Thursday, 15 June 2017

No Worries Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring this months featured pack called  Workshops Your Way® No Worries 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® No Worries Scrapbooking KitThis kit is featured by Close to My Heart in June and is available until the end of the new Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book. 
Product Description
Kit contents:
1 – No Worries paper packet (X7220B)
1 – No Worries Complements (X7220C)
4 – cardstock sheets (4 White Daisy)
1 – No Worries sequins (Z3322)
1 – white burlap ribbon (Z3323)
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 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. I wasn't a huge fan of the large print palm trees, so I turned those sheets over and the pages turned out quite different. I love them. I also used my scraps plus some Kraft cardstock to make another set of 2 pages, giving me 8 pages in total. I haven't shown them here because I haven't added photos and they look a bit plain without anything on them. I really love the natural look of the timber and thatched paper and how fun and playful the blue striped paper is. 

The pictures below are from the CTMH head office team and are shown in the catalogue. 





I also made the cards as per the instructions (using two sides of each paper to create different samples) but didn't use the stamp set as instructed because I don't have anyone I know retiring. So my cards are waiting on titles and empressions on them. They are perfect for a masculine card or gender neutral option. 

So after making 8 pages and 6 cards I still needed something I could show everyone on the blog hop. 
I LOVE the wooden paper and using one of the Picture My Life cards of wood I cut the 4x6 card down to 4x5.25 to have a border on my 4.25 x 5.5 sized cards (4 1/4" × 5 1/2" White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack).

Then I added True Love Stamp set with the solid heart stamp in Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad and then I stamped over "This card is a PAPER HUG" with Black Memento™ Ink Pad on 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock offcuts. 

This stamp set True Love is the Operation Smile stamp set so $7 US dollars from the sale of every set of this stamp set goes to Operation Smile - operations in third world nations on children to repair cleft lip and cleft palette issues. Its a truly amazing stamp set. So sweet and versatile. 

To finish off my card I used 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock offcuts to cut out a thin cut heart. I adhered the thin cut hearts with Bonding Memories™ Glue Pen and the title with 3-D Foam Tape


I will finish the 8 pages and 6 cards I've made and post them at a later stage. So please come back again soon to view my Blog and see all the things I've made with this kit!!

Remember Workshops Your Way® No Worries 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 Lauren Moore.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Hello Foxy S1706 Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with the "Hello Foxy—June Stamp of the MonthStamp set. If you have arrived here from Chris Woodward: woodies-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. 

Today I would like to share with you my project which features the Hello Foxy—June Stamp of the Month available exclusively throughout June 2017 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. 
Hello Foxy - S1706 Vandractmh.blogspot.com.au

This is super cute set. I wanted to do something completely different this month. My sister has been talking to me about Bullet Journals - a new popular type of diary journals, and this set is PERFECT for this type new hobby. Stamping in your Bullet Journal with Close to My Heart Stamps is a great use of our stamps. Making it easier to be creative with the journalling. 

Google Search says "The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above."

A really interesting article from Marie Claire is linked here to explain it and show some videos. There are lots of Pinterest boards, and YouTube clips and Blogs about Bullet Journalling. 

Using Black Memento™ Ink Pad, Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Penand the blocks with the flowers and wreath, I stamped onto a notepad to get a sense of how it will work and this will be my sample. Once I decide on what I want to put into my journal I will find a nice bound note book to enter this into, lots of the info I read about this is to not use an expensive journal just a cheap notepad. You can use sticky notes to find your most used pages. . 

Hello Foxy S1706 Bullet Journalling Goals floral
I stamped the wreath and it makes a perfect heading.
Then each of the flowers make a great bullet point (hence the name bullet journalling). 
Hello Foxy S1706 Bullet Journalling Goals floral

Hello Foxy S1706 Bullet Journalling Goals floral
One of my goals is to drink more water and in the bullet journal you can track things, like drinking water. So after the main page I created a diary of days with 8 flowers per day to represent the 8 glasses of water I want to drink. The idea is to colour in each flower to show each glass of water that is drunk. 
Hello Foxy S1706 Bullet Journalling Goals floral
Using a highlighter I coloured in some water "flowers" to show this. 
Hello Foxy S1706 Bullet Journalling Goals floral

Then I can go back to my main goal page and colour in that goal. 
Lots of bullet journals have indexes at the front and then you can add page numbers and add whatever you'd like to your bullet journal. 

Hello Foxy S1706 Bullet Journalling Goals floral

I really see why its taking off as a new fad. Its a fun way to record all sorts of information. 
Some of the things I think I'll record is - movies I've watched, Books I've read, Podcasts I've listened to, Netflix, Further Goals, Blessings (gratitude journal 10 things everyday I'm thankful for), To-Do list, organising my decluttering, Days I've crafted or created art (and what I've created), Graphs. Days without buying work lunches (bringing lunch from home), 

These planner bundles give you a diary base with plenty of room to add extra things into it. Using the flowers as bullet points means you can colour them in as you complete them. 

You could use the flowers for savings goals, weight loss goals, drinking water, days without take-away/junk-food, exercise goals, phone calls for your business, number of nights you eat with your family, or read to your children.

You could laminate a selection of the flowers and your list- I'm thinking for my kids before school, to-do list, each day my daughter could colour in with whiteboard marker on the laminated sheets each flower once she had completed her list.  

Ideas from Pinterest below. 
Bullet Journal Page Ideas
I found this list on Pinterest but the link to it doesn't appear to be working. Put the search into Pinterest to find this list. "Bullet Journal Goals". 

Remember this great stamp set Hello Foxy—June 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 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 Georgia O’Shea - Georgia Creates.

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.