Sunday, August 1, 2021

Australiasian SOTM Blog Hop- Tutti Frutti Summer


Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month 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 quick card that features Close To My Heart’s August Stamp of the Month, Tutti Frutti Summer.


I wanted to create a fun and easy card using this stamp set, so I used the grapes and random stamped them on White Daisy cardstock using Sangria ink. I then matted it on Sangria cardstock, added the sentiment onto the Stitched Circles, and added a Cricut cut wine glass to keep with the theme.

The thing I love about this card is that you could do the same with any of the other sentiments and fruits, changing up the colours and the Cricut cut- for example random stamping the lemons with Lemonade ink and using Lemonade cardstock, and using a pitcher of lemonade as the Cricut cut. I might even give that a try myself!

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

Monday, July 26, 2021

Christmas in July Blog Hop

Welcome to our Christmas in July Blog Hop!  We will be featuring a whole lot of fun Christmas themed items that CTMH has available.

If you have come here from Darlys' 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 14 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations 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 always need Christmas cards, and they are sent all around the globe, so I decided to embrace the wintery feel since it has been rather cold here in New Zealand!

 To prepare the base of my Christmas card, I cut a snowflake stencil using my Cricut and the City Sidewalks Cartridge, and sponged over it using Glacier ink and a Sponge Dauber. This created a lovely, soft snow background for my card and the stencil can be used again!


I then cut some houses out of the same City Sidewalks Collection using Pewter, Blue Belle, Flamingo and Sapphire cardstock and layered them together. I placed these on my stenciled card base and framed in more Blue Belle cardstock. 

I added some Diamond Stickles to the base of the houses to make it look like snow, and lastly stamped the sentiment in Sapphire Ink from the Merry,Merry stamp set. 

Now "Hop" on over to Maureen'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! 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Christmas in July with Double Trouble


This week I have a combined challenge for you- featuring Heart 2 Heart and our fun sister blog, Double Trouble!


Being in New Zealand, we do have our midwinter Christmas here and so I have been happy to sit in my craft room and create in this cooler weather.

For this card, I pulled out my old Merry, Merry stamp set that has just been re-released by CTMH, as I love the wreath! I stamped the wreath in Avocado ink and the pine cones in Toffee, and then added a bright Candy Apple sentiment.

I pulled out an old Christmas paper that had some holly springs in it, and then matted the wreath and paper on Kraft Paper.

My finishing touch was a bow made from burlap ribbon for the Double Trouble optional part of the challenge. What do you think?

Monday, July 19, 2021

July/August New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to our New Product Blog Hop!  

If you have come here from Darlys' 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 14 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!

As soon as I saw the You're Pawsome set, I knew I had to have it for layouts of my cat!

I used this this stamp set with the new Mix In Paper Packet, Sundance Cardstock and the Wander Paper Packet to create this layout about Chester's love of fresh water from the sink.

I used the lined paper and then stamped little paw prints all over it in Black Ink. I also stamped the journal box with a title and paw print, and added one of the adorable cats from the stamp set.

I also added another cat and sentiment up the top- look at how detailed this stamp set is! I love the shading in the ears and these cats are great left plain or coloured in. 


Now "Hop" on over to Maureen'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! 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Australasian Wander Blog Hop


Hello and welcome aboard our Wander 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 July Featured collection, Wander


I love the outdoors aspect of this collection, as we go camping every New Year. I have created this single page layout as the opening page to my 2021 album.

I used the Wander Paper Packet as the base of this layout, and look at how cute the zip strip is! All the icons are so fun too, and match with the paper. I also added the title, the tent and the trees using the Cricut Wander Collection and cut them out using the Wander Coordinating Cardstock


I had fun with the stamps too- I used Peacock and Paprika inks to stamp some images onto my layout using the Wander Scrapbooking Stamp Set. The crosses, dotted line and Adventure title are all from the stamp set. 


The Happy title was also cut using the Cricut collection- I love how you can customize it with any colours you want to use!

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

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

It's A Star Wars Banner Day!


 This week at H2H we wanted to see your fun banner ideas!

I recently did this Star Wars layout and I haven't had a chance to share it yet, but luckily it features some banners that I cut from PML cards. Here is the full layout. As you can see, I used a mix of the Stars and Sparklers Collection and the Happiest Place Coordinating Cardstock.


On the left hand side, I added lots of different stamped stars from the Stars and Sparklers Cardmaking Stamp Set in Sapphire, Bluebird and Carolina ink. The title is also from this stamp set. Some of the stars were directly stamped onto my layout base, and I also used the thin cuts from the stamp set for the larger stars. The banner is a cut up piece from the Stars and Sparklers Picture My Life Cards.


On the right I added more stamped stars, another PML banner, a PML sentiment and then stamped some journal lines and matted them using a piece of the Stars and Sparklers Paper Packet. This starry paper paired so well the the Happiest Place Coordinating Cardstock with the silver foiled stars. 


Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, July 2, 2021

July SOTM - Strong Roots Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring July's SOTM, which is Strong Roots, a set of 11 stamps.  


If you have come here from Heather'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 18 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 instantly loved the little cottage, and I have had midwinter Christmas ideas on my mind, and so I decided to make a winter themed card using the cottage.  I created a galaxy circle background on French Vanilla Cardstock and then used a Cricut cut Snowflake stencil for a subtle all over background. 

The title comes from this stamp set too- I stamped the word Home layered in Grape, Sangria and Sapphire ink, and then shaped the rest of the sentence around my galaxy circle (the great thing about our stamps is that they can be manipulated into different lines!) in Sangria ink. The snowflakes were simply sponged onto the cardstock using my Sponge Dauber and Mint Ink

For the galaxy spotlight I sponged a circle using Sapphire, Sangria and Grape ink. I then took my Watercolour Paints and flicked some white over the galaxy circle, and left to dry. 

For the house- I stamped the entire house in Versamark and Intense Black ink and then heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder so that the colours wouldn't run. Usually with watercolours you can just use Intense Black, but the snow look I created is quite wet and my first attempt didn't work out so I decided to do each step to protect the Black Ink as much as possible. I then coloured the house using Watercolour Pencils, and sponged over the windows with Mustard Seed Distress Oxide ink so that the lights looked like they were glowing inside. I then added a thick layer of Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue to the bushes and roof, to create a snowy look. It is so sparkly and pretty in real life! I fussy cut the house and popped it up on some Thin 3D Foam Tape

Isn't this such a cute card? I am really pleased with the way it turned out. I'd love to know which detail is your favourite. 


Now "Hop" on over to Maureen’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 Strong Roots SOTM is only available until the 31st July!