Monday, May 25, 2020

After the rain comes the Rainbow


It's time for another challenge over at Heart 2 Heart- and this week we want to see your rainbow themed projects!

On off the often forgotten things in our stamp range is the single M stamps- this sweet rainbow stamp is such a bargain at only $8NZ! I used it to create a bright and cheery card for a close friend who has been having a rough time recently. The papers from Stitched Together reminded me of rain and then a rainbow and so I used them for my card base, and made the rainbow stamp the focal point of this card. 




After stamping in Intense Black ink, I coloured the image with the watercolour pencils and then  added some Clear Shimmer Brush over the sun. I popped it up on some Mint cardstock with 3D Foam Tape and finished with red gem embellishments.



We would love to see your rainbow themed products at Heart 2 Heart!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Australasian Blue Skies NSM Blog Hop


Hello and welcome aboard our Blue Skies 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 May Special, Blue Skies. There are so many options with this special, including a paper packet, album workshops, stamp sets and even a special thin cut!

I chose to focus on the paper packer, sticker sheet and amazing coated cardstock for my project.



I wanted to create a bright and cheerful layout featuring the cute sunshine paper, and so my layout theme was inspired by the paper.



I used some of the different patterned papers for my photo mats, and the large title is UV coated so there is a slight variation in shade throughout the title as well as some shine. It's very pretty! I love the white frame around the stickers in order to make the stickers stand out against the bright paper.



Here you can see the patterns in the glossy coated cardstock, as well as the cute stickers again and the amazingly bright and fun zip strips!



The exclusive Blue Skies Collection is only available during May. 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, ScrappyChicks.

Monday, May 18, 2020

National Scrapbooking Month

The Blue Skies collection is all so amazing and I had hoped to share some layouts with you featuring the paper and stickers, but unfortunately due to our New Zealand lockdown I only have the cardstock at the moment. However, this cardstock is not like the usual Close To My Heart cardstock. It features special glossy UV-coated patterns on one side. Look at this gorgeousness!



I just had to create something using this cardstock, so I turned to my Cricut and used the Everyday Moments collection to create a fun birthday layout using just the Blue Skies cardstock paired with White Daisy cardstock.

Here is the layout- look at all of the fun patterns in the cardstock! I also used the little heart and journal lines from our new Through Thick and Thin stamp set, a wooden arrow and a touch of gold shimmer trim.

The overlay for this layout is sized at 6x8 in the collection, but it was no problem to size it for a 12x12 scrapbook page just by changing the measurements on my Cricut screen.



Let's have a closer look- you can see that each colour has a different pattern. The White Daisy overlay really makes these colours pop! I took this photo with a flash to bring up all of the texture- in real life this combo is subtle but definitely noticeable.



How cute is this cupcake! You can see the texture again within the cupcake, although I used the back side of the Sapphire sheet to cut the candlestick and to mat the photos. I popped the cupcake up with some 3D Foam Tape for extra dimension.



I framed the overlay with the Lagoon sheet, and the UV pattern makes it look almost stitched around the outside of the layout- just another fun touch!

I love this new cardstock for its bright colours and fun glossy patterns, and hope to do some more creating when the rest of this collection appears at my post office!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Stencil It!

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 12 of us highlighting Stenciling.



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

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Star Wars and dressing up. Star Wars Day is May 4th, and although I couldn't celebrate fully this year, I made up for it by scrapbooking photos from the Star Wars Ball two years ago. I had been holding off doing this page because the professional photographer had never gotten back to me, but I finally decided to give up on expecting those photos and just use what I had.

I knew that the Aurora paper would be perfect for Star Wars photos, and I found a starry stencil on my Cricut Artbooking set. This idea came into my head and I love how it turned out!

I started by cutting the stencil from White Daisy cardstock on my Cricut, and then I taped it in place with washi tape to a full 12x12 piece of White Daisy cardstock. 



I then sponged over the stencil using a combination of Peacock and Sapphire ink.



Here is how my sponged stencil template turned out!I love the dreamy tonal effect that sponging in two colours gave the stars, and it reminded me so much of the Aurora paper.



I really wanted to use both sides of this paper on my layout for both the constellation and the galaxy feel, but didn't want the trees at the bottom of the Northern Lights themed piece. Therefore, I had the idea to fold over the paper to show both the stenciling and the gorgeous galaxy paper, whilst still having the constellation paper as the feature piece. I also added some extra small stamped stars from the Shine Bright stamp set to fill in the white space. I love how my layout turned out!



I also cut some star shapes on my Cricut using the Aurora collection, and used some of the Aurora stickers and the Shine Bright stamp set to complete the look of this layout. I stamped the sentiment using White Daisy pigment ink straight onto the paper so that it could be seen but not detract from the stenciling.



Up close you can really see the beautiful mix of the two sponged colours and how well they blend together, just like the paper. This technique is great for creating any galaxy, northern light or space themed layouts and cards. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto Alyson'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!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Mother's Day-Stitched Together

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!

I love the tongue in cheek sentiments of the new Mother stamp set, Amazing Mother, and so I had to use one on my Mother's Day card!




I took inspiration from this sketch to create my Mother's Day card, as well as the Angel Mother challenge over at Heart 2 Heart..




I love the colour combination of this card- the pretty patterned papers in the Stitched Together collection made it easy to create a fun, floral look with the cheeky sentiment! I added some red gems and red shimmer trim from my stash, as well as fussy cutting a flower from the Stitched Together PML cards.



I'd love for you to join us over at H2H challenges this week to show us your Mother themed projects.

Aurora Australasian Blog Hop



Hello and welcome aboard our May Featured Collection 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 May  Featured collection, Aurora. Isn't it dreamy?




I wanted to do a layout featuring the beautiful tree background. This started off as a camping layout but then I just loved the tree theme so much that  I went with that- I will have to do a separate layout for camping I think!



The left hand side of the page features some of the stickers from the sticker sheet, as well as some cuts fro the Aurora Cricut collection such as the trees and arrow.



I used more stars and trees from the Cricut cuts and sticker sheet, and added a large sticker as my title and an Aurora Picture My Life card for the journalling.



I will be using this layout for hiking and tramping photos when the weather clears- I am really in love with this collection!

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, ScrappyChicks.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop - Blue Skies

Welcome to our National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring the amazing new Blue Skies collection.

If you have come here from Carrie'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 loved the paper packet and sticker sheet especially, and one of the papers reminded me of ice cream sprinkles so this layout was born as soon as I saw that there was also an ice cream sticker! Used the sprinkle pattern on top of the UV coated glossy cardstock that comes as part of this collection.



Look at these fun papers! Here I have used the sprinkle paper, one of the zip strips, some of the starry patterned paper and the coated cardstock. This journal sticker came in very handy to add the story to my layout, as we live in a rural area and Mr Whippy never comes out to our township! We were lucky enough that my work colleague's dad owns a Mr Whippy truck and so he paid us a special visit to our house.



I matted this photo of my son on the coated cardstock and popped it up on 3D Foam tape for some extra dimension. I had to use the ice cream sticker, and I also used the cute little "yum" text sticker.



This banner was made using the back of the coated cardstock, which is the plain side, and the sticker was a title that I thought went perfectly with my photo. Here you can really see the beautiful pattern that the cardstock has, and how adorable are all these stickers?



Now "Hop" on over to Becca'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 Blue Skies collection is only available until 31st May!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this collection!