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August SOTM – Framed (S1508) Blog Hop International

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

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

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ink embossing folder

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

embossed card is inked up

Ink the raised embossed edge

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

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

Make a pile at once!

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

CTMH Products used in this project

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July 2015: Life Is Wonderful Blog Hop

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S1507 Life is Wonderful

Hello and welcome to our Close To My Heart international Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Kathy Burros you are in the right place. If you have just hopped in please join us full circle by clicking hop links at the end of each post. If you get lost along the way a complete list of bloggers is here. We have a fabulous SOTM for you and because Life is Wonderful we need to celebrate it:) July Stamp of the Month Life is Wonderful. is only available for JULY. It is FREE in the Jump on it July campaign! Yes…FREE! Or, you can purchase it for $5 with a $75 AU Purchase, or $27 just for the stamp alone.

During the month of July, when you purchase $32.50 AUD in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $6.50 AUD!


Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s July Stamp of the Month Life is Wonderful.

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July SOTM Life is wonderful with Chalk It Up and Coloured Chalk Technique

To Make my elements featuring the stamp of the month I have first stamped them in White Pigment ink. I then heat set this to make sure it was all very dry. DRY Colour the white with selected colours for our Water Colour Pencil collection. This is really important. If you use wet techniques you will reactivate the with pigment ink and not end up with the desired result. Just colour in. Because we have stamped whit on Black it won’t matter if you cannot stay in the lines, but a good sharp pencil will help!

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S1507 Life is Wonderful

s1507 Life is Wonderful

s1507 Life is Wonderful

To finish my pieces I sanded the edges before mounting them to the page.

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S1507 Life is Wonderful SOTM

I hope you are inspired to try a little chalkboard art with this stamp set. Your next step in the hop is  Catherine Nowak Please hop along and see what wonderful art she has made to share. 

This is a perfect scrapbookers stamp set. I have had a lot of fun making pages with it and hope you do too!


Shopping list All products can be purchased by Australian readers from my online store or by contacting me directly.

S1507 Life is Wonderful

Chalk it up Paper Packet

Black Cardstock 1386

Kraft Cardstock

White Daisy Pigent Ink Z2163

Watercolor Pencils 3505

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Life Is Wonderful Australasian Blog Hop

AUNZ blog hopHello and welcome aboard our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop.

If you have arrived here from  Simone’s Blog, Scrappy Matters 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 July Stamp of the Month Life is Wonderful.

You can get this stamp of the Month for FREE this month in the Jump on it July campaign! Yes…FREE!

During the month of July, when you purchase $32.50 AUD in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $6.50 AUD!

I do believe this is a scrapbookers stamp set. I can see some of it used in card making but I have had a lot of fun making pages with it.

SOTM July S1507 Life is Wonderful FREE with stamp purchases of $32.50 in July.

SOTM July S1507 Life is Wonderful FREE with stamp purchases of $32.50 in July.

I have scraplifted this page and shared it with my weekly class group. I had the photo printed at 5 x 7 (8 x 10 can be too big). Slice it into 1 inch strips. If you wish to avoid a face start either side of the face, knowing you may leave off the two odd sized end pieces. This technique generally works super well with scenic photos but I did manage to make it work with this shot of me and my students did get good results with people photos too.

Keep Strips In Order

Use your Versamat or other grid and start placing strips from the centre. I used the Ruler and allowed 1/4 inch between strips. We found some look better with just 1/8 inch in the gap. The CTMH Ruler Z1471  was very useful for this process and helped keep things straight.

Versamat and ruler

  • All stamping is done using black ink.
  • Stamp the square on a piece of Kraft Card stock for your journalling.Your story matters.
  • Stamp and fussy cut Wonderful piece.
  • Stamp life is for the top corner.
  • Adhere some Black Arrow Washi to scrap white cardstock to add as embellishment on the Black Background.
  • Use a fine line Back pen to add faux stitching.
  • Punch the border with Chevron Border Punch and adhere a colour behind it to complement your photo.

See below for a full list of CTMH supplies.

This exclusive Life is Wonderful stamp is only available during July from your consultant. .It can be yours for just $5 with a qualifying order of $75 or for $27.00 if ordered separately from your CTMH consultant. It is also available FREE  for the Jump in July Campaign– Just order $32.50 worth of regular priced stamps. Remember many of these will retire very soon!

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, Patricia Manhire – Patricia Manhire’s Creative Corner

The following Close To My Heart products have been used.

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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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International SOTM Blog Hop Icecream Dreams

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Hello and welcome to our international Icecream Dreams S1506 blog hop! There are 50 of us and if you started at the beginning congratulations you have made it right to the end!  If you have arrived here from  CTMH sister Jaime Llewellyn you are in the right place. A full list of bloggers is available at Melinda’s Blog just in case you missed some along the way.


How cute is this dog? Can you hear this Ice Cream van?

I have done a fun and colourful piece of artwork for a single page layout. It is currently in my Calendar Z1030 (hence the wire binding at the bottom) and given June is WINTER where I live I can only dream of desiring icecream! However these colours sure will brighten my days and I can’t  wait to get a photo of my Grandson with his lips around an icecream for the photo to make the page layout complete.

I first created this page to teach my students how to use emboss resist techniques with White embossing powder Z2068, and our sponge z697 (I love the range of things we can do with a $2 sponge!) and inks. It is a super easy technique to do and I will describe that below. I have also coloured with our watercolour pencils. I prefer these to our pens. (It is the painter in me!)

First random stamp the icecream images over 4 inches at the right side of the page with Versamark ink Z891. Then sprinkle on your white ebmossing powder and heat set with a heat gun. Do the same with the icecream van on scrap white cardstock.

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Now open up your Canary, Sorbet, Glacier and Sunset inks and using our round sponge scrape over each one one at a time and rub the colour into the page. Turn the sponge as you change colours and do not be afraid to blend them together on the page. You end up with some really nice colour combinations. The white embossing should be showing through nicely. There is no reason you could not do this technique for your whole background, or apply it to a whole piece of 12  x 12 White cardstock to then use half and half with coordinating cardstock over a double page spread. If you do please let me know and share it here!

For the van apply water colour pencil in colours that coordinate to your liking. Then with a damp paintbrush smooth those watercolours out. The colour will be richer and more vibrant. Fussy cut this out ready to add to the page.

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For the ‘You can’t buy happiness’ sign and the dog I have used Black ink to stamp the outlines. ( I personally find bleeding an issue regardless of the ink as our Whit cardstock is unsealed and very absorbent. The trick is not to let it get too wet.) Once again I have added colour with watercolour pencils. On the photo mat I used black ink for the title. Every stamp on this SOTM sheet has been used in this project. I have used a piece or 12 x 8 Sweet Leaf cardstock and a 7 x 5 piece of Kraft for the photo mount. The sign is mounted on Sunset cardstock. I finished it off with some Orange chevron washi and the new Carnival Washi Pack 

I hope you enjoy this page and will give emboss resist a go. It really is fun and you can use all kinds of colours to great effect. Icecream Dreams S1506 is available to Australian purchasers in June Only for $27 or  just $5 with every $75 purchase. Please be sure to check with your consultant to order yours or jump online here and be part of my monthly virtual club and order yours sent direct to your door.

You have come full circle in the hop. If you started her step on over to Melinda’s Blog  to start from the beginning. If you jumped in halfway through just keep on going – we do our best to ensure you have a complete loop! I love ot respond to your comments and questions – please leave one before you move on.


The following products form Close to My Heart have been used in creating this page and are available for Australian residents at The Creative Heart. Be sure to join my Monthly Virtual Shop club.

 

PS My calendar project was an ambitious one to showcase all the SOTM’s….it is in my pile of UFO’s I am working on for National Scrapbook Month!

I have a finished page to share!

calendar project

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Icecream Dreams SOTM Australasia Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome aboard ourStamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Marguerite Svendsen-Designs by Marguerite– 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 card which features June Stamp of the Month Icecream Dreams S1506  available exclusively throughout June for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75.

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I started this fun card stamping up a few versions of it using just Black ink to stamp the label but this one features a Black embossing powder I have. I have also used out glitter paper and sequins.

I am going to share with you some tips for colouring the icecreams and the dogs in this post. If you want to skip ahead, your next stop in the hop is Maz. Please leave me a comment before you go.

A few variations of the same idea before they make it to a card

A few variations of the same idea before they make it to a card

You have 2 choices for colouring here and they both begin by squishing your ink pad so some ink ends up on the lid as shown. You need to choose to use either your colourless Shin Han Marker Z2469 or a paintbrush. I have a fillable paint brush commonly available from craft stores. You can also use a standard size 3 nylon brush. 20150527_215302

 

Add water to the ink you have transferred to your lid and you have a water colour to play with. All you need is to remember a few simple rules,

  • a softer colour requires a mix of more water, less ink – and vice versa – a strong vibrant colour will come with less water and more ink.
  • rinse between colours
  • do not over wet CTMH White cardstock – it will bleed no matter what ink you use for the image to colour if it gets too wet from either your brush or your marker.
  • Paper towel nearby is a useful blotter to remove too much water
  • turn your work so you are pulling colour toward you. You will notice I often turn my work in my videos.
  • Enjoy he pocess and fuss less. These will go on a card, not win an art award….

I believe cards need to be made with scraps and these samples have all been made with a strip scrap after last months workshop. (Look for my give away at the bottom of the post)

Brush colouring on right, clear marker colouring on left - you decide which you like.

Brush colouring on right, clear marker colouring on left – you decide which you like best

You CAN use your colourless Shin Han Marker if you are not comfortable with a brush. I have illustrated this in the video. However, I find this process too slow and tedious and much prefer to paint. I also have much more control over the colour and its intensity as you will see.I can get a much softer blend too. (However I acknowledge I am very comfortable with a paintbrush in my hand)

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You can also see I have stamped a number of these elements on one card. Make sure it is thoroughly dry. The next step is to give them a good coverage of Liquid Glass z769. Your liquid glass will cause bleeding if the artwork is not bone dry. (Try setting it with a heat gun). Be sure to leave it a long time. (OVERNIGHT). You can then fussy cut the items out and mount them to the card.Once cut you can ‘hide’ the white core by colouring the edge with a Shin Han Black marker.Z2446

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20150527_213146The full palette of colours is inspired by the palette listed for the Blossom papers. Exclusive Inks Lagoon, Blossom, Sorbet, Flaxen and Pear. I used Cocoa for the Dog. (it does look green when you add water – don’t panic, it dries brown.)

To finish off my card I have used some Teal glitter paper z1991 and Sorbet Cardstock. I have used the Coral sequins too.

Here is a Video to show you how I colour with both the pen and the brush. *embedding you tube does not want to play the game nicely with  me tonight so here is the Link to click.

June Stamp of the Month Icecream Dreams S1506  available exclusively throughout June for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75. You can shop online right now with The Creative Heart.  or contact your consultant.

I sincerely hope I have inspired you to give brush colouring a go and compare it to the Colourless Shin Han Marker. Give each a try and see what is a good fit for you!

Your next stop along the hop is Maz 


Shopping

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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!

 

Bis for Birthday

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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