Friday, 1 January 2016

Beloved Bouquet – Australasian Blog Hop - January 2016 Stamp of the Month

Hello and welcome to our First Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop for 



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We have all been creating with "Beloved Bouquet—January 2016 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 Beloved Bouquet—January 2016 Stamp of the Month  available exclusively throughout January 2016 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. This is such a lovely stamp set for the Base & Shade technique. 

I decided I wanted to use this stamp set to create an artwork with my Designed Décor Black Shadow BoxYou can make this project as a title page for your album or a a lovely piece of art for your wall for the whole family to enjoy on a daily basis. Before Christmas our family had a photo-shoot with a friend and I got some photos enlarged and thought it would look great as an artwork. 

My picture is 8 inches x 12 inches. Originally I thought I'd put the photo in the middle of the 12" X 12" Colonial White Cardstock page but then I decided it looked better at the base of the page. 

I used the stamp set to line up how much room I needed. I left a pencil mark on each side to give me an idea of how high to place the stamps without the photo there. 

I decided to used a title Fundamental Stickers Basics Pack and I cut out the LOVE sticker and backing to get the placement on my sheet right before I peeled off the letters. 

I placed in the middle (without sticking it down) and continued creating around it. 

I left the love placed there and used the leaves and stamped them with Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Stamp PadThis is the perfect leaf colour because its called "Sweet Leaf" (yes this made me giggle). 

On a scrap piece of 12" X 12" White Daisy Cardstock I stamped a few of the sweet leaf leaves and added the over leaf in a few different ink colours. Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad and New England Ivy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad I had my daughter advising me and she decided she liked the New England Ivy best, so we went with that. Looking at it afterwards I think I would have preferred the more subtle Pear over Sweet Leaf but either is fine for this project. 

I then stamped a number of the base large flowers in Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (not pictured above) and then I put Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad over the top. After I completed the large flower I used the Cotton Candy Ink to stamp the base of the small flowers and then used the Hollyhock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad over the top. Some of the small flowers I used the Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad as the base of the flower with the Hollyhock over the top. 

Then I fussy cut all the flowers out and placed them on the page without sticking them down.

I used Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad to stamp the babies breath flowers in two-tone generational stamping around the side and centre and placed the fussy cut flowers over the top. 

Rearranging the placement I stuck the small flowers on with Duck® Easy Stick™ Adhesive
and the large flowers with 3-D Foam Tape to give three dimensions for each of the layers. 

Then I took off the LOVE stickers and I have kept the backing so I can use that as a bonus sticker. Fundamental Stickers Basics Pack Great Value, getting 2 for 1. 

Close up Left.  

Close up Middle. 

 Close up Right hand side. 

As you can see with the close ups I haven't been too accurate but I think that adds to the rustic nature of these stamps. 

Very happy with the end result. 

I was so pleased with my page I took it outside for a photo shoot in the good lighting on my outdoor table. 

Finished project with the Designed Décor Black Shadow Box I can't wait to hang this baby on the wall. 

Remember this great stamp set Beloved Bouquet—January 2016 Stamp of the Month is only available throughout December from your Close to My Heart Consultant

Thanks so much for dropping by to check out my latest projects, I hope you get inspired to create a beautiful wall art item this month. 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 First Australasian Blog Hop of 2016 which is Meryl Cheetham - Mez's Craft Room.

  Come back to see me again soon.


  1. Wow love this piece. I love the steps you showed with the placement of all the elements. Thanks for sharing

  2. This is a really pretty bouquet and great instructions!

    1. Thanks Jenny, I did get a bit carried away with so many photos :)

  3. I love the way the Stamp of the Month makes your photo look even more gorgeous. Thank you for sharing Sandra. :)

    1. Thanks Denise. I'm so glad you like it.

  4. Replies
    1. Thanks Lauren. I really appreciate your compliments.

  5. What a beautiful layout for your wall Vandra!

    1. Thanks, I can't wait to get it on my wall either Marsha.

  6. What a charming layout and a beautiful family photo.

    1. Thanks Doris. I am so thankful to my friend Lisa for taking the photos.