National Scrapbook Month – Taste of Summer (International)

Welcome to a Taste of Summer Blog Hop!


There are 37 international contributors in this hop. I hope you have lots if fun and are inspired by the artwork being shared. If you have arrived here from Lauren Moore you are in the right place. If you loose your place along the way you can head to the complete list of hoppers here at Melinda Everitt’s Blog 

Given how cold it is getting here we just might be wishing it was summer  but we have lots of cosy opportunities to put the vibrant and fresh colour of this palette to our summertime photos. For more inspitation simply follow along on the blog hop. For even more follow the #ctmhtos tag on twitter and Instagram. This paper pack is pretty awesome and can be collected from your consultant today for just $12.95. No order minimums, no constraints! Woohooo!!!


I hope you are a little inspired by this layout!

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Almost 12 months ago (I seriously cannot believe it was that long ago) I was enjoying my second Tatse of Summer for the year on the oasis of Cancun. I knew the fresh and vibrant colours of this paper packet would be just right fro a couple of photos from my Booze Cruise Tequila party. Here is what I came up with using scraps of the Taste of Summer packet after doing 5 layouts and some cards following guides provided by CTMH! (Ask your consultant about the patterns for the layouts in the promotional material.) My point here is not only is this packet colourful, it goes a long way!

I have stamped the oranges and limes using pigment inks.

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From here the two colours need to blend. Light over dark may mean your light ink will pick up the darker colour and vice versa. Take care if you do not wish to have colours mixing on your little ink pads.

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I find these the best to get a nice blend of colours. Take care as you do this as cross contamination will occur – if you do not want your creme Brulee to turn green use a dauber to do this. I pat 2-3 colours onto the stamp. I stamped the image onto scrap white and then fussy cut. I always make more than I need as when I come to arrange them I prefer to have too much rather than not enough. I have used a variety of pigment inks to complete the fruit on the layout.

20150506_073334I stamped the glass with whisper and coloured it and the bottle with buttercup ink using secondary stamping. I used a heavy layer of liquid glass on each item to get a good rounded glassy look. If you are lucky you will also get a bubble in the right place.  I did these on spare cardstock and cut them out when they were perfectly dry. Liquid glass is good to cut!


Taste of Summer paper packs and the Coordinating stamp set are only available while we celebrate National Scrapbook Month. Be sure to contact your consultant today to find out what she has planed for NSM and order your paper and stamp.

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CTMH have also brought us a special stamp to coordinate with this paper packet. It is available this month only for $27. Don’t Miss out!

NSM stamp set

For your next step in the hop please hop along and see what Darlys has for you has in store for you.
Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment before you move on!

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The following CTMH products have been used in this layout.
Z2500 Whimsy Exclusive Pigment inks set
Z2501 Adventure Exclusive Pigment inks set
B1478 Ice-Cold Summer Occassions
D1647 Documenting Moments
White Daisy Card stock
3D Foam Tape
Liquid Glass
The following items will appear automatically with any purchase from the online store
CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper packet
CC1039 TOS Stamp set
I also used the alpha set from a previous campaign NLA.

May SOTM Just Sayin S1505 (International)

Yay -I am so very excited to be back in the blog seat! I am even more excited to be blogging in such great company along with 67 other consultants from all over the world!  I am a scrapbooker more than a card maker so I am super excited about the May Just Sayin S1505 set and know it will go well with all our planned National Scrapbook Month pages too. If you have arrived here from Michelle Battitori’s blog you are in the right place. For a full list of participants you can head to Melinda’s Blog.


I am sharing with you today my interpretation of the page presented in the Annual Inspirations that features this stamp set. I have added the left hand side page to it. Go ahead, take a look at page 21 for yourself.

1505-sotm-layoutYou can see there is a little bit of Snowhaven paper pack at the bottom. I had just enough left for 2 pages. The rest of this double page layout has come from my scrap box including photo mounts from National Paper Craft Month Year Noted Kit (that was special!). The colours were just right for wha I wanted to do in replicating the page from the magazine.

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I went ahead and did a lot of stamping on scrap bits of White Daisy Cardstock and then arranged all the bits around the photo mounts and B and T trim.

Just Sayin Stamp of the Month

Just Sayin Stamp of the Month

I have used a variation of Thistle, Canary, Glacier, Sorbet and Black in stamping the elements from the stamp sheet. I have repeated the triangles for the banner in the top right and used the circles under the daisies. I used Glacier Thick Twine to support the banners and have mixed up mounting some pieces flat and some on foam tape for additional dimension.


Cluster the triangles for a banner, use the square shapes for titles and journalling



This is similar to the cluster in the Annual Inspirations Book, using a number of the titles from the set.

The collection of titles are varied by colour. I have used my most favourite of our bling, gold gems, for the centers of the daisies. My daisies have come from excess flower cuts on the cricut. I knew if I used the ‘fill page’ function I would eventually have a use for all those daisies! These have been inked eith in the center or at the outer edges with Crystal blue. I used Silver Shimmer trim on the edges of both pages rather than mount the white bases onto sparkling card stock.


Cluster it thin banner flags and be sure to support the flowers with a bit of colour. I have used the circle stamp to do this.


I hope you have been inspired to replicate what is in annual inspirations and can follow my layout for your partner page.  Ask your consultant about the Recipe! For a complete list of products used see the list below.

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment before you move on! I love to have your feedback.

You now may have completed the loop of hopes if you started with Melinda Everitt. If not hop on over to her page and keep going through this lovely range of artwork. Click right here on Melinda Everitt

Products used to create this page are available online from my Website to Australian Customers.


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Just Sayin May SOTM Australasian Blog Hop


Welcome to the Australasian Blog Hop for May! I am excited to be back with this awesome group of CTMH consultants!

If you have arrived here from Maz Wood -Inky Fingers  you are in the right place. A full list of hopppers can be found with Shaunna Richards at Passionate About Pages

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It is my Birthday month and for that I need a glass of Champers…and my students wanted to do a shaker card….and I wanted to use the Just Sayin MAY Stamp of the Month on a card, a bit of a challenge since this stamp is really geared to scrapbooking. So…to all of us who are mums and have birthdays in May! Many Happy returns! I hope you enjoy this little card I have made for you. May Stamp of the Month S1505 is available exclusively throughout May for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

For this project I have just used the ‘Full of Goodness’ title making this card a very versatile one. It could be a happy birthday, a Mother’s day or a Thank you card!


I cut the champagne shape with my Cricut Explore after uploading a free image to get an outline to cut. It is cut to about 4 inches high. I centered 6 of these on 1 sheet of card stock and then trimmed them up . A matching sized piece is needed for the bottom – also in white. Mine is about 3 x 5. (Yes I am making this card up as I go so measuring is eyeballed)


On the inside (underside) of the glass cutout you need to adhere some plastic. This can be plastic recycled from packaging or acetate sheet available from office supply stores. It can be adhered with strong double sided tape.

20150501_083518You then need to cut and shape around the edge of the actual shaker shape (in this case a champagne glass) with 3d Foam Tape. CTMH Foam tape is perfect for this and the thinner of the two rolls does the job. If you want less bulk be sure to select THIN 3d foam tape Z2060 in your order. It is 1 mm thick where as Z1151 is about 2 mm thick. 20150501_083633 (This is not good if you want bulk inside your shaker – you might want 2 layers of tape instead;) ) You can curve it a little and snip to fit.

Once you have completely outlined the glass shape you can fill it with goodies like sequins and glitter that you can shake about. 20150501_083549Once you think it is full enough peel off the release tape and adhere your matching backing piece. All your glitter and sequins should now be sealed in.

Your shaker is now done. It is time to mount it onto a card base. I chose a bulk card and some Confetti wishes paper which of course matched my sequins. I also stamped the sentiment in Thistle to match and added some more sequins and bling from my stash to dress up the bottom of the glass. Shimmer trim is awesome for this task!


Need more help making a shaker card or following these directions? Youtube has loads of Shaker card how to videos so watch a few of those. If you are still totally lost let me know. I would love to help.

May Stamp of the Month S1505 is only available until May 31st from your CTMH consultant. Hop on over to The Creative Heart. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Craftroom


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