Wednesday, April 1, 2020

S2004 O-fish-ally Awesome CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our April Stamp of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from Shaunna 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 April Stamp of the Month, O-fish-ally Awesome. Isn't it just adorable!

I knew I wanted to play with the tank, so I cut out a circle in my card using the circle thin cuts and then progressed from there with lots of fussy cutting!

I stamped the waves, castle, crab and fish all from the SOTM, and layered them onto my cut out tank to create a fishbowl.

I added some of the Seas The Day patterned paper to the front and inside of the card just to giver it a bit more colour, and that way I can still write a message down the bottom of the inside of the card.

I then slightly bent the sentiment to fit along the bottom of the fish tank- I love that we can do this with our stamps!

This exclusive stamp set is only available during April. 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, Doreen.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Pixie, Canary, Julep and Lagoon

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This week's Heart 2 Heart challenge is a colour challenge- one of my favourites! Simply use PixieCanaryJulep and Lagoon in a layout, card or other paper craft project.

I delved deep into my craft stash for this week's layout and found a strip of patterned paper with Canary and Julep florals. This was my starting point for a layout. I then pulled in some Pixie and Lagoon elements to complete the challenge colour requirements- not colours I usually would have used together as my boys don't usually like pink on their scrapbook pages, but they had pink and blue hair so I thought this would be an exception!

I also found some old glitter gems and then some puffy stickers and a cut tag that worked well with the colours and the fact that my boys bring so much sunshine to my life, especially with those cheeky smiles.

If you'd like to play a,long with our Pixie, Canary, Julep and Lagoon challenge you can link up here.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

E is for Easter

Saturday here in New Zealand means lots of time to craft, and so I was excited to play along with Just Add Ink's latest challenge!

Of course, Easter is coming up and I just happened to have some leftover Easter kit items out on my craft desk so it was easy to create this Easter layout.

I loved the Juniper polka dot paper paired with my leftover Juniper cardstock, and then the layout progressed from there. Quite often I create my base first and then become inspired from those colours. Once I found a darling yellow zip strip to accent, then I was able to bring in the Canary colours as well, and then Smoothie rounded off the colour combo of this Easter layout.

This title cracked me up (haha!) and get a look at those adorable puffy stickers I was able to use as well!

I had been hoarding this sweet chick puffy sticker, and I have finally used it on my layout! He was a cute little frame for the main photo, and the candy stripe mat was a pre-cut piece that also worked perfectly with this layout.

Even though we are in lockdown I still have a fun filled Easter day planned for my two boys, and so I can't wait for next weekend when I can get some photos on this layout. How many of you pre-make layouts for future events? I love doing it as I can then plan my photo orientation (I'm weird I know!) and all I have to do is print the photos and stick them on.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are keeping well wherever you are.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Eat Cake

Being stuck at home this week has given me some time to finally play along with some of the craft challenges floating around the internet.

One of old favourites, Fusion, had this as their challenge this week.

I used both the sketch and the image to create this quick and easy card.

I used some Seaglass cardstock and framed it with gold foil tape, then simply added a slice of cake and the sentiment. It is hard to capture the gold foil in a photo but it is very shiny in person!

I am hoping to get a lot more crafting done in the coming month, as I will have a lot of weekends and nights free at home due to the lockdown situation here in New Zealand, so please come back soon to see what else I have been creating!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Distressed much?

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 13 of us highlighting the Distressing Technique.

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 Ronda’s Blog, you are on the right track!

I wanted to showcase how I create a distressed look background, and the Yesterday and Today paper packet was the perfect paper for this! Here is the finished card...keep reading to learn how to create this distressed look.

To create this distressed background, I started off by scrunching up a piece of the Yesterday and Today patterned paper. I then used a spray bottle to lightly spritz it with water. I then uncrumpled it, leaving it slightly bent and messy, and ran my Espresso and Heather ink pads over the paper to ink the ridges in the crumpled paper.

Once this was done, I left it to dry and then attached it to my card base. I then added one of the beautiful Yesterday and Today stickers and a simple sentiment as well as some gold bling.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Tamara's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Vintage Vibes

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I love looking through the old photos of my parents- the hair, the outfits and the downright coolness of those days!

I cracked up laughing when Facebook wanted to tag this photo of my Dad as me- can you see the resemblance?

The Family Ties stamp of "see the resemblance?" was perfect for this layout, and then I used the Yesterday and Today collection for that vintage feel.

If you have a Vintage Vibes project to share with us at Heart 2 Heart, we would love to see it!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

March/April New Blog Hop

Welcome to our special New Product Blog Hop!

If you have arrived here from Colleen’s Blog you are in the right spot!

I wanted to share one of the new beach themed stamp sets but feature both new paper packets, so this is what I came up with.

The first card features the Seas The Day stamp set message in a bottle with an antiques, aged look using the new Yesterday and Today paper packet. I added some twine for texture, and love the old style look of this card. I also stamped some of the shells directly onto the paper and then fussy cut them, to make it look as if the bottle is nestled in the shells.

For my next card, I used the Seas The Day themed colours and heat embossed the seashell stamps with white embossing powder then inked over them to create the coloured panel. I also used the new Seas The Day Dots and another one of the nautical sentiments, as well as the Seas The Day paper packet zip strips.

Now hop on over to Carrie’s Blog to see her new product creation!