Summer is coming to New Zealand and I have been playing with the Seaside Reflections range from Close to My Heart. I love this paper range as it has the most beautiful colours and textures suitable for lots of different uses – plus there are absolutely gorgeous stamp sets to match the papers.
My son has just had his birthday and he is very keen on sailing and boats etc, so once I tidied my craft desk I got to work to make some cards and then stretched myself to make a waterfall folio album. Actually I did 2 waterfall folio albums but ran out of light to photograph, but will do that and post at another time. Here is the card that I made for him to go with the sailing print that I got him for his birthday. I must confess I had seen this idea on one of the CTMH Facebook groups I belong to but it was very suitable for James’ birthday. I have stamped the yacht image on the patterned paper using Lagoon ink and used the Holiday Tags stamp set for the sentiment.
Finally here is my waterfall folio album that I have made with the papers. I have got the pattern from here and the idea from my upline Grace Green – thank you. I have decorated the front with the stickers from the Seaside Assortment pack and also cut the sentiment from the Artbooking cartridge in both Glacier and Desert Sand to help the letters stand out from the background.
And here is the middle of the album.
I am looking forward to creating more with these beautiful papers and yes my desk is still tidy after my day’s efforts. Apart from the first card all these items will be available for sale at Gift Hutt.
A very short post today. Christmas is not that far away so I have been busy making some Christmas cards. I love the two Christmas reflections pack from Close to My Heart – Snowhaven and Yuletide Carol. Both have such different themes but they both make stunning Christmas cards.
I love utilizing the patterns on the papers and the gorgeous wee socks hanging on the shelf is so beautiful and the red paper from the Snowhaven pack coordinates well.
I taught a class yesterday starting with the basics of card making just using the basic equipment i.e. no Cuttlebugs and Cricut machines and this is a good example of a card anyone can make with the basic tools and lovely patterned papers.
Sorry this is a couple of days late but sometimes life just gets in the way. I have been busy doing a big project for Gift Hutt and will feature this later in another post.
In the meantime I noticed that Gift Hutt was getting a little low in blue baby cards and as I have just received the new Artfully Sent cartridge I thought I would have a little play. This new cartridge is great for cardmaking as well as for scrapbooking and there is so much to choose from and it is going to take me quite a while to get through all the projects.
There are some gorgeous icons in the cartridge to cut and I love the baby outfits that are in there. I have cut a number of them out of both Glacier and Crystal Blue cardstock for quick and easy cards when I need them.
This first card features the sleeve card from page 23 of the Artfully Sent cartridge booklet cut at 5 1/2″ on Cricut Craftroom, and I have backed it with some White Daisy cardstock embossed with the Quatrefoil embossing folder and this time used the back of the embossed cardstock to try and create a more quilted affect that suited a baby card. The bows have also been cut out using the same cartridge. I love the simple sentiments that come with the Artfully Sent cartridge and they were perfect for these cards.
As promised I said I would write a tutorial on how to make the poinsettia flower that I featured in last night’s post.
This flower was actually easy to make because when you look at the poinsettia flower it has the same shape to the leaves and flowers and the centre of the leaves are bright red which makes it stand out from the leaves.
I have cut the flower shape Accent 3 (shift) on page 61 on the CTMH Artiste cartridge. The red flowers have been cut out from Ruby cardstock in three sizes – 3″, 2.75″ and 2.5″, while the leaves have been cut out at 4 and 3.5″. I used the Cricut Craft Room to use the hide/contour function to get rid of the circle in the middle.
I then shaped the flowers by using the flower shape tools I won last year and created the veins in the leaves and then bent the leaves gently to create some shape. The flowers have a white edge to them and the CTMH white core cardstock worked perfectly to make a perfect finish to the flowers.
I have done the leaves the same but this time I tried to make a heavier score for the veins so that I could sponge Canary ink on it to create yellow veins.
I then combined them together by alternating the leaves to create the flower. I then added the Bling gold gems to centre to finish it off..
As you can see it is very quick and easy to make and I hope that you have fun making them.
Thank you for all the lovely feedback for my last post on the photo I took of the orchids at Gift Hutt. I was so pleased that I finally managed to get what I had been seeing whenever the sun was shining through the window.
I have finally got my new Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge and have had a play with it. There are so many different ideas in the cartridge that it was hard to know where to start but I had to start somewhere. So I got some inspiration from the Annual Inspirations Book on page 65 with the lovely die cut card. It was interesting getting some feedback on the Christmas cards I had made with the Stamp of the Month – Home for the Holidays. The non-traditional cards got the most likes on Facebook. Plus, as I am in Wellington, New Zealand, and heading towards a warm Christmas some friends felt that the polar bear was not quite so appropriate for southern hemisphere countries so I thought I would do something more appropriate for the warmer climates.
The poinsettia is indigenous to Mexico and South America because of it’s green and red foliage is very popular in Christmas floral displays. It has been a very popular emblem on Christmas cards in New Zealand for many years.
I looked through all the CTMH cartridges and found just the right image on the Artiste cartridge to use to make up the flowers and the leaves. I need to charge my tablet to upload my step by step photos and I will add a tutorial on how I made these once I have done that so please bear with me.
I first practiced making the card with some Buttercup cardstock (NLA) and when I put the flower on it it actually went well as it toned with the yellow in the leaves so I decided to make a birthday card with it. Here it is:
This is such a bright and cheerful card and would make a wonderful gift for someone.
I know that I normally write about my cardmaking and scrapbooking but today I want to show you what a difference editing your photos make. I normally am a purist about photography and do minimal editing such as cropping for photos but today I went a little further and I am sold on editing to get a good photo now. What do you think of the results?
I used to use Memory Manager from Creative Memories, but I bought a new computer and I am now no longer able to use it for editing as the programme is no longer being supported since the demise of CM Australasia. So I have discovered Picmonkey which is free for basic editing and just $33 per year for the Royale feature. I have found it great to use to do collages for a website that I am setting up for Gift Hutt.
For those of you that don’t know, I also have a shop in Lower Hutt called Gift Hutt and sell lots of arts and crafts on behalf of people. You can check out what I have in the shop here. Today when I got to Gift Hutt the sun was shining through the window, onto some polymer clay orchids that I had sitting in the front of the shop and that was creating a lovely reflection. I took a few photos with my Samsung Note tablet – here is the original image:
As you can see there is quite a lot of background distraction. I then cropped the photo to focus on the flowers and then using the clone function removed the white mark on the right. Finally I used the shadow function to remove the background noise from the wall at the back of the photo. It didn’t take long but I am happy with the result. Here is the finished photo again:
As you can see the editing has made a huge difference. I know a lot of people are probably already doing this but it is a revelation to me and I am so pleased with the results that I will be doing more of this to improve the quality of my photos. I will be exploring the other functions to see what results I come up with – so watch this space…
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Today I would like to share with you this some cards that I have made which features the Home from the Holiday stamp set which is available exclusively throughout October for $33 or for just $5 when you spend $75. This stamp set has some very versatile images that would be great for cardmaking and scrapbooking.
I have had some fun doing a selection of cards using this gorgeous stamp set ranging from traditional colours to totally untraditional Christmas themed cards.
My next card has been made using my new favourite colour – Glacier.
This is such a stunning colour and very popular at the moment with all the Frozen merchandise out accompanying the popular film. The polar bear image looks great in Glacier and I have matched it with the beautiful Snowhaven paper. I have also used the beautiful Fundamentals Adventure paper to add a little bit of shine to back the Cricut cut image of the polar bear. The background Glacier cardstock has been embossed using the dots embossing folder and then sanded to try and look a little like snow covered dots. I love the fact that the CTMH papers are white cored as you can get lots of different effects with sanding and distressing.
Moving away from the traditional I have used Black and Glacier with a touch of Flaxen to create a totally different card. Normally you would not associate black with Christmas but I love this combination as it stands out so much from the traditional reds and greens. I think the black image helps the polar bear look like it is in a window looking out at you – what do you think? Again I have used some Glacier Fundamentals paper from the Whimsy pack which gives a nice background to the stamped image.
Finally I have done a pink Christmas card. Pink is not a colour normally associated with Christmas but I just wanted to do a fun card and I love this parcel set from the Artbooking cartridge. It is great to layer and have some fun with colours and textures.
I have cut out the parcels from Pink glitter paper and backed with some Cotton Candy cardstock. To add some interest to the parcels I have used some silver geometric washi tape on a couple of the parcels to keep with the silver and pink theme. I don’t normally use a lot of washi tape and strips like this but today I have done that with good effect. The Pink spotted washi tape (unfortunately NLA) and the pink and silver shimmer trims add a base on which to place the parcels which helps pull the card together.