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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.) 

You’re the Bomb!

Welcome to the You’re the Bomb Blog Hop!

(This post is not in the final hop circle – but the links will lead you to it is worth hopping in and having a look!)

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I am truly deeply madly in love with this stamp set and love that by purchasing one of these from your consultant Close To My Heart is donating to Operation Smile. This is a very worthy cause, and it benefits from this must have set for the scrapbooker! In Australia, You’re the Bomb is available for $21 and CTMH will donate $3 of this to Operation Smile. It is only available until March 31 so be sure to have it in your order this month! Take this link to learn more about Operation Smile and the fabulous work they do. 

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If you have arrived here from Katy Taylor you are in the right place. I hope you enjoy my contribution to this hop.

 

I am a firm believer that scrapbooking is as much about the journalling as it is about the photos. You’re the bomb gives you the opportunity to have fun words on your page without the stress of what your handwriting look like! My Love for the stamp comes from the lovely word stamps in You’re The Bomb stamp set which is available for a limited time. I hope you enjoy this layout made in my Wildwood my crush book, Z2001, a book in which I scrap those one off ‘you had to be there moments’ or I wish I was there ones as well. . I found this photo of the favorite little man which has no partner photos. While I will do single photos on 12 x 12 this one, borrowed from my daughters FB deserved the small page in a crush book and I had fun covering a motif I do not think I will use, replacing it with elements I love. (This is one reason why I find Crush books Fun Fast and Flexble)

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To add to the page I have also used the Flight of the Arrows Stamp D1578  and some of those really cute limited edition Stuck On You Puffies Z3037

I hope you have enjoyed this artwork and will now enjoy the art work of Michelle Loncar  Please leave a comment before you go!

Jen

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Shopping List.

Australian readers can shop online at The Creative Heart. All items can be shipped directly to you. Don’t forget to join this month’s virtual gathering to be in the draw for host rewards!

 

 

 

 

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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!

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CTMH Stamps of the Month Australasian Blog Hop December

Hello and welcome aboard the  Australasian Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from  Patrica’s Blog 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 gorgeous Stamp of the Month Special Care.

Special Care Stamp of the month. This stamp is yours with any $75 purchase made in December with your CTMH consultant.

Special Care Stamp of the month. This stamp is yours with any $75 purchase made in December with your CTMH consultant.

I was thinking of all sorts of things I could do with this. My immediate reaction was all things Victorian, but I didn’t have photos that would suit that. I then thought of cards and decided yes cards for the unwell, for people just having a tough time, and those in need of love, support and encouragement this stamp would work. I also thought of babies. I can visualise all sorts of baby pages using this Special Care stamp set because all babies do need to be handled with care.

So what could I do that was inspiring and about special care? My babies are long grown up and I have already scrapped my Grandson as a new born. I then though of my other baby, Mr Macey! Mr Macey was given to me by my mother for my 5oth birthday and when I first got him he was little more in size than the palm of my hand. I have some of those cute puppy photos, I have the Babyckes WOTG kit, so why not? He is my baby right?

Before we go further please let me apologise for the incomplete artwork to follow. My order is still in transit (thanks Aus Post!) So you need to put your imagination on! Here is a challenge – which of the stamps from the stampset would you use on these pages?

This is Mr Macey as a puppy.

This is Mr Macey as a puppy.

What a difference the tags make!

What a difference the tags make!

 

This page is done using scraps and leftovers after completing the babycakes WOTG pages. I have also used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge alphabet cut at 2 inches for the titls. All this page needs now is a tag from Special Care. The layout is inspired by the Bottom Border title one on page 35 of Reflections Scrapbook program.

Here Miss Maggie is a bit put out by the presence of mr Macey in her bed!

Here Miss Maggie is a bit put out by the presence of Mr Macey in her bed!

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To make this page I have used the negative space leftover from cutting the large shape from the WOTG kit page layout. I used Sunset to ink the edges and have propped it up with 3D foam tape. The photo was not all that large but supporting it with a splash of colour from scraps has worked well. All it needs is the addition of Special Care!

Hmm...Caption this!

Hmm…Caption this!

Warning....Hugs and Kisses required!

Warning….Hugs and Kisses required!

 

Another page I have done is this one. I had to dip into my supplies by this time and wanted to replicate patchwork and sewing (another topic choice for this stamp set.) I took the idea from the Reflections scrapbook program book p65 but my pieces didn’t quite fit the square. The last 1/2 inch was fixed by using the stitch guide on the ruler and grabbing some of my embroidery floss to create the zig zag border on the left. I added stitch lines roughly by hand to all the B and T papers  – I never get my quilting lines straight or even so the manner in which these are done reflects that! The texture of the jute ribbon (from my stash) adds an extra dimension all ready and waiting for….a title or tag from Special care!

I have used the following products in this design.

Babycakes WOTG kit  G1068 NB This is now in our retiring items list in our online stores. That is where you will find it. Alternative to the whole kit is the paper packet – X7173B

Exclusive Inks  Slate, Sunset, Black, Chocolate

Exclusive Colour Palette Cardstock  Buttercup 1271; slate x5930, Sunset and Kraft

Cricut Art Philosophy  Art Philosophy collection Z1686

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This exclusive  stamp of the month is only available during December. It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $24.00 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order in my online store Jen’s Creative Classroom.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading bacl to where it all begins at Jo’s Blog .Thank you for stopping by.

Jen

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CTMH Stamps of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard the  Australasian Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from  Lauren’s blog 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 double page layout in my My Crush Bluebird book which features  Illuminate Stamp of the Month.  I am loving this stamp and I hope my contribution will inspire you!

I decided to work with the light imagery of this stamp and took a dive into my Bluebird My Crush Book. I love My Crushbooks as they are very versatile journals. They are a quick and easy to complete legacy to leave for the family if they dare to read one day. They are also a trendy way for tweens to scrapbook.

Illuminate is the starting point for all of the ideas on this double page in Bluebird My Crush book.

Illuminate is the starting point for all of the ideas on this double page in Bluebird My Crush book.

As light imagery and spirituality are my theme for the page I googled quotes and sayings about the same. (Gotta love how a google search can provide inspiration based on two keywords.) I looked in images for the ones I used here.

I then picked a double page in my Bluebird My Crush book with no other motiff on it. My SOTM ‘Illuminate’ is to provide this. Then I went taking photos. (Go On…you do do it too don’t you?) I decided on my Buddha and my mirrored melt pot because they reflected the sayings I collected. Time to get crafty!

How to get a nice circle with that little candle stamp.

How to get a nice circle with that little candle stamp.

First I had to work out my Buddha saying. I grabbed a scrap of cardstock, punched a 1 1/2 inch circle and lightly adhered this to the center of the cardstock I am using. I then took that dainty tiny candle stamp and stamped at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock around the circle Then I stamped between these and was able to fit two more in between. While doing this be sure to turn your work so your candle lies in line with the center of the circle (or imagine it lining up with clock hands) . I removed the circle, cut a tiny candle (A rectangle with a concave end!) and stuck it into the center. I used Juniper markers to shade the sides and white chalk marker to suggest dripping wax. With a fine black marker I drew the flame. Using Honey alcohol marker I added a glow to the little candles and a flame in the center one. I then penned the verse in as neatly and as evenly as I could. It isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t need to be – it is handcrafted!

Candles in the round, inspired by an image with the saying.

Candles in the round, inspired by an image with the saying.

I dug through my Bluebird memories assortment and came up with the card that inspired one of the sayings I found. I decided to emulate, just a little, the popularity of typography right now and used the letter stickers in the pack for key words. I have also added one of the cute envelopes, again with a saying.

The perfect prompt and lettering in the assortment

The perfect prompt and lettering in the assortment

Most of the rest is all done using the illuminate stamp set – the lovely lamp base, hanging lanterns, titles and sentiments all stamped in black using Illuminate. For the lantern on the big lamp I first stamped the page, then a piece of cardstock. By fussy cutting this and popping it over the base stamp I got some nice dimension as well as colour onto the page.

The lantern is stamped twice - the second on colour and mounted over the first

The lantern is stamped twice – the second on colour and mounted over the first

I have used the following products in this design.

Exclusive Inks Black Z2105

My Crush Bluebird book Z1856

My Crush Memories Assortment Z1888

Exclusive Colour Palette Cardstock Twilight X5666, Goldrush 1243 Champagne X5931

Exclusive Inks Alcohol Markers Honey Z2415 Juniper Z2403

White Chalk Marker Z1767

Cricut Art Philosophy Seasons Stamp set – Art Philosophy collection Z1686

SOTM Illuminate S1311A

Illuminate Stamp of the month (SOTM) You can purchase this stampset for just $5 with every $75 purchase. Head to jenscreativeclassroom.ctmh.com.au now and place your order!

Illuminate Stamp of the month (SOTM) You can purchase this stampset for just $5 with every $75 purchase. Head to jenscreativeclassroom.ctmh.com.au now and place your order!

I do believe I will be adding another little saying to this page

The light of Sacred Wisdom shines in us all

This exclusive  stamp of the month is only available during November. It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $24.00 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order in my online store Jen’s Creative Classroom.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading bacl to where it all begins at Mandy’s Hall of Indulgence.Thank you for stopping by.

Jen

I have a Crush!

I have a crush on My Crush books by Close To My Heart and every teen and tween who has seen these has been excited too. Mums and daughters are joining forces to work on these together as well which is awesome! I think this would create awesome quality time – even for grandmas 🙂

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I have explored this product in depth at my page on My Crush books. Here I also show examples from the first book I have done which is now full!

Starting very soon I am offering classes right here in Mildura so Crush books can be quickly completed. Imagine having one done as a gift in time for Christmas! If you would like the class schedule and the costs email me and I will give you the details.

If you cannot get to a class but would still like to make a start on a My Crush book, you can order yours online right now at my online store. Just let me know via email if you need any support to get it done. I can give you some ideas and some challenges to help you along the way!

You are special! Have a gathering and find out how special!

Have you ever balked at the idea of hosting a direct selling anything? Be honest….I have! Especially when most of the products are priced upward of $50. It is out of the reach of most people I know to buy up big and even harder if you are the consultant trying to help the host get her rewards when they need 2 bookings to qualify, As the host you fear there may not be any friends kind enough to support you to achieve your $350 plus 2 host bookings in order to gain anything from making the effort to invite people, make supper and try and have a fun time.

Close to My Heart IS DIFFERENT. You are special. We want you to feel special and successful! They make us as consultants feel special too. Your host rewards begin with sales of $200 allowing you $30 to spend. The next step is $50 to spend plus a half price item for just a $300 total in sales. It goes up from there and you can see just how much you can be rewarded by looking at the Host reward guide on page 2 of the product launch guide . When you do look, you will notice the dreaded number of bookings is not there ! No need to con a friend into hosting a party they do not really want! You can succeed without extracting a promise from a friend to book forward for you!

The other thing you will notice is how generous the rewards become as sales go up! You are treated with great generosity for gathering with CTMH!

You are also a person of privilege when you host a CTMH gathering. You have access to exclusive stamp sets, which is perfect if you paper craft, scrapbook or make cards. You can see the full range on the 3rd and 4th pages of the product launch guide – and please note the pricing. Imagine getting these for half their usual price with your host reward money! It certainly does make your reward dollars go further!

My favourite is Washi Wonder. I do not need hundreds of rolls of washi tape – I can stamp a large number of tape designs in 40 different colours and even more with specific stamping techniques!

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Washi Wonder – my favourite of the host rewards!

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And there is more! As a gathering host you have the choice about what sort of gathering will suit you and your friends. I can accommodate you with a hands on scrapbook page, a card, or another project. Your friends won’t be sitting around listening to the consultant talk endlessly about the benfits, features and prices of a product and walk the catalogue – we get engaged and interact with the products. Hands On! We play with the products, explore the possibilities and have fun along the way!

If you prefer not to have anyone over, but wish to have a virtual or catalogue gathering and collect orders you can do this too! We have an EZ invite system that lets you take charge electronically inviting people to shop for your event! And the rewards are the same!

How easy it is to be rewarded and gain those favourite items at half price. I am betting every one of you who own a Cricut Cutting machine would be wanting to get that Cricut collection with your 50% off item credit!

One final note about the advantages of being a host – if you become a consultant – you get ALL THESE ADVANTAGES and you also get the consultant price on all the goodies you order! If you do not yet have a Cricut you can also get that at a very special low price too! That my friends makes being a consultant AWESOME for crafters like me.

I was hopeful CTMH would be a great company for us when we lost what was. I am stunned at how generous this company is with both Hosts and Consultants and invite you to contact me now to get your gathering orgainsed or your consultant kit ordered!