Welcome back and today I would like to share another Mother’s Day card that I have made with Heartfelt Creations Classic Roses and some Spellbinders dies.
I was inspired by Sabrina from Aspiring to Creativity for the lacy background but of course I had to add some Classic Roses. I was really happy with how it turned out with all the texture and the combination of gold and ivory which makes the flowers and leaves to pop.
Today sees the release of the gorgeous Sweet Peony collection from Heartfelt Creations.
Sweetly fragranced, and delicately airy, the graceful peony flower is a breathtaking and dreamy blossom that calls a quiet attention to itself! Lush foliage filled plants bursting forth with tightly wound flower buds among softly ruffled blossoms bring with them a hint of old fashioned romance and delight! Join Heartfelt Creations as we stroll through beautiful peony filled gardens in the new Sweet Peony Collection! Pause, linger and refresh your soul as you amble through a paper collection filled with delightful peony flowers in happy hues of angelic pinks and dark burgundies, set among a refreshing array of leafy greens, sky blues, and sunshine yellows! Soft swirls, gorgeous stripes, and dainty lace like accents come together to create pleasing backdrops for bold peony blossoms, chipping birds and divine window scenes! Three coordinating cling stamp set and die combinations bring the luscious peony flower to the forefront of this gorgeous collection. An assortment of varying sized peony petals and foliage die cut pieces work together to create dimensional and dynamic peony blossoms ready to captivate and take center stage on card fronts, scrapbook layouts and altered art pieces! So, breathe deep, drink in the sweetness of the peony blossoms, and feel free to linger awhile as we take in the gentle beauty of the Sweet Peony Collection!
Today I have a special card to share with you. I love how I can combine lots of different collections together for one card and this would make a perfect Mother’s Day card.
HCD1-7173 Small Sweet Peony Die
HCD1-7174 Large Sweet Peony Die
HCD1-7175 Peony Bud and Blossom Die
HCPC-3819 Small Sweet Peony Cling Stamp
HCPC-3820 Large Sweet Peony Cling Stamp
HCPC-3821 Peony Bud and Blossom Cling Stamp
HCDP1-288 Sweet Peony Paper Collection
159723 Art Glitter Dries Clear
PGM15015 Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear
HCPC-3816 Lush Lilac Cling Stamp
HCD1-7172 Lush Lilac Scroll & Cage Die
HCD7169 Rain Boots and Blossoms Die
HCPC-3811 Rain Boots and Blossoms Stamp
HCPC-3644 Birds and Blooms Stamp Set
HCD1-756 Birds and Blooms Die
HCD1-7110 Classic Rose Die
HCPC-3752 Classic Rose Cling Stamp set
HCD1-799 Regal Borders and Pockets Die
HCPP3-452 White cardstock
TSMP900 Tuxedo Black ink
TSMP103 Memento Canteloupe
TSMP 604 Memento Summer Sky
TSMP707 Memento Bamboo Leaves ink
TSMP301 Memento Rhubarb Stalk
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
HCFB1-464 Basic Flower Shaping Mold
HCFB1-462 Rose Shaping Mold
HCST1-401 Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit
HCDA2-45 Stack and Store Daubers
159723 Art Glitter Dries Clear
PGN15015 Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear
Other – Bronze metallic cardstock, Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender ink, Bitty Sparkles, Art Glitter micro beads, Versamgaic Sweet Petunia, Perfect Plumeria
Cut a piece of white cardstock at 6” x 12”, score at 6” along the long side and fold to make a base card of 6” x 6”. Cut the 6” x 6” panel from the paper collection and adhere over the front of the card. Die cut the cage die from the HCD1-7172 Lush Lilac Scroll & Cage Die
In bronze metallic card and adhere at the top of the card. Die cut the border from the HCD1-799 Regal Borders and Pockets Die in the bronze metallic cardstock and adhere to the top of the card.
Stamp the images from both the HCD1-7173 HCPC-3819 Small Sweet Peony Cling Stamp and the HCPC-3819 Small Sweet Peony Cling Stamp in Rhubarb Stalk and Rose Coral inks on white cardstock. Colour the Rose Coral images in Rose Coral ink and the Rhubarb Stalk images with the Perfect Plumeria ink and then die cut with the corresponding dies. Shape the flowers using the HCFB1-464 Basic Flower Shaping Mold, allow to dry and assemble with a combination of the large and small images to make large flowers and buds. Add Crystal Clear glitter to the flowers with Dries Clear glue on a damp sponge. Adhere around the bottom of the card as shown.
Stamp the images from the HCPC-3821 Peony Bud and Blossom Cling Stamp set in Rose Coral ink and colour in with the Rose Coral and Canteloupe ink and die cut with the coordinating dies. Shape and adhere around the large peonies. Add Crystal Clear using Dries Clear on a damp sponge.
Stamp the leaf images from the both the HCD1-7173 HCPC-3819 Small Sweet Peony Cling Stamp and the HCPC-3819 Small Sweet Peony Cling Stamp in Bamboo Leaves ink and colour in with New Sprout ink and die cut with the coordinating die. Sponge the edges with Bamboo Leaves and then shape, trim and adhere around the peonies as shown.
To make the small leaves stamp the images from the HCPC-3811 Rain Boots and Blossoms Stamp set in Bamboo Leaves on white cardstock. Colour the images with Bamboo Leaves and die cut with the coordinating die. Adhere around the peonies to the left and right of the card among the peonies.
Stamp the dandelion images in Bamboo Leaves ink, colour with Bamboo Leaves ink and die cut with the coordinating die. Add micro beads to the centre with Dries Clear glue and allow to dry. Add Crystal Clear glitter with Dries Clear glue and adhere the dandelions to the card around the peonies.
Stamp the small lilac spray image from the HCPC-3816 Lush Lilac Cling Stamp set in Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock. Colour the leaves with Bamboo Leaves ink and the lilacs in Lavender ink and die cut with the corresponding die. Shape and adhere over the top of the bird cage.
Stamp the lilacs from the HCPC-3816 Lush Lilac Cling Stamp in Pearlescent Lavender ink, sponge with the Lavender ink and die cut with the corresponding die. Shape the lilacs with the HCFB1-466 Lush Lilac Mold, allow to dry and adhere the lilacs l over the small lilac spray over the cage. Add Crystal Clear glitter to the lilacs with Glue Gloss and small bitty sparkles to the centres of the flowers.
To make the rose leaves stamp the images from the HCPC-3752 Classic Rose Cling Stamp set in Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock. Colour the image with Bamboo Leaves ink and die cut with the coordinating die. Shape the flowers using the Rose Shaping Mold, allow to dry and adhere to the top left of the card as shown. To make the roses stamp the images from the HCPC-3752 Classic Rose Cling Stamp set in Pearlescent Coral, sponge the centres with Canteloupe inks and die cut. Sponge the edges with the Pearlescent oralShape the flowers using the Rose Shaping Mold, allow to dry and assemble and adhere to the leaves as shown.
Stamp the bird images from the HCPC-3644 Birds and Blooms Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock and cut out with the corresponding die. Colour with Canteloupe, Summer Sky and Sweet Petunia inks and add Ultrafine Crystal glitter with glue gloss. Shape lightly and adhere to the bottom right over the peony and top left on the birdcage.
Die cut the tag using the Luggage and Tags die, shape and adhere it just under the bird as shown.
I was reading in a blog the other day that Close to My Heart (CTMH) seemed to be more about scrapbooking than anything else and I just wanted to say that CTMH is much much more than that. Close to My Heart provides a huge range of products for all your papercrafting needs, including cardmaking, 3 dimensional projects, home decor items as well as the traditional scrapbooking. I have been papercrafting for 20+ years and I have personally found the CTMH products to be superior to anything that I have used in the past. The quality is excellent and the company are great to work for. How many companies would make page protectors to fit another company’s albums! CTMH did just that to help ease the previous Creative Memories Consultants transition from CM to CTMH. Plus they have created stamp sets specifically for the Australasian market. And they have just created a new stamp set to go with a fabulous new paper pack they are releasing next month after a suggestion from a consultant.
Since I have been with CTMH my paper crafting has gone to a whole new level and I have been able to stretch and challenge myself to do a lot more projects that I would never have thought I could do. The support and inspiration from the other CTMH consultants has been amazing as well. It really has become a big international family with consultants sharing and supporting from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Here are the reasons why I love CTMH
Stamps – There are over 100 different stamp sets for all sorts of different occasions. CTMH stamps are clear acrylic stamps that come in a little package for easy storage. I have always preferred clear stamps as I like to see where I am stamping. However, the ones I have used previously were good for only a couple of uses and then they warped and lost their stickiness. I loved the images but couldn’t use them! Plus the prices are excellent value for money with prices ranging from $6 to $33 (NZ$). And there is also the SOTM set which is available for just $5 when you spend $75.
Papers – the papers are gorgeous and beautiful to work with. They mix and match so well and the paper packs with coordinating cardstock are excellent value for money at just NZ$18 per packet. Enough for 2 double page layouts and lots of cards. I also love the fact that they cater for masculine themes really well as those are hard to find.
Cardstock – there are 40 different colours to choose from and you can buy them in packs of single colours or in a colour range. They work well together across the colour spectrum and I like the white core as it gives other ways to add more dimension to your projects. Plus this adds to the uniformity of colour throughout the packs. and they are easy to manipulate and roll into flowers.
Inks – there are inks to match all the cardstock colours. I have found the ink pads to be lovely and juicy and give a good impression every time. And there is NO smudging unless my hands are hot and sticky. I have used other products and have got frustrated with the smudging. I am not sure how these inks would go on other cardstock as they are designed to work with the CTMH cardstock and I no longer have other products to use to see what they would be like.
WOTG and How To Books – I am more of a cardmaker than a scrapbooker and I LOVE LOVE LOVE these WOTGs and books. These are great to get me inspired when I have a creative block and they are easy for newbies to scrapbooking and cardmaking to use. My books are well-thumbed and I have used them heaps.
Embellishments – CTMH provides a range of embellishments to match the papers, stamps and cardstock. There is a selection of ribbons, bling, sequins, washi tape, bakers twine and shimmer trims. I have found over the years that it is easy to hoard a lot of different embellishments and it is good having a smaller range that works on a wide range of products. Plus there are a lot of cheap imports coming into the country and CTMH are unable to compete with them and they should compete with them. I almost exclusively use CTMH products but occasionally I will add a non-CTMH product. I really don’t need anything else.
Designer Creations and Design Creations – there are a range of boxes, bags albums and frames for you to decorate with and make great gifts for friends and families.
Cricut Cartridges – I don’t know what I would do without my Cricut cartridges. Just about every time I sit down to craft I turn my computer on and get into Cricut Craftroom to make something for my projects. I love the fact that you can size the images to fit and you are not limited to the size of a die. Plus I was always losing my dies on my desk. I was told at the start of my CTMH journey that you will only need these cartridges and they were right. I haven’t needed to really look at any of the hundreds of other cartridges that are available as I have all that I need.
There are other products available such as the Picture Your Life and Base and Bling to add more variety to your crafting. These products can be used on their own or incorporated into your other projects such as scrapbooking and cardmaking.
Here are a couple of cards and some decorated boxes using CTMH products to show how versatile they are.
These cards have been made with the new Blossom papers from the new Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogue. These were very quick and easy to make using the beautiful papers and the coordinating stamp set Shower Flowers. I have used stamped the images and then fussy cut them out to layer them to make the flowers. Isn’t that zip strip gorgeous and just finishes off the cards so well.
With this card I have stamped the leaves with Glacier ink first on the base card and then layered the flowers on top. The sentiments are from the Happy to Be Friends stamp set from the last Seasonal Expressions catalogue. This stamp set is still available for about a year before it is retired.
And just to show that CTMH is not limited to cardmaking and scrapbooking I have decorated a couple of kraft boxes from the local discount store. I have some baby clothing for sale at Gift Hutt and thought I might make some boxes to do up to make gift boxes for baby showers or for a new arrival. A lovely aqua baby cardigan had just come in and I immediately thought of the Blossom papers and they were a perfect match.
Here is the baby gift box. I have cut the lace heart from the Artiste cartridge and used the Cricut Craftroom to manipulate the size to fit the shape of the lit. I traced the lid onto a piece of paper and then cut it out with scissors to get the base shape. The bow is cut from the Artiste cartridge.
And here is the contents – including the cardigan and a very cute handcrafted soap moulded into a baby basket. I have got cards to match this at Gift Hutt and the ribbon was purchased through Gift Hutt. This gift basket would be great to keep all the little mementos that we collect when we have babies – like the first booties, tooth, hair cut etc.
With Mother’s Day coming up I have done a gift basket for filling with lots of goodies from Gift Hutt.
I have done a lot of cards recently, but I did find some time to do some scrapbook layouts a couple of weeks ago. I am more of a cardmaker, but I do enjoy scrapbooking and I am so thankful that CTMH has a great range of how to books to inspire me.
For this layout I have used the Performance pattern on page 48 – 49 of the Magic book. This is the first time that I have used hand stitching on a layout and I am happy with the outcome. I am going to look at getting my sewing machine out and have a go with that as well. I have used the stitch guide to punch the holes and some embroidery floss and stitched it by hand.
Here are close ups of the flowers and butterflies. The flourish has been cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (page 59 Font Layer) and I played around in Cricut Craftroom to get the size right. The flowers are from the Artiste cartridge (page 55 Accent 1>Shift) and I have cut several different sizes to create some depth with the flowers. The butterflies are from Artbooking (page 62 Icon)and I have stamped them with using the rock and rock technique with Canary and Pixie inks with the butterfly stamp from the Brushed WOTG set. I have used the script stamp from the Armour stamp set and lightly and randomly stamped onto the Colonial White cardstock in Bamboo ink and then distressed the edges with Desert Sand ink. I love how this has turned out.
I have hidden the journalling in this pocket. Sometimes I struggle to put journalling on a layout as it seems to detract from the artwork so putting them into pockets makes it easy to create layouts.
I originally stamped this sentiment with Black ink but it didn’t look right so I then stamped the sentiment with Cotton Candy ink onto some scrap Colonial White cardstock. I fussy cut out the letters and then adhered them slightly to the left of the black letters to create a shadow and actually it looks so much better for it and I will be doing this again.
I am a day late for my blog but I lost the battle with the light last night to take photos. It is heading into Autumn here and Easter is just around the corner so the days are getting shorter and the dark came up quicker that I had wanted. I went out with my aunt yesterday and found some very cheap foam crosses and thought I would have fun dressing up the cross to put on the wall in my shop. It is also fitting as my new landlord is a church. Here is the finished product hanging on the wall at Gift Hutt. I am going to look at doing another cross up for ANZAC Day with red poppies.
To cover the cross I have used the lovely B&T papers from the Yuletide Carol Reflections paper range. This particular paper is really versatile for lots of different projects apart from Christmas. I wasn’t sure about it at first but now I love it for doing backgrounds. I used liquid glass to adhere the paper onto the foam – the edges are not perfect as this is not a perfect cross but I did what I could. I had to have a join in the paper and hid this with the Black Striped Twill.
I really like using different techniques for making flowers and for these flowers I have got my inspiration from another company on how to do these flowers. They used dies and stamps but I used my Cricut cartridges – Artiste and Art Philosophy and kept to a very neutral palate – Colonial White and Flaxen. I love how you can make all different sizes instead of being limited to the size of the die.
For the flowers I cut the flowers from the Artiste cartridge page 54 Accent 3>Shift at sizes ranging from 2″ down to 1/2″ in increments of 1/2″ as this made a good contrast in sizes. However, I used flowers that I had cut out earlier and I think the sizes were only 1/4″ difference and I think the centre petals are a little big.
After cutting the flowers I used the small spray bottles to slightly dampen the flowers.
Once they were pliable to use I then used the shaping tool to create some texture and pattern on the petals.
I then pleated all the petals by hand and twisted them slightly. Using the large ball embossing tool I then made the flowers cup up. Each flower had two of these layers. These were then left to dry.
For the centre of the flowers I used the next size down flower and using the same technique I created the cups for the centre. However, I did not pleat the petals this time.
Here are the completed flowers ready to put on the cross. As you can see I have done three different sizes to create some depth and interest to the flowers.
Before putting the flowers on the cross I cut out several leaves from the Art Philosophy cartridge page 35 <Branch2> size 2″ from Flaxen cardstock. I then played around with the placement of the leaves and glued them down with the small glue stick.
I placed a bow on the cross first and then had some fun with placing all the flowers in a pleasing way. I finished off with a pearl flourish (NLA) and then some clear sparkles in the middle of the flowers. For the final touch I embossed three butterflies from the Armour stamp set with gold embossing powder and fussy cut them out and used liquid glue to adhere them to the flowers. I would have preferred to use pearls but unfortunately, CTMH do not stock them.
Here is a close up of the pearls, flowers and butterfly.
I then went on to create some cards using the same papers, flowers and colours and the His Love stamp set that is only available until the end of the month.
Here I have used my own design and used a spare flower and leaves to embellish the card. I have used the black sequins from the Mini Medley Accents – Black to finish it off.
Gosh these weeks fly past and it is time for yet another blog post. This week I will focus on another stamp set, Someone Special, that is available only until the end of March through the Seasonals Expressions catalogue for just NZ$25. This is such a pretty stamp set and I can see myself using this set a lot for cards and layouts. I love the fact that CTMH use clear acrylic stamps so it is really easy to stamp over base images to create a lovely 2 dimensional look.
For these cards I have kept to the lovely Canary and Flaxen combination. For the first card I have embossed White Daisy cardstock with the Quatrefoil embossing folder which I had inked first with Canary and Flaxen ink. I have got this technique from a fellow CTMH consultant, Karen Pedersen here and there are more ideas about using the CTMH embossing folders on this post. I did not sand the cardstock at all and the ink stamped the background of the embossing with the white embossed edge standing out more. I was thrilled with the outcome and I hope you like it too. The embossed cardstock has been matted on Flaxen cardstock and another strip of Flaxen cardstock has been placed over the bottom third of the card. I have topped with this with the coordinating Flaxen Paper Fundamental paper .
The flower and bud has had the base stamped with Canary ink and then overstamped with Flaxen ink. The leaves base has been stamped with Flaxen ink and overstamped with Olive ink. These colours go so well together and I found it to be a very restful combination on the eye. These were very easy to fussy cut and I have used the thin foam tape to add a little dimension.
I hope you all had a good Christmas. I had a lovely relaxing day and I am now getting back into crafting.
I normally use only CTMH products but the local Spotlight store had a special on Kaisercraft wood kitsets so I bought a few to have a play with. Apart from the kitset and mod podge everything else I have used in these projects is CTMH.
I love the CTMH papers and the Yuletide Carol papers are just gorgeous and I felt fitted well with this advent calendar. I have tried to create a picture of a living room with the stockings hung by the tree and the parcels waiting to be opened. I have sponged all the edges with Desert Sand ink and I love how the wood has turned into an antique gold colour. I have cut out the centre from the patterned paper and lined it up so that it would be the centre of the box. I used the red patterned paper to line the boxes (there are a number of You Tube videos that show you how) and after sponging the edges with Desert Sand ink I modpodged them all. The numbers came with the pack and I have sponged them all with Desert Sand ink and then using Liquid Glass adhered them to the front of the little boxes. The Christmas tree has been cut in 3 sizes from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge in the green paper from the Yuletide Carol paper pack, and I have adhered them with foam tape to try and create some dimension. The boxes have been made from the Artiste cartridge and I have tied them up with the metallic bakers twine. The Santa is from the Yuletide Carol Complements that I have stuck onto some White Colonial cardstock and cut out. I used tabs of Colonial White cardstock to adhere to the box. The Merry Christmas is from the Artiste cartridge.
Here is another kitset this time featuring a bird on a cage.
Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations, then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.
Today I would like to share with you a scrapbook layout and of course some cards which features the December SOTM Cutie Pie which is available exclusively throughout December for $33 or for just $5 when you spend $75.
I was really looking forward to getting this stamp set as I had the perfect photos to do a scrapbook layout with them. I have some photos from when my family went to the Sweet Pea cafe for a High Tea and was waiting for the opportunity for scrap them. I have ordered my photos from Studio J while they were on special last month at just $5 per layout. I was able to order a mix of sizes and then sorted out my layout to match the photo sizes. Studio J doesn’t just do scrapbook layouts – you can also do photos and you can get them in lots of different sizes from 2 x 2, 3 x 3, 3 x 4, 4 x 4, 6 x 4 , 5 x 7 and larger photos in a 12 x 12 page and just cut them up when you get them for your layouts.
For this layout I have used the pattern 10 from the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2. I love the How To books from CTMH as they make it so easy to get stunning layouts without too much effort. After all why invent the wheel again.
I have used the Brushed paper pack and I am getting low on supplies now so had to do a little juggling but I am happy with the finish. I have gone with Juniper and Pear accents to cut down on the pinkiness of the overall layout.
The cute cupcakes screamed paper piecing so I have stamped the base image on Cotton Candy cardstock and then again on the yellow flowers on the large flower patterned paper and just cut out the cupcake wrapper and then stamped again on the pink diamond paper and cut just the frosting out and then adhered the shapes on the base cardstock. These images were really easy to fussy cut out and because of the double layers I did not need to use foam tape to add dimension. I have topped the cupcakes with a clear sparkle coloured in with Carmine Shinhan Touch Twin markers to coordinate and add a touch of bling to the overall layout.
On the other side I have stamped the lace doily image from the Sweet and Lovely Artbooking Cricut Bundle, which worked in really well with the cupcakes and overall theme, with versamark ink onto a precut shape from the Artbooking cartridge in Cotton Candy cardstock and embossed in white embossing powder. I love the effect of the lace doily and it just fitted well with the overall theme of High Tea. The ‘sweet’ stamp has come from the same stamp set and I have stamped three images in Juniper, Canary and Cotton Candy inks and then fussy cut them out.
After finishing the layout I had to make a card using the same lace doily and this time I have cut it in half to create the effect of a lace tablecoth and then paper pieced another cupcake and the cake plate to add onto it. I have used the Damask embossing folder to create a textured table cloth and paired the table cloth with the pink diamond paper. I have used the zip strip as a border and placed a piece of the beautiful new white shimmer trim for some extra bling. Again I have topped the cupcake with a coloured sparkle. I love this little sentiment which is guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone.
Finally I have used the same pattern and turned the card into a portrait card (I know the measurements off by heart now!). This paper is gorgeous and goes from yellow to a deep pink with a bubble effect. This time the trim has been made using Canary and Cotton Candy cardstock with the white shimmer trim. The cake dish has been stamped directly onto the White Daisy cardstock and the cupcake has been paper pieced with the pink diamond paper. I have popped this cupcake with the new thinner foam tape which is lovely as it is a more subtle dimension. I have just realised that I need to put a pink sparkle on the top and will do that tomorrow. I love putting the sequins on to lift the card a little with some bling.
Cutie Pie is only available until the 31st December from your CTMH consultant here. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Anne’s Blog, Mummy you made this?
I have just had a very productive morning this morning crafting with my aunt. She had seen this idea on Pinterest of using corks from wine bottles and making a Christmas tree and we finally got around to making them up.
We made two trees – the first one I decorated with the stickers from the Cut Above Holiday Treat Bag kit. These packs are great for treat bags and they come with lots of stickers to decorate.
When my aunt was working at a rest home she collected the used wine bottle corks and today we got together to make up the trees. She had bought a small oval box from the local $2 shop and filled it with sand. She then covered it with some gold coloured textured wallpaper to create the base of the tree. This came up really well and looks just like a log of wood. Then we got the hot glue gun out and glued the corks together. We first glued the six bottom corks together and then worked our way up to the single cork at the top. The corks were different sizes and shapes which makes for an interesting tree shape. I made the mistake of putting the stickers on first but I should have left them to after the tree was completed and then I could have coordinated them better and also they would have been straighter as well. Never mind it still came up well. My aunt had the star and we cut a groove at the top and glued the star in place.
It didn’t take very long at all and we were very pleased with the result.
And here is the second tree my aunt made using different brads. As you can see it is quite effective.
I hope that I have inspired you to create something different and out of the box.