Saturday, 22 August 2015

Yay It's the Weekend!

I love surfing the web and checking out Pinterest and craft blogs for new ideas. There are so many very creative people out there who are willing to share freely their creations. Here are a few of my recent cards.

When I saw a similar card to this card online I really wanted to try and replicate it,and this is how it turned out.

It's my niece's daughter's first birthday soon and I made this cute card for her. I love this stamp set with all the cute animals.

A friend was unwell a few weeks ago and I hoped to cheer her up with this Get Well Soon card. I received a lovely note from her telling me when she received this card in the mail it really brightened her day.

Have a great weekend and happy crafting.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Close To My Heart Zoe Blog Hop

Welcome to our "Zoe" blog hop, if you arrived here from Shaunna's blog  you are in the right place, it's a pleasure to have you stop by. Zoe is one of the new products in the 2015/16 Annul Inspirations Catalogue which will be available for early purchase this month. The new catalogue will be released in September.

I have used the Zoe Workshop on the Go G1096 for my projects. The papers, stamps, and compliments are beautiful and it is available for early purchase this month. There are lots of great stamps in this set and I looked forward to using them. I decorated one of the Display Trays Z1570, inspiration for this project came from the CTMH Make It From the Heart site. I also used the Seaside Greetings stamp set D1609 and Treasured Friendship set C1594 as they complimented these photos  perfectly. The Glacier Extra Thick Twine Z3039 was used to make the fishing net in the bottom right corner.

I have also made two cards using the Zoe papers and the inks recommended for this set. This first one was a lot of fun to do, creating a scene was easier than I thought. I love all of the papers in this set, they are so colourful. Various stamp sets were used to make this card.

This card is a really easy one, the circles are cut using the cricut and the Happy Birthday stamp is from the Happy to be Friends stamp set C1605. The little flowers are made with punch which I have had for a number of years, and the Bitty Sparkles Z1263 look so pretty.                                  

To continue this hop click here to go to Maz's Inky Fingers, I am sure she has a fantastic creation to share.

Monday, 17 August 2015

My Weekend Visitor

 My niece's daughter Lucy spent a weekend with me a few weeks ago and we had a great time together. On the Saturday we baked cookies and on the Sunday we did some gardening. It's such a pleasure having her stay with me, she is happy playing on her own for awhile and always tidied up afterwards. I have a toy box with a variety of toys, for the kids when they come. The toy box has dolls, cars, puzzles and even a doctor's bag with a stethescope and reflex hammer. We planted a selection of flower seedlings in my old wheelbarrow and I can't wait until they are all flowering I am sure it will look really nice.

Our chocolate cookies not long out of the oven, they were very yummy. We went to visit my mum Saturday afternoon and took some of our cookies for afternoon tea.

Lucy showing off  our wheelbarrow flower project.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Weekend Crafting

This past weekend was cold and rainy so I decided to spend sometime making cards. My table is set up looking out my lounge room window.  It gives me much pleasure to sit at my table crafting and watch the native birds splashing in the birdbath and the doves feeding from a bird feeder hanging in a bottlebrush tree in my front garden.

Here are four of the cards that I made last weekend. Inspiration for these cards came from Pinterest, there are so many very talented ladies out there that are willing share their great ideas. I love the bright colours of this first card, I used honey cardstock for the card then stamped the flowers on daisy white cardstock and inked the flower centres with honey ink.

I really like how this card turned out, it was fun doing the colouring and the sentiment brings back memories of watching "Friends" with Joey saying "How You Doing".

Making masculine cards is always a bit of a challenge but I love the simplicity of this card, I sponged white ink directly onto the brown cardstock, then added the stamped image, a narrow strip of paper, black twine and the embellishment.

Another simple but colourful card, the ity bity sparkles adds just the right amount of bling.

Happy crafting.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Get Organised with Close To My Heart

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

CTMH August Stamp of the Month

Hello and welcome to this month's Blog Hop. If you arrived here from  Marguerite's blog  you are in the right place, if you happened upon this hop by accident no worries just continue on by following the link at the end of the post.

This month's stamp is  Framed S1508, it has 12 stamps with three different frames and nine sentiments. I love how each sentiment is a different font. Notice the red line around the frames, well this means you can cut these shapes with the Cricut Artistry cartridge that is also released this month.

 I have made three cards and a Pillow Box this month each one is quite different to the other. This first card is a classic cream and black colour combination. I love this particular stamp it is so elegant and deserved a simple but beautiful design. The colonial white cardstock is embossed using the Damask Embossing Folder Z1927 and the black sequin ribbon and stick pin are from the Black Mini Medley Accent Kit Z1862. The crotchet flower is no longer available but I felt it added just the right touch for this card and the crown is one of the Base and Bling charms.

As Father's Day is just over a month away I thought I would make a card to celebrate this occasion. All it takes is just a small amount of sponging to bring the lighthouse stamp to life. The lighthouse stamp comes from the Seaside Greetings Set D1609. By adhering the two pieces of white cardstock together with just the smallest amount of adhesive you can stamp the image so it overlaps onto both pieces of cardstock. After stamping the image remove the smaller piece of cardstock and mat it with black and then adhere to the larger white piece. I sponged  the sky with Crystal Blue ink Z2117 using a sponge dauber and then repeated the process with Desert Sand ink Z2118 for the sand. Another of the great frames was used for the sentiment.

We all love receiving little gifts and this pillow box will hold all manner of treats. The pillow box was cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I chose papers from the National Scrapbook Day "Taste of Summer" pack. I decided to use this stamp as a real frame, after stamping the image I then fussy cut out the center so I could place the stamped flowers from the Shower Flowers stamp set C1612 under the frame. The little butterfly and bling adds a nice touch. The"Thinking of You" sentiment was stamped on a circle and then matted with a scalloped circle. The ribbon is from my stash.

My niece's daughter is having her birthday soon and I wanted to make a special card for her. I have had the paper doll stamp set for awhile but this is first time that I have used it. Unfortunately this stamp set is no longer available. The Shin Han markers are perfect for colouring in these items. I am a bit of a novice using these markers but I think they turned out al-right. This side step card is great for making a look alike dresser and this particular frame stamp makes very cute drawers for the dresser.

I hope you are enjoying this hop so please continue on and check out Wendy's blog  I am sure she has a great project to share. We all really appreciate your comments so if you see anything you like please leave a comment.