Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Christmas in July

I always love a chance to pull out old stamp sets and papers, and the Christmas in July challenges that are live at the moment make this the perfect opportunity to look through my Christmas stash!

I decided to do a fancy fold card, keeping it rather simple. I used these instructions and embossed the top triangle with a Candy Cane embossing folder.


I then stamped the inside of the card with a simple Santa face.



I am linking up with the following challenges:


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Central Park CTMH Australasian Blog Hop


Hello and welcome aboard our Central Park Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from 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.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s July Featured collection, Central Park.


I love the bright, happy colours of Central Park and I also love the coordinating cardmaking stamp set based on housewarmings, new homes and home sweet home.

My friends have just moved out to a more rural area and I wanted to make them a cheerful congratulatory card as we are seeing them tomorrow.



Because one of the house stamps is symmetrical, I was able to use one of my favourite stamping techniques for when I'm too lazy to colour. I cut out the shape with the coordinating Thin Cut and then used the smooth back of the stamp to create a second generation base of Cranberry. I then stamped the detailed stamp image over the base in Cranberry ink.

Central Park is a beautifully vibrant collection and I'm sure I'll be sharing may more creations with you.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Crop Craft Create.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sweet Baby elephant card

Sometimes I struggle to create a baby card when I am unsure if it will be a boy or a girl, but I still like to incorporate pinks and blues into baby shower cards.

I was luckily inspired by the Color Dare and Addicted to CAS challenges this week.



I knew I wanted to use the baby elephant die cut and stamp set, and the rest of my card just came together- I love it when that happens!



I added a few grey embellishments but I still think the overall affect is quite simple and clean.

21st with Stargazer

When I first saw the Stargazer pack I loved the space theme, but it is also awesome for masculine projects in general.

I am heading to a 21st tomorrow night (I'm getting to the age where my friends' children are adults now too!) and I decided to make the birthday boy a special card.

I used some scraps from the Stargazer paper plus a die cut 21 to put this card together. I added some yellow sequins to add an extra touch of embellishment- I felt like this card had enough going on and so I did not add a stamped sentiment.



I hope this young man likes his card- it's a bit of a different style for me as I usually need to stamp somewhere but I'm very happy with the finished look.

I'm linking up this card with Seize The Birthday-Sequins and the Happy Little Stampers diecut challenge.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Stampaganza Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stampaganza Blog Hop!  We will be featuring July's special- Stampaganza!



If you have come here from Vickie's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

This month we have 13 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's promotional stamps and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I love using stamps to make a fun watercolour background pop- it's a very quick and effective way of making an eye catching colourful card!

For this first card, I used blues, greens and browns to create a feel of dirt, grass and sky. I then stamped three houses from the Central Park Cardmaking Stamp Set in Toffee ink and added a glitter heart to the stamped sentiment.



he second car uses exactly the same concept but I used Eggplant ink and the Documented Cardmaking Stamp Set to create a floral friendship card.



Now "Hop" on over to Gina's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the July Stampaganza special is only available until 31st July!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

I am linking my house card up to the HLS Watercolor Challenge.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Have a Super Birthday!

I haven't had much of a chance to play with my Super Boy stamp set yet, so when I saw that the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week was Superheroes I immediately pulled out the stamp set.

I was also inspired by the Color Dare, and used all of the colours apart from Linen and Nutmeg.



Finally, I'm linking up my card with the Anything Goes Birthday challenge over at Seize The Birthday!



I used a Juniper and Glacier Fresh Air background, and added a sentiment stamped in Juniper ink backed on Gold Glitter Card. I stamped the Super Boy and coloured him in then popped him up on 3D Foam Tape, and added some doodles and White Enamel Dots to finish off the card.

Now he's ready for my son's 6th birthday party this weekend- I can't believe how fast my boys are growing up!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Close To My Heart July SOTM - Highlight Reel



Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring July's SOTM, which is Highlight Reel, a set of 23 stamps. 




If you have come here from Alyson's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


This month we have 15 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!


As soon as I saw this stamp set I knew I'd have to do a layout about Chester, our first pet that we acquired three weeks ago. As you can see, he has settled in nicely!

I used the paw print stamp throughout the layout to highlight the black and white accents and added a few ink splatters and a Cricut title and cat cut-out.

 

The first pet banner was "purr-fect" for the theme of my scrapbook page, and I paired the photos with the Central Park Paper Packet to give the layout a fun and playful feeling.



I trimmed one of the Birthday Cheer cards to create a journal box, as this is designed to co-ordinate with Central Park and I had to tell the story of what a funny cat Chester is.



Chester is such  cute additional to our family, and this stamp set arrived at just the right time!

Now "Hop" on over to Brandi's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, the July SOTM is only available until 31st July!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!