Monday, June 18, 2018

Floral engagement card

There's nothing better than a bold floral card, and I am still loving this stamp set, Blossoming Expressions.

My partner's brother just got engaged, so I had to make a card for him and his fiance to say congratulations.

I used the Color Challenge from Color Dare to inspire my colour choices, and I had to include gold!

I kept the sentiment open and only stamped down the bottom using the layered floral stamps. I quickly went over the colours with a Blender Pen to create a softer look.

I added a gold border and some gold glitter gems as per the optional part of the challenge, and matted the pieces onto a standard card base.

I kept the sentiment rather generic as the couple have been together for a very long time and so I wanted to do something slightly different to the usual engagement card. I think the sentiment fits them really well!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Fresh Air CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from Creating with Kara Davies 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 June Featured Collection, Fresh Air.

I love the dark green of the patterned paper paired with the woodgrain paper, which is from the coordinating PML cards included in the Paper Packet. It was begging to be used with one of my favourite retired stamp sets.

The first card was made by sponging a rectangle with new England Ivy ink, then stamping the tree and sentiment. I added some burlap ribbon for visual interest and to make the rectangle anchored to the card.

This second card uses the same colours, but a different tree and sentiment. I also used the green burlap ribbon this time to draw attention to the tree.

These two cards will be very versatile to have in my stash, and I can see myself using this paper for a variety of masculine cards.

This Workshop Your Way collection can be yours for just $51.  Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant.

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

Monday, June 11, 2018

A rainbow reminder

So many of my friends are going through difficult times at the moments, and I wanted to remind them not to give up.

Since we have the Create The Rainbow special on this month, I decided to create my own rainbow card using a rainbow die-cut and some of the beautiful coloured cardstocks.

I layered up each colour of cardstock to create a beautiful rainbow, and added some stamped rain to the bottom of each cloud.

I tried to get a rainbow effect with the sentiment by stamping in three different inks- I think it turned out rather cute!

I'm linking this card up with the Addicted to CAS and Happy Little Stampers challenges this week.

Dad is Rad Workshop Kit

Have you seen the amazing Father's Day themed special Dad is Rad that is available until the end of this month?

I absolutely love the stamp set that goes with it too, and I have had lots of fun creating with it this month.

The kit is for Father's Day, but I actually used the double page layout to document my Dad's birthday.

I love the muted colours with pops of blue in this layout, perfect for any masculine event.

I've changed up the original layout a bit to suit my photos, and I am entering this layout in the Sweet Stampin' Challenge this week as well as the Heart2Heart Challenge Blog.

How gorgeous is this sentiment from the stamp set? The argyle strip is also stamped from the same set- such a versatile pattern.

The gold glitter touches, the ripped cardstock and the cute bow tie paper clips make this layout so shiny and happy! Instructions can be downloaded from the Close To My heart website if you would like to create this layout yourself.

But this kit is not just for males- I have created a layout here showcasing me and two of my good friends ready for a night on the town.

Once again I added some bling with the gold glitter paper included in the kit, but used the Documented Cardmaking stamp set for the sentiment as it sums us up perfectly! I also added some stamped flowers to girly the layout up a bit.

I've still used the argyle stamp set and the bow paper clips for this layout as per the original instructions.

The kit also comes with instructions to create four cards- this one is my absolute favourite!

This one is a great card for any occasion, not just Father's Day.

If you'd like more information about this special or if you would like to order the kit or stamp set, please click here. Remember, the Dad is Rad kit and stamp set are only available until the 31st June.

Making Waves Birthday Card

My niece turns two today, and so of course I had to make her a birthday card!

I used some scraps left over from my Making Waves kit, which is mermaid and beach themed- although you can't really tell by this card. The patterned paper has a starfish and floral pattern on it, and so I added some extra star stamps to mirror this theme.

I stamped the circle in Bashful ink with a subtle polka dot pattern to mimic the ribbon patter and the purple polka dot paper strip.

Ribbon is a great way to add interest and texture to a card, and I also added a couple of glitter gems.

I'm linking this card up with the Seize The Birthday challenge- Beachy Birthday and the Craft Rocket Birthday challenge.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fresh Air Father's Day card

I am really enjoying all the challenges a the moment, and I knew I wanted to play along with this week's Color Dare challenge over at Color My Heart as I had lots of Fresh Air paper scraps.

I started off with the Glacier spotted paper scrap and the card grew from there. The spots inspired me to create a spotty embossed background, and then I used a Father's Day stamp set for the sentiment.

I added some strips of extra paper and cardstock behind the sentiment to anchor it, and finished off the card with some Glacier twine.

Have you been crafting with Fresh Air? Let me know- I'd love to see your creations!

Back to School

I've finally gotten around to using up a patterned paper background I've been hoarding for years- I thought it would be perfect for some Back to School photos!

I used this month's Stamp of the Month to create this title, as I thought it went well with the cute apple sticker.

I also crated this banner using the school themed Complements and adding some white twine to the top.

I am entering this layout in the Heart 2 Heart Banner Day challenge this week- I'm creating a lot of layouts for challenges recently and I'm really enjoying having a prompt to get my mojo going!