Sunday, November 18, 2018

Featured Paper Blog Hop-’Tis the Season

Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our ‘Tis the Season Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart Consultants. If you are visiting from Ramona’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please start at the beginning with our hostess Carol.

I absolutely loved the Deluxe 'Tis The Season WYW when I first saw it, but I was worried that the layouts would be too wintery since I live in New Zealand where we have our Christmas in summer.

This layout in particular I was drawn to, and I decided to change up some of the elements whilst still keeping the overall feel of the layout.



I swapped out the snowflake paper for another great pattern within the kit, used New England Ivy cardstock instead of Candy Apple, and changed the snowflake embellishments for ornaments. All of these items I switched to are still in the kit so I was not using any additional supplies.



I still kept all of the parts of the layout I was originally attracted to, such as the stamping, the title, the numbered photos and journal boxes.



Swapping out the snowflakes for the ornaments included in the Complements was an easy switch and added some bling to my page!



Switching out a paper or embellishments is a great way to get something extra out of any WYW kit and I hope that this will inspire some of you to recreate previous layouts with new paper and embellishment combinations.

Next check out Erica’s blog and I'd love for you to leave me a comment!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Shake Things Up!

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Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 21 of us highlighting the ways you can use our Shaker Card products. 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 Vandra's Blog, you are on the right track!

As soon as I saw the wreaths in the Season of Joy Cricut cartridge, I knew they would create a perfect frame for a shaker card. I cut the Noel in New England Ivy and Candy Apple cardstock at 3.5" to fit our shaker card frames, and I also sponged the frame in New England Ivy ink before I placed the acetate sheet on top so that it blended in better.



To fill the shaker, I used the silver loose sequins but I also used the star pattern from the Shaker Window and Confetti Thin Cuts to cut some gold stars in order to match the gold framed background.



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!

Products used:
Cardstock: Candy Apple, New England Ivy
Cricut Cartridge: Season of Joy
Embellishments: Loose Sequins-Silver, Shaker Window Foam and Acetate
Paper Packets: Gold Glitter Paper, 'Tis The Season
Thin Cuts: Shaker Window and Confetti

Thursday, November 15, 2018

‘Tis the Season CTMH Australasian Blog Hop




Hello and welcome aboard our November Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Kara 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 November Featured Paper Packet, 'Tis The Season.

This Christmas themed paper packet is great for scrapbooking my Christmas photos, and I saw the bold sentiment from the matching Complements and knew I had to use a photo from Christmas Day last year where my boys were wearing their new sunglasses.



I added some of the Complement stars and used a sticker to add the date to my layout. The Christmas memories was stamped and fussy cut. I also stamped some stars for extra detail. (Notice I'm wearing one of the old CTMH Base and Bling necklaces!)



I used some of the Gold glitter paper to look like a gift wrap bow, and added a Poinsettia I cut from the Season of Joy Cricut cartridge. I used the light and dark sides of the Candy Apple cardstock plus a base layer of Ruby to get the different shades. I added some white gems in the middle for dimension.



I'd love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doreen's Blog.

Products used:
Cardstock: Candy Apple, RubyWhite Daisy
Cricut cartridge: Season of Joy
Embellishments: Black and White Dots'Tis The Season Complements
Ink: New England Ivy
Paper Packets: Gold Glitter Paper'Tis The Season
Stamp set: Christmas Countdown

Friday, November 9, 2018

Noel Christmas Card

I'm well and truly into Christmas card making mode, and I am loving the is The Season Paper Packet for all of my backgrounds.

I've been trying to use challenges for inspiration, and so this week I made a card based on the following challenges:

Craft Rocket- Christmas is Coming
Happy Little Stampers- Anything Goes With Dies
Double Trouble- Christmas with Tic-Tac-Tuesday


I chose the bottom Tic-Tac-Tuesday line and went with stamping, red and plaid plus I used a die and made a Christmas themed card.



The Noel sentiment is die cut from my Cricut machine, and I stamped the holly leaves and fussy cut, then added the berries directly onto the cardstock.

This card was then blinged up a bit, and now it is ready for sending!

Products used:
Cardstock: Candy Apple, White Daisy
Cricut Collection: Season of Joy
Embellishments: Grey Gems
Ink: Candy Apple, New England Ivy
Paper Packet: 'Tis The Season
Stamp set: Christmas Countdown

Friday, November 2, 2018

November SOTM Blog Hop - Seasonal Trees


Welcome to our November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the beautiful Seasonal Trees stamp set, a set of 23 stamps.


If you get lost at any time please head on over to Melinda's Blog to get back on track. If you've arrived here from Miss Carrie's Creations then you are in the right place.

I decided to play with both a winter and a summer tree theme, so that I could showcase two separate trees.

The fist one had to be a Christmas card tree, since Christmas is coming up and even though I live in New Zealand I do send a lot of cards overseas to the colder climates. I used the base of the tree and then used my chalk pen to add some snow to the tree truck and branches. I used white pigment ink with the base stamp set to add to the snow effect. I then added a little red ornament to the tree to make it more Christmas themed and stamped a simple sentiment.



After that I needed something warm, so I stamped the palm tree and this funny but accurate holiday sentiment and matted it with Sapphire cardstock. I wanted to keep the background simple so I used the beautiful Sapphire ombre paper from the Seasons Mix-In Paper Packet.



I pooled some of the clear shimmer pen over the stamp set and re-stamped the image to get a shimmer overlay on the palm tree as well. This is a fun way to precisely add glitter to a stamped image.



Which card do you prefer- summer or winter?

Now "Hop" on over to Krista's Crafty Corner to see her work. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!

Products used:
Cardstock: Candy Apple, Espresso, Sapphire, Toffee, White Daisy
Embellishments: Shimmer Brush- Clear
Ink: Candy Apple, Espresso, Fern, Sapphire, White Daisy
Paper: Seasons Mix-In

A Hello Pumpkin Party

I have been having a lot of fun creating with the Hello Pumpkin range- I don't really celebrate Halloween here in New Zealand but the range is perfect for so many other occasions!

Our black and white cat recently went missing for over two months, and so we were all so excited when he was found a block away just in time for his third birthday. We put together a little party package for him and the boys helped to make the weekend special by giving him cat treats. I cracked up when I saw this inflatable wizard hat for cats- Chester wasn't at all fazed by wearing it.

The layout was created using the Hello Pumpkin Paper Packet and the Hello Pumpkin Complements so I am entering this layout in the Heart 2 Heart Pumpkin Spice challenge and the Double Trouble challenge.

I paired the Black and White paper with pops of orange and purple, and the stars were perfect to match the wizard hat.



This Halloween cat sticker was a perfect embellishment for my black and white cat layout. I also stamped some stars and the title from an alpha stamp set.



Doesn't Chester look thrilled? He has the best facial expressions and is such a photogenic cat, so I'm betting there will be many more layouts of Chester to come.



Hello Pumpkin is great for parties- even four-legged friend ones!

Products used:
Cardstock: Pansy, White Daisy
Embellishments: Hello Pumpkin Complements
Ink: Black
Paper: Hello Pumpkin, Silver Glitter Paper
Stamp set: Erin's Hand

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Oh what Fun- Cookies Layout

At first glance I wrote of the Oh What Fun Paper Packet as being too pink and girly for me- but then I decided to challenge myself and create a layout for my boys.

Every year we bake cookies and give them to family and friends. I have created this layout in advance for our photos, using the sketch challenge from Heart 2 Heart as inspiration.



I used the blue and green papers and accented with Candy Apple Cricut cuts and stamping- even though this is not one of the featured colours in the paper it still made my layout feel more Christmassy.

The Cricut cuts are both from the new Season of Joy cartridge, which I am loving for all my Christmas titles and embellishments. Isn't the gingerbread man cute? I surrounded him with stamped hearts to fill in the white space but otherwise did minimal stamping.

I used a family stamp set to stamp the quote onto one of the PML cards. Now I have a perfect layout for when we bake cookies at Christmas!

Products used:
Cardstock: Candy Apple, Clover, GlacierWhite Daisy
Embellishments: Season of Joy Cricut cartridge
Ink: Candy Apple, Clover
Paper: Oh What Fun
Stamp set: Quotable Words