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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Australasian Blog Hop – Playful Penelope

 

Hello (I am glad to be back) and welcome aboard our Penelope Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Meryl Cheetham – Mez’s Craft Room 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. 

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Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s Penelope Workshop Your Way paper kit. 

Penelope Workshop Your Way Kit

Penelope is pretty and playful, and offers loads of options by following the patterns provided on your consultants online store or through other ideas such as the one that follows. This one has come from pondering on what I could make from the leftovers! There is very little left now but what I do have will make pretty cards.

This is using the pieces I had left of the Penelope Workshop your way kit after making 6 doblepage layouts and 4 cards. I have a couple of embellishments left. I have used some other  greem for the background from Kaleidescope - but any green would have worked.

This is using the pieces I had left of the Penelope Workshop your way kit after making 6 doblepage layouts and 4 cards. I have a couple of embellishments left. I have used some other green for the background from Kaleidescope – but any green would have worked.

 

 

I loved using my scraps up. I also love seeing what others do. This collections suits so many Fun filled happy smiley days. I have a fellow consultant Kristy who created this layout. I really think we need to encourage her to blog as she does some wonderful designs too.  She has incorporated the current stamp of the month in the design and focussed on using strips of her scraps.

Penelope by Kristy

 

This exclusive Paper collection is only available during until April 31st 2016. Once we reach the end of Seasonal Expressions 2 it will retire.

  • This Workshop Your Way G1106 collection  can be yours for just $41. Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant
  • This offer is available until the end of the current Seasonal Expressions idea book.

If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here The Creative Heart

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,Maz Wood: Inky Scraper

Thanks for stopping by

Jen

 

 

 

 

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Australasian Blog Hop Nevermore Featured Artwork

2015 Sept Nevermore ctmh aUSTRALASIANWelcome to the Australasian Blog Hop featuring artwork and Nevermore paper. If you have come from Meryl Cheetham – Mez’s Craft Room  you are in the right place.I have some artwork to share with you and the link to the next place in the hop is below. Be sure to check out all of the ideas shared here with this lovely paper collection!

For your enjoyment I have created the following page layout. I was intrigued by the orange and black and for me it speaks loudly of Harley Davison motorcycles too. You know all the Ride a Harley signs are Black and orange. Anyhow, I also have the Born to Ride Stamp Set and wanted to pair these two up. Truth be told my dad used to ride a motorbiike….when he first dated my mum and I think it was a Harley. I am sure I will find the right photos for this page one day but for now I found this awesome guy and his awesome Harley with a fab passenger seat…just my style of thing lol. If you would like to see the article I nabbed these pics from it is here. (Opens in a new window)

OK…let’s get to the artwork – not my photos but I think you get the idea – if your dad rides a Harley grab some snaps, Grab Born to Ride C 1483) and put your Nevermore grey paper to use. I have used Sunset and Black Cardstock. I also used Silver heat embossing for the Barbed wire. If I was really particular I could also have stamped and silver embossed a motorbike and fussy cut some chrome to put on the silhouette bike image. I used a stamp from One Way Borders (C1561 NLA)  for the tread and did not stress over it not being perfectly stamped!

Stamp set Born to Ride and Nevermore Paper are available from www.thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au

Stamp set Born to Ride and Nevermore Paper are available from http://www.thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au

No 1 Dad is from Artiste Cartridge while Go and the Sunglassses are cut with the new Artistry Cricut Cartridge. The whole layout started out being based on Pattern 5 page 15 of Make it From Your Heart Vol 2 – but I have altered the sizes a little. I did try this orange side up but preferred the grey. You could swap it around completely and use whisper for your background then the orange side would work.

I hope you are inspired and have a bike rider in your family for this idea!

Please leave a comment before moving on to the next stop on the hop with Maz Wood: Inky Fingers


 

Shopping List – All products are available from my online store here

Nevermore Paper Collection plus additional sunset cardstock

C1483 Born to Ride

Black Exclusive Ink

Ranger Superfine Silver embossing Powder

Cricut Collections Artiste and Artistry

 

 

 

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Zoe Collection Australasian Blog Hop

Zoe

Hello and welcome to our mid month blog hop featuring the lovely new Zoe paper collection. If you came from  Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings-  you are in the right place. As the hop goes full circle you can follow along to the next link at the bottom of this post.


Today I am bringing you a delightful double page layout featuring the Zoe Paper collection and some cuts made with the new Cricut Artistry Cartridge. I love the new icons and with over 700 images it is good value for money. I used umbrella key on page 38 to make the clouds, the umbrella, the new day and to cut the stencil for the raindrops. I cut the rain drop stencil at 6 inches and inked the drops with white pigment ink.

http://jenscreativeclassroom.ctmh.com/Default.aspx

Zoe papers and raindrops from Artistry

For the rest of the pieces I distressed the edges with sponge daubers using tone on tone and Glacier on white. I also added a little extra decoration with the Zip strip and some stamps from the Zoe WOTG stamp set which I adore. It is a very versatile set for scrapbooking and even includes a set of lines for journalling. Finally I have still got Coral sequins so a little White Shimmer trim and sequins have finished off the page. All I need now is a rainy day to get some photos! (it does not rain here much!)

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Use a dauber and the rain drop overlay to get the rain drops.

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All of the products are available from my online store. We have a fabulous Stamp of the Month and the Get organised campaign as well. The Zoe Collection is the first of the new papers we have coming your way September 1 in our new Idea Book! Get excited, there is more exciting stuff to come!

I love getting feedback, so please leave a comment before you move on to the next stop on the hop with Meryl Cheetham – Mez’s Craft Room Hop along and see what lovely artwork she has to share with you.


Close to My Heart Products used in this project include:

http://thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au

Artistry Cricut Collection

http://thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au

Zoe Workshop on the Go

White Daisy Pigment Ink

Dauber Value Pack

http://thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au

Coral Reef Sequins

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Jump on it July International Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the Jump on it July Campaign Blog Hop.

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If you have arrived here from Jeanie Burch you are in the right place. If you have just joined in please look out for the next place to hop to at the end of my post.

Jump on it July is a fabulous campaign. it almost feels like Xmas in July…could be if you got the Xmas stamp. All you need to do in Australia is purchase $32.50 worth or regular priced stamps and you are entitled to get either the fabulous Life is Wonderful Stamp of the month for Free or any of these host reward stamp sets for just $6.50.

Jump on It July Find our more at thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au

Jump on it July

How exciting is it that you can get these exclusive stamp sets without hosting. Remember it is this month only and there is no time like the present to grab some of those retiring sets you have had your eye on!

I am a little hexagon happy. It is a great shape to use in scrapbooking and I love the Host reward stamp set Happy Hexagons. It goes really well with another stamp set called Honeycomb C1537 and of course the hexagon Overlay in Artbooking. I sized the hexagon overlay to match the Happy Hexagon sized stamp. (I have lost that ccr file in the switch to Cricut Explore) Here you can see I have made use of some scraps, matched up some inks and got ready to play mix and match. The stamp here is the Honeycomb – after that I have used the Host reward set Happy Hexagons.

C1537 Honeycomb stamp set coordinates well with Host rewards set Happy Hexagons. Shop online at thecreativeheart.ctmh.com.au

C1537 Honeycomb stamp set coordinates well with Host rewards set Happy Hexagons.

Here is the completed artwork in my album. To achieve this I randomly sponged some ink into the hexagon overlay pieces using them as a mask. I kept some to stick down and support the hexagons I stamped as well. all of this work surrounds just one special photo.

Close up of hexagon detail. Paper here are NLA - but the concept works no matter what paper collection you use.

Close up of hexagon detail. Paper here are NLA – but the concept works no matter what paper collection you use.

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Completed page

In this second page, my calendar is the subject. I decided to tissue stamp in the hexagon overlay and I have used colonial white for the creamy look. I added the photo frame, the faux washi and the Happy Hexagons.

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Use a tissue to sponge into the page with an overlay of hexagons

Use a tissue to sponge into the page with an overlay of hexagons

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I hope you are inspired by these pages to get into hexagons and grab your Jump on it July special!
Please leave a comment before hopping along to the next stop at Wendy Coffman

Jump on it July Australia

This offer enables you to get one of these stamps sets for $6.50 with every $32.50 worth of regular priced stamps you purchase. You can shop online at my website and join my monthly virtual gathering or contact your consultant.

Here are the stamps you can get in this special. Just type the code or part of the title into the shop search box.

S1507 My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful C1614 My Acrylix® Tagged with Love C1613 My Acrylix® Paper Bird B1477 My Acrylix® Exotic Flower D1615 My Acrylix® Sweet As Sugar B1454 My Acrylix® Thanksgiving Wreath C1596 My Acrylix® Happy Hexagons C1587 My Acrylix® Sing Glory B1455 My Acrylix® Be Jolly C1593 My Acrylix® Hats Off A1169 My Acrylix® Well Wishes D1608 My Acrylix® Better with a Friend B1458 My Acrylix® Cuddly Salutations A1163 My Acrylix® Practical Planning

 


 

Products used in these projects

C1537 Honey Comb (Retiring)

Hand Written Print Alphaset (retiring)

Exclusive Inks – Creme Brulee; Autumn Terracotta, Cocoa, Barn Red, Crystal Blue, Canary, Sorbet, Colonial White Pigment ink

Calendar – Retiring

Artbooking