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.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Alphabet Wrapping Paper with July Stamp of the Month


Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month

Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $7.50. When you place an order of $75 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing. 

Today I would like to share with you my project which features the Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month available exclusively throughout July 2017 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. I used the Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month
to create WRAPPING PAPER! 

Using Black Memento™ Ink Pad I stamped J's all over the brown paper cut big enough for my sons friends birthday present. 

Wrapping Paper with Storybook Alphabet CTMH Stamp of the Month with Vandra's Virtual CTMH Craftroom

After I had stamped all over the wrapping paper, at the join I stamped his full name JAMES! Quick and effective wrapping paper.  


Wrapping Paper with Storybook Alphabet CTMH Stamp of the Month with Vandra's Virtual CTMH Craftroom


I've made this kind of wrapping paper before = see my blog post from a few years back. Click HERE for instructions and lots of pictures.




This page and card are what Close to My Heart artists have created. 



Hurry to order today because only 9 days left in July to order this gorgeous ABC stamp set for only $7.50 with a qualifying order. Go to www.vandra.closetomyheart.com.au to purchase today. 

There are some special stamp sets this month brought back just for the Buy 2 get one free stamp set offer. See flyers below and my website for more information. 





Saturday, 15 July 2017

Prickly Pear Australasian Blog Hop


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



If you have arrived here from
  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® Prickly Pear Scrapbooking KitThis kit is featured by Close to My Heart in July and is available until the end of the new Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book just 6 more weeks. 
Product Description
Kit contents:
1 – Prickly Pear Paper Packet (X7221B)
1 – Prickly Pear Complements (X7221C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Poppy, 3 White Daisy)
1 – Prickly Pear Sequins (Z3324)
1 – Blue Burlap Ribbon (Z3325)

Use the materials in this kit and the online instructions found on all consultants websites (click here find the instructions if you don't have a consultant) to create three coordinating scrapbook layouts and 3 cards designs.
I made the pages first using the cutting guide and then the cards as per the instructions except for a few minor changes that made a massive difference. As I usually do, I use a variation of the cards and pages just by turning over the double-sided papers. 
The yellow paper is the Close to My Heart sample page and I LOVE the green variation paper on the back of the yellow paper that I had to do my page with the green showing through. 


This floral paper is lovely but I simply adore the stripey rainbow colours on the back so I had to use those for my page. 


I think the Green is the only page I did the same as the intended outline.  

The cards from the kit use the  Prickly Pear Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts Bundle. This is so cute and easy to cut the thin cuts and stamp the images of both the Llama (or Alpaca as my husband prefers) and the Cactus. All cards are made using the 4 1/4" × 5 1/2" White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack Cards.
 As per the instructions I used the Watercolor Pencils to colour them in after stamping with Black Memento™ Ink Pad and some I left plain. 

Below are the Close to My Heart Example. 
These are the intended designs from the workshop your way kit and I cut them all to size but couldn't make them all exactly the same as the instructions...wheres the fun in that! Adhesive I used was Duck® Easy Stick™ Adhesive
Z3033, Memory Book Glue Dots™ (for the ribbon) and 3-D Foam Tape for dimension. 



Similar but I put my own 'stamp' on the cards. Using Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad and Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad.

After making the 6 pages and 9 cards I had HEAPS of leftover paper from this kit and complements, sequins and burlap ribbon, so I decided to have a play with some of my scraps to make some more cards. 

I wanted to show a card that wasn't all about the cacti and mexicana style card. So I used the floral side and flowers from the complements to finish the card, showing a girly feminine side to this set. 

The orange stripes was a PML card from the kit and the flowers are stickers from the complements and the "hooray" banner was a sticker mounted on some White Daisy Cardstock (so it didn't get lost putting pink directly on orange). Adhered that with foam tape and finished with sequins. 

My last card to finish off was plain again, using the Let's Fiesta PML card, some rainbow stripes, plain thin cut shapes (cactus and llama) and 6 sequins - 3 large at the bottom and 3 small at the top. I was really happy with how it turned out and its probably one of my favourites overall. 


Remember Workshops Your Way® Prickly Pear Scrapbooking Kit is only available for a limited time. 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 on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Shaunna Richards Passionate About Pages.