Saturday, 20 February 2016

Share the Love Blog Hop

Welcome to our "Share the Love" Blog Hop. If you arrive here from Tanya's blog  you are in the right place, if you arrived by chance no worries, just continue the hop by click the link at the end of this post.

The Share the Love stamp set is wonderful,  it is filled with adorable icons and loveable sentiments, this stamp set will be a beautiful addition to your collection. The stamp set is $27.00  but Close To My Heart will  donate $7 USD*  to Operation Smile™, an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world! 

This card was a joy to make, I took inspiration from a card I found on Pinterest. I combined the Share the Love stamp set with a previous Operation Smile promotion stamp set, "Precious Smiles" W191 which you can buy for just $10.00 from my CTMH online shop, just clink on the link at the side of this post. I stamped the children with Black ink then added just a little colour with the Shin Han markers. To finish off the card I added the "Share the Love" and "Love You" sentiments and a fussy cut camera. 

To help with the placement of the stamps, I first stamped some of the images on copy paper to make a mask. This allowed me to stamp a second image close to the first without stamping on top of the first image.

My second project is a layout of my niece's daughter Xanthe's visit. It's a must that I take lots of photos of the great nieces and nephews whenever I see them. My sister loves baking with her grandchildren and it just so happened that Xanthe's visit coincided with my sister's granddaughters visit with her.  

                                              My last project is a rather simple hello card. 

To continue this hop and see what Wendy has created click here. I am sure you will love her project. Please leave a comment, we enjoy reading them all.

Monday, 1 February 2016

February Stamp of the Month

Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month  Blog Hop, if you have arrived from Denise's blog "Scrap Stamp Share"  you are in the right place, if you arrived here by chance I hope you enjoy this hop. You can continue the hop by clicking on the link at the end of this post.

February's Stamp of the Month is Balloon Animals S1602 and what a beauty it is. The pack contains 13 wonderful stamps both animals and sentiments.

This card was so much fun to make, it's called a "Pop Up Card" you can find a video here  which shows you how to make it. It may look difficult but it is really quite easy. I used Glacier cardstock and scraps of paper that I have had for a while. To match the papers I used Glacier, Sorbet, Champagne and Desert Sand ink. My niece's daughter is starting Kindy next week and I thought I would send a card to mark the day. I love how the card stands so well so it can be displayed.


You adhere white cardstock to the back to write your message. 

This card will fit in a C6 envelope when folded. 

I really like how we can manipulate the CTMH Acrylix Stamps. I decided to use the elephant image for this card and thought the "I didn't forget your birthday" stamp would be perfect as we know elephants never forget anything. Unfortunately this stamp didn't fit within the frame. By slightly stretching the frame stamp when you place it on the acrylic block, the sentiment will now fit within the frame. I stamped the elephant twice in Sorbet ink Z2164 then cut out the head and two of the legs and adhered them with the foam tape to give it a 3D look. Two Bitty Sparkles Z1263 were used for the eyes of the elephant. Sadly the "I didn't forget your birthday" stamp is now retired.

To go along with the above card I decorated one of the Designer Creations Paper Bags Z2037


To continue to hop please go to Wendy's Expressions of the Heart  to see what lovely project she has created. Thank you for joining in the hop and please leave a comment as we read them all and really appreciate you taking the time to comment.