May Stamp of the Month

Oh my goodness! I think I have to make an awesome apology to you dear reader. I have not been offering to the world some creative inspiration for, I am ashamed to say it, a year! Goodness gracious. I have been promising myself I would get back to the blog, but didn’t act on it…until now. I am going to put the get up and go do it on Mel Robbins and her book The 5 Second Rule. Since discovering this book I have stopped hitting snooze on my alarm and got more done in my day. This week I am doing my 30 before 7.30. It works – go look it up! 54321 Do it…don’t delay, but please come back here when you are done! #5secondrule works. Every day I thought about the blog…today I 54321 acted on it.

Sunraysia Stash Scrappers has now been realised in Mildura and we hold successful monthly crops thanks to the beautiful members of The Creative Hearts team who run them and bring their customers along. Our workshops in Mildura are a 6 hour event offering you time to do something with the new and scrap your stash all in one day. Drop me a line at thecreativeheart@nenifoofer.com.au if you would like to know more! Now on to what I have to offer you.

I am too late for stamp of the month blog hops this month but I would like to share with you a design that was originally inspired by something on Pinterest, executed by one of my team members Kristy, with the stamp ‘Hello’ which was exclusive to the Seasonal Expressions collection that has just finished. Close To My Heart has replicated with design concept in the Stamp of the Month program. It has loads of uses. Check it out!

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Here is what we made with it:

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Here is how you can easily replicate this design.

First use a plate to mark off a circle on a sheet of white cardstock. Then take a printed pattern paper (this one is Hello Lovely from SE1 and NLA but there is sure to be a pretty print you have in your stash you can use) and use your trimmer to cut out a one inch border. Keep the sheet whole. To do this I insert my blade in the fiskars trimmer at 1 inch and stop at 11 – rotate to cut all four sides. This will provide you the border for the left hand page where your circle is and an 11 inch square for the base of the right.

Now start with the sentiment and stamp it at the top of your circle. I used our Archival Black ink for all the stamping. Grab some sticky notes or other scrap paper to use as a mask when necessary and stamp an arrangement of the flowers and leaves around the circle masking over areas already stamped. Stamp more flowers and leaves on scrap white along with another of the words to cut out and mount up on the right hand side. Colour these in in colours that will compliment your printed paper design. I used our watercolour pencils because I wanted the softer look. I was also deliberately suggestive rather than accurate when colouring the words. It gives them a painterly touch.

On the circle page I then used a craft knife to cut slots where flowers and leaves would overlap a photo mount. Remember your Versamat works as a cutting mat! I used a 6×4 mount. Mark the edge in pencil the you can see where you need to cut so the mount will slide under. Then fussy cut and assemble your letters and motifs on the right hand page. Add photo mounts as required and you are done. You can repeat this design with lots of different papers and stamps. Give it a try!

If you would like to purchase this stamp set you can get it at full price or pay just $7.50if you place a qualifying $75 order. That is why I love Stamp of the Month! Find out more here,

Up Next – Stay tuned for artwork from the NEW Seasonal Expressions Idea book AND check out Live Beautifully for National Scrapbook Month!

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Thanks for stopping by and thanks for browsing my online store! Your order is important to me,

Jenny

PS Here is a link to the brand new Seasonal Expressions released today!

 

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Happy Times National Stamping Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our National Scrapbook Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from Wendy Hopper  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 National Scrapbook Month Paper Collection Happy Times

NSM Happy Times

This paper is just so pretty it is hard to decide which way to use it and which bit to use so I have used it all! I decided to make a layout to share with my CTMH Team celebrating our crafty lives. I have no photos on it yet (I know not good) but now I have an excuse to take some snaps and a page is ready to go for our Convention Photos. I have used a couple of consultant only stamps as my Happy Times stamp has not yet arrived. I also used the paint brush stamp from the set we had ealrier in the year for National Stamping month. It is a  favourite!

National Scrapbook Month Free paper collection with orders http://thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au/

National Scrapbook Month Free paper collection with orders over $85

 

Embellishment detail

Embellishment detail

To construct the layout I cut a 3 1/2 inch strip from each paper and created 3 1/2 inch squares. I arranged these how I liked as evenly as I could on the Peacock background. This will be the background for a smattering of 3×3 photos. On the other side I used a 7 inch strip of the green/blue paper and made a 7 1/2 x 5/12 base ready for a 7 x 5 photo. I took a solid piece of the gold foil and some zip strip pieces to ground the photo and fussy cut some flowers from the floral print. (My stamp set has not arrived yet!)  I have tucked in some loops from the new White Twine and used Gold Heat embossing for the sentiment. I finished it off with pink enamel gems. I decided it needed a border so I have used Gold foil tape. This design could also easily be replicated with Pomegranate as the background colour.

PS Sorry about the shine on the gold foil paper!

This exclusive National Scrapbook Month Paper Collection Happy Times is only available during MAY. 

  • It can be yours for FREE with a qualifying order of $85 or for $23 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.
  • The coordinating Stamp set is also avaliable for $27
  • Don’t forget your Stamp of the month and your free new Seasonal Expressions book with your order!

 

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,  Meryl Cheetham – Mez’s Craft Room


Products used

  • Peacock Cardstock and ink
  • Happy Times Paper Collection
  • Ez Dot adhesive
  • Go;d embossing powder
  • Versamark ink
  • 3D foam tape.

 

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CTMH Australasian April Life In Pictures Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our April Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.  If you have arrived here from Georgia O’Shea – Georgia Creates 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 April Stamp of the Month Life In Pictures

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S1604 Life In Pictures available from your consultant this month only.

I love taking pictures don’t you? Our stamp of the month Life In Pictures is the perfect addition to a scrapbooker’s collection of embellishments for pages. It is important to tell the story that matters to you!

I recently completed this page to share with you. I have used some pieces from the Charlotte paper collection, some pages from My Crush Everyday Life pages and our lovely Black Overlay PML cards to design the page and really focus on the story in pictures. I have decorated with The Stamp of the Month Life in Pictures, the Charlotte Compliments and triangles make up the bling from the Black Fundamentals Assortment.

Life In Pictures Layout

April Stamp of the Month S1604 Life In Pictures Layout

This page really represents the essence of scrapbooking for me – the importance of capturing a moment that has a great personal significance and spending some time to show through my decoration that while it may not be startling for someone else at that moment in time I was in a pretty special place. Pages either side of this in my album will cover where I am exactly, (at Xcaret evening show in Mexico, the climax IMO of my trip to Mexico) but this layout shows I did treat myself to a little first class service for the first time on the trip and I am very glad I did!

Clustered stamps, paper strips, my crush pages and clear overlay with black lines all come together

Clustered stamps, paper strips, my crush pages and clear overlay with black lines all come together

From a layout perspective I am showing here we can capture the essence of our photos through embellishments from many sources. I have mixed and matched papers, card stock, PML cards, Stamps and Bling, all listed below. I stamped the images in Black and coloured with a little Desert Sand Watercolour Pencil to emphasis the shadows a bit. I did fussy cut them and the mounted them to black and almost fussy cut them a second time which has given them that extra dimension.  I hope you enjoy!

Life In Pictures Layout right

Life In Pictures Layout left

Use your scissors to peel away the protective film on the clear PML cards

Use your scissors to peel away the protective film on the clear PML cards

 

This exclusive Stamp of the Month is only available during April. It can be yours for just $7.50 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $27 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here. Enjoy the convenience of direct shipping. Your discounted stamp will be offered when your order qualifies for te discount so you will not miss out. Be sure to say yes to the Monthly Virtual Gathering to be in the draw for special rewards.

I’d love to have your feedback so please leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,Denise Tarlinton- Scrap Stamp Share


Ingredients

Charlotte Paper Packet X7205B

Charlotte Paper Packet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Complements X7205C

Charlotte Compliments

Picture My Life™ Overlay Black Z3145

Picture My Life Black Overlay

My Crush Every Day Life

Fundamental Assortment Black Z3104

April 2016: Life in Pictures

S1604 Life in Pictures

You will also need

 

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August SOTM – Framed (S1508) Blog Hop International

Welcome to the August SOTM – Framed (S1508) Blog Hop International. I am so glad to have you come by to join the 51 of us and I sure hope you find some inspiration here. If you came from  Michelle Jones you are in the right place.  If you have just hopped on board please continue at the link at the end of this post to continue around the whole loop.

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Today I want to share with you this card using Framed, August 2015 SOTM. This set lends itself to so many cards and this little technique can be used for all of them.
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August SOTM Framed

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ink embossing folder

You can easily achieve the background paper. I cut White daisy at 4 x 5 1/4. I inked the NEGATIVE side of the Damask embossing folder with Bamboo ink. I laid the white cardstock on it and ran it through the Cuttlebug.

embossed card is inked up

Ink the raised embossed edge

I then used the actual Bamboo Ink Pad to ink a much darker value of the same colour onto the raised damask pattern.

I made the strip of Gold Polka Dot by attaching it to strips of Bamboo cardstock.
I stamped the Frame and For You Sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed with Gold embossing poweders. I cut this and mounted it to Cocoa cardstock.
embossed SOTM Framed
embossed cards

Make a pile at once!

I made the card based from a 4 1/2 x 11 inch piece of Cocoa card stock. I have made some use of Cocoa fundamentals in my greetings:)
I have added some ribbon from my stash to add that finishing touch.
I hope you have enjoyed this card and will give these techniques a try! I can’t wait to share this in my classes. Framed SOTM is available to Australian Customers for just $5 with a $75 purchase of $29 at full price in AUGUST ONLY. Be sure to get yours from your consultant or shop online right now joining the monthly virtual host draw.
Your next stop on the hop is  Peachy Iris G. Lamb  Hop on over there and see what she has for you! Don’t forget to comment before you leave!

CTMH Products used in this project

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August 2015 SOTM Blog Hop Framed

Hello and welcome to the Close To My Heart Australasian Blog Hop for August. If you came from Britt McDonald  Crafty Connections Australia  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 Month Stamp of the Month for August – Framed.

Framed August SOTM

 

 

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love this card making stamp and also am a big fan of our Fundamental papers. I have decided to combine them both to bring you this card design and Variations. Each car was cut at 4 1/4 inches x 11 inches, the same size as our standard cards.

August SOTM Framed Available from thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au

August SOTM Framed Card collection

August SOTM Framed

August SOTM Framed

August SOTM Framed

August SOTM Framed

August SOTM Framed

August SOTM Framed

August SOTM Framed

August SOTM Framed

The ‘how to’ for the braided card can be found over on You tube right here I forgot to cut away the first piece and add it to the gap at the top but they worked out ok with the dual sides and using scraps for the coordinating sentiments. For the sentiments I simply stamped in the matching ink colour to coordinate with the Fundamentals paper. I have embellished these cards with a variety of leftover coordinating bits some of which are are unfortunately NLA. You are sure to find something appropriate in your stash and in our While Stocks Last section of our online stores. Don’t forget August is also the LAST MONTH of the current Idea Book. Ask us about what you need from it before it is gone forever!

This exclusive Framed  Stamp Set stamp is only available during Month of August. It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $29.00 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant.   If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order at The Creative Heart

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Denise’s Blog Scrap Stamp Share

CTMH Products used in this project include Fundamentals Adventure and Basic collection papers, exclusive inks, and White Daisy Cardstock, I especially enjoyed the precision of our Non stick Microtip scissors to create the braids.

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Happy Everything Operation Smile

Welcome to the Happy Everything Blog Hop supporting Operation Smile. If You have arrived form Catherine Nowak you are in the right place.

Happy Everything Blog Hop thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au

Happy Everything Blog Hop

Happy Everything Operation Smile available from the creativeheart.ctmh.com.au

Happy Everything Operation Smile Stamp Set

There are 31 hoppers in this circle so be sure to follow the link further down in this post to keep hopping around and visit all of the artists.  $3 from every one of these stamp sets purchased generates a $3 donation from Close To My Heart towards a smile.This is a very worthy cause and I love supporting it.

Happy Everything D1653 is a stamp set that is very flexible for both card making and page layouts. I am sharing with you today a layout I have done with this stamp set. Happy Everything says it all for the title and feelings about the events depicted in the photos. (Who would not be happy taking a colonial Buggy ride in a colonial city like Merida?)

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Happy Everything Operations Smile Blog Hop

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Happy Everything

 

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I have also used the stamp set D1651 Wavy Blooms to create the flowers in the wreath. I stamped these onto drawing paper that could handle watercolour and used my watercolour with ink techniques to colour the flowers. I fussy cut these out and added some of our bling gems to the centers when I stuck them on the page.

I wanted more foliage so I scruffed through my scraps of Brushed patterned B and T and fussy cut a few more foliage sprays.(I could have stamped these too with he brushed WOTG stamp)

I did the background of the right and left panels with Bokeh Effect using colours from the flowers and Canary for some yellow. My stamping of Happy Everything is in Gypsy.

To add some more colour to the page I also used up what was left of my Brushed Compliment stickers. I had a fun time creating this page and hope you will consider making this stamp one of the purchases you make during Jump On it July. If you were to purchase both Happy Everything D1653 and Wavy Blooms D1651 you would have your choice of the Free Stamp of the month or your $6.50 Hostess reward stamp set. Stay tuned for more about Jump On it July in another post!

Thanks for stopping by today. Please leave a comment before you hop along to see the artwork Kathleen Androlewicz has prepared for you.


Close To my Heart Items used to create this project

Brushed Paper X7190B

Brushed Paper X7190B

Brushed Compliments x7190C

Brushed Compliments x7190C

Happy Everything   D1563

Wavy Blooms D1651

Exclusive Inks Gypsy, Lagoon, Canary, Pixie, Thistle

Gypsy Cardstock; White Daisy Card Stock

Sponge Z697

Sponge Daubers Z726

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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.)