Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Documented CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from 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 August featured Paper Collection, Documented.

I paired the Paper Packet with the matching Documented Cardmaking stamp set and thin cuts to create two friendship themed cards.

For the first one, I used the flowers in a wreath shape to frame the sentiment, then added a strip of ribbon and some of the Documented paper to anchor the card.

The next card used more of the green flowers, which I put in a cluster alongside the sentiment. I used the thin cut floral border to create the shaped strips of paper along the top and bottom- this set has lots of uses!

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Lovely Layers for a 70th

One of my amazing drama and crafting friends turns 70 today! Of course I had to make her a card and I knew I wanted to to be bold and bright, just like her.

I looked through some of the flowers in the Flower Market CTMH Cricut cartridge, and decided to use one of the layered flowers as a focal point. I added some white ink splatter behind the flower and framed it with some white enamel gems.

I then cut the number 70 out of some leftover floral paper from the Vacation Paper Packet that was on special a couple of months ago, as I thought the colours all worked really well together! I also added some white splatter behind that just to tie in with the theme and anchor the number to the card.

I'm linking this card up with the Lovely Layers challenge at Heart 2 Heart- I miss being on their design team but love having the chance to play along with them again! I’m also joining in with the Just Add Ink challenge as heir beautiful rainbow flower inspired me to add the bold flower to this card.

May Your Season Be Merry

I know, you probably think it's too early to be thinking about Christmas cards but I'm loving using up some of my old stash before my new Christmas goodies arrive!

I'm joining in today with the Happy Little Stampers challenge.

I had been experimenting with some circular Christmas scrapbook layouts and so I had a negative circle cut out that I thought would look good on a card, and the rest fitted together seamlessly!

I wanted to focus on the bold sentiment but I also added some bling with the shimmer trim at the bottom and a banner of sequins at the top.

Have you made a start on your Christmas cards yet?

Monday, August 6, 2018

Birthday Giggles with Let's Party

Once again, I have come up with a card inspired by various challenges to celebrate the upcoming birthday of my partner. We don't take life too seriously and always have a good laugh together, so I knew that I wanted to make a light-hearted card for him.

This sentiment always makes me giggle and is rather apt!

I kept the colour and the layout quite simple, using black and white with a touch of copper accents and just a tiny amount of bling with the black enamel gems. I sponged the notepaper die cut with black ink to make it stand out more as well.

I was inspired by the following challenges:
Addicted to CAS: Masculine
Color Throwdown: Black, White and Copper
Heart 2 Heart Challenges: Duly Noted
The Paper Players: Humorous

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Witchy Well Wishes

For those of you who know me, you will know that musical theatre is a huge passion in my life. I am currently involved in The Witches of Eastwick, which opens tomorrow night (eeek!)

My best friend is in one of the lead roles as the music teacher Jane, so I wanted to make her a card to tell her how proud I am of her and also wish her well for opening night.

I combined three challenges to inspire me to make my card.

I firstly got inspired by this sketch from The Paper Players.

I then used the colour combination of the bottom two rows of this week's Color Dare Tic-Tac-Toe Board.

And lastly, following Just Add Ink's challenge I added a Twist by using birthday paper and a Halloween Cricut cut to create a good luck card.

And here is the finished result!

I used my new Music Speaks stamp set to create the stamped music note border as well as the sentiment, but I wanted the witches hat to be the main focus with an underlying music theme. I am pretty happy with the balance of themes and colours in this card and I hope my friend likes it!

S1808 For The Love of Creating Worldwide Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring August's SOTM, which is For The Love of Crafting, a set of 9 stamps.

If you have come here from Vickie'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 28 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!

The glitter sentiment caught my eye immediately, so I knew I had to pair it with some fabulous glitter bling.

This first card was made using the Documented Cardmaking Thin Cuts to create a plethora of petals surrounding the sentiment.

With the second card, I went all out with the glitter and kept the sentiment very simple.

Same glitter, same sentiment, two very different cards- which one do you prefer?

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! Remember, the August SOTM is only available until 31st August!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

S1808 For The Love of Crafting CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our August 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.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s August Stamp of the Month, For The Love of Crafting.

I have some great group photos of my craft group together at our monthly crops, but unfortunately my photo printer has retired early so I have created a layout today to share, but alas no photos on it yet! The photos will be matted on each side of the Happy PML card.

I used one of the sentiments to create a border across the bottom of the page using New England Ivy ink, and added some extra detail with one of the die cut flowers and some enamel gems. I love this colour combo of deep jewel colours paired with soft pops of pink.

I also used the typewriter and camera stamps as embellishments, and fussy cut out the typed words for some more layering. You'll notice some speckles behind the camera- I added those by using a small section of the heart stamp and using it to add some interest through random stamping.

This exclusive stamp set is only available during August. It can be yours for just $7.50 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $30.50 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. 

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order.

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