Friday, 15 September 2017

Cats and Bats and Falling For You CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring this months featured packs...yes you read that correctly there are TWO packs this month. We are focusing on Workshops Your Way® Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Kit and Workshops Your Way® Falling for You Scrapbooking Kit.

If you have arrived here from Rachel Stribling - Creative Workshops By Rachel Stribling then you are in the right place. If you landed here another way, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. Follow the links, check out all the amazing ideas and eventually you'll come right back here to where you started.

We are all creating with the Cats and Bats and Falling for you, These two kits are featured by Close to My Heart in September and is available until the end of the current Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book.
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I've used elements from both packs in my card projects in today's blog. I really love the black shimmer elements from the Cats & Bats Complements
OKAY I LOVE ANYTHING WITH SHIMMER ON IT!!

I plan to use most of these complements for my kids album pages that have NOTHING to do with Halloween. I love that a lot of the papers (almost ALL) are designed in this set to be useful for so many other projects other than simply just Halloween. There is only 1 paper sheet that is clearly ONLY Halloween the rest can but used in any project! I LOVE THEM!


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This photo above is all the shimmery elements I love! Its hard to capture the shimmery beautifulness that is these complements. I've zoomed in as best I can to capture some of it. 

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There were a few elements that are typical Halloween elements and I think the cute little owl that has the origami shape is a great birthday owl. It could be a good card for a male or female. 

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This was my first card with the have a Hoot - the alphabet is from Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (physical cartridge) pack. White Daisy Cardstock for the title and White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack for all the cards I made. I used Black Memento™ Ink Pad for all the black stamping in these projects. 


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Then using some of the paper from both Cats & Bats and Falling for You I made this card with the  Feel So Blessed—September Stamp of the MonthThis is a lovely stamp set full of thanks and gratitude and is only available to purchase in September (You can get it for only $7.50 with eligible purchase). The orange check paper from Cats & Bats goes well with the flowers and spots of the Falling for You papers. The Quote in the middle was stamped with Heather Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadThe "love this" heart is stuck on with 3-D Foam Dots.


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Then I did a final simple thank you card. I've been looking for more multi-gender versions of my thank you cards because often I do them with flowers and hearts and I definitely require more masculine or 'suitable for anyone' thank yous. The black and white stripe paper is from the Cats and Bats and the spots are from Falling for You. The Thanks is stamped in Black Memento™ Ink Pad directly onto the paper and the "for everything" was stamped on White Daisy Cardstock and cut out and suck on with Thin 3-D Foam Tape for a little dimension. The star from the Cats and Bats was stuck on with Tombow® Permanent Adhesive (as well as the owl) because it is easily adhered around thin edges. 

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Simple, basic, elegant with the black and white stripes. Easily replicatable and simple for beginners. 

Remember Workshops Your Way® Cats & Bats Scrapbooking Kit and Workshops Your Way® Falling for You Scrapbooking Kits are only available for a limited time. They are both lovely and I had to have them BOTH. 
Go to my website www.vandra.closetomyheart.com.au or your consultants website and order today. 

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest projects. I'm really interested to hear what you think about them, so I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop this month on on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Wendy Hopper - Expressions of the Heart.





Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Jack Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring this months featured pack called  Workshops Your Way® Jack Scrapbooking Kit.



If you have arrived here from Nell Ward then you are in the right place. If you landed here another way, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. Follow the links, check out all the amazing ideas and eventually you'll come right back here to where you started.




We are all creating with the Workshops Your Way® Jack Scrapbooking Kit This kit is featured by Close to My Heart in August and is available until the end of the Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book just 2 more weeks!!! 

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Workshops Your Way® Jack Scrapbooking Kit

Product Description

Kit contents:
1 – Jack Paper Packet (X7222B)
1 – Jack Complements (X7222C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Juniper, 2 Whisper, 1 White Daisy)
1 – Black & White Dots (Z3314)
1 – Whisper Thick Twine (Z3095)

Use the materials in this kit and the online instructions to create three coordinating scrapbook layouts and a number of cards.

For my first project I used a layout from the Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 2 How-to Book. The books are great because they give the cutting guides and a sample or 2 of each page layout (This one had 2 samples). There is a new Make it from your Heart Volume -Make It from Your Heart™ Volume 3.

This one was great for scraps and leftovers using lots of 1.5 inch and half inch strips. 
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 You'll see I was a bit short on one of the strips (with the faces) but I knew I was placing a big photo section there so I knew it wouldn't matter. 

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 See - covered up and it doesn't matter that there was a small gap underneath :) 

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I made this page at our camp and left my Jack Complements at home so I didn't get to embellish it yet, I nearly drove home from camp to get them. Also thinking of adding extra photo wells. I am thinking it is perfect for photos of our Scout Camps. 

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This layout above, came from the Creative Insider (You can get this from your consultant usually on purchase of Jack or at a class or workshop). I flipped the paper over from the tree paper on the creative insider because I thought the "little man" title seemed more ideal with the men on the paper. 

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I really love the tree tamps from the Jack Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin CutsThe trees go so great with the overlapping colours. 

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After I did the pages I decided to make a card with the trees plus the Tree stamp and Tree paper. Plus Black Shimmer Trim and Black & White DotsI raised the white banner with 3-D Foam Tape

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The last card (below) I want to show is made by my friend and sister consultant Alicia Lawrence. We did a swap of some cards we each made. I wanted to show it in this one because it was a "girly" card made with the masculine papers. 
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Remember Workshops Your Way® Jack Scrapbooking Kit is only available for a limited time TWO WEEKS LEFT!! (I'm panicking). Go to my website www.vandra.closetomyheart.com.au or your consultants website and order today. 

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest projects. I'm really interested to hear what you think about it, so I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop out of 10 bloggers this month on on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Lara Moss.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

School Year S1708 Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with the "School Year—August Stamp of the Month" Stamp set. If you have arrived here from Colleen Geldenhuys then you are in the right place. If you landed here another way, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. Follow the links, check out all the amazing ideas and eventually you'll come right back here to where you started. 

Today I would like to share with you my project which features the School Year—August Stamp of the Month available exclusively throughout August 2017 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. 

This is clearly a perfect school style stamp but the extra's on the stamp are great for lots of general purposes, the speech bubble and Frame can be used with any sentiment and any set from any other pack. The hearts are too cute and should go on everything, plus you've got the arrow which goes perfectly with Bullet journalling. I'm sure you'll see lots of great examples on all the pages to come along the hop. 

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I am currently making a small album for both my children with the Everyday Life™ Album—Bashful (for my daughter) and last catalogues Sea Glass for my son (which you can still purchase in the half price Everyday Life™ Sea Glass Album & 2017 Planner Pages Bundle). 

This album is an encouragement album with lots of positive self-esteem things in them. I wanted a title to fit into the 3x4 sized pocket near the photos about school. 

My daughter loves pink so I used a piece of Raspberry Cardstock (on the darker side) cut at 4x3 inches. Then my White Daisy Cardstock 
I cut half and inch smaller so 2.5 x 3.5 to stamp onto. I used Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
to stamp the "First Day of School" and then the New COLOUR OF THE YEAR Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
to stamp the hearts twice and then the pencil below. 


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After I'd done my stamping I slotted it into my daughters album. All the photos are in the album in the Memory Protectors™ 3" × 4"Memory Protectors™ 4" × 6" and Memory Protectors™ 6" × 8"
All that I need to do is finish the journalling and titles. I find I can't do this at a workshop or camp day because I need to focus on what I'm journalling so I need quiet. Hence this is the only part still to be finished. 



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After I did my title 3x4 section. I decided to make a card too. I love the frame and think he was just perfect for the  Jack Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts
That bear is unbearably cute (see what I did there... hehehehehe). 

The card was inspired by a friend who's son is graduating and finishing school soon. 

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I needed to make a frame which was perfect on my first one because it wasn't a great stamped image first time around using Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad so I cut that one out with my Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors.

Then I stamped a second frame in the black ink (nicer) and stuck the first cut out frame over the second frame and stamped the bear on it with new Mink Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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On white daisy I stamped the frame from the Stamp of the Month in Black ink again and used the "its your day" from the Jack Cardmaking stamp set which fit perfectly. 

The I stamped Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad for the bear hugs title and the tie on the bear. I fussy cut it all out including rounding the edges on my offcut of the "last day of school" and stuck it onto my 4 1/4" × 5 1/2" White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack using Duck® Easy Stick™ Adhesive

I finished off with the grey plaid paper from Workshops Your Way® Jack Scrapbooking Kit and inked the edges in black by just running it lightly over the stamp pad to get a black edge. I also wanted a touch more red on there so I grabbed out an old heart enamel sticker but Red Enamel Gems would also have worked here. 

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Remember this great stamp set School Year—August Stamp of the Month is only available throughout August from my website or from your Close to My Heart Consultant

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project idea. I'm really interested to hear what you think about them, so I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop which is 
I hope you leave a lovely comment on all the blog posts and come back around to mine. See you again soon.



Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Watercolour Painting with Ink

Water Colour Painting with Inks. 

I was at my weekly card class and I had my inks and my Waterbrush—Small RoundWaterbrush—Medium Round and Waterbrush—Medium Flat but forgot to bring my Watercolor Paints palette. Never fear, I remembered that I could use my ink to PAINT!

Using the older style ink pad Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (As shown Below), I pressed them together to get ink on the lid. This is the same process with the newer ink pads as per the below Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad as well. Get some ink onto the lid of the pads to create a paint pad. 

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I stamped with Black Memento™ Ink Pad with the stamp of the month Hello Foxy from June 2017 - see my blog post HERE on that month.
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I used my water brushes that was filled with water and painted with Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad and Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (one old and one new). 

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I used some Thistle embossed Cardstock (from the older Whimsy Fundamentals pack) and some LOVE paper from the new Whimsy Fundamentals pack paper to finish my card and I was really happy with this one. It was simple and effective. 

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You can get 12" × 12" Thistle Cardstock in the Whimsy Cardstock Combo Pack.