Next week is Fathers Day so I have made some more Fathers Day cards for sale at Gift Hutt. Close to My Heart provides a wonderful range of masculine stamps and there is also a good range of papers in each Reflections pack that are suitable for masculine cards. I have used a mix of Timberline and Seaside papers for these cards. And of course Black and White are New Zealand’s colours and worked really well with the fabulous cricket themed stamps that Close to My Heart have created especially for the Australasian market. These stamps will come in handy later for some more scrapbook layouts for my son.
Welcome back to another creative installment and a special welcome to all my new followers. I hope you gain some inspiration and I am happy if you scraplift or copy but would like to be acknowledged that I am the source.
Father’s Day is just around the corner and I have managed to scrape some time together to get this idea out of my head. I have gained my inspiration from a visit to Wellington of the Hastings Rubber Stamp Shop and thought I might apply what I saw there with the CTMH products. I must admit that I did use a Memory Box die for the tools as there was nothing similar in the CTMH cartridges. While I try to use all CTMH products there are times where there is no substitute for what I want to achieve, however CTMH are relaxed about the use of other products but I would never use other papers, cardstock or stamps as I much prefer the quality of these products.
Today I have used up some of my stash of the Timberline papers to create the effect of a door opening onto a cupboard containing tools for dad to use. I am apologise for the quality of the photos but it was dark and I really need to sort out a light box for me to photograph and also the card it self was difficult to photo as there was three different aspects to it.
The outside of the card has been cut using the lovely woodgrain paper and I also lined the inside as the fishing paper did not fit in with what I wanted to achieve. I have cut the shapes out of Slate cardstock from the Artiste cartridge to create the effect of door hinges and a key opening. These have been distressed with Desert Sand ink to try and show an aged effect on the hardware. Here is a close up of the front and I have coloured Bitty Sparkles and a larger clear Sparkle with the black Twin Touch markers.
I cut a piece of Colonial White cardstock at 4 x 5 1/4″ and stamped the saw image out of the You’re the Best stamp set in Desert Sand. I then stamped the Happy Father’s Day stamp with Cocoa ink on the bottom of the card which was then adhered it to the front of the Cocoa card base which I cut out by hand. I trimmed some scrap cocoa cardstock and woodgrain paper to create the effect of a beam to hold the tools on. I used the Crafts Man Tools die from Memory box to cut the small tools out of Colonial cardstock which I then coloured with the lovely Twin Touch markers to create some dimension to them. I used the Bonding Memories glue stick to glue them to the card. Here is a close up of the inner part of the front of the card.
Today I had a productive time at Scrapbook Corner at the Upper Hutt Library. I have taken a break from the Chalk It Up school layouts and thought I might give Confetti Wishes a go for James’ birthday photos. Confetti Wishes has such vibrant colours and the papers are just perfect for birthday layouts. I have got my inspiration for both layouts from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 book. I have used these books so much that I have had them bound so they could last longer.
James was very lucky and had 3 birthday parties for his 5th birthday. Today I will feature two of the birthdays – one for kindy and the other his birthday party and home.
Here is the first layout using the pattern No 6, page 16 from the Make it From Your Heart book and I have changed the orientation from the what is displayed in the pattern to fit the photos. This is James’ party at home and I have used the Artbooking cartridge to cut the titles and the parcels and the ‘wish’ is actually the offcut from the Make a Wish title from the next layout. I am still to do the journalling and I have finished off with Confetti Wishes Complements and Assortments. I have used my Twin Touch markers to colour the clear sparkles to match the colours in the range. I no longer need to worry about getting many different colours of sparkles to match my projects with the Twin Touch markers.
Here is a close up of the parcels.
I cut two parcel shapes out of the striped Confetti paper – one was reversed to get the different papers. I also used Pacifica and Canary scraps to piece the parcels and also embossed them with different embossing folders from CTMH – dots and chevrons.
Here is the second layout and this time I have used pattern No 14 on page 32. I am not sure if I am happy with the blue patterned paper as it makes it a little busy but other than that the photos really worked well with this layout. I put a cake on this paper and to make it stand out I used my grey Twin touch marker to outline the cake and make it stand out more. The Confetti Wishes Complements and Assortments made it easy to complete the layouts and I still am looking at putting in some journalling – perhaps with some flip flaps which are so versatile.
I have done a single page layout but I am still to finish it so it was a very productive day. I am starting to get through James’ photos and eventually they will be done.
Welcome to the CTMH New Product Blog Hop. This time I will be focusing on the absolutely gorgeous Brushed paper range. I have been looking at this paper pack and been very reluctant to cut into this beautiful paper but I have finally taken the plunge and made a few cards with the papers. I love the wide range of colours in this pack, but it is predominately PINK which is my favourite colour. Plus it has the new Pixie colour and I love love love this colour. It is softer than Cotton Candy and I can see some more baby cards coming. I have been asked to make a couple of cards for women in their twenties and these papers were perfect. I also found the most gorgeous shoes on the Essentials cartridge that came with the Cricut machine. With a bit of bling these black shoes became shoes that any women would love to wear. I have also made some bags and clutches by cutting out the shapes from the Art Philosophy cartridge and trimming them down. I Here is a selection of cards: For this card I have used some Desert Sand cardstock and embossed using the Stripe embossing folder and then distressed it. I love how the yellow flower paper is a lovely background to the pink and black. I have had this idea in my head for a while and finally got it out. I have cut a shape out of Desert Sand using the Art Philosphy cartridge and then using the negative image I have cut out the shape of a bureau. I have trimmed with Cocoa cardstock and distressed with Saddle ink. The sparkles have been coloured using the Bronze Twin Touch marker. The dress and hanger have been cut using the Artiste cartridge and the heels cut using the cartridge already loaded in the Cricut machine. Waste not want not. Here I have used the other half of the purse to create a tag for the lovely sentiment. I have added the flower from the Brushed assortments and the trim is the vellum from the Brushed complements. I love this card and the heels are so fabulous with the little bitty sparkles to add a little bling. The flags and strip on the trim are the vellum shapes from the Brushed complements. I love this pink check pattern and it makes a lovely background to the cards. The purse has been cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge and I have used my black pen to create the stitching line which made the purse stand out a lot more. The flower is from the Brushed assortments and the new Thistle ribbon went very well with this colour scheme. I have used a different colour scheme but I still have pink it it. The flower and leaves have been cut using the Artiste cartridge and I have added the metal flowers from the Brushed assortment range to add some dimension to the picture. The zip strip to this paper makes a lovely trim. This is a very easy card using some pink glitter trim for extra impact. My final card has been inspired by another consultant but I feel very uncomfortable about copying other people’s art and so I have given it my own twist. I have used Juniper cardstock to mat the pink paper and I love the contrast to tone down the pinkness of the card. The flowers have been cut from the Artiste cartridge out of Pixie cardstock and the edges have been sponged with Pixie ink. The centre of the flowers have been stamped with black ink onto Canary cardstock – another new colour which is beautiful. The flowers have been finished with Flamingo dots and in the centre flower I have used a metal flower from the Brushed assortments. The leaves have been stamped using a leaf stamp from the Your Own Kind of Wonderful stamp set using black ink on Juniper and then fussy cut out. The contrast helped make the card too pink and lifted the flowers from the card.
I have been trying to win a new Cricut Explore machine and decided to do something completely different with what I have done before. I had just got my new Whimsy cardstock pack and there was the new Glacier colour in it and it is such a beautiful and soft green/blue colour. I had seen another consultant make a three dimensional balloon with an image cut out of the Artiste cartridge and decided to take the concept further and make a baby mobile. I am sorry but I cannot remember the name of the consultant and can’t credit her.
The small balloons have been cut out at 4″ and the large balloon at 6″. I have cut out 4 of each layer with White Daisy, Glacier and Crystal Blue cardstocks. I then glued the layers together using 4 different colourways. The completed image was then scored down the centre and then glued together to create a three dimensional object. Unfortunately, I was in a rush and didn’t take any photos of work in progress, but you can see the process in this post that I did with Christmas decorations here. The centre balloon has a basket made out of a square created by cutting a strip of Crystal Blue Cardstock at 3/4″ and another strip of Glacier at 1/4″ and glued the lighter colour over the darker colour. I scored at 3/4″ lengths and created a square. (I will try and take some close up photos and post them here later).
The white clouds have been cut at sizes, 2.25, 2.00 and 1.75 inches. I cut two clouds from the Glacier and Crystal Blue cardstocks at 2.5″. I then layered the white clouds onto the coloured cardstock.
To complete the mobile I got a piece of dowel from Spotlight and cut it in half. I then covered the dowel with the silver washi tape which is no longer available and then used hemp tape to tie the rods together and also created a loop to hang it up.
I have thread a needle with cotton and pierced the different shapes and tied them together. I wasn’t too fussed about having them all at the same length as it made it more interesting. Sewing the basket onto the middle balloon was tricky and took some time to get it looking straight.
This is another layout that I have adapted from the Make It From the Heart Volume 1 – pattern 16. I was fairly limited by the photos as these were professional photos taken at school and I have not been able to change them. I have used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the shapes either side of the large photo and then embossed them using the Dots embossing folder. The Lagoon colour was perfect to match the colours in the photos, and I love the new Flaxen base cardstock. I am not sure what other embellishments I can put on the right hand page and will look at it for a while to see what I can do. But sometimes less is more.