Friday, 15 June 2018

Fresh Air Blog Hop

Welcome to our "Fresh Air" 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. To continue the hop click on the link at he end of the post to see more terrific ideas.



When I first saw the Fresh Air collection I immediately thought of outdoorsy photos and projects, but that's not necessarily the case. At this time I don't have any outdoor photos that suit these papers, but the soft colours of linen, glacier and toffee really lends itself to other projects.


I have been wanting the add this photo of my dad to my album for a few years but just haven't seen any layouts that took my fancy. I have this photo in a 5x7 size framed and on display in my home. I came a cross a similar layout on Pinterest that gave me the inspiration for this layout.  This was the last photo of my dad that I took before he was no longer able to carry on a conversation with us. Unfortunately the Alzheimer's became so advanced we saw our dad slip away from us, his body was still healthy but his memory had gone.

 I love this combination of colours, the glacier and toffee with the lovely leaf patterned paper.  I free hand cut the hearts and then added the pen stitching and lines to further define the shape. I mounted the photo with craft cardstock and also used it for the first layer of circles. I do really cherish this photo of my dad because this is how I always want to remember him.




My niece Margo and her daughter Mia live overseas and in 2016 they came for a visit and we took them to Caversham Wildlife Park. They had a great time feeding the kangaroos and seeing the other Australian native wildlife. I recently saw these books and had to get them and send them to Mia, she loves to look at books and Margo reads to her often.


I wanted to make a special card to send with the books and this is what I came up with. It is called a Split Panel card.  There are lots of videos on You Tube with instructions to make this card.





Here are some simple instructions to make the card, cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/4" x 11" fold in half  then cut 2" from the fold save this piece because you will use it for the bottom of the card. Cut the piece that you saved  2" x 41/4" and this is what you use for the bottom of the card.

I have used this great koala stamp from the "Go Wild International" stamp set C1695. This stamp is in the Annual Inspiration catalogue and will only be available until July. I used pigment ink and then clear embossed the image, this was then matted it on the same colour cardstock as the card base. Adhere the printed paper to the cardstock on the front of the card and decorate as desired. Place the bottom bit for the card along the bottom edge so it will be straight then add the piece with the stamped image to hold the two pieces together.  Be sure you only add adhesive to the top and bottom edges.  I added a piece of white daisy cardstock inside the card so you can stamp your sentiment. Make sure you marked with pencil between the top and bottom pieces of the card so you know exactly where to place your stamped sentiment. Decorate as desired.


 I love making pretty cards and this card definitely falls into that category. Pretty papers, flowers and bling are always a great combination for me.









  I used one of the cards from the Value Pack, I then cut a piece of glacier cardstock 4" x 5 1/4"  and added the printed paper on top, these pieces are 1 1/4" x 5 2/8". I spaced them evenly across the glacier cardstock  For the horizontal strip I cut another piece of glacier cardstock 2" x 3 7/8" and added a piece of the woven look paper on top. I stamped the flowers directly onto the beautiful glacier leaf paper and then fussy cut them out. I added the lovely White Pearls Z3370 to the centers of the flowers. These pearls are really economical, you get 90 adhesive backed pearls of three different sizes for just $6.50. The butterfly is made with two different sized punched butterflies, to add a little bling I adhered a Bitty Sparkle to the center of the butterfly wings. These Bitty Sparkles Z1263 are also a great buy they are only $4.50 for 100 sparkly gems. Finally I added the sentiment and the white burlap ribbon which I separated into individual strands.

You can find all the products to make these projects on my website  https://doristaylor.closetomyheart.com.au


Thanks again for stopping by I hope you found some inspiration here. There is lots more to see click here to go to Shaunna's Passionate About Pages blog, she will have something really special to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, they are greatly appreciated.














Friday, 1 June 2018

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to our CTMH Australasian blog hop if you arrived here from Vandra's Virtual Craftroom  you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance, I am very happy to see you and to continue the hop click on the link at the end of the post to see more great ideas.



This stamp set, "A Bushel & Peck" S1806  is simply the cutest, the images and sentiments are just gorgeous. This stamp set can be yours for just $7.50 with a qualifying order or for $27.00 on it's own.



This is a Shadow Box card and I love how simple it is to make yet it looks amazing. You use 2 pieces of cardstock 4.25" x 5.5" the usual size of a card. The front is Crystal Blue and the back is White Daisy. Both pieces of cardstock are scored at 1/2" and 1" from both edges. There is a great tutorial here  which shows you how to make it.



You need to mark the circle so you know where to place your sentiment and other items on the inside. I stamped the front with the leaf spray image in Crystal Blue ink and I think it looks really nice. After fussy cutting the stamped images I adhered them with a double layer of foam tape. Use a strong adhesive to glue the front and back of the card. This card will lie flat to allow you to mail it and it will stand up easily without any aids to be  displayed. It will fit in a standard envelope.




It's lovely looking back on photos from years ago and seeing the changes in the children in my family. These two lovely young girls are so special to me and I do really love them "a bushel and a peck" and even more. These little girl images worked so well with this layout.



Thank you for stopping by, there is lots more to see so click here to go to Wendy's blog. I am sure she has created something wonderful. I really appreciate you taking a moment to leave a comment.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Beautiful Friendship Blog Hop

Welcome to our Beautiful Friendship blog hop, if you arrived here from Vandra's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance I hope you see something you like and to continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.



Oh my I love this collection, the papers, compliments and the stamp set is truly beautiful. Working with such a lovely collection is a great pleasure. All of the papers are stunning and the compliments pack is so pretty. The Workshop Your Way kit is great value for your money, it is only $45.00 and contains so many different products.


 This stamp and Thin Cut set is so versatile, I can see me using it for so many different projects, cards layouts and 3D projects.



 In March I attended the CTMH convention in Melbourne and while there I went to the Melbourne Flower Show. It was wonderful and I took so many photos of the beautiful floral arrangements. I want to thank maryannjenkins.com for the inspiration for this layout, I found one of her layouts on Pinterest. I wanted the photos to be the main focus of the layout and the papers just to compliment the photos. I added the flourishes to the edges and then the two die cut words, a really simple layout. As I said I wanted the photos to be the focus so I had them printed with 2 on a 4"x6 photo size. I am sure all machines have this option in the collage section. By printing them this size I got more on my page but didn't loose any of the subject of the picture.


I really enjoy making boxes and I found the instructions to make this box a few years ago but never got around to making it. It looks like a normal box but it opens in a different way, the lid and the box is all in one. One of the things I really love about CTMH products are how the different compliments works so well together. This Blue Burlap Ribbon matches the Beautiful Friendship papers beautifully. You need the Belly Band to hold the box together, but it also adds a lovely decorative touch to the box. You can download the instructions to make this box here









My last project uses the teapot stamp set. It is a side step card and I thought this style of card was what was needed to showcase this lovely stamp set. You can use our cards from the Value Pack to make this type of card but I wanted to use the Sapphire Cardstock for my base. After stamping the teapot I felt it needed something else so I decided to emboss it using the Dot Embossing Folder Z1924, it gave it a nice textured look. This card will fit in a standard envelope, and it will look really nice when left out on display.




You can easily find the instructions to make this card on Pinterest or watch a video on You Tube.



Thanks again for stopping by, to see some other wonderful ideas click here to go to  Megan's blog, she always has terrific projects to share. I really appreciate you taking a moment to leave a comment.



Thursday, 10 May 2018

Postcard Perfect Blog Hop

Welcome to the Postcard Perfect blog hop, this collection is a special release for National Scrapbook Month. If you arrived here from Wendy's blog   you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance I hope you see something you like, to continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.


This collection is lovely perfect for holiday photos, especially those from a beach holiday. The stamp set is gorgeous.



I have been working on my holiday to the Bahamas in 2015 and this collection worked beautifully with these photos.


I came across a video on You Tube for this great pop up card that only uses one piece of cardstock and it is so easy to make. I have used the lovely flowers from the stamp set and the Happy Birthday thin cut to decorate the card. I added a few bitty sparkles to the center of the flowers, which I coloured with the Shin Han markers.




You use a piece of cardstock that is 5.5" x 4.25" make a pencil mark along the 4.25" side at 2.75"  from one edge to the other. Then make marks with a pencil at 1.25" to the center pencil line, on both edges of one side of the 5.5" edge. Then make a mark at 2.75" (the middle point) on the other side. Score along the line between the 2 marks from the edge. Cut along the marks on both edges to the center point, as shown in the photo below.  Add a strip of cardstock .75" x 4" to the front of the card to stabilize it and add the extra decorations.  You need to watch the video here that explains how to fold the card to make the pop up.



Thank you for stopping by click here to go to  Vandra's blog to see more great ideas. Please take a moment and leave a comment, they are greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

May Stamp of the Month "Classic Summer Bash"

Welcome to the May 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 nice to see you and I hope you find some inspiration.



 The Classic Summer Bash stamp set has some great images and sentiments and will be terrific for summer layouts, party invitations and lots more.

                                 


    This is the first time I have taken photos specifically to suit the stamp of the month. Jet and Atley spent a few days with me in the recent school holidays and I thought what a great opportunity to make home made lemonade. Atley was a trooper and helped me squeeze the lemons. We had the lemonade with our lunch. I stamped the Mason jars on vellum with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. After fussing cut them I then coloured the jars with lagoon ink and a sponge.


Here are a couple of close ups of the title and the mason jars. I stamped and cut the lemon and leaves image twice once in yellow ink and then again with green ink. I colored the lemon with the yellow Shinn Han marker, I used the 3D foam tape to raise the lemon image.



Receiving a handmade card is so special, and I love sending them to friends and family. I planned this card as a masculine card but it could easily be given to female family or friends.


Thank you for stopping by, to see more great ideas click here to go to Nell's blog. I am sure she will have something great to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, they are very much appreciated.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Gimme Some Sugar Blog Hop

Welcome to our CTMH Gimme Some Sugar 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, to continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post to see some more wonderful ideas.


The Gimme Some Sugar collection is so lovely, with soft colours and feelings of nostalgia. The beautiful papers and compliments and the super cute baking icon stamps will look great with just about any project. I have created two layouts and a card to share with you.



 Food is such a big part of our lives and if you are anything like me you take photos of  those special meals. Also one of the memorable things that I love doing with my grand nieces and nephews when they come to visit is cooking and baking. These times shared together are really special.

This layout showcases some of those special times. Food is essential to life but it also an important part of our social gatherings, there are comfort foods that make us feel better when we are stressed or worried and certain dishes remind us of special friends or relatives but meals shared with others is the best. I love this wood grain paper that I used as the background, and then only needed some of the zip strips for a bit of extra colour. The images were stamped with black ink and coloured with the Shin Han markers. I used one of the journal boxes for my title background and added the baked with love stamped banner and finally a second journal box to write my story.


The flower PML card is so pretty I wanted to feature it prominently on a layout.  These are the only two photos I have of this outing, so they allowed me to showcase some of the lovely papers from this collection and by fussy cutting the flowers out from the PML card it fitted beautifully on this layout.


I came across a video of how to make a pinwheel card months ago and finally got around to making one. It looks like it may be difficult to make but it is really easy you can see a video here that shows you how to make this card. The lady in the video uses a scoring board with a diagonal plate but the CTMH score board works perfectly but unfortunately it is now retired.

As Mother's Day is next month I thought I would make a Mother's Day card. You can add a specialty teabag, a gift card or even a small flat chocolate. The belly band is not needed to keep the card closed but it adds a nice decorative finish to the card.





Here are the instructions to make the card but if you have any difficulties remember to check out the video. You need a piece of paper that is 8"x8" you will need to score at 3" on all four sides but you score on the diagonal. Then fold and burnish the score lines, you will notice 4 small triangles on each side where the score lines intersect.



 Cut out these triangles, you will now need the score board again to score along the straight edges at 1" from the edge as shown in the photo. Fold these edges back, then fold each side in a clockwise motion to close the card. You will need to tuck the last side into the first side.  Add a square of cardstock to the inside where you can stamp a greeting and decoration as desired. The belly band is 3/4" wide and about 91/2"  long, join together at the front of the card and add the decoration to cover the joined sections.



You can make a smaller version with a 6"x6" piece of paper, you will be able to make four from a single sheet of 12"x12" paper. Your first score will be at 2 5/8" on all four sides and then 3/4" for the second score on the straight edges.

Would you like to see some more great ideas, click here to go to Vandra's Virtual CTMH Craftroom, I am sure she has something wonderful to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment they are very much appreciated. 





Thursday, 15 March 2018

Stargazer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stargazer blog hop, if you arrived here from Rachel's Creative Workshops you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance, I hope you like what you see and just click on the link at the end of this post and be inspired by what everyone else has created.





Oh my this paper collection and stamp sets are wonderful and so much fun to work with. I love the bright colours and the positive reinforcement sentiments of the stamp are really great.  


 

I am so privileged to be part of a big family and that we enjoy spending time together. Watching the kids grow up and mature I get a glimpse of what sort of adults they will be. They each have their own distinct personalities, good and bad characteristics and are real stars to me. I have high hopes for all of them, I know they are all super in my eyes. So I decided to create a layout to show them that I think they are all super kids.


   
To celebrate a super hero's birthday we need a super hero's card and this is what I have made. I wanted to show Super Girl flying so this is what I came up with. Close To My Heart have a fabulous special on the thin cuts, stamp and thin cut sets. You can save 25% on all available Thin Cuts, and 30% on select bundles, check it out on my website https://doristaylor.closetomyheart.com.au Even though I find fussy cutting quite relaxing using the thin cuts for certain images is so much easier. I cut the super girl image twice because when you colour the image, it sometimes bleeds through and I didn't want that to be seen. This pop up card is really easy to make, the white insert is 7.5" x 4.75", once folded in half make a mark 2.5" from center fold on both sides and also 2.5" down from top of center fold. Then make a score line from each side to the center mark. Once scored fold to make up the pop up detail. You can see a video here with instructions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hri5SIKQ6eg


   

Thank you for stopping by, click here to go to Nell's blog, I am sure she has created something wonderful. Please leave a comment, I love reading them and they are very much appreciated.