Monday, September 16, 2019

It's In The Script

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 9 of us showcasing penmanship in our projects- this could be alphabet stamp sets, sentiments from some of our stamp sets or even our own handwriting.


This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

If you are coming from Cat you are on the right track!

I quite like my own handwriting, and I use a lot of my own journalling to tell the story. However, I also love bold titles and sentiment stamps for embellishing.

This bold TODAY title is one of the new complements and it fits together so beautifully. I created a longer title by adding a stamped sentiment beneath it.



In the full layout, I have also stamped the journalling box with a background sentiment by creating the word LOVE from an alpha stamp and stamping it in second and third generation sapphire ink. This adds another interesting element to my journal box and also sets the theme of the page layout.



Now HOP on over to see what Wendy has created!

The Little Things

Using a floral stamp set is such a quick and easy way to elevate white cardstock. I love the crisp look of a intricate stamped image in black on a white background.

This card was so quick to put together as I stamped the same floral image from the Every Little Thing collection on two pieces of layered cardstock, then separated them with a coloured border. By only colouring in the inner pieces of the card, I draw attention to the smaller sentiment.



This is a technique that you can use for any type of stamp set, although I find that florals or anything with lots of larger details works best.

Friday, September 6, 2019

New Product Blog Hop


Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop! We will be featuring all of the gorgeous new product from the September-October Ideas Book. If you have come here from Kristine’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.

Image may contain: 1 person, text This month we have 22 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new 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 absolutely love the new floral papers in the Every Little Thing collection, as well as the adorable sticker sheet and the coordinating die cuts.

I put together a layout using all of these elements, including the beautiful new colours of Lemonade, Wisteria and Julep as well as one of my favourite continuing colours, Sapphire.


I appreciate the ease of decorating a page with the combination of the stickers and die cuts included in the paper packet, which you can now choose to purchase in addition to the paper packet, or just purchase the paper packet if the embellishments are not your thing.




I love the detail on each of the Every Little Thing stickers- they are so dreamy and delicate. Isn't the scallop border adorable too? The patterned pieces behind certain scallops even come pre-shaped to fit behind the border so that you can mix and match to your liking.
Now "Hop" on over to Judy'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!

Monday, September 2, 2019

NSM Autumn Layout

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Have you seen the gorgeous items released for National Stamping Month?

Share the Seasons Stamps + Thin Cuts
You can purchase the items separately or in a bundle, and they have been designed to make some adorable cards. However, today I want to share how you can use them on your scrapbook pages too.




I used the leftover squares from the thin cuts to create a border, and stamped some of the leaves onto the Candy Apple squares with Candy Apple ink.

I also used the leaves to fussy cut from the Saffron patterned paper, and used the Thin Cut clip shape to create a small journal area. You can also see that I stamped some leaves behind the photo mats.




I also created a banner title from the stamp set, and added one of the gorgeous new embellishments to create the title.




Now, we'd love to see some stamping on your project for National Stamping Month! Simply join us over at Heart 2 Heart challenges to play along.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

S1909 Random Act of Cardness CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop


Hello and welcome aboard our September SOTM Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Maz 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 September Stamp of the Month, Random Act of Cardness, a set of 17 stamps.

Random Act of Cardness—September Stamp of the Month


I decided to create some quick cards using my leftover scraps from the Every Little Thing workshop kit, as I absolutely love the new Wisteria and Julep colours paired with Black and White.

The first card uses one of the gorgeous die cut flowers, and I also made use of the Zip Strip to create a border.




This card keeps with the black, white and one other colour theme and I once again used die cuts along with the sentiment from the SOTM and the floral stamp from the Every Little Thing Scrapbooking stamp set.




Lastly, I added two colours to my black and white theme here, and added some dimension with a 3D butterfly and black dots.



This exclusive stamp set is only available during September. It can be yours for just $7.50 with a qualifying order of $75.00 or for $30.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.


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, Scrappy Chicks.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Father's Day Card for Just Add Ink

Well, I am back into crafting after a month long hiatus while I moved house. I can't believe it has taken me this long to get my craft mojo back- but now I am creating like crazy in my new craft area.

Tomorrow is Father's Day here in New Zealand, so of course I've had to put together a quick card for my Dad!


I was inspired by the sketch over at Just Add Ink as I really wanted to use up some paper scraps and play with my new masculine stamp and thin cuts set, featuring an old-style pickup truck.




I kept the colours neutral to make the wood patterned paper take centre stage, and how cute is the pickup?

The sentiment is from a retired stamp set that I love, and I stamped both the truck and the sentiment in brown ink to keep the colour scheme monochromatic.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Pocket Power Technique Blog Hop



Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 9 of us showcasing pockets in our projects- this could be flip flaps, pocket pages or even journalling pockets.

This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.

If you are coming from Miss Carrie's Creations you are on the right track!

The thing I love about the Pocket Pages is their ability to mix and match with traditional 12x12 page layouts. The new Into The Wild Deluxe Scrapbooking Kit  comes with a mix of these, as well as full instructions on creating your own double page layouts with both 12x12 and pocket pages.

Here is the full double page layout, which I will be using for photos of my son's school camp.



Here's a closer look at the Pocket Page- I love the mix of photo sizes as well as the layout ideas so that you don't have to guess where your photos should go!



You can fit a lot of detail into each pocket- here I've used a combination of patterned paper, fussy cutting, Cricut shapes and stamping in order to add some extra touches and tell the story behind the photos.



A lot of the Deluxe workshops now come with a combination of 12x12 and Pocket Page projects, which I highly recommend if you are new to scrapbooking or just have a lot of photos to get through. The pocket pages make layouts quick and easy, and also use a minimum of paper and cardstock and you can really make your embellishments and journalling stand out.

Now HOP on over to see what Tamara has created!