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.

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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.