Friday, 10 July 2020

Colour Dare #402 Monochromatic Blues


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Our Colour Dare Challenge for #402 is Blue Monochromatic. Black, White, Silver and Neutrals are free to use. You are invited to participate in this challenge too. Go to the link for Colour Dare #402 and add your entry. 

The card I made was for our Scout Leader who has done so much for our Scout Group during the lock-down stages within Western Australia. When we went back to Face-to-Face Scouting our Support Committee suggested a card to show our appreciation and our Scout Group Leader (my husband) commissioned me to make one... and by commissioned I mean "asked nicely for me to voluntarily make a card for no reimbursement". I was most happy to add my card making skills to gift this leader who has worked so hard for our youth. 

I used the Aurora Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet plus the Aurora Cardmaking Kit (since sold out) with the banner and world thin cuts cut with Glacier CardstockPeacock Cardstock and White Daisy Cardstock

To adhere the globe to the circle thin cut, I used Dual-tip Permanent Glue Pen and then the rest I used either Tombow® Permanent Adhesive with some height mixture of 3-D Foam Tape & Thin 3-D Foam Tape.


The Title "You're the Best" is from June's Stamp of the Month and the "You Mean the World to me" stamp was from the Aurora Cardmaking stamp set. I masked the "me" off and used an alphabet stamp to add the word "US" to the end as it came from the group so I needed it to say "You mean the world to us!". I added the blue and peacock paper from the  Aurora Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet and then added some white Shimmer trim (this is retired but you can still get silver Shimmer Trim which would have also worked on this card). I cut the white shimmer trim in half with my Aluminum Cut Rail Paper Trimmer. To cut shimmer trim I acutally stuck it to the trimmer and then peeled it off again. You can see I didn't cut perfectly in half so I put the larger half on the bottom and the smaller half on the top to show the weighting. 

All stuck onto a White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack card. 



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Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #402 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about my card, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia

Friday, 26 June 2020

Colour Dare #400 Purple Blue Green


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The Colour Dare Challenge is up to special number #400.  To enter into this challenge you need to use shades of Purple, Blue and Green in your entry. Plus Black, White and grey neutrals are free to use. You are invited to participate in this challenge too. Go to the link for Colour Dare #400 and add your entry. 

There are prizes for entering and you could Win!!!

This is a milestone so some of the design team members are working out what their first Colour Dare Challenge blog post was. My first challenge as a design team member was number #309 on 7 September 2018. Let us know when you first entered Colour Dare challenges - it might be today! 

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For this artwork I pulled out a selection of purple, blue and green inks and some green and purple and blue cardstocks and cut Stitched Circles Thin Cuts and Basic Circles Thin Cuts.

I've been wanting to make magnets for all the members of our Bulk Buying group for ages - we buy in bulk as a group to get discounts on items that are usually expensive; to save postage, to help the environment, to save money, get bulk buying powers and healthier items (like free-range, organic, etc). We buy Who Gives a Crap Toilet paper to get a discount on the packs of 10 to save postage, get the bigger discount and save fuel for the delivery driver. We survived the TP crisis that happened a few months ago in Australia - I'm not sure we are over all the restrictions on toilet paper yet but I wanted to acknowledge that our group were #survivors. 

To order your own Toilet paper from Who Gives a Crap (click the link here)

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I used an old real-estate magnet from 2018 and cut it into enough pieces for every circle to have a magnet. I checked that it was enough magnet to hold up the circles, I didn't want it falling off the fridge. Some had extra backing some were just the smaller circle. I did a selection of colours (see list below). 


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 You can get the Toilet paper stamp set in the National Scrapbooking Day Cardmaking Bundle 1 and on my website you can click  Download Guide under the National Scrapbooking Day Cardmaking Bundle 1 to get the instructions for the original card kits. The kit comes with the most beautiful embossed cardstock (as shown above).


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My gift has been gratefully received with a smile. 

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Sage Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad & Sage Cardstock

Green Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

Clover Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

Thistle Exclusive Inks™ & Thistle Cardstock

Pansy Ink (retired)
White Daisy Cardstock


Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #400 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about my magnets, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia

Friday, 12 June 2020

Colour Dare #398 Tic-Tac-Toe

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Our Colour Dare Challenge for #398 is to choose a tic-Tac-Toe line of this grid. Diagonal or vertical line. Plus Black, White, Gold & Silver are free to use. You are invited to participate in this challenge too. Go to the link for Colour Dare #398 and add your entry. 

These colours are from the Stitched Together range of colours from Close to My Heart. 
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For my Tic-Tac-Toe I picked the bottom line: Peach, Sapphire and French Vanilla. These colours are in Stitched Together but also the recent Seas the Day Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet.

I have been working through using up my scraps. so I still had some of the stickers from the sticker sheet and papers. I will do another post with lots of the cards from my using up my scraps. The card for the Colour Dare Challenge was using up a heap of half inch strips of  Peach Cardstock which I had stuck on a peice of 5.5 x 4.25 inches of French Vanilla Cardstock plus a half inch strip x 5.5 inch strip of French Vanilla for the title. I stamped in
Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ using the You Make Me happy stamp set (this stamp set is for Operation Smile Fundraiser $7 from the sale of each set of this goes to Operation Smile). It has great titles with cute animals on it. After I stuck the half inch strips of Peach Cardstock on the French Vanilla, I stuck some of the glasses from the Seas the Day Paper Packet + Sticker Sheet
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A great way to use up your scraps. I even had the skinny quarter inch strip of cardstock for the edge! So cool to use scraps. 

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Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #398 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about my card, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia

Friday, 29 May 2020

Colour Dare #396 Choose three colours

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Our Colour Dare Challenge for #396 is to choose at least 3 of the colours above. Plus Black, White and all neutrals greys are free to use. You are invited to participate in this challenge too. Go to the link for Colour Dare #396 and add your entry. 

The colours I chose to use were Linen, Charcoal, Peacock and Mint. I decided to make something a bit fancy for my son for his 16th birthday. He knew he was getting a laptop for his birthday but we hadn't purchased it yet so there was no present to unwrap. I wanted him to have a special card to open. When he opened it he was VERY impressed. I am glad to say he really did appreciate my extra efforts to make him this card. I'm so glad he knew I had gone to a special effort for him. 

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I found a template on Pinterest and then had to come up with measurements myself. The original ideas was found here. This was my working out :) it was messy :)

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I started with Linen Cardstock and cut the card 7 inches x 10 inches to get a 7x5 inch card base. My Charcoal Cardstock was cut at 5 inches by 6.5 inches - then I scored it at 2 inch increments with a half inch slot extra for tabs. Then I cut a 2inch wide gap. I scored this on the dark side of the charcoal and then cut drawer fronts from the light side of the charcoal. The drawers were half inch high by 1.25 inches wide and the middle one was 2 inches wide. I sponged the edge of the Charcoal Cardstock drawers with Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad.

Then I finished off the drawers with white dots from the Black & White DotsTo make my laptop I cut squares of  Peacock Cardstock and used a corner rounder to round the edges of the "laptop". Then Cut a Linen Cardstock smaller square and rounded it. 

I stamped Peacock Exclusive Inks with an older birthday stamp which had numbers and birthday stamps. I freehand cut a "mouse" and curled it over and added a tiny dot of 3D foam tape to have the laptop mouse be 3D. I drew with a black pen some lines for the mouse and some lines for the keyboard (very roughly). 

Adhering it all to the linen carstock. I added a back ground from the 
Stitched Together Paper Packet  the mint dots. Then I cut a Mint Cardstock large circle for the "mat". To make the banner I freehand cut triangles and stuck them on with 3D foam tape and Mink Twine with smaller white dots from the Black & White Dots.
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On the front of the card I used Block Alphabet Thin Cuts and number thin cuts and cut out the Peacock cardstock. Then I used the Stitched Circles Thin Cuts cut out of the same Stitched Together Paper PacketPut up on 3D foam tape.


 I then used the Happy Birthday thin cut and created a second card front for a second card front, sticking each tiny bit inside. I love getting two for one. 

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Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #394 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about my card, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia

Friday, 15 May 2020

Colour Dare #394 Shades of Green


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Our Colour Dare Challenge for #394 is Shades of Green. Using monochromatic greens, Black, White and all neutrals are free to use. You are invited to participate in this challenge too. Go to the link for Colour Dare #394 and add your entry. 

I love the Green challenge so pulled out some old Central Park paper that I've been trying to "scrap my stash" and use up. Then some Clover Cardstock

that you can get on sale this month in the Green Cardstock Bundle


I HAD to use the new "Toilet paper" stamp set from the National Scrapbooking Day Cardmaking Bundle 1its my very favourite stamp set and from the National Scrapbooking Day event held by Close to My Heart this stamp set is THE MOST POPULAR stamp set in the history of CTMH! I really love this! I love that we can make light of the darkness that is the current Global Pandemic! 

Its awesome that Close to My Heart Cardstock is double sided. So I stamped on the Clover Cardstock with Evergreen Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad on each side of the paper and cut it out with Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors

Then I stamped in Clover Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad for the circle and cut it out with the Stitched Circles Thin Cuts

To stamp the title I stamped on French Vanilla Cardstock
using three colours of inks - First totally stamped with Green Apple Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, secondly I stamped about half of the green apple covered sentiment with Clover Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad  and lastly along the very bottom  I stamped with Evergreen Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad. All three shades on the one stamp. I watched a video on the CTMH Facebook page that demonstrated it recently and I did know this technique, but I haven't done it for so long I thought it was a good time to trial it again with this Colour Dare Challenge. 

I stamped the three green inks of the small heart - one in each colour in the gradient (in the corresponding locations, dark bottom, Clover middle and lighter top). Then I trimmed the paper to the size I wanted freehand and used my scissors to cut a toilet paper like edge on it. 

I used varying thicknesses of 3-D Foam Tape and Thin 3-D Foam Tape
This made three heights for the three elements. I followed the rule of threes with the heart stamps, the cluster of toilet paper embellishments and I finished off with 3 of the clear opaque looking hearts from the Julep Loose Sequins
I didn't have any bright green ribbons or twines so I was stuck for embellishments on this one. I thought black would be too dark as the darkest colour on this card is Evergreen!


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I didn't want to use the cardstock that came with this set cause I had old green to use first but you could totally recreate this card using the lovely embossed papers of this kit. Also I've seen a lot of people emboss their toilet paper and I want to give that a try too but my embossing folders were packed away under a box. 
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Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #394 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about my card, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia

Friday, 1 May 2020

Colour Dare #392 Tic-Tac-Toe


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Our Colour Dare Challenge for #392 is using these lovely colours in the tic-tac-toe - so choose three that go down, across or diagonal.  Black, White and all neutrals are free to use. You are invited to participate in this challenge too. Go to the link for Colour Dare #392 and add your entry. 


I chose the centre of the Tic-Tac-Toe board. I chose Wisteria, Gold & RUby. I used. 

Wisteria CardstockWisteria Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadGold Glitter Paper and Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad and Red Pearls (only White Pearls are available to purchase now... so if you don't have red pearls, you will have to colour your white ones). 


I am sending lots of cards to friends who are finding it tough to be in isolation, or lock-down or quarantine (depending on where they are living). So I need to do lots more Thinking of you, sending love, sending hugs, love you always, just for you, hello, and Grateful cards for things they are doing for us while we are also self-isolating.  So I created this card for this challenge to be a Thinking of You card. 

The beautiful calligraphy "Thinking of you" is from the Sentiments by Melisa Esplin stamp set.  

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I did the random stamping with the flower/leaf in the Wisteria Ink and then the little red flowers in Ruby ink. Those stamps are from the You make me Happy stamp set that is the Operation Smile Fundraiser. When you purchase this stamp set, $7 US dollars goes to Operation Smile. A non-profit organisation that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world. 


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Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest project. Hope you can join in the Colour My Heart Color Dare Challenge #392 too. I'm really interested to hear what you think about my card, so I'd love you to leave a comment. See you again soon. If you don't have a Close to My Heart Consultant (and you're in Australia) feel free to contact me either on this blog or via my website HERE
Vandra Stenton, Close to My Heart Consultant, Perth Western Australia