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.

  Come back to see me again soon. 


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.
  Come back to see me again soon.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Magical 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 Megan Lawrence at Crop Craft Create 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™ Magical Scrapbooking Kit.
This kit is featured by Close to My Heart in July and is until the end of the current Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book (so will be retiring at the end of August 2016). NOT LONG!!

There are pages, cards and Picture My Life layouts featured in this pack. I made the pages as directed and cut the cards and then I mixed them up a bit by changing around the backs and fronts of some of the papers to create different and unique cards. Below shows what you can do by varying how you piece the papers onto the cards. 




I really love this stamp set called Fairytale Birthday - I can see myself using it lots and lots. 


The next thing I did with the pages was complete them and then continue with photos I had in the series, to make this page below. 

I had lots of photos of a ball fun pit air-cannon area at Dream World on the Gold Coast so made a page using them. 

I dotty paper on the bottom of the page is the 4x6 picture my life cards from the pack that I cut in half longways so they are 6 x 2 inches. Then I used the Zip Strips and one of the Picture my life card thats "love this" with a strip cut off the bottom and stuck on the other page. 

To cover the joins on the pages I used Honey Cardstock and Stamped black ink on White Daisy Cardstock using the Amusement Park stamp set, I adhered them with 3-D Foam Tape. I stamped the tickets as journalling boxes and will write in them later. 





I was really happy with the dots for the plastic ball cannon area because it suited them so perfectly. I finished it off with a few of the Magical Complements 
for a little bit of dimension. 

This month is also 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 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.
  Come back to see me again soon.

Friday, 1 July 2016

From the Notebook July SOTM Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with "From the Notebook—July Stamp of the MonthStamp set. 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. 


Today I would like to share with you my project which features the From the Notebook—July Stamp of the Month available exclusively throughout July 2016 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. This stamp set is perfect for diary journalling, Calendars and other fun stuff like that. One of the Close to My Heart designed pages looked amazing (see below). 


I wanted to show this stamp set used in a different way on a card. There are so many stamps in this set but a few caught my eye. 



I started with the Hello Stamp and stamped it onto White Daisy Cardstock 
with Black Memento™ Ink PadI stamped a couple to see what I could do with the extras. These would make great name tags for birthday parties or workshop type events.  


The next thing I did was grabbed scraps of Workshops Your Way™ Magical Scrapbooking Kit and fitted them to my 5 1/2" × 4 1/4" White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack white card. 

I then stamped the "Read this" and small arrow on the yellow of the Magical paper with Black Memento™ Ink Pad. I cut a 1 inch circle out of White Daisy Cardstock using 1" Circle Punch and stamped the "Super" circle onto it with  Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadI also stamped the "You are Fabulous" with Cranberry Ink with Tickled Pink stamp set. 

I didn't have any Black Shimmer Trim my favourite trim ever (It's all run out!!). So I grabbed some of my black shimmer paper from the Black & Grey Glitter Paper pack and used that instead. Note to self: buy more Black Shimmer TRIM!!!

I added the "Hello you are Fabulous" and "Super" stamps with 3-D Foam Tape 


Remember this great stamp set  From the Notebook—July Stamp of the Month is only available throughout June 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 Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings.

Come back to see me again soon.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Thin Cuts - CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with Close to My Heart's 
"Thin Cuts" Dies and coordinating Stamp sets. 

If you have arrived here from Maz Wood: Inky Fingers 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. 

There are currently 4 sets of Thin Cuts that are currently available (see below).

I started with the Tickled Pink Thin Cuts with matching Tickled Pink stamp set and while I was cutting them I cut out extras of the A Bunch of Love Thin Cuts to use for other projects with the matching A Bunch of Love stamp set.

I wanted to make a pop up card and the steps below are how I did it. 


Below are the pictures of the stamp sets that perfectly coordinate with these two thin cuts. 


You put your thin cuts downward (all facing with the sharp edge down). I found the wings of the flamingo moved a little so I found the best way to keep them in place was with Washi Tape. (You can get this pear striped washi tape in the Ultimate Embellishments Bundle that is available in the Flash Sale today until Tuesday). 


For my Card I got a piece of White Daisy Cardstock cut to 8 inches x 4 inches. I marked the middle of the cardstock on the edges at 4 inches (You can use a pencil mark or a small crease at the edge of the card - DO NOT crease the card all the way across or your pop up card will be ruined - I'm not exaggerating {Smiley Face}). 

 When you are cutting the pop up card from any of the thin cuts you choose, make sure you lay only half of the shape across the centre line. You hang out the half you wish to NOT cut out the bottom of your cutting placement on your Big Shot or Cuttlebug (as shown above). 

 Above photo shows how the flamingo looked after it had been cut and folded. He almost looks like a dinosaur (Note to self: Dinosaur!!). I made it this size purposefully because it fits into our 5 1/2" × 4 1/4" White Envelopes, from the Value PackAlso available in the Flash Sale Ultimate Envelopes Bundle (6-pack) available until Tuesday this week. 


The above shows how the flamingo looks printed in Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
and Black Memento™ Ink PadThe Memento Ink is because I was planning to use watercolour paints!
  

I loved using the Watercolor Paints and Waterbrush—Medium Round with blue water colour paints from the set.  

While I was waiting for the paint to dry I took a photo of the above lying down opened out. This is how I painted them. 

To finish off the cards I used 3-D Foam Tape to stick on the wings and extra flamingo and Black Memento™ Ink Pad to stamp the "You are Fabulous" sentiment. 

I was really happy with my end product and made 10 of them for our Consultant ten-fold swap at our Monthly Consultant Fun Day this month. 

Remember these Thin Cuts are only available until the end of the current Seasonal Expressions Catalogue (end of August 2016) 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 Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings.

Come back to see me again soon. Thank You!