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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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September Stamp of the Month

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

Leah Cameron – Leah Cameron’s Corner  you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.


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

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

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

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

 

Please leave a comment before you go!

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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

 

 

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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.) 

Deal of the Day

I am pretty darn excited to know that I can go online shopping, pop just one item in my basket and voila I will have the opportunity to grab a bag of bargains!  Woohooo….This online shopping could  be fun!

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So Just how does this all work and What is in the bag?

It’s a Mystery!

It’s a ‘WIGWAM for a goose’s bridle ‘ as my mother used to say.

It’s a surprise and if we told you what was in the bag then it would not be a surprise, would it? (Mum used to say that too!)

So Close To My Heart is going to announce on a daily basis what purchase price of today’s grab bag is. It could be the lower end of $65 like today, or a much higher $215. BUT, whatever you put in you get almost double back.

  • • $65 AUD/$75 NZD Grab Bags (On average, a $105 AUD/$130 NZD value!)
  • • $75 AUD/$85 NZD Grab Bags (On average, a $120 AUD/$152 NZD value!)
  • • $105 AUD/$120 NZD Grab Bags (On average, a $195 AUD/$240 NZD value!)
  • • $165 AUD/$200 NZD Grab Bags (On average, a $330 AUD/$400 NZD value!)
  • • $215 AUD/$250 NZD Grab Bags (On average, a $440 AUD/$540 NZD value!)

What is the catch? I hear you say

You have to shop online – and use the shopping cart. You had to order one regular priced item. That is all you need to open the gates to these goodies! 

#ctmhdotd #ctmhbargains #shoponlinewithme #thecre8tiveheart.ctmh.com.au

What are you waiting for? Come on – let’s go shopping!

Jen

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Here are some more details.

Love a great deal? How about 30 days of great deals? During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! What deals are we talking about? Each day during April, while supplies last, we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount. To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart through your Consultant’s Online Business Address and you will then be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)! Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $65 AUD/$75 NZD to $215 AUD/$250 NZD. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay! Grab bags will be available each day for a period of 24 hours. From 2 April to 4 April, grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 8 am AEDT and from 5 April to 30 April, grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 7 am AEST. Grab bags are only available while supplies last—so visit often and early! Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!

*Offer valid 2 April 2015 (8:00 am AEDT)–1 May 2015 (6:59 am AEST). Grab bag offer will only be available through your Consultant’s Online Business Address. Shipping/handling based on the subtotal of the OBA order or Gathering order (AU: $9.50 for orders less than $150, $19.50 for orders $150 or more; NZ: $11.50 for orders less than $180, $23.50 for orders $180 or more). The price paid for the grab bag(s) will count towards these thresholds. Amounts paid for grab bag(s) are not eligible for Gathering totals and Hostess Rewards.

 

 

 

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Calendar Project

G’day reader!

 

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

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

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

Random stamping and layering

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

Seaside and Kraft Papers, Fussy cutting and smudging

Seaside and Kraft Papers, Fussy cutting and smudging

 

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

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

Jen

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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

Cricut flores mounted

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