the background then added the butterfly and flowers.



Thanks for stopping by to continue the hop click here to go to Vandra's CTMH Virtual Craftroom and see what great project she has created. Please take a moment and leave a comment, they are always really appreciated.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Boutique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Boutique Blog Hop, if you arrived here from Shaunna's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance it's always nice to see you, you can continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post.


The Boutique collection is so pretty but it is not limited to feminine creations. There are beautiful girlie colours like pink and yellow and a wonderful rose pattern paper that is to die for, but there are other great coloured and patterned papers. The compliments pack has a wonderful collection of embellishments that will look so great on your projects.




I wanted to show that this collection could be used for a masculine project even though the majority of the papers are predominately feminine. I used the dark grey for the background paper then white and the lovely peacock words paper. The basic design of this card could be replicated with any papers and stamp sets. I used a seashells stamp set, a stitched circle and a plain circle thin cuts and some Glacier twine and gems. I designed the card for a male but it can easily be given to a woman. I always have heaps of feminine cards but not that many male cards.




The multi coloured  paper with the yellow paper worked well with the photos of our Easter Egg Hunt from a few years ago. The Easter Egg Hunt and flower border stamps are from the great 12 months stamp collection from last year. I received them as a Christmas gift from my lovely niece. It's amazing to see how much the kids grow each year, look at those lovely little faces. I had to add a third page because there are so many kids.





I love flowers, real ones, fake ones and stamped ones, this bright happy card was a delight to create. It's funny how you have a colour combination in your mind before you start a project and then it just doesn't look right. This is the third combination of colours I tried for the flowers before deciding on this one. I used grey cardstock for the background, then the light grey paper and finally the yellow and peach papers for added colour. I sponged the edges of the light grey paper for contrast.



Thanks for stopping by I hope you will be inspired with all the great projects you see on this hop. To continue the hop click here to got Vandra's blog she will have something great to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, we all appreciate them.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

September Stamp of the Month "Just Treats"


Welcome to our September Stamp of the Month blog hop, if you arrived here from Vandra's blog  you are in the right place if you arrived here by chance click on the link at the end of this post to go to the next blog.



This stamp set has some great sentiments for upcoming holidays, but of course they can be tweaked to be used for other things. The Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day and Halloween in a big way  but we in Australia don't but that doesn't mean we can't find another use for these lovely sentiments.


Friends bring such joy to our lives and having the opportunity to record these friendships in photos and journalling are very important to me. I have known these two lovely ladies for some years now and really enjoy spending time with them  When we get together we solve the world's problems and have solutions for all that ails mankind. We try to get together at least a couple times a year for a weekend of scrapbooking, eating goodies and catching up. It was quite funny that we each wore a black and white shirt this day.


This sentiment was perfect for this layout, the flower stamp is a sweet compliment to the papers that I used. I stamped off before stamping the two flowers that are lighter in colour, I tried to replicate the look of the flowers in the paper.


Father's day is this Sunday so I thought I would make a little box to hold some treats. I used what is supposed to be a Halloween stamp but by adding the "for someone special" it can work for Father's Day or any other event. This is a standard 4"x4" lidded box, you can find instructions on Youtube or Pinterest. The box will hold 8 Ferrero Roche chocolates or many other different small treats. The red Burlap ribbon adds just a little something special to the lid.




Thank you for stopping by, I hope you've seen something you like. If you have please take a moment and leave a comment they are always appreciated. To continue the hop click here to go to Lauren Moore's blog, she will have something wonderful to share.


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Documented Blog Hop

Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop, if you arrived here from Doreen's blog you are in the right place if you arrived here by chance I hope you see something you like.


Today we are showcasing the Documented Collection, as always the scrapbooking kit contains everything you need to create beautiful layouts, cards and any number of different projects. Even though one of the papers has beautiful flowers the others are perfect for more masculine themes. The compliment pack adds a little special creativity to your projects, I love the craft cardstock items in this collection they are so lovely. Remember to download the workshop guide when you purchase this and all kits.


This first card was so easy to make it uses one of the flower pocket cards which I have fussy cut out. The added gems, a sentiment, the ribbon and the sweet little bow finish off the card. If you are short of time and don't want to do a lot of stamping the pocket cards makes it really quick and easy. Unfortunately it's not visible in this photo but I have sponged the edges of the sentiment with Bashful ink and it really does look so pretty.



The colours of these papers really work well with outdoor photos, the two words from the compliments made a great title for my page. It is so important to write the story of your photos and the pocket journal cards are perfect. I really like that there are different sized cards, allowing you to choose how much or how little you want to tell of the story.





This is another easy card the to make, the multi coloured floral paper background compliments the washi tape strips well. The great thing about Close To My Heart is the basic colours remain the same with all the different kits, these narrow washi tapes even though they are now discontinued they still match the colours of the Documented collection. Once the washi tape was added I then embossed the white cardstock to give it added dimension. I stamped the butterflies with Peacock and Eggplant ink and then added the gems.




The new Holiday Expressions catalogue will be released on September 1st and that means that some of the products in the current Seasonal Expressions 2 and the Annual Expressions catalogues will no longer be available. So make sure you check out my website to see if there is anything you want from these catalogues before September 1st.

Thanks again for stopping by to continue the hop click here to go to Vandra's blog and see what treat she has in store for you. Please take a moment and leave a comment it is always appreciated.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

August Stamp of the Month "For The Love Of Crafting"

Welcome to our August Stamp of The Month blog hop if you arrived here from  Wendy's blog  you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance just click on the link at the end of this post to continue the hop.


This stamp set is great, just perfect for cards and scrapbooking layouts, these sentiments are such fun.


This layout I have created showcases some beautiful sculptures that were on display at the recent Melbourne Flower Show and some of my and my family's crafty creations. My mother and my sisters all learned to sew at a young age and have been quilting for a number of years. Before I was introduced to scrapbooking I used to love to cross stitch. I used pattern 9 in the Volume two Make It From Your Heart Idea Book as inspiration for this layout.






Thank you for stopping by to continue the hop click here to go to Kara's blog. I am sure she will have something wonderful to share, please take a moment and leave a comment. All comments are greatly appreciated

Sunday, 1 July 2018

July Stamp of the Month "Highlight Reel"

Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month blog hop, if you arrived here from Lauren Moore's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance just click on the link at the end of this post to go to the next blog, I hope you find some inspiration here.




Highlight Reel stamp set is filled with many fun icons that you will be able to use with lots of different projects. These stamps will really add something special to you cards or scrapbooking layouts .


Pets are wonderful members of our families, they bring us joy and offer real companionship to many people. We had dogs in our family when I was growing up but by a happy coincidence my first pet as an adult was a cat, he lived to a ripe old age of 17years. This layout shows two of my lovely cats who were well looked after and loved me as much as I loved them. I have used the paw print, heart and banner stamps. To add the S to Pet I just used a journaling pen. The sleeping kitty stamp is from a now discontinued stamp set.




As I said this stamp set has great versatility and I have done a second layout with different stamps. The "A Day to Remember" stamp was just what I needed for this layout, I also used the house, part of the banner stamp and the dot border.  The neutral colours from the Fundamental Paper Pack worked well with these photos.

I love visiting historic homes and museums, I have been researching my family tree for a few years and oh how I wish I had photos of my ancestors or had access to stories of how they lived their lives.





Thank you for stopping by, to continue the hop click here to see what Kay has created, I am sure it will be something special.  Please take a moment and leave a comment, I do really appreciate them.