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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop Letter I

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter I. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their I 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 “Joy McHargue- Studiowow” right track!

Ivy Lane Card Collection

Collection of 12 cards all made with Ivy Lane Card Making kit and extra papers and stamp sets

Collection of 12 cards all made with Ivy Lane Card Making kit and extra papers and stamp sets

With mother’s day coming up for the mother who has everything consider making her a box of cards. These cards are all making use of the Ivy Lane Card Making kit, additional Ivy Lane papers and various other stamps sets and tools. The card box is also decorated with Ivy Lane papers, the Ivy Lane Assortment, Ivy Lane Complements and the stamp of the month we had earlier in the year called Happy Place. This project is one which should have you diving through your stamp sets!

Ivy Lane Card Making Kit – The ONLY way you can get that awesome gold Shimmer trim at present.

 

Aside from three of the cards being exactly as they are in the kit I made additional cards, first varying the card making kit deigns, then diving into my stamp stash and using my scraps and leftovers. All card are on Colonial white cards and since having these in my possession I have fallen in love with the quality of these cards, and the price.

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This is another that follows the designs in the card making kit but makes use of a different sentiment. Once again you can see the soft flourishes stamped in the background.

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In this card I have followed the same design that is in the card kit but used an alternative sentiment.

The following two cards focused on using up some zip strip and chipboard pieces.

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The Chipboard piece came with Art Philosophy Cricut Collection. Sentiment is from Joyful Birthday. I glued the Ivy Lane Green to the chipboard first.

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The banner is one of the colour ready pieces that comes with the Art Philosophy Cartridge. Sentiment is from Joyful birthday. I used the zip strip from the papers to trim this card.

Emboss any scrap and trim it to fit!

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For this card I used the Damask Embossing folder and then sanded. The Sentiment is in the Flourishes stamp set.

Make specific design choices with stamp sets from your stash.

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Background stamp the Flourishes from the inspiration flourishes stamp set, and stamp the hearts from the dreamer stamp set once on the card and once on scrap card to cut and mount on top. Sentiment is secondary stamped in chocolate and then stamped in hollyhock. The end result is a very pretty card.

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The Cup Cake is Cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and layered up. The sentiment is from Joyful Birthday B1419

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Joyful Birthday B1419 Flourishes from Inspiration Flourishes C1581 in Bamboo and Hollyhock. Damask Embossing folder has also been used.

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I used the cuts suggested in the Ivy Lane Card making kit and gold shimmer trim. The title and chipboard piece came with the Artiste Cricut cartridge, background stamped with Inspiration Flourishes in Bamboo Ink. The edge distressing is in Hollyhock and the sentiment is stamped in Cocoa ink

I hope you have enjoyed this little trip down Ivy Lane! Now Hop on over and see what Pam Trostle has in store for you

 

Product list – All products available online at my Close to My Heart Online store– Don’t forget it is National Scrapbook month so you can get the Free to be me paper pack with every $75 order!

Ivy Lane Card Making Kit G1079

Ivy Lane Paper pack X7178B

Ivy Lane Complements X7178C

Ivy Lane Assortment Z3001

Colonial white cards and envelopes value pack X1410

My Creations Card Box z1647

Cricut Collection Art Philosophy Z1686

Cricut Collection Artiste z1790

Damask Embossing Folder Z1927

Exclusive Inks – Bamboo, Chocolate, Hollyhock and Cocoa

Additional Stamp sets

Joyful Birthday B1419

Dreamer B1439

 

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop H

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop! For this hop we will be featuring the letter H 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 “Pam Trostle ~ Pam’s Crafty Creations”

H is for HEXAGONS

Our idea book and Catalog is not only a catalog but a wonderful source of inspiration! There are many places to find Hexagons in Close To My Heart products. For this project I have chosen the Honeycomb Stamp set, Artbooking Honeycomb overlay, and Ariana papers.  The project is inspired by the layout featured on Page 95 of the Idea book and Catalog. I simply have switched papers, and embellishments. The rest is very much the same. Cricut Collections like Arbooking really open up the creative possibilities for our scrapbooking. You can follow the Artbooking Made Easy videos  too. Each week CTMH brings us a new episode to inspire us!

Artbooking Hexagon Overlay and Honeycomb hexagon stamps make a beautiful combination.

Artbooking Hexagon Overlay and Honeycomb hexagon stamps make a beautiful combination. I love Mr Mower – behaves himself. Ms Snippety is so nasty she doesn’t behave so she isn’t in a photo of my garden!

To create this layout I have used the honeycomb overlay key on page 67 using the 11 inch setting and the title spring is from page 63. I created the word ‘garden’ by grouping and linking letters in Cricut Craftroom.layered papers on mat readyfor four different colours of hexagons.

Next I did as many  Hexagons as would fit on 3 inch strips on my mat using different papers, some printed, some plain. This is cut at 11 inches from page 66. Remember these keys have images adjusted to suit the sizeof the artbooking layout they are intended for. This is the perfect size for the Honeycomb stamp set. The plain ones were stamped with Honeycomb stamp set C1537 I love the versatility of this stamp set and think it is a must for every crafter who stamps!

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Next I had to get those hexagons onto the overlay. This could be a really really sticky business but doesn’t need to be with Bonding Memories Glue pen, Tweezers, and a piece of non stick baking paper. Using this paper underneath as you work will avoid things sticking where you do not want them to stick! Draw with the glue pen and stick the pieces down. Give the glue time to ‘take up’. Once it grabs, it stays stuck!

Bonding Memories Glue pen, baking paper and tweezers.

Bonding Memories Glue pen, baking paper and tweezers.

It is not necessary to fill all the spaces. You can skip some and stamp directly on the background. I also only wanted to fill those places that would be visible as the rest is covered by photos. So I focused on top and bottom. Allow this to dry really well before adhering it across 2 12×12 pages. Allow this to dry if you have used Bonding memories glue, then split into two.

To decorate I have used other strips of Ariana paper, the exclusive consultant only Petite Perks stamp set to put on some butterflies and dragonflies, (If you Host a Gathering you can be cheeky and ask for this stamp set as your gift for hosting! It is really cute. It also has a bird and a flower.) Don’t have a nearby consultant? Join and you will get these AND YOUR FREE CRICUT CARTRIDGE  if you join our family in April ready to create and do business.

During April when you join us at Close To My Heart you will get one of these Cricut Collections Free. This adds $130 value to your already fabulous $400 value kit. Talk to your consultant today!

During April when you join us at Close To My Heart you will get one of these Cricut Collections Free. This adds $130 value to your already fabulous $400 value kit. (Australia) Talk to your consultant today!

Here is a close up of the completed pages

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I decided to use the Rose and title bars from Ariana complements and the leaf design is from Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge page 43. For the leaves and titles I have added dimension by daubing Olive exclusive ink to them. One stem of leaves is given dimension with Foam tape. The background paper is Sorbet Cardstock and the little images are stamped with Sunset and Sorbet. I have mounted the photos on Cashmere card stock after chalking the edges up with Chocolate distress ink. I have used the sanding kit to distress the outside edge of the pages.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is “ My Heart’s Design – Cary Magnani” and see what she has done with H. .In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Products used in this layout

Cricut® Artbooking Collection Z1906

Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection Z1686

Honeycomb C1537

Bonding Memories™ Glue 1512

Ariana Paper Packet  X7179B

Ariana Complements X7179C

Distressing Inks Z1296

Sponge Daubers Z726

Sanding Kit  Z1294

3-D Foam Tape Z1151

Tweezers Z1382

Exclusive Inks Sorbet Z2164 Olive Z2137 and Sunset. Z2191

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Everything ABC’s Letter G- GLAMOUR!

abc bloghopWelcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter G. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their G 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 Darlys Recker – Crafty Happy then you’re on the right track!

G is for Glamour!

Close up of some of the Glam with CTMH

Close up of some of the Glam with CTMH

We have plenty of Glamour at Close To My Heart! There is of course lots of shimmer and bling to choose from. We have glitter papers that do not flake everywhere. We have a whole range of colours in sparkles and gems including the Sparkle Black Flourishes. I also I love our alphasets and I especially love the Glamour sets D1537 and D1522. It is this alpha set that was the starting place for my project.

Glamour Upper Case Stamp Set

Glamour Lower Case set

From this decision and selecting the photo I then went for a browse through my Cricut Collections and found an overlay in Artbooking which has doubled as a stencil and glamour icons  Artiste. There is the Eiffel Tower, a Dressmakers manikin, a dress, a coat hanger, a chandelier and more on p 40-41. I cut the overlay from page  of Artbooking p 47. Then I did a bit of everything else. I tried a few different pieces and not all made it to the completed page. But that is ok – that is what Mixed media is about!

In my stash I had gold ribbons, paper clips and some other bits and pieces along with my Gesso, Texture paste and Spray pens.

Finally I grabbed my Base and Bling rhinestones ( I could have chosen more!) and I had a rather large assortment of Glamour pieces to choose from for my page to go with the Glam look of my girlfriend and I celebrating in style.

Of course red an purple are hard to work with. By sticking with neutrals of Black, Bamboo, and Desert Sand in both Ink and cardstock I was able to back this photo and not create too much competition.

Here is the final page I came up with

The finished page  minus some journalling

The finished page minus some journalling

The How

I began with a white cardstock base and first sealed it with gesso. (Available from art supply and craft stores) CTMH cardstock is very absorbent for any wet techniques so this step is important. I then used my overlay as a stencil and added texture paste.  (Available from art supply and craft stores). Wipe the excess paste off the stencil and you then have the overlay ready when dry for inking. This step was left overnight to dry.

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Use a spatula, knife or tongue depresser to spread texture paste over the stencil.

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Lift the overlay (stencil) away, wipe off excess and leave to dry. Baking paper is excellent for this as nothing sticks!

 

I then sprayed black ink onto the surface. It looked more grey than black when dry but that was ok. You can see a touch of green in this when sprayed too.  I rubbed the dried texture paste with the ink pad and got  a nice strong black as a stark contrast. I then smudged the background with Bamboo Pigment in and then background stamped the page with Bamboo and Black. For the black I used secondary stamping technique. This means you stamp once on scrap  then on the project. This took the ‘strong’ black out so it did not compete with what was to come. The stamp set for  this section of the work is from Inspiration Flourishes Stamp Set C1581. I also used this stamp set in the embellishments on the page.

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Get some nice big drips, hold the page ertical and let it run for a little more fun!

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I rubbed the overlay piece with bamboo pigment ink. I also smudged this into the background.

. Next I had to bling up the Paper for the photo so I used Versamark ink and some Silver embossing powder. You could easily use Silver Glitter paper to do this without all the fuss!

Dress Ups! This is the funbit. Play around with your elements and where you may place them on the page. Once you are happy with it you can begin to stick it down.

Dress Ups! This is the fun bit. Play around with your elements and where you may place them on the page. Once you are happy with it you can begin to stick it down.

Now I finished off elements ready for the page. I used liquid glass on the Chandelier and Eiffel Tower, distressed the edges of the dress, put overlay on the manikin and stamped and distressed the title and other elements.I found the overlay needed black behind it so I did that and my piece of scrap silver was too big so I made it smaller. I added and took away bits of ribbon and things from my sewing stash too. You get the idea. play dressups and see what you come up with.

My Gold ribbon was wired. To stick it down I used Liquid Glass and a bit of weight thanks to a craft knife and scissors while the glue dried. I also used foam tape to help with height for the other pieces.

Weight used to allow liquid glass time to dry and hold the ribbon

Weight used to allow liquid glass time to dry and hold the ribbon

I then went ahead sticking all the other bits down. At last minute I decided to add the ivy lane flowers and therefore needed a bit of green – I had some other pieces I had cut and the negative spaces from these so they did the job. The finished arrangement is not like the first – the dress or the tower….I wanted the Eiffel Tower to fit in. I also needed to sponge a little more black under the dressmakers manikin so it didn’t get lost.

Finally I decided the page needed an edge so with the help of daubers and Bamboo and Desert sand I got a distressed edge.

Here is another look at the finished piece.

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I hope you have enjoyed this project and are inspired by this way of taking your scrapbooking to a new level with mixed media and the help of the Cricut Collections. I hoe you know by now you can get a Cricut Collection Free this month if you join us at Close To My Heart.Discover the Art of Business Promotion. That is a whopping $130 AU extra for your kit to get started. Please chat to your consultant  about the April 2014 CTMH opportunity!

This is the final stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hopfor the letter G. I hope we have inspired you! You can go back to the beginning  Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy . If you have just entered the hop be sure to head over there and go through all the posts. Hop on over there and See what she has done with G!

CTMH Products used in this project are available to purchase online. 

  • Glamour Upper Case Alphaset D1537
  • Inspiration Flourishes C1581
  • Inks: Black Bamboo Desert Sand
  • Black and silver Glitter paper  Z1829
  • Cricut Collection Artbooking Z1906
  • Cricut Collection Artiste Z1790
  • Spray Pen Z1380
  • Liquid Glass z679
  • 3D Foam Tape z1151
  • Ivy Lane Assortment Z3001
  • Sparkles Black Flourishes z1745

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy (link: found on signup doc) for a complete list of participants!

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Everything ABC’s letter E is for Envelopes

abc bloghopWelcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter E. 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 (link: found on signup doc)

If you came from “Pam Trostle Pam’s Crafty Creations

Today I bring you a project which begins with Envelopes and their cards from the CTMH Bulk Colonial White card and envelope pack.

Jubilee envelope mini album

Jubilee envelope mini album

I have used 4 envelopes and cards to make this fun mini album. The idea springs from envelope mini albums posted by Kathy Orta on You Tube, but I have made this slightly differently. I trust you will find these directions adeqaute, but if not by all means head over and watch her video, especially if you have never made a mini album before. This mini album should fit 20 trimmed 6×4 photos – or the equivalent if trimming or using smaller photos. There are a number of pockets you can add more photo and journalling cards to too. I would expect, if you have a go at this, that yours will turn out differently from mine, making each and every mini album and individual work of art because of our choices in paper and embellishment. The best results for a beginner will come from using a coordinated collection.  If you wish to skip right to a video walk through click here.

All of my decoration has been done using the one paper pack, making it easy to ensure everything coordinates nicely. I chose Jubilee simply because it celebrates summer time and because some lucky person will get this as a gift! It would look just as nice with any of the paper packs. Envisage it with Ivy Lane, Ariana, Balloon ride – or use White daisy and try Lollydoodle. Have fun with the decoration using scraps, stamps, complements and assortments. Dig through your stash for pretty laces and florals if using Ivy Lane or Ariana for example. Whatever takes your fancy!

We are going to make this mini book in 2 sections. Each is the same – the second is simply a repeat of the first. If you want a bigger book – add another 2 envelopes and off you go.

Here are the steps.

  • Measure your envelope and your card. Write these down for reference. In this case we have envelopes 4 3/8 inches wide x 5 3/4 tall (sit them vertical at all times) Cards are 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 on each face.
  • Lay two envelopes vertically with flaps up together. Bond the two flaps of envelopes together.
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Step 1 join 2 envelopes

  • Trim the closed edge on each side a smidge with a craft knife on the metal edge side of your ruler. This will form a pocket your cards will slide into. This is your foundation for everything else.
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The CTMH ruler is perfect for this task.

  • Now we need to make a center pocket. Our card is 4 1/4 wide. We need to add a half inch to each side so cut a  piece of Colonial white card stock at 5 1/4 inches wide. Trim to 10 inches long. Score 1/2 inch in down the length of both sides.  From one end score at 5 3/4 (the height of the envelopes) across the middle. The shorter portion will get folded up , with the short side to the front and form a pocket. You need to make a little dart in the sides where this fold will go – this will help folded flaps sit neatly and reduce bulk.
  • Fold the scored flaps in the side at the small section toward the cente. Flip it over and fold in the long flaps. Use your bone folder for a crisp edge. Turn it back over and secure the front fold(smaller) up onto the long side and secure the fleps. I used double sided tape for this right on the edges.
  • To complete the pocket we need a back. Cut a piece of colonial white card stock 4 3/8 wide x 5 3/4 high. Attach this to the back forming another pocket. Do not be afraid to cut a smidge more off it if needed. Now you should have 2 pockets. (one with no bottom – yet)
  • Attach this pocket section to the envelope flaps. Use secure adhesive such as double sided tape or wet glue such as bonding memories glue. (BMG)
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Now we begin to make the pocket that gets adhered to the envelope flaps

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Once you have made this pocket attach it to one side of the envelope flaps.

You can now begin decorating all of the page faces.

  • Now we need some of your print pieces cut at a smidge less than 4 3/8 inches  wide x 5 3/4 tall. Just nudge  1/16 to 1/8 of an inch less on your trimmer so they will sit just inside all of the colonial white bases.
  • Cover the left inside envelope taking care not to put any glue where we do not want it in the gap left by the flap. Run tape on the envelope edges top, left, bottom and centre. Use a fine line of bonding memories glue on the inside edge near the middle. Adhere your print paper. Repeat the same for the right side and do all four sides and across the middle of back of the pocket piece.
  • To decorate the pockets we need bits of paper to fit inside – especially the first so tags we put in don’t get caught on the paper when you pull them out. Make sure you cut  piece to fit a bit down into the pocket and cover the flaps. So a smidge less than before – Approx 4 1/8 wide and about 3 inches long for the cover of the top pocket. Measure your bottom piece. I used a scrap that didn’t quite reach the bottom but this isn’t a problem because it gets covered.

I apologise there is no photo of the next step but you will see it in the video.

  • The piece to finish the bottom was cut with the cricut. There are many borders you can use. I used the Cricut Craftroom board. Copied the border. Flippeit, Welded it, stretched it so the whole piece was 3 inches wide. I cit it at 11 inches because I needed two. One for this half and one set aside for the next.You can see this in the video.
  • Score this in the center. Score again left and right of the center by about 1/8th inch. (CTMH ruler grid has 8ths making this easy. Fold at the 1/8 score lines – the little gusset will allow for the widths of the papers here and fit snuggly, Adhere this at the side and bottom on the front to the pocket. Flip it over and adhere to the back. You now have a third pocket to tuck in tags and tickets!
  • Now you need a gusset. This is a 3 inch x 5 3/4 strip. Score at 7/8 and 1 1/8. This is the gusset – allowing room for bulking up your album with tags and photos without straining the spine. CTrim the top and bottom with a slight angle to reduce bulk in the top and bottom. Adhere one side of the gusset to the back of your mini book section being careful to be nice and straight.
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That is it – decorate inside, make tags and then go ahead and make a second one (or a third if you are game – the principles are the same)

  • Congratulations you have finished the first section of your book. Do the sam again with the second one.
  • Join the two books together by adhereing the gusset flap of the second to the back of the first half. You front gusset should still be loose.
  • The cards can now be inserted and decorated as you please. Sometimes I had a theme run over three spaces, other times each panel is diffrent. I also decorated inside cards as well as the flap that shows as a page.
  • Carry on decorating – filling the pockets and making tags. Stamp designs on, add some bling, some string and more.

Once you are ready to put the two (or more) pieces together strong bindings and covers need to be considered. I located great tape, a stiff piece of cardboard (Chipboard in USA language – in Aussie speak this is a timber that requires cutting with a saw!) and a bit of ribbon from my stash.

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Binding

  • Now we need to add a closure. In the original video series  the closure is done with chain. I prefer ribbon so that is what I have used. A good bit of BMG or even modge podge will enable you to wrap a length of ribbon right around from font to back. be sure to leave enough length to tie off.
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Use your stash for the closure

  • The cover is now needed. If you have good strong cardboard you can stick dome of this down and decorate with paper. This is a small book and not to weighty. I decided our cardstock would not be enough. I found stiff cardboard. Once this was on I added a strong tape hinge here. I inked Cranberry cardstock with Colonial white for the back cover and got a bit clever with the front (see below)   You can of course go bigger just like a book cover is bigger than its pages if you have the nice stiff cardboard (or chipboard as it is called in the USA) . I also put red on the front as my carefully selected piece is about to be fussy cut with the dovetail flags and ticket being mounted with foam tape. I needed red underneath. At first I tried it as one piece but the book didn’t open well. Two pieces were better.
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I have covered the tape on the spine with a piece of hemp – CTMH burlap ribbon would look just as good

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  • After adhering the cover cardstock and images it is time to decorate the outside – ribbons, bows, washi tape, lace, buttons and charms are all options you can use.
  • Here is a video flip through of my mini book made with Envelopes. It isnt brilliant but will supplement the above instructions.

I hope the video has filled the gaps and if not, I strongly suggest watching some videos on making envelope mini albums. They look fabulous and make a great gift and I really like the size of our CTMH envelopes!

Leave me a link in a comment so I can come and give you some kudos!

Supply List

You will need

  • 4 cards and envelopes and 2 sheets of colonial white card stock.
  • Your selected paper pack (in this case Jubilee) and embellishments
  • Bonding memories glue (BMG)
  • double sided tape if you have it – it really sticks
  • Trimmer, ruler, bone folder, microtip scissors, a craft knife  and versamat.

Close To My Heart Supply List – All Items are available to order online at my store.  Once you are done shopping it will be shipped right to your door.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is ” Anita at Cards and Coffee

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way 🙂

1. Linda Norman – Scrappy Therapy

2. Joy McHargue –  Studiowow

3. Catherine Nowak ~ Catscrapbooking  

4. Pam Trostle – Pam’s Crafty Creations

5. Jenny Gilbert – Jen’s Creative Classroom  You are here! 

6. Anita Autore- Cards and Coffee 

7. Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings

8. Michelle Battitori

9. Sharon Chapman-Sharon’s PaperFiesta

10. Cary Magnani – My Heart’s Design

11. Stephanie Feist-The Quilted Scrapper

13. Shalana Glass – Scrappin with Shalana

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop D is for DREAMER

abc bloghopWelcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

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

CTMH have some awesome products that support projects related to encouraging those we clove and ourselves to embrace our dreams. We have a gorgeous new Dreamer Stamp set ( B1439) and our fabulous Dreamer style (Z1976) sheet that goes with the Base and Bling range (P 80-81 of the Feb-July 2014 Ideas book) So Imagine if we draw those two products together to create the perfect gift for a teenager with a lovely necklace to encourage dreaming and a card to go with it. This is what I have for you.

Dreamer Stamp set and Follow your Dreams Base and Bling - an awesome gift making combination.

Dreamer Stamp set and Follow your Dreams Base and Bling – an awesome gift making combination.

The Cards

Both cards are made on White Daisy die cut cards Z1473. I LOVE the quality of CTMH blank card bases!  To complete both of these cards i have used leftover papers from the Ivy Lane Card making kit. I have used the strips and scraps in a number of ways.

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Card One

Card one- Pink Dream Diva

Card one- Pink Dream Diva

For card on I stamped the Dream Diva girl and the butterfly with Hollyhock ink and fussy cut the actual figure out. I added a light smudge of Desert sand and even a spot of black to some edges. I was a bit short on the left so I have daubed this in the colours I had out. I stamped in the Ivy Lane Green print background in with the dream Diva and the butterfly in Black ink. This allowed the sketchy shadow lines of the stamp to still be there underneath the fussy cut piece. The pink Diva and butterfly were then monted right on top of this background images. I used the Microtip scissors for all the cutting including following the bracket contour of the die cat front of the card, The gold shimmer trim adds the nice touch of bling. At the time of writing the ONLY place you can get this colour shimmer trim is through purchasing the Ivy Lane card making kit. Dream is stamped in Hollyhock and smudged with a little desert sand with a dauber. The curved edge of the card is finished off with a dauber and Desert Sand.

Card Two

Here I have focused on a plain background with Ivy Lane accents.

Here I have focused on a plain background with Ivy Lane accents.

The elbow of the Diva fits nicely into the point of the diecut. The sentiment fits just snuggly underneath. Careful placement of the images is what you need here. I did the butterfly by inking in hollyhock, stamping once, reinking in sweet leaf – this gave me a more muted soft green colour which matches the Ivy Lane Green. You could do this by kissing too. Ink up the butterfly and another stamp such as a solid heart or lacy stamp inked in Sweet leaf. Stamp off some of the hollyhock first so it isn’t too strong. Kiss the butterfly with your second stamped inked in sweet leaf. It should look different to mine – and will almost always be slightly different each time you do it depending on the amount of ink and the way you kiss the stamps together.

I simply cut some scraps to make some squares and held them together with gold shimmer trim. The dots here are from the mini medley accents rosewood collection Z1857 Dream is stamped in swet leaf and mounted on hollyhock and the Ivy Lane green print. The curved edge is highlighted with a dauber laded in sweet leaf.

Dreamer Base and Bling

Base and Bling is a totally new product range for Australia and it truly is the fastest, easiest way to make nice dress jewelry for anyone including yourself. Pictured here is what I have made for myself.

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All you need is a chain, a square pendant, a matching glass,  one of the sticker style sheets, some Liquid Gloss and a baby wipe! If you like the charms you can add them too. Since I am crafty I have added the Craft Queen charms (z1958) to my necklace.

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Pictured here is the Dreamer style sheet (Z7976) As you can see there are a LOT of designs to choose from and it would be very easy to make a few to add to my change depending on my mood and the message I wish to give myself for the day. Follow your dreams is the first one I made. I then made laughter is the best medicine. In the image below you can see how I can add them to a hanger and display them as part of my decoration on my dresser too!

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OK…so is it easy? You bet. Square ones are a cinch.

Make  a Dream necklace to go with your card

Make a Dream necklace to go with your card

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1. Peel sticker from the style sheet and place it into the square frame. Pres down firmly in the corners – use a stylus or similar for the corners. Put just 5 dots of liquid glass on the sticker – aim for near the 4 corners and the center. Grab your glass – try not to touch the back so a fingerprint does not become a problem and drop it into the square base. press firmly down. As you do this some liquid glass may escape – wipe this away immediately with a baby wipe. Your dots of liquid glass should have been big enough to spread and join with each other for an even coverage between the glass and the sticker.

Here is a way to test and try to see what you like and I have photographed how I made a round one for you step by step. If you have a desire for a round one you can trace and cut a circle as I have below, or you can use a 1 inch circle punch to get a nice circle. My hand cut circle is not all that ‘perfect’ but once the glass is in with its magnifying qualities the outside edge of the circle doesn’t matter.

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Test out the glass over a design

Test out the glass over a design

Use the round glass to trace a circle

Use the round glass to trace a circle

Ready to stick

Ready to stick

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Notice the 5 dobs of liquid glass

You can see the foru different desins and all the elements. The faux antiqued gold and silver in colour chain, the charms. and the styles sheets all on pages 90-91 of your Ideas book.

You can see the four different designs and all the elements. The faux antiqued gold and silver in colour chain, the charms. and the styles sheets are all on pages 90-91 of your Ideas book. If you do not have an Idea book you can check it online, or contact me to order one by post.

That’s it!   Thread it on your chain, add charms and wear it!! This is a very cost effective gift for anyone and takes very little of your time.

CTMH has given us a great video now too

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You can purchase all of the products used in these projects to make a sweet gift for someone who needs a special birthday gift, or some words of encouragement and support.

Shopping List

Cards

Base and Bling Gift

Thank you for stopping by. I sure hope I have inspired a gift to your special friends and family with these ideas.

Thank you for stopping by

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Jen

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Lisa Plummer – Flaunt Your Creativity

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way 🙂

**Find the lineup on the signup document**

1. Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy 

2. Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings

3. Michelle Battitori

4. Catherine Nowak ~ Catscrapbooking

5. Jenny Gilbert – Jen’s Creative Classroom

6.  Lisa Plummer – Flaunt Your Creativity

7. Cary Magnani – My Heart’s Design

8. Shalana Glass – Scrappin with Shalana

9. Pam Trostle – Pam’s Crafty Creations

10. Michele Pryor – Michele’s Ink It Stamp It 

11. Sharon Chapman – PaperFiesta

12 Anita Autore Cards and Coffee 

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop Letter C

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Welcome to the letter C – CANVAS

For this hop we will be featuring the letter C. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their C 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 (link: found on signup doc)  If you came from “Catherine Nowak ”  then you’re on the right track!

I used to be a painter and I have had a growing fondness of mixed media art. I decided to tackle my little 6×6 inch canvas form CTMH. I also have the wonderful new Ariana paper and complements which were perfect for this photo and the message I wanted to convey on my canvas ‘Be YOU’ ans laugh. I am very fortunate to have had a friend take photos of me tossing leaves in a sunny autumn day an yes I really was laughing like a little girl!

Be You

Be You

I began this project of course just with the blank canvas, the sentiment from the Ariana Complements and a photo. I grabbed coordinating B and T Duo and cardstock, the zip strip sentiment which is at the bottom of the canvas, the embellishments that came with the Ariana WOTG and my inks.

One thing I love about this canvas is that it is not primed pure white. Instead it has a gorgeous natural colour akin to colonial white. However I am not one for plain backgrounds!

Lightly sponge the canvas

Lightly sponge the canvas

I trimmed my photo and double mounted it on Ariana B and T duo, and Ariana Grey card stock. I cut some dovetailed embellishments from the strip in the complements set and leftovers after completing the WOTG pages. I carefully trimmed the Zip Strip so the words were centered and the bling is from the Black and Grey epoxy bubbles pack. Ok now we are set to stick it all down.

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The bottom layer – photo, zip strip, one dovetail are adhered with Memory book Glue Dots The next layer – the Be you, and another dovetail have been mounted with foam tape so they have that dimension. The little bow has its own adhesive already. Voila. Done an dusted in under 30 minutes. The hardest part was choosing the photo!

Ariana is a beautiful new addition to our collection. Be sure to ask your consultant about it!

If you would like to attend one of my classes please contact me.

Shopping List

Ariana WOTG or Paper pack + Assortment

Ariana Complements

My Creations 6×6 Canvas

Bling

Memory Book Glue Dots

3D Foam Tape

Sponge

Inks: Sweet Leaf and Whisper

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is ” Stephanie ” of ” Quilted Scrapper”.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way 🙂

1. Linda Norman – Scrappy Therapy- http://www.scrappytherapy.com/2014/02/everything-abc-blog-letter-c.html

2. Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings

http://laurenctmhcraftings.blogspot.com/2014/02/everything-abcs-blog-hop-c.html

3. Catherine Nowak – CatScrapbooking http://catscrapbooking.com/2014/02/08/everything-abcs-blog-hop-c/

4. Jenny Gilbert Jen’s Creative Classroom https://jensdigiscrap.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/abchopletterc

5. Stephanie Feist-Quilted Scrapper-http://quiltedscrapper.blogspot.com/2014/02/everything-abc-blog-hop-c-is-for-card.html

6. Michelle Battitori – http://michelleshandmadeworld.blogspot.com/2014/02/everything-abc-blog-hop-c.html

7. Shalana Glass – Scrappin with Shalana http://scrappinwithshalana.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-everything-abcs-blog-hop-featuring.html

8. Wendy Kessler – http://www.myscrapbookingblog.com/2014/02/08/everything-abcs-blog-hop-c

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop B

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Welcome to the 2014 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 A element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy

If you came from Wendy Kessler’s Blog then you’re on the right track!

B is for BOX! 

Welcome the letter B on the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop. I hope you enjoy the journey and wow the lineup is awesome now holidays are over and we are into abrand new range of product! Here in Australia we have lots of first time products!

I gave a lot of thought to B. Nothing came to be in my mind until I got my first order of all the new product. In the new Ideas book I spotted the My Creations Journalling Card Box z1953 and thought that looks interesting – I will grab one. Well….it is an awesome companion for the new Picture My Life program collections on page 66-69 of the new Ideas book. I ordered the Skylark one. I also had to try out the textiles! (Page 83) Skylark is Z1970. I already had the Jute ribbon but to date had not opened the packet. So an idea formed and my ‘B’ project was born! (PS Your idea books may be available from your consultant now – the electronic one will be live Feb 1)

Skylark Journalling Cards Box

Skylark Journalling Cards Box

In order to make this box I needed the box, the textile pack, the Jute ribbon, and the compliments all in the coordinating set of skylark. I also needed Mod Podge, my favourite brush and a water basin along with some paper towel.

The How

First I secured the inside step in the box by painting a little mod podge on it and holding it until tacky enough to leave.

Secure the insert

Secure the insert

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Next I cut about  81/2  inches x 9 1/2 inches of the green print fabric. Making a 1/4 inch fold and matching the seam on the box at the back where lid joins base I adhered the fabric to the lower section of the back. The fold gives a neat finish. To do this I painted the back liberally with mod podge, applied the fabric, then added more mod podge on top. I did this for two reasons – one it make the fabric REALLY stuck on, but also acts as a sealer making my box durable and easy to wipe clean if I get it grubby for some reason. (Chocolate does get everywhere doesn’t it?) Each of these images can be viewed larger size by clicking on them.

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Be liberal with the mod podge – line the fabric up at the crease.

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work your way over the bottom and up the front

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if you need to let a section dry before moving on do so – it doesn’t take long and you will appreciate not getting super sticky fingers. A damp cloth is all you need to keep your hands free from tackiness.

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I did the sides after the back through front sections were dry. I folded the outermost edge to create a nice seam.

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In between each section my brush rested in water. Have a wad of paper towel handy to blot off excess water before loading with more mod podge at each step.

Once the bottom half was dry I guestimated a piece of the striped fabric to fit the lid. This time I started by adhering inside the lid at the front and working over to the back, again making a nice seam at the fold to match the first one.

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Start inside the lid and work your way around.

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I used a craft knife to trim away the excess on the bottom when it was well and truly dry.

Once all the fabric is on and dried it is time to decorate; I tore a 2 inch strip of the blue fabric, folded it in half and made a bow with it. The raw edges matches the old worldy look and the natural look of the jute. It worked really well to cover the join in the jute. Sticking it down with a big splodge of Mod podge worked. I also used mod podge to adhere the dimensional compliments. 

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splodge away!

A little more decoration on the lid and I was done

Skylark Journaling cards box

Skylark Journaling cards box

This really was a quick and easy project and now I have an awesome box for all these journal cards!

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I reckon it really has been

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How awesome are these Picture My Life cards! More on these further down the track as I get my PML project under way! More Skylark too as I can’t wait to do the WOTG kit!

So there you have your B project! I hope you have enjoyed it. Please, if you have a question as away. I had a ball putting some of my old painting skills to use and am happy to help if I can.

Be sure to talk to your consultant today about this awesome new product range!

If you are local (Mildura) be sure to follow me or grab my newsletter for information about doing this project as a workshop.

LIST OF SUPPLIES 

All supplies are available for ordering direct from my online store. Click Here to browse.

My Creations Journalling card box z1953

Jute Ribbon z1867

Skylark Textiles z1970

Skylark PML Program z1947

Skylark Complements x7177c

Triangle Studs z1928

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Susan Green – Flair Chase-Hop on over there to see what she has in store for you.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way 🙂

1. Linda Norman – Scrappy Therapy

2. Wendy Kessler – My Scrapbooking Blog

3. Jenny Gilbert – Jen’s Creative Classroom  You Are Here

4. Susan Green –Flair Chase-

5. Lauren Moore- CTMH Craftings

6. Michelle Battitori – Michelle’s Handmade World

7. Catherine Nowak~ CatScrapbooking 

8. Stephanie Feist= Quilted Scrapper

9. Anita Autore – Cards & Coffee 

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop Z

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter Z. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their Z element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrapper’s Therapy

If you came from Linda’s Blog” then you’re on the right track!

Z is for…

ZEBRA! Who doesn’t mind the occasional bit of Big Bold Zebra print? Did you know we here at Close To My Heart have some of that? We do – right there in the Bluebird My Crush book! I decided this would be my Z project. I could have created a photo op of me catching some well earned ZZzzs but being the only one living in my home that would not be possible. There are no Zebra’s here abouts for me to photograph either. I did think of doing a Z sampler with my alpha stamps but I really wanted to work with the other side of Zebra for me. Besides, this is a Z product as it has the product code Z1856!

Big Ideas on Zebra Print

Big Ideas on Zebra Print

Now I suppose you know about Zebra stripes – they are all unique. They may look the same, but they are not. Their stripes are like fingerprints in humans, giving them loads of individuality. Therefore Zebra striped patterns on paper yell Big, Bold, Individual. Be yourself, Live Out Loud and Big Ideas are all titles that spoke to me when pondering this page.

Here is a closer look at the Big Ideas page

Here is a closer look at the Big Ideas page

I got thinking what would be my big, individual hopes and dreams for 2014 and I kept coming back to travel. For some this is a no-brainer but for me it is BIG because I want to go to places I have only dreamed about an dismiss as un-achievable as quickly as an idea of doing so enters my head.  For me these places are distant, exotic, and not in my current budget in fiscal terms.

BUT, if I give myself permission to dream big and bold I just may get to one of these destinations some time before I am not too much older. The travel theme took hold of this page as a result of giving myself permission. I created a page of titles and symbols, made it into a pocket and the tag has the dream list.  I have even put the Eiffel Tower on this page – one of the most renown symbols of both travel and big ideas!

The note paper page is made into a pocket. I used Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge  Accent 1 p 47 (6 inches)  for this and cut it with Kraft paper. Big Ideas p 42,  Live Out Loud  p 44 and Be Yourself  p41 come from the Art Booking cartridge. The paper plane, it’s track and the female traveller are all stamps on the ‘On Holiday’ Stamp Set (C1572) . I have used Black cardstock and pigment ink for these elements. The black ribbon in the tag is from my stash.

How to load and brush on some pigment for a little smudge effect.

How to load and brush on some pigment for a little smudge effect.

I decided to scruff the plain kraft background with a little almost bold smudging. To Do this I loaded an old paint brush with the pigment ink and swept the page vertically and horizontally with light strokes. It was fun to have a paint brush in my hands again!

On the page opposite I used the 10 Things (Artbooking again) to compliment my Big Ideas, but since the prompt on the page says these are some of my favourite things, that is what I have listed. I used the white chalk marker to write on the black cardstock.

Oh…and where do I want to go to? Take a peek at the start of the list!

Dreaming of travel!

Dreaming of travel!

I love the opportunity the My Crush books give us to just journal and reflect, and leave a legacy for those who follow us with an insight into our hopes and dreams as well as what we liked to do and what we have achieved. I think it leaves a more rounded story about us for our grandchildren. Grab a Crush book from your consultant check the supplies links below and start recording your big ideas!

LIST OF SUPPLIES 

All supplies are available for ordering direct from my online store. Click Here to browse.

On Holiday Stamp Set C1572

Bluebird My Crush book Z1856

Cricut Collections Art Booking z1906 and Artiste z1790

Exclusive Inks Black

Cardstock – Kraft, Black

Tombow Adhesive 1514

White Chalk Marker Z1716

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Shelly Nemitz – Just One Piece. Hop on over there to see what she has in store for you. If You would like to join the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop in 2014 let us know!

Thank You for stopping by and hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year! Be sure to stop by again when I post our new Stamp of the Month!

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop X

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter X. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their X 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 Linda’s Blog then you’re on the right track!

xoxoxoxoxox I love you!

X….what can we do with X in the spirit of the ABC’s blog hop? Love and kisses that is what!

For you today I am sharing the wonderful papers and stamps from For Always WOTG kit. I love the paper design as it goes with everything including bright red and luscious purple. I have been scrapping photos from my Red Hat themed 50th birthday with this kit and I am very pleased with how the pages turned out. I have also done some fabulous cards. Let’s get on with the picture show featuring the one stamp xoxoxoxoxo from the stamp set in this kit!

On this page the xoxo stamp is used as one of the borders. I loved these guys and how they contributed to the fun of the party.

On this page the xoxo stamp is used as one of the borders. I loved these guys and how they contributed to the fun of the party.

Once you have been scrapping with a kit you end up with scraps. A useful way to use these is to make cards like these shown below. (Card bases have come from local supply stores while I wait eagerly the arrival of the full range of CTMH cards and envelopes to stamp on!)

xoxo as a border on a card using scraps of For Always makes for a sweet I love you card.

xoxo as a border on a card using scraps of For Always makes for a sweet I love you card.

I have used the same stamp only this Time I have added the flower from the You Are My Happy stamp set from national stamping month.

I have used the same stamp only this Time I have added the flower from the You Are My Happy stamp set from national stamping month. The design is inspired by Pieced Panels p 12 in Originals Card Confidence Program

I have never been much of a card maker but now I have stamps, scraps and the awesome card making idea books ‘Orginals’ and ‘Wishes’ I am all set.  All my scraps can be put to good use with the ideas in these awesome books. There are no really clever tricks or technoques in the above items. The sanded edges of the Cranberry card stock is something we can do unique to the fabulous white core cardstock of CTMH which I love!

PS…This WOTG lit is nearing the end of its time with CTMH so be sure to grab yours from your consultant before they are gone!

LIST OF SUPPLIES 

All supplies are available for ordering direct from my online store. Click Here to browse.

For Always WOTG kit G1005

Books – Card confidence Program Originals 9036

Exclusive Inks Black

Cardstock – Black, White, Cranberry

Black Shimmer Trim z1809

Tombow Adhesive 1514

Foam Mounting Tape Z1151

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Shelly Nemitz – Just One Piece. Hop on over there to see what she has in store for you.

We would really love more to join our hop. If you are interested please let Linda know.

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop W

abc bloghop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

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 W element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Amber’s blog ~ Scrapper’s Therapy

If you came from “Catherine’s Blog” (person above on the list) then you’re on the right track!

Waste Not Want Not with Washi Wonder!

For you today I am sharing the wonderful Washi Wonder stamp set. I am a bit of a hoarder but this stamp set prevents me from collecting too many rolls of washi tape. There are 24 designs on the stamp set and the colour combinations are unlimited with your choice of cardstock and inks. Even the shape can be dictated by you as you can trim down and shape up your washi pieces. Finally this is an awesome stamp set for all your wastage – those trims off your cricut cut sheets, that half inch you just chopped of that 12 inch piece of card, even a quarter inch or and eighth inch strip can be stamped for lots of fun and variety!

Womderful Washi is a fun versatile stamp set to use in all kinds of ways.

Wonderful Washi is a fun versatile stamp set to use in all kinds of ways.

I had Pinata photos to scrapbook and since the pinata is made with layers of colourful paper and ends up as and even more colourful mess the washi stamp set was perfect for the layout. ( I am debating adding even more to the page but I think there is enough there). I took the colours from the photo of the busted pinata and ran with that to get the look n this page.

Scrap pieces stamped ready to go

Scrap pieces stamped ready to go

I have stamped the background with Geometric Background Stamp set (D1559) and Lagoon ink, used the bright pink B and T duo paper from Chantilly and the purple from Laughing Lola as a background to photos mounted on colourful cardstock (Honey and Autumn Terracotta). To add the decorative touch I just randomly stamped coordinating colours onto scrap Colonial white cardstock and then selected pieces to look like they were holding the photos and elements onto the page. I am really pleased with the bit of fun the washi stamp has added to the layout and the photos. The title is done with the Urban Alphabet stamp set. I love that I do not run out of vowels anymore!

This is of course a special stamp set – exclusive to those who host a Close To My Heart Gathering as a special reward at a special price. I will say no more about how you get it other than to get in touch with your consultant now if you have not got this one yet! Be sure to host a gathering with your consultant before the current cycle (end of January) ends. Being summer holidays here in Australia I have a limited number of openings for gatherings in my area and I can help you organise a virtual one too! If you are too busy before Christmas ask us about the New Year! It will be your last chance to grab this stamp set.

Host reward stamp set has 24 washi tape designs in various sizes which exponentially increases your washi collection. Available to gathering hosts only.

Host reward stamp set has 24 washi tape designs in various sizes which exponentially increases your washi collection. Available to gathering hosts only.

If you prefer the real deal Washi Tape checkout these two cards using the Sparkle and Shine Washi Tape. One has the Washi Tape in the background. The stamp on the Front is from the Seasons Tweetings kit. The other is using the wide green Washi tape, pleated to form the tree. I added buttons using liquid glass and some sparkles to give it that bit of bling.

Pleated wide green washi tape makes a nice tree!

Pleated wide green washi tape makes a nice tree!

Washi Tape in the background.

Washi Tape in the background. Seasons Tweetings gift bag kit,

LIST OF SUPPLIES 

All supplies are available for ordering direct from my online store. Click Here to browse.

Host reward stamp set Washi Wonder – details available from your consultant.

Geometric Background D1559

Urban Alphabet (title) D1507 

Chantilly Paper Pack X7163B

Laughing Lola Paper pack X7170B 

Exclusive Inks Lagoon, Honey, Smoothie, Gypsy, Sweet Leaf, Sorbet,

Cardstock – Colonial White

Tombow Adhesive 1514

For the cards

Sarkle and Shine Washi Tape pack  z1907

Seasons Tweetings Gift Bag Kit  z1913

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Shelly Nemitz – Just One Piece. Hop on over there to see what she has in store for you.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way 🙂 Scrapper’s Therapy

Letter W on November 23

1. Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy

2. Catherine Nowak ~ Cat Scrapbooking- 

3. Jenny Gilbert – Jen’s Creative Classroom

4. Shelly Nemitz – Just One Piece- 

We would really love more to join our hop. If you are interested please let Linda know.