Thursday, 15 February 2018

Make Waves Blog Hop

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



The Make Waves kit is wonderful, the colours of the papers and the embellishments are fantastic. It's is a mermaid theme but don't be fooled you can use these papers and compliments for any number of different projects.  I have used some of the papers and this wonderful stamp set in my projects.



A few friends and I decided on a High Tea for our Christmas get together and I have created a layout with these photos. Who would have thought these papers could be used for A Christmas layout? I have used the pale pink, and the shaded green papers with one of the Zip Strips. To decorate the page I used the Christmas tree and reindeer stamps from the Beary Christmas stamps and thin cuts set Z4047. This set is still available in the Going Soon section of my website.



I stamped the trees on vellum with Vesamark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. The reindeer was also stamped on vellum then heat embossed with the gold embossing powder. I coloured the baubles on the tree with a Shin Han Marker.


My tea setting was so pretty, I thought I would replicated it using last year's May Stamp of the Month and the sentiment was perfect for these photos as well.



I am thrilled with how this card turned out, I saw a similar party invitation in an Etsy Shop online and couldn't wait to try making it as a birthday card. I cut the card using a shape from the Artiste Cricut cartridge, it's on page 33 (Accent 4) The Lagoon cardstock was cut at 6.25" and the white at 6" The mermaid is cut out from the mermaid paper. The mermaid stamp was too big for this card. The little sparkly flower embellishments are the cutest things I have ever seen.



To make the card fold the cricut shape in half, you will need to cut away sections of the card to get the clam shell shape. I have drawn lines on the photo below so you can see what I mean.


These photos show the pop up sections that I added the mermaid, flowers, starfish and grasses to. 



This card is called a Z fold card and is really easy to make. I used one of the cards from the Card and Envelope Value Pack X254. The front of the card is folded back on it's self then you decorate as desired. Finally add the Z fold strip, this strip allows you to add extra decorations.



Thanks again for stopping by, to continue the hop click here to go to Kara's blog, I am sure she has created something really special. Please take a moment and leave a comment it is always appreciated.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop "Sunny Thoughts"

Hello and welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you arrived here by chance, take your time and have a look around, if you arrived here from Nell Ward's blog  you are in the right place. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.


This month's stamp Sunny Thoughts S1802 has lots of lovely sentiments, flowers and leaves  that will make creating your crafty projects so easy. It is only $7.50 with a purchase of $75.00 or $27.00 to buy.


 I love giving away little gifts to family and friends and sometimes all I need is a little bag for the gift, but of course I can't just use it as is. I have to decorate it and make it a bit prettier. Close to My Heart used to sell these cute little bags but they are now discontinued. I am sure you can get something similar at a discount store. I think the little Heart Clips Z3381 are gorgeous and are the perfect addition to the bag. They are only $10.50 for 6 clips, you can find them in the Embellishments folder on my CTMH website. Having multiple sizes of the flower stamps allows such versatility.



I really believe it is so important to not only tell children that you love them but also put in in writing.  I am told that it ensures they develop good self esteem and they learn that they have worth. Also encourage them to dream and know that with time and effort their dreams can come true.


I am trying to remember to send cards that express thanks and let others know that they are important to me. For this card I have stamped the flower spray directly on the card in Fern ink then stamped it again on a scrap of white cardstock using Glacier and Poppy ink, fussy cut the flowers and adhered them to the original stamped images. I used the White Burlap ribbon Z3323 to finish off the card.


Thank you for stopping by, to continue the hop click here to go to Doreen's blog. I am sure she will have something wonderful to share. I do really appreciate it when you take time to leave a comment.



Monday, 15 January 2018

Chelsea Gardens Blog Hop

Welcome to the Chelsea Garden blog hop if you arrived here from  Wendy Hopper's Blog, you are in the right place, if you arrived here by chance I am glad you stopped by and I hope my projects gives you some inspiration. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.




These beautiful papers and compliments are stunning, just wonderful for garden, girly or even masculine projects. The Chelsea Gardens Cardmaking  stamp and die cut set are also gorgeous and will compliment any project.



When working on my layouts I love using the CTMH How To  Books, there are three specifically for scrapbooking and the newest addition is for card making. You can find these books here and they really do make creating beautiful layouts and cards so much easier and quicker

I love how each pack of CTMH papers allows so many options, at first glance the Chelsea papers  immediately make you think of pretty projects and that is what I have created with this layout. The delicate butterflies and flowers are exquisite and worked beautifully with these photos. I have used Jupiter, Sweet Leaf and Glacier Inks. I curled the edges of the flowers with a bone folder and added a few gems and when you adhered them with the 3D Foam Tape it gives them a bit of dimension. Bending the butterflies in the middle before you add them to the page also does the same thing. I used pattern 13 in the Make It From The Heart Vol. 3 Ideas Book for this layout. I have only used the right side as a single page layout.










For this layout I used pattern 16 from the same How To Book, one of the great things about using these sketches is for each layout you have 4 options just by rotating the sketch in each direction. Again I have only used the left page of this layout as I only had 2 photos of this event. This is usually a rare occurrence for me, I normally have heaps of photos and needing to cull them is usually a problem. I have rotated the sketch so I have the strip of pattern paper on the top instead of the bottom. To decorate the layout I have used some of the elements in the Compliments pack and I've used the great Alphabet dies for the Happy Birthday title.








The new Gift Card Box Thin Cut die (Z4150) is a dream to use and you can decorate it any way you desire, I have used the beautiful bold flower paper to decorate the top of the box and complimentary papers for the sides. You can stamp the box with a background stamp before you cut it out for a different look, adding a ribbon would be lovely. The lovely butterfly stamp and a sentiment is just what is needed to enhance the box. This new die allows you to quickly and easily cut a 3.5" x 2.75" x .75" folded box. There is the option to add a window or a tag to the box. As the name implies the box fits a gift card perfectly or maybe some tea lights or a few chocolates.



 


  To continue the hop click here to go to Megan's blog I am sure she will have something wonderful to share. I really appreciate it when you take a moment and leave a comment before moving on to the next blog.

Monday, 1 January 2018

January Stamp of the Month

Happy New Year and welcome to the January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you arrived here from Nell's blog you are in the right place, if you arrived here by chance I hope you like what you see. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.




 
The January stamp of the month Bloom and Grow S1801 is absolutely gorgeous, I love all of the sentiments. You can buy this stamp set for $27.00 or for only $7.50 with a purchase of $75.00 during the moth of January. I hope my projects gives you lots of ideas to produce your own special creations.


My main passion is scrapbooking but I also love card making and other paper crafts. This layout was a labour of love, my niece has longed for a baby for many years and finally in 2015 she had a beautiful baby girl. I was fortunate enough to visit her in the Bahamas shortly after Mia was born and was one of the first few people to meet her. Pattern 22 from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 3  was the inspiration for this layout. I used papers from the Adventure Paper pack Z3351 and it complimented these photos perfectly. The flowers were cut using the Flower Market Cricut cartridge Z3285, and I used the Artiste cartridge for the frame for the "Let Love Grow" sentiment. I was really please with the look of the stamped heart, the small leaves looked beautiful around the Bloom Where You Are Planted sentiment.




I had such fun creating this bag, I had the intention of making a pretty girlie bag but at the last minute decided to work out of my comfort zone and make this steampunk themed bag. The "Grow Your Own Magic" sentiment worked great. These bags are cheap to buy from the $2.00 shop and this allows you to personalize them however you like. The gears and the wing was cut using the Artiste Cricut cartridge, the stamps are from a Halloween set that unfortunately is no longer available. The buttons are also from my stash of discontinued products. CTMH are always bringing out beautiful new products, but I always have a few items left over from past collections and you never know when they will come in handy.  


This card is called a Z fold card, I used one of the cards from the Value Pack X254 this pack is so economical you get 50 cards and envelopes for just $23.00. You fold the front of the card in half from right to left then add what ever shape front panel you desire as decoration, a heart or circle would look great as well. The card uses papers from the Enchanted Fundamental Paper pack,Z3352  and I used Pomegranate  and Olive Inks for the stamping. Place a piece of white cardstock on the inside to add a greeting. Adding a few gems really finishes off the card.



Are you ready for a new year of fabulous ideas and products? The new Seasonal Expressions catalogue is filled with beautiful crafting goodies and is available for purchase from today. You can check out the catalogue on my website.

Thank you for stopping by, to continue the hop click here to go to Maz's blog, she will have created something very special. Please take a moment and leave a comment.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Basic Fundamentals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Basics Fundamentals Blog Hop, if you arrived here from Maz Wood's blog you are in the right place if you arrived here by chance thanks for stopping by. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post to go to the next blog.



Close To My Heart had a fantastic special on last month for the four different Fundamental Collections and I splurged and bought all four. I love the Basic Fundamental paper suite, the colours and the patterns of the different papers are so lovely. These papers can be used with lots of different colour cardstock, I envision using these papers and compliments often.


This layout came together quite quickly I used pattern 29 from the Make It From Your Heart Ideas Book Vol 3 (9043) as inspiration for this layout. I also used the grey ribbon with the gold strip running through the middle and the stars and little hearts that were in the compliments pack.


One of my favourite things to do is read and nothing is better than settling down with a cuppa and my latest book. So this project is just perfect. The cup and saucer can be found on the Flower Market Cricut cartridge Z3285, adding a short piece of ribbon, a little cardstock heart and brad and you have a lovely bookmark.



This final bit of whimsy was a joy to create, I used a small canvas (6" x 6") and adhered a torn piece of paper ( I love this sheet with the words on it ) then added a few butterflies using different papers, a stamped sentiment, flowers from the compliments pack and some bling. To give the butterflies a bit of dimension I rolled the edges of the wings using the end of a small paint brush.  I inked the edges of the torn paper with Slate ink and because I didn't like the stark white edges of the flowers I also inked these with Pixie and Slate ink. 


I am so happy you stopped by, to continue the hop click here to go to Georgie's blog, she will have something lovely to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment it is always appreciated.

Friday, 1 December 2017

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the December Stamp of the Month blog hop, if you arrived here from Vandra's  Virtual CTMH Craftroom, I am so happy to have you visit. If you arrived here by chance just click on the link at the end of this post to continue the hop.



The December Stamp of the Month is A Little Bit of Pun S1712 is so cute and will be very useful for card making, scrapbooking or any paper crafts.



I needed to put my thinking cap on to come up with different ideas using this stamp set. I am quite happy with what I have created.  These frames are so easy to make and the puns from this stamp set really adds a fun touch. The frames are cut from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge, you can find the image on page 41, I cut two of each of the frames, first in White cardstock, and then the pattern papers. I can't wait to use these on a layout. It is quite easy to stamp the image and the pun separately and use them as I have.




This second project also starts off with cut images from the Artiste Cricut cartridge, I used the word bubble images found on page 65. These will add some fun embellishments to my page layouts.


 I cut a number of the thought bubbles and have used some different ones on this layout. I did consider throwing out these photos but decided they needed to be added to a "special" layout and love how it has turned out.



  Thank you for stopping by, there is more to see click here to go to Shaunna's blog she will have something lovely to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, we always appreciate them.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Silver and Gold Blog Hop

Welcome to the Australasian CTMH Silver and Gold Blog Hop, if you arrived here from Megan's blog I am very happy to see you. If you arrived here by chance you can continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post to see other great ideas.


The Silver and Gold Scrapbooking kit G1138 has some Christmas theme papers and embellishments but it can also be used for other projects as well, because there are black and white papers and compliments as well. The silver and gold glitter compliments are so pretty.
I decided to make a box, a bag and a gift card holder ready for Christmas.  All of the projects were easy to make.

This first box only takes a relatively small piece of cardstock, (4" x 11") you can view a video here for instructions on how to make this box. The finished size is 4"x 2"x1" and the pattern paper on the top is 3.75" x 1.75". This may appear a very small box but it will easily hold chocolates or a special gift.  I coloured the holly berries with a Shin Han Marker and added a white ribbon.



This second project is gift bag and you can find instructions here to make the bag, you will need a piece of paper 9" x 12" and a few strips of cardstock. I have added a diecut deer and a little metal heart from my stash to decorate the bag. The deer was stamped with Versamark Ink Z891 and heat embossed with White embossing powder Z2068



My last project is a quick and easy to make gift card holder. You can find a video here with instructions. I have added the nativity stamp from the First Noel C1688 stamp set to continue the Christmas theme but of course you can add any stamp you choose, to embellish the belly band.



Thank you for stopping by, I hope my projects inspire you to create your own. To continue the hop click here to see what amazing creations Maz has to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, it is always appreciated.