Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Pretty of Paper Piecing

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 10 of us highlighting Paper Piecing.



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

I could not wait to get my hands on the new Love Lives Here stamp set as I knew it would be perfect for paper piecing!


So what exactly is paper piecing? Paper piecing is commonly thought of as a quilting technique, though it is also a technique used in scrapbooking and cardmaking. Paper piecing in scrapbooking and cardmaking projects involves creating an image from several layers of cut pieces of paper. The layered image generally pops from the page and can be more visually appealing than an image that is flat or made from one layer of paper. you can do this by hand, using thin cuts or even your Cricut!

I decided to go the old fashioned way with stamps, cardstock and scissors as my tools of choice.

I stamped each image multiple times on different colours of cardstock and even used some of the Mix In Papers as well to get some pattern and variation. I then cut each piece of clothing as well as the hair, and layered it on each image stamped in black ink on White Daisy cardstock. I finished off by colouring the skin with the Fair Skin Triblend Marker.



I used the lady and two of the young boy images since I want to get some lovely photos of me with my two boys. But the possibilities are endless with this set!

Here's my finished layout with the Mix In Papers. As you can see, I used the square with my paper pieced figures as a type of PML card, and stamped the family time sentiment from the same stamp set. I also added some Acrylic Hearts for embellishment and backed the whole thing on Toffee cardstock.



Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Haley’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!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

July/August New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our July Blog Hop!  We will be featuring  new products from the brand new July/August catalogue, so sit tight and join our blog hop for some amazing ideas.

If you have come here from Brenda'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 17 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using new 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!
I absolutely love the new Summer Vibes collection, and I have been trying to use it in unexpected ways. 

I steered away from the usual summer theme and created a layout of a trip to Auckland Zoo in New Zealand. The palm tree vibe and the colour scheme still matched our photos but these were taken during our Spring. I have used the new Summer Vibes Paper Packet and Sticker Sheet, as well as the Coordinating Cardstock to create the base layout.



One of the best things about trips is all the souvenir photos I get, but I always end up with so many! That's why I added a Flip Flap down the side of the left hand page, in order to get as many photos in at possible! You can see how it folds out to add more photos.



Let's take a closer look at the left hand side- isn't that palm frond paper just gorgeous? I also love how the cardstock matches perfectly.



I used more of our new product on the right hand side of the page- this one was slightly more decorative as the flip flap was the main feature on the other side.



I used the Summer Vibes sticker sheet to add a cluster beside the photo, and the journalling will be added onto this flamingo card from the Summer Vibes Picture My Life Cards.



As soon as I saw this little flamingo in the Summer Vibes Acrylic Shapes I knew exactly why I needed to create this layout! As you can see, I was wearing a flamingo dress at the zoo and I took a photo with the flamingos, so this little pink flamingo was the perfect embellishment.



Now "Hop" on over to Haley'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! 

Friday, July 10, 2020

Summer Vibes Australasian Blog Hop


Hello and welcome aboard our Summer Vibes 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 July Featured collection, Summer Vibes.


I definitely need some summer vibes- as I sit here my fire is roaring and I have a cup of tea in my hands to warm them up! I thought I would share some more of my Fiji holiday photos with you using this collection.

One of our day trips into Fiji was to Malamala Beach Club, a tiny island that has a private beach party club. We had our own little cabana and a personal waiter, and we made the most of the beautiful beach and the extensive cocktail menu!

Here is the full two page layout, using the beautiful floral paper in small amounts to help frame all of the photos.



On the left hand side you can see I have used a lot of the Summer Vibes stickers to accent the page, as well as toning down the paper packet with the addition of coordinating cardstock. I stamped one of the sentiments from the Summer Vibes scrapbooking stamp set, and used one of the PML cards for the journalling.



On the right hand side, I used more stickers for accenting, as well as another PML card and another stamp from the scrapbooking stamp set. I also used the coconut from the Summer Vibes cardmaking stamp set to match my own coconut cocktail!



This exclusive collection is only available during July and August, and I encourage you to think ahead for your upcoming summer adventures!

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

Monday, July 6, 2020

Sunny Days in Fiji



It's the middle of winter right now here in New Zealand, but it hasn't stopped me scrapbooking my Fiji holiday photos!

The new Summer Vibes collection was perfect for these photos of our seafood restaurant date night on our first evening in Fiji. I instantly loved the leaf print in this collection and wanted it to feature on my pages, and I added some extra tropical touches.

Here's the full two page layout with that gorgeous paper and some of the matching stickers.



A close up of the left page- here you can see my coloured flower that I stamped in both Lemon and Tangerine inks using the rock and roll technique, as well as the fun Chill sticker and a cute palm tree acrylic shape from the Summer Vibes collection.



The right hand page also features one of the PML cards from the Summer Vibes collection. Look at how beautiful that sunset was, and we both got given flowers to wear in our hair during the meal so I wanted to incorporate some floral elements to the page.



I absolutely loved my time in Fiji and I have been scrapping up a storm with the Summer Vibes collection, and I will be sharing some more Fiji photos over the next two weeks.

If you have some Sunny Days themed projects you've created recently, please share them with us over at Heart 2 Heart challenges this month!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - For My Beautiful Friend

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring July's SOTM, which is For My Beautiful Friend, a set of 20 stamps.  


If you have come here from Brenda'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 19 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!
I know this stamp set looks very girly and floral, but I wanted to show you how to use it on a masculine page.

Here is a 12x12 layout of me with my boys on Mother's Day this year using the Stamp of the Month. I'd also like to point out the country feel of this layout- all of the papers are from the Summer Vibes collection, so once again I was trying to think outside the box and show a variety of ways to use our new products. You'd never guess that this is a summer themed paper pack!

 

I absolutely had to use this sentiment with the photos of my boys, and I also surrounded it with flowers that I stamped from the Stamp of the Month and fussy cut. Oh, and the little pink heart? That's from the Summer Vibes collection too!



Lastly, I used a Summer Vibes PML Card for the journalling, and then added the large floral bouquet stamp the the bottom of my layout. In order to do this I masked the girl and simply stamped ther bouquet, then added some pearls as a finishing touch.



I really encourage everyone to think outside the box with this stamp set!

Now "Hop" on over to Haley'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 July SOTM is only available until the 31st July!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

S2007 For My Beautiful Friend Australasian Blog Hop





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

If you have arrived here from Maz 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 July Stamp of the Month, For My Beautiful Friend.



I really love all the gorgeous florals in this stamp set, but my eyes were really drawn to the butterfly and so I jumped onto a live chat with my ladies and created a simple card.

I cut some of the Stitched Circles in Peach, Canary and Pixie, and then stamped and fussy cut the butterflies in the same colours and popped them up onto the matching circle.



I couldn't figure out where to add the sentiment so I added it off to the side and dovetailed the edge, then matted the entire strip onto some Peach cardstock.

This exclusive stamp set is only available during July. 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.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Australasian Brushed Blog Hop

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

If you have arrived here from ScrappyChicks 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 Special, Brushed! This is a Bring Back My Pack promotion, who remembers Brushed the first time around? CTMH has brought it back with an updated colour palette and some fun stickers.

I used the zip strips and the floral paper to create this quick and easy card.



Matting the zip strips with cardstock and layering them like this on a card is something I do for a lot of Christmas and birthday cards because it looks like a present, but I wanted to try it with a different theme and I think it turned out great.

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