CTMH Australasian SOTM Blog Hop – Twinkle

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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′

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For this 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 card I have cut out the pine cones and leaves from the Artistry cartridge and the bow is from the Artiste cartridge.  The bauble and the label has been embossed with Ranger gold embossing powder.

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This was a very quick and easy card to put together.  The greeting is stamped in cranberry and flaxen inks.

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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.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Pomegranate, Cranberry, Ruby, New England Ivy, Fern, Colonial White, Glacier

Paper – White Pines

Stamps – Twinkle

Inks – Pomegranate, Cranberry, Flaxen

Cricut Cartridges – Artiste, Artistry

Ranger Embossing Powder – Gold

Gold Sequins

Fern extra thick twine

Embossing folder – diamond

Gold Gems

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

CTMH Australasian SOTM Blog Hop – Paper Garden

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.

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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.

First up is some cards:

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I have used a centre step fold for this card and used sponge daubers to ink up the stamp to get the water coloured effect.  I have used Sweet Leaf, Pear, Canary and Pixie inks and I am very happy how this turned out.  These colours worked perfectly with the green spotted paper from the Brushed paper range and Canary cardstock.  I kept it simple with a Topiary chevron ribbon bow and a simple Thank you from the Just to Say stamp set from the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge set.

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The same colour combination but with different papers and some embosssing using the Damask embossing folder.

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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.

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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.

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For this card I have embossed the image on Black cardstock using versamark ink and then embossed with White embossing powder.  I then coloured the image using my ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  I have a list of the markers I used below.  I have done the same for the Thank You sentiment.  Because this is so vibrant I was able to use Canary and Thistle cardstock for the cardstock and scalloped trim.

Finally I was really inspired by the beautiful layout in the new Seasonals Expressions book and here is my version using a special photo that was taken too many years ago to count.

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I have used the pattern for this layout from the Make it From Your Heart Volume Volume 1 – age 40 pattern 18.  I have used the same sponge daubing technique for the background flowers and then cut the flowers and leaves out using the Artiste cartridge and stamped them with the Thistle and Canary inks.  The leaves have been stamped using the Rock and Roll technique with Pear and Topiary inks.  The smaller flowers have been stamped using the Rock and Roll technique with Thistle and Canary inks to add a little interest to the flowers.  The bling gold gems and the little flowers and butterflies from the Junebug puffies just add the final touch.

The title has been cut from the Artbooking cartridge using one of the new colours Eggplant and Slate cardstock for a shadow effect.  This goes well with the Thistle coloured Paper Fundamentals paper.  the flourish under the flower is from the Artbooking cartridge too.

Here is a close up of the flowers.

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Paper Garden is only available until 30 September 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.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Pear, Black, Thistle, Canary, Eggplant, Slate

Paper – Brushed, Whimsy Paper Fundamentals

Ink – Pear, Thistle, Canary, Sweet leaf, Pixie, Slate, Flaxen, Cocoa, Black, Slate, Versamark

Stamps – Paper Garden, Just to Say…, Happy to Be Friends

Ranger White Embossing Ink

Markers – RP198 Tender Pink, P282 Peony Purple, Y49 Pastel Green, Y222 Golden Yellow, YR24 Marigold, GY235 Sap Green, GY234 Leaf Green

Border Punch – Scallop

Topiary Chevron Ribbon

Embossing Folder – Damask

Bling Gems Gold Assortment

Junebug Puffies

Texture Tools

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CTMH Australasian Zoe Blog Hop

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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.

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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.

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Here are the pages ready for binding.

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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:

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And here is the front of the book:

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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.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Slate, Whisper, Canary, Glacier, Sorbet, White Daisy

Papers – Zoe, Whimsy Paper Fundamentals

Stamps – Framed, Year>>Noted (NLA)

Inks – Glacier, Sorbet, Slate

Cricut Cartridge – Artistry

Silver Sequins

Geometric Slate washi tape

Punch – Scallop

Have a great week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

 

Australasian CTMH SOTM Blog Hop – Framed

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I am going to miss the Seaside papers as they are wonderful for masculine cards.  Here I have used one of the stickers from the Complements pack.

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For this card I have cut out the flowers and leave from the patterned paper and layered them on the card.

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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!)

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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.

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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.

Materials Used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Colonial White, Lagoon, Sorbet, Sweet Leaf, Flaxen. Kraft, Cashmere, Ruby, New England Ivy, Pear, Pixie

Papers – Blossom, Brushed, Seaside, Yuletide Carol, Whimsy Paper Fundamentals

Complements – Seaside, Yuletide Carol, Brushed

Stamp – Framed

Inks – Cotton Candy, Lagoon, Versamark, Desert Sand, Black, Pear, Pixie

Ranger embossing powder – gold

Cricut – Art Philosophy

Gold Shimmer Trim

Aqua Dots

Gold Bling

Durables round studs

Extra thick twine – Pixie

Stuck on You Puffies

 

Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

 

Australasian CTMH SOTM Blog Hop – Life is Wonderful

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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 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.

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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.

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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

Materials used:

Cardstock – Crystal Blue, Colonial White, Flaxen

Paper – Wanderful

Stamps – Life is Wonderful

Inks – Desert Sand

Artbooking Cartridge

Silver sequins

Aqua Dots

Have a good week and Happy Crafting.

Patricia

 

Australasian CTMH SOTM Blog Hop – Just Sayin’

1255207_10202500725937312_859120681790975122_n 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.

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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.

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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.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Lagoon, Black, white Daisy

Papers – Chalk It Up

Stamp Set – Just Sayin’

Inks – Sorbet, Flaxen, Black, Lagoon

Flaxen Extra Thick Twine

Assortments – Chalk It Up

Complements – Chalk It Up

Just Sayin’ is only available until 31 May  from your CTMH consultant here.   I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  the talented Maz’s blog Inky Fingers.

Happy Crafting

Patricia

Australasian CTMH SOTM – Typed Note Blog Hop

1255207_10202500725937312_859120681790975122_nHello 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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

CTMH SOTM - Typed NoteTyped 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

Materials used:

Jackson Card

Cardstock – Cocoa, Colonial White

Papers – Jackson, scrap of Timberline

Inks – black

Cricut Cartridge – Artfully Sent

Opaques – Licorice (NLA)

Blossom Card

Cardstock – Kraft, White Daisy

Papers – Blossom

Stamps – Shower Flowers

Inks – Sunset, Pear, Honey, Glacier

Sequins – Coral Reef

Extra Thick Twine – Glacier

Chalk It Up Card

Cardstock – Flaxen, Colonial White

Paper – Chalk It Up

Ink – Flaxen, Black

Embossing Folder – Arrows

Black twine (NLA)

Hopscotch Card

Cardstock – Colonial White, Flaxen, Sunset

Papers – Hopscotch

Ink – Black, Sunset

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia