I hope you all had a good Christmas and are now rested for the new year. I would like to thank you so much for all the lovely get well wishes. I am on the improve and am looking at getting back into crafting again which is always a good sign.
For my last post for this year I am finally using a scrapbook layout. While I a primarily a cardmaker I do enjoy scrapbooking as well. Close to My Heart has really made it a lot easier for me as well. It is so much easier coordinating colours and papers to create fabulous layouts.
I have loved using the Holidays from the Heart WOTG – Sparkle and Shine as the colours and papers are gorgeous. I have completed the two double layouts that are suggested but as they have family members in them that are not happy about having their photos posted, I have used this layout with my cat, Sox, in it. The photos are from last year’s Christmas and we had record high temperatures of 32 degrees. Needless to say we were struggling in the heat and our poor Sox just did not know what to do with himself. Plus, he had to be in the action and not miss out on the fun of opening presents!
For this layout I have used the recipe from page 32 “Make It From Your Heart” Volume 2 book by Jeanette Lynton. I have found this particular recipe really useful as I can use landscape photos much more easily. I have also used my Cricut to cut out the titles using Cricut Craft Room to make the letters weld together.
These books that are available from Close to My Heart are great when you are struggling for inspiration. There are layouts for all number of photos and the instructions are easy to follow. Here I have added some extra embellishments and titles to help make it my own and kept it very simple to make the photos the focus of the pages.
These products in the Holidays with Heart Gift Guide are still available through until December 31st while stocks last. Orders totaling over $150 during the promotion can choose one starred item from The Holidays with Heart Gift Guide for free so it is an ideal time to purchase one of our Cricut Collections or our ink and marker organiser.
So be in quick as there are only a few days left before these products are no longer available.
I am hoping to get my creative mojo up and running in time to do the Australasian Blog Hop for the SOTM on 1st January which will be good. There are some very talented ladies downunder and it is a real privilege working with them.
Enjoy the rest of the year and look forward to more creative gorgeousness next year.
Gosh Christmas is just around the corner and I still have not completed my Christmas shopping. Life has just got in the way over the last couple of weeks. However, I will get it all done by the big day.
For those who do not know what to get for people a gift voucher is a great option and then the recipients are able to take advantage of the sales post Christmas. Close to My Heart Cricut cartridges have the answer for how to present these vouchers with a cool gift card holder. My inspiration for these cards came from Pinterest and in particular from this blog Busy with the Cricky where Susan has done some lovely cards and given instructions on how to make them.
For my cards I have used the Artiste cartridge and I have cut the the card from page 59 in the booklet and cut them at 5″ which gave me two cards per 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock. Then using patterned paper I cut another card at 4.75″. To finish off I cut a piece of white daisy cardstock at 4.5″ to place in the middle of the card for a sentiment and for people to write on. The two smaller pieces had the centre cut out and I was able to mat the patterned paper onto the cardstock easily.
Here are my versions:
Here are some close ups of the cards. One or two photos may be a bit blurry so I apologise for that.
And I have kept the inside of the cards fairly simple to enable people to write on them. Sorry I have just realised that I missed taking a photo of the little section to put the voucher in but you can just see a little part of it in the photo below. I will try and rectify this in the next week to really show you how neat this little card is.
As you can see I am loving my Cricut and there is so much more to do yet. I have just barely scratched the surface with all the cool things to do on it and I still have to get the Art Booking cartridge. I think I am going to be very busy and it will keep me out of mischief I am sure lol.
The products from the Holiday from the Heart Gift Guide are still available until the end of December and if you spend over $150 you can choose one starred item for free. Just by buying a Cricut Cartridge you would qualify for this special offer so visit my shop now and have a browse.
I hope you all have a great week and I will now have to see what I can come up with for my last blog post before Christmas.
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.
Well it is that time of the week for another blog post. This time I am just going to show some Christmas cards and party favours that I have been making while I have been working on a big project for our next blog hop on the 1st November focusing on the December Stamp of the Month – Special Care.
I am loving the papers from the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide. They are so beautiful and the colours coordinate so well. I have also done some layouts using the WOTG Sparkle and Shine kit and once I have printed some more photos I will post them on here. I am so pleased with how they turned out as I have used the recipes in the Make it from the Heart series of books. This has made it a lot easier to get good layouts and then I could concentrate on coordinating papers and embellishments to finish off the pages.
Back to the cards. This card recipe is rapidly becoming one of my favourite designs. It is from the Make It from the Heart Volume 1 which is a great source of recipes for both scrapbook layouts and cards and is sooo cheap for quick inspiration (just $12 per book!). So quick and easy to mix and match colours and papers and these patterns go so well together. I have also used different stamp sets and I was really pleased how they turned out and actually did this card in a class last week and they turned out well. I had pre-cut everything and the Cricut has come in so handy – I have used the Artiste cartridge here.
I have never really used alphabet stamps before so I am pleased this has turned out well. This is another simple card that did not need special equipment to make – just a good accurate trimmer like the Fiskars Surecut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer that is available from my shop. (Just as an aside I have been doing a lot of cutting and had to get some more blades quickly, and I won’t be doing that again as the blades were more expensive at the local Warehouse Stationary than what I can pay retail through Close to My Heart!). I am using bakers twine more often now and the sparkles add the shine to the card.
For this card I have been inspired by a card by a fellow CTMH consultant, Wanda, and here is my take on it. I have used my Cricut (Art Philosophy) to cut out the frame and the holly leaves, berries and the flame. The holly leaves have been embossed by hand to give some shape to the leaves and the edges were distressed with Topiary ink (I have used Olive cardstock). The berries were cut out of Ruby cardstock and I have used my Liquid Glass to create some dimension and make them stand out. The flame was cut using a petal shape and I have stamped the candle on the base of the petal.
The stamp sets I have used are: Scandanavian Wishes (October SOTM) and Illuminate (November SOTM – available for $5 if you spend over $75 – be in quick though as this will no longer be available after the end of the month).
Finally here some party favours that I have made from the Artiste and Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges. I have put little chocolate bars inside them and used them as little thank you gifts for the ladies attending my classes at the Upper Hutt Library.
Just a reminder that you can choose one ‘star’ product free for every $150 you spend in both the Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide or the 2013 Product Launch Guide. This great deal is available through until the 31st December 2013 or until stocks last.
Please feel free to click on the links to my website to go shopping for any of these products or contact me for further information.
My next blog post will feature the December SOTM – Special Care. I can’t wait to show you what I have been up to.
Welcome to my blog – especially to all my new followers. I hope that you find some inspiration from my creative endeavours just I find inspiration from other blogs and blog hops.
Today I will be showing my version of the rosette Christmas tree that is shown front of our Holidays from the Heart Gift Guide. Here is the picture on the front of the Holiday Gift Guide.
There are instructions for doing the rosettes with the Artiste Cricut cartridge and Jenny Gilbert has really detailed instructions here. However, I have been asked to teach my friends at Crafty Angels how to make these trees so I have done mine by hand so they are able to go home and do their own.
Here is my version of the tree:
I have adapted the instructions from the archives of Close to My Heart which used a scoring board and a trimmer to make the tree.
Before cutting the paper I used my ScorPal to score all the papers at 1/2″ intervals as it made it a lot easier to cut and pleat later.
I have cut the following pieces:
3 strips of 3″ x 12″
3 strips of 2 3/4″ x 12″
2 strips of 2 1/2″ x 12″
2 strips of 2 1/4″ x 12″
2 strips of 2″ x 12″
2 strips of 1 3/4″ x 12″
2 strips of 1 1/2″ x 12″
2 strips of 1 1/4″ x 12″
2 strips of 1″ x 12″
1 strip of 3/4″ x 12″
20 circles – I have used a 1 3/4″ punch for the larger circles and my CCS from CM for cutting two small circles for the top rosette.
As you can see I have reduced the size by 1/4 inch each so make the tree graduate to a point. You could use another small rosette of 3/4″ x 12″ to place at the top of the tree but I have used my Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out snowflakes for the top of the tree as well as smaller snowflakes to decorate the tree. The smaller white snowflakes have had glue applied and I have sprinkled some prisma glitter to give some glitter. I have also stamped the stars from the Sparkle and Shine WOTG stamp set and fussy cut them out and put some sparkles in the middle of them for a bit of ‘sparkle and shine’.
I have not used a hot glue gun as my skin does not heal easily and I still have scars from last Christmas on my fingers! But I have discovered Liquid Glass from CTMH to be a really great adhesive for making the adhesive (and for rolling flowers). The Liquid Glass gives you about a minute to manipulate into place and then it sets really quickly and it did not take me long to do the rosettes. There are lots of videos on YouTube to show you have to form the rosettes (I am sorry but I couldn’t find the particular one that I used). I made sure I had the circles close by to place them on the rosette quickly before I lost the shape. Because the adhesive set very quickly it did not take long. Foam squares have been used in between the rosettes as well for additional height.
To finish I had to purchase some green and red ribbon as I did not have Ruby Chevron ribbon or the ribbon to dye with the re-inkers like they have in America.
I hope that you are inspired to make your own version of the tree. A shorter version would look great as Christmas place settings with names on them, or doing a group of three different sizes would look nice as decorations together as well.
Have a great week as we spiral onwards towards Christmas.
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.
It is that time of the week again for another post and I have gone back to Split Coast Stampers to get some more inspiration for a card. There are so many great tutorials there that it is going to take me quite a while to go through them all. I am enjoying the challenge of stretching myself to do something different every week.
This week I have done a side spring card and the link to the tutorial is here:
I have discovered that it is a lot easier to practice with scrap paper first, otherwise a lot of cardstock can be wasted. It took me some time to work it out, but once I did it did not take me long to complete the card.
I have used the Close to My Heart Scandinavian Wishes Stamp of the Month set. This is a very cute and whimsical stamp set and a lot of the stamps will be really useful for other occasions – like the heart is going to be really good for Valentine’s Day. This stamp set is only $5 when you spend $75. You only have a few days left to purchase this gorgeous stamp set so be in quick to get your order here.
I hope that you enjoy my latest efforts and I would love to see what you can do with this card.
Now I have to put my thinking cap on again as we have another blog hop coming up for next month’s Stamp of the Month set – Illuminate. I was really impressed with all the participants entries and it was very impressive going through all the blogs. CTMH really does make it easy to be so creative and inventive.