Friday, December 16, 2016

Mini Album hints and tips

The special for December at CTMH is a great deal on mini album bundles.  I am anxiously awaiting my delivery, but the head office team at CTMH have put together a couple of great blog posts with some fantastic starting off points for your mini album must makes.

Part one of their blog posts can be found by clicking HERE and features the black and white striped Adventure Mini Album bundle.  You even get your choice of page protector to suit your photos and cards.

Part two of the blog post series is HERE and focuses on the two smaller Instalife albums.  These are so cute and are the ones that are winging their way here for me to have a little play with.

This great deal on mini album bundles is available for December only, so make sure you don't leave it to late to save 30% on the usual prices.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Oh Deer! CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

Morning! It has been a while since I have participated in a CTMH Australasian Blog Hop but I finally got into gear and created something in time.  You may have just been checking out Kara's amazing creations to hop your way here, but if not the hop is a loop so you can start here and work your way around.

This month the paper packet we are featuring is the gorgeous Christmas pack Oh, Deer! which has some gorgeous Christmassy themes and colours, although it definitely can also be used for other occasions (or no occasions!) as well.

I teamed the paper packet up with the Season of Magic stamp to create a set of three gift cards.

Some tips for these ones:
1.  Don't forget the colours that match with each CTMH paper collection are listed on the zip strip of each paper.  Use these to match your cardstocks and inks perfectly with your papers.

2.  When you make a card you like the look of, make multiples. It is quite easy to change the look of the cards by using slightly different colours and different sentiments.

3. To emboss the stamping on the Merry and Bright card, I stamped in regular old ink first, then stamped directly over the top with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  It turned out great.

Here are the individual cards for you to take a closer look.  Which one is your favourite?

The Oh, Deer! suite of papers and embellishments is only available for a couple more weeks, so if it is taking your fancy you need to get in quick.

For even more Oh, Deer! inspiration, head over to Maz Wood: aMAZing Close To My Heart Creations blog.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Merry Christmas frame using Oh Deer!

I decided we are a little Bah, Humbug around the house this year (so far), and we need some Christmas cheer.  So I pulled out the Oh Deer! paper packet which has some gorgeous soft Christmas colours and made up a page to slip into my frame for the wall.

Which reminds me - these fabulous black frames are nearly all gone, and are on a brilliant special, so if you have been thinking about getting one (or more than one) now is the time. Don't miss out! They are so easy to slip in your latest layout and change up the look on your walls.  Great for gifts, too.

The colours haven't actually come up true, you can see them better in this close up:

I hope you can also see that I stamped and gold embossed some little star/snowflake type thingoes in the corners to add a little extra.  And isn't that twine ribbon gorgeous? I actually thought it was just normal twine, not realising it was all together like a ribbon (does that make sense?). You can get it in the Rustic Home ribbon pack.

Some tips from this layout:

1.  Each of the CTMH patterned paper packets have the corresponding cardstock and ink colours on the zip strip.  You don't even have to think about what is going to match!

2.  The Cricut collections from CTMH are so versatile.  Here I have used the Flower Market for the wreath, and Artbooking for the Merry Christmas.

3.  Don't forget to stock up on Glue Dots which make adhering ribbon an absolute breeze.  No more worrying about if it is going to stay stuck.

4.  While on the topic of adhesive, I get so much use out of my small tip Bonding Memories glue pen.  I thought I wouldn't use it much, but I actually use it on nearly every project.  For this wreath it is the perfect thing to use.

If you want any more information on this or any other of my projects, please drop me an email or message me through my facebook page

Saturday, December 3, 2016

It's the little things

This month, save 30% on the supplies you need to make fun and easy mini albums that make perfect gifts! Here are three easy gifting ideas for these albums:
  • Complete an album for your bestie including some pictures of the fun times you’ve shared.
  • Give the supplies themselves as a gift, letting the recipient determine what photos and memories they will preserve.
  • Give yourself the gift of beautifully preserved photos by printing out your favourite photos from your phone and making an album for yourself!
I love this idea, and I think a few of these might be going both on my Christmas gift giving list, as well as my own wish list from Santa!

I think the black and white strip is my favourite, but I may just have a couple of girls who would love the others.

Check out more on this great deal and what is included here