A whole new world coming to New Zealand with Close to My Heart

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I have just been to the Close to My Heart Opportunity Event in Auckland last week and I am very excited about this opportunity.  The career pathway looks great and the products will allow people to be a lot more creative.  I have put a Cricut Expressions 2 on layby and can’t wait to get the cartridges from CTMH to play with.  They look so cool and it will be nice to be able to make my own embellishments to match my scrapbook layouts and cards.  I am also looking to the three dimensional elements on the cartridge and will be looking at doing some workshops at Make Shift when Make Shift gets established.  The other thing that is really cool is that I can just do parties online as well as doing parties with people.

We had a little play with some inks, papers and cute glitter embellishments and the papers and cardstock are lovely.  It took a while to work out how to use the ink pads, but I have got it sussed now.  The stamps are great and easy to use and I will be looking at building up my CTMH stamp kits.  I am also looking forward to playing with the alcohol markers as well.

Just as well I have joined a de-stash Facebook site to start clearing out some of my old stock to make room for Close to My Heart.

In the meantime I have got back to basics and will be teaching heat embossing at my card making class tomorrow at the Upper Hutt Library.  When I first started doing cards too many years ago to remember I started with heat embossing and I still have my heat tool as well (which is starting to get a little sick and I will finally get a new one once I sign up with CTMH).  I remember a lot of hit and misses then, but I have discovered using a embossing buddy (a kind of chalk in a bag) that helps with keeping the card clean and my endeavours are much more successful now.  Here are a few of the cards I have made with heat embossing:

Embossed flowers card Embossed flowers Embossed flowers Embossed flowers

 

I found some papers that I bought years ago as a 6 x 6 paper pack at The Warehouse and they matched perfectly with the pink cardstock from Stampin‘Up.  I also like the combination of gold and pink and the result is some very retro looking cards, but some people still like these classic cards so I will be putting them in Make Shift as well.  I have coloured the images using a watercolour pen and Stampin’Up inks.  I have also used my artist quality paints in the past with good effect as well.

The materials I have used here are:

Stampin’Up Cardstock – pink

Stampin’Up ribbon – Light Pink

Stampin’Up inks – Old Olive, Artichoke, Regal Rose, So Saffron, More Mustard

Kaisercraft stamps

Kaisercraft rhinestones

Peelcraft stickers

Creative Memories Custom Cutting System – ovals

Creative Memories Border Maker – Twinkle Chain Cartridge

Cuttlebug and embossing folders – Swiss Dots and Edges

Cuttlebug Die – Whimsy

For the heat embossing I have used a versamark ink pad and the powder is Ultra Detail Embossing Powder – gold.

I hope the ladies tomorrow get inspired to branch out and do more with their stamps and inks.

I am now going to look at doing some digital scrapbooking to get put onto canvases for Make Shift to sell.

Happy crafting

Patricia

 

 

 

Reflections of cards

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When I was at Crafty Angels last week I did these cards out of one piece of 12 x 12 cardstock.  I love using the Reflections range to make cards as the colours are so peaceful and serene.  The flowers are gorgeous as well, topped off beautifully by the bling from the Enchanted range.  You can also see I have made a daisy from a previous post as well as using the border maker picket fence and twinkle chain cartridge.

The background paper in the middle card was printed off from my StoryBook Creator 4.0.  I find that is a great way to get different papers when I need something in a hurry.  I have also used it for doing sentiments, as well as in the last card.

I must confess to using my Cuttlebug and Spellbinders dies as well as some Stampendous and Stamp’n’Up stamps for the sentiments.

I got the dimensions for these cards from http://scraphappywithbrenda.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/3-cards-from-12×12-base.html.  Creative Memories card Creative Memories card Creative Memories Cards

 

Materials used:

Creative Memories Cardstock – White

Creative Memories Cardstock – Cloud

Creative Memories Cardstock – Green Apple

Creative Memories Reflections Paper Flowers

Creative Memories Reflections StoryBox Mat pack

Creative Memories Border Maker – Twinkle Chain and Picket Fence cartridges

Creative Memories Place’n’Punch Blossom

Creative Memories Enchanted Epoxy Stickers

Creative Memories Rotary Trimmer

Creative Memories Tape Runner

Creative Memories Precision Point glue pen

Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two

Stampendous stamp – sorry lost the name of this stamp (I think it is no longer available)

Stamp’n’Up stamp

If you would like to know more about Creative Memories and their products please feel free to contact me.  As you can see they are very versatile for all your cardmaking and scrapbooking needs.

I hope you all have a great day.

Happy crafting

Patricia

 

 

Easel paper pad holder

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As I said yesterday I have been busy with my crafts as well as my camera.  I have been trying to design an easy paper pad holder that I can teach to my friends at my Crafty Angels group later in the year.  I wanted to create an easy and economical gift that people can do at home.

For these projects I have used paper and cardstock that I have had for a few years.  They are different brands, but I was able to match the colours quite nicely.  Use whatever you have and embellish as you would like.

After working through some prototypes here is the final product with instructions:

The completed pad with embellishmentsInstructions:

Here are the pieces I have used to make this pad holder:

Materials for making easel paper pad holders for gifts

Cut a 4″ x 8 ”  piece of base cardstock and score it at 4″, 5″, 6″ and 8″.  Fold as per the easel card with the last 1/2 ” folded in to help anchor the easel a lot stronger.

The folds for the easel supports

 

To continue with the easel card place tape on the fold to create the easel.  I have used double-sided tape as it is much stronger than the tape runner that I normally used.Tap on the easel fold The fold adhered down on card

Cut out a piece of card stock 8″ x 4″ ( or length to fit whatever size of pad).  Cut a piece of patterned paper 7 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and then adhere it to the cardstock

Patterned paper for base Patterned paper adhered to base of pad

Then adhere this card to the base of the easel.

The base of pad adhered to the easel supports

 

Then place double-sided tape onto the last fold and adhere it to the base of the long card.  This will help stabilise the easel.

Tape on the fold to support the easel The easel now taped to together to create the easel

 

Cut out a piece of patterned paper to match the cardstock 3 3/4″ x 1 3/4 to cover the top of the easel card.  (I seemed to have missed taking a photo of this step – sorry).

Cut out a die cut tag and stamp your greeting on it.  Here I have used a stamp from Kaiser craft.  Adhere it to the front of the easel.

Die cut tag adhered to the easel

 

To make the base stronger I used a  piece of heavy chipboard that came with my card stock packs from Creative Memories and cut it 4″ x 8″.  Use double-sided tape to adhere it to the base of the card.  Trim with scissors if necessary. (Depending on how strong your card base is you may miss this step).

Heavy cardboard base with tape on it

 

Adhere the paper pad to the card with double-sided tape.

The base of the paper pad is taped up ready to adhere to the base

 

Add embellishments to finish.

Here is the finished article again with embellishments added on to it.

The completed pad with embellishments

 

Here are the earlier versions of my templates.

Some other paper pads I have done

 

These would make great gifts or stocking fillers at Christmas time with a nice pen to match.

Materials used:

Creative Memories rotary trimmer

Creative Memories card

Double sided tape

Creative Memories tape runner

Kaisercraft stamp

Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tag Two die

Stampin’Up Black ink

Cardstock, patterned paper and various embellishments that I have had for a number of years

I hope you have fun to make these and that it is not too difficult to follow the instructions.

Have a great day.

Patricia