Monday, March 18, 2019

Favourite Tool

I thought I would share one of my favourite tools today for the Heart 2 Heart Favourite Tool challenge on their blog.

 I do a lot of dry embossing but struggle with where to put the sentiment- this is where the circle diffuser comes in! It leaves a blank space in your embossing so that you can stamp a sentiment, frame an image...the possibilities are endless.

Here is my card using the diffuser.

As you can see, the sentiment is on a smooth piece of paper with the embossing folder surrounding it. I also stamped a wreath image before embossing to further frame the sentiment.

I also heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder to make it shiny and stand out.

Thanks for stopping by today, and make sure to swing by Heart 2 Heart Challenges to share your favourite tool with us!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Featured Paper Blog Hop-So Much Happy

Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our So Much Happy Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart Consultants.

There are some beautiful florals in this paper packet but I wanted to showcase the gorgeous blues, and I had the perfect photos to match. These were some professional photos taken by Kate Christie Photography and I was so excited to get the photos back!

Here's the full two page layout- look at how the yellow makes those blues pop!

The left hand side of the layout features a journal box stamped using the March SOTM, as well as some of the cut apart elements of the paper pack (the stitched border and the title), the matching complements, washi tape and even my favourite puffies.

The right hand side utilizes one of the smaller sentiment stickers as well as a PML card from the I heart Us range that I thought suited this layout perfectly!

The blue tones, heart paper and stars all come together to showcase these fabulous photos using the So Much Happy range, and I really am happy to have these two beautiful boys in my life.

I'd love for you to leave a comment before heading on to the next blog, Lori.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Emboss It! CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are ... of us highlighting embossing.

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

There are two types of embossing in the craft world- dry embossing where you use an embossing folder and run your cardstock through a machine such as a Cuttlebug, and heat embossing where you heat a fine powder over an inked image to create a glitter/shine effect.

My card today uses both forms of embossing.

I dry embosed the Emerald cardstock using the Swiss Dots embossing folder, and then stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and sprinkled Gold Embossing Powder on the top. I also added a strip of gold foil.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Terry’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!

Friday, March 15, 2019

So Much Happy Australasian CTMH Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our March 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.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s March Featured Paper Packet, So Much Happy.

I fell in love with the Workshops Your Way So Much Happy Scrapbooking Kit the moment I saw it- I knew it would be perfect for my recent travel and birthday photos! 

Here's the travel themed layout, featuring lots of different patterns and colours. 

I love the use of all the patterns and zip strips, as well as puffies (did I mention I love puffies!) and the ombre EXPLORE title.

I also love the matching PML cards and the cute little sentence stickers that add a little something extra to the layout. 

The birthday photos layout also caught my eye, as I wanted to document my son's 6th birthday party and these blues matched wonderfully with the photos. 

Look at this glorious combination of chipboard, mini title stickers and puffies!

I also made good use of the cut apart sheet featuring the rainbow ampersand, and the sticker sheet also comes with mini alphas for creating your own titles.

This Paper Packet definitely gives me So Much Happy!

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

Monday, March 4, 2019

Green and Gold Birthday Wishes

This week Heart 2 Heart Challenges is teaming up with Double Trouble for a green and gold themed challenge!

I had an idea for a birthday card using the numbers from the March Stamp of the Month, and so I incorporated them into the border of a card sketch.

The cheeky sentiment fitted right into the banner measurements, and I kep to a simple green. gold and white colour scheme to make the gold shimmer trim and the gold vellum paper the heroes of this card.

Come join us at heart 2 Heart and Double Trouble this week to celebrate St Patrick's Day, anything green, the pot of gold, an Irish tradition or maybe something lucky!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

March SOTM Blog Hop - This Happened

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring March's Stamp of the Month, which is This Happened, a set of 26 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 22 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!

I had some photos from Valentine's Day that needed to be scrapbooked, and this stamp set definitely lends itself well to scrapbook pages for journalling. I also had some of the I Heart Us range that I thought was a perfect match for love themed photos, with the sweet hearts paper and the heart embellishments.

The left hand page features quite a lot of the cut outs and complements from the paper range, as well as a PML card from the I Heart Us Picture My Life Cards. 

I used the March SOTM on this page to add the highlights tab with the date, and also the journalling lines checking off all of the highlights of our Valentine's Day together. 

The right hand side features more of the same I Heart Us complimenting items, and the Black and White Dots clustered around the hearts.

I got a bit clever to create this title, masking off the 'Love This" stamp to change it to 'Love Is" snd then seperating the What Matters title to create my own PML card title. 

The result is a two page layout that highlights all the great fun we had on Valentine's Day!

Now hop on over to Kathy's blog to see even more great ideas featuring this month's Stamp of the Month.

Friday, March 1, 2019

S1903 This Happened CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our March SOTM 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 March Stamp of the Month, This Happened.


I loved the quirky sentiment about the weekend and this card came together quickly in my mind- and thanks to my Cricut it was almost as easy to make in real life!

I also stamped some of the flourishes over my card to add a bit more interest to the background paper, which happens to be one of the new Picture My Life cards. And I love the addition of the stitched circle to tie my wine bottle and glass together.

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