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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop D is for DREAMER

abc bloghopWelcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter D. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their # element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy

If you came from “Catherine Nowak ~ Catscrapbooking” then you’re on the right track!

CTMH have some awesome products that support projects related to encouraging those we clove and ourselves to embrace our dreams. We have a gorgeous new Dreamer Stamp set ( B1439) and our fabulous Dreamer style (Z1976) sheet that goes with the Base and Bling range (P 80-81 of the Feb-July 2014 Ideas book) So Imagine if we draw those two products together to create the perfect gift for a teenager with a lovely necklace to encourage dreaming and a card to go with it. This is what I have for you.

Dreamer Stamp set and Follow your Dreams Base and Bling - an awesome gift making combination.

Dreamer Stamp set and Follow your Dreams Base and Bling – an awesome gift making combination.

The Cards

Both cards are made on White Daisy die cut cards Z1473. I LOVE the quality of CTMH blank card bases!  To complete both of these cards i have used leftover papers from the Ivy Lane Card making kit. I have used the strips and scraps in a number of ways.

B1439

Card One

Card one- Pink Dream Diva

Card one- Pink Dream Diva

For card on I stamped the Dream Diva girl and the butterfly with Hollyhock ink and fussy cut the actual figure out. I added a light smudge of Desert sand and even a spot of black to some edges. I was a bit short on the left so I have daubed this in the colours I had out. I stamped in the Ivy Lane Green print background in with the dream Diva and the butterfly in Black ink. This allowed the sketchy shadow lines of the stamp to still be there underneath the fussy cut piece. The pink Diva and butterfly were then monted right on top of this background images. I used the Microtip scissors for all the cutting including following the bracket contour of the die cat front of the card, The gold shimmer trim adds the nice touch of bling. At the time of writing the ONLY place you can get this colour shimmer trim is through purchasing the Ivy Lane card making kit. Dream is stamped in Hollyhock and smudged with a little desert sand with a dauber. The curved edge of the card is finished off with a dauber and Desert Sand.

Card Two

Here I have focused on a plain background with Ivy Lane accents.

Here I have focused on a plain background with Ivy Lane accents.

The elbow of the Diva fits nicely into the point of the diecut. The sentiment fits just snuggly underneath. Careful placement of the images is what you need here. I did the butterfly by inking in hollyhock, stamping once, reinking in sweet leaf – this gave me a more muted soft green colour which matches the Ivy Lane Green. You could do this by kissing too. Ink up the butterfly and another stamp such as a solid heart or lacy stamp inked in Sweet leaf. Stamp off some of the hollyhock first so it isn’t too strong. Kiss the butterfly with your second stamped inked in sweet leaf. It should look different to mine – and will almost always be slightly different each time you do it depending on the amount of ink and the way you kiss the stamps together.

I simply cut some scraps to make some squares and held them together with gold shimmer trim. The dots here are from the mini medley accents rosewood collection Z1857 Dream is stamped in swet leaf and mounted on hollyhock and the Ivy Lane green print. The curved edge is highlighted with a dauber laded in sweet leaf.

Dreamer Base and Bling

Base and Bling is a totally new product range for Australia and it truly is the fastest, easiest way to make nice dress jewelry for anyone including yourself. Pictured here is what I have made for myself.

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All you need is a chain, a square pendant, a matching glass,  one of the sticker style sheets, some Liquid Gloss and a baby wipe! If you like the charms you can add them too. Since I am crafty I have added the Craft Queen charms (z1958) to my necklace.

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Pictured here is the Dreamer style sheet (Z7976) As you can see there are a LOT of designs to choose from and it would be very easy to make a few to add to my change depending on my mood and the message I wish to give myself for the day. Follow your dreams is the first one I made. I then made laughter is the best medicine. In the image below you can see how I can add them to a hanger and display them as part of my decoration on my dresser too!

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OK…so is it easy? You bet. Square ones are a cinch.

Make  a Dream necklace to go with your card

Make a Dream necklace to go with your card

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1. Peel sticker from the style sheet and place it into the square frame. Pres down firmly in the corners – use a stylus or similar for the corners. Put just 5 dots of liquid glass on the sticker – aim for near the 4 corners and the center. Grab your glass – try not to touch the back so a fingerprint does not become a problem and drop it into the square base. press firmly down. As you do this some liquid glass may escape – wipe this away immediately with a baby wipe. Your dots of liquid glass should have been big enough to spread and join with each other for an even coverage between the glass and the sticker.

Here is a way to test and try to see what you like and I have photographed how I made a round one for you step by step. If you have a desire for a round one you can trace and cut a circle as I have below, or you can use a 1 inch circle punch to get a nice circle. My hand cut circle is not all that ‘perfect’ but once the glass is in with its magnifying qualities the outside edge of the circle doesn’t matter.

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Test out the glass over a design

Test out the glass over a design

Use the round glass to trace a circle

Use the round glass to trace a circle

Ready to stick

Ready to stick

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Notice the 5 dobs of liquid glass

You can see the foru different desins and all the elements. The faux antiqued gold and silver in colour chain, the charms. and the styles sheets all on pages 90-91 of your Ideas book.

You can see the four different designs and all the elements. The faux antiqued gold and silver in colour chain, the charms. and the styles sheets are all on pages 90-91 of your Ideas book. If you do not have an Idea book you can check it online, or contact me to order one by post.

That’s it!   Thread it on your chain, add charms and wear it!! This is a very cost effective gift for anyone and takes very little of your time.

CTMH has given us a great video now too

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You can purchase all of the products used in these projects to make a sweet gift for someone who needs a special birthday gift, or some words of encouragement and support.

Shopping List

Cards

Base and Bling Gift

Thank you for stopping by. I sure hope I have inspired a gift to your special friends and family with these ideas.

Thank you for stopping by

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Jen

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Lisa Plummer – Flaunt Your Creativity

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way 🙂

**Find the lineup on the signup document**

1. Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy 

2. Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings

3. Michelle Battitori

4. Catherine Nowak ~ Catscrapbooking

5. Jenny Gilbert – Jen’s Creative Classroom

6.  Lisa Plummer – Flaunt Your Creativity

7. Cary Magnani – My Heart’s Design

8. Shalana Glass – Scrappin with Shalana

9. Pam Trostle – Pam’s Crafty Creations

10. Michele Pryor – Michele’s Ink It Stamp It 

11. Sharon Chapman – PaperFiesta

12 Anita Autore Cards and Coffee 

Free Love You Download

Did you know CTMH offers us free printables for download? If you haven’t made your valentines cards yet and are looking for an inspiring design try one of these.

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You can find this free printable by clicking the picture above or download it here.  I especially love the popular chalkboard style.

You can also use these in you Crush Book, an Art Journal, or Picture my Life album ; or pop them on your workmates desk as a surprise just because note on any day of the year!  Tuck one under your loved one’s pillow and stick one in your child’s lunchbox.

If you would like to know more about joining CTMH I am looking for team members and would love to have you come aboard. Email nenifoofer@gmail.com or pop into Be A Consultant  to find out how you can easily become a consultant, have access to fabulous discounted products and join the family that welcomes everybody!

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop Letter C

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Welcome to the letter C – CANVAS

For this hop we will be featuring the letter C. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their C element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy (link: found on signup doc)  If you came from “Catherine Nowak ”  then you’re on the right track!

I used to be a painter and I have had a growing fondness of mixed media art. I decided to tackle my little 6×6 inch canvas form CTMH. I also have the wonderful new Ariana paper and complements which were perfect for this photo and the message I wanted to convey on my canvas ‘Be YOU’ ans laugh. I am very fortunate to have had a friend take photos of me tossing leaves in a sunny autumn day an yes I really was laughing like a little girl!

Be You

Be You

I began this project of course just with the blank canvas, the sentiment from the Ariana Complements and a photo. I grabbed coordinating B and T Duo and cardstock, the zip strip sentiment which is at the bottom of the canvas, the embellishments that came with the Ariana WOTG and my inks.

One thing I love about this canvas is that it is not primed pure white. Instead it has a gorgeous natural colour akin to colonial white. However I am not one for plain backgrounds!

Lightly sponge the canvas

Lightly sponge the canvas

I trimmed my photo and double mounted it on Ariana B and T duo, and Ariana Grey card stock. I cut some dovetailed embellishments from the strip in the complements set and leftovers after completing the WOTG pages. I carefully trimmed the Zip Strip so the words were centered and the bling is from the Black and Grey epoxy bubbles pack. Ok now we are set to stick it all down.

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The bottom layer – photo, zip strip, one dovetail are adhered with Memory book Glue Dots The next layer – the Be you, and another dovetail have been mounted with foam tape so they have that dimension. The little bow has its own adhesive already. Voila. Done an dusted in under 30 minutes. The hardest part was choosing the photo!

Ariana is a beautiful new addition to our collection. Be sure to ask your consultant about it!

If you would like to attend one of my classes please contact me.

Shopping List

Ariana WOTG or Paper pack + Assortment

Ariana Complements

My Creations 6×6 Canvas

Bling

Memory Book Glue Dots

3D Foam Tape

Sponge

Inks: Sweet Leaf and Whisper

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is ” Stephanie ” of ” Quilted Scrapper”.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way 🙂

1. Linda Norman – Scrappy Therapy- http://www.scrappytherapy.com/2014/02/everything-abc-blog-letter-c.html

2. Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings

http://laurenctmhcraftings.blogspot.com/2014/02/everything-abcs-blog-hop-c.html

3. Catherine Nowak – CatScrapbooking http://catscrapbooking.com/2014/02/08/everything-abcs-blog-hop-c/

4. Jenny Gilbert Jen’s Creative Classroom https://jensdigiscrap.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/abchopletterc

5. Stephanie Feist-Quilted Scrapper-http://quiltedscrapper.blogspot.com/2014/02/everything-abc-blog-hop-c-is-for-card.html

6. Michelle Battitori – http://michelleshandmadeworld.blogspot.com/2014/02/everything-abc-blog-hop-c.html

7. Shalana Glass – Scrappin with Shalana http://scrappinwithshalana.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-everything-abcs-blog-hop-featuring.html

8. Wendy Kessler – http://www.myscrapbookingblog.com/2014/02/08/everything-abcs-blog-hop-c

Mixed Media Scrapbook page

I have a fascination for mixed media pages. I have paining skills and an understanding of paints from when I was a folk artist. I have some skills with colour. I am learning about the properties of the products we have with Close To My Heart. Put all this together and I want to play. So I have, thanks to this tutorial by Fiona at Off the Rails Scrapbooking. I don’t have the exact same mediums, but I used what I had and I am happy to say I like what I achieved for a first go.

This is the finished page.

This is the finished page.

To complete this project I needed a photo, some gesso, some texturepaste,  a spatula or pallete knife and a brush. I have most of these in my studio from painting days. From Close To My Heart I have used paper, in, stamps, and Skylark Picture My Life Cards, WOTG kit scraps, Assortment and Complements.

To do this page I initially followed the tutorial by here. Once I was on a roll I ended up doing things how I wanted them. The idea is to have this colourful splashy messy background and clustered embellishments. I struggled to really layer things like the example but I am working with a different photo, different supplies, and I doubt very much if I was to repeat this it would be the same because of the methods used. Once you get past the first few steps you will make it your own, which is why this is so much fun.

Begin with a rehearsal! Yes that is right you need to put the photo, selected elements and papers down on the page and play around with them until you are ALMOST satisfied with what you have. I say almost because you can always change a plan, right?

Here is my rehearsal.

Rehearsal

You will notice this is nothing like my finished page – I changed my mind halfway through and added more papers and switched placement so the ‘weight’ of the design is on a full diagonal line. I also could not fit all the words in to my liking so some were left off.

Next prep the background. I saw a tutorial for painting with inks. If you do not have reinkers (I dont have sweet leaf for example) Squeeze your inkpad and it will leave ink in your lid. Add water. With your watery brush tinted with ink criss cross the background.

Then with a spray pen, filled with water and drops of Lagoon re-inker spray randomly. Both of these steps are random – any one doing this will end up with a different page from the next person.

Colour the background with rand brush and sprays

Colour the background with rand brush and sprays

Finally smear gesso in places where embellishments will go. For textures you can imprint the wet gesso with a stamp but my experience of this step was that none of this step is visible in the finished piece. I will try it again one day. I think it will work best if gesso is thick and background more vibrant or strong in colour. I also used a little water and reinker dropped on the page for it to run. Because I was using white cardstock it tended to soak up the moisture like a blotting paper or kitchen towel before I could get it to run down the page. Next time I will gesso the whole page first which will seal it and these effects may work much better.

decorate at random. I have used the stamp set that comes with Skylark WOTG here.

decorate at random. I have used the stamp set that comes with Skylark WOTG here.

You can now add background stamping where you think it will be needed. The above come from the Skylark WOTG stamp set.

Now it is time to add texture. I used Texture paste, a toungue depresser and a stencil I made using my Artbooking cricut cartridge. You can use a pallette knife if you have one.

What you need for the next step

What you need for the next step

The tutorial ies an ink I do not have so this next bit proved tricky. The only way to understand how mediums work is to play. I tried Slate reinker – it turns pink. I then went with archival black ink and that was much better. To spatter it I loaded a brush and tapped it and got some nice splatter on the page, and on me and my glasses! I them loaded the brush a lot and pressed big dollops of my water/reinker mix and let ti run. Awesome.

Finally got some dribbles to happen. I guess this is the most hit and miss and you just have to go with the flow.

Finally got some dribbles to happen. I guess this is the most hit and miss and you just have to go with the flow.

It was time to let this dry so I now prepared the embellishments. I sanded, edged, daubed and accented.

embelishments

Now I was ready to put it all together. I brushed Gesso on the resin flowers to help them pop off the page. I also masked the printed washi tape on one of the embellishments so I could ink the edge of the sentiment section giving it more dimension.

gesso the resin pieces

gesso the resin pieces

Mask with washi tape for daubing

Mask with washi tape for daubing

 

Sand Chipboard edges where they were joined in the carrier sheet

Sand Chipboard edges where they were joined in the carrier sheet

Colour the twist ties by daubing with colour on a scrap of paper

Colour the twist ties by daubing with colour on a scrap of paper

 

I have used a mixture of double sided tape, and foam tape so there are varying levels of elements. Here is another look at the finished page. A full supply list is below. If you are local to me (Sunraysia area)  and would like to be taught these techniques in a class please use the form below to contact me for class details.

This is the finished page.

This is the finished page.

The following Close To My Heart Products are used in this project. You can shop for these products online right now here or take the links below to each product.

Cardstock – White, sweet leaf and Lagoon

Exclusive Inks sweet leaf pad, (would also use reinker if I had it) , lagoon pad and reinker, slate pad and reinker and archival black reinker Desert sand

Embellishments from Skykark Picture My Life Cards, Skylark complements, Skylark Assortment, Skylark WOTG Stamp Set

Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape

Liquid Glass (Used on the complement buttons)

Daubers

3D Foam Tape

Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

I hope this project has inspire you to go beyond the boundaries with the mediums you have in your stash!

Have fun and remember playing is good for the soul and the stress levels! I would love your comments – please skip further below the contact form to submit your feedback.

Jen

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CTMH Stamp of the Month: Wild About Love S1402A 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 Jo’s Close To My Heart Classroom  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.

Wild About Love!

February SOTM is fun and funky for the love in your life

February SOTM is fun and funky for the love in your life

How sweet is this foxy girl! Today I would like to share a few projects with you that feature February Stamp of the Month Wild About Love S1402A available exclusively throughout February for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

Love Card

This card is a cinch to make with this awesome stamp set plus one other, the chicken wire from  Distressed Backgrounds . D1544 I have used Chocolate and Sorbet Exclusive inks to stamp with. The base is the beautiful Colonial White cards that CTMH make.

Begin stamping the whole Chicken wire across the centre of the card so it wraps around the back. I stamped the foxy girl, the stump and the sign on colonial white card stock. I fussy cut these out, including separating the flower from the fox. I have added depth to the stump with a dauber using Chocolate and fixed this to the card with foam tape. The dark chocolate sign post is a piece of the awesome new Paper Fundamentals Basics assortment – a lovely textured finish. The sign is backed with a remnant of the sorbet print from the new WOTG pack Ariana and mounted with foam tape. The flower is coloured in with Sorbet exclusive ink marker and also mounted with foam tape. I randomly added some of the small hearts stamped with sorbet to add a little more colour.

A card like this can be given to a valentine, but also to anyone, male or female who simply needs a message of your love for them.

When you have all he pieces ready stamp the fox once on the card. Mount the fussy cut fox on top with foam tape.

Lollydoodle Layout

And now I would like to share something with you more fun and funky. The colours are bright and happy, the style reminiscent of the days of flower power. While I cannot claim the idea of stamping in a circle create a flower with it I have taken that idea here and the result is a really fun layout! I am pleased to present to you   Lollydoodle!

This is Lolydoodle WOTG page layout with the Wild About You stamp set as the embellishment

This is Lolydoodle WOTG page layout with the Wild About You stamp set as the embellishment

Most of this is simple straightforward straight stamping. To create these embellishments I have used Chocolate brown for the loving foxes.Then I stamped the heart twice in 4 different colours and cut them out, positioning them on foam tape in a circle. I have used colours that coordinate with Lollydoodle. You can easilt apply this technique to any colour palette.

Heart flower in Lollydoodle colours

Heart flower in Lollydoodle colours

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My Crush Bluebird

For one last idea for making the most of this cute stamp set may I ask how your Crush books are going? How about this idea? This time stamp Chocolate on Goldrush Cardstock. Add some of that awesome Washi tape we got with Cloud Nine in January. This time I used masking technique to make the I love you sign.

My Crush frame page - my two dogs loving me, and two of the foxes on the stamp set all go well to complete this My Crush book page

My Crush frame page – my two dogs loving me, and two of the foxes on the stamp set all go well to complete this My Crush book page

SOTM Wild About You

 

Wild about Love is only available until 28th February from your CTMH consultant. You can shop online right now to get yours here. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Jenny Crump’s Blog  Have Fun!

Product List

Distressed Backgrounds D1544

SOTM Wild about You S1402A

Colonial White Cards 

Cardstock Colonial White; White, Pear, Goldrush

WOTG kit Lollydoodle

My Crush Bluebird book

Foam Tape Z1151

Inks Chocolate, Sorbet, Pear, Hollyhock, Lagoon