Saturday, 20 May 2017

Little Dreamer Australasian Blog Hop

Welcome to our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring this months featured pack called Workshops Your Way® Little Dreamer 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® Little Dreamer Scrapbooking KitThis kit is featured by Close to My Heart in May and is available until the end of the new Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book. 
Kit contents:

1 – Little Dreamer Paper Packet (X7219B)
1 – Little Dreamer Complements (X7219C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Thistle, 3 White Daisy)
1 – Little Dreamer Glitter Gems (Z3321)
1 – White & Gold Ribbon (Z3189)
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.
I made the pages first using the cutting guide and then the cards as the instructions. As I usually do, I use a variation of the cards just by turning over the double-sided papers. 
I played with the Little Dreamer Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts (as pictured below) and we cut out lots of unicorns and bits. Its a really fun stamp set that each piece is seperate so you can mix and match the colours to make your unicorn look more magical. 
It was really fun using the colours as listed in the instructions Black (Black Memento™ Ink Pad), Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadThistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, and Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad.








I had lots of fun stamping these in variations of the three colours - Thistle, Lagoon & Whisper. I used lots of 3-D Foam Tape.




Then after making the 6 pages (3 double-page spreads) and 6 cards I made a quick card below, using one of the 3x4 inch cards a little bit of Silver Shimmer Trim.
I had used up all the banners and put away the Big Shot so I fussy cut out the banner. Super quick and easy card to share for someone's birthday.  


Remember Workshops Your Way® Little Dreamer 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 
Tanya Armitage- Happy Paper Crafting.

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This kit is also perfect for kids to use. My daughter made the below card.

I posted this on my business Facebook page "Vandra Stenton Close to My Heart Consultant" last week with this photo = I've spent 3 days in hospital with my little girl this week who's been very sick with a viral infection and has had all week off school. We came home last night and today she wanted to craft and couldn't wait to get her hands on my new unicorn 🦄 thin cut bundle... she's in her creative element and loves them. She did all this without any guidance from Me. Little dreamer is the perfect name for this! #ctmhLittleDreamer perfect stamp set for young ladies and Little Princesses 👸 (okay and big princesses too!). Young princes would like these too I'm sure!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Live Beautifully Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with the "National Scrapbooking Month Live Beautiful" bundleIf you have arrived here from Wendy Hopper Expressions of the Heart 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 month is National Scrapbooking Month and we have the MOST beautiful paper and has a whole set of things. 

Live Beautifully paper packet 16 – 12” × 12” sheets (2 each of 6 double-sided designs and 2 each of 2 single-sided gold foil designs) CC1212B, $23 AUD/$25.50 NZD 
My Acrylix® Live Beautifully stamp set CC1212C, $27 AUD/$30.50 NZD
Cut Above™ Layout Kit—Live Beautifully Includes materials for creating five 2-page layouts and six 12" µ 12" Memory Protectors™. CC1212A $68.50 AUD/$77.50 NZD
Live Beautifully Album Bundles Includes the Live Beautifully Cut Above™ layout kit, a My Legacy™ album (D-ring or post-bound), one Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ journaling pen, and one Tombow® permanent adhesive. CC1212 Black Post-bound album bundle CC1225 Grey D-ring album bundle Retail value: $132 AUD/$150 NZD 20%-off price: $103.95 AUD/117.95 NZD

==============================================================================I have been very Pinterest inspired to make a mixed media canvas and when I saw this stamp set I HAD to make a canvas using the title and flowers. I used the NSD Live Beautifully stamp set to stamp Memento Ink on Tissue Paper. Then I used Mod Podge to glue it onto the canvas. 

This was what it looked like on the canvas before I painted it (above). 
 This is what my canvas looked like after I painted it with some discontinued CTMH pearl paint mixed with Lagoon Re-inker and painted on with a paintbrush.   



Then I added some extra stamping in Colonial White Ink on the top left hand corner. Following the Pinterest suggestions I didn't use a block to stamp onto the canvas (just my hand). 

I made lots of cards with this paper and stamp set this week. Using an idea one of our consultants Steph Sinc shared with consultants to use the black Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Penover the seaglass stamped flower. 
Then using two colours of the ShinHan Marker - Peacock Green & Turquoise Blue shading. My shading needs some work I feel but I do like the look. Then I fussy cut it out and popped it on the below card. 

The below is the Colonial White ink stamped onto Kraft Paper with the White/Gold ribbon tied around. 
The next two cards were from a sample we made at our last crop day and I just added titles to it.  

Remember this great set of products is ONLY available throughout May from my website or from your Close to My Heart Consultant

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest projects, there is so much to make using this beautiful set of products. 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 Lauren Moore.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Live, Laugh, Love Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with the "Live, Laugh, Love—May 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 Live, Laugh, Love—May Stamp of the Month available exclusively throughout May 2017 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. 



This stamp set is a beautiful set, especially for colouring in. I spent a lovely morning with my 9yr old daughter colouring in these cards. I cut a 3.75 x 5 inch White Daisy Cardstock and stamped with Black Memento™ Ink Pad
After I'd stamped the flowers and words, we used my 9yr old daughters little pencils to colour in. She coloured the LAUGH in and it took a very long time... perfect for a kids card making class to keep them entertained. 

Note: I cut out the top of my daughters head from this photo on purpose but it was a lovely time spent colouring in together.



I did a little bit of masking to get the flowers leaning together. I matted the white daisy cardstock on both cards with Canary Cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches. I used the Tombow® Permanent Adhesive.




The Laugh together card would make a great birthday card or invitation for friends. 

Remember this great stamp set Live, Laugh, Love—May Stamp of the Month is only available throughout May from my website or from your Close to My Heart Consultant

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 on our Australasian Blog Hop which is Georgia O’Shea - Georgia Creates.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Some Kinda Wonderful Australasian Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from  Nell Ward -nelliebligh 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® Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking KitThis kit is featured by Close to My Heart in April and is available until the end of the current Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book which is TWO WEEKS FROM NOW (Yes that is panic in my font, only 2 weeks left to get these beautiful things before they're gone for good!!).
Kit contents:
4 – cardstock sheets (4 White Daisy)
1 – Black & White Dots(Z3314)
1 – White Twine (Z3216)



I decided to make a birthday card using the paper from the Some Kinda Wonderful kit and the Sweet Birthday Stamp + Thin Cuts.

I cut a strip of the Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking paper to have just the circles and cut it to fit the 4 1/4" × 5 1/2" White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack card. I cut out four of the little party hats from the Sweet Birthday thin cuts on White Daisy Paper and stamped them with Black Memento™ Ink Pad
I coloured in with my shinhan markers and cut the fourth stamp to fit both the edge "faces". Then I stamped on all the different little faces from the Sweet Birthday stamp set. I stuck it all together with my new favourite adhesive Tombow® Permanent Adhesive.
I sliced a quarter inch strip of the black paper to line the bottom of the faces and stamped Birthday Wishes title from an old stamp set with Memento Ink. I think it turned out really cute!! What do you think?

Next I made some pages using the 4-3-2 pattern that I am teaching at my National Scrapbooking Day workshop coming up in May. I really like this versatile fast formula for getting pages completed so I was having a play with these papers too. Ask your consultant to explain this and give you the cutting guides. 

I used the black cardstock to mat my photos (when I get them printed) and they are cut at 4x6 and 3x4 sizes. Once I know what photos I'm sticking onto this page then I'll add my complements and accessories for titles... to complement my photos. 


Remember Workshops Your Way® Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking Kit. is only available for a limited time and the seasonal expressions catalogue FINISHES THIS MONTH so make sure you get it soon, so you don't miss out! 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.

Also taking this opportunity to wish all my customers, fellow consultants and anyone who hops onto this blog hop, a happy safe and wonderful Easter break. Kindest regards Vandra








Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Dreamin’ Big CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring this months featured pack called Workshops Your Way® Dreamin' Big 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® Dreamin' Big Scrapbooking KitThis kit is featured by Close to My Heart in March and is available until the end of the current Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book.

Workshops Your Way® Dreamin' Big Scrapbooking Kit  
Kit contents:
1 — Dreamin' Big Paper Packet (X7218B)
1 – Dreamin' Big Complements (X7218C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Goldrush, 2 Whisper, 1 White Daisy) or Dreamin' Big Coordinating Cardstock
1 – Dreamin' Big Sequins (Z3315)
1 – Whisper Thick Twine (Z3095)

As part of the instructions for the Dreamin Big Workshop Your Way pack are cards. I cut out and made all the pages and cards as shown in the Instructions which you can find on my website with the Workshops Your Way® Dreamin' Big Scrapbooking Kit

The cards use the Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Thin Cuts BundleThis is an awesome bundle to purchase this month because Close to My Heart are having a sale on Thin Cuts and Thin Cut Bundles. They are 25% off this month only. Usually $36.50 and this month only $27.38.
To start with I cut a sheet of 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock into two pieces 4x6 size and then cutout ALL the below shapes with the thin cut and my Big Shot . 

I pulled out all the featured colours that coordinate with Dreamin Big (as shown on the back of the Zip Strips). Featured Colours: Black, Glacier, Goldrush, Juniper, Poppy, Saffron, Slate, Sorbet, Whisper & White Daisy.  


I stamped a few of the colours... as shown above to make up the cards as per the instructions (or close to the instructions). 

Then as my most favourite thing to do I modified the cards by turning over the paper and changing up the sentiments and thin cut shapes. 

The adhesives I used on my Duck® Easy Stick™ AdhesiveTombow® Permanent Adhesive and for that extra lift 3-D Foam Tape!!




Remember Workshops Your Way® Dreamin' Big Scrapbooking Kit  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.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 
Creating with Kara Davies.