Tuesday, 15 December 2015

CTMH Kaleidoscope Australasian Blog Hop

Welcome to our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring this months feature paper pack called Kaleidoscope. This paper pack is a really pretty feminine pack. 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.

This kit is featured by Close to My Heart in December and is available for the lifetime of the current Annual Inspirations Catalogue (so about 6 more months to go). 

I pulled out the Kaleidoscope Paper Packet and wanted to create an artwork for last minute Christmas Gifts. I had seen some ideas by other consultants using frames. Laura Beacham has created some similar looking frames using rolled paper flowers. So my idea is a mix between Laura's idea and an Idea from Close to My Heart that was in the Seasonal Expressions Catalogue that highlighted an old product called the 6x6 canvas. I have one of these made up because I loved this idea of sequins on a heart. (Note: The below photo isn't mine). 

 Photo taken from an online Search, Thanks to the many consultants who have shared.
At Kmart this week, I purchased some shadow box frames that were 4x6 (with frame) or 5x7 (without the frame), These cost me about $6 but some were cheaper on clearance. I could choose if I used the glass or not. Because I didn't end up doing the artwork too thick (3D) it fit with the glass which I think gives the artwork a more polished look. 

To get the heart from the Kaleidoscope Paper Packet I cut a number of hearts from the Cricut® Artiste Collection at 2.5 inches. The colours of the Kaleidoscope Paper Packet matched so beautifully with the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy and the Fundamental Stickers Whimsy Pack as shown above. Instead of using the busy side of the Kaleidoscope Paper Packet I turned it over to the green side and stuck LOTS of Gold sequins from the Sequins Gold Assortment pack.
After I had completed the sequins I decided for some extra sparkle I would put on Bitty Sparkles and some larger bling sparkles from the Sparkles Clear Assortment (Bigger bling on the bigger sequins). 
I really liked the look of the bitty sparkles on the sequins. After I stuck the sequins and bling onto the heart I was confused about which colour to use as the background of my frame. I sampled it on natural colours, then blacks, then yellows, greys etc, then finally settled on the pink from the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy which has a lovely white background with circles. 

I put the white frame (from the Kmart Box Frame) around all my samples to see what the heart would look like - see below. This took the most time deciding on my colour scheme, the actual artwork doesn't take long to make. 

When I was ready I thought the blinged up heart needed some background so I cut a second heart in Kaleidoscope Paper Packet on the Cricut but this time slightly larger at 3inches. I turned the Kaleidoscope Paper around so that the pretty lighter pastel colours were showing.

I finished it off with a title from Fundamental Stickers Whimsy Pack to match the Pear colour shown in the Fundamental Stickers Whimsy Pack.

When I placed the artwork into the box frame with the glass on top it wasn't very stable, so I had to use my Duck® Easy Stick™ Adhesive all the way around the pink paper to hold the front of it in (before that it was prone to buckle). 

I am very happy with my artwork and plan to make a heap more for Christmas Gifts or to show customers that last minute Christmas Gifts from me are entirely possible at even this late stage (Christmas is in 10 days!!! Ahhhh) and they are so personalised. Click on any of the links in this blog post to get to my website to place your order or visit your consultant


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 Doris Taylor creative Inspirations

  Come back to see me again soon.


  1. Thank you! Love your card and the bling on the HEART!

    1. EVERYTHING needs Bling Doesn't it Meryl??

  2. What a gorgeous piece of art, that bling heart is fabulous!

  3. Very pretty Vandra. It looks great and I'm sure the recipient of this Christmas gift will love it.

    1. Thanks Shaunna. Its a gift from "the heart". :)

  4. Love the idea of bitty sparkles on the sequins. Your project looks fab. Thank you

    1. I wanted something a bit more fancy than just sequins, however the bitty bling are quite hard to manoeuvre, so I used the end of my non-stick scissors to help place them (probably should have mentioned that in my blog post originally).