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Everything ABC’s Letter B – Birthday!

abc bloghopWelcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter B. 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 Stephanie Feist-then you’re on the right track!


 Your Birthday is supposed to be fun right? Mine is in MAY, and this is my May Calendar page!

 

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B is for Birthday

If you have been following the blog you will know I have been working on a Calendar project. I am up to June – but wish to share with you up close and personal my May Page, since on good advice (as above)  I plan to celebrate my birthday all month long! Right now I am into colour – and lots of it (usually I am an earthy neutrals girl unless it is red and purple…that is different!) ; and I am into finding those mantra’s and sayings that will lift me up in 2015. This is a gem!

My bestie Sandra shared this pinspiration – ‘Start each day like it is your Birthday’ with me but I have had a bit of a time locating it so pinned it myself.  The timing of her sharing this with me was impeccable. I loved the design and it’s colours. I so totally had to scraplift this one for my May page. My finidshed art work is not the same but is deeply inspired by that  pin..  I cannot give you more than the original artists website – Sketcherella – the orginal image is gone – but the pinned image remains. (go figure….)

SO…Hopscotch was the obvious paper palette choice. I had a bit of white card stock as my base about 5 x 7.  It turned out not big enough to carry birthday so I did it completely separate and trimmed it back a bit from there when done.I have used quite a number of the Close To My Heart Alphabet sets listed below, as well as the awesome new Brushstrokes stamp set C1608 (love this one completely!)  If I had it I would also have incorporated Framework Alphabet E1027. The H in Birthday is from a little M stamp that is NLA (M1030). I just stamped it without the bow and cut it up the middle. The current retiring ‘HI’ stamp would work too. I deliberately mixed up colours and stamp sets here – you do need to play and do your thing with this! My T in birthday (thanks again to inspiration from Sandra) is topped with a gift and candles all from the Build a Cake Stamp Set D1618  There is a bit of Circus Alphabet and Washi Wonder in there – all limited edition stamps from our previous catalog. (Just goes to show Host Rewards and Stamps of the Month really are spesh! Ask your onsultant – I promise they will be thrilled to tell you all about it!) ) Once all the lettering was done on the main piece I smudged colours into the background with my sponge and stamped the brushstrokes shapes into places they fit using different colours from the hopscotch palette.

Letters that needed colouring were coloured with watercolour pencils. Those which were also being fussy cut were given a lift by first spreading liquid glass onto them and allowing them to dry.  TIP – Do all the letters you intend to liquid glass on on one piece of card stock- liquid glass them all. Fussy cut when dry. I tried the other way and it is messy, requires tweezers and….yep not a good result. My repeat effort with one sheet, letting them all dry then cutting them was much better. You CAN cut dry liquid glass….it is not rock hard 🙂 It’s nice n flexible on paper.

I mounted the completed saying piece onto lagoon and this went on the Hopscotch background. I used a scrap of the reverse of Hopscotch as a strip to support the word birthday and added a flash of bling with Teal Shimmer trim Z1918. A 4.5 inch wide strip of Lagoon is there ready for Birthday photos and the added labels are a sneak peek of a Stamp of the Month that is coming for you in May.

I think that covers it. I used my stash, I used alphasets, I used lots of colour, and now in May I will be encouraged to celebreate each day as if it is my Birthday – on one of those days it will be!

Close To My Heart Products Used in this project

Please leave a comment before you move on. Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is “Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings “.In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy 

Thanks for stopping by

Jen

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Australasian Operation Smile Blog Hop You’re The Bomb

You’re The Bomb!

Operation Smile is a private,  not for profit organisation providing reconstructive surgery to children and young adults born in developing countries. On 1st December Close to My Heart Consultants released our Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. On the back page of this Idea book you will find the C- sized, You’re the bomb stamp set. By purchasing this set at full retail price  of $21 you can help change the life of a child as CTMH will donate $US3 from your purchase to Operation smile.  Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families.

Today we will be sharing some inspiration using “You’re the Bomb”. We hope you will be compelled to purchase this set and in so doing, contribute to the life changing work of operation smile. The blog hop is a loop with about 10 participants so follow along and you will end up right back here.  If you get lost there is a list of participants on Mandy’s Blog here.  

if you have arrived from  Shaunna’s Blog, Passionate About Pages you are in the right place!



Here is my project: – He really is the Bomb!

Double Page Layout using Pathfinding papers and Your The Bomb Stamp Set

Double Page Layout using Pathfinding papers and Your The Bomb Stamp Set

and here is the Stamp Set

If you would like further information and photos on my project and Operation Smile please continue reading,

Otherwise, pop over and see what Tracey at Tracey’s Blog   created. Remember to speak to your consultant about how you too can support Operation Smile. Enjoy your journey!


At Convention USA I started to come to an understanding of the importance of Operation Smile to Close To My Heart. However, I was deeply moved at the Australasian Convention when Brian Holman gave us a presentation of his trip as a volunteer helping the team doing the work.  He had the task of looking after the children during the fasting before the operation and was able to share his story with such heart every consultant in that convention room was moved by the story. This presentation has not only informed me about Operation Smile, it has cemented it into my very core as an essential aspect of being part of the Close To My Heart Family.

As consultants we take pride in doing something we believe is really really important.

 We show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity, to preserve and share the moments that matter most.  

These moments usually involve precious smiles that we take for granted. I have been so moved by the Operation Smile foundation and the work they do, as well as the role Close To My Heart leadership has taken in the organisation I now raise funds for Opration Smile with a monthly raffle at the Mildura crop to donate to this worthy cause. I am also no longer afraid to ask a customer if they would like to round up for Operation Smile.  I invite you to get on board with this worthy cause and include this stamp set with your next order along with a ’round up’ so Close To My Heart can provide even more smiles!

So let’s take a closer look at that art work shall we? Yes, my Grandson is all smiles…smiles of different kinds in each of these snaps from day care.

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Double Page Layout using Pathfinding paper collection and You’re The Bomb Stamp Set

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Close up of the Left Hand page shows all the lovely hand written labels that would enhance any scrapbook page. Just recently CTMH has shared a lovely tip for cutting shapes like a circle from your photos with your Cricut on their facebook page. Be sure to check them out!

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I cut the title William with the Cricut – so easy! I have used the Paper Fundamentals for this and they cut really well!

 

Thanks for joining me on this journey, the “You’re the Bomb” stamp set is available from your CTMH consultant and $3USD from every purchase will go directly to Operation Smile. This stamp set is only available until March 31. You can also choose to make a donation of any size directly to your consultant, donations over $2 are tax deductable.
To continue your journey, hop over to see what Tracey at Tracey’s Blog

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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

The Creative Heart

 

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Australasian Stamp of the Month Blog Hop S1412 Cutie Pie

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Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Maz’s Inky Fingers 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.


 

How cute is this???

S1412 Cutie Pie

I Love it and I have had a LOT of fun making cards and pages with it already! I know many of us have been hanging out for this Stamp of the Month to get here and yippeee here it is! December Stamp of the Month is Cutie Pie S1412 and it is available  for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75 with your consultant. (Ask your consultant about the additional Deal of the Decade if your order is at this amount!)

I have decided to pair my SOTM project up with the new paper collection Heartstrings because it comes with a card making kit rather than a WOTG, and we have a yummy mini pack of coordinating PML Cards. So, it did not take me long to come up with this layout.

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I have focussed on the blues in the PML cards. The best match card stock and ink was Crystal Blue. I used our biggest block (4 x 5 Y1012) and started by mounting all 4 cupackes on the block in random directions. I then stamped this rotating the block 90 degrees and 180 and even rotating the paper. This gave me the random stamped cupcake background.

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The side strips are a 2 inch strip of Crystal Blue embossed with the new Diamond Embossing folder. It looks and feels really quilted! I added the flourish from the Heartstrings complements, inked the edges of my selected pml cards and added a zip strip to one of the photos mounts. Random scraps also make a great washi look and you need that bit of bling with silver shimmer trim.

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I had already been playing in my paper packet so I had B and T scraps to use – but you could use PML cards if that is all you have. Stamp a cupcake (or 3!)  using Black ink on the Heartstrings B and T papers. Mix it up. Separate the wrapper from the top of each one and shuffle them around. Adhere them to a small strip of scrap paper as you put them back together. This will support them. Then use foam mounting tape to adhere them to the page. I used a strip of B and T paper as a ‘shelf’ to put them on. Don’t forget the sparkle for the top!

I added some heart stamps and some puffy hearts from the new Stuck on you Puffies just to finish it off with a bit of red.

To complete this project you will need

December SOTM is only available through till Dec 31 is from your CTMH consultant.I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Wendy Hopper,to see what she has created for you.

PS Make sure you have a go at the page by CTMH on page 16. It is a LOT of fun to make.

PPS…Be sure to follow the hop…grab a cuppa and hop along to Wendy Hopper and keep going! There is some really inspirational artwork this month!

Take a cupcake with you!

Jenny

The creative Heart

 

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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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop Wildwood and Wanderful!

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

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For this hop we will be featuring the letter W. 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 there  then you’re on the right track!


 

Welcome to Wildwood and Wanderful!

I will be honest I was almost as indecisive about which of the two products I am currently using to feature for W as I was about pushing the ‘buy now’ on my air tickets that would whisk me off on my fab seven week trip of a life time to Mexico and Disneyland USA for the CTMH Convention!

Would I share with you Wanderful PML Pages and cards, or would I share my Wildwood Z2001 My Crush Book  Journal – a journal that is much more lovely when you open it than it looks in our Idea book?

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The Wildwood My Crush Book has journal prompts, fabulous textures, loads of distressed pages and more. I loved it as soon as I saw the title page which I am sharing with you here, and I urge you to check out more than just the pages shown in the Idea Book. I decided to use the blank back of the cover for a few Wanderful PML cards to offer some of the back story to my trip. The card ‘just GO’ says it all! The title page ‘And so it starts….” is a sound beginning to this little story.

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My first double page is about the decision to go and a little reflection about a regular day on the street in Mexico City. I used Wanderful cards for the journalling and of course in these kinds of journals we are supposed to break the rules….so while one page has a matted photo (Tres traditional)  the other has this rather odd angled one. I also used the Black Arrow Washi tape and will probably use this throughout as the Arrows are a feature of the Wanderful Paper and PML cards.

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My album is well underway, but I am still in week one! I love to journal and make sure every key thought, idea and reflection is captured too. I also have to remind myself ‘not every photo needs to be scrapped’. But journaling is different. I have it everywhere! My students and my team will agree I do not think we are done as scrapbookers unless we are journalling too. Let’s face it, I do not expect to be around forever to tell my grandchildren who everyone is in the photos, and what we were doing, thinking and celebrating.So…let’s make journalling FUN!! and SUPER EASY!

CTMH have the solution for us with the Picture My Life Product Range bringing Journalling cards in products like Wanderful PML. Almost every card in this set lends itself to story telling, making it a very different set to say Chantilly or Pear and Partridge which have a few more decorative elements and lend themselves more readily to card making too.

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So, let’s move on to my scrapbook page. I really did not quite know how to scrap these photos. The photos are from different times of the day, all of the same place, the Zocalo (City Square). Red was the predominant colour. I just loved the Wanderful PML card that said ‘This is what the world looks like‘ as I landed in Mexico City right in the middle of a Cultural festival. The Zocalo was a tent city, each tent representing countries around the world, including Australia. So It really was an ‘around the world’ in a day experience and even included a UK red Double Decker Bus!.

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The cards I chosen have a sentiment that reflects how I felt, just wanting to ‘roam’ as I did on this day. They gave me the way to not put every photo on the page (yes that is a flip flap stack right there with 5 photos)  – just a representation of the day. This was easy peasy journalling and made a difficult to coordinate page an easy scrapbook layout! I still think it needs a bit more but I am armed with arrow washi tape and believe that will do the trick.

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The stamped embellishments are from the Wanderful Workshop on the Go Stamp Set and Here we Go D1600. I used the same colours that are in the Wanderful PML Cards – Cranberry, Flaxen and Black. I am totally in love with the mini notebook stamp and it features already on many pages in this album.

BTW The pockets in the album are the strap hinge ones as I am stash scrapping as I complete these pages and they do a fab job to fill albums I already had on hand. I am loving CTMH Memory Protectors and their durable quality!

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Wanderful PML

Oh I Almost forgot!!! Up until now these collections came with a title page and plastic pockets. Talk to your consultant about the A La Carte version of PML – no title or pocket pages. That way using them like this does not leave you with 10 empty pocket pages! For Australian Consumers the A La Carte code is for Wanderful is Z3063

You can purchase the products used in the layout and My Crush book online at my store. Be sure to join my November Online Gathering to be in the draw for host rewards.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Wendy Kessler – My Scrapbooking Blog 

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy

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November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop S1411 It’s The Little Things

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It’s The Little Things

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings  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 Love SPRING, and flowers! Don’t you? I can see these lovely flowers adorning gifts of all sorts as well as Spring Racing Carnival Pages if you are lucky enough to be heading off to a Melbourne Cup celebration. Here is a nice relaxing project I have made with this stamp of the Month. I hope you enjoy it.

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Two little gifts which feature November Stamp of the Month S1411 It’s The Little Things available exclusively throughout November for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75. One is a Slate Designer Creations Bag Z2053, the other is the Slate Designer Crreations Paper Bag Z2036

We all have a scrap bin right? With LITTLE THINGS …little bits of paper in it! This stamp set is perfect for using up some of those scraps! You can stamp tone on tone, stamp colour on white, Rock n Roll, do overstamping, grab your spray pens Z1380 and reinkers and try a little over spraying, or even get out your Watercolour pencils 3505!

Let the little girl who loved to colour in come out to play here!

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In this shot I show you some of the stages I went through to create my two projects. I started by simply stamping up pieces and colouring some. I then fussy cut them out so I ended up with a pile of cut flowers and foliage.

I did do a lot of spraying on my leaves to get texture. I sprayed in green with a little of that pearl paint we no longer have (but want back) and some darker olive green – or was that black? (Our black reinker has a green base so I often use that) I hope you can see this helped add some texture to the foliage pieces.

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If you follow my blog, or come to my classes you will know about the dress rehearsal step. I played with those flowers and nothing seemed to work for me until I supported them with simple white cardstock. Then like magic the two gift wrappings came together.

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Here is what I did.

  • I used card measuring 3 x 3 1/4.
  • I stamped the sentiment Just for you top on one and bottom on the other just so you can see you can very this too.
  • I have a band of Silver Shimmer Trim supporting this.
  • Next layer the flowers out until the arrangement is appealing.
  • Take a photo of it! . (I love that we can do this in the modern world!)
  • Slide all the pieces off and start adhering them using the photo as a guide. You won’t have to remember where they went! Some are adhered flat with EZ dots adhesive. Some are mounted with 3D Foam Tape.
  • Bling it up – pop in some Thistle striped ribbon, coloured Bitty sparkles (Use our Shin Han Twin Touch markers) and some other bling gems.

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Fill your little goodie bags with your gift – My Slate Paper Bag contains a handful of Mentos. The Slate Button Bag has a lovely Bath Bomb. (I had to include it in the photo because it is like the flowers I had been stamping!)

Close To My Heart Products used in these projects

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November Stamp of the Month S1411 It’s The Little Things available exclusively throughout November for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75. with your CTMH consultant. I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop,  Sue’s Blog, Patricia Manhire – Patricia Manhire’s Creative Corner