Saturday, December 15, 2018

Oh What Fun CTMH Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Oh What Fun 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 December Featured collection, Oh What Fun!



This bold and bright collection is perfect for the holidays.

I love the striped paper in this collection, and wanted to use it to create a fun Christmas card. I trimmed the paper so that the more traditional green featured, and also used the zip strip and the thin striped paper.

The December was stamped in Clover ink and mounted on the Raspberry cardstock.



I loved the little Santa and I discovered that the Santa face from the Oh What Fun Felt Shapes layered perfectly with the thin cuts! This added some extra dimension to the card.

I also decided to use the striped paper in a non-Christmas themed way, and created this birthday card using the It's Your Day Thin Cuts.



I added some shimmer to the candles using the Sugarplum Shimmer Brush and cut the thin cut twice so that I could use a lighter colour for the sentiment but have the frame and candles in a darker colour.

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 Watkins.

Products used:
Cardstock: Glacier, Lagoon, MintRaspberry, White Daisy
Embellishments: Oh What Fun Felt Shapes, Sugarplum Shimmer Brush
Ink: Clover, Raspberry
Paper Packet: Oh What Fun
Stamp sets: Oh What Fun Cardmaking, Oh What Fun Scrapbooking
Tools: It's Your Day Thin Cuts, Oh What Fun Thin Cuts

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Cutie card

I love the whimsical look of traditional holiday cards paired with cute elements, and I knew I had to create something cute when I saw the Crafty Catz "Too Cute" challenge.

Paired with some other challenges to get my creativity mojo going, I started off with a Kraft base and then layered up elements. I embossed the Kraft base with a woodgrain embossing folder for some extra interest.

This sketch made it easier for me to figure out the look I was going for- thank goodness for sketches!


The sweet little deer is a leftover embellishment from an old White Pines kit, and I used the new Stitched Circles thin cuts to frame my sentiment, which I stamped in New England Ivy ink.



Of course I needed to added some sparkle, so the last layer was created with some gold glitter paper.

I am linking up to the following challenges:
Color My Heart- Color Dare #320
Paper Players- Theme Challenge PP421
Crafty Catz Challenge- Too Cute
Just Add Ink #436- Sketch

Sunday, December 2, 2018

December SOTM Blog Hop - Candy Cane Alphabet



Welcome to our December Blog Hop!  If you came here from Melissa's blog, you're on the right track, and as this blog hop is a big circle I hope you'll enjoy browsing all the ideas we have for you today.

We will be featuring December's Stamp of the Month, which is this adorable Candy Cane Alphabet.




This December will be the third year that our Elf on the Shelf makes his appearance, but I have only just got round to finishing off our 2016 Christmas album, which is when he arrived. I wanted to do a layout explaining the Elf on the Shelf just in case he gets to visit multiple generations (I'm a plan ahead scrapbooker)!

The cheeky side of the Elf on the Shelf meant that I wanted to use our Oh What Fun paper range for that festive and fun look. The bright blues and greens work well with the story of Ralph, and I used the matching scrapbook stamp set to stamp the Oh What Fun bubble.




I stamped the title in Lagoon ink using the Stamp of the Month- even though it is not a traditional Christmas colour is still has a Christmas vibe to it because of the candy cane stripes.



Now "Hop" on over to Darlys' 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!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

S1812 Candy Cane Alphabet CTMH Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop




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

If you have arrived here from Vandra 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 December Stamp of the Month, Candy Cane Alphabet.




I'm already well into Christmas prep mode and so I thought this set would be fun to add to my gift tags.

I cut my tags on the Cricut and stamped them in second generation ink using Clover and Candy Apple. The backgrounds are from the Snug Backgrounds stamp set. I didn't worry too much about getting them perfect as I quite like the rustic look!



I then used the Candy Cane Alphabet to stamp on some festive quotes in the same colour.


I quickly added some ribbon to each tag and now they are ready to go! I plan on using these on the end of year teacher gifts and having my boys write a message on the back of them, but you could just as easily use them for any other type of present.



Which tag combination is your favourite?

This exclusive stamp set is only available during December. Contact your CTMH consultant to place an order.

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

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Featured Paper Blog Hop-’Tis the Season

Welcome to our Featured Paper Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our ‘Tis the Season Paper Pack with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart Consultants. If you are visiting from Ramona’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please start at the beginning with our hostess Carol.

I absolutely loved the Deluxe 'Tis The Season WYW when I first saw it, but I was worried that the layouts would be too wintery since I live in New Zealand where we have our Christmas in summer.

This layout in particular I was drawn to, and I decided to change up some of the elements whilst still keeping the overall feel of the layout.



I swapped out the snowflake paper for another great pattern within the kit, used New England Ivy cardstock instead of Candy Apple, and changed the snowflake embellishments for ornaments. All of these items I switched to are still in the kit so I was not using any additional supplies.



I still kept all of the parts of the layout I was originally attracted to, such as the stamping, the title, the numbered photos and journal boxes.



Swapping out the snowflakes for the ornaments included in the Complements was an easy switch and added some bling to my page!



Switching out a paper or embellishments is a great way to get something extra out of any WYW kit and I hope that this will inspire some of you to recreate previous layouts with new paper and embellishment combinations.

Next check out Erica’s blog and I'd love for you to leave me a comment!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Shake Things Up!

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Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 21 of us highlighting the ways you can use our Shaker Card products. 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 Vandra's Blog, you are on the right track!

As soon as I saw the wreaths in the Season of Joy Cricut cartridge, I knew they would create a perfect frame for a shaker card. I cut the Noel in New England Ivy and Candy Apple cardstock at 3.5" to fit our shaker card frames, and I also sponged the frame in New England Ivy ink before I placed the acetate sheet on top so that it blended in better.



To fill the shaker, I used the silver loose sequins but I also used the star pattern from the Shaker Window and Confetti Thin Cuts to cut some gold stars in order to match the gold framed background.



Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Tamara'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!

Products used:
Cardstock: Candy Apple, New England Ivy
Cricut Cartridge: Season of Joy
Embellishments: Loose Sequins-Silver, Shaker Window Foam and Acetate
Paper Packets: Gold Glitter Paper, 'Tis The Season
Thin Cuts: Shaker Window and Confetti

Thursday, November 15, 2018

‘Tis the Season CTMH Australasian Blog Hop




Hello and welcome aboard our November 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.

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Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s November Featured Paper Packet, 'Tis The Season.

This Christmas themed paper packet is great for scrapbooking my Christmas photos, and I saw the bold sentiment from the matching Complements and knew I had to use a photo from Christmas Day last year where my boys were wearing their new sunglasses.



I added some of the Complement stars and used a sticker to add the date to my layout. The Christmas memories was stamped and fussy cut. I also stamped some stars for extra detail. (Notice I'm wearing one of the old CTMH Base and Bling necklaces!)



I used some of the Gold glitter paper to look like a gift wrap bow, and added a Poinsettia I cut from the Season of Joy Cricut cartridge. I used the light and dark sides of the Candy Apple cardstock plus a base layer of Ruby to get the different shades. I added some white gems in the middle for dimension.



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

Products used:
Cardstock: Candy Apple, RubyWhite Daisy
Cricut cartridge: Season of Joy
Embellishments: Black and White Dots'Tis The Season Complements
Ink: New England Ivy
Paper Packets: Gold Glitter Paper'Tis The Season
Stamp set: Christmas Countdown