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.
 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Water Colour Techniques Class

At my weekly Adult Learning Card Making Class I taught them 10 days ago a few fun Water Colour Painting Techniques. Smooshing was everyone's favourite and fun technique. I made a few cards with my sample 4x4 sized Watercolor Paper samples. Using Watercolor Paints with lots of water and paint droplets on sturdy plastic or your 4" × 5" My Acrylix® Blockthen turn it over and SMOOSH the paint onto your paper to create interesting organic designs. 

Note: I did mention this technique on the Tea-rrific S1703 CTMH Australasian Blog Hop
See below Mothers Day card also shown on that Blog Hop. 

Following on from this theme this weekend I used my watercolour samples and made another similar card using that Tea-rrific—March Stamp of the Month and Workshops Your Way® Sugar Rush Scrapbooking Kit paper. 

I used White Twine to add the tea bag tag and used Black Memento™ Ink Pad to to stamp them and my ShinHan markers to colour in the tag. I put washi tape on the back to hold the twine in place.


 One of my ladies made the following card at the class with the Smooshing Technique and Balloon Wishes stamp set. She used some 3-D Foam Tape to add dimension to the title. I loved her card so asked if I could take a photo and post to my blog.

 Another lady Helen took her watercolour paper home and created cards and brought them back this last Thursday. She did smooshing technique below with 3 or 4 main colours and got a grid sort of smooshed area. She then cut a circle out using a thin cut die (Thin Cuts—Basic Circles are on 25% discount this month). The stamps she used are her own. Again I was super impressed with what she had done with her Watercolour practice piece that I took a photo.


Helen also did the varigated wash sample and stamped the Balloon Wishes stamp at class and then took it home to mount it and stamp the title and butterflies with her own stamps. Such a pretty card she made. I was so impressed with her creation.

I have loved teaching these techniques - along with a bunch of others as seen in the blog hop and other cards I've made. 

One of my ladies only comes every second week so I'm looking forward to this Thursday to see what she made with her watercolour samples that she took home to stamp and make into a card. 


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Tea-rrific S1703 CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with the "Tea-rrific—March 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 Tea-rrific—March Stamp of the Month exclusively throughout March 2017 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. 

Firstly can I say... I LOVE THIS STAMP SET SOOoooooooo Sooooooo MUCH!!!!! 

I did a demo last week with Water colour paints and techniques for my Seniors Card Making Class at an Adult learning centre. Some of my water colour samples I turned into cards for my Blog Hop. 

I taught the ladies the Smooshing technique by dropping watercoloured paint onto plastic and then smooshing it on Watercolor Paper. My watercolour paper samples were all 4x4 inches and I did cut it down slightly, then I used a larger piece of Pansy Cardstock to back the 5 1/2" × 4 1/4" White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack

Then I stamped the Happy Mothers Day cup and the "steam" three times with Black Memento™ Ink Pad.

To finish the card off I tied a bow with Blush Shimmer Ribbon so it looked balanced and even plus pretty and delicate. My mum was with me when I made the card but she promises to be surprised on Mothers Day receiving it (heheheheheee).  



For another Sample I stamped Black Memento™ Ink Pad on 12" × 12" Colonial White Cardstock with the Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle Flower stamp (This stamp set with thin cuts bundled together are 25% off this month only!!). Such a great flower stamp. I wanted to show my seniors ladies that you can use Watercolor Paints with normal paper it just tends to buckle a little (and obviously can't be completely covered in water or paint). Using it to paint the flowers is just enough to not buckle the paper completely. I used the Waterbrush—Medium Round to paint the flowers so it wasn't too wet. 

Goes great with paper from Workshops Your Way® Hello Lovely Scrapbooking Kit and the "Good times are even better when they are shared." sentiment from the Tea-rrific—March Stamp of the Month.

I used Tombow® Permanent Adhesive and stuck Hello Lovely Paper and Colonial White cardstock on the 5 1/2" × 4 1/4" Colonial White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack.




I also had made up the cards in the Workshops Your Way® Hello Baby Cardmaking Kit 
last week and had leftover pieces cut from the kit that I hadn't made up into cards yet, so I used the base just like the cards (shown below in stock image). 


Using the stamp of the month with the two joining sentiments I made the following card. Using my Black Memento™ Ink Pad (have you noticed its my favourite black ink?!!) I stamped the image and the sentiments then coloured in the cups with my shinhan markers 

Its a very simple card so it may need some bling but the sentiment is the most important feature of the card I feel so the subtle design of the baby card/turned grownup card is enough. I did cut the ribbon to stick on as per the above image but it didn't really go well with the cups so I didn't end up using it. 


Remember this great stamp set Tea-rrific—March Stamp of the Month is only available throughout March 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  Creating with Kara Davies.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Hello Lovely Happy Birthday

At my weekly cardmaking class at an adult learning centre they requested some cards that don't have any stamping because some of them have the shakes. 
I racked my brains to come up with something to suit their requirements that didn't have stamping. 

Last week I showed them the cards I had made for previous blogs (see links to them below). 

The cards they liked had the patchwork style design with the half inch strips. So using those as inspiration and also inspired by my friend and sister consultant Laura Beacham who used half inch strips to cover a thin cut heart. Today, I made a card with my Hello lovely half inch scraps and Fern cardstock to thin cut the heart and border and the Happy birthday thin cut in Fern cardstock. 

I stuck the thin heart border and the Happy birthday with the bonding memories Glue Pen. 

Card all made with no stamping. I was very happy with the way it looked. Simple and fun to create and duplicate. 




Items Used:
5 1/2" × 4 1/4" White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack
Workshops Your Way® Hello Lovely Scrapbooking Kit (or Hello Lovely Paper Packet)
Hello Lovely Coordinating Cardstock (or 12" × 12" Fern Cardstock)
Thin Cuts—Hearts
Thin Cuts—Happy Birthday
Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors
Bonding Memories™ Glue Pen
Tombow® Permanent Adhesive


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Hello Lovely CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


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


Product Description

Kit contents:
1 – Hello Lovely paper packet (X7216B)
1 – Hello Lovely Complements (X7216C)
4 – cardstock sheets (4 White Daisy)
1 – gold glitter gems (Z3312)
1 – blush shimmer ribbon (Z3313)


There is instructions on your consultants website or on my website www.vandra.closetomyheart.com.au
You find the instructions in the Shop section with the Workshop Your Way packs. 

I did the pages and a few other pages and then the below page I used the template in the kit but used different backing page and I used the Colour of the Year Sea Glass cardstock. 

The pages don't look very fancy at the moment without photos. 


I also made lots of cards using Hello Lovely. The other cards can be seen on previous blogs I've already done. Check those out for more Hello Lovely ideas. 


I also did this basic card for my husband for Valentines day with some love heart shaped chocolates. He is a chocoholic so he LOVED it :) 



Remember Workshops Your Way® Hello Lovely 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 hope you get inspired for this new year. 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.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Easter Bunny S1702 CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to our Australasian Blog Hop. We have all been creating with the "Easter Bunny—February Stamp of the MonthStamp set. If 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. 

Today I would like to share with you my project which features the Easter Bunny—February Stamp of the Month available exclusively throughout February 2017 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. 

This is the CUTEST little stamps set so I KNOW all the 10 consultants in this blog hop will have an amazing selection of ideas for us. Make sure you check everyone out and come right back to here. 


I started by stamping the littlest bunny with Black Memento™ Ink 
The one on the right is straight black and the one on the left is second generation inked for that lighter grey colour. I like using Memento because you can colour with markers or use watercolour paints without the black ink running. 

The first two cards in my series are slight modifications from instructions consultants were given at our Sneak Peak events last year. Contact your consultant if you'd like the instructions. The are very simple. 

1 patterned piece 5.5 x 4.25 inches
1 piece 1.5 inches wide to place on the bottom (I split mine into 2 x 0.75 inch parts and on the second card I used the zip strips which are 0.5 inches wide)
2.5 x 4.25 inches of White Daisy Cardstock






I drew around the Somebunny Wishes You banner with Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling PenThen coloured in flowers and bunny with my ShinHan Markers. ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker to match the green in the paper as closely as I could. Don't look at my colouring in too closely - It was late the night I made these so I could probably do a lot better with more sleep :)



I had lots of scraps from a card I'd made with zip strips and half inch strips like a patchwork quilt (see other blog post on Hello Lovely). So the next card I made was the card below with the half inch strips on a white small section of card (the bit under the bunny). 

With the scraps I had from the Workshops Your Way® Hello Lovely Scrapbooking Kit 
the other card I added the strips to the corner as well and added Gold Foil Tape
along the edge (the photo looks silver but is actually gold). 

I stamped the bunny and flowers and title in Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
and used a grey pencil to colour in the top of the bunny. 


Remember this great stamp set Easter Bunny—February Stamp of the Month is only available throughout February from my website or from your Close to My Heart Consultant. Also the Workshops Your Way® Hello Lovely Scrapbooking Kit 
is only available until the end of the current Seasonal Expressions Catalogue so is only available until the end of April. 

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 Chris Woodward.