Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dressed up for Christmas Day

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I love the theme for this week's Heart 2 Heart challenge- All Spruced Up!

I know we have the new Spruced Up collection but when I read this prompt I thought about everybody being spruced up, or dressed up. We were recently all dressed up for Christmas Day and so I am sharing a layout based on our Christmas Day attire.

My twin sister and I both turned up in red dresses for Christmas Day, and the colour of our dresses was so similar to Candy Apple and the beautiful Cedar and Pine paper packet so I used these papers and colours for the double page layout.



The left hand side of the page also features a photo of my books looking fancy, as well as a title stamp and some of the Cedar and Pine stickers.



Even my Dad and partner colour coordinated perfectly- this was such a wonderful opportunity to get some nice family photos!



We would love to see your "All Spruced Up' projects over at Heart 2 Heart challenges!



Monday, January 20, 2020

Bring Back My Pack Urban Australasian Blog Hop


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

If you have arrived here from Doris 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 January special. Bring Back My Pack- Urban.



This awesome paper packet is back for this month only, and comes with an updated sticker sheet, a stamp set and everything you need to create some beautiful projects, or you can purchase the components separately.

I wanted to showcase a layout I created for my cat Chester, who is such a character! The yellow and blue tones of the Urban paper packet paired so well with this photo of Chester warming himself on the couch by the fire.



I used the Spruced Up Scrapbooking stamp set for my title, and added the cat from the previous special stamp set. The time for a nap mini sentiment also made it onto this page, for obvious reasons! I added some Bitty Sparkles to the crackle paper strips to make it look like eyelets.



I used some of the Urban stickers as well as the Gold Arrow Clips on the journalling box, and added a strip of the corrugated look patterned paper as I thought it needed a bit of grey to tie in with the grey in the photo and the grey cat stamp.



This exclusive Urban Pack is only available during January, separately or as a workshop bundle. Contact your CTMH consultant to place an order. 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.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop!

If you have come here from Krista'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.

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This month we have 20 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the new 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 the new wintery Spruced Up collection but we are in the middle of summer here and so I wanted to showcase a layout that made use of non-winter photos.

Recently, we were on a 5 kilometre waling track that had the biggest pine-cones and really tall pine trees, and so the pine cone and pine feel of this paper was the perfect accompaniment to the photos on this double page layout.

I was inspired by another consultant, Kathy Burrows (who you will be visiting next on the hop!) to use an older existing layout and jazz it up a bit with new product. This layout design is from the Great Outdoors kit that was released a while ago, and so I updated it by using the new Spruced Up Coordinating Cardstock along with other elements of the Spruced Up Collection. I also turned over the layout orientation for portrait photos, and cut smaller pieces for the centre panels as I did not want them to crowd my photos.



Here's a close up of the left hand side of the layout, featuring some photos of me and my boys.



Here's a detailed look at some of the elements that make up this layout using new product.



Look at the detail on this beautiful sticker of the robin and bough! The sentiment sticker is also from the sticker sheet, and the tree paper blends so well with Kraft cardstock. The sentiment sticker is mounted on a piece that I stamped in second generation new England Ivy ink using the Spruced Up Cardmaking stamp set.



I kept the journalling on a plain piece of White Daisy cardstock, but did add one of the new Spruced Up Wood Shapes for some interest and texture. You can also see some of the Zip Strip from the Spruced Up Paper Packet that I used to separate the photos.



And here's the right hand side of the layout with some more photos of my gorgeous boys.



More of the detailed stickers were used on this side of the layout, and I also created the title using the Spruced Up Scrapbooking Stamp Set and Thin Cuts. Isn't it great that titles now have this cuts too! I also added a little gold embossed pinecone from the Spruced Up Cardmaking Stamp Set and Thin Cuts set.



My last close up is of one of the cute stars from the sticker sheet, and I also stamped a tree directly onto my layout background from the Spruced Up Scrapbooking Stamp Set.

Now "Hop" on over to Kathy'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!

Terrific Treats Blog Hop


Welcome back to the first Technique blog hop of 2020!

This month we are showcasing Terrific Treats- ways to make small gifts and goodies look like works of art. If you have arrived here from Maz Wood you are in the right place, and you can start or continue hopping from here!

With Valentine's Day coming up I wanted to share a little treat holder that doesn't require any fancy cutters or die cuts, just paper, cardstock, adhesive and a scorning board.

I created these treats using the February special Oh My Heart papers.

You simply take a 1.25 x 11 inch strip of patterned paper, add adhesive to one end and then attach the ends to form a heart shape. Then you can use a 2.5 x 2.5 inch piece of cardstock, scored at 5/8 n each side, to create a little box inside the heart to place a treat. In this case, I used Ferrero Rocher truffles as they are the perfect size!


You can use either side of the double sided patterned paper, and here I also fussy cut a heart and attached a banner using Pixie cardstock and stamping the "sweet" sentiment from the Oh My Heart stamp set stamped in Candy Apple ink.


This is such an adorable and easy project, I do hope you'll have a go with your own Valentines papers. Full detailed instructions can be found here.

Now hop on over to Melissa's Blog to see what she has created!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Australasian Spruced Up Blog Hop




Hello and welcome aboard our Spruced Up Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Doreen 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.

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Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s January Featured collection, Spruced Up. This is such a gorgeous paper collection with rich jewel tones and a wintery feel to it, something that isn't hugely on my mind right now here in New Zealand but I am a huge fan of birds so I still love this collection!

I knew I had to do something with the little robin, but I wanted to showcase a card that didn't require copious colouring or layered stamping for my beginner cardmaking attendees. I simply stamped the robin on Espresso cardstock with black ink. I then thought the robin would look sweet on top of a sentiment circle and so this card was created from that idea.



I used the Spruced Up paper packet and coordinating cardstock to create the base of this card as well as the zip strip- I love this colour combo of Sangria and Julep!

I also used the Spruced Up cardmaking stamp set for the sentiment circle, stamping the boughs in second generation ink behind the sentiment. The finishing touch was a scallop border stamped from the January SOTM and some black enamel dots.

I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Passionate About Pages.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

New Year, New Technique

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Happy New Year from the team at Heart 2 Heart Challenges- I am so excited to get creating again!

I have already been busy playing with all the new product, but I wanted to try a new type of card that I have never attempted before. Once I searched up the instructions for the Open Panel card I realised how easy it actually is to recreate!

I have been itching to use the new Spruced Up paper on a card, and after some inspiration from a fellow blogger called Ashley I was ready to create.



The two 2 inch panels are held together on the card thanks to the sentiment panel, which I created from the Stitched Circles thin cuts. The panels are decorated in the pine paper, and I added some of the Spruced Up card making boughs and pine cones. The pine cones were stamped on Espresso ink in Versamark then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.



Here you can see the beautiful detail in the gold embossing, as well as the background boughs that I stamped in second generation New England Ivy ink on the inside panel of the card.

Have you been trying something new recently? We'd love to see it over at Heart 2 Heart!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Everyday Magic CTMH Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring January's SOTM, which is Everyday Magic, a set of 17 stamps.


If you have come here from Krista'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 17 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!

I love the sentiments in this stamp set, and wanted to use my two favourite sentiments combined on a card. I masked the words I didn't want and stamped this resulting sentiment.



I also added some of the cute little stamped hearts that come with this set, and finished off the card with some White Enamel Dots.

On a side note- how beautiful is this new striped paper? It's from the Spruced Up collection.

Now "Hop" on over to Kathy's Blog to see her work!