CTMH Double Pocket cards

Welcome back for another installment featuring Close to My Heart products. This week I will be featuring a double pocket card which is a lot easier than it looks and is a great way to show of the fabulous papers from CTMH.  I have got the instructions from Splitcoaststampers here. I have done 4 different cards with different embellishments and here they are: DSCF1468 - Copy The beautiful patterned paper from Ariana and Ivy Lane were perfect for these double pocket cards as they had a great contrast with the green and the floral patterns.  I have cut out the tags using the Art Philosophy cartridge and stamped using the journalling stamp from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge set.  I love that stamp as it makes a lovely journalling box with nice wide lines to write in.  The tags have been distressed with Cashmere ink to add to the vintage feel of the papers. Here are some close ups of the cards: DSCF1474 DSCF1473 - Copy DSCF1471 - CopyDSCF1470 - CopyI have used a variety of tags and embellishments for the front of the cards.  I have used some of the products that were available last month  in the special 30th anniversary bundles as well as some of the current products. Materials used: Cardstock – Colonial White, Ariana Coral Papers – Ariana, Ivy Lane Stamps – Artbooking Cricut stamp set, Frame Flair, Fabulous You, Art Philosophy Cricut Collection Inks – Cocoa, Cashmere, Hollyhock Cricut cartridges – Artbooking, Artiste, Art Philosophy Mini-medley accents – rosewood collection Mini-medley accents – antiqued gold Durables  – round antiqued gold, pewter Ariana Assortments Topiary ribbon Sparkles – clear assortment Bitty Sparkles Foam tape I hope that you have fun making these cards as well.  They look complicated but are actually very simple to use. Have a great week. Happy Crafting Patricia

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CTMH Fabulously You

Welcome back.

I apologise for being MIA again but I was spending last weekend working on my next blog hops featuring the June SOTM set and the Jubilee paper pack.  After scrapbooking I needed to get back to my cardmaking.

So today I have made some cards using the gorgeous stamp set Fabulously You ((C1533).  This set is so versatile and I have tried to do three different versions to demonstrate this.

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This card has been made using the basic pattern from Make It From Your Heart Volume 2 page 46.  I have stamped the main image using Olive ink onto White Daisy cardstock and then distressed the image with Cashmere ink.  I have done the same with the diamond patterned stamp on the band.  The main image has been matted with Olive cardstock.  I had a leaf left over from the Timberline layout and it fitted beautifully with the Olive ink and cardstock.  The card was completed with a bow made with the Topiary mini chevron ribbon and a couple of green epoxy bubbles.  The card base I have used is Colonial White despite using White Daisy cardstock for stamping the images.  But because I have distressed the White Daisy cardstock with Cashmere ink it has given it an aged vintagey look.

CTMH Fabulous You meeting Ariana

This card has been made using the beautiful blue striped paper from the Ariana paper pack and the zip strip from the paper.  The image of the cardinal has been stamped using Outdoor Denim on a base card measuring 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches and then stamped another three times on scrap White Daisy cardstock.  I have cut out three flowers from one of the images, then the two top images from the second image and finally the top flower out of the final image.  These have been layered on the original image using the Tombow adhesive – I have not used foam tape as I did not want too much height on the image.  I have used the light Indian Corn Blue marker to colour the petals and a Buttercup marker for the centre.  I then placed sparkles in the middle and just touched them with the Buttercup marker.  The image was then matted onto Outdoor Denim cardstock and placed on the card base.  I have stamped the sentiment from the Fabulous You stamp set onto White Daisy cardstock and then matted it with Outdoor Denim cardstock.

DSCF1390I have kept this card deliberately two-toned.  I finally got the Stripe embossing folder and I love the fact that it has a split in the centre and I can partially emboss the cardstock.  Here I have left 2 inches un-embossed and then matted the White Daisy cardstock onto Outdoor Denim cardstock.  The band has been stamped with Outdoor Denim using the diamond stamp from the Fabulous You stamp set and then matted with Outdoor Denim and placed just above the edge of the embossing.  The bird image has been stamped with Outdoor Denim ink on White Daisy cardstock and matted with Outdoor Denim cardstock.  The Happy Birthday from the Holiday Tags stamp set was stamp on a banner that I had cut using my Cricut machine using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I then matted it with some Outdoor Denim cardstock and placed on the card.  I finished this off with some blue epoxy bubbles.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Olive, White Daisy, Outdoor Denim, Ponderosa Green, 

Paper – Ariana paper pack

Stamp Sets – Fabulous You, Holiday Tags

Inks – Outdoor Denim, Olive, Cashmere

Embossing Folder – stripe

Liquid glass

Green and Blue Epoxy bubbles

Markers – Buttercup, Indian Corn Blue

Sparkles – clear and bitty

Cricut cartridge – Art Philosophy

I hope that you all have a good week.

Happy Crafting

Patricia

CTMH Lollydoodle cards

Welcome back

I would like to wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day and I hope that you all had a good day.

This week I have been playing with Lollydoodle papers which I love because there is PINK in the papers.  Plus I won some White Marquee Enamel shapes and wanted to show my upline how I would use them.  This paper pack is gorgeous and so versatile that while most of the cards are feminine  I have changed the colour way and make them more masculine.

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Here they are:

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I love the simplicity of this card.  The flower has been cut using the Art Philosophy cartridge (page 50) in three different sizes and then I have sponged the edges with Cotton Candy ink.  The centre and leaf has been cut out of the patterned paper and finished off with a Flamingo dot.  I have stamped the sentiment with Pear ink first on White Daisy cardstock and then placed the enamel shape over it and then trimmed around the edge.  This was then adhered to the card.  I love how it pops the sentiment out of the background paper.

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This card happened by accident.  The grey trim on either side of the spotty paper is actually part of the patterned paper and I just happened to put the paper against the grey and it looked just like a rope edge and I was able to trim it to fit.  I have also used Topiary ribbon as a trim.

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Once again I had to use this pattern from Make it From Your Heart Volume 2.  I am getting to know this pattern very well and was able to make it without the book in front of me.  I have used the enamel shapes on pink glitter card to add some impact.  The sentiment has been fussy cut out and placed on Pear cardstock and then matted onto Cotton Candy.

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This is a very simple card and I have placed the heart marque shape onto spare pink patterned paper and trimmed around the edge.  I then placed it onto the pink strip of paper and it looks like a buckle.  I am still enjoying using the SOTM set – You’ve Got a Friend’

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Here is another flower using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  I have teamed it up with some bling with pink glitter cardstock and some Sparkles – Flourish.  The Thank You is from the New Zealands Greetings stamp set.

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This is a different coloured card yet using the Lollydoodle paper.  I have gone with the Juniper and Slate colours and used Juniper and Slate ink for the sentiment.  I have added a pop of Cotton Candy for a lift and finished off with Aqua dots.

DSCF1332I used the pattern from Make it From Your Heart Volume 1 page 46 and I have used the marquee shapes on pink patterned paper to add some oomph to the card.   The Juniper spots on the left provide some relief from the overall pink scheme.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Cotton Candy, White Daisy, Juniper, Slate, Pink Glitter

Paper – Lollydoodle

Inks – Cotton Candy, Juniper, Slate

Stamps – You’ve Got a Friend in Me, For a Friend, New Zealand Greetings

Sparkles – Flourish small

Flamingo dots

Aqua dots

Topiary ribbon

Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

White Marquee Enamel Shapes

Blue and Green Epoxy bubbles

Slate Bakers Twine

I hope that you have enjoyed my cards as much as I had in making them.

Have a good week.

Happy Crafting.

Patricia

 

Tutorial for a 6″ x 4 1/4″ Double Side Step Card.

Hello again

I have been overwhelmed by requests for instructions on how to do a double side step card for a 6″ x 4 1/4″ size.  The instructions I had given in yesterday’s post was for a 5″ x 7″ card which is great if you want to give a card personally, but here in New Zealand you have to pay twice for postage for an oversized card.  Plus most of the envelopes I use are for the smaller size.

For this tutorial I have just used a piece of paper to keep as a template for future use, which I found is very useful, especially for scoring and cutting lines.  You can lay it over the cardstock to help you with scoring and folding.

Here is the finished template with measurements.  Sorry this is all handwritten as I am not familiar with using word to draw diagrams and also I wanted to get this post out quickly.  I hope you find this easy to read and use.  Let me know if there are any problems.

Double side step card instructionsNow for the step by step instructions:

1) Cut a piece of paper/cardstock to 8 1/2″ x 6 ”

Double side step card instructions2) Using the ruler on your trimmer if you have one (or measure with ruler and pencil, and then cut with a sharp craft knife ) cut in 1 1/2 inches in from the long edge of the cardstock from 1″  to 7 1/2 inches along the 8 1/2 inch edge.

Double side step card instructions Double side step card instructions3) Turn the paper/cardstock around and do the same on the other side.

Double side step card instructions Double side step card instructions4)  Using a scoring product (I have used a ScorPal) or measure with a pencil and ruler score the first line between the cut edges at 1″ from the left.

Double side step card instructions5)  Score the next line at 1 3/4′ from the left side.

Double side step card instructions6)  Score the next line at 3 1/2″ from the left.

Double side step card instructions7)  Score the entire paper/cardstock at 4 1/4″ as this is the centre fold of the card.

Double side step card instructions8)  The final scoring line is at 5 3/4 from the left side.

Double side step card instructions9)  Now start folding the crease lines from left to right.  I have used the terms ‘valley’ and ‘mountain’ to describe a fold going up or down.  The first fold is a ‘mountain’ fold which appears to rise up towards you.

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10)  The second fold is a ‘valley’ fold.  That is the fold goes down away from you.

Double side step card instructions11)  The third fold is another ‘mountain’ fold to create a v-shape.

Double Sided Step Card12)  The fourth fold is a ‘valley’ fold.

Double Sided Step Card13)  The final fold is a ‘mountain’ fold

Double Sided Step Card14)  Finally fold the center folds of the outside pieces as a ‘mountain’ and there you have a double side step card.

 

 

 

Double side step card instructions

 

When I matted the cardstock and papers I trimmed down by either 1/4 or 1/8th inches on the short and long sides to create a nice even trim.  For further information about how I have done this please click here.

I hope that these instructions are easy to follow and I look forward to seeing what people can make with these instructions on Facebook.

Happy Crafting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Stamping Month with Close to My Heart

Hello there.

This month is National Stamping Month and of course Close to My Heart has to have a fabulous deal.  Spend just $75 on any Close to My Heart products and for just $20 you can get the Pinwheel Stamp of the Month Set and You are My Happy set. These 2 sets normally retail for $104. This is a great way to get started on your stamping journey.  For further information check out my website:
www.patriciamanhirescreatingwith.shopctmh.co.nz

Happy Stamping

Patricia

 

The Wait is Over: Close To My Heart has launched in New Zealand

Hello

I am very excited to announce that Close to My Heart has arrived in New Zealand.  I am now an independent Close to My Heart Consultant and my new website is up and running at:

www.patriciamanhirescreatingwith.shopctmh.co.nz

Please pop in and check it out – you are able to purchase directly from the site. There is an extensive range of products with the promise of more to come in January with a new product launch guide.

A Christmas catalogue is due to come out shortly which should also be exciting.  I realise that the scrapbooking products are different, compared to what Creative Memories offered, and I will be looking to go around some craft fairs introducing the new products for you to touch and see.

There is only a couple of days left to receive the A Chocolate Affair Stamp of the Month set for FREE.  I can’t wait to get my set and can see some luscious cards coming up when I get my set.  Here is the link for more details:

A Chocolate Affair Stamp of the Month Set

This is such an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.

So happy crafting

Patricia

 

 

Stay Calm and Keep Crafting!

Hello there

I  felt this title was really appropriate after being shaken about over the last day or so.  We had another big earthquake – this time it was 6.6 yesterday afternoon and then we had a series of aftershocks of over 6 about 5.30 pm.  Very unsettling!  The aftershocks have continued today and although I don’t feel most of them there are still some good sharp jolts.  I am getting to know the light fittings in minute detail as they are a good indicator that we are having another shock.

However, we cannot live waiting for the big one to come so hence the mantra “Keep Calm and Keep Crafting”  so I have continued to keep crafting.  We are very close to making a special announcement for Make Shift so I have to keep working hard making cards.  Today I am going to focus on one card  and show you how I have made it.

Here is the completed card:

Elegant Anniversary Card

 

For the base card I have used a lovely cream linen finish card from www.cardmakers.co.nz.

I then embossed an A5 sheet of cream metallic cardstock with the Nellie Snellen embossing folder HSF005.

Embossed cardstock before trimming

 

The embossed card was then trimmed to  10 cms by 14.5 cms to fit onto the base cardstock with a small edge around it.  I find that my CM personal trimmer is great to get a good square cut.  The cardstock I buy from the Cardmakers is slightly larger than the A5 cards, which is good as I like the layered look of the embossed card over the base card.  It gives it an extra texture and dimension.

Trimmed embossed card on the base card

 

I then die cut the lovely oval frame from Marianne Craftables CR1204.  This is a beautiful frame that comes with a flower as well.  It sits in well with this embossed folder.

Die cut oval frame

 

Die cut adhered onto the card

 

I then die cut all the embellishments out of the cream metallic card.  I have found a heavier weight of card better for most of these embellishments.  I have used Metallic quartz board from Direct Paper 285 gsm for these die cuts.  For the roses I have used a lighter weight metallic paper from the local $2 store as this paper is much easier to roll up for the flowers.

Die cut embellishments for the card

 

The dies I have used are:

Marianne Creatables Branches LR0151

Marianne Creatables Ivy – LR0206

Marianne Creatables English Rose  LR0162

To adhere the branch I have used my CM adhesive pen as it has a fine nib but any good adhesive pen would work.

Die cut flourish with dots of glue on the back to adhere to the card

I trimmed the bottom of the branch and placed it to follow the curve of the oval frame.

Unfortunately the photo of this placed on the frame has been corrupted and I am unable to show you this step.

I then placed the ivy over the flourish and here you can see the flourish on the frame.

Ivy placed on the card

The rose leaves were then placed over the ivy and branch.

Rose petals adhered to the base of the card above the other die cuts

 

The roses were made by using my quilling tool to roll the die cut flowers into a rose shape and using a quick drying glue to hold them into place.

Die cut rosesThe roses were then glued into place over the rose leaves and ivy.  Here are some close up images.

Roses on the card Roses glued onto the card

 

To finish off the card I have placed a Peelcraft greeting on the oval.  Here I have used a ‘happy anniversary’ greeting as I need to make some anniversary cards to add to the range of cards for Make Shift.  But an elegant Happy Birthday would be lovely as well.

Once again here is the finished card:

Elegant Anniversary Card

 

Depending on the greeting used this card could be either a landscape or portrait card.

Before gluing everything together I played around with all the elements to ensure that I ended up with a pleasing arrangement.

I love the simplicity of the cream on cream and the metallic finish makes this card very elegant.  It could be suitable for a lot of occasions depending on the greeting and die cutting numbers in gold could personalise this even more.  (I am so looking forward to getting my Cricut and CTMH Cricut cartridges to add a greater dimension to my cards – couldn’t resist putting this in as we have a date to start on 1st September).

Here are another couple of variations including a cream and gold card using a gold base card:

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The dies have been purchased through www.kalsbeek.co.nz.  They have a great range of the Marianne Creatables and Craftables products and many more products to make fabulous cards.  I have found their after sales service to be excellent.

Despite a couple of reasonable aftershocks I have finally managed to finish this post so I hope that you have found it useful and easy to follow.

So don’t forget to Stay Calm and Keep Crafting

Patricia

 

 

More Sad news

Welcome back.

Raindrops on Bower Vine

I was really sad to hear today that Creative Memories in America will be closing down at the end of the month.  My thoughts go out to all the Creative Memories Consultants as I know what they are going through, as we have been through it all down under just a very short time ago.  We are fortunate that we have been given a lifeline by Close to My Heart.  I hope all the Consultants find another door opening for them like it has for us here.

My thoughts also go to the families of the firefighters lost in the wildfires in Arizona, USA, as well.  It is tragic when men, in the prime of their lives, fighting the ferocity of nature lose their lives protecting others.

Patricia

 

More scrapbook layouts

Hello there

It is sooo good getting my computer back!  But there is still a lot to do with tidying up all my photos and trying to remember all my passwords to go back onto various websites.  I think I will be busy over the next few weeks.  I am so pleased that I had backed up onto an external hard drive, although I did lose a couple of digital kits but it is no big deal fortunately.

As I said yesterday I have been working on James’ album and he is now up to 9 months old and soon I will be doing his first birthday.  I am still trying to make my resources stretch and have kept up with lots of photos per page and linking the album with accents such as the border maker twinkle chain and picket fence cartridges as well as the same colours throughout.  It is not taking long to get through these photos and I should have his first year album completed very soon which will be good.

Here are a few of the layouts:Best Friends layout James and the cat Family layout Family layout Family time layout Life is Good layout

 

The materials I have used here are:

Creative Memories Card Stock – Cloud

Creative Memories Card Stock – Green Metallic

Creative Memories Card Stock – Brown Cardstock

Creative Memories Border Maker – Twinkle Chain and Picket Fence cartridges

Creative Memories Rugged stickers

Creative Memories Rugged Paper Ribbon

Creative Memories Rugged Photo Mats

Creative Memories Rugged Tags

Creative Memories Rugged Title stickers

Creative Memories  Enchanted Epoxy stickers

Creative Memories Decorative Pack – sorry I have forgotten the name of this.

Creative Memories Rotary Trimmer

Creative Memories Personal Trimmer

Phew what a list, especially as it did not take very long to do and did not seem to use a lot of materials.

I have also been making a lot of cards so please take the time to check out my crafty creations.

Have a good day everyone and stay calm and keep scrapping.

Patricia