Saturday, 1 October 2016

Yuletide Joy CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with "Yuletide Joy—October Stamp of the MonthStamp set. If you have arrived here from Maz Wood- aMAZing Close to My Heart Creations 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. 

This is such a pretty stamp set for Christmas. 


Today I would like to share with you my project which features the Yuletide Joy—October Stamp of the Month available exclusively throughout October 2016 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. 


My idea for my cards in this project was to make them quick, easy and replicate them easily. I started my Christmas cards with the new Thin Cuts—Christmas and cut out on my BigShot in Black Cardstock

The negative cut out is just as valuable with this thin cut word (some of the other words don't easily work to do this). See below. 










I used the Shimmer Brush—Clear to paint the Thin Cuts—Christmas cutout and I laid it over the top of the three stars but decided eventually that I liked it without the Thin Cut on top of it but I've shown both to see which one you prefer. 






After I made the star card and had the Thin Cuts—Christmas cutout with all the shimmer from the  Shimmer Brush on it, I decided to make another card to use it. 



To make this card I stamped the present in Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad 
and stuck on the Thin Cuts—Christmas cutout with all the shimmer. I stamped the sentiment with Black Memento™ Ink PadThen I added three strips of Thin Washi Tape from the City Sidewalks Washi PackTo complete the look of the card I added two red Red Enamel Gems as the top of the i and the full stop. Quick Christmas card complete. 


To make the third card I stamped the middle stocking in Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad and then I did second generation stamping to stamp the lighter stockings (to imitate a mantle piece). I stamped the sentiment with Black Memento™ Ink PadThen I added two strips of Thin Washi Tape from the City Sidewalks Washi PackAnother quick, easy and replicateable card. This would look great with red and green stockings and would be a good one for kids to do for the whole class at school because its only using ink and a little bit of washi tape and the 5 1/2" × 4 1/4" White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack making this project inexpensive for kids to make for school friends or sporting teams etc.



After I had finished all of the stamp of the month cards, I still had the negative space from the Thin Cuts—Christmas cutout. I didn't want it to get ruined by going back into my scrap stash. I decided to also stick it onto one of the 5 1/2" × 4 1/4" White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack.

TIP: when you are adhering these negative wording down - use a Bonding Memories™ Glue Pen to get into all the small spaces of the wording so they all stick down (see photo - I used Duck® Easy Stick™ Adhesive around the edges and the Bonding Memories around the inside). 



Now that its stuck down I can add other embellishments later or shimmer trim or bling or something but it won't get ruined or lost in my stash now. Although if I get rushed for time, I quite like it as it is. 

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

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project, I hope you get inspired. 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 on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Georgia O'Shea - Georgia Creates

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Jeepers Creepers Australasian Blog Hop September 2016



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

If you have arrived here from Maz Wood : aMAZing Close To My Heart Creations 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™ Jeepers Creepers Scrapbooking Kit.This kit is featured by Close to My Heart in September and is until the end of the current Holiday Expressions Ideas Book. 
Kit contents:Monstrous Halloween Thin Cuts Bundle.

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5 – cardstock sheets (1 Pansy, 2 Whisper, 2 White Daisy)

Use the materials in this kit and the online instructions to create three coordinating scrapbook layouts.
Featured colors: Black, Emerald, Lagoon, Lemon, Pansy, Raspberry, Tangerine, White Daisy, Willow


I really love the Jeepers Creepers set and the
 
These are the cutest little monsters and I really love the themes of Harry Potter (with the lightening strikes), Halloween, Monstrous Birthday, Spooky fun, Kids birthdays, Monster Kids photos or theme park ideas. 

There are so many ideas using this set and I really wanted to make lots of them, so I went to Pinterest for some ideas and I found one about spiders. I used a bit of scrap Jeepers Creepers paper with the eye balls. This is my favourite paper because you can use it for so many themes and projects. Photos of sleepovers, night time, bed bugs, plus the birthday/halloween themes.  


The above paper was cut out with the Thin Cut Monster and using the scraps I cut a freehand spider body with the eyeballs. 

I then took scraps of the Zip Strip (Eek! Boo!), a strip of the blue stripe paper and offcuts of Black Cardstock.

I adhered the half inch strips using Duck® Easy Stick™ Adhesive and then ruled a dotted line using the Ruler to make the "web".

I stuck on the body of the spider with the convenient eyeballs and then drew freehand the spiders legs. I think in the middle I will stamp "have a Monstrous Birthday" using the stamps above and a masking technique to cover the unwanted words. 




Remember Jeepers Creepers is only available for a limited time so make sure you get it soon, so you don't miss out! Go to my website www.vandra.ctmh.com.au or your consultants website and order today. 

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project, I hope you get inspired. 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 on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings.


See you again soon.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Blessed Beyond Measure CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with "Blessed Beyond Measure—September Stamp of the MonthStamp set. If you have arrived here from Georgia O’Shea - Georgia Creates 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 Blessed Beyond Measure—September Stamp of the Month available exclusively throughout September 2016 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. This stamp set is perfect for thank you cards, blessings, Thanksgiving, gardening and all sorts of projects. 

I really liked the leaf designs so wanted to create a page using those. I started with a 12" × 12" Sweet Leaf Cardstock and a white 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock that I cut down to 11x11. 

Using Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad I stamped all the way around the edge. I started in the corners. 



I mixed up all the leaf designs and intermingled them. 


Then to finish off the page I put some green ribbon from the Whimsy Ribbon Pack
I plan to add photos and journalling but haven't printed the photos I want to add yet.  


I really love the wording on this stamp set and planned to make some cards. I made some cute little wreaths that I thought would look really great on a card with those beautiful words. 


Remember this great stamp set  Blessed Beyond Measure—September Stamp of the Month is only available throughout September from my website or from your Close to My Heart Consultant


Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project, I hope you get inspired. 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 on our Australasian Blog Hop which is 

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Monday, 15 August 2016

Florence Australasian Blog Hop



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

If you have arrived here from Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations 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™ Florence Scrapbooking Kit.This kit is featured by Close to My Heart in August and is until the end of the current Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book (so will be retiring at the end of THIS MONTH - August 2016). NOT LONG!!

Workshops Your Way™ Florence Scrapbooking Kit Contents: 
1 – Florence Paper Packet (X7208B)
1 – Florence Complements (X7208C)
3 – Cardstock Sheets (White Daisy) 
1 – Rose Gold Foil Tape (Z3218)
1 – Florence Sequins (Z3213)
Featured Colors: Flaxen, Peacock, Poppy, Ruby, Saffron, Whisper
Use the materials and the online guide to create three traditional layouts and one Picture My Life™ layout. 

Florence Paper Pack

My order didn't arrive in time so I borrowed some Florence scraps from a consultant friend at our Monthly Fun Day (12 hour cropping day for consultants only). *Note: Since the fun day I have received my order but loved my designed card so much I didn't think I needed another idea. 

My consultant buddy gave me her left overs and I found some scraps I wanted to use and make a card. I laid the scraps down onto a 5 1/2" × 4 1/4" Colonial White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack card.



I stuck the strips on using Duck® Easy Stick™ AdhesiveI cut the edges off with my Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors.

Another fellow consultant Laura Beacham created a Thin Cuts display page to showcase all the NEW Thin Cuts and I decided to use her idea and create my own also at the Fun Day. I really love the glittery Close to My Heart papers. In the New Annual Inspirations Catalogue the glitter paper is available to purchase as single colour packs (instead of the old 3 different coloured papers in one pack). This is a very exciting change to the new catalogue because its easier to create projects with single colour packs of paper. Birthday or Wedding Invitations with ALL Gold Glitter Paper or Christmas cards with ALL Silver Glitter Paper or ALL Red Glitter Paper


When I cut one of each of the thin cuts I cut an extra set of Stars Thin Cuts—Stars in Gold Glitter Paper to add to my card. Then to stick with the theme of Gold Glitter Paper I cut out a thin cut "Thanks" from Thin Cuts—Hello & Thanks set. 



I adhered the thin cuts Stars and Thanks with Bonding Memories™ Glue Pen
and simple as that the card is complete. I really love the new thin cuts.

This month is also the LAST MONTH OF the Seasonal Expressions Catalogue. Go to mwebsite or your consultants website to see all the exciting products available BEFORE THEY'RE GONE FOREVER!! (yes I'm STILL being dramatic - I don't want anyone to miss out!!!). 

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project, I hope you get inspired. 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 on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Creating with Kara Davies.

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Last Chance CTMH Annual Inspirations Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop, we are all sharing our favourite things from the Annual Expressions Catalogue that is just about to finish up at the end of this month!! PANIC STATIONS... Last chance ordering!! Most of these things you won't be able to get after this month!! So many exciting new things are coming but so many things have to go to make room for the new things. Don't worry you can still get them if you are QUICK!

If you have arrived here from Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations 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.

Some of my favourite things that are retiring and that I love are the embossing folders and some of the shimmer trim (pink, blue, teal, bronze and purple). There are new and exciting embossing folders coming in the new catalogue but you need to get all the others before they're gone. There is a section on our websites that show Going Soon Products which is a great place to check out. The new catalogue has lots of new ribbons coming but no new shimmer trim, so hopefully we will get some next year, in the meantime I have been teaching my customers to paint their shimmer trim with watercolour paint. 

The below gift card I made with one of the retiring embossing folders called - Quatrefoil Embossing Folder and my favourite retiring colour "Cotton Candy". A lot of the colours in the Adventure range are changing so many of those colours are retiring to make way for new vibrant colours. 
The card is just a 4x4 square of 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock and then a pop up was cut, the 2x4 bit of 12" × 12" Cotton Candy Cardstock was embossed and then stuck on the front. I stuck the flowers on the top of the embossed card with 3-D Foam TapeI painted with Watercolor Paints and Waterbrush—Small Round and Waterbrush—Medium Round


The next card I made to show the beauty of the Circle Diffuser and the Scallop Embossing FolderI demonstrated this at our recent retreat and everyone was rather impressed. I finished it off with some White & Gold Ribbon, a sentiment from Fairytale Birthday and some 12" × 12" Pacifica Cardstock. I used Memory Book Mini Glue Dots™ to adhere the ribbon to the white daisy cardstock. 



At the retreat I also showed everyone some ideas using thin cuts (as per the first card) and the below little card was a favourite with Ornate Blossoms & Ornate Blossoms Thin Cuts coloured with ShinHan Markers (Thin Cuts aren't retiring for 1 more month). I finished my card off with retiring Shimmer trim x2. Every card or project needs BLING and Shimmer trim is the perfect accompaniment to any project!! The blue has unfortunately already retired but the Teal Shimmer Trim is still available until the end of this month. After telling everyone at the retreat that my favourite SHIMMER TRIM IS RETIRING (Nooooooooo!!!)... I did show them how to paint white shimmer trim with watercolour paints to get matching colours, but its more fiddly than just grabbing it and sticking it on!  



This month is the LAST MONTH OF the Annual Expressions Catalogue. Go to mwebsite or your consultants website to see all the exciting products available BEFORE THEY'RE GONE FOREVER!! (yes I'm still being dramatic - I don't want anyone to miss out!!!). 

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project, I hope you get inspired. 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 on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Lauren Moore - CTMH Craftings.
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