Out of the Box with CTMH and Kaisercraft.

Welcome back.

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.

Advent Calendar featuring Kaisercraft and CTMH papers.

 

Here is another kitset this time featuring a bird on a cage.

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I have sponged the entire cage with Desert Sand ink and the edges of the bird before mod podging the sorbet coloured paper from the Seaside paper pack.  The paper went really well with some paper flowers that I had purchased last year in a special bundle from CTMH.  The large flower has been cut using Art Philospohy using the pattern from Cathy Derouche (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzs8Sc-BLO4) out of Sorbet cardstock and the edges have been sponged with Sorbet ink.  The paper flowers all coordinated so well with various shades of sorbet to a deep pink with different shapes.  I have cut the leaves from Art Philosophy in Olive cardstock and inked with New England Ivy ink and then I have shaped then before placing them on the cage.  The smaller leaves are from the paper flower packet.  I have finished off with some bling with clear sparkles and the clear sparkle flourishes.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Sorbet, Colonial White, Ruby, New England Ivy, Olive

Paper – Yuletide Carol, Seaside

Yuletide Carol Complements

Inks – Sorbet, Desert Sand, New England Ivy

Cricut Cartridges, Artiste, Art Philosophy, Artbooking

Clear Sparkles

Clear Sparkles Flourishes

Liquid Glass

Foam tape

Metallic Bakers Twine

I hope that you enjoy what I have done today.  Tomorrow I will be working on something for the January 2015 SOTM blog hop.  So watch this space…

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.

Patricia

CTMH Australasian SOTM Blog Hop – Cutie Pie

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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.

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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.

CTMH SOTM Dec 2014 Cutie Pie layout

 

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.

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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.

 

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I will probably tweak this a little once I get my photos and may add some of the new Pixie Extra Thick twine that has just been released with the new Seasonals Catalogue out today.

 

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.

 

CTMH SOTM Dec 2014 Cutie Pie card

 

 

For this card I have used my favourite pattern from the MIFYH Volume 2 pattern 28 and this time I have trimmed the yellow flower paper with Cotton Candy cardstock and some more white shimmer trim and then used my scallop edge punch on the green trim to place at the top.  It now looks like curtains in a wind0w (my imagination is working overtime).

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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.

 

CTMH SOTM Cutie Pie card

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?

Materials Used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Juniper, Canary, Cotton Candy, Pear

Paper – Brushed B&T Duos

Stamps – Cutie Pie, Sweet & Lovely Cricut Bundle Artbooking

Inks – Black, Juniper, Cotton Candy, Canary, Versamark

White Shimmer Trim

Cricut Cartridge – Artbooking, Art Philosophy

Embossing Folder – Damask

Scallop edge punch

White Embossing powder

Clear Sparkles

Silver Sequins assortment

Shinhan Touch Twin marker – carmine

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

 

 

Sustainable Christmas Tree with CTMH

Welcome

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.

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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.

Cork Christmas tree using CTMH Cut Above Christmas Treat bag stickers

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.

Cork Christmas TreeI hope that I have inspired you to create something different and out of the box.

Happy Crafting.

Patricia

 

 

CTMH Ariana and Ivy Lane purses

Welcome back.

A special warm welcome to my new followers and I hope that you find a lot of inspiration here.  I enjoy trying new ideas and techniques and Close to My Heart has been the catalyst for going to the next level for my crafting.

Today I will be showing some purses that I have made out of Ariana and Ivy Lane papers.  I love these papers and sorry to see them go but I know that there are some amazing new products coming next month.

The idea for these purses as come from Pinterest here.  They were really easy to make up and it took a lot longer to sort out the decorations on them.  To hold the purse together I have used the tiny hook and loop dots from CTMH.  These are great as they are tiny and unobtrusive and hold really well.

CTMH Ariana and Ivy Lane bags.

Here is a close up of both purses:

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I have used the following materials in making these purses:

Cardstock – Colonial White, Pear

Papers – Ariana, Ivy Lane

Inks – Cocoa, Cashmere

Stamps – Fabulous You, Stitch Wonder

Cricut Cartridge – Art Philosophy

Scallop punch

Mini-medley – Rosewood

Mini-medley – Antiqued Gold

Topiary Ribbon

Sparkles Assortment – round Black/Grey

Rosette Ribbon

Seam Binding Ribbon

Hook and loop dots

I have been invited to enter this post on a new challenge website called Take Heart Inspirations Challenges here.  Please visit this site for lots of different ideas using Close to My Heart products.

I am very excited to update you on my shop. It is goodbye to Craft Hutt and hello to Gift Hutt (although I am still waiting for Facebook to change the name) and here is the first ad to go into the local paper.  I love working with the local artists and crafters and it is a real pleasure having their items in the shop.  Most of the items I have been showing on my blog are also for sale at Gift Hutt.  So if you are in Lower Hutt then do pop in and say hello,  I would love to meet you.

10543243_10202426091559044_1626251800_nHave a great week and I will be back next week with something different.  My order is finally on it’s way with some products from the new Ideas Book and I can’t wait to start playing and showing you what can be done with them.

Happy Crafting

Patricia

CTMH Double Pocket cards

Welcome back for another installment featuring Close to My Heart products. This week I will be featuring a double pocket card which is a lot easier than it looks and is a great way to show of the fabulous papers from CTMH.  I have got the instructions from Splitcoaststampers here. I have done 4 different cards with different embellishments and here they are: DSCF1468 - Copy The beautiful patterned paper from Ariana and Ivy Lane were perfect for these double pocket cards as they had a great contrast with the green and the floral patterns.  I have cut out the tags using the Art Philosophy cartridge and stamped using the journalling stamp from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge set.  I love that stamp as it makes a lovely journalling box with nice wide lines to write in.  The tags have been distressed with Cashmere ink to add to the vintage feel of the papers. Here are some close ups of the cards: DSCF1474 DSCF1473 - Copy DSCF1471 - CopyDSCF1470 - CopyI have used a variety of tags and embellishments for the front of the cards.  I have used some of the products that were available last month  in the special 30th anniversary bundles as well as some of the current products. Materials used: Cardstock – Colonial White, Ariana Coral Papers – Ariana, Ivy Lane Stamps – Artbooking Cricut stamp set, Frame Flair, Fabulous You, Art Philosophy Cricut Collection Inks – Cocoa, Cashmere, Hollyhock Cricut cartridges – Artbooking, Artiste, Art Philosophy Mini-medley accents – rosewood collection Mini-medley accents – antiqued gold Durables  – round antiqued gold, pewter Ariana Assortments Topiary ribbon Sparkles – clear assortment Bitty Sparkles Foam tape I hope that you have fun making these cards as well.  They look complicated but are actually very simple to use. Have a great week. Happy Crafting Patricia

Paper Trail Blog – Balloon Ride

Welcome to another Paper Trail Blog Hop and this month the focus is on the the Balloon Ride papers.

If you have come from Amy’s blog,  you are in the right place and if you have just popped in to visit then feel free to have a good browse.  The blog hop is circular so once you have visited everyone you will end up where you have started.

I have been doing my son’s album and the Balloon Ride papers have been really great to stretch myself with a different colour palette.  I have also used the Artbooking cartridge to create the first layout.  Once again I have a layout from the Make it From the Heart Volume 2 book (pattern No. 13).  I have used a different overlay to the one in the book and placed strips of different colour behind the layout.  I love the effect it creates and it adds such a pop of colour on the layout.  I have also cut some other shapes out of the Artbooking cartridge to embellish the page.

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Here is a close up of the Artbooking detail on the page.

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I have also showed this page to demonstrate that you don’t need to have a Cricut machine to create layouts.  This is my own design using the front sheets from the Picture Your Life kit to place at the top of the page and a couple of strips down each side of the page.  The photos work in well and I have just added a couple of complements from the Balloon Ride Complement set.

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This is another double layout I have done using the Artist Cartridge as well as the Artbooking cartridge.  I have used the pattern 6e  (Half & Half-Tags) from the Reflections Scrapbook Programme for my inspiration and I am really pleased how it has turned out.

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Here is a close up of both pages of the layout.  I have been admiring the merry go round in the Artiste cartridge for a long time and I am so thrilled that I could use it on this layout. The base is made out of S0rbet cardstock and the second layer is made from the sorbet crackle paper in the paper pack.  I have finished off with Crystal Blue cardstock to create some unity with the colours in the paper and the photos.  I have also made the rosette out from the Artiste cartridge and topped it with the Fun stamp out of the June SOTM set – Kaboom (NLA).  The title and the pocket with the journalling tag is from the Artbooking cartridge.  I have used off cuts from the overlay in the first layout to decorate several layouts to create unity with this album.  The tags have been cut by hand.

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To start with I wasn’t too sure about this paper range as well but the colours are so beautiful and the album is turning out really well.  I have combined traditional layouts with the Balloon Ride Picture Your Life programme to get through the photos quickly.

I couldn’t resist putting in some cards that I have made with the Balloon Ride papers and the coordinating stamp set Give a Lift.  I have not used Creme Brulee cardstock before but it tones beautifully with the Ballon Ride papers.  

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I have paper pieced the image using the blue paper and Sorbet, Crystal Blue and Creme Brulee cardstock.  I have also used the offcuts of the overlay I cut out for the first layout featured at the beginning of the post.

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I love the colour combination here and the three dimensional effect that I have achieved with overlaying the trimmed image over the balloon background paper.  I have sanded the edges of the Sorbet and Creme Brulee cardstocks to give a lovely edge to the matting.  The balloon image has been paper pieced using the patterned paper and Sorbet cardstock.

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This was a quick and easy card and the balloon image has been coloured using the watercolour pencils from CTMH.  I used to do a lot of water colour painting once until I became ill and now I am enjoying doing using these pencils and creating the watercolour effects again.  I have used my watercolour brushes to create the lovely soft effects.  I have also used the paper piercing tool to create a pattern on the trim as seen in the photo below.

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This final card has had the stamped image coloured in using the watercolour pencils and then blended with the watercolour pen available from CTMH.  As you can see it is a much more vibrant colour to the washed look of watercolour.  DSCF1503

 

Materials used:

Cardstock – Saddle, Crystal Blue, Colonial White, Sherbet, Cashmere, Creme Brulee, White Daisy

Paper – Balloon Ride

Inks – Sherbet, Saddle, Cocoa,

Stamps – Take Note – Artbooking Cricut bundle, Laughing Lola Scrapbooking Workshop, Give a Lift, Cricut Art Philosophy Tags

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Artbooking, Art Philosophy

Slate Bakers Twine

Balloon Ride Assortments

Balloon Ride Complements

Blue Epoxy bubbles

CTMH  watercolour pencils

Baker’s twine 

 

I hope that you have enjoyed my layouts and please visit Mary’s blog,  Road to Piece of Mind or Escape? to see what masterpiece/s she has created.

Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

Australasian CTMH SOTM Blog Hop – Circus Alphabet

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Lauren’s blog, CTMH Craftings then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problems, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

This month’s SOTM set is the Circus Alphabet set.    In the past I have never used alphabet stamps so this has been great to challenge me.  But they are easy to use in a number of different ways.   In today’s blog there are a number of different projects that I have used the Circus Alphabet set to show how versatile these stamps are.

Alphabet stamps suit baby cards so well with spelling out the words baby, boy and girl easily.  First up is a baby girl card that I have done with the Lollydoodle papers.  I have trimmed the edge of the front card by 1 1/4″ and then used the scallop edge punch to create some interest.  I then trimmed the card with a combination of papers from the Lollydoodle range.  The sentiment is from the Cricut Artiste cartridge and the crib is from the B is For Baby stamp set.  The sparkles have been coloured with Cotton Candy alcohol markers to match the colour scheme.

CTMH Lollydoodle baby card.For the blocks with the letters I have cut out 3 pieces of 1 1/4″ White Daisy cardstock and then I stamped the letters using Cotton Candy and Pear inks.  I have used the Pear and Cotton Candy alcohol markers to draw a line around the edges of the blocks.  I have tried to make these look like children’s building blocks.

 

 

CTMH Lollydoodle baby cardHere is a baby boy card using a building block card technique from Splitcoaststampers here.  I have seen a couple of these cards and they are great for baby cards and the lovely blue striped paper from the Ariana paper range is perfect for a boy’s card.  Once again I have used the stamp set B is For Baby and fussy cut the images of the pram, crib and rattle.  Sparkles have been added to give a little bling.

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Here is a close up of the blocks.

Here is another card similar to what I have done in the past using the pattern from the Make It FromCTMH SOTM - Circus AlphabetHere is another card similar to what I have done in the past from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 pattern 19.  As you can see I love this paper and also the scallop punch to add a little  – well punch…  I am not sure it is finished yet so I will keep looking at it, and if I change it I will post it here.

DSCF1496-001Finally I have made some tea bag dispenser box using Ariana papers and have stamped the word TEA on the back of it.  This is another really easy project to do and once again I have got the pattern from Splitcoaststampers here.  I must admit I found the instructions for the decorative layers quite complicated and ended up using my method of matting of decreasing by 1/4″ each side to simplify what I was doing.  I have distressed everything including the rosette with Cashmere ink to give it a lovely vintage look.

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Here is the back of the box with the words from the stamp set.

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Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Outdoor Denim, Colonial White, Pear, Pink glitter cardstock

Papers – Ariana, Lollydoodle

Stamp sets – Circus Alphabet, B is for Baby,  Frame Flair

Inks – Cotton Candy, Pear, Outdoor Denim, Cashmere

Cricut cartidges – Artiste, Art Philosophy

Alcohol markers – Cotton Candy, Pear

Sparkles – Bitty and regular

Green epoxy bubbles

Mini medley – rosewood collection

Topiary chevron ribbon

Outdoor Denim bakers twine

Scallop punch

 

This gorgeous stamp set is available for the month of July only from your CTMH consultant here.   I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Denise’s blog, Stamp, Stamp, share.

Have a great month playing with this stamp set.

Happy Crafting

Patricia