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September Stamp of the Month

Welcome to the Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring the first of our new stamps S1509 Paper Garden.  If you have come from

Leah Cameron – Leah Cameron’s Corner  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.


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Today I would like to share with you this (your creation) which features September Stamp of the Month Paper Garden available exclusively throughout September for $27 or for just $7.50 when you spend $75. S1509 Paper Garden

Paper Garden available now from http://www.thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au

I have create my card using the pigment inks on cricut cut flowers following the cricut cut directions on the stamp set. I love the wire stamp! I stamped the whole stamp with Desert Sand from the Basics Pigment set. I have used a light and dark green for the leaf stamp (I love blending two pigment colours on a stamp this way) and stamped the flowers with Gypsy and Honey. I have daubed the edges. The wire is stamped in Slate.  The flowers were cut with the cricut Artiste Cartridge. Congratulations is stamped in Smokey Plum (just retired) and I mounted the card on Smokey Plum Base cards cut at 11 x 4 1/4. I was very excited my new Gold Foil had arrived so I was able to add that to the finished card along with triangle studs. You can’t see the foil well in this image but trust me it is not a black strip!

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I do apologise for this rather short and sweet post – not my usual form but I have not allowed myself enough playtime with all the awesome new product being released today.  I have used Cardstock, Pigments inks and the Stamp of the month, all available from my online store today with the awesome release of the new ideas book! Remember paper garden is available for September only and is just $7.50 with a $75 order. Shop any time right here. Hop along and have a look, or hop along to Shaunna Richards Passionate Aboout Pages and see the awesome artwork she has for you.

 

Please leave a comment before you go!

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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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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.

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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.
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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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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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Calendar Project

G’day reader!

 

I am going to be presenting you with a little more from the studio this year. To kick it off I thought I would share with you very quickly some of a calendar project I am working on. My studio students and I embarked on this before Christmas and we have made it to June. I hope to have it finished completely really soon using some of my favourite stamps sets.

Now, if you are a Northern Hemisphere reader be aware I live through temperatures of between 35 and 45 degrees celsius, usually with a super low humidity, and this can start from December and still be that hot in February when school returns. We, simply put, have a long hot summer here, so my January page just had to be focused on where the weather is a tad, (sometimes a lot), cooler – the beach. I am going to be right there at the end of the month and know I will have photos to put on the page to finish it off.

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January – Beach theme – Summer Keys in Artbooking, Seashells stamp and Seaside papers.Oh the Australian stamp set too since Australia Day is in this month!

Random stamping and layering

Random stamping and layering. Hearts are for Valentines day and the Cupcake is a reminder I have a birthday to attend to in the month.

Seaside and Kraft Papers, Fussy cutting and smudging

Seaside and Kraft Papers, Fussy cutting and smudging

 

Like I said -a  quick eye candy kinda post! I hope you liked it. Close To My Heart Blank Calendars are awesome to work with and are priced at just $10.50. You can have so much fun preparing your current calendar, or as some of my customers are doing – dating it ready for 2016, and possibly using it as a gift for next Christmas! In the end this calendar is going to be an awesome sampler of techniques we can use!

If you have any questions about products used in these pages please comment below and I will get back to you!

Jen

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Australasian Blog Hop Stamp Of The Month This Moment S1501

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Welcome to the first blog hop of 2015 by the  Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop group. If you have arrived here from Shaunna’s Blog, Passionate About Pages 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.


 

I am thrilled to share with you this mini album which features January Stamp of the Month S1501 This Moment.  S1501 available exclusively throughout January for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

Love Notes Mini Journal

Ok I will fess up. I initially felt I had little use for this stamp set as I have no lover, no kids and my dogs can’t read a love note I might write. I did what I always do – I just stamped some of it out and an idea was born.

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URok is a deliberate choice – This book is meant to be an affirmation not a question:)

 

A little back story may help with why I did this mini album. It is no secret among those close to me I suffer depression. I am OK right now because I have awesome things to do with my time, (teaching people how to be creative is awesome) and great family and great friends supporting me. But I am not always ok. I am a single 50 something living at home in an empty nest with 2 dogs. I battle the black dog daily. While I occasionally have the company of my girls and grandson, I am very much alone and that sense of isolation can exacerbate any feelings of depression coursing through my veins.

I created this project while completely alone between Christmas and New Year. It is a time in which we reflect on what we have done and achieved and what we might like to plan for the years to come. I have promised myself to take some everyday photos to fill the pages along with completing the all important journalling. Maybe one day one of my offspring will treat it as a treasure once I have done those pages. But its purpose for me is in this moment!

My mini album therefore is intended to be an antidote to feeling sad. It is a very big Love Note reminder to take care of and love myself by being in the moment and appreciating that.  It gives me great pleasure to share with you my empty Mini I put together in just one evening using a few fun, well priced CTMH products.

Get your stuff together including a selection for For Always PML cards that speak to you.

Get your stuff together including a selection for For Always PML cards that speak to you.

All you need is the Hip Pics Mini Album Z1956, A la Carte For Always Picture My Life CardsZ3065 , Black Arrow Washi Tape Z2003, Black Shimmer trim Z1809, Marvy Uchida LePen journalling pen Z1979, Sparkles Black and Grey Assortment Z1754, Scaredy Cat assortment (Black Stars)Z3011, and an assortment of Black, White and Kraft paper. I have used just two inks, Black Z2105 and White Daisy Z2163. I added a piece of Black Twill Z1988 ribbon to my spine too. Get set to do each page as you feel as all these products coordinate completely with the for Always cards. The stamp set could well have been created from the same designs. I had a ball bringing these pages together.

Get over creative block! 

To begin with I stamped some of the titles and icons on black, white and kraft paper. This gets my creative juices going and helps push me past creative block! Then I knew how and where I wanted to place things on the album cover. I flipped through my For Always cards and chose those that were actually very similar and even the same in style with this stamp set, and fitted my colour scheme of black, white and kraft, as well as my mood and the thoughts I was feeling. I made no definite decisions yet but I had a nice little pile of large and small cards. I flushed out a piece of Black Fundamentals paper from my stash to use as well as I loved the Zing of the black and white chevron.

I like the hip pics pages but feel the pockets need a bit of stabilising. Fill each one with a piece of card 6 x 4 1/4. I mixed these up from my colours. Then I added PML cards. NOW is the time to stamp directly on the white space of your pages if desired. If you wait it can become a little lumpy bumpy and complicated. You can always cover it up if you decide you do not like it:)If you do need to support a page from lumps elsewhere slip your Versamat in there to help.

To adhere the PML cards into the album I simply hinged them in with black arrow Washi tape and used some scraps from fussy cut cards as tabs where needed. Once it was all stuck down I came back to decorate with more faux washi (scraps from cards!) I also did pen outlines, and stuck down some shimmer trim and gems. This little album is now ready for some photos and some reflection about what makes me smile, and what matters to me so in a moment I can be reminded to be in the moment.Here is how mine came together.

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Here Hello is stamped 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation.

 

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White pigment ink looks great on our Kraft card stock. Give it a try.

 

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I gorgot to do photos – the crds on the left fall down revealing my precious and grately appreciated first cuppa of the day.

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Here the photo of the day title is fussy cut from the card and popped on top – over the same card I cut it from with the hip pics frame in between.

 

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The love notes on the right included a little fold out note slipped into the pocket of the page. It is all set in place ready for me to write a nice love note.

 

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Shopping list – If you have a stash – your only investment might be this cute album and the PML cards

 

 

 

 

I would love to hear from you if you decide to take this or a similar approach with this stamp set. Please let me know if I have inspired you.

This Moment is only available until January 31 from your CTMH consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,

Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings

If you get lost along the way please visit  Mandy – Hall of Indulgence for a full list of hoppers.

Have a Fantastic New Year!

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Everything ABC’s Letter Y

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter Y. 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.com ~ you are in the right place. 


 

For My Y project it was easy to punce on Yuletide Carol x7187b. Yay!  We have a specific product with a letter for the hop! I do hope you enjoy the way I have used this lovely paper.

It is almost Christmas and we are almost done with our Christmas crafting opportunities (yes we should be that organised….if only!)  but I had to share this really cute one sheet bag with you! No Cutting required!!!

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This can be used at ANY time of the year with any pretty paper you have. I took the idea from a number of you tube videos – but the one by Kelly Gettlefinger is the one I chose to follow for its clear instructions. Once I did one, I could do many.

Here are my variations from the dimensions and directions given. 

  • I scored 1/2 inch to fold over the top edge taking advantage of our double sided B and T papers to trip the top edge before doing anything else
  • When she folds ‘in’ to the 6 inch mark – I actually score at 3 inches to do this folding in – and it is scored opposite the first step.
  • When she scores at 5 inches and 7 inches I did 4 1/2, rotate 180  and score at 41/2. There are two reasons – 4 1/2 is because I used 1/2 for the turn down on the top and flip for the second score because our CTMH scroeboard is sized to 6 inches.
  • Please crease this fold – it does help with the next step. I like it creased all the way – it is up to you.
  • Once you reach that point in the video watch carefully – what she shows you is easier than me trying to describe it. However it is easier to do with the paper vertically placed in front of you. Pay attention 3 minutes into this video – watch what happens and you will soon be able to do it yourself.

Here is the video by  Kelly Gettelfinger

My  Verbal directions for students go like this:

  1. Remove the zip strip. Determine the  top and bottom edges. Score these at 1/2 inch and fold the desired trim forward. Stick this down with bonding memories glue. Now with that edge against the top side of the Score Board (so you have now rotated the whole thing 90 degrees) score at 3 inches. Rotate 180 degrees and score the second line of 3 inches.
  2. Take the paper to your table and fold in at the 3 inch marks so the sides meet in the middle.
  3. Now while this is folded – back to the scoring board you go. With the longest edge running across the top of the score board score at 4 1/2 inches. (The video says 5 – but we have used 1/2 inch for our trim!) Rotate 180 degrees (aka flip) score at 4 1/2 inches again.
  4. Now back to a nice flat surface. Open it all out and give those 4 1/2 inch scores a bit of a crease to make the next step easier.
  5. Turn the paper, fold it on the 3 inch lines and place it lengthwise to you. Press one finger in a scored corner (4 1/2 inch line). Use the other hand to bring the folded score line from the middle out and parallel to the edge. Crease inside. Repeat for all four corners. ‘Push out, push in and press’….(Video)
  6. We are going to push the sides in and pinch it – just as it is in the video. I describe this as ‘push it in the back and pinch it’. Keep it even at the sides and it will look nice.
  7. You bag will almost stand now. You can glue the 3 inch folds down along the top edge and I prefer you do the inner corners too or your lovely purse will flop open and not look pretty. A little glue between this gusset and the front and back will hold the bag in a nice shape and voila you have a bag without any cutting!
  8.  Decorate to your hearts content. I used a standard single hole punch to thread wide ribbon through as my handles. You could use cord, you could also loop ribbon over from the back to a button or toggle in the front. You can ad an additional flap as seen int he video. All mine at done just with ribbon from my stash.  Check your stash and use what is there!

Decoration

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I chose to decorate my Yuletide Carol bag with black accents at first. I started with the trendy Eiffel Tower from Artfully Sent. I also cut the Silhouette lady but ended up leaving that out. My flowers are a mix of all sorts from what I now call my flower basket. I have mounted these onto a piece of card some time ago – they fit this project just right. Each flower and leaf is cut from either Art Philosophy or Artiste in a variety of shades of cardstock. I have used spray pens and liquid glass in making them. I added tht little bit fo glam with the black shimmer trim and some bling gems. Finally I tucked in the sentiment just for you from Novembers Stamp of the Month. (NLA)

Close To My Heart Products used in this project are available to order from www.thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au 

Please have a go at this quick easy bag! You do not need to make flowers to go on it – a simple fussy cut stamp, some buttons, bows or ribbons will do. It has been a real hit with my team and customers and is a lovely way to use up some of your stash for gift giving in any season! I hope you have enjoyed this post and will come visit again. Please leave a comment before you head off on the blog hop to the next post. Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Diana Saunders

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy (link: found on signup doc) for a complete list of participants!

PS You can make a ruffle just like on the bag in the video by wetting 1/ to 1 inch of your B and T or card stock. Don’t be afraid to get it wet it is quite strong at this width. Gently crumple if desired then unravel. Now place it on your all purpose craft mat or other non stick surface. Mold it into the ruffle shape you want. You can use pins and mini pegs for supports to hold wet paper up if need be. leave dry over night. It is ready to be glued onto your bag. Too easy! 

Jen

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Cyber Monday Special!

Cyber Monday is pretty new to me – but very popular and anticipated by online shoppers – so here we go.  CTMH have something for you on Cyber Monday!!

NB Aussie Readers Only!

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Have you been wanting to purchase one of our four amazing Cricut collections?  Have you been dropping big hints to your family that such a collection would look good under your tree? Nudge Nudge Wink Wink 🙂  Need help with the hints? How about a 20% discount all through Monday December 1 Cyber Monday?

CTMH is participating in #cybermonday for the first time ever with 20% off all of the Cricut Collections. Choose from Art Philosophy, Artiste, Artbooking or the recently released Artfully Sent. Share a link – below – to the collection of your choice with your selected loved one (who has ultimate command of your wishlist)  by clicking an image below. This will take you right to my store to pop it into your cart.

Would you like more?…OK!

Anyone ordering their Cricut Collection online will be in the draw for host rewards! Min $30 to spend, but it could be a lot more!

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Add a lift to your scrapbooking with Artbooking

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Fun dimensional possibilities with Artiste

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Make Pretty things! Save 20% #cybermonday

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Art Philosophy contains many must have shapes and card bases. 700 images means super value in this cartridge!

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Artfully Sent is loaded with many different types of cards and tons of fun elements you can use.

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Each collection comes with 3 exclusive stamps sets and more! Featuring Loads of images and card options these are must have cartridges for Cricut lovers. So head on over to my online store and get yours sent right to your door! Alternatively email me nenifoofer@gmail.com and I will handle the ordering for you.

Remember, here is the deal – 20% off Cricut collections, Cyber Monday, 0000 hours to 2400  Monday December 1 ONLY!

Enjoy your shoppping! If you woud like some help to decide which cartridge to get or what else to put in that parcel give me a call! nenifoofer@gmail.com

 

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What a hoot! CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

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If you have arrived here from Mandy’s Blog, Hall of Indulgence, 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.

I have been having a hoot of a time with this month’s stamp of the month! This stamp is for ‘owloween’ but being a Dinky Di Aussie I do not relate much to this event in the calendar. However, I love what we can do if we explore a little outside the box with this stamp set and am very excited to use this in my teaching this month!  I have created a journal page in my Bluebird My Crush Book. Z1856 with the results. I would like to share with you my project….soon…which features August Stamp of the Month What a Hoot! S1408  available exclusively throughout August for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

Take a really good look at the shapes and designs and ignore halloween feel and you have the fun owl stamp, some really crazy eyes (and hats!)  that you can put on a set of funky glasses, use as flowers on stems or in groups of circular shapes to make flowers or random stamp a background! There is a stamp clearly intended to be a batwing….well not for me. A smaller batwing stamp also gets a different treatment. I had so much fun coming up with this after thinking about looking through ‘rose coloured glasses’ with the eyes, or thinking ‘outside the square’ with the shapes and designs I hope you enjoy what I have come up with – a ROSE!

Wise Owl Crush Book journal page

Wise Owl Crush Book journal page

This is one very wise owl indeed taking time to smell the rose! I also of course got to play with our awesome new Shin Han Touch Twin Markers and my Messy Mat! (all purpose Mat z2045 ) 

The owl,stamped in black on white cardstock,  is coloured by first layering in the base colour and then while wet (work fairly quickly) add some darker shade then cross the two together with the same colour as the base. I have also used the markers to draw stems, the grassy bottom and color the little stamped flowers. The eye glass piece on the owl was stamped separately and is hinged on with a brad so you can move the glasses on or off.

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Another example

Another example

The Rose is the larger batwing stamp stamped with the new Thistle colour. I stamped a number of these on a 6×6 white  card. I fussy cut these and daubed the edges with thistle to darken them. I curled some using the Quilling  tool Z1795.

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I then began layering them onto a white base. I put three rows of the new Duck Easy Stick Z3033 (love it) on scrap card and layered petals wing edge up! I added more adhesive if needed being careful not to adhere the top side of each piece. This was so I could roll more if I needed to.The smaller batwing, carefully placed back to back forms wings for a butterfly. I just drew in the body,

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I wanted a little more shade between the rose petals so I used a technique I have seen on videos with the messy mat. Simply make an impression on the mat with your inkpad to get a small amount of ink on the mat. Put a drop of water in it. Pick it up both water and ink colour with a paint brush and brush it into the inside of the petals. Wipe the mat when you are done. (You could also go back in with a water colour pencil and soften with a wet brush…but I wanted to use my new messy mat:)

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The leaf image was stamped in black. coloured with the green marker, then I used pear z2197  ink on a dauber to darken the edges after cutting them out. I cut some in half to make the ground for my pieced image.

The title, journal card and the eye glasses all come from cards in the awesome new For Always Picture My Life kit. Z2022 . I have used our lovely Marvey Uchida Lepen Z1979 to both journal and outline on my page. I use White Z2163 pigment ink to stamp ‘Wise’ using the new Hand Written Print E1030 alphabet stamp set and ‘owl’ comes from the stamp of the month. Yes, I did CUT the ‘owl’ word from ‘owloween’ for this purpose! I had heard of that being done but was never game to do it myself but I really wanted the font option for the chalkboard title. Remaining white on the title was achieved with the Chalk Marker pen. z1767

This journal page reflects how I have to look at things sometimes to stay sane. I hope you have some sense of the fun I had creating it. Try making flowers with the stamps on this set. You will enjoy the process if not the outcome!

August Stamp of the Month What a Hoot! S1408  is available exclusively throughout August for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75 from your consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Monika, A Sprinkle of Glitter to see her sparkle on What a Hoot. I would love for you to leave a comment before you head off!

Supplies used to create this page

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop N is for Northern Lights

 

 

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter N. This may be the name  of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their N 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 “Ren’ee Musgrave~ReneesCreativeQueens ” then you’re on the right track!


 

N is for Northern Lights technique. 

Hello readers! I have landed back in Australia safe and sound after my awesome adventures overseas and I am looking forward to sharing more of that adventure with you in coming weeks. For now I am back on board with the everything ABC’s Blog hop and I hope you enjoy my N project, northern lights which I took with me to Convention in Anaheim for the Consultant Showcase. There are number of videos about this technique and I watched a few before trying it myself. I hope you enjoy my instructional video in and will have a go at replicating the technique of scrubbing and rubbing just with your $2 sponge!

Let’s get started by looking at some samples! Bring on the eye candy!

Always Grateful C1559

Always Grateful C1559

 

Always Grateful C1559 Use a toothpick dipped in pearl paint or the Chalk Marker to create the sparkle of stars.

Always Grateful C1559 Use a toothpick dipped in pearl paint (NLA) or use the  Chalk Marker to create the sparkle of stars.

 

Cityscape C1563 retiring July 30 2014 so be sure to grab this one!)  This is one of the pieces I had on show at Convention 2014.

Cityscape C1563 retiring July 30 2014 so be sure to grab this one!) I had this one on show at Consultant Showcase at the Convention.

Do something really different. Hello Tweety B1420

Do something really different. Hello Tweety B1420 – (NLA. It appears to already have been retired!)

Hello Tweety B1420 with a background using the Damask Embossing Folder Z1927

Hello Tweety B1420 with a background using the Damask Embossing Folder Z1927

So how is it done?

You start with your inks all lined up – Honey, Topiary. Indian Corn Blue, Hollyhock, Outdoor Denim and Black. You will need the sponge to apply the ink and you simply rub the sponge on your inkpad and rub the ink onto your paper. You are rouging it scrubbing the ink into your White cardstock. Rub and buff!!!  It is easier to show you how so here it is!

 

Tips!

  • Work on scratch paper so you can work well over the edges
  • Do a bigger piece than what you need
  • Work one colour then the next
  • Begin with a kind of diagonal line
  • smudge colours into each other to create more colours including purple! This works especially well if you are quick
  • don’t fuss too much with placement – every time you do this it will be different to the last
  • Change it up – make it lighter and brighter, leaving out the dark colours, adding more of one colour than another and more.
  • It is recomended to use sihouette type stamps for this technique hence the trees and the city scape. But I challenge you to try other stamp sets such as Hello Tweety, Fast and Furious and Born to Ride!
change it up - leave out the dark colours!

Change it up – leave out the dark colours! This was an experiment – it is currently a UFO! I am in temp accommodation with a temp craft room so it is unfinished as yet!

Here is a picture of the finished artwork I was working on in the video featuring Born to Ride C1483. It is finished off with the Durable Studs Z1836

Born to Ride completed- as shown in the Video

Born to Ride completed- as shown in the Video

Shopping List

You have reached the end of the blog hop but you can start over or continue at your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop – Linda Norman of Scrappy Therapy

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May Stamp of the Month S1405 You’ve Got a Freind

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Welcome to the Australasian May Stamp of the Month You’ve got a Friend Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from  Monika – A Sprinkle of Glitter  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 collection of Love Notes which features the May Stamp of the Month S1405 You’ve got a friend, available exclusively throughout May  for $24 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

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I see this stamp set as the opportunity giving you some new stamping techniques so let’s get started!

Background stamping is a technique where we first stamp the flat back of the stamp in a colour before stamping the detail. pop your stamp on your block upside down. It will look like this. Being new, you will need to season this side – give it a good rub on your arm. Note this technique works best with asymetrical designs, but a little leafy green on the wrong die adds a quirkiness to this finished tag.

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Ink it up in one or more colours. On this item I have used Pear and Cranberry pigment inks. These are going on Sweet Leaf Cardstock. I have cut the apple shape from the Artboking Cartridge on page 69 at 2.75 inches. This shape is just right for an apple shaped tag.

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Now flip the stamp the right way up and stamp the sentiment.

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Add a hole with a hole punch and if you like trim a little of the extra green shape away. There is a cute little tag to stick in a lunch box or put with a gift.

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To use a precut tag, cut tags with Art Philosphy Tag page 40 at 3 inches. I have used Crystal blue cardstock for this tag. Finish the edge with one of the ink colours you have used in the stamping. I have used Outdoor denim, Whisper, and black for this sample. Punch a hole and thread with bakers twine or ribbon from your stash.  You can also do this design directly on card stock and fussy cut the shape with your awesome Microtip scissors.

Masking 

Masking with paper. This is a great opportunity to use up some scraps. Stamp the image on scrap paper. Cut out the word you wish to stamp in a different colour. Keep both pieces! So I cut the mustache away but also kept the thank you section intact,

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I background stamped this the same as the first two samples  but this time used the same colour as the card stock – whisper for a more subtle look. The shape is from p 46 in Art Philosophy. Using Cricut Craftroom I unlocked the aspect ratio and made the shape 3.5 x3 inches for the sentiment. Fist put the mustache scrap in place and stamp the sentiment in your first colour – in this case Slate,

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Then swap out the scrap pieces – and stamp the mustache section in a second colour. I chose black. Be sure to line up the mask nicely so you maintain the whole.

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Our clear cling stamps allow us to line things up easily. Stand up and look directly down through your stamp block to place exactly where you want it.

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Finish with edges distressing and some bakers twine. Add a stud too!

Layering

Here is the same stamp this time instead of masking I am layering. I stamped the image on the card,in cocoa  and on some scrap in black. I fussy cut the mustache and then added this to the card with foam tape. There is no background stamp on this sample.

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I have also used layering for ‘You’re the best’. The base is a card from Art Philosophy p 48 cut at 5.25 wide x 3.5 high. (Cricut craft room allows you to unclock the aspect ratio! )

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Stamp the image in pigment ink on the UV coated card (this is from the Free to be me collection). Stamp again on the lagoon, and on the back of the UV coated red to get 2 more layers. The thick black lines make fussy cutting a breeze if each layer is stamped in the same colour – black. Use foam tape to mount these pieces on.

Masking with Washi Tape

Finally let’s do masking with washi tape! Any washi tape will do. Mask out the bit you do not wish to ink, Ink up the stamp, REMOVE THE WASHI. (Yes I have forgotten to do this sometimes!) Stamp the image, Repeat the process covering what is already stamped and ink up in your second colour, Remove the washi – look through the block carefully for placement and stamp you second word.

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You end up with this colourful result.

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Finish with Flamingo dots and a bow and you have a cute card. I cut this card from Art philosophy p 52 at 2.5 inches. It is only just big enough. I would recommend trying 2.75 inches just so the design is not right at the edges. I have used Pear and Smoothie as colours for this sample.

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Once I had all my love notes done I went through and added sparkle, triangle studs and even washi tape to put a little bling into the finished pieces.

I was experimenting when making these. I am more pleased with some than others and that is largely through colour and shape choices. Don’t be afraid to play because the sentiments on this months stamp of the month are very suitable for lunchbox love notes and your family is sure to appreciate you popping one in as a surprise ‘Just ‘cos’ one day!

Remember Stamp of the Month is available for $24 in May ONLY, or you can purchase it for $5 with every $75 from your consultants online store – Jen’s Creative Classroom at Close To My Heart. (AU only) I love to have comments and feedback so please leave a comment before moving on!  Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed this little venture into stamping techniques and you can produce some cute little love notes for your family.  Your next place on the hop is Patricia Manhire She is sure to have come up with something special for you!

Supplies used in the love notes: Available from Jen’s Creative Classroom. 

Arbooking Cricut collection Z1906

Art Philosophy Cricut Collection Z1686

Natural Metallic Bakers Twine z1921

Micro Tip Scissors z1836

Durables Triangle Studs z1928

3d Foam Tape z1151

Washi Tape 

Flamingo Dots z1934

Exclusive Inks – Pigment inks –  Cranberry, Pear, Outdoor Denim, Whisper, Black, Cocoa, Pear, Smoothie, Slate,

Cardstock – Sweet leaf x5639; Crystal Blue 1292; White, Whisper

Free to Be Me Paper Collection – National Scrapbook Month Offer