Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Watercolour Painting with Ink

Water Colour Painting with Inks. 

I was at my weekly card class and I had my inks and my Waterbrush—Small RoundWaterbrush—Medium Round and Waterbrush—Medium Flat but forgot to bring my Watercolor Paints palette. Never fear, I remembered that I could use my ink to PAINT!

Using the older style ink pad Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (As shown Below), I pressed them together to get ink on the lid. This is the same process with the newer ink pads as per the below Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad as well. Get some ink onto the lid of the pads to create a paint pad. 

watercolour paint with ink, painting with ink, cardmaking, Vandra Virtual CTMH Craftroom

I stamped with Black Memento™ Ink Pad with the stamp of the month Hello Foxy from June 2017 - see my blog post HERE on that month.
watercolour paint with ink, painting with ink, cardmaking, Vandra Virtual CTMH Craftroom

I used my water brushes that was filled with water and painted with Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad and Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (one old and one new). 

watercolour paint with ink, painting with ink, cardmaking, Vandra Virtual CTMH Craftroom
I used some Thistle embossed Cardstock (from the older Whimsy Fundamentals pack) and some LOVE paper from the new Whimsy Fundamentals pack paper to finish my card and I was really happy with this one. It was simple and effective. 

watercolour paint with ink, painting with ink, cardmaking, Vandra Virtual CTMH Craftroom

You can get 12" × 12" Thistle Cardstock in the Whimsy Cardstock Combo Pack.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Alphabet Wrapping Paper with July Stamp of the Month

Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month

Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $7.50. When you place an order of $75 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing. 

Today I would like to share with you my project which features the Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month available exclusively throughout July 2017 for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. I used the Storybook Alphabet—July Stamp of the Month
to create WRAPPING PAPER! 

Using Black Memento™ Ink Pad I stamped J's all over the brown paper cut big enough for my sons friends birthday present. 

Wrapping Paper with Storybook Alphabet CTMH Stamp of the Month with Vandra's Virtual CTMH Craftroom

After I had stamped all over the wrapping paper, at the join I stamped his full name JAMES! Quick and effective wrapping paper.  

Wrapping Paper with Storybook Alphabet CTMH Stamp of the Month with Vandra's Virtual CTMH Craftroom

I've made this kind of wrapping paper before = see my blog post from a few years back. Click HERE for instructions and lots of pictures.

This page and card are what Close to My Heart artists have created. 

Hurry to order today because only 9 days left in July to order this gorgeous ABC stamp set for only $7.50 with a qualifying order. Go to to purchase today. 

There are some special stamp sets this month brought back just for the Buy 2 get one free stamp set offer. See flyers below and my website for more information. 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Prickly Pear Australasian Blog Hop

Welcome to our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop featuring this months featured pack called  Workshops Your Way® Prickly Pear Scrapbooking Kit.

If you have arrived here from
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We are all creating with the Workshops Your Way® Prickly Pear Scrapbooking KitThis kit is featured by Close to My Heart in July and is available until the end of the new Seasonal Expressions Ideas Book just 6 more weeks. 
Product Description
Kit contents:
1 – Prickly Pear Paper Packet (X7221B)
1 – Prickly Pear Complements (X7221C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Poppy, 3 White Daisy)
1 – Prickly Pear Sequins (Z3324)
1 – Blue Burlap Ribbon (Z3325)

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 and 3 cards designs.
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. 
The yellow paper is the Close to My Heart sample page and I LOVE the green variation paper on the back of the yellow paper that I had to do my page with the green showing through. 

This floral paper is lovely but I simply adore the stripey rainbow colours on the back so I had to use those for my page. 

I think the Green is the only page I did the same as the intended outline.  

The cards from the kit use the  Prickly Pear Cardmaking Stamp + Thin Cuts Bundle. This is so cute and easy to cut the thin cuts and stamp the images of both the Llama (or Alpaca as my husband prefers) and the Cactus. All cards are made using the 4 1/4" × 5 1/2" White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack Cards.
 As per the instructions I used the Watercolor Pencils to colour them in after stamping with Black Memento™ Ink Pad and some I left plain. 

Below are the Close to My Heart Example. 
These are the intended designs from the workshop your way kit and I cut them all to size but couldn't make them all exactly the same as the instructions...wheres the fun in that! Adhesive I used was Duck® Easy Stick™ Adhesive
Z3033, Memory Book Glue Dots™ (for the ribbon) and 3-D Foam Tape for dimension. 

Similar but I put my own 'stamp' on the cards. Using Emerald Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad and Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad.

After making the 6 pages and 9 cards I had HEAPS of leftover paper from this kit and complements, sequins and burlap ribbon, so I decided to have a play with some of my scraps to make some more cards. 

I wanted to show a card that wasn't all about the cacti and mexicana style card. So I used the floral side and flowers from the complements to finish the card, showing a girly feminine side to this set. 

The orange stripes was a PML card from the kit and the flowers are stickers from the complements and the "hooray" banner was a sticker mounted on some White Daisy Cardstock (so it didn't get lost putting pink directly on orange). Adhered that with foam tape and finished with sequins. 

My last card to finish off was plain again, using the Let's Fiesta PML card, some rainbow stripes, plain thin cut shapes (cactus and llama) and 6 sequins - 3 large at the bottom and 3 small at the top. I was really happy with how it turned out and its probably one of my favourites overall. 

Remember Workshops Your Way® Prickly Pear Scrapbooking Kit is only available for a limited time. Go to my website 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 Shaunna Richards Passionate About Pages.