It has been a very difficult couple of weeks with all the terrorist attacks in Paris, Mali, Egypt and other areas. My thoughts go out to all those that have been affected by the terrorist attack and I hope these photos on this layout reminds people of the beauty in the world.
It was very poignant for me as I had just been going over photos that my daughter had taken when she went on a trip to Europe a couple of years ago. I did a card a few weeks ago featuring a French themed Nevermore card to practice for making this layout. My daughter has taken some amazing photos of Paris and the Eiffel Tower and Paris at night and they deserved to be showcased. The chandelier and flourish under the Eiffel Tower was cut from the Artiste cartridge and the Artbooking cartridge respectively, and then I stamped them with versamark ink and heat embossed with silver Ranger embossing powder. The chandelier was finished with some clear sparkles. I used Cricut Craftroom to size the Eiffel Tower to fit onto the layout and the flourish square is cut from the Artiste cartridge (page 60) with the centre kept for the frame. I didn’t have enough photos for the 5th square so I cut a bird cage from a Couture Creations die to complete the French theme. I am happy with this and got some more Paris photos to scrap at some stage.
Just a very quick post today featuring the lovely Georgie papers. I love love love these papers and the WOTG stamp set is adorable and here is a layout that I have done featuring this set. I am very happy how it turned out. I am about to order some photos of my daughter to put on this layout to make it complete.
The pattern for this layout is from the Magic book how to book.
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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.
This week I have been carded out as well as still waiting for my order to arrive so I thought I would look at some UFOs – Un Finished Objects. A couple of months ago I bought the gorgeous A Taste of Summer paper pack that was part of the National Scrapbooking month as well as the coordinating stamp set. I found some photos from when my children were young and the colours matched the papers very well and started to do the layouts and then got side tracked. So today I got them out and finished them. I did 4 layouts today but ran out of sunlight to take photos of them all, but I was very pleased to be able to put them in my album. I have used the Reflections How To Book for my inspiration.
The camera has been cut using the new Artistry cartridge in Slate and Hollyhock cardstock. I have also used the new Artistry cartridge to cut the Smile and Enjoy sentiments. These cuts are quite different in that the cuts are designed to go inside the frames so I have cut out the inners with White Daisy cardstock and stamped the frame image on the pink patterned paper and then fussy cut them out. My daughter was wearing a dress that I had made using strawberry covered fabric which tied in really well with the papers.
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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.
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
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Today I would like to share with you this layout and a couple of cards that I have made which features June Stamp of the Month Ice Cream Dream available exclusively throughout June for NZ$33 or for just NZ $5 when you spend NZ$75.
The Confetti Wishes papers work so well with this stamp set and I had fun with colouring in with my ShinHan Touch Twin markers. The pattern is from the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 book pattern 14. I coloured all the images on separate cardstock and then fussy cut them all out and placed them on on the layout. The sentiment is also great for colouring in as well and the colours of the markers went so well with the colours of the papers.
I apologise for the quality of card photos – I had a flat battery on my camera and had to use my phone and I couldn’t get too close without a shadow.
Can you see that I have used the end of the dove tailed banner on the layout and it just finished the next card off. I don’t like throwing anything away that I could possibly use again. I love the Blossom paper and the blue patterned paper is so versatile to go with a lot of other papers in the catalogue and here I have cut the celebrate wording and candles and placed it over the blue paper and it gave a nice soft background for the bright vibrant colours of the rest of the card. I have coloured the silver sequins with the Peony Purple ShinHan Touch Twin marker to coordinate the colours to match.
This week I will be featuring a layout that I have done with the gorgeous bright and vibrant papers A Taste of Summer that are part of the National Scrapbooking Month from CTMH. We are just going into autumn in New Zealand and these papers are a lovely reminder that spring and summer are just a few months away.
At the last minute CTMH added a stamp set to match which has added to the fun.
Here is a layout that I have done for my workshop that will be at Gift Hutt on Sunday 31 May.
We will also be doing three cards and I have had a request to teach how to do the Bokeh technique which is very popular with the CTMH consultants at the moment. This technique replicates the background created in photography when focusing on an object. It is easy to do and the hardest part is working out which colours to use. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube on how to do this technique.
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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.
This layout would be suitable for a Mother’s Day or baby layout.
This card has been based on the pattern No 29 from the Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 book. I love embossing and this Flowers for Mum stamp set just begs to be embossed. The larger lower has been stamped with Blush ink (NLA) and the smaller flowers have been stamped with Glacier ink and then I have used the coordinating stamp to emboss with silver. I actually prefer it when I haven’t quite matched the stamps as it seems to give the flowers more dimension The small flowers in the sentiment stamp have been coloured in with the ShinHan Touch Twin marker Tender Pink. I have matted the Glacier cardstock with some Blush cardstock to match the flowers. The Blush worked in well with the beautiful striped zip strip.
Finally – I have been doing more boxes and thought I would show you what I have done with some Base and Bling. I haven’t done a lot with the Base and Bling as there is a lot of people making jewellery around where I live so I thought I would do something different with it. I cut a flower from the floral paper and then layered it with another sorbet coloured flower and then glued the glass cover on it. I then attached it to the box with the Glacier extra thick twine. This would make a lovely box to put jewellery in to give as a gift.
Keeping with the scapbooking theme here is a layout that I have done with some hidden journalling. I prefer to hide my journalling, as for me it seems to take away from my artwork. I have taken my inspiration from the layout in the Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 pattern 08.
Here is my layout using the Chalk It Up B&T papers, Complements and Assortments as well as the Artfully Sent Cartridge and Artbooking Cartridge.
I love the envelope that looks like a satchel and used my Artfully Sent cartridge to make the envelope. I cut three different images – two the same size using Desert Sand cardstock and the herringbone paper and another one in the herringbone pattern that I used CCR to make a little smaller. Unfortunately, I did not take any photos of the work in progress but I had to have the front in the herringbone pattern so I trimmed the top of it off the paper just before it folded over then adhered the herringbone paper image onto the Desert Sand image. I then put the smaller herringbone image on the top of the Desert Sand image and turned it over to create the satchel. I then used Desert Sand trims to create the straps and finished off with the black sparkles from the Sparkles Black and Grey Assortments.
Here is the journalling inside the bag. The little hook and loop dots are so useful for closing this little envelope/satchel.