Friday, 15 February 2019

I Heart Us Blog Hop

Welcome to the 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 I hope you see something you like. To continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.




This is a wonderful collection, the colours and patterns of the papers are beautiful and the stickers are so gorgeous.There are two stamps sets that coordinate with this collection, I have only used one.
   

For this layout I have used some of the papers, a selection of the paper flowers, stickers and one of the stamps from the I heart Us Cardmaking kit. I love this sentiment "ours is a beautiful  friendship" These two friends really are my besties



I keep trying to improve my water colour painting and I am rather happy with this effort. I stamped the flowers and leaves with Pebble ink. I wanted the background to be a softer colour so I decided to use some vellum paper on top of the blue and I liked the look of the striped one but the gold stripe was too bright so I turned it over and much preferred this look. I love the pink pearls.


Blue and white is one of my favourite colour combinations and I especially like the Carolina Blue in our range. I decided to use this cardstock and heat emboss with the white embossing powder and the flower stamp. I have also used the new Swiss Dot Embossing Folder, the hello thin cut, some white ribbon and a little bling.



Thanks again for stopping by to continue the hop go to Vandra's Virtual Craftroom and see what wonderful project she has to share. Your comments are always appreciated so please take a moment and leave a comment.

Friday, 1 February 2019

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the  February 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 see more of this stamp set by clicking on the link at the end of this post.


This wonderful stamp really does make my heart happy! It is large enough to use it as a title for scrapbooking and if you are into making bigger cards such as 6x6 or larger this would be perfect. The lovely flower and leaf stamps will be great for lots of smaller projects.


I couldn't wait to colour the flowers in this stamp, it truly is a beautiful design. The Shin Han markers matched the colours in this paper pack beautifully. I have used the Oh What Fun papers and some of the compliment stickers.


I decided to stamp the banner in Lagoon ink and then very carefully stamp the "You Make My" on the top. I fussy cut it and adhered it with Foam Tape, I really like how it looks when it is raised a bit..


This card uses a number of the single flowers and leaves, I coloued and fussy cut them. I wanted to create the look of a wreath so I cut 3 hearts using the largest heart Thin Cut and added the flowers and leaves, a few gems and a sentiment and the card is finished. The Get Well Soon is from the January Stamp of the Month. 


I am so happy you stopped by, to continue the hop go to Vandra's CTMH Craftroom, I am sure she will have something wonderful to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, we all appreciate them.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Something Fierce Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop if you arrived here from Creating with Kara's blog you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance I hope you see something you like and you can continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post.


The Something Fierce collection is so much fun, at first glance it looks like you would mostly use it for kids projects but the papers are so pretty you can use it for all sorts of projects.



I decided to use one of the PML cards to make a birthday card, these really make quick and easy cards. To make the dinosaur stand out more I used the same dinosaur sticker as on the card, I adhered it with the 3D Foam Tape. The sticker border adds another pop of blue colour. Any child would love to receive this fun card, we know everyone loves a skating dinosaur. 





For my layout I have used three of the papers and some of the Zip strips and for decoration I have added a number of different sized thin cut hearts. I stamped Mothers Day in versa mark ink on the blue paper, then clear embossed it and fussy cut the letters.There is a great special on Alphabet stamps this month.


One of my goals for 2019 is to use up my stash of CTMH discontinued products, I really do have way to much stuff. So for this project I have used the black and white paper and created an envelope to hold a gift. The envelope is 4.5" x 4.5", it is large enough to hold all sorts of treats.

To decorate I have used a number of different products. These beautiful ribbon roses were a cream colour but using the inks they can be dyed any colour, the leaves were some of the first items I bought when I became a CTMH consultant. I have layered the white cotton ribbon which comes in the kit on top of the peacock ribbon and this acts like a belly band to keep the envelope closed. A small gem flourish is a lovely decoration. All that was needed was a sentiment.



Thanks again for stopping by to continue, hop along to Shaunna's Passionate About Pages, and see what great project she has to share.

Please take a moment and leave a comment we all really appreciate them.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

January Stamp of the Month "Card Captions"

Welcome to our January Stamp of the Month blog hop, if you arrived here from Nell Ward 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.



Card Captions is a wonderful stamp set it has 26 images both sentiments and icons. This set has just about any sentiment that you could need. I can see myself using this set again and again.




This first card uses the lovely thinking of you sentiment I love the bold fancy lettering. All of the stamps that I have used stamp beautifully with good coverage no need for extra pressure.

Some mistakes can become features, after stamping this bunch of flowers I decided to colour with the Shin Han markers and I went outside the line big time on the pink flower. I didn't want to start over so I decided to fussy cut the image, then mounted it on a stitched circle using 3D foam tape. I love this embossing folder which I have had it in my stash of goodies for some time now. I really like to add butterfly punches whenever I use a flower stamp, I just think they really go together.




I wanted to make  a birthday card using a cupcake stamp but decided I wanted it to be a more adult version so I chose black, white and gold for my colours. I decided on this cupcake stamp because it also has the Thin Cut to match which made making the cupcake in two pieces so much easier. It's called Sweet Birthday Z3374 and it is essential for baking and birthdays. As you can see I only used the candle stamp not the cupcake.

To make the cupcake I first cut the whole cupcake in the gold foil paper than just the top in the white with gold dots paper.  I used the gold embossing powder for the Birthday sentiment and the candle. A few gold gems and some black ribbon added the finishing touch. I scored lines on the cupcake to give it some dimension.

You can see my stamping of the sentiment is not quite straight that's because I stamped the Happy and Birthday separately by placing the just the part that I wanted on the block and folding the extra bit along the back of the block. I have cut my stamps before when I feel it's necessary but if I can get away without having to cut the stamp I will. In this instance it not being straight didn't bother me.


I love this Birthday Box that I have made for special little girl's birthday in February. It's called an explosion box, I decided to make it 4" square so it could hold a few goodies. I really like the papers in the Oh What Fun collection that was showcased last month and knew I would be using it for projects other than Christmas. This lovely pink heart ribbon is no longer available.



Instead of having all four flaps fall I choose to adhere two together so once I put the extra presents in, it would be easy to place the lid on the box. I have used a few of the different papers and Zip Strips from this collection. I have made two small boxes and what is know as a sour cream container to hold some special presents.




 Here are a few close ups of the inside of the box and the stamped sentiments, I used five of the different sentiments in this project. I hope Lucy will like her special gift.





Thanks again for stopping by to continue the hop go and see what Kylie McLoughlin at Creating with Kylie has to share. I am sure it will be something wonderful. Please take a moment and leave a comment, it does help to motivate us to be more creative.

January 1st is also the release of the new Seasonal Expressions catalogue, and boy you will love everything in this catalogue. The cover has a photo of the founder of Close To My Heart Janette Lynton as this year marks 35 years that she has been in the crafting industry.  This company goes from strength to strength each year with fabulous new products and opportunities.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Oh What Fun Blog Hop

Welcome to our Oh What Fun blog hop, if you arrived here from Shaunna's Passionate About Pages  you are in the right place. If you arrived here by chance it's nice to see you, to continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post.


I must admit I love the traditional colours of red and green for Christmas and can't quite get my head around to using pinks and blues. The Oh What Fun collection has these beautiful  pinks, blues and greens which I can see using for lots of projects. I do love the colours in this collection but just not for Christmas. The compliments pack has some really cute elements.




The beautiful pinks and blues did work really well with these photos of a scrapbooking event. My niece Laura Beacham is also a CTMH consultant and she made this fantastic flower frame for a photo opportunity at the workshop. I decide to replicate the look of the frame as decoration for my layout. I must give credit to Jennifer Smith createbyjennifer.blogspot.ca  I used one of her layouts as inspiration.


I have been wanting to have a go at using the Textured Paste since it was released and now was as good a time as any, so I created this mixed media canvas. I used the small pink dot paper as the background and then added smaller pieces of the large pink dot paper. I sponged white ink over the canvas and then stamped the butterflies in black Momento ink.


Now was the time to try the Textured Paste, using a script stencil I added the Textured Paste with one of the Palette Knives to a few spots on the canvas. Once the Textures Paste had dried I added some pink spray ink that I have in my stash. The butterfly was stamped on the same paper that I used for the title then fussy cut it. I cut another butterfly in the glacier cardstock and added the stamped butterfly on top with 3d foam. I used four different patterned papers to make the roses. The roses, pearls and burlap twine completes this project.If you haven't tried the Textured Paste yet I encourage you to try it, it was a lot of fun.

 I couldn't be bothered get my cricut out so I hand cut the rolled roses. It really is very easy to make these. Cut a circle out of your papers then cut the circle into a spiral.




Roll it up and using glue dots adhere it to small circle that is at the end of the spiral.
To finish off the roses I inked the edges with Raspberry ink and added a pink pearl.






Thank you very much for stopping by to continue the hop go to Lauren Moore"s blog and see what she has to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment, it is very much appreciated.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the December 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 you are very welcome and to continue the hop click on the link at the end of this post to continue the hop.



The stamp of the month is Candy Cane Alphabet, what a cute font it is. This stamp set contains not just the alphabet but also the numerals 1 to 10 and also other symbols. of course if you use a red ink the resulting image will be like a candy cane but if you use other colour inks the


This layout uses the letters for a title, I have used candy apple and outdoor denim inks. They suited the colours of my photos. I have stamped the letters and then fussy cut them.  I have also used the @ symbol for the centers of my flowers. I have also used one of the Thin Cut Decorative Border dies for the book page.




I have made a card and used another of the symbol stamps, this time as the centers of the pinwheels. I have coloured the white gems with Shin Han markers.



Thanks for stopping by to continue the hop go to Vandra's blog, she will have something fun to share. Thanks again for stopping by, please  take a moment and leave a comment as they are always appreciated.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

'Tis The Season Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our blog hop, 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 link at the end of this post.


The 'Tis The Season collection has the traditional red and green colours of Christmas which I love. The compliments pack has some wonderful embellishments which will really enhance your projects.




I love spending Christmas morning with my sister and her family. I arrive early so I can see the kids opening their presents, it's wonderful to see the delight on their faces when they realize they received what they wished for. After opening the presents we share a big breakfast together. 
 
 

   
In the compliments pack there are these lovely white rosettes, I knew I would never use them for  scrapbooking but thought they would be great for a 3D project. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration and I came across an idea to make ornaments with them. I have used the gold glitter and cranberry cardstock and decorated them with various stamps. A little bling for added sparkle and some gold cord to hand the ornaments and the project is completed.


 Never think that you can only use the papers in the kits for the theme they are designed for. The pale black paper with the snowflakes created a bit of a challenge for me, I thought it would look lovely with the bashful cardstock. So I created this card and used the snowflake paper for the background. I used Bashful ink for the flowers, Canary for the centers of the flowers and  Fern for the leaves.



Thanks again for stopping by to continue the hop go to Shaunna's Passionate About Pages . I am sure she has something wonderful to share. Please take a moment and leave a comment before you head off to the next blog. All comments are gratefully accepted.

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.