Saturday, 15 June 2019

"True Love" Blog Hop


Welcome to the CTMH Australasian True Love Blog Hop, if you arrived here from Shaunna's Passionate About Pages  you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance to continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post for more ideas using this collection.




 Working with the True Love collection has been a real pleasure, everything about these papers and stickers is just wonderful.



There are so many talented people out there that share their ideas freely on the web especially places like Pinterest. That's where I found this "Four Fold" card, the compliments pack, a few sentiment stamps and scraps of paper was all I needed to decorate this card. The back of the card is blank so you can add your greeting there. The instructions to make this card can easily be found on Pinterest.







My brother in law has been scanning all of my dad's slides recently for my Mum and amongst them were my nursing graduation way back in 1976. My dad passed away in 2011 and it was wonderful seeing this photo of him and I. I thought this collection was perfect for these photos. Lots of old memories came flooding back as I created this layout.


Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed my page, now let's go see what Danielle has created at Scrappy Chicks  Please take a moment and leave a comment they are always appreciated.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

June Stamp of the Month

Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Blog Hop, we are showcasing the June Stamp of the Month if you arrived here from Doreen's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance to continue the hop click on the Doreen's blog link at the end of the post.



The June stamp of the month "It's Your Day To Sparkle" has some lovely images and sentiments especially for celebrating the special events in our lives.



I love scrapbooking but making cards brings me great pleasure knowing that I can share my passion with others in the form of a handmade card.

I found quite a few samples like this card on Pinterest and wanted to make one myself, it's called a U fold card. It's really easy to make but looks so interesting. I used the cake stamp but only stamped the rose cluster then coloured with the shin Han markers. I have also used the single rose on the right of the card. Fussy cutting the roses is quite easy with the Micro Tip scissors.



 I found these instructions on Unfrogettable Stamping's blog https://www.unfrogettablestamping.com


The card does lay flat and fits in our standard envelopes but stands up for easy displaying.




For my second card I decided to make a wedding card, using the Mr & Mrs stamps. I heat embossed the images with the gold embossing powder. The gold ribbon adds a nice touch and the pearl ribbon slide is from my stash.



Thanks again for stopping by to continue the hop go to Kara's blog and see what she has created. I do really appreciate it when you take a moment and leave a comment.





Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Sweet Girl blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Australasian 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 the post.




What can I say about this collection, other than it's stunning, please don't feel you can only use this collection for girls projects the papers will be perfect for all sorts of creations. My card is an example of how it can be used for other ideas.



I have created two layouts with photos of four very sweet girls, they are my brother's gorgeous granddaughters. I have used Volume 3 Pattern 8 from the  Make It From Your Heart Ideas Book as inspiration for these layouts. 





I tried to replicate the look of the animals in the compliments pack with the cat stamped on the wood like paper. I love this sentiment from the now discontinued Puny Pals stamp set.



Thanks again for stopping by to continue the hop go to Shaunna's Passionate About Pages blog and see what she has created. Please take a moment and leave a comment they are always appreciated.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

May Stamp of the Month

Hello and welcome to the CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month blog hop, if you arrived here from Shaunna's Passionate About Pages you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance I hope you see something you like. You can continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post.






The May stamp of the month "To My Bestie" is so lovely and what a great selection of images and sentiments. These can be used for lots of different projects.



These beautiful flowers immediately made me think of marigolds, a cluster of flowers is a great starting point for any card. 






The balloons in this stamp set look like they are about to fly away, so I thought I would add the balloons on the inside as a surprise when the card is opened. After colouring the balloons, I also painted them with the Shimmer Brush.




Thank you for stopping by to continue the hop go to Lauren Moore's blog and see what great project she has created. I would love for you to leave a comment they are always appreciated.
 

Monday, 15 April 2019

"Seems Like Home" Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the CTMH Australasian Feels Like Home blog hop, if you arrived here from Kara's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance I hope you see something you like. You can continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post.


This is one of my favourite collections in the current catalogue, the florals and subtle colours are so pretty. The featured colours are Black, Charcoal, Mink, Sugarplum, Fern, New England Ivy and  Sapphire



As Easter is nearly upon us I thought I would make an Easter card, it's a really easy card except for the fussy cutting and I really don't mind the cutting. Just a reminder to remember to use the great stamps that you have in your stash. The Happy Easter and the lovely long tulip flowers stamps are from the special 12 month stamp set that CTMH had about 2 years ago. The pretty pink bow is available in the clearance section for just $6.00 contact your consultant.


I used pattern 6 from the CTMH Make It From The Heart Volume 2 ideas book for this layout. These ideas books are a great resource.

The layout features another quilt made by my mother for her youngest great granddaughter. I didn't buy the stitched quilting Thin Cut dies thinking I would never use them but I was away at my niece Laura Beacham's retreat last weekend and used hers. I am now in love with them and can't wait until they are back in stock. I am not a quilter but my mother and both of my sisters are all quilters.


 Here is a close up of the little quilt I created as a decoration, Mia was not well and wanted the quilt made for her by Ma, to cover up with while she was watching TV. This lovely butterfly is from the cut away decorative sheet.


I love making birthday cards to give family and friends, even though this one took a little extra time colouring and fussy cutting it was so worth it. I have used the Love Blossoms stamp set, the butterfly is from the April Stamp of the month, the birthday is from the Dandelion Wishes set and the happy is a cricut cut.


Thanks again for stopping by to continue the hop go to Lauren Moore CTMH Crafting and see what great project she has created. We all appreciate it when you leave a comment, so take a moment and leave one.

Monday, 1 April 2019

April Stamp of the Month "Love So Sweet"



Hello and welcome to the CTMH Australasian April 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 I hope you see something you like.


 This stamp set is called Love So Sweet and it really is so sweet. There are so many wonderful stamps in this set. Just look at these butterflies, flowers and sentiments aren't they just gorgeous.

These lovely butterflies and flowers complimented this layout beautifully. I have used the Mix In Paper pack for these projects. I came across the quote "play is not a luxury it is a necessity" and thought I would use it as the starting point for my journaling.


I found inspiration for this card on Pinterest, I am always so amazed by the amount of talented people out there. I stamped the butterfly with Black Momento ink and then sponged it with a dauber.


This little box is made with the CTMH favor box die, unfortunately it is now discontinued. I really like how it cut the holes and slits that allow you to add the ribbon and know that it is secure and wont fall off. The flower and leaves are so easy to fussy cut. I used one of the Zip Strips along the bottom of the box.


You can find some more great ideas by hopping along to Shaunna's Passionate About Pages blog and see her great project. Thanks again for stopping by and please take a moment and leave a comment, they are always appreciated.


Friday, 15 March 2019

So Much Happy Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the CTMH Australasian So Much Happy blog hop if you arrived here from Maz Wood'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.



Close To My Heart never fails, their products are always fantastic and the So Much Happy collection is no exception. I really like how the paper packs have the coordinating cardstock as well as the printed papers and decorative elements.



My plan for this hop was for my projects to be easy and simple to complete. I think I have achieved that.

Giving handmade cards is so special, I know from experiences the receivers love them.

This card really is quite a simple one but I think it is really lovely. I have taken inspiration from the paper with the white daisies. All you need is a few small pieces of paper and the white daisy and leaves, so easy! The daisy was cut using the Flower Market Cricut cartridge. Add the butterfly and a sentiment and the card is finished.



For this layout I have used three of the papers, two zip strips, some of the decorative stickers and a few cute photos. Easy peasy, no fancy cutting just straight edges and simple decorations.




This treat bag is made with a piece of paper that is 8" x 5" and adhered at the back with a strong adhesive. Decorate as desired.

The bag will hold lots of different things. In this photo it has two of the 1/4" washi tapes and one that is 1/2". You can also add a packet of the gems or one of the narrow rolls of ribbon. I am sure you will come up with lots of your own ideas. I thought this would be a great way to use up all of our extra papers and these bags will be great for give aways at our workshops and retreats.


Once the edges are glued together score the bottom and fold as shown. Trim the two ends on an angle and also trim the underside edge before you glue the end down. I used a circle punch to allow for easy access to what you put in the bag. 


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have seen something you like. To continue the hop go to Vandra's CTMH Craft room  and see what wonderful project she has created.  Please take a moment and leave a comment they are very much appreciated.

Friday, 1 March 2019

March Stamp of the Month "This Happened"

Welcome to the CTMH Australasian blog hop if you arrived here from Shaunna's Passionate About Pages 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.



This month's stamp set is all about things to remember, it is perfect for journaling on your layouts or some of the stamps can be used for cards. These stamps are so versatile and I know I will use them lots.



For this card I used the "What a Day" stamp, the T O from the today stamp and the celebrate thin cut to create my sentiment. I have also used the lovely Heart Happy collection that was a special release last month, I love everything in this collection. To make the celebrate thin cut more prominent I cut it twice and then glued it together.



I have used a few different stamps and again I have used the Heart Happy collection for this layout. After stamping the Take Note stamp I have cut it and added the small bits of Zip Strips because I  didn't need the words but I liked the look of the flags. Sometimes it isn't necessary to journal about what's happening in the photos but rather about what really matters!


Thanks again for stopping by, to continue the hop go to Lauren Moore and see her wonderful project. All comments are gratefully received so please take a moment and leave a comment. 
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Large Flowers and Celebrating Birthdays

I did a workshop with my niece Laura to learn how to make these large flowers, they are so beautiful and really quite easy to make. These are the ones I made at Laura's workshop.



 My friends Karen , Colleen and I got together so I could show them how to make these lovely flowers. We have so much fun crafting together.





This is my completed project, I've decorated a reed swag with the flowers and ribbon. I choose a number of different CTMH patterned and plain red papers and added some leaves. It hangs on the cupboard door in my entrance way.


It was Karen's birthday a few days later so we celebrated her birthday as well. Here is a layout I created with the I Heart Us paper collection and compliments. I love how it turned out.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend  and get an opportunity to do some crafting.