Hello and welcome about out Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Anne’s blog Mummy You Made This then you are in the right place. If you landed 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 some cards I have made which features the October SOTM Twinkle which is available exclusively throughout October, for $33 or for just $10 when you spend $75′
I really haven’t had much time to do more but this stamp is so cute for Christmas. I have made three cards using the new White Pines reflections paper which goes really well with this stamp set.
This card can be either a Christmas card or a general card for someone special. I have cut all the leaves and flowers out of the Artistry cartridge for this card. The flowers have been cut from Pomegranate cardstock. I have embossed the Glacier cardstock with the diamond embossing folder and used the ‘back side’ for a ‘quilted look’.
Twinkle is only available until the 31st of October from your CTMH consultant here. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Georgia’s blog – Georgia Creates CTMH.
Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Meryl’s blog – Mez’s Craft Room 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 some artwork which features September Stamp of the Month Paper Garden available exclusively throughout September for $33 or for just $10 when you spend $75.
This stamp set is so beautiful and as soon as I received it I was playing with it. I have used different techniques to show you how versatile this stamp set is.
This card has been sponged using the Texture tools on the while supplies last list. I have used Sweet Leaf and Canary inks with a touch of Flaxen ink. I love the effect of this and I then stamped the netting using a second generation inking with Slate ink and then using Cocoa ink I stamped the flower image for a silhouette effect.
I thought I would try something completely different and do a clean and simple card with this card. I have used Slate and Black inks for the stamping. The jury is still out on this and I would be interested in what you think of it. The sentiment is from the Happy to Be Friends stamp set.
Hello and welcome aboard our CTMH Australasian Blog Hop featuring the beautiful Zoe Reflections range of papers and embellishments. If you have arrived here from Maz’s Blog, Inky Fingers 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 project that I have made using the new Zoe paper range. This is gorgeous paper that is so perfect for scrapbooking but I wanted to do something different with it so I have made a calendar book to put in all the birthdays throughout the year so you will never forget a birthday again. I first made one of these many years ago when I started some classes and they are simple to do even if you have no Cricut machine.
To start I cut 14 sheets of cardstock at 8 1/4″ x 11 1/2″. I have used Slate, Whisper, Glacier, Sorbet and Canary cardstock to match the papers on the papers. For the front I have used the sorbet coloured papers from the Whimsy Fundamentals paper pack. I then scored down the centre of the longer side at 5 3/4″ and folded it in half. I then used my trimmer to cut down the centre for 3″. I then used my CTMH Versamat and lined up to cut diagonally from the bottom of the cut to 3″ on the side.
I then had some fun decorating with the Zoe papers. Once I had done that I then used double sided tape at the bottom of the page to create a pocket to stop papers and cards falling through the bottom.
Here are the pages ready for binding.
I went to my local copy place and got the booklet spiral bound as I don’t have my own binder. The binding makes it much stronger than if I had just used some rings.
I then finished embellishing the pages. For the left sides of the pages I have cut a piece of White Daisy cardstock and stamped the lines with the lines stamp from the Year >>Noted stamp set which is no longer available. I didn’t have the time to stamp the months at the top so I trimmed the words from the zip strip and adhered them to the top. I used my new Artistry cartridge to cut the flowers (3 1/2″) out of Sorbet cardstock for the page and also for the front page from page 12 . I also cut the other flowers (1″) from the same page for creating some continuity throughout the book.
I also made some coordinating cards to go into each pocket and used this month’s SOTM set Framed for the sentiments and this time I cut the shapes out with the Artistry cartridge. I have tried to do a mix of feminine and masculine cards.
Here are the finished pages:
And here is the front of the book:
There is now no excuse to forget a birthday! This book would be great to keep special mementos as well as cards for birthdays throughout the year and would make a fantastic gift to give someone.
The Zoe papers are available now for you to purchase and is available from your CTMH consultant here. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Vandra’s blog, Vandra’s Virtual Craftroom.
Hello and welcome aboard ourStamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Meryl’s blog Mez’s Craft Room, 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 several cards and a special project which features the August Stamp of the Month Framed available exclusively throughout August for $33 or for just $5 when you spend $75. This stamp set is a MUST HAVE for cardmakers. The frames are wonderful and easy to cut out if you have no Cricut machine and the sentiments fit every occasion you can think of. However, if you are lucky to have the new Artistry cartridge then you can use that to cut the frames out.
Before moving onto the cards I would like to share a little box that have made using the Artiste cartridge and the paper fundamentals (whimsy). I have cut the flower out using a combination of Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges and placed it on the front and added a little framed tag for a special box. It didn’t take very long at all once I had it all the pieces together. I finished with a little heart from the Stuck on You Puffies – on the while supplies last list.
I really enjoy using contrasting colours and this card uses Lagoon and Sorbet colours together which picks up the colours of the flowers in the patterned paper from the Blossom Reflections pack.
For this card I have cut out the flowers and leave from the patterned paper and layered them on the card.
I love the Yuletide Carol papers as they are so traditional for Christmas and the complements are beautiful as well. For these Christmas cards I have used gold embossing to add to the traditional feel to the cards. (Unfortunately, a lot of other people thought the same and the papers and complements are now sold out!)
I have looked at this little bird for a long time on the Art Philosophy cartridge and finally used it with this card to add a whimsical accent to the card.
This paper does not need a lot of embellishments and the small sticker and the frame with the sentiment just adds j the finishing touches to this card.
Framed is only available until 30 August from your CTMH consultant here. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren’s Blog, CTMH Craftings.
Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Jenny’s Blog The Creative Heart, 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 this layout that I have made which features July Stamp of the Month Life is Wonderful available exclusively throughout June for NZ$33 or for just NZ $5 when you spend NZ$75.
My son was very fortunate to have gone to Japan on a school trip and I have finally started scrapping his photos. I have not used the Wanderful papers much but these are perfect for doing travel photos. And the travel overlay and other travel related icons from the Artbooking cartridge goes so well with this. I particularly like this overlay as you can get a lot of small images to use for the rest of the album.
Yes I probably should have put the ‘is about to happen’ underneath the two stamped images but I am happy with how it has come out.
Life is Wonderful is only available until 31st July from your CTMH consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Maz’s Blog, Inky Fingers
Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Doris Taylor’s blog, 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 this layout which features May Stamp of the Month Just Sayin’ available exclusively throughout May for NZ$33 or for just NZ$5 when you spend NZ$75.
This stamp set is going to be a great addition to scrapbooking with lots of sentiments to add interest to your layouts. I have still been going through my son’s school photos and this stamp set has been a very useful addition to add some interest to this album. I have used the Chalk It Up paper range as this is so appropriate for school photos. The colours also match up with the photos really well to create a harmonious layout.
This stamp set has a range of sentiments as well as some patterns and here I have used both. I made a banner using the triangle stamp and some Extra Thick Flaxen twine and then stamped some ribbons in coordinating inks – Flaxen, Sorbet and Lagoon. The sentiments have been stamped in the same coloured inks and I have used them to balance the layout.
Patterned papers and their coordinating embellishments come and go but stamp sets will always be there and can be used in whatever colour to match at any time so this stamp set is really useful for the long term.
Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Mandy’s blog, Hall of Indulgence 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 some cards that I have made which features April Stamp of the Month Typed Note available exclusively throughout April for $33 or for just $5 when you spend $75. (New Zealand)
I have been looking forward to this stamp set for a long time as it is going to be such an asset to my ever growing stamp collection. This is great for both cardmaking and scrapbooking projects and if I had not already scrapped my old school photos this would have been perfect for my old black and white photos.
First up I have used the new Jackson papers that is available from the new Seasonals Expressions catalogue which has also been released today. This is a very masculine paper and I have cut out an envelope using the Artfully Sent cartridge and then added some trims using scraps of the same paper and Cocoa cardstock to turn this into a satchel into which I have added a fussy cut out typewriter from the stamp set with a message. And yes that is a strip of Timberline that was in the last Idea Book that I had kept just in case, as you do, and this was just perfect for the project. I just needed to trim it to fit. I have added some Licorice Opaques which unfortunately are no longer available.
Here is the inside of the card. I don’t normally put anything inside but I had put a little smudge on the edge so I decorated the edges with strips of the Jackson paper and then stamped the birthday image inside.
Next is a card that I have made with the gorgeous new Blossom papers that is also in the new catalogue. I have also used the new Shower Flowers stamp set to decorate this thank you card to make it more feminine. This stamp set is designed to go with the papers and here I have used the matching colours – Sunset, Pear, Glacier with a touch of Honey for the flowers and then fussy cut them out. I love using the new extra thick twine to finish off cards and here I have used liquid glass to adhere the twine along the sides of the beautiful zip strip. To finish I have used the new Coral Reef sequins on the small flowers.
The typewriter image goes so well with the Chalk it Up papers and here I have embossed the Flaxen cardstock with the arrows embossing folder and then sanded it to get the white core to add some dimension. I then matted various layers with the Chalk it Up B&T papers and some more Flaxen cardstock. I used some retired black twine to add some interest to the background. I stamped the typewriter image on some scrap Colonial White cardstock and fussy cut it out. Finally, I stamped the birthday sentiment with Flaxen ink on the paper.
Finally, I have used the now retired Hopscotch papers using a favourite pattern from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 pattern 28 and using the same techniques as before but this time as I had very hot and sticky hands the typewriter image smudged a little so I used a scrap piece of Hopscotch papers to paper piece the paper onto the typewriter. The little pointed finger was a fun element to add to the card. For the sentiment I have used Sunset ink as it seemed the only colour that would stand out.
Typed Note is only available until 30th April from your CTMH consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren’s blog, CTMH Craftings
Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Mandy’s Blog, Hall of Indulgence, 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 some cards which features February SOTM – A Happy Hello which is available exclusively throughout February for NZ$33 or for just NZ$5 when you spend NZ$75. This stamp set is very versatile and you can mix and match the flower shapes together to make a lot of different flowers and shapes that would look great on cards and also to embellish scrapbook layouts.
As I said in my last post I have had a lot of fun making my own background papers and decided to use the backgrounds for this gorgeous stamp set. For further information on how I have achieved this background please visit here.
For this card I have used the ink and pearl paint background technique using Flaxen ink and I then stamped the stem with Desert Sand ink to show up. I have kept to a simple colour scheme with the rest of the cards – Flaxen and Canary on Colonial White cardstock. I found this to be quite a restful combination. For this particular car I have fussy cut all the images and layered them to create some flowers. The bow is left over from the Ariana complements and just fitted perfectly with this card. I have again used gold sequins for the centre of the flowers. The sentiment is from the Artfully Sent Just a Note stamp set. I used a small sentiment so as not to take away the attention from the flower.
I just had to use the large half circle stamp and here I have used it as a border and placed a flower in the centre of the middle shape. I love the tinge of Pixie ink on the top of the background paper and used a piece of Pixie cardstock to balance the colour scheme. You can see the slight pearlescent sheen on the background and to me the card resembles a lovely old fashioned brocade blind with a trim. I have finished the card with the sentiment from the A Happy Hello stamp set and some Glitter Gems.
For this card I have used another piece of Flaxen background paper and stamped the leaves as a background for the flower in Flaxen ink. For the base of the card I have edged a piece of Flaxen cardstock using the Chevron border punch and then embossed the bottom of the cardstock with the stripe embossing folder. There is a slit in the middle of the embossing folder to make it so much easier to partially embossing cardstock. Can you see a small piece of green patterned paper from the Hopscotch papers behind the punched border? I have fussy cut out the large flower and then using the 1 1/4″ circle punch I stamped the middle of the flower with the stitch stamp and flower stamp.
Finally for this card I used the Flaxen colour paper from the Whimsy Paper Fundamentals Paper Pack – this has two sides to the paper with one side being tone on tone and the other side being a pattern. Again I have used the same embossing and punching technique for the Flaxen cardstock and it looks great over the patterned paper and looks a little like a balustrade so I did some random patterns to create the effect of flowers in the front. The frame for the sentiment is from the Frame Flair stamp set and the sentiment is from Sincere Expressions. The butterfly is from the Your Own Kind of Wonderful. I have stamped the base of the butterfly with Canary ink and then using Flaxen ink I have used the outline butterfly stamp over the base. I fussy cut out the butterfly and then added some liquid glass to make it stand out.
The Happy Hello stamp is only available until 28 February from your CTMH consultant here. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, the very talented Shaunna’s Blog Passionate about Pages
We are coming up to Christmas and lots of photos will be taken so this week I will be featuring the awesome Studio J from Close to My Heart. This is great software that is FREE to use and you just pay for the layouts and/or a JPEG file. You can use pre-designed layouts and just add journalling and photos or you can design your own layouts and add embellishments.
For those that have followed me for some time you will remember that I used to do a lot of digital scrapbooking with Creative Memories StoryBook. Now that is no longer being supported I have switched over to Studio J. Last month we had a very special deal where we could get a double layout for just $5 which normally costs $12 so it was a very special deal for us. New Zealand pays a lot more for their CTMH products but when we have the same deal as Australia, Canada and the United States we certainly win big time. I took the opportunity to have a play with some layouts and also get some photos printed.
First up I used a pre-designed layout using the Skylark papers from the last catalogue. My photos of the orchids went really well with the colours of Skylark and I really didn’t need to add a lot to this layout to detract from the photos.
Then I had some photos I had taken of my daughter a few years ago and had already scrapped them in her album but I wasn’t happy with what I had done so thought I would have another go with them online and I am very happy with the result except for a typo which I can look at fixing at a later date. I love that there are a lot of papers and colours from past CTMH releases to choose from and here I have gone for Olivia which went well with the photos – very earthy and ethereal.
As I said before you can also get your photos printed to then add later to layouts. You can get all sorts of sizes – 8″ x 6″s, 7″ x 5″s, 6″x 4″s, 4″ x 4″s, 3″ x 3″s , 2″ x 2″s and a number of other different combinations. Different size photos make for more interesting scrapbook layouts. Even at $12 a double 12″ x 12″ getting your photos printed this way is good value for money and so much easier sorting out the photos in the comfort of home. I bought a few of these layouts to cut out later and here is an example of one.
A couple of weeks ago for the SOTM blog hop I did a layout using the Brushed B&Ts and the Cutie Pie stamps and said that I had ordered the photos from Studio J.
Well here is the completed layout with the photos that I had printed. Doesn’t it make a big difference and I like the fact that I can get specific sizes printed and organise the layouts in advance. I have also done some journalling and will look at it for a while to see if I need to embellish it more.
I am sure you will enjoy using Studio J and to help you get started there are also videos on YouTube here that will help you get more out of the programme. Create an account here and then start playing…
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?