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Summer Crush Campaign

Welcome to the Summer Crush Blog Hop

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During the month of June, when you purchase any My Crush™ book and its accompanying assortment pictured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE! That is a savings of at least $15 AUD. Every My Crush book features a hard cover with wire binding and cardstock-weight pages that are printed with eye-catching designs to form the perfect bases for your memory keeping. There are coordinating assortments featuring sticker sheets, envelopes, alphabets, cards, and journaling spots, which along with your free stamp set, will help you to be well on your way to your own gorgeous mini book creation! This offer is only available while supplies last and once they’re gone, these books are gone for good, so put your orders in early! Contact your Close to My Heart Consultant today.  PS These books make awesome Christmas gifts!

 If you have arrived her from Krista Hershberger you are in the right place. Like always, our hops go in a circle. So just keep hopping until you get back where you started.  If you do get lost along the way a complete list of hoppers is available at Melinda’s Blog Here. In this hop I hope you get to see lots of artwork ideas and consider these awesome little books as potential surfaces for treasured keepsakes, or just more awesome paper to use in a way you choose. I think they make the best Jounals and have always been good stocking fillers.

 Purchase your choice of Crush Book and coordinating assortment and you will get your stamp set for free! Click for more details.  They are perfect for adults like me but tweens love them too!

I gathered my stuff together - Blue Bird Book, Bluebird assortment, Glacier twine, Aqua Dots, Shin Han Markers, Blocks, ink,

I gathered my stuff together – Blue Bird Book, Bluebird assortment, Glacier twine, Aqua Dots, Shin Han Markers, Blocks, ink,

There are 5 books to choose from altogether – Modville, Bluebird, In the Pink, Wildwood and Holiday Happenings. For this post I am sharing a page I created in the My Crush® Bluebird/Memories Combo.There are actually 2 combos for this book to choose from because there are 2 assortment packs!

To begin with I have no real plan – just a whole lot of coordinating product. I have the book, a photo, and the stamp. I have the assortment, some washi tapes, aqua dots, Shin Han Markers and Ponderosa Pine ink. I begin by deciding on possible embellishments from the assortment. Here are the steps I followed:

  • I do a little dress rehearsal with different elements to see what I like.
  • I stamp some of the flowers on the coloured card in that assortment and fussy cut them. I stamped others and the butterfly and coloured them.
  • Looking at the stickers I use a deep teel green and a fuschia coloured tab sticker back to back to create a tab and have the Gold Dot Washi and Silver washi ready as hinges to make a flap for journalling.(I am feeling pretty sentimental so lots of journal space is needed on this page. I may even write a whole lot more on the page next to this one. )
  • I begin laying down and layering the elements and decide to stamp on the page. Since I have already got some things in this book it is necessary to put my versamat under the page and right up against the coil binding so as to get a flat even surface to stamp.
  • I made the journaling pieces and did the journalling before sticking them down.
  • I did decide after I had put some things down to add a little spray mist with reinkers and that was not as successful as I hoped.
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Using the versamat under the page for a stable stamping surface.

Crushbooks are fun projects for odds and sods in your photos abd memorabilia. They will reveal the quirks of you and your life providing your family an insight into you.  I have filled one Crush book almost completely, made a good start on a second and made a start on a third. I treat them very much as reflective journals and try to use them to offer my children and theirs an insight into my everyday life.

Here is the completed pagefrom today’s effort. (I must fix the watermark date!)

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Finished Page

 

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Inside journalling

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journal flap hinged with washi tape

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Butterfly detail

 If I still have your attention please join me on a walk through my completed Modville Crishbook book. I am still not an expert in video making but this time I did use a tripod!

 Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous artwork by Nikka Geers Thank you for stopping by. Please leave a comment before you move on. (ps I have done what I can to try and stop the need for you to login in or sign up to comment so let’s see how that goes.) 

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International SOTM Blog Hop Icecream Dreams

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Hello and welcome to our international Icecream Dreams S1506 blog hop! There are 50 of us and if you started at the beginning congratulations you have made it right to the end!  If you have arrived here from  CTMH sister Jaime Llewellyn you are in the right place. A full list of bloggers is available at Melinda’s Blog just in case you missed some along the way.


How cute is this dog? Can you hear this Ice Cream van?

I have done a fun and colourful piece of artwork for a single page layout. It is currently in my Calendar Z1030 (hence the wire binding at the bottom) and given June is WINTER where I live I can only dream of desiring icecream! However these colours sure will brighten my days and I can’t  wait to get a photo of my Grandson with his lips around an icecream for the photo to make the page layout complete.

I first created this page to teach my students how to use emboss resist techniques with White embossing powder Z2068, and our sponge z697 (I love the range of things we can do with a $2 sponge!) and inks. It is a super easy technique to do and I will describe that below. I have also coloured with our watercolour pencils. I prefer these to our pens. (It is the painter in me!)

First random stamp the icecream images over 4 inches at the right side of the page with Versamark ink Z891. Then sprinkle on your white ebmossing powder and heat set with a heat gun. Do the same with the icecream van on scrap white cardstock.

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Now open up your Canary, Sorbet, Glacier and Sunset inks and using our round sponge scrape over each one one at a time and rub the colour into the page. Turn the sponge as you change colours and do not be afraid to blend them together on the page. You end up with some really nice colour combinations. The white embossing should be showing through nicely. There is no reason you could not do this technique for your whole background, or apply it to a whole piece of 12  x 12 White cardstock to then use half and half with coordinating cardstock over a double page spread. If you do please let me know and share it here!

For the van apply water colour pencil in colours that coordinate to your liking. Then with a damp paintbrush smooth those watercolours out. The colour will be richer and more vibrant. Fussy cut this out ready to add to the page.

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For the ‘You can’t buy happiness’ sign and the dog I have used Black ink to stamp the outlines. ( I personally find bleeding an issue regardless of the ink as our Whit cardstock is unsealed and very absorbent. The trick is not to let it get too wet.) Once again I have added colour with watercolour pencils. On the photo mat I used black ink for the title. Every stamp on this SOTM sheet has been used in this project. I have used a piece or 12 x 8 Sweet Leaf cardstock and a 7 x 5 piece of Kraft for the photo mount. The sign is mounted on Sunset cardstock. I finished it off with some Orange chevron washi and the new Carnival Washi Pack 

I hope you enjoy this page and will give emboss resist a go. It really is fun and you can use all kinds of colours to great effect. Icecream Dreams S1506 is available to Australian purchasers in June Only for $27 or  just $5 with every $75 purchase. Please be sure to check with your consultant to order yours or jump online here and be part of my monthly virtual club and order yours sent direct to your door.

You have come full circle in the hop. If you started her step on over to Melinda’s Blog  to start from the beginning. If you jumped in halfway through just keep on going – we do our best to ensure you have a complete loop! I love ot respond to your comments and questions – please leave one before you move on.


The following products form Close to My Heart have been used in creating this page and are available for Australian residents at The Creative Heart. Be sure to join my Monthly Virtual Shop club.

 

PS My calendar project was an ambitious one to showcase all the SOTM’s….it is in my pile of UFO’s I am working on for National Scrapbook Month!

I have a finished page to share!

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Icecream Dreams SOTM Australasia Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome aboard ourStamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Marguerite Svendsen-Designs by Marguerite– 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 this card which features June Stamp of the Month Icecream Dreams S1506  available exclusively throughout June for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

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I started this fun card stamping up a few versions of it using just Black ink to stamp the label but this one features a Black embossing powder I have. I have also used out glitter paper and sequins.

I am going to share with you some tips for colouring the icecreams and the dogs in this post. If you want to skip ahead, your next stop in the hop is Maz. Please leave me a comment before you go.

A few variations of the same idea before they make it to a card

A few variations of the same idea before they make it to a card

You have 2 choices for colouring here and they both begin by squishing your ink pad so some ink ends up on the lid as shown. You need to choose to use either your colourless Shin Han Marker Z2469 or a paintbrush. I have a fillable paint brush commonly available from craft stores. You can also use a standard size 3 nylon brush. 20150527_215302

 

Add water to the ink you have transferred to your lid and you have a water colour to play with. All you need is to remember a few simple rules,

  • a softer colour requires a mix of more water, less ink – and vice versa – a strong vibrant colour will come with less water and more ink.
  • rinse between colours
  • do not over wet CTMH White cardstock – it will bleed no matter what ink you use for the image to colour if it gets too wet from either your brush or your marker.
  • Paper towel nearby is a useful blotter to remove too much water
  • turn your work so you are pulling colour toward you. You will notice I often turn my work in my videos.
  • Enjoy he pocess and fuss less. These will go on a card, not win an art award….

I believe cards need to be made with scraps and these samples have all been made with a strip scrap after last months workshop. (Look for my give away at the bottom of the post)

Brush colouring on right, clear marker colouring on left - you decide which you like.

Brush colouring on right, clear marker colouring on left – you decide which you like best

You CAN use your colourless Shin Han Marker if you are not comfortable with a brush. I have illustrated this in the video. However, I find this process too slow and tedious and much prefer to paint. I also have much more control over the colour and its intensity as you will see.I can get a much softer blend too. (However I acknowledge I am very comfortable with a paintbrush in my hand)

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You can also see I have stamped a number of these elements on one card. Make sure it is thoroughly dry. The next step is to give them a good coverage of Liquid Glass z769. Your liquid glass will cause bleeding if the artwork is not bone dry. (Try setting it with a heat gun). Be sure to leave it a long time. (OVERNIGHT). You can then fussy cut the items out and mount them to the card.Once cut you can ‘hide’ the white core by colouring the edge with a Shin Han Black marker.Z2446

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20150527_213146The full palette of colours is inspired by the palette listed for the Blossom papers. Exclusive Inks Lagoon, Blossom, Sorbet, Flaxen and Pear. I used Cocoa for the Dog. (it does look green when you add water – don’t panic, it dries brown.)

To finish off my card I have used some Teal glitter paper z1991 and Sorbet Cardstock. I have used the Coral sequins too.

Here is a Video to show you how I colour with both the pen and the brush. *embedding you tube does not want to play the game nicely with  me tonight so here is the Link to click.

June Stamp of the Month Icecream Dreams S1506  available exclusively throughout June for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75. You can shop online right now with The Creative Heart.  or contact your consultant.

I sincerely hope I have inspired you to give brush colouring a go and compare it to the Colourless Shin Han Marker. Give each a try and see what is a good fit for you!

Your next stop along the hop is Maz 


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