Wavy Blooms are Perfect for Watercolouring

Welcome back

I apologise for no blog post last week but I have been very busy and finding it hard to get any crafting done.   Plus I was waiting on my order for new products to arrive.  I also apologise for not getting around to everyone’s blogs to see what they have done and leave comments.  I just seem to run out of time to get to the reader.

Anyway, today I have some cards that I have made using the Wavy Blooms set and the new watercolours from CTMH.  I used to do watercolour painting a few years ago and but unfortunately, I no longer have the concentration and hands to do it anymore.  Plus I wasn’t great at drawing which is why I love stamping so much – someone else has drawn the image for me.  So I was really excited that watercolouring is now back in fashion.

For these cards I have stamped and embossed the images on the watercolour paper and then using my own paintbrush painted the flowers with the watercolours.  I used the vibrant yellow in the centres and the pink/red colour on the outside.  The trick with watercolour is to use a lot of water.  I had to work fast to help the colours blend together.  The watercolour paper is very different to what I have used in the past and it took some time to get used to it.  I think it is suitable for colouring in like what I have done or very basic backgrounds but I could not do a layered background like I could with the other papers.

#CTMH Wavy Blooms and Watercolour

For this card I have also used the new circle diffuser which helps make it easier to add the circle shapes onto the embossed background.  For the centre of the flower I have used liquid glass and some small gold beads I had in my stash for something different.

#CTMH Wavy Blooms and Watercolour

I have used the new confetti embossing folder for this card and the following two cards.  It is so versatile and great to use both ends on two cards.  I love how the smaller flower went well on the larger flower.

#CTMH Wavy Blooms and Watercolour

The coral shimmer tape went perfectly with the flowers.

#CTMH Wavy Blooms and Watercolour

I also used the light yellow and greens for the small flowers and they went perfectly with the Pear cardstock.

I was very happy with how these cards turned out.  They are bright and vibrant and would certainly cheer someone up when they receive one of these cards.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Pear, Watercolour paper

Stamps – Sending Love

Inks – Pear, Versamark

Gold Embossing Powder

Embossing folders – Diamonds,

Embossing Diffuser – Round

Gold Sequins

Clear Sparkles

Gold bling gems

Shimmer trims – gold, coral

Small gold beads – from my stash

Liquid glass

These cards will be for sale at Gift Hutt.  The materials used will are available for sale from my website here.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

CTMH Elegance

Welcome back

I have had a chance to make a couple of cards today and just managed to get the photos done just before the sun went.  We have just had the shortest day of the year but it is going to be a few months before we get more sunlight hours.

I have been inspired by a blogger in England who does the most beautiful cards using white on white cardstock and lots of different dies for layering.  I have made two cards and here they are:

CTMH Embossing Folders and August SOTM Framed

 

First up this card was very quick and easy to do once I had the flowers made.  I have used the same technique that I used in a previous post here to make the flowers but this time I sponged the the centres with Canary ink and the edges with Pixie ink to make a different colour.  The flowers have been cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge  pages 50.  The photo below features the flowers from the Artiste cartridge page 54.

CTMH Flowers ready to place onto the card

 

I used two different embossing folders – Damask and Stripes on a piece of White Daisy cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″ to layer onto the base card.  I cut the leaves from Pear cardstock at 1″ using the Art Philosophy cartridge and then I using a sharp embossing edge to create the lines and placed them under the flower.  To finish off I added the beautiful stamp from the upcoming August SOTM set

 

Here is the second card:

CTMH Sympathy Card

I have used the Artfully Sent cartridge to cut the card base at 7″ x 5″ from page 39 and then used CCR to resize the same shape to fit into it.

CTMH Artfully Sent card

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I placed a piece of White Daisy cardstock to layer underneath the front fold and put the shape on top.

I must admit to using some dies that I have had for some time as I wanted very fine leaves underneath the larger flowers.

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I have stamped the sentiment from the Happy to Be Friends stamp set onto the shape before adhering it to the card.  I then played around with the placement of the die cuts.

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Here are the leaves that I have prepared for the flowers.  I like the pop of colour of the flowers and leaves over the white on white base card.

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Here is a close up of the flowers with some glitter gems in the middle of the flowers.

CTMH Flowers

I apologise for the watermark.  I am still working out how to use Lightroom.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Pear

Stamps – Framed, Happy to Be Friends

Inks – Black, Pixie, Canary

Cricut Cartridges – Artfully Sent, Art Philosophy, Artiste

Glitter Gems

Dies (non-CTMH) Marianne Creatables – LR0206, LR0107, LR0151

I hope that enjoy my creations and as usual these will be available for sale at Gift Hutt.

It is not long now before the new Annual Inspirations catalogue arrives and there are a lot of products that are retiring to make way for more fabulous products so pop on over to my website here to see what is retiring and also what is new on the while supplies last list.

Have a good week and Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

 

 

CTMH SOTM – Family is Forever

Welcome back.
Unfortunately, I ran out of time and energy to participate in this month’s blog hop for the Stamp of the Month but better late than never.
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Here is a card that I have made using the lovely heart stamp from the set to make a lovely wedding or ruby wedding anniversary card.
CTMH SOTM Family is Forever
To make the card I embossed a piece of White Daisy with the Baroque embossing folder and matted it onto some Ruby cardstock. I adhered the Ruby Chevron washi tape onto a strip of White Daisy cardstock and placed it on the bottom third of the card. I have used the Artiste cartridge to cut out the the hearts from White Daisy and Ruby cardstock. I stamped the heart onto the White Daisy cardstock and adhered it to the Ruby patterned heart with foam tape. I then placed the heart on the lower left side of the card.
The sentiment has come out of the Banner Wishes stamp set and stamped on a strip of White Daisy with Ruby ink and this has then been matted with Ruby cardstock.
This SOTM set is available for just $5 when you spend $75 on any products in the Annual Inspirations Book available on my website here.
Materials used:
Cardstock – White Daisy, Ruby
Stamp sets – Family is Forever, Banner Wishes
Inks – Ruby
Washi Tap – Ruby Chevron
Embossing Folder – Baroque

Happy Crafting
Patricia

CTMH Confetti Wishes and Artbooking

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Today I had a productive time at Scrapbook Corner at the Upper Hutt Library.  I have taken a break from the Chalk It Up school layouts and thought I might give Confetti Wishes a go for James’ birthday photos.  Confetti Wishes has such vibrant colours and the papers are just perfect for birthday layouts.   I have got my inspiration for both layouts from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 book.  I have used these books so much that I have had them bound so they could last longer.

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James was very lucky and had 3 birthday parties for his 5th birthday.  Today I will feature two of the birthdays – one for kindy and the other his birthday party and home.

Here is the first layout using the pattern No 6, page 16  from the Make it From Your Heart book and I have changed the orientation from the what is displayed in the pattern to fit the photos.  This is James’ party at home and I have used the Artbooking cartridge to cut the titles and the parcels and the ‘wish’ is actually the offcut from the Make a Wish title from the next layout.  I am still to do the journalling and I have finished off with Confetti Wishes Complements and Assortments.   I have used my Twin Touch markers to colour the clear sparkles to match the colours in the range.  I no longer need to worry about getting many different colours of sparkles to match my projects with the Twin Touch markers.

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Here is a close up of the parcels.

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I cut two parcel shapes  out of the striped Confetti paper – one was reversed to get the different papers.  I also used Pacifica and Canary scraps to piece the parcels and also embossed them with different embossing folders from CTMH – dots and chevrons.

Here is the second layout and this time I have used pattern No 14 on page 32.  I am not sure if I am happy with the blue patterned paper as it makes it a little busy but other than that the photos really worked well with this layout.  I put a cake on this paper and to make it stand out I used my grey Twin touch marker to outline the cake and make it stand out more.  The Confetti Wishes Complements and Assortments made it easy to complete the layouts and I still am looking at putting in some journalling – perhaps with some flip flaps which are so versatile.

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I have done a single page layout but I am still to finish it so it was a very productive day.  I am starting to get through James’ photos and eventually they will be done.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Pacifica, Canary, Thistle

Paper – Confetti Wishes

Embellishments – Confetti Wishes Complements, Confetti Wishes Assortment

Artbooking cartridge

Thistle chevron ribbon

Clear Sparkles

Twin Touch markers – Golden Yellow, Sap Green, Lavender (I work with colours and not numbers)

Embossing folders – dots, chevron

I hope that you have a good week.

Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

Close to My Heart Blog Boosters New Product Blog Hop.

Welcome to the Close to My Heart Blog Boosters New Product Blog Hop.

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I have been working on my son’s photos and I am up to his school photos (he is nearly 25 years old so I am catching up!) and this new Chalk It Up Reflections range is just perfect for these photos.

CTMH Chalk It Up layoutI have loosely used a pattern from the Make It From the Heart Volume 2 pattern 17 for this layout and added the numbers at the bottom from the Artbooking cartridge.  The notes pad has also been cut using the Artbooking cartridge.  I love the fact that the Sorbet cardstock has linked the now retired Balloon Ride papers to this paper range.

CTMH Chalk It Up layout

This is another layout that I have adapted from the Make It From the Heart Volume  1 – pattern 16.  I was fairly limited by the photos as these were professional photos taken at school and I have not been able to change them.  I have used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the shapes either side of the large photo and then embossed them using the Dots embossing folder.  The Lagoon colour was perfect to match the colours in the photos, and I love the new Flaxen base cardstock.  I am not sure what other embellishments I can put on the right hand page and will look at it for a while to see what I can do.  But sometimes less is more.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Lagoon, White Daisy, Sorbet, Flaxen

Paper – Chalk It Up

Embellishments – Chalk It Up Assortments, Chalk It Up Complements

Cricut Cartridges – Artbooking, Art Philosophy

Embossing Folder – Dots

For these products and all the other new products on sale please visit my website here.

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Happy Crafting

Patricia

 

CTMH Embossing fun

Hello again

This week I have been busy  playing with the embossing folders that Close to My Heart started carrying at the beginning of the year.  If you look through my archives you will notice that a lot of my cards have embossing on them.  Embossing adds the finishing touch to cards and can lift the card from a plain and boring card to something quite different again.  I have a number of different folders which are all good, but the CTMH embossing folders are great as they already have a slot at the end to pass cardstock through, opening up all sorts of different possibilities.  It makes it much easier to use different folders on different areas on your cardstock, which is what I have done with the following cards.

I am running low on baby cards so have been using up the last of my Lollydoodle stash as these colours are perfect for baby cards and you can pick up a number of different colours with them.  CTMH Lollydoodle baby cardFor this card I have used the stripe folder at the bottom and the dot folder for the top on a piece of 4  x 5 1/4″ White Daisy cardstock .  I used the stripe folder first and  you get a lovely embossed edge when only partially embossing the cardstock.  I  then turned the cardstock around and used the spot folder for the top.  I have used my ruler to measure `2 1/4 from the edge for the first lot of embossing and then 1 1/2 ” from the edge for the dot embossing folder.  There is 3/4″ gap which I have used the dotted Lollydoodle paper as a trim matted with Cotton Candy cardstock.  I have used the images available with the Cricut machine for the title.  The pram has been cut using the Artiste cartridge and cutting out wedge to create the shape.  The purchased this ribbon a couple of months ago with the special packs and  I love the colour of this ribbon even though it takes dye very well.  I used Liquid Glass for adhering the ribbon, pleating as I went along.  I then cut a thin strip of Cotton Candy cardstock  to put over the top and then put the Bitty Sparkles on it.  The wheels have been cut with an image from the Cricut machine and topped with

CTMH Lollydoodle baby card using stripe and chevron embossing folders.

For this card I have used the same technique with the stripe and chevron folders.  The pin has been cut using the Artiste cartridge and next time I will do it a little smaller.  The rattle has been coloured using the new Touch markers that will be coming out next month.  More about them later.

CTMH card using stripe and dot embossing folders

This card is elegant in it’s simplicity.  I am not sure what sentiment I want to put on the card and I think sometimes it is nice to have a card without anything, so people can put their own thoughts on it.  The butterfly has been cut using the Artiste cartridge and finished off with clear sparkles.

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Finally, I  love this card.  I have kept to a very simple colour scheme using the now retiring Twilight cardstock and the Twilight and white spotted Lollydoodle paper.  The chevron embossed white cardstock makes a perfect background to the images cut from the Artiste cartridge.  This pattern from the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 is so wonderful and versatile and is perfect for this design.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Twilight, Cotton Candy, Hollyhock, White Daisy, Slate

Paper – Lollydoodle

Stamps – B is For Baby

Embossing Folders – Stripe, Chevron, Dot

Cricut cartridges – Artiste and Art Philosophy

Sparkles – Bitty and Clear Sparkles

Ribbon – dye ready (NLA)

Aqua Dots

Ariana Assortment

ShinHan Twin Touch markers – Marigold, Cheery Pink Peacock Green, Tender Pink, Leaf Green

Durables – round antiqued gold

Liquid Glass

This Lollydoodle paper and Twilight cardstock is only available until the end of the month and if you would like to purchase some you only have 4 days left to order some here.

Just a quick note about embossing CTMH cardstock.  There is a grain with the card and it is best to go with the grain for embossing.  For further information about this please visit the YouTube channel here.

I have another project that I have been working on and hope I can finish it in the next day or so and share it on here.  I just have some logistics to sort out first and need daylight to finish it.

I will not be doing the Australasian SOTM blog hop this month, but I am hoping that I can join another blog hop showcasing the wonderful new products coming in the new Annual Inspirations book starting on the 1st August.

I hope you have a good week.

Happy crafting.

Patricia