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 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?
I am really excited to finally show you what I have been doing for this month’s blog hop. This has been a work in progress and I originally wanted to make a box for a thank you gift and it wasn’t quite what I had expected so my creative mind went into overdrive and thought it would be great to do an exploding box and use the December SOTM set and then I was all sorted for this hop. I had done an exploding box as part of a group a few years ago for a friend who was undergoing surgery and she has still got it now as it was such a special gift.
I ended up doing two boxes – one for Christmas and one made out of Chantilly for more general purposes.
To cut out the hexagon box shapes I have used the Artiste Cricut cartridge page 48 3 D object. For the Chantilly box I have cut out 3 different sizes – 3.25, 3.00 and 2.75 inches. The Christmas box is slightly smaller and the sizes are 3.00, 2.75 and 2.5 inches.
Using my Cricut machine has made this so much easier and I could spend more time on decorating the box. Here is the base and as you can see I have cut up the cardstock and paper ready to put on the base front and back.
The dimensions I have used for the Chantilly panels are:
Outside panel – 2 1/2″ x 3″
Inside – plain cardstock panel 2 1/2″ x 3 ”
Patterned paper panel 2 3/4″ x 2 7/8″
White cardstock – 2 1/4″ x 2 6/8″
Outside panel – 2 3/8″ x 2 7/8″
inside – plain cardstock 2 3/8″ x 2 7/8″
Patterned paper 2 1/4″ x 2 6/8″
White cardstock 2 1/8″ x 2 5/8″
Outside panel – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/4
Inside – plain cardstock 2 1/2″ x 2 1/4″
Patterned paper – 2 3/8″ x 2 1/8″
White cardstock – 2 1/4″ x 2″
Unfortunately, the sides were not even so you may have to do a little adjusting to get an even matting. If you are sharp eyed you will have seen I have made a mistake with the middle layer with the inside layers being smaller than what I have written here but I have given you the above dimensions to make it easier for you.
Here is the middle layer with the layers all cut out and I have distressed the edges with Desert Sand ink.
I then adhered all the layers to the sides outside and inside.
I then used the You are My Happy stamp set to stamp images using Outdoor Denim ink on the White Daisy cardstock and distressed the edges with Desert Sand ink. These were then adhered onto the patterned papers.
For the middle of the top layer I had to cut out another hexagonal shape (2 1/2″) out of patterned paper using the base of the box. If I had the Artbooking cartridge I would have been able to cut the hexagon from there. However, this was a simple way to get the nice patterned paper and I just cut the sides off and it fitted very nicely. The edges were also distressed with Desert Sand ink.
Once I had completed each layer the box was adhered together to create the exploding box.
I cut out the top of the box out of Cotton Candy cardstock and decorated it with a lily on a lily pad and a heart shaped doily and topped it off with a dimensional tag stamped using the SOTM set Special Care. I have got the idea for the lily from Angela Mansfield a fellow CTMH consultant. She was very generous and gave very good detailed instructions.
Here are the instructions for the decoration on the top.
The flower has been cut from White Daisy cardstock using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge (pg 73 accent 1)at 2 1/2 ” – 3 layers. I have sponged the edges of the layers and then shaped the petals using my fingers. The 3 layers were adhered together to form the base of the lily.
For the centre I have cut 3 flowers again from the Artiste Cartridge (pg 54 Accent 3) from Buttercup cardstock and layered them on top of each other and once again using my fingers to gently add some shape and dimension. To complete the lily I added a clear sparkle in the centre.
For the lily pad I have cut a plain circle from the Art Philosophy cartridge (pg 21 circle1) at 3″ out of New England Ivy cardstock. I then cut a small wedge out of the circle and using an embossing tool I went around the edge of the circle to create a small lip for a ruffled edge. I also embossed some vein lines to add some more realism. to finish off I have sponged the edges with Topiary ink.
Finally I have distressed a dimensional element tag with Desert Sand ink and stamped the Handle With Care stamp using Topiary ink onto it. I am really pleased with the distressed look this came out with.
The rosette has been cut using the Artiste Cartridge (pg 50, accent 4). I can’t remember exactly the sizing but I think I cut it at 2″.
The rose has been cut out of Ruby cardstock from the Art Philosophy cartridge (pg 69, Font) and the holly leaves have been cut using New England Ivy cardstock from the Art Philosophy cartridge (pg 46, Leaf3). The holly leaves have had lines embossed and the edges sponged with Topiary ink to add some dimension. The holly berries have been cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge again (pg 64, Layer) and I have added some liquid glass to add some shininess and dimension to the berries.
I have not distressed the dimensional tag and chosen instead just to stamp the Handle with Care image using Ruby ink onto the white tag.
The Special Delivery stamp set is a very versatile set and I would have loved to have done a baby layout with this, but as I already have scrapped my children’s baby photos I thought I would do something completely different.
This exclusive stamp of the month is only available during December. It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $29 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order in my online store. I’d love you to leave a comment and some liking before heading off to the next stop, Jenny’s blog, Jen’s Creative Classroom.
Hello and welcome aboard the Australasian Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month 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 these cards which features the November stamp of the month “Illuminate”. I have enjoyed the challenge of working with this stamp set as it is quite different to what I normally work with and I hope you like my offering.
I love working with clear acrylic stamps and Close to My Heart clear My Acrylix stamps are the best quality I have ever used over too many years I care to remember! With clear stamps it is so easy to place your stamps accurately on your paper and with these samples I have tried to show you how you can link up stamps to create a more complete image.
To start with I did some basic cards but decided that I needed to do something a little different with yet another folded card. I searched Google and ended up on Split Coast Stampers again for a recessed window card. The link for this tutorial is here. I also wanted to convey a message of light shining on Mary and child and the birth of Christianity.
Here is my version using the “Illuminate Stamp” and “Mary and Babe” stamp sets and the lovely silver paper from Holiday from the Heart Gift Guide. Here are some close ups to show more details of this card. I have stamped the image of the Mary and Babe in slate grey on the background cardstock slightly to the right of the card to take into account the lantern that would be hanging there. To create the lamp post I have stamped the image on a piece of scrap cardstock and then fussy cut out the image and then using a sharp craft knife I have cut out around the swirls on the top of the lamp post. When fussy cutting or cutting with a knife it is very important to move the paper or card around and not your scissors or knife as you get a better result. I have used alcohol markers (buttercup) to colour in the lamp to create a little bit of colour (and create the image of light shining onto Mary and her baby) to a very serene silver/grey colour scheme. To stamp the yellow rays of light on the base card I have put the lantern in the approximate place it would end up and then marked the spot with a pencil and then stamped with buttercup ink to create the rays of light. I have used my Bonding Memories glue to adhere the lamp post onto the side of the card and then put two layers of foam adhesive to create the correct height of the lantern with the recessed window, and to stabilise the lantern. Using my Cricut I cut out the sentiment shape and then stamped the sentiment from “Illuminate” in black. I also cut out the edging on the shape from Twilight cardstock and glued it onto the background shape. I felt that it needed a little more black and balance so added the black bakers twine. I finished off with some sparkles to add a little shine. Here are my first efforts with the “lluminate” stamp set: The materials I have used are:
This exclusive stamp of the month is only available during November. It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $29 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order in my online store. I’d love you to leave a comment and some liking before heading off to the next stop, Monika’s blog, A Sprinkle of Glitter.