Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January La Vie En Rose - CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


Hello and welcome aboard our Close To My Heart January 2016 featured paper collection Australasian Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Tanya's blog Happy Paper Crafting , then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

This month we are featuring my favourite paper packet from the CTMH 2015/16 Inspiration Book La Vie En Rose.  I just love everything black and white, and add in those gorgeous colours with the floral patterned paper and it just can't be beaten.

I bought the La Vie En Rose Paper Packet and have used it for a few different projects, a card box organiser, cards, and my favourite a layout for my black shadow box frame.


For this layout I really wanted to showcase that floral patterned paper, so tried not to cover it up too much! This paper is one of those that nearly needs to be framed all on it's own, it is that gorgeous.

I have been giving the Cricut a workout lately, love the way these black leaves and rolled roses frame the side of the layout. I also teamed some of the stickers from the Fundamentals Stickers Basic Pack which coordinate perfectly with La Vie En Rose.


Here is some close ups - I actually used some of the circle gold sparkly stickers as centres for the rolled roses, difficult to show in the photos but they add that extra bit of details and sparkle to the layout.

I stamped the hexagon Love You stamp three times with three different colours and raised one with foam mounting tape to add extra dimension.

Thank you for visiting my Blog to check out my project featuring La Vie En Rose. I would love it if you could leave a comment below before you hop to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop Mez's Craft Room for even more inspiration.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop - December Stamp Of The Month




Hello and welcome aboard our Close To My Heart December 2015 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Maz Wood's blog Inky Fingers, then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

The December Stamp Of The Month "Candlelight Garden" is very feminine and gorgeous. Here is what you get - isn't it just fabulous!


I thought these images were just crying out for some colouring in, so I have used two different colouring methods for my cards this month.


It is a busy time, and I have only had a quick play with the stamps this month so have only managed two cards to show you so far.


Firstly I used the Shin Han Touch Twin markers to colour the images. I love the way you can use the lights as a bright border at the top of the card, I stamped a few different times to get more than one strand.


On my second card I used our watercolour paints and brushes for a more subtle effect.  These ones were quite light, so a little difficult to show it in the photos.

Don't forget the December Stamp Of The Month "Candlelight Garden"  is only available throughout November 2015 from your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more.

Thank you for visiting my Blog to check out my cards featuring Candlelight Garden. I would love it if you could leave a comment below before you hop to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop  Shaunna Richards Passionate about Pages for even more inspiration.



Friday, November 20, 2015

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop - White Pines


Hello and welcome aboard our Close To My Heart November"White Pines" Australasian Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Meryl's blog Mez's Craft Room, then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post

This time we are featuring the gorgeous White Pines range of products that appear in the Holiday Expressions catalogue from Close To My Heart. This catalogue is only available until the end of December, so if you love anything from it - get your order in quick!

I love the colours in the White Pines range, maybe not the most traditional of Christmas colours (thinking red and green) but tones of that look fantastic together. And I think that the Glacier Blue is right up there with my favourite.

I have had to dig through my Christmas Card Buffet cards for this hop, as I literally only have scraps left of my White Pines Cardmaking On The Go kit (which is gorgeous, and really great if you are low on time and just want to be told what to do!) AND my paper packet which features the whole range of White Pines patterned papers and matching cardstock.






The majority of these cards were inspired by cards I have pinned from Pinterest, and they look fabulous with the colours of White Pines.

I hope you like my Christmas cards and they have given you some ideas of how simply you can whip up some fantastic cards using this paper packet. Don't forget the matching cardstock is included in there as well, making it super simple to get perfectly matching cards.


The White Pines paper packet is available for just $15 from your Close To My Heart Consultant, and includes six pieces of patterned paper (2 each of 3 designs) as well as six sheets of coordinating cardstock. Fantastic value, and also check out the matching complements and assortment that goes with it.

Thank you for visiting - I would love if you could leave me a comment before continuing on your way through our Hop. Your next visit is to 's blog at Patricia's blog Patricia Manhire's Creative Corner where you can be White Pines inspired even more.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop - "Urban"


Hello and welcome aboard our Close To My Heart November"Urban" Australasian Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Kara's blog Creating with Kara Davies, then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post

The Urban range of products from Close To My Heart are absolutely perfect for all those masculine scrapbook layouts and cards that are sometimes SO difficult to find suitable papers etc for.

I have used the Urban paper packet to create a few birthday cards that are suitable for all those men in our lives!


And now for the individual cards...

I think this one is my favourite of the set. I just love that corrugated iron paper, so perfect for Australian made cards. I can see this paper being used up to the very last scrap! I cut the cogs out of the Urban paper using my Cricut and the Artiste cartridge.

Love the cutouts on this one, this time from the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge.  Another good tip to change up your stamps is to use one word from one stamp set, and the second from another - like I did with the Happy Birthday on this card.

Some different moustaches this time - again from Artfully Sent. Another of my favourite papers in the middle of this card, and I used the edge strip from one of the Urban papers as the borders for it. Not one little piece is wasted!

And finally my surfy card, perfect for those teenage boys who can be so difficult to make a card for.
The surfboard was cut from Artbooking, and if you look closely you can see it is actually designed with two layers, the back full colour piece and then the front patterned cut out piece. Cool, hey? Well, pretty AWESOME actually!  I popped on three Durables Triangle Studs just to add a little something extra as well.

I hope you like my set of Urban cards and they have given you some ideas of how simply you can whip up some fantastic masculine cards using this paper packet. Don't forget the matching cardstock is included in there as well, making it super simple to get perfectly matching cards.

The Urban paper packet is available for just $15 from your Close To My Heart Consultant, and includes six pieces of patterned paper (2 each of 3 designs) as well as six sheets of coordinating cardstock. Fantastic value, and also check out the matching complements and assortment that goes with it.

Thank you for visiting - I would love if you could leave me a comment before continuing on your way through our Hop. Your next visit is to Wendy Hopper's blog at Expressions of the Heart where you can be Urban inspired even more.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop - November Stamp Of The Month


Hello and welcome aboard our Close To My Heart November 2015 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Meryl's blog Mez's Craft Room , then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post

The November Stamp Of The Month "Cheers, 2016" is just perfect to start all those New Year and celebration projects! Here is what you get - isn't it just fabulous!



When I saw this stamp I immediately thought the images are perfect for Project Life (or whatever you like to call your version of pocket scrapbooking). I have been doing Project Life now for 7 years - and this will be THE most organised I have ever been, completing my cover page in October the previous year!

I have made some pocket cards by using the Cricut cartridge Artfully Sent which has a whole button feature of pocket cards. 

Here is my cover page for 2016:



I have also used some of the gorgeous transparent Picture My Life Overlays in black and gold, and some of my favourite cards from the Beautiful You set which include some hints of gold which I just love.  The January card in the top right is from the Through The Years set. One of the great things about these Picture My Life cards is that they are co-ordinate so well together, and I also love that there are NO REPEATS throughout the set, so you have a great variety to choose from. The same design is featured on both sides of the card, however, so you have the flexibility of going with horizontal or vertical design. Perfect!

When it comes around to January, I may just swap out some of the overlays for photos, we will if I can manage a good family photo to slot in there!

And some of the individual cards:


I love the whimsy of the font of the 2016, so thought I would go with some brights for the start of the year. To get the alternating colours on the bunting flags, I stamped it straight onto the pocket card in one colour, then stamped on a scrap piece of card with the other. Then I trimmed out the individual triangle flags on the scrap piece and adhered them over the top of the first. I really like how this turned out, giving it that bit extra pop of colour.


This one will end up with a photo in there, come January 2016. Maybe of New Year's Eve celebrations?


And finally a spot for some journalling. I love the journalling lines stamp in this set, and can imagine me using it a lot throughout the year to quickly add some lines for hand journalling on cards. I also love the fonts that are coming through on the new stamps - here I combined a "Happy" from a previous set as well.


Don't forget the November Stamp Of The Month "Cheers 2016" is only available throughout November 2015 from your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more.

Thank you for visiting my Blog to check out my cards featuring Cheers 2016. I would love it if you could leave a comment below before you hop to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop Wendy Hopper's Expressions of the Heart for even more inspiration.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

CTMH Australasian Blog Hop - October Stamp Of The Month


Hello and welcome aboard our Close To My Heart October 2015 Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Georgia O'Shea's Blog Georgia Creates CTMH, then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post

The October Stamp Of The Month Twinkle is just perfect to start all those Christmas projects, well in advance of Christmas! Here is what you get - see those red outlines around some of the images? This means they have Cricut cuts to match, which saves a LOT of time fussy cutting if you want to use those images.


I have used the Twinkle stamps on this set of three Christmas cards. The basic layout came from an idea from Pinterest, but it is not playing nice and letting me source the original blog post - my apologies if it is yours.  They really are difficult to photograph, not sure if you can see but on the two left hand cards the colonial white background has been embossed with two different embossing folders, one for the top and a different one for the bottom. Trust me, it looks really effective!


And the individual cards:

Merry Everything:


Twinkle:


And an extra close up of "Twinkle" just so you can see that beautiful gold embossing on the bauble. Another little trick I like to do when using baubles on cards is to trim a really thin strip of shimmer trim to give them something to hang on to.


And finally, I think my favourite, Peace:


I thought I was really clever here by cutting out a scallop circle on the Cricut then stamping the star circle on there, then punched out the centre to create a wreath. I am not sure if that was the intended use of the stamp (it probably was!!), but it made me feel very creative for a moment.

Here is a close up of the "wreath" that I am so proud of:


You see what I did there? I know, right?!?  Anyway, don't forget the October Stamp Of The Month Twinkle is only available throughout October 2015 from your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75 or more.

Thank you for visiting my Blog to check out my cards featuring Twinkle. I would love it if you could leave a comment below before you hop to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop Vandra's Virtual CTMH Craftroom  for even more Twinkle inspiration.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CTMH Australiasian Blog Hop - National Stamping Month "Hello, Life"


Hello and welcome aboard our Close To My Heart September National Stamping Month "Hello, Life" Australasian Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Shaunna's blog Passionate About Pages, then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post

Be still my script loving, stamping heart.... Just take a look at these three stamp sets that are available only during September for National Stamping Month! The sets are aimed at Pocket Scrapbookers, Card makers, and scrapbookers - and I guess that counts me in for all three! However, they all co-ordinate so well that I have been mixing and matching and have made good use of them all already. I can see these sets are going to be very well used.

First up, a pocket scrapbook page. I just love the script words in black, they look so great.



Secondly, some cards. The script words make it very quick and easy to make an eye catching card - here are a few I have made:





I love the effect with the water colour paints underneath, these cards were Pinterest inspired by this card by Jen Shults.

And finally, a pop of orange with this one:


Remember, the National Stamping Month "Hello, Life" stamp sets are only available throughout September 2015 from your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant for just $21 each, or get all three for $53 - a saving of $10.

Thank you for visiting my Blog to check out my special project featuring the "Hello, Life" sets. I would love it if you could leave a comment below before you hop to the next stop on our Australasian Blog Hop Georgia O'Shea's Georgia Creates to see some more Hello, Life inspiration.